Fall into Pumpkin Soup

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Fall into Pumpkin Soup

Crisp autumn air

The smell of the earth changing

Anticipating the first frost

Enveloped in the warmth

of a respite in a bowl


Pumpkin soup spiced with cayenne for a kick and topped with candied pecans for flair.

Soup Base

2 Tbsp vegan butter

2 Tbsp shallots, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp pepper

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cayenne

1 can pumpkin puree, 15 oz

3 c. Unsweetened Vanilla Milkadamia Milk

¼ c. Unsweetened Vanilla Milkadamia Creamer

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp brown sugar

 

Candied Pecans

1 Tbsp Vegan Butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 tsp salt

pinch cayenne pepper

pinch cinnamon  

Directions

Soup:

Saute shallots and garlic in butter over medium heat. Add pumpkin puree and stir. Add in Milkadamia milk and cream and blend to smooth. Add in spices, syrup and brown sugar. While soup is simmering make candied pecans.

 

Candied Pecans

Melt vegan butter, add sugar through cinnamon. Stir until combined and pecans and coat. Cool. Pour soup into bowls and top with pecans.

 

Serving size: 6

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Expanding our landscapes of possibility

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Expanding our landscapes of possibility

Nothing keeps an industry from changing more than the tendency and indeed willingness to remain locked into legacy versions of itself.  Few industries are more hidebound or vested in the status-quo as USA’s giant industrial agriculture complex.  

Challenging the deeply entrenched “wisdoms”, practices and culture of industrial agriculture requires uncommon commitment and tenacity from an individual like Del Ficke of Del Ficke farms.

With a plan centered on radical reduction of inputs and long-term soil health Ficke reduced his land area by three quarters while profits were boosted by 70%. This also boosts the case that focusing on soil health, agricultures greatest asset, remains the bedrock of good farming practice.   Regenerative farming is targeted at and measured by its impact on soil health.

Even at the halfway point of taking this farm Regenerative there is a 95% reduction in chemical use and 50% reduction in fertilizer. Moving cows from feedlots to fields of grass reduced vet bills by 88% - naturally enough - eating what you’re supposed to eat will do that.  

If we shift 20% of the currently cultivated land to regenerative farming the healthy soil generated can store Co2 in such significant quantities we positively alter the trajectory of our planets temperature trends. 

Farmers like this guy Ficke are pioneering better farming and expanding the landscape of possibility for all of us. Milkadamia applauds excitedly when any farm moves toward Regenerative farming.

Learn more about Del Ficke farms: http://bit.ly/2yJ6HyQ

Jim
CEO, Milkadamia

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Dear Mr. Dairy

Dear Mr. Dairy

An Open Response

 

In an open, free market, each dollar spent is an endorsement, a vote, for the business and/or product. In increasing numbers these votes are switching from dairy to plant-based milk. According to Mintel, sales have grown 61% over the past five years.

 

The Dairy Industry wants us to accept the growth is due to consumers being confused over the usage of the term “milk”. However, a new survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), demonstrates this is not the case (http://bit.ly/2NODes0).

Plant based milks declare loud and proud on pack that they are non-dairy so claiming mass confusion was always going to be a long bow for the dairy companies to draw – but desperate folk....

The evidence is clear consumers are making a conscious, and in some cases a conscience-driven, choice to purchase plant-based milks.  They choose for wellness, for the environment, for taste and to express their animal welfare concerns.

Affronted and agitated, the peeved dairy industry is demanding government intervention. They seek the full weight of Federal Law be bought to bare on any and every use of the word milk unless applied to domestic animal lactate. They seek draconian censorship of the very word “milk”.

Milk has been in common usage for hundreds of years for plant-based milks.  Soy milk since (1365), coconut milk (1698) Almond Milk (since the 12th century).

Dairy is presenting themselves to the government as the champion of consumer interest. Dairy want to “save” consumers from plant-based-milk induced confusion. Yet Dairy aggressively fights off all government attempts to reduce the levels of somatic cell contaminant in the milk it supplies to the same consumers. The U.S. imposes on its consumers, at the determined insistence of the dairy industry, the highest allowable somatic cell concentration in the world. The dairy industry insist U.S. consumers just stomach it.  With that as the measure of dairies concern for the wellbeing of consumers, the claim they are motivated by altruistic concern for consumers on this milk thing is unmasked.

Mr. FDA, consumers are not confused, and neither should you be.  What is clear is this “milk” issue will reveal what it is each of the involved hold most dear.

For Dairy, the fight they are in is for the continuation and expansion of the massive transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the dairy industry. An industry which is mostly made up of large agribusinesses far removed from the down to earth American family farm they want us to envision.

For many consumers, the values they hold and identify with dictate it is time to actively support more efficient, earth friendly forms of agriculture. Many others believe they cannot, will not, support the dairy industries treatment of animals. Yet others seek the wellness of a plant-based diet. 

In opposing these consumer groups, Dairy is placing themselves on the wrong side of history.  In a global shift of consciousness of historic proportions, end users are thoughtfully and purposely shifting their spending away from inefficient and polluting agricultural systems.

Consumers, inadvertently or not, express their values with every dollar they spend on food.  Every consumer will make thousands of food purchases in their lifetime. Consumers can speak to corporations and agriculturalists in the language they listen most attentively to – their market share and profit.  Consumers can through their spending support an agricultural system, cause it to adapt or make it shrivel on the vine (so to speak). 

U.S. Dairies leadership group are demonstrating a lack of vision with the actions they are taking.  They are demonstrating lack of empathy and are underestimating the rise and rise into global consciousness of chronic eco–anxiety and the impact it is having on people’s priorities.  Industries that pollute and exploit can fully expect reduced respect and greatly reduced consumer financial support to impact their valuation.

Mr. Dairy, they already have your attention – this is a good time to recognize the folly of totally alienating these most proactive and motivated consumers. Don’t confirm through your actions you care more about political influence than you do about them. Consumer numbers, their goodwill and purchases are the very basis of your political standing and as they go, so goes your influence.

 

Finest moo-free pours with milkadamia at Charleston Coffee Cup

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Finest moo-free pours with milkadamia at Charleston Coffee Cup

Beautiful foodie town of Charleston with a booming craft coffee culture. A packed community of people sipping samples of hundreds of roasts. Talking espresso machines, artisan brunch goodies, and live music filling the room. Yes - we were at Charleston Coffee Cup on November 5th, celebrating coffee and community while getting our caffeine buzz.

At Charleston Coffee Cup this year, milkadamia was the proud sponsor of the non-dairy round of latte art throwdown where baristas poured complex, intricate creations on a stage with milkadamia's new, award-winning barista blend latte da. The winner of the pour designs was our barista friend Kaitlin from Perc Coffee / Savannah! If you happen to find yourself in the lush town of Savannah, make yourself a tasty favor and try Perc's moo-free, creamy latte infused with milkadamia. 

A big thank you to our friends at Charleston Coffee Cup, for choosing our milk to be part of an incredible event! Here's a lovely set of photographs from the event to check out while sipping your afternoon cup, from the very talented photographer Jeanne Mitchum

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Macadamias we milk get the perfect grade

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Macadamias we milk get the perfect grade

If you haven't noticed, we're a little bit nuts about our macadamias - to a point that we write poems about our orchards. Not only because they are the most delightful tasting kernels with incredible health perks, but also we love how Australian macadamia farming truly leads the way in caring for our land and soil regeneratively - with most natural, least invasive methods to manage pests and diseases for a sustainable, abundant future of our planet.

Every year, Australian government conducts a survey called 'National Residue Survey (NRS)' that tests various Australian plant and animal products for a range of chemical residues and environmental contaminants, and macadamias are part of this test - we're proudly one of the partners in forefront that take the clean and green food production standards very seriously. 

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The results of the latest National Residue Survey (NRS) have just been released, and we’re thrilled to be part of Australia's macadamia producers that have once again been awarded 100% compliance, marking a 20-year unbroken record of perfect scores! It’s a significant achievement that is unmatched by any other Australian fresh product.

This is just yet another proof that our nuts in milkadamia are fruits of a world-class, restorative farming philosophy that celebrates the radical optimism in transforming how we make food, and how we eat food. Yet another reason to feel good about that smoothie bowl you made with your milkadamia

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VegNews ❤️'s milkadamia + the love is mutual

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VegNews ❤️'s milkadamia + the love is mutual

They say August is like the Sunday of summer - time flows in a strange way on Sundays, and it does the same way in August. As last days of summer come by, we wanted to share what we've been up to this month - in particular our exciting nomination!

Our friends at VegNews nominated milkadamia this year to be 'your favorite vegan milk' as part of 16th Annual Veggie Awards '17. Every year VegNews readers decide what the hottest picks of the year are - from vegan celebrities to their favorite vegan haircare, and anything in between! Not only voting for your faves is a blast, you also get to win fabulous prizes just by voting - Caribbean cruise of a lifetime for two sounds pretty convincing to us. ☀️

In '16, 1.7 million votes were in - we are so eager to hear this year's picks! No matter what the outcome will be - we're excited to be part of the very best vegan options to be voted by millions of our VegNews pals. 

Voting for Veggie Awards closes on August 31st - and there's never a better time than NOW to vote! If you haven't done so, cast a vote for your milkadamia, and for a world where moo-is-moot, trees are supporting life {aka free-range trees 🌳}, and your smoothies are more smooth and creamy than ever🥛.


GOOD LUCK, from your friends at milkadamia.

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Summer berry sunshine smoothie - featuring creamy, dreamy milkadamia

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Summer berry sunshine smoothie - featuring creamy, dreamy milkadamia

Salty breeze.

Swaying trees.

Ocean waves.

Lazy days.

Sun-kissed hair.

Fresh summer air.

And....a summer berry sunshine smoothie with your milkadamia. 

This refreshing bowl of summer harvest is created by our friend Alexandra of In My Bowl - an incredibly well-known, amazing leader in the world of plant-based eating and holistic wellness.  

 Alexandra // In My Bowl

Alexandra // In My Bowl

Alexandra's recipe combines five ingredients - milkadamia {she used our Original} / seasonal berries / ripe+speckled banana / nut butter / chia seeds. So simple, crunchy, cool, and earthy. 

We also love the reason why Alexandra was specially drawn to this recipe - she was expecting her little bundle of joy when she created it! On her blog, you can read about all the reasons why sipping this bowl of flavor+nutrient burst is a good idea -- including why our milkadamia is a great addition to mama's diet. To read Alexandra's post, visit her blog here

May your summer be as free-range as our trees

 Alexandra // In My Bowl

Alexandra // In My Bowl

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everything you need to know to perfectly steam milkadamia

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everything you need to know to perfectly steam milkadamia

Some flavors just go together, like our new barista blend Latte Da that celebrates, not competes with, the coffee bean. Coffee beans are carefully sourced, roasted, and brewed to deliver just the right taste profile, and the ideal milk needs to complement the roast and showcase the intense and complex flavor of the coffee. {That's why we only use raw, not roasted macadamias in our milkadamia, to yield subtle, smooth taste and the milky creaminess!}

Your dream barista milk also needs to steam perfectly and foam nicely for latte art. Most nut milks tend to coagulate in coffee and create less-than-perfect foam due to their high water content. Our Latte Da is specially formulated to steam and froth magically, and produce beautiful, velvety foam - for fantastic latte art {while being deliciously free of dairy, soy, GMOs and other things you don't need in your life or coffee}. 

Here's our mini video with the steps on how to steam Milkadamia Latte Da.

May the coffee be with you. 

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Macadamia Milk + Turmeric // Magic ingredients to soothe your gut

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Macadamia Milk + Turmeric // Magic ingredients to soothe your gut

Trust that feeling in your gut - especially when it's craving for gut-friendly food. Anti-inflammatory diet doesn't sound as sexy as dozens of other nutrition trends out there - yet it's one of the best kept secrets you can share with your body and mind. Anti-inflammatory eating is a disease prevention plan - it's not just about weight loss - if you want to boost your physical and mental health, fuel your body with a steady supply of energy, and reduce the risk of age-related diseases, look no further.

Today we're featuring a simple yet nourishing recipe that you can easily make with your favorite milkadamia in the morning or right before bed - a turmeric macadamia tea latte by Everthrive

 turmeric milkadamia tea latte by Everthrive.

turmeric milkadamia tea latte by Everthrive.

All you need for this delicious + therapeutic blend is your milkadamia of choice, and turmeric tea you love, our friend Ali @ Everthrive uses Numi. Hop on to Ali's blog here to get her recipe, and read about how macadamias and turmeric are nature's strongest anti-inflammatory plants with incredible benefits for our health+wellness. 

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Three ways our macadamia nuts will surprise you

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Three ways our macadamia nuts will surprise you

#1. Macadamia nut is something most of us associate with Hawaii – however, macadamias are native Australian rain forest trees – in fact Hawaii imported their trees from Australia! Native macadamia trees evolved in the very region our farm is nestled in the hinterland of the eastern coast of Australia, 60 thousand years ago. Macadamia trees live up to 300 years, and they fruit throughout. Their roots bind the undisturbed soil and allow the billions of microorganisms of a bewildering variety to flourish, building vitality into the earth. 🌳🌎

#2. Not only they delight your taste buds with their naturally scrumptious flavor and creamy texture with a hint of buttery undertone, macadamias are little kernels of goodness for you, inside + out. Macadamia oil has the highest ratio of heart-friendly monounsaturated fats among all the oils – even more than the sacred olive oil that so many people praise! Macadamias are naturally rich in omega 9 – they earned their ‘superfood’ status via several studies that showed their efficacy in fighting inflammation – which is at the root of most diseases such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. 🌰👩🏻‍🍳

#3. Our bones love calcium - especially from childhood through adulthood to build bones up and then help slow the loss of bone as we age.  And according to The Healthy Eating Plate created by experts at Harvard, dairy isn't the only, or even best, source! Did you know that one glass of our milkadamia has 50% more calcium than 2% milk? Add deliciously dairy-free milkadamia to your cup of coffee, cereal, smoothie or soup, and boost your calcium intake with some kale, baked beans, and broccoli. 🌱🥛

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Story of our farm & free-range trees

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Story of our farm & free-range trees

Our kernel of truth - Trees supporting life, not trees on life support. 

At our family farms, our macadamia trees are watered by rainfall alone (no plundering of surface water or pumping of subterranean water reserves) – this is made possible because we grow in the very place the macadamia tree came to be – the climate here suits the tree and the tree suits the climate.  Macadamia trees are native Australian rainforest trees, and evolved in the very region our farm is located. Growing plants in the conditions they came from is the definition of “local" that truly counts. We call our trees ‘free-range trees’ because they are not tethered to an irrigation system catering exclusively to their needs. Without the assistance of this artificial life support, our trees are grown connected to the health of the whole area.


Our ever-growing collection of regenerative farming ways that rebuild the Earth

Instead of regularly mowing between our rows of trees to create that trim and tidy look usually associated with the rural landscape, we leave our orchards in a wild tangled abundance of untamed green.  We mow just before the macadamias fall and must be picked up, however even then we leave a Mohawk strip of tall green stuff down the middle of our rows for the benefit of the helpful pollinators and other insects. Regenerative farming can look messy and it takes an adjustment to appreciate a landscape where the beauty is not the manicured surface but is in the rhapsody of living things upon and within the soil.

  
 
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Regenerative farming is choosing to stand back and allow the natural processes time and space. We choose for instance not to use invasive methods like poison for the local rats (who thrive on macadamias) at our farm, we instead have built nest sites for multiple pairs of breeding owls.  They and our two very energetic Fox Terriers naturally curtail the rat population.  One nesting pair of owls can eliminate up to 3200 rats in a single season.  They are interesting, beautiful and effective at turning a problem into fertilizer and distributing it around the farm.  Most of the regenerative farming techniques are equally as interesting beautiful and effective when given time.

  
 
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     Regenerative farming is choosing to stand back and allow the natural processes time and space.  We choose for instance not to use invasive methods like poison for the local rats (who thrive on macadamias) at our farm, we instead have built nest sites for multiple pairs of breeding owls.  They and our two very energetic Fox Terriers naturally curtail the rat population.  One nesting pair of owls can eliminate up to 3200 rats in a single season.  They are interesting, beautiful and effective at turning a problem into fertilizer and distributing it around the farm.  Most of the regenerative farming techniques are equally as interesting beautiful and effective when given time. 

This year we've planted another thirty five thousand macadamia trees on our farms - just like we did last year. Macadamia trees can thrive for up to three hundred years. We don’t grow for the axe or saw or as a branding gesture to appear sustainably green.  Our trees’ shadows are the sundial of our days; their delicious crop is the hub around which our personal little galaxy turns. Our whole livelihood along with the achievement of all our personal aspirations are totally dependent on healthy trees - as is our planet and ultimately the aspirations of us all. The healthier our trees and their surrounds the better for all and for everything.


Milkadamia is our putting of something special into the world – something that is significant and meaningful to us and hopefully beyond us.

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Bon Appetit picks milkadamia among the best non-dairy milks

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Bon Appetit picks milkadamia among the best non-dairy milks

Bon Appetit mag's recently launched, and artfully delicious blog Healthyish crowned milkadamia as one of the best milks of the crop - after a 'thorough study involving a lot of tiny cups' according to the Bon Appetit editor Ashley Mason. 

To read more about why milkadamia won the hearts + taste buds of Bon Appetit team, hop on to Healthyish to read the full article.  

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Milkadamia sweeps awards at Coffee Fest Chicago

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Milkadamia sweeps awards at Coffee Fest Chicago

Our beloved milkadamia kicked off the summer at Coffee Fest Chicago this past weekend {June 9-11} pouring some deliciously moo-free lattes, made with our newest barista blend Latte Da.

'Make Raw Not War' was our theme tune - inspired by our raw, not roasted macadamias that give milkadamia its subtle, smooth creaminess, that is at perfect peace with the coffee roast. Did those words take you back to 60s yet? We were the hippies of Windy City - celebrating our raw revolution, and our 1959 VW kombi had dozens of passengers all weekend, riding with good vibes  and Simon+Garfunkel tunes. 

Not only we had a ball at Coffee Fest Chicago, we also took home the top notable awards of the year - 'Best New Product Award' in Consumables, voted by expert jurors of the coffee world, and 'People's Choice Award', voted by all Coffee Fest attendees across the categories! 

Until next time - be a happy hippie for the sake of your coffee, and bring in award-winning Latte Da to your coffee shop! ☕️🌱

 

 

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