Monthly Archives: April 2013

Robyn O’Brien at TEDxAustin

Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.

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Tricycle Farm Buying Club Order due April 26!

Order due at Azure Standards, click here to link to our distributor! 

Save money on organic, natural food and home goods. Fresh organic produce. Bulk and single item ordering. No minimum order! Free to join. No monthly obligation. Small delivery fee for delicious healthy food! Delivery will be May 3 or May 4 (Friday night or Saturday day). Delivery to: Holland/Zeeland, Hamilton, Allegan, Fennville, Pullman, and Ganges/Glenn areas. ORDER anytime this week (through April 26) at: Tricycle Farms Buying Club’s ordering page.

Contact Kelli with any questions!

We seem now to be coming to a time when we will have to recognize the love of farming not as a quaint souvenir of an outdated past but as an economic necessity.

Wendell Berry, farmer and writer

Wendell Berry speech from 2009 regarding the necessity of agriculture. Check out the link here! http://thegreenhorns.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/the-necessity-of-agriculture/

Healthy Food Supply 101: Stocking your Pantry, Refrigerator & Freezer

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Goal: Open your pantry or refrigerator, and have a delicious, healthful, and convenient meal or snack available immediately or within thirty minutes… the ultimate ‘fast food’!

If you are at the beginning of your health food supply gathering, don’t let this list overwhelm you… you may not even like all these foods or eat them regularly. Try to start buying items as you need them, and keep this list handy to start planning more quick snack, lunch, and week night meals. This is just a starting point! If you want to start purchasing items in bulk in order to save money or if you are trying to incorporate more organic foods, again, start with a few items on this week’s grocery list that you know you buy and use regularly. Buy those items in bulk. Start incorporating bulk buys on a weekly or monthly basis, and soon your healthy food supply will build and you can keep replenishing your supply over time!

Dry Grains & Beans:

  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Barley
  • Lentils
  • Dry beans- a few of your favorites
  • Brown &/or white rice
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole grain pita
  • Whole grain english muffins
  • Whole grain pasta (all sizes & shapes)

Seeds & Nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin seeds/pepitas
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia
  • Pine nuts (pignoli)
  • Walnuts
  • Hazeluts
  • Macadamia nuts

Refrigerator Items:

  • Organic cow, goat, or nut/seed milk
  • 100% fruice juices
  • Flaxseed/Hemp oil
  • Fresh parmesan/romano cheese
  • String Cheese
  • Omega-3 eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Ricotta
  • Kefir
  • Tofu/Tempeh
  • Fermented/cultured vegetables
  • Dijon or grainy mustard
  • Salsa
  • Hummus
  • Avocado
  • Peanut/nut butters
  • Tahini
  • Apple butter
  • All fruit preserves
  • Coconut oil
  • Butter
  • Lemons/limes
  • Tomatoes (do NOT refrigerate- storing tomatoes below 55 degrees significantly lowers their aromatic compounds)
  • Scallions
  • Bagged baby carrots
  • Spinach and/or other baby greens
  • Other fresh produce… enough to stay fresh (zucchini, string beans, squash, broccoli, etc.)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs (one bunch at a time to keep fresh- cilantro, parsley, basil, chives)
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Horseradish
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Polenta
  • Whole grain sliced bread

Freezer Items:

  • Frozen berries, bananas, peaches, cherries
  • Ground turkey
  • Frozen fish fillets
  • Peas
  • Chicken breast or whole chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Veggie burgers
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Sorbet
  • Juice concentrates

Canned products:

  • Chick peas (garbanzos)
  • Cannellini beans
  • Black beans
  • Red Kidney beans
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Whole tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Corn kernels
  • Canned tuna &/or salmon
  • Canned re-fried beans
  • Canned pumpkin &/or sweet potato

Seasonings:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion flakes
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne
  • Sea salt
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Fennel seeds
  • Bread crumbs/panko
  • Cooking wines (vermouth, sherry, red)
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Vegetable and chicken broth
  • Soy sauce/tamari
  • Peppercorns/pepper mill

Root Vegetables, Flavor Enhancers:

  • Potatoes (baking, red, yukon gold, purple, sweet, yams)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Onions (yellow & red)
  • Shallots
  • Fresh ginger root

Baking Goods:

  • Whole grain flours, favorite variety
  • Yeast
  • Gluten (if you make your own bread)
  • Cornmeal
  • Oats or your favorite rolled grain
  • Unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • Brown sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Turbinado
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pure orange extract
  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Snack Items:

Fresh/dry fruit variety (to name a few) :

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Mangos
  • Pineapples
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Kiwis
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain pretzels
  • Whole grain tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Popcorn
  • Rice cakes
  • Kale chips
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Granola bars

Breakfast items:

  • Variety of whole grain dried cereals
  • Muesli
  • Granola
  • Steel cut oats
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain pancake mix
  • Maple syrup
  • Raw honey

Oils & Vinegars:

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed/hemp oil (must be refrigerated)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

What did I miss? Comment below!

You are What you Eat, Literally!

Don’t be a GMO!

Why are people freaking out about GMOs? Watch!

Bruce Lipton in a six minute video- You Are What You Eat. It’s a quick primer in mRNA and epigenetics and what that has to do with the food you eat… Also discusses GMO concerns.

“There are certain guidelines and standards already set up for unacceptable ingredients.

Azure’s panel members automatically eliminate foods that contain artificial preservatives, fluoride, GMO’s, pork products, shellfish products, coffee, alcoholic products, tobacco, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and colors, bleached flours, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and nitrates/nitrites. Even if “natural flavors” are listed, we get a breakdown of those since so many things can be hidden as “natural flavors”. If a product contains corn, canola, soy, sugar, etc. that could be GMO, we check to see if these ingredients are genetically-modified or not and require the company to send us a GMO-free statement.”

http://www.azurestandard.com/blog/2012/1/25/help-plant-azure-standard-throughout-nation/

Check out this link to a great article by our main buying club distributor, Azure Standards, on their standards! They are truly commited to a healthy food supply for our nation, and this is why I am choosing to buy from them. There is also a great link to Dr. Phil Howard, an assistant professor at Michigan State, whose research includes looking at food systems. The link (https://www.msu.edu/~howardp./organicanimation.html) shows shows the organic processing industry changes from 1995 to 2007 and how the independent organic brands were acquired by multinational food processors. Azure Standards is the fourth largest natural and organic food distributor in the country, yet they proudly remain family-owned. I encourage everyone to check out the links and learn more about where our food supply originates!

Tricycle Farms Buying Club- First order due April 26!

Hi everyone!

Our first buying club order will be happening just around the corner… our order is due to Azure Standard by May 1st at 4 pm; please try and get your individual order to me anytime between now and April 26. This gives me the weekend to get everything together and gather payments in order to have the COD available for the driver by May 3, our delivery date! I just got off the phone with the shipping coordinator, who tells me delivery will probably be in the evening of the 3rd, so drop off at your home will be that evening or Saturday… I will keep you posted as the date gets closer. You can order from any of our distributors at this time (Azure Standards, Frontier, or Country Life). Please contact me with any questions. If you want to receive regular updates of due dates and delivery times, please subscribe to my blog! Peas and love, Kelli