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Why should these local and native veggies merit your attention?

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Eating local and seasonal greens and veg is not only great for your health and planet but also beneficial for some poor small holder organic farmers who passionately grow this produce! For every bag of produce you buy, you empower a family of poor organic farmers send their children to school, you enable them to access health and sanitation, and you help increase their sustainability. And in return you’re getting tons of nutrition from eating this produce!

TheVillageGreenShop has taken a second look at our sometimes neglected native vegs and greens and investigated why we should take advantage of its all year round abundance and nutritional benefit.

We cannot emphasise why these local and native veg should be in your weekly diet. Because they are powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties that keeps free radicals at bay, gives you energy and prevents the onset of diseases.

Read on and take advantage when these greens and veg are at its best, most nutritious and bursting with rich flavour!

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  • Ampalaya – Increases the production of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s ability to produce insulin that controls the blood sugar for diabetics. Excellent sources of Vitamin B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Also rich in beta carotene. Cure for diabetes, coughs, skin diseases, and sterility in women, parasiticide, antipyretic and as purgative among others.
  • Arugula- Very good source of folates, vitamin A, B-complex group of vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin-K. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Baby Ginger- Contains anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. Effectivelineup of luyas against E.coli induced diarrhoea, especially in children. Contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Basil – Low in calories and contains no cholesterol, but are very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are required for optimum health. Contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Excellent source of iron.
  • CucumbersGreat for skin and eyes. Reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure
  • Eggplants (long and round varieties) – Brain food, antioxidants, prevents cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessens free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis.3 talong3
  • Gourd (Upo) – Relieves indigestion and constipation problems. Good source of niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
  • Guyabano – Contains strong anti-cancer properties. Proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug! This plant is proven antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders. Cure for hair loss.bundle of saluyot
  • Jute Leaves (Saluyot) –High antioxidant properties primarily in the form of Vitamin E. Cure for arthritis, hardening of arteries, heart and kidney ailments. Contains vitamin A, which aids in repairing the body’s cells and improves eyesight, Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, which improves blood circulation and helps lower the risk of cataracts and other eye disorders, Vitamin E, which slows down the aches and pains associated with aging, holds infertility at bay and increases stamina and has high percentage of calcium, which contributes to strong teeth and bones.
  • Kangkong (potato vine) – Promotes excellent bowel movement. Eliminate bad fats that clogged up the blood vessel walls, making it good for those with high cholesterol and hypertension problems. Great for diabetic. Excellent source of iron, calcium and Vitamin C.
  • Lemongrass (Tanglad) – Herbal medicine for gastro-intestinal problems stomach-aches, diarrhoea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting, fever, flu, and headaches. Also cure for cough, cold & sore throats; anxiety, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, colitis; aids digestion, smoothens rough, dry, scaly skin, cure for acne, constipation, kidney detoxification, insomnia, enhances relaxation and deep sleep.
  • frilly lettucesLettuces (curly,frilly and romaine) – very low calorie green-vegetables. Store house of many phyto-nutrientslettuces that have health promoting and disease prevention properties. Excellent source of several Vitamin A and beta carotenes, vitamin K, folates and vitamin C. Rich in xanthin and carotenes which protects against age-related macular disease (ARMD) in the elderly. Also contains good amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Also rich in B-complex group of vitamins 3green frilly lettuceslike thiamin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavins.
  • Loofah (Patola) – Good source of calcium and iron and an excellent source of phosphorus and vitamin B.
  • Mango – Contains strong antioxidant compounds that protects against colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancers. High levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C lowers serum cholesterol levels especially the bad cholesterol. Clears clogged pores and eliminate pimples. Great source of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight, prevents night blindness and dry eyes. Alkalizes the entire body.
  • Moringa (Malunggay) – Super vegetable that offers excellent source of protein, minerals, and vitamins rarely found in any other herbs and green leafy vegetables. Has the richest source of vitamin A, vitamin-C, vital B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.
  • Mustard Greens (mustasa) – More vitamin A, carotenes, vitamin K, and flavonoid anti-oxidants than some of commonly consumed fruits and vegetables around. Excellent source of several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese. Prevents arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia, protects against cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon and prostate cancers.
  • Okra – The pods are among the very low calorie vegetables, rich sources of dietary fibre, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. Contains healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein, with highest levels 5 okrasof these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Good source of foliates, vitamin-C, rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamine and pantothenic acid, vitamin K.  Also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
  • Pechay – Rich source of Vitamins A, C, Potassium and fibre. Low calorie and low fat, which makes it ideal for dieters.
  • Petite green and ripe papaya – Powerhouse of nutrients. Prevents cancer, and cure for gastro problem. Great for the skin, relieves digestion problems, protects your eyes and heart. Rich sources of vitamin A, C and E, carotenes, and other phyto-nutrients antioxidant nutrients which are very powerful antioxidants. Good source of fibre that lower high cholesterol levels.
  • Spring Onions and Leeks – Great source of pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine. Also onion leeksexcellent source of vitamin A, C, K, and vitamin E.
  • Squash – Low in Calories. Brilliant source of vitamin C and very good source of magnesium, vitamin A (particularly in its concentration of carotenoids, including beta-carotene), fiber, folate, copper, riboflavin and phosphorus. Also abundant in potassium, manganese, and antioxidants that keep free radicals at bay. With its high beta-carotene content, it protects us from pollutants and chemicals that lead to cancer. The high level of vitamin C prevents premature aging (aids in the production of collagen and building of bone mass) and cancer as well as inhibiting cell division. The magnesium found in yellow squash has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and indispensible to the health of joints and bones. It also contributes to the mineral density of the spinal column. Along with its potassium content, magnesium is good for reducing high blood pressure. The abundant fibre content of yellow squash promotes colon’s health since it promotes regularity and adds bulk to the stool. Alleviates the symptoms of prostate. Prevents the onset of cataracts and macular degeneration. High levels of manganese which aids in maintaining healthy bone structure, calcium absorption, enzyme creation, and bone building. The iron, foliate, zinc and phosphorous found in yellow squash all contribute to the mineral health of bones, and help fortify against osteoporosis.bbeans
  • String Beans – Contain vitamins C, A and folic acid, which is a B vitamin. Good source of carbohydrates, protein, dietary fibre and minerals.
  • Sweet Potato Tops (Talbos ng Camote) available in red and camote red side viewgreen varieties. Can be steamed and mix with tomatoes, lemon, ginger, onions and pepper. High antioxidant and found to be excellent remedy for dengue fever. This food is low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of protein, niacin, calcium and iron, and a very good source of dietary fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Foliate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese.
  • Sweet Potatoes (local and California Variety) – Contains vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins, potassium and even iron. May even protect cigarette smokers and those who live with them from emphysema by its vitamin A. High antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The beta-carotene and vitamin C protects the body of cancer-friendly free radicals. Excellent food for those suffering from either form of arthritis or asthma. With Low Glycemic Index, this is great for diabetics.  Eat organically-grown sweet potatoes whenever possible so you can eat them with their skin, which contains nutrients.
  • Vine Spinach (Alugbati) – Served either steamed or raw but raw is better. Toss it in a mix of tomatoes, cucumber, shredded carrots and vinaigrette dressing. Rich in fibre and Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Low in fat and calories and helps you control your weight.1 strand of alugbati like

Get inspired to plan your meal around these nutritious   vegs and greens all year round not just in the summer!

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If I whet your appetite to eating healthy and nutritious real foods, it’s excellent value for you if you SUBSCRIBE:

For example a pack of pakbet mix or green leafy mix which contains 7 types of ingredients each is between P150 and P 165.

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HOW TO ORDER:

ORDER anytime of the week FOR PICKUP/DELIVERY on THURSDAYS (for veg and greens) after 5 pm and for meats and dairy every Saturday after 5 pm.

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The VillageGreenShop has over 200 plus of sustainably grown and raised living foods to choose from if you would like to completely shift to eating healthy and nutritious meal.

We can fill your weekly food basket of your choice of brown or black rice, free-range eggs, fresh cow’s milk, coco sugar, heirloom or regular tomatoes, herbs, veg and greens of your choice, native chicken, beef cuts, pork cuts and many more. The choice is yours. See  Facebook update. It cannot get better than this, you will see the difference and the benefit is all yours! Please share this news to your family and friends too!

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TheVillageGreenShop is more than just a food enterprise!

TVGS Social MapThe VillageGreenShop is both a food social enterprise and a campaign platform against zero pesticides, fungicides, GMO in feeds, hormones and antibiotics in food. We only bring  to your table food  you can trust! We are passionate advocate for low carbon/low impact lifestyle.Foodyoucantrust

We are more than just a food company.  We care about people and our environment.  Our superior quality products are carefully selected to make a difference to your health, lifestyle and our environment.

As a small start-up food company we have big goals.

The VillageGreenShop aims to reduce food miles by sourcing directly and locally and encouraging consumers to eat local and seasonal, buy collaboratively, and we enable you to make the right and ethical choices in consumption.

We champion grow your own veg and herbs. We aim to bring farming in every home and space in the city and regenerate derelict, unused and abandoned pockets of property and transform them into green spaces or community allotment urban farms. It opens the city for more innovation and keeps our community safer.

TheVillageGreenShop champions community development by providing access to skills and training to youths not in education and employment on urban farming. We can make a difference in the lives of people who would otherwise get trap into deeper cycles of crime and poverty.  So this is an inclusive means to an end in creating safer communities.

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What is bio-dynamic method in organic farming?

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The Village Green Shop is committed low carbon food social enterprise that brings you quality food you can trust. We are passionate in bringing you soul-satisfying experience, vibrancy and fullness of flavour and richness in nutrition that is possible only when you put love and care and bio-dynamic farming practices in growing and raising vegetables and livestock.

Majority of our food items are bio-dynamic directly sourced and ethically produced local and seasonal vegetables, salad greens, herbs, and meat including dairy products stringently selected according to our strict criteria of NO PESTICIDES, NO FUNGICIDES, NO GMO IN FEEDS, and NO HORMONES AND NO ANTIBIOTICS in food.

Our clients are asking what bio-dynamic food is. We did a bit of research and here’s what we found-

Like organic farming, bio-dynamic farms stress biological methods in regard to humane treatment of animals,food quality and soil health (such as green manures, cover crops and composting). However, bio-dynamics takes it a bit further. In addition to organic biological practices, bio-dynamic practices also incorporate metaphysical aspects of farming. You read that correctly — metaphysical. Farmers who practice a bio-dynamic approach consider the life force of the farm. Think of it this way: Conventional farming is to bio-dynamic farming as conventional medicine is to homeopathic.*

We checked how biodynamic farming started and truly we felt a strong sense of affinity to the principles developed by Dr Rudolf Steiner an Austrian social activist who developed the biodynamic method in farming. This method stresses a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.**

Inspired by Steiner’s holistic insights , most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability).  Biodynamic practitioners seek wider engagement with other farms and across various organizations to strengthen delivery of good health and increased well-being such as schools, hospitals, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations.**

We think this is what is needed in farming and agriculture at the back of phenomenal challenges such as climate change, food poverty, malnutrition and food waste as societies and governments seek innovative ways to address unrelenting rate in population growth and increased pace in urbanization.

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*How Biodynamic Agriculture Works by Maria Trimarchi

**https://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html

 


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New Products for the Week!

Try the fullness of flavour of our 72-hour stock! This is the best  and healthy substitute for Knorr cubes!

Available at 500 grams for intro price of P350.00!

Our butifarra sausages are nitrate free longanisa with a kick of mint flavour and a combination of herbs. All our meats and veg are biodynamic*

New Products for the Week

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*is an organic farming method that stresses the biological methods in regard to humane treatment of animals,food quality and soil health (such as green manures, cover crops and composting). However, biodynamics takes it a bit further. In addition to organic biological practices, biodynamic practices also incorporate metaphysical aspects of farming. You read that correctly — metaphysical. Farmers who practice a biodynamic approach consider the life force of the farm. Think of it this way: Conventional farming is to biodynamic farming as conventional medicine is to homeopathic. Source: How Biodynamic Agriculture Works by Maria Trimarchi


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Basic Facts About TheVillageGreenShop

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  • All produce in our shop are all organic.
  • Some of our basic food items such as rice, chicken, mix of salad greens, herbs, assorted local veggies, and fresh milk are produced by women farmers, youth-farmers not in education and employment but trained in farming, smallholder farmers, farmers coop and community supported farms so they can invest in education, health, livelihood, and improve their prospects for the future. This food basket is seasonal and we will let you know.
  • All items in the food list are seasonal and local products so some items might not be available at the time of order, and due to heat and rain it affects harvest and price. (Probably you have the same questions as we do – how might we embed resilient systems in agriculture to create sustainability in production and therefore price?)
  • Order and delivery schedules:  You can order anytime but ensure to take note of delivery schedules. We deliver Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and Mondays so please place your order before those days not later than 5 pm.
  • Minimum order is P3, 000.00 for both individual and group-buy hence we encourage people to group buy so we can be flexible about the minimum order.  However there are items that have no min order like our weekly food basket which are sent to you weekly via email.
  • Why do we encourage people to group buy? Simply because an individual doesn’t make as much savings or impact as a community. As we are low carbon food distribution system we can reduce carbon emission together if by the same amount of fuel in transporting these items we deliver to as many people in one location each time! The savings we don’t keep but is passed on to you as discount according to volume/frequency of orders each community makes!
  • What is the difference between low carbon food distribution system vs. traditional supermarket food shopping? Did you know that if you buy produce in a supermarket you’ll find that transportation is most of the cost? We champion #Low-Impact-Lifestyle by bringing you organic and seasonal produce only, encouraging you to buy locally and collaboratively while protecting your health and the health of our planet. TheVillageGreenShop challenges deeply entrenched habits to rethink our food shopping and eating choices and habits.No Campaign in jute sack
  • Why we exist? We are both a food social enterprise and a campaign platform. We are committed, ethical and passionate food social enterprise. Please read What we tackle at https://thevillagegreenshop.wordpress.com/what-we-tackle/
  • We will bring you a much extensive list of food items in the near future. In the launch pad are coffee, stevia sugar and syrup, mint vaporub, smoked milkfish (bangus), anchovies, vinegar, chutneys, jams and preserves.

If I whet your appetite to shift to eating real, living and healthy foods, and our social ethos appeal to you, simply contact us at the details below to TRY FIRST or LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE on a WEEKLY BASIS. If we don’t have what you need, will you please us know? Cheers!

 

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Can we suggest the following produce in your food basket this coming week?

We are excited to bring you our organic food list which contains an assortment of veggies, herbs, fresh cow’s milk (pasteurised), free range chicken and our brown, black and dalmatian rice.

Have you tried cooking chicken tinola or chicken hainanese using our free range chicken? You’ll never get short-change of the guaranteed freshness and a soul-satisfying flavour!  And there’s nothing more satisfying than sharing a meal with family and friends knowing that your produce is free of pesticides,  fungicides,  antibiotics,  GMO in feeds and hormones and  antibiotics.

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Do you fancy eating beef this week? You may browse through our list of meat products in our product range page.  We have over 200 items to choose from our range of organic produce!

The VillageGreenShop is a low carbon food distribution of organic produce. What is the difference between buying from us vs. traditional supermarket food shopping?

Did you know that if you buy produce in a supermarket you’ll find that transportation is most of the cost? We would like to make it low impact by enabling consumers to buy local and together (collaboratively), eating healthy and seasonal products.

Why do we encourage consumers to buy local together? Simply because an individual doesn’t make as much savings or impact if you group-buy as a community. As we are low carbon food distribution system we can reduce carbon emission together if by the same amount of fuel in transporting these items we deliver to as many people in one location each time! The savings we don’t keep but is passed on to you as discount according to volume/frequency of orders each community makes!

Also, TheVillageGreenShop would like to challenge deeply entrenched habits to rethink our food shopping and eating choices and habits.

All our produce are all organic sourced ethically – we pay a moral price from women farmers, youth-farmers not in education and employment but trained in farming, smallholder farmers, farmers coop and community supported farms  so they can invest in education, health, livelihood, and improve their prospects for the future.

Why we exist? We are both a food social enterprise and a campaign platform. We are committed and passionate food social enterprise that supports rural development and organic farming. Please read What we tackle at https://thevillagegreenshop.wordpress.com/what-we-tackle/

We will bring you a much extensive list of food items as we go along so we will keep you updated each week!  Items to watch out for are – coffee, stevia sugar, smoked milkfish (bangus), anchovies, chutneys, jams and preserves.

We are also expanding our items to include health products. In our launch pad is Mint VaporRub! So watch out for this!

If I whet your appetite to shift to real and living foods, and our social ethos appeal to you, simply contact us at the details below to TRY FIRST or LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE on a WEEKLY BASIS. If we don’t have what you like, will you please us know? Cheers!

Order at 

0926 739 4997 / 0927 675 5199 /villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

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