Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Friday, December 19, 2008
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This means that if you are in California (which required 5 days of shipping from our Maryland warehouse) and you order on the 23rd of December you are not going to receive your order until Jan. 6th or Jan. 7th, due to the number of days that UPS is not moving ground shipments (unless you choose expedited shipping)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
My family and I considered not hosting Thanksgiving this year, because we have a two month old and a toddler, making it more difficult to prepare the house and the food for the event. However, I am very thankful that we decided to hold the event. With our extra volunteers and people bringing raw food dishes we all had a grand feast, marking our 5th year of holding our “Living Thanksgiving Feast”. When we started this event 5 years ago, we were surprised by the out pouring of love and generosity of the raw food community. We were not the only ones who desired a Raw Food Thanksgiving and the raw food community not only blessed us with their presence at our event, but contributed to its warmth and of course to the feast itself. This tradition continued this year thanks to the many volunteers, those that brought raw food dishes, and all who attended bringing their warmth and love. Thank you all for making this a beautiful raw food Thanksgiving!
Attached are photos from the food preparation and the event itself. The photos keep pouring in to our email as well as the appreciation. I will share all so you can get a sense of some of the highlights of the event. The words of other sometimes describe the highlights and the warmth of the raw food community better than I could describe them.
Dear Helen and Jeff
Thanksgiving was wonderful! Thank you for including me on your invitation list. As a like-minded community, we all somehow feel like "family." So thanks for having the family over!
Jeff, you are an amazing chef. My favorites this year were your vegetable casserole with the soft sweet onions, the pumpkin pie which was perfectly seasoned (it was better than any cooked pumpkin pie!), the chocolate nibs pie, the zesty tahini dressing, and your amazing carrot/beet sauerkraut! It was a wondrous feast!
Thank you for the extensive effort and energy that You and Jeff contributed to the Best Raw Living Thanksgiving feast I've experienced! Especially based on the reality of your situation with the significant work increase for Jeff and distraction of having two children to take care of. That was tough to pull off. I hope you had help with clean up.
It was amazing yesterday as usual, the wonderful hospitality that you, Jeff and Margaret share! Thank you again for your hard work, thoughtfulness, essence, beautiful food etc.
Thanks, again, for hosting Thanksgiving and providing a family for those without. It's always such a pleasure to be in company of the Rose's.
Jeff and Helen,
Thank you again for having us over, we had a fabulous time! We felt like we were at a family gathering. We’ve missed everyone so deeply.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
The Secret Ingredient in the Future of Food
Food is a gift.
It’s a gift from the earth; it’s a gift from a mother to a child, to those we love and are getting to know, and from those wanting to show gratitude and reverence.
Most of us have forgotten food’s significance beyond physical health or sensual pleasure. But a number of small companies are working to not only remind us of food’s sacredness, but to improve its capacity to nourish through the power of human intention.
Intention enhanced foods are taking the trend of organics and fair-trade one step further – moving beyond nutritional, healthy and ethical food production to using food as a vehicle for love and blessings.
Natural Zing (www.naturalzing.com) a health food company based in Maryland, nourishes people with more than healthy food and ethical growing practices, by offering love and care through community gatherings and educational events at their non-profit farm, Spirit Bliss.
Natural Zing founder Helen Rose also wants her business to serve others. She makes sure their goji berries are grown by the Goji Farmers Co-op, a group of Tibetan wildcrafters who work to save endangered plants used in Tibetan Medicine. All Natural Zing and Spirit Bliss promotional and educational materials are printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink. Their warehouses are fueled by solar power, and they only hire people with “a sense of service to the community.” All their products are mailed out with a stamp declaring, Packed with Love (“When the shippers remember!” Helen laughs over the phone). Helen even offers free, raw, vegan Thanksgiving dinners at her family’s home for anyone that wants to come. “The first year we had 20 people. Last year it was almost 90,” she says. And these aren’t people she knows! They’re mostly strangers who respond to “notices with on-line groups and local vegetarian groups.”
“We’re here to serve the community,” is Helen Rose’s attitude. “We will grow if the community wants us to grow. Our business in the last two years has had a steady increase of 65% from year to year sales revenue,” Helen says. “And we’re expecting a 70% increase this year over last year’s sales.”
Helen says her life before Natural Zing and Spirit Bliss Farm was a “success” but only from a “financial point of view.” “My husband and I had done the corporate thing,” she says. “But we just felt there has to be more meaning in life. We wondered, Are we really helping people?”
Wondering how to serve, they acknowledged how they had been helped through raw food prepared with attention and care. Offering that to others was a natural step.
The full article is published in Wisdom Magazine and in Edge Life Holistic Journal.