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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
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November 2014					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, November 19, 7:30pm at the North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

NJ Gardeners by nature are generally a happy lot. For six months or longer they spend countless hours outside breathing in fresh air and soaking up glorious sunshine. Then autumn comes along, the clocks get turned back, the days grow shorter, and even the most ardent gardener starts to feel the blues or what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Light therapy has been shown to help yet there might be a simpler solution. First come to the GOSV meetings, being around fellow club members automatically lifts the spirit. Secondly, smelling and tasting what becomes of the harvested fruits and vegetables from the past season can fool the brain that summer hasn’t gone by and the days are still warm and sunny, at least if you concentrate super hard. That’s what you can expect at next week’s meeting from the guest speaker Kim Osterhoudt as she talks about her 5 years in business as owner, chef and creative force behind ‘Jams by Kim’, a growing food company located right in our backyard in Hillsborough, NJ. Much of the evening will be spent sampling what she describes as artisanal jams, meaning handmade, high quality and great flavor. There are the usual single fruits and berries, interesting blends (strawberry/orange), seedless (carrot/ginger), savory (tomato), vegan (roasted garlic/sweet onion), sugar free offerings and many more available for tasting. Dottie Wright plans to bring cheese and crackers rounding out an evening of savory delights. OK smelling and eating delicious fruit and vegetable jams have no correlation with curing SAD, still it’s pretty darn certain you will come away sated and feeling much better even if for only a short while. And if it really works, buy your favorite one out of the bunch. Please join us next week and guests are welcome. When having a feast, the more the merrier.

Updates about the Christmas party and other holiday activities will follow.

Regards.

Mitch