Welcome to the lovely fall season! This is the time of year for harvests, when hard-working farmers bring in the staple crops that are the very foundation of our survival. Yet this foundation has been eroded by industrial farming methods that include pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). With grass roots efforts in mind to help bring about awareness, we are celebrating this October as the third annual, official Non-GMO Month! It’s a chance to help spread the word about what is happening in our food supply, and to showcase efforts underway to require foods with GMO or GE (Genetically Engineered) ingredients to say it on their labels. This November, California citizens will be voting on just such a measure, known as Prop 37.
Minimizing our ecological impact is an important part of our mission in offering Coconut Bliss. During the past year, the facility where our products are made has put substantial efforts into reducing resource consumption. Their two-step approach has been to capture energy themselves, and reduce the amount of energy required to run some basic elements of the plant, such as lighting. Solar panels were a major focus and were installed across the entire roof of the warehouse, enabling them to employ energy right from the sun.
Conflicting information abounds from the scientific community on what to eat and what to avoid. All the confusion may be adding to a mainstream food movement heading towards foods with fewer industrial, lab-produced additives. Back to where we started, in a sense. It may be a slow movement, but one dear to our hearts here at Coconut Bliss.
Have you tried our Mocha Maca Crunch yet? This amazingly complex and delicious new flavor has three ingredients that are recognized as superfoods. These are nutrient-rich foods that offer several health benefits in one ingredient. In a previous blog post, Christina and Marc shared information about cacao and the raw cacao nibs that are also in our Mocha Maca Crunch. Today my focus is on maca powder.
Attending Shakti Fest for the first time was a sweet little adventure. Also known as Bhakti Fest Spring Ommersion, it took place in Joshua Tree, California over Mother’s Day weekend, in the same place where Bhakti Fest happens in the fall. The three days of Kirtan music, yoga, and workshops were nourishing, exciting, exhausting, and well, happy. I had the wonderful experience of attending a Deep Yoga class led by Bhava Ram of San Diego. The class was on Sunday afternoon just as I was feeling a bit depleted from the heat and dryness. We were in a shaded area outdoors with live sitar and Bhava’s gentle voice leading us into poses of healing and acceptance. It was exactly what I needed at that moment, and it helped me finish off the festival refreshed and peaceful. Kind of perfect.
Nature’s abundance here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, inspires the foodies and entrepreneurs of the area to creative heights with their cuisines and products. We, of course, are so happy it inspired Luna and Larry. One amazing food, and also one of Oregon’s best kept secrets, is our indigenous, culinary truffles. Home to three species, 2 white and 1 black, Oregon truffles are on par with Old World varieties from France and Italy. To celebrate all things truffle (and who wouldn’t want to) the seventh annual Oregon Truffle Festival took place right here in Eugene, Oregon on January 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Supporting the well-being of humans, as well as animals, is a key driver for the Coconut Bliss team. Here we are excited to showcase a donation event that accomplishes both so beautifully. Coconut Bliss lover, Dana, hosted a benefit for the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, based in Stockton, CA. Harvest Home assists local humane societies and rescue groups with animals - primarily farmed animals - who, due to their breed, their health, or their personality, cannot be adopted into permanent homes. Harvest Home’s 200+ rescued residents include turkeys, hens, roosters, rabbits, goats, potbellied pigs and ducks.
Dana wrote to us about the benefit, here’s what she had to say:
Welcome 2012! This new year comes to us full of potential, full of abundance. We are looking forward to a year of keeping the bliss flowing so that you can keep your freezer stocked with delicious Coconut Bliss! Happily, all of our flavors will be back on store shelves at the beginning of March. If you don't see your favorite flavor, we encourage you to ask your store to bring it back into stock. Thank you so much for your continued support and love!