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TastyKale: There’s a New Chip in Town


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ducational materi- als of the USDA tout the health


benefits of green leafy vegetables like kale. High in antioxidants, kale is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals low in cholesterol and satu- rated fats with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Believing in the value of healthy snacks, entrepreneur and Bethany resident Larry “The Kale Guy” Brownstein and his business partner (fellow musician/Unkle Shoe band mate), New Haven resident Tom Brophy, developed Tasty Kale. These gluten-free, low-calorie, vegan, dehydrated kale chips come in a flavors like spicy curry, garlic, sweet, zing zang, and turmeric and pepper. Tasty Kale, grown at Gazy Brothers Farm in Oxford, CT, is currently distributed locally at Brookside, Edge of the Woods, and Thyme and Season, and the Bethany and Westport Farmer’s Markets. The snack’s spark was Larry’s daughter, Nicole (whose childhood nick- name, Cole, means “brassica, such as cabbage or kale…”), author of a snacking blog, who introduced him to kale. Though his initial response was tepid he soon craved the vegetable and, despite lacking cooking skills, purchased a dehydrator to create it for his own consumption. While par- ticipating in a Largest Loser program encouraging healthful eating, Larry gave kale chips to trainer, Jess Ciola, (ultimate catalyst for this endeavor), who began sharing them. The positive response resulted in Tasty Kale’s incarnation. Larry asserts his experience shows that even without prior knowl- edge (for him this involved cooking and spices), anyone can take an interest to the next level.


Kale recipes, comments, ideas, flavor requests? Contact 203.560.9451, tastykale.com, or facebook.


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he Connecticut Chapter of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) is proud to announce the Beginning Women Farmers program in Connecticut.


Women who have been farming for less than ten years can learn about the tools of whole farm planning. Participants will gain knowledge of business and farm management and access to a network of women farmers sharing similar experi- ences in local agriculture. The topics covered will include:


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holistic management; financial planning; marketing; leader- ship and communication; soil fertility; and, land planning. Classes will begin on Saturday, October 22. The deadline for applying is Friday, October 7. Participants must attend a total of ten sessions: six will take place over the winter of 2011/2012 and four farm tours will occur in spring, 2012. All sessions will be held on weekends.


For logistical details and an application, contact the Connecticut coordinator, Deb Legge at 203.888.5146, or deb@ctnofa.org. CT NOFA’s website is ctnofa.org.


Connecticut Crafts for Common Good


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ick and Elizabeth Conrad founded Common Good Market and its corresponding website (commongoodmarket.com) on the belief that buying locally-made products is the single most important thing that can be done to restore the fundamental vitality, indepen- dence, and environmental sustainability of this region and ensure a better future for the next generation. Their mission is “to reconnect New England residents with local artisans and craftspeople who make beautiful, useful things for the home.” To that end, the Con- rads work directly with people in the region who are commit- ting to using environmentally responsible practices and lo- cally or domestically sourced raw materials. They visit all Common Good artisans to ensure consistency with their mission. Many items are made using recycled materials. The company offers a variety of hand crafted products for the home including hand blown glassware, pottery, kitchen


utensils, wooden bowls, rugs, baskets, hand-woven blankets and table linens. They also carry laundry and dish soaps and other environmentally friendly cleaning products, all made in New England.


For information, contact Elizabeth Conrad at 203.214.5719, or visit: commongoodmarket.com.


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for Finding Fun at Farms There is an abundance of information that can be found in the pages of Natural Awakenings print publication, which is only enhanced by the corresponding website (NaturalNewHaven.com). Missed any editions? Simply log online where current and archived editions are available. Similarly, understanding the importance of being


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