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October 5 2016 * Newsletter # 145

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” - Julia Child

OSU Souvenir Sale! 

10% Off OSU Branded Merchandise

Now Through The Annual Christmas Walk (November 27th)
Purses, Cups, Mugs, Baby Items, Picture Frames, Brutus Dolls (Plays the Fight Song!), Jewelry, Clocks, and More!

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Vendor Spotlight

Bearded Buch

If you had asked Aaron Powell five years ago if he would start a food company in Cleveland, he would have thought you were joking. Aaron was working as the communications coordinator for the local MLS and had a nice 9-5 desk job. In his spare time, he worked in freelance graphics and web design to help pay the bills. Life was pretty average. They did the same thing everyone else was doing, including the food they ate. That was until they started watching documentaries like “Forks Over Knives”, “Fed Up”, and “Food Inc.”. They knew that they needed to change their eating habits and get active. Aaron started running and quickly fell in love; he was hooked on the runner’s high and the mental clarity a run can provide. He was training for a half marathon and ended his run near a health food store. When he went in, he had no idea that he was about to find his passion in the cooler section. Aaron stumbled across a bottle of GT’s Kombucha and thought, “Man, that looks weird.” So of course, he grabbed it. He absolutely loved it from the first sip, and so did his wife and five kids at the time.

Aaron started doing some research and quickly found out that you could brew this magical elixir at home. He ordered his SCOBY and had it within three days. He was so excited when the mail came. He was finally able to see the SCOBY in all of its gelatinous glory. He put the SCOBY on the shelf fully intending to start his brew, but there it sat for three months. When he finally worked up the courage to start that first batch, he felt like a mad scientist in his lab who was very proud of his new concoction. Aaron will admit that if he is being honest, the first brew was amazing… but only to him. When he looks back on it now, the brew was far too sour and the flavor profile was just not there. Their friends stopped wanting to come over because every time they did they were presented with what Aaron thought was the best thing ever. However, in reality, it was not far from vinegar in a cup.

With the help of time and a lot of experimenting, things started to shift. People started wanting to buy what they were brewing at home. Aaron wanted to have fun with this new thing and decided if they were going to sell it to their friends, then they needed a name and a label. Aaron took his graphics background and his wife, Daniell’s, creativity to create a logo. Unbeknownst to them, this logo would be the face of the company. When they woke up the next day and started critiquing their work from the night before, they realized that what they created was great and no one else in Cleveland was doing it. It didn’t take much forethought to know that they needed to strike out and bring this product to the market. That was in December of 2013, and by April of 2014, they had formed the company, designed the label, and made hundreds of sample bottles.

The last part of the puzzle was the commercial kitchen to brew the ‘buch legally. They entered Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen, and shared incubator and kitchen space right in downtown Cleveland. They now had all the pieces to the puzzle. After hitting the streets with samples, they had orders before they even brewed their first batch. After three months in business, they got their first big break: Heinen’s was interested in carrying the ‘buch in all 18 stores in Northeast Ohio.

Clevelanders are amazing people and they have supported Bearded Buch from the beginning. Their loyal fan base helped them grow and you can now find Bearded Buch in over 120 locations including. Bearded Buch has purchased a 5,000 square foot building in Old Brooklyn that serves as their headquarters and production facility. 

Check out the cooler section to find Bearded Buch's four fantastic flavors - Spiced Elderberry, Ginger Snap, Concord Grape, and Pink Grapefruit.

 

Weekly Recipe
*Indicates an ingredient that can be found right now at Harvest

Chicken with Skirlie
(Skirlie = Scottish Oat Stuffing)

Ingredients
:

1 1/4 cups oat groats (berries)*
4 shallots*, minced
1 cup finely diced fennel bulb
1/2 cup unsalted butter*, softened
1 cup finely diced scrubbed zucchini* 
1 cup finely diced mushroom caps
1/4 cup heavy cream* 
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
a pinch of dried tarragon, crumbled
a pinch of freshly grated lemon zest
a 5-pound roasting chicken* (giblets reserved for another use)

Directions:
  1. In a kettle of boiling water cook the whole oats for 30 minutes and drain them. While the oats are cooking, in a skillet cook the shallots and the fennel in 2 tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, add the zucchini and the mushrooms, and sauté the mixture over moderately high heat, stirring, until the zucchini and mushrooms are softened. Stir in the cooked oats, the cream, the chives, the parsley, the tarragon, the zest, and salt and pepper to taste and remove the skillet from the heat.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry completely. Pack the cavity with some of the stuffing and transfer the remaining stuffing to a small baking dish. Truss the chicken, rub it all over with 4 tablespoons of the remaining butter, and season it with salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken, breast side down, on a rack set in a shallow roasting pan and roast it in the lower third of a preheated 450°F. oven for 50 minutes. Turn the chicken breast side up, baste it with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, melted, and the pan juices, and roast it for 20 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the fleshy part of a thigh registers 180°F.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of roasting, cook the remaining stuffing, covered with foil, in the 450°F. oven. Let the chicken stand for 10 minutes before carving. Serve the chicken with the stuffing.
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Organic Oat Berries (Groats)
  • Groats (or in some cases, "berries"), are the hulled kernels of various cereal grains such as oat, wheat, and rye.
  • Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling).
  • Oat groats: unflattened kernels that are good for using as a breakfast cereal or for stuffing
Food Facts:  Meta-analysis Explains Whole Grains' Health Benefits

In many studies, eating whole grains, such as oats, has been linked to protection against atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and premature death. A new study and accompanying editorial, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition explains the likely reasons behind these findings and recommends at least 3 servings of whole grains should be eaten daily.

Whole grains are concentrated sources of fiber. In this meta-analysis of 7 studies including more than 150,000 persons, those whose diets provided the highest dietary fiber intake had a 29% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those with the lowest fiber intake.

But it's not just fiber's ability to serve as a bulking agent that is responsible for its beneficial effects as a component of whole grains. Wheat bran, for example, which constitutes 15% of most whole-grain wheat kernels but is virtually non-existent in refined wheat flour, is rich in minerals, antioxidants, lignans, and other phytonutrients—as well as in fiber.

In addition to the matrix of nutrients in their dietary fibers, the whole-grain arsenal includes a wide variety of additional nutrients and phytonutrients that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Compounds in whole grains that have cholesterol-lowering effects include polyunsaturated fatty acids, oligosaccharides, plant sterols and stanols, and saponins.

Whole grains are also important dietary sources of water-soluble, fat-soluble, and insoluble antioxidants. The long list of cereal antioxidants includes vitamin E, tocotrieonols, selenium, phenolic acids, and phytic acid. These multifunctional antioxidants come in immediate-release to slow-release forms and thus are available throughout the gastrointestinal tract over a long period after being consumed.

The high antioxidant capacity of wheat bran, for example, is 20-fold that of refined wheat flour (endosperm). Although the role of antioxidant supplements in protecting against cardiovascular disease has been questioned, prospective population studies consistently suggest that when consumed in whole foods, antioxidants are associated with significant protection against cardiovascular disease. Because free radical damage to cholesterol appears to contribute significantly to the development of atherosclerosis, the broad range of antioxidant activities from the phytonutrients abundant in whole-grains is thought to play a strong role in their cardio-protective effects.

Like soybeans, whole grains are good sources of phytoestrogens, plant compounds that may affect blood cholesterol levels, blood vessel elasticity, bone metabolism, and many other cellular metabolic processes.

Whole grains are rich sources of lignans that are converted by the human gut to enterolactone and enterodiole. In studies of Finnish men, blood levels of enterolactone have been found to have an inverse relation not just to cardiovascular-related death, but to all causes of death, which suggests that the plant lignans in whole grains may play an important role in their protective effects.

Lower insulin levels may also contribute to the protective effects of whole grains. In many persons, the risks of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity are linked to insulin resistance. Higher intakes of whole grains are associated with increased sensitivity to insulin in population studies and clinical trials. Why? Because whole grains improve insulin sensitivity by lowering the glycemic index of the diet while increasing its content of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E.

The whole kernel of truth: as part of your healthy way of eating, whole grains can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Enjoy at least 3 servings a day.

Source: WHFoods.com

Local Events Calendar

Recurring Events:

**Second Thursday Monthly - Cookbook Club at Fredericktown Community Library
**Every Thursday Evening 5:00 - 8:00 pm - McBingo at McDonald’s 535 W. Marion Rd, Mt. Gilead - FREE Bingo with food prizes
 


Upcoming Events:
   
October
7  First Friday - Downtown Mt. Vernon 6:00 - 9:00 pm
8  Memorial Toy Ride to honor Officer Thomas Cottrell (contact:  sales@mid-ohio.com)


Find more great things to do here:  Knox County History  ~  Knox County - Quick Links  ~  Morrow County - Quick Links  ~  Licking County - Links

Local Foods Initiative Classes

Harvest @ The Woodward

Harvest is pleased to announce that we are offering various classes to the public.  

Do you have a hobby that you love?  A passion for a subject that you'd like to share?  YOU can host a class or seminar sponsored by Harvest, please contact Clint for more details! Classes / seminars do not have to be food related.

Classes may be paid by cash, check or credit card unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Class List:

Class: None currently scheduled
Information:  --
Cost of Class:  $--
Date:  --
Time: --
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 101 S. Main St., Mt. Vernon, OH
Presented by: --
How to Register:  Stop into Harvest @ The Woodward!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Woodward Opera House
is situated in the heart of Mount Vernon's Central Business District. 

The past few months have been a rush of activity and excitement here in The Woodward. Contractors have been swarming the interior (and exterior) of the facility.  A lot has been happening and we can't wait to share it with you.

Be sure to check often to see the pictures of the new construction.

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Store Hours:
Monday - Friday:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm  |  Saturday:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  Sunday:  Closed
Extended hours during First Fridays, Dan Emmett Festival & Christmas Walk
Closed National Holidays


*www.Harvest.TheWoodward.org*  *Clint A. LeVan, store manager*
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*Shop Local ~ Eat Local* *Woodward Local Food Initiative*
Our mailing address is:
*105 South Main St, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050* *740-392-6142*

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