Happy New Year

It is with great joy that the Sage Hill Farms Family wishes you a very blessed 2010 ~

2009 has been a wonderful year for us in so many ways; learning and growing, meeting and serving new customers...many who have become close friends, for these blessings we are grateful.

Have you looked at the moon tonight (January 1, 2010)? It is a "Blue Moon". Interesting, I think.

The use of the phrase blue moon to indicate an actual astronomical phenomenon first started in 1932 with the Maine Farmer’s Almanac. Its definition was a season with four full moons rather than the usual three, where the third of four full moons would be called a "blue moon." Since seasons are established by the equinoxes and solstices and not calendar months, it is possible for a year to have twelve full moons, one each month, yet have one season with four.

They occur approximately 7 times in a 19 year period.

Much less common is a double blue moon (2 in one year). That only happens once in the same 19 year period. They occur in January and March, thanks to the short month, February. The last double we saw was in 1999. The next will happen in 2018.

Once in a Blue Moon

"Blue moon" appears to have been a colloquial expression long before it developed its calendrical senses. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

If they say the moon is blue,
We must believe that it is true.

Saying the moon was blue was equivalent to saying the moon was made of green (or cream) cheese; it indicated an obvious absurdity. In the 19th century, the phrase until a blue moon developed, meaning "never." The phrase, once in a blue moon today has come to mean "every now and then" or "rarely" - whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains uncertain.

I grew up on a farm in the 1940's/50's and my parents did everything around the phases of the moon; from planting, harvesting to cutting our hair...this makes me smile....the hair cuts were at times less than a joyful experience.

January In The Garden~

J.C. Loudon in 1822 wrote in his Encyclopedia of Gardening, "Perform every operation in the proper season." I think many options are available now that allow us to tweak this idea a bit, but some basic rules still apply if you want strong and healthy crops.

In heated greenhouses you can sow cauliflowers (early varieties), onions, leeks, and alpine strawberries. Pixie tomatoes sown now will have fruit by April.

In the south there will be cabbages, Brussels sprouts, and kale to gather and celery, leeks, parsnips, and Jerusalem artichokes to dig up.

If one has proper storage (a root cellar etc.), go through your storage of roots, onions, potatoes, apples and pears and discard any that show signs of rot.

January is my ideal month to enjoy seed catalogs and make a plan for the coming spring planting time. Order your seeds early to be certain of getting what you want.


Seed Saving and Reasons Why~

There is a major event taking place all over the world between seed companies. There are about 4 major ones who want full control of all seeds.

Monsanto being one of the biggest and most powerful; this is the group that is behind all the GM (genetic tampering) of seeds, plants and animals...resulting in our food sources being tampered with.

So please...buy organic and Heirloom seeds...and save your seed from all your crops to use year after year.

Many standard seeds on the market today are sterile...meaning they will only produce one year...then you must buy new seed each year.

This may seem not such a big deal for small gardeners...but for large farmers who can spend hundreds even thousands of dollars a year on seed, it is a very major issue. Those who are not familiar with Monsanto, please read up and take some form of action to combat their bad moves. Know what and who you are investing in...

For Further Information

http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://www.tilth.org/partners/organic-seed-alliance
http://rareseeds.com (love, love this place)


Too Much Festive Indulgence?

According to Raphael Kellman, MD, a specialist in internal and integrative medicine at Patients Medical in New York City.....acid reflux, bloating after eating etc., is your digestive system crying out for help. Digestive problems contribute to toxicity and inflation, which in turn can lead to autoimmune disorders, heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and cancer.

The easiest way to combat these issues is by taking digestive enzymes and /or probiotics.

Sip chamomile tea to soothe stomach distress-

The herb licorice can help heal the burn of acid reflux and heartburn.

Drinking water or soda with your meals can weaken the digestive process.

**If you suspect you have ulcers or other major issues then by all means consult a health care provider before treating self**


Treat Your Skin to Good Things Too~

Two products that will go a long way in combating dry skin during the cold winter months. Oils high in essential fatty acids (EFAs ) are a great start.

Omega-6 fatty acids, such as borage seed oil and evening primrose oil, provide skin-friendly gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)

Omega-3 fatty acids boast alpha linolenic acid-found in flaxseed, walnuts, and pumpkin seed.

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA ).found in fatty fish such as salmon.

Good water is a perfect way to hydrate from the inside out...Tea is rich in polyphenols for antioxidant protection and is a great alternative to water for boosting your daily hydration.

I wish for you the healthiest new year ...when we are healthy...we are happy.

For a great selection of herbal tisanes and blended teas please visit our website (www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com) and pick a few to stock your winter needs. And the seasonings for your soups and stews are fabulous!


People and Places We Know and Love~

Karen Seremak is a beautiful and well versed in her field
http://www.savannahmoon.com

Anne Schrock is one of my favorite people; her products have been saving my skin for a number of years...
http://www.healthierskinnaturally.com

Vanessa Shelton-lovely friend and trusted VA...need help? Vanessa is the best.
www.vanessasdesk.com

From the Sage Hill Farm family to your family~

Be blessed~

Bea Kunz