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Hope is a necessary ingredient in the battle against cancer. We must believe that healing is possible and hope is an underlying cornerstone for healing to happen. Without hope, hopelessness is left and we can’t have that; we must have hope.

Since we started sharing about cancer this month, the ground swell of support and compassion has been huge.

Last week, I met Leah, a cancer survivor and single mom of two at the Snohomish County Healthy Aging Conference. Whenever I attend a conference or event, I always bring a box of good food to use as a raffle item. And you know what? Leah’s name was drawn.

At the same time, a young couple from our church just received the heart-breaking news that their under 1 y/o daughter Vivian has leukemia. Ugh! I can’t even imagine the thoughts, fears, and despair that is wracking that family.

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, I would like to continue our cancer conversation and shift it to one day next week. On Wednesday, 11/2, we want to celebrate, grieve, hope and pray with all the people that you and we know who are battling cancer, won the battle over cancer, as well as for those who lost a loved one to cancer.

To do this, we need your help. We need you to send in the names of individuals and families that are fighting cancer. You can share as much of your/their story with us as you feel comfortable. Because sometimes it is helpful to just write down how you are feeling and get your thoughts out.

We are also just as happy to have you share a first name, because on 11/2, when our Klesick Farms team gathers to pray, we know that God already knows the details and we just want to agree with you for healing from cancer and hope to be rekindled in yours and their hearts.

Each of you are also welcome to join us on 11/2 and pray for the individuals and families who are fighting cancer. We will send Facebook and email reminders about the 11/2 details, but for now please click here to submit a name for prayer anonymously, or, email [email protected] the names of anyone you know fighting cancer or DM us on FB so we can gather a list of people to prayer for healing and hope.

Farmer/Health Advocate,



Recipe: Garlic Butter Mushroom and Spinach Spaghetti


Olive oil 8 oz package mushrooms, sliced 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons butter 1 bunch spinach, washed, ends cut off Lemon juice, to taste Salt and pepper, to taste 1 package spaghetti Feta cheese, crumbled (optional)


1. Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta until tender. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat then add the oil. Fry the mushrooms until deeply golden and cooked through. Add the garlic and butter and fry for another 30 seconds-1 minute, until the garlic is a light golden color. Turn off the heat then add the spinach, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add the cooked spaghetti and a splash of the cooking water. Stir the pasta into the sauce and add more water if necessary.

4. Serve with feta cheese.

Recipe adapted from


Know Your Produce: Gold Beets

You may be most familiar with the red beet, but beets come in a variety of colors. One variety is orange, known as the gold beet. A descendant of a sea vegetable, golden beets are a nutrient-rich food high in fiber and potassium. The beet greens are more nutritious than the beets, containing twice the potassium and high in beta carotene and folic acid.

The difference between the red and the orange beet is the pigment compound. Red beets are rich in betalain pigment while orange beets are rich in b-xanthin pigment. Though their pigment color differs, their nutritional benefits are the same.

Steaming and roasting bring out the best flavor that the beet can offer. The skin must be peeled, which is easiest after it has cooked, as it simply slips away from its flesh. Beets pair well with cheese, bacon, apples, fennel, citrus, potatoes, shallots, vinegar, walnuts, smoked and cured fish. Beets will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week or longer if their tops are removed.

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Cancer, Continued

I have been using my blog as a platform to talk about cancer the last few months joining our voice to the national campaign making October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All those pink ribbons are a rallying point for all cancers.

Breast Cancer has the dubious distinction of being the #1 incidence of Cancer for women. For 2016 the projection is for 247,000 new cases or 29% of the 844,000 new cases of all cancer. #2 incidence for women getting Cancer in 2016 is claimed by Lung and Bronchus Cancer, 106,000 or 13% of all new cases of cancer for women.

However, when we look at the number of moms, sisters, and daughters who will die from cancer this year, ironically, breast cancer is #2 on the list of deaths related to cancer for 2016. Lung and bronchus cancer will claim more lives. In 2016 72,000 (26%) women will die from lung and bronchus cancer and 40,450 (14%) will pass from this life to the next from breast cancer. The total projected deaths for women with cancer in 2016 is 281,400.

For Men the #1 diagnosis for cancer in 2016 is prostrate cancer at 181,000 (21%) followed by lung and bronchus cancer at the rate of 118,000 (14%). And similar to the death rates for women, lung and bronchus cancer will claim more lives in 2016 86,000 (27%) and prostrate cancer at 26,000 (8%) of the 314,000 deaths for 2016. You can find more information about cancer statistics estimates for 2016 here

Bottom line: these are not statistics! They are moms, dads, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and co-workers–people who are loved and who love. Some of them have lost their battle. Others are just beginning their battle.

If you know anyone fighting this disease, please refer them to us. We would consider it an honor to stand with them in 1) prayer, and 2) by discounting their boxes of good. We believe that these two things are essential to healing–prayer and a diet that’s rich in nutrition primarily from fruits and vegetables.

You can also purchase one of our $30 fruit baskets as a gift either for someone who is fighting cancer, or for any reason (a thank you for a teacher, a birthday gift, anniversary, or just because.) For each fruit basket we deliver, Klesick Farms will donate $5 towards our Healing through Nutrition program. We use these funds to discount the boxes of good for people fighting cancer.

Also, for the rest of October we will be donating $5 for every new customer and returning customer that signs up. Tell your friends and help me discount a box of good for a local family battling cancer.

Thank you,

Tristan, Farmer/Health Advocate




Featured Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash & Onions


2 delicata squash 1 medium red onion, sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Preheat oven to 425 °F.

Cut squash in half lengthwise, then crosswise; scoop out the seeds. Cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss with onion, 1 tablespoon oil and salt in a large bowl. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet.

Roast, stirring once or twice, until tender and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, rosemary, syrup and mustard in a small bowl. Toss the vegetables with the dressing.

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Know Your Produce: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. For instance, it contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has been shown to help kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw, it is best eaten accompanied by a dip or cut up and added to salads. When cooked, it can be eaten as a side dish, alone or topped with a sauce, such as gratin, hollandaise, or Mornay.

When storing, cauliflower should be left unwashed. Store in the refrigerator, with stem side down, in an open plastic bag or use a perforated plastic bag. This will avoid excess moisture, which causes the cauliflower to deteriorate faster.



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It would be great if no one ever had to hear those words again. Not from a doctor, a spouse, a mom, a dad, a friend, or a FB post.

I remember making a delivery to a customer’s home. I knew she was fighting cancer and would spend a few minutes visiting with her each delivery. Then one day, she wasn’t home at the time of delivery. Do you ever have that foreboding sense in your spirit? I did, she was gone, moved from this life to the next. It still brings me to tears just writing this.

Another time, a longtime customer had stopped deliveries, and I followed up with a call to check in. There was no answer, so I followed up with an email. I got a reply, “Marty died”. I did have a chance to connect with her husband, but what can you say to someone who has lost their wife, the mother of their children and his best friend.

I hate cancer, I hate what it does to people, I hate what it does to families, the carnage it leaves behind can be ruthless, it certainly is no respecter of persons.

If you are battling cancer, please call us, let us pray with you, let us put a Healing Through Nutrition discount on your deliveries. Please let us partner with you and partner with you in your healing by discounting your boxes of good food.

You are one of the reasons we call our boxes “a box of good”. We don’t care why or how you got cancer, we just want to help you battle this disease with high quality organic fruits and vegetables, help you make one less trip to the grocery store, and have one less thing to think about.

What if I don’t have cancer? Be thankful, but you can help others who do? For the next 3 weeks we are offering fruit Gift Baskets with Pink Ribbons for $30 delivered to you or directly to the person you want to bless.

1. Buy one for a friend or family member who’s battling cancer.

2. Or, just buy one or more as gifts. These will make great gifts for anyone, birthday, anniversary, or just because!

And not only will Klesick Farms deliver your fruit baskets, I will donate $5 for each basket sold toward our Healing through Nutrition program and apply a discount to folks fighting cancer. Order today and we will do the rest.


Farmer/Health Advocate


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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. In doing research for this article I came across this article from Cancer is complicated and if you or a someone you know is battling cancer, you are in a fight. I have copied and pasted the opening paragraph from the article below.

A cancer diagnosis can often be directly linked to your family medical history, your lifestyle choices, and your environment. You can’t control your family medical history, and only some aspects of your environment are up to you. But lifestyle choices like diet, weight, activity level, and smoking are yours to manage.

“Preventive measures are so heavily underutilized by people. And yet they work. Everything in moderation really works,” says Richard R. Barakat, MD, chief of the gynecology service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. (Emphasis mine)

Diseases like Cancer are heart-wrenching and emotionally, physically and financially devastating. I hate what it does to individuals and families. I know that “hate” is a strong word, but what Cancer does to an individual and their family is devastating.

At Klesick farms, we have a plan to come alongside and help. Our Klesick Farms Cancer fighting plan is:

  1. We pray on a daily basis for our customers. If you would like us to pray specifically for you or someone you know who is fighting Cancer (or anything else) Email [email protected] He organizes our prayer time and customer interactions. All of us care, but Mike is gifted when it comes to caring.
  2. Everything we sell is a part of the solution. We don’t carry GMO products and 95% of what we provide is fruits and vegetables.
  3. Some customers have joined together to fund a families account that is fighting cancer so that they don’t have to shop or think about it. Home delivery is great way to come along side and add tangible help. Call us to set up an account for a friend, co-worker or family member.
  4. Lastly, we have discount program for families fighting cancer or heart disease. If you are in the fight of your life, let us know so we can add the health discount to your account. If you would like to donate towards this, we will make sure your donation gets applied to a family fighting Cancer. We are here to help and be a part of the solution.


Farmer/Health Advocate




Recipe: Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic


6 slices bacon, chopped

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large head cabbage, cored and sliced

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon paprika


Place the bacon in a large stockpot and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion caramelizes; about 10 minutes. Immediately stir in the cabbage and continue to cook and stir another 10 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes more.

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Know Your Produce: Sugar Pie Pumpkins

It’s October and pumpkin season is in full swing (or maybe just pumpkin spice season?). Sugar Pie pumpkins are a dwarf variety pumpkin bread specifically for use in cooking, especially pies, cheesecake, pancakes and flan. One of the sweetest varieties, its bright orange flesh is known not only for its flavor but for its firm flesh that cooks down to a smooth consistency.

Hollow out, stuff and bake as you would an acorn squash. Cubed and roasted, it makes an excellent side dish. Slice into wedges and grill. Cooked down it can be used to make gnocchi, chili, empanadas and curries.

Nutritionally, pumpkins are low in calories & fat, high in fiber, vitamin A and alpha & beta carotenes and packs in some protein. Tasty and good for you!