Sunday, August 11, 2013

Farmers’ Market Feature: Hemp Hollow


This week I met two amazing gals, Kaitlyn Walsh and her mother Linda,  who are part of Hemp Hollow. Hemp Hollow is a three generation family farming enterprise, owned and operated by Wilmar Farms Inc., just East of Leduc in Alberta.  They are the growers of Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L), producing Hemp food such as hulled hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp coffee, and toasted hemp seeds. They also market hemp skin and body care products. 
All of their products are guaranteed to contain 0% THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. No herbicides, pesticides, or genetic modifications go into their hemp. It is all organic! From speaking with Kaitlyn, I learned she joined the farm and became part of the hemp industry because of her own life long battle with health problems. Fed up with doctors and modern medicine, she turned to naturopathic options and a clean diet full of organic foods, natural health products and, of course, hemp! Kaitlyn is now happily healthy!

How to enjoy hemp seed

There are many ways to eat hemp seeds such as sprinkled on top of cereal or salad, stirred in yogurt, blended in a smoothie, or baked into homemade granola bars. Kaitlyn said she keeps hers in a sugar shaker in the fridge and sprinkles it on everything she eats! She inspired me with another way of eating these nutritious seeds, which is by making these easy, no bake, hemp seed truffles! I changed up the recipe to make it my own, and they were just delicious! For this recipe, I used Hemp Hollows “Empress Sativa”.

Nutrition Benefits

There are so many benefits to eating hemp seeds. They are an all around  ”good for you” food. For starters, they are a complete source of protein, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t synthesize. The hemp seeds contain 47% hemp oil, 87% of which is Omega 3,6, and 9.  Hemp provides polyunsaturated (Omega 3 & 6) and monounsaturated fats (Omega 9), and is very low in saturated fats. Omega 3′s are known to reduce inflammation, improve artery health by helping to reduce plaque buildup and blood clots in the arteries, lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and elevates HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, and plays a role in brain function and development.
Similar to Omega 3, Omega 6 is also important for brain function, normal growth and development, and they help to stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system. Some Omega 6′s tend to promote inflammation, which is why having a balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is very important for a healthy diet. This balance may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.  Omega 9 is also known to reduce LDL cholesterol, but unlike the other two Omega fatty acids, Omega 9 is non essential, meaning our body can make these fats as we need them. With Omega 3 and 6, they are essential, meaning our body cannot produce them, so they must be obtained through our diet.
Each tablespoon of hemp (about 3 truffles) provides you with 4.7 grams of polyunsaturated fats (3.4 grams of omega 6 and 1.3 grams of omega 3), 0.6 grams of monounsaturated fats (omega 9), and 4 grams of protein. Hemp is also a great source of vitamin E, riboflavin, thiamine, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, niacin and phosphorous. Talk about nourishment!

Hemp Seed Truffles

Hemp Seed Before
Makes a bit over 2 dozen
  • 8 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds
  • 3 and 1/2 cups of pitted dates
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 1/2 cup of natural almonds
  • 1/2 cup of natural cashews
In a food processor, combine almonds and cashews and blend into small pieces. Add the dates, hemp seeds and honey into the processor, and blend again for about 30 seconds until you get a thick and moldable paste. If the paste is too dry and is not sticky enough, add in more honey, a teaspoon at a time. After blending, roll into ping-pong ball size shapes and coat in the coconut shavings. Store in the fridge for a harder texture.
Hemp Seed Truffles
Hemp Seed Truffles

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