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36/365. Sledding with work peeps at the Hemstead Homestead.

36/365.  Sledding with work peeps at the Hemstead Homestead.

waaaaay down the hill on the right is louise hemstead, organic valley’s chief operating officer. i can’t believe i missed getting a photo of her jumping on a sled and ripping down the hill. fun time with great people in a lovely setting. i haven’t sledded on a hill this big since I was a kid at my grandparent’s home in jonesboro, maine.

the view from a gorgeous driftless lunchtime run.

the view from a gorgeous, driftless lunchtime run.

it’s impossible to convey the beauty of the view from the top of the ridge just a mile from my desk at organic valley. maybe a picture is worth a thousand words.

the view of the classic driftless region geography makes for quite an energizing “out and back” lunch run even on a dull day, all the more so when it’s sunny, green and lush.

do yourself a favor and view large on a big screen.

15 miles. alone, on country roads. personal best 3:40 marathon pace. could have done 20. why?

15 miles. alone, on country roads. personal best 3:40 marathon pace. could have done 20. why? I.

my motivation isn’t synthetic. and now, neither is my recovery shake :-)

26 grams of protein never tasted so good. also, lactose free.

yes i’m an organic valley brand manager so i’m a bit of a partisan, but i really do love this stuff and so does odin – so much so that we have a bit of trouble keeping it stocked in the house!

if you’ve ever made a product then you know how hard it is to go from the idea to an actual thing without making compromises along the way. if it were easy to make a great tasting, organic, high protein recovery shake with a short ingredient list and no words you can’t pronounce, then somebody would have done it already. i couldn’t be prouder of the super team who made this A Real Thing.

15 miles. alone, on country roads. personal best 3:40 marathon pace. could have done 20. why? II.

we’re still getting it stores, so if you’re interested tell your local, favorite store you’d love to have it on the shelf. if you have a whole foods or ncga coop nearby there’s a good chance you’ll find it there. also available via amazon fresh and fresh direct. of course, you can always check our product locator for more locations.

if you try it, i’d love to hear what you think.

recipe: chocolate mayonnaise cake with whipped cream frosting ( and a glass of grassmilk ) .

recipe: chocolate mayonnaise cake with whipped cream frosting ( and a glass of grassmilk ) .

speaking of grassmilk i have long thought i should start a recipe series for “things that pair well with a Big Glass of Grassmilk”. i guess now is as good a time as any :-)

make a chocolate mayonnaise cake and top with whipped cream frosting ( you could use something other than organic valley heavy whipping cream, but really, why? ). grab a glass of the cream on top grassmilk.

enjoy the perfect pairing. very much odin approved.

that sound you hear this week is grassmilk consumers rejoicing.

that sound you hear this week is grassmilk consumers rejoicing.

every day since we launched our 100% grass-fed, cream on top grassmilk, i’ve heard from loyal fans who wanted a screw cap on the carton so they could shake up the “cream on top” milk to get the cream mixed back in without spraying milk all over the place which would happen if you didn’t very precisely pinch the entire old school gable top opening. seriously, if you call in to our consumer hotline or email a comment, i read it. every. single. one :-)

and so, i’m happy to announce you’ll be seeing caps on the grassmilk that’s in stores east of the rockies ( sorry west cost folks, we’re still working on it for you ).

an added bonus in our household is that we can lay the cartons down after opening which is super useful when the space available for standing up a carton is occupied, as is often the case in our fridge.

day 3683: odin doesn’t know it but he’s learning lessons from The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective.

day3638 - odin doesn't know it but he's learning lessons from The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective. I.

over the years odin has learned a lot of things in the employee garden we tend at organic valley. we’ve been kite flying and planting and hoeing and weeding since he was barely old enough to push a wheelbarrow and it’s neat to know he thinks it’s normal that people grow food where they work and lots of folks we work with care about where there food comes from.

and now, since we joined The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective, he gets to see how great it is when a group of people get together to share in the effort.

holy cow we have a whole lotta of food! the plot is on the right and goes all the way back to where the guy is watering in the background. and we’ve started take over another plot across the path that he’s watering in photo.

and i have to say another fun part of the story of The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective is the nice man in the background is our vice president of sales, eric newman and the woman in front is theresa marquez our chief mission executive ( so now i don’t have steal theresa’s green beans because they’re our green beens :-) ). i don’t know about you but other companies i’ve worked for the “c-suite” executives didn’t hang out with employees and certainly didn’t get their hands dirty in the garden!

day3638 - odin doesn't know it but he's learning lessons from The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective. II.

odin doesn’t know it yet, but he’s also learning that working at organic valley really is quite different than many other companies in a lot of ways.

who knows maybe someday he’ll have his own employee plot and join the garden collective.

day3638 - odin doesn't know it but he's learning lessons from The Cosmos Organicos Garden Collective. III.

side note, i can’t even begin to describe how gorgeous a day it was in the rolling hills of the driftless region.