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Newsletter August 14, 2019

California’s $5.6 Billion Almond Industry: A Look Inside


(Sacramento Bee) All across California’s hot, flat Central Valley, the almond trees wait.

Their gnarled branches are heavy with dusty green almond hulls, fuzzy to the touch. In two weeks’ time, the hulls will split, revealing the porous, caramel-colored shell beneath.

For now, the orchards exist as silent, geometric forests, stretching across 1 million acres of California land. Occasionally, a microsprinkler sprays a light rain, the moisture soaking rapidly into the thirsty ground. A tractor ambles between the neat rows of trees, unleashing clouds of dust.

In California, money does grow on trees. Almonds constitute a $5.6 billion industry, and 2.26 billion pounds were shipped from California last year to be roasted and salted, or turned into anything from frothy, barista-friendly almond milk to marzipan sold on the streets of Berlin.

In two weeks, heavy steel machines will shake the trees into a frenzy, the nuts clattering into the dusty ground, then raked into neat rows to bake out in the sun for several days.

The harvest will begin.

A nutty history

“Take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man a present, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds.”

From the Bible’s Genesis to ancient Hebrew texts, almonds have accompanied humans throughout thousands of years of history. In 1325 BCE, Egypt’s King Tutankhamen was buried with a handful of almonds to snack on during his arduous trip to the underworld.

Almonds also symbolize rebirth, according to Ken Albala, a professor of history at the University of the Pacific and author of “Nuts: A Global History.”

In medieval paintings, the Virgin Mary is often depicted within an almond shape, which hinted at the shape of a birth canal for Jesus’ rebirth.

Several hundred years later in the 14th century, within the walls of King Richard II’s castle, his master chef stewed fermented porpoise porridge, seasoned with almonds, milk and saffron. The chef recorded the recipe into one of the world’s oldest English language cookbooks, “The Form of Curye.”

Almonds appear in some of the world’s oldest recipes, ranging from Icelandic almond oil to Turkey’s tavuk gogsu, a rosewater and milk pudding enhanced with a splash of almond milk, sugar and shredded chicken.

First planted along the Mediterranean coast around 4000 BCE, almonds spread quickly through the Eurasian continent.

“The trade connections go from there to Norway, to Germany, to Venice, to the Eastern Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean to India, all the way around to Asia,” said Albala.

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New! Items For August

California Bee Pollen

We are proud to offer “Fluffy Fresh” California Bee Pollen, gathered and hand cleaned by fourth generation family beekeepers exclusively from their own hives in sunny Northern California.

This bee pollen is 100% natural – never artificially processed, preserved or dried. The floral sources include a variety of wildflowers, trees, berries, and grasses. Once collected and cleaned to ensure purity, the pollen is immediately frozen to preserve maximum nutritional value.

Garbanzo Bean Flour – Organic

Our Garbanzo Bean(Chickpea Flour) is ground from whole garbanzo beans. It is high in fiber and can be used as a substitute for wheat flour for gluten free baking.Just the thing for falafel, pancakes, hummus and more.It may also be used to thicken soups and gravies, or added to homemade veggie burger patties. High in fiber, protein and iron.

Walnut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

We’ve put our popular alive, organic walnut butter into a 16ounce jar. This means a savings to you.We make it by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try it on apple slices or carrot sticks, with some raisins and honey drizzled on top.

Almond Flakes – Alive & Organic

Imagine tossing alive, organic almond flakes into your salad or as a topping on alive pies and desserts.How about sprinkling on alive soups and green drinks?Made from alive, organic almonds grown by California family farmers.

Black Beluga Lentils – Alive & Organic

Our Organic Black Beluga Lentils comes from Timeless Food, a small family farmer-owned company in Montana. They introduced their black lentils in 1994 and caught the attention of chefs all over the world as the lentil looks like caviar, is rich in flavor and makes an impressive addition to any dish.

Apple Rings – Organic

These beautiful Organic Apple Rings come to us from North Central California. They are thinly sliced with the skin still on and then dried for roughly 15 hours at 140°F.

Turmeric & Honey Butter – Alive & Organic

We’ve renamed our Tumeric Butter- Tumeric and Honey because it  is a winning combination.  We urge you to research what people are saying about the benefits of turmeric and honey.
We have added raisins, sesame and spices to bring you a delightful spreadable.

Make Hummus Now Kit – Organic

Retail Cost: $39.16 – Yours for: $29.99

Contains the following:-

Eight Fruit Heirloom Olive Oil – 250ml
Sesame Tahini – 16oz
Garbanzo Beans – 2lb

John Muir Organic Trail Mix

Now with Chocolate Covered Raisins!

We have created an organic mix of nuts, dried fruit, and edible seeds to honor John Muir, one of America’s great prophets and seers.

The John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park passes along a succession of alpine meadows watered by the Tuolumne River and bordered by mountain ranges. To walk on this majestic trail is to gain a feeling of warmth and gladness.

Chocolate Covered Raisins – Organic


We begin with California grown, organic Thompson Seedless Raisins and coat them in chocolate.

An ecstatic snack! Imagine in school lunches! Imagine taking this along on the John Muir Trail!

Golden Prairie Gluten Free Rolled Oats – Organic


These oats have more protein and healthy fats, and less carbohydrates than most other whole grains. This grain is high in beta-glucans, and contains more soluble fiber than any other grain.

Aside from making a hearty cooked breakfast cereal, rolled oats are a great addition to breads, or as a basis for energy bars and granola.

August Victory Garden Sale

10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)

Black Sesame Oil – Alive & Organic


Created from UNHULLED organic black sesame seeds. This is a fragrant and delicious oil. Try it on a broccoli bud or celery stick. It is a highly concentrated expression of UNHULLED Black Sesame Seeds and digests immediately.

Almond Cashew Brazil Nut Millennial Butter – Alive & Organic


Dedicated to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the creative geniuses who have done so much to shape the modern epoch. Starting with almonds grown by California family farmers, we’ve added Brazil Nuts. We’ve added cashews for smoothness and spreadability along with California sundried raisins, honey for delight and a pinch of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt to bring out the flavors.

Walnut Butter – Alive & Organic


We make our Organic Walnut Butter by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try this delicious Walnut Butter on apple slices or carrot sticks, with a few raisins or a little honey drizzled on top.

We Welcome Investors

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association.
Characteristics that are identified with organic, such as clean, transparent, fresh and sustainable helped boost organic sales to unprecedented levels, according to the survey.

New records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non-food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion. The growth rate for organic continued to easily outpace the general market: in 2018, total food sales in the U.S. edged up just 2.3 percent while total non-food sales rose 3.7 percent.
Almost 6 percent (5.7%) of the food sold in this country is now organic. Today’s consumers can find organic products – food and non-food items — in every aisle of their grocery stores. They can choose organic in their favorite big box store, their club warehouse store, even in their neighborhood convenience store, and increasingly on the internet. Organic is no longer a niche market.

Thanks to your kind support, we too are growing. We wish to hire more teamworkers and to purchase tools and equipment. We are seeking long term, stable capital. If taking a strategic position in the organic food industry appeals to you, let’s talk!

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
President
Living Tree Community Foods

jesse@livingtreecommunity.com

Sign On: No GMOs in Organic!


The Cornucopia Institute recently reported on troubling comments made by USDA Under Secretary Ibach at a House Agriculture Subcommittee meeting regarding the possibility of gene editing in organic.
Dear Under Secretary Ibach and House Agriculture Subcommittee,

USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of certain gene-editing methods within organic production.

We vehemently disagree.

The organic marketplace is premised on being free from genetic modification. Ibach’s statements, in specific reference to gene-editing technology that alters only a plant’s existing genome, may have been an attempt to test the organic waters for acceptance.

But organic consumers do not want gene-edited food. In a 2017 survey conducted by Natural Grocers, 70% of respondents said they buy organic specifically to avoid GMOs. The organic label promises food produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, without antibiotics or other harmful pharmaceuticals, and without genetic engineering.

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