OK, OK, I don't actually have nuts to trade. But I do have some design skills. And this awesome farm outside of Dallas, Texas, has some amazing nuts. So there you go, nuts for design.
Actually they really do have amazing nuts. Barking Cat Farm is two women who left corporate America to start an organic farm. A really cool farm that grows specialty flowers, herbs and produce and, now, is working on some amazing cottage foods. Foods like raw sprouted dehydrated almonds and crispy dark chocolate almonds.
And I'm using my design nuts to help them with some packaging for their cool new products.
So a little about raw sprouted dehydrated almonds. Germinated, or sprouted, raw nuts are super awesome for you. The raw nuts contain all sorts of good stuff like digestive enzymes and then the sprouting process makes it easier for the body to absorb vitamins as well as digest the nuts. (It's a bit more complicated then this, but that's the gist).
And these living (raw) foods also help with heart health, weight control and diabetes. And then nuts themselves are full of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, protein and antioxidants.
Then dehydrating rather than roasting the nuts makes them crispy while maintaining the enzyme and nutritional benefits of the sprouted nuts.
Whew . . . the process is kind of labor intensive (AKA, kind of a pain in the butt) . . . . though doable . . . but I much prefer designing (something I ❤) and then getting handed a big bag of nuts.
Hopefully this farm will sell online at some point, but until then, you can get raw sprouted dehydrated almonds and other nuts and seeds from a variety of places online . . .I like Blue Mountain Organics.
*thanks to my friend Kimber who reminded me that I have a blog and should probably write about good nuts