AUBURN FOOD BUYING CLUB
Greetings and welcome to the Auburn Food Buying Club page. My name is Debbie, and I am the communicator for the club. If you would like to know a little more about me then please read my story. If not, I have spared you by not posting it here :) Michael Klein and I work together in Auburn, Alabama to provide an avenue for members of this club to order and receive foods from Amos Miller, an Amish Farmer in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvannia, and owner of Miller's Organic Farm, producer of grassfed organic farm fresh foods. The Weston A. Price Foundation and RealMilk.com recommend foods from Miller's Organic Farm. If you are not familiar with either of these organizations then you can click on the links to learn more.
Our food club meets every six weeks to unload a truck of products from Miller's Farm. At the same time, we often have local vendors who bring their products to food pick up day. Notices are sent on behalf of each farmer (vendor) to our members, alerting them that it is time to place their orders with the individual farmers.
Why do we have this club? Why do we go to more trouble than the average consumer to purchase our foods?
Weston A. Price (1870-1948) claimed that various diseases endemic to Western cultures of the 1920s and 1930s – from dental caries to tuberculosis – were rarely present in non-Western cultures. He argued that as non-Western groups abandoned indigenous diets and adopted Western patterns of living, they showed increases in typical Western diseases. He concluded that Western methods of commercially preparing and storing foods stripped away vitamins and minerals necessary to prevent these diseases.
Organic foods contain more vitamins and minerals, no pesticides, fewer additives, and much lower levels of toxic chemicals. As a result, they have tremendous potential for preventing chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many others.
So these are the basic reasons why we have this club, even though we go to more trouble than the average consumer to purchase our foods -- because these are whole foods, naturally and organically raised, and are direct from the farm to the consumer, plus the members of our club will testify to the health benefits of these foods.
Here is a Google Map for your convenience in locating Klein Plumbing where orders are delivered at 3409 Skyway Drive, Auburn, Alabama. Zoom in for a closer view, it's interactive. The delivery truck has been arriving around 4:00 p.m. and usually on a Friday, the week after the Friday that orders are due in. You must be available to meet and help unload the truck and you must be flexible as the truck arrival time can vary. Orders are placed on the ground in alphabetical order, making it easier for everyone to locate their order after unloading. Invoices will be distributed and you will pay the amount on the invoice by making your check payable to Miller Organic Farm . A shipping fee is charged to each customer, usually around $20 per order.
NOURISHING TRADITIONS Book
This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.
Nourishing Traditions will tell you:
Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
Why butter is a health food
How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
How saturated fats protect the heart
How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.
Miller's Organic Farm offers hundreds of products and these are only a few pictured below. The top selling products would have to be the dairy and beef. The dairy and beef are strictly grain-free. During the warmer months of the year they graze in the pasture supplemented with free choice kelp mineral and salt. During winter months they are fed high quality wet and dry hay. Currently the breeds of dairy cows are approximately 80% Jersey, 15% Holstein crosses, and 5% Lineback. The beef cattle are mostly Red Devon and Angus cross-breeds.
The Weston A. Price Foundation and Sally Fallon, who is president of the Foundation, are very involved with promoting good nutrition around the world; exposing the truth about nutrition myths that are popular in the media today; supporting non-toxic farming and processing of foods, as well as locally raised and consumed foods, and pasture-fed livestock (instead of confinement-raised on inappropriate foods); and lobbying for truth in labeling on food products. The Foundation is also very supportive of direct farm-to-consumer sales, which is another one of the very important components of our food club. I strongly encourage you to join the Foundation, for if there is any one organization that fights for our rights, it is the Weston A. Price Foundation. It only costs $40.00 a year to join, and membership includes several benefits, one of which is a quarterly journal titled Wise Traditions, and contains wonderfully informative articles. It is not necessary to be a member of the Foundation to be a member of our food club.
Want to Join the Auburn Food Buying Club?
Contact me and I will send you an application and a price list. Membership is only a $35 lifetime fee. You are not required to order every time - just when you want to. You can order for the first time without joining if you want to try it out for free.
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