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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Order for June 6th

We have some new product additions for this purchase. Here is some information about items and suppliers on our most recent order.


Our supplier is a family farm that has been growing in California for 25 years. They grow only certified organic rices, fed by the Shasta watershed. The rice is milled only when ordered using their custom built rice mill, which was designed to remove the husk, but leave intact the nutritious bran layers of their Organic Brown Rice. We have both Short and Medium grains available for purchase.


Grown on a small family farm in Central California, they have been growing almonds since the early 1900's. All Almonds are Certified Organic.

Featured Item this month is CASHEWS:

Though internationally sourced, the supplier of these cashews is a non-profit organization that has been around since the early 90's. They have been involved in the fair-trade community for decades, and have a commitment to alleviating poverty, malnutrition and exploitation by creating a fair trade market for the products they sell. I spoke with one of the directors of the organization, and he has a great passion for what they are doing. Our cashews are Certified Organic, grown in Honduras.

Now, how about a little cashew trivia:

Cashews are actually not nuts, but seeds that are related to the mango, pistachio and poison ivy.

30 grams (about 1/4 cup) of raw cashews contains the following:

  • 10% of DV of Iron (one of the best nuts for Iron)
  • 2% DV of Calcium
  • 35% DV of Copper
  • 20% DV of Magnesium (works with calcium to promote strong bones)
  • 5 grams of Protein
  • 20 mg Vitamin A
  • Also a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, and Thaimin


Teriyaki Cashew Lettuce Wraps - so easy, yummy snack

1 package of extra firm tofu crumbled (can also use veggie crumbles or moistened TVP)

Soy Vay Veri Teri


Romaine Hearts

Add a little oil to a pan and cook off some of the moisture from the tofu, add Veri Teri to taste. Add a little oil to another pan, and very lightly brown the cashews. Spoon tofu mixture and cashews into a chilled romaine leaf.

Cashew "Cheese" - great for au gratin dishes, pasta, or veggies.

1/4 cup raw cashews

1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

2 tsp sweet white miso

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 cup water, more or less as needed.

Grind the cashews to powder in a dry blender. Add the remaining ingredients, using just enough water to make a thick but pourable sauce. Process several minutes until completely smooth.

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