The Keres CSA is Now Accepting Members for Our Fall Season

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20160607_093030The Keres community supported agriculture serves Spicewood, TX.  Weekly deliveries are scheduled according to your schedule.  We are now accepting memberships for our autumn season starting September 21, 2016 at just $50.00 per month.

About Our Farm

  • Located on 0.84 acre of Rural Farmland
  • True Farm to Table Products
  • 100% GMO Free
  • Owned and Operated by Real Chefs and Farmers

 What We Offer

  • All Natural Free Range Chicken Eggs
  • Herbicide & Pesticide Free Vegetables and Herbs
  • All Natural Honey
  • Organic & Fair Trade Spices and Dried Herbs
  • Sea Salt & Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Artisan Breads

The Healing Power of Spices

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Keres_Spices-Whole_Black_Pepper_-headerSpices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions.

Indian spices were known the world over since ancient times but were mostly used as ingredients or additives in food. However, recent research has unearthed several medicinal applications of spices that could give a further boost demand for several Indian spices.

The Times of India reported that a siddha drug ‘Venthamarai choornam’, a mixture of cardamom, ginger, cumin seeds, long pepper (thippili), dill(sada kuppi), licorice (adhimadhuram) and white lotus petal can bring down blood pressure. This has been observed in in a study on rats and could well gain acceptance as treatment for human ailments too.

It has reported that capsaicin, a hot chemical found in chilli peppers can be effective in treatment of arthritic pain.

The report said that adding curry powder to food could give anti-inflammatory benefits for those facing ortho ailments. The curcumin compound in curry powder and turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Way back in 1999, a US firm promoted by an Indian pharmacist Dr Mohammed Majeed had won a US patent for developing Curcumin C3 complex from turmeric which enhances the ability to prevent , as well as intervene in free radical activity. It is marketed at a standardised tuermic extract with 95% curcuminoids- curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin.

Spices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Type II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, spices can be used long- term without concern for side effects, according to

-Vanilla: Vanillin, a component of vanilla has anti-carcinogenic properties capable of killing human cancer cells. It has been found effective in treatment of sickle cell anemia in mice. It is an aphrodisiac and systemic administration of vanilla essential oil has been found effective for patients with impotency, erectile dysfunction and frigidity. It’s an anti-depressant, sedative as well.

Nutmeg:is effective in pain relief, reducing cholesterol, improving memory, sexual desire, relieving anxiety, indigestion, even reducing wrinkles in skin.

Pepper: Piperine in Pepper stimulates taste buds and improves digestion. It has a pride of place in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.Regular use of pepper inhibits growth of human colon cancer cells, piperine compounds reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, and also found to reduce Alzheimer’s disease.

Indian Spice Exports Rise 0.9% in April-January – Special Report

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Spice exports increased 0.94 per cent in the April-January period of the current financial year. A total of 436,175 tonnes, valued at Rs 7,849 crore ($1,545,693,366, €1,158,951,611, £972,360,145) were shipped in the first ten months of FY12, as compared to 432,115 tonnes valued at Rs 5,354 crore  ($1,054,356,259, €790,549,997 £663,271,272) in the same period of the previous financial year. The rise was 47 per cent in rupee terms and 40 per cent in dollar terms.

Spice exports from India have already achieved 121 per cent of the target set for 2011-12 in terms of value and 87 per cent in terms of quantity.

India exports pepper, cardamom (small and large), ginger, turmeric, cumin, celery, fenugreek, nutmeg, mace, tamarind, asafoetida and value-added products like curry powder and paste. All these registered an increase in both, volume and value, in the current financial year.

A total of 22,300 tonnes of pepper valued at Rs 721 crore  ($141,985,592, €106,459,945, £89,319,870) were exported, as against 14,950 tonnes valued at Rs 296.56 crore  ($58,401,175, €43,788,850 £36,738,836) in the April-January period. There was also an increase in the unit value from Rs 198  ($3.90, €2.92, £2.45) a kg in April-January 2011 to Rs 323  ($6.36, €4.77, £4.00) a kg now, according to the Spices Board data . There was also a considerable change in cardamom (small) exports, which hit an all-time high of 3,900 tonnes, worth Rs 308 crore ($60,654,039, €45,478,034, £38,156,061). In case of large cardamom, there was a 10 per cent increase in quantity and 52 per cent in value. The unit value has increased from Rs 538  ($10.59, €7.94, £6.66) a kg to Rs 743  ($14.63, €10.97, £9.20) a kg.

A total of 710 tonnes of large cardamom valued at Rs 53 crore ($10,437,221, €7,825,765, £6,565,815) were shipped, as against 645 tonnes at Rs 35 crore ($6,892,504 €5,167,958, £4,335,916) last year. Turmeric exports increased both in value and volume terms. A total of 67,000 tonnes valued at Rs 644 crore ($126,822,082, €95,090,436 £78,780,855) were exported, rising 69 per cent in quantity terms and 14 per cent in value terms.