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Mar 2015

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March 2015

Monroe Happenings:


I have decided to withdraw from the Monroe Farmer’s Market, Chantelle Connell, our newest employee will be taking care of the Bridge Card and Double Up Bucks at the market this year.

I have agreed to continue to coordinate the Food Stamp program for the farmers.

Remember to visit the market year round on Saturday’s from 7am-12noon.

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

  call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due March 11 at noon; Pickup March 13 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

New Group Forming: Transitions for Women a support group for women, in their 50’s and 60’s ,who have lost their partners-Meetings held at First Presbyterian Church third Saturday of each month @ 3:00pm.

Call us at 734-240-2786 for more information and to sign up.

  Grand OpeningHippie Chick Herbal Harmony March 21 10 am-4 pm- 35 S. Monroe St 

Yoga with Shannon:  Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM 

Namaste Yoga Center 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville for schedule you can go to www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Kitchen Transition-Tuesday March 10 6:30-7:30 #

Healthy Happenings: Eggcellent Eggs from Acres USA article written by Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, R.D.

     Many of you know I am a big fan of eggs; yes especially the yolks, so to prepare for Easter I thought I would try to take the mystery out of eggs for you.  Eggs are considered a nearly perfect food. With the exception of vitamin C, whole eggs provide almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans.  According to the USDA’s analysis, each large egg, regardless of shell color, contains 6 grams of high quality, easily digestible, “complete” protein, containing all essential amino acids.  Like humans, chickens are what they eat, and egg nutrition if influenced by the hen’s diet.  For example, eggs produced by chickens allowed to forage in pasture contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, as compared to caged hens given standard feed. 

     The yolks provide a superior source of choline, a vitamin needed for fetal brain development and memory function later in life.  Choline also offers protection against inflammation, which is linked to heart disease and other chronic diseases.  The yolks also contain two important antioxidants: lutein and zeaxanthin.   These compounds give the yolk its bright yellow color and help protect our eyes against age-related macular degeneration.  Both compounds also help lower our risk for heart disease.

*       Salmonella Concern?

In 2010 there was a recall of 500 million eggs, in 14 states, due to Salmonella contamination, traced back to Wright County Egg, based in Galt, Iowa.  The industrial farm owner had a history of labor, animal and environmental abuses.  According the USDA the feed given the chickens tested positive for Salmonella contamination, as did equipment, manure and egg water wash in a packing facility. 

*       Finding Good Eggs

Purchase eggs from local family farms (found at Farmers Markets) where chickens are raised  humanely, provided with access to pasture, sunlight and space for natural, instinctive behaviors, and given organic feed,  which by law must be free of GMO’s, antibiotics and harmful pesticides.  We carry organic, soy free eggs for individuals wishing to avoid soy.

*       Reading Egg Labels-From the USDA

1.       Free-Range-The flock was provided shelter in a building, room or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle.  The outdoor area may or may not be fenced and/or covered with netting-like material.  This label is regulated by the USDA.

2.       Cage-Free- The flock was able to freely roam a building or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle.

3.       Natural- No standards regarding farm practices.

4.       Pasture-raised- No federal definition for pasture-raised products.

5.       Organic-Producers met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics, used 100 percent organic feed and provided animals with access to the outdoors.

*       How to Dye Eggs Naturally

1.       Red/Pink: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water until tender and cooking liquid turns a deep pink.  Pour liquid into a small bowl, and eat the beets for a snack.

2.       Blue:  Put a few red cabbage leaves in a small pot with 1cup water.  Bring to a boil till the cooking liquid turns a deep blue.  Pour liquid in a bowl.

3.       Gold: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric with ½ cup water in a measuring cup.  Stir to blend.

Rub cooled, hard-boiled egg shells with white vinegar to help the shell take up the dye.

Place eggs in bowls with dye and let sit for several minutes-longer for deeper color penetration.  Blot eggs dry with a paper towel and refrigerate.

***Or we have Color Garden 100% plant based food colors for sale. ***


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies. 


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883

Store News:

Bulletpoint  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

Bulletpoint  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

Bulletpoint  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

Bulletpoint  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Make your own notepad.    Instead of using a brand new notebook for taking messages, keep a neat stack of scrap paper cut into quarters (staple together into a pad if you prefer).


Words to Live By:  Never Give Up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.  Harriet Beecher Stowe

Recipe of the Month

Lemon Curd/Sugar Free  Source Yummy App


½ cup butter

½ cup Xylitol/can use organic cane sugar

½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ cup lemon zest

6 egg yolks


Melt butter in sauce pan on low heat.

Whisk in xylitol or sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until dissolved.

Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, return to low heat. Whisk until thickens. 

Remove from heat and place in a small bowl.

Let cool to room temperature, then cover and store in refrigerator.


Maurine Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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March 2015 Eggcellent Eggs

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