What is a TRUCK PATCH?

A garden which is grown for sale at a market. Most farmers have two gardens, a personal and a truck patch.

Who owns The Truck Patch?

On May 26th, 2010, Michael and Sarah Adler opened The Truck Patch in hopes of bringing the Twin Lakes area people an opportunity to shop for healthy alternatives to conventionally, mass produced food.

We believe in the importance of eating organic. It is our opinion that the increased use of partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, pesticides and artificial additives and preservatives in the general food supply is a major factor in the rise of many current day illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. We believe eating quality, organic and natural food is one of the best steps you can make to greatly improve your health. We believe if QUALITY food is a priority in your life, as it is in ours, you will feel and see the difference in YOUR life.

What are your store values?

  • Improve the health of our customers by offering the highest quality organic and natural products that do not contain harmful ingredients
  • Educating and delighting our customers with our incredible level of service
  • Reduce our carbon footprint by supporting local sustainable agriculture whenever possible
  • To create a happy, healthy and fun environment where our staff can grow professionally and personally

Our Foods contain:

  • No artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and sweeteners
  • No Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • No High fructose corn syrup
  • No added MSG

SPECIAL NOTE: We are greatly concerned about the amount of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) that have made their way in the US food supply and are working to build awareness of the potentially harmful effects of these products in our community. At this time, food producers are not required to label their products with GMO labeling. We support the Non-GMO Project and hope we can eventually eliminate any GMO products we might have from our shelves.

What are essential fatty acids and what are the best sources?

Essential fatty acids are nutrients that your body needs but cannot make for itself such as omega-3, omega-6, GLA, EPA and DHA. They are essential for every cell membrane in your body to be healthy and are involved in almost every function in your body including hormone production and balance, brain and eye function, maintaining energy, insulating our body, protecting our tissues and organs, preventing unhealthy clotting of blood, regulating blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing inflammation, inhibiting tumor growth, maintaining sugar balance, preventing allergies and maintaining healthy skin. Good sources of these essential fatty acids are flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seed, hemp seed, fish and fish oils including salmon, and sea buckthorn juice.

What are antioxidants and why are they so important?

Antioxidants are special compounds occurring in many foods that protect cells and enzymes from being destroyed or altered by oxidation and free radical damage. Free radical damage is one of the main causes arterial damage leading to plaque formation, mutation of cells and formation of tumors and deterioration of joint tissue. Other signs of free radical damage are premature aging, reduced immune response, and allergies. Good sources of antioxidants are concentrated super juices like noni, acai, goji and mangosteen, medicinal mushrooms, green leafy vegetables and concentrated green powders.

What are Probiotics and when and why do I need them?

Probiotics are friendly beneficial bacteria that should be flourishing in our intestinal tract to help boost the immune system, inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms, manufacture important vitamins such as B and K, improve digestion and keep our bodies protected from toxins. If the balance of friendly bacteria has been disturbed by taking an antibiotic or other drugs; a bacterial, viral or yeast infection; diarrhea; or eating certain foods that you may be intolerant then it would be helpful to take a blend of varying species of probiotics to restore the intestinal balance and form a healthy stool.

What Glycemic Index and how can it be beneficial?

The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. A lower glycemic response usually equates to a lower insulin demand and may improve long-term blood glucose control. This can be most beneficial to those with diabetes or other blood sugar problems. Low GI (55 or less) include foods such as most fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and products low in carbohydrates; Medium GI (56-69) include foods such as whole wheat, basmati rice, sweet potato, and baked potatoes; High GI (70 and above) include foods such as white bread, most white rice, corn flakes and most other refined breakfast cereals, glucose and maltose. Some sweeteners may have a lower glycemic index than others such as agave and coconut syrup.

What is gluten sensitivity or intolerance?

Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough helping it to rise and to keep its shape. It is found in many staple foods in the Western diet including cereals, pasta, and bread products but can also occur in almost any type of canned, bottled or boxed product. Gluten sensitivity (GS) belongs to a spectrum of disorders in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body and is thought to affect approximately 6% of the general population. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea; or it may present with a variety of extraintestinal symptoms including headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness, attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity, autism and schizophrenia, muscular disturbances as well as bone and joint pain.

What are some of the best ways to reduce joint pain?

First of all, it is important to build the integrity of joint tissue with products such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine HCL, Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, silica, and collagen. Essential fatty acids from fish or flaxseed oil are necessary for the body to make anti-inflammatory compounds. Raising the pH with lemon juice, concentrated green powders or concentrated fruit juices especially cherry will help neutralize the toxic acids that may be damaging the joints. Also, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Bromelain, Turmeric, Boswellia and devilís claw reduce pain and inflammation by blocking the inflammatory compounds.

Will taking calcium supplements keep me from osteoporosis?

Not necessarily. Some research has shown that it has no effect on osteoporosis and may have detrimental effects if the calcium supplement is of low quality and if other nutrients are not present. Calcium that is not utilized could cause kidney stones, bone spurs, and hardening of the arteries. First of all, calcium is not the only nutrient necessary in developing healthy bones. Magnesium is necessary for proper calcium utilization and many other factors are necessary for proper bone development including proper hormone balance, essential fatty acids, vitamins D and K, and other minerals such as silica, sulfur, sodium, strontium and many other trace elements. Another important factor in keeping healthy bones is maintaining a proper pH balance by not allowing the body to become too acidic by including more alkaline-forming foods in the diet such as fruits, vegetables, concentrated green powders and concentrated super juices such as noni, acai, goji, mangosteen, blueberry, cherry, and pomegranate.

What are some healthy alternatives to antibiotics?

Regular prescription antibiotics may kill bacteria and should be used in case of a crisis or fatal situation. Americans seem to overuse them any time they get any infection. Antibiotics also interrupt the friendly bacterial balance in the intestinal tract by also killing the beneficial bacteria. There are many natural antibiotics available naturally that do not kill the friendly bacteria such as garlic, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract and colloidal silver. There are also products to help stimulate the immune system such as Echinacea and other products to help tone and strengthen the immune system such astragalus and medicinal mushrooms.