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The 2011 Outstanding in the Field event was held October 22, 2011 and our 4th annual hosting of same was another sellout as 200 friends dined on the meats and produce of the Brazos Valley food shed as Chef Paul Lewis (Cullen’s Grille) applied his gifted techniques and his staff dished out 5 courses, family style. We hope to see you there with us this coming fall!
Jolie Vue Farms
A table set on a hill. A multitude of 170 will once again gather alfresco to celebrate the family farm with food, wine and camaraderie.
On October 9, 2010, Jolie Vue Farms teams up with Outstanding in the Field, Houston Chef Paul Lewis, Cullen’s Grill, Clear Lake and other local chefs, winemakers and food artisans to provide an outstanding dining experience.
Marching To The Dining Hill: Guests tour Jolie Vue Farms on their way to dinner.
Boudreaux grandson, Henry Coffman, with Dad, Chris Coffman, enjoy the Jolie Vue Farms Outstanding in the Field dinner.
Jolie Vue Farms’ pigs are always a little curious about the whole Outstanding in the Field event.
Story and photos courtesy of the The Houston Chronicle. Article written by Alison Cook with photos by Steve Champbell.
Click here for a PDF version of the full article from 10/22/2008′s Houston Chronicle.
Click here to see more photos courtesy of The Houston Chronicle’s Steve Campbell.
Peanut oil (enough to float the dogs)
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
1 8.5 oz can creamed corn
1/3 cup finely grated yellow onion
1½ cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons corn starch, for dredging
chopsticks or any style wooden spear.
Optional for extra heat – 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
Pour enough oil into pot or fryer to float the dogs, heat oil to 375 degrees.
Combine the first 6 dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Combine the dry and the wet ingredients, stirring just enough to bring the batter together – there should be some lumps left in the combined ingredients. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Scatter the cornstarch into a dry pie pan and roll each hot dog in the corn starch then tap lightly to remove excess. Spear the dogs.
Pour batter into a large drinking glass, refill as necessary. Quickly dip the dog in and out of the batter until well-coated. Place immediately and carefully in the hot oil and continue the process 1 dog at a time.
Cook until golden brown, say 5 minutes, and removing to draining rack. Serve with mustard and your side dishes.
Does wholesome food cost more?
Yes, pasture-based foods raised in nature can be more expensive than the factory methods employed by conventional confinement-based producers. It is also more humane, cleaner, more nutritious, and tastier, so we question whether the food factories and are our true competitors.
But when we acknowledge being more expensive, we are only considering the price point per pound of their meat versus ours. If you consider what you get in our meat, perhaps we coud persuade you that it is not so expensive after all. Consider the advantages of our meats:
- If you were to compare what you pay for good nutrients such as the Omega-3′s, you are paying 3 times more for their meat than for ours
- If wholesomeness is high on your list, we must be cheaper
- If you’ll pay more for meat producers who did not torture the earth’s creatures or spoil the environment, our way is your way
- If you like the idea that your food is grown locally without chemicals or pharmaceuticals, we don’t have any competition
- Lastly, it is demonstrated around the world that certain diets promote health and a longer life. If you can gain years and a higher quality of life, and avoid the drugs, doctors, and hospitals just a little bit longer, how much will you have saved by paying more now?
We hope you will join the community of natural food artisans in Houston and its region. It’s good for the planet, good for the creatures, good for the farmers, and good for you!
Natural terminology can be confusing…
Terminology which originated in the natural farming community has been adulterated, and adopted, by the industrial producers. Unfortunately, they have been assisted by our government through the USDA. The result of the USDA’s promulgation of the definitions for terms that already had a clear meaning has been confusion and ambiguity for the consumer searching for clean, healthy food. Here are some examples:
Natural - One would assume that meats labeled as “natural” indicates that the creatures were raised in the way designed by nature – not confined to factory production houses but raised in the sun and fresh air, free of pharmaceutical injections, and on their natural diet containing no animal by-products. That is truly the “natural” way to raise good food.
You will be surprised to learn that the term “natural” on your meats at the grocery store has nothing at all to do with how the animal was raised! According to the USDA, the term may be used on meat labels if the meat has been “minimally processed.” What does that mean? It simply means that no artificial ingredients have been added at the processing stage. Again, it has nothing to do with how the creature was raised!
Free Range – Free range is another example of USDA-approved labeling that can be used to hide the truth. In USDA parlance, “free range” can be used to describe poultry raised in crowded confinement houses so long as they have “access” to the out of doors. Anyone who has experience with chickens raised in the confinement house knows that the last thing the chicken will do is go outside. Its food, water, and pharmaceuticals are in the confinement house. Because of growth hormones and feed, the chickens grow so fast that they literally outgrow their ability to walk around! This is no exaggeration. They are too fat to do anything other than wobble over to the feeder trough. The chance of these chickens seeing sunlight or fresh grass approaches zero.
Free range at Jolie Vue Farms means exactly that. Our chickens are provided a mobile shelter in the pasture for safe harbor from night predators and inclement weather. But during the day, they are dining on fresh air, sunshine, native pasture and their favorite meal, the grasshopper. The chickens at Jolie Vue Farms express their “chickenhood” every day!
Organic – The original organic community, a loose coalition of small idealistic farmers, were the genesis of the burgeoning retro-movement to foods that were raised humanely and without the use of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or unnatural food supplements. But be careful, because the term does not necessarily tell you everything you need to know about your food. Under current usage, you might actually be better off with food that is technically not “organic”, but which is actually healthier, fresher, and more nutritious than organic. Sound upside down? Here’s what can happen.
Unless you’re a mega producer, it may be difficult or impossible to find the organic feeds which supplement the wild forages for chickens and pigs. And, if it is found, it may be prohibitively expensive. When organic became popular with a better informed populace, the mega-producers realized they had to jump on the bandwagon. Their gross economic power enabled them to contract with large industrialized farmers who agreed to produce organic feeds for them and them only. This can have the effect of squeezing the small producer out of the supply chain. So, while the small producer may be cut out of the loop for organic feeds, his product may actually be healthier than the product labeled “organic.”
We have given you the unnatural definitions of “natural” and “free range” promulgated by the the USDA. Combining those definitions with the term “organic” one could produce a chicken in a confinement house and call it “natural, organic, and free range chicken.” All of this just by supplying it with organic feed. It could be called free range if it had access to the out doors, even if it never went out of its confinement house. And, it could be called natural if it was “minimally processed.”
On the other hand, we know that the chlorophyll found in pastures is a natural detoxifier. So a small producer who is raising his creatures in a natural setting where the critters roam free on native, diverse pastures daily, but with non-organic grain to supplement their diet, is likely to produce a cleaner healthier product than the industrial producer who is taking advantage of the USDA definitions while raising his chickens in a fecal-infested, confined environment. Those producers can legally claim their product is natural, free range and organic. Judge for yourself.
The lesson here is to know how your producer uses these terms. And the best way to know that is to know your producer and their farm. Don’t ask Tyson, Pilgrim, or Sanderson for that previlege. They may not want you to know how they implement these terms. But, you’re always welcome to see our operations at Jolie Vue Farms. We’re proud of it, and we have nothing to hide. Just call.