Young Farmer Blog: Jaclynn Knutson in Colorado

Jaclynn KnutsonGreetings everyone! I am Jaclynn Knutson and my family has been raising pigs for Niman Ranch my entire life. I had the honor of receiving the David Serfling Memorial Scholarship in 2016 and was later asked to represent Niman Ranch in Denver, Colorado. I traveled to Denver July 14th-17th and had the opportunity to spend time with both Marczyk Fine Foods and Slow Food Nations.

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Young Farmer Blog: Anthony Scheer in Colorado

Anthony Scheer

Hi! I’m here again to tell about my second scholarship trip for Niman Ranch this summer! It seemed like I just got back from the beaches of Florida and I was already packing back up to go to the mountains of Colorado.  I have been to Marczyk’s Fine Foods once before in the summer of 2014, so I knew it would be a great time, but I had no idea what surprises were in store.  I arrived on Friday the 14th and spent a little time touring Denver with fellow scholarship winner, Jaclynn Knutson, and Niman employee, Danny Kirkovich. We didn’t have time to climb any mountains, but we did stand at exactly one mile above sea level on the stairs of the capitol building!

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Young Farmer Blog: Anthony Scheer Travels to Florida

My name is Anthony Scheer and I have been raising hogs for Niman Ranch since I was twelve years old.  After receiving the David Serfling Memorial Scholarship I was asked to represent Niman farmers and the Next Generation Scholarship recipients at some scholarship fundraisers.  Most recently I was asked to travel to Sarasota, Florida for a dinner at Mattison’s Forty-One.

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First day of Summer on the Farm

First day of Summer on the Farm

Since I was a little girl our family has hosted a Summer Solstice Picnic at the Farm.  A celebratory picnic featuring friends, family, Niman Ranch farmers and field agents is a special way to honor our livelihood and rural community. Wishing all of you a wonderful summer!

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Interview with a Chef: Paul Mattison

Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering in Sarasota, Florida, has been a great friend to Niman Ranch for years. He was a Featured Chef at our 2016 Farmer Appreciation Dinner and he’s shown great support for our farmers in his local community. Later this month, he’ll be hosting a Next Generation Scholarship Dinner at his restaurant Mattison’s Forty-One in Sarasota.

Hear about where Chef Paul came from and what he’s been up to since the Dinner last year.

 

Chef Paul Mattison

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Our Best Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes - bacon wrapped hot dog

Celebrate the memory of all those who have courageously served our country by enjoying the food our farmers and ranchers work so hard to provide.

When celebrating any holiday, though, you may find yourself staring at a list with a million tasks. Getting your house ready takes enough time – why not take searching for the right recipes off your list? The best memories in life are forged over food, so let us take away the worry of what to cook and just enjoy yourself!

We’ve put together a list of a few tried and true recipes to help you create the perfect Memorial Day menu. Some are Niman Ranch originals, some come from our farmers’ kitchens and others come from our friends cooking in restaurants across the country. But almost all these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less!

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Can Do Attitude

Recently, I met a retired math teacher from Osage, Iowa.  He said that he was so fortunate to have a majority of rural children in his classes.   He told me farm kids were great at learning new concepts and applying them because of their daily experience with this type of thinking on the farm.   Farming is all about problem solving, so if you didn’t know how to do something, you have to figure it out. That’s not much different than math.  This gets at the heart of what I loved about farm life.  There was always something to figure out.

 

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New Years on the Farm

New Years on the farmAs the snow falls in the country, it tucks us in for winter as it blankets the fields. It’s beautiful and peaceful, but as soon as the temperatures plunge our thoughts immediately turn toward our pigs.   Time to bundle up, put on those insulated coveralls, hats, scarves, gloves and rubber boots and head outside to make sure the livestock are doing well and our hog waters are working properly.read more