Peas in a Pod

In this issue of The Lovage Leaf, learn all about our ingredient of the month: peas.
We love these little bundles of deliciousness!
From farm, to facts, to table we’ve got all you need to know about peas.
Don't forget to check out our event in Cape Cod this weekend.

Peas Nutrition

Did you know: 
Peas are filled with protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin A and C, this combination may help boost your baby’s immune system. We puree the peas with a hint of mint to create a new twist on a classic puree.The addition of mint enhances the flavor and may even help with gas.
Dr. Jennifer Stagg is our Chief Nutrition Adviser. Check out more info on Dr. Jen here.

Growing Peas

Red Fire Farm:
Pea plants like cool soil and moderate temperatures which is why they only grow well in the spring in MA.  Many years if the seeds are planted in early April, the plants will grow well all spring, but then as the pods start to ripen in mid and late June, hot 90 degree weather can cause stress on the plants and a premature end to the harvest.  This year so far the weather has been on the cool side, so the pea plants are growing well and it looks like they will have an exceptional crop.  Fresh picked peas that are eaten right off the vine are the sweetest, as the sugars quickly start converting to starch after harvest.  At Red Fire Farm, they grow the sweetest types we can find including sugarsnap and maxigolt which are both excellent tasting types.Check out Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA here

Cape July Event

7/13-7/14:  We’ll be serving Lovage samples with Spuni at the First Annual Mashpee Pirate Palooza. Have you heard of Spuni yet? The Spuni is “a geometrically engineered spoon to improve the feeding experience for infants as they transition from fluids to solids.” They exceeded their Indiegogo funding and will be available to purchase this summer in various colors and materials (including wood!). Check out the Spuni video here

Event Details:
First Annual Mashpee Pirate Palooza
Cost: *Free (There are exceptions, see on web site)
Location: South Cape Village, 650 Falmouth Rd, Mashpee, MA

Minty Peas Soup with Cashew Crème

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped 
1 ½ cups stock 
3 Minty Peas Lovage Baby Blends 
Pinch of sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper
¼ cup cashew crème

Directions: In a saucepan, heat oil over a medium flame and add onions and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent, but not browning. Add stock and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sea salt and pepper. Stir in Minty Peas and cook for another minute or so. Turn off flame and leave on stovetop. In a high speed blender, puree ½ cup raw cashews and ½ cup filtered water high until it resembles a thick heavy cream (you only need half of the cream, but your blender won’t be happy with less. Save the other half of the cream for a topping on fresh fruit or stirred into granola or other soup dishes). Pour some of the cream into a bowl, leaving about halfin the blender. Now add your pea soup, and briefly puree until smooth. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with a swirl of cashew crème. Makes 2-4 servings. 

Jenny is the owner/head chef at The Nutmeg Cookery, a vegan company specializing in cooking classes, parties and other events in Connecticut. She is also the force behind crumbs on my laptop, a vegan food blog with recipes, lifestyle tips, and hungry unicorns. 

Mommy's Moves

Exercise: we understand how busy the life of a mom is and the desire to stay fit. Here is a quick and efficient 11-minute workout that you can do in the comfort of your own home. This workout has you using both your body weight and hand weights to complete exercises for your legs, arms and abs, leaving you feeling like you have had a full body workout. Check it out here! Monique Gagnon is a fitness instructor at Boston Sports Club and YMCA as well as publishes a blog called Burpees to Bubbly


Baby Boot Camp: Greater Boston’s most popular stroller fitness class, STROLLFIT, is a 60-minute class format for mom and baby. STROLLFIT classes cater to all fitness levels: pregnant moms, new moms recovering from pregnancy and conditioned moms with one or two stroller-aged children. Cardio drills, strength training exercises and stretching increases overall fitness, and the abs at the end of class means you get a total body workout!  Classes meet Monday- Saturday 9:30-10:30am at Larz Anderson Park on Goddard Ave in Brookline MA. Don't forget to "like" us on facebook Baby Boot Camp Greater Boston. Email Allison for more details Allison.benitez@babybootcamp.com
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