South Shore Locavores GMOs? OMG!

Genetically Modified Organisms… whatever we know or feel or fear about them, they are here.  Learn more…

Massachusetts Right To Know GMOs

Lots of resources, including a link to the five labeling bills filed in MA.

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A complete listing of Websites, Resources, and Organizations
updated May 2013

4 Reasons to Eat More Kale

ImageFrom Organic Gardening…

Kale is one of those vegetables people plant with the best intentions, but too many times it sits in the garden until it’s covered with snow.  You know it’s good for you and is one of the best “superfoods” you can add to your plate, but kale has other far-reaching benefits if eaten in place of a primarily meat-centered dinner.  Adding kale to your plate might be the easiest way to save the world.

Found out all four reasons by clicking HERE.

5 Top Foods for Pain Relief

Here are five top foods for pain relief from Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C., Clinic Director

Sarro Chiropractic Back and NeckCenter | 198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339

Fish and Seafood: Salmon
Fish and seafood are high in omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants which helps to reduce pain and inflammation.  Eating fish a minimum of 2-3 times per week has been shown to reduce arthritis pain.  Salmon, shrimp, and mussels are all good tasty choices.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil’s polyphenols are rich in antioxidants and enzymes that reduce pain and inflammation.  Try cooking with EVOO on medium to low heat, or drizzling it over food after it is cooked.
Ginger: ginger
Ginger contains compounds known as gingerols which reduce pain and inflammation while improving circulation.  Ginger can be used fresh or dried to add spice and flavor to many dishes.  It can also be steeped into a pain relieving tea, which tastes great with a bit of honey.

Turmeric is  a cousin to the herb ginger.  It contains an antioxidant curcumin which is largely responsible for it’s pain relieving properties.  Turmeric is common to curries, and is delicious on chicken and turkey with coconut milk.

Pineapple is high in a protein digesting enzyme called bromelain.  It has been shown to help reduce scar tissue formation, inflammation, and pain.  Pineapple is great to eat after a large meal as it aids in proper digestion.  It is the perfect refreshing after dinner snack.

Seven holiday superfoods to keep you healthy!

Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C. |  Sarro Chiropractic Back and Neck Center
198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339 | (781) 829-9300
Superfoods can be fun, tasty, and healthy all at the same time. Seven of them are listed below that you can incorporate into your meals and deserts this season.           
   Use these superfoods to add spice and variety to your dishes!

  1. Cinnamon – The sweet spice cinnamon is popular during the holidays, flavoring cookies and pies, eggnog, ciders and even meats. In addition to being tasty, cinnamon has many health benefits. Cinnamon tea can alleviate colds and congestion. Cinnamon also improves blood sugar levels by enhancing insulin.cranbowl
  2. Cranberries – Cranberries are able to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract, thus preventing urinary tract infections. Cranberries may also help in preventing cavities and warding off viral infections like the flu.
  3. Pumpkin – Pumpkins seeds contain many important nutrients: iron, which is essential for blood cells; zinc, which can increase testosterone and form protein; calcium, which builds strong bones and magnesium, which builds healthy nerves and muscles. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein and the essential fatty acid omega-3
  4. Wine- In moderation, drinking wine is good for cardiovascular
    Resveratrol, a component of wine, acts as an antioxidant and prevents cellular damage in the body, but it also prevents blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries. Studies have shown that wine can also prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  5. Ginger – Those little brown men aren’t just the cutest Christmas cookies, they may be one of the healthiest options. One of the biggest benefits of ginger is easing nausea. Ginger oil has even been used in massage to relieve arthritis with its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is often included in many herbal decongestants and can help to minimize the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.
  6. Pecans – This all-American tree nut is often scattered among many holiday dishes. Pecan pie, stuffing and appetizers. Pecans are high in fiber, a good source of protein, contain healthy fats, and are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E. They will help fill you up as a snack before your big holiday meal so you don’t head to the table with an empty stomach.ppie
  7. Nutmeg – Nutmeg, native to Indonesia’s spice islands, contains a range of aromatic compounds beneficial to overall digestion. Nutmeg contains anti-inflammatory agents as well, which help to relieve pain. Nutmeg is also rich in the super-antioxidant quercetin, which provides powerful protection to the body and brain. So be sure to have ground nutmeg handy this year when you serve egg nog.

Ten Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Here are some tips to make this season a little easier and more joyous from Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C., Clinic Director

Sarro Chiropractic Back and NeckCenter | 198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339

This is an important topic as the holiday season is fully under way and stress can put a significant damper on family festivities.  Excessive stress can also be very hard on our health.  Stress is associated with heart disease, weight gain, depression, and joint pain. 

  1. Make lists. Organize your daily and weekly tasks to plan ahead.  Check off items as you complete them.  This will make      things manageable and reduce becoming overwhelmed.                                                                                                                         
  2. Spread out shopping. Plan days that are for gift shopping and separate days for food shopping and errands.  Spread these days out over several weeks.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be postcard perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow,      traditions and rituals often change as well.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.  Grievances can be dealt with at a later date.
  5. Don’t overspend. It makes us feel good to give gifts, but overspending can lead to financial stress both before and after the holidays.  Homemade deserts or crafts don’t have to be expensive and are very thoughtful gifts.
  6. Hire a mothers helper or babysitter. This will free up some of your time and energy for uninterrupted gift wrapping, decorating, or meal planning.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling stressed, resentful and overwhelmed.  Friends, co-workers, and family will understand if you have to scale back on commitments.
  8. Continue your healthy habits. Overindulging on sweets, alcohol, and neglecting your sleep and exercise program can leave you feeling run down.  Try to practice moderation this season, and you’ll start off the new year on a good note.
  9. Have fun being creative. Look through some magazines for new recipe ideas and go shopping for a new holiday outfit.  Take time each week to watch a holiday movie with friends and family.
  10. Take time for yourself. Spending 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do.  Take a walk at night and stargaze, get a massage, have a chiropractic treatment, and listen to soothing music.  Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind and relaxing your body.

Geography Class Visits CNF

Member James writes about his own blog:

Thanks for hosting my students yesterday and talking with them about the work and thought involved in the farm.  As you can tell, this was a very engaged group, some of them with more than the usual amount of experience with these issues.

 James wrote up the visit at

Be sure to click the link to view more photos on Flickr.

New England Village Partners With Colchester Neighborhood Farm

The front page of today’s HalifaxPlympton Reporter features our newly created partnership with New England Village.

As the warm weather of spring approaches work on Plympton’s Colchester Neighborhood Farm intensifies. But this year it is a little different.

Jan. 1, New England Village, a human-service agency based in Pembroke that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, signed a lease agreement with the owner to take over the 8-acre Baystate Organic Certified Farm. In addition, New England Village retained Kingston resident and farm manager Connie Maribett, who has been operating the farm with her husband, Ron, since 2000.

Click HERE to read the entire article and view photos!

CONGRATS to the Soule Homestead

CONGRATS  to the Soule Homestead for being able to carry on in providing wonderful experiences to the community!

The Soule Homestead Education Center, which has leased the Soule/Guidoboni Farm at 46 Soule St. in Middleboro for the last 20 years, was granted another 10-year lease by a unanimous vote of the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

Bridgewater State University Center for Sustainability

Take a look at Ron on YouTube talking about Organic Farming…
lights, camera, action!!

Bridgewater State University has an entire series hosted by Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger about the facets of developing and maintaining a sustainable community.  Below is the entire set of interviews including one by James Hayes-Bohanan who is a Colchester member.

Dr. Ed Brush Ed Brush

Ronald Maribett Ronald Maribett

James Hayes-Bohanan James Hayes-Bohanan

Alex Houtzager Alex Houtzager

And the winner is…

The grand prize raffle winners drawn during the 10th Anniversary Celebration Harvest Potluck are:

Farm Share – Kellie Redding of Plymouth
Egg Share – Michele Waite of Mansfield
They are both thrilled to have won!

To see an entire album of photos click here —-> Harvest Potluck Album

Here are some emails about how successful the event was:

From Member Kerrie…
Thanks for the great day yesterday.  Everything was beautifully organized and looked terrific.  Best farm event yet!!

From Member Ellen…
What a wonderful event you created with last Saturday’s harvest fest.  The food was just yummy and very creative.  I hope some will share their recipes like Chef Carol’s chowder and Amity’s chicken gumbo soup!  The music was entertaining and the wool spinning was interesting.  You have really expanded that farm over the past few years.  Thank you and Ron for all your hard work!
P.S. Looking forward to Saturday’s basket weaving class 🙂

How I introduced blue potatoes to my kids

From Member Amity…

I just wanted to tell you how much my family enjoyed the “brown bag with the little purple surprises” inside…at least that’s how I introduced blue potatoes to my kids.  As David and I were getting their dinner ready tonight I decided to try a trick.  Did I mention they tend to be somewhat picky eaters?  So I showed the kids the “magic” potatoes and let them watch as I gave them some light scrubbing under the faucet.  I could see their amazement as the purplish color came through the dirt.  We heated up some vegetable oil in the wok and sliced them thin.  In they went and in about 10 minutes they were little crisps of yumminess.  Sprinkled with a touch of Kosher salt they were quickly devoured!  What a hit  🙂
Thanks for introducing the family to a fun new veggie!

Help support CNF and win BIG… Raffle Tickets are Here!

We always enourage members to share their CSA experience and one great way is to give someone a membership!  How?  With a raffle ticket!  At our Members’ Potluck on October 16th, we’ll draw for the grand prize: a 2011 CSA Share

Tickets are $5 for one or a book of 5 tickets for $20.  If you want to buy tickets or get some to sell, call or mail us right away!