Sunday, September 7, 2014

 Check it out:  We're trying something new this week!  Look over the list of what is coming first.  Then decide if you would like to see a bit more in your box.  (Some of our members have been reminiscing our co-op a few years ago when, for the same price, we got a bit more!)  For this week I am order extras to be added to your bag for $8.  It will give you a chance to see what the share could look like if we were to raise our prices.  I have hesitated for a long time to do this, opting instead to decrease the quantity in our box as the cost of produce has gone up.  However, I find myself searching the shelves of the local grocery store, buying things I still need but unhappy with the cost or the quality.  I want your feedback!  I'm not sure I can always offer it as an extra, but the items listed are things I wanted so I hope you concur.  Talk to your host.  I'd prefer to have each group decide if they would like to move in the direction of paying a bit more for a better selection in the box.

Our Redlands host is back in town.  Welcome back, Jena!  She is sadly unable to continue hosting after September and we are in the process of looking for a new host and hope to make this transition a smooth one.   I want to give the members of the group first dibs on the hosting spot (free produce and eggs!), but if no one is able, we will search outside the group.  If you or someone you know lives in the Redlands area (somewhere between SW 232 Street and SW 248 Street) please contact me!  I would also prefer to find someone who can commit to at least one year.

What are we getting this week? This is still a preliminary list.  Substitutions may occur on occasion.
Full Box  $52 / Half Box $28

Local Avocados - FL
Bicolor Corn
Rainbow Chard
Red Naked Cabbage
Romaine Lettuce - 2 heads
Starcrimson Pears

Fruit Box  $23  
Black Plums
Gala Apples
Golden Pineapple

Mamey - Local
(Order through your host):

Extras: Kale ($2.50 per bunch) will be available this time.  Also, three items for an extra $8 include medium yellow onions, green peppers, and cremini mushrooms.  Let your host know if you are interested.  Special order only.  Not in your box. Limited amounts available.
Raw Orange Blossom Honey - $30 half gallon, $16 for quart, $9 for pint  ($2 refund on jars)

Organic Oils - Olive oil ($10), Coconut Expeller Pressed ($16 Quart with $2 refund on jar, $45 gallon, please supply a clean gallon size container). 

Clean Meats:  Prices listed below.

Here's what we have: (Current prices here)
I am coordinating case orders for the following items: ABF Sunday bacon, ORG Applegate sweet Italian sausages, ORG GF chicken breasts, ORG pastured ground beef, and ORG chicken thighs Boneles/skinless.   I can order these items for next time if we have enough requests.  Send me your order for these items by Wednesday evening.  My order goes in Thursday morning.

If there is a meat item you wish to order that is not currently available, please let me know.  We may be able to order it for next time.  Talk to your host about coordinating a case for your group.  Discounts available for case orders.

Our local egg supply has been growing. 
Special thanks to Dave and Isabel Schieferly for inviting our community to their farm to see how they are building an organic sustainable farm from the ground up!  We love your eggs!  Dave and Isabel are supplying us in Redlands and Homestead with pastured eggs.  Their chickens are fed all non-GMO, soy free, organic feed in addition to munchies growing on the farm!  These eggs are $6.50 dozen.  Limited supply. 
Our standard option for $5.10 dozen is either local pastured conventional eggs or organic free roaming.  

Organic Coconut Flour:  Our family eats Gluten Free so I am always looking for good wholesome foods to supplement.  Tropical Traditions has a ton of recipes online using this healthy, high protein flour.  $10 per bag, 2.2 lb each.   

All Natural Insect Bug Repellent 4oz. For $6.50 bottle: ingredients include: purified water, org virgin coconut oil, org jojoba, plant based emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract, org virgin palm oil, and org essential oils of citronella, lemongrass, catnip, peppermint and tansy.  
Other Local Events in our Community
 If you'd like to learn more about how to incorrporate Essential Oils into your healthy lifestyle, come to one of the following free snack and learn classes.  
This Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Rivas home

27201 Southwest 139th Place
Miami FL 33177  
This Saturday at 10 am in the Viggiani residence
1044 S. Independence Drive Unit B
Homestead, FL 33034
 Freezer meal workshops are being offered by two members:   Kristin in Cutler Bay is a Pampered Chef rep and Laura Ortega in Miami Springs is a Wild-tree rep.   Workshops are generally free with the purchase of necessary pantry items included in the recipe selection.  And no clean up is an added bonus!   Ask about prizes and free samples too.   Contact them for more details.  Kristin in Cutler Bay is a rep for Pampered Chef.  Her email is  They offer fabulous kitchen tools, recipe ideas and a growing number of tasty pantry items.  One of her workshops is a Paleo Menu.  We also have a Wild-tree rep in Miami Springs: Laura Ortega.  Her email is  They specialize in all organic products for your pantry.  I was especially impressed by the delicious seasonings and flavored grape-seed oil.  One looks like a great butter substitute that I wanted to give a try.  I'll let you know how it goes!   Both companies are going gluten free with all pantry seasonings!  Let them know Healthy Habits referred you!