Fresh Produce (Including some Local) @Bee Healthy– Best Quality Thursday through Saturday…And why FRESH and ORGANICALLY RAISED…

Things are looking good in the high tunnels…garden is lagging behind, but it is coming together too!

**Some of the local veggies at Bee Healthy are Broccolini, Kale, Kohlrabi, Red Cabbage, Zucchini and Summer Squash, and Green Onions. Also, Greybull Valley Living lettuces.

Broccolini (literally small broccoli)- sweet and succulent, eat the leaves…great steamed, fried in cast iron skillet, baked in oven…nutrient dense!

**Some of the organics from Spokane are Taylor Farms Baby Spinach, Orange Bell Peppers and Jalapeno Pepper packets, 2 bags of Snack Peppers, Swiss Chard, Celery, Carrots, Red Beets, Green Cabbage, and Leeks. (We sometimes purchase non-organics based on the EWG tests of pesticide levels in specific types of vegetables…onions, cauliflower, lemons and limes, grapefruit, oranges. Quality of produce is important–if organic but poor quality, how good is that going to be for us??)

**Other items to note: Organic Yukon Potatoes are wanting to grow (still firm) so we have marked them to $1/# to get them into new homes! Organic Roma Tomatoes are 3 for $1.80, 18 good Avocados that will be perfect in a couple of days, Organic lemons and limes for those that like to ‘eat’ the whole thing using their Vitamixes, 40# Organic Bananas (better flavor) for $.99/#, Organic Garnet Yams, and a wide selection of Onions…Red, White, and Sweet Walla Walla’s…$1 to $2.25 for the JUMBO Red’s.

Why fresh Produce? Because ‘food is our best medicine’, but more than that ‘we are what we eat’! (Two well known cliche’s!) I like to say that we want to eat LIVING FOOD…fruits and vegetables (though they have been separated from the mother plant) are living. Living food is more nutritious and has active elements that our bodies can immediately process and use. Living food not only gives us energy but has the ability to rebuild and heal. (Red Beets are said to be able to repair damaged DNA–)

The sooner food is consumed after harvest the higher the nutritional value! Some vegetables have a higher respiration rate and will ‘expire’ quicker (lettuce and other green leafy things), and others have a lower respiration rate and will store longer (kohlrabi and potatoes).

For all vegetables, refrigeration is a must…it slows the respiration rate and helps us to keep them longer! Each veggie has its optimal temperature and humidity conditions…we don’t refrigerate tomatoes as they go mushy and the flavor is bland, potatoes often convert to starch, eggplant and bell peppers are sensitive to refrigeration damage. (Notice all these are Nightshade’s?) We’d love to refrigerate the apples and onions as it keeps them fresher and crisper, but alas, there is not enough glass cooler space, so they get to be shown during the day and stored in the cooler at night!

Why organically raised? A multi-faceted subject with some straight forward answers and some not so obvious results…Organic vegetables and fruits have a lower toxicity level (no synthetic pesticides and fertilizers) with a better concentration of nutrients drawn from the ‘living’ soil that has higher microbe levels.

When we started our garden 10 years ago we understood the relationship between chemical use and toxic foods, and the effects of toxins on living things, both pests and humans…most synthetics are considered neurotoxins…that’s how they ‘work’ on the pest and why over time they affect the human.

The question has always been how much toxins are considered too much? The answer can be debated, but what we found is that if we focused as growers on building a living soil that provided everything the plant needed, then they could resist the majority of pests, and they tasted BETTER. (We at times will help them out–Pyganic and Dipel– but are always aware there may be collateral damage to the good critters we want in the garden…ladybugs for one.)

So, You are What you EAT, and Food is Your Best Medicine! Stop in and see us at Bee Healthy…pick up some fresh foods and also peruse the oils and flours, sugars and stevias, chocolates and drinks, chips and crackers, dried fruits and Chunks of Energy with nuts and super greens, as well as the teas, supplements, essential oils and incense, Salt lamps and candles, and CBD products. Check out the newly organized (and priced) Nature’s Sunshine products!–10% off with the purchase of two or more!

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