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Spring Update 2014

Spring Update 2014

 

We have so many fun things to share with you this spring! Here’s an update on what’s coming.

Also, if you haven’t already, place your order now for dry goods. The deadline to order is this Thursday morning at 9:00.

Deadline To Order:  April 17th at 9:00 a.m.
Pick Up Date:  April 24th or 25th, depending on location
Printable Price List
Place Your Order Here

 

Organic Vanilla Extract & Vanilla BeansVanilla

As we mentioned last night, we will be ordering from our vanilla supplier today in just a little while. So the sooner you get your order in for any of these special vanilla items, the better.

After sampling many different brands, we believe the Singing Dog Vanilla extract is one of the best there is. But we’re eager to know what you think too. Order yours now and take part in our Great Vanilla Search just by offering your feedback once you’ve tried it.

 

 

All Things Maple
Organic Maple Syrup Order
The especially cool spring weather has presented our maple grower with a later-than-average harvesting time. So our organic maple order will be later than usual as well. Right now, it looks like the delivery dates for maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and maple nuts will be in early-ish June.

Although it won’t be delivered until June, we plan to start taking orders for all things maple sometime next week.ates for maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and maple nuts will be in early-ish June.
And folks, this is amazing maple syrup. Fresh from Vermont, the BEST we’ve ever had! You won’t want to miss this stuff! (And it freezes perfectly, so you can stock up for your own family or even for Christmas gifts if you’re the type to plan ahead.)

 


Rapadura Organic Whole Cane Sugar

You, we, and everyone else has been anxiously awaiting our bulk Rapadura whole organic cane sugar, so here’s an update. It has taken F.O.R.E.V.E.R. for the ship to carry our rapadura from Brazil, where it is harvested and processed, to the U.S.A. And even after it arrives here in the states, it has to be inspected and also receive clearance from customs before we can pick it up at the dock and truck it to Tennessee.

The good news is…

The rapadura has arrived in the states, cleared customs, passed inspection, and is ready for us to pick up. Now, the only question is WHEN it will arrive here in TN. We hope it will be delivered in time for our April delivery. If not, then it will certainly be available on our May order form.

We’ll keep you posted.

Cod Liver Oil & Butter Oil SpecialCod Liver Oil | Green Pasture Special

Green Pasture, the supplier of our cod liver oils and butter oils, is careful to maintain equal pricing on their products for everyone. No matter where you buy your Green Pasture cod liver oil and butter oil, the price is the same.

But we’ve been given special permission by Green Pasture to make a high volume purchase, and pass the savings on to you this May. This order will include Green Pasture’s famous fermented cod liver oils and their butter oils in many different flavors.

You can also have your regular priced cod liver oil or butter oil shipped directly to your home anytime through this link. The shipping is on us.

 

 

Tropical Fruits

We’re still working out the details, but in May, we plan to offer a nice selection of fresh tropical fruits. Keep an eye out for our emails on this one. We’ll know more soon.

PeachesPeaches

Peaches will be later this season; we’re thinking late June.

What happened to the May peaches?

There are peach trees that bear fruit in May, some that bear in June, and others that bear in July. And just as you’d expect, the trees that bear fruit in May bloom sooner than those that are ready for harvest in June or July.

All over the southern, peach-growing states this spring, the weather warmed enough that the May bearing peach trees bloomed a few weeks ago. But just after the bolssoms had been polinated and the fruit had begun to grow, there was a cold snap, and the delicate new fruit was frozen and ruined. So there will not be any peaches available to us in May.

Mind you, there should be plenty of peaches in June and July. It’s only the May bearing trees that were affected by the frost.

Livestock Feed

Livestock feed will be available to order for pick up on the following dates. The order form for the May delivery dates will open soon.

May 22nd or 23rd (depending on where you pick up)
June 26th or 27th (depending on where you pick up)

SAF Yeast Special

SAF yeast in 1 pound bricks is 1/2 price on our dry goods order form! So stock up now!

The one thing you need to know is that the “best-to-use-by” date on these sealed yeast packs is May of 2014. So if you decide to store some up for a while, we recommend placing them in your freezer. This will help keep them fresh for a long time:)

Regular Price $3.93

Sale Price 1.97

Order Here

Singing Dog An Exceptionally Good Vanilla

Singing Dog Vanilla:  An Exceptionally Good Vanilla

Singing Dog Vanilla

 

 

It was a tough job, folks, but after experimenting with a number of different brands of vanilla, and even more whipped cream, we think we have found a vanilla that is exceptionally good. Watch for these products on our order form from time to time (usually every-other month).

  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavor
  • Vanilla Coffee
  • Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Vanilla Lip Balm
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Vanilla Teas

About Singing Dog Vanilla

First of all, yes, it is true that we founded this company on April Fool’s Day 2004 at Bill’s dining room table in Kailua, Hawaii. Second of all, yes, we do know that Singing Dog Vanilla is a pretty silly name.

The Beginning:

Bill Wiedmann and Marty Parisien came up with the idea for this business while both were traveling throughout the Pacific Islands assisting farmers with marketing, finance, and productivity improvements. Marty had read a book by Seth Godin called Purple Cow . On page 107 of that book Seth writes, “But vanilla is boring. You can’t build a fast-growing company around vanilla.” When he read that Marty thought, “What a great idea! Build a company around vanilla” (Yes, if you read the whole book you will see that we did take those lines a bit out of context). At the same time Bill and Marty were introduced to a village in Papua New Guinea that grows vanilla. So we decided to build a vanilla company that shares profits with the vanilla farmers, creates healthy vanilla products, and a happy vanilla crew.

The Silly Name:

We decided to name the company after the Papua New Guinea Singing Dog, a dog only discovered by the outside world in 1952. They don’t bark but rather they sing like whales. It seemed like a good name to represent the kind of company we wished to build. So, we have a silly name but we are very serious about vanilla.

The Products:

We follow 3 simple rules when we develop new vanilla products:

•  Clean: We find the best ingredients we can. Organic, non-GMO, high quality….

•  Rave: The finished product needs to be something that our fans will rave about. No point in introducing a product that is just mediocre.

•  Green: We do our best to use the most sustainable packaging, re-use consumables such as cardboard, and reduce landfill by using materials such as cornstarch packing material, using compostable inner packaging, and providing reusable tea bags.

Organic Yellow Popcorn Is Back

Organic Yellow Popcorn

For the longest time, our delectable buttery yellow organic popcorn has been out of stock from the company that supplies us. But no more! The shipment arrived last night, and we physically hold lots of 5 lb bags of popcorn in our hands.

To celebrate (and give you a chance to order POPCORN), we’re leaving the order form open for one more day. Place your order now if you want to get in on this. I mean, we bought a lot, but definitely not enough to feed you AND all of your neighbors.

New Deadline To Order: Friday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m.
Pick Up Date: March 27th and 28th, depending on location
Printable Price List
Place Your Order HERE

Easy Caramel Popcorn

Once you have your popcorn, you’ll definitely want to make this easy caramel popcorn. It takes about 10 minutes to put together, it’s made with wholesome ingredients like sucanat or rapduara sugar and honey instead of corn syrup, and it is so, so good. Rather impressive too. =)

Be sure to stock your pantry with coconut oil for popping your popcorn, sucanat, honey, and vanilla so you’re all set to go on this recipe. You’ll find all of these ingredients and more on our order form.

Tim & Erin

Do you know what an orgapple is?

Do you know what an orgapple is? You may want one soon!
by Jason Coon
Orgapples! Organic Apples

Definition- org·ap·ple

/o-rg’apel/

noun
1.  USDA organically certified round fruit of a tree of the rose family, which typically has thin red or green skin and crisp flesh. Many varieties have been naturally developed as dessert or cooking fruit or for making certified organic cider.

2.  a word we made up to cleverly let you know we will be opening the last apple order of 2013 in a few days AND with the truckload of IPM apples it will ALSO include certified organic apples and organic cider!
The Dec 5th and 6th ORGAPPLE Order will be opening soon.  We’ll email you in a few days when we are ready to take orders- 

Different Grades Of Maple Syrup

So Many Grades of Maple Syrup… What Are the Differences?
By Erin Otto

We bring in organic maple syrup from a farm in Vermont every spring. Click here to get in in the order or sign up for our emails and we’ll let you know when it’s available.

 

Medium Amber Grade Maple SyrupMaybe we get a little spoiled during maple season. Any other time of year, we would be content with regular maple syrup, so long as it’s the real thing. But come spring, things change, and we want to pick out just the right kind. If becoming a bit of a maple connoisseur is right up your alley, here is a little guide to get you started.

Before we get into the differences, I’d like to point out a similarity. All of the maple syrup grades have the same density and the same amount of natural sugars. In other words, the lighter maple syrup is just as sweet and equally as thick as the dark syrup.

 

Grade A Fancy maple syrup is what you might call the first fruits of the maple harvest because it’s harvested at the beginning of the season. Fancy maple syrup has the lightest color and also the lightest, most delicate maple flavor of all the grades.

Since we started making maple-sweetened homemade ice cream, fancy maple syrup is the grade we’ve come to prefer when we want sweet, but not mapl-y ice cream, like vanilla. The kids just eat this stuff up, and I’m happy to give them a generous bowl full, knowing they’re getting a healthy dose of minerals from the maple syrup instead of  empty calories (or worse) from the corn syrup that’s in most brands of ice cream.

 

Medium Amber (Grade A) is, according to our experience, the most popular of all the grades, probably because it’s so versatile. Darker than the fancy, medium amber syrup is light enough to drizzle over your pancakes and waffles, but strong enough to add a nice maple flavor to your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. If you’re stuck on which grade to order, this is the one we’d recommend.

 

The next darkest grade is called Dark Amber (Grade A). As the maple season progresses, the syrup darkens and develops a more robust flavor. Dark amber is the darkest grade we’re offering this season. (There is one even darker and more strongly flavored, the Grade B syrup, but the farm didn’t harvest enough grade B syrup for us this year.) Dark amber is the best choice for cooking and baking because it imparts the most maple flavor to your recipe. Pour dark amber syrup over baked apples or squash, or use it as a glaze for roasted meats and veggies. It’s great on pancakes and oatmeal too, just noticeably more strongly flavored.

 

 


How Our Washington Apples Are Grown

Washington Apples 2012How Our Washington Apples Are Grown

The apples we’re offering this year are grown by an orchard that used to be certified organic. In 2006, they dropped the certification but continue to grow their fruit organically. They use compost, fish oil, lime sulfur, mating disturbance, and lady bugs to strengthen the trees and keep down the pesky bug population.
One thing you may notice about the apples is they may have a fine coating of chalky dust on them. (It’s kind of like diatomaceous earth, if you’re familiar with that.) The orchard sprays this chalk on the apples to serve three purposes.
1. The chalk reflects UV rays and keeps the apples from getting sunburned.
2. It adds calcium to the apples. When a fruit tree is producing fruit, it’s similar to a woman carrying a baby. The growing baby draws so much calcium from the mother, she can end up with tooth problems from calcium loss if she isn’t careful. It’s the same with apple trees, and this calcium rich chalk spray adds calcium to the growing fruit and prevents “bitter pit” in the apples.
3. The coddling moth is a common orchard pest in Washington. But when the female attempts to lay her eggs on an apple that’s coated with chalk, the chalk hurts her belly – like diatomaceous earth – and she can’t lay her eggs successfully there, thus diminishing the population of coddling moths in that orchard.

The rain may have washed this coating off by the time we get the fruit, but if you do notice chalk on your apples or pears, just rinse it off and enjoy the fact that your fruit has been grown with special care!