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Martin Rice

Local Harvest Grocery is happy to offer Brown Rice from Martin Rice Company. Martin Rice is grown in Bernie, Missouri.  I met Mr. Martin himself at the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture a couple of weeks ago.  He was handing out bags and bags of rice and promoting the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council.  It was exciting to meet him  (I sometimes act like some of our farmers are rock stars) and to find out what happened to the fantastic Jasmine rice they used to carry. Apparently the Jasmine crops they planted all failed. “No one was more upset then we were” he said to me. Can’t wait to get it again. It was extremely aromatic, light, and flavorful.

 The brown rice came in a week or so ago. This is the first time we’ve had brown rice from Martin Rice and I know many of you will be happy to finally have a local brown rice.

If you haven’t tried this rice it is very flavorful and as a bonus it comes in this super cool and very reusable canvas bag.  We sell 2 lb bags for 3.99. 

Check out their webpage www.martinrice.com

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Better Life Cleaning Products

local-harvest-blog-photos-001Better Life offers these super fun, super groovy, and super great cleaning products. Sure the packaging is amazing and the names are hilarious–I Can See Clearly Wow window cleaner, what-EVER all purpose cleaner, 2am Miracle for nursery, Even the Kitchen Sink a gentle scrubber and their new product Get Floored floor cleaner–but these products really work.

Yes, at times I wish I was the person who mixed her own cleaning products using only baking soda and vinegar, but I’ve had to face the hard truth that I am only that person about .05% of the time. The rest of the time I’m using these products. The 2am Miracle has been great for my recent ill-fated attempts at potty-training, I Can See Clearly Wow works wonders on windows and really doesn’t streak and the what-EVER really is good for what-EVER. I’ve used it for bath, kitchen and woodwork so far.

Better Life recently added a new product Get Floored and now has lightly scented their “old” productsimg_0891. For the first time I’m looking forward to cleaning my floors.

These products are super green, very affordable and were developed and are manufactured right here in St. Louis. These products have a great story so check out the website to learn more http://www.cleanhappens.com/

Yours in cleaning,


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Tofu recipe-Longlife Tofu

Hey there- One of our faithful customers took me up on the idea of submitting a recipe. Yeah! Thanks so much Michael. He uses the Longlife Deep-fried tofu.  It sounds really tasty to me–especially the part about caramelizing and “sticky goodness.”



I like the deep-fried tofu for its texture and ease of use, and it costs
much less than the baked and seasoned varieties. No more draining and
patting dry, no more pan frying, and no more heartbreak when your drained
and dried little cubes crumble in the pan. Open the package, dice, and
cook. That’s worth the added fat, which is not all that much in the end.

This time of year, the rest is all about root vegetables, gourds, and warmth.

The Ingredients:

1) One package of deep-fried tofu

2) Some onions, as much or as little as you like

3) Lots of carrots, cleaned & diced

4) Optionally, some squash or pumpkin, peeled and diced. You can go with
pre-cooked if texture is not important.

5) Up to about a cup of walnuts pieces, broken up fine

6) A big thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced. I always put in
half at the start of cooking and the other half just as I’m finishing

7) Some frozen peas or preserved roasted peppers for color

8) The sauce: About half a cup of soy sauce, a healthy teaspoon-sized dose
of brown sugar, and a squirt of lemon or lime juice

The Cooking:

Fry the ginger for about 30 seconds in a really hot, oiled pan. Add all
the vegetables and stir to coat. Let them fry until you get just short of
the consistency you like, then add the remaining ginger and walnut pieces
and make sure they get nice and hot.

Your pan needs to be as hot as it can get for the last step, which is
adding the vigorously stirred sauce. If you do it right, the sauce will
caramelize and give you lots of sticky goodness.

Serve over whatever starch brings you the most joy. Personally, I go for
short-grain brown riceor, if I really need a shot in the arm, udon
noodles. Garnish with a little sesame oil and/or sriracha garlic-chili

If I can get my act together enough to make some vegetable side dishes,
such as shredded carrots with rice vinegar and sesame oil, Brian and I can
usually avoid wolfing down the entire yield for dinner. There are few
greater joys in the workweek than popping leftovers of this stuff in the
microwave and having your own little mid-day comfort food festival.


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