Category Archives: Natural

What Foods are Most Susceptible to Food Fraud? (Infograph)

Food Fraud

Just when you thought you knew what you were eating.  You do all your research, you check the back of the carton and still, you may have no idea.  This year there were 800 new cases of “food fraud” added to the national food fraud database.  That’s 60% more than last year!  You might think it’s complicated, processed food, with a thousand ingredients that are being reported, but it’s actually some of the most common food in our diets… milk, honey, olive oil and even tea.  Noooo, not the pure sanctity of tea!

Gardening the Alternative Route

Garden

One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals.  In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.

We use natural homemade sprays  made with  garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.

To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs.  Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.

So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.

Save The Seeds!

Saving Seeds
We save seeds for a number of reasons…whether they be for sustainability practices, saving money, or emergency events that allows us to live on our own food without depending on anyone else. But overall, the feeling that you get from watching your plant grow from saved seed to vegetable is one of the most gratifying feelings out there. It makes you truly appreciate every bite you eat. When you get a chance, check out these seven reasons why to save your seeds.

End Factory Farms

End Factory Farms
As most things go in life, you must work hard to get exactly what you want…it’s just crazy that we must work hard to find something as simple as healthy, humanely raised, natural foods…


Local Farm to Table

Farm to Table

The local food movement is gaining momentum.  Seasonal menus based on what is available at peak harvest, is the most flavorful and healthful way to eat.  Supporting local farms, to obtain the freshest ingredients, connects us to eating and cooking what is locally grown. This philosophy has been practiced for thousands of years and is now at the forefront of many eateries around the world.

Most fruits and vegetables travel approximately 1,500 miles before reaching your plate and lose essential nutrients in the process. While about 50% of all fruits and vegetables are imported from other countries, there are easy ways to eat locally and seasonal.

Thanksgiving Soup

Thanksgiving Soup

We ate at least 3 days worth of Thanksgiving leftovers…by the 4th day, we were ready for some Thanksgiving Soup. And it was worth the wait…

What “Clean Food” Means to Us

Clean Foods

Quality clean food is a gateway to good health.  If you eat whole, healthy and fresh foods, your body and soul will glow with endless energy.

This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are off a tree, bush, or plant…eating whole grains like complex carbohydrates and lean proteins that include organic or grass fed meats that are free of pesticides, hormones and additives.