20131009-154447.jpg Shrooms are amazing and chaga (shh-a-ga) is my fav. This big guy grows inside birch trees, the portion that forms outside the tree looks like charred wood, and the inside is dense red/orange. When harvested and dried it's hard as rock, you'll have to smash it with a hammer to break off a piece. Chaga has countless healing properties, which can be extracted using water, alcohol and fat methods. Here is a simple recipe for delicious chaga tea (water extraction), or add chaga powder and tinctures to your smoothies or any healthy recipe to up the nutritional content. Cinnamon Chaga Tea 1" chunk of chaga 4 cups filtered water, boiled 1 cinnamon stick 1L mason jar Place chaga and cinnamon stick into jar, pour boiling water and leave to sit on the counter or in the sun for 8 hours, or overnight. Reuse the same piece several times. I feel great when I drink this tea, I love the taste as it's not bitter and I'm fascinated by its ancient history. David Wolfe has a great book all about Chaga. I could go on but we like to keep it brief at THE GOODS. And if you're not into mushroom hunting you can buy chaga at Qi Naturals, Kind Herbs at Sorauren Farmer's Market, and The Big Carrot.

Photo Cred Lisa Who knew! You can sprout organic popping corn, I mean it makes sense it just didn't occur to me until I saw these guys at Sorauren Farmer's Market on Monday evening. The Kind Organics booth had a wide variety of sprouts and greens as usual but these little fellas caught my attention. Now I'm not even sure that I like them, they're a touch weird, they start off bland and a bit grassy and then your mouth fills with that sweet taste you only know if you've had wheatgrass juice or too much stevia. They are really cool looking, just almost too sweet if you can imagine. I'm going to toss them in the dehydrator and see if I can make a smoothie sweetener out of the dried powder. If it works you'll hear from me and if not... let's just pretend this post never happened.