Gaea, authentic Greek natural foods brand, unveiled a number of products this year including:
ORGANIC SNACK OLIVES (fall 2016 launch): As olives are often susceptible to pests like the olive fly, it is sometimes hard to find a 100% organic olive product, but Gaea's New Organic Olive Snack Packs are USDA organic certified and a convenient way to enjoy healthy olives on the go! Two varieties are available: Halkidiki Green Olives and Kalamata Olives.
"Love is our first ingredient, we hope you can tell." - Viki's Granola.
Viki's Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free, and available in both 12 oz. bags and on-the-go packs (1.5 oz.) in the following flavors: Original, Blueberry Almond, Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon. It's great to enjoy on its own or with your favorite yogurt!
Minute® Multi-Grain Medley is a blend of four popular gluten free 100% whole grains ... ready in only 10 minutes. Brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice, and quinoa are pre-portioned in 4 separate bags for ease of preparation.
Here's a great Vegetarian Chili Recipe to try courtesy of Minute.
1bagMinute® Multi-Grain Medley, uncooked
1can(15 oz.) chili with beans
1can(14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with Mexican spices
1Tbsp dry chili seasoning mix
EPA Webinar June 23 - Pollinator Habitat and Food Security - What’s All the Buzz About? https://www.epa.gov/smm/sustainable-materials-management-smm-web-academy-webinar-pollinator-habitat-and-food-security
Check out the Mindfulness Jewelry by Prana Heart. This Love Angel Wings Bracelet is beautiful and special.
This Onyx Bracelet features gorgeous ocean and sky blue tones.
In The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis Brendan Kelly co-founder of the Chinese medicine clinic Jade Mountain Wellness in Burlington, Vermont marries the issues of western environmentalism with thousands of years of researched Chinese Medicine. Kelly identifies opportunities to heal our own health at the same time restoring the health of our environment.
I Dare You To Be Great.
What is greatness? For Polly Higgins it’s a quest – one that speaks to all of us. A lawyer who loves the Earth, I Dare You To Be Great is an invitation – to you – to step into your greatness and become a Voice for the Earth.
I Dare You To Be Great dips into her story as an Earth lawyer as she discovers how we can create a legal duty of care for the Earth – a law of Ecocide. We have a choice: break our chains and create a greater freedom, or remain enslaved to an era of Ecocide. Polly invites in a conversation of a different kind; firing up a neural pathway of exploration that takes us into the unknown yet expands our vision of what our legacy could be. Sharing her insights, she sheds a light on what is possible – a vision far greater and more beautiful than we have dared before.
“I dare you to be great - go, on stand up and speak out. We get to determine what the future is. Let’s engage in the big questions of our time, not the ones we already know the answers to. Ask questions – big ones that make a difference. And once you find the answer, let’s make it happen”.
You can read more about daring to be great at iamdaringtobegreat.com
Recipe: The Real Co Gluten Free Spring Rice Bowl with Guacamole
2 cups of The Real Co White Basmati Rice
1 cup of fresh cauliflower
1 cup of fresh broccoli
1 bunch of fresh asparagus
1 ripe avocado
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves of Garlic
Juice of one half lemon
Handful of fresh Cilantro
½ cup of fresh spinach or arugula, chopped
The Real Co Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
Optional Add Ins: beans; any vegetable!
How To Prepare:
Cook The Real Co White Basmati Rice according to directions.
While the rice is cooking, cook the cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus in your oven at 375 degrees, from 15 minutes or until caramelized.
Meanwhile, mix your avocado and tomato, with The Real Co Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste. Add in chopped garlic and juice of one-half lemon to this fresh guacamole.
When cooked, combine all ingredients in a big bowl minus the guacamole. Then, toss in your fresh chopped greens and finally place your guacamole in one scoop centered on the entire dish.
Are you looking for new BBQ Sauces for your Veggie Burgers? Check out these Heinz BBQ sauces:
Kansas City Style Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce is a balance of thick, sweet and tangy. Heinz teamed up with Kansas City natives Joe and Mike Pearce to craft the sauce.
Memphis Style Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce is rich and sweet with a pop of spice. Heinz teamed up with Dan Brown to craft the sauce.
Texas Style Bold & Spicy BBQ Sauce combines spices like cumin and chili powder for a sauce that’s bold and flavorful. Heinz teamed up with Robert Sierra to craft this sauce.
Carolina Vinegar Style Tangy BBQ Sauce blends the distinctive taste of apple cider with a bit of sweet and spice. Heinz teamed up with Sam Jones to craft this sauce.
Classic Sweet & Thick BBQ Sauce is a classic American BBQ sauce with a sweet and thick consistency.
Enjoy spending time with friends and family outdoors with a great Veggie BBQ!
Most honey on the market today has been ultra-heated and filtered, which cooks and strains out all of the nutritional benefits found in unadulterated honey. Alternatively, raw honey maintains all of its essential nutrients. Heavenly Organics 100% organic raw honey is harvested from hives in untouched Indian forests using a proprietary, bee-friendly and smoke-free method that protects wild bee colonies and eliminates the potential for forest fires. For the past decade, Heavenly Organics has been creating peace and stability by forming worker-owned cooperatives and focusing on building long-lasting sustainable economies in isolated and conflict areas of Northern and Central India and parts of the Himalayas. The company was built on the belief that the only way to eliminate conflict is to provide ethical job opportunities. Today, Heavenly Organics supports hundreds of family farmers and this work helps displaced people find markets to sell their goods and ensures them a reliable income. Without it, their means of livelihood would be very limited. Heavenly Organics plans to increase the number of farmers they work with to 5,000 in the next five years and to extend this business model into other countries in-need.
As a bonus you should also try their 100% Organic Chocolate Honey Patties. These won this year’s NEXTY for Best New Sweet/Dessert and just launched two new flavors: Peanut and Double Dark Chocolate to accompany its line of Pomegranate, Mint, Ginger, and Almond varieties. Each pattie is free of gluten, soy, dairy, and added sugars and is made with just 4 ingredients or less.
Feel Good Foods CEO, Vanessa Phillips, and her husband, Chef Tryg Siverson, created Feel Good Foods when Vanessa was dealing with feelings of food deprivation after a Celiac disease diagnosis forced her to give up gluten and many of her favorite foods. Missing Chinese favorites like egg rolls and dumplings more than anything, Vanessa launched Feel Good Foods in 2011, all made with no preservatives, MSG, or artificial ingredients. Recently, Feel Good Foods has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business and NY Business Journal, with upcoming features in Forbes and CNBC. We really like the Vegetable Dumplings!
Consumers are continuing to embrace healthier diets and vegan and vegetarian lifestyles are growing in popularity.
Check out the new Gardein Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pockets: The pockets are vegan, Kosher, cholesterol free and contain fewer calories, less sodium and 42% less fat than conventional pizza pockets. They are delicious. Enjoy!
May is National Strawberry Month! noosa yoghurt’s strawberry rhubarb flavor is a great way to enjoy strawberry fruit!
noosa is a unique combination of sweet and tart taste plus a thick, velvety texture. It’s made in small batches on a family farm in Colorado with wholesome ingredients: all natural whole milk, fresh fruit purees- made using the ripest juiciest fruits- and infused with a touch of wildflower honey. Enjoy!
Did you know Indian Springs Calistoga is California’s oldest continuously operated pool and spa facility? You must stay for the night or weekend and explore the gardens. Write a note and place it on the Gratitude Tree, and have a massage and mud bath at the Spa. Soak in the historic, Olympic-sized mineral pool built in 1913 that is fed by the mineralized water from their geysers.
Sam’s Social Club, the property’s full-service restaurant featuring simple and carefully crafted food, just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Have the Vegetarian Cauliflower Steak, 2012 Coquerel Calistoga Napa Vally, 2013 Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel, and all the Desserts (Ice Cream Sundae and Churros :)
From Indian Springs, you can borrow a bike and ride to Tedeschi Family Winery. It's appointment only so make sure you make an appointment in advance.
Here are some photos from our Gratitude Gourmet stay. If you're looking for a leisurely getaway from the San Francisco Bay area, check out Indian Springs and Tedeschi Family Winery!
EcoFarm Awards: Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture and Advocate of Social Justice
This year, the Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture Award, also known as the “Sustie" was awarded to Frank and Karen Morton, Susan Clark, and Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward. The Advocate of Social Justice Award or the "Justie" was awarded to The Homeless Garden Project and accepted by Executive Director Darrie Ganzhorn.
Frank and Karen Morton
Frank and Karen Morton were salad growers for fine chefs for nearly two decades, beginning in 1983. During this period Frank used their commercial salad production as a wide ranging breeding program to create new varieties suited to organic conditions, and the tastes of chefs. The Mortons started Wild Garden Seed in 1994 to release new varieties bred within their organic system, on the premise that these genetics will perform better for organic farmers. After 2 decades in the seed business, the Morton's supply most of the seed companies that serve organic growers. They have recently pledged 133 of their seed lines to the Open Source Seed Initiative to ensure that their seed will remain free for breeders and farmers to grow and use into the future.
Susan R. Clark is the Director of Programs for Gaia Fund, a family foundation with grantmaking focused on Sustainable Agriculture, Effective Democracy, and Jewish Life and Culture in San Francisco. Clark is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, has an M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College, was a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela. She directed community programs for Lone Mountain College, was the Executive Director of Columbia Foundation for 35 years, and the Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation for five years, and served on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations and Northern California Grantmakers. She is a member of the board of directors of the Arkay Foundation (www.arkay.org) and serves on the advisory board for Upstream (www.upstreampolicy.org), which promotes a closed-loop materials economy.
She has been honored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Natural Resources Defense Council (Forces of Nature Award) for her early advocacy, and long-term philanthropic leadership, to promote sustainable food and farming systems as solutions to environmental and social challenges of food production.
Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward
Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward, husband and wife, and co-owners of Greensward/New Natives established their greenhouse growing microgreens and sprouts shortly after they arrived in Santa Cruz, Ca. in 1980. They received their organic certification from CCOF in 1982. Their farming career spans 35 years. Their greens are distributed in the Bay Area to the wholesale market, along with direct delivery to retail stores and 8 farmers markets year round. They employ 12 full time and 5 part-time employees.
In addition to managing their farm full time, Kimes and Ward are both outspoken activists who dedicated more than thirty years to the sustainable agriculture movement. Including helping to establish CCOF, Santa Cruz Community Farmers Market, and standing up for organically grown seed.
The Homeless Garden Project
The Homeless Garden Project, celebrating 25 years last year, provides transitional employment, job training and support services to people who are homeless. In complement, the project operates a thriving and vibrant community education and volunteer program that served nearly 2500 people last year. HGP's programs take place in their 3.5 acre organic farm and related enterprises.Workforce development research shows that real work experience works better than stand alone training in preparing people to transition into jobs. This is what the Homeless Garden Project does. Trainees are paid for their work, it is real work, the work of operating our farm, CSA, Farm Stand and Value-added Enterprise. They can stay in the program for up to one year and the overarching goal--a bold and daring goal--is that trainees leave the program with jobs and housing. Last year, 92% of the graduating class obtained a job and housing. Another way HGP's produce is used is through their program known as Feed Two Birds. In partnership with their donor community, trainees, staff and volunteers grew, harvested and distributed organic produce to an estimated 1400 low income people via 8 nonprofit partners such as Santa Cruz AIDS Project and the River Street Shelter each week during our 23 week harvest season. The project's programs exist at the intersection of urban agriculture and food-justice movements, transitional jobs and job training, homeless services and therapeutic horticulture. There is a synergy among these purposes and ideals in daily practice at the farm.
IMUSA Quesadilla Maker creates crispy, cheesy, delicious quesadillas in minutes! Fill your tortillas with your favorite ingredients such as vegetables, peppers & spices! It will toast the tortillas to a golden brown, and segment the quesadilla into perfect triangles! The Quesadilla Maker features non-stick cooking plates, an excess drip tray, locking lid, as well as ready and heat indicator lights. Enjoy!
Orly's London Blend provides a 1:1 Flour Replacement thats gluten free, corn free and vegan that includes sourghum and quinoa flours. Check out the Orly Chocolate Pecan Cookie Recipe below that you can also make vegan with simple substitutes like earth balance for butter.
Recipe Makes 30 cookies
10.5 tbsp (150 grams) butter
Just under 1 cup (170 grams) white granulated sugar
1.5 cups (220 grams) tightly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 tsp vanilla (12g)
2 1/3 cups (350 grams) Blends by Orly London Blend
½ tsp salt
3 ½ tsp baking powder (12g)
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup (150 grams) dark chocolate chips
¾ cup (75 grams) chopped pecans
Heat: Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a flat cookie tray with parchment paper.
Mix: In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed for 3 minutes until lightened in color. Add eggs + vanilla and mix for 2 minutes or until fully incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together Blends by Orly London Blend, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix all ingredients together on med-high speed for 3 minutes, or until fully incorporated. Add chocolate chips and pecans and mix for 30 seconds or until dispersed within the dough
Bake: Use an ice cream scoop or spoon to batch cookies onto a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. For extra crispy cookies, bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Simple Mills, has released a new line of almond flour crackers. Each variety – including Fine Ground Sea Salt, Rosemary & Sea Salt, Sun-dried Tomato & Basil, and Farmhouse Cheddar – is Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten-free, and made with whole food ingredients with no artificial flavors or fillers.
All Simple Mills recipes are developed by founder and CEO Katlin Smith, who has earned multiple awards for her business model and strict focus on simple, whole foods products.
5 Earth-Friendly Reasons to Eat I Heart Keenwah
1. I Heart Keenwah sources quinoa exclusively from the Salar de Uyuni on the altiplano of southern Bolivia. Why? Because the farmers of Bolivia follow farming traditions that are completely organic.
2. Quinoa makes an excellent addition to your Meatless Monday meals — did you know practicing Meatless Monday can save about 104,000 gallons of water each year?
3. Global food demand will grow 70% or more by 2050, along with a significant need for protein — an essential nutrient for human health. Plant-based proteins like quinoa could actually feed the world!
4. I Heart Keenwah products are Non-GMO Verified, which means they are committed to working with seed breeders and farmers who do not use genetically modified organisms.
5. Production of animal protein is responsible for over 18% of all greenhouse gas. Quinoa, on the other hand, is a complete plant protein containing all 9 essential amino acids and can be easily substituted for animal protein.
Check out I Heart Keenwah’s sweet Clusters, savory Puffs or NEW Dark Chocolate Puffs.
Straight from the Big Island of Hawaii are Royal Hawaiian Orchards Fruit & Macadamia Nut Crunches, that combine the rich, buttery taste of roasted macadamias with almonds, fruits and berries. Snack on delicious flavors like Mango Pineapple, Kona Coffee Banana, and Mauka Blueberry Pomegranate before your workout too. These Hawaiian snacks are also Non-GMO Project Verified, OU Kosher, and free of gluten and wheat without anything artificial.