I realize, in hindsight that it was about making Meaning, taking the time to stop and pay attention and do my best to make sense out of my life and how I ended up juicing in a field filled with organic farmers and how their hard work and intelligence could be transformed into a liquid - a brightly colored, amazingly delicious, aroma-therapeutic message about Self-Care and Self-Love. Juice is just one of a million mindful choices we can make to strengthen self-awareness. I chose Juice. Or it chose me. and so it was that Juice became my practice and through my practice of making juice for others I grew in to a new life, the rhythm of service, and the vibration of a community...Read More
It's true - there is not enough juice in this world - but there are so many really kind people out there, strangers who become friends, and there is a place that is open to juice and its beautiful dialogue of self-love and community.Read More
This week, The Lyme Juice Company is pleased to introduce the Juice-oothie! Oo-wee! It's yummy. The juice-oothie offers the best of two great drinks and combines the intense nutrients of fresh-pressed juice with the whole fruit and fiber of a smoothie. Our juice-oothie will still be nut-free and dairy-free so everyone can enjoy it. We've added some ZING! with a nutrient-dense citrus and fresh green blast to go with those wild blueberries, tart cherries, and flax - and if you like, there's always some non-GMO Vegan protein powder to add to it. The new recipe brings a smooth, vibrant texture to the berry drink - so it's much easier to suck up through that paper straw! C'mon, get juicy with us on Saturdays at White Gate Farm in East Lyme, CT. Saturdays 9-5pm and opening soon on Wednesdays, too.
It is true we need a day, a title, a label, an event to remind us that it is Earth Day. Tomorrow, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day around the world and on this day we are not simply recognizing that we live on the most amaaaazing planet, we are coming together to protect what we must hold most dear.
Be a part of it.
Wendell Berry urges us "...make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
There are many simple and profound, outward and inward, above and beyond ways that we can praise the earth and be grateful for the beauty of our lives on a planet we call Home.
Put your bare feet in the water, your palm upon the bark of tree, your nose inside a flower. Look up, spin around. Climb a tree, sink in mud, pick something from the garden, pop it straight in to your mouth, then let it linger on your tongue. Dance and sweat and French kiss, feel alive. Think about the food you eat and why you eat it. Get to know your farmer. Eat a beautiful meal that you made yourself. As we join together on a day that has its own title, our thoughts and deeds and focus are on this beautiful Mother Earth. Take deep, deep breaths and imagine clean air and the breath of the universe upon your skin and beyond tomorrow, flooding the lives of future generations.
It was another amazeballs Saturday. Juice traffic had a nice and steady rhythm. I want to savor this early season, this slow time to build up to the high season, to grow new muscles so that I am stronger when it gets super-busy this summer. For now, it's time to take it slow and enjoy getting to know everyone. That's what I call Happy Hours.
Sue and Ron Smith visited the juice bar for the first time. They were spending an afternoon together doing something meaningful - taking a leisurely day trip from East Hartford to White Gate Farm because they had read Pauline's newsletter.
While Sue shopped the market, Ron and I spent some time looking "under the bonnet" of the Nutrifaster. The celery threads were getting caught up in the machine and pushing it off balance. Ron is a mechanical engineer and explained the Physics behind the imbalance and well, we talk about LOTS of stuff at the juice bar - even Physics, another reason to love what I do.
Ron is an avid bicyclist who rides thousands of miles each year and he and his wife are the picture of good health. As I was making a juice for Sue we were all chatting away while the Nutrifaster whirred...and then I stopped jamming celery into the machine and spun my head away from the machine and toward Ron...
What would you say if a man you just met said "...and that was the first time I died..."?
I'd say his heart was in the right place. On February 1, 2017 Ron Smith’s heart stopped seven times according to doctors. Luckily, he was in the right place at the right time and an amazing team at UConn Health saved his life...seven. times. That life-changing, mind-blowing, "heart-stopping" event happened only two months ago and Ron is absorbing how his profound experience has altered his life and his way of thinking. He says,
"I try to pay things forward in life, but I don’t think there’s anything I’ve done, or will ever be able to do, that equals what the UConn Health team did, for how phenomenally they saved my life. I am very humbled and appreciative.”
Apart from Luck and some mighty divine intervention, there were two key things that saved Ron's life: The UConn Health Team AND his choice to listen to his body and get his symptoms checked out. He didn't ignore the signs or simply "push through" them and that is the first, and most important step in Self-Care and living a healthy life.
Ron has always been a very active person who exercises, eats right and even reads food labels. Yet, still he suffered from poor heart health. He shares his story to raise awareness so that others may learn new ways to approach their own health. To read more about Ron's experience, follow this link and wherever you are, Go on, love yourself enough to listen to your body and listen to Confucius, too - "wherever you go, go with all your heart". We love you!
Spring has sprung. It's time to dig yourself out of winter's cozy darkness. As part of the seasonal shift and effective Self-Care, point yourself in the right direction...Now is the time to get to know your local farmer, but also make sure to be your own gardener, landscape architect, and farmer, too. Keep learning new methods of self-care and rotate the “soil” of your health. Redesign and reconstruct your life structure, "till your soil," "plant healthy seeds," and create a "firm foundation," a "healthy footing" on "solid ground."Read More
KALE IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD. Of course we know it is, but...I love four-letter words, like "Love" and "Lyme" and "Kale," so I'll take it as a good sign, a very good sign, that my gut is craving more Tuscano Kale from @Baylee Rose Drown at Upper Pond Farm. Forget that I love anything with "Toscano" in it, just think of those leafy early spring greens sauteed in gorgeous olive oil from our trees in France at Lou-Coudon Estate Rental along with some garlic from White Gate Farm. NumNum. So simple, so delish. and that's it. Friends, follow links and encourage everyone you know to get to know their local farmers and buy a CSA share! Community Supported Agriculture is not just good for every one, it's good for your community and for Mother Earth. Check out this useful Site: Small Farm Central . We love you!!