The VillageGreenShop, your sustainable food enterprise

Food you can trust!


Leave a comment

How industrial food system endangers our health

The Philippine population has reached 100 million.  How are we going to feed this growing population when our farms are taken over by real estate development and testing ground for GMO?

Capitalists and entrepreneurs see the opportunity that tons of profits can be made if food are produced at a massive scale and at lower cost. These so called food entrepreneurs have created food production systems backed by bankers and financiers to speed up and bulk up meat production. Chickens are raised in cramped chicken sheds causing immobility and disease but can grow enormously in 45 or even 21 days.  In food factories, the natural instincts of cows, pigs and chickens are redesigned – cows these days do not eat grass anymore much less seen a blade of grass and yet produce tons and gallons of milk because of constant feeding of hormones and antibiotics so that milk can be produced at a massive scale at cheap cost.

Food has become denatured food products that contribute to diseases. Obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are at an all time high in the Philippines but doctors warned us that most of these diseases can be healed or controlled by food – real food.

Real food are fruits and vegetables grown on living soil in season and eaten in season. Animals grow on pasture and fed on grass, table scraps, garden waste and worms. They live out their natural instincts and are mobile to do whatever and wherever they wanted to go and graze.

 

Soon we will be offering our own native and white chickens, and ducks too including pastured pork.

IMG_1596

Different varieties of green leafy veg

Different varieties of green leafy veg

Sprouts.

Sprouts.

Grass clippings are used for mulching to conserve moisture.

Grass clippings are used for mulching to conserve moisture.

Mountain Rice

Mountain Rice

IMG_1587

Soil is enriched of natural nutritional fertilizer so it meet your needs.

Soil is enriched of natural nutritional fertilizer to meet your needs.

IMG_1581

This 3 feet red lady papaya is not just a beauty but is bounty aplenty of anti-oxidant, Vitamin E and E and folate.

This 3 feet red lady papaya is not just a beauty but is bounty aplenty of anti-oxidant, Vitamin E and E and folate.

Rows of calamansi grow alongside a barrier.

Rows of calamansi grow alongside a barrier.

Greenhouse for lettuces and herbs.

Greenhouse for lettuces and herbs.

Worm bed that provides nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soil.

Worm bed that provides nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soil.

Heaps of carabao manure that fertilises the soil.

Heaps of carabao manure that fertilises the soil.

Fertilisers in ceramic jars.

Natural fertilizers in ceramic jars.

IMG_1567IMG_1566


Leave a comment

Brown Eggs

Brown eggs

Brown eggs

 

Brown Eggs

Brown Eggs

 

Egg breakfast helps reduce ghrelin, a hormone that contributes to hunger, it also lowers blood sugar and insulin levels.

Egg breakfast helps reduce ghrelin, a hormone that contributes to hunger, it also lowers blood sugar and insulin levels.

 

Did you know that 2 raw egg yolks contain nearly twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple?

Not only that eggs contain high quality proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, egg yolks are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, a class of carotenoids that offer powerful prevention against age-related macular degeneration; the most common cause of blindness.


Leave a comment

Beans

Green, white, black and crushed beans

Green, white, black and crushed beans

Why should you include mongo beans in your diet?

Mongo beans are great source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium.  And a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese. It is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us


Leave a comment

Why brown rice is excellent for your body?

 

 

Brown Mountain Rice

Brown Mountain Rice

 

Black Mountain Rice

Black Mountain Rice

 

Kalinga Unoy Choco Rice and Kalinga Unoy Blend Rice

Kalinga Unoy Choco Rice and Kalinga Unoy Blend Rice

 

Rice is whole grain that is powerhouse of selenium, manganese, naturally occurring oils, and promotes weight loss. It  is also great antioxidant; contains very high in fibre, and is a slow-release sugar. On the other hand, white rice offers risk in contracting diabetes as it increases blood sugar rapidly. It also has very low dietary fibre but high carbohydrates and calories. Medical experts at the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that eating five servings per week of white rice increased the risk of diabetes. 

There is a global call for brown rice because development aid agencies saw the nutritional deficiency of white rice consumption in poorer or developing countries which creates further risks and challenges in economic development if its population is at risk of diabetes.

 

 

 


Leave a comment

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Carrots, cabbage, Chokanan mangoes, potatoes

Carrots, cabbage, Chokanan mangoes, potatoes

Green tower romaine lettuce

Green tower romaine lettuce

romaine

Green Romaine

img939

Baby Carrots

img864

Arugula

img823

Padron Peppers

img821

Sugar beets

Gabi

Gabi

 

img271

 

Sweet Papaya

img776

 

Alugbati (Jute Vine)

Puso ng saging

Puso ng saging

 

Pechay

Pechay

 

img825

Cucumber

IMG_1623

Avocado

IMG_1625

Saba

IMG_1630

String beans

IMG_1626

Lady finger pepper

IMG_1627

Lemon grass

IMG_1640

Sayote greens

IMG_1633

Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd)

IMG_1638

Eggplant

IMG_1635

Squash

20130810_100406

Green Ice Lettuce

IMG_1661

Kale

IMG_1615

Calamansi

IMG_1604

Okra

IMG_1600

Tomatoes


Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
― Michael Pollan,
 In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

No Pesticides Blackboard


Leave a comment

One more market day before the New Year …

IMG_1655

Just before the year draw to a close, 1 market day for your sustainable celebration and gift giving.

Please pre-order by the 27th December 2013 cut off 11:00 am. You will find the following produce though limited items but there might be last minute surprises. 

  • Assortment of salad greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach and some native veg
  • Brown eggs
  • Dairy – kefir, kesong puti, yoghurt, buffalla mozarella, feta cheese, carabao’s milk – plain and choco.
  • Red and green cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Coriander
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Papaya
  • Green and red pepper
  • Limited meat – chicken, grass-fed beef, pastured regular and black pork and lamb

    Please contact us at 0927 675 5199/villagegreenshop@btinternet.comIMG_1649

 


Leave a comment

Christmas 2013

Christmas Tree 2013

Dear friends,

Christmas is here in earnest! In the midst of shopping and parties and other holiday rush, we would like to just take a moment of reflection of what Christmas truly means and look back that in spite of Super typhoon Yolanda, flash flood, monsoon rain and (#) Philippine politics….we are grateful for the many blessings – we are able to share the bounty of the soil by bringing to your table abundant farm fresh living foods that nourish us and our community of subscribers – this is made possible for us by our Tarlac and Quezon farmers. Buying foods from them made life a bit easier for their families; big thanks to our clients and subscribers who signpost us to their family and friends and appreciate real healthy food, and bear with our imperfections – we learnt so much from you and aim to continue even more to bring truth and integrity in our business which we truly feel justifies the use of our time and talents in the pursuit of giving people access to real and healthy food; and to our partners and enablers who gave us platforms so that we are able to reach more and wider communities, and above all big opportunities to take our mission to the next level in 2014.

As the new year looms big in the horizon we endeavour to meet each day with inspiration and enthusiasm to educate more individuals and communities about the ethical and social implications of our choices and decisions in food, and mainstream our low impact ethos (pre-order, buying together and subscription) and ensure that we reduce food miles by bringing to your table local and seasonal produce only and develop relationship with our farmers – this makes me feel privileged to share that we know where our food comes from and how these were produced.

Inspiration and Hope

Also we are inspired by many individuals and organisations who work more often un-recognised and unrewarded solely driven by conviction, principles and passion that healthy food should be affordable and accessible to all. At the back of Super typhoon Yolanda we wonder how might we make this right be made real to them, and how can we influence communities to be more aware about the onslaught of fast food and artificial food that continue to threaten our health and the health of our planet (pesticides, fungicides, GMO, hormones, antibiotics, artifical sweetener, flavour enhancer, additives, extenders, preservatives, food colouring, etc). In this context we thought more than ever why this makes our work even more important.

In the meantime, for what’s left of 2013, we would like to celebrate with loved ones about the true joys of the Season. We’ll surely keep you posted for great things to come in 2014.

A Blessed Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year!

Cheers,

Carmela Zabala & TheVillageGreenShop Team

 

– “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. “-

Michael Pollan

No Pesticides Blackboard