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The fresh fish market is a thrilling stimulation to the senses. The sights, and smells of fresh, and smoked fish, combined with the anticipation of the savory meal can peak the interest of anyone that can appreciate the varied flavors of fish.  Moreover the experience can be doubly valued for those that know the pleasures of fishing.  Each fish variety has a unique flavor, texture, and exclusive methods of cooking and preparation that can optimize those unique qualities. Weather you are shopping for salmon, trout, catfish, tilapia, or bream, the process of selection is crucial to your enjoyment.

Selection of Fresh Fish

Most fish have the same, or similar anatomical features. If you are selecting whole fish with the head, take note of the eyes and gills.  The eyes of freshly caught fish will be clear, bright, and the pupils will appear black. You may notice a bright red lining on the perimeter of the outer edge of the eyeball, and translucent silver within the eye. When you lift the gill cover, fresh fish will reveal bright red gills. Within two days, the gills may begin to transition to a crimson red, then progress to brown, then green. Basically this color change will follow the pattern of blood as it dries. For best results, avoid fish that has green tones within the gills.

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Fish Anatomy. Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

The Body of a Fresh Fish

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Stork with fish in mouth. Wikimedia.

When looking at the body of fresh fish, the scales or skin of the fish should appear uniform, bright, and shiny. Fish manufacture slime as one of their defense mechanisms against other predators. Therefore, when fish emerge from their waters, they tend to be slimy. Properly cleaning fish will minimize this factor. Translucent scales are an indicator of freshness. This trait may vary, based on the fish variety, though scales tend to become opaque with the progression of time. For fish in the catfish family, or fish with smooth skin, markings on the body are generally not as visible when freshly caught. The fins and tail on fish should appear whole, and unbroken. Usually when fresh, the body will be pliable, not stiff.

Flesh of fish

The flesh of white fish, when fresh, has a translucent sheen. Fish, such as cod, haddock, or halibut may have a slight whitish, yellow tone. White fish may also appear pink, due to exposed fresh blood content. The texture of the flesh should be firm, and bounce back when you press it, not sink down as if it were mashed.  Fish, such as salmon will have a bright, coral, shiny tone. If you are looking at whole, fish, look for traces of fresh, bright red blood as indicators of freshness. If you are looking at filleted fish, the skin should usually be soft and vibrant, not hard or dried. Fresh fish, weather whole, filleted, or cut however so, should not give off a “fishy” smell.

Turkey Recipe Simple, and Savory


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A Simple Turkey Baste

Easy Turkey baste
Recipe type: turkey or poultry baste
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-20 servings
This recipe can be adjusted to the quantity of turkey you are cooking.
  • Per 2lb. turkey= (2 turkey legs) / Per 20lbs.= (whole turkey)
  • Mandarin: ½ / per 20lbs.= Mandarins: 5
  • Garlic: 2 segments / per 20lbs.= Garlic: 2-3 cloves
  • Jalapeno peppers: ½ / per 20lbs.= Jalapeno peppers: 5
  • Granny Smith apple: ½ / per 20lbs.= Granny Smith apple: 5
  • Olive oil: 2.5fl.oz. / per 20lbs.= Olive oil: 10fl.oz.
  • Apple cider vinegar: 5fl.oz. / per 20lbs.= A.C.V.= 20fl.oz.
  • Long grain brown rice: ½lb per lb. of turkey
  • **Note** Omit mandarin oranges in case of acid sensitivity
  1. Pour apple cider vinegar and oil in a mason jar or measuring cup.
  2. Wash mandarin in cold water, then pat dry.
  3. Cut the mandarin in half, squeeze the juice from one half into jar.
  4. Remove the fruit from one half.
  5. Lay the peel down with the inside of hull facing the cutting board.
  6. To remove the zest, angle a knife at a slant, and lightly scrape the surface of the peel. Scrape the knife in one direction. Use ¼ of the mandarin for zest.
  7. Gather the scrapings and add to mixture.
  8. Next remove 2 segments from a clove of garlic and clean, (remove the paper thin layer).
  9. To mince, first score the garlic by making cuts vertically in a chopping motion, cut horizontally, then mince or chop.
  10. Repeat with the second segment and pour the minced garlic into the jar.
  11. Quarter one jalapeno pepper lengthwise.
  12. Then score and mince one half of the pepper and add to mixture.
  13. Do the same with one Granny Smith apple.
  14. Place turkey in aluminum foil.
  15. For large, whole turkey, place in a deep cooking pan.
  16. Brush or pour mixture over entire turkey.
  17. Pour the remaining contents into foil or pan.
  18. Seal the foil by bringing up the edges.
  19. For large whole turkey, wrap aluminum foil from upper edge of pan over the top and fold down closed.
  20. Bake in pre-heated oven 30-45 minutes.

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If you have  not experienced trying different brands, I recommend an organic variety. This is simply due to the fact that however you embellish it, you will not disguise the texture and level of freshness of the turkey. For optimal freshness, look at the date on the package and take notice of the color when possible.

This recipe is an easy, light combination of ingredients that will lift your spirits and is interchangeable with other poultry, such as goose or duck. You can adjust the consistency of each ingredient to your taste. In addition, it is always helpful to taste-test as you go.

Turkey Baste Ingredients


  • Mandarins These little babies, beloved by kids for their
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    mandarin oranges, (cuties), 3 lb. bag


    mandarin oranges, halved

    compact size, are a seedless, low acidity variety of citrus fruit. Each mandarin packs a sweet, juicy punch. Nutritionally, they are rich in vitamin A, and Potassium which makes them a suitable choice for snacking. One 3 lb. bag, (pictured), has about 10-12 mandarins.

  • Granny Smith apples are an appropriate apple variety for cooking and baking alike. They contain a moderate level of sweetness, which becomes more concentrated when cooked, though doesn’t become to heavy or syrupy. Adding this type of apple is an easy way to include a balanced sweetness to a recipe.

    Other Essentials

  • Garlic is an antibacterial powerhouse. An excellent condiment for combatting the flu-season.
  • Jalapeno peppers add heat and flavor to a recipe and are a good source of vitamin C.turkey recipe, raw ingredients: mandarin, garlic, jalapeno peppers
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is preferable to white vinegar for its natural enzymes, minerals, and it’s effect on neutralizing stomach acids.  Utilized in this recipe to distribute the other ingredients.
  • Olive oil has a nice mellow flavor cooks food slowly. Coconut oil can be substituted for olive oil if preferred.
  • Long grain brown rice is a tasty, filling, and nutritious accompaniment to this recipe.DSCN6515DSCN6524DSCN6526DSCN6529DSCN6532DSCN6530DSCN6540 turkey baste recipe, granny-smith applesRSCN6572RSCN6569DSCN6544/ turkey prior to bakingRSCN6564/ basted turkryRSCN6562 turkey baste recipe, brown rice




Picking Fruits For Best Results(17) (2)[1] FRUITS/ apples

Weather you are selecting fruits individually, or by the case, always inspect them, and make sure they appear fresh. Fresh fruits are firm and generally free from bruising and scars. If you have any questions, address them as you shop. Be mindful of any information regarding the origin of fruits. After a bulk purchase, make it a priority to go through the case. Check for any smashed, damaged, or rotten fruit at the bottom of the case, and discard it appropriately

Knowing how to select fruits at the peak of freshness is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy diet. The determining factor is your intended use. Generally, as fruits ripen, their sugars become more concentrated, additionally cooking fruits elevates their sweetness. For baking, produce doesn’t necessarily have to be freshly picked. If you are using a cold-press juicer, however, ultimate freshness is recommended. For cooking, such as frying or stir-frying, it may depend on the type of fruit.

Popular Fruits

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When picking cantaloupe, make sure the area of the stem is firm.

Cantaloupe – When shopping for cantaloupe, the degree of  green you see on the surface, and in the area of the stem will determine if it’s ready to eat. If you want a cantaloupe you can eat immediately, look for more of a yellow or golden tint on the surface. As with most fruits, steer clear of bruising. Cantaloupe should generally have a round, smooth surface, and the area of the stem should be firm. If you buy cantaloupe when green, placing it in a paper bag at room temperature, or facing sunlight will accelerate the ripening process. The greenest cantaloupes will likely have a storage life of around seven days.

Grapes – Based on location, climate, and terrain, there is a broad range of grape varieties. From thin, to dense skinned grapes, and dusky blue, to champagne color tones. Seedless, or seeded, grapes generally grow on vines. When selecting, look for grape bunches that are dry and free of mold in, and around vine clusters.

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organic bananas have an enhanced taste and fragrance

Bananas – For immediate consumption, look for bananas that are yellow. If you intend to eat them within a week, (their estimated storage life), select bananas that are green.There are several brands to choose from, as well as organic. Organic bananas tend to have a more enhanced color, flavor and fragrance.

Mangoes – Rich colors can tell you the level of a mango’s sweetness. Red and orange tones in mango indicate sweetness. Hard, firm mangos are good for frying, or pickling. For snacking, usually mangos are good when eaten somewhere between firm and soft. Once soft, they can develop a repelling gassy taste or smell.  *Note: This is in reference to the most popular variety found at many grocery stores throughout the U.S.

Citrus Fruits – Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, mandarins, lemons, limes. Citrus fruits can sometimes be deceptive. Before committing to a large purchase, buy a small quantity to taste. Surface markings, particularly on oranges and grapefruits are not uncommon. Mandarins, and tangerines are typically less acidic than oranges, and grapefruits.

Pineapple – For a longer storage life, select pineapple with a greener body.  Golden to dark brown indicates the level of ripeness. If you want a pineapple that you can eat right away, golden tones are a good

note the developing gold tones of a pineapple, as it ripens

note the developing gold tones of a pineapple, as it ripens

indicator of a sweet pineapple.

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fully ripened, sweet pineapple




Remember to remove fruits from plastic bags when storing in quantities of over 5 lbs. and enjoy!


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DREADLOCKS SECRETS TO Naturally Healthy Hair

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Wikimedia/Bob Marley

What You Should Know About Dreadlocks

  • Dreadlocks are a natural, universal style.
  • Washing and maintaining clean dreadlocks is easy.
  • To achieve dreadlocks, you need nothing more than enough hair to work with, personal desire, and persistence.
  • If you have enough hair to gather, and twist into sections, you can dread your hair.
  • You can wear dreadlocks in many ways

Hair Texture

Your hair is manufactured by your skin cells. What determines the texture of your hair determines the texture of your skin. Melanin is a natural pigment, found in most organisms, produced by the process of polymerization, which oxidizes the amino acid Tyrosine, 1 of 22 amino acids used by body cells to synthesize proteins. A group of cells known as melanocytes produce the pigment. Inside melanocytes are tiny granules of melanin pigment contained in vesicles called melanosomes that move into the skin cells.  In the rare condition known as albinism, there is a complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin due to a lack of Melanin production stemming from absence of the amino acid Tyrosine.


The results of ancestral geographical origins are inherited. Generations of ancestors exposed to the sun produce higher concentrations of melanin in their skin cells and pass this on through their lineage. People generally have varying degrees of melanin or natural pigment in their skin. More melanin will produce darker skin tones and denser layers of skin. Less melanin will produce lighter skin tones and thinner layers of skin. Hair texture will naturally be aligned with the skin’s texture.

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Your hair, in its natural state is likely to dread itself. The first step in helping your hair is to lay the brush and comb down. Your dreads will develop by persistently twisting sections of your hair. You can tease the hair as you twist it, or you can twist, then separate the hair and twist again. Persistence is the key. For thinner hair you can massage the juice of a lemon into hair and scalp, let it dry then twist on.

Starting your Dreadlocks

When starting dreadlocks, you want the hair to strike a balance. Hair that is too oily will be harder to lock. Hair that is too dry will break off.  Sebum, the oily substance produced by the Sebaceous glands decreases with higher levels of vitamin A in the blood. Massaging the scalp thoroughly and eating foods containing vitamin A will help to neutralize oily hair.

For dry hair, consuming foods containing omega-3, (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and applying them externally can strengthen and hydrate your hair. Alpha linolenic acids, or (ALA) are the omega-3 fatty acids found in plant oils. Dreading your hair when it is completely dry will cause less damage to the hair.

Washing and Maintenance of Dreadlocks

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For best results, stick with 98%-100% natural hair products. Coconut or olive oil can add strength and moisture to dry hair. Lemon juice neutralizes the ph-level of oily hair. Massaging the scalp will evenly distribute oil produced from the Sebaceous glands. Celebrate your uniqueness. when you dread your own hair, your own personal style and texture will emerge as it develops with time, embrace it.

Paying Attention to Product Labels

I have listened to hairdressers compare Sodium Laurel Sulfate to floor wax. You may find that it is a main ingredient in many common, and name-brand hair-care products. Any wax, when applied forms a stubborn coating on hair. It’s buildup can make your hair heavy, pulling on your scalp. When you wash your dreadlocks, you want to remove dirt and buildup. Use a natural soap with a base such as vegetable glycerin and a carrier like coconut oil or olive oil. Before you buy products with obscure ingredients, Google the ingredients listed. The hair-care section of a store does not always carry the products most suitable for the care and maintenance of your dreadlocks.

What you put in your Body will Reflect in your Dreadlocks

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What you consume or put in your body will reflect in your dreadlocks. Smoking and alcohol consumption can deplete your system of vitamin C which hydrates all the cells of the body. Eating the foods that nourish your body within, and applying natural plant oils or derivatives to hair will strengthen your dreadlocks and protect it from breakage.

There is a certain pride that comes with wearing dreadlocks. Subsequently, cultivating one’s own, natural resources produces this sense of pride. Dreading your hair is the process of developing the art wherein you are the medium.

Vitamin A in foods:  fruits and vegetables: apricots, bell peppers, cantaloupe, carrots, limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, peaches, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tangerines,  and watermelon. The liver stores vitamin a  in fish, and animals. It is also found in crab, cod, halibut, in addition to the flesh of swordfish and whitefish

Vitamin C in foods:  fruits and vegetables– bell peppers, broccoli, citrus fruits, green cabbage, guava, pineapple, green leafy vegetables, green tea, melons, (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), plums, radish, squash, strawberries, tomatoes

Omega-3, (polyunsaturated fatty acids) In Foods: chia seeds, flax-seeds (ground), pecans, sesame seeds, walnuts, winter squash, fish; Plant oil: extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed or linseed oil (cold pressed), walnut oil

Bibliography: Melanin. [Last updated 09/17/2015.] “Wikipedia” [] [09/29/2015.]; Mandal, Dr. Ananya, MD. What is Melanin? [Last updated 09/08/2014.] “News Medical Life Sciences & Medicine” [] [09/29/2015.]; Sebaceous gland. [last modified 09/23/2015.]; “Wikipedia” [] [09/29/2015



appetiteHow to Change Toxic Eating Habits

Toxic foods and substances wreak havoc on the human body with or without ones awareness. If a bag of chocolate candy lays beside you, chances are you might eat more than you intend. Chocolate candy appeals to your appetite, by stimulating your body’s reward centers. When I eat a piece of chocolate, I feel its reward in the moment I am actively eating it. After it passes through my palette and on its way through the digestive process, this feeling of reward disperses.

Toxic Foods Exploit Appetite

The reward lies only in the moment. This is the principle of toxic substances. They lure our nearsighted appetite, engaging our physical senses at the entry point of the body, smell taste, touch. As the process of digestion unfolds, we’re faced  with the toxic substance’s path of destruction: Tooth decay, bloating, joint pain, joint stiffness, dry, brittle skin, hair and nails, weakened immune system, abdominal discomforts, bladder and kidney affections, irritability, lack of mental clarity, headache, high blood pressure, irregular moods, and vision disorders are a few examples of the destructive impact of these toxic substances in our system.appetite; toxic foods, soda bottles on a store shelf

If your health is already compromised,  such as if you have migraines, arthritis, injuries, certain sensitivities of mind, body or mood or any of the conditions listed above, you will feel the path of destruction in the affected areas first. Controlling your appetite is one of the basic actions you must take to combat toxic food’s exploitation of your physical senses. Just as important as it is to eat the foods that aid in your body’s natural healing process, it is equally important to eliminate toxic foods from your diet.

Understanding How Toxic Foods Manipulate Appetite

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Drinking lemon water can help your body in healing, and detoxifying

Consuming water and fruit or the juice from raw fruits for one day can flush your system and reset your palette. In order to understand the level of toxicity in many common highly sweetened processed foods, try this for 2 and 1/2 days. After the second day, continue with this pattern, though for lunch, eat a donut or a snack cake. You should immediately feel the toxic strength of sweeteners that flood your system. If you were to continue for 4 days in not consuming processed foods loaded with additives and sweeteners, drinking only water and consuming raw fruits, your understanding would be even greater when you pick up one donut and prove to yourself how fiercely these toxic foods enter the blood stream. This demonstrates how the process of detoxification works.Your understanding is necessary to start to change your eating habits and regulate your appetite.

If highly processed, sweetened, refined foods are your default diet, your body builds up a tolerance to these foods. Your appetite adjusts to accommodate higher levels of sugar and salt in your diet, at least until that accumulation causes a malfunction. When you reset your appetite by detoxifying, you will taste your food as it is, and can make food choices based on the perceptible results. You will become more sensitive to what you put into your system and your senses will become more acute. If you continue to eat more fruits throughout the day, you will begin to successfully eliminate cravings for toxic processed foods and refined sugars.

Improving Appetite; Avoid the Toxic Food Trap

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In order to keep up a healthy diet it is necessary to discuss the barriers that have made a path for an unhealthy diet. Level of availability, prices, transportation, lack of information, time constraints all play a part in long-term poor eating habits. When people know that they can buy healthy foods, they do so regardless of social or economic status, demographics, education level, race or nationality. What you find in many of the statistical information is a snapshot of current conditions. If produce is unavailable to a segment of the population, the statistics reflect that. That is not to conclude these conditions are necessarily desired.

Cost, availability, and quality are three of the major components to maintaining a healthy diet. The price is frequently an invitation or a barrier. Knowing that you can afford to buy enough fruit and vegetables that you do not have to eat junk food in any part of your day can significantly reduce unhealthy eating choices and reset your appetite. One method of addressing cost is buying fruit and vegetables wholesale.

Save Money by Eating Healthy

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You can save up to 50% off of your grocery bill by purchasing fruits and vegetables wholesale. One 40 lb. case of apples may cost you anywhere from $25-$40 depending on the variety, seasonality, and the wholesaler. In comparison apples purchased retail can cost $2-$3 per pound. Oranges by the case may cost anywhere from $18-$28 for a 40 lb. case. A 25 lb. case of fresh tomatoes costs approximately $14-$20. A 50 lb. case of fresh potatoes can cost around $18, far less than the $1-$1.50 per pound price at the grocery stores.

You can also select your desired condition of fruits and vegetables. If you buy your tomatoes green they will last longer, turning red as they ripen over the course of up to a week and a half. Always buy bananas green as they have a brief storage life, usually no more than 6 days. The storage life of these commodities will depend as much on the conditions in which they’re stored. It is advisable to do some research on commodity specific storage methods and recommendations for best results.

By investing in fruits and vegetables you effectively stave off hunger, offset craving for processed foods, snacks, and desserts, and readjust your appetite to eliminate future cravings for toxic foods.




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HOW TO STORE FRUIT; Minimize Waste, and Maximize your Nutritional Intake



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Summer peaches; peak of the season

Tips on Storing Fruit for Optimal Use

The Key to buying fruitespecially, in bulk, is knowing how to store it and for how long. Being informed of the origin of the fruit can allow you to anticipate it’s storage life. Plums imported from Chile will have a shorter storage life than local grown plums, due to the extended exposure to refrigeration in transit. The ripening process is different with each type of fruit. Some fruit will keep up to two weeks, if stored properly, while fruits, such as peaches typically last 5-7 days. If you buy a 40 lb. case of apples,  and consume it within two weeks, that equates to an average of 2.8 lbs. per day, or about 5 apples per day. Owning a case of fruit  can urge you and your family not only to eat more raw fruits, it can also  inspire  creative culinary uses.

You can store most fruits at room temperature, away from extreme temperatures and direct sunlight. Refrigeration can adversely impact the storage life of fruits. It can diminish water content, compromising the fruit’s flavor and level of sweetness.  The best conditions for refrigerated storage of most fruits are to chill just before eating.

Suggested Storage Methods for Specific Fruit

For fruits such as berries, cherries, and fresh figs, refrigeration is advisable. Grapes will withstand either storage method, though must remain dry. If stored at room temperature, they should sit in a dry area where air can circulate to them. If you choose to store them in a refrigerator, first place them in a paper bag. Any fruit that’s cut or exposed essentially requires refrigeration.

Make sure you remove grapes from plastic shopping bags you may have purchased them in, as they draw out moisture and can also lead to mold. Line the bottom of a perforated storage container with a sheet of paper, and place only the fruit on it. Grapes remain fresher on the vine. Citrus fruits are likewise, susceptible to molding. A dry area, (at room temperature), where air can circulate will help to guard against mold’s development. Many citrus fruits can be stored up to two weeks. Always store pineapple in a dry area. If purchased while dark green, it will optimally keep for about 1-2 weeks. They can easily sit on a shelf or countertop. If you buy bananas by the case, always make sure they are green, if you don’t anticipate consuming them immediately. You can expect their storage life limited to within one week. Additionally, cold temperatures will turn bananas brown or black, fast. Therefore, room temperature is especially advisable.

Herbal, Eco – Friendly Pest Control

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locally harvested plums

Fruit does not only appeal to people, if you can smell the sweetness of the fruit, so can other animals, insects, and critters. Investing in a few environmentally friendly pest control methods will make it all possible for you to enjoy the fruit you buy.


  • Osage orange fruit or (Hedge-apple): Whether you are familiar with this fruit all depends on the geography of where you live.  This is not a type of citrus fruit, nor is it recommended for human consumption, although it is non-toxic to humans, though potentially irritating to the skin. C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_Osage Orange 2012 - 6(1)Osage trees generally grow throughout the Midwestern United States. The active agent in this strange fruit is its essential oil. Several universities have conducted studies on Osage Orange including the University of Minnesota extension, and Iowa State University. According to a study by Iowa State University, the essential oil of Osage Orange is an effective natural repellent to the German cockroach among other parasites.
  • Note* squirrels are known to nibble on these


  • Apple cider vinegar: Fermentation lures fruit flies.  Fruit is a living organism that is valuable in every stage of its development. After its harvest  from the tree, fruit continues to evolve or mature. We call this the process of  ripening. As some fruits ripen, they take on different colors and flavors. Peaches turn deeper rose tones, and green apples turn golden, sweetening as they ripen. Cold temperatures can  stunt, alter, or delay the natural ripening  process.harvest_apple_ripe

It’s better to know how to reroute any uprising of fruit flies than  be caught off guard. For this you will need one glass jar with a wide mouth, one sheet of thick paper, and apple cider vinegar. Take the paper and fold it into a funnel. Cut a hole at the tip just big enough for the fruit flies to enter, and not large enough for them to easily exit. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar, leaving enough space for the funnel. Place the funnel in the jar, and make sure it is secure.

    • Kness, Ketch-all : An effective, chemical free mouse trap. Just set it and go. Don’t forget to check it.
    •  Common house flies: Put one to four pennies in a plastic bag, add some water, tie the bag, and hang it in the area that needs attention. If this does not work for you, substitute water with  white vinegar.
    • Plastic storage bins, (perforated): These work well against
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      Fruits requiring air circulation can be stored in perforated storage bins

      rodents, and are good for fruits that need some air to get to them. Make sure the perforated holes are around 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch in diameter. Also once you place the lid over the bin be sure to weight it down.


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The Retail Cost of Produce

Produce pricing varies across the country based on factors such as distance of the retailer from the foods origin, and weather it is in season locally. At a store in a major city in the Midwest you can expect to pay around $5.00 for three peaches. If the actual cost is a discriminating factor, the likelihood of your consuming produce on a regular basis is minimal. Based on The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) recommendations, adults can meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit by consuming 2 cups per day, or two whole fruits. For vegetables, the recommendation is 1, ½ cups, or 1, 1/2 vegetables. For optimal health, fruits can easily make up the snacking part of your daily food intake, (between meals).

Why eat More Produce?

Fruits regularly incorporated into the diet will deter consumption of unhealthy processed foods. More specifically, foods containing excessively toxic levels of added sweeteners. One person with an average weight of 150 pounds could ideally consume an estimated equivalent of between 3–6 average size peaches per day; or 1/4 to 1/2 of a 30-lb. watermelon, (throughout the day). Consuming this on a hot day with an average temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit helps to regulate body temperature. Watermelon contains about 92% water. A peach contains 88% water. Based on a moderate, average income, it is easy to see how price can influence diet.

(Please note):  foods consumed will have a chemical reaction in the gut, Which is processing these foods at an estimated 98.6 degrees farenheit, (37 degrees Celsius). To a person eating a diet rich in processed, refined foods, even suggesting consuming this much fruit in one day could prove  a disastrous, if not explosive experiment. The emphasis here is on incorporating fruits and vegetables into the diet.

Methods of Purchasing Produce 

There is an  established and growing array of national grocery store chains that Price Match competing grocery store  advertisements which are found in the local daily newspaper or on the web.

  • Farmers Markets: You can generally purchase quality produce by way of wholesale pricing if you buy in larger quantity, such as by the case.
  • Roadside Farm Stands, Roadside Vendors: Certain states have laws established to promote these roadside vendors. Farm stands can sometimes be found in remote areas. They are generally located not too far from packing houses or farms where the produce is grown and harvested.

a retail produce truck in the southeast that accepts credit, debit, and e.b.t. cards

Fruits and vegetables trucks : On the rise throughout the United States, as a source of distributive retail to locations lacking in fresh produce. Some can even accommodate various methods of payment. Remember, as a courtesy to other shoppers, shop with your

back of produce truck, displaying watermelons, canteloupe, grapes, tomatoes, peaches

a Mobile produce truck in the southeast that accepts credit, debit, and e.b.t. cards

eyes. You can always let the vendor know how you prefer the texture of your fruits and vegetables.


  Pick your own, (U pick farms): At these farms, you pay the grower a small fee for what you pick, established either by weight or by volume. These growers are often one of the guarded secrets of locals, roadside vendors, and farmers’ markets. You may have to drive a distance, as they are typically in rural areas.

  • If you have some land available for use setting a starting point for Developing a Garden can bring much reward. Acreage is not re
    DSCN5546-1/produce/ vies of purple-hull peas ready to be harvested on a farm

    Purple-hull peas ready for harvest

    quired, you can start with little space. There are even vegetables you can grow in container pots on a porch.  Different fruits and vegetables need different levels of sunlight, water, space, and maintenance. You can start by simply saving those seeds from the watermelons, and almost all fruits and vegetables you eat. You can also choose to Purchase Seeds.

However, you begin, not only will you save money on produce, you will develop valuable survival skills as you invest in your health, and that of your family.



However you begin, not only will you save money on produce, you will develop valuable survival skills as you  invest in your health, and that of your family.

the white house vegetable garden

the white house vegetable garden




DSCN8406 rosemary freshYou can find fresh herbs at the grocery store or supermarket. They come in clear, flat, 5 in. long containers, 3/4 oz. to 1 oz. for $2.00, (price may vary). Each fresh rosemary package has several 4-6 in. long stems, called sprigs. Each sprig has many narrow leaves (about an inch long). One package may contain about 8-10 sprigs. The aroma of rosemary has a citrus type of quality, that when inhaled tends to clear your nostrils in a similar way fresh pine might. It is not overwhelming. On the contrary, it’s subtle aroma is perceptible through the closed plastic container. It is best to select the greenest, freshest looking herbs.

The Exhilarating Nature of ROSEMARY

The rosemary bush radiates exhilarating aroma. When cooking with rosemary, its effect is comparable to that of a humidifier. As it heats up, it clears the air. To begin, slice three large russet potatoes, (baking potatoes). Cut the potato lengthwise in half, then cut the halves lengthwise again. Now you can either cut those into thin lengthwise chips or cut them into fries. Pour 3 tbsp. of olive oil, place one jalapeño pepper, and one sprig of rosemary at the bottom of a glass or ceramic cookware dish. Lay the cut potatoes on top and cook in a microwave for about 20 minutes (estimated). As it cooks the aroma will refresh the area and clear your mind up from a chaotic or stressful day. You will know it is ready when the potatoes are soft throughout and a touch of golden brown edges the tops of them. As you sit down to partake of this simple and fancy dish, it will amaze you how easy and rewarding it is.


Choosing a good olive oil is pivotal in determining whether you opt to select olive oil as a cooking oil. Some brands are repelling, and I have found that no two brands have the same qualities. The most readily noticeable quality is fragrance. It is worth investing time to try several brands before drawing a conclusion, as it is a delightful addition to the culinary experience. Extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil is widely recognized as an anti-inflammatory, (healing), food. There are generally two varieties to select from. Extra virgin, cold pressed is the first pressing of the olives, and has the health benefitting properties, a richer aroma and flavor with a greenish tint. The second pressing is golden in color. It is the refined oil, with a milder flavor, and costs less.

Olive oil is not recommended for diabetics due to its’ high concentration of fatty acids. Sunflower oil is a tasty alternative, and is vitamin and mineral rich, with a light aromatic flavor. Coconut oil is another healthful option, that has added benefits to the metabolism.

rosemary, cooking with herbs, easy cooking; photo of roseamary bush

Rosemary bush