Friday, July 20, 2012

Organic Cilantro $2/bunch

The Health Benefits of Cilantro

This herb isn't just a commonly-used leaf and seed ingredient found in many tasty and exotic recipes, it's also a powerful natural cleansing agent. Cilantro has been effectively used to help remove heavy metalsand other toxic agents from the body.
The chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs. Cilantro's chemical compounds then aid to transport these harmful substances out of the body through elimination.
There is also a large amount of literature suggesting that cilantro could be one of nature's best chelation agents, particularly for individuals who have been exposed to heightened levels of mercury. Mercury excess is a common problem that may be the result of metallic teeth fillings or over-consumption of predatory fish. Many people suffering from excess mercury report that the feeling of disorientation resulting from the poisoning can be greatly reduced through consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.
Also, the rich qualities of cilantro oil have a powerfully positive effect on our inner digestive tract. The oils aid our digestive system in its production of digestive enzymes, acids and juices. The oil also helps to stimulate digestion through peristaltic motion.
The known benefits of cilantro are extensive, and researchers are discovering more every day. Currently, there are several well-known, well-documented benefits of organic cilantro, including:

List of Cilantro Benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis
  • Protective agents against bacterial infection from Salmonella in food products
  • Acts to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
  • Relief for stomach gas, prevention of flatulence and an overall digestive aid
  • Wards off urinary tract infections
  • Helps reduce feelings of nausea
  • Eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation
  • Has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping.
  • Adds fiber to the digestive tract
  • A source of iron, magnesium, and is helpful in fighting anemia
  • Gives relief for diarrhea, especially if caused by microbial or fungal infections
  • Helps promote healthy liver function.
  • Reduces minor swelling
  • Strong general antioxidant properties
  • Disinfects and helps detoxify the body
  • Stimulates the endocrine glands
  • Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar
  • Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
  • Contains immune-boosting properties
  • Acts as an expectorant
  • Helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.
Cowboy Caviar
1/3 cup EVOO
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 T agave nectar or other natural sweetener
5 or 6 drops hot sauce
3 cloves garlic minced
up to 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
4 scallions chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Mix first 5 ingredients then add scallions and cilantro and mix
Rinse and drain and add to dressing
1 can shoepeg corn
1 can black-eyed peas
1 can black beans

Optional to add diced tomatoes, chopped red onion or chunked up avocado.  Add avocado right before serving to prevent discoloration.
Chill and serve with tortilla chips.  Great topper on a salad with guacamole!  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cucumbers, Broccoli, Peas, Beans.......all just picked!  Shop local and buy organic!  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Today we have.....

Mixed Greens
Swiss Chard (see salad recipes!)

Please email or call to place an order.  Orders are bagged and placed in our self serve cooler for easy & convenient pick up!

Maple-Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette
2 T EVOO or oil of choice
1 T balsamic
2 tsp pure maple syrup (this isn't raw)
2 tsp organic Dijon
1 small clove garlic, pressed
Whisk well and serve.

Swiss Chard Salad
1 bunch of rainbow Swiss chard, thinly sliced
1 organic apple, diced and drizzled with lemon juice
1 handful of organic raisins
1/3 C raw walnuts, soaked overnight
sweet onion, finely diced
fresh sprouts (to garnish)
raw sesame seeds (to garnish)
Enjoy this amazing salad tossed with the Maple-Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette. It is fabulous!!

And another fabulous Chard Salad.....

1 large bunch rainbow chard
1/2 clove of garlic
Kosher salt
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T finely chopped shallot
1 frish hot chile pepper, very thinly sliced*
1/4 t ground black pepper
5 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded (1 1/2 cups)

1.Wash and dry the chard leaves.  Remove the stems.  Stack the leaves in a pile, roll them up tightly, like a cigar, and thinly slice crosswise into very fine strands.
2. For vinaigrette, mash the garlic with a pinch of salt to a paste.  I n a large bowl whisk garlic paste with the oil, vinegar, shallot, chile pepper, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t pepper.  Toss the chard in the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with mozzarella and season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Note wear gloves when handling hot peppers becasue volatile oils can burn skin and eyes.  Wash immediately if hands touch seeds or membranes.
Makes 6 (1/2) servings

Each serving: 120 cal. 10 g fat, 17 mg chol, 377 mg sodium, 3g carb, 1g figer, 5g protein

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Raspberries are ripe!  
mixed salad greens 
swiss chard
summer squash
yellow zucchini 
green zucchini
Email to place your order!  We now have our self serve cooler in operation.  I will explain how that works and you can pick up your order any time.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer squash and zucchini are available!  Email orders.  We will be picking mixed salad greens tonight when it is cool.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pattypan, Zucchini and Summer Squash are all growing fast and furious.  The Pattypan variety shown here is another variety of summer squash.  Pattypan is a good source of magnesium, niacin, and vitamins A and C. One cup contains approximately 20 to 30 calories and no fat. Enjoy summer squash grilled, steamed, in a stir fry or cut up raw on a salad or in a wrap.  It adds great crunch and mild flavor.  
Summer Salad
1 cucumber peeled and chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 green zucchini chopped
1 yellow squash chopped
20 pea pods chopped (remove strings first)
1/2 red onion chopped
8 to 10 stalks asparagus (cut each one into 2 inch pieces, steam for one minute then place in ice cold water to stop the cooking process.  They will be a beautiful shade of green and will have a milder flavor and be a bit more tender)
Dressing:  Juice 2 or 3 lemons, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and pour over veggies.  Stir and let sit for 1/2 hour before serving.