In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, my special guest is Scott Terry from North Country Farmer and Christian Farm and Homestead Radio. We talked about Scott’s full-time dairy farm, beekeeping, what a day in his life looks like from season to season, how his family eats like Farmer Boy, raising children who know responsibility, faith during hard times such as drought, how the drought of last year affected his farm, and much, much more… Plus the tip of the week!
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Tip of the Week
Keep a thicker sourdough starter! (Feed more flour than water.) This works especially well in no-wait sourdough recipes. Also in summer months when the starter is warmer and goes through food more quickly, it gets quite watery after a few hours. Making it thicker in the beginning helps with this.
About Scott Terry
Scott is a full-time pasture-based organic dairy farmer in northern New York state just a few miles from the St. Lawrence River. He and his wife have 6 children. He enjoys his Jersey cattle and other livestock, beekeeping, gardening, beekeeping, trapping, and hunting. He blogs at North Country Farmer and hosts a weekly online radio show for the Christian agrarian and homesteading community, the Christian Farm and Homestead Radio.
I was a guest on Scott’s radio show last week. We talked about lacto-fermentation and you can listen to that right here.
Scott referenced two passages and I just had to look them up! The first is from the Bible, and the second from Spurgeon’s Farm Sermons.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” –Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“Moreover, the farmer is in a very special sense made to see his dependence upon God from season to season. He has never done; his labour is never ending, still beginning; and his hopes are never all fulfilled. From the time he sows the seed to the day when he sees the corn in the ear he is every hour dependent upon the Lord for sunshine and shower; and even when the grain is ready for the garner a stretch of rainy weather will take his harvest from him and leave him mourning at the last. He can never count his profits till he has them in his pocket, and hardly then. This manifest, absolute, and daily dependence should help the good farmer to learn the lesson of faith right thoroughly. He must look up, for where else can he look? He must leave his business in the Lord’s hands, for who else can be his helper? Faith which is daily tried, and tried all the day long, has a fair opportunity of becoming unusually strong, and hence our agricultural Christians ought to be the strongest believers in the land. They have not of late been indulged with much temporal prosperity, but our hope is that a succession of adversities may have driven them to set less store by the world, to look more eagerly for the better portion, and to leave all things more believingly in the Lord’s hands. This will be good out of evil beyond all question, and such good we ought to look for. Sharp discipline should by this time have made good soldiers of our yeomanry. If it be so, the failing purse is more than recompensed by the enlarged heart: if our farmers are wiser men through their bad seasons, that will be better than being richer men.” –Spurgeon’s Farm Sermons
- North Country Farmer
- Christian Farm and Homestead Radio
- When I was a guest on Scott’s podcast (last week)
- Spurgeon’s Farm Sermons
- No-Wait Sourdough (relates to Tip of the Week)
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