Grokfeast in Ohio

On September 11th 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 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.

We are a young family of hunter-gatherers living in south-eastern Ohio. In preparation for our Grokfeast, we undertook our usual Saturday morning outing to the farmer’s markets, natural food store, and the local butcher. On our way to the feast, we stopped by the orchard that has been in my mom’s family for almost a century to get our “daily apples”.

We had the feast at my parent’s farmhouse out in the woods and were joined by fellow Primal friends from our apartment complex. All of the dishes turned out well and everyone, from the elders to the toddlers, brought a primal appetite for the occasion. The Poblano and Jalapeño poppers were a big hit!
As twilight fell, we took a walk to visit my dad’s grass-fed cows. After a bit of trekking, we caught up with them and by the last bit of twilight we tossed them tufts of green grass and ventured to get close enough to give them a pet. It may not have been conducive to iphone-photography but it was a thoroughly primal experience.

The Feast

  • Roast Grass-fed Beef
  • Roast Pastured Pork
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Sausage/Bacon/Cheese Poblano and Jalapeño Poppers
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Fresh Salad Greens
  • Homemade Salad Dressing (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, salt, garlic powder, italian spices, minced garlic)
  • Primal Marsala Sauce
  • Nor-cal Margaritas
  • Fresh Bone Broth
  • Pumpkin Bread (almond flour)
  • Apple Crisp (almond flour)
  • Fresh Apples

Sausage/Bacon/Cheese Poblano and Jalapeño Poppers


  • Jalapeno Peppers w/seeds removed
  • Poblano Peppers w/seeds removed
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Cheese
  • Butter


Cut up the peppers and roast in the oven with butter. Cook the bacon and sausage. Stuff the bacon, sausage, and cheese into the roasted peppers. Broil for a minute or so. Grok on!

The Tribe

JonMarc, Teresa, Dominic, Butch, Christina, Dominic, Marcus, Marilyn, Richard

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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