SPOTLIGHT

The following is an excerpt from THIS ARTICLE

Please read it- it is concise and helpfully informative.

“The study was done by my colleagues at the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute and followed five Bay area families for a week, monitoring their urine for the breakdown products of BPA and phthalates. The families ate their regular diet at the beginning and then were provided meals midway through the study which consisted of freshly prepared food with no plastic packaging.  After just 3 days of eating this diet, there was an average reduction of over 60% in their body levels of BPA and a 50% reduction in DEHP. At the end of the study, the families returned to their normal diets which included canned food and sodas, take-out or restaurant food, and other foods, such as microwavable meals, packaged in plastic. After resuming their regular diet their BPA levels went back up.

The study is novel in that no one has ever done an experiment like this in Americans. Federal agencies such as the FDA and National Toxicology Program have stated that food is a major source of exposure to BPA and phthalates but this is the first time a dietary intervention has demonstrated actual changes in exposure.”

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SPROUT!

Peas, peas, and more peas. Faye picked enough to fill a 5 gallon bucket and there are still more to be picked. And there are still plenty of weeds. Lee ran his tiller between the rows of beans and sweet potatoes to plow them under and Ann pulled weeds as tall as the tomato plants by hand. The tomatoes are starting to show color and cucumbers should be ready for picking on July 30 in addition to summer squash and more peas. The peas and yellow and pattypan squash picked this week were donated to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries.

The current volunteer situation seems similar to professional football injuries. Bob is out for the rest of the season because he needed a hip replacement and I hurt my back last week and cannot rake, hoe or plow. However, the Lord does provide and I received a call this week about a new and exciting volunteer possibility that could happen next month.

~ Jane

Tips & Tricks: Herb Vinegar

I have researched this project often, but have not yet dedicated clean bottles or jars to it.  This may be my time to shine…I am thinking that the flowering (bolted ;-(  ) herbs in the garden would be nice- and the flavor/odor strength from the flowering process could work with vinegar.  As for the amounts, you will find I measure by sight, taste, shape, and smell more than with tools and devices.  This is an actual recipe from a website…..so I have not tried it….but the process is easy and I wouldn’t be too concerned when you measure.

1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (try basil, chives, mint, parsely)

EDITOR NOTE: OR LEAVE THEM WHOLE OR CHUNKY, try chives, chive blossoms, add blueberries, lemon zest, nasturtium….you can’t go wrong if you use what you like…and try small jars if you experiment so if your product is less than what you desire, you haven’t lost much. (Since I never toss anything out, I would use it anyway)

2 cups white wine vinegar

EDITOR NOTE: try blends if you want too- white distilled alone is fine, add a touch of red wine vinegar…( I have a pomegranate red wine that would be neat with blueberry and basil I bet!)

Heat resistant jar with lid or bottle

Directions:

  • Place chopped herbs in jar.
  • Heat the vinegar in a glass pot (or non-reactive pot) and then pour over the herbs.
  • Seal jar with lid and steep for three weeks.
  • While steeping, shake the jar every other day.

EDITOR NOTE: or when you remember or when you feel like it

  • After three weeks, strain out the herbs and pour the herb vinegar into a bottle.

Voila! I hope you enjoy this summer and try new ways to enjoy every season, every part of a leaf, stem, fruit and root.  Edible doesn’t just mean the choice parts- if you aren’t sure, look it up- some herbs can cause indigestion in certain seasons or amounts.

But you wouldn’t overdo– and you read my disclaimers, right?

SPOTLIGHT

Rock! Heavy Metal.

Mercury is an element found naturally in the environment and emissions are both natural and man made. CFL light bulbs contain 4 milligrams (mg) of mercury, but by comparison, the older home-use thermometers contained 500 mg of mercury!  The majority of mercury released in the U.S. actually comes from coal-fired power plants (51%).

Burning coal to provide electricity creates large mercury emissions we might overlook — but using CFL bulbs helps reduce the draw of electricity, thus creating a WIN-WIN, which we love around here.

Do you wonder about the mercury in these bulbs?

To read more about mercury in CFL bulbs and energy use, click HERE.

SPROUT!

 

 

 

July 16, 2011.

It’s working! The garden is now producing in sufficient quantities that we have enough to donate to food banks. Ann and I spent our entire time at the garden just harvesting what was ripe. We picked a large bag of kale, at least 15 pounds of peas, and a dozen or so summer squash and took them to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries and MANNA. We didn’t have time for weeding or other garden chores because there is so much that is ready to be eaten. Our priority at the garden will now shift to harvesting because there should be something ready for harvest every week from now to the end of the summer. Isn’t it wonderful how God provides us with what we need to feed ourselves and to feed the hungry too?

~Jane