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The green ploka dot boxEating Healthy - Organic and Non-GMO Foods

More and more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of eating a diet of natural and organic foods. Unfortunately, they may find that the high cost and scarcity of these foods put such a diet somewhere between difficult and impossible.

Enter the Green PolkaDot Box. Don't have an organic food store or a good farmer's market in your city? Not a problem. Can't afford the high price of natural, non-GMO foods? They have you covered.

The Green PolkaDot Box sells natural and organic, non-GMO foods at wholesale prices, and delivers them directly to your doorstep. They carry hundreds of your favorite brands, and they even offer fresh meat and dairy products*. They offer a lowest price guarantee on all the items in their inventory, and free shipping on orders over $75.

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Ennis farmers marketThe Ennis Farmers Market

A Saturday Jewel in Ellis County

We love going to farmers markets all over North Central Texas,  We had heard that the Ennis Farmers Market was a great little market so decided to check it out. We arrived around 10:30 and, sure enough, it was in full swing and had quite a crowd. The market is situated on N. Dallas Street between West Ennis Avenue and West Knox, in the middle of downtown.  The street is blocked off and the market area swings around the corner onto West Knox. There is plenty of parking within easy walking distance. The booths were set up in the middle of the street and allowed for easy strolling and shopping.

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Midlothian Farmers Market

A Pleasant Surprise!

This past Saturday, the 12th, my morning excursion was to visit the Midlothian Farmers Market located in the Log Cabin Park in the center of downtown Midlothian. The Farmers Market has been operating for several years, and while not one of the largest in our area, it is certainly one of the most pleasant to visit.

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How to Make Wonderful Wines

Homemade wine making is fast becoming very popular across the world. There are several reasons for this.

The biggest one is that the cost to transport that yummy nectar from where they grow, harvest, and ferment it is going up right along with the cost of fuel. There's no two ways around it - we are about to see bottles of wine at the grocery store and wine shops double.

 In the last year, there has been a flurry of "How To" guides crop up around the internet. All of the guides are helpful and at least can get a beginner started.

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Eat Those Colorful Foods

Beta-carotine Essential to Good Health

Most of us identify butternut squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes with late summer or fall produce.  Thanks to an abundance of produce from many markets, these foods and others, such as Swiss chard, dried apricots, goji berries, mango, cantaloupe, kale, beet greens, bok choy, red peppers, spinach, and broccoli are available year-round.  Why is that important?  Because these foods are rich in beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is an antioxidant thought to help reduce the risk of cancer, among other good things it can do for us.  It is converted by our bodies into vitamin A, which is essential for growth, good vision, and immune-system function.  The nutrient also works well with other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables to nurture optimum health. 

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Enjoying a delicious dessert at the end of a great meal is one of life’s sweetest pleasures.

 Moist vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream… warm pumpkin pie… crème brulée… carrot cake with cream cheese frosting… fresh brownies…

 Or just imagine the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from your kitchen…

 Just thinking about these decadent creations makes your mouth water and few of us have the willpower to resist.

 But we often feel guilty for indulging in sweet treats. After all, most desserts are filled with sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, and they pack more calories than the meal itself!

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