- New Horizons Lettuce is BACK on! Dave and Sharon contacted us to let us know that the local lettuce drought is over. Yeah! Thrilled to have their hydroponic lettuce again next week.
- So far the Red Onions are out of stock and we will be subbing. (work in process)
- For those that request "no lettuce, use kale" (or spinach if no kale) I will be getting kale for that purpose next week.
(delivery days of Wednesday the 18th in Mountain Home, AR and Thursday the 19th in West Plains and Springfield MO)
Below is the list of Certified Organic Extras. Thanks in advance for your assistance in helping to bridge the gap and fill cases!
- 6 oz Baby Spinach $2.50 each
- Red Bell Peppers $2 per 8 oz (depending on size upon arrival this is 1 extra large or 2 med/lg Sweet Red Bells)
- Cauliflower $4 each - these are being ordered by special request and not included in the boxes this week.
- Cucumbers $1.35 each (approx) - these are typically an extra large cucumber. Great for salad slicing, they have a smooth skin.
- Celery $1.50 each - not in boxes this week. The celery is on order by special request.
- Bananas 90 cents per pound. There are approximately 15 lbs available at this time.
- Satsuma Tangerines (mandarin oranges) 2 lb for $5 "Satsuma mandarins have attributes that set them apart from lesser known varieties. Their red orange, leathery and oily peel is known as "zipper skin" as it clings so loosely to its flesh that it can be peeled with just a couple of tears. Left behind is a fragrant and juicy segmented flesh nearly ovoid of seeds. Though the flesh can be firm it is extremely juicy and sweet. Satsumas are perhaps the sweetest tangerine and the sweetest known citrus variety. "
- Apples/Pears (2 D'Anjou Pears, Granny Smith Apple, Two Cameo Apples) or all D'Anjou Pear $5
- Lemons 6 for $5 (not in boxes, I'm ordering these in to fill special requests)
- Red Beets 3 lb for $5 (We love beets and ordered these for our family. We can easily take care of this 25 lb case ourselves, but I am opening the case to share as Beets are such an IMPORTANT part of our heart healthy diet. Please see recipe ideas, Health information and more in the section below.)
- Spaghetti Squash. I obviously haven't seen these yet, but have been told that there are approx 30 pcs in the case which put them at about a pound each. Going by this I have tentatively priced them at $1.75 each. If they are larger than 1.25 lb each the price and quantity available will be altered (naturally) to make sure that those expecting them in their boxes and requested them before this is posted are served first. AT this time there are approx 8 available. Orders will be filled in the order received. Thank You in advance for your understanding.
- Kale $2.75 per bundle - 5 available
- Avocados 3 for $3. Small supply of 15 pcs on hand to share.
Available to add on to boxes through 6 pm Sunday
- New Horizons Hydroponic Lettuce grown in Ozark MO by Dave and Sharon Ballou $2.75 per head/bag
- Mushrooms by Willow Mountain Mushrooms grown by us in Tecumseh, MO White Button, Portabella (baby bella/crimini) and Oyster Mushrooms. $3.50 per package or 3 packages for $10.
- Eggs by Blue Heron Farms $4.50 per dozen. Standing orders recommended for their eggs as standing orders will be filled before add ons.
Pork by Circle B Ranch in Seymour MO
Next week is our pork stop in Seymour.
John and Marina Backes grow these piggies right... pastured on abundant and beautiful acreage they are offered Non Gmo Feed when food is scarce (winter months).
- Nitrite Free Bacon
- Nitrite Free Hot Dogs
- _SausagesSweet Italian, German and Breakfast
- Hickory Smoked Ham
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Beets are in the "risk" group for GMO influence. Sugar is made from beets. Sadly the beet used for this purpose is typically a GMO beet grown in the area we used to live in North Dakota.
It is Imperative that when we choose beets we purchase ORGANIC. And in looking at Canned Beet products we choose one that utilizes "Organic Beets" this is the ONLY way to ensure that the beets are NOT Genetically Modified.
The difference between Genetically Modified (GMO), Hybrid and Heirloom
GMO is not the same as "Hybrid". Genetically Modified is a scientist in a sterile lab adding a foreign body into the produce genetics - such as fish, amphibian or other genetic material from a completely different species.
"Hybrid" is purposefully selecting two plants in the SAME family (a real life example: one tomato such as the "Roma" to another tomato such as the "Sun Gold Cherry" to produce the "Juliet" tomato) to cross pollinate to produce a fruit/vegetable for its attributes such as natural disease resistance, size, color, quantity of fruit provided. This process can take several years to accomplish (many plant generations). This selective process leads to what the developer wants to see. Typically these developers create a product that can not reproduce. It is those seeds that they sell so that they can not be saved and reproduced by others. This is the produce most typically found in grocery stores.
Only Heirloom seeds can be saved and passed on from one generation to another. They are open pollinated and have the best flavor. These are plants that are 50 plus years old. (I think we can safely say that since the distinction was made 70 years) Typical of what was seen in the WWII garden.
Hybrid crops produce a product that is uniform in appearance, timing (for instance germination to fruiting) etc. The Heirloom crop is a mixed bag of appearance, time in the field and size. The Heirloom grower has a lot more to deal with in the garden/field.
Genetically Modified can NOT receive the "Organic" label. Hybrid and Heirloom Can.
(for more reading on the subject visit here)
Beets are an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.
From Dr. Mercola: (for more information click here)
"Why Eat Beets?
6 Top ReasonsBeet roots have always been included in my most recommended vegetables list, although they are in the "use sparingly" category because of their high carbohydrate levels.
Although beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beet roots a few times a week (and their greens in unlimited quantities), enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavor but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways.
1. Lower Your Blood Pressure
Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.3
The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
2. Boost Your Stamina
If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer.4 The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.
3. Fight Inflammation
Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It's also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.5 As reported by the World's Healthiest Foods:6
"[Betaine's]… presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for other body systems."
4. Anti-Cancer Properties
The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.7
5. Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
6. Detoxification Support
The betalin pigments in beets support your body's Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.
Eat Your Beet Greens TooIf you simply throw away the green leafy tops to your beets, you're doing yourself a disservice, as these are among the healthiest part of the plant.
Besides containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach (another leafy green in the same botanical family) as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself. For more details, read "What Are Beet Greens Good For?" You may be surprised to learn, for instance, that research shows beet greens may:
- Help ward off osteoporosis by boosting bone strength
- Fight Alzheimer's disease
- Strengthen your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells
click on these links for additional information:
- Full Circle "6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets"
- The Worlds Healthiest Foods "Beets" So much information here - take an afternoon to digest!
What I do: I just cut the top and root tip off and boil until I can put a fork in them. The skin basically falls off into my fingers. If small I leave them like that, larger I slice. We eat them with butter. or I make up a syrup with onions, sugar and vinegar to place the cooled slices into and refrigerate. We also eat them raw on salads... peeled and cut into thin strips like fries. YUM! Not to mention JUICING and added to stir fries! Here are a couple of easy to follow guides if beets stump you or you would like a new way to try them. Sara's Kitchen and Eating Well's Quick Pickled Beets (I use Apple Cider Vinegar and Organic Cane Juice Crystals as well as Organic Cinnamon.)