Archive for May, 2021

FRESH PRODUCE AT BEE HEALTHY

Truck came in yesterday, after the first rainstorm but before the second!! Happy Spring in the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming– Produce overall looks good! Here’s some of the highlights:

WA Asparagus, 1-1/4# bundles……….$4.75

Large Cauliflower or ORG Broccoli.………………………..$3.75 each

ORG Green Cabbage……small heads- $3.25 each………………….large heads- $6.00 each

ORG Brussels Sprouts.………………………………$6.99

ORG Zucchini.……………………………….$1.25 each (we ordered 5#, the company sent 22#)

Mushrooms (ORG Shiitake, White, Portabella, Crimini, and Oyster)……………$3.75

NEW THIS WEEK— ORG Fennel Bulb………………..$4.99 (3 available)

ORG Yukon Potatoes……………………$2.00/#

ORG Grape Tomato pints……………………..$3.50

ORG Earthbound Green Beans, washed and ready to go……………………..$5.50

Hass Avocadoes……………….$1.75 each

ORG Honeycrisp Apples……………………$4.75/#

ORG Bananas……………………$.99/#

ORG Lemons…………………..$.85 each

ORG Limes……………………………$.75 each

All kinds of Greens, ORG Leeks and Onions…also ORG Green Onions this week. Jalapeno pepper packs, Orange Bells, Red Bells, and Green Bells, all ORG. Carrots, Cucumbers, Red Beets, AND MUCH MORE!

Don’t forget about all the other great STUFF at Bee Healthy–groceries, supplements, teas, chocolates, nuts and dried fruits, avocado oil chips, essential oils and incense!

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@BHealthy this WEEK– last week MAY–

Where does the time go? Nearly half way through 2021…we survived 2020 with less losses than the prognosticators predicted in December 2019 after the detection of the SARS-Covid-19 in Wahun, and the announcement of a pandemic by the WHO. No matter where you stand on this issue, each day is a new day, and we move FORWARD based on where we were yesterday. Two facts remain–What a blessing to live in Wyoming with its wide open spaces, and what a blessing to have an amazing body with so many amazing powers at defense and regeneration! Support your immune system and honor and build your natural immunities. We want to help you here at Bee Healthy– 🙂

What is at Bee Healthy this week and EVERY?

Group A boxes Thursday, and fresh produce Thursday AM in the coolers. Some of the expected veggies are the usual Greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard), Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choi, kale…not a typo…it is a Brassica green), root crops (carrots, red beets, ginger root and turmeric), Nightshades (Yukon potatoes, grape tomatoes, peppers including jalapenos), Alium (garlic, green onions, other onions of all colors), Curcubits (cucumbers and zucchini and one loan butternut…and this summer watermelons and cantaloupes in the CSA), Legumes (green beans), Asparagusceae (asparagus), Mushrooms (including Shiitake and Oyster with the Portabello and Crimini, and White), and lots of Fruit (Honeycrisp apples, Lemons and Limes and Halo tangerines this week and grapefruit, avocadoes, bananas, pineapples), and NEW THIS WEEK3 Fennel Bulbs with Fronds!

Essential Oil’s stock has been replenished and we are excited to be bringing in some Coriander later this week! Some of the immune beneficials are Pine, Oregano, Bergamot and other citrus… a nice blend of Harvest Lavender and Tranquility, and several Nature’s Sunshine noteworthy blends…many which can be ordered in at request. We also have a variety of Incenses, Salt Lamps and Candles, and other gift items.

Groceries, lots of good for you, many geared towards those with gluten sensitivities and lactose intolerances…pastas, flours, thickeners, nut and oak milks and creams, milk free cheeses and butters…and also lactose free dairy through Green Valley Creamery. Great Hummus and Pesto through Lilly’s and Bitchin’. Veganaise instead of mayo. Sauerkrauts and kimchi’s from Wildbrine, Farmhouse, and one last jar of Savage Cabbage. WOW gluten free cookies in the refrigerator…Oregan oatmeal with cranberries and other dried fruits, Snickerdoodle, Ginger Molasses…Farm fresh, locally raised Eggs…and lots of drinks (GT Daves Kombucha, Kevita Apple Cider Vinegar tonics, Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai and their Cold Brew and Gold Label with mushroom extracts…Coconut waters, Alo drinks, Vuka natural energies, Izzie lightly carbonated Clementine and Blackberry…waters both tonic, still, and alkaline…Good Belly probiotic juices in quarts and the Ceres Mango for your smoothie base…Maine Root Root Beer and Reed’s Ginger Beer…and others!

Avocado oil chips from Boulder Canyon, healthy multiple grain tortilla chips from Late July, and Barbara’s Cheese Puffs, Essential Living popcorn, Epic Pork Rinds, Brad’s Plant Based, Perfect Pretzels, and Sonoma Creamery Cheese (really cheese, not cheese flavored) crackers! Nuts and Dried fruits galore…a super gingered Wild Harvest Trail Mix (4 oz and 1 pound sizes). Chocolates: Chocolove, Endangered Species, Equal Exchange, and Lily’s Sweets with Stevia, and some Chocolate Espresso beans and Sunridge Ginger Chocolate Balls. Protein bars from Kind, NuGo, Cliff, Luna, Good to Go, Taos Bakes, Mama Honey’s (in the fridge with the Hail Merry chocolates and lemon cups), and the last supply of the Kate’s Bars from Jackson Hole (more to be ordered next month!).

Best selection of Teas (Yogi, Traditional Medicinals, Heath and Heather, Prince of Peace, Wisdom of the Ancients, Good Earth, Mate Factor, Numi, and Pukka…) Also, Teeccino Chicory Based ‘coffees’, Organic Cocoa powder, Caca Nibs, organic Coffee Beans for fresh coffee, and Instant Organic Coffee powder.

Expanded CBD supplies including a full restock of the Blue Ridge Hemp bath bombs, roll-ons, lotions, and teas. A small expansion of mushroom products in a central location…and Pet CBD’s.

FOUR shelving units of SupplementsNOW, Nature’s Sunshine, Mt Rose Herbs, Swanson’s, Secrets of the Tribe, Organic India, and others… As well as several shelves of herbal powders and encapsulator/gelatin capsules for making your own supplements at 1/3 the cost! Ancient Nutrition and YouTheory collagen powders, and Supergreens powders and other protein and healthy additions to your diet including Wellgenix Sea Essential (minerals) and Wellgenix Immune Support (vitamins, minerals, and herbals), both easy liquids to take a capful a day!

LOTS OF STUFF TO HELP YOU BE HEALTHY AT BEE HEALTHY!! Monday through Friday– 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday–10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 635 Big Horn Ave. Worland, WY 347-2766

BOXES–THURSDAY @ Bee Healthy–Group A…Week 17

Asian Delight Pac Choi (Bok Choy)

Howdy! Back on track this week–Veggies have been ordered for this Thursday, May 27th.

Here’s what we’re hoping for: From Spokane Produce–ORG Green Onions, ORG Broccoli, ORG Red and Green Bell Peppers, ORG Mini-carrot Peeled (1#), ORG Cucumber, ORG Grape Tomatoes (pint)…From Lloyd Craft Farms high tunnelAsian Delight Bok Choi and hopefully another little packet of Oregano and SageFrom Greybull Valley ProduceGreen Leaf Living Lettuce……………….FRUIT this week is a 3# bag of Halo tangerines— $30

This box, like most, screams SALAD!— Greenleaf lettuce (with the root ball so it will keep longer), Red Bell Pepper slivered, carrots cut in circles, cucumber sliced with a fluted edge, and half dozen grape tomatoes halved on the salad’s top. Go light with the dressing and use oil and vinegar (balsamic, raspberry balsamic, or other kinds of vinegars and infusions), and top with some dried cranberries, or crispy croutons.

Croutons are easy to make! Take some of your older bread and cut them into small square pieces. Let them dry a couple of hours, or just add them to a skillet with melted butter. Stir until they are a bit crunchy, and then spread on a cookie sheet and finish in the oven at 375 degrees. To your melted butter add chopped herbs…and salt and pepper. Let them completely cool and store in a glass jar with a screw lid. Oregano and Sage would work well for your seasoning. Make it simple and use McCormick Montreal seasoning!

Have you ever cooked carrots? They are easy to steam or boil. They can be cooked in a saucepan with some butter, season to your taste. Being a naturally sweet root crop carrots retain their sweetness.

What is bok choi? According to WebMD:

Bok choy, a cruciferous green vegetable, is a member of the Brassica family. It’s also called pak choi or Chinese cabbage. Unlike most cruciferous vegetables grown in the United States, such as cabbages, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, this particular variety of Brassica doesn’t form a “head”. Instead, it’s a non-heading cabbage that has thick crunchy white stems and broad green leaves. 

Along with being crunchy and delicious, bok choy is full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that make it a beneficial addition to your diet. Like other dark, leafy greens, it’s full of antioxidants and other compounds that help to promote better health. 

Health benefits of bok choy include:

Aids in the Prevention of Cancer

Studies show that cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy help to reduce your risk of developing cancer. It’s full of cancer-fighting compounds such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, folate, and selenium. Vitamin Cvitamin E, and beta-carotene are powerful antioxidants that can help to prevent cell damage from free radicals, which may help to lower your cancer risk. Selenium may help to slow the growth rate of tumors. Bok choy is also full of fiber, which keeps your digestive system healthy and may help to prevent colon cancer

Fights Inflammation

Like other dark, leafy greens, bok choy is an excellent source of the flavonoid quercetin. Quercetin can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which may help to reduce your risk of developing a variety of chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease

Bok choy may help to lower your risk of developing heart disease in a few ways. For one, it contains folate and vitamin B6. These nutrients help to remove homocysteine from your blood. Too much homocysteine can damage your blood vessels, increasing your risk of heart problems. Studies show that diets high in leafy green vegetables, including cruciferous vegetables, have an overall lower risk of developing heart disease. 

The vegetable is also high in potassiummagnesium, and calcium, all of which help to reduce your blood pressure naturally. Some studies show that eating sufficient potassium can help to lower sodium-induced high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure can help to lower your risk of heart-related problems. 

Promotes Bone Health

Bok choy is high in calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and vitamin K, all of which are essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones. 

Protects Eye Health

When it comes to eye health, the first vegetable many people think of is carrots. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that plays an important role in keeping your eyes healthy as you age and may help to lower your risk of developing age-related eye diseases. Bok choy also contains a decent amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene. A 1-cup serving contains more than half of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A. 

Boosts Immune Health

The selenium in bok choy may help to contribute to a healthy immune system, enabling your body to more effectively fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. 

Keeps Skin Healthy

Bok choy contains vitamin C, an antioxidant known for fighting free radicals. It may help to reduce the risk of damage to your skin caused by the sun, smoke, and pollution. Vitamin C also plays a role in your body’s natural collagen production and may help to fight signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.  

Helps Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy  

During pregnancy, folate needs double. Insufficient folate intake can lead to complications such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Incorporating dark leafy greens into your diet, such as bok choy, can help you to ensure that you meet your increased folate requirements to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Nutrients

Bok choy is a nutrient-dense vegetable that contains many essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other important nutrients. It has:

Things to Watch Out For

Bok choy is rich in vitamin K, containing approximately one-third of the daily recommended intake in a single cup serving. Vitamin K aids in proper blood clotting, which may cause complications for individuals taking blood thinners such as warfarin. If you take such medications, talk with your doctor before adding the cabbage to your diet.

The vegetable also contains salicylates, which are compounds related to aspirin. If you’re sensitive to aspirin, you should talk with your doctor. 

How to Prepare Bok Choy

Bok choy is a versatile vegetable that you can incorporate into many dishes. It’s a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, particularly in stir-fries and soups. It takes only a few minutes to cook, allowing for a quick side dish to a meal. Some ways to prepare bok choy include:

  • Shredded raw in a salad
  • Steamed
  • Incorporated into a stir-fry
  • Braised
  • Grilled
  • Added to soups or stews

Week 15- Group A Buyer’s Group and Fresh Veggies on Thursday!

After readjusting the box contents and the Spokane order 4 times this morning, the following has been ordered:

Couple of ORG Washington Honeycrisp Apples, Avocado and an ORG Lemon, 1# Washington Asparagus, small bag of mixed herbs from the high tunnel at Lloyd Craft Farms, ORG Lacinato Kale, ORG Orange Bell Peppers, ORG Mini-Rainbow Carrots (12 oz), Sweet Texas Onion, ORG Cherry Tomatoes (pint), and a couple of ORG Garnet Yams$30

Couple of notes on the Contents:

Honeycrisp are the best…but the prices are all over the place this time of year. They are one of the most expensive at wholesale prices of $81.50 to $115.50 for a 40# box. They say the additional cost is because they have to trim the stems so they don’t damage the others in the box–that means handling them an extra time. I always buy apples organic as they are one of the most heavily laden with pesticides, next to tomatoes and peppers, most berries and greens.

Check out the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists at EWG.com–EWG is a group that gathers data on pesticide levels on all produce and updates it each year in April. I usually buy citrus–except lemons–conventional as the skins provide protection from chemical penetration…same for pineapples and avocados. I stay with organic on lemons as some folks throw the whole fruit into their Vitamix and eat/drink it all! This year I switched to some conventional onions (though I don’t think the flavor is as full), Asparagus, Cauliflower, and Broccoli. These items are all listed on the Clean 15.

Last week we had organic Asparagus, this week it is conventional. The first few weeks of new harvest the cost is similar until the production is up on the conventional…then the price drops. Washington asparagus is ready about the same time as our local asparagus. In my opinion, the flavor of store bought asparagus, whether organic or conventional, does not equal the flavor of ditch bank asparagus! I think, in my opinion, asparagus is one of those veggies that the flavor diminishes soon after harvest and continues to degrade.

Our favorite asparagus recipe is Creamed Asparagus on Toast (with a side of salad)–easy to make! This week I was out of milk so I substituted. Start with butter and onions, add fresh parsley and pepper, then throw in about 3 Tablespoons of flour, stir until mixed with the butter and bubbling. Normally this is when you would add the milk (or cream) and reduce the heat, but I added water with a tablespoon of chicken bouillion and cooked this to develope the flavor and eliminate the flour taste. Then I added more water until the it was the right consistency. When it was just right, and a few minutes before I was ready to serve it, I added a few generous tablespoons of sour cream, stirring again until the right consistency and adding additional broth or water until the right thickness. You can also use cashew milk–it works better than the almond milk for me. Not all non-dairy products handle heat–experiment.

In your box, you will have a small packet of herbs: Parsley, Oregano, and/or Savory. Play with them in your cooking and consider adding to your salads. Parsley has the freshest flavor and will handle both heat and no heat–great finely chopped in your salad or added to your salad dressing. As far as I’m concerned Oregano is great in all cooking! Savory is a little different and less appreciated. If I remember right, the savory plant resembles rosemary–not as woody– but the flavors are worlds apart! What you don’t use can be dried for use later…a little goes a long way with the savory, but it will never disappoint!

We were set to have Greybull Valley Green Leaf lettuce, but I got an email early this morning that they had a mechanical malfunction and the lettuces for this week burned up! It happens–two years ago we had a heater than failed in March in the greenhouse and all the baby plants froze. Greybull hopes to have some supply next week, but we will wait and see.

In the place of lettuce we have ORG Lacinato Kale, AKA Dinosaur or Black Kale. Kale is a nutrient powerhouse and a part of the Brassica family–eat it cooked or raw. Because of the stiffer texture, I recommend ribbon cutting the leaves and then marinating them briefly in a lemon and oil mixture (or a prepared Oil and Vinegar dressing). A kale salad will keep several days, unlike the lettuce that wilts quickly. Cooked kale is yummy! Either as chips or sliced with other dishes. I’ve been known to add kale to Sloppy Joes, Goulash, or Lasagna. What a way to ‘up’ the nutritional value of your food!

The other challenging box ingredient may be the Garnet Sweet Potatoes….yes you read that right…”sweet potatoes”. I usually call them “yams” but they are not really a yam at all. Garnet, Jewel, Beauregard are all dark, orangish fleshed sweet potatoes. Other colors of sweet potato flesh are yellow, white, and purple, with tan to purple colored skins. Of course the purple fleshed and skinned are going to be higher in anthocyanin, that antioxidant that we talked about the week before…same class as dark red to purple berries! Sweet potatoes can be cooked in the oven in a covered dish, wrapped in foil and baked, sliced and fried, or cooked in the microwave. Some varieties tend to be drier than others–usually the Garnet retains moisture and is a good balance of sweet and savory. I love mine slathered with butter–it helps to offset dryness, especially if I’ve cooked them a little longer than needed. (For the boxes, I’ve moved to the sweet potatoes from the potatoes to give us a break, help those that are diabetic, and to meet the needs of low starch diets.)

The other box items are onion, orange bell pepper, rainbow mini-carrots, and cherry tomatoes–great kitchen aids to help round out the salads or your food preparation needs! (Who doesn’t like a cooked onion in EVERYTHING!) Enjoy!!

HUMBLE Deodorant Products– Humble ingredients…Humble Beginnings…

We’ve got a deal…lots of personal care products, including several varieties of deodorant. Herban Cowboy and Every Man Jack for the men. Own Beauty and Lavilin Bio Balance once a week antiperspirant for the women (and men if you don’t mind the box design)… Schmidt’s and Crystal for both, and six on clearance to make room for new ones.

What I’m sharing today is a line that we are ‘testing’ called Humble. Humble because it has Nothing Bad (their trademark) and simple ingredients–fractionated coconut oil, non-GMO cornstarch, baking soda, and essential oil scents: Patchouli & Copal, Pine & Cedarwood, Mountain Lavender, Moroccan Rose to name a few. They have a hemp comfort bar, and a hemp extract deodorant, and one stick with no baking soda for those that are sensitive to that ingredient. No aluminum or other long named bizarre ingredients–if you thought deeply why would you want to put them on your skin, let alone slather in your arm pits!

I say ‘testing’ because we are asking you to consider a token purchase, try them out, and then give us some feedback to determine whether we want to stock them on a regular basis. We will ask your name and a text number so we can check with you in a couple of weeks.

They also have a lip balm line–coconut oil, beeswax, cacao seed butter, apricot seed oil, and Vitamin E….and a scent or no…

Stop in and check it out…make a small purchase and sign up for feedback…appreciate it!
“Sweat and Drink Plenty of Water–
One simple, but oft-overlooked factor in health and longevity is sweating. But these days, the Western world is addicted to air conditioning, so people rarely sweat. We sit all day in temperature-controlled offices, ride home in air-conditioned cars, and set our home thermostats to 68 degrees. Most people literally have to go out of their way to sweat.

Growing up, I was told it was important to sweat to remove poisons from the body. In fact, one of the more efficient ways to remove mercury from your body is by sweating. At one time, regular sweating was even a traditional treatment used in medical clinics.

Another simple thing you can do is drink plenty of water. Many people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. The obsession with sugary drinks also worsens dehydration because elevated sugar levels in the blood stimulate loss of body water.

Of course, while you do want to sweat, you must be careful that it doesn’t lead to dehydration.”

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., is editor of The Blaylock Wellness Report and a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. (Edited for length)

Queen Bee Lovell @ Bee Healthy Worland

The two Bee’s–QUEEN BEE and BEE HEALTHY! New stock of wonderful Beeswax Candles and Honey Candies–Come check it out! We also carry raw honey (3# and 5# cannisters) from 307 HONEY AKA BRYANT’s HONEY…and the bulk honey dispenser is always ready to fill your container or one of our cute little honey bears– Local honeys, good for local health!

Why Beeswax candles?

“Did you know? Beeswax candles clean the air when they burn. They release negative ions. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants and other junk in the air will carry a positive charge, which is how they are suspended in the air. The negative ions released from the burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are either burned in the flame of the candle, or fall to the floor. Many air purifiers and water filters use this same effective negative ion technology.”

http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/beeswax-candles.html

Because these candles clean the air and reduce indoor pollutants, they can effectively reduce asthma, allergies and hay fever. Further, pure beeswax doesn’t have irritating toxins or heavy perfumes. And let me add, as the candles are burning, they can be folded inward and there is less waste!

For more information on Beeswax Candles and Asthma, and Beeswax Candles and Allergies, stop in Bee Healthy and pick up an info sheet from Queen Bee. There is a nice comparative chart of Beeswax Candles and Paraffin Candles–Good info….

Our mission is to help you Be Healthy!

Group B Special Boxes this Week! Bee Healthy and lots of other STUFF…

GROUP B THIS WEEK– We had 5 Thursday’s in April which always throws our rhythms off if you are used to the first and third Thursday for Group A, and second and fourth for Group B…now it switches until the end in June. It can almost be as annoying as the time change in the spring–LOL! Also, keep in mind, the CSA membership is open and you can sign up at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com. With the Buyer’s Group (going on now on Thursday’s) and the CSA you can get fresh, nutrient dense veggies 10 months out of a year!

Boxes are ordered for this week and more Thursday Fresh Veggies to stock at Bee Healthy! New this week– Washington Asparagus! Other Box goodies: Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce, ORG Lemons, ORG English Cucumber, the beautiful and sweet ORG Orange Bell Pepper, ORG Celery and ORG Cliptop Carrots, ORG Green Onions, and ORG Roma Tomatoes to round it out!– $30 **I tried for the fresh cauliflower but the price doubled to $6.00–so….we’ll give it a week to see where it settles! I’ll stock some organic cauliflower at $6.00 so its available for those that need it. 🙂

Extra items Thursday are ORG Strawberries- 1# clamshells, ORG Blueberries in the pint this week, more of the ORG Mini Rainbow Carrots (12 oz), lots of greens, ORG Broccoli, ORG Jalapeno Packets and ORG Green and Orange Bell Peppers, ORG Zucchini, ORG Earthbound Green Beans, variety of Mushrooms (including Shiitake and Mini Bells), and a good stock of ORG Honeycrisp apples, Heirloom oranges, and ORG Bananas–much more to chose from….Come and check it out Thursday. Produce held through Saturday, and then checked for freshness and removed if necessary. FRESH IS BEST!

Check out the last post at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com or our FB page for info on some of the great STUFF we have in stock at Bee Healthy: Boxed Cereals and a wide selection of Granolas; gluten free wraps, tortillas and pocket breads; Beyond Burger patties and Amy’s California or Quarter Pound meatless burgers; and some of our specialty packaged goods like Buckwheat Groats, Thick Oatmeal, Pinto Beans, and Almond Butter Grinder Chunks (Almond Butter is super GOOD with sliced, Honeycrisp apples!!) We also have a large stock or gluten free flours and pastas, ancient grain wheats (Einkorn and Amaranth), and a Namaste Carrot Cake Mix that makes 2 cakes! Lots of supplements, teas, grocery items like oils and vinegars, spaghetti sauces and salsas, chips and refrigerated drinks, nut cheeses (and 5# loaves of Mild Cheddar from California Premium–0 grams lactose), and lots of krauts and pro-biotic loaded foods! And some of the BEST CHOCOLATE BARS…and good for you, too!

What’s @ Bee Healthy That’s so SPECIAL?

Lots of stuff! Stevia sweetened Chocolate Chips, Almond Flour and other gluten free options (AND NOW Xanthan Gum to help bond the the gluten free flours together as gluten does!)…Cereals, organic bulk items in 1# to 2# bags, Beyond Burgers, gluten free Wraps and Tortillas, quality Cheese Loaves, and Fresh Produce (Saturday and Monday only)…

In the grocery section with the chocolate chips are the Namaste Carrot Cake Mix (enough for two cakes), three boxes of cereal (NuCo Coconut Crunch, Cascadian Farm Berry Vanilla Puffs, Annie’s Homegrown Friends Bunnies–boxed cereals are 20% off), and a ton of choices in good healthy granolas (Nature’s Path Love Crunch with chocolate and strawberries and their Golden Turmeric, Back to Nature Blueberry, Catalina Crunch Keto friendly Chocolate Banana, Love Grown Raisin Almond, and Taos Bakes Apple Pecan and Madagascar).

What makes granola healthy? Low to no sugar, whole grains mostly gluten free, and other ingredients to tickle our taste buds…like chocolate chunks, dried raspberries, turmeric, and a variety of dried fruits and nuts.

On the top shelf above the granolas are our re-packaged organic Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal, organic Arrowhead Mill Pinto Beans, and organic Buckwheat Groats. We buy 25# – 50# and then divide them up…cheaper and you’re not paying a ton for a pretty package and all the work that goes into designer bags. 🙂 BTWWe do not eat our oatmeal cooked but raw with raisins, nuts, and other fruit added. We don’t cover it with milk either…as you know oat makes its own milk! (Try some of the Oatmilk Ice Cream from So Delicious– green label with apples on the outside, and the Elmhurst Oat Milk in the refrigerated section…Elmhurst also has Almond and Cashew…no emulsifiers or other additives…)

What do you know about Buckwheat? First, it is not a grain or even wheat! It’s a mainstay in the Mediterranean diet, cooked like we cook rice. It is full of flavor and nutrient loaded. We have organic Buckwheat Groats on the top shelf with a label to help you to get to know them and how to cook them! We stocked some pastas made with buckwheat, but at the present they are out of stock…either a casualty of manufacturing shut down or increased demand…

In the Peanut Butter Section where we stock peanut, almond, and soy butters is another novel bagged item. It came in a large box with writing on the side that said “Almond Butter Grinder Chunks”, a mistake from UNFI one Friday. After looking into what the heck it was (the UNFI product label said “GT Strawberry Kombucha”), we found it was roasted almond chunks for making your own fresh Almond Butter!

But simplified: Here’s how the process normally goes for making butter…soak almonds, dry them (roast?), and then break into pieces. The bulk, semi-prepared Grinder Chunks are AMAZING…all the hard work is done, so you can have fresher butter at a much cheaper price AND with less time! A pint of Almond Butter costs around $15.00…this bag is equal to 3 times that amount for less than 2 times the price. All you need is a food processor, or maybe a VitaMix or Ninja, and a little honey–sliced apples or fresh bread is good, too…though a spoonful is delightful, too!

On the opposite side of the Rices, Flours, Cereals, and Baking Mixes, and east of the freezers, are the gluten free flours: coconut, cassava, rice, almond, bean…and now a small 3 oz bag of real Xanthan Gum.

What for, you ask? Xanthan Gum is used in binding non-gluten flours, thickening gravies and other cooking creations. Xanthan Gum is a fermented and dried product, and can be organic or man-made…ours is organic right from Bob’s Red Mill. 1/4 teaspoon to 2 teaspoon per cup is all it takes–we put those directions on the bag for you!

In the freezer we have marked down the Beyond Burgers 20%! This is part of our vegan ‘meat’ stock along with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie California Burgers (more coming in next week) and Amy’s California and Quarter Burgers. Dr. Praeger’s is a true veggie patty with whole peas and all! We have some Brioche buns in the freezer too that are light and tasty…non-gluten as well. Also for sale in the freezer’s are tortillas and wraps: The Real Coconut Company and Siete Almond or Quinoa tortillas...Also, liquidating the Ezekiel Pocket Breads that work great as a ‘tortilla’ or fry bread, but leak a bit as a ‘pocket’. All good flavor and gluten free–20% off!

Last item to tell you about is our 5# loaves of mild cheddar cheese. The label says “0 grams lactose” …

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WHAT–lactose free from cow’s milk??? A little studying helped me to understand cheese making: the longer it is aged, the lower the lactose level. This cheese is California Premium (the brand name distributed by Romanio Dairy), a mild cheddar. I’ve bought this for our family for several years…good price, good quality, lasts well…but this time the company sent me 25# instead of 5#…so we have them marked reasonably and in the cooler to sell ($6.44/#). Give it a try!

Well that’s about it for now–What does Bee Healthy have that’s special? Lot’s of stuff! New produce every Thursday and the continuation of the Buyer’s Group with their Leap-Frog or Weekly boxes (still room to sign up if interested), gift ideas, and supplements to help build your immune system or enhance your health. A large selection of teas, essential oils, incense, gift ideas, and fun drinks and chips…better for you than pop and oily chips. FYI–for Saturday we have organic Cucumbers ($1.75 or 2/$3.25), 5 oz organic Spinach ($3.00), organic Broccoli ($3.75), half dozen organic Orange Bell Peppers ($3.25), organic Bananas ($.99/#) AND Green and Red Cabbage, Celery, Red Beets, 1# bag organic Kiwi, 3# bag Tri-colored Potatoes, organic lemons, organic Honeycrisp Apples. Produce is usually pulled Monday to make room for fresh– Stop in and Check it OUT!

The Farmer’s Wife AKA Terri…