Blue Nest Blog

Quality vs. Geography

By Todd Churchill | August 13, 2021

Sometimes you can have it all, and sometimes you have to make hard choices. If you’re like us, there are SO many things you want to improve about the food system, it’s hard to know what is most important. Quality First. Quality (both in eating, and in the positive impact our ranchers have on the…

Not Cheap

By Russ Conser | July 30, 2021

We do understand it, Our price may be steep. We could make it cheaper.But then it’d be cheap. Cheap costs the birds,And cheap costs the bees.Cheap costs the grass,And cheap costs the trees.Cheap costs the air,And cheap costs degrees.Cheap costs your health,And America’s farm families. If cheap is the goal, There’s plenty of choice.But we’re here to helpGive…

Eating Sunshine

By Russ Conser | July 15, 2021

Last week, we talked about the need to build more perennials into our food system. This week, I want to and take the story just a bit further. If you zoom out to the biggest picture of Earth, you’ll see that the one true input to our planet is energy from the sun. All of…

We Medicine – Russ’ Personal Health Journey

By Russ Conser | July 2, 2021

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates It was only 10 years ago when I truly realized the above wisdom of the ancient Greeks while confronting the declining health of my aging father. I quickly discovered that cutting out all the processed food that I had been consuming since childhood radically transformed…

Just Real

By Russ Conser | June 29, 2021

I recently saw an article for a new alternative milk called, ‘NOT MILK.’  The developers were proud to have created something that is, according to them, indistinguishable from real milk. Add it to the rapidly growing list of other options for fake alternatives to real food, and I can’t help but ask – why? To…

Can Grassfed Beef Scale?

By Russ Conser | June 1, 2021

Recently there have been a number of ads published in major agricultural publications that attempt to explain the “myths” of grassfed beef. In these ads, major companies such as Elanco and Certified Angus Beef (CAB) state that grassfed beef does not have any advantage over grain-fed in terms of nutritive value, that grassfed beef production…

Naturally fermented = more flavor + no junk

By Russ Conser | May 3, 2021

With the introduction of BoboLinks, our new naturally fermented grassfed beef snack sticks, I’ve been doing a little fun reading on fermented meat.  The story starts with the rich and diverse history of meat fermentation.   The history of meat fermentation Fermenting meat is not new.  Before refrigeration was invented, all meat was either cooked and eaten immediately,…

“Sacred Cow” Book Review

By Russ Conser | August 27, 2020

I am so tired of the “diet wars” and the obsession with the overly simplistic question of more, less or even no meat. Finally, we get a book that takes on the question of “better” meat with a balanced view of the nutritional, environmental and ethical dimensions of that question. My own journey with food…

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Spring is still silent

By Russ Conser | January 1, 2020

More than 50 years, Rachel Carson put environmental issues on the map with her book “Silent Spring.”  As a result, DDT was banned, the EPA was formed, and Earth Day was born. Given the magnitude of that “Carson Shock,” here’s a hard to swallow truth – our spring is still silent. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, 3…