Village Green’s Garden

Village Green’s cheery little garden plot outside the front door of our store is getting a slightly earlier start this year. Yesterday I planted a handful of flowers to begin to brighten things up – nothing unusual, but still fun, with the hope of giving our customers a little smile. The flowers look small now, but they’ll fill out.

What’s growing? There is already a nice purple sage I planted 2 springs ago, that has somehow wintered once again, even under the avalanches of snow we had this year. And now, joining the sage, is a little mound of purple-blue lithodora, some brilliant, fuschia-colored snapdragons, and some bright yellow African daisies (osteospermum). Also a couple little stock plants (yes, that’s their real name), in two shades of purple. Stock is fragrant, so if you kneel down on the sidewalk out there, you can get a nice whiff. I planted a little clump of dianthus, as well, with the common name of cheddar pinks. With luck, that will come back to bloom again next year. Those snapdragons could reseed themselves too, if they do well. There are a few plants from last summer that I’m still expecting (hoping!) will appear, such as the perennial purple coneflower (echinacea), and maybe even that prolific dark purple sweet potato vine that people kept asking about last year. We’ll be keeping a watchful eye on it.

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Salmon: What You Should Know Before You Eat It

Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, and it supposed to be very good for you. Farm raised, wild caught, organic…these are all labels that can be found on salmon packaging, but how do you know which one to buy?  Dr. David Carpenter from the Healthy Child Science Advisory Committee has a few clarifications and debunks some myths about salmon.

Originally posted on MSN Health on Feb 2, 2011

According to Dr. David Carpenter:

MYTH: Organic is best.
TRUTH: There’s no standard for organic fish, so go with wild. Organic implies antibiotics aren’t put in the water, but the salmon still get feed that has contaminants.

MYTH: Skip all farmed salmon.
TRUTH: If you can’t get wild, opt for farmed Canadian, which has fewer contaminants than farmed European.

MYTH: Mercury is the issue with farmed salmon.
TRUTH: Salmon has little mercury. Dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls, and other toxins are the culprits.

MYTH: Wild salmon has more omega-3’s than farmed.
TRUTH: Farmed salmon has more. They’re fed fish oil. But the toxin risks outweigh the benefits of the fatty acids.

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The same should be considered when purchasing fish oils.  Stick to companies like Pathway, Nordic Naturals, Carlson, and Xymogen for a high-quality supplement.

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