With Spring just around the corner (yipee!), I am offering raw organic apple juice & apple ice lollies from Elgin Organics and the wildly delicious additive-free cordials from Wilde At Heart that I stumbled across at our recent visit to Oranjezicht City Farm, which I highly recommend you visit if you have not already done so, but a little more on that later...
Before I introduce these juices, let me say that I am a firm believer in clean water being our main thirst quencher and health keeper. However, most people enjoy a delicious cold drink particularly on a hot day and I feel that if we live by the 80/20 rule, then the occasional juice really is okay. The 80/20 rule means that if we eat well 80% of the time and if we are generally in good health, then the remaining 20% can include some compromises. But if your health is not good and especially if you are diabetic or have cancer then you'd do well to steer clear of sugar in all it's forms, natural or not.
ELGIN ORGANICS APPLE JUICE & APPLE ICE LOLLIES
The apple juice is made from organic apples grown in Elgin and the juice is not heated, pasteurized or in any way processed. It is 100% raw and organic and contains no additives. Because it has no preservatives it has a shelf life of 5 days even if stored in the fridge. I therefore supply the juice frozen and you can either leave it out to defrost or pop straight into your freezer.
The apple ice lollies are made with the same raw, organic apple juice but the juice is frozen in 100ml bags that can be opened at the end to be enjoyed lolly-style. Again, this is a treat so don't overdo as they are rich in natural sugars and not great for the teeth if consumed too often. The apple ice lollies are a great option for kids parties. TIP: I use 1 part apple juice to 3 parts water and then simply add a few drops of Stevia to bring it to the desired sweetness. My kids eagerly drink it and I have no need to concern myself with sugar rushes, plus, as an added bonus the apple juice goes further.
Also available is the 2LT size apple cider vinegar which represents great value for money.
WILDE AT HEART TRADITIONAL CORDIALS (see the picture below)
I recently discovered the Wilde At Heart Cordials made locally in Wellington by Louise at the Oranjezicht City Market when scouting for something to drink for the kids. It seemed that every second person had a large see-through tumbler full of a clear sparkly liquid that looked so refreshing, I just had to track it down to the source, which I did! Beautiful large glass dispensers were filled with 4 flavours - ginger, rose geranium, lemon & buchu. I tried the rose geranium first as this most interested me and I was bowled over by the taste so I snapped up some for the kids. Then, even though I don't like ginger, I tried it because I was keen to buy a bottle of the cordial for my Mom who loves ginger and I was amazed at how delicious it was. The table was so busy with people that I decided to give other people a chance and so I unfortunately didn't get to try the lemon and the buchu, but I bet they are equally delicious. Louise says that lemon is a favourite amongst kids but that ginger and rose geranium are generally the bigger sellers, with buchu also a favourite for many. The cordials are diluted 1:10 with either water, sparkling water or mineral water.
Here's what Louise has to say: A LONG TIME AGO, BEFORE FRIDGES OR ADDITIVES, PEOPLE SQUEEZED FRESH FRUIT AND THEN USED SUGAR TO PRESERVE THE FRUIT JUICE. BUT THEN A FEW STRANGE THINGS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE...............AND DRINKS LAND CHANGED FOREVER.
AT WILDE AT HEART WE DON'T WANT STRANGE THINGS IN OUR CORDIALS, QUITE SIMPLY, BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE THE TASTE AND WE NEVER WILL.
IN THIS CORDIAL YOU WILL FIND NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES, NO ADDITIVES, NO FLAVORANTS, NO CONCENTRATES, NO STABILIZERS AND NO E-NUMBERS, AND YOU NEVER WILL. IN FACT, ALL YOU WILL FIND IS SUGAR, THE FRESH JUICE OF SO MANY LEMONS AND ORGANIC HERBS THAT THERE IS NO SPACE FOR ANYTHING ELSE.
Now since you know that I am not generally accepting of sugar, I quizzed Louise on other options for making the cordials such as using xylitol or stevia. She has tried but sadly the taste is just not the same and is adamant that nothing works as well as sugar for making a delicious, traditional cordial. When I asked about using organic sugar, she says that she does offer this option but the organic sugar comes from Brazil and she is currently waiting for a shipment. It is also very pricey. So this is an option but by the sounds of things it could be a bit of a wait. Also keep in mind that sugar is a preservative and even in our great, great, great grandmother's days, sugar was used for preserving things like jams and cordials. But in those days their diets were healthy and a hard days work on the farm meant that they had exercise often. They weren't sitting around eating jam on commercially-produced white bread washed down with synthetic fizzy drinks!
The cordials are therefore a compromise drink and one to indulge in from time to time, not every day. Nope, water is for every day. But know that this is far better than the additive-laden commercial drinks in the supermarkets. As I often say to people, there are better and worse choices. Pure water is top of the list, synthetic additive containing drinks are right at the bottom. This cordial and the fruit juices are somewhere in the middle. Remember that even though fruit juice is natural and contains no refined sugar, the natural fruit juices will still spike your blood sugar levels just the same as a sugary drink would. That's why I dilute the fruit juices and the cordial requires a dilution of 1 part to 10 parts water. A 750ml bottle of the cordial will make you 8.5 litres.
Anyway, that's my take on things and all that's left to say is just try a bottle and you won't be disappointed. Go on, indulge a bit and enjoy on a hot summer's day!
I am offering a special this month - see price list for details.
PRODUCTS & ORDERS
This month all the usual items are available - honey is in stock and you can choose from Eucalyptus or Brazilian Pepper, which is delicious. It's similar to Eucalyptus but richer. Remember that the honey goes fast and I only get monthly so don't delay in getting your orders in.
In addition to the traditional cordials, apple juice and ice lollies, the full range of Crede Natural Oils are available - coconut oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, nut butters and skincare oils. Also available is the full range of Soaring Free Superfoods - raw, organic wholefood concentrates packed with nutrition. These products are available to order by the 11am, 3rd September & most of them are discounted by 10% or more.
DOWNLOAD PRICE LIST & ORDER FORM HERE: SEPTEMBER 2014 PRICE LIST If you have any problems downloading the order form, please email me.
For those of you who are new to my business, I have two price lists - my standard price list with products that are available to order any time and a monthly price list offering products that are available to order monthly by the stipulated date. This month please order by:11am, Wednesday 3rd September
ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM
Do yourself a favour and go and pay a visit to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market on a Saturday morning. What a lovely experience it is! Admittedly it was rather busy when were there as it was the most glorious day but we still found a nice spot to relax while the kids played. The Market is food-orientated with an emphasis on local produce so it really is a great initiative to support. Below is the website for more info & pictures: http://www.ozcf.co.za/