Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at Frey Winery – America’s first organic and biodynamic winery.

Enjoy a farm tour, demonstrations, wine tasting, and organic appetizers. The guided farm tour will take you on a walk to the barn to visit baby lambs, goats, and calves, then on to the farm garden to ‘mingle’ with the organic veggies, flowers, and herbs and observe demonstrations about biodynamic gardening. Stroll back to the winery and continue the day’s celebration with wine tasting accompanied by appetizers.

 Located at 14000 Tomki Rd, just off Highway 101 North, in Redwood Valley, California, Frey Winery is a third-generation family owned and operated winery and has been producing award-winning vegan, and gluten free wines with no added sulfites since 1980.

Reservations are requested. Tickets are $20 for the general public and complementary for  Wine Club members and children 12 and under. Contact Frey Winery for availability

Please call 800.760.3739 or email:  wineclub@freywine.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

Earth Day: The Tree of Life

In honor of Earth Day ….

The Tree of Life

Earth Day: Tree of Life

This giant Baobab Tree in South Africa is believed to be 2,000 years old.

Baobab Trees boast Longevity…Some are believed to be thousands of years old.

Known as the Tree of Life, they also provide sustenance and support for longevity of people, providing shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants.  Hollowed out trunks have provided shelter to as many as 40 people. 

The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and eaten to boost the immune system.

A Baobab tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk to endure harsh drought conditions particular to the the regions in which they are found.

The fruit, called “monkey bread”, is edible, and full of vitamin C.

Earth Day - Tree of Life It has a velvety shell and is about the size of a coconut, weighing about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). It has an acidic, tart flavor, described as “somewhere between grapefruit, pear, and vanilla”. The baobab fruit has medicinal and nutritional properties. Some reports say the fruit provides 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, 50% more Calcium and 66%  more iron than spinach, more Magnesium than Coconut Water, more Potassium than Bananas, 50% Heart healthy Fiber per serving and is a plentiful source of antioxidants (disease fighting molecules credited with helping reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease).

Earth Day: Tree of Life

Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia.

  All varieties of the Baobab tree occur in seasonally arid     areas, and are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the dry season. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia

 Learn more about Baobab Trees and Fruits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organic Baobab Fruit

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Earth Day at Frey Vineyards

Celebrate Earth Day at Frey Vineyards!

Organic wine with no sulfites added, from America’s pioneering organic winery

Earth Day at Frey Vineyards

We’re planning a splendid party to celebrate the Earth and we hope you can join us! We’ll be touring Frey Ranch with walks to the animal barns, the bounteous Biodynamic gardens, and the vineyards. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a delicious picnic-syle lunch and wine tasting under the oaks. We’ve switched up the agenda this year and we’ve added workshops in organic composting and soil amendments. RSVP is a must – please call us at the winery, 1-800-760-3739, to reserve your spot or follow the link to learn more…

 

Plan NOW to enjoy Earth Day celebrations at Frey Vineyards

Nestled on the slopes of Redwood Valley in  Mendocino County, California

Saturday, April 25, 10am-2pm

 

Earth Day at Frey's

 

Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns – Tuesday Tidbits

Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns. They are a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet.

Here are 14 easy ways to start enjoying pumpkin now:

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.44.56 PMRoasted — Cut it into slices, lay in a roasting pan, brush some extra virgin olive oil over it and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour.  Serve warm on its own or on top of a green salad.

Stuffed– Cut small pumpkins in half, scoop out the seeds (save them!), brush with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Serve stuffed with quinoa or rice and cooked mixed vegetables. See: Pumpkin Risotto with Spinach

Soup — Bake pumpkin in the same way as indicated under “stuffed” then scoop out the cooked flesh, add two cups to a blender with some vegetable or chicken stock (to desired thinness), a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of unrefined sea salt, a pinch of black pepper, and a teaspoon of honey or other sweetener.  Serve hot.

Pie — Add ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and/or cloves along with your favorite sweetener, pour into a pie crust and bake for an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.   See: Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust

Pureed — Place cooked pumpkin (as indicated in “stuffed”) in a blender with a little water, unrefined sea salt, black pepper, a teaspoon of honey or other sweetener, and serve in place of mashed potatoes for a healthier side dish.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.55.02 PMRoasted Pumpkin Seeds — Remove the fleshy parts from the pumpkin seeds you saved. Toss in a little extra virgin olive and unrefined sea salt. Bake at 300 for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Ground Pumpkin Seeds — Add ground pumpkin seeds to smoothies or on top your hot or cold cereal.

Raw Pumpkin Seed Snacks — Snack on pumpkin seeds (the green seeds, not the whole seed removed from the pumpkin) on their own or with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.

Bread — Add a cup of grated raw pumpkin to your favorite bread recipe to add moisture, flavor, and nutrients.

Cake — Add a cup of grated raw pumpkin and ground cinnamon and nutmeg to your favorite cake as an easy way to spice up a plain cake recipe.

Pasta Filling — Add pureed pumpkin along with your favorite seasonings such as sage and sea salt as a filling for lasagna or ravioli.

Chai Tea or Pumpkin Lattes — Add a tablespoon of cooked and pureed pumpkin to your chai tea or latte for a delicious autumn twist on your favorite beverage. (Click here for a Pumpkin Latte recipe)Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.57.14 PM

 

Adapted from  Care 2 Healthy Living

Photo Credits:

Stuffed Pumpkin image: care2 healthy living

Roasted pumpkin seeds image: miriam_kato via flickr

Pumpkin latte image: ousam via Flickr

 

Destination: Indiana – Traders Point Creamery & French Lick Resort

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Family-owned Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, Indiana, is an organic dairy that includes a cheese making business, a restaurant, soda fountain, country store, Saturday farmers market, community events, organic garden, pigs, and heirloom chickens. It is Indiana’s only processor of grass-fed USDA-certified organic dairy products.

FRENCH LICK RESORT

 

 

Hotel dining room, Café Sinclair’s