Newsletter - May 26, 2021

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Video: Hyperinflation Cometh: Plant Your Victory Garden

Dear brothers and sisters,

Earlier today I visited a prominent natural food store here in Berkeley.It was replete with  fine displays of the new crop of organic peaches, nectarines and apricots. But the prices were outrageous. $4.99 per pound for most fruits with  cherries at $9.99.This is sad as California produces most of the organic fruit in the US. It means that in New York City these fruits are retailing at $6 to $8 per pound or more. Without a doubt, inflation is roaring. They say that prices have risen more swiftly then anything they've seen since they began keeping records.This, in effect, is a grievous, inequitable tax on the poor.

Given the massive amounts of fake money that are being pumped into the economy it had to happen. It seems likely that the result will be hyper inflation; it will be followed by a  severe  crash and then the economy will implode. One can only imagine the implications for the food chain. That's why we say to you, "grow it yourself" or at least a part of the food you eat.

This Spring plant a victory garden. We urge you to do so; make it replete with tomatoes, lettuce, kale, spinach and chard. Let's get our hands and feet back into living earth; it will sustain us come what may.

Please watch the video, your comments and suggestions are always most welcome.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

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Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

Bookkeeper - We are seeking a bookkeeper.  Someone with at least 3-5 years experience.  Extensive QuickBooks experience is a must. Preferably with a college degree in business or accounting.

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

Recipe: No-Bake Fruit Pizza {Vegan, Paleo}

recipe image from remote site

Fruit Pizza is the perfect festive dessert to bring to a summer cookout or party!



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New! Items For June

California Heritage Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It's back! We are delighted to be offering it to you again.

Living Tree Community Foods California Heritage Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants. We invite you to rejoice in its robust, sharp flavor. Experience how its pungency enhances the flavors of food.

Our California Heritage Olive Oil has a high available biophenol content: 605 ppm (parts per million) compared with 222 ppm for most extra virgin olive oils. In other words, its biophenol content is 2.7 times the average. Very high phenolic content and excellent stability should provide long shelf life of over a year as well as beneficial health value. This olive oil has, along with its bitterness and pungency, mineral and green vegetable organoleptic characteristics.

Tibetan Black Barley - Alive & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Raw Organic Tibetan Black Barley is provided by Oregon Grain & Bean, with this crop grown on an organic farm in Idaho. Tibetan Black Barley, with its bran intact, retains its firm, plump texture during cooking, making it perfect in soups, stuffings and stews. It’s also great when mixed with other grains due to its somewhat chewy, contrasting texture.

June 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!)
Walnut Butter - Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Walnut Butter is created in Berkeley, California from raw organic walnuts grown by American family farmers. 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.

Black Sesame Tahini – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Black Sesame Tahini is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw organic black sesame seeds grown by family farmers. We make it by slicing raw black sesame seeds into a luxurious spread then adding organic black sesame oil. An excellent source of calcium.

Brazil Nuts (Whole) – Alive, Wildcrafted & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods raw, alive and organic Brazil nuts are grown in the forests of Amazonia. They are gathered by native people. Brazil nuts are rich and creamy, with a similar texture to coconut.

Q & A with Amy Goldman, melon maven

Amy Goldman Melon Interview

Amy Goldman of Rhinebeck, New York, is a gardener, author, artist, and advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and preserving heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission? To celebrate and catalogue the amazing diversity of standard, open-pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation. A former board chair of Seed Savers Exchange, she now serves the organization as a special adviser. 

Amy—described as “perhaps the world’s premier vegetable gardener” by Gregory Long, president emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden—has authored five books, including four that have earned the American Horticultural Society Book of the Year award: Melons for the Passionate Grower (2002), The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower’s Guide to Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds (2004), The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table (2008), and The Melon (2019), illustrated by Victor Schrager. She has also written Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures (2015), illustrated by Jerry Spagnoli.

What first piqued your interest in melons?
Melons and watermelons are a lifelong love and calling. They stir passions and memories in me. When I taste the cream of the crop, I can picture my parents—melon mavens—swooning over similarly luscious fruits at meals during my childhood. I have so many happy memories of melon-filled summers. I take great pleasure in cultivating heirloom rarities, then saving and sharing their seed. It’s time to bring back some of the simple culinary pleasures of the past and introduce them to a new generation. 

Can you share one fun fact about melons—something most people likely would not know?
Melons and watermelons are vining crops that belong to two different species within the cucurbitaceae or gourd family of plants. Recent phylogenetic studies show that the cucurbits most likely originated in Asia in the late Cretaceous period (over 70 million years ago). Various lineages found their way time and again to different continents by transoceanic long-distance dispersal. Picture gourds afloat! Watermelon’s more recent place of origin is in Africa, while the wild progenitor of melon has been found growing in India, and its closest relative lives in Australia.

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