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Ashwagnadha Root Tea

We just harvested Ashwaganda, washed the roots, and then chopped and dried them.  Soon we will have tins of Ashwaganda root tea for sale.
 
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is in the Solanaceae family and the plant originated in India. It is also called Winter Cherry.   Ashwagandha is called an adaptogenic herb.  This is because the root is used to make a tea or powder that improves physical energy, increases immunity, and increases the vitality of those recovering from a chronic illness.

Lightfoot Farm Jams at Pete's Greens in Waterbury, VT

Lightfoot Farm jams at Pete's GreensLightfoot Farm jams are now available at Pete's Greens Farm Stand on Route 100 in Waterbury.They have maple sweetened raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry and elderberry jams in stock by the peanut butter.

Drying Flowers Now on the Farm

We are busy now at Lightfoot Farm harvesting strawflowers, purple and rose statice, purple loosestrife, rabbit's foot clover, silvery mugwort, wheatstraw celosia and more and hanging them to dry. Our dried flower bunches are available at Northfield and Waitsfield Farmer's Markets in Vermont and soon at Waterbury Farmers' Market..  It takes about a week to dry the flowers on the lines and then most are arranged right away into colorful bunches. Other flowers are carefully packed in boxes for use later on in wreaths and other decoration for the holidays.

Picking Berries Now On the Farm

buckets of blueberries and strawberriesWe are busy here at Lightfoot Farm picking blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to make our new maple flavored jams.  We built a barn this year and tapped maple trees to produce our own syrup for the first time. Now we are combining our Vermont grown fruits with our maple syrup and the combination is a taste sensation.  We are still using our low sugar recipe.  We are all finished picking jostaberries, black currants, red currants, and Nanking cherries and have stocked our shelves with those jam flavors as well. For those unusual berries (the ones that we are finished picking and processing) we have only used maple syrup this year as the sweetener.  Red currant is the only unusual berry that is still available in the low glycemic version, sweetened with agave syrup.  This combination is especially good for those with diabetes.

Introducing Time for Pause Tea

Introducing a New Tea Here at Lightfoot Farm:  Time for Pause Tea
Time for Pause Tea is good for women in their menopausal years. It contains red clover flowers, nettle leaf, comfrey leaf, milky oats, and stevia. Red clover is rich in isoflavones, chemicals that act like estrogens.  It may help with hot flashes, cardiovascular health and osteoporosis.  Studies so far  are inconclusive.  Red clover contains low levels of coumarins ,which thin the blood. This tea should not be used by individuals on the prescription medicine Warfarin (Coumadin).

Bountiful Harvest of Red Currants

 
In this photo Jean has just finished picking some of the red currants that we use in the red currant jam at Lightfoot Farm. We are hoping to produce more red currants on the farm and have recently planted more bushes. The red currant is a member of the gooseberry family and the latin name for the genus is Ribes.
 
Red currants have many health benefits.  They help to maintain a good balance of electrolytes. They are a good antioxidant and are rich in anthocyanins and proanthocyanin.  Red currants are benficial for diabetics and heart patients.  They also have blood cleansing and digestive properties (from www. onlyfoods.net).

Lingonberries are coming

A new bed of Lingonberries was recently planted here at Lightfoot Farm. In a few years they will start producing berries to make jam and jelly. Dr. Oz recently placed lingonberries on the same level as blueberries for their healthful benefits. This is due to the antioxidants they contain, including quercetin. Lingonberries are commonly used in Scandina ian countries and look similar to cranberries.
 
Cones have been placed over some plants to prevent sunburn, to protect them from frost and foraging animals and to help them acclimate to Vermont, as they were shipped from the west coast. Some plants have been protected from animals with netting. Orchard management here at Lightfoot Farm is labor intensive.

Siberian Pears

I planted the seeds for these Siberian pear trees around 1985 so they are about 28 years old now.  This is a photograph of me under the trees in full bloom, taken in early May in Northfield, VT. They are very hardy trees of Pyrusussuriensis and the fruits make a delicious pear jelly, although they are fairly astringent and not good to eat fresh.  The pears are small and of similar size and shape to a Seckel pear.  Here at Lightfoot Farm they are processed in a steam juicer to produce juice for making the jelly.

Low Sugar Jams and Jellies

Jams and Jellies made with Farm Grown Fruits
All of the jams and jellies at Lightfoot Farm are made with farm grown fruits. This year was a good year for blueberries and grapes so jams made with these berries are the bulk of what is available right now.  All Lighfoot Farm jams and jellies are made with low-sugar recipes and sweetened with Vermont honey or with agave syrup. Using less sugar may decrease the loss of healthy anthocyanins from heat during processing (wholehealthmd.com). We at Lightfoot Farm believe that honey and agave syrup are better choices nutritionally than using refined table sugar.

Herbal teas from Lightfoot Farm

Herbal Teas from Lightfoot Farm
 
Lightfoot Farm offers a selection of farm grown herbal teas grown here in Northfield, VT. We have four herbal teas in stock right now, Tulsi Tea, Wild Mint Tea, Lemon Balm Tea, and Special Tea.
 
Tulsi Tea
Tulsi Tea, also know as Holy Basil, is an annual herb. Owner Carol Noyes took a class on Herbal Adaptogens and learned about this herb at that time. Tulsi is known as an adaptogen, immunomodulator, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, and anti-viral.
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