French Broad Food Co+Op

Apothecary skills- The Herbal Kitchen

Apothecary skills: The Herbal Kitchen
For many of us, our first experience with herbs was in the kitchen. We did not always see them as medicine, but they absolutely are! In this class, we will learn how to incorporate more gerbs into our diets. From herbal seasoning blends to add to soups, salads, or sauces….to broths and teas…to sweet treats with nuts and dried fruits….there are numerous ways to increase the flavor, nutrition, and medicine of your everyday meals. Come play in the spices, learn a little history, and be inspired to include more herbs into your everyday. Take home a customized spice blend to enjoy and get your flavor on!

 

Apothecary skills- Bow Chica Wow Wow

Come learn to create sensual and heart nourishing treats for your Valentine’s Day celebration. We will focus on the wonderful Cacao in this class, making a Damiana & cacao infused love butter and a Chocolate rose love syrup. We will also discuss the foods and herbs that nourish both heart and loins.

All classes require pre-registration and will be located in the upstairs Movement and Learning Center above the Co-op. Melissa Fryar will be the instructor for these sessions. Any questions can be directed to hbc@frenchbroadfood.coop. A $10 donation per person is suggested, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Apothecary Skills Class – Creating Syrups

With a focus on immune support, this class will take you through creating your own various syrups to support health during cold and flu season. We will cover several wonderful plant allies that have immune supporting, anti viral, and anti bacterial properties and I will share some of my favorite home remedies. You will take home an Elderberry immune syrup for your home apothecary.
All classes require pre-registration and will be located in the upstairs Movement and Learning Center above the Co-op. Melissa Fryar will be the instructor for these sessions. Any questions can be directed to hbc@frenchbroadfood.coop.
A $10 donation per person is suggested, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Registration: http://frenchbroadfood.coop/apothecary-class-sign-up/

The Bulk Basics

The Bulk Basics

French Broad Food Co-op boasts the largest selection of bulk herbs in the Southeast! We’ve got just about every bulk herb, tea, and spice that you could imagine. In addition to the herbs and spices, we have all fair trade coffees, grains, nuts and flours (including rice and flours for those who are on gluten-free diets).

Buying in bulk is one of the most economical ways to shop natural foods! It’s also one of the most Earth-friendly. You save money by not paying for packaging and that’s less cardboard and paper products used in the process. 

We welcome you to bring your own containers:

Just weigh the empty container on the scale in the bulk room and write down the weight before you fill it up.

One benefit of Co-op Ownership is special Owner sales, and the next one features our amazing bulk department! This January 22nd Owners save 10% on bulk foods, liquids, and herbs all day long.

If you aren’t an Owner yet, joining the co-op involves completing an application and making a payment toward the $250 equity share. This payment can be made in yearly installments of only $25 over ten years. Get for more information here.

 

Holiday Cheddar Cheese Ball

This festive holiday cheese spread is quick and simple to make and great for entertaining.

Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 large balls (20 servings)

Ingredients
1 pound cream cheese, softened
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup Asiago cheese, grated
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation
In a food processor, blend cream cheese until slightly fluffy. Add cheddar, Asiago, and garlic, and pulse until lightly blended.
Scoop cheese mixture into a small bowl and add the bell pepper, chives, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
Refrigerate mixture until cold, then form into balls.
Roll in extra chives, parsley, or diced bell pepper and allow to come to room temperature before serving.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 105, Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 124 mg, Carbohydrate: 1 g, Dietary Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g

By: Co+op, stronger together

Great Immune Booster Recipes For You To Enjoy!

Anti-infection Tincture

2 parts Echinacea root tincture

2 parts Echinacea leaf and flower tincture

1 part ginger root tincture

1/2 part usnea tincture

1/2 part licorice root tincture

1 part Oregon grape root tincture

You can tincture this all together or separately. Excellent for hard to shake infections of all kinds and tasty!

Shared by the late and beloved Cascade Anderson Geller

Elderberry Wellness Syrup

1 cup elderberries (fresh or dried)

1/2 cup Echinacea root

2 Tbsp. Ginger root dried or 2-3 inch slice fresh

4 cups water

2 cups raw local honey

Place herbs in water and decoct for 30 minutes-1 hour, until reduced by half. Strain and add to the 2 cups elder tea, 2 cups of honey. Mix together well and add a splash of brandy if desired. Store in the fridge.

Fire Cider Zest

Illegal Medicine

1 good sized ginseng root

1/4 cup fresh grated ginger root

Cayenne to taste

Honey

apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup fresh garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh grated horseradish root

*also consider: mushrooms, fresh turmeric root, hibiscus, orange slices, peppercorns, Echinacea, etc.

Place all herbs in a glass jar and pour in enough vinegar to completely cover. Let sit for 4 weeks. Strain and sweeten with honey to taste. Take a teaspoon daily or add to soups, salads, etc.

Flu Buster Tea

An old gypsy formula

1 part peppermint leaf

1 part elderflowers

1 part yarrow

Blend together and add 1 tsp. per cup of hot water. Infuse and enjoy!