March 2016: Planning Session

Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Planning Session (note date change)
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Location:

At the home of Megan & Richard
2210 Floral Hill Drive, Eugene

Phone: 541-344-7604

Planning Session:

Please  join us our informal “Steering Committee”.  This meeting is for people who would like to contribute their time and energy to helping  the Eugene Chapter run smoothly in 2016.

Please consider volunteering a little of your time. We have room in this organization for all types of skills and involvement level.

Please Note:

This is not a potluck. Please either eat before the meeting or bring something simple to share. We will not be focused the food for this one event.

Let us know how you would like to be involved!

May 9th: Planning Meeting

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
7:00 – 8:45 PM

Location:
Creswell Library
64 W. Oregon Avenue
Creswell, OR 97426
541-895-3053

This planning meeting is for people who want to be involved with how the Eugene Chapter is run, and for people who want to volunteer. This is your opportunity to be involved in the discussion about what we spend our time, money and resources on.  In this meeting we are going to do a little “visioning” about the Eugene Chapter.  What are our goals for 2012?  What do you see the Eugene Chapter looking like in 5 years?  Ten years?

We are meeting in Creswell as a joint venture with the South Lane County Chapter, WAPF.

Directions:
I-5 South to Creswell Exit. Turn right (West) at traffic light onto Oregon Avenue. The Library is just past the rail road tracks on the right, diagonally across from Creswell City Hall. We will be meeting after regular library hours.

RSVP:
If you haven’t already expressed interest in this meeting and would like to come, please contact Lisa (info@krautpounder.com) to let us know you are coming.

Send Comments:
If you are not coming to the meeting, but would like to give your input and suggestions about events that you would like to see the Eugene Chapter undertake, please send your comments to Lisa (info@krautpounder.com).

April 2011: From the Editor

We had a productive Planning Session in March, and decided to try out a doing a few things differently.

We will continue to have the Popcorn Review DVD Showings each month, but instead of a potluck each month we decided to rotate with other events.  The rotation will include Discussions, Potlucks and Hands-on Workshops.  Our event this month will be a special discussion group on the topic of Iodine and Radiation.

I have also added a Food Feature.  I made roasted chicken the other night, and wrote up what I did.  If you would like to contribute a food feature please send in your description of how the dish was made and include 1-3 photos (email ).

Upcoming Eugene Chapter Events this month:
April 16th – Iodine and Radiation Discussion
April 29th – DVD-rerun: Fat: An Endocrine Organ

Other items of interest:
Updated WAPF Website
Food Feature – Easy Roasted Chicken
OSU Extension Classes

I have been adding event listings and information from other local food groups as I receive them.  Check back here throughout the month to see what’s new.

Do you like having the added information?  Please send feedback.

March 19th: Planning Session

Saturday, March 19, 2011
2:00 to 6:00 PM

Location:
Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

We have the room available to us from 2-6 PM.  I would like the meeting to start by 2:15, and be wrapping up by 5:45.

This is our first planning session of 2011.  We will brainstorm ideas for events and activities that the Eugene Chapter, Weston A. Price Foundation could undertake.  We will then make some decisions as to our priorities for this year, and discuss ways to accomplish our goals.

We welcome both new people and those who have been involved for a long time to come to this planning session.  If you cannot attend, but would like to offer input on what you would like to see the Eugene Chapter focus on this year, please your suggestions. We want to hear from you!

February: Planning Meeting

Date and location to be determined

We would like to have a planning meeting to discuss the plans and direction for the Eugene Chapter in 2011. Details about this meeting will be in the February Newsletter. Stay tuned!

Newsletter – August 2007

Welcome to the first Newsletter of
The Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter!

This Newsletter is taking the place of this month’s email reminder. It is my hope that the new format and hypertext links will allow you to navigate more easily.

Below you will find descriptions of each of the upcoming events in August, plus some special features on raw and organic milk, and a recipe for lacto-fermented root beer.

We’ve got some great things planned in the next couple months. You will find details below on an expanded, full meal cooking class on August 26th. Plus in September The Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter will have a booth at the Eugene Celebration. We could use some help tending the table, so if you can spare an hour or two on September 8th or 9th, please let us know.

And finally, we are gearing up for a big exciting event at the end of September. We plan to have games for kids, educational talks and plenty of good food! Stay tuned for more details.

I hope you like the new look! It is my first attempt at creating an online newsletter or working in html. Please write me a quick note to let me know what you think of it. And feel free to forward the newsletter to anyone who you think would enjoy it.

~ Lisa

August Events:


Planning Session

    • Monday, August 13, 2007
      Planning Meeting
      4:00 PM
      At the home of Victoria Schneider
      3245 West 16th, Eugene
      We have canceled out regular daytime meeting in order to focus on the special events we are organizing for August and September. This meeting will be devoted to planning these events and assigning tasks. It is open to everyone, please come if you are interested in helping the Eugene Chapter plan some great events.Volunteers Needed.We are looking for people interested in helping out in the following areas:

      • Tending a table at the Eugene Celebration – September 8th or 9th
      • Assisting at the cooking class – August 26th
      • Keeping notes at meetings
      • Entering data into QuickBooks
      • Assisting with the big September event

      Also if anyone has experience with website building, especially in creating PayPal shopping carts, I could use help working out some bugs.

 


Meeting & Potluck Dinner

    • Monday, August 20, 2007
      Meeting & Potluck Dinner
      6:00 to 9:00 PM
      At the home of Victoria Schneider
      3245 West 16th, EugeneOur evening meetings are regularly held on the third Monday of each month. We have a different topic each month, and the potluck dinner usually has wonderful foods. If you need driving instructions call Victoria at 343-3699

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Cooking & Fermenting Class

Healthy “Family Picnic” Class

    • Saturday, August 26, 2007
      10:30am to 12:30 PM
      Washington Park CenterJoin us for our cooking class summer finale, and enjoy a full mealusing Weston A Price methods!Learn how to make:

      • Healthy Mayonnaise
      • Fermented Catsup & Mustard
      • Lacto-Fermented Pickles
      • Meatloaf with secret ingredients good for your heart
      • Ice cream with real cream, eggs and natural sugar

      We will also have healthy snacks for children to make and taste.

      Location: Washington Park Center (West 20th Ave & Washington St)
      2025 Washington St. (Washington Park, street parking only)

      Adults = $20.00
      Children over 12 = $5.00
      Children under 12 = free
      Childcare = $5.00 per child

      Pre-register by August 22nd. You may pre-register online or by sending a check to our mailing address.
      In order to ensure there will be enough food we will not be taking pre-registration after August 22nd or at the door. Class will be limited to 25 adults and 10 children.

      For more info contact: Victoria Schneider, CNT at 343-7046 or victoriacare@gmail.com

      Learn more about Lacto-Fermentation on the Weston A. Price website.

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Raw Milk

When Dr. Weston A. Price traveled around the world in the 1930’s studying isolated populations eating their traditional foods he found examples of cultures that had a high degree of what he described as “physical perfection”.

The diets of these healthy cultures were extremely different from each other, yet there were characteristics common to all traditional diets. Milk was consumed by some populations and not others, but in cultures that consumed dairy they used their milk products raw (in cultures that did not consume dairy products they ate some of their other animal foods, such as fish, meat and insects raw).

One of the main purposes for the system of local WAPF chapters is to connect people with local food sources. Raw milk is an important local food, and we receive many inquiries about where to obtain it.

We are fortunate that raw milk is legal and available in Oregon. You won’t find it in stores, but you can purchase it directly from local farms. If you would like to receive our list of local raw milk suppliers you can contact us. We will email you names of farms in the Eugene area that provide raw cow or goat milk.

If you are new to the concept of drinking milk in its natural unprocessed state, we suggest you read some of the articles and books on the subject or talk to those of us who have been drinking real milk for many years. Raw milk is a frequent topic at our meetings.

Below are a few links to articles on the web:
A Campaign for Real Milk
Milk: It Does a Body Good?
Raw Milk by Tom Cowan, MD
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
The Safety of Raw Milk
A Simple Change In Mindset: Learning to Maximize the Use of Your Real Milk and Cream
Food Borne Illness
Supplemental Report in Favor of Raw Milk

Books:
The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Foods. by Ron Schmid, ND
Suggested Reading

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The Cornucopia Organic Dairy Report

The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends consumption of raw dairy products from pasture-fed animals, but while in transition to traditional diets, many of us continue to purchase homogenized and pasturized yogurt, butter, sour cream, and such.

Organic standards for dairy cows require organic feed and “access to pasture”, however, the procedures, attitudes and ethics of those producing organic dairy products can vary widely. As organic foods become more popular, factory farm corporations are entering the market by meeting the bare minimum organic standards or by purchasing small organic dairies. As one would expect, these large companies are focused on profit rather than the health of their customers or caring for the land. Because of this consolidation of ownership, several popular widely distributed organic brands are not operating with the ethics you would expect.

If you are buying ANY dairy from the grocery store, please go to the Dairy Report and look up the brands you buy.

The Organic Dairy Report is the creation of The Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group. “Promoting Economic Justice for Family-Scale Farming”.

The Cornucopia Institute’s national survey of organic products in the dairy case showcases ethical family farm producers and exposes factory farm producers and brands that threaten to take over organic dairying. With this Web-based rating tool, you can see which brands and dairy products found in your region are produced using the best organic farming practices and ethics. Based on a year’s research into the organic dairy business, the scorecard rates 68 different organic dairy brands and private-label products.Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk will empower consumers and wholesale buyers who want to invest their food dollars to protect hard-working family farmers that are in danger of being washed off the land by a tidal wave of organic milk from the rise of factory mega- farms.

A local Oregon dairy I often recommend, Noris Dairy, is an organic farm that is not yet listed in the Dairy Report. From what I can tell, they are an ethical small farm that produces milk from primarily pasture-fed cows. Their cheese is made from raw milk, aged 60 days. A local raw milk farmer visited the dairy herself, and decided to carry Noris cheese at her store. While their bottled milk and cream is pasturized, it is not homogenized. I also like the fact that their yogurt (while made from pasturized milk) does not contain powdered milk or other thickeners common in commercial yogurts.

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Thoughts About the Potluck

The potluck plays an important role in our local meetings. For many of us, learning about the Weston A. Price Foundation and the book Nourishing Traditions (NT) has meant re-acquainting ourselves with our kitchens, trying new recipes and using unfamiliar ingredients.

The potluck has several goals:

  • To provide an opportunity to make NT-style recipes for people who appreciate them.
  • To allow you to sample NT-style recipes made by other people.
  • To share good food in a like-minded community.

Nourishing Traditions contains a wealth of techniques. You are encouraged to bring a variety of dishes to the different events, and to experiment with different recipes. Come discuss your failures as well as your success.

I believe that food should be created and eaten with love and respect, and if making something for a particular potluck is an overly stressful event, I have always said that bringing something is optional. But please use this option only once in a blue moon. The rest of the time we expect you to bring some home-made NT-friendly food in an amount suitable for the number of people in your party.

Cooking NT food requires some foresight and planning. Our potlucks are a wonderful opportunity to try out some of these new recipes with people who share the goals of healthy, whole, unprocessed, local foods.

Guests and children are welcome at all WAPF Eugene Chapter meetings.

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Root Beer Update

Our July fermentation class was on the topic of lacto-fermented beverages. We had demos and samples of seven drinks and three fruit chutneys.

Those of you who attended know that I tried several attempts at lacto-fermented root beer. The results were interesting, but did not have much resemblance to commercial root beer. I have continued my experimentation. The last version of the root beer that we sampled (version 2 on your hand-outs with the variation listed at the bottom) has the most potential in my opinion, but it tasted too strongly of the roots. At home after the class, I diluted it with some of the honey and water. It now tastes much closer to a commercial root beer, but I still need to work on the carbonation.

Basically, the root beer, spice beer and ginger ale recipes each involve making an infusion of flavorful herbs, roots, spices or fruit, and then sweetening and fermenting the liquid. I found that it is very important to choose flavors you enjoy, and to avoid overpowering flavors (the licorice and molasses both overpowered the other flavors). In my next attempt I will reduce the amount of roots to the amount listed below. For those of you who did not attend the class, here is a quick recipe:

Root Beer

Makes 2 quarts

  • 1/2 cup Sassafras root
  • 1/4 cup Sasparilla
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • 1/4 cup whey (liquid strained from yogurt)
  • Filtered water to make 2 quarts

Directions: Bring water to a boil. Add roots, spices, sucanat and salt. Simmer about one hour. Let sit covered until tepid. Strain liquid into a 2 qt (1/2 gallon) jar. When liquid is comfortable to the touch, add whey and mix. Add additional water if needed to make 2 quarts. Cap jar, and label with recipe name and date.

Primary Fermentation: Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Secondary Fermentation: Taste root beer. Transfer into canning jars or bottles with tight fitting lids or wire tops. Pour carefully and leave sediment in jar if desired. Prime bottles by adding an additional 1/4-1/2 tsp sucanat. Label bottles & let sit at room temperature for about an additional 1-4 days. (This is an optional step that allows for carbonation to create bubbles). Place into refrigerator & enjoy.

Taste root beer. If root beer becomes too tart or is too strong for your taste, dilute with water and add honey or other natural sweetener while serving.

Note: bottles must be able to withstand pressure, so use canning jars or bottles designed to hold carbonated beverages.

I will continue to keep you updated on any future improvements. If you experiment with any of the recipes and come up with something you like, please share your recipes! I will include them in an upcoming newsletter.

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That’s all for now

Please join us at one of our upcoming events!

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