After months of unbearable summer heat and hearing the constant hum of cicadas, there is a promise of cooler days to come here in town! Although Starbucks’ attempted to will fall sooner by serving up pumpkin spice lattes over a month ago, the true beginning to fall was Sunday, September 22nd. For the first time in what seems like ages, the weather got the memo and has been acting fall-ish! But living in a part of the country... Read more
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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