Want to learn how to cook a whole chicken?  Want to go even further and learn how to turn the leftovers into a delicious chicken salad and the bones into broth?  Wait no longer!  Sign up for our Chicken Class on April 9th and Katie Reed will show you how it's done!  Plus, you'll get to sample the delicious results in class.  Stop into Harvest to sign up today!
"Food matters because it's one of the things that forces us to live in this world -- this tactile, physical, messy, and beautiful world -- no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness."  ~ Shauna Niequist
Upcoming Events

March 2016
Everyone is welcome!
Book:  " All The Light We Cannot See " by Anthony Doerr

April 2016
Perry Cook Library - Shauck, OH
Mt. Vernon Public Library
Cooking Chicken - Taking the bird from roasted to broth
A Harvest @ The Woodward class series - see below for more information
Learn the techniques and sample the delicious results!

Woodward Opera House
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:  April 9, 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!

What's new in the store?

Butter Milk
From Paint Valley Farms
Available by the half gallon.  
Straight from the churn.  
Grade A - Vat Pasteurized
Vendor Spotlight:   
The Ohio Relish Company
While many food companies have started with traditional family recipes, The All-American Relish Company combined golf and good friends to add spice to a favorite tradition.

Lenny Herbert and Raj Lakhia had finished their usual 18-hole weekend round of golf on May 23, 2009, when Lenny invited Raj home for a simple cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers. Raj offered to bring a relish made from a Douglas family (his mother's side of the family) recipe. Lenny, bowled over by the flavor, suggested that Raj consider making and selling the relish.

Together, the two men perfected the recipe (after many experimental batches) for a relish that would accompany a seemingly endless variety of dishes. A condiment for hot dogs and hamburgers? A favorite chip dip? A "secret" ingredient in casseroles and other entrees?

On December 23, 2009, The All-American Relish Company, became an official partnership between Lenny and Raj. Since Raj wanted to give credit to Lenny for initiating the idea and the experimentation, they decided to call the relish "Herbert's Original Chow-Chow." Their combined efforts have produced a deliciously savory product that will bring together friends and family at parties and other meals - just as it brought together two friends with a shared purpose at that memorable cookout.

*These ingredients can be found at Harvest right now

Food Facts


Kombucha is a refreshing fermented beverage. It is obtained by the fermentation of sweetened tea with a symbiotic association of acetic acid bacteria and specific yeast cultures. Originated from northeast China centuries back, this miraculous fungus has been valued for its unique, refreshing taste and impressive range of medicinal benefits. Kombucha is famously known as the 'Immortal health Elixir' in ancient China.

While sometimes referred as kombucha mushroom, there is no mushroom associated with kombucha. The live yeast present in the kombucha beverage provides it an active life which carries on even after transferring it into the storage containers. The kombucha culture includes one or more of Candida stellata, Zygosaccharomyces bailii, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Torulaspora delbrueckii and Schizosaccharomyces pombe yeasts. Kombucha may have varied flavor depending on the choice of black or green tea and tastes somewhere in the middle of apple cider and champagne. After being a significant part of Chinese folk medicine, word of kombucha eventually reached Russia, Germany and Europe and recently it has been gaining a lot of popularity around the globe attributing to its amazing therapeutic qualities.

Nutritional Value of Kombucha
Kombucha enfolds a range of yeast and bacterial species with polyphenols, amino acids and organic acids. After the completion of the required fermentation process, the kombucha drink develops into a nutritional powerhouse with a richness of various minerals, numerous beneficial live enzymes, a range of vitamins such as vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, C and many healthful chemical constituents such as gluconic acid, oxalic acid, acetic acid, glucuronic acid, usnic acid, fructose and lactic Acid.

Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha possesses antibiotic properties i.e. bactericidal and bacteriostatic which works against a range of pathogens and is used for therapeutic purposes in human as well as veterinary treatments.

Detoxification: Kombucha possesses a remarkable ability to detoxify the body. It contains a powerful detoxifier, glucuronic acid, which binds the toxins entering the liver and eliminates them out of the body via the kidneys. This helps in reducing the burden on the pancreas and keeps the liver healthy. Furthermore, kombucha prevents the harmful effects of the pollution caused by the petroleum products along with plastics, pesticides, resins and heavy metals.

Antioxidant power: Kombucha contains profuse amounts of organic acids such as glucuronic acids and powerful antioxidants which help in shielding the body from oxidative damage. The antioxidants present in kombucha look out for the oxygen free radicals and neutralize their effects thereby, repairs and protects the body from associated diseases and inflammations.

Hepato-protective qualities: Another healing action exerted by kombucha is its hepatic-protective effects. A research study conducted on kombucha has shown that kombucha tea helps in restoring the levels of glutathione and is remarkably effectual in reducing the induced hepato-toxicity. A comparative study conducted on black tea, kombucha tea and enzyme-processed black tea has proven the efficacy and superiority of kombucha tea in providing hepatic protection against the toxicity attributing to its antioxidant power as compared to the latter.

Cancer: Kombucha works wonderfully in restrain the growth of cancer. Studies have shown that glucaric acid present in kombucha is quite effective in prevention of various types of cancer including pancreatic and breast cancer. Lactic acid present in kombucha acts beneficially against cancer by shifting the pH value of the body towards the acidic side making it difficult for the cancer to develop. As stated earlier regarding the detoxification qualities of the kombucha drink which also contribute profitably in the prevention and treatment of different cancers.

Antimicrobial effects:  Kombucha tea has anti-microbial properties which may prove effective against a variety of pathogens. An investigative research has revealed that apart from acetic acid kombucha contains other antimicrobial components which even at neutral values of pH provide protection against a range of microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia Coli, Salmonella enteritidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes and Helicobacter pylori.

Diabetes : Kombucha is valued for its effectiveness in dealing with diabetes.  It is a natural therapeutic agent which helps in suppressing the factors implicated in diabetic conditions. A comparative study involving black tea and kombucha has revealed that kombucha has better inhibiting properties as compared to the black tea and aids in superior deterrence of the elevated blood glucose levels. The study has also suggested that kombucha tea exerts healing action on the pancreas of the diabetic individuals and helps in guarding their liver and kidney functions by reducing the concentration of urea and other unfavorable activities occurring in the plasma membrane.

Arthritis: As stated kombucha contains glucosamines which are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of all types of arthritis. Glucosamine present in kombucha stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid which helps in the maintenance of cartilage structure and provides relief from the pain associated with arthritis. Hyaluronic acid aids in reducing the free radical damage, preserves lubrication and elasticity of the joints by empowering the connective tissue to bind the associated moisture.

Cholesterol:   Another superb benefit offered by kombucha tea is the maintenance of healthy levels of cholesterol. Research studies have provided qualitative evidence regarding the anti-lipidemic properties of kombucha which helps in reducing the absorption of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides and elevate the levels of good cholesterol .i.e. HDL cholesterol in the body.

Gastric ulcers: Kombucha provides relief from discomfort caused by gastric ulcerations. Studies conducted in this field have revealed that antioxidants and phenols present in kombucha tea helps in protecting the mucin content in the gastric tissues and decrease the secretion of excess gastric acids. The same study also suggested that the efficacy of kombucha tea in healing gastric ulcers is at par with the commercially available drug, omeprazole.

Cellular health: Kombucha helps in maintaining cellular health which is vital for the healthy functioning of the body. A study performed on kombucha tea has shown the protective effects of kombucha drink against the induced cytotoxicity and demonstrated positive results with respect to the factors implicated in the reduction of cellular toxins.

Digestion: Kombucha is a valuable beverage which promotes healthy digestion. Attributing to the process of fermentation with live colony of bacteria and yeast, kombucha works as a probiotic potion which helps in sustaining the gut health and provides relief from various abdominal disorders including chronic constipation and diarrhea symptoms. The digestive enzymes present in kombucha enhance the effects of glucuronic acid and aids in the breakdown of proteins and saccharides thereby, making the digestive system more efficient.

Stronger immune system: Kombucha is rich in numerous antioxidants which strengthens the immune defense and boosts the energy levels of the body. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of kombucha help in fighting various bacterial and viral infections. A study conducted on kombucha tea has validated the fact that oral administration of this drink may help in recovering from the compromised immune system thereby, helps in improving the protection mechanism of the body.

Other uses: Apart from a plethora of health benefits, kombucha culture can also be utilized to manufacture artificial leather.  

Kombucha: word of caution
Although kombucha has been valued as a phenomenal healer, it can also cause allergic reactions including upset stomach and inflammations.

Gastrointestinal toxicity: Another side effect of Kombucha tea is gastrointestinal discomfort which can cause the onset of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, jaundice and headaches.

Lactic acidosis: Consumption of kombucha tea can also result in lactic acidosis in some individuals which can further lead to severe circumstances.

In case of any adverse symptoms or medical emergency, it is worthwhile to seek immediate medical attention to avoid any grave conditions.

Kombucha: Summary
Kombucha drink has a revitalizing effect which helps retain the natural color of the hair, keep the skin firm and improve the feeling of overall health and vigor. Kombucha is an effective wound healer, helps in reducing the anxiety and stress levels in the body and keeps the mind energized. Prior considering kombucha for therapeutic usage, it is always advisable to consult a medical professional to better understand its effects from an individual perspective.

Source: OrganicFacts.net

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