December, 2006 Tell a Friend



Rudolph on the Range

cranberriesCranberries May Help More Than Just Your Health 

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You won’t believe what a great time at camp we are having… but we can’t wait to return to the North Pole!
Read the rest of Rudolph's letter to Santa >>


This holiday season, take note of the cranberry’s health and environmental benefits.  Cranberries are low in calories and are full of antioxidants; as a result, cranberries may help prevent certain types of infections and reduce the risk of heart disease, gum disease, cancer and ulcers -- and research shows that cranberry bogs might help protect certain species of fish. 
Read more about protecting farms and fish>> 

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In early January of 2007, AFT will call upon its Action Network to send letters and make calls to representatives in congress asking them to support an increased budget for the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

Locally Grown Traditions

Christmas trees are grown on 500,000 acres of farmland across the U.S.there are Christmas tree farms in every state!  Find one near you (also where to recycle your tree after Christmas).

bread Harvest Spelt Bread

This delicious Harvest Spelt Bread, courtesy of Wheat Montana, is great toasted and topped with preserves—the perfect snack on a snowy day. Wheat Montana, a complete grain cleaning, processing, flour milling and a full-scale bakery, has had many impressive achievements since its inception in 1958, from being awarded the nationally acclaimed Best Managed Farm Award in 1999, to winning a title in the Guiness Book of World Records for cutting, milling, mixing and baking a loaf of bread in eight minutes and 13 seconds!

2 packages (1/4 oz. each) of dry active yeast
1 cup warm low-fat milk
2 tbls. melted canola margarine
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 lb. can pumpkin
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 whole egg beaten
3 cups whole-grain Wheat Montana Spelt Flour
3 cups Wheat Montana Natural White flour

1) Place water in a 1-quart bowl, sprinkle with yeast. Stir once or twice and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
2) Combine milk, margarine, maple syrup, and beaten eggs in a 2-quart bowl. Set aside.


3) Combine whole-grain spelt flour, spices and salt in a 3-quart bowl. Stir in yeast mixture, milk mixture, and pumpkin, mix thoroughly. Add the white flour slowly until dough is formed.
4) Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board, and knead for 3-4 minutes, or until the dough is slightly elastic. Cover with clean towel and let rise in warm area for 1-2 hours, or until double in size.
5) Punch down the dough, and divide in half. Shape each into a loaf and cover. Let loaves rise in warm place again for 1-2 hours or until double in size.
6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, coat 17 x 11 inch baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place loaves on sheet spaced about 3 inches apart. Bake 45 minutes or until loaves sound "hollow" when tapped. Cool loaves 10 minutes and transfer to wire rack until completely cool.

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