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“MyKind Organics Men’s Multi: Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free multi made from real whole food!  Specifically for men under 40 with 30 organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. So good you can even chew them.”  … Jay.

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RUNA, a clean energy drink with Guayusa from the Amazon.  RUNA’s on sale, and there’s an extra 10% off when you buy a case.  Come in to enter our RUNA-cycle raffle (bike goes home with a winner on August 31st!) … Kerstin.

Of Note

Things That Are Important to Me

From Debra Stark

With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about life in general, and how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering former Massachusetts resident, Speaker of the United States House, Tip O’Neill, who said that all politics is local, that change starts on our street, in our communities.

Can each of us, by talking to our neighbors and co-workers, be a catalyst to affect change? Our voices are powerful, and I think we sometimes forget that. Instead of cynicism, let’s remember that we elect our legislators (I know you vote….), and for the most part, they do want to hear from us. They want to know what we think, how they can serve all of us.

I know this is an oversimplification. Do-gooding won’t stop violence, but if we don’t speak up, behave differently, then there truly is no hope. Here are things I want to work on. What’s on your list?

Feed your plants!

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants. Milk, too, is a soil and plant food. The organization Slow Food says that, in addition, milk is an effective fungicide and soft-bodied insecticide; critters like grasshoppers don’t have a pancreas to process the sugars, so they are driven off when milk is applied to leaves.

Debra named Legend

Legend“Each year at Natural Products Expo West, New Hope Network honors the industry’s greatest contributors….Legends are individuals at the center of stories about change—influencers who change the way we do what we do with enduring impact.” This year Debra was one of 12 individuals honored.

The only blender that makes us smile!!!!

We’re expecting more Vitamix 7500’s – wonderful 2.2 horsepower blenders that run up to 220 miles per hour with a low profile so they fit under cabinets. Did I mention a 7-year warranty? You need this blender if you, like me, put a whole bunch of parsley, stems and all, into your smoothie together with a whole peeled lemon, frozen berries. For the first time ever, Vitamix is offering $50 off your preordered machine, just in time for Mother’s Day. Reserve your red, black or white Vitamix 7500 today. Regular price $529, Debra’s price $479. Mother’s Day special price is $429. Wow! (No discount cards.)

Putting your money where your mouth is

From a local on-line newspaper, Patch: “MIT graduate Shiva Ayyadurai’s offer is simple: If the Monsanto Company can disprove his claim that there are ‘no safety assessment standards’ for genetically modified organisms (GMO), he will give the agro-giant a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“That’s how strongly the inventor believes in the alleged danger of unregulated GMOs.”

 What's Cooking

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.

Berries with Crème and Pistachios

A quick easy dessert that doesn’t require turning on the oven!!

This serves four people. Mix 1 C thick yogurt or mascarpone or crème fresh with 1 tsp rose water and 2 Tbsp C honey or agave. Spoon into 4 bowls or pretty glasses. Scatter 4 C any kind of berries over cream mixture (save a little cream to dollop on top, too). Garnish with roasted, salted pistachios (about 1 Tbsp per bowl). Dollop cream, drizzle with 2 Tbsp more of honey or agave.

Simple No-Peel Peach Cobbler

PEACH-COBBLERThere’s no fat added to this cobbler, and you don’t have to peel the peaches, because there’s no need when you eat organic (there are no pesticides or herbicides with organic). Feel free to substitute organic nectarines or apricots in lieu of peaches. This recipe also doubles or triples if you want to feed a crowd. Do you want like batter and less fruit? Feel free to double the batter. It’s more cake-y this way.

Did you know that the peach is actually a member of the rose family and originated in China. Who knew? Today, China is still the largest grower of peaches, followed by Italy. Here in the USA, Georgia is the Peach State and makes the world’s largest peach cobbler each year.

Adam's Corner

How much calcium should we get? (Cont.)

Few nutrients inspire such feelings of devotion and commitment – and guilt and shame – as calcium. Am I getting enough? What about my bones!? Oh no – I better eat more yogurt, seek out fortified foods, and take even more pills!

Calcium is no more, and no less, necessary to life than any other essential mineral or vitamin. (In fact, I could argue that deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins D and B12 are both more likely, and more dangerous). Yet for some reason, no other nutrient inspires such slavish, at times even neurotic, concern as calcium[1].

So, how much calcium should we get?



CHOCOLATE: You’ve probably heard the snippets on the nightly news: “Chocolate may reduce the risk of heart disease.” “Chocolate protects against cancer.” “Chocolate reduces the appearance of wrinkles.” Which would seemingly be our cue to start eating some. But there’s always something in the news anchor’s tone of voice (a tone usually reserved for human interest stories about somebody’s cat that may or may not be able to play Tetris), which implies that, as interesting as the story may be, we shouldn’t take it too seriously.

Because everyone knows that chocolate isn’t – couldn’t possibly be – healthy. Right?