What do you do with Infused Raw Honey?

Our customers love these honeys at first taste test but generally do not know how to incorporate them into their meals or snacks. Currently, we offer four options in Infused Raw Honey. We make Lavender Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Lemon Vanilla Bean and Jalapeno. I use premium ingredients such as Ceylon Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Fresh Jalapeno’s grown locally and only fresh lemons and culinary grade lavender.

Most customers will begin with …” that would be good in hot tea”… but you can do so much more.

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Let me give you some suggestions…
1) Add to hot beverages – tea, hot chocolate and coffee
2) Use in baked items – replace sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar = ¼ to 1/3 cup raw infused honey

Note: Swapping out sugar for honey will increase the moisture content of the overall finished product. This is not an issue if the amount of honey used is under 1 cup or 4.5 oz. If that much honey is used you may have to scale back a bit (20 – 40%) on any liquids or high moisture ingredients being used (milk, water, yogurt, sour cream, etc.).

3) Drizzle over fresh fruit or fruit salads
4) Use as a grilling sauce for pork chops, sausages, ribs, grilled shrimp (especially good with Jalapeno Honey)Honey flavored pork chops
5) Drizzle over fresh ricotta or cream cheese
6) Mix into soften butter for a delicious butter spread
7) Sweeten your oatmeal or add to your smoothie
8) Glaze carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash

Add Lavender Honey to your carrots right before you take them off the stove top.

Add Lavender Honey to your carrots right before you take them off the stove top.

9) Add to your cocktail
10) Pour over ice cream or yogurt

Keep watching our Infused Honey product line because we will be adding new flavors very soon!!!!

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Do you know Where, When or How to add Turmeric to your meals? Look.

We hear a lot lately about the health properties of Turmeric. Well, where and how do you use it?  We have some easy ways listed below for you to begin adding it to your meals right away.

Turmeric’s flavor is earthy and slightly bitter and its taste is difficult at first. So you don’t think you like it and maybe you don’t but know this – Turmeric pairs well with almost any other spice like cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and ginger. We add it with Sweet Paprika too.

We are most familiar with Turmeric in Curries and Yellow Mustard (that is what gives mustard its color.). Here are some ways for you to add it to your mealtime.

1) While heating cooking oils in a skillet add a pinch of Turmeric before adding the onion and garlic. Cook your meats, eggs or sauces as normal from there.
2) Add a pinch of Turmeric to your omelets, scrambled eggs or quiche.
3) Toss it with roasted vegetables. Cut your veggies into pieces and coat with olive oil, onion, garlic and some Turmeric and roast as normal. Good on veggies such as root veggies, potatoes and cauliflower.
4) Add a small amount of Turmeric to any rice dish.
5) Use this in soups. Turmeric adds it’s warm earthy flavor to vegetable or chicken noodle soup.
6) Add some Turmeric to your smoothies or make cold turmeric milk (see recipe on another blog.).
7) Put some Turmeric into that marinade you always use before you put your meat in.
8) Add it to your favorite rubs, salad dressings or hot sauce.

We love hearing from you and would really like to know some of the recipes you find using Turmeric.

Calendula/ marigold

One of our all time Favorites to grow, smell, and make all sorts of good stuff from!


Calendula/ marigold

It is widely used as a topical antiseptic available in creams, ointments and lotions.

Therapeutic uses: Traditionally used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, epitaxis, crural ulcers, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, eczema, proctitis, lymphadenoma,inflamed cutaneous lesions and conjunctivitis. Today it is mainly used as a topical application as an antiseptic and on skin lesions and irritations.

Dosage: dried florets 1-3g by infusion daily.

Liquid extract- 0.5-1ml 3x daily

Tincture- 0.3-1.2ml 3x daily

Contra-indications: Affects the menstural cycle and has uterotonic effects. Orally administered calendula should be avoided during pregnancy.

Side effects: Occasional allergic reactions.

Drug interactions: At high doses oral calendula has shown to be hypotensive and sedative, thus interacting with any similar medication.

This is a post in a series regarding popular herbs with therapeutic applications.


Information credit to Pharmacy Plus Programme.

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. Module 4. (2000). (011-706 6939)

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Seared Salmon + Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

This recipe made our mouths water! We tailored it a bit, marinating in Olive Oil and our C & J Farms Garlic Dill Blend! Amazing! Thanks I ❤ Heart Healthy Food!

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I recently posted a recipe for seared salmon. Other than served raw in sushi or ceviche, searing the fish is really the only way I like it. It’s just so often served overcooked.

Here, you sear the salmon and serve it with an easy, delicious, lemon dill vinaigrette. Serve it with a spinach salad, or your favorite roasted vegetables.

Feeling fishy,


Seared Salmon + Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

serves 2


  • 1 bunch dill, chopped fairly finely
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt + lots of pepper


  • two, 6oz salmon filets
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1. Make the vinaigrette by putting all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Heat a heavy pan over high heat. I heated my pan for close to 10 minutes; it needs…

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Things of Beauty

Born and raised in the city or cities, city life is what I know. There are cosmopolitan cities with high fashion, sky scrapers and lots of concrete. Also, country cities, “green cities”, coastal cities, mountain cities, wet cities, desert cities but all cities.
I was blessed to work and raise my children in the city but I seemed to have a little different step than most I knew in the city. At one point I began to discover that I love growing flowers and things of time gone by. Upon the decision to move to the country I found myself in a world I didn’t know. No longer working in the corporate world or busy traveling internationally with my husband I was eager to try the change.

The house was early 1970’s, 20 acres of pasture land, mesquite trees (not lovely), pecan trees and goats, lots of goats. (That story is in another blog.) I learned how to drive a tractor and raise Boer goats. After being buried in goat work and the constant repair work on the property that always needed doing I begin to long for the convenience and beauty of the city. I could keep things neat and tidy, manicured, landscaped and weed free in the city.
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Well, on 20 acres, that’s impossible without hiring farm labor. I felt like I was in a dirty house all of the time. When I looked out around the property needed work, repairs needed to be done and pastures needed to be mowed. I reached a point where I knew I needed an attitude adjustment. I was looking around and asked the Lord to begin to show me the beauty around me. Certainly there was some, somewhere.

It was a process but I did begin to see beauty I had never seen before. Beauty began to show up in animals giving birth and providing food, the fresh taste of home grown herbs and vegetables from the garden.garden 4
Learning that what I spent years trying to eradicate, weeds, provided health benefits. Those dried flowers, grasses and grains I loved so much and purchased to make arrangements now grew in my pasture. I could harvest those for free. Who knew you could make wreaths out of honeysuckle?
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I now look forward to all of the new challenges that await me on the farm because I see the beauty in advance. That helps so much because the repairs still need to be done, pastures need to be tended and the work is never done.
This blog is to share with you some of those Things of Beauty I’ve found living on the farm.
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Inflammation: A Blog Series

Let's Get Crackin'


Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are known to help maximize the nutrient density of food. This means that by seasoning foods with herbs and spices you are making them even better for you without adding a single calorie. The food tastes better, and the calories stay down, that’s a win-win!

In actuality, on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs ran even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables. Say, what?! Yes, this is true, and we all know how high fruits and veggies are in antioxidants. Studies have shown that a lot of spices tend to have unique medicinal qualities.

In our next few blogs we will discuss some of the awesome qualities of these herbs and spices! Stay tuned!

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Restoring Balance with the Plant World

Everything Matters

By Jon Keyes


As an herbalist, I think of how humans interact and relate to plants everyday.  Mainly we interact with plants through our diet.  Our morning cereal, a sandwich, tea, beans, rice and salad all come from plants.  Even meat comes from animals that ate plants.  In essence, our very survival comes from plant life.  Though plants represent the source of our sustenance, we have become deeply out of balance in our relationship with them.  We have shifted from a diverse and varied plant diet to one that includes just a few highly processed plants.  This is leading not only to a  breakdown in our physical and mental health, it is leading us to ecological catastrophe as well.


In the U.S., 25 billion dollars a year is spent to subsidize the production of just a few commodity crops with an overwhelming emphasis on wheat, corn and soy.  Essentially farmers…

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