The Olive Branch – August 2022

Aug 9, 2022 | Balsamic, Desserts, Healthy Ingredients, Olive Oil, Recipe, Recipe of the Month

This month’s newsletter is all about “local.” We really try to support other local businesses and suppliers and want to share something about their products.

Naas Farms in Barlow supplies our locally grown honey and cinnamon creamed honey. Their adventure into beekeeping began with a friend giving them one hive of bees. It’s estimated that each hive houses around 20,000 bees. In the past few years, their bee population has grown considerably and now they market their honey under the name “Sting my Knee” honey products. Come in and give it a try. Honey is well-known to help with allergies and is a good sweetener for those watching their sugar intake.

The sorghum molasses that we sell is home processed and produced by Kennameade Farms in Sharpe, Kentucky. It is 100% pure and is the “first run” of the sorghum. This produces a light, sweet syrup that is delicious on biscuits served with butter! Molasses can also be used as a sweetener in cookies, breads, or on cornbread. Some of it’s nutritive information is that it is high in iron, calcium, and magnesium, all vital to good health.

One of our most popular local items is MeMe’s Marinara, made by the Chambers family in Metropolis, IL. It is sold in quart jars and contains no added sugars or preservatives. It is a crowd favorite and hard to keep in stock!

Hidden Gems goat milk soap is manufactured by the Hidden Gems Apothecary in Grand Rivers, KY. This soap is available in many fragrances such as Charcoal – Mint, Lavender, Rosemary, and Mint, Frankincense and cedar. It is always a popular gift item.

Some of our best-sellers in the local foods category are the mixes concocted by Karla. We sell Nana’s Chicken salad mix, Taco Seasoning Mix, and soon to be released Nana’s Poultry seasoning rub. Each of these spice mixtures is tried and tested on family and friends and is produced in our certified commercial kitchen.

These are just a few examples of items in our store that are produced locally. We live in a great little community and it’s vitally important that we support each other. Stop in and try some of these items as well as sample some of our flavor-infused oils and balsamics.

A favorite tea that is on our shelves is Forever Fruit tea. It is a combination of rose hips, lemongrass, hibiscus, orange peel, and peppermint leaf. It has a light taste and can be served either hot or cold. Its sweet flavor requires no sweetener. Besides just tasting good, it can help prevent aging and depression. It is full of vitamin C and helps kidney health. It is sold by the ounce.

This Month’s Recipe: Strawberry Popsicles with Balsamic Vinegar

If sweet and savory is on the menu for a cool and refreshing dessert, then try these Strawberry Popsicles with Balsamic Vinegar. Yes, it sounds crazy, but the three ingredients combine a tantalizing treat for your taste buds. Each one of these flavorful popsicles have a mere 20 calories, so you don’t have to worry about overindulging. And the kids will love them.

The recipe calls for:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon stevia
  • 1 tablespoon Strawberry balsamic vinegar


Place the strawberries in a blender or food processor along with the stevia and blend them to make a purée.
Add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and pour into your favorite popsicle molds.
Place the popsicle molds in the freezer for 4 hours.


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