Skip to comments.Struggling dairy farmers building a future with hazelnuts, specialty milk, and creative thinking
Posted on 12/26/2019 2:06:45 PM PST by yesthatjallen
Five or 10 years from now, I dont think we will be milking cows anymore, realistically," the 35-year-old farmer said. "Financially we are fine, but I have four young children who I don't spend nearly enough time with."
Jereczek is trying to build a bridge to the future even as he crosses it. He has planted more than 1,000 hazelnut trees on 3 acres previously used to grow hay a small piece of the farm that someday could pay off well if the perennial crop takes hold.
Worldwide, Turkey and Italy dominate the hazelnut industry. Domestically, Oregon has more than 800 growers who produced nearly all of the U.S. crop valued at $92 million in 2018.
Hybrids have been developed that thrive in a northern climate and are hardy enough to survive Wisconsin winters. It costs Jereczek about $5 a tree to plant them and theres nothing to harvest until at least the third or fourth year which for him is still a couple of years away. But because it takes a while, the marketplace could be less vulnerable to crashing from everyone jumping in at the same time.
(Other business ventures discussed at link)
(Excerpt) Read more at msn.com ...
While milk consumption is falling, cheese consumption continues to rise:
Cheese also stores longer than milk which has a shorter shelf life.
The word is diversify.”
Get some water buffalo and make mozzarella.
A popular Stone-Age food in parts of northern Europe, as shown by the hazelnut shells in the middens. Somebody could start a diet fad based on this.
The Clintons were way ahead of this guy...
1999: In what is perhaps his weirdest scheme, Hugh teams up with younger brother Tony in an enterprise to grow and export hazelnuts from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. The $118 million venture comes to a screeching halt when Bill and Hillary discover that the brothers’ business partner also happens to be the chief political rival of Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, a key U.S. ally. Months later, Hugh and Tony were back in the headlines the brothers reportedly thought it might be OK if they stopped actually growing the nuts and just kept exporting them. Once again, the White House was not amused. -——TIME
We could be the Saudi Arabia of CHEESE!.......................Trump should get China to buy more American CHEESE!.....................
a pity that isn’t pecans, I could really get behind that. LOL
GEORGE: Oh! Nuts! Excellent! You know what I love? How there’s two nuts named after people. Hazel...and filbert.
“...a pity that isnt pecans...”
Gotta ask...How do you say it...
Puh-CAHNs or PEE-cans??????
Over here it was both beech nuts and hickory nuts. The Indians would gather great quantities of them and pound them shell and all in a mortar, then boil them and skim off the oil to store as a butter-like substance that could be either used in making a hot drink or a spread or for a cooking oil.
The thick green hulls that cover the nutshells can be ground and used to brew a drink that tastes good, like chocolate... but only in small dixie cup amounts or it would clean you out.
They did not utilize the tasty black walnuts as much, probably because they couldn’t be prepared the same way without the shells making the concoction bitter; the nutmeats have to be carefully picked from the shell. When used as a drink they would function like a wormer.
Shagbark hickory nuts [and the giant hickory nut of swampeast Missouri] are in my opinion the best tasting nut of all, but darn hard to beat squirrels to and too difficult to process for commercial use.
Pic-khans, like the Illinois indians who named them.
I was listening to a local in-depth report about struggling dairy farms and at no time did anyone consider making cheese.
Yeah...I always said that a PEE-can is what you used to put under your bed at night...
I don’t understand the attraction to filberts.
Yeah, one nut goes a long way with me, and fill my quota for the year.
Once tried Nutella on a cracker, and no thanks. More for the rest of you.
Most cheese is another story.
Amen on pecans.
Those red yard rats get their share. choclate chip cookies with black walnuts mixed in or brownies with the black walnuts in them. Thats living. Getting the hull off, the walnut case dried and cracked open, then the nut meat out was a bear. Grandma had no mercy, we kids were down for the struggle. Hunting those big red squirrels and getting those black walnuts were the biz.
“a pity that isnt pecans, I could really get behind that. LOL”
Yes, same here!
True, that. Back in the day, the difference between rich and poor men was described thusly:
The rich man has a canopy over his bed.
The poor man has a can o’ pee under his bed.
Then there was the little boy whose fastidious mother gave him the euphemism of “whisper” to say instead of saying he had to pee. One night, sleeping with his grampa he told Gramps he had to whisper. Gramps sleepily told him to come whisper in his ear. So he did.
Try this one I heard a lot when I was a kid (50s, 60s). So poor he dont have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out. Another one. How many people know what a soup stone is or how to use it or how to pass it on?
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