Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Longtime friends, Rebecca Bodeen and Jennifer Anderson, 1992 graduates of Morse High, had

an idea to help homeless people in their area.  Their intention was to have a very small operation and

have a few bags of necessities to give out if the opportunity arose, but their small idea turned into a

larger operation in a very short amount of time and the Midcoast Maine Bags of Blessings Project was

born. “The idea was to make some bags that we could keep on hand and give if the opportunity came about.

However, what Jennifer and I discovered as we started to share the idea was that a lot of people wanted to

give, and what began small turned into fifty bags in a very short time, with enough items to make more bags the

next month”, says Rebecca.  The bags include simple necessities such as; combs, brushes, toothbrushes,

toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners, hats, hand warmers, mittens, feminine hygiene products, and lotion.

In addition to the adult bags, Rebecca and Jennifer have also been able to put together 30 teen bags

and deliver them to local area schools!   What a kind thing to do for someone in need.  The simple necessities

that come so easily to you and me are truly a blessing to those who so often go without.  Items that are most

needed are feminine hygiene products, both pads and tampons. These things will be included in the teen bags

and would be greatly appreciated as the number of homeless teens continues to rise in Maine.

I asked Rebecca what her favorite part of this program was and she said, “I think what touches both

Jennifer and I is the giving spirit of our community.  There are so many people willing to give and

contribute to this project.  It is humbling to learn about the heart of our community.”  People helping

people and loving thy neighbor are such large pieces of being a part of a community. Sometimes we need

a little help from our friends and the Bath community is so fortunate to be blessed with friends like Bags of

Blessings.

The topic of long term goals came up and we all know they can be ever changing as it depends on what the

future holds. With such a small program and what seems like an endless homelessness crisis,  her response

was perfect and shows the heart and dedication she has for what she and Jennifer are doing; “I am not sure we

have a long term goal as of yet. I know I am amazed by what we have done so far.  I also know that we are

willing to organize, do the work, and continue giving bags for as long as we are able and we both know we

cannot do it without support from others.”  The success of this is completely in the hands of the community.

We lean on each other to help get through the next day and Rebecca has invited us to participate in the next

bag making day which is March 8th. Casco Bay Organics will be matching  the donations of our customers, so if you would like to donate to this amazing project, we will be collecting:

feminine products

full size shampoos and conditioners,

and full size lotions!

Your produce fairies will be more

than happy to collect those items and we will personally be packing them into Bags of Blessings on March 8th!

We would like to extend a HUGE, WARM, ORGANIC THANK YOU to Rebecca and Jennifer for their time,

humanity, and kindness to those who need a little help from time to time.  You have amazing hearts and your

selflessness is a precious gift.

Thank you

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Longtime friends, Rebecca Bodeen and Jennifer Anderson, 1992 graduates of Morse High, had

an idea to help homeless people in their area.  Their intention was to have a very small operation and

have a few bags of necessities to give out if the opportunity arose, but their small idea turned into a

larger operation in a very short amount of time and the Midcoast Maine Bags of Blessings Project was

born. “The idea was to make some bags that we could keep on hand and give if the opportunity came about.

However, what Jennifer and I discovered as we started to share the idea was that a lot of people wanted to

give, and what began small turned into fifty bags in a very short time, with enough items to make more bags the

next month”, says Rebecca.  The bags include simple necessities such as; combs, brushes, toothbrushes,

toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners, hats, hand warmers, mittens, feminine hygiene products, and lotion.

In addition to the adult bags, Rebecca and Jennifer have also been able to put together 30 teen bags

and deliver them to local area schools!   What a kind thing to do for someone in need.  The simple necessities

that come so easily to you and me are truly a blessing to those who so often go without.  Items that are most

needed are feminine hygiene products, both pads and tampons. These things will be included in the teen bags

and would be greatly appreciated as the number of homeless teens continues to rise in Maine.

I asked Rebecca what her favorite part of this program was and she said, “I think what touches both

Jennifer and I is the giving spirit of our community.  There are so many people willing to give and

contribute to this project.  It is humbling to learn about the heart of our community.”  People helping

people and loving thy neighbor are such large pieces of being a part of a community. Sometimes we need

a little help from our friends and the Bath community is so fortunate to be blessed with friends like Bags of

Blessings.

The topic of long term goals came up and we all know they can be ever changing as it depends on what the

future holds. With such a small program and what seems like an endless homelessness crisis,  her response

was perfect and shows the heart and dedication she has for what she and Jennifer are doing; “I am not sure we

have a long term goal as of yet. I know I am amazed by what we have done so far.  I also know that we are

willing to organize, do the work, and continue giving bags for as long as we are able and we both know we

cannot do it without support from others.”  The success of this is completely in the hands of the community.

We lean on each other to help get through the next day and Rebecca has invited us to participate in the next

bag making day which is March 8th. Casco Bay Organics will be matching  the donations of our customers, so if you would like to donate to this amazing project, we will be collecting:

feminine products

full size shampoos and conditioners,

and full size lotions!

Your produce fairies will be more

than happy to collect those items and we will personally be packing them into Bags of Blessings on March 8th!

We would like to extend a HUGE, WARM, ORGANIC THANK YOU to Rebecca and Jennifer for their time,

humanity, and kindness to those who need a little help from time to time.  You have amazing hearts and your

selflessness is a precious gift.

Thank you

Fairy Post Weekly

Haaaaaappppppppy Monday, Mainers!

Features: Ataulfo Mango, Magic Molly’s Fingerling Potatoes from Campbell Fam Farm, Green Onion, Plum Tomato, and Red Kale!

Recipe Of The Week: Kale Chips!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Bar Soap!

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!

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 [email protected] 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!

See you in your dooryahds,

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!

Fairy Post Weekly

Haaaaaappppppppy Monday, Mainers!

Features: Ataulfo Mango, Magic Molly’s Fingerling Potatoes from Campbell Fam Farm, Green Onion, Plum Tomato, and Red Kale!

Recipe Of The Week: Kale Chips!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Bar Soap!

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!

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 [email protected] 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!

See you in your dooryahds,

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!

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Daylight Savings Time, Mainers!

What a glorious day! First I wanna say thank you to all the amazing CBO customers that made donations to help the Midcoast Maine Bags Of Blessings Project! They are a fantastic organization and we had so much fun yesterday helping our new buddies pack back packs. The work they are doing is so important and I feel blessed that we were able to be a part of it. Thank you Thank you! Check our facebook for pictures of all the fun we had!

Daylight Savings Time has hit and you know what that means? Spring is coming!!! It is! It really is. You know what else that means?? Our local growing season is coming!!! I. can. not. wait. It’s been a long winter and we deserve this, right?

Psssst…St. Patrick’s Day is next Tuesday so I thought I would rock this box accordingly so you can all have you Irish Boiled Veggies ready:)

Local Goodies: Cabbage/Stonecipher Farms, Potatoes/Caldwell and Goranson, Watermelon Radish/Misty Meadows

Super Sale: Asparagus $6.19/lb, Broccoli $3.99, Kent Mango $2.89/each

Recipe Of The Week: Boiled Dinner

Give Back Item Of The Week: Rain Ponchos! The wet season is coming so let’s help our fellow brothers and sisters stay dry!

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!

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!

See you in your dooryahds,

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! 

Ch Ch Ch CHIA Seeds

Have you heard all the talk about Chia seeds?  Do you know what they are?  Did you know that they are more than just the little seeds you plastered on a clay head and placed in your kitchen window?

Chia seeds are interesting to say the least. They can be eaten raw on salads or yogurt.  They can also be mixed with your favorite beverage for a little texture.  They form a slippery coating when soaked in a liquid. Some can deal with that texture, some can’t.  You will never know until you try!  Ever tried Kombucha with the seeds in it?  If so, then you have already had Chia seeds!

Right up there with blueberries and acai berries, Chia seeds are LOADED with antioxidants! They are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron! Gimmie gimmie!

Some of the benefits to making these little treats a daily part of your diet are:

Digestion – by helping to regulate bowel function, improve digestion process

Helpful in treating Anemia which is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to tissues, causing fatigue and many other health problems.

Wanna fight back? Make an anemia-fighting smoothie with:

2 cups of spinach

1 tablespoon of dandelion root powder

2 beetroots

1 banana

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 avocado

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and drink it 1 or 2 times daily.

 

These little magic seeds also help cleanse the body and increase the red blood cell count. 

 

One of my favorite ways to eat Chia seeds is to make a pudding!  Yep, a non-dairy, vanilla or chocolate, sweetened pudding. This couldn’t be easier and couldn’t be yummier!  Sweets at night are a must have in my house and this fits in perfectly without making me feel guilty for eating it!  You can also make this with milk if you like! You are in charge of your own destiny!

 

CHIA SEED PUDDING

¼ Cup Chia Seeds

½ cup Coconut milk (this will vary depending on how thick you like your Chia seed pudding).

1 tsp. vanilla

1 to 2 tbsp. agave nectar or honey (you decide how sweet you wanna be J)

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight!  I had to play with the ratios of this recipe to get what I wanted.  Feel free to add your own twist to make it just right for you!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Monday Mainers!

Your menu is ready and we have some goodies! We will be rockin’ your dooryards with Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Portobello Mushrooms and more! Yum Yum! Super Sale on Pineapples as well!!! Get em quick because they WILL SELL OUT!

Come hang out with us! We will be mixin’ with the amazing folks at Fish & Bone on Commercial St. for their Portland Buy Local Mixer!All are welcome and we hope to see you there! 

Give Back Item Of The Week: Hand Lotion

Recipe Of The Week: Stuffed Artichokes

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!

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!

Happy Valentines Day,

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! 

Fairy Post Weekly

 

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES, Mainers!    produce fairy

 

There’s a blizzard coming, my friends, and I’m stoked! I live by the idea that if it is going to be cold, I want snow. If not, let it be summer all the time! Seriously, though. Be careful! Head to the store! Make sure you have drinking water (just in case). Candles? Check! Electronics charges? Check Check! Supply of adult beverages? Check Check Check! Now we are ready! 🙂

Your produce fairies should be all set to rock you with your organics on Thursday! In the event of delays or cancellations we will reach out to each and every one of you! So….you wanna know what kinda crock pot goodies you are getting this week???

Farm to Dooryard Features: Potatoes, Spinach, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, and Celery!!!!

Super Sale: Fennel/$5.29, Avocado/2 for $3!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Cough Drops!

Recipe Of The Week: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms!

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!

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!

GO PATRIOTS,

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! 

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Monday, Mainers!

Thanks for all those killer snowangel pictures last week! Did you like mine? A little blurry but it worked out…and it was fun! Now there is no snow! My driveway is an ice rink! Be super careful out there this week and please please please remember to keep your walkways salted and clear to keep the produce fairies safe!

Farm to Dooryard Features: Red Rose Potatoes, Carrots, and Purple Top Turnips from our pals at Freedom Farm and Watermelon Radish from Misty Meadows! We also have Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Lemon, and Avocado. YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMOOOOOO!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Chapstick! I know my lips are chapped!

Recipe Of The Week: Brussels Sprouts w/ Lemon Cream Sage Sauce

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!

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! 

Fairy Post Weekly

Happy Monday, Mainers!

Thanks for all those killer snowangel pictures last week! Did you like mine? A little blurry but it worked out…and it was fun! Now there is no snow! My driveway is an ice rink! Be super careful out there this week and please please please remember to keep your walkways salted and clear to keep the produce fairies safe!

Farm to Dooryard Features: Red Rose Potatoes, Carrots, and Purple Top Turnips from our pals at Freedom Farm and Watermelon Radish from Misty Meadows! We also have Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Lemon, and Avocado. YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMOOOOOO!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Chapstick! I know my lips are chapped!

Recipe Of The Week: Brussels Sprouts w/ Lemon Cream Sage Sauce

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!

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!