First Friday and Saturday Market at Bee Healthy– New Things to Consider….

 

Happy to report we had a good first weekend of Market at The Bee.  We sold more than we brought back to The Farm, only pulling a few items.  We decided to leave a few things that are truly health food staples!  Bee Healthy will stock garlic (including Elephant garlic), turmeric, and ginger root…These are all the natural forms of some of the supplements that address inflammation, help control pain, and have healing properties.  Ours are USDA certified Organic.

Kyolic is the name brand of a garlic supplement with differing label variations...some for cardiovascular helps and some with immune support helps.  Actual garlic has the same properties, just not the concentration.  Incorporate garlic into your cooking.  A little bit a day goes a long way…if you know what I mean.  😉  Roasted garlic is easier to eat, and a clove can be squeezed into soups or mashed potatoes.

Curcumin is the bright yellow phenol in turmeric.  As Wikipedia states, “It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family.  Curcumin is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.”  Though Wikipedia does not delve into the nutritional merits of curcumin, other clinical studies have found merit as an anti-inflammatory, which can help with pain.  Turmeric is a stronger flavor than ginger root, which can easily be grated into your stir-fry or added to any vegetable dish to add a nice fresh flavor.  Turmeric is used in a lot of Indian dishes as a component of curry.  I personally like putting a slice of turmeric in my hot tea.  It is mildly infused in the tea, imparting its flavor, and then can be chewed up as an extra treat!

Other items we left at Bee Healthy were Rainbow Chard, Lacinato Kale, fresh Cilantro, and Celery…Chards are in the same family as Red Beets and Spinach, Kale is another member of the Brassica family, Cilantro is thought to be helpful in eliminating metals from your system, and celery is a great juice additive.  All of these products are Organic.

We will also stock Organic Dates (in the cooler section) along with our other natural and organic based sweeteners!  Janet also stocked the dates and they are great!

The last two items we left at Bee Healthy are a passel of our own CUCUMBERS and a half box of ORG Pink Lady apples!

The cucumbers are 2/$1.00–50 cents each!  We are being inundated here at The Farm with CUCUMBERS!  All kinds, but especially the slicers:  Thunder, Mongoose, and Olympian.  I don’t know what we were thinking!  But they are good and good for us!  Cucumbers are in the same family as melons, and sometimes we can get hints of the sweet taste (Striped Armenian cucumbers!)…many folks who have allergic reactions to cantaloupe also have mild irritation to cucumbers. Cucumbers are best fresh and not a good keeper in the fridge!  I always tell the CSA Members:  Eat your cucumber FIRST!

As to the apples…we will take them back home next week and make applesauce with what is left.  Apples are in the top 5 of those foods heavily laden with toxins, and organically raised should be the preference!  Domestic apples are done until the new crop is ready later in the summer, early fall…these beauties came from Argentina!  The Washington apples ended mid-June–  Cripps Pink is the actual name of the apple; Pink Lady is a trademark!  

Enjoy your food and take care of your health…It’s worth it!  The Farmer’s Wife  

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