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Are You Freshly Squeezed?

on Thursday, 16 December 2010.

Insist on being squeezed!

Are You Freshly Squeezed?

Freshly squeezed juice?  What is it?

Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices cannot get any fresher if they are squeezed from the source right in front of you.  You can buy squeezed juices in bottles, however these will still have preservatives in them and may have been through a heat treatment process to give them a longer shelf life, which destroys many of the vital nutrients fresh juice contains.  Real freshly squeezed juice drinks come right from the fruit to your cup and have a whole range of health benefits.

 

  • More Absorption

Research shows that when you drink freshly squeezed juices your body absorbs up to 80% more of the nutrients.  Vitamins and minerals you would otherwise be missing out on.

 

  • Making sure you get your recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables

You can pack so many different types of fruit and vegetables in to one drink and get a huge boost of goodness in just one sitting.

 

  • Healthy Organs

Juicing your fruit reduces the amount of work your digestive organs have to do and has been shown to increase the health of the liver, kidneys, etc... This leads to better immunity and overall better long term health

 

  • Weight loss

The body loves natural foods and responds well.  The natural sugars in fruit can kick start your day without you having to intake carbohydrates or fats.  If you drink freshly squeezed juices as part of a balanced, calorie controlled diet and exercise regime you will naturally find a really enjoyable way to be a healthy weight.

 

Interesting facts about Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

  • One glass of freshly squeezed orange juice will give you your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C
  • Fresh orange juice contains flavonoids which can help to reduce blood pressure and poor cholesterol levels
  • Fresh orange is rich in antioxidants (see our blog about the importance of antioxidants) and also high in dietary fibre and folates
  • Studies have shown that freshly squeezed orange juice can help protect against cancer and heart disease

 

With the above in mind, why not add freshly squeezed juices to your diet.  There are so many fresh products available from the Noosa Farmers market that would make delicious, tasty drinks for you to enjoy.  Try these recipes to get you started and watch this space for more fresh juice ideas coming your way..............

 

The Noosa Blushing Orange

3 x oranges

1 x apple

1 x handful of raspberries

This juice is rich in folic acid, vitamin c and calcium

 

Sunshine Peach

3 x peaches

1 x apple

1 x lime

1 x handful of fresh mint

This juice is rich in folic acid, vitamin B3,vitamin c and calcium

 

Easy on Sunday Market Mornings

3 x carrots

1 x apple

½ orange

1 x celery stick

½ inch ginger root

This juice gives you a great start to the day and is rich in folic acid, vitamin c, calcium and magnesium

 

ENJOY!

Fair Trade

on Thursday, 09 December 2010. Posted in Organic Living

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

What is fair trade?

Fair trade means an equitable and fair partnership between marketers in Western Countries and producers in Developing Countries.  A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income farmers and artisans with a living wage for their work.

 

The Criteria of Fair Trade

There are many different aspects to “fair trade” and making sure that a fair trade partnership is viable and making a difference.  Below is a list of fair trade criteria for us all to think about.  We may take a lot of these issues for granted in our society but we need to ensure that our imports are shown the same respect.

  • Paying a fair wage to workers, relevant to the local cost of living
  • Making sure there are opportunities for advancement for employees
  • Equal opportunities to all employees, including women, people from disadvantaged back grounds and people with disabilities.
  • Using practices that look after environmental sustainability
  • Long-term trade relationships
  • Healthy and safe working conditions
  • Financial and technical support should be offered to producers where possible

 

Issues of Fair Trade

There are a number of issues surrounding fair trade, and the bigger picture is a scary one for developing countries if the issues are not addressed and fair trade policies put in place globally.  Food for thought.......

  • Commodity prices are set by rich developed countries.  Coffee beans, cotton and cacao for example are all produced in developing countries, if prices are set low, big companies then sell to consumers and make huge profits, leaving producers poorer.
  • Competition in industries such as fashion and food in the western world means that bigger companies are trying to bring their prices down to give themselves a competitive edge.  The knock on effect of this can be demand to the producers to make cheaper and cheaper products, in turn worsening working conditions with longer hours, faster work rates and lower pay.
  • Patents imposed in developed countries on items such as software, medicine and seeds push prices up and can often take the cost of such items out of reach in poorer countries.
  • Subsidised produce from developed countries, if dumped in to developing countries, can drive down the prices of local produce and have devastating effects on local economies.
  • Western countries can control world market share by regulating export taxes.  As a result developing countries can be forced in to exporting raw, primary industry materials, which give far less returns than secondary industry products.

 

Buying fair trade products makes a real difference for the fair trade farmers and workers in developing countries. Fair trade means a better future for producers, workers, their families and communities in these countries.  In addition to providing a fair and stable price for their products, fair trade is helping producers and their communities build better roads, access health care and send their children to school. Fair trade also enables them to grow and develop their businesses, ensuring they can improve life for their families and communities well into the future.

Trade has the power to generate incredible wealth and elevate people from poverty!

 

 

Grow Your Own Herb Garden

on Thursday, 02 December 2010. Posted in Organic Living

Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Growing your own herb garden is simple and fun. These versatile little plants can be used in cooking, for medicinal purposes, for skincare, in drinks and as decoration, to name just a few of their many uses.  There are so many different herbs to choose from, so where do you start, which herbs should you grow and how do you grow them?  We have put together an easy to follow guide to 5 different herbs, their uses and how to grow them successfully.  It’s a great place to start. 

1.      Basil is a favourite culinary herb.  The main ingredient in pesto, finely chopped the leaves of this little beauty will add a delicious flavour to any dish.  Fresh basil has a peppery, spicy aroma, the scent however is quickly lost when this herb is dried.  Planting basil near tomatoes will enhance its flavour.  You can start basil off in small pots and transplant to garden when true leaves are showing.  Likes full sun and rich well drained soil.

2.      Chamomile is one of the best loved healing herbs.  If you add chamomile to a bath it helps to relieve itchy or irritated skin and aching muscles.  Chamomile tea is a delicious drink that is often consumed for stomach upsets or relief of hangovers!  Chamomile gives off an apple-like aroma and is often grown around paths and garden benches.  Seeds are tiny and are best started off in pots.  Plant this herb all over your garden for healthier plants all round.  Likes full sun and light dry soil.

3.      Parsley adds a rich European flavour to stews, soups, vegetables and salads.  Parsley is high in vitamin A and C so is delicious and good for you!  This herb is also a natural breath freshener so is often served with garlic dishes.  Parsley is very easy to grow either in your garden or in pots.  Likes full sun to partial shade and moist well-drained soil.

4.      Lavender exudes the most delicate, beautiful fragrance.  Grown in your garden, lavender will not only fill the air with a fine scent, its purple flowers will also add stunning colour to your surroundings.  Dried, lavender still holds its distinctive, beautiful aroma and is popular for use in potpourris, perfumes and sachets.  Lavender is also a stunning herb for decorative purposes, and tied in to small bunches will brighten up any room.  Likes full sun and light, well drained soil.

5.     Mint is one of the most famous and widely used flavours in the world.  In cooking mint is often used as an accompaniment to lamb, chopped to make sauce or mixed in to tea.  Its vapours are used to help clear sinuses and it’s taste often lends itself well to sweet dessert dishes and cocktails.  Mint grows well in pots, but once planted in your garden often needs to be contained, so space plants at least 3 feet apart.  Likes full sun and rich moisture retaining soil.

 Start your own herb garden today!

Community Gardens Update

on Thursday, 02 December 2010. Posted in Organic Living

More Information on Community Veggie Gardens

Following on from our blog a couple of weeks ago, here is some more information about local community veggie gardens and how you might like to get involved!

Community Gardens:

Got some time mid-week, want to learn more about gardening or just volunteer to learn some tips?  Why not visit one of our local community gardens?

 

The ‘award-winning’ Yandina Community Gardens, recipient of  Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s 2010 Glossies Award for Edible Landscapes, are situated on the corner of North & Farrell Streets, Yandina. The gardens are an educational facility and are open every Tuesday, 8am - 2pm & Saturday, 8am - 12noon. Tuesday is their main ‘work’ day, and you are invited to come along as a volunteer or just come as a visitor, have a wander around the gardens and share a cuppa with wonderful (and very knowledgeable) volunteers.  All the workshops at the 'award-winning' Yandina Community Gardens are free; they commence at 10am and bookings are not required - just turn up on the day.  It is advisable to bring along a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.  The last workshop for 2010 will be on Saturday 4th December and they will resume on Saturday 8th January.  The gardens will still be open for business as usual during this period.  The gardens have rare, tropical and sub-tropical edible plants that have been propagated on site for sale - see them growing and learn about their requirements; a variety of aquaponics systems running - see the systems in action and learn how one may fit into your Permaculture garden; productive worm-farms, compost areas and very happy chooks; food forests, banana circles and mandala gardens.  You can also see how an average, older-style house can be retrofitted to become more sustainable by implementing solar power, solar water, etc.  Check their website for details of up-coming free workshops or, for more info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

At Veggie Village, Rufous Street, Peregian Beach, The Horticulture Pod coordinates hands-on gardening with mini Fun Bees on Tuesday mornings 7.00 - 9.00am.  Planting, watering, composting and garden maintenance. Wear covered shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Bring gloves if possible.  Ph: 5471 7157 or just turn up!  Open 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month - 9am to 11.30am.  Everyone is welcome. Garden tours available, ask the friendly Core Members to show you around.

Christmas Breakup - Veggie Village Sunday, 5th December from 10.00am.  Bring a plate to share.  BYO beverages.  Non members, family and friends are welcome.  Veggie Village community garden, Rufous Street, Peregian Beach.

 

ANTIOXIDANTS! What? Why? Where?

on Thursday, 25 November 2010. Posted in Organic Living

What is an antioxidant?

You’ve heard the word “antioxidants” around town? Ofcourse you have!  It’s the buzz word of the new millennium.  Everyone’s talking about them!  Everyone’s eating them!  Everyone’s loving them!  But what is an antioxidant?  Why should we be welcoming them in to our everyday life? And, Where do you find them?

The Great Australian Mango

on Friday, 19 November 2010. Posted in Organic Living

The Great Australian Mango

Queensland, beautiful one day, gorgeous the next........ Summer is here and so is the delicious flavour of the Great Australian Mango.   There are so many tasty varieties to enjoy, mangoes are quick and easy to prepare and are bursting with fresh nutritional goodness.   Mangoes can be enjoyed on their own, in a delicious summer salad, with chicken, with prawns, in cocktails, smoothies and sweet desserts, the possibilities are endless with this extremely versatile refreshing little fruit!

Community Veggie Gardens

on Monday, 15 November 2010. Posted in Organic Living

It sounds like fun but what are they?

Community Veggie Gardens

 

A community veggie garden is a communal garden that teaches people how to grow their own fruit and vegetables using environmental friendly techniques, such as organically growing food without the use of chemicals, water conservation and companion planting.   Members join a local garden community and take part in growing events, attend teaching classes and gardening workshops, take part in family activity days and most importantly have fun and enjoy great food.


Why Should you care about Pesticides

on Thursday, 28 October 2010. Posted in Organic Living

The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.

Food News have put together a good article about Pesticides in our food.http://www.foodnews.org/EWG-shoppers-guide-download-final.pdf

20 Reasons to go Organic

on Thursday, 28 October 2010. Posted in Organic Living

Article from the BFA

The Farmers Markets are very passionate about our local growers community and about educating local residents about choosing organic food to cook with as a lifestyle choice.

The BFA have put together a great handout that gives us 20 good reasons why we should go organic. Enjoy!

http://www.bfa.com.au/Portals/0/BFAFiles/20-reasons-to-go-organic.pdf

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