SALLYANNE’S THREE TOP TIPS FOR WINTER

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SALLYANNE’S THREE TOP TIPS FOR WINTER
22nd May, 2016

The disappearance of the autumn leaves and the ripening of citrus fruits are signs that winter is on its way. And my desire for warm cooked foods is my internal cue to prepare for colder weather. A mindfulness approach connects us with these external and internal signals. It also supports us in making the necessary choices for healthy eating and living in winter.

 

 

Sallyanne's winter tips

#1 Embrace the qualities of winter

 

When we think of winter we may have visions of rain, bleak skies and lazing in the intermittent sunshine like a cat. Winter has its unique qualities that we can embrace to support our health.

 

Eastern approaches to health describe winter as yin time, to support storage by the body and introspection of the mind. Introspection provides an opportunity for us to consider new ideas, which we can then take forward in spring.

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GOOGY EGGS? FREE RANGE EGGS AT THE CO-OP
20th May, 2016

Recently we’ve been fielding quite a few questions about the eggs we stock at the Co-op, following the introduction of labelling standards for free range eggs. Our organic free range boxed eggs come from Ellerslie Farm, our free range boxed eggs come from Llandilo and the loose free range eggs from another small supplier, Barn House.

In March this year, consumer organisation CHOICE reported on the labeling decision taken in Australia for eggs sold in the shops. They note that ‘A meeting of state, territory and federal ministers decided that:

  • “Free-range” can mean eggs produced by hens stocked at up to 10,000 birds per hectare, not the maximum 1,500 per hectare that the CSIRO Model Code recommends.
  • Egg cartons will have to display stocking densities, but there’s no requirement for to chickens to actually go outside.’

We could be waiting 12 months for this information and labeling standard to be adopted. In the meantime, to check out the Co-op’s boxed eggs and see how they relate to the stocking densities, you can download a nifty new app from CHOICE, called CluckAR (for iPhone and Android). CHOICE say of their new app:

‘…with CluckAR, you can simply point your smartphone camera at a carton […] and get a clear picture of which brands are selling eggs from the most chilled-out, happy hens. And it’s powered by CHOICE’s unbiased, up-to-date research, so you can be sure you’re getting independent advice on which eggs are worth, well, shelling out for.’

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LEURA HARVEST FESTIVAL, SUNDAY 1ST MAY
7th May, 2016

Leura Harvest 2016

 

Getting bigger and better every year, the Blue Mountains Food Co-op stall at the third Leura Harvest Festival was a runaway success. In fact, it was almost blown away as stall-holders struggled to hold down their gazebos in the face of near gale force winds!

 

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