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Strawberries @ Bee Healthy–Saturday

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Small strawberry harvest yesterday and this morning… 2# containers available today at Bee Healthy….$6.99

Bananas, apples, tangerines, lemons and lime on hand today, too! Great Avocados for $1.50– Good supply of greens (lettuces from Greybull and Swiss Chard and maybe some more of the Lloyd Craft Farms kale!), and broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and celery….green cabbageturmeric and ginger roots… Majority organic and all fresh!

Lots of great groceries, supplements, healthier chips, teas and other cold drinks (and brewing teas), nuts and chocolates!

Saturday–open until 5:00. Closed Sunday…Weekly hours 10:00 am to 5:30 pm M-F!

MORE Strawberries–Bee Healthy Locally Grown

More Strawberries from Lloyd Craft Farms! Ft Laramie Everbearers…organically raised…smaller, packed with flavor, and vine-ripened! These should increase in size as we harvest…picture shows some with slight sunburn marks…these will disappear as we harvest and new berries set on–for now 1-1/4# container…$4.75 (Not sure how they will respond to the heat this week!)

Boxes this Thursday for Group B--Will send individual text messages with the contents for this week.

Remember that Thursday is Fresh Produce day at Bee Healthy. Still on hand, fresh Bok Choi (mid-sized, green stemmed, crisp, and tasty) for $4.75 each, also from Lloyd Craft Farms. Broccolini is coming on–might be in the boxes this week or for sale in the glass cooler…we’ll harvest to determine how much is there! Select herbs in cooler: Sage and Oregano.

Left over from Thursday: ORG Bananas (last day today)….$.99/#, Cauliflower and Broccoli, Carrots and Celery, Greybull Valley Green Leaf Lettuce, Mini Carrots Peeled 1#, Turmeric and Ginger Root, Peelz Tangerines, Pineapples, ORG Yukon Potatoes, Onions, ORG Lemons and Limes, Grapefruit, ORG Brussels sprouts, ORG Green Cabbage, ORG Red Beets, ORG Sweet Pepper Pouches, ORG Yams, and Avocadoes. (Avocadoes have been great!)

The large freezer went down Monday, Memorial Daywe got all the frozen stuff out before it failed– Now…Short on floor space for frozen goodies so the ice creams are marked down, Amy’s Dinners and Bowls are 10% off, and all Breads, Baguettes, Bagels, and Muffins are 10% off, too! Bubbie’s Mochis are marked down as well…Strawberry, Mango, and Green Tea! (Ice Cream wrapped in a rice dough…hmmmm…good thing for 102 degree day!)

New Store Stock added weekly! Stop in and shop–healthy groceries, healthy drinks and bars, healthy nuts and dried fruits, healthy supplements, teas, essential oils and incense! Great selection of healthy chocolate bars, and select Personal Care items…All Reasonably priced, too!

Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland, WY M-F, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

SATURDAY STRAWBERRIES– Bee Healthy closes @ 5:00 pm

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I still have 8 cartons of Strawberries from Lloyd Craft Farms in the cooler. Ft Laramie variety, third year of production, sweet and vine-ripened and picked yesterday… ready to go–$4.75 this week for 1-1/4# clamshell.

Come and pick them up today!

Next harvest is Tuesday–

Bee Healthy– Saturday, Homegrown Strawberries! Freezer Goods Specials!

Strawberry plants at Lloyd Craft Farms are in production! 1-1/4# container for $4.75

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Large Freezer went on vacation Memorial Day–Fortunately we were at the store and moved everything to chest freezers without them thawing. Looking for a repair man…but in the meantime, we want to lighten the frozen food load! 10% off on all bread products, Amy’s dinners, and Bubbies Mochi. Ice Cream pints already reduced to sell.

Freezer items:

“ICE CREAM and FROZEN FRUIT BARS”— Cashew milk, Oat milk, Coconut milk, and one cow’s milk…Snickerdoodle, Cookie Dough, Vanilla Bean, Apple Caramel, Blueberry Crumble…several bars and ice cream sandwiches– BUBBIE Mochi–Mango, Strawberry, and Green Tea. Solero frozen fruit bars, Strawberry and box of Tangerine and Raspberry.

FROZEN FRUIT— Red Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and a Mixed Berries.

DR PRAEGER VEGGIE BURGERS–4 per pack…Heirloom Bean, California Burger (Gluten Free, too), Asian, and Original…also,

Limited grass fed beefs (Big Trails and B Bar Ranch MT), Lisa and Henry’s Fish Sticks, and some Applegate meats.

BREADS (Gluten Free and Sprouted Wheat)— Silver Hills breads and new Silver Hills hamburger buns, Ezekiel Breads including Raisin Cinnamon bread, and 2 kinds of Muffins, Against the Grain Baguettes, Brioche Buns, and O’Dough’s skinny Bagels (wheat and pumpernickle)… two wraps made from coconut and quinoa.

Flax4Life Mufffins–Carrot Raisin and Chocolate Chip, and Immaculate Baking Company cookie dough (Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip)

Amy’s Dinners–6 varieties to chose from, Indian Samosa Wraps, and Margherita vegan pizza.

Red’s Natural Burritos–6 varieties, $2.99 each; and a new one called PJ’s Organic Chicken wraps.

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New Stock of Green Valley Creamery dairy products–these are milk with Lactase added which makes them lactose free. Most with a lactose allergy can handle and enjoy the cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Promotional sales from Dairy…

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Fresh Veggies still in stock from Thursday–Avocadoes, Pineapples, ORG Yukon Potatoes, ORG Bananas ($.99/#), ORG Broccoli, ORG Cauliflower, Greybull Valley Produce Greenleaf Lettuce, Bok Choi from Lloyd Craft Farms high tunnels, ORG Sweet Pepper Medley Pouches, ORG Jalapeno Peppers, ORG Cucumbers, plenty of ORG Carrots, ORG Celery, ORG Red Beets, ORG Green Cabbage, 2 packages of Crimini Mushrooms, ORG Kiwi 1# bag, ORG Lemons and Limes, and ORG Sweet Potatoes (Beauregard Yams! We liquidate these on Wednesday (or sooner) to keep FRESH on HAND!

Stop in and See US! 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland, WY HOURS 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday, 10:00 to 5:30 Weekdays–

Week 18- Group B- June is Last Month of Buyer’s Group…

June is the last month of the Buyer’s Group! To prevent an interruption in your supply of fresh vegetables sign up for the Lloyd Craft Farms CSA…www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab. Pay in advance to help fund the garden, and then reap the benefits for 15 weeks– Garden going in now! Harvest will begin in July–with delivery this year at Bee Healthy…11th year of this fabulous adventure! Costs and terms are posted at the website–

This week’s Box: Greybull Valley Greenleaf Living Lettuce, our own Black Summer Bok Choi (mid-size with longer stems), ORG Mini-Carrots peeled, ORG Sweet Peppers in a Pouch, ORG Cucumber, ORG Wild Wonder Bitesize tomatoes, 2# ORG Yukon Potatoes, ORG Celery, and a nice White Oniondo the last 3 items scream POTATO SALAD??

In addition to the additional Spokane Produce, we will have 6 more bags of the Asian Delight Dwarf Bok Choi (first harvested last week), more Red Rover Radishes, and some fresh Sage, Oregano, and Dill all from the high tunnel on the farm. Spokane regulars will also be stocked including a new box of Yams–10 more bundles of the WA Asparagus!

Bee Healthy also has some items worth considering: St Dalfour jellies, a wide selection of Dr. Praeger Veggie Burgers ($4.99 SPECIAL purchase–Asian, California, Original, GF California, and Heirloom Bean), Stomach Formula with Aloe from Lily of the Dessert (both quart size and a 12 pack of daily shots), new selections of Lilly’s Hummus (try the Turmeric Cauliflower and the Ranch Cauliflower), Noni juices and capsule supplements… A wide selection of the Chocolove, Equal Exchange, and Endangered Species chocolate bars (good quality and some with no sugar added or Stevia). Like healthy snacks? Check out the dried fruits and nuts, the new Wild Ginger Trail Mix (individual or # bags), and the Chunks of Energy Mixes in the refrigerator (Cacao Goji and Carob Supergreens squares).

New stock each week–if you have asked for something and we didn’t have it then, there is a good chance we have it now! Visit us to see what we’ve got! Hours Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. 635 Big Horn Ave. Worland–

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!

Open 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday!

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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)