LocalHarvest News - July 30, 2007

Summertime, and the living is easy - isn't that how it's supposed to be? Here at LocalHarvest, we've been taking advantage of the slow(er) season by brewing some chicha, a Peruvian corn-based beer, falling in love (Guillermo) and doing a little traveling (Erin). We apologize for the delay in this month's newsletter and promise to return to our semi-punctual selves next time. This month we're keeping it short and sweet, with an update on last month's almond pasteurization issue, links to a couple of short videos we watched this month and thought you might like, and some great information/recipes featuring our mid-summer favorite -- blueberries.

Update: Pasteurized Almonds

Many of you wrote to let us know how upset you were by last month's article on the almond industry's decision to subject all US-grown raw almonds to heat or chemical pasteurization. We wanted to let you know two new things we have learned in the weeks since:

The Cornucopia Institute is leading a campaign to convince the USDA to reopen the public comment period on this issue. The previous 45 comment period was not publicized, and resulted in only 18 comments, none of which were submitted by private citizens or consumer advocate organizations. This campaign will be launched late this week or early next. Check their web site for information on who to contact to make your opinions heard.

Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets both have policies stating that they will be selling only almonds pasteurized with steam, rather than those treated with propylene oxide.

From the LocalHarvest Catalog:

No better time to grill up some grass fed beef than the middle of summer! This one's been selling really well lately. Also, check out of large selection of beef from our member family farms.

And since we're writing about blueberries in this issue, if you can't get any fresh berries locally, try these dried ones. Great for taking with you on hikes!

And please do visit our catalog for more goodies!

Videos Worth Watching

Watch Your (Fo)odometer!
This piece was produced for The Nation, mentions LocalHarvest, and has some groovy music keeping it rolling. It's a great source of facts for local food lovin' folks.

Slow Food
Been hearing about the international Slow Food movement? Here's a great introduction to the idea and the international organization behind it; from TBS Storyline in Atlanta, GA.

Got a favorite food-related video you'd like to see featured in the LH newsletter? Send it to .

Nancy's Nutrition Corner: Beautiful Blueberries

The blueberry is one of the few fruits native to North America. Traditionally, Native American tribes prized the berry for its healthful properties and used the berries along with the leaves and roots in teas. (Read on...)

Recipe Corner: Blueberry Pancakes - By Lorna Sass

Ah blueberries... those juicy blue orbs bursting with summer sweetness. Is there anyone who doesn't eat them with gusto?
(Recipes and More...)

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!