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News:Holiday Blend Coffee, Holiday Gift Items, Last Weekend to Reserve Workshop & more...


Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

New from JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting


JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting has a new Holiday Blend coffee that they will be offering this season! They are also excited to offer holiday gift packaging at no charge for coffee purchased as gifts.

Note from JavaGenesis:
Our Holiday Blend is a great morning cup for those that love a smooth yet balanced cup of coffee during the Holiday season. As you celebrate the season with family and friends, nothing will start the conversation better than a great cup of this blend. A Brazilian and Guatemalan based blend with a bit of our Indonesian to add rich, warm undertones has produced a well balanced, awesome cup of coffee. *Holiday Blend makes a great gift and is available for a limited time only.* Pick up several bags to share at your holiday gatherings this year!

Give the gift of coffee this season and leave the gift wrapping to JavaGenesis. Whether its a bag for the coffee lover in your life, a coworker, teacher or a hostess gift for a holiday party, let me gift bag it for you! Bags are either brown kraft paper or red paper with white tissue paper and the distinctive JavaGenesis bean and flame on the front of the bag. Just order your choice of coffee and add the holiday gift wrap to your cart and I will take care of the rest.

Christmas Items and Teacher Gift Baskets from My Daily Bread

Christmas Items such as cookie platters, teacher’s gift baskets, and gingerbread boys will be available beginning December 7th. If you would like to pre-order one of these items you can order starting this weekend. Any pre-order gift items ordered this week will be available for pick up the following Tuesday (Dec 10th).

Also My Daily Bread wants to make sure everyone is aware that yeast breads are affected by the weather, especially rain and cold front combos like we had this past week. Occasionally they have to pull products that are affected off the market. They try to notify everyone in advance if they have to remove an item. They do this to ensure you get the best quality product.

Goat Milk will be available this week

Rusty is back and so is his goat milk! Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers as his father continues to battle cancer.

Last Week for Workshop reservations

This will be the last weekend we will take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on *December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041.

Workshop Details:
This is a beginning-level soapmaking and yogurt making class designed to teach students to make soap and yogurt by hand at home.
Soapmaking:
The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities using a “lye calculator.” The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Cold process soap making will be demonstrated during the class session. Each student will receive at least one bar of soap made during class.
Class topics include:
• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making

• Necessary materials, supplies and equipment

• Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide

• Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures

• Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally

• Preparing your molds and molding options

• Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Yogurt Making:
• A brief discussion on the different types of yogurt cultures and preparation methods- We will focus on mesophilic culture (low heat process)with no special equipment needed.

• Learn the cost savings of making your own yogurt at home

• Detailed demonstration of how simple it is to make yogurt using all the dairy products on the co-op market with no expensive equipment

• You will leave with a starter culture and the knowledge to make your own yogurt at home

and ample time for questions and answers

The cost of this workshop is $35 for paid members and $45 for non-paid members.

New Items

Bakery Holiday Cookie Platter LARGE
Bakery Holiday Cookie Platter MEDIUM
Bakery Holiday Cookie Platters SMALL
Bakery Holiday Cookies Happy Gingerbread Boys
Bakery Holiday Gift – Homemade Chocolate Pecan Biscotti in a decorative Coffee Mug
Bakery Holiday Mini Loaf
Coffee – Holiday Blend -Whole Bean or Ground
Coffee – Holiday Gift Bag (No charge with any coffee purchase)
Lavender (Bulgarian) Body Butter 2 oz
Lavender (Bulgarian) Body Butter 4 oz
Veggies – Kale Dwarf Siberian
Veggies – Mustard Green ‘Chinese Red’
Vinegar – Orange Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – Strawberry Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – White Balsamic Vinegar

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Green Pasture (Fermented Cod Liver Oils)- December 13th

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Market is OPEN for orders


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

News:Pour Jar Caps, Goat Milk and more


Hi Everyone,

ReCap Mason Jar Pour Caps Now Available!


I have just re-ordered ReCap Mason Jar Pour Caps for WIDE mouth jars! They will not arrive in time for pick up this week but should be available for the Dec 3rd pickup. They will be on the market website tomorrow to order. I will not place another order for at least 3 months so order early if you need some. They fit perfectly on the glass half gallon jars used for milk.

Proudly made in the USA from BPA-free plastic. They are spill-proof, top rack dishwasher safe and can be used on all wide mouth mason jars. “Shake, Pour, Store: – grains and cereals – maple syrup, honey, milk… – homemade dressing – household cleaners”. We were able to get bulk pricing and the caps are only $5.50 each and include shipping, taxes and fees.

Thanksgiving Week Pick Up

It will be business as usual and we will have our normal pick up schedule the Tuesday on Thanksgiving (Nov 26th).

If you know that you will be out of town and you have a produce box, please go ahead and put your box on vacation hold online or call Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will put a vacation hold on your account.

Goat Milk will not be available

Rusty, our goat dairyman, has a family emergency and is currently tending to his father that is suffering from cancer. Please keep him and his family in your prayers during this difficult time. He will not have goat milk available this week and possibly next week as well. Thank you for your understanding.

Sea Salts and Wilderness Family Naturals Group Order will NOT be in this Tuesday

I’ve received the tracking info for the sea salt and it will not arrive in time for this Tuesday pick up. I checked the status on our group order with Wilderness Family Naturals and it hasn’t shipped yet. The sea salt will be available for pick up on Dec 3rd and I will update on the other items (WFN) once I get the tracking info.



Workshop reservations



We will continue to take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041. Workshop Details:
This is a beginning-level soapmaking and yogurt making class designed to teach students to make soap and yogurt by hand at home.
Soapmaking:
The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities using a “lye calculator.” The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Cold process soap making will be demonstrated during the class session. Each student will receive at least one bar of soap made during class.
Class topics include:
• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making

• Necessary materials, supplies and equipment

• Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide

• Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures

• Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally

• Preparing your molds and molding options

• Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Yogurt Making:
• A brief discussion on the different types of yogurt cultures and preparation methods- We will focus on mesophilic culture (low heat process)

• Learn the cost savings of making your own yogurt at home

• Detailed demonstration of how simple it is to make yogurt using all the dairy products on the co-op market with no expensive equipment

• You will leave with a starter culture and the knowledge to make your own yogurt at home

and ample time for questions and answers

The cost of this workshop is $35 for paid members and $45 for non-paid members.

New Items

New Items this week:
Carrier Oils (Apricot, Argan, Jojoba, Coconut (Fractionated)and Sweet Almond Oil to be used with essential oils.

10 lbs and 5lb bags of Certified Naturally Grown Sweet Potatoes and Georgia Collard Greens from Finch Creek Farms. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Organic Orange and Cranberry bread from Great Harvest! This is delicious loaf contains freshly milled organic whole wheat grains, organic orange and organic cranberries. Perfect breakfast bread!

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

reCap (Pour Caps for Mason Jars)November 22nd

Green Pasture (Fermented Cod Liver Oils)- December 13th

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Market is OPEN for ordering!


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Group Orders:WFN and Unrefined Sea Salt, Pick Up Issues and more


Hi Everyone,

Group Buys: Wilderness Family Naturals and Saltworks


This weekend we will be taking pre-orders for organic pantry items from Wilderness Family Naturals(WFN). These items include healthy oils, nuts, spices, cacao, grains, rice, coconut products, natural sweeteners and skin care products.

Mayonnaise is back! WFN was having an emulsification issue for many months and it is finally resolved. Their awesome organic mayonnaise now available again!

Case Pricing for Organic, Soaked and Dried Nuts
In order to get a reduced price on the mixed nuts we need to order 25lbs as a group. These certified organic nuts have been soaked as Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price Foundation suggests, and then dehydrated at low temperatures.

Mixed nuts includes Raw, Certified Organic, Soaked and Dried Nuts: Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, and Cashews. These are delicious and healthy! This will be listed on the market tomorrow.

In addition, we will have our group buy for Unrefined Sea Salts fron Saltworks

We only order sel gris de Guérande twice a year and this is the last time in 2013! Please expect to pick up your salt order in 1 to 2 weeks. See my gift idea below. During the holidays I gift this salt to friends and family and they absolutely love it!

Sea Salt Description
The French perfected the art of high quality, hand-harvested sea salt by using centuries old Celtic methods. It’s no coincidence they produce the finest grey sea salt in the world. Sel Gris is known for its beautiful grey color, coming from the clay lining the salt ponds, as well as its high moisture content and extraordinary mineral content, with bonus nutrients not found in most sea salts. Over 15% of the material in sel gris de Guérande are trace minerals—possibly the highest of any salt anywhere. 100 grams of sel gris contains about 100 minerals, including 34g of sodium, 287mg calcium, 109mg potassium, 34mg magnesium, 11mg iron, 1mg manganese, and 0.35mg zinc, plus a host of trace minerals like from antimony, copper, germanium, and gold to iodine, to palladium, yttrium, and zirconium.

Sel Gris Tamisé is a medium-sized crystal that is carefully sifted from the brut grains and is comparable to the size of Fleur de Sel. Great for baking and cooking, or to add a delicate crunch to your favorite dish.

Sel Gris Fine is the very same high quality grey salt as the coarser varieties, but is stone ground for easy dispensing from a salt shaker. No additives of any kind are mixed with the salt. The naturally delicious flavor of grey salt and its lower sodium content make this a perfect replacement for ordinary table salt.

Gift Idea- Pour unrefined sea salt into a decorative glass jar, add beautiful ribbon and it’s the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking! You can even add a card with the description above. Makes a perfect Hostess gift too!

Only items that are in stock as of today will be listed. I expect the order to be available for pick up in 2 weeks. If you will be on vacation when it comes in, I can hold your items since these items are non-perishable. As with all our group buys, this is a prepaid preorder. Our buying club prices are significantly lower than their retail prices and include taxes, shipping and fees.

Thanksgiving Week Pick Up

It will be business as usual and we will have our normal pick up schedule the Tuesday on Thanksgiving (Nov 26th).

If you know that you will be out of town and you have a produce box, please go ahead and put your box on vacation hold online or call Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will put a vacation hold on your account.

Pick Up Issues (PLEASE READ)

Typically we strive to have co-op pick up start around 1pm but lately we’ve had some late deliveries. I’m asking that you try not to come until after I send the “Co-op Items are Ready” email. When you arrive at the same time as our vendors it gets very chaotic and crowded in the garage. We had a jar broken because our dairymen and volunteer were hauling coolers up from the bottom of my drive way. Most of you know how steep my drive is and having to unload and carry to the top is very time consuming to say the least. If you have to come at 1pm I just ask that you park on the sides of the cul de sac instead of my drive way.

So please be patient with us as we try really hard to have everything ready at 1pm but sometimes the animals or traffic affect our farmers ability to deliver before 1pm. Co-op pick up is from the time I send the email out to 7pm.

Another issue is I’ve been giving a lot of grace to members that forget to pick up on Tuesdays. It’s been months that I haven’t had an item or box left on Tuesday. This can not continue. Please refer to the Packing List on the table to see what you ordered. I suggest checking off the items to make sure you don’t leave without them.

Starting this week, any items or produce boxes not picked up on Tuesday by end of the day will be donated on Wednesday unless you contact me before then. I do not have the time to send out emails and call folks to come get their items.

My goal is to make the co-op convenient but I can no longer bear the inconvenience of left over items. I take the time to send out a reminder email to everyone on Tuesday and that will be the only reminder going forward. I will not have 2 pick up days and my husband really needs to park in the garage. Poor guy gives up his garage on Tuesdays and I can’t ask any more of him…

Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.

25% Medicinal Herbs from Far East Herb Company

This is the last week to take advantage of the medicinal herb sale. Click here if you missed last week’s weblog and details Medicinal Herb Info

Workshop reservations

We will continue to take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041. For more information please go to Qs and As section of the co-op website.

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Wildness Family Naturals -(Organic Coconut oil, nuts and pantry items)November 15th

Saltworks – (Unrefined Sea Salts)November 15th

reCap (Pour Caps for Mason Jars)November 22nd

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Market is OPEN!


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grass Fed Butter, 25% off Medicinal Herbs and New Items


Group Order: Grass Fed Butter


We will have our group order for Grass Fed Butter from Mountain Valley Farm in Elijay, GA this weekend! We will have a group order for butter every 3 months so please keep that in mind when you order.

This is a naturally rich butter made from low temp pasteurized cream. The butterfat does not separate into solids and “water” as it does in commercially made butter. You will definitely notice the difference, especially in the flavor.

Mountain Valley Farm www.grassfedgeorgia.com takes great pride in the way they raise their animals – No Hormones, No Antibiotics, No Steroids, No Pesticides, No Synthetic Fertilizers. They are raised on pasture and in the woods in a stress free environment.

Salted and unsalted butter will be listed.

25% off Medicinal Herbs for the Next Two Weeks

Mona from Far East Herb Company is offering 25% Medicinal Herbs for the next 2 weeks! If you’ve wanted to try these amazing formulas now is the time. The best way to arm oneself from the assault of the cold/flu season is to first and foremost to keep the immune system active and running efficiently. This is done through providing key nourishment that will keep it running at its optimal level. The next is to make sure it is not overburdened with excess toxins (diet, viruses, environmental). The BodiCleanse formula best addresses nourishment as well as removal of toxic buildup. It is known for its abilities to dispel colds, strengthen the body, as well as tones the internal organs restoring them to optimal function. This formula was originally composed by the great Han-dynasty physician Zhang Zhong-Jing and used to treat a wide spectrum of illnesses and addresses weak constitutions.
Instructions for brewing the tea as well as creating a tincture from the herbal formula are included.

How to prepare medicinal herbs
Preparation: Decoction is the traditional method. Boil over low flame one tsp. of herb and enough water to immerse for 10-15 minutes. Strain and serve warm. Best if taken between meals.

Alternate Preparation Methods:
Boil several portions of herbs as per quantities specified on package and store in tight jar for 3 – 5 days. Add a tablespoon to water and drink as needed.

Another option is to create a tincture by mixing 50% of herb with 50% grain alcohol (80 -100 proof). Wait six weeks and strain. Take one dropper full or 1 ml per day or as needed.

Mona’s background information, how she ended up in the natural health field and how herbs have played a role in her life are at the bottom of this weblog.

Workshop reservations

We will continue to take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041. For more information please go to Qs and As section of the co-op website.

New Items on the Market

New Items:
Turnips ‘Purple Top’
Radish – Cherry Belle
Radish – China Red
Collards – Georgia Collards
Broccoli Greens
Quail Eggs – 24 Pack – Certified Naturally Grown
Essential Oils – Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Patchouli, Pine, Spruce
Sugar Body Scrubs

Mona’s Personal Experience with Medicinal Herbs

Mona’s Personal Experience with formula: Most recently I was plagued with a virus that attacked my lymphatic system. My nodes were about the size of a golf ball and ran the full length of my right side of my body. Needless to say it was very painful and concerning. I quickly started a strict regimen on the BodiCleanse and DisolvaTox to clear out this virus and took InflammaAid as needed for pain and inflammation. Within 10 days the glands had shrunk back down and I was feeling better. Although the major symptoms were gone, I knew that not everything was back to normal as there was a strange rash that developed on the side of my face which indicated that there was still toxin in my system. I stayed on BodiCleanse for another month and began to feel much better.

Below is some background information on myself and how I ended up in the natural health field and how herbs have played a role in my life.

My journey in the natural health care field was one born of necessity. It began about 18 years ago when I was stricken with a staph infection that left me teetering between life and death. In a matter of hours it had gone from a small needle size bump to spreading throughout my body and a diagnosis of a blood infection. While being pumped full of antibiotics, I would experience the solemn face of the infectious disease doctor who said at best I would be left with a deformity where the bacteria had invaded which would leave me with a hole about the size of a cantaloupe on my right leg. The urgency of the matter did not dawn on me until I was asked to write a will.

By some miracle I was able to manage to beat this infection, but over time it would latter return appearing at various locations throughout my body. By recognizing it early I was able to keep it under control by running to the doctors for more antibiotics. After fighting it for a couple of years it seemed like the battle was won. The problem was that I felt just awful and was having trouble getting through my day. I suffered with daily brain fog, exhaustion, aches all over and a feeling like I was walking in quick sand. I began to develop severe acid reflux to the point that I couldn’t keep anything down and lost well over twenty pounds in one month. The doctors could not help me and to be honest I was growing desperate as my body went it a malnourished state. I was a third of the person I used to be and had difficulty getting out of bed.

My will to survive kicked in as I trudged from one natural food store to another voraciously reading every health food book that I could get my hands on. After much detective work it all started coming together as to why I was prone to these staph infections and not functioning at my optimal level. It began to dawn on me that with the steady antibiotic use not only during the time I was hospitalized, but also during my childhood that Candida had taken over my body.

I began following a strict anti-Candida diet to kill off the excess yeast learning to ferment my own vegetables and culture kefir to add the good probiotics back to my gut flora. It was a long and arduous journey as most healing is. Although my health improved considerably, I still felt there was much to learn and began studying Ann Wigmore’s teachings about the Raw and Living foods lifestyle.

The idea of using food to cleanse the body interested me and I pursued certification in Raw and Living food preparation as well as studied the different therapies of detoxification. That knowledge was invaluable as it added another piece to the puzzle. I began to consult with clients and share this new found information and offer detox services in my day spa and wellness center.

During this time I decided to do a little traveling and began noticing how herbs are such a part of daily life in other cultures. You would regularly see vendors provide everyday health tonics on street corners as well as more extensive herb shops in each neighborhood. Walking in you would be surrounded by huge bins of everyday herbs, roots, and bark for by the kilo purchase and behind the counter hundreds of little drawers holding mysterious contents for healing. The three herbalists would stay busy with lines that were often ten people deep throughout the day. They would consult with each client asking about their ailments and symptoms then proceed to create a special blend for each individual customer.

While I had used herbs before, this was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Over a month’s time they allowed me to observe and document some of these blends giving me my introduction to Far and Middle Eastern herb uses. I did not realize that this was later going to play such an important role in the following years.

In 2009 to our surprise my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was advised to immediately have surgery. Although he was eating healthier since our marriage, he still was a meat and potatoes guy and loved his barbecue. With that and a genetic tendency to prostate cancer he fell to this diagnosis. We immediately lost confidence in the conventional approach as the doctor went through all the complications and quality of life issues that may arise from the procedure. His mentality was to get in there cut it out and deal with the consequences latter. We went for a second opinion with a doctor who believed in having patients be in optimal health before he would proceed with surgery. With his advice and my prompting we decided to try a natural approach before we proceeded with surgery and radiation.

During this time I was working on my Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine and was able to put together blends from that and other herbal traditions to help combat his illness. We worked on changing his diet and adding powerful foods based on food healing science that contained tremendous therapeutic properties. With each passing year we would do a biopsy to see if there were any observable changes in the quantity and aggressiveness of the cancer cells. We are happy to say in three years time that my husband’s cancer has dramatically declined. Not only is he not requiring surgery, but his prostate size has been reduced by well over 30 % showing a reduction in the inflammation markers. The doctor was very impressed and with such a dramatic improvement wanted to know exactly what we were doing.

I truly believe in never underestimating the body’s ability to heal itself. When it is provided with the right components the body is designed to flourish and thrive. I have been able to experience personally the amazing healing that can take place. I look forward to sharing with you the knowledge that I have gained through the years.

Yours in health,
Mona Wingate – Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Mountain Valley Farm – (Grass Fed Butter) November 8th

Wildness Family Naturals -(Organic Coconut oil, nuts and pantry items)November 15th

Saltworks – (Unrefined Sea Salts)November 15th

reCap (Pour Caps for Mason Jars)November 22nd

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Workshop Info- Address


Hi Everyone,

I left out one important piece of information about the workshop- the location! Sorry about that!

The workshop will take place at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041 on December 7th at 2pm to 4pm. I will send directions and more information to the attendees when we get closer to the event.

Also, I forgot to mention in the news that Southern Essentials has just listed some all natural lip balms and body butters! I’ve tried the lip balm and it is wonderful. With cooler weather approaching lip balm is a must to keep your lips from chapping!

Have a good weekend!
Nora

Weblog Entry


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

New Grower, Workshop and Chevron


New Grower:Finch Creek Farm

I am very happy to welcome Farmer Cass from Finch Creek Farm to our family of growers and producers! Finch Creek Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown farm in Winder, GA. Finch Creek Farm will provide the co-op with certified naturally grown vegetables, herbs and melons when in Season.

Farmer Cass is proud to be a Local Farmer and you might have already met him at the Suwanee Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays this past summer.

His philosophy on how he farms can be found in Phil 4:13

Look for his lettuces, sweet potatoes, turnips, radishes, etc. on the market starting this Friday morning.

Workshop reservations starting this weekend!
We are now taking reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm. We are limiting it to 20 spaces so reserve your spot early.
Here are the details:
This is a beginning-level soapmaking and yogurt making class designed to teach students to make soap and yogurt by hand at home.
Soapmaking:
The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities using a “lye calculator.” The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Cold process soap making will be demonstrated during the class session. Each student will receive at least one bar of soap made during class.
Class topics include:
• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making

• Necessary materials, supplies and equipment

• Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide

• Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures

• Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally

• Preparing your molds and molding options

• Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Yogurt Making:
• A brief discussion on the different types of yogurt cultures and preparation methods- We will focus on mesophilic culture (low heat process)

• Learn the cost savings of making your own yogurt at home

• Detailed demonstration of how simple it is to make yogurt using all the dairy products on the co-op market with no expensive equipment

• You will leave with a starter culture and the knowledge to make your own yogurt at home

and ample time for questions and answers

The cost of this workshop is $35 for paid members and $45 for non-paid members.

Pastured Chevron Order with B&G Farms
B&G Farms will start taking deposits for pastured chevron (goat) starting this week.

I have one member that is already interested in splitting the bulk purchase. Please contact me if you are also interested and I will forward your contact info.

The pastured goats are approximately 8 to 9 months old and weigh about 50 to 55 pounds hanging weight. B&G will take them to a local processer where you can call and let them know your custom cuts. They will help walk you though the process. This is a State Certified processer and the goat will be checked in in your name so you have complete control over the packaging. You may choose either a wrap or vacuum packing and this is included in the cost. Your total cost is $4.00 per pound hanging weight*. All goats have been pastured all year – they are young – tender – excellent grass fed meat. B&G will require $100.00 deposit when you order. The deposit is listed on the market site.

BeeBerry Farm has Kale and Radish Greens!
One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.

Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.

Here’s my go to recipe for no fail Kale Chips:
1 Bunch Kale
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pinch of unrefined sea salt
Cumin
Garlic Powder
Cayenne (Optional)

Pre-heat over to 330 degree (yes 330 degrees)

Remove kale leaves from stem

Wash and completely dry leaves

Place leaves on cookie sheet and drizzle on olive oil.

Sprinkle sea salt, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne (option)

Massage oil and seasonings into the leaves until all are coated

Place in 330 oven for 5 minutes, rotate and cook for additional 5 minutes (10 min total cooking time)

After cooking time is complete, turn oven off and leave kale in oven until oven is cold. (I sometimes make this at night and by the morning the kale chips are ready to pack in my kids lunches)

Enjoy crisp, crunchy, delicious kale chips!

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