Category Archives: Health

Local, Organic Foods for Health and Allergies

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A year ago this week, I began my journey with Nature’s Garden Express as a sales associate, brand ambassador, and now our digital marketing manager. Every week since I joined our team I’ve had the fortune of receiving a small sized box of local and organic foods. This dietary change has resulted in a complete transformation of my health and wellbeing. Continue reading Local, Organic Foods for Health and Allergies

Wheatgrass Elixirs for Health & Longevity

IMG_20160314_153832Stop by our Krog Street Market stall to try one of our organic Wheatgrass Elixirs! Feeling the effects of spring allergies? Try the Soulgrass, a delicious combination of wheatgrass, ginger, turmeric, and lemon that helps boost immunity and reduce inflammation. Other offerings include:

  • Wheatgrass & Ginger Shots
  • Mintgrass – wheatgrass, mint, lemon
  • Hempgrass – wheatgrass, hemp, cinnamon
  • Hotshot – wheatgrass, lemon, cayenne
  • Uptown Buddha – orange, turmeric

Wheatgrass is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient, rich in living chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives plants their green pigmentation and boasts high magnesium and oxygen content. According to Hippocrates Health Institute, two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the equivalent of five pounds of raw organic vegetables! Not only is wheatgrass high in Vitamin A and C, it also contains all B vitamins, a variety of minerals, and it is a complete source of protein. This young grass also acts as a powerful detoxifier, benefiting the liver and blood in our bodies. Continue reading Wheatgrass Elixirs for Health & Longevity

3 Organic Cold-Pressed Juices to Try This Winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the benefits of Cold-Pressed juices. Actually, these beverages are exactly what we need for the winter months where the selection of produce is less and our chances for becoming ill are greater.

Since 2014, we have worked hard to create a flavorful, nutrient packed and consciously crafted line of Cold-Pressed juice using 100% organically grown fruits, vegetables and super-foods. Our goal was to come up with fresh and delicious flavor combinations that were nutritionally balanced. We have selected three of our top immune boosters full of seasonal produce to help keep you healthy this winter: Continue reading 3 Organic Cold-Pressed Juices to Try This Winter

5 Foods to Boost Immunity this Winter

Happy first day of winter! Last night marked this year’s Winter Solstice which has the longest night and shortest day in the year. Although we can start counting down to spring, Georgia’s coldest days are coming for us first.

As winter weather sets in, so does cold and flu season. Incorporate these preventative and healing foods to your diet to boost immunity this winter. Continue reading 5 Foods to Boost Immunity this Winter

Kombucha: The Elixer Of Life

Kombucha is a fermented, lightly carbonated sweetened black or green tea that has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. The Ancient Chinese referred to Kombucha as the “Immortal Health Elixir” because of its health benefits. This living beverage contains probiotics, live bacteria and yeasts that support overall health and especially the digestive system.  Continue reading Kombucha: The Elixer Of Life

Does an ‘Apple a Day’ really keep the doctor away?

According to multiple scientific studies, the old adage “An apple day keeps the doctor away” is actually true! This proverb was first mentioned in a 1866 publication and nearly 150 years later, it has become a well-known phrase throughout the world.  So how does a common apple help a person maintain optimum health?

Apples are the pomaceous fruits of the apple tree which is actually a member of the rose family and originates in Western Asia. Bees play an important role in apple production as cross-pollination is necessary to develop fruit. In a previous blog entry, we discussed the importance of bee survival and agriculture which you can read more about here.

There are over 7,000 known cultivars of apples grown throughout the world. Although they have differences, the health benefits remain the same. Averaging at about 80 calories per fruit, apples contain no sodium, fat, or cholesterol and are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Their high fiber content helps maintain digestive health and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Apples also act as toothbrushes, cleaning teeth killing bacteria resulting in healthier teeth. Other benefits include a reduced risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and many types of cancer.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that the nutritional benefits of apples remains stable for as long as 200 days post-harvest?

Apples are one of the most versatile fruits and can be baked, stewed, juiced or dried for a variety of delicious recipes. Here at Nature’s Garden Express, we have 18 different apple cultivars available through our box program. Some include the more commonly known varieties like Granny Smith, Red Delicious, or Gala, but we are most excited by all of the different Heirlooms:

Heirloom Black Oxford 
From Oxford County, Maine. A handsome apple from the early 1800’s, it was the regional favorite for eating, cooking and making cider. This variety keeps so well that it is sometimes referred to as “the rock.”


Heirloom Calville Blanc D’Hiver 
A French apple dating to 1598 with a champagne-like flavor and a wonderful texture when cooked. Of all the French apples, this one is considered the best to cook with because of its flavor and texture.

Heirloom Cox’s Orange Pippin
The most popular of English apples, it has been awarded the highest honors by the Royal Horticultural Society. It was originally grown from seed (hence the name Pippin) in 1825 by Richard Cox, an amateur horticulturist. Its tart, citrus flavor is exquisitely tempered by a sweet pear flavor. It is excellent for eating and cooking.

Heirloom Ananas Reinette 
This small yellow skinned apple was grown in France and Belgium in the 1850’s. It has a zesty, pineapple, citrus flavor and flesh that has a fine grain, crisp texture. Used mostly for eating out of hand, but is also a fine cooking apple and makes a robust juice or cider.

Heirloom Esopus Spitzenburg 
Despite Thomas Jefferson’s inability to grow this in his orchard at Monticello, it is said to be one of his favorite apples. It is considered one of the best, highly flavored eating apples in America. It originally came from New York in the 1700’s.

Heirloom Lady
This is the oldest apple still being grown today, originally from France, these apples date back to the 1500’s. Because it was a small and flavorful apple, it was popular during the Renaissance, when ladies would keep one tucked away in their bosom and taken out to freshen their breath. Also known as the Christmas Apple, it was used for decorations.

Heirloom Reine de Reinette 
A French apple from the 1700’s which has a high sugar content that’s balanced with acidity. It’s a juicy apple, good for eating out of hand or with a knife. It is also good for cooking and in Normandy it is considered the best apple for making hard cider.

Heirloom Roxbury Russet
This is the oldest American apple variety, originating in the Township of Roxbury, Massachusetts (now apart of Boston). Some folks say the flavor is similar to guava and the texture like a coconut. It has a very high sugar content, though you may not notice it due to the other complex flavors.

Heirloom Maiden’s Blush 
Maiden Blush is one of the oldest American apples. Coxe wrote in 1817 that Maiden’s Blush was popular in the Philadelphia markets of his day. Beautiful apple of pale thin skinned, lemon-yellow color with crimson blush. Flesh is white, sprightly, crisp and tender with a sharp, acid flavor that mellows when fully ripe. Maiden Blush is an excellent grower, comes into bearing young. Dependable producer, long harvest period, and displays resistance to fireblight.

Heirloom Blue Pearmain 
Blue Pearmain is an old New England favorite dating back to the 1700’s. No one knows where it originated, but ancient trees can still be found in the most rural areas of New England, including central and southern Maine. It is one of those apples with a string of “synonyms” or maybe they’re anagrams: Blue Pearamell, Blue Pearamay, Blue Pomade, Maine Blue Pear, and even, “Painbear Bluemain.” It is thought to be the parent of the New Hampshire variety, Nodhead, and the Maine variety, Rolfe.

Heirloom Orleans Reinette 
Orleans Reinette apples have been called the best flavored apple ever, by Edward Bunyard, England’s foremost pomologist at the beginning of the 20th century. Yellowish-green skin, orange russet and a red blush, the flavor of this flattened apple is similar to sweet oranges with a nutty finish.

Heirloom Ashmead’s Kernel 
With a yellow and green speckled skin with brown patches or “russeting”, the Ashmeads Kernel dates back to the 17th century. With a crisp bite, it tastes of pear, spice, and nuts.

We are also offering the following varieties for sale on our website: Cameo, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gala, and Macintosh apples. To shop our entire selection, please click here.

Looking for apple recipes? Check us out on Pinterest. Please share your favorite recipes and cultivars in the comments below. Don’t forget to enjoy a crisp apple today!

Check out our website to browse our full selection of Certified Organic produce, pastured meats, prepared foods, pantry staples, and more!

If you have any  questions, please contact our customer service department. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm and you can reach us at (770) 441-9976. We would love to hear from you!

Why is Eating Seasonal Produce Important for You and Your Health?

Last week on the blog, we talked about what’s in season for fall. Foods like Artichokes, Delicata Squash, Muscadines, Pomegranates, and other fall varieties are what you should be shopping for! Learn more about seasonal picks for fall here.

Why should we make the conscious choice to only choose seasonal foods? According to scientists, researchers, and natural health experts, it is important to eat with the cycles of nature and only consume food that was grown at the time you are eating it. Eating seasonally is not only better for your health, it also promotes balance with both the earth’s resources and its life forms. The changing of the seasons is a source of natural diversity that should be embraced rather than combated.

Because of modern agriculture and food processing techniques, most foods are available year round. We forget that food availability changes with the seasons. So even though technology makes it possible for us to eat tomatoes in the dead of winter, that doesn’t mean we should do it. Modern food practices that do not follow the USDA’s guidelines for organic farming cause damage to our environment and communities. Eating organic is just as important as eating seasonally and they often go hand in hand. Learn more about the importance of choosing organic here.

What does research say?

According to research studies, nutrient content changes in foods depending on which seasons they were produced in. For example, in a study conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  in London, England researchers found that nutrient content was different in milk harvested in the summer versus winter. Because of the change in the cow’s diet to less fresh plants in the summer, these cows produced nutritionally different milks.  Japanese researchers also found tremendous differences in the nutritional content of spinach harvested in summer versus winter. x

In order to preserve foods that are out of season, these produce items are often covered in pesticides, waxes, and preservatives in order to maintain their fresh appearance. Who wants to put that in their bodies? Science has shown that pesticides and preservatives are detrimental for our health. Also, the longer produce sits on the shelves, the more nutrients and antioxidants they seem to lose. According to research from the University of California, Davis, spinach and green beans lose two-thirds of their vitamin C within a week of harvest. Pair long transport times and sitting on the grocery store shelves and who knows how nutrient dense your produce really is.

By choosing organic seasonal foods, you are guaranteed to have food that was 1) grown closer to you so it doesn’t spoil during transport 2) harvested at the peak of freshness to ensure dense nutrient content and 3) sold during its season, before it spoils or is forced to undergo unnatural preservative processes. Seasonal fruits and vegetables retain more nutrients than their counterparts making them the better choice for your health.

Other benefits of eating seasonally:

  • Supports our local farmers who choose to farm sustainably.
  • Preserves the environment.
  • You have a broader variety of foods in your diet.
  • Saves your wallet! Seasonal foods are cheaper to produce and often cheaper to buy when they are in season as well.
  • You get the best, healthiest food available!

Eating foods that aren’t seasonal is a recent practice and although convenient, it has many downsides. Once upon a time, people only ate seasonally as this way of farming was their only way to survive. Choosing seasonal foods, even if we did not grow them ourselves, helps us reconnect with nature’s natural rhythms. So enjoy your summer peaches while you can! Soon it will be time for the abundance of hearty fall and winter picks that we all love.

Check out our fall seasonal produce guide.

What’s your favorite season to eat in? Please share your seasonal favorites in the comments below!

Check out our website to browse our selection of Certified Organic fall produce as well as pastured meats, coffee, tea, prepared foods, and more!

If you have any  questions, please contact our customer service department. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm and you can reach us at (770) 441-9976. We would love to hear from you!

Seasonal Fall Produce Picks

As the scorching Georgia summer comes to a close, we welcome cool weather, falling leaves, and fall produce. Although we are sad to see summer favorites like tomatoes and peaches dwindle, the changing autumn weather brings a new assortment of fruits and vegetables for us to enjoy.  Here are a few of our fall favorites that are already or will be available for delivery in the coming weeks: Continue reading Seasonal Fall Produce Picks