by MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE
This writer looked around, inquiring from those in-the-know and searching the web for hard-to-find foods produced the way our forefathers did–only three generations ago. Finally, my unrelenting search ended in results.
I stumbled upon Biemond, AKA Upper Canada Creamery, Iroquois (an East Ontario town along the St. Lawrence), and, B & H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville. I interviewed the owners of both family-operated businesses. To my delight, they were both passionate purveyors of grass-fed foods, meat and dairy.
This news is good for all our readers.
Thanks to the tireless research of Dr. Weston Price, we can reverse poor health arising from the lack of a vitamin critical to the development and health of teeth, bones, heart and brain, principally.
Grass-fed animals possess an ingredient formerly coined “Activator-X” by Dr. Price. It was later identified by his organization, posthumously, as vitamin K2. His research is extensive in analyzing the diets of indigenous people and comparing them to Western diets. The former Chairman of the National Dental Association, U.S.A., linked its consumption to overall health, especially dental and skeletal. (He was born in Newburgh, Ontario.)
Price demonstrated how the modern diet has changed the human skeleton. For example, the less K2 is in our diets and the more modern, processed grain is consumed, the more elongated the human skull. The Biemond family shown above have the trademark round, wide jaws he identified among those with the healthiest teeth. Their diets are rich in K2.
“The entire population is deficient in vitamin K2,” Josh Biemond says. In my referencing a minimum daily requirement of 100 mcg, he replied, “It is almost zero. Supplementation is second best to food.” It’s a fact, that it’s always easier on absorption to break down food to get real nutrients. A lot of low-cost supplements are synthetic and cannot be absorbed by the body.
Then I stumbled upon Jim Beveridge, Owner, B & H Your Community Grocer, in Kemptville. We spoke awhile about Grenville Grass, grass-fed Beef on his shelves. I almost toppled over when he announced, Grenville Grass is B & H’s own brand, commissioned to a local cattle farmer (Coutts in Rideau Ferry) to his specifications. B & H cannot keep the bones on the shelf and no less, the meat. Getting to this point has been wrought with challenges; but, B & H prevailed.
Needless to say, I am impressed to the moon by this grocer’s dedication in getting this food to the public.
I asked him when the shift from grass to grain feed occurred. He estimates, “late in 50s.” Biemond places the shift after the second world war. They are basically in agreement.
I asked why the shift occurred and he answered, “The cost savings from high grain production and its ability to fatten up cattle quickly.” No surprise here. As grass grazing dissipated, cattle increasingly lacked nutrients from an imbalanced diet of corn and soy. “Corn silage is very acidic, the cows end up with ulcers,” Beveridge reveals among other dreadful symptoms.
B & H also carries Biemond’s grass-fed products. Grass-fed butter is in such high demand you cannot find it from local producers. I am a “buy local,” supporter; but, I had to buy grass-fed butter from New Zealand, also stocked at B & H. There is a producer West of Toronto, Rolling Meadows. “They can’t keep it on the shelves,” Beveridge adds.
Evidently, there is a huge disconnect between demand for grass-fed foods and supply.
FOODS WITH VITAMIN K2
‘Vitamin K2 is synthesized by animal bodies from its precursor in rapidly growing grass,’ writes Christopher Masterjohn, Author of this seminal Weston Price story. ‘The pancreas and salivary glands would be richest; reproductive organs, brains, cartilage and possibly kidneys would also be very rich; finally, bone would be richer than muscle meat,’ he writes. The precursory grass-fed diet is not optional.
Price’s discovery further justifies the rage for quality bone broth, also hard to find; but, I am starting to see it pop-up on grocery shelves. My refrigerator now contains bone broth, preferably prepared with filtered water and 100% organic. I have purchased bone broth from Two Rivers Foods and Your Independent Grocer.
Word of mouth on “grass-fed” dairy and meat is spreading.
In my case, it was tough to follow the Weston Price protocol for dental health–putting off root canals and tooth loss–without these two producers. Now, my refrigerator includes Biemond grass-fed cheese and yogurt, and grass-fed meat from B & H. There are other foods to follow Dr. Price’s dental health protocol which I will cover in an upcoming story. Cavities, gum recession and bad teeth can all be reversed. When is the last time a dentist reviewed your diet?
I asked Biemond when they would produce grass-fed milk. “We’re working on it,” he answered. I wait for the first batch!
You can meet the whole Biemond family and tour the Upper Canada Creamery this March 3rd, 6-9pm. Their wine & cheese event is becoming a “go-to” event. They will be serving Smoky Ridge wine from nearby South Mountain. (On a snow day, the last wine and cheese was full capacity.)
Watch for our weekend story. It is related and you will eat it up!