Archive for June, 2011

Fresh, Organic Herbs For Sale at Mountain Valley View Farm

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Please click on the above flyer to view it in a larger, easier-to-read format.

In addition to our wide range of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and eggs, Mountain Valley View Farm is pleased to offer our customers fresh, homegrown herbs. Like all our products, these herbs are organic, grown without pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to the body. The flyer above represents a small sampling of the many delicious herbs you can find at our farm. Please read on for a full list. As you will see, not only are our herbs a wonderful way to add zest to your cooking, but they each have unique health benefits that you can take advantage of.

  • Basil: Basil is originally from India, but is perhaps most famous for its use in Italian cuisine, although it is also widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is the main ingredient of pesto, and can also be used in a wide variety of sauces, put on pizza, or added to curry, stir fry, and Asian soups. Health studies indicate that basil oil is antioxidant and antiviral, and in India it is used to treat asthma and diabetes.
  • Chamomile: A sweet tasting herb most often made into tea and served hot. It has soothing properties that can relieve stress and lull a person to sleep. Mountain Valley View Farm grows two varieties: German and Roman chamomile.
  • Chives: A popular herb, the smallest variety of onion. It is commonly used to season potatoes, soups, and fish, among other dishes. It is one of the staple herbs of French and Mediterranean cuisine. Chives are rich in Vitamins A & C, as well as calcium and iron.
  • Cilantro: Also known as coriander, this herb is popular in many cultures, including the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the Mediterranean, India, Mexico, Latin America, China, and Africa. It contains antioxidants and is used as a digestive aid in folk medicine.
  • Cress: Also called pepper grass, this herb is tangy and adds a pleasant zest to salads, soups, and sandwiches. It is related to the vegetable watercress, which shares its peppery flavor. Mountain Valley View Farm grows three varieties of cress.
  • Dill: An herb of Eastern European origin that American use in pickling, but with varied uses across other cultures, where it can be found in curries, soups, rice dishes, and more. Dill seeds are known to be soothing to the stomach.
  • Fennel: An herb that is widely used throughout the world, it has a similar flavor to anise. The bulb is chopped and used either cooked or raw in salads, pastas, and side dishes of Mediterranean cuisine; while the seeds are used in sausages and sauces of Italian cuisine, and in various Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. Fennel is believed to have many health benefits including soothing the digestive system, as well as a possibility for treating glaucoma, hypertension, and colic.
  • Mint: A delicious herb with a sweet, warm flavor and strong, cool aftertaste. It is used in teas and other beverages, jellies, candies, syrups, and ice creams. It is also used as a seasoning for lamb in America, Britain, and the Middle East. Health benefits of mint include alleviating stomach pain and nausea, use as a decongestant, and aromatherapy.
  • Tarragon: One of the mainstay herbs of French cuisine, it is particularly excellent with chicken, lasagna, and fish. It is used in Béarnaise sauce and to make flavored vinegar. It comes in two varieties: French tarragon, which has a stronger flavor but is more difficult to grow; and Russian tarragon, a hardy plant with a somewhat weaker flavor.
  • Thyme: A subtle herb that blends well with other herbs and spices. It is commonly used on meats (particularly lamb and chicken), soups, stews, tomatoes, and eggs. It is a main component of herbes de Provence and the Middle Eastern herb mix za’atar. Thyme is high in iron and has antiseptic properties.

We will be adding more herbs in the coming months, so please check back with us!

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Our farm fresh, organic herbs are available for pickup at Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc:

4301 S Chapman Rd
Greenacres, WA 99016

You can also find us at the following area farmer’s markets:

Spokane Public Market
32 W. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99210
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed – Fri

Spokane Farmers’ Market
5th Ave between Division & Brown
Spokane, WA 99210
8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wed & Sat

Spokane Northside Farmers’ Market
315 E. Francis
Spokane, WA 99205
Wed 3 – 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market
1421 N. Meadowood Lane
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat

Call 509-928-1800 for more information, or to schedule a time to pick up your delicious organic herbs!

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Happy 4th of July!!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Can you believe it?  This weekend is the 4th of July holiday already.  I guess our cool spring made us not realize how far into summer we are.  And the weather is gorgeous!

For everyone who survived Hoop Fest 2011 this past weekend, we’re headed for a weekend even warmer.

Ice cold drinks, BBQ, and watermelon … is anything more American?  And fireworks … don’t we have some crazy holiday traditions?  My family is into every holiday in a big way, and the independence of the greatest nation on earth is no exception.  This is one day to celebrate all the fantastic benefits we enjoy in the U.S.A.  Proudly wave our national flag.  We have freedoms found in very few places on earth.  Sometimes we get myopic and focus only on the negative or controversial aspects of the politics of our phenomenal republic.

We are able to judge our leaders and all aspects of the American-way of governance.  Thank the Lord that we have such freedoms.  Looking critically at our laws and leaders only makes us stronger.  No one and nothing is perfect so, with constant effort, we can continue to improve the concept of liberty.  Our Constitution is a great framework to point us in the right direction with the freedoms expressed within.  I am always amazed that the document on which our country is based can, throughout our 235 year history, still clearly guide us.

We are truly fortunate to have such a strong anchor or safeguard to our liberty as the Constitution of the United States of America.

Take time during this holiday from the normal work week and show gratitude to our forefathers and our military, which have made us and keep us a free nation.  It is a simple task to be patriotic in this the United States of America.

Thank God for the United States of America!

Thank for reading and blogging!
Dr. James G. Hood

 

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