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Organic Gardening Webinar

Organic Gardening Webinar

Last week, Bountiful Blessings Organic Farm asked us to spread the word about an online webinar they’re going to be hosting this Thursday, August 28th.

If you’ve never been to a webinar, just think of it as a local seminar that you watch live on your computer. You’ll especially enjoy the interactive question and answer session where these seasoned organic growers share their knowledge, tips, tricks, and wealth of experience with YOU.

Here’s just a bit of what’s being covered:

  • Why our food system is so fragile and how your access to fresh food could disappear within a matter of days
  • Why processed foods are ravaging the health of families across the nation
  • The most important thing you need to know right now about how to have a fresh harvest of veggies all winter long
  • Simple and effective ways to protect your precious veggies in the middle of winter without breaking your pocket book
  • And more!

If you know anyone who is interested in growing organic, nutrient dense foods, please be sure to let them know about this.

 

Register today to join Paul’s webinar  this week Thursday, August 28th!

Register here…

 

Please help us spread the word this week about this webinar. Bountiful Blessings does a very nice job and we think it will be worth your time to attend.
When you share this video tour of their farm, be sure to include the link above so your friends and family can register if they’d like to attend.

Fresh Peaches Pears and Stanley Plums

Stanley PlumsStanley Plums

This elongated European plum is a bit different from plums you’ll commonly find in stores. The Stanley plum is often used for canning, jams and preserves, drying, and baking, especially traditional European dishes. Stanley Plums are sweet-tart and so full of flavor, we love to eat them fresh, and we can’t get enough of them when they’re baked in a crumble like this one.

This is the only time this season that we’ll offer Stanley plums.

 

 

 

 

Bartlett PearsBartlett Pears

One of the juiciest pears you’ll find, we love the Bartlett for it’s outstanding flavor. Bartlett pears are great for canning, and if you’re careful to put them in the fridge when they’re still hard, they can be stored fresh like that for a few extra weeks. We’ve had good success storing ours for about a month in the fridge.

Unlike most other fruits, pears are best when picked green (unripe) and allowed to ripen off the tree. Otherwise they become mealy. Our pears are picked mature, but green, so you can store them under refrigeration and ripen them when you’re ready to can them or eat ’em fresh.

How To Store Pears

 

 

 

Baby Gold PeachesBaby Gold Cling Peaches

Baby Gold peaches are a classic for canning. They’re unique in that they stay nice and firm when you can them. Ever have store-bought canned peaches? You know the way they feel in your mouth when you bite into one – firm, but soft, and almost a little chewy? Well, those are made from cling peaches like these. You’ll need a sharp knife or spoon to cut the pit away from the flesh, but patience has its rewards… Come mid-winter, those pretty canned peaches will make a lucky fellow a nice breakfast or dessert.

New to canning? This blog post is one of the most helpful guides we’ve found on canning peaches.

 

 

 
Allstar Freestone PeachesAllstar Freestone Peaches 

As the name implies, freestone peaches have a pit that comes away from the flesh easily. These really are the very last peaches of the season. If you need to fill a few more bags for your freezer supply of fall smoothies, this is your last chance.

Last Georgia Peaches of 2014

Last chance to get Georgia peaches this year!

There’s still time to order Georgia peaches for July! We’ll be bringing in this last truck load, and then that’s it for the Georgia peaches this year. Order now!

You’ll also find all kinds of dry goods on the order form to re-stock your pantry: whole grains, flour, dried fruits and nuts, natural oils, beans, and some handy food storage containers like glass gallon jars, 5-gallon pails, and gamma seal lids in an array of bright colors.

Deadline To Order Peaches: Monday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Deadline To Order Dry Goods: Friday, July 18th at 8:00 a.m. (3 days away!)
Pick Up Date: Thursday or Friday, July 24th or 25th, depending on location
Order here!

Number 2 Cull Peaches

We recently sent out an email requesting feedback from those who had ordered peaches on the last order to help us decide whether to have another Peach Order.  It was pretty clear from the feedback that the answer is YES!

Here’s what folks reported:

  • Most said their peaches where AWESOME and can’t wait for the next truckload.
  • Many said they had a few bruised peaches to deal with but they felt that got a good value and would do it again.
  • A few had a bunch of preaches that where very bruised.
  • The majority of negative complaints are from people who did not get to their peaches right way.

Here’s what we did and what we discovered:

First of all, we will be sending out refunds to those who requested refunds.
We also called the peach orchard and discussed the bruising problem with them. We’ve come to find that the terms for their “number 2” peaches can be pretty broad. We were told we need to accept that their number 2 peaches may have some bruising. It was also made clear that peaches have a relatively small window of time between ripe and over-ripe; and of course peaches with  any bruising will narrow this window even more.

Here’s how we are moving forward:

As we’ve come to terms with the farm’s position on number 2 peaches, it’s important to properly set your expectations about the number 2’s.
After a little pondering, we decided to re-name them “Number 2 culls”.  “Culls” are the ones that have been rejected as number 1’s for any number of reasons, including some amount of bruising.If you’ve been buying these “number 2’s” from us, and you’ve been happy with them, it’s possible you’re the kind of person that babysits your peaches, and process them as soon as they ripen, and you will deal with a certain amount of bruising.  Or it may be possible you’ve been lucky to receive near-perfect-number-2’s because many of them can be described that way).Either way, it is our place to make sure we represent the product properly so that you can make a good buying decision and your expectations can be reasonably met.

We want you to be happy with your peaches.

Here’s what we recommend:

Although this may cast an uncertain shadow on the popular “Number 2 culls” we do need to be clear that the farm now says they may have some bruising.If you want peaches for fresh eating, order the #1 peaches. They are truly the cat’s pajamas of peaches.On the other hand, if you’re going to be processing your peaches right away, and you’re willing to cut around any possible bruised spots, then the Number 2 Culls are a very popular choice.

Bottom Line and Responsibility:

Your Part:  Please make sure to look over your peaches as soon as you get them. Freeze them, can them, eat them with your neighbors or bake a bunch of cobbler. Just remember the clock is ticking when peaches enter into your life.Our Part:   We take great pains to accurately represent the items you get.  And overall, we do a good job.But we do work with many farms around the country and there are times that the farm sends something that’s less than acceptable.

If you ever receive something from us that is not satisfactory, please let us know so we can make it right.

If any of that was unclear, here’s the gist of it in one sentence:
Number 2 cull peaches may contain “some” bruising but we won’t be idiots about refunding you if you get a really bad box of number 2 culls and you’re not satisfied.

Tim & Erin

Now.. ReadySet….GO!!!

CLICK HERE to order PEACHES! Click here to be notified when we’re taking orders for peaches or check our local order form to see if they’re available now.

Spring Vegetables 2014

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Our crisp spring vegetables are almost ready for harvest! Place your order now for two kinds of sweet onions, freshly dug red potatoes, and snappy sweet carrots now! All of these vegetables are either minimally sprayed or unsprayed. (See catalog for details.)

 

These vegetables have been added to our Maple/Cod Liver Oil/Dry Goods order form. Vegetable pick up is at the same time and place as these other items. If you need to add vegetables to an order you’ve already placed, this quick tutorial will show you how.

 


Order Details For Local Pick Up 

 
Deadline: June 5th at 8:00 AM
Pick up date: June 12th or 13th, depending on your location Printable Price List
Follow this link to place your order!
 
…OR…
 
Have Your Order Shipped To Your Door – Dry Goods Only
 
(You’ll find two separate order forms here, one solely for maple, and the other for dry goods in general. Feel free to call if you have questions – 931-593-2616)

 
 

Other Items To Order Now
Vermont Maple OrderJust a few days left to order organic Vermont maple syrup and other maple goodies! We only take orders for this incredible syrup once a year! Deadline To Order: 6-5-14 at 8:00 a.m. Order Here for Local Pick Up Have your order shipped here.
Cod Liver Oil SpecialThis month only (May/June), we’re offering a special price on all Green Pasture’s cod liver oil and butter oil products. Deadline To Order: 6-5-14 at 8:00 a.m. Order Here for Local Pick Up – special price Have your order shipped here – regular price   Cod Liver Oil Taste Test Video Cod Liver Oil Q & A
Dry GoodsPlace your order for beans, whole grains, dried fruits, natural oils, sweeteners, and other healthy pantry staples now!  Deadline To Order: 6-5-14 at 8:00 a.m.  Order Here for Local Pick Up  Have your order shipped here  Printable Price List

What’s Up With Grade B Maple Syrup?

Grade B Maple Syrup   Grade B maple syrup is notorious for its deep, rich maple flavor, and some claim it even has a higher mineral content than the lighter grades of syrup.     What makes Grade B maple syrup special? The light colored syrups are made from sap harvested at the beginning of the sugaring season. When the sap first starts to flow in the spring, it has a high sugar content, and it takes less of this early season sap to make a gallon of syrup; only about 30 gallons. This syrup is labeled “Golden” and has the the lightest, most delicate taste. (Tip: Keep a jug of this light syrup in the freezer to make sweets that wouldn’t pair well with a robust maple flavor: lemonade, mint ice cream, lemon cheesecake, strawberry jam.) The sap that is harvested toward the end of the sugaring season is much lower in sugar and higher in water. To make syrup from this watery sap, more is required. For our grower, Lee, that means about 80 gallons of sap are needed to make one gallon of syrup. Because it is so much more concentrated, this late season syrup is the darkest, most richly flavored syrup you can buy. This is the one formerly known as Grade B.     Grade B maple syrup had a legal name change this year. There has been a new naming convention in the works for several years now, and this year, the state of Vermont (where our syrup comes from) legally accepted the new grading system. Legally, all maple producers in the state of Vermont now have to comply with the new grades. What used to be called Grade B is now called “Grade A Dark with Robust Taste.” Or simply “Dark” on our order form.     Why The New Names? I want my grade B Maple SyrupThe new grading standards and names were basically designed to bring Grade B maple syrup back into favor with the general public. The label, “Grade B” has a negative connotation to some people. After all, would you buy grade B vegetables? Now all of the different kinds of maple syrup are called “Grade A.” There is one other reason for the new names, and that’s to avoid confusion on an international level. Up until now, the lightest colored syrup was known as “light,” “fancy,” or “light amber” depending on the state or country where it was produced. The new naming standards will make sure everyone is talking about the same thing, even across international borders. In the long run, we think this is really a very good change. In the meantime, it’s making a lot of people grumpy.     Four Former Grades Blended Into Three New Ones Since four grades have merged into three, there’s some overlap in the flavors. Check the chart below to see how the grades compare. If you liked the Grade B, the “Dark with Robust Taste” will be your comparable favorite.   Maple Syrup Chart     Other Special Maple Products Available Now! Maple CreamMaple Cream: Spread it on bagels, toast, or English muffins (a homemade egg “McMuffin” with sausage and maple cream is an extra special on-the-go breakfast), swirl it in ice cream, use it as a stand alone filling for sandwich cookies or a topping for cupcakes. Maple cream is 100% pure maple syrup that has been heated to 232° F, then rapidly cooled to room temperature. Then it’s stirred until it develops a creamy texture. Keeps in the fridge for at least a year. Frozen, even longer. View order form for more details.                 Maple SugarMaple Sugar will impart a special maple flavor when you substitute it in any recipe that calls for brown sugar or granulated sugar. Here are three of our favorites: maple sugar shortbread cookies, maple sugar peach crisp, and maple sugar cake. Maple Sugar is made by boiling maple syrup until the temperature reaches 260° F then immediately stirring until it granulates. The sugar is sifted to make a uniformly sized product. Larger pieces can be great to eat like a natural candy or sprinkled on hot cereals. We like it on fresh fruit too! View order form for more details.          

Maple Candy Maple Candy: A special treat that melts in your mouth!

To make this special, natural candy, the grower boils maple syrup to concentrate the sugars, then they cool it to just the right temperature before they hand stir and pour it into molds. As it cools it hardens into the favorite, all natural candy of the north east.
Ingredients: organic maple syrup. No preservatives or additives – use within 6 weeks or freeze to enjoy later.

View order form for more details.

         

Maple NutsThese maple nuts are my personal favorite of all our maple goodies. There are no peanuts, just walnuts, pecans, cashews, and almonds – and pure maple syrup.

Although maple nuts are probably great in recipes, we think the best way to eat them is out of hand, just as they are. Great as a party food or a special family night. We highly recommend that you stash an extra bag of these in the freezer, and save them for a Christmas party.  View order form for more details.             Order Details For Local Pick Up Deadline: June 5th at 8:00 AM Pick up date: June 12th or 13th, depending on your location Printable Price List Follow this link to place your order! …OR… Have Your Order Shipped To Your Door (You’ll find two separate order forms here, one solely for maple, and the other for dry goods in general. Feel free to call if you have questions – 931-593-2616)    

countdown to maple order

   

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

Vanilla Cut Off

Vanilla Order “Cut Off”

Do you plan to order any of our special Singing Dog Vanilla products this month?

  • vanilla beans
  • vanilla extract
  • vanilla teas
  • vanilla coffees
  • ground vanilla beans
  • vanilla bean paste
  • vanilla lip balms
  • vanilla salt
  • vanilla sugar 

Friend, we’d like to let you in on a little secret. This time, it has to do with the special vanilla items we’re offering from Singing Dog Vanilla. Ready?

We don’t actually stock the products that you see on our order forms.

Instead, we order from our suppliers just in the nick of time to receive the goods, load our delivery trucks, and send them your way.

Tomorrow around lunchtime, we’ll be finalizing our order for all of the Singing Dog Vanilla items.

Up until about noon tomorrow, you’ll find that the Singing Dog Vanilla items are available in unlimited quantities. But once we finalize our order with Singing Dog, those quantities will become limited – or even sold out completely.

Bottom line: if you’d like to order any of these special vanilla items, try to complete your order tomorrow morning. This way, you’ll have access to all of the vanilla in any amount you want. After Monday afternoon, they could be sold out.

 

Order Your Vanilla Now!

Pick Up Date:  April 24th or 25th, depending on location
Printable Price List
Place Your Order Here

 

How To Place An Order Or Add To An Existing Order

Need to add items to an order you’ve already placed? Or maybe you’re placing an order for the first time. Check out our help topics below. You’ll find several helpful (and brief) tutorials that will get you up and running.

We also welcome you to call our office M-F 8:00 – 5:00 at 931-593-2616.

Tim & Erin

 

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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