June 2015

[caption id="attachment_23232" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Jiaogulan Immortalitea is available in the bulk tea and spice area of Valley Natural Foods near the wellness department. The co-op also sells the ceramic mug pictured in the general merchandise area and the wooden tea baskets are available in the wellness department.[/caption] All information in this post is adapted from an article by Valley Natural Foods’ wellness department associate and herbalist, Chip Greene. Stop by the wellness department and get more information from Chip on this amazing tea. Valley Natural Foods’ wellness department is excited to bring you a unique, specialized organic bulk herb tea called Jiaogulan or Immortalitea, grown in Northern Thailand in the foothills of the Himalayas. This herb cultivates in low-laying vine or ground cover leaf clusters and its seed has vegetable origins, deriving from the cucumber family. Jiaogulan is a Gynostemma pentaphyllum herb tea,

by Susan Budig From farm-to-city takes on new meaning at the 31,000-square-foot structure in northeast Minneapolis known locally as the Food Building. A unique facility owned by Kieran Folliard, creator of the Irish pub scene in the Twin Cities, has opened its doors to farmborn artisanal food production. It’s now home to the Lone Grazer Creamery. Rueben Nilsson, co-owner and head cheese-maker, started the business because he wanted consumers to understand the connection from farm to table. “The idea was to create a place where people could come and see where their food is made,” he says. It’s a place to blend the art and science of cheesemaking crafted from the milk of Minnesota grass-fed herds. A Creamery in Urban Minneapolis Cows are not common in the Twin Cities except during the State Fair at the end of summer. Nilsson was attracted to the idea of making