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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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Going Back To Our Roots

Root drink

 

Hello,

How time flies! We are on the last quarter of the month! Just as we are counting how much time have we got to prepare for the Christmas Holidays, we realized that we are down to 3 weeks this October!

What else? Bad weather-sunshine in the morning and heavy rain int he afternoon, typhoon and flooding! Not to mention traffic, pollution, getting stranded plus fatigue from work that can take its toll physically and threaten our immunity and make us vulnerable to cold and flu.

Going back to our roots
We contracted cold ourselves but since we’ve loaded enough of this powerful hot root drink made of fresh organic ginger, turmeric, cinnamon bark, and a dollop of raw wild honey, the cold couldn’t “take root” on our body and was gone in no time at all.

Another drink that helps strengthen immunity and ward off infection is probiotic drink, a fermented milk from pasture raised or grass fed cow. A cup a day (about 325 ml) in the morning on empty stomach keeps cold at bay.

Harvest Offerings
Please check out our harvest offerings for this week, 7th – 15th October which you can pre-order starting today until the 14th October, cut off is 12nn.

We are also offering subscription for October through December harvest.

What is a subscription scheme?

Organic consumers become organic subscribers if you buy in advance either in one lump sum or in installment your food basket for 4 weeks or 8 weeks (if we didn’t hear from you, we roll it going forward) or at the beginning of the growing season.

In return for your subscription fee, subscribers receive an assortment of organic produce at subscriber’s price.

If you would like to know more about what it is to subscribe, why and how, please call us at 0927 675 5199 or at
villagegreenshop@btinternet.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sustainably yours,

TheVillageGreenShop Team

 

This week’s bounty:

Rice
Red rice

Mountain Rice

Eggs
Brown
Golden salted eggs (soaked in turmeric spice)

Bottled and other natural items
Peanut butter
Wild honey
Muscovado sugar
Tablea
Organic bangus sardines

Salad Greens (Depends on what’s available)*
Arugula
Green Romaine
Red Romaine
Mizuna

Herbs
Ginger
Mint
Turmeric
Lemongrass
Sweet Basil
Red onion
Parsley

Pakbet Mix
Bitter gourd (ampalaya)
Eggplant
Lady finger (okra)
Squash (calabasa)
String beans (sitaw)

Green & Leafy Veg
Kale
Chinese Kangkong
Jute Vine (Alugbati)
Spinach
Mustasa
Chinese pechay
Native pechay
Talinum

Other Vegs and Root Crops*
Salad Pea
Celery
Cauliflower
Cherry tomato
Carrots
Camote orange
Sayote
Broccoli
French Beans
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Yacon
Tender Beans
Cucumber
Pakchoi
Cabbage
Celery
Gabi
Labanos
Mongo
Patola
Saba
Mongo
Tomatoes


Fruits
Calamansi
Blue berries

Poultry
White chicken
Native chicken

Grassfed beef
Knuckle bone
Ox tail
Ox tongue
Ox feet
Tenderloin
Sukiyaki
Ground lean
Ground sirloin
Liver
Ribeye
Stew
Kenchi
Shank

Pasture-raised Pork
Pork belly
Pork ground lean
Pork steak
Pork chop
Pork ribs
Pork sukiyaki

Grass fed cured meat (No nitrate, No MSG, 100% grass fed)
Longganisa
Garlic sausage
Herb sausage
Sweet tapa
Tocino
Canadian bacon
Burger patty
Pork Bacon

Lamb
lamb kebab cubes
Lamb shoulder chop
Lamb chop

Dairy Products
Fresh cow’s milk
Carabao Milk
Probiotic drink
Mozarella
Kesong puti
Butter
 

Contact us at

0927 675 5199
villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

PRE-ORDER & PICK UP SCHEDULE:

Vegetables and Salad Greens
Please pre-order by Tuesday 12:00 nn to ensure pick up by Wednesday after 3 pm.

Meat Products

Please pre-order by Thursday 12:00 nn to ensure pick up by Saturday after 3 pm.


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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 


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One more market day before the New Year …

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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

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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

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Harvest Offering, 12th – 14th December 2013

Hello,

TheVillageGreenShop is fully stocked this weekend, 14th December. You can find our weekly staples of sustainably grown local and seasonal veg and greens, and specialty vegetables, pasture-raised and grass-fed meats, and dairy including wine, and natural bottled products.  We also have new items such as gluten-free grains, different herb salts, low-fat yoghurt, lamb and other pickled items. Please check them below.

Due to perishable nature of majority of our items and we don’t want to waste food so what’s available are only pre-ordered items each week.The vegs, salad and leafy greens are picked to order for you so we appreciate if you can please let us know any time until Wednesday, 11:00 am is cut off?

Cheers!

*Available every market day but booking is needed. Also some items may not be available due to season or weather.  Perishable items such as salad greens, vegs and fruits are available either Monday, Thursday or Saturday market days only.

Rice

  • Brown heirloom rice
  • Kalinga Unoy chocolate rice*
  • Kalinga Unoy red rice*

Roasted Mongo Beans*

  • Black
  • White
  • Green
  • Mongo- green
  • Crushed – assorted colour

Eggs*

  • Brown
  • Golden salted eggs (soaked in turmeric spice)

Bottled and other natural items*

  • Wild raspberry dressing
  • Hibiscus vinaigrette
  • Arugula pesto
  • Peanut butter
  • Vinegar infused with aromatic organic herbs & spices
  • Wild honey
  • Herb & cheese spread
  • Unbleached and unprocessed sea salt
  • Variety of jams – coco jam and pineapple
  • Tortilla chips using organic corn
  • Sweet potato chips – NEW
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Sulu Coffee (Arabica beans from Sulu)
  • Kapeng barako – NEW
  • Smoked bangus – NEW
  • Organic bangus sardines
  • Tablea
  • Hot curry sea salt – NEW
  • Garden Herb Salt – NEW
  • Paprika seasalt – NEW
  • Kaffir Lime sea salt – NEW
  • Sage sea salt – NEW

Wine

  • Honey wine
  • Bugnay wine

Salad Greens (Depends on what’s available)*

  • Arugula
  • Mizuna
  • Green ice
  • Mix Salad Greens (combination of 3 or 4 types depending on the season)

Herbs

  • Coriander – NEW
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass
  • Red onion

Pakbet Mix

  • Bitter gourd (ampalaya)
  • Eggplant
  • Lady finger (okra)
  • Squash (calabasa)
  • String beans (sitaw)
  • Saluyot
  • Tomatoes

Green & Leafy Veg

  • Kale
  • Paco Fern
  • Squash greens and blossoms
  • Chinese Kangkong
  • Malunggay
  • Dahon ampalaya
  • Jute Leaves (Saluyot)
  • Spinach
  • Mustasa
  • Native/Chinese pechay
  • Talbos camote
  • Talinum
  • Saluyot

Other Vegs and root crops*

  • Baby carrots
  • Baguio beans
  • Cabbage
  • Camote
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • French beans
  • Gabi
  • Green papaya
  • Labanos
  • Mongo
  • Onion leeks
  • Patola
  • Peanut
  • Puso ng saging
  • Regular carrots
  • Saba
  • Sugar beets
  • Upo

Poultry

  • White chicken*
  • Native chicken*

Grassfed beef *

  • Knuckle bone
  • Ox tail
  • Ox tongue
  • Ox feet
  • Tenderloin
  • Sukiyaki
  • Ground lean
  • Ground sirloin
  • Ribeye
  • Stew
  • Kenchi

Pasture-raised Pork

 

  • Pork ground lean
  • Pork sukiyaki

 

Grass fed cured meat (no nitrate, No MSG, 100% grass fed)

 

  • Longganisa
  • Garlic sausage
  • Herb sausage
  • Sweet tapa
  • Tocino
  • Canadian bacon
  • Burger patty
  • Pork Bacon
  • Ham

 

Lamb – NEW

  • lamb kebab cubes
  • Lamb shoulder chop
  • Lamb chop

Dairy Products*

  • Fresh cow’s milk
  • Carabao Milk in choco or Plain flavour 1 litre
  • Probiotic drink
  • Goat cheese or Chèvre *
  • Mozarella
  • Kesong puti
  • Butter
  • Carabao cream cheese
  • Low fat Yoghurt – NEW

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Many thanks.

Contact us at 0927 675 5199/villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

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