Month: October 2011

Grokfeast in Ontario, Canada

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.

Sault Ste. Marie (or as we refer to it…the Soo) is a small town in size but we definitely have a mighty spirit! What we also have, is a large community of crossfitters and with it comes a lot of paleo and primal eaters. When the Mark’s Daily Apple blog issued the 30 day primal challenge in early September, our friend Joe quickly facebooked everyone to see if any would commit. With the enthusiastic response he received, he started a facebook group where we could all share our daily experiences. Then came the Grokfeast contest. This was something that I just had to try. You see, I was doing pretty well at the primal challenge with the eating, sleeping and exercise bit, but I always seem to falter with the “having fun” part. I’m a very organized, regimented “book worm” type of person who doesn’t let her hair down and get silly. So I went out of my comfort zone and posted to the group to see if anyone was crazy enough to go out in public and give Grokfeast a try. To my amazement, a few of my crossfit friends answered my call.

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Grokfeast in Illinois

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
Grokfeast Bloomington/Normal @ CrossFit Bloomington-Normal, IL,  September 24, 2011

The day started with a partner WoD. It was the gym’s 2nd birthday along with one of our coaches birthday. The partner workout was 4 separate workouts with 4 minutes of work and 2 minutes of rest to be able to switch to next workout, and you had to switch partners each time. Worked out pretty well. One partner worked on one exercise while the other worked the second exercise and you couldn’t switch until the partner was complete.
Partner WoD
4 min. AMRAP/2 min. rest between rounds

7 Thrusters/10 Pull-ups
7 Power Cleans/10 Ring Dips
5 Push-press/10 Air squats
12 KB swings/10 Hollow Rocks

After the partner WoD, the cooking started. The coaches had the grill going with lots of meat. Members brought the side dishes.

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Grokfeast in Colorado

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
Our Grokfeast technically started a couple of weeks ago. There we were, surrounding the lake in hopes that we had outnumbered them. And then it happened. Mom fought the battle and won. Unfortunately, that was it. Not another bite. When we finally gave up, we walked up the path to Grandma’s, picked some apples for our pie, and gutted the fish. A couple of weeks later we tried again. This time the 3-year old veteran fisherman was the hero reeling in FOUR more brown trout! Because of his strength (“This fish is heavy Daddy! Do you want to do it?”) we were now able to have our feast!

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Grokfeast in Florida

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.

This year’s GrokFeast Melbourne went off without a hitch. A few Groks rolled in on time and started setting up, firing up the grill and getting everything squared away while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive.

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Grokfeast in Virginia

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
This year we had a Grokfeast in and around in our own backyard. Though we had some grandiose plans for a Grokfeast at a local state park, the weather looked bad for this weekend, so we stayed close to home in case of rain.

The participants were two families – each with two young girls, including one exclusively breastfed (so primal!) infant and two still-nursing toddlers. There were: Craig, Audrey, Annika, and Natalie, and Matt, Adrienne, Joelle, and Rose. There was also an enthusiastic labradoodle, Otis.

Our Grokfeast was a wonderful family date – our families have been friends for 6 years, so now that we have a passel of young girls between us, our get-togethers have only evolved to a state that we’d describe as “delightfully chaotic”. One passion our families share is sourcing tasty, healthy, high quality food, so the opportunity to meet up over a deliciously fresh meal and have it count as a “Grokfeast” was a no-brainer!

We started things off with Matt harvesting from the family garden – he was picking cherry tomatoes for the salad, doing a bit of very local and very fresh gathering. Next, the grill was fired up. We grilled skewered chicken breast and chicken tenderloins – as well as a vast abundance of fresh veggies.

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Grokfeast in Oregon

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
When we heard about the Grokfeast challenge, we were already in the midst of preparations for our 2nd Annual Yurtville Harvest Party. Since we attempt to live and eat primal and were already planning a party along those lines, it seemed like a fun idea to share our party with you and submit it for the contest.

As you might guess from our party title, my husband Ben, son Solomon and I live in a yurt. We’re located in Willamette Valley region of Oregon where we raise ducks, geese and chickens. Last year, we started what we hope will be a long tradition of celebrating the summer’s bounty by roasting up some of our pasture-raised duck and inviting a bunch of friends and family to come join us for a feast and games. If I had to pick 2 words to describe the mood we tried to create with our party it would be “Primal Elegance.” We wanted a long feast table full of beauty – beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful nature. But, elegance doesn’t preclude fun in my opinion and there was certainly a lot of that as well.

September 24 was the last warm, sunny day before the Oregon rainy season began. The party started around 3 in the afternoon as guests arrived and started to explore the farmyard, kids played the sandbox, toddlers chased ducks and chickens, and everyone cuddled the kittens. Chicharrones were nibbled. Wine, water, and kombucha were sipped. After a while, folks formed teams and began exploring Yurtville in order to complete all of the “Hunt, Gather and Play,” tasks on their sheet. Some of the required tasks included:

-Find 3 wild foods
-Find and list as many medicinal plants as you can
-Find the Yurtville structure that houses the most occupants (answer: the bee hive)
-Gather 3 sticks and take to the fire pit for the bonfire
-Do the log toss

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