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March 3, 2015

By Michele Hatton

"[Healthy] soil isn’t an inert growing medium but rather is teaming with billions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that are the foundation of an elegant symbiotic ecosystem," according to the USDA Conservation Service. We aren't talking about a slithering earthworm or two, but of a diversity of organisms that the USDA says, "make up a large proportion of the world's genetic diversity," which range in size from tiny, one-celled bacteria to small animals with backbones.

These humble critters are what give rise to the fertile loam in which we grow our... Read more

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February 19, 2015

By Michele Hatton

The mushroom possesses some surprising characteristics for such a peculiar and almost weightless food. In fact, the largest organism in the world is a mushroom, creeping 3.5 miles underneath the forest floor. The stem and cap which we harvest for food are simply the fruiting of a complex network of underground “mycelium”—the vegetative body.

Jonathan Manning, New Leaf Market Co-op produce manager and assistant manager, appreciates the unique flavor imparted by mushrooms. "No other food has the 'earthy' taste of a mushroom," he says. And the darker the... Read more

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February 15, 2015

When I first went vegan nearly 10 years ago, I was mildly devastated that my favorite fast food guilty pleasure - red beans and biscuits from Popeye’s - weren’t up to snuff being that they are cooked with pork, not to mention all those other not so lovely fillers. Like many things, I just let it go and decided they were a thing of my lifestyle past.... Read more

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February 15, 2015

By Ashley Hopkins

 

Lent has always spoken to me but I have never actually “observed it” - as much as a non-Catholic can observe a Catholic holiday. I’m feeling inspired by the reason for this religious season and have decided to borrow the idea of Lent and observe it in my own way... Read more

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February 10, 2015

New Leaf Market Organic Produce coop

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February 10, 2015

By Sandy Beck

Your mother probably told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And now you’re saying it. Just as your car won’t get very far on fumes, your children also need a meal that will refuel and sustain them until lunchtime.

A breakfast that is rich in whole grains and protein and low in sugar has been shown to boost attention span, concentration and memory, and that will prepare their minds and bodies to function at peak performance in school all day, every day.

Most of us don’t have the time to prepare a big, nutritious breakfast every... Read more

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January 28, 2015

By Ashley Hopkins

 

One thing us Florida folk are blessed with is even when it’s winter... Read more

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January 26, 2015

By Ashley Hopkins

 

Don’t let this gorgeous North Florida weather fool you. It’s still winter and those nasty flu and cold bugs are lurking around every corner. Now more than ever is when I feel the need to... Read more

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January 21, 2015

February is a time to indulge your loved ones with sweet trinkets and lush treats. At the Co-op, it’s also a time to give back to small non-profit businesses in our community. Join us on February 7 from 7-9 pm to enjoy wine and cheese, and take part in a benefit for this year’s recipient, CCYS Going Places Stree Outreach.

Tickets are $15 per... Read more

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January 15, 2015

By Ashley Hopkins

 

I’ve always been a hot oatmeal in the mornin’ kinda gal but in an... Read more

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