Food is Thy Medicine

January 2016 Winter CSA Newsletter: 

Once again we find ourselves in a new year. We find ourselves in the year 2016. We find ourselves in the future.

With all the hustle and bustle of the modern world, computerized pings and dings, whirling ghizzmometers and technological tomfoolery, we avail ourselves to all manner of viruses.

This month’s parcel is designed to combat life’s sneaky little wellness assassins.


Fennel Vinegar

Gooseberry Jam

Detox Tea

Rosemary Mint Soap

Thieves Oil


“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”



 Fennel Vinegar

Contains Only: Fennel Seed Infused White Wine Vinegar

Vinegar is an alcoholic liquid that has been allowed to sour. The word is from the French vin (wine) and aigre (sour). The use of vinegar to flavor food is centuries old. It has also been used as a medicine, a corrosive agent, and as a preservative.

The health benefits of fennel include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders and menstrual disorders. Fennel, Foeniculum Vulgare Miller, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in various culinary applications. Fennel is diuretic, which means that it increases the amount and frequency of urination, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the body and helping in rheumatism and swelling. It strengthens hair, prevents hair loss, relaxes the body, sharpens memory and has a marvelous cooling effect in summer.

In the Middle Ages, alchemists poured vinegar onto lead in order to create lead acetate. Called “sugar of lead,” it was added to sour cider until it became clear that ingesting the sweetened cider proved deadly.




Gooseberry Jam

Contains Only: Pixiewell Gooseberries, Sugar and Water. Please refrigerate after opening.

Have you heard of the Gooseberry Craze? A little over 200 years ago in North America and Britain, gooseberries were a highly prized fruit that bloomed into numerous competitions. However, the demise of the Gooseberry Craze came swiftly, in 1905, when a mildew disease from American plants was introduced to England, nearly wiping out all of the gooseberries in the country. Perhaps this was a form of karmic payback, since the introduction of new European gooseberry varieties to America around 1900 brought a deadly fungus to these shores. That fungal blight, dubbed White Pine Blister Rust, was hosted on ribe plants, and began killing swaths of America’s valuable pine forests. As a result, the propagation of many ribes were outlawed, and it’s still illegal to ship gooseberries and other ribe plants to Idaho, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington.




Detox Tea

Contains Only: Nettle Leaf, Plantain Leaf, Dandelion Root, Red Clover Flower, Burdock Root

Detox: A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.

This tea can be taken as a detox cleanse, or taken regularly as a nice tasting tea that aids in liver and gallbladder support. If one chooses to do a cleanse, it is recommended to be taken twice a day for about five days. It goes without saying that you may want to limit your intake of alcohol or other toxifying agents.

As a tea, drink as you wish. Remember with medicinal herbal tea, it is helpful to steep for a long, slow period to reap the benefits of the herbs.


Rosemary Mint Soap

Contains Only: Saponofied Oils of Rosemary & Peppermint Infused Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Neem Oil & Castor Oil. Spring Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Rosemary & Peppermint Essential Oils.

Invigorating & uplifting, with nourishing Neem & Cocoa to soothe, while rosemary & mint  perk up & stimulate hair follicles. This bar is an all-over cleanser, meaning you can use it to wash your hands, face, body and even your hair. Always use a rinse such as apple cider vinegar when you use homemade soap on your hair. This acts as a conditioner that helps seal hair follicles and add shine. Just mix about one part vinegar to three parts water, and essential oils if you like. Put in a spray bottle and keep this in the shower to mist your hair then gently rinse out. Side Note: Commercial conditioners also work fine!


Thieves Oil

Contains Only: Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including cloves, cinnamon and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

Now that you’re clean from inside out, it’s time to armor up!

  1. Rub on the bottoms of feet, temples, chest or base of the neck to help the body support its natural immunity.
  2. Put 2–3 drops on a damp wash cloth. This acts as a “dryer sheet” to freshen laundry.
  3. Diffuse for 24–48 hours straight to help eliminate airborne illness.
  4. Add 2-6 drops of Thieves Oil to a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar and use it to clean any surface in the house.

Side Note: Not to be used for any nefarious acts.


Serving Suggestions:

Fennel Seed Vinegar:

Fennel seed is a lovely aromatic digestive aid. It has volatile oils in it, which make it warming and stimulating to the digestion. If you find bitters too cooling, the aromatic herbs can be a good choice for digestive woes. Take 1 tablespoon in a glass of water.

Use it on dishes where the taste can come through:

Sprinkle on salads and grains

Salad dressings

Marinades for meats


Gooseberry Jam:

Try your gooseberry jam on both sweet and savory treats:

Warm cake, breads and scones

Ice cream and sorbet



Striped Bass or Salmon alongside seasonal greens

Combined with Asian flavors like soy, chili and fish sauce to achieve a hot and sour taste

With Brie, Camembert and Chevre


We hope you enjoyed the third month’s share!

If you have any questions, comments, praise, or concerns, please contact us right away!

Happy New Year!


Many thanks from:

Josh & Becky Wentworth-Kuhn




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