Raw Honey T-Shirt Giveaway: Raw Orange Blossom Honey, 8/13/12 thru 08/20/12 by The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

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The Mohawk Valley Trading Company is giving away one Raw Orange Blossom Honey T-Shirt with each order of any of their varieties of honey from 8/06/12 thru 08/13/12. This promotion is sponsored by Crooked Brook as part of their continuing effort to support and promote sustainable agriculture, local, small and family owned farms and other local food sources.

Raw Orange Blossom Honey T-Shirt, The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Raw Orange Blossom Honey T-Shirt, The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company is giving away one Raw Orange Blossom Honey T-Shirt with each order of any of their varieties of honey from 8/13/12 thru 08/20/12. In their effort to support and promote sustainable agriculture, local, small and family owned farms and other local food sources,custom t-shirt printer Crooked Brook is sponsoring this promotion.

The t-shirt is a Gildan, G200 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirt made in 100% preshrunk cotton with the image of The Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Orange Blossom Honey label and URL printed on the back.

Although the most popular method of printing t-shirts is screen printing, Crooked Brook t-shirts are printed using Direct To Garment Printing (DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto t-shirts without the use of screens like with screen printing, which requires a lot of setup e.g., creating screens for each color. In addition, DTG printing uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the t-shirt. The only requirement for DTG printing is for the image to be high resolution, resulting in photograph quality printing with no setup fee or minimums for custom t-shirts.

About Honey

Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages. The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from. Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called liquid, regular or commercial honey.

The reason some honey is heated and filtered is that the majority of Americans prefer the convenience of being able to spoon, pour or squeeze honey from a bottle onto their cereal or into their tea.

In addition, liquid or regular honey is clearer, easier to measure or spread than raw honey and many people think that honey that has crystallized is spoiled so they discard it. Honey that has been heated and filtered will not crystallize as fast as raw honey.

Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, however when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Since the flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like buckwheat honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor.

When substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, use about ¾ cup honey in place of 1 cup sugar, and reduce the any liquid ingredients by about 2 tablespoons. Honey is acidic so unless the recipe includes sour cream or buttermilk, add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity. Baked goods made with honey will brown more quickly so when substituting honey for sugar in a recipe reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Honey is hygroscopic meaning it attracts water to itself; therefore baked goods made with honey will absorb moisture from the air and become soft over time.

About The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality unprocessed natural products they can produce. Although they specialize in raw honey, they also offer regular honey for those who prefer it.

Their raw honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.

About Crooked Brook

Crooked Brook is a unit of the atelier division of an art studio that offers full service apparel design, pattern making, sample making, private-label small lot production, direct-to garment printing and embroidery. Since 1989, they’ve built a strong reputation of providing top-notch apparel designs, patterns, fit and production samples for many brand name catalogs and retailers, as well as wardrobe and costumes for movies, television and theater.

All Crooked Brook branded garments and accessories are proudly made to order in the U.S.A.
In addition, Crooked Brook offers:

Custom and made to order men’s and women’s chef jackets, casino, spa, resort, hotel, chef and restaurant uniforms as well as alumni chef jackets for the Culinary Institute of America. Lab coats, uniforms and scrubs for nursing, medical, dental, scientific, engineering, technology & healthcare professionals.

Custom and made to order apparel and accessories for men, women and children, including but not limited to: suits, shirts, Hawaiian shirts, pants, vests, dresses, skirts, gowns, jeans, boxer shorts, martial arts and yoga outfits.

Fabric by the yard: Ripstop, Organic Cotton Twill, Gabardine, Seersucker, Denim and Supima® Gabardine.

Promotional products, items, decorated apparel and accessories, such as; custom embroidered fleece vests, hats, polo shirts, fleece blankets, sweatshirt blankets, custom embroidered shirts, custom embroidered jackets, embroidered hoodies, embroidered golf shirts, custom t-shirts, tote bags, custom embroidered sweatshirts and aprons that can be customized with the following apparel decorating methods:

Embroidery
Tackle Twill
Appliqué
Direct to Garment Printing (DTG)
Sublimation

With a design studio in New York City, (the fashion and gastronomic capital of the world) and a production facility in Utica, New York, they’ve garnered international brand name recognition as the maker of the “World’s Highest Quality Chef Jackets™”.

Crooked Brook ships worldwide. Hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315) 733-1992 to learn more.

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