Newsletter - December 21, 2021

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Dear brothers and sisters,

We invite you to join us in taking a look at ourselves:- 

The U.S. has recorded its highest number of drug-overdose deaths in a 12-month period, surpassing 100,000 for the first time.

This marks a nearly 29% rise from the deaths recorded in the same period a year earlier.

Furthermore 140 million Americans are obese. That is, 42.4% of the population. Another 30% are overweight. Moreover approximately 20% of American children and teens are obese.

One out of every six American adults is taking at least one type of psychiatric drug per year.

Life expectancy in America has fallen for three years in a row.This is not happening in any other industrial country.             

Then there is the tragic  increase in suicides among teenagers and young people. 

What number could be more indicative than the birthrate? Last year the birth rate fell to about 60 births per 1,000 women, the lowest recorded since the government started keeping records back in 1909.

In it’s 245th year, a picture emerges of an America afflicted with a chronic malaise of the soul.

But we dare not stop there. 

Amidst winter’s drear we plan for a vibrant, early spring of hope and renewal.

We plant Grandpa’s Admire’s lettuce,Greenpeace Kale,America Spinach,Touchstone Golden Beets,Charbell Swiss Chard and Ivory Princess Calendula (an edible flower).

I am confident, brothers and sisters, that we will come through-stronger and more resilient. Abraham Lincoln said so. At Gettysburg, he prophesied ”this nation shall have a new birth of freedom”.

Please accept our best wishes for good health, prosperity and success to you and your family.

Jesse Schwartz PhD

Living Tree Community Foods

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Recipe: Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

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This cranberry orange baked oatmeal is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, packed with tons of orange flavor and studded with juicy cranberries. It's fancy enough to serve for a holiday brunch but easy and healthy enough to make for your weekly meal prep. Gluten-free + vegan-friendly!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or any non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange, about 1 Tablespoon
  • cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, or dairy-free yogurt if needed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed, or 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen cranberries, plus more for topping if desired

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December 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!)
Turmeric & Honey Butter – Alive & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Turmeric and Honey Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw sesame seeds, turmeric and honey. We have added raisins, coconut oil and spices to highlight the delightful flavor. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. We urge you to research what people are saying about the benefits of turmeric and honey.

Hemp Heart Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Hemp Heart Butter is created in Berkeley, California from a combination of alive, raw organic seeds and oil. Starting with hemp seeds, we’ve added sesame seeds and black sesame oil. The flavors of the seeds are accentuated by our organic Hawaiian Native Forest Honey and pink crystal salt. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture.

Coconut Butter - Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Coconut Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw coconuts. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. Try it on fruit slices. Goes so well with sliced dates, figs and raisins. Savor its fragrance and rich texture.

New! Items For December

Celtic Sea Salt - Alive

Living Tree Community Foods raw Celtic Sea Salt is totally unprocessed, kosher and hand harvested. It is dried by the sun and the wind, retaining the ocean’s moisture and locking in a vast array of vital trace elements. This sea salt is a coarse, moist salt that gets a light grey hue from the pure clay sole it is harvested from.

Yellow Cornmeal - Organic & Whole Grain

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Yellow Cornmeal is grown in Oregon and stone-milled in Burlington, Washington. Established in 1974, the mill is a small family-run business aligned with Hummingbird values - supporting local growers, aiming to supply high quality wholesome foods, focused on organic, and expanding their gluten-free flours.

Oat Groats - Organic

Living Tree Community Foods organic oat groats are whole oats with only the outer husk removed. Oats have more protein and healthy fats, and less carbohydrates than most other whole grains. This grain is high in beta-glucans, which work to stimulate the immune system. Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.

Put Ziziphus on Your Holiday Table!

Jujubes Raw Alive Organic

Chinese date apples, jujubes (Ziziphus jujuba), have been cultivated for more than 4000 years.

Living Tree Community raw, alive and organic jujubes are grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms. Jujubes are red outside with a crispy texture, edible skin and a sweet tart flavor. Experience their refreshingly pleasant flavor.

Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

Sales Manager - We are seeking a sales manager; ideally with 3-5 years of experience in the food industry. Perfect for someone in empathy with alive, organic foods.

Internship - If you are contemplating a career in the organic food industry, why not begin with an internship. Work side by side with us in sales and marketing. We also offer hands-on experience in making nut butters, oils and chocolates.

For more information, write to us and send a resume to

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