I grew cheery sunflowers this summer. They are just so lovely, aren’t they?

Well, when Tropical Storm Isaias hit our area a few days ago, I was worried because the flowers were finally blooming, and I thought they would snap from the wind.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

Overall, they held up pretty well.

Although I had planted all the flowers on the same day, each one was a different size and in its own unique stage of development. The differences were amazing and I took photos of them, and it reminded me that all living things go through various stages as well.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

The bees and butterflies were frequent visitors.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

The stages of the sunflowers and their transformation over a few days also made me think of how I and others have changed, especially for the better, by switching to a more organic lifestyle.

A diet based around natural foods may include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and lean meats. Fruits and vegetables are key in a natural food diet because they’ve been shown to lower blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer and decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease.

An easy way to consume more natural foods is to steer clear of processed, refined and packaged food products, and try to eat foods in their original state and while they are optimally fresh.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

Here are some links to interesting blogs that are focused on healthy eating and offer some tantalizing recipes if you want to explore more.

· Toni Dash had a goal to sustain herself throughout the winter on locally sourced protein and produce found within 100 miles of her location. Not only did she discover an abundance of local resources and new methods of preserving food, but she found that others were curious about her adventure. Toni also offers many gluten-free recipes to her followers in Boulder Locavore.

· Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU, has an informative and research-based blog called Food Politics. She examines the scientific and socioeconomic effects of obesity, food choices, food safety and marketing. She also explores various topics, including breastfeeding, dementia, meat production, the SNAP program and FDA regulations.

· Author, speaker, television star and Columbia University Public Health faculty member Mark Bittman strives to make every aspect of food understandable to all. He explores topics such as conscious, responsible eating and how a vegan diet improved his health. He also has a variety of food-related videos.

· Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri is a self-proclaimed “ex-vegan turned conscientious omnivore.” Her blog, Recipes to Nourish, shares her knowledge of natural remedies, nutrient-dense recipes and cooking with seasonal, organic produce. In addition to nutritious recipes, she also discusses organic practices, sustainable food, nontoxic products and DIY adventures.


Remember that copies of "Bounty from the Box" book are available for purchase.  It normally sells for $35, but is $25 for our CSA members. 

If you are interested, please call or text Marianne at 917-755-6997 to reserve a copy.

Venmo or cash are acceptable.


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” (Maya Angelou).

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