Monthly archives "October 2015"

“The Devil’s in the milk”


We are doing the happy, laughing cow dance in the office this week. We are so excited to start offering delicious, nutritious, fantastic dairy from pasture fed cows. Some of our older and more seasoned customers might remember Daily Dairy and can probably preach the wonders of this Super Food.

Jaco Marais is offering all natural milk from Fleckvieh cows that feed off pastures that are free from GMO and artificial fertilizers and irrigated from a beautiful mountain stream which the cows drink from too. These truly content and healthy cows produce milk that offers some amazing properties. The herd has been genetically tested and all cows produce milk with A2 – beta-casein. This is very important as A1 – beta-casein, as found in most commercial breeds have been linked with numerous modern diseases such as diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and other neurological disorders.

“The Devil’s in the milk”
Dr. Thomas Cowan argues that most farmers use the wrong Friesan and Holstein cows (the black and white kind) to produce milk. These cows produce a small but significant amount of beta casein A1. Epidemiological studies have implicated the consumption of A1 in the development of heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism and schizophrenia.

Beta-casein in the predominant protein in the milk solid component of milk. Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids that branch out off the main chain. Older breeds of cows carry the A2 chain whereas newer cows have developed a mutated amino acid called histadine. The side chain that comes off this amino acid is called BCM7 and is a powerful opiate that can have undesirable effects on humans and animals such as those mentioned earlier as well as increased mucous production in the nose!

In an nutshell it isn’t important what form you drink or consume your milk (raw milk, cheese or yoghurt), it is just important what kind of cow it comes from.

We have already learnt that milk is rich in protein and we also now that it is a great source of calcium. Did you know that milk is also a rich source of fat? The good kind?! In days gone past it has been a popular trend to reduce the fats in milk and our store shelves are inundated with 2% and 1% varieties of milk. Milk is however rich in unsaturated fats and linoleic acid (conjugated linoleic acid- CLA) which is an essential fatty acid. CLA has been shown to play a role in preventing cancer and artherosclerosis (build up of fat inside your blood vessels). CLA is also known for reducing body fat and increasing the amount of body protein and is popular among body builders for this reason.

Milk from pasture fed cows also contains the ideal ratio of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which are your omega-3 and omega-6. Studies suggest this balanced ratio is key to preventing cancers, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases.

Jaco Marais’s Fleckvieh cows produce a milk that has the highest levels of CLA and EFA’s compared to other dairy, and more importantly a balanced, almost 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, compared to around 1:9 for conventional dairy. The milk is also rich in melatonin.

As always, the dairy products we offer have no artificial additives, flavours, preservatives, sugars or starches added.

There isn’t a better time to try out this amazing Super Food dairy! In celebration of our birthday month we have some great specials on offer including the Fleckvieh dairy products.


THE DAIRY (Fleckvieh)
* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, 1 litre-R20, 2 litres-R40
* Yoghurt, Natural 1 litre-R35
* Drinking Yoghurt, Vanilla 1 litre-R35, 250ml-R15
* Yoghurt, Greek 750ml-R60
* Kefir 1 litre-R40, 250ml-R15

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, Gently Pasteurised 1 litre-R18
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat) 1 litre-R32
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat, optional honey) 250ml-R15
* Labaneh, Strained Yoghurt, Cow 280g-R30
* Quark, Plain 260g-R28

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, 1 litre-R20, 2 litres-R40
* Yoghurt, Natural 1 litre (in a glass jar- R40, 250ml-R18
* Yoghurt, Greek 1 litre (in a glass jar)-R70, 250ml-R25
* Labneh, Plain 250g-R35


Happy Hippy 6th Birthday to Farmer Angus and his team- Thobelani, Victor, Menzi, Wilma, Thabani and the 4,592 hens they support and care for. The team at Spier have much to celebrate as they can now boast that as of mid-September all there hens are on a GMO free feed ration. This is an amazing achievement in South Africa. Please email us if you don’t appreciate the significance of this. Farmer Angus is sharing all they have learnt from outdoor egg production. You can have a look on and join us on the PGS visit to find out more regarding this (scroll down to our events for more info). Farmer Angus is sadly saying a farewell to their dear colleague Rico.


* Non-certified organic Moss Curled Parsley bunches, Cilantro (Coriander / Dhania) bunches, true Siberian Kale and curly Kale from Beacon Food Garden
* Non-certified organic Garden Peas, Sugar Snap Peas and Strawberries punnet (in limited quantities) from Eric Swarts
* Non-certified organic Carrots, table Celery, green Cos Lettuce and Easter Egg Radish and Spring Onions from White Mountain
* Organic in Conversion Beetroot, broad Beans (Fava) 1kg BULK and baby Marrow (Courgette / Zucchini) (in limited quantities) from Naturally Organic
* Non-certified organic Seedlings 6-pack: baby Marrow (Courgette / Zucchini), Beetroot, Cucumber, Cilantro (Coriander / Dhania), Red Lettuce, Rocket (Arugula) and Tomatoes from SEED- Mitchell’s Plain
* Non-certified organic Plants: Blue Sage, Thyme, Klip Dagga, Wild Dagga, Feverfew, Ashwagandha, Strawberry, Vetiver, Comfrey, Yarrow and Strawberry from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain


Make sure you sign up for our next big Western Cape PGS certification adventure with Farmer Angus on Saturday October 24, 2015, 10am. Here is your Facebook invite!
Please email: to RSVP and get the directions. Our 3 peer review farmers are Francois Malan, Brian Joffin and Paul Barker.

Other than doing our standard accreditation of his farm, we will be finding more information on how Angus has managed to source non-GMO feed for his chickens. This is quite an achievement for a farmer so if you are farming with livestock, or for anyone with chickens at home or if you are just looking to learn more about living a healthy, happy lifestyle then join us!

Volunteer as a Wednesday Willing Workers Welcome continuing Wednesday October 14, 2015 from 9am to 12h30 with Paul Barker at Lentegeur Market Garden. Here is your Facebook invite!


Apologies to all our customers or suppliers who have tried to contact us recently. Our Telkom lines have been down for the past 4 weeks but we are happy to report that they are finally back up and we are getting our free range ducks back in a row slowly but surely. Thank you for your patience.


You can put them in bowls. And eat them for breakfast!

To accomplish this all you need to make sure of is that they are extra thick (using things like avocado and nut butter). We think this is a great way of getting an early start to getting in two servings of fruit and vegetables and makes for a great summer alternative to your good ol’ fashioned porridge.

You can put anything in your smoothie bowl but try to make sure you get the essentials from avocado for fatty acids and thickness, flax seed meal for fibre and frozen bananas for natural sweetness.

**We’ll get you started with this Super Green Smoothie Bowl**

SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS (we recommend you use organic produce whenever possible)

-1/4 fresh avocado
-2 medium ripe bananas that have been previously sliced and frozen
-1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (mixed or whichever you can get your hands on)
-2 large handfuls of spinach
-1 small handful of kale (large stems removed)
-1 1/2 to 2 cups of almond milk/coconut milk
-1 Tbsp of flax seed meal/chia seed meal

Blend these ingredients and pour into two bowls. Generously layer the top of your thick smoothie with whole, raw toppings of your choice.

Roasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Goji berries
Raw nuts
White mulberries
Hemp seeds
Desiccated coconut

Your smoothie bowl is your oyster! There is no end to what deliciousness you can make!

Lots of love
The Ethical Co-op



We are celebrating 10 years of sourcing the best organic, biodynamic, ethical delicious, nutritious, fresh produce that our lovely country has to offer. It has been an absolute pleasure taking this journey, meeting our wonderful local farmers and interacting with all of you. We appreciate all the emails and messages we get from you about our competitions, events happening here and there and all the feedback we get about the quality about the goods you are receiving and the slugs that are eating your lettuce before you do!

Our birthday gift to you will be to spoil you even more with more affordable produce for the next month. Keep an eye out on our website for some great specials for the month of October only!

** OCTOBER PRICES from Camphill Dairy – West coast and Afrikara – Wolesly **

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, Gently Pasteurised 1 litre – R18
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat) 1 Litre – R32
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat, optional honey) 250ml – R15
* Labaneh, Strained Yoghurt, Cow 280g – R30
* Quark, Plain 260g- R28

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, 1 litre- R20, 2 litres – R40
* Yoghurt, Natural 1 litre (in a glass jar)- R40, 250ml – R18
* Yoghurt, Greek 1 litre (in a glass jar)- R70, 250ml – R25
* Labneh, Plain 250g – R35

The Ethical Co-op will be selling delicious nutritious fresh wheatgrass on preorder. You will have to let us know at least 2 weeks in advance so that we can prep and grow your green little trays of treasures. The trays will be 15cm x 23cm.

Wheatgrass is prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. It contains chlorophyll. amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Wheatgrass can be grown indoors and outdoors. Leaves are harvested when they develop a “split” as another leave emerges. This can be done a second and sometimes a third.

**How to eat wheatgrass**
The young sprouts can be eaten whole and raw but more often they are juiced raw and consumed as a liquid. Wheatgrass is thought to be best consumed when it is fresh and taken on an empty stomach immediately after extraction. You can juice wheatgrass but cutting it at the base of the blade and insert the tips into a juicer. Don’t expect too much juice. You will get about 1 ounce serving of juice for every half cup of fresh, raw wheatgrass. The juice will have quite a strong taste but you can add it to other juices or smoothies.

**Check with your doctor**
If you have a wheat allergy or gluten intolerance you should check with your doctor before including wheatgrass in your diet.

**Additional nutritional information on wheatgrass (if you want to get your nerd on)**
Wheatgrass contains potassium, is a great source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, ribofavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. It also has a negligible 1 gram of protein per 28 grams. It has twice the amount of vitamin A as carrots and is higher in vitamin C than oranges. It is also reported that it increases hemoglobin (which carries oxygen in our blood) and is therefore effective in improving blood disorders such as diabetes, preventing tooth decay, improving wound healing and preventing bacterial infections.It is also used to remove toxins from the liver, reduce high blood pressure, block the absorption of cholestrol, treat UTI’s, treat respiratory tract infections and for the treatment of cancer and arthritis. Please note that the US Food and Drug administration has not approved wheatgrass to treat any of these ailments. According to the American Cancer Society wheatgrass juice does contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the human body but there is not adequate proof that it can cure any of these disease.

Certified organic goat’s milk products including yoghurts, drinking yoghurt, Kefir, probiotic yoghurt, Foxtail, Chabris, Chevre rolls, Cream Cheeses, Cottage Cheeses, Halloumi, Quesso blanco, Feta, Gouda, Farmstead Fenugreek, Caprino Romano from Foxenburg.

** JUST IN **
* Certified (Demeter) biodynamic Feta (in limited quantities) from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm
* Non-certified organic Green Beans (in limited quantities), Table Celery, green Cos Lettuce from White Mountain
* Organic in Conversion Asparagus, Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas 1kg BULK from Naturally Organic
* Non-certified organic Seedlings 6-pack: Beetroot, Giant Rape, Spring Onion, Mizuna from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain
* Non-certified organic Plants: Cotton Lavender, Strawberry, Purple Viola Flowers from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain

** EVENTS **
Volunteer as a Wednesday Willing Workers Welcome with Paul Barker at Lentegeur Market Garden.
Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 9am to 12h30:

Lot’s of love
The Ethical Team