LocalHarvest News - June 19, 2007

Welcome to this month's edition of the LocalHarvest newsletter, where we rant about what's wrong with American agriculture, praise what's good, and offer you recipes and information on healthy eating. This month we're featuring olive oil in our health and recipes sections, and Erin Barnett examines the almond industry's new pasteurization mandate.

In This Issue:

'Safety' in Overdrive: Pasteurizing Almonds

Most mornings I get up, go downstairs, put on the kettle, and eat a handful of almonds while I wait for the water to boil. I make some toast and some tea. It has always seemed like a pretty tame way to start the day. The Almond Board of California disagrees, and has taken it upon themselves to save me from the danger lurking in my breakfast.
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From the LocalHarvest Catalog:

Good news! Patti Gonzales, an apricot and almond grower, sells her steam-pasteurized nuts through our catalog. Even though the mandate described above doesn't go into effect for several months, many nut processors have already begun pasteurizing. We were so happy to hear that hers are getting just the steam. You can get her "organically grown but not certified" nuts here.

And please do visit our catalog for more goodies!

Cool New Update to LocalHarvest

We are pleased to announce that this month Guillermo finally had a chance to overhaul the LocalHarvest map. Many of you may have noticed that the old map was a relic from the old days. The new and improved version shows roads, bodies of water, etc. thanks to Google. Guillermo also tweaked the LH search engine so it can sort search results from their distance to a central geographic point. This makes the results list much more accurate when doing zip code searches. Try it out! You'll like it.

Farmer John's Movie Opens Nationally

Have you heard the buzz about "The Real Dirt on Farmer John"? It played in many smaller screenings last year, and has won awards at over 30 film festivals: now it's opening in select cities nationally. Farmer John is the creative genius and skilled farmer behind Angelic Organics, one of the nation's premier CSA farms. Find out more here: http://www.farmerjohnmovie.com/Screenings.html

Nancy's Nutrition Corner: Omnipotent Olive Oil

During the 1960s researchers began looking at different cultures to find links between diet and disease. In Greece, they found that a whopping 40 percent of the average male's caloric intake was from fat, however, most of the fat consumed was olive oil. Even with this high fat intake, mortality rates from heart disease and stroke were among the lowest in the world. These findings led scientists to suspect that olive oil, while not the only healthy element in the Mediterranean diet, might be one of the most significant.
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Recipe Corner: Olive Oil - By Lorna Sass

When Thomas Jefferson tasted olive oil on his trip to Italy during the eighteenth century, he was so impressed by its flavor that he imported olive trees and planted them at Monticello. Though Jefferson's attempts never bore fruit, over the next two centuries immigrants from Southern Italy found a welcoming environment for their olive trees in Northern California. As a result, American cooks have a wide variety of high quality domestic as well as imported oils from which to choose.
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As always, thanks for your interest in and support of LocalHarvest.org! See you next month, and until then, take good care and eat well!