harmony of the harvest

harmony of the harvest

Over time, within the industrial food web, somehow we lose our connection and appreciation to the goodness and diversity of creation, the fruits of our local land and in some ways, even our connectedness to the seasons. What’s local right now in Virginia, is not what is local right now in California – and that is a very good thing! Our bodies are linked with our environment, and therefore what is growing here locally provides me the local nutrients that my body needs and craves for the current season surrounding us.

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harmony of the hive

harmony of the hive

all life on our planet is interconnected. It reflects a balance and so, the gentle remembrance that our God given role is not that of swatter or exploiter but as tillers and keepers of the earth – healers and stewards of our planet.

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leaven and life

leaven and life

fermentation is an age old method of preservation, that involves cooperation with a community of microbes we can not even see. And that cooperation enhances the nutritional quality of the foods fermented.

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summer salsa

summer salsa

The art of fermentation is as old as humanity, but one that has largely disappeared from our western diets. Fermentation is fairly simple because it preserves without the use of hot water baths and pressure cookers. Ferments are laden with probiotics -which have numerous health benefits. Through the fermentation process, many foods also accumulate increased levels of B vitamins, including thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3) as compared with the nutrition of the raw ingredients prior to fermentation.

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the value and challenges of eating locally and seasonally

the value and challenges of eating locally and seasonally

Seasonal and local food is good nutritional economy – more vitamins and minerals for the dollar. Locally produced calories are also support local business in your area. While local foods may or may not be “certified” organic, the pleasure of the downright neighborliness of getting to know your local producers is one step in getting more involved with your food and local growers – the priceless act of reconnecting with our communities and building strong local bonds.

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