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Now Using Aronia Berries in Our Elderberry Syrup

We are now using Aronia berries, organically grown from the V.I.B.E. farm in Vermont) in our elderberry syrup. Aronia berries were shown to have an ORAC score (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of 16,062 umoles/110 gams. as compared to 9,584 for cranberries and 6,552 for blueberries. ORAC scores relate to the level of antioxidants in the berries. We lightly cook the aronia berries just to pasteurize them. This increases the shelf life of our syrup while ensuring that ORAC level  stay as high as possible.

Busy making herbal teas

Cam has mixed up our Flavor of Fall tea and is busy filling bags and getting cans of tea ready to sell this fall.  Our Flavor of Fall tea is made with our farm grown mint and lemon balm and we add delicious hibiscus, mulling spices, and dried apples to create a wonderful taste sensation- so relaxing to sit and sip a hot cup of this tea on a cold fall day. This makes a great Vermont-grown gift for friends and family.

Flavor of Fall Tea

Introducing a new tea here at Lightfoot Farm, just for the fall. Flavor of Fall tea is made with our farm grown wild peppermint, wild mint, and lemon balm.  To this base we add hibiscus (southern grown), dried apples,  ground mulling spices and ground cinnamon sticks.
 
We recommend brewing the tea for a full 15 minutes to really bring out the flavor of the fall spices.

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.

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).

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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