Thursday, July 24, 2014

Food Prices are on the Rise - Plan Ahead!

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Dear Mary,

Below is an article we shared at Back to the Basics
Please feel free to share!
food prices are on the rise
Back when I first opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds I wrote the following introduction,
You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up.  The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been suffering for quite a while.
Homegrown
Black Beauty Eggplant

Heirloom seeds or seeds that have been passed down for generations are far hardier and as some studies suggest, have more nutritional value than genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
I don't sell anything that I wouldn't grow in my own garden.  All of the seeds listed are un-treated, non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-gmo, heirloom seeds.  Plants are grown using no chemicals. 
Anyway, I have been growing my own vegetables and besides the money they save me the flavor is WAY better than the vegetables available at the supermarket. It also makes me feel less dependent on the supply and I know what goes on my veggies.
I put together a few packages of seeds that seem to belong together and the individual seeds are available also.  Food prices are not going down and growing your own food, especially heirloom veggies, is a great way to save money and get more nutrition for your dollar.       
Happy planting,
Mary
That was 3 years ago. Food prices are still going up!  This weekend I shared a WSJ article  Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices are Rising
For those of us trying to become more self-sufficient, we already know this!



From the article,  "The cost of fresh produce is poised to jump in the coming months as a three-year drought in California shows few signs of abating, according to an Arizona State University study set to be released Wednesday.The study found a head of lettuce could increase in price as much as 62 cents to $2.44; avocado prices could rise 35 cents to $1.60 each; and tomatoes could cost 45 cents more at $2.84 per pound. (The run-up in produce prices is in line with other projections showing that overall food cost gains are expected to accelerate this year.)"

The prices listed above are most likely an average.  Here in Florida, conventionally grown tomatoes are $3.99 a pound and almost TWICE that if you buy organic.

What are my solutions for the rising cost of food?  Well, I have several.  First...GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES!  It really doesn't take a lot of time or effort to grow a basil plant or even salad greens. 

Arugula is an easy green to grow and takes approx 40 days.  It needs soil, water and sun.  Arugula can even be grown in a recycled plastic or wood container. No need to go out and spend a bunch of money.
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds you can purchase a packet of non-gmo, open-pollinated Arugula seeds  (300 seeds) for only $3.00!
Tomatoes take a bit longer to grow, about 60-90 days but well worth the effort.  Mary's Heirloom Seeds offers 11 different varieties of HEIRLOOM Tomato seeds 
Heirloom Tomatoes are so delicious and juicy!
Amana's Orange Tomato
Choose from Cherokee Purple, Emerald Green, Amana's Orange, Cherry and Beefsteak varieties.  Prices range from $3 to $4 for 25 to 45 seeds.  If you've never eaten an heirloom or homegrown tomato you are missing out!
SPROUTS are another way to get nutrient-dense "greens" without spending lots of money or time.  Mung Beans grow into Bean Sprouts in as few as 3-6 days. 
Mung Beans are my favorite! 

Check out Nutritional Info for Sprouts. SPROUTS can be grown in a glass jar on the kitchen counter. 
Sprouts don't need light or dirt...Just water!
If you decide to check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds here are a few tidbits...
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated, heirloom seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Seed Orders placed Monday-Thursday
are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays) 
Once your order has been processed.
Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is Free within the Continental US.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meatless Monday Featuring YOU LinkUp

Welcome to our Meatless Monday PARTY!
Joining me today is Lydia from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen and 
Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

This party is LIVE for an entire month!!!  Each week you'll have another chance to add your meatless creations to the party.

This week I am featuring YOU!  Thanks a bunch for sharing your meatless creations!



Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets from Let's Get Living

Tuscan Bean Feta & Linguine from The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

The only "rule" to this party is that your recipe is completely meat-free.  I do ask that you try to share only recipes using real food.  We're all about healthy recipes here and I'd like to keep it that way.

Mary's Seeds of the Month Club

This was definitely one of the most popular items last year for Christmas!
Give the gift of Life and Sustainability to the gardener in your life.
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Mary's Seeds of the Month Club


My favorite Heirloom GREENS Varieties

How does the Seeds of the Month Club Work?

All of our seed  varieties are open-pollinated, Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds.  
The "SUPER" membership options also includes 4 extra packets of Organic Wildflower seeds with your first month.

Your first shipment is sent out within 48 hours of you ordering. We ship via the United States Postal Service. The length of delivery time will be based on your location. You can expect your first shipment to arrive within 7 to 10 business days from the date you place your order.

Your first 8 or 4 packs of seeds are mailed right away. Then each month you will receive 4 packs of seeds by the last Friday of each month for the month in which they are due.


There are 4 options to join the Seeds of the Month Club:

12 Month SUPER Membership - Seeds of the Month Club
The 12 Month SUPER Membership includes 8 seeds packs the first month and 4 seed packs each month for a full 12 months.  Excellent gift Idea!
That's 52 packs of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds with FREE Shipping!

*Plus 4 packs of Organic Wildflowers*  That's 56 Seed packs!

12 Month Seeds of the Month Club Membership
The 12 Month Membership includes 4 seeds packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for a full 12 months. Excellent gift Idea!
That's 26 packs of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds with FREE Shipping!
 

6 Month SUPER Membership - Seeds of the Month Club
The 6 Month SUPER Membership includes 8 seeds packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for 6 months. Excellent gift Idea!
That's 18 packs of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds with FREE Shipping!

*Plus 4 packs of Organic Wildflowers*  That's 22 seed packs!

6 Month Seeds of the Month Club Membership
The 6 Month Membership includes 4 seed packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for 6 months.  Excellent gift Idea!
That's 14 packs of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds with FREE Shipping!


**When checking out: Please let us know the address to send these to, if they are a gift or for yourself, what month you would like your subscription to start. We would be happy to include a note in the first shipment and we always include a card introducing the subscription. 

All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated, heirloom garden seeds.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

REAL Food Friday #47

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

I have re-started Meatless Mondays here at Mary's Kitchen.
Would you like to join me for a link-up? Send me an email to
 mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!

FEATURES:

 from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers
 
Easy Homemade Sauerkraut from Raia's Recipes

Garlic Scape, Basil and Almond Pesto from A Dish of Daily Life 


If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.


Here's a great reference from Food Myths:

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Soy-Free, Meat-Free Protein

As you might already have noticed, I've gone back to Meatless Mondays.  What I haven't shared is that I've drastically reduced my meat intake over the last 4 weeks.  Today I am 4 days meat-free.

I don't know if I will keep this up but I can tell you that I feel great!  Having a good idea of meat-free protein sources has been a HUGE advantage.  I refuse to eat tofu...even Non-GMO because of the potential side effects of Soy.  I avoid soy as often as humanly possible.
source

EGGS
Protein: 6 grams per

BEANS
Protein: 15 grams per cup, cooked

QUINOA
Protein: 8 grams per cup, cooked 

Check out my Black Bean Quinoa Patties.  

These are packed with protein and nutrients and contain No Soy! I recently tweaked the recipe.  I used 3 eggs and omit the bread crumbs.  Top these babies with cheese or Chipotle Dressing.  YUM!

GREEN PEAS
Protein: 8 grams per cup

CHIA SEEDS
Protein: 4 grams per 2 tablespoons

COTTAGE CHEESE
Protein: 26 grams per cup

GREEK YOGURT
Protein: 15 to 20 grams per 6-ounce container

LENTILS
Protein: 18 grams per cup, cooked

NUT BUTTERS
Protein: 7 to 8 grams per serving (often 2 tablespoons)

SEITAN: 20 grams per serving

NUTS:  1/4 cup
Peanuts:  9 grams
Walnuts:  4 grams
Pistacios:  6 grams

SEEDS:  1/4 cup
Pumpkin:  9 grams
Sesame:  6 grams
Sunflower: 8 grams

DAIRY: per ounce
Swiss Cheese:  8 grams
Fat Free Yogurt:  14 grams
Cheddar:  7 grams

Stay Tuned for SPROUTS!

As I continue on this journey I will share WHY I stay away from soy as well as guidelines for Protein intake based on weight and activity level.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meatless Monday JULY Link Up with SPROUTS and Garden Veggies

Welcome to our Meatless Monday PARTY!
Joining me today is Lydia from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen and 
Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

This party is LIVE for an entire month!!!  Each week you'll have another chance to add your meatless creations to the party.

On to my Meatless meal for the week...

Veggie and SPROUT Salad

Ingredients:
Romaine, chopped
Cucumber, sliced and quartered
Celery, Chopped
Sunflower sprouts

Toss together all of the ingredients and top with Pesto Viniagrette or Apple Cider Viniagrette

I have 2 versions of Roasted Veggies
1. Zucchini, Red Onion and Eggplant



2. Zucchini and Sweet Potato


Both are tossed with organic coconut oil, cumin and paprika.  Bother were cooked on the stove in a skillet to save time and avoid heating up the house.

Simple, easy and meat free!

The only "rule" to this party is that your recipe is completely meat-free.  I do ask that you try to share only recipes using real food.  We're all about healthy recipes here and I'd like to keep it that way.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

REAL Food Friday #46 is LIVE!!!

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

I have re-started Meatless Mondays here at Mary's Kitchen.
Would you like to join me for a link-up? Send me an email to
 mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!

FEATURES:

Roasted Garlic Zucchini from Taste and See

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bars from Sandi's Allergy Free Recipes


If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.


Here's a great reference from Food Myths:

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

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