Monday, January 25, 2016

Say Hello To The New Superfood!


Starting today we have a limited supply of Certified Organic Frozen Aronia berries for sale in our store

A lot of people are just hearing about this awesome superfood, so we thought we would compile some information together and share it with our customers. Over the next few weeks we will be adding more information, and further reading articles, so be sure to come back and check out the updates! 



Health Benefits Of Aronia Berries ( also known as Chokeberries)
Recently aronia berries have been gaining popularity among health conscious people who are looking to add more superfoods to their diets. Aronia berries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and anthocyanin, and offer wonderful health benefits for those who want to improve their health through better nutrition. 

The uses of Aronia berries are numerous, and come in all forms. Fresh & Frozen aronia berries are commonly used to make juice, jame, syrup, and wine. Dried aronia berries can be eaten as a healthy snack, added to muesli, or used in muffins and other baked goodies. In some countries, dried aronia berries are used to make antioxidant-rich herbal tea. 

Like other superfoods, the Aronia berry is high in antioxidants, what sets Aronia berries apart is the ORAC number, which supersedes all most all other berries. Antioxidants protect against many degenerative diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, and to slow down aging in general. They are also a crucial component of anti-wrinkle diseases as they help protect skin from harmful effects of environmental pollutants, tabacco smoke, the sun's ultraviolet radiation, and other factors that cause the body to product free radicals. 

Aronia berries can also help with prevention of cold and flu. With a spoonful of dried aronia berries or juice, aronia berries have traditionally been used by Potawatomi indians to cure colds, and recent research confirms the antiviral properties and high vitamin C content. A group of Bulgarian scientists found Aronia melanocarpa to have in-vitro anti-viral activity against type A influenza virus as well as bacteriostatic activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. 

Other areas Aronia Berries can help in:

  1. Urinary Tract Health
  2. Improve Blood Circulation & Strengthens Blood Vessels
  3. Balance of Blood Pressure Levels
  4. Prevention and Help in treatment of diabetes
  5. Gastro Protective Effect
  6. Anti-Carcinogenic Effect
  7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties, Suppress viruses
  8. Eyes Protection
  9. Weight Control


Check out our Blog for more nutritional information about Aronia Berries!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Please Take Our Servey


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays ~ December Newsletter 2015

It's that time of the year when things around the farm are finally quite. This typically only lasts for about two weeks then it's right back to work we go. But it is convenient that the two weeks happen to be around the Holidays. 

When we start working again it will be time to start pruning the blueberries, this will take up the majority of our time for the foreseeable future.  Normally it takes around two months, but depending on weather (snow, freezing temps, etc.) it can be more like three. 
If you have plants that need to pruned please feel free to check our blog post we did on pruning blueberries. Click here to see the blog post. 

We Need Your Help!

We are in the mists of making changes and gearing up for new projects. But we need your help! We would appreciate it very much if you could fill out our survey. At the end of our survey there is an awesome coupon as a thank you for helping us out!

Food For Thought

In recent weeks we have seen a rise in nutritional information articles about Black Raspberries, and Aronia berries. We will be sharing all articles we find on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. But these are a couple of articles that we really like. 
We will have Black Raspberries + Aronia Berries available to purchase in the Harvest of 2016. 
Freeze Dried Powder Update:
We are about a month away from receiving freeze dried powder for our Blueberries and Blackberries.  
We will not have raspberry, or strawberry still. 
More details will be in our January Newsletter (finally! yay!)

Cold Weather Shipping is Back!

We know a lot of you guys have been waiting for our cold weather shipping to come back. For those of you who are new to our site, every winter we are able to offer better shipping prices on our frozen berries. We are able to do this by shipping by ground rather than by 2-day air, which is standard in our store online. To take advantage of our ground shipping this winter, give us a call at 541-752-0460 (10 am to 4 pm, PST). 

Winter + Holiday Office Hours

Our office hours right now are Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm PST.
Our office will also be closed from December 21, 2015 to January 4, 2016. ( During this time we will still be filling online orders.)

Website Changes on The Horizon

We are going to be making changes to our website, so if you see something wonky, or weird. Please have patience as we will be improving and changing it over the next few months. Our goal is that in 2016 we will have a brand new site, that is educational, and user friendly.

Savings for this month:

Here are they ways for you to save this month:
1. We are starting to send out Holiday flyers in orders, so if you buy from us you can receive a coupon that way.
2. We have gift boxes that make great gifts for this time of year. They also make for a great sampler if you want to try any of our products. Click here to see our gift box section in our online store. 
3. We are having random sales, that are being announce through our facebook page. Please keep an eye on it for sales and details though out the month. 

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Blueberry Noel Cookies

Blueberry Noel Cookies


Ingredients:

2- 4oz Salted Butter at room temp.
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP Milk or Cream
1/2 TSP Vanilla
1/2 TSP Salt
2 1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup chopped Walnuts
3/4 Cup chopped dried SVO blueberries
1/4 Cup extra sugar
Squeeze of Lemon
Red or Green Food Coloring

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  In a medium size bowl mix butter and sugar and mix together until the mixture has a fluffy consistency.
OPTIONAL:  Add red or green food coloring to the batter to make it more festive. Add food coloring to your liking of desired color. 
3. In a separate bowl, Combine milk, vanilla, flour, and salt. Then add the the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until combined.
4. Mix in blueberries and nuts into the rest of the mixture.
5. Take the mixture and roll out into two logs, wrap them in saran wrap, then place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or until firm.
6. Remove from freezer and unwrap. Place cookie rolls on parchment paper, and cut cookies rounds about 1/4" thick.
7. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet (or lay parchment paper down) and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and cool on racks, then serve and enjoy!


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Friday, December 4, 2015

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays


Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!


December is here! It seems like we were just in spring, and talking about getting ready for harvest. This month there are so many great things going on! We are going to be focusing on healthy alternatives for during the Holidays. It's such a hard time to keep within your healthy living choices, and cheating once in a while is ok, but the better you do during the holidays the less work you have to do later to get back on track.

Our featured recipes this month will be Blueberry "Noel" Cookies, Brandy Snaps featuring some awesome berry fusion, and Pate de Fruit, or fruit jellies. We will also have some great recipe alternatives for side dishes and appetizers, we would also love to hear from all of you, how you try to stay healthy over the holidays! You can send us an email, or connect with us on any of our social media. We really do love hearing and talking with all of you.

We post new recipes every Saturday!





ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be having a very special sale on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. In our online store use code HOLIDAY15 and save 8%. This coupon is good for dried, spreads, and gifts. Offer valid only on 12.8.15. If your close by, feel free to come see us and take advantage of the savings, just mention that you know about the sale. We are open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Additional Note: If your ordering a gift from us this holiday season please do so by December 16, this way your gift will get where it needs to go by Christmas.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Newsletter for November 2015

Happy November! 

Happy November everyone! Wow fall is moving so fast this year! In Oregon where we are, we actually just started to have rain and to feel like it is truly an Oregon Fall. Our blueberries bushes are mostly red now, there is still a bit of green on some of the plants. Did you know different varieties of blueberries turn colors at different times? For us our Duke Blueberry plants turn first, and our Jersey Blueberry plants are the last to fully be red. They also vary in tone of red, Blue Crop Blueberries like to be more of this deep red, and Jersey Blueberries are more orange red.

News From Around the Farm

We have finished putting our blueberry plantings to bed for the fall and winter, and have been working really hard in the raspberries and blackberries tying up the canes and getting the plants ready for next year.
So I know we have been talking about our freeze dried powder, and our freeze drier. Well I sort of have good news. (Just bear with me here guys…) We still have a broken freeze drier, and we are still at that 90% mark. The good news is we have found a company that we can work with to make some blueberry powder for us. We will only have blueberry powder for a while. So it’s better than nothing.  When we have blueberry freeze dried powder available we will be posting on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. As well as of course having it available in our online store. 

Cold Weather Shipping is Back!

We know a lot of you guys have been waiting for our cold weather shipping to come back. For those of you who are new to our site, every winter we are able to offer better shipping prices on our frozen berries. We are able to do this by shipping by ground rather than by 2-day air, which is standard in our store online. To take advantage of our ground shipping this winter, give us a call at 541-752-0460 (10 am to 4 pm, PST). 

Winter + Holiday Office Hours

Our office hours right now are Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm PST.
Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving: November 26, 2015 and November 27, 2015.
Our office will also be closed from December 21, 2015 to January 4, 2016. 

Website Changes on The Horizon

We are going to be making changes to our website, so if you see something wonky, or weird. Please have patience as we will be improving and changing it over the next few months. Our goal is that in 2016 we will have a brand new site, that is educational, and user friendly.

Savings for this month:

We don’t have any coupons this month but there are a couple of different ways for you to save.
1.     We still have an ad in the Pet Press magazine, to use it just bring it in when you visit us at our farm. (There is no code, not valid for online & phone purchases)
2.     We are starting to send out Holiday flyers in orders, so if you buy from us you can receive a coupon that way.
3.     We have gift boxes that make great gifts for this time of year. They also make for a great sampler if you want to try any of our products. Click here to see our gift box section in our online store.


Social Butterflies!

We now have an active Instagram account. You can follow us@SVOrganics . On our Instagram you can see more details about anything that is happening around the farm. Check out our Pinterest board this month! We are adding to our Healthy Thanksgiving board and we are also always adding to our BlueberryRaspberry, and Blackberry Inspired boards, as well as Harmonious Berry Blends
Our Blog theme is follows along the lines of healthy thanksgiving but focused on being  diabetic friendly, every weekend you can find healthy alternative for goodies and treats for this Thanksgiving.

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