By Gretchen Hein
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has grown in popularity since it first appeared 25 years ago. It’s an innovative way of linking consumers with growers, providing consumers an opportunity to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers. Basically, farmers offer a number of “shares” to the public. “Shares” take the form of produce and occasionally other products like honey or fresh baked bread. Interested consumers purchase a share and receive a weekly supply of seasonal produce throughout the growing season.
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“Milk, it does a body good” - a saying most of us are all too familiar with. This was one of the first things that came to mind when I hopped aboard the vegan train 8 years ago. “But what about [insert random nutrient I assumed could only come from animal based foods - in this case,... Read more
By Jennifer A. Sheffield
In the 19th century, Mark Twain said, “Part of the secret to success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” Today, however, heartburn is one of the two most common complaints doctors get (the other is constipation) and cases of a resulting type of esophageal cancer rose six fold, between 1975 and 2001, according to studies by the National Institutes of Health... Read more
I’ll admit. I’ve never been much of a tea drinker and have always prefered to get my caffeine fix through a big ol’ sugary, creamy cup of Joe. Recently, though, I have found myself putting on kettle after kettle of water for a piping hot pot of tea. I blame it entirely on my obsession with BBC shows in which characters are more often than not... Read more
By Bridget GuruBeant Welch, LMT
Ever tried Kombucha? It’s a living health tonic drink, said to be rich in anti-oxidants, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. If you are already a Kombucha fan, you may find yourself paying a lot for these pre-made health beverages. Why not make this healing fermented beverage at home? All you need is tea, sugar, water, the “mother,” patience, and a taste for culinary adventure.
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I’ll be honest. When it comes to cold weather, I’m a true Florida girl in that anything below 60 degress is “freezing” in my book. While the beautiful outdoors might beckon, I tend to prefer warmer... Read more
If a live tree is something you choose to have in your house during the holiday season, taking it down to sail off to the big Tree Farm in the Sky can be bittersweet. In prior years, I have had a tiny artificial tree and whenever I take it down, it’s made less sad with the promise of “See ya next year!” This year was my family’s first adventure in the land of live trees and taking it down just seems so final. No “See ya later... Read more
By Bridget Welch, LMT
Many people avoid gluten because of food sensitivities, but others are chosing to eat gluten free for a healthier diet. Though many of us know people who have slimmed down when they cut gluten out of their diet, avoiding gluten alone does not guarantee weight loss. The best results come when the diet is done right.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related species of grain, like rye and barley that creates the elasticity in dough. How does it affect the body? For people with Celiac disease or other sensitivities to wheat, gluten can cause digestive... Read more
Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, you name it. If it falls in the month of December, I’m game! December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the first day of winter. In my mixed faith background household, this secular cause for celebration has been a fun new addition to my family’s winter holiday repertoire. And what celebration is... Read more