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Saturday Sources: Three Rivers Community Farm – CSA

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Blog, Gardening, Local Sources, photo | 0 comments

My ideas about healthy food have evolved over the years. In the fall of 2006 my new neighbor introduced me to a farmer’s market that sold produce and meats from local farmers. I found it to be an amazing thing to meet those farmers and speak to them about their practices and begin to get to know them. I loved the fresh produce and the new foods that we tried. This was certainly a step up from shopping at Whole Foods. At about that same time I became aware of CSA’s. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You give a farm money and they give you a share of their produce every week for the length of their growing season. I loved this idea as soon as I heard of it but I quickly learned that joining a CSA...

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Saturday Sources: Summer Sources of Local Food

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Blog, Cherries On Top, Local Sources, photo, St Louis | 2 comments

Hello everyone. As you know I am a big fan of the real food movement in St. Louis and a big part of that is shopping to get as much of my food as possible from local farmers. This can be a bit more work than just running out to the closest grocery store when you need an ingredient but we find it to be worth it. Thankfully here in St. Louis we do have lots of choices for sources for local, in season, products from nearby farms. Farmer’s markets, independent grocers, and sourcing directly from farms are the main ways that local foods get into the hands of the people of St. Louis. I’m going to share about grocery stores and farmer’s markets in this edition of Saturday Sources. I’ll talk about CSA’s and sourcing directly from farmers on a...

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Saturday Sources: Brick City Farm

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Blog, Local Sources, photo, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It has been a while since my last installment of Saturday Sources but I have several local farms lined up for interviews over the upcoming weeks and months. Here is one that you can help get off the ground right now by contributing to their Kickstarter! ~PattyLA Brick City Farm is a new urban farm coming to the South City area of St. Louis. I had a chance to chat with Joanna Landis about this new venture and I’m excited to share these details with you here today! Below is an artists rendering of what it will look like once it is up and running.  As I said above Brick City Farm is currently doing a Kickstarter to get the funding that they need to get started!  I love kickstarter because it makes it possible to easily gather small...

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Give Away Hanley Fold Farm Goat’s Milk Soap Gift Basket! Worth $20

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Blog, Give away, St Louis | 17 comments

Do you remember my interview with Anne of Hanley Fold Farm Goat’s Milk Soap?  Well have I got a treat for you!  Anne has offered a gift basket for one lucky winner!   This gift basket will contain one bar of soap, one lotion bar, one tube of lip balm and a wooden soap dish.   One lucky winner will be able to choose either a Scented Gift Basket with   Lavender Soap Eucalyptus Lotion Bar Unscented lip balm  wooden soap dish or an Unscented Gift Basket with Unscented Soap Unscented Lotion Bar Unscented Lip Balm wooden soap dish Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. Be sure to check your e-mail and confirm your registration for my newsletter or that will not count. People who have not done the things they said they did in the form will...

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Saturday Sources Traveling Tea

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Blog, Local Sources, St Louis | 0 comments

Today’s interview is with Kateri of Traveling Tea. Traveling Tea is a local business in St. Louis that is dedicated to tea.  She sells a wide variety of teas of all varieties and flavors.  Most of her teas are organic and many are also fair trade.  My family has enjoyed many of her teas over the past several years.  Her peach is a particular favorite of my husbands.  I hope you will enjoy learning a bit more about Kateri and her company Traveling-Tea. Even if you aren’t local to us her company offers mail order from her website.  -PattyLA What made you decide to create a Tea company and where does it’s name come from? I have always preferred tea to coffee and the lack of places to purchase good quality, organic teas in St. Louis had long been...

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Saturday Sources: Hanley Fold Farm Goats Milk Soap

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Blog, Local Sources | 0 comments

Today edition of Saturday Sources is a bit different from the past couple. Instead of a producer of an edible product today I am interviewing Anne of Hanley Fold Farm. Hanley Fold Farm produces and sells goats milk soap as well as lotion bars and lip balm. I will admit that I have a particular weakness for homemade soap. If you haven’t tried it you really should. It is so much more moisturizing than anything I have ever purchased commercially. There is one other distinct difference. These are available for mail order!  My readers from all over the world can go to their website and order some soap and other products to be delivered. Those of you who are local to me can get Hanley Fold Farm Soap at many of the local farmer’s markets as well as at...

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Saturday Sources: The Farmer’s Larder

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Blog, Local Sources, St Louis | 0 comments

Well things don’t always go as you planned.  My life got so busy that this series fell by the wayside for a bit but here is another installment.   I have been purchasing meat products from The Farmer’s Larder since the first year that they were at “my” farmer’s market, Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  I was more than a little excited when I first discovered that their kielbasa was sweetened only with honey!  That was an early product that we grew to love.  Another favorite is their smoked ham hocks.  I use them in my Savory Lentil Stew with Smoked Ham Hock Recipe.     What is The Farmer’s Larder? What do you do? We are a small family business run primarily by Anne Matoushek and son Lucian. Tom and other family members help out wherever they can. The Farmers’ Larder...

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Savory Lentil Stew with Smoked Ham Hock

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in GAPS, Kids, Low Oxalate, photo, Recipe, St Louis, Traditional Foods | 1 comment

This is my children’s favorite soup of all time.  Tonight when I served it my praises were sung over and over again.  Every family member asked for seconds and both kids had thirds! They love this soup!  Lucky me it is super easy to make thanks to a ready supply of GAPS legal ham hocks from The Farmer’s Larder.  This is a local business and unfortunately they do not ship but hopefully you can find something similar in your area.  It really lends a ton of great flavor to the soup. I make this using Red Lentils because they are lower oxalate than the others.  I have also made it with Sprouted Green Lentils and it tastes great but is higher oxalate. Savory Lentil Stew with Smoked Ham Hock lard or bacon fat 3 cloves of garlic 1 large onion, diced...

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Saturday Sources: Missouri Grassfed Beef

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Local Sources, St Louis, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is my second edition of Saturday Sources and I am pleased to have an interview with Jeremy Parker of Missouri Grassfed Beef. I have been getting my beef from Jeremy of Missouri Grassfed Beef for several years. I love the good relationship I have with him and so many of the farmers that I purchase from regularly.  I know he is passionate about what he does so I wanted to ask him some questions to share with all of you.  Even if you aren’t local to us here in St. Louis hopefully these questions and answers will help you to find a good source of grassfed beef near you. Every farmer is going to do things a little bit different but this should give you some ideas about the kinds of questions you should be asking. Oh and...

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Saturday Sources: Week1- Winter Sources

Posted by on Nov 11, 2012 in Local Sources, St Louis | 2 comments

Today is my first edition of Saturday Sources (yes I am aware that it is actually Sunday. Sometimes that happens.) Over the next few months I hope to highlight different farmers and producers in the St. Louis area for you to learn more about them. Most of these posts will be interviews. Next week will be an interview with my Grassfed Beef Farmer.   For my first edition, however, I want to talk about our opportunities here in St. Louis to get local food and products in the winter.  We really are blessed here to have lots of options and while it may not be quite as convenient as in the summer we have a market going somewhere in the metro area nearly every weekend of the month all winter long!  Wow! One fun thing about the winter season is that I...

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