Tuesday, January 20, 2009

choosing nutrition, active lifestyles, and calm

Here's how to make dark leafy greens a greater part of your diet...Dark greens pack more nutrients into their leaves so you can feel better, naturally! Vitamins are abundant in leafy green vegetables. Derived from the term “foliage,” folate, is a member of the B vitamin family found primarily in dark leafy green vegetables, legumes, citrus fruits, beets, meat, and wheat germ. Dark greens' high concentration of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plant cells, provide higher levels of nutrients: The darker a green is, the better it is for you!

Arugula (Beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C) The potent peppery flavor. salad green.
Beet Greens (Beta-carotene, calcium, iron, vitamin C) Steam or Saute. salad green.
Collard Greens (Beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamin C) Steam or Saute.
Dandelion Greens (Beta-carotene, calcium, iron) A member of the sunflower family. salad green. steam. saute.
Kale (Beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamin C) Stalks and tough center ribs should be removed. soups. saute.
Mustard Greens (Beta-carotene, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C) sharp and peppery. Steam or Saute.
Broccoli rabe. Steam or Saute. Frittata. Pasta.
Spinach (Beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C) salads. steam. saute.
Swiss Chard (Beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C) member of the beet family. celery-like stalks that are usually white or red.

Lifestyle choices may reduce risk of cardiac death - be PROACTIVE - here is a list to live by and live well!


"a glass of red wine (or purple grape juice) — are helpful as well...with their antioxidant properties"

"have cholesterol checked, and be tested for high-sensitivity CRP...if CRP (C-reactive protein) is elevated, the risk of heart attack is too"
HSCRP is 1.6 mg/L or .16 mg/dL

"main sources of fat — olive oil and oily fish as well as nuts, seeds and certain vegetables ...improve cholesterol ratios and reducing inflammation...cook with canola oil and use more expensive and aromatic olive oil for salads"

"vegetables, grains, fruits, beans and fish were the dietary mainstays... cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel; flax seed; walnuts; and canola oil"

Nature hikes, hunting and fishing trips- forget store meats and fish - animals in the wild live healthier too!

"NO processed foods with synthetic ingredients or trans fats - “partially or fully hydrogenated oils - Ugh!

"The relaxation response twice a day by breathing deeply and rhythmically in a quiet place with eyes closed and muscles relaxed... massage, meditation, prayer, yoga, self-hypnosis, laughter, taking a midday nap, getting a dog or cat, hobbies"

"Brief bouts of exercise, even sprints can be helpful. ..accumulating short bouts — just three minutes each — of brisk walking for a total of 30 minutes a day improved several measures of cardiac risk as effectively as one continuous 30-minute session"

"oral hygiene - bacteria causes low-grade chronic inflammation. Regular periodontal cleanings, helps protect your heart as well as your teeth"

"manage diabetes or high blood pressure, if diagnosed, since risk of heart disease is well-established"


Sunday, January 11, 2009

heirloom vegetables & heritage breeds

Browse these catalogs and websites !
Heirloom Seeds
open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural and non-GMO!
Heirloom seeds from the US and world have ancestral origins, preservve horticultural traditions, and celebrate cultural foods and original recipes - where the true melting pot began!

Heritage Breeds
we all know endangered species, well farm animals too are becoming extinct because of the reduction in farm families, the single minded commercialism of large farms, and the practice of breeding to optimize shipping and handling, production, etc. Caring for heritage breeds on our farms ensures their existance into the future.

united community farms and business

“All of us have realized that by working together we will be more successful as businesses,” said Tom Stearns, owner of High Mowing Organic Seeds. “At the same time we will advance our mission to help rebuild the food system, conserve farmland and make it economically viable to farm in a sustainable way.”

Heirloom Seeds

Many longevity studies show that people that live off the land have the highest and longest life spans overall.

the cycle of life and sustainable agriculture

Ecosystems represent the "cycle of life" to read more about this see the "Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" published in partnership with the United Nations.

Many people want to know about the growing methods of our farmers, and rightfully so. We are sustainable and natural. We are authentic and local.

Perhaps the author of "The Garden Primer" best sums it up on her website:

"Authentic" is meant to be the flexible term "organic" once was. It identifies fresh foods produced by local growers who want to focus on what they are doing, instead of what they aren't doing. (The word authentic derives from the Greek authentes: one who does things for him or herself.) All foods are produced by the growers who sell them.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and meat products are produced within a 50-mile radius of their place of their final sale.

The seed and storage crops (grains, beans, nuts, potatoes, etc.) are produced within a 300-mile radius of their final sale.

The farmers frozen foods are sourced within a short distance from our "lil' veggie factories" so they can be processed and frozen with optimum nutrients for wintertime.

Processed foods such as cheese, wine, bread and lactofermented products must be made with, "Authentic ingredients."

The growers' fields, barns and greenhouses are open by appointment, so customers, themselves, can be the certifiers of their food.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

sustainable agriculture

live well with natural nutrients:

real free range chicken eggs......pancakes from scratch................local maple syrup
homemade baking..............whole coffee beans..........foraged spring dandelion and field greens
heirloom vegetables and seeds........... antique variety fruits...............wild mushrooms
crisp salad greens...................heirloom custom greenhouse plants...........fresh milk and butter
greek yogurt.........bulk seeds and nuts.............farmers frozen foods...............pickled and canned goods
spoon sweets................jams and jellies................holiday pies...............straw, hay, compost for gardens

call 1.800.221.9755 or email ambrosiafarmsny@yahoo.com

Friday, January 9, 2009

F.A.B. : farmers frozen foods

In 2005, we received a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Grant for our farmers frozen food product. We are selling samples of heirloom tomato puree, naturally grown and processed to preserve the highest amount of natural nutrients. We hope you give it a try. 15 OZ. FOR $2.99 We represent all small farmers and encourage them to sell their production to us at a fair market price.

We appreciate your support and feedback. Please, we love to have your comments and suggestions!