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Shop Local This Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are some great local green deals we found for Thanksgiving weekend sales. We will be adding to this post all weekend, be sure to keep checking back and check our Facebook page as well.

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Two Bunny Bakery– All cupcakes will be $20/dozen for the Thanksgiving sale weekend. Other discounts on other items as well – just ask.


Two Bunny Bakery Online– 10% off everything in the Etsy shop all weekend with code TBB10. 

Shop Good– Shop Good has tons of sales going on, check their website for more details.

Green Bambino– Get a scratch off card that is worth at least 10% off your entire purchase. There are also some 15%, 20%, 25%, and 30% cards. One lucky family could get a FREE card which will mean their entire purchase (up to $250 value) is free! Shop Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.

Bouncing Woolies– Several sales going on for Black Friday, check the website for details.
Briarberry– 50% off all varieties of Briarberry Cereal Granola at the Oklahoma Food Cooperative Farmers Market (311 S. Klein, OKC OK 73108) this Saturday from 10am-2pm while supplies last.

Keep it Local OK 2014 cards are in stock on Black Friday. Check their website for locations to pick up your card.

made:The Indie Emporium Shop– Anyone who spends $50 or more at made:The Indie Emporium Shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday gets 2 free tickets to Indie Emporium.
 

Real Food Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Looking for new recipes for this Thanksgiving? Try these delicious real food Thanksgiving recipes that all use natural ingredients. 

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Thanksgiving food is delicious but it can use a lot of processed ingredients. This year why not try having a real food Thanksgiving. Not only is it likely better for you, it often tastes better as well.


When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal look for local ingredients when possible. If you are in Oklahoma consider shopping the Oklahoma Food Cooperative for some of your ingredients. Many natural food stores also offer local food. It’s a great way to support farmers.

These delicious recipes will help get you started building your real food Thanksgiving menu. There is everything from turkey to green bean casserole and of course pumpkin pie. And you won’t find any canned soup in any of these recipes.

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Additional Resource: How to Host an All Organic Holiday Meal for $8 Per Person

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Additional Resource: How to Freeze Mashed Potatoes 

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Additional Resource: The Best Holiday Side Dishes

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Additional Resources: Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Additional Resources: Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts 

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Central Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm

Central Oklahoma has been dealing with an earthquake swarm that continues to rock the state. There were over 100 earthquakes in Oklahoma last week. The largest being a 3.5 magnitude earthquake on November 10th near Edmond.

The swarm started in 2009 and is responsible for the state’s largest earthquake, a 5.7 magnitude quake. Oklahoma has always been seismically active but there has been a large increase in earthquakes, including an increase of 3.0 magnitude or larger quakes.

In October 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey warned the earthquakes are likely to continue and possibly get worse. Some researchers believe the earthquakes are being caused by injection wells. Cornell University professor Katie Keranen is one of those researchers. Keranen began looking at the swarm while teacher at Oklahoma University.


“These most recent earthquakes highlight the continuing seismic activity near Jones and the east Oklahoma City metro area, in a swarm which appears linked to high-volume water production and injection wells in central Oklahoma,” Keranen said.

Austin Holland, research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, however feels a natural cause may be to blame.

“We know why Oklahoma has earthquakes,” Holland told KWTV News 9. “It’s responding to these large regional stresses that are much smaller than in California, where you can better measure the deformation on a fault.”

Many have also been asking if hydraulic fracturing could be the cause. Currently a link to damaging or felt earthquakes has not been made. There was one study in Texas possibly linking hydraulic fracturing to an earthquake swarm in the  shale but the research is still new and more needs to be done.

As the earthquakes continue so will the research. In the meantime, Oklahomans are encouraged to purchase earthquake insurance and learn about earthquake safety as the earthquakes look to continue.

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Photo credit: martinluff

Featured Business: Two Bunny Bakery

Two Bunny Bakery is a bakery here in Oklahoma that uses all-natural and GMO-free ingredients. Not only does Two Bunny Bakery use whole, unrefined, and nourishing ingredients. They even use local organic whole wheat flour from Fairview’s Best at John’s Farm. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. You can also request dairy-free and often vegan. Two Bunny Bakery offers cupcakes, pies, cakes, cookies, and scones!

We got the chance to talk to Two Bunny Bakery’s owner Cristina West, here is what she had to say.

two bunny bakeryGO: What was your motive for starting Two Bunny Bakery?  
Cristina: I LOVE baking; it’s my passion! I was working a typical 8 to 5 office job that I disliked, and one day I just decided to quit and pursue my dreams!

GO: Why is it important that your bakery is eco-friendly? 
Cristina: It’s important Two Bunny Bakery is eco-friendly because that’s what I support and that’s what I use for my family. I *could* use conventional, pesticide-laden ingredients and cut my food cost in half, but that’s not good enough for my family, so it’s not good enough for my customers.
GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
Cristina: Do it because it’s the right thing to do; it may not always be cheaper or easier, but it will always be more right.
GO: What are some of your favorite things you sell?
Cristina: My specialty are my cupcakes! If I had to pin it down to a flavor, I’d pick my chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. All chemical-free and GMO-free, of course!
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GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses? 
Cristina: It really builds a community. Those are our friends, family, and neighbors.
GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma? 
Cristina: My husband and I are big Thunder fans, but I also like going to see the horses at Remington Park.
GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Cristina: I really love the Wedge! I love that they get ingredients out of their own garden, and support other local farmers. And their pizza is just delicious!

If you would like to learn more about Two Bunny Bakery, please be sure to visit their Facebook page, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Two Bunny Bakery and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know about other local green businesses you would like to see featured. Just post in the comments below, on our Facebook page or email us at gogreenokla@gmail.com.

All photos are property of Two Bunny Bakery.

Oklahomans Encouraged to Buy Earthquake Insurance

 

doakFour earthquakes rattle the state this morning after Oklahoman’s Insurance Commissioner John Doak encouraged Oklahomans to purchase earthquake insurance. The suggestion comes a week after the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) warned that earthquakes in Oklahoma will likely continue. Oklahoma has had more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or great earthquakes since January 2009.

It’s estimated that less than one percent of Oklahomans carry earthquake insurance. Standard homeowners or renters insurance policies don’t cover earthquake damage.

“We need to be prepared for any hazard that we face here in Oklahoma. Not only can earthquakes generate a great deal of damage to your property, they can cause a great deal of damage to personal finances if you’re not sufficiently covered,” said Doak.

Earthquakes are expected to continue in Oklahoma, as the four this morning showed us. This earthquake increase doesn’t appear to be naturally occurring, as federal seismologist Bill Leith wrote in the USGS press release earlier this week.

“We’ve statistically analyzed the recent earthquake rate changes and found that they do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates.”

The USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) continue to study the possible connection between the increase and disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. Research by other geophysicists has indicated this is likely the case.

Austin Holland, a research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, is proposing a plan to resume disposal well operations to see if it provokes seismic activity. The wastewater disposal well was shutdown after it possibly triggered an earthquake swarm in Love County.

“With careful monitoring, we should be able to definitively determine whether or not the earthquakes are induced and still provide enough conservatism to adequately protect public safety,” Holland said.

Operations would stop if seismic activity reached magnitude 1.8 or possibly sooner if enough data was available, Holland said. This study could be very helpful in determining if disposal wells are causing our increase in earthquake activity. For now the earthquakes continue around the state and due to the level of risk it is strongly encouraged that Oklahomans be prepared for earthquakes.

The Oklahoma Insurance Commission encourages Oklahomans with questions about earthquake insurance to call the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Consumer Hotline toll-free at (800) 522-007 or visit http://www.ok.gov/oid/earthquake_tips.html.


Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Oklahoma Food Cooperative

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and it’s time to be planning your menu and doing your shopping. This year you can support Oklahoma farmers and make Thanksgiving grocery shopping easier by doing your shopping with the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Orders opened for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative today and will be delivered on November 21st, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving.

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We went through what is for sale this month and found many great items. Here are some of the items we found.

  • Free Range Turkeys
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cranberry Pear Jam
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Yeast Rolls
  • Mushroom Gravy
  • Bacon Wrapped Dates
  • Pear & Sausage Stuffing
  • Smoked Gouda Mac
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Crumb Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pie Crusts
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Rolls
  • and so much more!

With so many great options, including prepared dishes, the Oklahoma Food Cooperate can help make Thanksgiving easy this year. This is the perfect way to thank our farmers and ranches this Thanksgiving! Be sure to hurry and place your order, many items may run out and orders close on November 14th at midnight.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperate is also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and to celebrate they are giving out a lot of great door prizes. It’s a great month to order from the Oklahoma Food Cooperate.

Photo Credit:  Ruocaled