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Immunity Boosting Ginger Turmeric Tea Recipe

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This Week’s Featured Veggies are GINGER & TURMERIC.
Top reasons I love them…

  1. They taste absolutely amazing.
  2. Can be prepared in various ways.
  3. They have impressive benefits include eliminating inflammation, increasing cognition, preventing cancer, strengthening the immune system, and easing gastrointestinal distress. It also aids in protecting the heart, regulates diabetes, soothes pain, counters depression, and improves the skin quality.

This season, give yourself a healthy boost! As the cool weather sets in and the seasons change, our immune systems start to decrease and viruses and other flu bugs start to become more common around us. This season give your body a boost with some Ginger Turmeric Tea or simply chop them up and add them to your meals!

Both ginger and turmeric are underground roots that grow very well here in our subtropical climate. We are lucky to be able to receive such fresh roots from our local region. This season Little Pond Farm in Bushnell, FL is currently offering us their freshly harvested roots and I encourage you to try them and even make them part of your regular diet when they are in season. Eating fresh seasonally harvested foods grown close to the region you live in is one of the best ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy.

IMMUNITY BOOSTING GINGER TURMERIC TEA RECIPE
Turmeric ginger tea boasts a number of antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic qualities that make it an excellent immune system aid. If you suffer from weak immunity and seem to come down with a cold all the time, this herbal tea may be your solution. Furthermore, for a cough, colds, and congestion, a combination of these powerful ingredients helps to speed healing and eliminate the underlying infections.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of water (filtered)
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of grated turmeric
1 teaspoon of honey or lemon juice
1 teaspoon of black pepper

Step 1 – Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or stainless steel pot.
Step 2 – Add the turmeric and ginger, and then bring the heat down to a simmer.
Step 3 – Allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
Step 4 – Strain the tea into a teapot.
Step 5 – Add the black pepper, lemon juice, and honey, and enjoy the beverage!

How Often Can You Drink Turmeric Ginger Tea?
This tea is extremely powerful, so drinking one cup of this potent brew each day is enough to enjoy the health benefits outlined above. Consuming more than this is not only dangerous, but it does increase the risk of certain side effects.

Side Effects Of Turmeric Ginger Tea
The side effects of turmeric ginger tea are largely the result of excess consumption and include gastrointestinal problems. Also, they can occur as a result of drug interactions, complications with pregnancy, individual allergies, and excessive consumption of the tea, which is not recommended. To learn more about specific possible side effects follow this link: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric-ginger-tea.html

OTHER GREAT “GINGER” RECIPES
Follow this link for all of the below Ginger recipes:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/ginger-recipes#14

  • Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Ginger Dressing
  • Crispy Tofu Steaks with Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust
  • Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash
  • Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream
  • Apple Cider–Ginger Shrub
  • Ginger-Lime Baby Carrots
  • Ginger-Lemongrass Soda
  • Beef Stir-Fry with Fresh and Pickled Ginger
  • Double-Ginger Sugar Cookies
  • Sizzled-Ginger RiceMarinated Baby Artichokes with Dill and Fresh Ginger
  • Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger
  • Chocolate Wafers with Ginger, Fennel and Sea Salt
  • Sake-Steamed Mussels with Ginger, Miso and Spinach
  • Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tangy Tomato Sauce
  • Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread
  • Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Lamb Pita Pockets with Tomato-Ginger Compote
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raisin-Ginger Pan Sauce
  • Coffee-Ginger Shakerato
  • Lemon-Ginger Mousse
  • Ginger-Spiced Pecans
  • Ginger-Marinated Chicken with Onions and Peppers
  • Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup
  • Ginger Sandwich Cookies
  • Ginger-Roasted Chicken
  • Molasses-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Cream
  • Ginger Rogers

OTHER GREAT “TURMERIC” RECIPES
Follow this link for all of the below Turmeric recipes:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/turmeric-recipes#1

  • Golden Steak and Eggs
  • Easy Persian Fried Fish
  • Seven-Spice Roasted Chicken
  • Kurdish White Beans with Tomatoes and Dried Lime
  • Eggplant with Pomegranate, Millet and Mint
  • Moroccan Goat Curry
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Spiced Coconut Lentils with Peppered Eggs
  • Mango-Turmeric Lassi
  • Vegetarian Butter Tofu
  • Cauliflower-Heart Pickles

Eat Healthy, Move Often and Be Happy ☺
Love & Light,

Bree Cheatham
Dunedin Harvest Co-op Founder

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http://dunedin.locallygrown.net/market

Pattypan Squash Burger Recipe


This week’s featured veggie is one my all time favorites, the PATTYPAN SQUASH.
Top reasons I love them…

  1. They taste absolutely amazing.
  2. Can be prepared in various ways.
  3. Shape and colors are so stunning they offer a beautiful display when served.

The Pattypan is a summer squash variety that has a unique and hearty flavor and a short, round, disc-like shape. Their colors range from white, to various colors of yellow and green and many have beautiful variegated patterns as well. They’re also called scallop squash because of their scalloped edges. Pattypans can be as small as an inch in diameter (often sold as “baby” pattypan) and grow up to a few inches across, which are great for stuffing or slicing thick and grilling or pan-frying for vegan or veggie Pattypan burgers.

Bree’s Favorite Recipe… SIMPLE PATTYPAN BURGER
The first time I tried Pattypan cooked as a burger was many, many years ago at Sweetwater Organic Farm in Tampa. Sweetwater was the first certified organic farm to work with Dunedin Harvest Co-op. On days I would pick up there, sometimes the farm crew had time to eat together and even cook. They would often share their meals if they had abundance. On this particular cool and refreshing fall day I was in for a great surprise. One of the field farmers had sliced the pattypan squash in thick half inch slices and cooked them on the open grill using a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper. He had just the squash and some hamburger buns. He piled two thick very well cooked slices onto the toasted bun and handed it to me in a paper towel….it was one of the most wonderful things I have ever tasted. Simple, yet so juicy and full of flavor.

To me, the pattypan actually tastes different depending on how you slice it. I find that to be the case with many veggies…and I love to experiment. I have both pan-fried and grill cooked the thick sliced pattypan and both have always turned out wonderfully. For me, I find the trick is to cook the inside very well so that the flavor and natural juices release for you.

INGREDIENTS:
Brioche Buns (or your favorite choice)
Pattypan Squash (Large and cut in thick ½ inch slices)
Oil of your choice (Olive, Safflower, Sunflower, Grape Seed, even Butter or Ghee)
Salt (too taste)
Pepper (to taste)

Slice squash and rub a small amount of oil on the squash and salt and pepper to taste. Grill or pan fry squash until golden brown on the outside and soft and fully cooked throughout the inside. Lightly toast the bun, serve and top-dress as you like!

Since that first tasting I have since prepared the pattypan in numerous ways, all of which have been a delight. I encourage you to do so too. Here are a few other ways you might enjoy cooking the Pattypan.

Google Search Links:
Stuffed Pattypan
Baby Pattypan
Pattypan Casserole

Eat Healthy, Move Often and Be Happy 🙂
Love & Light,
Bree

Co-op Fall Party & Plant Sale – SATURDAY OCT 24

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Saturday, October 24, 2015 from Noon to 3PM Located at the corner of Douglas Ave & Woodlawn Ter in Clearwater, just 4 blocks south of Union Street.  YAY!!! We plan to have the Co-op Fall Party & Plant Sale in the spirit to kick off the season with a positive intention and welcome our Village Gardener, Jim Kovaleski, back from Maine with his harvest of fall goodies!
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The Happy “Healthy” Hour – Fundraiser Series for the Co-op!

*Please Join Us – A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dunedin Harvest Food Co-op!
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY NIGHT in Downtown Dunedin!
Paige Clarke – Health & Healing Empowerment presents……

The Happy “Healthy” Hour Seminar Series

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Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Place: Sea Sea Riders Restaurant
221 Main Street, Dunedin FL 34698
Details: Choice of (3) Healthy Seasonal Entrees with
Dessert and Beverage for $20.00/person*
RSVP: Call now to Reserve 727-614-9777 Space is Limited!

Paige Clarke is a Health and Healing Empowerment Coach, Educator, Author, Product Formulator and CoHost of TFNN. com’s “Living a Primal Lifestyle” airing live at Noon
on Fridays.

More Info:
Paige Clarke, office: 727-614-9777
Website: PaigeClarke.com

Feel Good Again!

Co-op Closed this Week & Summer Schedule

This week the Co-op will be CLOSED.
The Co-op will  remain closed until the first week of June.
We plan to RE-OPEN Monday June 1st for Ordering
with regular Thursday June 4th pick-up/delivery.

During this time we will be transitioning to a summer schedule, where we hope to open every other week when possible.Thank you for your continued support of the Co-op and Our Local Organic Farmers!

EVERY WEEK YOU ORDER THAT WE ARE OPEN TRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE...

UPCOMING SUMMER-TIME FARMER LIST:

  • Lucky Ladybug Gardens – Local Organic Veggies, Herbs, Sprouts, Honey, Plants & Plant Food.
  • Strawberry Passion Farms – Certified Organic Fruit & Herbs.
  • Faithful Farms – Veggies & Herbs grown hydroponically with Organic supplements.
  • William’s Permaculture Garden – Local Fruit, Veggies & Plants.
  • The Dancing Goat Farm – Local Eggs, Milk, Cheese & Soap.
  • Lake Kersey Farms – Local Grassfed Beef & Pork.

EAT FOR LOCAL FOOD PROJECT

Always remember, during both our open and closed times to take advantage of your 10% DISCOUNT at 8 Great Local Restaurants!More info at: Dunedinharvest.com 

Eat for Local Food Project

Last of the Local Blueberry & Peach Season…

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Last of the Blueberries & Peaches
It’s official, local farmer, Ben King of King Family in Sarasota, FL has given us the official notice that this will be the LAST WEEK FOR BLUEBERRIES & PEACHES. There is a slim chance Peaches may be available next week, however we recommend you buy up and use and store what you can this week.

We also have some really great SALES this week….

Shop the Co-op now at: http://dunedin.locallygrown.net/market

 

“FEASTIN’ FOR THE FARMS” Fundraiser Monday April 20th from 5 to 7PM

“FEASTIN’ FOR THE FARMS” – Annual Co-op Fundraiser
This Week – Monday April 20th from 5 to 7PM

It’s Easy……JUST EAT & DRINK at CASA TINA’S MEXICAN
Bring your family & friends for a fun time and to help support the Dunedin Harvest Food & Garden Co-op and our LOCAL FARMERS!

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WE HAVE AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES
Buy Tickets To Win Monday Night!!!

* Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore – 1 Night Stay
* 55 Gallon Garden Rain Barrel
* Seasons 52 Restaurant – Wine Package
(Bamboo cutting board, wine, wine glasses w 2 complimentary flat breads.)
* Chainwheel Drive Bike Shop -$50 Gift Card
* History Bike Tampa-Private Tour for up to 10 people
* Osprey Bay Outdoors – 2 Person Kayak Tour/Rental
* 1 Year Co-op Membership
* Bree’s Bees Local Honey w Honeycomb

Visit event page https://www.facebook.com/events/512226335582724/

We’re Open – FRUIT, VEGGIE & MEAT SALE !

It’s Time to Shop the Co-op at http://dunedin.locallygrown.net/market

*** THIS WEEK ON SALE ***
*STRAWBERRIES (Local Cert. Organic) – $6.50 LB
*EGGPLANT – $4.50 (1.5 LBS)
*GREEN PEPPERS – $3.99 (1.5 LBS)
*ZUCCHINI – $3.25 (1 LB)

***LOCAL GRASS-FED MEAT SALE***
*PORK CHOPS – $8.99 LB
*GROUND PORK – $6.99
*T-BONE STEAKS – $10.99 LB NEW!
*SIRLOIN STEAKS – $12.99 LB
*BEEF BRISKET – $8.99 LB
*LONDON BROIL – $10.99 LB
*CHUCK ROAST (Beef) – $9.99

Shop now at http://dunedin.locallygrown.net/market

LOCAL & ORGANIC FRUIT
Strawberries
Lemons
Grapefruit
Oranges
Tangerines (Sweet & Sour)
Green Papaya

LOCAL SWEETNESS…
Raw Local Honey
Sugarcane Syrup
Malty Marmalade
Crabtree Jelly (NEW!)

ORGANIC POWER FOODS…
Mixed Sprouts

LOCAL ORGANIC VEGGIES…
Arugula
Broccoli Rabe Greens
Carrots
Collard Greens
Chicory
Chinese Broccoli
Daikon Radishes
Eggplant
Escarole
Endive, Frisée
Green Peppers
Greens Salad Mix
Kale, Curly Green
Kale, Lacinato
Kale, Siberian
Lettuce (Bibb, Leaf & Romaine)
Mustard Bouquet
Red Mustard (tastes like wasabi)
Nopales Cactus Pads (spineless)
Onions (Red & White w/Tops)
Spinach
Turnips, Hakurei
Upland Cress
Zucchini

FRESH LOCAL ORGANIC HERBS…
Spring Garlic
Scallions
Rosemary
Comfrey

ORGANIC PLANT FOOD…
Maxicrop Seaweed Feed
OmegraGrow Fish Emulsion Feed

LOCAL GRASS-FED BEEF & PORK
Check website for listings…

LOCAL EGGS, MILK, CHEESE & SOAPS
Check website for listings…

Shop now at http://dunedin.locallygrown.net/market

Co-op Manager Seeks Housing & Garden Space

garden-shed-x copyDear friends, co-op members and friendly community angels, for me it’s time to start a new chapter….. I am actively seeking  a new place to call home. My current landlord at Cat Creek Gardens is very ill and her family will be taking over my apartment to move in with her.  I need to be moved into a new place by April 1, 2015. We may have access to the gardens the next few months, but then we will need to find a new garden space. We have been growing here for the past few years, so this is a great loss to the co-op.
IMMEDIATE HOUSING NEEDED
Please let me know if you have or know of a place that might be available. I am open to the universe and it’s suggestions……anything from a converted garage cottage, mother-in-law apartment or small house would be ideal. The more affordably priced the better as I have limited income at this time. Not a requirement, but it would be ideal to find a space that included tool storage space and garden space.
SEEKING LARGE GARDEN/FARM LAND LEASE
In addition to housing I am also looking for a larger piece of land to farm in the local area. An ideal plot would be a FULL SUN no less than a half acre space, but the larger the better. We are looking to start immediately for preparing the land for food production next fall. Starting new land for food production takes a lot of time and energy so please keep your eyes and ears open to help us find a place as quick as possible.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Right now is the busiest time of our growing season….especially when the blueberry harvest starts here soon. It will be a difficult task for me to keep attention on growing more food, running the co-op weekly and moving during the next six to eight weeks. However I am bound and determined to do so. If you have leads or think you can help please let me know at mrsnaturals1@gmail.com
Love & Light,
Bree Cheatham

Today 10AM Dunedin Harvest Co-op on WMNF 88.5 FM Radio

Tune in today,  Monday February 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM to the WMNF 88.5 FM “Home Grown Sustainable Living Show” on the Radio. Market gardener and founder of Dunedin Harvest Co-op, Bree Cheatham will be joining local farmers Jim Kovaleski & show host/farmer, John Butts of the local Eco Farm to talk about growing vegetables locally in the Tampa Bay area. Tune in and call in to make it a great show!  wmnf_promo

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