I spent most of my time at the WAPF Wise Traditions Conference meeting with sponsors. And my photos reflect that. Here are some pictures I took of all the wonderful people who bring us food and books and supplements, etc.:
Dave Wetzel of Green Pasture Products (makers of the fermented cod liver oil and butter oil):
At the Green Pasture booth, they were doing a cod liver oil tasting. We sampled the new flavors they are working on for the fermented cod liver oil. My favorites were chocolate and lemon-orange.
(By the way, Green Pasture is having a sale right now on the cod liver oil/butter oil blend capsules. They are 27% off!)
This is Scott Gryzbek from Zukay Live Foods:
They have the most delicious probiotic salsa and relish. And they just opened their new online store — order online and they will ship nationwide. I think a box of naturally fermented salsa would make a wonderful holiday gift.
Here’s McKenzie Disselhorst from U.S. Wellness Meats:
They were offering free samples of their liverwurst, head cheese, and Braunschweiger. They all taste really good — and it’s an excellent way to get your organ meats in. I decided I like the Braunschweiger the very best. I put one on hold and I’m glad I did — by Sunday they were completely sold out of everything.
I’m about to place an order for a whole bunch of the Braunschweiger. I like to keep it in our freezer in the garage and serve it on sandwiches (or with a salad) for lunch. It goes really well with mustard, pickles, and a nice German beer. I swear it does not taste like liver.
U.S. Wellness Meats has lots of other stuff too, like beef tallow and chicken feet — stuff you often can’t find locally. And all from pastured animals eating grass in the sunshine and fresh air.
If you haven’t ordered anything from them, try it! It’s easy and they ship fast — anywhere in the country. Just go to U.S. Wellness Meats and enter my code, “cheese20” at the checkout. You will get 20% off your first order.
I have a lot more photos — too many for one post.
Here’s Mark McAfee and his daughter, Kaleigh of Organic Pastures Raw Milk Dairy:
Organic Pastures ships raw milk, butter, cheese and colostrum all over the country. I am so grateful for Mark and his family and how hard they work to provide us with these wonderful products. We couldn’t live without them!
This is Tim Wightman of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation:
I love this guy. Kind, friendly, modest, and really smart. We are so lucky to have people like Tim fighting to defend our small farms. If you’re not familiar with it, the mission of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund: “To defend the freedoms and to broaden the rights of sustainable farmers and their consumers to produce and consume local, nutrient-dense food.”
If you’re not a member, go to their site and give them a donation. You can also support them by buying one of their fabulous t-shirts. I bought three while I was at the conference. I especially love my shirt that says, “THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE PASTEURIZED.” On the back it says, “DRINK RAW MILK.” I wear it proudly. (It looks like all the shirts are not posted on their site — email them and ask them if they can post the other designs — there are some great ones! These would make fabulous holiday gifts.)
Here’s Jessica Prentice of Three Stone Hearth:
Three Stone Hearth provides prepared nutrient-dense foods to the San Francisco Bay Area. They make such delicious, healthy food!
Jessica is very pregnant — due in January. Poor thing — had to put her feet up after working at the booth all day and doing a book signing and everything else.
Here’s the Chaffin Family Orchards booth:
Chaffin Family Orchards is a family farm in northern California. They have fantastic olive oil. Really, some of the best olive oil I have ever tasted. So smooth and mellow. Our LA chapter is going to do a bulk order. You can order online here. I am going to buy a couple of gallons of the olive oil — I want this neat container it comes in — looks so vintage! Gee, that’d make a nice holiday gift, too.
This is Mario Repetto from Grindstone Bakery:
I love Mario! He is so Italian. And I love Italians. They are so warm and effusive and full of life. Plus he has a passion for food and baking that is palpable. If you haven’t tried his bread, you can order online. Our local chapter orders in bulk and Mario gives us the wholesale rate. I’m not sure how much you have to order but whatever the price it’s worth it. This is fantastic bread!
Finally, here is Sandy Agarwal from Pure Indian Foods:
Sandy sells organic ghee from grass-fed butter from small farms. He is such a great guy — I really enjoyed meeting him. I got a jar of his ghee and I’m excited to start eating it soon (as soon as I can introduce ghee on my GAPS diet). And yes, you can get this ghee wholesale if you buy in bulk.
There were so many other great sponsors at the conference. I wish I could have gotten photos of them all. I truly enjoyed meeting Annette and Ken from Wilderness Family Naturals, and Randy and his crew from Vital Choice Seafood, and so many others — too many to list. And this post is long enough already!
We are so lucky to have people like these who are running these businesses that support good nutrition and health and sustainable farming and food production. Even if you live somewhere that doesn’t have a farmer’s market or a Three Stone Hearth and the only place to shop is a Wal-Mart (ugh!), thanks to the internet, you can get these quality products for your family.
We certainly have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.