One of our favorite aspects about Smiling Tree Toys and the place we call home, is that we have the incredibly unique opportunity to grow and create our own organic oil blend for all of our toys. Really, how cool is that?! Read on for photos and a bit more of how our homegrown, organic wood finish for our toys came to be.
What is camelina?
It's an oil seed plant native to areas of eastern Europe and Asia. A member of the Brassica family, it's also sometimes called "wild flax", "gold of pleasure", and Siberian oil seed. (Check out Wikipedia to learn a bit more.)
Our family has been growing camelina on our organic farm since 2010. The oil from the seeds is wonderfully nutritious and flavorful. Like flaxseed oil, camelina oil is loaded with heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. The kicker, though, is that camelina has lots more Vitamin E antioxidants than flax. This means it doesn't go rancid quickly like flax does. The Omega 3's, antioxidants, and other nutrients in camelina oil reach you in a much fresher and more beneficial state than those in flaxseed oil. And that means good things for your health. (It's so good for you, in fact, that we also bottle and sell it as an organic culinary oil.)
When we pressed our first batch of camelina seeds in 2011, we were also just starting our Smiling Tree Toys Etsy Shop. And when that gorgeous, golden oil came trickling out of the press, we knew it was the perfect finish for our toys. Serendipitous, indeed.
Our family's land is also a seasonal home to a happy and healthy family of honey bees. We were thrilled to find a local beekeeper who wanted to use our organic pasture for his bees in exchange for delicious raw honey and beeswax. These are the bee hives on our land.