Happy Spring, everyone! As I type this on an early Sunday morning, we are having a beautiful early spring here in the Northeast. Our new garden fence is up, the garden beds are slowly being made, the greenhouse is nearly finished, and seedlings are in the greenhouse planter boxes. For me, spring represents many things, but on a completely practical level it means the transition from “exercise” to doing actual work with my body. Shoveling, pushing a wheel barrow through mud, pitch forking hay — these are my favorite ways to work up a sweat and start the day.
Spring also brings the anniversary of our company, Dr. Cowan’s Garden. As I’m sure most of you know, our company was founded to help diversify the vegetable intake of, originally, my patients, and then everyone else. The typical healthy indigenous person ate more than 100 different plants each year, the majority of which were wild and perennial vegetables rich in nutrients and protective phytonutrients. Most Americans just don’t have access to or interest in these types of plants. Our second principle was to provide a solid source of income for the best foragers and farmers in the U.S. I am proud to say that on this, our fifth anniversary, we are successfully carrying out both of these principles.
To celebrate, we are having our annual spring sale. Everything in the store is 25% off through April 19th. Now is the time to diversify your diet, support farmers and foragers and help us grow the food-diversity movement. We are continually in awe of the amazing support and feedback we receive from all of you, and together we can build a better world.
Shop the Anniversary Sale here:
Use code 5YEARS at checkout for 25% off sitewide.
Tom and the DCG team
It’s easy to get stuck in a food rut. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. I remember a time when I existed solely on loaded potatoes, cheddar cheese and coleslaw. This was my go-to dish almost every day for about a year. I loved it. I could probably still eat it today. But there comes a time when we move on from childhood comfort foods and discover other culinary delights. I have a ‘gut’ feeling stuffed cabbage rolls could become one of my favorite go-to meals, and maybe yours too.
What would you think if I told you I use it as pizza sauce, smothered on grilled ham and cheese, as an omelette filling, in cocktails and with Hors D’oeuvres? Whether it’s strawberry, blueberry, fig, apricot or other fruits, this scrumptious spread compliments many delicious dishes. And the best thing about it is, when preserved using the water bath (WB) canning method, you can enjoy this tasty treat all year round.
Since the writings of Democritus in ancient Greece about 2,500 years ago, humanity has grown more and more accustomed to thinking in purely material terms. Increasingly, in normal conversation, we refer to actions, thoughts, and feelings that we have as being caused by certain chemicals found in our bodies. We often hear people say that oxytocin causes them to feel close to another person, or that “my hormones” are off or raging or low, as explanations for certain behaviors. We claim that diseases such as “bipolar disorder” are caused by a chemical imbalance in our blood.