This past Saturday, my husband Dave & I had one of our first outside dates since the pandemic started. It was wonderful. We choose to visit Bull City Ciderworks for their soft opening, which turned out not to be a soft opening. Apparently a lot of other people were looking for things to do or waiting for our first cidery to open in Greensboro. YAY!! Finally we have a place to hang and have a few adult beverages.
Dave enjoyed the Smooth Hoppenator, dry with a bit of hoppiness. Reminiscent of a beer, which he really misses since being diagnosed as celiac.
Shopping with SNAP benefits has gotten a bit easier at The Corner Market located on the corner of Walker Ave and Elam Ave in Greensboro NC. Get fresh local good for you foods from your farmer and favorite prepared food vendor.
If you receive SNAP benefits, The Corner Farmers Market will double them, up to $50 each week. So $50 in SNAP benefits becomes $100 in market dollars. When you come to the market, stop by the yellow and white market tent at the Walker Ave entrance. Our staff will swipe your card and give you double that amount in tokens to spend. As always, your tokens never expire and are good for all SNAP-eligible purchases, including food plants. P-EBT SNAP benefits work the same way.
The Corner Pick Up service is also available for SNAP customers. When pre-ordering, just indicate in the WhatsGood App that you will pay on-site - Here's how:
SNAP-eligible products include all edible products including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, bakery goods, preserved goods (like jams, salsas), and plants that bear edible items. Non-SNAP eligilble items include cut flowers, soaps, hemp products, and yarn. You must pay for these items with another payment via WhatsGood.
This weekend I made a new kind of granola. It's amazing at least my husband and I think so, the teen not so much. This granola is on the savory side. It would be great on top of brie with touch of onion jam. Since there are dairy allergies in our house we have started using Jules Foods cashew brie, which can be purchased at Vida Pour Tea in Greensboro located on State Street in Irving Park. I love this sweet tea shop, Sarah has several varieties of hand crafted teas, in addition to carrying locally made baked goods, kefir, kombucha and coffee. You can also find sleep, baby, feminine & masculine care products. In addition to ceramics, natural dental, honey, ayurveda, and plenty of tea-ware of course. If you are local go check out her shop and tell the girls behind the counter Mary sent you. Otherwise you can visit her online.
This month for my daughters birthday, we did a drive by birthday party with a food drive for Out of the Garden Project. This program has been really stretch thin since the virus has hit the US. Previously they were able to go and purchase pallets of canned goods from a warehouse store. But it's just not a reality now. If you are inclined to donate, they can use could use more food donations of canned meats and vegetables. They already have enough beans, plus who wants to eat so many beans. So if you have a little extra food or money you can donate to an organization who is taking care of those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic please consider them. They are serving the children with the greatest need for food during this time. Previously they sent home backpacks of non-perishable food for the weekend when these children were in school.
This weekend I made PESTO again!!! Yes, but this time I made it with kale, basil, walnuts and garlic scapes. We don't use dairy because 2 of my family members are intolerant to dairy. It is too inflammatory for their bodies. We used the pesto last night on a new recipe I saw posted by Dr. Mark Hyman, No Cheese, "Cheesy" Cauliflower Bites with Basil Pesto. OMG!!! We loved it. Actually we did not tell my daughter what the name of the dish was because she has a thing about cheese. blegh However once we got her to taste it with the pesto she was SOLD!!! I highly recommend making it. (We used a different pesto recipe, see below.)
The last 2 months have left me feeling like I've lost a chunk of my life. However there have been good things that have happened as a result of the lock down.
1) I am now baking bread weekly. That is HUGE for me. That is one baking experience that has not been successful for me. This week I even made Sourdough Pancakes, gluten free, dairy free but not vegan. Maybe next time. They were the most fluffy pancakes we've had since going gluten free. I love being able to use the sourdough discards in this way.
2) I am now running again, 2 times a week. This excites me greatly, because I broke my foot in January and was unable to run for 3 months. I am a bit tired and sore, but I'm much happier getting in regular exercise.
3) Starting June 17th the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is starting a program for prepared food and craft vendors to pick up pre-orders on Wednesday mornings. Please message me if you are interested in picking of orders from PaleoLove on Wednesday mornings.
4) I will continue to offer my online store and offer products on Gate City Harvest online store for the time being.
5) At this time I still have Momma Bear Shots available. I am considering repackaging them in returnable, reuseable. recyclable containers. I would like your feedback on the Momma Bear Shots if you are still using them and the new packaging is something you would prefer or not prefer and why.
6) Since graduating from the Functional Nutrition Alliance as an educator/coach. I am starting a Facebook Group called Rethinking Food. Click here to join. or check it out.
First I want to share EXCITING news with you. I just completed the 10 month program from Functional Nutrition Alliance, a full body system approach to what is happening inside our bodies. Approaching health and healing from a root cause viewpoint. If you want to learn more about this program or how I can help you sleuth what is going on inside just email me.
Now is the time to accept the #dochangechallenge.
Over the course of the last 8 weeks we all have been through a lot of changes and challenges. I've made a few new connections in the community for selling my granola, Momma Bear Shots and donuts, see below. I've also been picking up new skills and resources for shopping.
1) You can find our products online at the PaleoLove Shop. Pick up at the Corner Market in the advance order tent or purchase at Susan's Table. In addition to Aubrey's farm - Gate City Harvest online store.
2) I'm sure you have been watching everyone make sourdough bread online, wishing you could too. Nicole over at Gluten Free on Shoestring has a recipe for a gluten free sourdough starter and bread. It's not that hard to make AND the bread smells & tastes AMAZING. Just ask my family.
3) I found some great masks that are cotton, 2 ply with antimicrobial finish and are washable. They are make locally in Asheboro at Wells Hosiery, Inc. They are willing to ship, just email Susan Wrenn.
4) The last few weeks I've been getting our fruit from a local company, Foster-Caviness. They are offering weekly fruit and vegetable boxes. You get a great mix of fruits or vegetables for only $25. It saves you time from having to go to the grocery store, plus it helps support a local business. Pick up is on Friday's 3-4 pm here in Greensboro, NC
5) Or you can visit our local farmers markets, Greensboro Curb Market, The Corner Market or Piedmont Triad Market to find local farmers. Lately I've been getting my produce from Aubrey at Gate City Harvest. I love his mixed greens and spinach. Getting in lots of folate. LOL
6) A big highlight to our week has been the fresh strawberries from Farlow Farm. Natalee and I are big strawberries fans. So this is has been putting a big smiles on our faces and in our tummies.
Lastly the big new is Matcha Madness NOW at Deep Roots Market!!!
Mary, is the creator and founder of PaleoLove Company, Mom, wife, friend, partner in crime, and entrepreneur. She has been a lover of art, food and traveling since she was very young. She began her paleo journey just out of curiosity, then her oldest daughter developed health problems where she needed to consume a low carb low sugar diet. It is here where she developed her skills in creating and making low sugar low carb treats and eats.