Changing Seasons, Changing Our Focus, Changing Our World~

Eating organic and local is something we all must take a serious interest in if we expect to have good health, affordable and nutritious foods. A challenge? For most, you bet. But the alternative isn't pretty or safe.

Have you stopped lately and really thought about how many dangers you are flirting with when you shop in a mainstream super market. 99% of all foods are loaded with sugar, corn syrups of different levels, additives to stop spoilage and additives to color the meat and cover any spoilage that may present itself.

Foods that are modified in these ways can only bring negatives into our health status.

Now is the time to take stock, take a stand, find alternatives if you feel a change is needed in yours and your family’s best interest.

And just so you know...don't expect the labeling on foods to guide you. Most are misleading at best, and the worst part is the FDA, USDA, and current powers in standing don't think it is our right to know what we are eating.

Autumn in the gardens is a time of reaping that which we have planted and tended to a point of harvest.

As of late I find it more and more a challenge to separate my herb gardens from the vegetable gardens. After all they do go hand in hand; one without the other is like apple pie without the Maple Cream on top.

I'm blessed to live in a climate that allows me to garden in some manner 12 months of the year.

Rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage and parsley are always green and plentiful at Sage Hill Farms.

Other herbs such as chives, basil, dill, lavender, the mints and stevia must be carefully harvested, dried, and stored in a manner to retain the essential oils which in reality are the flavor and aroma of the herb.

You can find information on drying and storing herbs by visiting our website.

And, if you need more than you find there, I'm only an email or phone call away.

Providing you are a farmer or in any manner grow any of your food, then you already know the process for storage and saving some of that food for the winter and beyond. For those who aren't among that group I hope you find the articles and information provided here very helpful. They are the best I have to offer.

Tips On Buying And Storing Whole Foods

Most fruit (including avocados and tomatoes) should be stored at room temperature until ripe. Exceptions to this are berries, grapes, fresh figs, melons, pineapple, coconut and tangerines. Apples can be refrigerated or stored in a cool dark place.

For speed ripening, place fruit in a loosely closed paper bag. Leave at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. The paper bag holds in ethylene, a gas produced naturally by the fruit, which helps speed up the ripening process. Don’t use a plastic container as it traps moisture and air which causes spoilage.

Storing vegetables

Most vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator. A cold temperature slows respiration, but you don't want to stop the breathing completely. Place items loosely in the crisper or in open bags to allow breathing. Don't overcrowd. "The worst thing you can do is seal fruits and vegetables in air tight bags" says Barry Swanson, professor of food science and human nutrition at Washington State University.

Mushrooms should be stored refrigerated in paper bags. Never store them in the plastic containers they are most often packaged in.

Don't refrigerate garlic, cooking onions, winter squash, and potatoes. These items can be stored uncovered in a dark cool place, but try to use them up within a week or two.

Fresh ginger will keep for up to a couple of weeks in the fridge in a paper bag. Ginger also freezes well, either whole or grated. One of the best ways to store ginger is to bury it in a small clay pot filled with sand.

Read the full article here....very useful information.

Some other wonderful websites to buy, learn, and get guidance from:

And something exciting and loads of fun for those who are close enough to attend.

Sage Hill Farms is participating in this event by way of supplying teas and seasonings for the gift bags.

If you attend, do let us know what you think of the event as a whole and what goodies you came away with.

Green looks good on everyone! This fall, head to Appel & Frank’s 'Eco-Chic Shopping Event’ for an evening full of eco-friendly shopping! Over 600 eco-fashionistas will shop directly from 60 “green” designers selling fabulous and unique jewelry, apparel, handbags and more. Each guest will indulge in complimentary wine, beauty treatments and coveted “all green” Appel & Frank gift bags.

Appel & Frank’s 'Eco-Chic Shopping Event’ will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 5:00pm–9:00pm, at The Regency Center, located at 1270 Sutter Street @ Van Ness. Tickets are 2 for $15 online at or $10 each at the door. A portion of the door proceeds will be donated Friends of the Urban Forest

Please visit for more details on the event, designers and sponsors.

Make this the best Autumn in your life!
Bea Kunz