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Good Morning Everyone,

What a crazy week! I hope you all enjoy the warmer weather this weekend. I already have Spring fever!

New items on market this week:
Finch Creek Farm: Baby Spinach

A&A Alta Cucina:
Capri Salt- "A perfect blend of sundried tomato and sicilian sea salt!

Sorrento Salt- A perfect blend of sundried tomato, oregano and sicilian sea salt!

Lizzie’s Pantry:
Non-GMO spices
Spices – Kickin’ Montreal Chicken Seasoning (1.5 lbs)
Spices – Montreal Steak Seasoning (1.5 lbs)
Spices – Onion, Chopped & Dried (8 oz.)
Spices – Oregano, Mediterranean, Cut & Sifted (1 lb bag)
Spices – Parsley Flakes, dried (1/2 lb bag)
Spices – Peppercorn, 5 Blend (8 oz.)
Spices – Seasoning Salt (2 lbs)
Spices – Thyme, Cut & Sifted (1/2 lb bag)

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

If you are planning to pay using Dwolla please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75. You will receive a deposit confirmation from Dwolla. If you do not receive this confirmation immediately after you’ve initiated deposit, it did not go though and you will need to submit again.

All orders must be place by 5pm on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Nora

Market is OPEN!


Good Morning Everyone!

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

If you are planning to pay using Dwolla please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75.

If you do NOT receive a confirmation email immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete. All orders must be place by 5pm on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Nora

New Vendor- Lizzie's Pantry


Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

How to contact us:
Our Website: suwanee.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/GAWholeLifeSuwanee

New Vendor: Lizzie’s Pantry

I am very excited to welcome Liz Carter of Lizzie’s Pantry in Hoschton, GA to our family of growers and vendors!

If you’ve been making the drive out to Breadbeckers in Marietta to get your wheat and other whole grains, now you don’t have to! Lizzie’s Pantry provides Wheat, Whole Grains, Flours, Mixes, and Spices that are ALL GMO Free, Chemical Free and Nothing Added.

Here is a list of the items that will be listed weekly starting tomorrow:

More info:
Our Story
Our mission is simple. Lizzie’s Pantry makes eating healthy affordable by delivering Farm-to-Table basics, restaurant quality food, quality ingredients, gourmet spices, premium products for cooks, and bakers who care.

Why Lizzie’s Pantry?
It’s Pantry Basics! Healthy ingredients create healthy and yummy food. Our grains, flour, wheat and mixes are all natural, GMO Free, Chemical Free, Soy Free, Aluminum Free and easy to use.

Fresh Gourmet Spices are a must. We provide the finest and most authentic varieties, with the highest levels of purity and freshness.

Our focus on the highest standards of quality and service provides you with the knowledge that you can enjoy tasty meals without killing your budget. You no longer need to sacrifice your health and budget, for quick and convenient.
For more information check out their website at http://www.lizziespantry.com/ or at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LizziesPantry

Here is a list of the items that will be listed weekly starting tomorrow:

Cereal – 7-Grain Cereal with Flax (8 lb Pail)
Cereal – Steel Cut Oat Cereal (2 lbs)
Flour – Bronze Chief Whole Grain Wheat Flour (10 LB Bag)
Flour – Natural White All Purpose Flour (10 LB Bag)
Flour – Prairie Gold Whole Wheat White Flour (10 lbs)
Flour/Bakery Mix Pancake – 7-Grain w/Flax (2 lbs)
Grain Mill – Hand Crank
Grains – Spelt (5 lbs in bag)
Grains – Wheat Berries Bronze Chief (25 lbs in bag)
Grains – Wheat Berries Bronze Chief (45 lbs in pail)
Grains – Wheat Berries Kamut Khorasan (5 lbs in bag)
Grains – Wheat Berries Prairie Gold (25 lbs in bag))
Grains – Wheat Berries Prairie Gold (45 lb pail)
Plastic Pail Opener
Seeds – Flax Seed Brown, Milled (1.75 lb Bag)
Spices – Basil, Cut & Sifted (1 lb Bag)
Spices – Chili Pepper Flakes, Dried (12 oz)
Spices – Cinnamon Saigon, Ground (.88 lb)
Spices – Cinnamon Sticks 2 3/4" (1 lb bag)
Spices – Cumin, Ground (1 lb bag)
Spices – Garlic Powder (1.25 lbs)
Spices – Jalapeno Peppers, Dried (1 lb bag)
Spices – Thyme, Cut & Sifted (1/2 lb bag)
2 Gal & 5 Gal Plastic Buckets
Gamma Lids

Soaking/Sprouting Whole Grains – Why and How?

Here’s my basic knowledge on soaking and sprouting grains. There is a lot of science in this process but I’ve attempted to explain it in simple terms to make it easy to understand.

Grains are seeds and the purpose of a seed is to become a plant. Seeds pass through the digestive system undigested so they can be planted. Think of a bird that eats off a perfectly ripen tomato from your garden- then next spring you have tomato seedlings in your front yard nowhere near your garden. (Happens to me every Spring) The bird excreted the seeds and now the seeds have turned into plants.

Seeds have many compounds that protect them from being digested. These compounds or anti-nutrients include gluten, lectins, enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. These anti-nutrients can be harmful to our bodies. Many traditional cultures that consume grains regularly have used century old methods like soaking, sprouting and fermenting to neutralize these anti-nutrients and make the grains more digestible and the nutrients more bio-available.

Soaking and sprouting grains activates enzymes and increases the grains nutritional value. Sprouted wheat contains four times the amount of niacin as non-sprouted wheat and nearly twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate. Spouted wheat also contains more protein and fewer starches. This makes it have a lower glycemic index making it more suitable for those suffering from blood sugar conditions.

How to Soak Grains
You need to soak grains in water (warmer than room temp, about 100-110 degrees) with an acidic medium added (such as buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, juice, vinegar) at room temperature or above for about 12-24 hours.

Here’s a basic or steps to follow (from www.kitchenstewardship.com)
1. Mix the grains – whole or flour form – with whatever liquid is called for in the recipe, along with the sweetener and fat. (Add 10% wheat flour if using oats, because oats are too low in phytase.)
2. If the liquid is water or milk, replace 1 Tbs per cup with an acidic medium such asvinegar, lemon juice, whey.

If the liquid is something cultured already, you can just mix it up with the grain: yogurt, buttermilk, kefir
3. Allow to rest at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
4. Add remaining ingredients and proceed with recipe

How to Sprout Grains
Here’s are instructions on how to sprout grains and make sprouted flour (from www.nourishedkitchen.com)

1. Start with clean grain, so take care in sorting through it to make sure all pebbles and grains with poor appearance are adequately removed.
2. Rinse grains thoroughly.
3. Add grain to a ceramic or stainless steel crock, pouring filtered water over the grain until the grain is completely submersed under several inches of water.
4. Soak the grains overnight in warm water.
5. In the morning, pour the grains into a fine mesh sieve and rinse them well.
6. Throughout the day, rinse the grains multiple times taking care to stir them so all grains are rinsed evenly.
7. Continue rinsing the grains for two to three days until the grains have sprouted to your liking.
8.Rinse the grains one last time, drain them and either refrigerate them or dehydrate them to grind into flour.

How to Make Sprouted Flour
1. Start with grain that has been sprouted for only a day or two – until the sprout barely emerges from the end of the kernel. The longer it sprouts, the more difficult it is to grind and use in baking.
2. Pour the grain into a thin layer on a mesh screen for your dehydrator and dehydrate at about 105 ° – 110 ° F until thoroughly dry. Alternatively, spread it on a baking sheet and set it in an oven set to the lowest setting you can manage. Note that sprouted grain dried in an oven has inferior baking qualities as compared to that which is dried through the more reliably low temperatures of a dehydrator.
3. Once the grain is thoroughly dry, simply add it to the hopper of your grain mill and grind as you normally would.

Other new items on the market

Herbs (Medicinal) – Disolva-Tox 2 oz
Veggies – Pak-Choy

Far East Herbs is offering their Dislova – Tox herbs in a smaller size. This is a perfect size to try it out or to give as a gift. Instructions on how to prepare are also included. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses: Tumors, Cysts, Cancer, Immune System Builder, Polycystic Ovaries, and Goiter. Used to soften masses, dissipates hard nodules, and as a blood purifier.

Finch Creek Farm has a new crop of Pak- Choy also know as Bok Choy. Pak Choy is a mild Asian vegetable that is wonderful in stir fry, soups and curries. It is rich in vitamins A & C.

Upcoming Group Buy Schedule

Great Lakes Gelatin – 2/7/14
Pastured Butters (Mountain Valley Farm) – PRE-ORDER by 2/7
Green Pasture – FCLO- 2/21/14
Old State Farms- Unrefined Maple Syrup- Spring 2014
Muddy Pond- Sorghum Syrups – Spring 2014

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


Good Morning Everyone!

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

If you are planning to pay using Dwolla please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75.

If you do NOT receive a confirmation email immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete. All orders must be place by 5pm on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Nora

News


FCLO has been ordered

FCLO and other Green Pasture products have been ordered and have shipped. We saved over $1,500 as a group! That’s group buying power at it’s finest. The items will be available by the Jan 28th pick up. If it comes sooner I’ll let you know.

If you missed the sale order, we will have another group order on Feb 21st and you can still get a great deal with the group buyer discount.

Don’t forget to add $0.25 to your Dwolla deposit

Dwolla charges me $0.25 per deposit. I will charge this fee back to you. It may seem like a little amount but I assure you it adds up quickly on my end with the number of orders that occur weekly. If your deposit is less than $10 there is no fee. Please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75.

You will see 2 confirmation emails from me- 1 confirming your deposit and 1 to charge the Dwolla fee if applicable.

*Please make your Dwolla deposit the same day you place your order.

Below is are some detail instructions on how to deposit funds and what I need from you to make the process go smoothly. I want to make it affordable payment option for members but not a bookkeeping mess for me.

If you are paying by Dwolla make sure to leave a note in Comments Section of your order that you are paying via Dwolla. This is a flag for me to check my Dwolla account to see if you’ve made a deposit.

How to pay via Dwolla:

1. Go to top of The Market page
2. Click $ inside the orange Dwolla box
3. Type in amount you want to deposit
4. Click arrow button to submit (this will take you to Dwolla’s website)
5. Sign in to Dwolla and click Check Out
You will receive a confirmation email from Dwolla that your payment has been initiated to me.

I will charge your account $0.25 once I receive the notification that you have deposited funds. For deposits under $10 there is no fee.

In addition to Dwolla, you can also pay via credit card via the market site or cash/check on pick up day.

25% Co-op Discount

One of our members, Stephanie Wright, owns Divine Time Retreats. The next retreat “Honoring Earth” is February 1-2,2014 at Namestoy Farm in Cumming, GA. She is offering co-op members a 25% discount when you register with the PROMO CODE : SUWCOOP

For more information please contact Stephanie directly. Below is a link to her website that includes information about this and upcoming retreats http://divinetimeretreats.com/2014-upcoming-retreats/


Our Farmers and Vendors love to hear from you!



As always, feel free to contact a grower or vendor with feedback or questions. All of our grower information is on the co-op site. Just click Our Growers to see contact information.

Upcoming Group Buys

Great Lakes Gelatin – 2/7/14
Pastured Butters (Mountain Valley Farm) – 2/14
Green Pasture – FCLO- 2/21/14
Old State Farms- Unrefined Maple Syrup- Spring 2014
Muddy Pond- Sorghum Syrups – Spring 2014

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!

Sale! FCLO Special Order & Cream is available


Hi Everyone,

I rarely do this but I received an email from Green Pasture that they are offering a 30% off sale on Group Buys. This includes all products- Fermented Cod Liver Oils (FCLO), High Vitamin Butter Oils (HVBO),FCLO/HVBO Blend Gels, Infused Coconut Oils, Skate Liver Oils, All Capsules, Beauty and Calm Balms.

If you’ve wanted to try these incredible products now is a good time to purchase at the reduced price. If you already know how amazing they are, it’s a great time to stock up!! They rarely do a sale like this and I don’t expect another one anytime soon.

I’ve updated the prices on the website and they reflect the sale price, shipping and fees.

If we reach the minimum to qualify as a group buy I will place our order this Monday. If not, I will extend this offer until next Sunday. This sale ends on 1/19 and I’m only allowed to place 1 order at the sale prices.

Also, Cream from Mountain Fresh Creamery was listed after the market opened on Friday morning. So if you already ordered but missed it, you can still place an order for it.

Please place your order on the market website by 5pm Sunday. suwanee.locallygrown.net

If your are new to the co-op here is some info on Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

GREEN PASTURE INFO:
Here’s some information about Fermented Cod Liver Oil and its health benefits:

Why choose Green Pasture Products?

•Whole Food Form
•Wild, as Provided by Nature
•Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
•Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other Quinones
•Non-industrialized & Historical Processing Methods
•Clean, Pure, and Extensive Third Party Tested (NO PCBs, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic or other Heavy Metals)
•Family owned business
Why is FCLO better than regular fish oil? •Green Pasture uses wild caught cod in and around the Arctic region (A substantial amount of today’s cod liver oil is produced from farmed fish)
•FCLO higher in nutrients than regular fish oil
•Double the amounts of vitamin A and D as regular cod liver oil
•Goes rancid less quickly
•No synthetic vitamins added
•Most salmon oil has one-fifth the potency of cod liver oil
•1/2 TBS of FCLO provides the amount of elongated omega-3 fatty acids found in twelve 1,000 mg fish oil capsules

What are the benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil?
•Rich in Vitamins A & D which are crucial nutrients that are lacking in most modern diets
•Vitamin A- vital for a healthy immune system and healthy vision and is important for proper development in children
•Vitamin D- improves insulin function, protective effect against multiple sclerosis,
•May help prevent flu (lack of vitamin D synthesis during the winter as one explanation for high rates of influenza infection during cold season)
•In women, higher levels of vitamin D from cod liver oil improve bone mineral density
•EPA- Eicosapentaenoic acid (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) anti-inflammatory and necessary for prostaglandin production
•DHA -docasahexaenoic acid, a nutrient absolutely vital for a healthy brain and nervous system
•Fights inflammation associated with heart disease and heals the lining of the arteries
•Reduces the size of atheromas clogging arteries and improves blood vessel function
•Studies have shown cod liver oil can protect against diseases like cancer and leukemia
•Effective in treating arthritis
•Helps maintain soft skin and minimize wrinkles

How does it benefit my child’s health?
From conception through adolescence, cod liver oil can provide developing children with what they need to thrive. Mothers who take cod liver oil during pregnancy and nursing protect their children from disease while providing them with important nutrients and fatty acids. For growing children, cod liver oil is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as preventing common problems like ADHD. It’s also an excellent treatment for diaper rash and other skin conditions if used topically.

Synergy of Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil
Research shows that butter oil and cod liver oil, taken together, provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. Finally, butter oil contains a broad and deep range of important quinones including Vitamin K, E and CoQ enzymes while cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A and D.

Green Pasture’s High-Vitamin Butter Oil is extracted from dairy milk produced by Guernsey and Devon cows (high butterfat producers) that graze exclusively on irrigated grass in the northern Great Plains. This specific combination of climate and irrigation produces a rapidly growing specialized forage, ensuring optimal levels of Activator X as discovered by Dr. Price. Activator X and other nutrients are then further concentrated by putting the butterfat through a specialized low-temperature centrifuge process

Here is a link to an article about the benefit of cod liver oil and why it’s best taken with a high vitamin butter oil http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil .

I’ve been taking FLCO since October 2011 and I can honestly say that I have seen an improvement in my own health. My hair and nails are stronger than they’ve ever been. My hair hasn’t been this thick since my last pregnancy 6 years ago. My skin feels and looks better. I usually have small bumps on my upper arms and they have virtually disappeared. My hormone level seems more even and no mood swings. One member told me her vision has improved since taking FCLO. My son thinks it’s helped him learn how to read! He loves it and actually requests it. My daughter, on the other hand, takes it only because she knows it’s good for her.

I have heard and seen several testimonies about FCLO increasing HDL (the good cholesterol) and have experienced it myself. My doctor has been tracking my HDL (and LDL) for the past 5 years and noticed that my HDL has been going up since 2011. The only significant dietary change I have made is adding FCLO to my diet. One of my closest friends has been taking the infused coconut oil that includes fclo and skate oils. Her HDL skyrocketed almost 50 points and her LDL lowered. Ironically we have the same doctor and she is now very interested in Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

Last year, my dentist told me I had a small “soft spot” on one of my molars that he wanted to keep an eye on. I doubled up on my fish oil and at my next visit he said it was no longer there! I have been told by others that using this product can help re-mineralize your teeth and reverse tooth decay and now I believe it.

My neighbor just started taking FCLO recently. She is also a breast cancer survivor for almost 14 years but has suffered from lymphedema (swelling in arms and hands). She told me shortly after taking fermented cod liver oil blend gel she has seen a significant reduction in her swelling and sense of well being she hasn’t felt in years!

If you have a testimony you’d like to share, please email me. I’d love to know how others in our co-op have seen the benefits of taking this wonderful product!

Market is OPEN for orders


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

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

Bakery Items


Hi Everyone,

My Daily Bread will be taking a vacation next week. You might want to stock up this week if you need to.

Also, Great Harvest just listed their Organic Kamut Bread and Sprouted Bread and other breads. They are back on after taking a break for the holidays.

Thank you,
Nora

suwanee.locallygrown.net

Market is Open


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

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


Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I’m very happy to be back on our normal schedule! The market will open at 7:30am tomorrow (Friday) and close at our normal time 5pm on Sunday. Pick up is on Tuesday.

Thank you for all your support. We couldn’t do this without you!
I’m looking forward to an exciting 2014!!

Dwolla- More Details

Our first week using Dwolla as a new payment option worked out pretty well but there were still a few kinks.

Below is are some detail instructions on how to deposit funds and what I need from you to make the process go smoothly. I want to make it affordable payment option for members but not a bookkeeping mess for me.

If you are paying by Dwolla make sure to leave a note in Comments Section of your order that you are paying via Dwolla. This is a flag for me to check my Dwolla account to see if you’ve made a deposit.

Dwolla charges me $0.25 per deposit. I will charge this fee back to you. If your deposit is less than $10 there is no fee. Please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75.

You will see 2 confirmation emails from me- 1 confirming your deposit and 1 to charge the Dwolla fee if applicable.

*Please make your Dwolla deposit the same day you place your order.

How to pay via Dwolla:

1. Go to top of The Market page
2. Click $ inside the orange Dwolla box
3. Type in amount you want to deposit
4. Click arrow button to submit (this will take you to Dwolla’s website)
5. Sign in to Dwolla and click Check Out
You will receive a confirmation email from Dwolla that your payment has been initiated to me.

I will charge your account $0.25 once I receive the notification that you have deposited funds. For deposits under $10 there is no fee.

In addition to Dwolla, you can also pay via credit card via the market site or cash/check on pick up day.

Milk Price Increase- Cedar Rock Dairy

Sam hates to do this but due to rising costs he has to increase the price of his milk. Starting this weekend these are the prices:

Milk – Raw Jersey Cow Milk for Pets 1/2 gal (Glass Jar)* – $3.85

Milk – Raw Jersey Cow Milk for Pets (Plastic Jug) – $4.95

Our Farmers and Vendors love to hear from you!


As always, feel free to contact a grower or vendor with feedback or questions. All of our grower information is on the co-op site. Just click Our Growers to see contact information.

Upcoming Group Buys

Green Pasture – FCLO- 1/24/14
Great Lakes Gelatin – 2/7/14
Old State Farms- Unrefined Maple Syrup- Spring 2014
Muddy Pond- Sorghum Syrups – Spring 2014

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!