Bakers' Acres February Newsletter

Opening for the season March 31st
8-5 weekdays   9-5 weekends
phone: 607-533-4653 
Some of you may know that I have been travelling to Haiti for close to 20 years. I started going in 1998 to help build at a school and church that was in a very remote area. We quickly learned that any structure we built was in danger of washing away during the many hurricanes and heavy rain falls. Haiti was deforested in the 1960s and without trees, the soil rushes down the mountains and washes out homes, churches, schools and other structures. So we turned our attention to reforestation rather than rebuilding. But in a culture that uses wood to cook with, there needed to be some educating and choosing trees that grow fast and provide a good reason to not cut them down. Fruit bearing trees were a great choice but most did not get very big, (to lay down a big root system), and were very slow growers. Then in 2012, I was introduced to Moringa when I saw a man pick some leaves off a tree and wrap it up in paper to take home. I inquired what it was and why he was taking it. I quickly found out that it was Moringa, a very fast growing tree that was very nutritious and used as an herb in his cooking.
I started doing some research and found out that Moringa is much more than just a tasty herb. Moringa Plant is one of the most nutritious and useful foods in the world and is supported by scientifically-proven research. Not only can the leaves benefit your health and wellness but also the roots and the seeds.
Moringa plant has been used to treat and prevent hundreds of common illnesses and diseases. It also has become popular in the cosmetic industry for use on your skin and hair. For hundreds of years it has helped people achieve and maintain good health, recover from medical problems and increase energy levels. With 90 different types of nutrients including vitamins, proteins, fiber and minerals, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-Inflammatory agents, 18 amino Acids and 9 essential amino acids, Moringa truly is the ultimate superfood. Protein is rarely found in plants. In fact, Moringa has the highest protein ratio of any plant identified so far including soybeans.
The leaves are the most popular and nutritious part of the Moringa plant. They are commonly used by drying them and using them as a tea or grinding them into a fine powder. This moringa leaf powder makes it easy to add Moringa into just about any meal or drink. I incorporate it in my bread or pizza dough. I also add it to sauces or veggies as you would oregano. The Moringa plant is first and foremost a wonderful  addition to a healthy diet. It has very few calories per serving and is also packed with Iron (more than 3x that of Spinach) so you should feel a lasting and natural boost of energy and focus.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well first of all to update you on our goals in Haiti, which is to grow as many fast growing trees as we can to help with erosion. Also the demand is so high for Moringa right now, that any amount the is grown, there is a demand for it, right in Haiti. So many cottage industries have sprung up selling Moringa and thus providing more jobs in Haiti. Also to bring this all back to Bakers’ Acres, I brought some Moringa Tea back for Cathy to use in her tea making and also you can use it in our herbal tea making workshop mentioned later in the newsletter.



Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar        
Sat. March 25  1-3 PM
Do you have fruit trees in your yard, but are not sure where to start when it comes to pruning them? You are not alone! Come out to Bakers’ Acres and join Jim Eve from Eve’s Farm Service as he describes the basics of pruning fruit trees. Jim is Bakers’ Acres scout for our orchard and is helping us to use less chemicals through IPM Techniques.
The seminar will cover the purpose of pruning and the fundamentals of fruit tree growth and fruit production. He will also coach you on how to decide what cuts to make and how much to take off of the tree. Dress warmly because we will be going outside after the class session to try your newly learned skills. The class will be held at the Baker’s Acres classroom and out in the orchard. This is a class you can take over and over and still learn more.
Cost $15.00. Deadline Wed., March 22. Call 607-533-4653 to Register
New this year!   
"Herbs and Birds Workshop"
Sat. April 1st. 1-3 PM 
Registration is $5.00 deadline is Weds. March 28th Call 607-533-4653 to register
This is similar to our popular Holiday Workshop. We will have three ongoing stations with hands on activities.
The activities are the following: Herbal Dish Garden, Herbal Tea Making and Bird Seed Cakes.

Herbal Dish Garden - step into our herb house and we will have a bench with herbs that you can choose four from. We will provide you with a terra cotta clay bowl to plant your herbs in. Take your garden home to enjoy herbs in your cooking later.
Kit price is $9.00

Herbal Tea Making - Come make your own blend of tea to enjoy on these cold wintery days. Choose from the many choices of herbs and spices that blend well with tea. Your be making two of your own unique blends to take home. We will be offering Moringa leaves that were mention earlier in this newsletter. 
Kit price is $5.00

Bird Seed Cakes - As previously mention we are now selling bird seed. We will be using our seed to make special cakes for your birds. We will show you how to make these cakes and you will go home with three of your own to treat your birds.
Kit price for three cakes is $3.00
Watch for future newsletters  because there will be more classes in April and much more exciting news!


 After almost seven years with Bakers' Acres, I am moving my shop closer to home (which is north of Moravia) by the end of February.  I am not sure where Rae's Roost will be at this time, but be watching the Bakers' website/newsletter for an update. Because of all my pals at Bakers, I leave with VERY mixed feelings. However, I hope to visit often and hope the folks I have met over the last several years will drop by my new location (??), too. As most of you know, Bakers' Acres is a unique place and we are so lucky to have it in our area. So, from Scooter, Squirt and Roma Rae.....
THANK YOU AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!! P.S. A special thanks to all of you who stuck by me (and the condition of my shop) through 2016. LYME DISEASE IS NASTY!!!

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