In Togo, West Africa, it is extremely difficult for visually impaired people to obtain eyeglasses. An eye exam costs as much as one month’s wage and a pair of glasses can cost up to four months of wages. Alaffia is currently collecting used eyeglasses at retailer locations throughout the US, and employs an optometrist in Togo to correctly fit and distribute the glasses. A pair of eyeglasses is life-changing for a child struggling in school, the elderly with failing vision, and adults who have never been able to see clearly.
A Way To Assist:
The Whole Wheatery is now accepting donations of new or used prescription eyeglasses. You can drop off your donations within our location, right next to the Customer Service kiosk. Join our cause in aiding Togolese men, women and children in need!
T'was a very successful day at the Whole Wheatery, while celebrating our first annual installment of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest at the Whole Wheatery is a community involved social gathering, where attendees can take part in learning about and sampling taps from local breweries and commodities from members of the Supplemental and Natural Products industry. 55 gift baskets were given away to selected participants, as well as tastings and free samples from over 20 vendors present at the event. This celebration is the perfect place to gather important information, straight from the source. With merchandise ranging from food & beverage to skincare, you can have face-to-face conversations with representatives of various retailers. Vendors include Bravery Brewery, She Beer, Kevita Probiotics, Desert Essence, Garden of Life, Alaffia, Bio-K, Tochigan Salsa and many more! There were also tasty and delicious food demos, provided by the staff at Natcheryl's Cafe, in addition to recipes for each corresponding sample. It was a jovial occasion for both guests and staff alike.
Here's a slideshow to visualize the festivities that took place:
If you have missed this year's Oktoberfest, we hope to see you at the next installment!
20 min prep, 8 hr prep, 10–12 servings, vegetarian, gluten-free
TOFURKY Vegetarian Ham Roast
A plant-based main course for extra-special get-togethers, with a tender, smoky flavor. It is complimented by a sweet, tangy, beer based glaze, created by Oregon based brewers Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their Velvet ESB provides a great addition with its malty, caramel-ly flavor profile and ultra-smooth texture.
Stop by and pick one up today!
Vegan for Thanksgiving?
You don't have to miss out on a delicious feast. The Whole Wheatery can help! We have a wide selection of Vegan products that can assist in creating a memorable meal for family and friends.
Here's a preview of the products we have available:
Natural Decadence Raised
Stop by The Whole Wheatery to stock up on Vegan Holiday products today!
The Whole Wheatery is now taking reservations for Holiday Whole Turkeys!
Call (661) 945-0773 or stop by our store to make your reservation for an All Natural, Free Range, Antibiotic Free Turkey today!
3 hours (including resting time), 12-15 servings, vegetarian
We've all heard about the negative impacts of palm harvesting...
Deforestation, endangered animals brought to the brink of extinction, and air pollution due to peat fires, to name a few.
Palm Done Right seeks to bring an end to these practices with a new philosophy on growing palm trees and harvesting its oil.
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil comes from the fruit of the African oil palm, Elaesis Guineensis, one of the two main fruit-bearing tropical palm species (the other being Cocos Nucifera, which produces coconuts). Oil palms begin producing fruit once they're 3-4 years old, yet will continue to grow and produce year-round for up to forty years. As the oil palm grows, it sends out a new set of leaves from the tip of the trunk, which then forms flowers that turn into fruit clusters (in industry terms, these are called fresh fruit bunches, or FFB).
What is Palm Oil Used For?
The main reason that lead to the negative attributes surrounding Palm Oil is from its versatility and high demand.
The oil from the kernel is pressed separately from the the pulp, and has a higher saturated fat content. That, along with its high lauric acid content, makes palm kernel oil perfect for soaps, household cleaning products, personal care products and cosmetics. When the pulp of the fruit is pressed, the result is unrefined red palm oil, which is high in antioxidants and beta-Carotenes, and has a mid-range smoke point and nutty taste that make it a terrific cooking oil for baking, sautéing and medium heat frying.
But there are good reasons palm is so popular, and good reasons for choosing palm over other oils:
What's the Solution?
Traceability and Accountability:
The first step toward a solution started with RSPO, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The RSPO was founded in 2004 in response to the rampant destruction by palm done wrong. Stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry—from producers to consumer goods manufacturers to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—came together to develop a set of standards that they believed would set the global supply chain of palm oil on the path to sustainability.
RSPO offers four levels of certification with varying degrees of traceability.
Of these, only the Identity Preserved level is fully traceable, which means full accountability at each step of the process. Within the past decade, though, a handful of companies have chosen to go beyond RSPO Identity Preserved to create truly sustainable, organic, fair trade palm oil traceable throughout the supply chain.
Ways You Can Help:
Visit PalmDoneRight.com for more information and sign up to take part in this earth-friendly transition.
You can also keep track of the progress through:
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube & Instagram: @PalmDoneRight
20 minute prep, 2 hr chill, 20 servings vegetarian, gluten-free