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Our newsletter has been delayed today due to an acute illness of our newsletter editor.  She is fine now and was able to provide the newsletter below for your reading pleasure.

Hartzler Family Dairy will not be delivering their milk and butter on Thursday this week due to unforeseen circumstances.  They will be delivering on Friday instead, so please plan accordingly.
"Whenever I have nothing better to do, I roast a chicken."  ~ Jeffrey Steingarten
What's new in the store?

Bearded Buch Kombucha
From Bearded Buch
Available in Ginger Snap, Concord Grape, Pink Grapefruit and Spiced Elderberry.

Featured Vendor / Producer:   
Roots, LLC
Michelle Stapleton is a Occupational Therapist and health food entrepreneur in Columbus, Ohio. Michelle believes that food should be something that fuels us and should be made accessible to all people regardless of dietary needs. She strives to make her products from unprocessed and whole sources to leave you feeling good about what you put in your body. On weekends you can find her at the local yoga studio or markets with her husband exploring new foods.

Roots products are made using minimally altered ingredients including nuts, seeds, dates, and freeze dried fruits for foods that are not only tasty but filled with nutrients for both your body and your mind. Take the Roots challenge and live your life unrefined. 

Roots product flavors available at Harvest currently include: 

**Power House Granolas (made with quinoa)**
Apple Walnut Quinoa Granola (4 oz approximately 6 1/4 c servings)
- Ingredients: Gluten Free Oats, Quinoa, Walnuts, Dried Apples, Agave Nectar, Cinnamon, Pure Vanilla Extract
Chocolate Peanut Quinoa Granola (4 oz approximately 6 1/4 c servings)
- Ingredients: Gluten Free Oats, Quinoa, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder, Hemp Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Agave Nectar, Pure Vanilla Extract

Food Facts

Milk & Honey

Health Benefits of Honey and Milk
The health benefits of honey and milk include advantages in skin care and the development of stamina. This article elaborates on the health benefits of milk and honey when they are taken together. When taken individually, there are still many health benefits of honey and health benefits of organic milk.

Honey is traditionally used for health because of its antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, as well as its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects on respiratory issues. Milk, on the other hand, has traditionally been praised for its vitamin and mineral content, including vitamin-A, B, and D, as well as calcium, animal protein, and lactic acid. However, those attributes can combine when milk and honey are taken together, resulting in some unique and desirable health benefits.

Health benefits of honey and milk include:

Skin Care
Both honey and milk possess antimicrobial and cleansing properties. These properties are enhanced when the two are taken together. Numerous cleansers are prepared using milk and honey, because the mixture gives the skin a healthy glow. One can also enjoy a milk and honey bath, by mixing them in equal quantities in the water. The combination is often used in popular spas throughout the world.

Honey has long been known as a source of prebiotics, which are nutrients that stimulate the growth and development of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that grow and develop in our intestines and digestive system.

Prebiotics have demonstrated a stimulatory effect on bifidobacteria, a type of probiotic that is found in milk. The carbohydrates and oligosaccharides in honey promote the healthy and proper function of these beneficial bacteria that are essential for the healthy maintenance and function of the GI tract. When the bacterial balance in the digestive tract is good, it eliminates a number of irritating conditions, including constipation, cramps, bloating, and it prevents the development of detrimental bacterial growth!

A glass of milk and honey every morning is known to improve a person's stamina. While milk contains proteins, honey contains the necessary carbohydrates required for effective stimulus of the metabolism. Milk and honey provides a boost in strength to everyone, including children and the elderly.

Animal proteins from milk are broken down by enzymes into their basic amino acids, and are then reformed to create usable proteins for humans. The excess material in this transformation is then oxidized as usable energy. Proteins are an essential part of the human diet, and honey helps to stimulate their metabolism!

Bone Health
As research on honey continues, it is gradually becoming clear that honey acts as a carrier and a transport of nutrients from food throughout the body. Specifically, honey has shown itself to be integral in the body's uptake of calcium, of which milk is a rich source. Therefore, consuming honey and milk together will not only give your body the necessary nutrient (calcium) to benefit your bone health, but also the nutrient to maximize the absorption of it into your body. Proper calcium levels can prevent conditions like osteoporosis and inflammation of the joints as we age!

Honey and milk have both been traditionally used as remedies for insomnia and sleeplessness. Individually, they are both effective, but the effects are strengthened when taken together. Honey is one of the rare sugary foods that causes a controlled increase in the amount of insulin being secreted, which also promotes tryptophan to be released into the brain.

Tryptophan is normally converted into serotonin, which induces a feeling of relaxation. Furthermore, serotonin is commonly converted to melatonin, a well-researched sleep aid. Through that rather confusing chemical pathway, honey and milk can be used to reduce sleeplessness!

Anti-Aging Properties
The combination of milk and honey impacts not only the skin, but also the rest of the body, by making it agile and youthful. People in many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Indians, drank milk and honey to preserve their youth. Since milk and honey can help to ensure long life, the combination was known as "the elixir of life."

The many antioxidant properties that occur when milk and honey are combined are the scientific explanation behind the anti-aging properties, because antioxidants attack the free radicals which so drastically affect the organ systems. They are also one of the primary causes behind skin degradation, wrinkles, blotches, and general failing health of your body's largest organ, the skin!

Antibacterial Properties
Research has shown that milk and honey have a more pronounced effect on staphylococcus bacteria than milk or honey when taken alone. It is also believed that honey, added to warm milk, cures constipation, flatulence and intestinal disorders. It is also good for treating respiratory disorders such as colds and coughs.

Source:  OrganicFacts.net


*These ingredients can be found at Harvest right now

Goat Banquet

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Kenyon College's Pierce Hall Pub
201 College Park Ave
Gambier, OH  43022

Hosted by:
Knox County Goat Improvement Association

Limited Seating - RSVP for tickets to kcgoats@gmail.com

Pay at the door $10 person for 12 years and up / $5 per child

Schedule of Events:

5:00-5:30 pm   -   
Registration, Beverages and Fellowships of Goat Owners and Enthusiasts

5:30 pm   -   
Welcome and Dinner is Served
Assorted Beverages - Coffee, Lemonade, Ice Tea and Water
Mixed Greens and Goat Feta Cheese with Raspberry Vinaigrette with Rolls
Goat Meat Chili and Mediterranean Goat Meatballs
Crackers with Goat Cheese
Assorted Desserts

6:00 pm   -   
Goat Ambassador and Goat Service Award presentations

6:15 pm   -   2016 Guest Speaker - Tony Nye
Tony will share with the group about "What Consumers want...local, organic and natural goat products" and will specialize on "How to serve the niche goat meat markets".
Tony Nye is the state coordinator for the Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program and has been an OSU Extension Educator for agriculture and natural resources for 28 years.  Tony and his family also own and operate a small livestock farm in Washington Court House, Ohio, raising purebred swine and meat goats.

6:45 pm   -   Fresh Local, Natural Goat Products for Sale
Goat Milk Fudge   -   Ground Goat Meat   -   Goat Milk Cheese   -   Goat Milk Lotion   -   Goat Milk Soap   -   Angora Goat Yarn

Email  kcgoats@gmail.com or call Mo Helser at 740-507-5513
Upcoming Events
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Woodward Opera House
is situated in the heart of Mount Vernon's Central Business District. This national landmark invites you to step back in time to the mid-1800s and experience history!
While viewing the Woodward, imagine what it must have been like to perform here.
Take in the 19th century architecture, admire the original paintings still hanging
on the walls, and if you listen closely and quietly, you may even hear a
fiddle or banjo picking out a familiar tune.

Tours of the Woodward Opera House are available during the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, First Fridays events, and Mount Vernon's Christmas Walk. Special group tours may be arranged by calling 1-800-837-5282 or (740) 392-6102. For current information on the project or to contact us, visit our website, www.TheWoodward.org


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Harvest @ The Woodward

Harvest is pleased to announce that as part of our Local Foods Initiative that we will begin offering various classes to the public allowing you to learn more about your food and where it comes from.  Some classes may focus on helping you grow / produce / cook your own food, while others will focus on educating you on how the food that you purchase is grown / produced and brought to harvest. We've also had classes about health and nutrition.

We are looking for people who would like to host classes! If there is a subject that you are passionate about and you'd like to share your knowledge, please contact us and let us know! Classes do not necessarily have to be food related, if you have an idea please do contact us.

Classes can be paid for by cash, check or credit card unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Class List:

Class: Cooking Chicken - Taking the bird from roasted to broth
Information:  Our host Katie Reed will demonstrate how to take a whole chicken and prepare it for roasting. She will then demonstrate how to best remove the meat to then make a delicious chicken salad. Once the bird has been plucked of meat you don't want to throw away the carcass, Katie will show you how to turn it into a savory broth / stock!
Cost of Class:  $15
Date:  March 26, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 S. Main St., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
Presented by:  Katie Reed
How to Register:  Stop into Harvest @ The Woodward!

Historical Marker for the Knox County Infirmary 
Learn more about how you can make the purchase of a historical marker for the Knox County Infirmary happen.
Clint A. LeVan, Store Manager | Harvest @ The Woodward 

Store Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - Closed

You can also sign up by text!  Simply text LOCALFOODS to 22828

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