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Newsletter February 19, 2017:

Video: Family Farmers are Disappearing

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thomas Jefferson believed strongly that the family farmer best exemplified the kind of independence and virtue that should be supported by the new republic. Jefferson’s farmer was hard working and honest, with a sense of spiritual connectedness to the land. It’s still the primary vision of American democracy. Imagine millions of family farmers,our country’s heart and soul, rooted in the land. They work cooperatively; they feed their communities; they live a rich cultural life. They are America’s economic and spiritual backbone.

It’s fast becoming a illusion. The family farm is being wiped out of existence.

With so much appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Recipe: Sweetheart Tea Cakes

by Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

Sweetheart Tea Cakes

Tea Cake Ingredients:
5 ripe organic bananas
1 jar 16oz. alive organic almond butter (Living Tree Community Foods)
¼ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
2 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. soy lecithin
¼ cup golden flax seed (grind to powder)
1 cup soaked and dehydrated chopped almonds
1 16 oz. bag of dried chopped apricots
1 cup packed medium sized chopped dates
1 cup dehydrated banana pieces

Place the ripe bananas, almond butter, salt, cinnamon, lemon juice, and maple syrup into a Vitamix. Blend until creamy smooth. Add the lecithin and the flax seed powder to the Vitamix and blend those evenly. Remove the mixture from the Vitamix and place it into a large mixing bowl. Place the dehydrated bananas, apricots, dates, and almonds into the bowl and hand mix until evenly blended. Take two mini cupcake pans with removable bottoms. Coat the inside of the pan lightly with coconut oil. Fill the pans with the batter. Place the pans in the dehydrator at 115 degrees for 8 hours. Remove them from the pans and place onto a dehydrator trays without teflex sheets. Dehydrate for another 16 hours. Remove the cakes from the dehydrator and let them sit out at room temperature before frosting them.
Chocolate Candy

Note: This is a tempered chocolate recipe.
2 cups shaved organic cacao butter (Living Tree Community Foods)
¾ cups organic cacao powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
1/3 cup raw chopped cashews
2 tbsp. Sun Warrior Protein Powder
¼ tsp. Himalayan salt
¼ tsp. vanilla powder
½ cup xylitol powder

Supplies Needed:
Digital thermometer, a sheet of parchment paper, a squirt bottle, latex gloves, two clean spatulas, a stainless steel bowl, and two heart candy molds. Place the molds on a teflex sheet. Clear out a space in the refrigerator to fit the teflex sheet into. Place the molds on one end of the teflex sheet and a sheet of parchment paper on the other end. Make sure that all of the supplies are completely dried. Make sure that the Vitamix container is totally free of any moisture because the recipe will be ruined otherwise.

Note: The xylitol powder is too gritty for chocolate and must be ground more. Take the xylitol powder and place it into the Vitamix dry blender. Blend until it is a very fine powder. Chop the cashews into fine pieces. Sliver the cacao butter by shaving it. Take all of the ingredients and place them into a Vitamix. Turn the Vitamix on medium to high setting. Use the tamper the whole time you are blending because the Vitamix will over heat if you no not help it with the tamper. About 1 minute into the blending, turn the Vitamix off and scrape down the sides of the container with a spatula. Turn the Vitamix back on and keep mixing with the tamper. Monitor the temperature until it reaches 42 degrees. Do not scrape the sides down once it becomes liquid because when the chocolate reaches 42 degrees, only the middle will be suitable for use. Take a large stainless steel bowl and a spatula. Pour the liquid part of the chocolate into the stainless steel bowl. Bring the temperature down to 31.5 degrees by stirring the chocolate continuously in the stainless bowl with a clean spatula. Carefully fill the squirt bottle up with chocolate. Swirl the chocolate onto the parchment paper in a band. Make a row of swirls that join together on the paper. Next, fill up the heart molds with chocolate from the squirt bottle. Place the teflex sheet into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Ganache Topping


1 cup organic cacao powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
¾ cups organic maple syrup
½ cup organic melted coconut oil
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt

Place the maple syrup, coconut oil, cacao powder, and salt into a Vitamix. Blend until creamy smooth. Place a very small amount of ganache into a squirt bottle and leave it at room temperature for future use. Pour the remaining ganache into a covered container and place into the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Take a Russian icing tip with a pastry bag. Russian tips are not numbered so refer to the photo to see which one to use.
Take the topping out of the refrigerator and fill the pastry bag half full. Squeeze the topping onto the top of each cupcake. Move the tip up and down while the chocolate is falling onto the top of each one. The design will be different for each one. Take a decorative plate. Take the cakes and place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set up.
Take some apricots and place them on a chopping block. Take some toothpicks, a sharp paring knife, and some chocolate hearts. Place a slice of apricot on the chopping block. Leave the center intact and cut small slices from the center through the outer edge all the way around. Refer to the photo. Pinch the center of the apricot slice slightly together and spear the center of the apricot slice with the toothpick. Put on a pair of gloves to avoid dulling the surface of the chocolate. Take a chocolate heart and spear the bottom of the heart approximately 1/16” deep and 1/4” away from the bottom center of the heart. Do not go any deeper with the toothpick or the heart will crack apart. Refer to the photo if needed. Cut the toothpick down about ¼” on the bottom. Remove the decorative plate from the refrigerator. Insert the toothpick into the center top of the cake. Repeat the procedure for all of the cakes. Refer to the photo if needed. Take some chocolate from the parchment paper and use the large pieces for decoration. It will break apart into various sized pieces. Refer to the photo as needed. Take the squirt bottle with the ganache and put various dots of chocolate around the cakes on the plate. Take some hearts and place them around the plate and then place some of the larger chocolate pieces from the parchment band around the back of the plate. Refer to the photo as needed.
Will last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Will last up to 1 month in the freezer.

Featured Item: Chocolate Nut and Fruit Barque – Alive & Organic

We celebrate the joy of being alive with almonds, cashews, raisins, blueberries, cranberries and chocolate. Kids and adults alike will love it.

Handcrafted in Berkeley, California, a wellspring of self-conscious spirit. Twenty-two Nobel Prize winners have taught here.


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Alive Bonus Program – Pumpkin Seeds, Heritage Olive Oil, Lively Chocolate Gift Pack and Alive Almond Butter

We are celebrating the launch of our new website by offering an extra bonus of a half pound of Alive, Organic Oregon Grown Pumpkin Seeds with every order of $70 or more. We invite you to taste their goodness and rejoice in their appearance.

Visit the Pumpkin Seed page!

New! Items For February

Alive California Medjool Dates

We have just received a new shipment of medjools. They are magnificent. Just the thing to lift the drear of winter. Rejoice with them! Your friends and family will be pleased.





“Call Of The Wild” White Clover Honey – Alive & Organic

We feel privileged to bring you this Canadian honey.

Profoundly rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections.

This honey originates in the sweet clover meadows of British Columbia and Alberta.



Alive, Hawaiian Macadamia Butter

Its ecstatic!

We have created a nut butter from alive macadamia nuts that is rich, luxurious and ecstatic! A dessert in itself or use as a topping on sliced fruit or veggies.

Created from macadamias grown on the Big Island of Hawaii. They are sustainably grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Not certified organic.


“Some Like It Hot” Cayenne Chocolate Bar

This, our creation, is dedicated to Isadore Duncan, a trailblazing dancer whose emphasis on freer, naturalistic movement was a precursor to modern dance. She defied the straightlaced social mores of her day and was viewed as an early feminist.

For the super-woman in your life!



Judith’s Alive, Organic Jujubes

Amaze family and friends at your Thanksgiving table with jujubes. These are Chinese date apples. A unique flavor and taste. Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.




February Victory Garden Sale

20% off this month’s featured items

Black Sesame Tahini – Alive & Organic

Our Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini is a glorious, shining black. Made from organic UNHULLED black sesame seeds.The taste is profoundly sesame – robust and enlivening. This is our original creation (others have since tried to copy it). We presented it to the organic food industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California in March 2003. People were delighted, they called it “caviar”!

An excellent source of calcium.




A New Birth – Sea of Chocolate

At Gettysburg, Abe Lincoln said “…this nation shall have a new birth of freedom…” We have named our creation “a new birth” signifying our quiet confidence in your ability to realize Lincoln’s prophecy, of renewal and restoration. In our understanding, brothers and sisters, the task of your generation is one of redemption – to heal this great land. Accordingly, we celebrate you with a sea of chocolate. You have our vote!




Dream Of Paradise – Organic Chocolate Cherry Butter

Our Cherry Chocolate Butter brings together organic almonds, cacao, cherries, honey, vanilla, coconut oil and a dash of salt for a profound, chocolatey flavor. Both the organic almonds and cherries are grown by California family farmers. Use this decadent topping on fruit slices or ice cream.

Yellowstone Condemns National Mammal To Slaughter

Yellowstone National Park / Gardiner, Montana:
Under continued pressure from Montana livestock interests, Yellowstone National Park is consigning hundreds of America’s last wild buffalo — the National Mammal of the United States — to slaughter.

Since February 8, approximately forty-five wild Yellowstone buffalo have been shipped from the park’s Stephens Creek buffalo trap to slaughter facilities. With recent captures of at least 600 buffalo, more than 500 wild buffalo remain captive inside Yellowstone National Park’s trap. The government intends to slaughter even more. Upwards of 400 more wild bison have been killed by hunters along Yellowstone National Park’s boundary.

The country’s last wild bison are in the cross hairs of MCA 81-2-120, a state law that puts the Montana Dept. of Livestock in charge of the migratory species.
“The unfounded threats and discredited fears of brucellosis do not justify Montana Dept. of Livestock management of Montana’s one and only wild buffalo population,” said Buffalo Field Campaign media coordinator Stephany Seay.

Yellowstone National Park is slaughtering wild buffalo under the highly controversial Interagency Bison Management Plan, the Montana Governor approved plan MCA 81-2-120 calls for.
“This senseless slaughter of our National Mammal can come to an end by managing wild buffalo like wild elk in Montana,” said Buffalo Field Campaign co-founder Mike Mease. “Governor Steve Bullock and Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk need to show leadership and end government slaughter. ”

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