Given the fact that it’s been below freezing all day long, Matt and I sure spent a lot of time outside!!
I didn’t feel like going to the gym today – I wanted a more natural workout (didn’t know how cold it was at this point!) So Matt and I drove to the Monticello Trail and hiked 4.2 miles in 68 minutes. We kept a swift 16 min mile pace just to keep warm!
After quick showers and a few nuts to tide hunger, we were on our way to Twin Oaks.
Matt and I have been loving Twin Oaks Tofu since we moved here. It’s thick, spongy, needs no draining, and the herby flavors have herbs embedded inside – so much flavor!
Here are some of the dinners we have made with it:
So when I was visiting Whole Foods a few weeks ago, I met Benji, the marketing director of Twin Oaks, and he invited me out for a tour of the community to see where the cubed gold is made. [He also loved that I had “tofu” written on my grocery list ; ) ]
The Twin Oaks Intentional Community is a community built around values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. Founded in 1967, the commune now has about 100 members and is economically self-supporting through the sale of hand-made hammocks and TOFU [among a few other trades.] You can read more about the Twin Oaks way of life on the website.
Our tour took across the farm and through the organic gardens, greenhouse, dairy, chickens, tofu facility, dining hall, common areas, and a glimpse into the private living areas.
But our tour began with a lunch!
A bowl of a DELICIOUS Tofu + Daikon Radish Soup – with the most amazing broth I have ever tasted! Benji said he thought there was brown sugar involved…
We also enjoyed a tasting plate of beans, rice, salad and stir fry. So warming to know that everything (mostly) was grown organically on site!
Warming up by the fire
All of the buildings at Twin Oaks are heated with wood fires
We first toured the gardens, all organically grown, and the greenhouse, which had lettuces so beautiful I could hardly stand not to pick leaves and taste them right then and there!
We visited the dairy – which produces many [many!] gallons of milk per day that is consumed or turned into yogurt or cheese
And we played with the sweetest, friendliest calves I’ve ever met!
Next up were the chick-a-dees, where we found an egg!
This guy was keeping warm in what looked to be an oven!
We weren’t allowed to photograph inside the tofu factory, but know that they produce 11,000 pounds of organic non-GMO tofu A DAY!!! We donned hairnets and stepped inside to see the machines at work. They are planning to expand the facility by 100 feet – tofu demand is growing! And they make some damn good tofu! FYI, you can see where it’s available here – many locations on the East Coast and as far west as Chicago.
The hammock business is huge – they used to supply to Pier 1 for years [until Pier 1 sadly looked over seas for cheaper hammocks : ( ]
I swang in the chair swing and must say it was the most comfortable tree swing ever!
Lots of solar power going on!
We toured a few of the buildings
Including the dining hall where we tasted fresh milk
Ever seen a real, live may pole!? They have a huge May Day festival and this pole is huge!
Benji sent us home with a stock to last through the winter, including flavors from the More Than Tofu line such as Indian Masala and Peanut Ginger! Can’t wait to get busy in the kitchen with these!
The scenery at Twin Oaks is just stunning – even on a frigid winter day!
I love learning about new things, new ways of life, making new friends, and today was such fun. I’m so glad I now know the life behind the Twin Oaks Tofu made down the road.