Archive for July, 2013

Herby Summer Salad Dressings

Posted by Kori|31 July 2013

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It is salad season!  For me, this means a lot of hearty salads from home-grown veggies.  A trip through the garden with my harvesting basket over one arm right before supper tends to inspire some amazing meals.  What really makes these salads taste treasures, however, is the dressing!

I tend to go in stages and phases and what was my favorite last year, might not be the tastes I’m craving this year.  A couple years ago, I was crazy about a honey poppy seed dressing I created (so yummy on fruit salads), but this year I’ve been reaching for a dandelion vinaigrette and a simple ranch-style dressing for salads.  Here are the recipes for all three!

 

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Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

½ cup raw, local, organic honey

½ cup organic Sweet Almond Oil

4-5 Tablespoons Blackberry or Blueberry Vinegar *

3-4 Tablespoons organic Poppy Seeds

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of ground organic Black Peppercorn

 

Mix all ingredients in a pint jar with a lid and shake to incorporate!

 

Dandelion Vinaigrette

1/2 cup organic Olive Oil

¼ cup Dandelion vinegar (I make this myself: fill a pint jar with fresh dandelion flowers, cover with organic apple cider vinegar, and cover with a lid.  Leave in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks, shaking a few times a day—so delicious!)

1 Tablespoon minced fresh organic Garlic

1 Tablespoon Garlic Pepper Seasoning Blend

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon Mediterranean Seasoning Blend

 

Mix all ingredients and pour over greens!

 

Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream

½ cup buttermilk

1-2 Tablespoons Garlic Pepper Seasoning

1 teaspoon dried organic sage

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Pinch of sea salt

I mix this in a bowl with a whisk to get all the lumps out.  Feel free to add more or less of the buttermilk to get the consistency you like. This works well as a dip too and I have even stirred it into rice and mashed potatoes.

*I generally make my own flavored vinegars (1/2 cup blueberries or blackberries, a handful of fresh mint leaves and a quart of organic vinegar—steeped in a cool, dark place for a couple months), but you can use any good quality vinegar —infused with fruit or other scrumptious ingredients, or not—for this recipe.

 

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Enjoy!

 

 

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About Kori

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This post comes to us from Kori, our Public and Media Relations Coordinator! A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer.  Having launched six adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.

 

Partners for Change!

Posted by Alyssa|29 July 2013

At Mountain Rose Herbs, we plant seeds. We like to see them grow, so we water and nurture them. We talk to them and give them lots of love. This is the same philosophy we use to support our non-profit partners. Check out two new organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs will encourage to bud, bloom, and flourish!

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Walama Restoration Project

The Walama Restoration Project is a grassroots non-profit organization that serves the community by protecting and enhancing riparian areas, forests, and grassland ecosystems. They are a savvy organization that couples education with action as they work to raise awareness and inspire change within the community. Mountain Rose Herbs supports this group through annual financial contributions and by helping to disseminate literature. In addition, we partner with WRP for employee-led volunteer days through the Mountain Rose River Project.

 

 

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Western Environmental Law Center

This public interest law firm has a list of accomplishments as high as the mighty Sequoia trees grow and as impressive as the rushing western waters home to our beloved salmon. They use the power of law to defend and protect majestic landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rural farming communities. Mountain Rose Herbs supports WELC with an annual financial contribution. This year, WELC celebrates 20 years of defending the West and we couldn’t be more proud to be involved!

 

Learn about other inspirational organizations we support!

 

New Chocolate Elixirs!

Posted by Christine|26 July 2013

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Our friends at Terra Firma Botanicals have expanded their line of yummy chocolate elixirs! Made with unfiltered Pacific Northwest honey, organic fair trade cacao powder, and pure botanicals, these elixirs are a decadent way to bring herbs into your life…

 

Adapt Chocolate Elixir
A delicious blend formulated to induce harmony and balance amidst life’s everyday stressors. A tasty treat made from pure botanicals to strengthen and support the body.

Fuego Chocolate Elixir
Awaken your senses with this spicy yet smooth circulatory elixir. Packed with cayenne and tulsi, this botanical tonic will warm and invigorate the body while supporting mental clarity and cardiovascular health.

Passion Chocolate Elixir
This sensual elixir has been formulated to stimulate vitality. A mixture of pure botanicals including maca root, which is a nourishing herb known to promote hormonal balance and stamina. Share a little with your partner over ice cream or fresh berries.

Rhapsody Chocolate Elixir
Formally known as River’s Rhapsody, this delicious chocolate elixir is sure to bring a smile to your face! Created with herbs that promote relaxation and euphoria, while easing you through stressful moments.

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|25 July 2013

Mountain Rose Adopt a Path

 

We love our city bike path!

It’s so exciting to see this sign along the Amazon Creek bike path here in Eugene. Folks from Mountain Rose will be cleaning, clearing, and maintaining a section of the path near City View throughout the year. The City offers this rewarding program to provide citizens of Eugene an opportunity to assist in maintaining the appearance of our multi-use path system for the public good. Many of us use this path to commute around town, so we are more than happy to help!

 

Spicy Quick Pickled Red Onions

Posted by Erin|23 July 2013

Spicy Quick Pickled Red Onions

I fell in love with this traditional Mexican condiment from the Yucatán several years ago while noshing on tacos at my favorite little taquería. Complimentary bowls kept appearing as I greedily stuffed the pickled rings between folded tortillas. A harmonious combination of salty-sour-herby-sweetness gave the perfect pop of brightness to each bite and I was immediately smitten.

Last summer I decided to hunt down a recipe and became just a tad obsessed with making them at home. A must have for summertime barbeques and fiestas, I like to keep a jar on hand year round. The process is quick and super easy, plus you can play with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor. My recipe has a little kick from red chili flakes and black peppercorns. Try them on burgers, sandwiches, chopped into a relish for grilled fish, salads, pizzas, stews, bloody mary garnishes, cheese plates, and on and on!

 

Spicy Quick Pickled Red Onions

Ingredients

1 tbsp coarse sea salt

1 large organic red onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp organic whole black peppercorns

1 tsp organic dried oregano leaf

1 tsp organic cumin seeds

1/8 tsp organic red chili flakes

1 organic bay leaf

3 cloves organic garlic, peeled and halved

1 ½ cups organic red wine vinegar

 

Directions

Toss salt and sliced onions together in a bowl. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or until the onion begins to release juice. In a sterilized glass pint jar, mix together the peppercorns, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, chili flakes, and garlic. Add the onion, salt, and juice to the jar and pour vinegar to the top. Be sure to cover the onion completely. Seal with a plastic lid or a regular metal lid with wax paper between the liquid and the lid to keep the vinegar from corroding the metal and ruining your precious pickles. Refrigerate overnight before using. Enjoy!

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Farm Stories: Calming Herbs

Posted by Brian|22 July 2013

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Driving up the Columbia River Gorge early in the morning, I was worried that my farm visit would be all grey skies and summer storms. However, once I drove up out of the Gorge, the skies opened up and it was absolutely beautiful.

We grow skullcap, lemon balm, valerian, and many other water-loving plants on this organic farm. The Pacific Northwest has abundant rains, plenty of surface water, and healthy recharge rates for ground water. The glacial flows from Mount Adams help this farm to stay happy and green in the heat of summer.

 

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The Skullcaps are one of my favorite genus of plants. It was wonderful to see the fields of Scutellaria lateriflora. The flowering buds, with their identifying ridge on the calyx, were just starting to open up on many of the plants, which means it’s time to start harvesting! This farm grows the Skullcap as a short lived perennial, letting it grow for several years before rotating the crop out. In a good year, they’ll take a couple of cuts. Like other mint family plants, if the Skullcap is cut above the bottom set of leaves, it’ll quickly grow back. In your home garden, the Skullcap prefers moist soil with partial shade. It becomes full of purple-blue flowers in the summer. Skullcap is often used as a nerve tonic and calming herb. It also helps to relieve circular thoughts or stress, because as we soothe the body, we soothe the mind.

 

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Smelling fields and fields of lemon balm was almost overpowering. That sea of green-yellow leaves was hypnotic after a long day. Another wonderful mint family plant, it’s also considered a mild nervine. The taste is incredible and the farmers know it’s ready when the smell is thick and sweet in the afternoon. The next morning they’ll go out and begin the harvest while the volatile aromatics are still in the leaf before the sun warms up.

I always plant lemon balm in a sunny, relatively moist little used section of my gardens. Here in the Northwest and in Alabama, where I’m from, Lemon Balm will pop up all over the garden once planted. It grows very well in pots also. I use it as a staple to lighten up my daily herbal tea blends.

 

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The next field over had the heady scent of Valerian. The flowering tops had been cut back to encourage root growth, but there was no doubt what the plants were. This is another plant in the Northwest that will volunteer around the garden and fill nooks you didn’t know you had. Our farm uses a modified potato digger to harvest the roots. When harvested, the air is filled with an unforgettable potent Valerian odor. Valerian is typically used as a powerful nervine and sleep inducer.  For some people, me included, it can cause strong dreams, so I use it only when really needed and usually blend it with skullcap or passionflower.

We work with farms across North America to source the most potent and ethically grown plants we can. We work hard to support organic agriculture and to encourage farmers to grow medicinal plants. Every farm we work with is an inspiring example of the world we want to create.

 

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About Brian:

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This post comes to us from Brian, our new Domestic Farms Representative! He was born and raised in the southern Appalachian foothills of Alabama and has worked with plants in many ways for over a decade in the Deep South, all along the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest. He studied at the University of Alabama in Environmental Studies and Geography, as well as advanced botany and herbalism with Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Brian loves working with our farmers and wildcrafters across the country to provide the highest quality and most ethically harvested and gathered medicinal plants around.

 

New Natural Herbal Deodorant!

Posted by Christine|19 July 2013

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We have finally found a natural deodorant that really works!

These effective deodorants from Primal Pit Paste are handcrafted with organic and natural ingredients. Made with no aluminum or parabens and no antiperspirants, these deodorants are just that – deodorant!

The jar of primal pit paste is simple and easy to apply. Simply dab a pea size amount and rub gently into your underarms. For those who prefer a more traditional method of applying deodorant, primal pit paste is also available in a push up stick. Both made with the same great formula (the stick contains a little beeswax), you will find the perfect herbal protection for your needs.

 

Choose from the following 2 oz. options

Lavender: jar or push-up stick

Thyme Lemongrass: jar or push-up stick

Primal Spice: push-up stick

Find them on our website here!

 

Contains: organic Arrowroot powder, Coconut oil, organic raw Shea butter, non-aluminum baking soda, and pure essential oils. The stick also contains organic Beeswax.

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|18 July 2013

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Here’s a shot of our lovely salt bar from the Bite of Eugene last year!

Ready to sample some luscious Red Alaea, Black Lava, Himalayan Pink, Alder Smoked, and other gorgeous gourmet salts? We will be there again this year pouring bowls of rich culinary oils swirled with salts, peppercorns, and spice blends just waiting for you to soak up with some fresh baked artisan bread. Visit the Mountain Rose “Food as Medicine” Pavilion this Saturday to try this heavenly flavor experience for yourself!

Bite of Eugene
Saturday, July 20th
Alton Baker Park
Eugene, OR
11 am – 10 pm
$5 admission

The Bite of Eugene is a celebration of our local food scene and culinary culture with a focus on sustainability. This year’s event will once again benefit our friends at the Willamette Farm & Food Coalition.

Food booths will be offering “bites” of their locally created provisions. Local beer and wine will also be offered along with non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss the cooking classes, foodie seminars, local music, family/children’s area, and a live local “Iron Chef” competition!

See you there!

 

Three Cheers to Beyond Toxics!

Posted by Alyssa|15 July 2013

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Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored a victory party for Beyond Toxics’ recent success, Oregon House Bill 3364.  Beyond Toxics, a statewide environmental health non-profit based in Lane County, defied the odds to mobilize passage of a bold and effective environmental protections law in the 2013 Oregon Legislature.

In appreciation of their tireless work, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $2500 in the month of July.

Donate today and double it up!

Select “Matching Grant” from the dropdown menu

 

Why are we celebrating?

On June 4th, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law HB 3364, the State Integrated Pest Management Act. The new law, which goes into effect immediately, protects public health from pesticides, including the most vulnerable members of our communities. It safeguards our rivers, state forests and ecosystems. Overall, Oregon will see less pesticide use as well as more accountability and public input regarding state pesticide policy. The law also sets the stage for future improvements to agriculture, forest practices and riparian restorations. Beyond Toxics brought this bill forward and drove it all the way to the final affirmative landslide votes in the House and the Senate.

Reducing the amount of toxic pesticides means keeping thousands of gallons of chemical runoff from contaminating Oregon’s rivers, soils, and air. The passage of HB 3364 is a vital step toward increasing protection that is both a human rights issue and an environmental necessity. It manifests the tenacity, boldness, and vision Oregon’s environmental work is known for.

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The new law applies to you while you’re exploring Oregon…

- hiking in Silver Falls State Park

- climbing in Smith Rock State Park

- driving along the picturesque Cascade Lakes State Highway

- picnicking amongst the cherry trees and fountains at the Oregon Capitol State Park

- fishing at Wallowa Lake State Park.

Everyone deserves the right to be safe from chemical trespass. Every single one of us deserves to have our food and drinking water free of carcinogens and hormone disruptors. We recognize mountains of evidence on the insidious harm to health and environmental integrity from pesticides. Beyond Toxics tirelessly works to protect salmon, bees, and the other creatures who cannot speak for themselves – they need non-polluted habitats too.

Donate through the month of July and Mountain Rose Herbs will match you dollar for dollar.

www.beyondtoxics.org

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New Herbal Interviews Book!

Posted by Christine|12 July 2013

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Have you seen this exciting new book of interviews created by our friends at the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous?

21st Century Herbalists is a truly unique piece of our community history and you won’t find it on store shelves just anywhere. Jesse Wolf Hardin presents intimate conversations with 21 of the most intriguing herbalists and foragers of the 21st Century. Perfectly subtitled, “Rock-Stars, Radicals & Root Doctors,” this book is filled with previously unshared stories, underutilized herbs, herbal healing traditions, and inspiring advise from a collection of well-known herbalists.

Read the stories of our “rock star” herbalists in this eclectic collection of interviews!

 

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|11 July 2013

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Check out this lovely summer shot of Brian, our new Domestic Farms Representative, taken during a visit to our glorious skullcap farm last weekend. We’ll have a bunch of beautiful photos from our Pacific Northwest farms to share next week!

 

Free Tote Bags Celebrate a Greener Eugene!

Posted by Alyssa|10 July 2013

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Since the City of Eugene’s plastic bag ban went into effect May 1, 2013, we’ve been giving away organic totes to customers who pick up their orders at our showroom. We’re giving away a total of 500 reusable,100% organic cotton bags! I sincerely hope that the City of Eugene will inspire others to reject single-use plastic bags and adopt practices to reduce and reuse waste.

Featuring our new Support Organic Agriculture design, these bags offer a perfect way to celebrate our dedication to recycling, reusing, and phasing out harmful materials from the waste stream.

Plastic bags have long been favored by retailers and consumers for their light weight and durability, but this convenience has come at a high cost to the environment. Produced from non-renewable fossil fuels, these bags take hundreds of years to decompose and often find their way out of the landfill, littering our neighborhoods, killing marine animals, and draining economic resources to clear them out of our cities and waterways.

Although paper bags are often thought of as more eco-friendly than their plastic counterparts, they too are a serious environmental nuisance. Millions of trees are cut down every year to produce paper bags, and the energy utilized to make, transport, and recycle them is greater than plastic.

As we strive for sustainability in all of our products and practices, we invite you to join us by using reusable tote bags for your shopping needs. Making this commitment helps protect our precious ecosystems!

 

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