Thursday, February 17, 2011

CSA Testimonial

I received an email from a former CSA family that opted not to do the winter farm share with Heavens Harvest Farm. They can't wait to do the Spring Share again! :-)

What we learned from doing the CSA:
a) pushed us to eat healthier
I thought that we’d just buy more veggies at Calareso’s once we stopped for the winter.
It didn’t happen. We fell back onto our old ways. Plus they have the most common of veggies and nothing more.

b) pushed us to learn to cook new things
We played iron chef. We based our meals on what we had to use up. Not gee, what do we feel like eating.
And I spent more time looking up something new to do with these veggies.
We definitely tried veggies that we had never heard of before and many that we had heard of but had never eaten.

c) pushed us to cook
Since we needed to use up this stuff, we did less eating out and takeout
It is harder to be lazy and just pick something up or go out when you know you have food that if you don’t use will go to waste.

The Spring Season begins in mid-March so hurry and save your spot with the farm!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Three Types of Stress

There are three classes of stress: Acute, Episodic and Chronic.

1. Acute Stress - is a stressor that is affecting you right now and is short term; examples - someone cuts you off in traffic, or the recovery from childbirth.
2. Episodic Stress - often described as a week, month or year of personal disaster; example - a health problem (you or a loved one) that feels like riding a roller coaster of stress, or a series of stresses like: the washer broke, the car's in the shop, Grandma's flight was canceled, and someone in the family passed away. One stressful episode after another.
3. Chronic Stress - this is a type of stress that can go on for years; example - someone with chronic pain, someone in a bad relationship, someone living in poverty, a dysfunctional family, etc.

Schedule an appointment at The Barefoot Dragonfly

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Farewell to an awesome North Shore parenting store

We got the news yesterday that Salem's beloved Crunchy Granola Baby had closed its doors forever. For the last 4+ years CGB has been my go-to place for gifts when new nieces and nephews were on their way in my family. The Barefoot Dragonfly has eco- and kid-friendly toys from CGB and I've even been a guest speaker several times for parenting groups to demo some simple self-help Reflexology for babies and toddlers.

It is hard to see some businesses struggling in the slower economy and the historic storms we've had this winter hasn't helped. If people can't get to your shop or studio they can't buy products or services!

So how can you help? Websites like the 3/50 Project has garnered national attention and offers some good tips on keeping your hard earned money in the local community.

Best wishes Jennie, and a huge thank you for the heart and soul you put into CGB that served the North of Boston community!