Newsletter: March 2012 Catalog Highlights
Mid – March 2012 Edition
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
~ Mark Twain
Welcome to the Catalog Highlights for March. Hello to all of our new subscribers! If you don’t already know, you can read the previous Newsletters on our website at the link.
We have updated our Facebook page to the new Timeline format. Please visit and let us know what you think of the new design. We use FaceBook to do short updates, provide news that won’t fit elsewhere, and to keep up to date.
As you can see from the photo above, Spring announced itself in an unusual way! This has been a very mild winter for us and most of the rest of the country, so this very wet snowstorm was both unexpected and welcome. We gained 1.18 inches of moisture from this one storm, up to 1.41 inches for the year from 0.23. This is still very low but is a good start.
This is proving to be the “movie” Newsletter, as there are several movies we talk about or are featured. All of them involve food and how it relates to your health. More and more folks are becoming aware of how directly the quality of our food and not just the quantity affects our health and wellbeing.
Let’s see what’s new!
The History of Heirloom Peas
We’ve spent some time with a few old gardening, agricultural and botanical books to dig up the fascinating story of the history of peas.
One of the books was written in 1928 – U. P. Hedrick’s The Vegetables of New York – and another – Charles Pickering’s Chronological History of Plants – is from 1879. There is an absolute wealth of information in these old tomes, knowledge that is simply not available today. The half day spent reading old research and tracing older historical references was enjoyable! Read The History of Heirloom Peas to get a taste of how far these early season delights have come and how long they’ve been with us.
Here’s a few tips on growing peas that will really help you.
March is the traditional time to plant garden peas in most of the US. Give these tips a try and let us know how your pea crop is this year!
“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and Your Heirloom Garden
We watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” several months ago and bought our Champion juicer as a direct result. If you haven’t watched it, please do so – it is well worth watching.
Joe Cross is a crazy Australian who funds the filming of his journey from the SAD (Standard Australian or American Diet) way of eating to a diet based on whole, real foods that directly contribute to his improving health. Along the way he is able to reduce and then eliminate a number of prescription medications, all with the approval and supervision of his doctor.
Many of you have expressed interest in home gardening as a way to increase and improve your nutrtition. ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” has several correlations to home gardening, especially from the viewpoint of building healthy, fertile and well mineralized soil and the resulting improvements in flavor and nutrition in the vegetables.
We have written a new article – “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and Your Heirloom Garden that shows how much health can come from your home garden. Growing your own vegetables for juicing can be the best of both approaches.
Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!
5 Overlooked Varieties You Should Know About
Last issue we featured our top 10 sellers, this issue we highlight some unique and unknown varities to pique your interest.
Give some of these a try for a new addition to your garden this year!
“Hungry for Change”
This new movie was released to the worldwide online premier yesterday. We delayed this Newsletter edition in order to screen it first. We wanted to make sure that it was worth telling you about. It is!
The groundbreaking documentary “Food Matters” is available on Netflix for those who haven’t seen it yet.
Their new film is “Hungry for Change” and is available to see free of charge until March 31. You’ll learn what “diet”, “sugar-free” and “fat-free” products really contain, what those terms mean from an advertising vs consumer viewpoint and how to choose wisely when shopping in the grocery store.
Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?
Watch the film and tell us what you think!
Our customers are friends that we have not yet met, as you share our interest and passion for growing incredibly delicious foods, preserving heirloom seed traditions and biological diversity for the future through our own home gardens. Sharing this is possibly the most important work, as it helps all of us make a definite, positive impact in our lives and in those that we share.
Thanks for your time this edition, we hope you have enjoyed it. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions, as we are always working to improve.
Stephen and Cindy Scott
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