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Grokfeast in North Carolina

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.

Welcome stumblers and all newcomers to the Windsor Oaks Band “WOB-ler” Grokfeast.

A rock and roll show, camping, relays, sprints, burpees, the “Caterpillar”, primal bounty roasted over the fire, all on the beach and barefoot… what a weekend it was!

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Grokfeast in Nebraska

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.
What a great Primal Sunday!!! I started this morning by going to my garden in the rain and picking the vegetables that I would be using for my 2 salads. After preparing those, I finished the morning by rubbing a pig’s butt with a seasoned rub. I cooked it all day long, and my house smelled awesome!!! Whomever says pigs stink has never rubbed their butt with such a delicious rub!

After our guests arrived, we primed ourselves for supper with some good old fashioned potato sack races. I figured we may as well use EVERYTHING we have so as not to waste anything, so the potato sacks ended up coming in handy. After everyone was winded, we settled down to enjoy our feast. Our feast consisted of BBQ Rub Pork Butt, Bacon Broccoli Salad, Cucumber/Tomato/Onion Salad, and Baked Peaches with Almonds for dessert. All the food was a hit, and the only creature we had to protect ourselves from while eating was a Tiger (aka: family cat).

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Grokfeast in Idaho

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.
Alright, well we got to the park at around 1:00pm and immediately started to set up the grills and get those going so that the food that needed to be cooked could get started. The kids started playing tag with their dad and doing handstands and cartwheels. I put out the zucchini chips and the pico de gallo to stave off the starvation. Everyone liked that. I was surprised that the kids were eating it so well. Apparently so was Josie. She kept saying how she loved it when we tried new recipes because they got to try them. So it must have been a good success. From there, we just ate when the food was done. So naturally the hot dogs and brats were done first because they cook the fastest. Next were the shrimp and beef kabobs. I don’t think they were a huge success because we ended up bringing a lot of those home with us. The ribs took FOREVER to cook. Everyone was most excited about those. We all ate as the food was done so it ended up being an eat and then go play for a little bit then come back and eat cycle. Which was fun, especially because I think that’s how Grok would have eaten anyways.

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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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Grokfeast in California

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 is a submission for the Grokfeast by a meetup group in San Diego, CA called the San Diego Paleo Tribe. This meetup group was formed June 2010 by Clifton Harski (now a MovNat instructor) and has since been led by myself, Dan Forsberg, and Ashley Westment since last fall. A while back my roommate, Nick, and I had a late night brainstorm (or pipe dream so I thought) about making a Primal version of a Spartan Race or Mud Run and calling it something like “Caveman Decathlon” or something of that nature. Well I put it in the back of my mind but Nick ran with it and wanted to put on an event in this meetup group. We all met up at Fiesta Island in San Diego, CA for a “Primal Challenge” on September 24, 2011. People in the tribe were all really excited to do it but given the short notice I gave them all (I posted it the day before) we had a really good turnout regardless. We all congregated in a large sand area at Fiesta Island where we competed against each other in a Primathlon of sorts. There were multiple events and a scoring system to find the best Primathlete for specific events and overall. The events and results were as follows:

Event #1: Bola Toss

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