Producer Spotlight–Gaia Farm Tour

What a Gorgeous Farm!     Have you ever wondered how those herbs get in the extracts, the tinctures, the capsules, the bulk boxes, and the tea bags?  We had the amazing opportunity to visit the Gaia Farm in North Carolina recently.     With the morning sun gently shining, we looked out over the

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What's the Big Deal About Organic?

I May Be Preaching to the Choir, Here You may already be convinced that eating organic foods is the best thing for you, your family, and the planet.  But just in case you aren’t, here’s some information and some reasons why choosing organic makes a lot of sense.   First, a Definition of Terms “Organic” refers

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Now, This is a Family Enterprise!

Burroughs Family Farm   It All Started in 1971 Although the family had been farming for at least 70 years, the Burroughs Family Farming formally began in 1971 with Ward and Rosie Burroughs, and Ward’s brother.  They farmed, and raised their children, and in 2004 Ward and Rosie dissolved the partnership with Ward’s brother.  They

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Reduce Your Waste for Earth Day!

It’s a Beautiful Thing When I was a teenager I went to visit my sister who was living is Seattle in a darling, tiny house.  She had strings of sweet peas lining the whole side of her garage, and I thought she had created paradise within sight of Lake Washington.  And to go in her

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Documentary Review–Forks Over Knives

Look at all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables! Just in time for Spring and lots of gorgeous produce, I watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives.”     This was a compelling and convincing argument for changing our diet–especially the highly processed animal-based diet of the average American–to a whole-food, plant-based diet.     Of

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Focus on Local–Highwood Eggs

Don’t they look like Easter?     Lassen’s is so excited to feature a new local producer–we have just started carrying Highwood Farm’s beautiful blue and brown eggs in our Ventura and Thousand Oaks locations! Last week we went to Somis to meet Devon and Patrick and tour their farm.  Despite my trepidation about being

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Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

No, Not Me… This last weekend found us at the Natural Foods Industry Trade Show in Anaheim–Natural Products Expo West. May I just say this show is HUGE?  Thousands of exhibits, vendors, new products, great ideas.  It’s a bit overwhelming, but also very exciting to see the passion and innovation involved in the natural products

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