Natural Products Expo West

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Alicia, Ann and I recently returned from an awesome trip to Anaheim, California, where we attended Natural Products Expo West. Due to the generosity of the Montana Department of Agriculture, our booth host, we were given the opportunity to join with several other Montana businesses to display and promote our quality and locally made products to the masses! In the …

Richard and Siri

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Richard, my husband, is a late arrival into the cell phone age. Among his many reasons for refusing to use a cell phone were: they don’t float in irrigation ditches; there’s no reception on the ranch; he couldn’t hear on it; and the tiny keyboard didn’t fit his fingers. All that changed when iPhone 4s and Siri entered his life. He totally …

Government “Helicoptering” Creates a Wii Farm Generation!

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Along with a roomful of friends and neighbors, I attended the Agriculture Appreciation Days dinner sponsored by the Harlowton Chamber of Commerce. The speaker raised some issues and cited statistics that left us all disheartened. While there were plenty of boots under the table and cowboy hats on the rack at our dinner, we were told that less than 2% …

2012 Resolution

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Off to a healthy start in 2012! I believe in New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, 2012 marked our 20th year of writing a list of what we planned to accomplish in the coming year. Once the list is completed, we sign it, seal it in an envelope and store it until  the ‘grand opening’ on New Year’s Day of the …

Face2Face

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FACE2FACE. Small, rural communities—here defined as those having populations under 1000 and located at least 100 miles from a city center—have their own form of social networking. The best way to ‘go viral’ is make your wishes known at the local post office or the coffee stop. For example, I expected a package delivery at the plant on December 23 …

The Difference Is Describable!

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The difference IS describable! This just in from Jim, one of our organic flour customers: “Baked my first loaf with the Unbleached Wheat on Wednesday and got raves from all taste testers to date.  They noted the “difference” and it was positive; best described as a smooth and hearty taste.” I’ve been experimenting with whole wheat bread recipes to replicate the …

Made My Day

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Some days I really question why we work so hard (usually it’s right when I’m coming down with a cold). Then we get a “friendly reminder” that makes it all worthwhile. Today’s came in the form of a handwritten letter from Oregon, which read, “Thank you for continuing the supply of Cream of the West!” Arnold, who is 96—just  two years younger than …

Meet Sarah!

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Although Rosie the Riveter doesn’t work at Cream of the West, Sarah the Forklift Driver does! One of the newest members of our production crew, Sarah juggles her part-time work at CW with being a student, driving her 3 children over 30 miles to/from school and being a full-time ranch wife and mother. Duty called at noon last week in …