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natural-play-makeupJust in time for Halloween! Natural play makeup and face paint from Klee Kids for the trick or treaters in your life.” – Gregoria + Liz

 Staff Favorite

hen-of-the-woodsThe Hen of the Woods, ‘Maitake,’ a rare woodsy treat to add flavor to your favorite stew or sauté.” – Alex

“A Fall delicacy straight from the woods.” – Charles

Of Note

Thanksgiving Birds (yes, pies too!)

We’re proud to offer a choice of turkeys: a) the Mary’s certified organic turkeys from a third generation family farm; and b) Stonewood natural turkeys from Vermont. Stonewood turkeys don’t do drugs and are wonderful birds! The difference between the two, besides the certified organic label on Mary’s, is that I’ve found the Stonewood birds to be leaner, with more white meat. Mary’s birds seem to have more dark meat and are fattier. All birds are grown by the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the founders. All birds are fed an all-vegetarian diet, and are given no growth hormones or antibiotics.  

As I write this we have turkeys in all sorts of sizes, but because we’ve already had to place our order, it’s best to call today or tomorrow so you get just the turkey and the size you want. Call Turkey Central at 978-371-7573. Mary’s organic turkeys: $3.99 per lb.  Stonewood natural turkeys: $3.49 per lb. Quite a deal!

October is Non-GMO Month

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are “organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.” So says the Non-GMO Project. An example being the gene of a flounder inserted into the gene of a tomato – yes, this really happened. What worries me? That we are tinkering with things we don’t completely understand. Good things do not happen when we try to fool Mother Nature.

Save the date!!!

Saturday, October 22, 10:00-2:00. Debra’s Natural Gourmet Turns 27! Birthday Party, Non-GMO FOOD FAIR, Discover West Concord Day – all in one! We’ll have cake and ice cream, of course, but also some favorite companies sampling food. Come have a great time, have lunch and help us celebrate! 5% of our sales the whole day will go to The Non-GMO Project. More in the October store newsletter….

 What's Cooking

Roast Cauliflower with Vegan Cheese & Beans

Another recipe from our cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy. Of course you get more nutritional bang for your buck when you eat organic, and I personally won’t eat any cruciferous vegetables (the family that includes cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, etc.) unless it’s grown organically because they are so heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Roasting cauliflower yields results that are delish. When tossed with extra virgin olive oil and spices, the florets get crispy and brown where they touch the hot roasting pan. The resulting flavor is sweet and nutty, too.

Why nutritional yeast? It’s the richest source of the B-vitamins, the nerve and stress vitamins. It helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. When combined with any nut or seed and salt, it tastes, I kid you not, just like parmesan cheese! Nutritional yeast will not feed or cause candida. No, it will not!

A Favorite Pilaf

PilafI’ve always loved the cookbook, Please to the Table, by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman, and this recipe is my adaptation of Anya’s favorite pilaf. Among my own touches, I’ve added my mother’s addition to all her rice dishes, Fearn soy granules. Mom always stirred in a few spoonfuls of Fearn soy granules to her pot of rice during the last 5 minutes of cooking. The soy granules absorbed remaining moisture so the rice was dry, the grains separate. One-quarter cup Fearn soy granules added 22 grams of protein, a good thing, and made the rice look and taste very gourmet, or so friends and family always said!

Colorful, Flavorful Eggplant “Caviar”


Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture found eggplants to be chock-full of an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, which fights free radicals (chemicals that cause oxidation, or the premature breakdown of our cells).  This recipe has a multitude of vegetables and lots of color.  A treat for taste buds and eyes!  Feeding a crowd?  You can double or triple the recipe easily, and it keeps for days in the frig.

Adam's Corner

Don’t Get Sick!

Are you just an “average person” who doesn’t want to get sick? Here are three things you can do every day.

  1. Take NAC. NAC is short for n-acetyl cysteine. It’s a natural amino acid derivative, and one of the most versatile, good-for-you nutrients on the planet. NAC protects the liver and lungs, neutralizes toxins, repairs erosion in the GI tract, and even quells compulsive behavior by clearing excess neurotransmitters from the brain.

This is not exaggeration. Everything is supported by solid research. I take NAC daily.

NAC has also proven itself as a flu-preventer. In one study out of Italy, elderly men were given 600 mg of NAC twice a day, or placebo, over a winter season. Those who received the NAC were two-thirds less likely to report flu symptoms during the study period, even though blood tests showed they were exposed to the flu virus at the same rate.

Bone Health: Calcium Management

It is becoming increasingly obvious that a high intake of calcium is not the solution for osteoporosis. Yes, it’s important to get enough calcium – roughly 600 mg a day. But beyond that, the key to healthy, vibrant, resilient bones are all the nutrients that help the body manage calcium. These calcium management nutrients finally accomplish what we’ve always wanted calcium to do for us.

In other words, it isn’t how much calcium we get, but how well we use it. Calcium management nutrients not only help calcium go to the right places, they also keep calcium out of the wrong places.