Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Some day I will attend one of these!!! They are coming to Utah in the summer- EDEN actually! I am afraid this is not the year for me- hopefully next- I think I would like mine on the beach though...Or I don't know.. the farm house is pretty amazing as well- maybe both! :)
for more info go here
PS. Someday I will also have a BUS like that- Camper Top

a little diddy on what they do..

Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.

Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table

Sounds delightful doesn't it! The one in eden is held at SandHill farms- a garlic farm! I had no idea they were there! I may have to venture up! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why Potassium Iodine?

Due to the recent tragedy in Japan we have seen people searching for iodine tablets everyhwere- iodine is essential for proper thyroid function- here is a little more info...

The Centers for Disease Control explains on their website that after a radiological or nuclear event, radioactive iodine can drift in the air and, if inhaled, can damage people’s thyroids. When people take potassium iodine, they can fill their thyroids full of iodine and thus prevent their thyroids from absorbing the radioactive iodine ( which will destroy the thyroid).

Many people here in Utah have been worried about the radiation plume and the quality of our air.

Donna Spangler, public information officer for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, UDEQ website, which assures residents there is “no need to take potassium iodide tablets.”

At this point the levels of radiation prospected to be in the plume that would actually fall on estimated California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, etc. is very minimal and is not to pose a serious risk to health. However, "if" the situation in Japan worsens (ie. the Fukushima reactors have a rod "meltdown" - creating a massive release of radiation into the atmosphere) make sure you and tour family are prepared.. here are a few suggestions I received from the herbal legacy newsletter-

1) Take the time to reevaluate your emergency plan and supplies as a family. Make sure your vehicles are not empty of fuel in case you need to evacuate and do not count on phones working in case of actual emergency.

2) If suggestion is and you plan to, stay put and to stay within your home for an allotment of time make sure you have plastic and duct tape to seal your windows and doors as well as the supplies needed in the case of a usual emergency: water, food, etc.

3) If you plan to evacuate, have at least a 72-hour kit ready to go at a moment's notice. This is good to have no matter what your plans are.

4) Staring now, increase your intake of naturally sourced iodine-containing foods and superfoods: (*estimated amounts of naturally occurring iodine)

  • Icelandic Kelp - *8000ppm
  • Kelp, Dulse, etc. (Seaweeds) - *5400ppm
  • Chlorella - *100ppm
  • Spirulina - *70ppm
  • Pistacios - *51ppm
  • Dark Greens in all there variety
  • Colorful vegetables & fresh fruits
  • Onions & Garlic
  • Iodine tablets
  • 5) The purpose of increasing your intake of iodine-containing foods is to raise the amount of stable iodine in the blood. This will increase the likelihood that the thyroid will absorb the stable iodine instead of the radioactive iodine (iodine-129 and iodine-131) released during a nuclear accident.

    I was curious if Utah had any nuclear reactors and it turns out we have ONE- ( at the Uof U) check out this Article for more info..

    My thoughts and prayers going out to the people in Japan and all those working to control this devastating disaster.