If the thought of spring cleaning your body through detoxification brings up confusion or fear, well it’s no wonder. Health experts have always been divided on the merits and potential perils of detox diets, with some saying it’s necessary to regularly flush harmful toxins from your body, while others denounce the whole notion as faddish and potentially dangerous.
"[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.
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.
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.
Do you love cheese and like to support local businesses and farms? You can go to local farmer’s markets for tasty local dairy products, eat at a farm to table restaurant like Miccosukee Root Cellar, participate in farm tours, or simply come to our fine co-op for cheeses from our three top local producers: Sweet Grass Dairy, Smith Family Goat Dairy, and St. Andrew’s Bay.
At last, the air is crisp and cool. Evening temperatures call out the need for sweaters and a yearning for the comfort of hot soup. Nothing fits the bill like winter squash. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as winter squash are planted in the spring along with summer squashes, but take much longer to ripen. Harvested in the fall, the squashes’ hard outer shells allow them to be stored without refrigeration all winter long.
Let’s be honest, when it comes to beer there is always something new to try! Microbrews have become a huge success in recent years and with more and more breweries opening, the selection continues to grow larger. Now the question is…how do you decide which one you like best? Below is a short list of seasonal fall beers available at New Leaf Market Co-op!
Imagine you’re a prince, soon to become a king and to honor your marriage to your favorite princess you invite the town to a several day gala…not too far out of the realm of possibility. Now imagine that your wedding celebration has become an annual event for about the last 200 years and is the largest celebration in the world. Allow me to introduce you to Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in Mϋnchen, or Munich, Germany as we call it and is attended by approximately six million people from all over the world.