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One Poultry Farm is Going Back to Basics for a Better Bird

By Paige Schilt, May 26, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

Crystal Lake Farms

“When I started off working for my grandpa, we were very much a mainstream company at that time,” recalls Blake Evans, a third-generation poultry farmer from Decatur, Arkansas.

“I’d bring chicken home, and my wife didn’t necessarily want to eat it. She would go off to the store and find something different. When your wife wants to eat somebody else’s chicken, and you’re running a chicken company — that kind of makes you scratch your head.”

Blake points to his wife’s concerns about antibiotics and animal welfare as one of many moments that inspired him to found his own company, Crystal Lake Farms. “We reached back to the heritage genetics. We were looking for traits that would allow...

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Get to Know Hemp Seeds

By Megan Myers, May 25, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

It seems like these days we’re all looking for easy ways to boost our protein and vitamin intake. It’s actually easy to do, thanks to one of the hottest ingredients around: hemp seeds.

What Are Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds come from one of the oldest, most versatile and hardy plants in the world. Hemp is used for making fabric, pressed for oil, ground for powder and eaten as shelled seeds. Plus, just a little bit can add a protein boost to your diet!

Hemp seeds with berries

How to Eat Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds (also...

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Daily Dish: Wednesday

By Whole Story Editors, May 25, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors


Photo Credit: @lucy_and_lentils

Every day our plates get filled with news from the world of food. Here’s what our editors found most interesting today. ​​

Can You Dig It?

It just might be our favorite day ever — today is National Wine Day! Looking for something new to celebrate the occasion with? Skip the bottle and opt for a can of the good stuff instead. Canned wines are perfect for...

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How Much Do You Really Know About Sunscreen?

By Jody Villecco, May 25, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jody Villecco


Spending time outdoors in the sun can be nourishing on many levels, yet at the same time, we know that the sun is a source of UV radiation that has been linked to skin cancer, cataracts and visible signs of aging. These can build up from continued exposure to the sun, with the severity of the effects dependent upon the timing and pattern of sun exposure, which is especially critical during childhood. UVB and UVA radiation are the two kinds of concern. UVB consists of shorter waves and is responsible for sunburn, while UVA is comprised of longer waves that can pass through glass windows and clouds to penetrate deep within the connective tissue causing skin damage and wrinkles....

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Discover New Favorites: Wine in a Can

By Lindsay Robison, May 24, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

West Side Wine Co

True story, I’ve had to abandon two separate corkscrews at the airport over the years. I had a travel corkscrew in my purse for wine “emergencies” (such as bringing a bottle of wine to a house that — gasp — didn’t have a corkscrew) and then forgot to take it out before traveling. So imagine my excitement that wine in a can not only exists, but it’s delicious. Now I can enjoy a sip of my favorite adult beverage and leave the corkscrew at home!

Canned wine is one of the top wine trends for 2016, and it’s easy to see why. It’s convenient — no unfinished bottles losing potential on the kitchen counter, and no corkscrew or glasses required. For laid-back summer...

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