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Stonyfield Farm Oikos Organic Yogurt review and giveaway

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PastaQueen reviews the Stonyfield Farm Oikos Organic Yogurt, reminisces about her grandparents’ farm, and gives away coupons, a pot holder, and a spatula.

Before my grandparents died, they bought the farm. After years of living in a small house in Princeton, Indiana, they purchased several acres and a farm house which I would visit back when I was only as tall as the kitchen counter. They had blackberries that we helped pick. They had cows that gave you mean looks. They had a creepy bathroom that was more frightening than any rest stop’s facilities. They sold eggs on the front porch whose shells were not a uniform white, but also brown and beige. The farm was dirty and odd and different from the city where I came from, but it was memorable and it had tractors. My best memory of my grandfather came when we were walking through the chicken coop together, gathering eggs, and he lifted up a chicken off its roost and tossed it halfway across the room. Who says a chicken can’t fly?

When we ate at my grandparents house, the food was different. The chicken wasn’t as plump as the ones from the stores. The green beans tasted nothing like the frozen veggies we got from the grocery. However, the angel food cake was delicious, thanks to the eggs from those flying chickens. I wish I could try eating those foods again, because what tasted weird and funny to my eight-year-old tastebuds might taste sweeter or more savory now. I didn’t know it, but I was eating organic food which was grown close to the earth like people had done for centuries before me. My parents had a farm, not a factory.

I saw the movie Food Inc. this weekend, and I recommend that anyone who had a problem with my cannoli entry never, ever see this movie or else you will have to retroactively vomit 80% of everything you have ever eaten. The film exposes the predatory business practices of the meat, corn, and soy bean industries, shows disturbing footage of how our food is made, and probably also has a negative effect on concession stand sales. It shows how food is grown in factories, not farms. It’s gross, really, really gross. If my grandparents had owned a chicken factory instead of a hen house, I would not be reminiscing about the good times I had picking up chicken corpses smeared in feces. Overall, the film emphasized the importance of organic foods to me in a way that ramblings from hippies never really has.

One of the “good guys” interviewed in the film is Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm and reformed hippie. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy who takes a bit of twisted joy from getting organic products onto Wal-Mart shelves. This reminded me that Stonyfield Farm had sent me coupons for their yogurt several months ago and I’d never done a review because my life got hectic. Last month I finally decided to grab some of there Oikos Greek Yogurt to review, but because I had moved to the south side of town, far away from the Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and Fresh Market, I couldn’t figure out where to buy it. Then a friend let me know that Kroger has a secret organic foods section away from the other foods, as if not to contaminate the organic yogurt with aspartame. So, if you can’t find this stuff in the yogurt section like I couldn’t, search for the organic section of the store.

Oikos Greek Yogurt with honey

I tasted the Oikos Greek Yogurt with Honey because I knew the tart taste of plain Greek Yogurt alone would turn me off. The honey is located at the bottom of the yogurt cup and you can mix it together with a spoon. It was yummy and the kitties licked the container clean. Like most Greek yogurt, it’s thick and creamy. It’s also nice to know that the cows that helped make the yogurt were like the mean cows on my grandparents farm and not the corn-fed cows writhing in their own manure like in the film.

Stoneyfield Farm prize package

Stonyfield Farm is giving away one prize package that consists of an oven mitt, a spatula, kitchen magnet and coupons for free and/or discounted yogurt. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this entry naming what your favorite farm animal is and why by Wednesday, August 5th at 11:59pm. A winner will be drawn randomly. US entries only please, because I don’t think the coupons will work in other countries. If you don’t win, it looks like they also give away coupons on their web site here.

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sharilyn • August 3, 2009 at 8:10 am

Sheep, baaaaa. Good yogurt


dma • August 3, 2009 at 8:29 am



JEM • August 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

Yum, I love Stoneyfield yogurt…I have been eating it since college. (I worked in a health food store.)

I really love piglets on the farm. They are so darn cute and smart and loveable. I love them!!


Kelly • August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

Stonyfield is a really great brand. Not only is the food really good, but they’re a responsible corporation. Me and my husband pretty much love all things Stonyfield.


Annalisa • August 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

I Love, Love greek yogurt! Stonyfield is such a fantastic company – the yogurt is pretty yummy too. I always liked goats on a farm.


Linda • August 3, 2009 at 8:56 am

My favorite farm animal is the barn cat. It is both the mighty hunter and the cuddly furball. Mulipurpose in one package.


shanna • August 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

In high school, my JILG (job’s for Illinois graduates) teacher lived on a farm and decided to take us city kids out to her house. We were supposed to be building a float for our homecoming parade, but instead we ran all over the place exploring things we had never seen (even jumping down from the hay loft!). While we were there, our teacher’s husband told us that he spent the day delivering baby pigs. We got to hold some of them and bottle feed them. They were so cute! SO i guess, my favorite farm animal would be baby pigs!

Thanks for your blog. I know you hear it all the time, but you truely are an inspiration! :)


Shannon • August 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

I love sheep. They are fluffy and my 2 year old calls all of them BAAA. It cracks me up.


Miz Robyn • August 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

My favorite farm animal: chicken. We’ve got over 100 of them, and they never fail to entertain us.

(In second place: turkeys. We have 6 of them, and they’re awfully personable.)


Sheryl Pockrose • August 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

— I will have to look for this brand in Kroger’s here.

I like sheep – nice and fluffy, and I go on retreat at a place where you can hear “baa, baa” whil you’re walking the labyrinth.


Thirkellgirl • August 3, 2009 at 9:17 am

My favorite farm animal is the cow, because cows are *excellent listeners. I live up the road from a dairy farm and often talk to the cows. They have a perfect “you’re a little confusing but obviously worth listening to so I’ll try to pay attention until you’re done with me” expression.


Leslie • August 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

I’m a cow girl muself…especially them thet’re raised with pure organic love.


Neena • August 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

I love chickens and pigeons. My dad used to have a small chicken and pigeon farm as a teenager in India, and he tells the best stories of selling eggs to local restaurants before he went to school everyday. (It was a very tiny farm.)


Sabrina • August 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

I love cows! If I could do whatever I wanted to when I grew up it would be to live on a diary farm!


Maggie • August 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

I have a fondness for baby goats because my college roommate would reminisce about growing up on a farm with them. She drank a TON of goat milk!

Also, my two best friends love Stonyfield so much that they took a trip last weekend to New Hampshire to see the headquarters.


Laura Pugh • August 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

The pastor from our church reviewed Food Inc on his blog and highly recommends seeing it. Of course, as you mentioned, once you see it you’ll never be the same! I haven’t seen it yet, but am looking forward to seeing it…well, sort of.

I’m fortunate to live in a college town in mid-Missouri where there is always a big push to eat organic food grown locally. We have a wonderful farmer’s market and many of the restaurants in our town use organic, local food. If more people start eating food from their own back yard (or the neighbor’s back yard), it will be interesting to see how (if) things change. Will people choose healthy food over convenience? I know that sure is a struggle for me. When I’m hungry, I don’t want to cut veggies, roll out dough or any other kind of “manual labor”. I think my attitude is very sad. I’m so lazy when it comes to my food and some day I may pay the price…

Oh for Pete’s sake! I got a little soap box-y there!

So, what was the question? Oh yeh. I like cows. They have big brown eyes and I love to hear them moo.


Kari • August 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

My favorite farm animal would have to be a pig…because they’re so smart. :)


Wendy • August 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

That’s a tough one because I love them all so much, but I am a BIG fan of cheese and yogurt so I’ll say cows… or goats. Mmmmm, goat cheese.


Jamie • August 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

My aunt and uncle live on a dairy farm, so I’ll go with cows. Can I specify brown/ fawn colored cows? So much prettier than your average black and white! ;-) Thanks for the giveaway.


jenny • August 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

Goats are really silly and climb on things and behave in a really daft way, not to mention a nice bit of goat cheese!


Rhonda • August 3, 2009 at 9:43 am

My husband and I farm- although we do not have any cattle anymore- just grain. But we used to milk cows and they were so smart and personable. We named each of them and they got to be good friends. Cows win- although pigs are smart and funny too!

Thanks- Rhonda


Susan • August 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

Pigs. I fell in love with Charlottes Web as a kid.


Bethama • August 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

Goats! You can feed them, so they’re, like, INTERACTIVE ANIMALS.

…well, you can feed all of the animals, but let’s face it, the goats take everything.


Andrea@WellnessNotes • August 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

My grandmother had a chicken coop. I was always excited when I got to collect eggs with her. So my favorite farm animal are chickens because they remind me of my grandmother and collecting eggs with her.


Lisa • August 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

I really like this yogurt. It keeps me full for hours. I too buy it at Kroger. I was already a vegetarian but became an organic enthusiast after reading “Fast Food Nation,” Eric Schlosser. I became vegetarian because I thought that for me it was a healthier way to live. No doubt that today’s factory farming is one of the many reasons I am still a vegetarian.

…also an Indy south-sider


Poppy • August 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

I have to say that my favorite farm animal would probably be the barn cats because I’m a true cat person, but if you were thinking more livestock-y type animals I’d have to say that I have a fondness for brown swiss dairy cows.


Deb • August 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

Consider me entered. I like cows! And I also saw that movie and it did have an effect on me. Hamburgers made with the meat of 1,000 cows? Yuck! For now, I’m doing my part by continuing to eat at Chipotle! Keep up the blogging. We enjoy you. And kudos for going out on your own, business-wise, and for being sensible enough to plan/save for that. You are an inspiration.


Sue • August 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

I am truly Susie Suburb and have never lived on a farm. However, I am fond of cow-eyes, cheese and, let’s admit it, butter. So cows get my vote.

I also adore greek yogurt, but haven’t tried Oikos yet; I’d love to give it a whirl. In a blender with some berries and honey or agave. Mmmm …smoooothie.


Narya • August 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

I’m gonna go with the dog. Yeah, not exactly a farm animal in some ways, but they work, too, especially the ones that can herd the cows. I think of them as the messengers between the humans and the other animals.


Ginnie • August 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

When we were growing up, we weren’t allowed to have any cats as pets. My dad said that “Cats belong in a barn!” Now my siblings and I all have cats living in our homes!


debby • August 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

I like all farm animals! But I guess I’ll pick chickens because they can fly! Also, I still have a few chickens, and they are just fun to have around, even if they are kinda messy.


NGS • August 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

I love pigs. The pink noses. The curly tails. The ability to be litter trained. What more could one want in a farm animal?

I love the secret organic section of most grocery stores. My husband has some dietary restraints (blah blah boring details) and that is where we end up doing most of our shopping!!


Sarah Jolie • August 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

I’m a cow girl myself. (note, not Cowgirl).

And, thanks so much for this post. I’ve already been shelling out loads of $$ for greek yogurt. I can’t imagine stonyfield is any more/less in the grandscheme.

I will immediately support them with my switch. Thanks for the reminder that we have power in our choices.


gknee • August 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

I like roosters because they are colorful and the sound they make is “farm” to me!


Shelley B • August 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

I like cows. And I snorted when I read the “bought the farm” sentence – thank for the early morning laugh!


Kim • August 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

It would have to be the barn cats. Not only are they friendly, they are smart too.


Ginny • August 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love me a feisty goat. I especially love when they butt horns! Good times.


Jennifer • August 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’m going to have to say goats because I love goat cheese. I could eat it every day. :)


JEM • August 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

Thinking about all these adorable farm animals makes me want to go vegetarian!!


Melissa • August 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

Hmmmm…..favorite animal? Let’s see. Maybe a baby goat. They’re so cute.


Jenni • August 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

I love Hampshire pigs!! They are SO cute. The white stripe across their shoulders gets me every time! Oh and I think they are delicious (even though I cried when the one I raised got sold and loaded onto the butcher truck, and no I wasn’t 4, I was 14). I also love chickens, I think they are an awesome bird, one day I hope to have a coop.


Dee • August 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

I love Stonyfield farms they are literally 10 mins from my house!


Sara • August 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

I like goats because they have crazy eyes, lol. I hope I win! :)


Emily • August 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

Goats! They are like the underdog of the farm animal community.


Helen • August 3, 2009 at 11:43 am

I like all the animals when they are babies – chicks, ducklings, kitties, puppies, calfs, sheep, piglets – they’re just all so cute. And I love Stonyfield yogurts!


Gail • August 3, 2009 at 11:45 am

Put me down for chickens…they have such infinite variety…and when they are free-range (as in my childhood) their eggs are FABULOUS! As always, PQ your ruminating is worth reading again today!


Kathleen • August 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

I love yogurt and your Blog is great!


Katie • August 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

I love that yogurt.

I think the best farm animal I’ve ever seen were these long haired cows in Germany. The looked like cows, only with wise, distinguished beards. Awesome.


Pamela • August 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

I am going to have to go with goats, because they are useful both for their hair and for their milk, but you don’t have to kill them to reap both of these benefits.


maxie • August 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Nothing happier than a couple of fat red hens in the backyard.

I haven’t seen Food, Inc. yet, but we’ve been eating only organic veggies, eggs and chickens for several years. A visit to the chicken farm where we get our eggs/meat will convince anyone to forget *factory* poultry. Those chickens are happy little suckers.


lg • August 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Horses are my favorite farm animals. Beautiful and friendly, I remember thehorses from childhood eating from our hands.

It would be great to try this yogurt. LG


Jody • August 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I love the bottle fed calves! They are so dang cute and babylike! Ok…a BIG baby, but still.


Dawn • August 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm



Nancy • August 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I think I’m going to go with the pigs…we recently saw a Mama pig with all her babies and they were so adorable.

I love Oikos (more than Fage)…thanks


Erin • August 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I think I would have to say chickens. My kindergarten teacher had a farm, and I went to visit her one time, and just like you and your grandfather we went into the chicken coop and I helped her collect fresh eggs. It’s such a fun memory! Thanks chickens!


Minda • August 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I think my favorite would be the piggies.

I recently started eating this yogurt and really like it. It wasn’t until I started eating this that I actually took the time to read my other “healthy” yogurt only to find the second ingredient was high fructose corn syrup.


Rose • August 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Horsies! Because they are beautiful and I never got to have one as a kid.


Caroline • August 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I like pigs. I remember a lady that lived near me that had a pet pig and he was such a sweetheart!


Karen • August 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm

We have a farm nearby with Bison, they are my favorite. You think cows give mean looks? And horses, I love horses.

Organic greek yogurt is my staple go to breakfast, every single day. Mixed with some berries, or some nuts. Then for lunch I have a salad with dressing made with organic greek yogurt, and some dijon mustard, vinegar and spices. Tastes great and saves me the trouble of having to figure out what to bring to work every day.

Thank you for the chance to win!


Diane, Fit to the Finish • August 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love all kinds of yogurt. We can’t find greek yogurt here in our tiny town very often though!

Favorite farm animal – probably cows. They are so quiet and gentle!


Mindy • August 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I love Greek style yogurt!

My favorite animal is a sheep but I don’t want to eat it, just take its wool and spin and knit it into something pretty.


Erin • August 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I’ll go with cows! I grew up on a farm actually, and we raised cows & horses. There were also stray ducks that went wherever they pleased!


Tammy • August 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

My favorite farm animal? Cows. We used to live near a field of them and in the spring, they would gather all their babies in one small area and graze around them, I thought it was the funniest thing, like Dairy Daycare.


Quix • August 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Oikos with honey is my new favorite breakfast! I mix some cereal or oatmeal in and it’s just enough to get me through to lunch.

My favorite farm animal? Probably piggies. They are both adorable AND tasty! :)


Melissa • August 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

The sheep dog, err… shepherd… of course! Super smart dogs!


Kelly • August 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I have to put in a vote for pigs. Particularly the pigs on Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in Food, Inc. (I saw the movie last Wednesday). I swear, those pigs were smiling.

I’ve been a big fan of Stonyfield Farms for years. I can’t even eat Dannon or Yoplait anymore because I think they taste yucky compared to SF, especially if they have aspartame in them.


kate • August 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Definitely pigs!


Erin • August 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm



Rose • August 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Being a city girl, I’ve never been on a farm. But if I was a farm girl, ny favorite fram animal would be a cow. It’s too big to chase me.


Sarah • August 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Holstein Cows! Despite my grandmother’s attempts to confuse me by calling them “horses” when I was little, I was smart enough to pick up on the trick and learned the proper name… at least I think so…


Jill • August 3, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Okay, delurking here to say that my favorite farm animal has to be the cow because my grandpa had a cow named Bessie when I was 5 years old and I loved her. She was a Jersey cow I think and she was light brown and beautiful. I have a picture of me in all my 1970’s bell-bottom glory standing next to Bessie. I love that picture.

So yeah, definitely cows.


cloudy • August 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm

The cow, because the cow has four stomachs and undergoes a special digestive process to break down the tough and coarse food it eats. When the cow first eats, it chews the food just enough to swallow it. The unchewed food travels to the first two stomachs, the rumen and the reticulum, where it is stored until later. When the cow is full from this eating process, she rests. Later, the cow coughs up bits of the unchewed food called cud and chews it completely this time before swallowing it again. The cud then goes to the third and fourth stomachs, the omasum and abomasum, where it is fully digested. Some of this digested food enters the bloodstream and travels to a bag called the udder, where it is made into milk that will come out of her teats, while the rest goes towards the cow’s nourishment.


Kate • August 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Favorite farm animal? I think chickens for all their beautiful eggs! I would also say cow, but I cant eat much milk (lactose intolerance). I can, however, eat yogurt :)


Ana • August 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

The barn cat – it feeds itself while providing a useful service ;)


Stephanie • August 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

The chicken because it’s multi-purpose and easier to care for/house.

Also, love me some Stonyfield yogurt!


Lauren • August 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I always loved goats beacause they’re fun to pet and baby goats are sooo cute!


Rahim • August 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

This was a great article. My sister just told me to see the movie food inc. too. I’m a yogurt lover so I’ll be sure to look tor Oikos in my area.


Annette Moore • August 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

My favorite farm animal is ducks.


ragtopday • August 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Stonyfield is a local company and they are the best! Greek style yogurt is my new go to so I’m in heaven.

Favorite farm animal would have to be lambs. Or chicks. Or foals. Or calves. Also, possibly piglets. Seeing a pattern here? I love me some baby animals!


Kimmi • August 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I tried Greek yogurt once…wasn’t a big fan but now I’m wondering if perhaps I just had the wrong type? Mine was plain….no honey or anything…I will have to try again…after all if so many of you enjoy it there has to be something to it!


Jean • August 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I grew up (from K-4) on a farm, and my grandpa still lives on a farm, although he doesn’t do any farming any more, except for his garden & orchard. I was just there yesterday & enjoyed the cows that live in his rented-out pasture. They are my favorite. I became ‘citified’ for awhile & didn’t care where my food came from, but I’m trying to go back to the way that I grew up.


Andrea • August 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I’d say chickens but their clucky little pecking beaks frighten me.

Cows, nope. Those swishing tails.

Pigs? Too messy.

Horses? Never saw the point.

Lambs. Sure they sound cute but imagine the head butts.

Recently saw a donkey nearly take off the hand of a two year old (OK, the kid was putting his hand near the old guys mouth but still, the entire hand went in the mouth and a couple of teeth marks accompanied it when the hand got pried out) so that leaves out the cow (don’t get me started on the mean eyes you describe).

So, with all this, I’ll go for the kitten…pre-hunter kittens; we adopted a wild cat once and witnessed it teaching her kitten to hunt baby rabbits. I can still see the baby rabbit flying through the air as the mom tried to get the kitten to chase it as if in the hunt.

Way too much information here. Oh well.

PS I love Stoneyfield products! Bringing my girls up on it. One of the few vegetarian low-fat yogurts out there!


Kate • August 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Chickens are my favorite farm animal. They provide both eggs and chicken meat. I think they are much less firghtful than cows, pigs, goats, etc.


Laura • August 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm


I would love to try the Stonyfield yogurt! My favorite farm animal is – The Pig.

They are fascinating creatures.


Sara • August 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

That’s easy: PIGS

Why? One word: BACON.

Jim Gaffigan has a great bit about how bacon is the great magic food equalizer, and by it’s addition everything becomes delcious. Don’t like that salad? Bippity-boppity-BACON!


theskinnyplate • August 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I love Oikos Greek yogurt.


Deby • August 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

My favorite farm animal is one that many people have never seen…It’s the alpaca. They have the cutest little faces and they look like they’re wearing fuzzy pajamas. The best thing is (as far as I know), there isn’t anything about them that’s edible. There are a few alpaca farms near me and they sell really nice items made from their fur.


Farmwife • August 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I guess my favorite are the goats since I have so many, lol.

I just spent the morning trying to round up four 2-300# hogs that escaped their pen, and tore up the calf pen on their way through. Thankfully they didn’t eat the calves. So hogs are not my favorites today.


Sonia • August 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm

My favorite farm animal is the cow. Almost half my diet is from cows: milk, yogurt, cheese, and meat! And yes, I know dairy cows are a different type than the ones we slaughter for meat. They’re all cows, though, and I am very, very grateful organic milk, yogurt, cheese, and meat are available, thanks to guys like Gary Hirschberg.


Dixie • August 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

My favorite farm animal is a tie—

Goats- because of goat cheese, of course

Sheep- WOOL!


Jo Anne • August 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I have to pick just one?

Your stories remind me of my summers on my Aunt Jen’s farm in Illinois.

It would be a tossup between the chicks and the bantam chickens and the lambs.

I guess I’ll choose lambs because I’m too old to enjoy banty eggs anymore.

Why? Because they’re cute, of course.


TPL • August 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

So what does a southern California girl pick? The ever humble and oh so lovely pig. Why pray tell? Because it was the first PET she ever had …when she came home from vacation Bible school in the summer in the 60’s, there was a box, turned upside down, weighted down with a rock on top of it. When I asked my dad why, and what was inside, he said to look. It was a little pink piglet, the only one left that he saved from its carniverous, crazed sow’s (talk about post-partum issues) hunger streak through the litter.


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Suzanne • August 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

We are a seriously Stoneyfield loving family (aside from my son with the milk allergy:)! At the moment, cows are my favorite because according to my son cows say “boooooo”. Love it!! :)


Bridget • August 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Ducks. For one, they are one of the funniest animals known to mankind and two in Spanish ducks is translated to “los patos” which goes to show that ducks are hilarious in several different languages.


Kelsi • August 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Personally, I like the working dogs on a farm. My younger daughter(2) says baaaa, because that’s the only farm animal she can say yet. My older daughter(6) would pick a goat, but I’m not quite sure why.

Crap, I should have had each of them post separately for three entries. Whoops!


Cindy • August 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I prefer smaller, “local” dairies for my yogurt. My personal favorite is Hawthorne Valley yogurt (out of NY… a dairy farm connected to a Waldorf school). This way you get to support two good causes at once! And it is AMAZING yogurt. What food is supposed to taste like…


Deb M • August 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm

My favorite farm animal? The DRAFT HORSE, although you usually have to go to Amish country to see them on working farms anymore.

I personally like to ride Lucy, my very own Belgian draft horse, because she’s fatter than I am (2,000 pounds!) and makes me look small.


BridgetJones • August 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Dear Pasta Queen,

My favorite animal on the farm is the human being. True, we don’t have the grace of the horse, or the chewing power of the cow, but we have our own personalities. Being on a farm helps me recognize that we are animals, too, and we have our place here, consuming and interacting with all the other beasties of the world. I think I become a better person every time I have a chance to get back to nature.



beep • August 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I love chickens. I used to do research that involved some flocks of chickens, and I loved how when I went to draw their blood, at first they would protest and flap around, but then always hit this point where they would cease struggling and appear very Zen and at one with their lot in life.


Renee • August 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Sheep, ’cause I love to knit and they have such cute faces!!


Terri • August 3, 2009 at 11:02 pm

My favorite farm animal would have to be the chickens. I like the ones that lay colored eggs –light green, etc. The fancy chickens!


Tammy • August 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm



Deb • August 3, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Pigs because they are super cute as babies and are known to be smarter than dogs.

I have really been wanting to see Food Inc. But now I am afraid too. I have seen other documentaries showing the cruelty of factory farms. I think it would make me cry.


Lydia • August 3, 2009 at 11:45 pm

sheep — they’re pretty


Jenn • August 4, 2009 at 12:02 am

Ducks, because fluffy ducklings are SO cute! Plus, I like hearing them quack.


amani • August 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

cows…they give so much and ask for so little in return. They do have freaky eyes, though.


Osa Morena • August 4, 2009 at 1:04 am

My favorite is the pig, because of bacon, and carnitas, but also because the piglets are so cute! I was very glad to find the Stonyfield at our Trader Joe’s, the only other place close was organically overpriced.


Amy • August 4, 2009 at 1:49 am

My favorite farm animal is… is… well, right now it is a pig because I just saw a show at our county fair called the Pork Chop revue. There were dumb jokes and a singing pig. Pigs are smart. Therefore, today I choose the pigs.


becky • August 4, 2009 at 1:55 am

I would have to say horses!


MizFit • August 4, 2009 at 6:34 am

you got an oven mitt?!

I got some yogurt and that was it :)


or do you just get to give a mit?

(*runs back to reread*)

and please email me.

I wanna hire you.


Debbi • August 4, 2009 at 7:03 am

My Tiny Kroger doesn’t carry the Greek variety, even in the organic section, so you don’t have to enter me in the drawing. But I do love, love, love the Oikos yogurt and got to eat some when I was in Florida last week. Mmmmm-mmmmm-good.

It took seeing Food, Inc., for me to really, truly flip the organic switch. I’m not saying I’ll be eating totally organic — I can’t afford it! And I’m too frugal to toss the 20 pounds of frozen Tyson chicken breasts I have in stock. But once it’s gone, I’ll be seeking out better-quality food.

Because we’re worth it.


Christy • August 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

My favorite animal is a cow. I grew up on a farm and our cows didn’t give mean looks at all. They were very nice and friendly.


Rah • August 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

My favorite animal is a sheep, because they are so serene when watched from afar.


Jenn • August 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

If we’re not talking about animals that could end up on your table in one way or another, I’d have to say the horse. Otherwise, I have mad love for calves, and deep adoration for sheep (ok, really their wool, but still).

As far as Greek-style yogurts go, while Fage 0% is still my favorite, Oikos runs a close second. Dolloped with a spoonful of TJ’s organic low sugar apricot spread and a sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds? Heaven on a spoon. =)


Alyssa Mauriello • August 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

My favorite farm animals are sheep because they are fluffy and adorable, even though they don’t smell great…


Darlene • August 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

My favorite farm animal is piglets because they are sooo cute and of course they are my favorite color pink.


Beth Ann • August 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

My personal favorite farm animal is the cow. When we first moved to Indianapolis, we had a cow pasture behind my house (it has since been developed). Since I didn’t have any friends (I was a VERY shy first grader), I would go over to the fence every day and talk to them like my best friends … I suppose in a way, they really were my best friends. Oftentimes they would moo back to me, as though they actually understood what I was saying!


Stephanie • August 4, 2009 at 9:57 am

I love cows – that is a recent love. They take great pictures, I have yet to get one up close but I am working on it!


Amy • August 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

@Deb – It wasn’t that bad. I’m a super sucker for that stuff and a vegetarian, and even I didn’t tear up at this. But then I also already knew most of the stuff covered in this movie. There are very few scenes that I would consider ‘shocking,’ though they did replay that cow/forklift clip from the HSUS investigation/recall from a year or so ago.


Amy • August 4, 2009 at 10:23 am

Heh, was working on a similar post-movie post about loving my great great aunt and uncle’s farm when I was a kid!

I love all farm animals. One of my favorite charities is Farm Sanctuary, which gives a home to farm animals who escape slaughterhouses and places like that.


Lisa • August 4, 2009 at 10:37 am

Favorite farm animal? I grew up around a lot of them and, frankly, have issues with almost all of them in some way. Pigs are smelly, cows are dumb (especially when they get out of the fence), horses eat money and chickens… well… a friend’s little brother threw one at my head once and I’ve despised them since. So I guess my favorite farm animal would have to be the sheep because they help keep knitters like me entertained and I have no first-hand, negative experiences with them.


Megan • August 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I like the baby goats the best. So cute!!


Rachael • August 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Your memories of your grandparent’s farm are a lot like mine! You emailed me a while back because your mom noticed I mentioend the Wabash River in a comment. My grandparents still own 72 acres in/around Mt. Carmel, Illinois minutes from the Indiana border. I spent summers there from when I was 4 to 14. They gave up having animals there long before I started visiting (since they only live there part time). They grown corn, wheat and soy beans. There was a huge blackberry patch that I would hours picking. They lived on a gravel road and I also spent many hours kicking through the gravel because my grandmother had told me I could possibly find an Indian arrow head. Now I know she was just trying to keep me busy!

My fave farm animal is the pig! The babies are so pink and cute! I love them so much that I feel guilty every time I eat pork (but not quite guilty enough to not eat it – though I do go through patches, but bacon always calls me back).


Katie • August 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I love those big draft horses that pull the hay wagon or the plow. They have gi-normous feet the size of dinner plates! When they run, the ground shakes. Thankfully they don’t run too often.


Katie • August 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I like horse. They’re purdy.


marialiesl • August 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

cows- so cute even when big and could kill you.


ShanInRealLife • August 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I love horses, mainly because I don’t look at them as being my next meal. I eat a great deal of pork, beef and chicken. After being on a farm, I could imagine it would be hard to meal again. So, horses it is…boy, I’m such a rambler…:0)


Melanie • August 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

My favorite farm animal has always been a sheep. They are so calm and obedient. I am a teacher so unlike many of my students, the sheep remind me that there are still some creatures who do what they are told and even when they are called to sacrifice, they move obediently.


She-Fit • August 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I have never tried greek yogurt! I think I am a little afraid to try it for some reason… maybe this will be the day!

I love pigs! Have no idea why… I think because of the movie uptown girls when she had cuppy pig as a pet… ever since I have always wanted one :)


Melis • August 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I grew up in NH and love Stonyfield! I’m so glad it’s now available nation-wide. My favorite farm animal is definitely the chicken. We had about a dozen who would roam our yard and scavenge for slugs and bugs in my mother’s garden. Plus, there’s nothing like an egg so fresh it is still warm.


Anna • August 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Funny, maybe it’s not a farm animal, but I don’t see many “horses” on this list of faves. True, they’re not usually sold as food, but growing up in the midwest, there was hardly a farm without at least one.

So I’ll bend the rules and say that horses are my absolute favorite. I used to sleep in the barn when the new foals were born. Priceless.


Panda Q • August 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Fainting goats. Because when they get scared or excited they fall over. And because we own two of the cutest fainting goats ever!!


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Jenna Z • August 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Having grown up on a farm, my favorite farm animal is the mule! We had several (a mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey) and I rode them in shows and just around the farm for fun. The reason I like mules better than horses is not necessarily the animals themselves (though they are lovely and sweet) but the people. Mule people are the most generous, caring people around! Horse people are terrible, stuck up snobs, or worse, hicks! Mule people are country folk, to be sure, but they are genuine and sincere and wholesome and would let you borrow the shirt off their back and offer to let you stay for dinner! All my years of 4-H (and it’s still this way today) the horse people would not let mules show at the county horse show! Stuck ups!


kat • August 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Must admit, don’t really have a farm animal favorite. I’m a bit more of an urban Boston girl.

Love the blog though.


junghwa • August 4, 2009 at 8:33 pm

i love oikos with A LOT of cinnamon. YUM!

my fav would be horsies. so cute ;)


Autumn B. • August 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

i love lambs because i grew up on a farm & we’d get lambs & get to bottle feed them! (probably the reason i can’t eat lamb!)

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Elizabeth • August 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I love cows because they have lovely soft noses and hilariously long tongues. Also, I love how they moo, and whenever I see cows I have to moo at them.

Actually, I also like sheep because they make wool, and I love to knit.


Leigh Ann • August 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Goats. I love goats. They’re so cute, even though everyone I know who has them says they’re a pain in the butt.


Katie R • August 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Cows are my favorite farm animals because my Mom was raised on a dairy farm (which my Uncle still operates), and I have great memories of feeding the calves, milking the cows, testing the electric fence (why are ‘shocks’ so fascinating to kids?), and cranking out ice cream from the fresh milk.


Kate • August 5, 2009 at 12:05 am

I’ve never had Stonyfield. I’ve heard it is delicious. I also want to see the movie. Maybe this weekend!



Kate • August 5, 2009 at 12:29 am

Horses! I grew up on a horse farm. They don’t really provide any food but it’s fun to ride them.


Christie • August 5, 2009 at 2:02 am

I like the barnyard dog — does he count?


Krista Chenoweth • August 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

Definitely pigs. They look you in the eye like an equal. I love their curled tails and floppy ears and their sense of fun.

I love greek yogurt but have never had this kind, it sounds tasty.


Tina • August 5, 2009 at 10:02 am

Goats! They are so sweet, and keep the weeds down, and you can get milk from them. That means cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. What’s not to love.

Although I am also partial to backyard chickens.


Babe • August 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

My favorite farm animal is the pig, especially the little piglets. They are very cute and smarter that people imagine.


Lindsay • August 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

Cows! Moo!

I love Stonyfield! I’m currently living in NYC but I was born and raised in NH- where Stonyfield is based. The only yogurt I will ever buy is Stonyfield


petunia • August 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

I love, love love driving by a farm and seeing cows. That never gets old.


Sharon Coley • August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

chickens of course……cause you get a “cluck, cluck here and and cluck, cluck there, here a cluck there a cluck, everywhere a cluck, cluck, Ol’ McDonald had a farm, eio, eio, ooooooh”


Jeanne • August 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

My grandmother had a farm and I loved the cows, but chickens come in a close second.


Andy • August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

The barn cat. My great aunt had a farm and every summer we would visit and play with a new set of kittens. I always looked for a black one, and there was always one there. Otherwise I am not of fan of the ugly, mean, smelly types. And I don’t eat them either! Yay vegetarians!


Kat • August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

I like ducks. Ducks are farm animals (well, they are in some Harvest Moon games, right?)


janis • August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

I love Stonyfield products!


Lisa B. • August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am

Just one? Really? I’ll have to go with cows. I went up to Traderspoint Creamery one afternoon with friends about a year ago and hung out with the cows there. They were very sweet and I love their big eyes. We watched them get milked and got to pet them. I even liked their runny noses.

I don’t think I can bring myself to watch that movie. I can’t even watch those ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLachlin. I try to eat organically as much as possible, anyway.


inkheartmeg • August 5, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Favorite farm animal is the rooster because he signifies the dawn of the new day


Allison • August 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Definitely cows. I remember when I was in college, a friend and I drove out into the country and found a field of cows to photograph. They all looked angry, but curious at the same time.


origamifreak • August 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm

You know what, I actually prefer skyr (Siggi’s brand is nice) to Greek yoghurt. And among nonfat Greek yoghurts, I prefer FAGE 0% to Oikos… It’s the texture. A bit thicker and creamier.

Lemme know when you review one of THOSE…



Cathy Bailey • August 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

My favorite farm animals are the chickens I remember on MY grandparent’s farm in Illinois. One of my favorite chores when I visited them was to proudly and carefully “gather the eggs” and “feed the chickens”. I am 53 now but can see the 6-yr. old in my mind, so conscientious and serious about my farm work. Long gone are those days, but I am so blessed to have the memories!


Cathy Bailey • August 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

My favorite farm animals are the chickens I remember on MY grandparent’s farm in Illinois. One of my favorite chores when I visited them was to proudly and carefully “gather the eggs” and “feed the chickens”. I am 53 now but can see the 6-yr. old in my mind, so conscientious and serious about my farm work. Long gone are those days, but I am so blessed to have the memories!


Caroline • August 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Definitely the pig – because of Charlotte’s Web and Babe


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