October - Changing Seasons
Cool days and cooler nights make the season a time of slowing down and preparing for the period of winter.
Thoughts of fresh picked apples, pumpkins for pie, Jack-O-Lantern's, fairs and festivals fill the air with a relaxed yet exciting energy.
Our routine changes and so do our needs.
Do you know that our bodies are designed to work with the seasons?
Eating foods that are in season will balance our system and give it the proper tools to function as the design is meant to do.
Farmers Markets, CSA's and Food-Co-ops are a great place to find fresh locally grown foods if growing our own isn't an option.
Herbs are another natural way to give our system the fuel it needs to operate smoothly.
Some of the herbs known to support natural cleansing, which is a must for good health; Garlic, red clover, Echinacea, dandelion root, parsley leaf, clove, ginger, cinnamon, eucalyptus and peppermint. Notice that these are also the herbs known to support a healthy respiratory, which is a priority during the fall/winter seasons.
Herbal Seasonings and Teas are excellent ways to attain this goal. (Sage Hill Farms has a fresh supply of all that is needed to help make the season a perfect one.) Visit our website and stock your pantry with goodness.
Trivia.....Flax seed can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking. 1 Tablespoon flax seed + 3 Tablespoons of water =1 egg...you can make a batch and keep in the frig for a week or more.
Of the 100 varieties grown commercially in the U.S., these are our favorites. (If you are blessed with apple growers in your area, plan a date and visit a pick-you-own site, an experience you will wish to have again and again.)
Gala: A sweet, firm, typically golden apple with peach hues; a prized eating apple.
Cortland: Large ruby red apple with snow white flesh; good for salads as it doesnt brown when cut. Stores well.
McIntosh: Red over green exterior; an aromatic, juicy, slightly tart, tangy apple good for eating and baking.
Granny Smith: Beloved for its green skin, crisp crunch and tart/sour flavor, Grannies are good for eating and cooking; slow to brown when cut.
Rome: Smooth round apple with ruby red skin and firm texture; mild yet slightly tart taste makes this a good choice for baking and cooking, though not best for applesauce.
Stayman: A dull red, all-purpose apple with firm light-to-yellow flesh; slightly tart flavor makes it equally good for eating and pies. Stores well.
Sun Crisp: Large, red-orange apple with tart taste; good for baking and stores well.
People and Places We Know and Love
www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm (the most up to date and accurate information on the subject.)
my.kitchengardeners.org (a great place to learn, share, and travel without leaving your garden.)
www.ryze.com/go/Italianmamma (Real Italian goodies made by real Italian bakers...the best!)
www.locavorenetwork.com (Endless information on local foods etc., regardless your location.)
**The Vintage Store section is now open on the Sage Hill Farms website, take a tour and let me know your thoughts. More inventory is being added on a regular basis, so check in often. www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
Lay-A-Way is available if desired, just send me an email and we will work it out.
We are busy with fall clean-up, building new growing beds, and planning the holiday activities.
We wish you a very fun and safe season...Enjoy~