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Happy New Year, Mainers!

Well, the most stressful season of the year is OVER! Thank goodness! Don’t get me wrong, I love love love love love my Christmas tree. In fact…it’s still up…I can’t bear to bring it down:( I am, however, ready for this new year and all that it brings…which brings me to what it is bringing you this week…

From the farm to your dooryard we will be rockin’ your kitchens with Kale, Chard, Broccoli, Sprouts, Easter Egg Radishes, Rainbow Carrots, and Avocados!!! Yessssssssah! 

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

We are back on the wagon with our GIVE BACK ITEM OF THE WEEK! This week’s item is HATS! Please leave a new or clean hat for your produce fairy to pick up when they drop off your box of goodies and we will match and donate them to the Preble St. Resource Center!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

LOVE LOVE LOVE,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

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Happy Monday Mainers!

Batten down the hatches! The storm is coming!!! Don’t you worry one bit about not having fresh veggies on Thursday! Neither rain, nor sleet, not even snow could keep us away! We are the few…the proud…your produce fairies!

Guess what?! Did you know that we have GIFT CERTIFICATES now? You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family this holiday season? How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Features: Baby Bok Choy, Garlic, Carnival Squash,Grapefruit, Chiogga Beets, and Baby Bella Mushrooms!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #cascobayorganics! Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

All sorts of love,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

produce fairyVeggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

DROP THE BEET – Walnut Beet salad

DROP THE BEET

Does this scenario sound familiar?

You:“I don’t feel good..”

Anyone who will listen:“Well you must have that thing that’s going around!!”

shutup!

Do you want to minimize the risk of this conversation happening?

Do you want to skate through the sickness season that consumes society from October 31st-April 1st EVERY

We all know what we can do to prepare our bodies for the sickies that plague our homes, schools and work spaces.

Take your vitamins. Stock up on Emergen-C. Wash your (damn) hands.

FACT: Vitamins can help fight off colds and sniffles.

Build up your immunity now before sh*t hits the fan this winter with the helpful vitamins found in delicious, palate pleasing produce.

This is an excellent dish to familiarize yourself with to maybe break out on

Thanksgiving to spice up the usual carb heavy side dishes!

Pilgrims loved beets… I think.

Yes! Turns out when they weren’t too busy wearing buckled shoes and hats (why did that look EVER go out of style)

 they were munching on this underrated root vegetable.

The two main ingredients in this dish are goodies you can find in your

Casco Bay Organics delivery!  You can feel good knowing your produce is local, organic, and full of

nutrients to keep you feeling your best all winter long.

BEETS— here to fight off inflammation and help detoxify your blood…send that cold

PACKING!

MIZUNA GREENS—full of vitamin C, your not-so-secret weapon commonly used at the

first sign of a runny nose.

Dinner guests will swoon over the bright ruby color which will be all over your hands

after handling them(Not unlike, say, a crime scene)

They’ll say, “Ooooh! What’s that?!”

You’ll say matter of factly, “Oh this immune boosting salad? Yeah, just something I’ve been using to stay healthy this season!”

BONUS—-beets may boost your libido! ←I would say that’s a pretty solid plus side to trying this dish!

Walnut Beet Salad with Mizuna Greens

8 oz organic beets washed, peeled and chopped

1⁄4 cup grapeseed oil, divided

himalayan pink salt

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small fennel bulb, sliced

2 Tablespoons grated ginger root

2 Tablespoons dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon organic honey or maple syrup

juice of 1⁄2 lemon

1 bunch organic mizuna greens

1⁄4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake beets drizzled with 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil for 50-55 minutes.

In a skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil with onion, garlic and fennel until

softened, about 5 minutes over MED-LOW heat. Remove from heat and toss with beets when finished.

Combine ginger, mustard, sweetener, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a bowl.

Massage dressing into mizuna greens with hands until leaves are coated and slightly

wilted. Toss beet onion mixture together with dressed greens and garnish with toasted walnuts!

Beet Salad

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam   
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Keep On Moroccan Me, BabY! – Sam Rispoli

KEEP ON MOROCCAN ME, BABY!

 

Moroccan Me

DETOX

Do you get kind of excited and nervous when this word is in front of a recipe claiming to “rid the body” of toxins?

“Feel more energized!”
“Clean up your system!”
“Jump start your metabolism!”

I won’t lie. I almost called this a recipe a Detox Salad. I know the word ”detox” is a buzz word often employed as a means of grabbing your attention and implying quick results.

Detox wants you to think she is a magical word that when placed in front of a seemingly healthy meal or drink, it melts weight magically and cleanses your body of last night’s pint of ice cream and this morning’s breakfast sandwich. Oh sister detox, forgive us now and at the hour of our mozzarella sticks. Amen.

Detox is a lying tramp.

Want the truth? The truth is that your body will naturally filter out toxins through your liver, kidneys and skin. They are always doing this job because your body wants to be balanced, and in order to be balanced, all these organs function simultaneously. You don’t even have to THINK about it!

Now… don’t be confused. Just because your body will detox itself naturally does NOT mean you should still make poor diet choices. A great many food products are made with toxic chemicals and preservatives that can make your precious organs work OVERTIME to filter out the junk.

This can confuse your body. It’s like “Oh cool, thanks for feeding me this food! Oh…wait…is this food? What is this? Can I use any of this for energy? No? WTF is this? WTF IS A SLURPEE? What am I supposed to do with this?”

 

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Copyright Bill Watterson, 1989

 

 

And if you are stressed and time crunched and keep ingesting weird non-nourishing food items then your body is forced to try and convert them to energy. The problem is these products can be more toxic than energizing. So it backs up the system when trying to get filtered.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?!

Well….you can start by eating more vegetables on a daily basis. Starting with this Moroccan spiced Carrot Salad! I was going to call it a Detox Salad was because I used Casco Bay Organics’ carrots, which contain Vitamin A, known for assisting the liver in flushing out toxins. I also used some Chioggia beets, which are also popular for their cleansing properties. This duo can help un-gunk your pipes naturally on the inside and support healthy, glowing skin on the outside. I fancied these fabulous organic veggies up with some garam masala spice, cumin and cinnamon for an interesting spicy-but-not-hot-spicy/sweet mix.

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

1 lb organic carrots, shredded
1 organic Chioggia beet, shredded
¼ cup olive oil
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 package Eden’s Organics apple juice infused dried cranberries
½ Tablespoon cumin powder
3 teaspoons garam masala spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

moroccan spiced carrot salad

 

Shred carrots and beets in food processor or grate over box grater. Pour on olive oil and lemon juice and toss with spices and cranberries.

 

 

 

 

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam

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JUICE RECIPES

A couple juicing recipes for you on this fine Tuesday!  I LOVE juicing, but can sometimes get a little bored with my regulars.  Here are a couple for your juicing enjoyment!  Have fun with this!

 

V-8ish Juice

¼  water

2 Tomatoes

1-2 Cloves of garlic

1 handful of Spinach

2 Carrots

¼ Sweet Onion

2 Celery Stalks

2 tsp. Lemon Juice

1-2 shots of an organic hot sauce (optional)

 

 

Later Heartburn

1 cup Spinach

6 Carrots

 

 

Sweet Green Juice

Mother Nature’s Energy Drink!  Add kale and parsley first.  Then add Romaine, Cuke, Celery and Apple (for sweetening)

2 cups Kale

2 cups Parsley

3 cups Romaine

1 Cucumber

3 Celery stalks

1 Apple

 

 

A quick note about Parsley:

Parsley is LOADED with antioxidants and is a natural diuretic! Parsley aides in kidney function will help rid your kidney of stones, can even help with urinary tract infections, and inflammation in the body! Do you have stiff fingers or joints?  Inflammation too? Try a Parsley Tea for relief from these conditions! Parsley also calms the nerves!  

 

Parsley Tea

Large handful of Parsley to one pint of boiling water

Allow tea to steep in a glass container (I like mason jars) for at least a 1/2 hour and then drink throughout the day!

 

Tropical Fruit Juice

Need a little sunshiny umbrella drink in your life?  Try this for a power punch of beta-carotene which your body will convert to vitamin A.  This means healthy hair, clear eyes, and healthy skin! A spa treatment in a glass!

1 Orange

½ Mango

1 Slice Fresh Pineapple

1 Slice Watermelon

5 Strawberries

*Make sure you remove all peels and seeds before you juice these goodies.  You don’t want anything messing up your tropical fantasy!

 

 

Calcium Juice

½ Broccoli

3 Carrots

1 Apple

Small Handful of fresh Parsley (there’s that wonder herb again)

½ Lemon, peeled and seeds removed

 

 

Potassium Juice

4 Carrots

1 Celery stalk

1 Apple

Handful of fresh Parsley J

Handful of Spinach

½ Lemon peeled and seeds removed

 

 

MEDICINE IN YOUR ON BACK YARD!

WILD Mushrooms!  Who knew?

They are poisonous!

Don’t touch!

Run Away!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  MUSHROOMS!

Okay, okay everyone just relax.  Mushrooms have their place in this world, let me assure you and we will be talking about a few of the most medicinally powerful types that live and thrive in YOUR back woods!

Typically, tree mushroom are safe for eating. This is not always the case.  Typically ground mushrooms are not to be reckoned with, but not all are dangerous.  It is never a good idea to eat ANY mushroom unless you are 100% certain as to what it is.  The best way to be certain is to take a class.  Many adult education programs offer a foraging class or your local nursery might know of a forager in the area who might be able to show you the ropes.  NEVER ATTEMPT TO EAT ANY MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU ARE 100% POSITIVE YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE! Read that sentence again and then feel free to move on to the medicinal and exciting world of wild mushrooms!

 

First up, Miatake or Hen of the Woods:

Hen of the woods

You can find this gorgeous plume around this time of year, some people have reported finding as early as late August and as late as the end of November!   The weather needs to be cool and a little dampness never hurt anyone. You will find these clusters growing at the base of living trees, and I have also seen some growing on stumps.  Everybody is different right?

Miatakes contain polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system and also aide in stabilizing blood sugar and blood pressure. (*CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A MUSHROOM REGIMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS)

There are specific polysaccharides that are known as beta-D-glucans, that are suspected to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. “The exact cancer fighting action is still not clear and is under study.  Rather than attacking tumors themselves, some researchers believe they stimulate the production of T cells to fight afflicted cells.” (mushroomapprecaition.com)

Preparing these mushrooms is just a matter of personal preference. They can be fried, sautéed, baked, stuffed, or made into a tea by drying them and then grinding to put in a tea bag.

If you are not a fan of mushrooms, I get it. They are funky and they are technically a fungus.  If you have issues eating mushrooms, maybe a tincture might be a better option.  Most are available in a dried extract form such as capsule or as a tea!

 

NEXT is the Reishi Mushroom.  This mushroom is by far one of the prettiest mushrooms I have ever seen.  This mushroom grows on live trees and again, I have also seen it on tree stumps.  The bands of red, gold, and orange create a stunning jewel growing on a hardwood!  Beautiful!

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Reishi mushrooms have been found to be effective in treating a number of conditions such as; allergies, asthma, a preventative right before and during flu season, inflammatory conditions, Candida (yeast) infection, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, etc.  And the list goes on.

The best way to consume this mushroom is by drying it to make tea, pills or capsules, or tincture.  This is touch one to eat as the fiber is very tough.  You can also grind this mushroom into a powder and use it in your soups and other recipes.     images (1)

A heads up on this, if you use a food dehydrator to dry these, I hope you enjoy the smell of sweaty gym socks wafting throughout your home! Stinky, but worth it!

 

 

And finally we have my absolute favorite medicinal mushroom  around, all hail the almighty Chaga!

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There is nothing more powerful on this earth than this fungus that lives and SEEKS OUT wounded and dying birch trees.  This particular mushroom is partial to birch trees and mainly in New England, and more specifically, MAINE! The powerhouse, cancer fighting, inflammatory discouraging, antioxidant packed beyond anything else, Chaga  mushroom is hard and bark like and resembles that of burned fire wood on the outside.  The inside is a golden color that resembles yellow curry or turmeric if you will. This mushroom is not edible and I don’t think anyone would WANT to eat this one.  The Chaga mushroom is best in tea or tincture forms.

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As you can see, this chart shows Chaga blowing blueberries and Acai berry out of the water! Free radicals, LOOK OUT!  Chaga is here to save the day!  Right along with anitoxidant power, we have anti-cancer power!  There is so much information and research out there to back this up that if I attempted to put it all down in this blog, we might be here a while. But the basics are that this mushroom is loaded with  beta glucans, which  we learned from Miatake mushrooms that stimulate the immune system to fight back, Chaga just has way more!

My experience with Chaga. I have foraged and processed my own for years.  I was initially intrigued by this mushroom because I suffer from chronic hip pain that isn’t diagnosed as anything and I had heard of this mushrooms from friends who did forage. So in a desperate attempt to get relief, I tried this.  I drank Chaga tea for 5 months, 4 to 5 cups per day faithfully and also used the tincture that I made with 100 proof alcohol (very spicy). I am being honest when I say, the pain that I had been dealing with for over 2 years, disappeared after 2 months! Gone, vanished, SEE YA! I was beyond impressed and started recommending to everyone I knew who had pain issues associate with inflammation. Drinking this as a maintenance supplement helps to keep all of my aches and pains at bay.  All hail the almighty chaga mushroom!

Any of these mushrooms can be taken for good health and you do not need to have any of the conditions in order to benefit from the mushroom. I hope that I have been able to open your eyes to a world that maybe you didn’t know anything about.  I highly recommend that if you are into organic living, healthy eating, and healing yourself through Mother Nature, that you look into taking a class and discover for yourselves the wild and wonderful world of wild mushrooms. Medicine in your own back yard!

Peace