Okanagan Rawsome Reflects – Once Upon a Childhood

This is the first in a series of reflections by Afke Zonderland, Co-Founder of Okanagan Rawsome. We invite you to follow along as Afke meditates upon her rural childhood, how that has helped to inform the way she grows the food that her children and grandchildren eat, and the products that she shares with us.

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Afke Zonderland, with her grandchildren on the family farm near Vernon, BC


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Once upon a farm childhood,  diseases like chicken pox, mumps, measles and diphtheria came and went. It was common practice at that time to put all the kids in the same bed for an hour or so just to make sure that they caught what the brother and sister had. It was well known that it was best for the boys to get the mumps as youngsters.

Vaccinations against polio were given in elementary school. I remember having the mumps the same time as my best friend. Swallowing hurt a lot, but no worse than getting my tonsils snipped at age seven! An old family photo shows marks of semi-healed chickenpox on two of the six kids. Sweet little, shy little me, holding onto a doll with a porcelain head, had one right smack on the nose.

In the 1950 ‘s typically 2 to 6 year old children were vaccinated against small pox, tetanus and pertussis. And that was it. Immunity for life when you naturally catch the mumps, measles, and chicken pox. No booster shot needed. In the 1980’s vaccination against 14 diseases became routine.

Today, the Centre for Disease Control recommended schedule for vaccinations has increased by 414%, totaling approximately 36 injections before the age of 6. Do you ever wonder why at a time, when nutrition, sanitation and cleanliness has reached such a high degree of sterility we would feel the need to protect ourselves from diseases that were once simply accepted as part of growing up and protection later in life?

  • Nine cases of measles are now reported as an “outbreak.”

Okanagan Rawsome Farmer 2 I became somewhat interested in the vaccination protocol, when I learned that our first grand baby girl received a Hepatitis B shot at one day old. (USA military hospital). When my daughter objected it was insinuated that she was an unfit mother and that she would not be able to take her baby home without it.  Is this a scenario that we simply need to accept no questions asked?

  • It has me wondering whether the evolutionary immunity that humans have established over the last 2000 years is being eroded by the over-use of vaccinations as well as antibiotics?

I am not against vaccinations; they have proven their worth and saved lives, but I believe that vaccines should not contain aluminum and flu shots and tetanus shots should not contain mercury. Vaccinations need to be well spaced and accompanied by a good dose of probiotics to help minimize any possible side affect.

A sensible and fair minded conversation seems to have found its way to vaccine manufacturers and governmental agencies. Let us hope that they invest time and energy into assessing the safety of multiple vaccinations, when they might begin, and at what frequency.


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Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds with delicious raw, sprouted, gluten-free, vegan crisps – now in five fabulous flavours. Made from 100% local vegetables and 99% organic ingredients, their crisps are a source of pure plant energy that nourishes your body – and soul!

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Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

Introducing NEW Onion-Herb Beet Crisps • See how they are made!

  • Packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.
  • INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)
  • Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base.

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Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps • See how they are made!

  • Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.
  • INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)
  • Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base.

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps – See how they are made!

  • Flax Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes.
  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *coconut, *ground flax seeds, *sesame seeds, *dates, hemp hearts, *oranges, *lemon juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes.

 Okanagan Rawsome Choc-Ginger

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

  • Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.
  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates.
  • Available in convenient single-sized portions.

 Cran Raisin Apple CrispsCranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

  • Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. 
  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day.
  • Available in convenient single-sized portions.

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