We’ve Moved!

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We’ve Moved!

Recently our club voted to change our name, we are now known as SunPower Food Cooperative. We feel this better reflects who we are and what we do. With this change we have moved to a new blog! Head on over and check it out!
Our new blog has weekly posts including recipes, healthy living & eating, gardening tips, recycling/upcycling and much more!

 

Fresh Produce

Each month with our UNFI order we place an order to Albert’s Organics. Albert’s ships with our UNFI order so it makes it simple to get quality organic produce for very affordable prices.

A member’s order packed and ready to go.

Every month, about a week before our order,  Albert’s sends out a price sheet on the available produce. Items on this sheet include everything imaginable from fresh herbs to pre-cut produce (think chopped broccoli). Fruits and veggies usually come in large boxes by the pound. Often we can get fruits by the 3 pound bag, in cases of 12. Which makes it super easy to divide! Lemons, oranges, apples and pears often come this way.

Bagged oranges.

Albert’s also has a  “Weekly Hot Sheet” which lists the extra special sale prices on produce for that order. These are the best prices, often coming in equal to or below conventional produce prices (grocery store).
Our members enter their choices of produce on a database to facilitate splitting cases. Once the case is full it’s marked “closed” and another one can be created if there is enough demand for it. If we can’t fill a case, it doesn’t make it onto the order. Sometimes this happens but usually we don’t have any trouble filling cases.

Checking in produce.

When our UNFI delivery is made, the produces comes off the truck and heads over to our produce workers who busy themselves with dividing up this wonderful food! Each member’s order is sorted out and then double checked against their order invoice.

An example of one member’s order. A nice variety!

Having fresh produce is a wonderful bonus to being a member of SEKS Buying Club, but that’s not all! We also have a member who brings their wonderful farm fresh, pastured eggs. These eggs are so delicious, their yolks are a deep dark yellow/orange color. Mitchell Family Farms is the source of these wonderful eggs. In addition, they also have honey!

Eggs and Honey available from Mitchell Family Farms!

There’s just nothing better than local honey!

Another member’s order. Looks like they will be eating well!

Juicing carrots, available in 25# bags, are very popular.According to NaturalNews.com juicing carrots help to detoxify the liver as well as bringing about better health in general.

Juicing is the fast track to good health. Using organic vegetables for juicing allows you to take in more vegetables at one time than you would by eating raw or cooked vegetables. The concentrated vegetable mass in liquid form is easily assimilated, thus making juicing daily ideal for health problems.

Avocados are one of our most popular items!

We just can’t get enough of avocados! And it’s no wonder, avocados are a nutrient powerhouse!

Asparagus!

Asparagus is an excellent “spring tonic” vegetable. In addition to diuretic properties, asparagus contains Vitamin C, A, folic acid, potassium, and rutin.
SEKS Buying Club has so much to offer, we’re almost your one-stop-grocery-shop! If you are in the Independence, KS area and would like more information, check here!

Spring Has Sprung!

Can you believe it? Two weeks into March and the daffodils are almost finished with their blooms. The sand plums and red-buds are popping open, several trees are showing their new spring green off. Crazy don’t you think?

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Our hens are in their molt. There are feathers everywhere! And no eggs, bummer. But soon enough our girls will be back at it, all feathered out and laying like crazy. I think that I could use a few more happy hens. After seeing my friend’s lovely Speckled Sussex chickens, I wouldn’t mind a few of those!

BTW, this is my 50th post! W00t! The blog has a total of 64.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Wishing you a…

♥ Happy New Year! ♥

 

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain


The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you’re the pilot.
~ Michael Altshuler

Hydrogen Peroxide

I have known about the health benefits of hydrogen peroxide since I was a mere child with a skinned up knee. When my mother would put the brown bottle stuff on my boo boos it was much more pleasant that the white bottle alternative. Besides the fact that watching those bubbles was quite distracting and help me forget the initial stinging sensation.

Fast forward to my teen years when my Grandparents were using H2O2 internally for its health benefits. Back then the Natural Food Center sold quarts of specially diluted and flavored H2O2 for consumption.

Then once again, in my grown up years, I learned about the uses of H2O2 as a bleach alternative and sterilizing agent, adding to the health benefits I already knew about.

More recently peroxide has been our mainstay for treating our swimming pool and keeping it algae free without harsh chemicals.  I’ve also experimented with H2O2 as a health boosting soak combined with Epsom Salt.  20 minutes of soothing, better than Calgon.

Once in a while I toss a 1/4 – 1/2 cup in the laundry if something is in need of whitening or I feel that it needs to be a little bit more “clean”.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is 35%.  Common (medicinal) hydrogen peroxide in the brown bottles comes in at 3%.  Hair bleach is around 6%.  See dilution chart here. For cleaning, H2O2 is the best alternative to bleach and other caustic cleaners that off-gas nasty fumes. Caution must be used when dealing with undiluted H2O2 as it is a strong oxidizer. If spilled on your skin, you should immediately flush with copious amounts of water. It will turn your skin white, and feel like hundreds of tiny needles pricking into your skin.  It is quite uncomfortable, so please be careful. “In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide is an aggressive oxidizer and will corrode many materials, including human skin.”  H2O2 should be stored in a cool, dark location, and kept in a child-proof container (with a child-proof cap, such as it comes in from the supplier).

Hydrogen peroxide 30 percent on skin.

I often use peroxide for cleaning my fresh greens and grapes. I just fill the sink, or container with cold water, add a splash of food grade peroxide (I don’t measure it) and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. When I’m ready to rinse it, there will bubbles collected on the surface from the H2O2 working.

For the unfortunate canine that has a run-in with Pepe Le Pew…

Mixed with baking soda and a small amount of hand soap, hydrogen peroxide is effective at removing skunk odor.

For more interesting and geeky information (like how they make those glow sticks) on peroxide, check here.

H2O2 is a great addition to a healthy, green home!

No More Grade B???

It seems that a new labeling requirement is going to do away with our ability to buy “Grade B” maple syrup, the Healthy Home Economist reports.

By 2013, new international standards for labeling maple syrup will come into effect with Grade B no longer used.   The new system for categorizing maple syrup is designed with the express purpose of eliminating discrimination against the darker syrup.

As a result, all maple syrup will be labeled Grade A with four identifying colors:  Golden, Amber, Dark, and Very Dark.

With all syrups labeled the same, equality in pricing is the anticipated result.

Sounds like a stock up order may be a good idea! Since this law must be in place by 2013 I suspect that we still a few months to stock up on true Grade B if we so desire.

For a thorough history of Maple Syrup click here.

For information about Maple Syrup in the realm of Politics, click here and here.

Fermented Lemons

A few months ago the club ordered organic lemons and organic Meyer lemons. I purchased both for a little variety. I have been wanting to try my hand at fermenting lemons. They are a favored ingredient in  Moroccan dishes. My taste buds were introduced to some Moroccan style cuisine through a subscription from Cooking Traditional Foods.

I pulled out my handy copy of Nourishing Traditions and looked up lemons. I had previously looked up some recipes online and there are many to choose from, such as:  Moroccan Preserved Lemons, or this version of Moroccan Preserved Lemons ….. I use a simple glass jar, crock or plastic bucket to ferment in (depending on the quantities) but you could get one of these handy-dandy contraptions to try as well.

I opted to follow the recipe in NT since it was right there in front of me and not in the other room on my computer screen…

So to get started I washed all of my lemons with produce wash and several rinses.

Washed.

Assembled all the necessary items.

Then I began to slice and quarter the lemons as Fallon directs. Other recipes call for partial quartering and salting the lemons whole, eh, whatever tickles your fancy.

Then I mixed them with salt.

Chopped and salted.

I poured the lemons into a clean quart jar and pounded them down with a mallet, made specifically for beating the dickens out of cabbage. A couple of years ago this guy approached me at farmers’ market asking about making sauerkraut. I shared my recipe and some helpful hints with him, he called me numerous times with questions, he really was quite the novice and yet enthusiastic! It was fun to mentor him in kraut making! His way of saying thanks was to have this handy-dandy mallet designed and milled for me! So very thoughtful! It really does work well!

Packing into the jar.

The finished jar, ready to ferment!

Juicy lemons ready to ferment.

Summer Refresher

I know, it’s not that hot yet, but it will be soon. So here’s a yummy little drink I whipped up tonight to quench my thirst. Plus it’s a great way to use up some of those wonderful organic lemons we received last month in our produce bag!

By Member Brandi Monson

Lemon or Lime Ade

For each 16 oz glass you will need:

1 organic lemon or lime

1/4 cup simple syrup

ice

sparkling water or club soda

lemon slice for garnish, optional

Fill glass half full with ice, juice one lemon or lime into glass. Add 1/4 cup simple syrup, fill with club soda, stir, garnish & enjoy.

You could easily dress this up with some strawberry slices and mint.

Simple Syrup

One cup very hot water-almost boiling

one cup local honey, I used Mitchell Family Farm honey. [for vegan, substitute agave nectar for the honey.]

Mix together to make a thin honey syrup for an all natural-no refined sugar drink!

Keep in the fridge.

December Sales Highlights

A little late, but you know the saying–better late than never!  Here are some highlighted sales for December.

Endangered Species chocolate bars  20% off!  Great Stocking Stuffers!!

Divine Chocolate bars  15%off

Yummy Earth candies 15-30% off

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Liquid Aminos 15% off

Snopak Cranberries 20% off

BioKleen lots of products 15% off

Avalon Shampoos, conditioners and lotions 15% off

Some Seventh Generation products 15% off

Kiss my Face moisturizers 20% off

Dr. Bronner’s Bar soaps 25% off

Better Than Bullion broth bases 15% off

Pacific’s organic soups 15% off

Maranatha Almond butter (raw and roasted) 15% off

Bach flower essences 25% off

Humphrey’s homeopathics (lactose free!!) 25% off

Hyland’s homeopathics 25% off

Rainbow Lite vitamins 25% off

Bumble bars 15% off