How to beat the colds and flu this season…

September 22nd, 2016

We can be proactive about our health by eating local, organic foods. However when cold and flu season strikes we need to be ready and I am always stocked up with a  few anti inflammatory foods for this time of year.

To make chicken soup!

I think we all know this or have heard about it but need a gentle reminder that everything you need to stay healthy this season starts with the ingredients you use and what you use them for.

What you will need this winter:

Organic chicken backs (or Organic Chicken stock)
The greenest organic celery you can find
Spanish and or cooking onions-local and or organic
Fresh Garlic-local and or organic
Sage fresh from the garden or as a spice
Really tiny wholesome noodles

What you will have is Chicken soup!

With all of these anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodies packed into a delicious soup you may be able to beat the fevers, colds and flu faster. It works for my kids when they feel something coming on, I get busy and help them ward of the worst by making them a pot of chicken soup.

There is no cure for the common cold and flu’s, so the best we can do is to be prepared and help our immune system do what it is designed to do and shorten the time the illness is there.

Every year I grow my own celery, it is really skinny, seriously green, and full of intense flavour. I always use the leaves as well as the stock. The Sage is always there along with fresh thyme and parsley.


Here are some interesting reads about the ingredients I source for my chicken soup. The belief that this simple food is a healthy choice was  handed down to me from my grandmother, it is always a good thing when you see and hear others saying that whole foods like these share some really great health benefits to our bodies!

Help your body stay healthy, still growing my own…celery!

Garlic and Onions
Chicken bones

Enjoy and get ready for the season!


The greens keep growing!

September 16th, 2016

Dandelion and Swiss Chard are two of my favourite greens to grow as they keep producing until the snow falls. The taste changes slightly for the dandelion but he Swiss Chard maintains its flavour all season. Eating greens everyday beats taking multi vitamins or supplements.

Dandelion is packed with health benefits.  Swiss Chard is perfect for those who do not like the taste of Kale and honestly it is a bit of a Super food. It has been a family favourite for many years!


Since we are eating more processed, white and refined foods adding simple greens like dandelion and Swiss Chard to your daily diet can certainly help detoxify and cleanse the body. Our bodies are constantly being overwhelmed with GMO’s, toxins, pollutants, chemicals, pesticides. Growing these two easy care plants that you can harvest until winter is a great addition to your daily healthy intake.

Living healthy is a long term commitment. Growing local, eating organic and knowing the health benefits of these foods is an easy way to adapt to eating better and being proactive with your lifestyle choices.

Add these two Super Foods to your list for your garden this Spring!

Grow your own, Stacey

It’s only zucchini!

August 31st, 2016

Considering the heat, the dry weather and lack of rain the garden has produced some seriously delicious zucchini’s along with so much more.

You cannot beat the taste by growing your own, you cannot get any fresher than this!

The eggplants are doing extremely well this year too and with the extreme heat, they have been largely unaffected by disease, fungus and pests. So easy to grow.

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Keep growing local, keep buying local.