Two favorite products: Rooibos Tea & Active Manuka Honey

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is red tea from South Africa, and we’ve carried it since 2001. We love all our organic rooibos teas (we have bulk red tea and red tea in tea bags; we have some red tea in tea bags in combination with other plants and herbs too). One tea box says, “Since the turn of the century, rooibos has been treasured as an elixir for the mind, body and spirit.

Our own TV show!

We’ve got shows in the can. Local friend, Nancy Kaplan, has played the music for our theme song. My brother, David Stark, has done some fun graphics, and we’re shooting four more cooking shows at the beginning of May. Not long now until our cooking show will air. What’s the show called? Eat Well, Be Happy!  Eat Well, Be Happy has been our motto since the store opened in 1989….We are as excited as you are and can’t wait to let you know when. Any town that has public access TV can have and air our show. Stay tuned….

Cooking Contest!

Many of you, our customers, are fabulous cooks. How do we know? Well, over the years, we’ve all exchanged recipes and cooking ideas and they’ve been great. So, to celebrate warmer weather, we’re holding a cooking contest!  

Achoooo! (or How to Deal with Seasonal Allergies)

A healthy immune system is a wonderful thing. It identifies invaders in the body – viruses, bacteria, etc. – and then attacks and gets rid of them. At least, that’s what happens when everything goes smoothly.

But, things don’t always go smoothly.

Sometimes the immune system gets confused and attacks things that don’t need attacking. Chaos ensues.  

Shredded Beets with Grapefruit, Pomegranate Molasses & Sumac

This recipe is refreshing, somewhat tart, and loved by people who don’t ordinarily like beets. I think beets are just born to marry grapefruit, and this recipe will give you the chance to see why and to try pomegranate molasses and sumac, two favorite ingredients that we do, of course, sell at the store.

It goes without saying that you’re getting more nutritional bang for your buck (and no pesticides or herbicides) when you use organic grapefruit and beets, right? Did you know that beets will not only enrich tired blood, but help support a healthy liver and healthy circulatory system?

Dushenka Ani Silberfarb’s Almond Milk

Adam says, “Dushenka, author of The Model Vegan, really explores and tries to figure out how to innovate around food and recipes. (She’s making her own carob chips now!) Here’s her version of almond milk that is spectacularly good, using our almonds and our new nut milk bags.”

Says Dushenka, “I wanted a milk-like substance so that I could make hot carob milk for Elena, my daughter. The recipe on the nut milk bag called for soaking the almonds longer than any recipe I’d seen before, and it used less water too. I increased the soaking time even more, and we loved the results!”

Cultured Veggie Spring Detox Salad

Cultured veggies are sort of like pickled veggies, except better and more delicious. Instead of preserving vegetables by pickling them in vinegar, culturing involves live healthy bacteria – sort of like the bacteria that turn milk into yogurt. They help digestion and they help immunity AND instead of just trying to preserve the healthiness of the vegetables with vinegar, they enhance they healthiness of the veggies! The Farmhouse Culture brand, which is new in our store, says, “Happy Kraut, Happy You.”

Here’s An Easy Spring Detox

An oldie but goodie from 2005 by Debra

In the old days, people used to fast at the change of the seasons to rid themselves of internal pollutants that feed into everything from Candida, fatigue, allergies and damaged immune systems. Fasting is one of the oldest therapeutic methods known to man or woman.

Because it takes energy to process what we eat, when we don’t eat, or when we eat lightly, the body has energy left over to detox, to rid itself of junk we have inside that may be causing little and not-so-little problems. The body can concentrate on fighting illness instead. Fasting gives our most overworked organ, the liver, the chance to rest and do its job better.

I like to think that fasting can do for our bodies and for our liver what an oil change can do for our cars.