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July 18, 2013

Until recently, apple cider vinegar (ACV) was one of those bottles in my pantry that collected dust right alongside the box of potato flakes and food coloring. I just had this notion that vinegar was for baking and scrubbing the tub - yay for green cleaning! Turns out a bottle of ACV is a handy thing to have around for a multitude of reasons that are neither baking or tub related. Who woulda thunk it?

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July 11, 2013

The last place I thought I’d ever see a beautiful sight was in a rainy parking lot off Apalachee Parkway but that’s exactly where I was when my faith in humanity was restored last week. It was a typical Florida summer afternoon and while I had walked into New Leaf with no rain, when I came back out it was pouring buckets. Not knowing when it would slow down, I made a mad dash for my car. Once I got in, I took a second to compose myself and in that moment  I saw something amazing through my windows.

As I had walked into New Leaf, I had noticed a mom walking out with three kiddos... Read more

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July 4, 2013

By Crystal Wakoa

Watermelon and other fruit carving is an ancient and venerable tradition dating back to 14th Century Thailand. Each year on the November full moon, the Thai people sent their floating lamps and rafts... Read more

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July 1, 2013

“Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” A mantra most of us know and many of us live by. While the 3 R’s are all great ways to be model environmental stewards, reducing and reusing are paramount when it comes to doing what is best to preserve energy and resources on our precious planet. If those prove to not be options, then into the recycling bin it goes. But the great thing about the first two R’s is that there are countless ways we can accomplish them! Here are a few changes anyone can make to their daily habits to earn an E for “Effort” when it comes to reducing and reusing.


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June 21, 2013

By Bridget Welch, LMT

A love of fresh and fiery ingredients led to the birth of Tampa-based company, national award winning, Hot Pepper Dudes, LLC.

When spicy food lover Chris Billet couldn't find anything other than jalpeños and habañeros in his local grocery stores and farmers’ markets, he decided to grow his own peppers. Starting in 1999, he experimented with growing hot peppers, and soon he was producing so many, he started learning to can, pickle, and make hot sauces to preserve his harvest.

In 2008, Billet got seeds for ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia), a native to... Read more

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June 20, 2013

In 2002 Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood, NY opened with a focus on turning out small-batch beers. These brews are without a doubt some of the best craft beers that are out there, and the brewery’s growth to accommodate the overwhelming positive response shows that. When running at full speed, Southerm Tier can fill and cap 10,000 an hour!  We are fortunate enough to have their Super Pack, which includes three of the biggest beers Southern Tier has to offer. Here’s what they have to say about it (and I agree):

“Since its 2006 debut, our UnEarthly Imperial India Pale Ale, packaged... Read more
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June 13, 2013

Of the many things I stock up on from the bulk bins, I can safely say nutritional yeast would be on our pantry essentials list. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s some tasteless future food. What nutritional yeast lacks in the “appetizing name department”, it makes up for with its rich, unique flavor and abundant nutrients. Healthy and delicious? Don’t mind if I do.

So what is this nutritional yeast, or “nooch” as the kids these days are calling it? These golden flakes are actually a single-celled organism from the fungi family, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,... Read more

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June 10, 2013

By Gretchen Hein

The love of good food and good times gave rise to Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy BBQ Sauce. That’s the way Monk Miller, founder of the business tells it, anyway. Monk’s grandmother Nellie, more commonly known as “Big Nanny,“ had a tremendous influence on Monk and his love of cooking and entertaining. Sure that his recipe would inspire the same in others, Monk set about to put a jar of his favorite sauce in every kitchen.

With recipe in hand, a five-gallon bucket and a heaping helping of hope and big dreams, the first sauce was bottled. The sauce made its way into... Read more

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June 4, 2013

Well howdy, there! Thanks for popping on over to my humble little post. My name is Ashley and I am the lucky lassie who will be a regular on the New Leaf Market blog!
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May 24, 2013

June is Eat Local month at New Leaf Market! In conjunction with other NCGA member co-ops, New Leaf Market asks our customers to challenge yourselves to increase your consumption of local products for one month. Newbies are asked to incorporate local ingredients into at least three meals a week. Locavores (meaning anyone who eats locally grown or produced foods on a regular basis) are asked the eat 80 percent of their food from local sources.

Grab a brochure while you are at the co-op, or download it here for menu suggestions, a North Florida In-season list, and more information... Read more

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