13. May 2017 · Comments Off on The Key to a Longer and Happier Life? Face-to-Face Interaction · Categories: Board of Directors · Tags:
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A new report published in the Washington Post indicates that a person’s close relationships and social integration are strong contributors to longevity and happiness. When we have intimacy, support systems and frequent face-to-face interactions, we tend to be physically and emotionally healthier and happier, and actually live longer. In fact, face-to-face contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters, protecting us now and in the future.
This could be one of the reasons why women live an average of six years longer than men – they tend to prioritize time spent with friends more than men do.
Spend a lot of time on your smart phone, texting, talking or skyping? In 2007, technology took up only a small sliver of our personal time, while now for most of us it takes up nearly all of it. Most things we do for pleasure, like reading a book or watching a movie, have an end. But scrolling on the phone is endless, and we don’t know when to break away. Adam Alter, professor of marketing and psychology at New York University, found that those who spend time on social networks, dating apps and even online news sites report being less happy.
Chasing meaning, not happiness, is what really matters. In her new book, “The Power of Meaning”, author Emily Smith believes that what makes us sad is not lack of happiness, but lack of meaning in our lives.
What Can We Do?
Set limits for our online time, making time for real personal interaction. Say hi to our neighbors, join a club, take a class.
Find the things you really care about that drive you forward. Focus on the people who truly love and care about you. Find things that make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.
Amazingly, we can all get immediate benefit just by making eye contact, shaking someone’s hand or giving a high-five, which releases dopamine in the brain and relieves stress. It’s a biological imperative to know we belong.
Reading this article made me realize how very lucky we are to have the High Falls Food Co-op, a special place where we can nourish ourselves and our families with the best organic food and natural products, in a warm and welcoming environment, and feel like we belong.

by Steve Goodman, VP Board of Directors

13. May 2017 · Comments Off on We Love Local: Raji’s Divine Delights · Categories: Events, local food, Uncategorized · Tags:

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We love being able to stock our shelves with so many products made right here in the Hudson Valley.

One of our favorite locally made products is Raji’s Divine Delights, 100% organic, vegan, and gluten free snacks. Raji’s Divine Delights Coconut Confections are a truly delicious truffle treat nearly everyone with every diet can enjoy. We’re also big fans of her Spicy Sunflower Seeds. These are organic sunflower seeds, toasted in coconut oil, with lots of different East Indian spices added, along with hot peppers added for a bit of a kick. We caught up with Raji to learn more about her delicious, nutritious snacks!

Raji’s Divine Delights are handmade in Woodstock, NY. After sampling many of the treats available at health food stores, Raji decided to embark on a journey to create her own. “After a bit of experimentation, I created what I knew others would love as much I did.  My first creation was the Cacao Coconut Confection, made with raw Cacao.  When I took my first bite of the Cacao Coconut Confection,  I said out loud, ‘People would definitely buy these!’ After the first Cacao Coconut Confection, I created Cashew Coconut Confections, followed by Mango, Strawberry and Blueberry. The fruit varieties are freeze dried organic fruit and maintain ALL the nutrients of fresh fruit!”

So, we know Raji’s Divine Delights are delicious, but why should people choose them when they’re craving something sweet? Raji says, “I always tell people– you’re going to eat something sweet, but you should eat something sweet with healthy benefits. Every ingredient in my Divine Delights has some sort of health benefit. For example, coconut oil can positively affect hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control.  People who eat coconut oil tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut oil can improve insulin use within the body.  Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase your metabolism, energy and endurance and help you to lose weight. Real maple syrup is packed with health-boosting properties and has a low glycemic index.  This natural sweetener features dozens of antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup has high levels of zinc and manganese, which will help to keep your heart healthy and boost your immune system.  It is not just any sweetener ~ it’s the BEST sweetener! You can learn about all of the ingredients on my website under the Healthy Benefits tab.

When Raji created her Divine Delights Coconut Confections, she didn’t know she would receive so many healthy labels of different diets like vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. She just wanted to make something tasty using whole, organic ingredients. “Many diabetics have even contacted me to thank for for using maple syrup, which they can eat because of the low glycemic index which doesn’t spike sugar levels.”

This is all wonderful news to us, but we still had to know, where does Raji source her ingredients? “I do a lot of research. I’m always looking for high quality, high integrity ingredients. Tierra Farm is one of my favorite resources to use. They are a New York state, certified organic manufacturer of dried fruits and nuts. I also go through a lot of Dr. Bronner’s Whole Kernel Organic Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil.”

We adore all of Raji’s creations. If you haven’t tried them, now is your chance! Join us at High Falls Food Co-op on Friday, May 26th from 2pm- 5pm and sample this locally made sweet sensation. Thanks to Raji for talking to us, and for making her divine confections.

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13. May 2017 · Comments Off on Standards: Our Fresh And Frozen Fish · Categories: Meat and Cheese, Standards · Tags:

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Frozen Fish

Orca Bay (Renton, WA)

Orca Bay seafood is wild caught and sourced from every ocean of the world. They work hard to provide the highest quality frozen seafood available – always all natural and additive free, frozen immediately after harvest at the very peak of freshness. Their tuna is 100% dolphin safe

Orca Bay is committed to ensuring that workers are treated with respect and dignity and that working conditions in its supply chain are safe. In addition it is expected that the business activities of its suppliers are in accordance with applicable international, national and local environmental and sustainability laws and associated regulations.

Henry and Lisa’s Natural Seafood (Dover, NH)

Henry and Lisa’s wild caught seafood is all-natural — the way nature intended. There are no preservatives, dyes, growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, moisture retainers, carbon monoxide, tasteless smoke, etc. Henry and Lisa’s procurement strategy is to be as vertically integrated as possible. They meet with and work directly with fishers and their seaside communities. This assures they get the top of the catch, guarantees the harvest method and whenever possible returns a premium to the fishers. Their goal is to support the existing infrastructure in the industry and partner with processors who share our commitment to quality and sustainability.

Natural Sea

Natural Sea is committed to sustainable fishing. They offer wild caught  seafood products that, individually, meet the guidelines established by various independent agencies including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Marine Stewardship Council, Blue Ocean Institute, and Earth Island Institute.

All of their tuna is Non-GMO Project Verified. Their products contain no MSG or preservatives.

Smoked Fish

Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse (Wallkill, NY) 

All fish arrives fresh–never frozen—to Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse just hours after being pulled from the icy cold waters in which they were raised. Each fish is inspected both by sight and by smell. Catsmo is committed to upholding high standards and proven artisanal techniques to continue to produce the best smoked salmon available in NY. While their products are all-natural, HFFC does carry their organic smoked salmon as well, which is from some of the most remote salmon farm sites in the world, situated within the most pristine waters along magnificent and rugged coastline, windswept and storm tossed for much of the year.. These salmon are raised totally organically, no chemicals, antibiotics, or medications and fed with only organic food.

10. May 2017 · Comments Off on May 2017 Bridge Update · Categories: Blog, local news · Tags:

Our friends at High Falls Conservancy have been keeping us up to date on the progress of the High Falls Route 213 bridge via their Facebook page. Here’s their report from May 8th, 2017:

 

“Iron is here! After long months of work over the winter, the bridge abutments appear ready to receive the massive spans of steel that will become key support for the new bridge. On Friday May 5, a parade of three trucks loaded with massive steel girders appeared on old Rte 213, waiting to be installed. Here are some pictures of the steel that will soon be a part of our new bridge. Reports tell us that the bridge is on schedule!”

 

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Our friends at the BlueStone Press had this news to offer from their April 21, 2017 edition:

“With 10 weeks of construction left to go, construction on the Route 213 bridge in High Falls is progressing on schedule. Project manager for Harrison & Burrowes, Francis Bossolini, said that even in spite of the blizzard that hit the region on March 14, the project should be completed by its expected delivery date of June 30.

‘We’re designing and constructing to minimize any vulnerabilities to scour and other water-related incidents. There are some design elements in there that reduce some of the features that caused vulnerabilities in the bridges in the past,’ Bossolini said during a community meeting in December. The new bridge is expected to reach a lifespan of 50 to 75 years.” -Jodi La Marco, BSP Reporter 

 

12. April 2017 · Comments Off on Healing And Preventing Lyme With Accord Acupuncture · Categories: Blog, Health & Beauty, Supplements · Tags:

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Spring in the Hudson Valley means getting to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such picturesque water, sky, and land.  Unfortunately we share this land with ticks… ticks carrying diseases like Lyme. HFFC stocks a variety of products aimed at preventing and treating Lyme disease. We also enjoy the good fortune of having Accord Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe as a neighbor in High Falls. We asked them to give us some guidance on preventing and treating Lyme naturally.

High Falls Food Co-op: What can one do to prevent Lyme?

Accord Acupuncture: Well, there are a few ways to avoid getting bitten by ticks, short of staying inside, which isn’t really a very healthy option. Choose what’s best for you!

-Wear lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and long pants tucked into socks when gardening or hiking in known tick-infested places.

-Wear light colored clothing so you are more likely to see a tick crawling on your clothes.

-Pay attention to minor itches and crawling sensations on your skin – check it out to make sure it’s not a tick.

-Wear natural insect repellants, the co-op has some great local options. Apply it frequently, as in every couple of hours, if you are outside for an extended period of time. Also, clove essential oil is great for preventing ticks bites. Wear it behind your ears and around your ankles or even soak a pair of shoe strings or old socks.

-Once inside, remove all clothing and put them into the wash, and more importantly, dry them on high heat to kill any ticks that may be attached to them. Then take a shower if possible.

-Check your body for ticks twice per day, especially the groin area, within the hairline of the head, and all around the torso where the body heat is higher.

-Teach your children (by the age of 3 or 4 at the latest) how to identify a tick so that if they see one on their body or yours, they know to seek an adults’ assistance to remove it safely and swiftly.

HFFC: What should a person do when they find a tick attached to them?

AA: Many people follow all of the best practices to avoid getting bit by a tick, and still discover ticks on them in the act of latching on, or at some point in the feeding process. Yuck! So, what to do when you find a tick on your body?

Tick removal—

-Keep handy – in your medicine cabinet, car, camping gear, purse, etc. – a good pair of tick removal tweezers, we love ones that have a small magnifying glass attached to them, so you can see what you’re doing when trying to remove even the tiny nymph ticks, and the heads, which brings us to the next point.

-The key to successful, safe tick removal is removing the tick by its head, which is where it has embedded itself into your skin. The trick is to grab hold of the head of the tick, not the body, as you might pull off the body and leave the head behind, which may be strongly attached into the skin. Slide one side of the tweezers under the head of the tick, and peel the head and body of the tick up and away.

-If the tick body is engorged and you were able to remove it in one piece, you may want to send it to a lab to find out if the tick was carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that causes Lyme disease, in which case you’ll want to preserve the tick in a plastic Ziploc (keep these handy with your tweezers).

Treatment of the bite to prevent Lyme disease—

-After removing the tick, unless it was barely attached to the skin at all, you’ll want to put clove essential oil directly onto the skin, and all around the surrounding area, well beyond the circle of redness at the bite.

If the Borellia spirochete enters your body, it remains initially superficial in the tissue layers of the skin at first. The clove oil is absorbed into the layers of the skin and is a powerful antibiotic and anti-spirochete agent. This is much more effective than washing the bite with soap or alcohol, as is often recommended.

Based on my personal and clinical experience, the prompt use of clove oil is the #1 way to reduce incidence of Lyme disease from a tick bite, even one that looks very angry and infected. Within 12-24 hours, the redness, swelling, itching, and rash is greatly diminished. Our patients have used this technique 100’s of times, and we’ve never known a tick bite that was treated with clove oil to lead to Lyme disease. Be sure to continue applying the clove oil twice per day until all signs of infection and irritation from the bite have cleared.

Other Natural Prophylactic Measures—

-Take an immune system booster such as Echinacea tincture, which activates your acute immune response against pathogenic invaders such as bacteria and viruses (including Borrelia spirochetes).

-Take an Anti-Lyme Herbal Formula. If you do get bit by a tick and it was on you long enough to carry a threat of Lyme disease, then getting herbs into your bloodstream that kill the spirochete and make your body inhospitable ahead of time is a smart way to head off the potential for infection to develop.

-Take extra measures to alkalize your blood (like drinking water with lemon, and green vegetable juices), strengthen your immune system (by getting enough rest, for example) and minimize intake of bacteria-feeding sugar, white flours, and alcohol.

HFFC: What should a person take after being diagnosed with Lyme?

AA: Colloidal silver (available at the co-op,) an acute Lyme tincture which may contain herbs such as artemisia, Japanese knotweed, Andrographis, cat’s claw, bupleurum, gardenia, forsythia, echinacea, astragalus, white peony and cinnamon twig or taking a combination of these herbs. Fights Lyme infection within approximately 3 months of the tick bite. Addresses the fever, aches and pains, mental fog, general malaise, skin rash, and other symptoms typical of the Lyme infection. Ok to take with current antibiotic treatment.

HFFC: What should someone with chronic Lyme be taking that can improve their day to day?

AA: Ok, here are our recommendations in five parts.

1. Detoxify

This word gets tossed around like a pizza pie, but many detox strategies don’t really work.

You have to take this one deep and wide.

Detox practices include things like becoming fully hydrated with quality water, juicing and other nutrient-dense food routines, colon cleansing, sweating, and more.

2. Heal the Gut

I know, I know – you’ve heard all about it!  But doing it right is an art form, a dance in which you must learn to partner with your body, sources of nourishment, and the forces of health generation (such as probiotics).

Lyme is a disease of toxicity, and it’s a disease of inflammation. Both of these health problems can be rooted in the gut, then further exacerbated and triggered by the Borreliosis and other infections.

The 4R’s of gut repair sum up the process: Remove inflammatory, toxic, and allergenic food; Repair the gut lining; Restore a healthy gut flora; Replace enzymes, bile salts, or hydrochloric acid temporarily to strengthen digestion if they are low.

The more your gut is obviously disturbed (with symptoms of frequent diarrhea or constipation, gas, bloating, pain, etc.), the more central this piece becomes to your recovery from Lyme disease.

3. Regulate Immunity

In response to infection, the immune system kicks into high gear, inflammation spikes, and thus lots of symptoms are generated within the body. Ideally, the immune system then works to diminish the inflammation, and complete the cycle.

Yet when infection persists, as it often does with Lyme disease, and this inflammation becomes chronic, you won’t feel better until you effectively manage and reduce the inflammation.

From the holistic perspective, it’s also crucial to support and strengthen the immune system’s ability to protect, defend, and eliminate the disease-causing bacteria.

Inflammation reduction and immune system stabilization can be done at the same time.

The good news is, effective cleansing and healing the gut (our first 2 non-negotiables) both support this process, that’s why we put them into place first.

In addition, herbal formulas that contain herbs such as turmeric, astragalus, ashwaganda, Siberian ginseng, Japanese knotweed (to name a few) work to successfully regulate inflammation and immune function.

4. Natural Anti-Microbials

Strong pharmaceutical antibiotics are a necessary part of many people’s recovery process. As powerful as they are, they alone are often not enough to actually heal and recover. In addition, there are downsides such as liver toxicity, damage to gut flora and function, immune system overload, intolerable Herx reactions, and others.

Natural anti-microbials, of which there are many, have numerous advantages.

They are gentler and more harmonious with the body, rarely causing side-effects. They are more complex, broad-spectrum, and do not induce bacterial antibiotic resistance. They have additional beneficial properties, such as reducing inflammation, strengthening the immune system, and helping the body to repair certain body tissues.

They are ideal for all phases of Lyme disease and should be employed throughout the recovery process, helping to minimize the use of the big-gun pharmaceutical antibiotics.

5. Energy Management

Have you ever been feeling better, then something stressful happens, and your symptoms flare?

How about feeling stuck in your healing process – you know all the things you ”should” do for yourself but don’t – because you’re continually overwhelmed by life?

Or perhaps you’re stuck in your head – and it’s not a happy positive place – with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or anger a dominant part of your days.

We often say, your suffering does not make you unique – but how you handle it does. And that’s what energy management is all about.

In order to successfully heal from Lyme and its associated diseases, you need to strengthen every part of you – not just your immune system, your gut and detox pathways. You also need to strengthen your spirit, and your muscles of hope, forgiveness, praise, acceptance, and love.

Energy management practices build the muscle of your spiritual, emotional, and mental strengths so that these aspects of your being can come into alignment to support and accelerate your healing process.

6. Hormonal Balance

With all the attention paid to issues of infection and immunity, toxins and inflammation in Lyme disease, we find the hormonal layer of body function is often a forgotten piece of the puzzle.

Yet adrenal and thyroid hormones are commonly out of balance in people with persistent Lyme, and this can be the underlying cause of many of Lyme’s common symptoms, such as immune dysfunction, temperature de-regulation, insomnia, fatigue, and more.

It’s best to have your cortisol levels checked with a 24-hour saliva test. Your thyroid hormone levels can be checked as part of blood work through your doctor, but make sure the full panel is ordered to look at TSH as well as free T3, free T4, and reverse T3.

If these hormonal systems prove to be mal-effected by the chronic stress of life, illness, and Lyme disease, there are several good options for natural treatment, including glandulars and adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, ashwaganda, holy basil, and others.

We thank Accord Acupuncture for giving us this lesson in Lyme. Additionally, we’d like to let our members and shoppers dealing with chronic Lyme to know that Accord Acupuncture, lead by the incomparable Hillary Thing, is offering a special opportunity to sign up to be a patient in their Uprooting Lyme Holistic Teaching Clinic. Information posted below. We hope you all have a healthy, tick-free spring and summer.

 

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12. April 2017 · Comments Off on We Love Local: Süperkrauts · Categories: Blog, Events, local food · Tags:

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It’s no secret that we love locally made foods here at High Falls Food Co-op. That’s why we’re excited to carry Süperkrauts; sauerkraut made in New Paltz, NY. Süperkrauts are always raw, organic, and fermented without heating. They’re unpasteurized and full of vitamins, minerals and fresh pro-biotics. Is it any wonder why we love them?

Süperkrauts was founded by Moni Schifler after a journey to heal her son’s IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) lead her to her great grandmother’s sauerkraut recipe. Moni’s great grandmother with a farmer and sauerkraut maker in Vienna, Austria. She used this knowledge and fermented food legacy to ultimately heal her son through the use of raw vegetables and probiotics. Moni then made it her mission to heal others with her fermented foods, and a business was born.

When making Süperkrauts, Modi adheres to her company’s mission which is to make authentic sauerkraut that is only fermented in glass. Süperkrauts is committed to respecting our planet by using local produce and local suppliers while creating zero waste. 100% of Süperkrauts’ kitchen scraps are composted and sent back to their organic farmers. Süperkrauts is a name you can feel good about purchasing.

Aside from their efforts to heal people through food and to be an ethical, environmentally friendly brand, Süperkrauts is also helping the local community by providing women with employment. Süperkrauts is powered and run nearly 100% by women. That coupled with their use of only the finest certified organic produce New York’s Hudson Valley has to offer, makes us love Süperkrauts even more.

In 2015, Süperkrauts moved into a state of the art dedicated kitchen facility in a certified organic, certified gluten free, certified vegan, certified non-gmo, and certified kosher building. They never produce anything but Süperkraut in their kitchen, so you can count on always getting nothing but this pure probiotic product. Do something “güt for your gut,” pick up a jar of Süperkraut next time you’re at High Falls Food Co-op, or join us on April 21st from 2pm to 5pm and you can sample it in the store!

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12. April 2017 · Comments Off on About Our Cow’s Milk · Categories: Dairy, Standards · Tags: ,

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Hudson Valley Fresh Milk

Hudson Valley Fresh believes that a varied diet makes for happier cows and better tasting milk. HVF cows are fed a combination of alfalfa, oats, barley, soybeans, corn silage and lots and lots of hay on their 10 family owned dairy farms. HVF is proud to have never used artificial hormones, and vows that they never will. Hudson Valley Fresh processes all of their milk at Boice Dairy in Kingston, NY. Their milk is the only milk processed there, so they ensure that it does not co-mingle with milk from other farms. HVF milk is pasteurized for only 20 seconds at 166 degrees. HVF milk is certified Kosher. It typically arrives on store shelves within 36 hours after leaving the farm.

Maple Hill Creamery

Maple Hill Creamery Milk is 100% grass fed and organic. With over 100 family owned farms in New York State, MHC is now one of the fastest-growing dairy brands in the natural channel. Their cows spend most of their time outside grazing on grass in pastures as weather permits. Farmers store hay (dried grass) for winter feed. Calves are never fed supplemental grain, soy, or corn, but enjoy a diet of mother’s milk (direct from their mother or from the milktank, depending on the farm) until they start to graze for themselves.

Natural By Nature

Natural By Nature milk is organic; cows are grass fed and pastured as weather permits. Their diet also includes some grain and hay, especially during the winter time. NBN milk comes is both glass and paper containers. NBN milk in glass is not homogenized, products in paper are homogenized. NBN milk is pasteurized using the High Temperature Short Time (HTST) process where milk is heated to 165 degrees for about 20 seconds. NBN’s farmers do not use pesticides or herbicides on their farms. Cows are not given antibiotics or synthetic hormones. NBN family owned arms are located in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Organic Valley

A co-operative of family farmers since 1988, Organic Valley sets a high standard for their farming practices— standards that served as the framework for the USDA’s organic rules. OV animals live in clean, comfortable, low-stress housing. They also spend plenty of time outdoors grazing in pastures. Organic Valley never uses antibiotics, instead opting for holistic organic remedies. OV offsets the electricity they consume through renewable energy production. They also use biodiesel made from sunflowers that they grow on their own farms and use in their trucks and tractors.

Ronnybrook Farm Dairy

Ronnybrook Farm milk of Ancramdale, NY is pasteurized but not homogenized, so the cream floats to the top. Ronnybrook avoids the use of antibiotics as well as the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Cows have daily access to pasture and outdoor exercise. When housed, cows stay in comfort stalls with individual mattresses. Ronnybrook milk is tested by state certified and licensed staff for antibiotics and other impurities to insure that all products and as wholesome and healthy as possible. Ronnybrook milk comes in glass jars which can be returned to the co-op for a bottle deposit refund.

12. March 2017 · Comments Off on WE LOVE LOCAL: Bjorn Qorn · Categories: local food · Tags:

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Hands down, one of our most popular items at HFFC is Bjorn Qorn, a popcorn treat seasoned with nutritional yeast, made right here in Ulster County. Not only is Bjorn Qorn super local, it’s popped by harnessing the power of the sun! We love that! Bjorn Qorn is owned and operated by two guys named Bjorn and Jamie, former college roommates who turned turned their favorite dorm room snack into a successful business. We recently spoke with Bjorn to find out a little bit more about his and Jamie’s delicious and nutritious ‘qorn.’

First things first, how did the guys come up with the recipe? “Well, my dad is a corn farmer,” Bjorn tells us, “so the recipe is a combination of how my family made popcorn, and how my childhood neighbors flavored popcorn. They introduced us to nutritional yeast as seasoning. The rest is history.” Indeed. In college, Bjorn’s popcorn recipe became a hit among his fellow students at Bard College. Jamie dubbed the treat Bjorn Qorn, and that set the wheels in motion. 

“After college, Jamie and I went our separate ways,” Bjorn says. “I always knew that I wanted to start this popcorn business, but it wasn’t until about 10 years later when Jamie and I reconnected that it got off the ground. It’s great to have a business partner. Being able to share responsibilities helps to make things work. In 2012 we officially started Bjorn Qorn.”

Bjorn Qorn popcorn is currently popped directly by the heat of the sun using enormous mirrored reflectors to collect the sun’s rays and focus them on their kettles. Bjorn and Jamie keep their kettles on Kelder’s farm in Accord, NY. They use a mix of kernels grown at Kelder’s and kernels grown back in Minnesota on Bjorn’s dad’s farm. “We’re not certified organic, but we use the best growing practices we can. We use organic fertilizer, we’re non-gmo, and we don’t spray or use any types of herbicide.”

We had to know, now that Bjorn Qorn has taken off, what are the fellas plans to expand the company? “Well,” Bjorn tells us, “we’re transitioning into a new space! The red barn on Queens Highway just down the road from Kelder’s. We’ll be using all solar electric to power our poppers and our business; and we’re going to hire a staff! We’ve been doing everything ourselves up to now, so we’re pretty excited about assembling a team.” And any new flavors??? “Well, the demand is high for the classic Bjorn Qorn, but we will be able to have test kitchens in our new space, so we’re considering it. We’ve been thinking of salty and spicy flavors for a while now, so you’ll just have to wait and see!”

Thanks so much to Bjorn for taking the time to talk to us. High Falls Food Co-op is beyond pleased to be able to carry Bjorn and Jamie’s exceptional snack. If you haven’t tried it, you simply must. Bjorn Qorn is truly a jewel of the Rondout Valley.    

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12. March 2017 · Comments Off on BRIDGE PROGRESS REPORT Wednesday, March 8, 2017 · Categories: local news · Tags:

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BRIDGE PROGRESS REPORT from Wednesday, March 8, 2017

“Bridge work is coming along nicely. Workers are attaching the “wings” to the outer framework where concrete was poured two weeks ago on the east side. In the photos below, you will see wing forms and canvas hoods over the east side poured concrete, with a heating plant visible that is keeping the concrete at a constant temperature required for curing properly.
On the west side, the four foot deep base of concrete forms went up, and concrete has been poured, as pictured below. Now the framework is going up for pouring into the outer wall. You can see the base form and covered concrete in the two pictures below. Next steps will mirror what was done on the east side.
While all this is going on, constant measuring and testing of standards is being applied by a firm whose responsibility is to assure that all concrete cures correctly, and even down to the strength specifications for rebar buried deep within the concrete.”

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12. March 2017 · Comments Off on Fresh Meat Guide: Regional and Local Providers  · Categories: Meat and Cheese · Tags: ,

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We at High Falls Food Co-op take sourcing seriously. We want to make sure our members and shoppers are being offered the best, healthiest, and most sustainable foods available. We strive to make sure that you are fully informed an empowered when shopping with us. The following is a list of our regional and local fresh meat providers. “Fresh meat” meaning meat that is not frozen, and found in our meat and cheese case.

Yellow Bell Farm
Red Hook, NY

Yellow Bell Poultry Farm chickens are 100% free of all drugs and additives, and hand prepared one at a time with attention to detail. On the farm the birds are cage free with ample room to roam both in a barn and outside. Owned and operated by a third generation poultry farmer, Yellow Bell Farm’s product travels just 23 miles to get to HFFC.

Campanelli Farm
Kenzoa Lake, NY

Located 53 miles west of High Falls, this regional poultry farm raises antibiotic free, hormone free, and steroid free poultry. Chickens roam in open air barns in a humane and healthy environment. The co-op also carries Campanelli eggs, and seasonally, turkeys during the holidays.

Hidden Camp Farm
Canajoharie, NY

Hidden Camp Farm provides the co-op with chickens and eggs of a very high quality. USDA organic, soy free, and pastured on 140 acres of lush rolling farmland in quiet upstate New York, 101 miles from HFFC.

Bilinski Sausage Co.
Cohoes, NY

Billinski chickens are raised humanely, are free range, and spend much of their time outdoors in an unfenced pasture where they can forage and roam, coming into the barn at night. Chickens are fed GMO-free and antibiotic-free feed. They grow at natural rates, allowing them to lead happy, healthy lifestyles. Sausage from Billinksi’s travels 75 miles from Cahoes to HFFC.

The Piggery
Ithaca, NY

The Piggery works with small, sustainable farms in Trumansburg, Enfield, and Eaton, New York. These farms humanely raise their pork and turkey, which are processed by The Piggery at their family owned butcher shop which is 160 miles from High Falls Food Co-op.

Larchmont Charcuterie
Processed in Larchmont, NY

Larchmont Charcuterie source their pork and beef from small farms which use organic practices in Pennsylvania. Their organic duck comes from Long Island, NY. Larchmont Charcuterie uses natural, vegetable-extracted ingredients in their curing process, ensuring full flavor and long-lasting stability.  Their products contain no added nitrates, sodium phosphate, or sodium erythorbate. Products travel approximately 95 miles on their journey from Larchmont, NY to High Falls Food Co-op.

Mountain Products Smokehouse
Processed in LaGrangeville, NY

Mountain Products Smokehouse source all of their pork, beef, and turkey meat from small Amish farms in Pennsylvania. They uses Bell and Evans chickens, which are all natural and humanely raised. Mountain Products Smokehouse is approximately 35 miles from HFFC.

Hardwick Beef
Northeast Regional

Hardwick Beef partners with more than 75 small family farms across the Northeast to raise cattle with old-fashioned grass-fed and grass-finished methods and humane standards of care and without any antibiotics or added hormones. Hardwick Beef believes in guarding natural resources and limiting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.