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Cascadian Farm fans,

We would like to share an announcement of a voluntary recall for a limited number of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars containing peanuts. While we have no evidence of a safety issue with these products, we have made the decision to issue a voluntarily recall as a precaution.  Please read the details below for full information. If you have a box that has been impacted by the voluntary recall, we would be happy to replace it.

Your Friends at Cascadian Farm

 MINNEAPOLIS (October 9, 2012) – Cascadian Farm today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars containing peanuts. This action is being taken as a precaution because peanut pieces in the products may have been sourced from Sunland, Inc., a peanut supplier that recently expanded its recall of peanut ingredients.

This voluntary recall includes 6-count boxes of Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars with “Better if Used By” dates printed on the top of the box:

 01NOV2012
02NOV2012

Because this product was produced in February, it may no longer be on store shelves. 

Consumers are urged to check their pantries for these two “Better if Used By” dates.  Consumers are also urged to dispose of any Cascadian Farm Granola Bar products containing peanuts that are past the “Better if Used By Date” printed on the box.  These products include:

  • Cascadian Farm Sweet & Salty Peanut Pretzel Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Sweet & Salty Mixed Nut Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cranberry Chewy Granola Bars

 

No illnesses have been reported in connection with Cascadian Farm products.  No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are affected by this recall. 

Consumers who have products covered by this recall may contact Cascadian Farm Consumer Services at 1-800-624-4123 for a replacement.

 

Recycling is a simple way for consumers to help the environment by taking a product that has reached the end of its useful life and transforming it into another product. Recycling helps to preserve valuable resources, and is essential for the health of our environment and communities.

Many of you are probably already utilizing curbside recycling bins for household paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic recycling. However, recycling goes well beyond the curb—there are recycling services available for an array of other common household products, from electronics and prescriptions to automotive parts and hazardous waste.

Read on to learn how to find recycling facilities in your area for products that you aren't sure how to dispose of properly.

 

1. Electronics: Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a huge problem for our environment, because if it isn't disposed of properly it can be hazardous. You can find an e-cycling center in your local area at E-cycling Central, which offers a huge array of electronic recycling services.

2. Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones: Although rechargeable batteries and cell phones do last quite some time due to their recharging abilities, they will eventually no longer work or become obsolete. Call2Recycle offers the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. You can find a drop-off location in your areahere.

3. Hazardous Materials: Have you wondered how you should recycle that leftover paint from your kitchen remodel, or those toxic household cleaners? Earth 911 offers a database that allows you to find recycling centers in your area that can dispose of hazardous material properly.

4. Automotive Parts: If you have an automobile that is inoperable, or are wondering what to do with used auto parts that you no longer need, contact the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA). The ARA offers automotive recycling to help conserve the future. You can find an ARA recycler in your area here

5. Plastic Bags: The best option when it comes to plastic bags is to refuse them. However, if you have some that you are looking to recycle, PlasticBagRecycling.org can help. PlasticBagRecycling.org recycles the plastic bags into composite lumber and “new” plastic items. You can find a drop-off location in your area here.

What items do you need to recycle?

Photo Credits: “Trash Recycling with Disposable Containers” by epSos.de”7th Street e-Waste” by greenbk“Beautiful Junk” by Rainy City.

 

Many beginning gardeners believe that all you need to grow healthy plants and vegetables is water and sunlight. However, plants also need healthy soil rich in nutrients to be able to grow properly. And composting is a great way to do just that.

But before you start composting, there are a few things to keep in mind. Like what can and cannot be composted.

The IN List:

  • Animal (cow or horse) manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Nutshells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings

The OUT List:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    • Release substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    • Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
    • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    • Might kill beneficial composting organisms

Source: “Create Your Own Compost Pile” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Photo credit: "Bac a compost communautaire et bac a compost normal" by solylunafamilia 

Hi friends! This past Saturday, we held our Change Flows cleanup of the DuPage River in Illinois, and it was a huge success. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds showed up to lend a helping hand. The volunteers spent three hours on a Saturday morning pulling all sorts of junk out of the DuPage River and its tributaries.

The volunteers were armed with Cascadian Farm T-shirts, trash bags, gloves, garbage pokers, water, and our Cascadian Farm granola bars to keep them going.

Change Flows

When this river was cleaned in previous years, it wasn’t unusual for volunteers to collect as much as 11 tons of debris. Now, that number has dropped to about seven tons. Part of the decline can probably be traced to a greater public awareness of our environment, but persistent cleaning also keeps junk from piling up.

Change Flows

It was amazing to see all the debris that was pulled out of the river. We found a grocery cart, a playhouse door, coils, and even a public hand-washing sink. Everyone left with a real sense of accomplishment seeing all the debris that was cleaned up. It’s truly remarkable what people can accomplish when they come together with a common goal.

Chang Flows

Change Flows  

Brett Adams, the Pioneer Park Cleanup Coordinator, had this to say:

“This is such a great project for people of all ages! We have a mix of middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults, and they all have fun and get something out of it. It’s amazing the types of items we found, and it’s awesome to see the difference you can make in just a few hours.”

Change Flows

Andrew Fahlund, Senior Vice President of Conservation for American Rivers, said:

“With the help of Cascadian Farm, we were able to raise awareness of the issues facing our rivers, and help people learn how important they are to a healthy community. Simple steps like participating in a local river cleanup can help our waterways thrive for generations to come.”

Thanks again to everyone for your support. We couldn’t have made this big of an impact without you! In the next month, we will have more details on how much debris was actually taken out of the river. Stay tuned…

Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to get out and experience your local farmers market. Buying fruits and vegetables locally is a good way to support the farms in your area.

Find a farmers market near you!

For those of you who are new to farmers markets, here are some helpful tips to make your experience even more enjoyable.

If you’re in the Washington area this spring or summer, stop by our roadside stand for some fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade blueberry ice cream! We’d love to see you!

Do you visit your local farmers market? What has been your favorite find this spring?

 

Source Cited: Local Harvest

Photo Source: “farmers’ market” by perspicacious.org

These are three of our favorite smoothie recipes that we can’t get enough of. They’re the perfect exclamation point to the start of the spring season. Enjoy!

Blueberry Smoothies 

Sweet blueberries plus tangy lemon yogurt—what a tasty treat any time of the day! This recipe features our Cascadian Farm organic frozen blueberries!

 

Creamy Peach Smoothies 

It takes just four ingredients to make these luscious yogurt-peach smoothies. Try them with our Cascadian Farm organic frozen peaches!

 

Spa Smoothies 

Wonderfully sweet and creamy describes these smoothies that you will make again and again. (They feature our Cascadian Farm organic frozen strawberries.)

 

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments box below or on our Facebook wall!

During April, we're focusing on our Change Flows initiative in partnership with American Rivers. We know that millions of people will be thinking about the environment on Earth Day (April 22), but we hope you'll join us in making every day Earth Day—support our river-cleanup initiative by "liking" your region on our interactive map. The region with the most “likes” will receive a river cleanup sponsored by Cascadian Farm.

Soil conservation is at the heart of organic farming. Organic farmers strive to keep rich, organic nutrients in the soil so they don’t have to rely on synthetic chemical substitutes. This is the way natural ecosystems work, and we believe this is the best way to grow our food.

Along with healthy soil, crops also need water to grow—water is the lifeblood of our farms. But water does not stay put; it flows from our fields into small streams, which flow into rivers and affect more than just farmland. Synthetic chemical runoff from some conventional farming is known to create algae blooms, which can ruin areas for swimming and boating, affect the taste of drinking water, and kill fish by removing oxygen from the water.(1) Those are just a few reasons why Cascadian Farm has been committed to organic farming for almost 40 years. No synthetic chemicals in the soil and air means no synthetic chemical runoff into nearby streams and rivers. Keeping our waters clean will protect the entire ecosystem for plants, animals, and humans alike.

Like water, Change Flows. Clean water starts with all of us, and we hope you'll join our effort to keep our waters clean. For tips on how you can conserve and protect water, check out last week's blog post, and don't forget to vote for your region on our interactive map for a chance to receive a river cleanup!

Source: (1) EPA http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/upload/2005_4_29_nps_Ag_Runoff_Fact_Sheet.pdf

During April, we're focusing on our Change Flows initiative in partnership with American Rivers. We know that millions of people will be thinking about the environment on Earth Day (April 22), but we hope you'll join us in making every day Earth Day—support our river-cleanup initiative by "Liking" your region on our interactive map. The region with the most “likes” will receive a river cleanup sponsored by Cascadian Farm.

We would also like to share some tips to help you conserve and protect water within your home. If you have any tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. Leave them in the comment box below.

Follow these 10 simple tips to help make a difference:

  1. Did you know that it can take approximately three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water? Consider drinking tap water.2
  2. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  3. A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.3
  4. Use mulch wherever possible to keep moisture from leaving the soil and to minimize weed growth.
  5. A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day. To tell if your toilet has a leak, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.4
  6. Wash your hands with a soap that is made from natural ingredients so that you aren’t transferring those chemicals down your drain and onto the food you prepare.5
  7. Baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water make a good alternative to store-bought drain cleaners.6
  8. During winter months, use as little salt and other de-icing materials as possible on your driveway and sidewalks. 7
  9. Some regular laundry detergents contain phosphates, inorganic chemicals that damage nearby lakes and rivers. Consider using a biodegradable powdered detergent. 8
  10. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. They provide your grass with all the natural nutrients it needs. 9

 

Sources:

American Rivers www.americanrivers.org 1 ; Pacific Institute http://www.pacinst.org/ 2 ; WaterSense – An EPA Partnership Program epa.gov/watersense/pubs3,4 ; http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/guides/guide-creating-healthy-home 5 ; http://www.seventhgeneration.com/natural-alternative-drano 6 ; http://www.cheltenhamtownship.org/stormwater/solution%20to%20pollution06.pdf 7 ; http://video.about.com/greenliving/Go-Green-With-Your-Laundry.htm 8 ; http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/healthy-homes-gardens-1/factsheets/cleanwater 9

 

Photo by fox_kiyo

Hi friends! Whether you’re truly Irish or not, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And since it’s right around the corner, we thought we’d share some recipes with you that would be perfect to whip up on Thursday to add a little green to the table.

Creamy Corn and Broccoli Chowder

Green Beans with Almonds

Asparagus Risotto

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

A couple weeks ago we released some new “kid-approved” products and we couldn’t be more excited! One thing’s for sure; we love to make products that both kids and their parents can agree on. They not only have to taste good, but they have to be good for you. Here are our two new products that do just that: Chocolate O’s Cereal and Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars.

Made with whole grains, and packed with fiber, they are both a great way for your kids to kick start their morning. Or, for after school activities, pack an Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bar for a quick snack to keep them going.

Look for these two new products at your local grocery store, along with our other tasty “kid-approved” products: Cinnamon Crunch, Fruitful O's, and Peanut Chocolate Chip Bars.

If you've already tried any of these products, we'd love to hear what you think. Leave your comments in the box below.

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