October 31, 2011

November's Raw & Organic Energy class!

Organic Raw Energy class! 
Shana Wolf, Off The Vine Organic Produce 
Jessica Ogle – raw foodie            
When: November 10, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m 
36150 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #111
Destin, Florida 32541850.837.0432
Off the Vine is sponsoring a series of classes designed to help us learn
how to incorporate raw foods into our everyday diet. 
Come explore Raw foodism with us! 
A lifestyle promoting the consumption of unprocessed, uncooked and organic food! 
Watch and learn new techniques and taste some super dishes you can make at home!  
 This class features Mexican Fiesta style raw food.  
We’ll start with avocado and lime soup with “sour cream” made from cashews, lemon juice, salt and olive oil.  Then prepare our collard green tacos with fresh tomato salsa and walnut filling.  We’ll finished off with a fresh pear raw dessert.  
Remember $5 off your OTV produce box if attending the class.

October 27, 2011


  1. Nature’s Viagra – One of the earliest known benefits of red beet is its use as an aphrodisiac during the Roman times. And it wasn’t all folklore as it has been found to contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
  2. Getting in the mood – Beets contain betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used in other forms to treat depression. It also contains trytophan which is also found in chocolate and contributes to a sense of well being.
  3. Dwight Kurt Schrute III from the hit TV series “The Office” is a devoted beet farmer. Living on his family’s 60-acre beet farm, in a nine bedroom, one bathroom farmhouse, Dwight sells his beets at a roadside ‘beet stand’.
  4. Litmus test  You can use beet juice to measure acidity. When added to an acidic solution it turns pink, but when it is added to an alkali it turns yellow.
  5. Everlasting love  In many cultures the belief persists that if a man and a woman eat from the same red beet then they will fall in love.
  6. Head and shoulders  If you boil beets in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it is said to be an effective cure for dandruff.
  7. Out of this world  In 1975, during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, cosmonauts from the USSR’s Soyuz 19 welcomed the Apollo 18 astronauts by preparing a banquet of borscht (beet soup) in zero gravity.
  8. Wonders of the world – Around 800 BC, an Assyrian text describes beets growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
  9. Turning heads – Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. In 19th century England the Victorians used beets to dye their hair.
  10. Bottoms up – Beets can be made into a wine that tastes similar to port .
  11. Beet Burgers – In Australia, a true Oz-style burger must have a slice or two of beets. Even McDonalds and Burger King have had to toe the line and include it in their menus.
  12. Sugar rush  Beets have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.
  13. Hollywood Sweetheart – Catherine Zeta Jones is reported to have become addicted to beets after eating them while pregnant with her two children.
  14. Red Beet Eggs are a tradition brought to Pennsylvania by Dutch settlers. Hard-boiled eggs are marinated in beet pickle liquid until the shells are dyed a deep pink.
  15. Traditional Symbol  Beets are a traditional food eaten at Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year. The Aramaic word for beets, ‘Silka’, sounds like ‘siluk’, meaning ‘removal’.
  16. The Great V8  Beets feature in the listed ingredients of the celebrated V8 Juice, along with carrots, celery, lettuce, watercress, parsley and spinach. The 8th ‘vegetable’ is tomato.