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Three years ago, while studying yoga and Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA we began making ghee for our friends, and everyone loved it! We decided to rent a small community kitchen in the Pioneer Valley to offer ghee at the Northampton Farmer’s Market

We love providing our delicious ghee at local farmers markets and now we want to offer it in stores and restaurants throughout New England. This campaign will allow us to rent a larger community kitchen with adequate equipment so we can meet the rising demand for Full Moon Ghee. We source all of our butter from healthy happy cows in New England. By supporting Full Moon Ghee, you are also supporting local agriculture!

 As the demand for local ghee spreads across the Pioneer Valley, we have outgrown our small community kitchen in Greenfield. In hopes of moving to a larger kitchen with adequate equipment, we need your backing. 

Increasing production requires us to purchase thousands of glass jars, labels, and of course, more butter. Because we source our butter from local family owned farms, the price is a bit higher, which guarantees the farmer can make a good living.

We are grateful for the opportunity to offer ghee to our community and the greater Northeast. Through our service, we hope to strengthen our collective connection to an ancient tradition rooted in healing and reverence.

Hannah and the Cows
Hannah and the Cows

 Here is information on why we love ghee so much. 

What is ghee? Ghee is clarified butter, a lactose-free, shelf-stable, high-heat cooking oil with origins in ancient India. To make our ghee, we begin with butter that comes from healthy, happy Jersey cows in Western Massachusetts. We slowly simmer the butter, removing the moisture, the milk solids, and the impurities. What remains is a pure premium cooking oil: the clarified essence of butter. Our ghee has a rich, sweet, slightly nutty flavor.

What’s the difference between ghee and butter? Ghee is ideal oil for high-heat cooking and it can tolerate heat up to 485 degrees Farenheight, compared with butter and coconut oil which both burn at 350 degrees. Since all of the milk solids have been removed, ghee is lactose and casein free, making it a healthy option for those with dairy sensitivities. Finally, ghee does not have to be refrigerated. It’s shelf stable for up to six months and can last up to a year if kept in the fridge.

What are the benefits of ghee? Ghee is the superfood of India. Since ancient times, this sacred cooking oil has been celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and healing properties. According to Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old medicinal science, ghee is the best oil for the human body. It stimulates digestion, aids the absorption of nutrients, and reduces inflammation, especially in the gut. Ghee lubricates joints, optimizes skin and eye health, and has an alkalizing effect on the entire body. Western medicine increasingly recognizes the many health benefits of ghee:

• Contains full-spectrum short, medium, and long-chain fatty acids

• Contains omega-3 and omega-9 essential fatty acids

• Contains vitamins A, D, E and K

• One of the highest natural sources conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

• Contains 9 phenolic antioxidants, as well as numerous other minerals.

Why Full Moon Ghee?

• It’s local: Our pure Jersey cow butter is sourced from local farms in Massachusetts where the cows are fed high quality grass, treated ethically, without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Small local dairy farms are rapidly disappearing around the northeast and across the country. By supporting Full Moon Ghee, you are supporting local dairy!

• Artisanal and intentional: We make our ghee in small batches, with attention to each jar. Our process is slow and meticulous—each batch of ghee takes about 12 hours to clarify, cool, and set.

• Honoring Ayurvedic tradition: We cultivate a peaceful or sattvic state of mind and chant mantras while making our ghee. Every batch is infused with intentions of tranquility, vitality, and wellbeing.

• Made on the full moon: Ghee is traditionally made on the waxing or full moon because according to ancient Vedic texts in India, this is an expansive time during the lunar cycle when the essences of plants and animals are drawn upward. Remaining connected to ancient traditions while honoring the cycles of the moon is important to us, so we offer our respect to the cycles of nature by crafting our ghee on the full moon.

 Your contributions matter. This is what they will fund:

  • $5,000 - we can now purchase the basics: butter, jars, and labels. Woohoo!
  • $10,000 - we can now rent the larger community kitchen in Greenfield with adequate ghee-making equipment to meet our demand. Success!
  • $14,441 – meeting our goal allows us to cover our licensing, insurance costs and marketing materials. Ghee-topia! 
  • $14,441+ - we can now offer multiple flavors of medicinal ghee made with Ayurvedic herbs. A dream come true! 

The true cost of production and why we need more mooney for Full Moon Ghee:

  • $1500 Labels
  • $2000 Jars
  • $8000 Annual Kitchen Rental
  • $1000 Insurance
  • $3500 Local Butter

We believe in this project and hope you will, too. Thank you for your support!

 

Lunar Mandala Calendar
Lunar Mandala Calendar

  

Daniel Rainwater, Nutrition Coach / Ghee Guru
Daniel Rainwater, Nutrition Coach / Ghee Guru

 

 

          

Full Moon Ghee T-shirt
Full Moon Ghee T-shirt
 

 

Organic Cotton American Apparel Hoodies
Organic Cotton American Apparel Hoodies

 

Brittany Stoll, Yoga Teacher & Founder of Yin Lily Healing Arts
Brittany Stoll, Yoga Teacher & Founder of Yin Lily Healing Arts

 

Organic Cotton American Apparel Tank Top
Organic Cotton American Apparel Tank Top

 

Jordan Grinstein, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Mindfullness Educator
Jordan Grinstein, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Mindfullness Educator

 

Risks and challenges

We have already jumped through our fair share of hurdles with state and town health permits, wholesale licensing, and insurance coverage. Now, we have stores and restaurants ready and waiting to stock their shelves with Full Moon Ghee. Before we can fill those orders, we need to ramp up production. Like the slowly simmered butter, our vision has clarified and we are ready to share it with you. We appreciate your support!

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    Ghee Whisperer

    We will whisper your name with gratitude into the ghee. Chanting mantras is one of the ways we infuse our ghee with intentions of health and vitality. Be part of this chant!

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    6 oz. jar of ghee

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    Full Moon Ghee Recipe Book

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    9 oz. Jar of Ghee

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    Full Moon Ghee Hat + Sticker

    Sport a hip Full Moon Ghee hat. Use the power of the moon to shade out the sun.

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    16 oz. Jar of Ghee

    Spread the love on all you eat: rice, curries, stir fries, meats, eggs, pancakes, banana bread. You can't go wrong. We even like it with peanut butter!

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    Full Moon Ghee Women's Tank Top

    Serious lunar energy in this tank top. American Apparel organic cotton feels so good on the skin, you'll glow!

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    Full Moon Ghee T-shirt

    Strut around with the moon on your chest. Organic cotton t-shirt designed and printed locally with love.

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    9 oz. Jar of Ghee + Recipe Book

    Enjoy our ghee while learning ways to use it from this recipe book. Gheet cookin'!

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    Quart of Ghee

    Go wild! Enough ghee to last you a short lifetime. Cook up an Indian feast, or make ghee fudge if you've got a sweet tooth.

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    16 oz. Jar of Ghee + Tank Top

    Wear a Full Moon Ghee tank top while diving into a big jar of ghee. Bask in lunar energy day or night and keep on shining that bright light of yours. This soft comfy tank is organic cotton, American Apparel.

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    Full Moon Ghee Hoodie Sweatshirt

    Indigo blue organic cotton American Apparel unisex zip up hoodie with a big moon on the back. Enough said.

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    Private Yoga Class

    Give yourself the gift of a private yoga class with ghee team member Brittany Stoll, yoga instructor and shiatsu practitioner based in the Pioneer Valley.

    Connecting our bodies and minds with the natural world is important to Brittany. You will often find her classes following the flow of the seasons and cycles of the moon.

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    Lunar Mandala Calendar + 9 oz. Ghee

    Color in the lines (or not) of this magnificent hand drawn lunar mandala calendar made by Kendall Lane Roberts in Southern VT. A ritual of sipping on chai tea with ghee and drawing...what better way to spend the winter? We're lucky to have Kendall on our team. The wisdom she pours into this calendar reminds us we're still deeply connected to lunar cycles.

    Plus, a jar of ghee for adding a spoonful your hot chai tea!

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    16 oz. Ghee and T-shirt

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    Ayurvedic Consultation

    Jordan is a multifaceted educator. As a coach, yoga instructor, and Ayurvedic Practitioner, he develops and runs mindfulness educational programs focused on young men, women, and children. He inspires individuals to leadership with yoga and meditation as tools for personal empowerment. His mission is to support the healing journeys of young adults, families, and communities. He works with clients to identify causes of current health concerns and develop personalized protocols unique to their constitution and state. We are so very blessed to have him on our ghee team.

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    Private Shiatsu Session

    Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique known as acupressure. It's one of the modalities Hannah offers clients for balancing mind, body, and spirit and inviting deep relaxation.

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    Dinner Party

    You're invited to a private dinner party prepared by the Full Moon Ghee Team. The menu will include ghee-licious creations made from local farm fresh and foraged seasonal fare. Spring 2017, when the fiddleheads are up.

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    6-Month Supply of Ghee + Sweatshirt

    Fuel up for the long winter ahead.
    A six month supply of ghee (1/2 gallon ) + recipe book will be a sweet treat for all your cooking needs.
    Plus, we'll send you an organic cotton Full Moon Ghee hoodie zip up sweatshirt made by American Apparel.

    Get your ghee on!

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    Ayurvedic Cooking Class + Recipe Book

    Learn how to prepare Ayurvedic recipes at a private cooking class with Jordan Grinstein, Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor. We'll create a delicious meal and share it together. Go home with recipes, handouts, and of course, a full belly.

    Hannah and Jordan co-teach at conferences, bridging herbalism, Ayurveda, and food as medicine.

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    6-Month Nutritional Coaching Package

    Get the support your body deserves by meeting with the Ghee Guru himself, Daniel Rainwater, certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As long as the moon isn't full, he's available to offer monthly nutritional coaching in person or on the phone/Skype.

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    One Year Supply of Ghee + Sweatshirt

    We'll send you a quart of ghee every 3 months for a year along with a seasonal herbal ghee. Who wants maple flavored ghee in March? Plus, an organic cotton hoodie zip up sweatshirt!

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    One Case (12) 9 oz. Jars of Ghee

    Spread the love, share our delicious ghee with friends and family! These sweet jars make great gifts.

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    One Case (12) 16 oz. Jars of Ghee

    Spread the love, share our delicious ghee with friends and family! These sweet jars make great gifts. Ghee has a shelf life of 6-months out of the fridge and 1-year in the fridge so this case of 12 jars will keep your household fully loaded for a long time! Shipping is included!

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    Ayurvedic Herbal Ghee Package

    Six varieties of ghee infused with Ayurvedic herbs that have been used for centuries to promote health and vitality. Includes detailed informational cards about each jar.

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    Personal Retreat with Hannah

    Spend one full day and a night in a cottage on Silver Lake in Southern New Hampshire. Hannah will tailor this personal retreat to your individual body and being, incorporating an herbal consultation and wellness protocol, shiatsu treatment, and of course gheelicious meals. There will also be plenty of time for solitude and connection with the beautiful lake and land.

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