Hippy Happy Father’s Day

It is never a dull moment at the central hub of freshness. We would like to apologise for the problems we experienced with the availability of some of our products recently. If you didn’t receive what you ordered we do apologise for any disappointment! There were a few delivery hiccups with the public holiday we had.

We would also like to let everyone know that we are no longer going to be stocking products from Le Chocolatier. Unfortunately they do not produce the standards that we endeavour to support. They have not been honest with us or their consumers.

But we don’t like to dwell on the negative. The 5th of June was World Environment day. This year the theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. Concern over the earth’s ability to sustain production of natural resources is rising. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. The United Nations Environment Programme is encouraging humans to get involved. You can take action by involving yourself in any number of projects in Sports, Art’s film and culture, Music and dance or Education and learning. Get involved, get registered and make sure your part counts over at http://www.unep.org/wed/take-action/find-out-how.asp

Our friends at Soil for Life are getting involved and running their annual campaign called Eat for the Earth. Soil for Life is a Cape Town-based non-profit organization teaching people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants. They strive to help people reconnect with the earth and to realize their potential for healthy, productive and fulfilling lives Soil for Life are inviting the public to host a meal during the month of June and invite and encourage their friends to come and donate to Soil for Life. The meals are logged at http://www.eatfortheearth.co.za where people can donate and get access to blog posts, videos and e-books. We are donating 10 R100 vouchers to customers signing up to this event.

If anyone would like to host an event or donate to Soil for Life visit their website http://www.soilforlife.co.za or Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/soilforlife

** NEW TO THE ETHICAL **

* PUKKA teas!

Womankind (Cranberry, rose and sweet vanilla) to help woman bloom and balance.

Star Anise & Cinnamon (and ginger) formerly known as Green Chai. Chamomile, vanilla and Manuka Honey is good news for inner peace.

Wendy from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm has launched a new facial range. Try out their new promotional pack which includes 1 x Bloublommetjies Facial cleanser, 1 x Bloublommetjies Toner Spritz,1 x Bloublommetjies Organic Skin Food. You can get your promo Facial Care Combo pack for R145! It includes:

* Bloublommetjies Facial Cleanser is a liquid low soap facial wash with comfrey, lavender and soapwort extracts – approx 20ml is applied to the wet face in a patting motion and rinsed with warm water.
* Bloublommetjies Toner Spritz is a spray-on toner made from flower and fruit extracts. The toner is sprayed on the dry skin (after cleansing) and followed immediately with their Organic Skin Food.
* Bloublommetjies Organic Skin Food is an oil based moisturiser made from lavender and wild olive. Just a drop or two is needed to adequately moisturise the face, by gently massaging it into the skin.

* FAB news!

You can now collect your weekly Abalimi & Harvest of Hope orders from the Ethical Co-op warehouse in Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands from the first week in July

* JUST IN!

* Certified (Demeter) Biodynamic Pepperdew pack from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm
* Non-certified organic Cauliflower, Broccoli, English Spinach from White Mountain
* Non-certified organic Peas from Beacon Farm Garden and Eric Swarts
* Certified organic Fresh Tumeric, English Spinach from Naturally Organic
* Non-certified biodynamic pine nuts, carob pods, sour figs, and a range of fresh farm herbs from Camphill Village – West Coast
* Non-certified organic red mustard lettuce from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain. Seedlings: Broad Bean, Henderson Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Japanese Giant Red Mustard, Covo Kale, True Siberian Kale, and Red Lettuce. Plants: Milk Thistle.

We wanted to leave you with a bit of sunshine this week.

HERE IS WHAT YOU’LL NEED A MAKE YOUR SOUR FIG AND LEMON MARMALADE:

* 500g fresh sour figs
* 3 lemons
* 1 kilo sugar/Xylitol
* 1 tsp ground black pepper

HERE IS HOW TO MAKE YOUR FIG AND LEMON MARMALADE:

* Lay the figs in boiling water till the hard skin is soft and will peel off easily (carefully peel and cut off the hard part at the bottom).
* Half the lemons lengthways and then cut into very thin slices.
* Save the pips and tie these up in a small piece of muslin as they will add flavour to your marmalade.
* Place the fruit in a large bowl and cover with 1 litre water and then cover with a clean tea towel. Leave overnight as this helps the lemon rind to soften a bit.
* Pour the fruity mix into a heavy based preserving pan and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the lemon is soft.
* Remove the muslin pip bag.
* Add the sugar/Xylitol and black pepper and let this dissolve before bringing up to a rolling boil.
* Boil for about 10 minutes or until it has reached the setting point.
* Carefully ladle into sterilised jars and pop on the lids.
* Store in a cool cupboard and once opened keep it in the fridge and eat within a month.
* Enjoy this one on toast, crumpets or as a tasty topping for the finest vanilla ice-cream, it is summer sunshine in a jar.

(Remember Xylitol is not good for dogs!)

Have a Hippy Happy Father’s Day,
The Ethical Team

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to place your weekly order, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/www.ethical.org.za, Twitter, http://twitter.com/ethical_co_op and on our blog, http://log.ethical.org.za