In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m visiting with Simon Gorman, founder and owner of Wise Choice Market. Wise Choice Market is an online grocery store supplying delicious and high-quality staples of the traditional food diet — bone broth, fermented foods and juices, sprouted breads, gluten-free breads, soaked nuts and nut butters, honest potato chips, plus some minimally and naturally sweetened treats like coconut ice cream. Simon and I talk about his own health story, how he began Wise Choice Market, what traditional and nutrient-dense foods you can get through Wise Choice Market, the difficulties transporting unpasteurized fermented foods across the US/Canada border, and much more. I really enjoyed visiting with Simon, and of course, my family very much enjoyed the sampler of fermented foods, sprouted and gluten-free breads, and bone broth he sent our way.
Archives for June 2013
During the summer months, our skin changes. Hot or humid weather can cause skin to become more oily, frequent exposure to the sun can give us burns and may even dry out our skin and hair (as will swimming in chlorinated or salt water), and wearing flip-flops or sandals can often make our feet rough (and not very pretty). It’s a lot for our bodies to handle. Thankfully there are a number of natural ways to take care of summer skin. And they won’t break the bank!
Moving is full of bittersweet farewells and anticipated adventure. Add the ‘real foods factor’ to the mix, and temporarily things seem more overwhelming. Whether you’re preparing for a move, new to real foods, or you need to reevaluate your sources, this article will encourage and support your efforts. Finding new suppliers for your family’s real food can be quite an adventure, but you’re likely to find success with a few smart strategies.
Does your child have a garden? A little space to call their own? A place for digging, planting, experimenting, watering, harvesting? Giving your child a small patch of garden space provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn and grow. A personal garden encourages a child to explore new foods and to eat healthy, nourishing foods. Though we’re into summer, it’s not too late to start a child’s garden!
How was your week? My hope is to share a weekly update of sorts about my family and our place each Saturday morning. Just photos and brief things, and a few newsy items if there are any. I hesitate speaking this plan aloud because I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with it. But I will do my best. 🙂 Near the end of this post, I’ll announce the winner of the Squatty Potty, so click inside for that.
We’re still mostly avoiding grains for gut and allergy issues. Yet we’re still eating pizza — thanks to this awesome cauliflower-based pizza crust. The first time I made it, my family and I both thought it probably wouldn’t be very good. Turns out that mild-flavored cauliflower dresses and flavors up very well into a pizza crust. Quite surprisingly, if I do say so myself. The flavor is actually awesome. Now it’s one of our favorite pizza crusts! And so let me share these mini grain-free cheese pizzas with you.
Yikes. Using sulfites for food preservation means you wear gloves, rinse the produce afterward, and do your soaking in a well-ventilated area. When you add sulfites to water, it breaks down into a gas that can be toxic when inhaled. Surely there are better options…
Imagine this: You are literally picking up the pieces after an earthquake. By a miracle, your home is still standing, but you’re without power. Things in your area are well enough that relocation is unnecessary, but your children are crying all the same. The sun is going down. Darkness is creeping in, and they feel it. You head to your closet, your pantry, the garage, or the box under your bed… Thanks to your homemade candles, you have the ability to bring warmth and hope to the family members huddled together in your living room. Light is one of the most important aspects of preparedness. No matter the type of disaster, you want to be able to provide light.
Companion planting is the very simple, yet age old, technique of grouping together plants that benefit one another, in a setting that echoes what we see in our natural surroundings. Nature doesn’t plant in rows, but rather, groups different species together, all in the same place. Conventionally cultivated crops, where one crop is sown along one row, tend to be a magnet for pests and disease. By bringing nature’s pattern into our gardens, we can create a system that is much healthier for us and our surroundings.