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Fresh Hydroponic Baby Greens for 2013

Enjoy these fresh 2013 photos from Priceless Health Hydroponics!

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Heirloom tomatoes

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Boston Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

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Baby Hydroponic Lettuce

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baby Pea Shoots

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Hydroponic Heirloom Tomatoes in Greenhouse

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Scrambled eggs, sunnies, soybeans, and siracha
Photo courtesy of Shannon Rollins Horvath of Blue Mountain Beach

10 Food Related Suggestions for 2013

Whether we make New Year’s Resolutions or not, the New Year is typically a time when we think of new beginnings. It’s a time to reflect on the year before and plan for the year ahead. Much of our resolutions revolve around food, which makes sense. Food is what heals us and ails us. Food is communal. Food is culture. Food is at the center of environmental, political, social justice, and human rights issues. Food is what connects all beings. What can we do next year about food?

Here’s a list of suggestions to get you inspired for success next year, in all your endeavors.

  1. Support your local farmers market. Most vendors at farmers markets are small scale producers and that means they spend more time on creating or growing a quality product that they themselves would use. By supporting local vendors, you are also supporting the local economy.
  2. Eat more whole foods and less processed foods. If this seems impossible with a busy lifestyle, it might be time to rethink your lifestyle. Try adding a few whole foods a week and reducing one packaged item a week. I prefer to do things all at once, but that might be a bit drastic for some folks. I’m often asked what I eat and when I respond, I’m usually met with a response similar to: “Oh, (you poor thing) I guess that means you have to cook a lot.” My response to this is, “Oh, I’m so sorry, you don’t have time to cook? What else are you doing with your life that’s more important than nourishing your body?” Ok, that was a little sarcastic, but you see where I’m going.
  3. Buy organic or naturally grown from your local farmer when possible. Organic is great, though skip organic in a box and go for real fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs.
  4. Take the time to prepare more food at home with friends and family. There is nothing more important than your health. See #2.
  5. Educate yourself about current food issues. Learn about GMO’s, industrial agriculture, food sovereignty, real food, and food and farming trends including the Slow Food Movement, the Locavore Movement, Permaculture, and Biodynamic Farming, just to name a few.
  6. Join an Eat Local group…or not. It can be a fun and educational experience to be a part of group that actively seeks to eat only local food. You’d be surprised to know what does and doesn’t grow in your region.
  7. ¬†Familiarize yourself with the local restaurants. Find out which ones serve local, seasonal, grassfed, pastured, wild caught, or organic food. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts. It’s not easy to source good food.
  8. Eat local and seasonally. See #6.
  9. Start a garden, even if it’s just a few herbs or vegetables in containers.
  10. Take a foodie or gardening workshop and pick up a new skill. Learn about bees, how to make bread, how to forage, how to grow mushrooms or sprouts, learn how to ferment, how to make cheese, how to garden organically, or simply learn how to cook.

There. I’ve shared some ideas, now what are you hoping to do, achieve, or change this coming year?

Letter From Ocheesee Creamery About Vitamin A and Your Skim Milk

Dear Valued Customers,

Ocheesee Creamery is dedicated to supplying a high quality, all natural product. Due to a state (FL) regulation, we are no longer able to provide skim milk as one of our products. The regulation requires that Vitamin A be added to skim milk. We feel that adding synthetic Vitamin A to our product goes against our all natural product. The state would fine us and pull our bottling permit if we continued selling skim milk without adding Vitamin A.

To continue offering butter and cream, the price has to be raised to make it cost effective since we now dump all skim milk. Also, we no longer can supply Amavida Coffee & Tea with skim milk for their coffees. If anyone would like to help us change this regulation, you could help by emailing Adam Putnam at adam.putnam@freshfromflorida.com.

Thank You,

Paul & MaryLou Wesselhoeft

Ocheesee Creamery

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More information on the practice of adding Vitamin A to low-fat dairy products:

Reduced-fat milks often have added vitamin A palmitate to compensate for the loss of the vitamin during fat removal; in the United States this results in reduced fat milks having a higher vitamin A content than whole milk.[108]Wikipedia

And From Another Blog…

Milk additives.

Most milk products contain some form of synthetic vitamin A and D. Yes, this is even true for some organic brands. Due to their lower fat content, US law requires most organic low-fat and skim milks to be fortified with additional Vitamin A and D. All conventionally farmed milk products, including whole, low fat, and skim milk varieties, are fortified with Vitamin A and D.

What does this mean to you?

According to Josh Rubin of East West Healing and Performance, many people have an inflammatory response to these synthetic vitamins. Some are very cheap and many come from overseas where the quality standards are much lower than the United States. The FDA reports that less than 20% of these overseas vitamins are actually regulated by their standards. The only milk products I have found that have no Vitamin additives are all raw organic milk products and some pasteurized whole milk products. Just another reason to read your food labels. Source: http://katedeering.com/archives/1220

My Two Cents in One Sentence:

If we could somehow convince and help more people to eat a variety of whole foods, not processed foods, and care for our ecosystems, we would go a long way toward reducing the need for synthetic vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.

Seaside Farmers Market Vignettes

I thought it would be nice to share a quick slideshow assembled from a few recent fall market photos. Please enjoy and see you at the market every Saturday from 9-1 pm!

Tuesdays Market

Welcome and thanks for visiting our new blog!

Check out the new weekday market, which happens every Tuesday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.