From Christina Pirello
During the fall and winter months, there are few things as comforting as a bowl of savory-sweet pumpkin soup.This soup creates a serene strength and a calm disposition. By normalizing our blood sugars, this soup keeps our emotions on an even keel.
- 2 small pumpkins, halved and seeded
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for coating the pumpkins
- Sea salt
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 to 4 carrots
- 1 medium apple of choice, diced
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon mirin or white wine
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 1 cup plain soy milk, plus extra if needed (you may use any non-dairy milk of choice)
- 2 teaspoons sweet white miso
- 2 to 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, pan toasted for garnish
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh parsley, minced for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F. Generously rub the outside skin of the pumpkins with oil and place, cut sides down, in a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle lightly with salt and add 1/8 inch of water to the baking pan. Cover loosely with foil and bake about 40 minutes, until the pumpkins are tender (baking time depends on the size of the pumpkins). Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Place the 2 tablespoons oil and the onion in a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. When the onion begins to sizzle, add a pinch of salt and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, a pinch of salt , the lemon zest and mirin or white wine. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Scoop the pumpkin flesh out of the skins and add to the vegetables in the soup pot. Add the water and milk , cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook the soup until the carrots are quite soft, about 25 minutes.
- Transfer the soup, by the ladlefuls, to a blender or food processor until smooth. Add a small amount of milk to thin the soup as desired. Return the soup to the pot and place over very low heat.
- Remove a small amount of broth and use to dissolve the miso. Stir the miso mixture into the soup and simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes to activate the enzymes in the miso. Serve garnished with pumpkin seeds and parsley.
By Jonathan Ashe
Thunderhead Farms thanks La Montanita customers, staff, and management for your continued support through the 2014 summer season. From the wonderful customers who searched for our packaged specialty peppers beginning in July to the adventurous individuals who discovered them for the very first time this season, we are nothing without you. It may sound cliché, but it is wholeheartedly true. Your support in purchase and feedback gives us the drive to continue improving our quality and consistency. Our mission in providing specialty peppers, such as the Padrón and Shishito, is to be a part of your respect and celebration of food. Our Padrón peppers remind so many of their specific memories of vacations and their introduction to this incredible pepper. That joy of flavor, memories, and community is our passion. For your support, we humbly thank you and promise to be even better next year. With you in mind, we have big plans for the 2015 summer season. Visit our website, http://thunderheadfarms.com/, for updates throughout the off-season and drop us an email to provide feedback or just to say hello.
To all of the produce staff at La Montanita stores, providing your customers fresh, high-quality, local produce is a challenging task. It is also quite rewarding for everyone. As a grower, thank you for your support. As a customer, thank you for your effort. La Montanita produce leads, such as Rochelle (Ro) D’Attilio, have helped shape Thunderhead Farms packaging/labeling over the years. We started with zip-lock bags and continue to improve our presentation. Without this commercial support from people like Ro… well, we don’t like to think where we would be without this support.
The LaM FUND works!
To all of the La Montanita management and contributors to the La Montanita Fund (LaM Fund), you are awesome! Thunderhead Farms has just enjoyed a second year of financial support through the LaM Fund. It is an incredible community financial program that can help large to small (us) entities grow and/or improve their business. We know this because your fund helped us grow and improve! Thunderhead Farms has a new greenhouse, growing areas, and the ability to package/label our produce because of this financial support. The LaM Fund has also provided us the ability to deliver to restaurants in formats that fit restaurant systems and for us to continue our focus on food safety. La Montanita and contributors, thank you for offering such great financial support.
Stay warm this winter and have a wonderful holiday season everyone.
Co-op Holiday Festivities — You’re Invited
Join us at all our Co-ops for holiday festivities, natural foods samplings, craft fairs, music, friends and fun.
And don’t forget to take an ornament off our Make a Child Smile Holiday Giving Trees, up at all locations December 1 and make the season brighter for a child in need.
Saturday, December 6 Nob Hill Co-op 5-7PM
In conjunction with the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll and Twinkle Light Parade
Activities and Entertainment at the Co-op include:
5:00pm — Mosaic Woodwind Trio
5:30pm —The Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theater—for children of all ages
6:00pm — Zia Conservatory
6:30pm — The Loren Kahn Puppet Theater—For children of all ages
Saturday December 13 Santa Fe 1-4PM
1:00pm — The Shiners Club
2:30pm — Brian Bennett and Catherine Donovan
Saturday, December 13 Valley Co-op 2-6PM
2:30pm — Dave Hoover, Harp
3:30pm — Los Trinos
Sunday December 14 Westside Co-op 11AM-4PM
11:30pm — Duo Arioso—classic harp and flute
1:00pm — Zoltan Orkestar
2:30pm — Sara Tutland—Alto Flute
Other Important Seasonal Dates
December 15 — Giving Tree Gift Return Deadline
December 24 — All Co-ops close early at 6pm
December 25 — All Co-ops are closed
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — Hours vary at each location. Please check in with each Co-op for times.
Patronage Dividend Goes Electronic
By Robin Seydel
We are happy to say that our electronic voting procedure went extremely well last month thanks to the dedicated work of the Membership team’s Sarah Wentzel Fisher and Identified Media’s Kemper Barkhurst. More members voted that have participated in years past and we are most happy to have our members participate in the economic democracy the Co-op represents.
Hot off that digital success we are continuing in our efforts to save environmental resources and this year for the first time ever our annual patronage dividend will be available to member owners at the cash register of their favorite La Montanita Co-op location.
Many La Montanita members are also members at other co-ops, including REI, where annual patronage dividends are available at the check-out register. Our program will work in much the same manner.
All Co-op owners, who were current members and made purchases during the fiscal year that ran from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014, will get a Patronage Dividend Certificate mailed to their home. The Certificate that will be mailed to their homes will include a barcode and their patronage dividend history both for this year and aggregate totals for all preceding membership years. Members, at their convenience, will be able bring that Certificate, to any Co-op location where cashiers will swipe the barcode and redeemed it for food or cash at any register. It is our hope that this new electronic process will provide greater convenience for members and will prevent the “lost” patronage check that some members have, in years past, experienced. Member patronage refund information will be available in an ongoing basis at any register and will show how much the member received and how much they have redeemed and how much they still can use for food or redeem for cash.
It is thanks to our “new” point of sale system (POS), installed last year that we are able to do this. Going electronic through the register will save lots of Co-op and environmental resources, including paper (read trees!), and the costs of printing and mailing thousands of checks; which have to be mailed first class.
As we are mailing the Patronage Dividend Certificate notification please, the next time you come shopping, if you have moved in the past year, do be sure to update your address at your favorite coop location information desk before December 1. This will ensure that the Certificate is mailed to your correct address. Also we will be mailing patronage refunds to people who have moved out of state in the old fashioned form—our usual patronage check for amounts over $5.
PATRONAGE DIVIDEND CERTIFICATE REDEMPTION: ID Required!
All members will be asked to show proper and current identification when redeeming their patronage. This will ensure to the best of our ability that only the member who is entitled to the refund redeems that refund.
Primary Co-op members, please be sure to have valid identification with you, as cashiers will only redeem patronage credits with proper ID, that matches the name on your membership. Primary members, who wish to allow secondary household members to utilize the Dividend, please be sure secondary members bring in the Certificate that your household received in the mail, with signed approval by the primary member and valid identification for the secondary member.
Want your secondary member to redeem your patronage certificate but have lost your mailing. Cashiers will be able to reprint bar-coded patronage refund certificates to be signed by the primary member for use by secondary member.
While this is a most exciting and more environmental sustainable way to return our profits to our community of owners, like any new program or process, we expect there will be some unexpected challenges for us all to iron out together. We hope you, our member owners, will be patient with us as we put this new electronic Patronage Dividend redemption process into action.
If you have questions or input please do not hesitate to contact me at 217-2027 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop the Dow Duo: Don’t Enlist for the Glyphosate and Agent Orange Cocktail
Edited by Robin Seydel, from a variety of sources
As reported by Reuters on Sept 17, The US Department of Agriculture gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences. These GMO products are engineered to resist both Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Dow’s 2,4-D best known as the active ingredient in Agent Orange.
Approval of the GMO corn and soybeans to be sold as part of a branded “Enlist Weed Control System” means the traits could be on the market for the 2015 US planting season, according to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical.
With approval of the two GMO products in the bag, Dow is now awaiting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Enlist herbicide cocktail. Like the popular Roundup Ready system developed by rival Monsanto, the heavy use of which has triggered an explosion of herbicide-resistant “super weeds” the new EPA approved corn and soy will tolerate repeated spraying of the Enlist Weed Control herbicide. Dow estimates that the prevalence of resistant weeds has more than doubled since 2009 and so-called “super weeds” now infest roughly 70 million acres of U.S. farmland. Monsanto is also developing a new biotech cropping system.
Pass the Agent Orange, Please!
Enlist combines a 60-year-old herbicide component known as 2,4-D, best known as one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, with glyphosate, the chief ingredient in long-used Roundup. Concerned consumers, farmers and conservationists say the use of 2,4-D can cause potential health and environmental problems, including increasing weed resistance. And they fear the chemical will damage neighboring farm fields. Fruit and vegetable farmers are particularly concerned that 2,4-D drift will lead to crop damage.
“The USDA approval of Enlist after such a fundamentally flawed review process is a slap in the face to farmers,” said Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network (PAN). “Thousands of farmers have warned USDA of the crop damage, economic losses and health risks they will face from pesticide drift, if these 2,4-D resistant seeds hit the market.” Ishii-Eiteman hinted at a lawsuit, saying PAN would pursue “legal options” to protect farmers. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City on the Reuters Newswire.)
The Center for Food Safety writes asking us “to all take just a few minutes to urge President Obama to stop this toxic herbicide and the genetically engineered crops that depend on it!”
“Enlist Duo is designed to be sprayed on Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, killing the weeds but not the crops. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops are already failing because they created superweeds. Now imagine Roundup on overdrive. Scientists, lawmakers and millions of citizens know that more chemicals are not the answer to the superweed problem.”
The Los Angeles Times recently editorialized, “Just as the nation must stop overusing antibiotics if it hopes to slow the emergence of resistant infections, it must do the same with herbicides and genetically modified crops. The way to deal with so-called superweeds isn’t by escalating the arms race against them.”
Despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and a letter signed by 60 Members of Congress opposing government approval, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently gave Dow’s risky crops the green light. This GE crop system ensures a toxic spiral of ever-increasing chemical use on our land and food.
These new crops pose a grave threat to our health. 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. Independent tests continue to turn up highly toxic dioxin contaminants in 2,4-D. The USDA admitted it could be as much as 176 million pounds per year on farms and fields!
Tell Obama to stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on! Go to www.centerforfoodsafety.org to sign on to the petition. Or join the Organic Consumers’ Association campaign at www.organicconsumers.org