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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Angelic Organics CSA Cookbook Special Offer Whole Earth CSA Members

We have an opportunity to receive special bulk pricing on this great cookbook. It is full of thoughtful, informative, creative and zany morsels - and some great recipes for your CSA vegetables too! If you would you like one, please let us know and we'll order some at our bulk discount and pass the savings onto you (we need to order in quantities of 12 for the special pricing). Read on for more info on the book...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Seeing green: when eating your spinach pays off

From Kitchen Gardeners International

"The Capital Times of Wisconsin recently reported that a local insurance company has started offering offering rebates to policy holders who are members of a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. The insurance company's new Eat Healthy Rebate subsidizes CSA memberships by $100 for single policyholders and $200 for families. Kathryne Auerback, the company's director of marketing, came up with the idea in part because she is a CSA member herself. She has been exposed to vegetables she wouldn't have otherwise tried: fennel, dandelion greens, and kohlrabi. The program - likely the first of its kind - has the potential to expose CSAs to a whole new community that may not be familiar with them, Brown said. "It's not only innovative but it sets an amazing precedent for other health insurance companies across the country that may realize that a fresh, healthy and local diet leads to healthier lifestyles and a stronger community." It also opens the door to other similar ideas. If insurance companies are prepared to offer rebates for healthy eating, shouldn't that also apply to those who grow their own food? While we're at it, if more and more states are considering offering tax breaks to those who install renewable energy systems in their homes, shouldn't those states also entertain the idea of tax breaks for residents with renewable food systems? That is, after all, what an organic kitchen garden is."

Monday, February 26, 2007

Center for Food Safety News

As follow up and update on the post cards included in your share recently, we forward you the following note from Charles Margulis, from the Center for Food Safety.

"Hello All,
It's been a very busy time! In addition to our work fighting FDA's approval of cloning, CFS has won two major recent legal victories on GMO crops, see for the news.
Thank you all for agreeing to help distribute postcards opposing animal cloning for food. CFS has received back over 10,000 postcards already - we are hoping to receive thousands more! You may also have seen the news (below) that the nation's largest dairy, Dean Foods, has rejected milk from clones.
If you have not already, please also pass on these links and/or post them so your contacts can make online comments to FDA: and

Many thanks again!
Charles Margulis
Center for Food Safety
Oakland, CA

For the article on Dean Foods, click on the "comments" link below.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Know Your Food: Eating Close To The Earth

From Daily Om web site, January 24, 2007

"The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself, if we allow it to be. The dishes we remember from childhood offer unmatched comfort. The act of preparing meals can be an art form of the highest caliber. And the nourishment we derive from this fare promotes wellness within us.
But many of us, distracted by daily affairs, forget that the profound pleasures of eating go beyond simple sustenance. We eat foods that are convenient or we eat unconsciously, snacking on whatever happens to be on hand. To understand the true value of food and the impact it can have on our lives, we should acknowledge and honor it by eating close to the earth. If you have ever shelled and eaten garden-grown peas or bitten into a sun-warmed apple freshly plucked from its tree, you likely understand that there is a marked difference between these foods and those that are processed and stacked on supermarket shelves. Food recently picked contains more of its original life force and thus has a greater store of energy and nutrients.

You can ensure you are eating close to the earth-and enjoying the many benefits of doing so-by shopping at a local farmers market and getting to know the individuals who grow your food. If you make the experience of shopping in this way enjoyable, you will be more apt to reject more convenient canned, packaged, and frozen foods in favor of the real delight you feel while browsing stalls of fresh foods nourished by the same soil you can find in your own backyard. You will soon learn what foods are in season in your area and how to prepare them.

As you savor the vivid flavors of juicy ripe fruits and hearty crunch of unprocessed vegetables, you can also take pleasure in the fact that, by eating close to the earth, you are supporting farmers in your region, connecting with your local ecosystem, discouraging those who would waste precious fossil fuels by carting produce cross-country, and helping to preserve healthy culinary traditions that have existed for centuries."