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September 13, 2013

By Gretchen Hein

Sweets, yum, yum! Rare is the person without a sweet tooth. With an abundance of alternative sweeteners, sweet treats no longer need be empty calories that send you off on a sugar high and then drop you into a crash. While processed sugars have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins and minerals, numerous natural alternatives are available.

These alternatives retain their nutrients, some of which help the body metabolize sugars. Natural sweeteners are usually absorbed more slowly into the blood stream thus avoiding those highs and lows I mentioned earlier.... Read more

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September 12, 2013

When I saw that chubby little baby manatee right under our canoe on a recent trip down the Wakulla River, I’m almost certain I squealed with delight! I, along with my husband and kiddo, had just set off from the shore when a fisherman nearby told us there were two manatees under the bridge. As we floated over the pitch black water, made so dark by the bridge shadow, a huge floating brown... Read more

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August 29, 2013

Regardless of where your kiddo gets their formal education, incorporating a fun little science experiment into your household lives can fill their minds with wonder for the world in which they live! Recently, my husband got the urge to fill one of our fallow 4’x4’ raised beds with black oil sunflower seeds from our bird feeder. Much to our amazement, our once weed-filled unplanted box is now bursting at the seams with radiant sunflowers! This presented a perfect opportunity to sneak a little learning into our day. 


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August 22, 2013

By Bridget Welch, LMT

St. Andrews Bay Cheese specializes in aging cheeses and matching their characteristics with the flavors of smouldering hardwoods. Their goal is to enhance cheeses without overwhelming their uniqueness. “Our quest is to refine varieties of cheese and create new tastes.”

St. Andrews Bay Cheeses are 100% all natural cheeses made from rBST/rBGH free cows milk. The naturally... Read more

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August 22, 2013

By Gretchen Hein

Employees are the backbone to any organization. They can take it to new heights, or be part of its demise. New Leaf Market Co-op (NLMC) has been fortunate to have quite a number of dedicated, committed employees that have helped make us one of the best cooperatives in the country. I hit the jackpot when I was asked to highlight two employees who have been with us for over twenty years. Neither one of them had an inkling of what a cooperative was when they came to New Leaf Market Co-op. It didn’t take long before the cooperative business model and culture began to... Read more

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August 22, 2013

Despite the North Florida temperatures still creeping up into the 90s by midday, there is the promise of cooler days ahead drifting in the air! Pumpkin lattes, roasted root veggies, warm hues of orange, red and brown. To say I’m excited about the arrival of fall next month would be a vast understatement. One thing that gets me especially giddy is planning out our fall veg garden. If you’ve been toying with the idea of planting a garden, there is no time better than now to start prepping. It’s easier than you might think!



Before we moved to our current house in Midtown, I dreamt of... Read more

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August 15, 2013

By Paul Rutkovsky

Here we go again, another genetically engineered “whole food” that is untested and will be unlabeled. The Arctic® Apple will have toxic pesticide residues and is untested by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA). It does not require approval by the FDA, which is responsible for human food and animal feed. It only needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), responsible for protecting agriculture from pests and diseases. These new high-tech apples will be cheap, priced lower than a pesticide-free, nutrient-dense, old-fashioned organic... Read more

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August 7, 2013

The end of summer vacation is just around the corner and there is just something about all the kiddos getting back on that yellow school bus that makes me want to buck up and celebrate the end of another awesome summer break. What better way to do that than with a gathering of friends for one last summer hurraw! Celebrating the beginning of the school season with a community building potluck can help start the year off right by boosting children’s self confidence and reminding them that they are an important part of a bigger picture. Not to mention, parents can chat, exchange a few good... Read more

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August 2, 2013

By Sandy Beck

Fresh, leafy greens often translate to spinach. Spinach salad, steamed spinach, spinach and feta omelet, spinach and mushroom quiche, or creamed spinach. We know what to do with spinach.

But there is a big green world beyond spinach. Collard greens have evolved from that green, salty, over-boiled mush that public school cafeterias serve weekly and are gaining wider popularity. Collards are an excellent source of vitamins A (as beta carotene), C, K and folate, as well as manganese and calcium. And are good for detox smoothies; they help support the heart, lungs... Read more

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August 2, 2013

By Michele Hatton

If you listen to beekeeper Ray Crosby, even briefly, you hear an intelligent mind that has compiled a wealth of information on bees, honey production and sustainability. “I have to be a scientist and a doctor both,” claims Ray in reference to keeping bees. The quality of his honey says it all—full stop.

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