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newsletter, winter 2011


Our garden yield is down this winter due to the extreme cold and snow, but we are finding other options....

A "growing" segment of the farm-to-table food movement is the winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. In the Asheville area, we have Winter Sun Farms (www.wintersunfarmsnc.com) where you can purchase food which was harvested locally last summer, frozen for distribution and is available now. We have also heard that there is local, fresh, winter-grown produce available for pickup at the Asheville Downtown Market through Asheville Local Foods Online (www.ashevillelocalfoods.com/).

If you are not in the Asheville area, there might be a winter CSA where you live. Check around if not for this season, then for next winter.

Wintergreen (www.winter-green.org) helps show people how to take advantage of four-season food growing opportunities. Think about low tunnels and row cover as a way to get your spring garden started earlier.... "Got Seeds?"

Cooking Tips

We are often asked what we personally eat on a daily basis. These are some of our everyday, gluten-free and plant-based dishes:

Green juice drink (taught in the "Crank It Out" class) AND

Congee (boiled grains like millet and quinoa) served with hemp seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds...and a side of leafy greens with Stinging Nettles tea

OR...Breakfast Pudding (ingredients like leafy greens, concentrated green powder, frozen blueberries-bananas-strawberries-etc, hemp, chia…..). (recipes & techniques in the "Whip It Up" class)

Leafy green salad with dehydrated bread or crackers and spread. It's easy to make dozens of combinations with different greens, veggies, toppings, breads, crackers and spreads. Some salad techniques, breads and crackers are in Class 2 & 3 of the Live Food Class Series, but Lenore will completely immerse you in salad options on June 18 in her "Salads and Salad Dressings" class.

Apple Carrot Scones (taught in "Sweet & Savory Treats")

BlendingASmoothie---> Smoothie
Green Smoothie (from the "Whip It Up" class)

Soup, a side of leafy greens, another vegetable like broccoli and a fermented food (sauerkraut, pressed salad, or other pickle)

Instead of soup, substitute a small bowl of cooked beans, a bean salad or some cooked grain.


The class calendar for the first half of 2011 is now posted. The popular Live Foods Class Series is being repeated along with several new classes.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 10 am-1pm. Individual classes $45, Live Foods Class Series $130. For more information, please visit: www.lenoresnatural.com/classes/classes.php In brief:

NEW - March 26: "Tempeh Tonight" Try tofu’s “meaty” cousin. You will love these hearty soy dishes from around the world: Italian Tempeh with Greens, Mexican-Style Tempeh, Lemon-Rosemary Tempeh and Baked Tempeh. Served with quinoa and a naturally-fermented pickle. You will discover the local sources for FRESH tempeh. There is nothing like it!


  • April 2: "Whip It Up" - Blender-based recipes including superfoods
  • April 16: "Crank It Out" - Juicing & food processing-based recipes & sprouting
  • May 14: "The Heat Is On" - Dehydration-based recipes & techniques

NEW - June 4: "Sweet & Savory Treats" - More dehydrated treasures

June 18: "Dress Up Your Salads & Much More" - 6 dressings, home-made tahini & a bonus spread

Green Salad

Seating is limited so register soon by sending in your class fee to:

Lenore's Natural Cuisine, 164 Ox Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787


T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, is featured in a new movie “Forks Over Knives” which appears in theaters starting March 11, 2011. We highly encourage you to attend an early screening and to hear Dr. Campbell speak. There is a screening in Charlotte, NC on Feb 5th at Charlotte Sharon and in Asheville, NC on February 10-11. Here is a link for more information about the early screenings: www.forksoverknives.com/screenings/. You can view the trailer at this website, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJbYAYzP04&hd=1

Many people who hear about our house and school want to see photos. Our architect, Chris Larson, recently launched a website with new photos of many of his projects including our house and teaching kitchen, “The Meadow House.” If you are interested in unique home designs, you will see a lot of eye candy here: http://chrislarsonarchitect.com/meadow-house/

Late last year, Dr. Joel Furman spoke at the World Preservation Foundation global conference. His thirteen minute presentation, "Reducing Health Care Costs While Improving Care: A Dietary Approach," is worth the time to view (he speaks quickly...but clearly!). His powerpoint presentation is available at the WPF site along with videos of other speakers. You can find them at this website: www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/events.php?id=16


A hug is a great gift. One size fits all and it's easy to exchange.

In Joy,
Lenore & Joe Baum

www.lenoresnatural.com 828-645-1412

From an article "Raw Deal" in July, 2009 Verve Magazine (click on the photo to see more).

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