Every month we get a whole array of new products that land on the shelves of the Monadnock Food Co-op. Here are just a few that we think you should check out the next time you’re in the store.
Thinking of making a turkey sandwich with mayo? Or a potato salad? Need a topping for crab cakes? Try Avonaise! Made with, you guessed it, avocado! This product is free of soy, corn, gluten, cholesterol and GMOs with zero trans fat. It’s got less fat and less calories than most mayonnaises. Avonaise is a great substitute for mayonnaises, sauces, and marinades. Avonaise is vegan, versatile, and very tasty. Get some recipe ideas like Avo-Mediterranean Paleo Tuna Salad here.
Fonio (Digitaria exilis) is a tiny ancient grain grown and celebrated across West Africa for thousands of years. Fonio has been found entombed in Egyptian pyramids! Fonio has different culinary roles depending on where you are in West Africa. To the Dogon people of Mali, it is “the seed of the universe” – the grain at the root of all existence. Malians most often pair it with peanuts to make a traditional staple called Djouka. In most of West Africa, Fonio is served to guests as a sign of honor. In Senegal, it is eaten like rice or couscous. People in Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Benin and Togo make starchy Fonio side dishes in the form of polenta or cakes. No matter how you cook it, Fonio offers distinct nutritional benefits over other grains. See how Fonio stacks up against other grains here.
We paired it recently with Moroccan Stew from MamaSezz in our grab & go case and it was a great combination!
DREAM Oat Milk
Dream’s story began in the early 1970s with a man called Robert Nissenbaum. He was a champion of natural foods, organic agriculture, and yoga, so he started up the “Morning Dew Organic Food Market” in St. Louis, Missouri, while still in his 20s. The market was among the first and most modern natural-food stores in America, and became a meeting place for people with sustainable lifestyles. He then went on to open a natural food restaurant and that’s where his experimentation with rice-based drinks and plant-based foods started. For the full story of DREAM read more here.
Now, DREAM OAT DRINK has been added to their non-dairy product line. This oat drink is characterised by its notes of sweetness, and is ideal for cooking and baking as well as for breakfast cereals, granola, and lattes. Loaded with daily fiber, but low in fat, it’s got no added sugar and is of course, vegan and dairy free.
Have you discovered Hu chocolate bars yet? Be in the “No,” says Hu. NO dairy. NO GMOs. NO emulsifiers. NO soy lecithin. NO gluten. NO refined sugar. NO cane sugar. NO sugar alcohols. No, nada, nothing bad, just 70% House Ground Dark Chocolate with or without some tasty additions like Cashew Butter or Almond Butter or Vanilla Quinoa. These bars are a must try!
Click here for more info on “What They Do” and “What They Don’t.”
DRAM—Adaptogenic Sparkling Water
These are two of the brightest, cheeriest, most refreshing bubbly drinks in the store right now. They are filled with blends of adaptogenic herbs, stimulating ginger or lively lemongrass PLUS Colorado grown CBD! 20MG Broad Spectrum CBD per 12 ounce can with ZERO calories & ZERO sugar! Learn more about the benefits of DRAM Sparking Waters here.
ECHOVIEW FIBER MILL Wool Dryer Balls
Don’t know what wool dryer balls are? Keep reading. Wool dryer balls are an alternative to using dryer sheets and fabric softeners in your laundry cycle, both of which add unnecessary chemicals to your laundry and the waterways. Wool dryer balls soften and fluff your clothes and can reduce your clothes drying time by 15-20%! A set of 3 can last for years, but there is no shame in using 6 or 7. You can also scent yours with essential oils to make your laundry smell like lavender, or sage, or ylang-ylang. 😻 These NEW dryer balls from ECHOVIEW FIBER MILL are decorated with scrap yarn and roving from their mill floor so laundry doesn’t have to be boring, and gets to be a lot less toxic ☠️ PLUS, their new packaging is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled material. The package is easy to fold down and recycle too, all of which makes this ecologically conscious product even more sustainable. 🌎
And one more…
Life is complicated enough. Natalie’s keeps it simple. There are never more than five ingredients in each of their fresh squeezed juices. No preservatives. No artificial ingredients. No GMOs. In fact, two of the juices we’re carrying only have a single ingredient: Blood Orange — one ingredient, blood oranges. Tangerine — one ingredient, tangerines.
As a Florida women-owned and family-operated company, their mission aims at extending their family values to all facets of their business and to the Natalie’s community worldwide. From providing honest, clean label juices to families everywhere, to their partnerships with over 60 charitable organizations, Natalie’s squeezed fresh juices seek to share the goodness of honest nutrition with their neighbors far and wide.
SPINDRIFT Orange Mango Sparkling Water
Hey, SPINDRIFT sparkling water fans, we recommend you try this new flavor—Orange Mango. Real, squeezed oranges and Alphonso mango puree make for a super delicious combination. No “flavors”, just real squeezed fruit. Yup, that’s it. Like all of their sparkling waters, just a few real, simple ingredients and a few little calories. Orange Mango is like sipping sunshine. And we can’t get enough of it right now.
PRIMAL KITCHEN Steak Sauce
Meat your new best friend, pun intended. Bursting with a daring dash of seasonings like organic sage, organic ground ginger, and organic cloves, this uncompromisingly delicious Primal pantry staple is the ultimate way to lock in flavor and moisture for juicy steaks, filet mignons, tasty t-bones and tenderloins, and plenty more. Whether you’re a stickler for ingredients or all about the flavor, this revolutionary unsweetened steak sauce is a must-have for every meat lover’s sauce arsenal.
Organic, Sugar Free, Soy Free, Whole30 Approved, Paleo, Primal & Keto Friendly
GT’S Sparkling Wellness Water
Here’s another sparkling water that’s making a big splash this spring! GT’s DREAM CATCHER is delicately flavored with the fruit, floral, and herbal extracts and then infused with a trio of natural nutrients including gentle caffeine from organic coffee berry extract, this refreshing drink offers calm, focused energy to help you #LiveYourDream. Check out all four flavors—Orange Elderflower, Ginger Lemongrass, Cucumber Basil, and Blood Rose.
Plus two new salad dressings…
LA TOURANGELLE Organic Salad Dressings
A salad this beautiful deserves a great dressing. If you’re familiar with LA TOURANGELLE’S artisan nut oils, you’ll be excited to see their new line of organic salad dressings on our shelves. Using only a few highest-quality ingredients blended together with their signature oils they’ve created some impressive flavors to add to your greens like CITRUS CHIPOTLE or SESAME TAMARI. There’s also CLASSIC BALSAMIC which is perfect on absolutely anything.
Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, BPA-Free, Kosher
SIR KENSINGTON’S Vinaigrettes
The SIR KENSINGTON company’s mission is to reimagine ordinary and overlooked food with fearless integrity and charm. So, they tackled condiments first and now they’ve nailed vinaigrettes. Sir Kensington’s Vinaigrettes have bright pops of citrus, the kick of pepper, and the sweetness of real fruit. They use only 100% quality sunflower oil and package these recipes up in amber glass to protect the oils for the cleanest, freshest taste. They may be new at dressing but their salad days are here to stay. Try all four flavors—Golden Citrus, Raspberry Pink Peppercorn, Pepperoncini Italian and Dijon Balsamic.
Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Keto Certified
SAVORY WILD Portabella Jerky
You do not have to be eating a plant-based diet to love this new jerky. It is bursting with umami flavor! Savory Wild starts with their hand-picked family-farmed portabella mushroom from Pennsylvania. Then they’re sliced and marinated in small batches over several hours and presto! The Roasted Garlic & Black Pepper is mouthwatering. The Sesame, Ginger & Korean Chili has a savory, sweet, spicy and slightly smoky kick. Your taste buds are in for a real treat!
JILZ Gluten-Free & Grain-Free Crackers—Mediterranean Herb
COMING SOON! If you are vegan or living low-carb, your quest for a cracker with the perfect balance of flavor, crisp and crunch should now be over. Jilz crackers are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility but they are truly a product that everyone should try. They simply taste great! We really love the Mediterranean Herb variety with a delicious blend of organic herbs, garlic, lavender(!) and Mediterranean Sea salt.
RUFUS TEAGUE—Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce
This award winning Kansas BBQ sauce is thick and rich with plenty of real honey sweetness. This was Rufus’s first sauce and an all-time favorite with everyone who tries it. Rufus says it’s “great for grillin’, dippin’ and drinkin’ straight out of the bottle.” Well, hmm, we haven’t swigged it out of the bottle (yet) but it made an amazing glaze for grilled salmon recently. There are two other flavors to check out — Touch o’ Heat and Whiskey Maple. And they are all non-GMO project verified, gluten-free and kosher.
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HEALTH GARDEN Monk Fruit Sweetener
This naturally sweet product is extracted from the exotic monk fruit, used for centuries by the ancient Chinese for medicinal and sweetening purposes. Its no-calorie, non-glycemic content makes it safe for diabetics, allergy sufferers and those on weight loss programs. You’ll find it in the bulk aisle near the other sugars/sweeteners.
RENDER State Bird Crunch
Don’t be fooled by the name, this tasty treat is not for birds, it’s for you! STATE BIRD CRUNCH is the savory brainchild of two James Beard award-winning, Michelin-starred chefs. While working in their restaurant in San Francisco, they played with crafty ways to minimize food waste. And what they discovered is that leftover quinoa crisped and mixed with roasted nuts, seeds and spices was pretty amazing! Use State Bird Crunch to top anything from fish to salad to cheese but trust us, you will become addicted to its savory crunch and just eat it straight from the bag.
Check out all three varieties—Sea Salt, Furikake with added seaweed, and Almond Rosemary with, you guessed it, added almonds and herbs. Are all organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. And sugar-free with the exception of the FURIKAKE seaweed which is roasted with just a touch of sugar.
Quark??? What’s that? Well, it’s like yogurt. But milder and creamier. Rich and velvety. It’s Bavarian—a delicious marriage of yogurt and cream cheese. One taste and you’ll know why this is named “Liebe” because “Lee-buh” means love.
Each container is packed with protein and you’ll find 4 flavors to love —Raspberry Rapture, Strawberry Kiss, Vanilla Devotion, and Plain Passion—in our refrigerated cases.
VELVET BEES Honey Butter
How do you describe Velvet Bees Honey Butter? Heavenly! Delicious! O!M!G! This product is really good. Spread some on your morning toast or bagels. Mix a spoonful in with oatmeal of plain yogurt. Dip fruit into it. Drizzle some on cheese. Try a peanut butter and honey butter sandwich. We haven’t found much that doesn’t taste better with Velvet Bees Honey Butter.
Handcrafted in Minnesota with just five ingredients: honey, butter, heavy cream, cane sugar, and vanilla – it’s only 20 calories per teaspoon.
SPECIAL NOTE: We are about to try a Liebe Plain Passion Quark with a spoonful of Velvet Bees Honey Butter and a sprinkle of State Bird Sea Salt Crunch on top for what we think will be a sweet salty delectable lunch today.
Oh, and one more…
SoCo CREAMERY — Dirty Chocolate Ice Cream
Handcrafted in the Berkshires (and with milk from Kingdom Creamery, a family owned and run farm in Vermont) SoCo was recently voted “Best Ice Cream” in Massachusetts!
With flavors like Salted Caramel and Espresso Cookie to choose from there are a lot of hard decisions to make but make sure you try the Dirty Chocolate—a blend of light chocolate, dark chocolate, and pure cocoa—one of the richest chocolate ice creams you’ve ever tasted.
We’ll start the year with a little nod to New Year’s resolutions. Have you decided to give the Paleo diet a try? Eat more greens? Cut out sugar? Or snack healthier? Here’s a few things worth checking out.
LESSER EVIL Grain Free Paleo Puffs
Whether or not you agree with all tenets of the paleo diet, there is something valuable to a back-to-the-garden approach that emphasizes the wonders of eating simple, nutritious ingredients.
Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs aren’t just created for people with food allergens, but for anyone interested in a low-inflammation diet. By restricting grains and highly processed foods, you can give your body a digestive break.
These grain-free, nutrient-dense puffs are packed with all organic cassava, coconut, and sweet potato flours then dusted with organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt to create the perfect snack for everyone.
Certified Organic, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Kosher, Non GMO, Paleo, Vegan
Note that they are produced in a facility that also uses dairy ingredients.
BRIANNA’S HOMESTYLE Real French Vinaigrette Dressing
It’s no secret the French know a thing or two about fine dining and great tastes. So Brianna’s looked straight to them for inspiration when creating their Real French Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. You’ll love this classic (0 carb & sugar-free, btw!) recipe on virtually any green salad or vegetable salad. It’s also great for marinating grilled meats, poultry, and seafood. And the taste? How do you say … magnifique?!
0 Carbs Per Serving, Egg Free, Gluten Free, High Fructose Corn Syrup Free, Kosher Certified, Lactose Free, MSG Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Trans Fat Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
TIERRA FARM Organic Sea Salt & Pepper Cashews
You may have already discovered these little packages of goodness by the registers—all the wholesome, organic, deliciousness you expect from Tierra Farm’s nuts in a single-serving Grab & Go container!
Tierra Farm roasts its nuts in small handcrafted batches for optimal freshness and taste. They combine one of the world’s most popular nuts with premium sea salt and one of the world’s most popular spices, black pepper, to bring you this classic flavor combination. There’s a reason why you can find salt and pepper on every dinner table in the world!
Made in a peanut-free facility. Gluten Free. GMO Free. Sugar Free. One serving (one pkg) = 250 calories
This month we’re highlighting a few suggestions to help with your holiday gift shopping list.
NOW Solutions Bamboo Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
This modern bamboo diffuser is BPA-free and utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains the essential oil’s integrity and holistic properties. It’s a great solution for homes with kids or pets—cool steam, no heat, no risk of burns, automatically shuts off. Just add a bit of water, 5 drops of your favorite essential oil and enjoy!
P.S. This diffuser lists for $49.99 on the company’s website but it is just $39.99 at the co-op!
Jelina Chocolatier Dark & Milk Chocolate Snowmen
This box of three happy chocolate snowmen is such a sweet stocking stuffer! Crafted by renowned chocolate makers in Quebec the dark chocolate and milk chocolate snowmen are all filled with smooth caramel. A little gift that will make anyone smile.
Evolution Crystal Salt Lamps
Beautiful Himalayan salt lamps are so inviting, creating a warm ambiance to any home. These unique lamps are made from beautiful pink Himalayan salt that is mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. The natural color of a salt lamp creates the lovely orange pinkish glow. Proponents of these lamps believe they improve your air and mood—reducing stress and anxiety. A salt lamp may be just the perfect cozy gift for a stressed out friend to help them relax, unwind and get their glow on.
Find out more about Evolution Salt Company here.
Holland Homestead Goat Milk Bath Bomb
These wonderful little holiday bath bombs make great stocking stuffers! Anyone popping one of these handcrafted fizzy bombs into their hot bath this winter will be in for a relaxing and skin-nourishing treat. Made with goat’s milk from the Holland Homestead herd in Hillsborough, NH, all of the products from Rebecca Holland leave your skin naturally moisturized.
Rebecca’s products have become so popular in this region that she won the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur of the Year award this year—recognizing the contributions that her company makes to the community along with the skills, practices, and passion that Rebecca brings to her craft.
African Market Baskets
These baskets are beautiful and smart! From holding your groceries or taking supplies to the beach to organizing your kids toys or using purely as décor, these make a gift anyone can use. And each purchase of a fair trade basket makes a huge impact on the lives of the weavers and their families.
The baskets are made in Bolgatanga—the largest town in the Upper East region of Ghana and very close to the edge of the Sahara Desert. Basket weaving has helped bring much needed income to the villages surrounding Bolgatanga. The traditional skill which has been handed down from generation to generation provides employment to mostly women. An average of two baskets a week can be woven by a woman who also has household chores, firewood collection, water collection, washing and the care of her children to tend to each day.
African Market Baskets founder and CEO, Steve Karowe works directly with the artisans and visits Africa regularly to meet with the weavers and hold town hall meetings where he solicits feedback and listens to concerns and needs. He works with each weaver’s group to ensure that products are being made to the highest quality and design standards. And, he oversees Every Basket Helps™ goodwill projects with the goal of reducing poverty in the region.
Here’s a great stocking stuffer for your eco-minded friends and family. This stainless steel lid and silicone plug can turn any regular mouth canning jar into the perfect container for water, juice, smoothies, and so much more! The FDA-grade silicone plug makes a tight seal, ensuring that not a drop is lost. And I mean really seals it— throw the jar in your bag, turn the jar on its side, upside down, not a drop spills out! And while you can sip your drink straight from the hole in the lid, the coolest part of the silicone plug is the little space on the side to hold your reusable straw! It’s never been easier to reduce, reuse and have a merry green holiday!
Kimble Brook Farm Organic Milk
A creamy, cold glass of organic milk from Kimball Brook Farm in North Ferrisburgh, VT is truly delicious.
Most of us know that organic means free of growth hormones, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and antibiotics. And that organic farming practices are heavily monitored and regulated. Kimball Brook Farm has, in fact, been given a 5 COW score by Cornucopia.org, the best score possible!
But in looking into why organic milk was so much more expensive, you start learning more about what organic milk does have rather than doesn’t have. These benefits—more Omega 3, a higher concentration of antioxidants and other nutrients may just make it worth the price. Here’s one article to check out. I mean, maybe it can actually save some money in the supplement aisle?!?
Whether your reasons are environmental or health related, Kimball Brook Farm organic milk may be just the smart choice you’re looking for. You’ll find Kimball Brook whole and 2% in our refrigerator case.
MALK Organic Almond Milk
Born with a severe dairy allergy, founder August Vega spent most of her lifetime struggling to find foods that wouldn’t make her sick. Years later, when her son was born with the same allergy, that condition motivated her mission: create a better dairy alternative.
MALK Organic is the only nationally available brand on the market made with six certified organic ingredients and cold-pressed to retain maximum freshness and nutrients. MALK Organic’s products are dairy-, soy-, gluten-, GMO- and lactose-free and vegan friendly. No carrageenan. No binders. No colors or sweeteners Mother Nature wouldn’t recognize. You’ll find Unsweetened Almond and Vanilla Unsweetened Almond in the refrigerator case.
Beckon Ice Cream— Lactose-Free and Dairy Full
Katy and Gwen, the makers of Beckon Ice Cream, are on a mission to beckon all ice cream lovers back to real ice cream. This is the first premium, lactose-free ice cream that is still made from real milk and cream—sourced from a local co-op in the Northeast that is 100% farmer-owned, btw. Instead of using dairy alternatives, they add the lactase enzyme to make lactose free ice cream that is deliciously creamy. And there are no gums, artificial stabilizers, artificial sweeteners or corn syrups either. It’s not magic, it just tastes like it! The Sea Salt Chocolate Chip is particularly yummy:)
And one more shout out…
House Made Pumpkin Sweet Rolls
Rumors of these new bakery treats rippled through the co-op staff and then finally they appeared in the bakery case one day! Oh, wow! Warning, you may become addicted! They go fast so keep your eyes open and grab them while you can. But, for Thanksgiving, you can order a box of 4, so you can be guaranteed to have them over the long holiday weekend. And they’d make a great hostess gift if you’re traveling by car!
Chai-Wallah’s Organic Real Chai Spice
Made right down the road in Brattleboro, Vermont by Neil Harley, this authentic, organic chai spice is ground in small batches to maintain freshness and potency giving it an intense aroma and flavor. You can experience Chai-Wallah in several ways: on its own for those of you who prefer to add your own favorite tea or use the spice to flavor hot chocolate or rice pudding. But for those who like their tea and spice in one mix, Chai-Wallah offers the same spice blend with a full-bodied 100% organic Assam tea. Check out some of Neil’s recipes for chai ice cream or soy chai lattes here.
Honey Gardens Elderberry Syrup
Founded in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, this herbal supplement from Honey Gardens already has a big fan base here at the co-op but the big news is we now carry it in an 8 oz bottle!
If you haven’t discovered the wonders of elderberries, they have long been used by Native Americans and in New England farm kitchens for natural immune support. This timeless remedy combines Vitamin C-rich elderberries with raw honey, propolis and organic echinacea. Here’s to a healthy winter season!
Imagine Organic Sweet Pea Soup
There’s a new flavor in our Imagine Soup area—Sweet Pea. This has quickly become a favorite to keep in the pantry shelf for days when you need a quick meal—a fresh and flavorful take on a classic warm comfort food. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, made with non-GMO ingredients and perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike. If you’re a meat eater, crumbling in cooked sausage or bacon makes for an even heartier meal.
(Note: the soup does contain soy.)
Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
Kettle & Fire’s Beef Bone Broth has a mild flavor, which makes it easy to use in your recipes. Made with marrow bones from organically raised, 100% grass-fed cows, organic carrots, organic celery, organic onions, organic bay leaves, organic apple cider vinegar, and reverse-osmosis purified water.
If you prefer a stronger flavor for sipping, get creative and spice it up with ginger, garlic, turmeric, or cayenne to suit your taste buds. K & F recommends drinking at least 3 cups per week since bone broth is such a good source of collagen and anti-inflammatory amino acids. We love bone broth anytime for a warming extra protein boost or to curb those afternoon carb cravings.
Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup BBQ Sauce
If you love Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup (you can find that in the meat department just in case you haven’t discovered this wonderful ingredient yet!), you will love their latest product launch—Smoked Maple BBQ Sauce—a rich tomato and vinegar-based marinade and grilling sauce made with that famous smoked maple syrup and an added little kick of Vermont Maple Sriracha. So far, we’ve used it on chicken for grilling, topping a meatloaf, and on a burger as a ketchup alternative. Tangy, spicy and good!!
Maple Guild Organic Maple Vinegar
For those of us who think maple makes everything better, now we have Maple Vinegar— Maple Guild naturally ferments its organic maple sap and then ages it in Napa Valley wine barrels to create a premium vinegar. Try using it in your salad vinaigrettes and meat marinades. Or try this super easy recipe for homemade Salt & Maple Vinegar Chips!
Salt & Maple Vinegar Chips
Ingredients: Yukon Gold potatoes, Maple Guild Organic Maple Vinegar, and Coarse Kosher salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 400° F. With a mandolin, slice potatoes and place in a bowl. Soak potatoes in just enough maple vinegar to coat the slices for 15-30 minutes. Pat dry all slices to remove excess vinegar. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle coarse Kosher salt. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until slices start to brown. Flip and bake on the other side for 3 minutes.
Chedz Cheese Snacks
If you’ve ever encountered the classic delectable snacks called Cheese Straws during travels in our southern states, you’ll be thrilled to find Chedz on the co-op cracker shelves. This version comes by way of Portland (check out the full story here about how Chedz came to be) and they’re as flavorful, cheesy, crunchy, and delicious as can be. Enjoy Chedz straight from the bag, or serve them with salads or soups, add them to your cheese board, or snack on them with a cold beer. Chedz can also be used for cooking as a delicious, low carb alternative to bread crumbs in recipes.
Blue Diamond Crafted Gourmet Almonds—Pink Himalayan Salt
For a little added elegance, we suggest adding Pink Himalayan Salted Almonds to your next cocktail party cheese tray. These irresistibly crunchy almonds are roasted and seasoned perfectly to pair with your most impressive spread of local cheeses and artisanal honey and jams. We’ve been snacking on the other two delicious flavors as well—Rosemary & Sea Salt and Garlic, Herb & Olive Oil. They are all great! Also, keep an eye out for their Black Truffle Almonds coming this fall!
Hippeas—Organic Chickpea Snacks
Power to the PEAple! This snack calls out to modern-day hippies. Those who want goodness for mind, body and soil can rally alongside with those who want the same. “Let’s stand together: arms in the air, flowers in our hair and crumbs in our beards,” goes the HIPPEAS mantra. These organic chickpea puffs deliver a really great crunch and come in a bunch of different flavors from Vegan White Cheddar to Sriracha Sunshine. We think you should definitely give PEAS a chance!
Just when you think, “we have so many wonderful chocolate-y treats here at the co-op, how can it possibly get any better than this?” Well, we introduce you to some new mind-blowing chocolate.
From the creative hotbed of Brooklyn, NY comes some very unique chocolate bars showcasing the wilder side of cacao. Raaka Chocolate features single sourced cacao in most of the bars and sources everything in a way that is as environmentally and socially responsible as possible. It is certified organic, kosher and non-GMO, as well as gluten and soy free. Our co-op is currently carrying four of their bars and they are all worth trying:
Bourbon Cask Aged (82% cacao—origin Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania)
This is probably the very first chocolate featuring cask-aged cocoa beans. To make this bar, they crack Tanzanian cacao beans into cacao nibs, then age the nibs in empty Berkshire Mountain Distilling bourbon barrels for four weeks. During the aging process, the nibs soak up the essence of bourbon stored in the oak. After four weeks, the nibs are ground, mixed with their house blend of cane and maple sugar, and made into a deliciously deep dark chocolate with notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak.
Smoked Chai (66% cacao—origin Alto Beni Cacao Co., Bolivia)
Lapsang Souchong, a smoked black tea from the Lapu Mountain region of south-east China, adds smoky mystery to the pinewood flavor of Bolivian cacao, while their own house blend of chai spice leaves an aromatic finish. This one tastes like curling up to a warm campfire.
Maple & Nibs (75% cacao‑ origin blend: ESCO Kivu, Eastern Congo & Öko Caribe Cooperative, Dominican Republic)
Here they combine a perfect combination of maple sugar and unroasted cacao for a rich, warm duo with deep fudge flavor. Toasted nibs add an addictive crunch. This bar reminds us of a pecan brownie. Pair it with a cup of your favorite coffee or milk.
Coconut Milk (60 % cacao— origin Zorzal Cacao, Dominican Republic)
They grind shredded coconut with cacao for a creamy, full-bodied “milk” chocolate with a velvet melt and a fruity, strawberry note on the finish. One bite and you’ll find yourself sitting on a beach somewhere, with all memories of traditional milk chocolate melting away.
Frisky Cow Gelato—Belgian Chocolate
This super-rich, cool, creamy chocolate goodness is half the fat of ice cream! Plus it supports the local economy, is good for the planet, AND helps to sustain one of Keene’s treasured places—Stonewall Farm. So, it’s a win, win, win, win, win.
Thank Linda Rubin, former Stonewall Farm educator and board member, who came up with this yummy treat. She found a way to combine two things she’s truly passionate about and we are smiling because of it! (P.S. There are other flavors to discover like Sweet Maple Cream, Strawberry and Coffeehouse Chip.)
Primal Chocolate—Midnight Coconut 100% Cacao
You will find absolutely zero sugar in this nutritional powerhouse. The Midnight Coconut Bar from Primal Chocolate combines unsweetened organic cacao and organic cacao butter with organic shredded coconut to deliver nutritious fats in abundance. Consider yourself warned, this bar is for those who like to venture on the dark side:)
(Also please note: Their chocolate bars are made in a facility where they use coconuts, almonds, and cashews. All of their products are made on shared equipment so there is a risk of cross contamination, which is why all of their products are labeled “Contains Tree Nuts.” Get more facts about Primal Chocolate.)
The Republic of Tea—Watermelon Mint Iced Tea
This is the most wonderful summer tea! It captures the natural, fresh sweetness of sun-ripened watermelon with just enough mint to be refreshing without being overpowering. Just delicious! We followed these directions: Place one pouch with 2 cups of boiling water in a heat-safe pitcher. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove pouch then stir in one cup of cold water and one cup of ice cubes until ice melts. Serve over more ice in tall glasses. Sit in a sunny spot with a friend and enjoy!
To Go Ware
We’ve got our travel mugs and our reusable shopping bags. How about a bamboo utensil set to round out the perfect toolkit for life on-the-go? TO GO WARE comes in a handy little holder (which is made from plastic bottles, btw) with a carabiner on the back so you clip and carry this fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks wherever you may roam. The bamboo flatware & chopsticks are heat and stain resistant and won’t absorb flavors because they’re hand finished with top grade natural, food-safe wood oil. Plus, they’re lightweight, strong and long-lasting. We think these little things will make a big difference and help our precious planet.
Cool Haus Ice Cream—Street Cart Churro Dough
From a women-owned company in LA comes ice cream with crazy delicious flavors. Milk Shake & Fries, anyone?? You have to try them to believe how amazingly good these combinations are. Each artisanal pint is filled with the best ingredients—locally sourced California milk, cage-free eggs, organic sugar, etc. Our favorite flavor at the moment is Street Cart Churro Dough which is brown butter ice cream combined with cinnamon sugar churro dough and chocolate chip swirl. We will try to leave some in the freezer case for you 🙂
Archway Farm Specialty Salamis
If you’re a charcuterie fan and want to add more local deliciousness to your cheese boards and summer appetizers, you will love the latest products from Mark Florenz. Three Italian salamis from his Keene-bred heritage breeds known for their flavor:
A Cacciatorini which originated from the northern hills of Italy. Cacciatorini means “hunter’ and this salami was traditionally carried by Italian hunters in their backpacks.
A Finocchiona, from Tuscany and named for its main flavor component, fennel (shown above).
And a Sweet Soppressata, a dry-cured salami with a rich, traditional flavor.
A little wine, a little salami, a warm breeze and you will be transported.
Potlicker India Pale Ale Jelly
Yes, that’s right, beer jelly. Here’s another locally-made product that will turn your cheese board into a “wow!” appetizer. Pair Potlicker India Pale Ale Jelly with cheddars, gorgonzolas, salamis (see above!), and pretzels. This unique jelly lends itself well to the salty, fatty, stinky, and tangy.
Get creative with this jelly—whisk some along with a bit of mustard into your homemade vinaigrette. Or add to caramelized onions for an amazing addition to a burger.
You’ll find India Pale Ale Jelly (plus other flavors) with all the jams and jellies in the bread aisle because even strange jelly loves toast. Grill up a fat slice of rye bread, spread on some salted butter, and slather with India Pale Ale Jelly. It is absolutely acceptable to eat beer jelly for breakfast.
Suja FUEL: Carrot, Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Lemon & Turmeric Juice
We love the combination of this southern California-made organic cold-pressed juice. The huge flavor instantly makes you feel great. Actually named “fuel,” this light, refreshing orange and pineapple blend does put a pep in your step.
Suja, meaning “long, beautiful life,” promises to deliver conscious nutrition in every bottle.
The cold-pressed process, also known as High Pressure Processing (Hpp), maintains all the essential vitamins, minerals & enzymes from each ingredient. Fuel has no added sweeteners and is vegan, Kosher certified, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. Because there are no additives, natural separation in the juice occurs so just shake and enjoy! And, please, recycle.
In honor of Earth Day this month, here’s a few products we love that are especially earth-friendly in all facets of their businesses:
Rebel Green Laundry Detergent
Natural, biodegradable and USDA-certified organic, Rebel Green’s plant-based laundry detergent really cleans and is free from harmful chemicals and toxins. Scented with pure essential oils, it contains no synthetic fragrances, phosphates, phthalates, parabens or dyes. It’s also hypoallergenic and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Also, new on our shelves you’ll find a few more Rebel Green products: dishwashing liquid and household spray cleaner — so your dishes and counters — you know, those things you come in contact with every single day — can get beautifully clean without any toxic chemicals!
We love Rebel Green for not only making our homes a healthier place but for creating products that are specifically designed to minimize waste and motivate a fundamental shift in thinking about the planet we share. The products all use responsibly sourced materials. There’s more! A percentage of their sales go directly to clean air, clean water and clean food initiatives. Click here to learn more about all the ways they’re giving back.
Tierra Farm Organic Honey Sriracha Cashews
Mild hints of heat softened by sweet notes of honey—all certified organic—Honey Sriracha Cashews are the newest delectable addition to our Tierra Farm nuts in the bulk aisle! Eat them alone or add them to a salad—check out this recipe we sampled recently!
We love Tierra Farm (based in Valatie, NY) not only for putting modern spins on traditional snacks, but for everything they do behind the scenes. They’ve built lasting relationships with some of the best organic nut and fruit farmers in the world and more and more of their purchases are sourced directly from those farmers. Working together with suppliers like this allows them to see firsthand the great efforts that are being made in maintaining a clean environment while preserving organic integrity and ensuring fair business practices throughout the supply chain. Everything Tierra Farm roasts or dries is made in small, hand-crafted batches, in their environmentally conscious facilities which consider everything from packaging to waste reduction, to solar energy. And every year, more and more of Tierra Farm’s operations are powered by renewable solar energy. Learn more about this innovative company here.
Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wraps
Bee’s Wrap was founded in 2012 by Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three. She started with a question facing many families and home cooks these days: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food? What she discovered is a lost tradition made new again. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.
So, wrap your sandwich for lunch or a snack on the go. Use as a placemat while you eat. Wash and repeat the next day. Also check out Bee’s Wrap in all the other shapes and sizes for storing bread (it will keep a baguette fresh for days—no kidding!), cheese, vegetables, you name it!
As a Green America certified company, Sarah says, “Bee’s Wrap is committed to using our business as a vehicle for social change, and to bettering the lives of our customers, employees, community, and planet.” Thank you, Sarah, for your 🐝bee-utiful 🐝 eco-friendly 🌏 wraps!
Frankie V’s Kitchen Spooky White Organic Hot Sauce
Proudly and lovingly made by hand in small batches in Dallas, Texas and with absolutely no preservatives – ever – Frankie V’s Spooky White Hot Sauce has made its way to the Monadnock Region. This is Frankie V’s hottest hot sauce and their most popular. We think it may become just as popular here in Keene! It’s packed with tons of flavor and lots of heat and made from a combination of white and orange habaneros, mustard, ginger, garlic, onions and infused habanero vinegar. Don’t be scared to use it on guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs, in soups, hummus, egg dishes and add just a dash for spicy cocktails and appetizers. So, basically, it’s good with just about everything 🙂
Ithaca Cold Crafted Hummus
Ithaca Cold Crafted lets the fresh flavors of their raw ingredients shine! They do this by using a cold pressure process instead of heat pasteurization to keep the ingredients raw, full of nutrients and alive with flavor. Try the Lemon Beet. The color is truly spectacular — a feast for the eyes — but it’s the taste we can’t stop raving about. Check out the other flavors too—Lemon Dill and Lemon Garlic. They all taste like they just came out of your blender rather than the refrigerated case of the co-op!
Elmhurst Milked Walnuts
Almost a century after the family-owned Elmhurst Dairy began, it is still owned by the same family, but a major shift was made to lead the plant-based revolution. Now simply called Elmhurst, its minimally processed nut milks are just as nutritious and pure as its famous conventional milk, with none of the emulsifiers, thickeners or stabilizers used in other leading brands. Milked Walnuts is a real standout, with an amazing aroma—like maple syrup—and a lovely chocolate milk-like color. Only 4 grams of sugar. You’ll find this light, creamy, delicious and nutritious dairy alternative in the refrigerated aisle.
True Made Vegetable Ketchup
True Made has reinvented ketchup. Really, truly, this is a game changer. Vegetable Ketchup is full of tomato-y goodness but also has spinach, carrots and butternut squash cooked into every bottle. That means this naturally sweetened, vegetable-loaded ketchup has 50% less sugar—turning this once empty calorie, American staple into a paleo-friendly, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan superfood!!
Goldthread Japanese Matcha Tonic
The latest Goldthread tonic comes straight from Japan. Known as the “elixir of immortality” for its profound health-enhancing effects, Matcha is unique among green tea and is prized by Zen monks for its ability to instill a sense of calm focused energy. Well, who doesn’t want that? We love all the herbalicious tonics from Goldthread and this one sweetened with maple syrup, monkfruit and a splash of lime is our new favorite.
Maya Kaimal Organic Everyday Dal
If you’re fans of Maya Kaimal’s Indian Simmer Sauces that we carry, you’re going to love their new Everyday Dal. They’ve created four different plant-based protein dals, full of fiber and FLAVOR all in an easy microwaveable pouch. Try one on its own topped with yogurt and chopped herbs, pour one over rice or quinoa or serve tone as a side next to chicken or fish or veggies.
Check out these four #EverydayDALicious flavors: Red Lentils + Butternut Squash + Coconut, Green Split Pea + Spinach + Coconut, Green Garbanzos + Corn + Coriander, and Black Lentils + Tomato + Cumin.
February is the month of love. So here’s a couple of things in the store that might make your foodie hearts flutter.
Lake Champlain Organic Chocolate Hearts
Little chocolates shaped as hearts always make us smile. Lake Champlain Chocolates are made with skill, patience, and respect for tradition using fair-trade certified chocolate, fresh Vermont cream, and sweet local butter giving this chocolate exceptional flavor. You’ll find bags of 35 individually wrapped hearts with a delectable assortment of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate & Cacao Nibs, and Dark Chocolate & Raspberries to share with everyone you love.
Blanc de Bleu Sparkling Wine
The color immediately caught our attention on the wine shelf. Wow—look at that blue! But can wine with the hue of a summer popsicle actually taste good? Well, yes, it can! Blanc de Blue is a sparkling wine that combines effervescent bubbles with a dry, crisp finish and a hint of blueberry. The elegant bottle and the high-quality, premium sparkling wine (from the quiet vineyards of Northern California) along with that wow-factor color makes this a great and unexpected Valentine’s Day gift or dinner drink.
GT’S Enlightened Koffee Kombucha
What happens when two things you love hook up? Cold brew coffee and kombucha may seem like an unexpected couple, but it really works! GT’S #1 ingredient is always love but add the rich scent of coffee as you open the bottle, and your senses are immediately invigorated! And the vanilla and almond extracts warm the soul. GT’S Koffee Kombucha, is a unique caffeinated drink for you early risers or afternoon delighters. Or be creative and make a kombucha ice cream float or after dinner cocktail for your Valentine.
With the temperatures dipping well below zero, this month we’re concentrating on hot drinks! You’ll find these three new products on the boxed tea shelves.
Heath & Heather Organic Tea—Organic Green Tea & Ginger
Heath & Heather has been expertly blending teas since 1920. We know the Brits are famous for their teas but Heath & Heather has gone above and beyond believing “it’s not enough that only our tea is green.” So, they endeavor to do as much as they can, no matter how big or small the gesture, to protect and support the environment. Reading about their sustainability plan warmed our hearts. And after adding our Green Tea & Ginger tea bag to freshly boiled (but cooled for a few minutes per their instructions!) water, we were enjoying this subtly spiced infusion all the way to our toes.
Also, check out the other flavors we carry, Green Tea & Morroccan Mint, Green Tea with Coconut, and Imperial Matcha Green Tea.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix
The team at Four Sigmatic is on a mission to educate you about the benefits of drinking mushrooms. They offer a free online Mushroom Academy, their Facebook “schroom Club” followers have risen to 11,000, and they even wrote a whole cookbook. Just look at the group of healthy-living, Finnish staff, and mushroom coffee enthusiasts, and you will definitely want what they’re having. Finland, after all, is the happiest place on earth!
Mushroom Coffee Mix comes in a box of single-serve packets. Choose from either Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane which supports focus, creativity, memory, concentration, and brain health or Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps to achieve and sustain steady energy levels.
Just tear and blend with a cup of hot water and nut milk or mix it into a smoothie. If you want to get fancy, you’ll find recipes on Instagram. But the bottom line is, mornings are pretty darn good when you’re #onshrooms.
This tea began with two tea-loving guys and a crowdfunding campaign. Not long after their first products shipped to stores, it was voted best new product at the World Tea Expo! Then this past December, Zest Tea was named one of the best entrepreneurial companies in America by @entrepreneur https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/285475
Not bad for a small start-up. Clearly, the world was desperate for this high-octane tea! One cup has approximately 150 mg of caffeine — about the same as a cup of coffee. So, whether you’re looking for a caffeinated alternative to black coffee or want to experiment and expand your morning repertoire with delicious tea lattes, these three flavors will keep the winter chill at bay: Blue Lady, Earl Grey, and Cinnamon Apple.
We also carry Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea—the name alone makes us think of the warm breezes just around the corner.
The Maine Crisp Company—Cinnamon Maple Crisps
Gone are the days when a cracker was nothing more than a vehicle for cheese. These handmade, gluten-free crisps, baked in Waterville, Maine, will elevate your cheese board and pair well with chevre, creamy blues or aged sheep cheese. (Check out their Instagram page for serving ideas.) We carry two flavors of Maine Crisps—Cinnamon Maple or Blueberry Walnut. Be warned that they are also delicious on their own—chock full of delicious nuts, seeds and dried fruit—you won’t be able to eat just one!
Thinksport GO2 Lunch Box
Unlike many other lunch style boxes, the GO2 container seals off each compartment. You can literally fill each compartment with different colored water, shake it and not have the colors mix. These compartments don’t have separate lids—just one lid seals off the three areas—so no worries about a lost lid! And finally—Thinksport has thought of everything—there’s a stylish, ergonomic fork and spoon that fits into its own compartment. Modern, highly functional, environmentally responsible and a great gift for kids or adults who bring their lunch. Just fill and GO! For more on this social responsible company, read here.
Vermont Maple Brittle by Sweet On Vermont
Sweet on Vermont has been called “the best chocolate in the Green Mountain State” and praised by The New York Times and NPR to name a few. Today, owner and chocolatier Erika Henik carries on the tradition, started 20years ago, of making every batch of gourmet confections by hand. Their Maple Brittle is a snapping-crisp English toffee made with crushed almonds, pure Vermont maple syrup and creamy Vermont butter. Not overly sweet, just buttery and utterly delightful! There are two flavors to choose from—original or dipped in silky dark chocolate. We love the super cute packaging too—perfect for gift giving!
88 Acres Seed Butter
Just outside of Boston, we discovered a mission-based food startup called 88 ACRES making wonderful small-batch nut-free seed butters. They go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their ingredients and the final product. We currently carry two flavors—Pumpkin Seed Butter and Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter. The Chocolate Sunflower is so rich and so delicious that you’ll be wanting to find any excuse to eat it—try pairing it with strawberries or bananas, swirling it into baked delights or spreading it on toast. Truthfully, we’ve been caught (numerous times) just eating it right out of the container 😋
Ethical Bean Coffee Compostable Pods
Since 2003 Ethical Bean has been driven by the belief that fair trade doesn’t have to live on the fringe. The Ethical Bean team wanted to compete with the world’s biggest growers and roasters on quality and taste, but only with fair trade, organically-grown beans. They want to use energy, water and materials more responsibly than the rest. And, most of all, provide a fair wage to the farmers who produce our coffee.
It’s a formula you can taste in every cup of Ethical Bean coffee.
So, it makes perfect sense that this company would also care enough to solve an ongoing problem for Keurig coffee brewers by offering 100% certified compostable pods! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our coffee mugs!
Nounós Creamery Greek Yogurt
What makes Nounós Creamery hand-crafted yogurt different is that it’s made in small batches, strained the same way it has been done in Greek villages for centuries: cotton straining bags and gravity. The result is a thick, velvety, protein-rich yogurt made in Southampton, NY.
Besides the luxurious tasting yogurt, the 100% recyclable glass container protects the flavor and integrity of their yogurt. It makes for an even more enjoyable, a more sophisticated yogurt experience you could say. And these safe-for-the-environment containers are reusable! BPA-free lids for these great little 6-oz containers can be ordered (and shipped free!) from the Nounós website. We think they’d also made sweet tea light candle holders for the holidays.
Seventh Generation Botanical Disinfectant Spray
Germophobes, rejoice! Seventh Generation has just come out with a no-rinse-required botanical disinfectant made from essential oils. Powered by compressed air, this spray kills 99.9 % of bacteria and viruses with the active ingredient Thymol, which is a component of Thyme Oil. It’s non-flammable, works on all hard, non-porous surfaces, and comes in three really nice scents—Eucalyptus, Spearmint, & Thyme, Lavender, Vanilla, & Thyme, and Fresh Citrus & Thyme. So spritz and spray and kiss your household germs goodbye!
Jack’s Quality Organic Beans
No cans. No BPA. Just great organic, non-GMO, low sodium beans. Michigan-based Jack’s Quality saw an opportunity to make their mark on a more sustainable future by filling a need for an alternative, eco-friendly packaging option in the canned vegetable aisle. And Jack’s carton packaging—made mostly of paper—results in beans with a clean, bright flavor. A win-win for all. With the cool fall weather finally here, we’re pulling out recipes for Italian Vegetable Stew and Black Bean Soup and Greens & Beans.
So, ditch the can opener. Just squeeze, tear, and start cooking! You’ll find Jack’s Black, Cannellini, and Kidney Beans in Aisle 2.
Big Tree Coconut Nectar
Have you heard of Coconut Nectar? It’s a low glycemic, natural sweetener collected from the coconut stem blossom. Raw coconut nectar has lots of nutrients—it’s high in potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron, and contains B vitamins and vitamin C.
Big Tree Coconut Nectar is a great swap for honey, maple syrup, agave, or cane sugar. But how does it taste, you ask? Pretty darn good! Coconut nectar taste like a mixture of molasses and maple syrup. 🙂
Kicking Horse Coffee — Kick Ass Coffee
For years Kicking Horse Coffee has been celebrated as Canada’s #1 organic, fair-trade coffee, so now we too can kick off our mornings with a cup of this sweet, smoky audacious brew. What cheeky little donkeys those Canadians are keeping this exceptional tasting coffee to themselves all these years. You can check out their site to see where the beans are sourced for each of the blends, get suggested brew methods and find out more about this cool company. We’re also carrying two medium roasts in addition to the dark Kick Ass—Three Sisters and Smart Ass. Thanks for sharing Canada!
Hemingway Farms, Charlestown, NH
New to the co-op this season are local vegetables from Hemingway Farms in Charlestown, NH. From green beans and green peppers to cherry tomatoes and corn, everything we’ve tried from this farm has been so flavorful. Comments like “the best beans all summer” and “the biggest, amazingly delicious, crisp pepper” were heard over and over in the produce department. So grab all the local vegetables and fruits you can and enjoy!
Fire Dog Bread, Keene, NH
Sam Temple, a bread baker from Norman, Oklahoma has uprooted and landed here in Keene. You may have already discovered his bread at the Keene Farmer’s Market this summer and now you’ll find it on our co-op shelves. We’re starting with his two signature loaves, the Pain au Levain—a crusty sourdough with a touch of fresh-milled whole wheat and a Cider Rye—a German-style sourdough made with fresh fresh cider, copious amounts of sprouted rye berries, and pumpkin seeds. We all went crazy when we sampled these breads so we can’t wait for you to try them!
Oh, and a few more…
Little Northern Bakehouse Bread
For those of us always looking for gluten-free bread options, Little Northern Bakehouse delivers a bread that is 100% plant based and egg free but has the same feel and texture of a regular sliced loaf. And it tastes like real bread! Great for toast in the morning or a healthy sandwich like this one—hummus, chopped red peppers, alfalfa sprouts and zucchini slices on their Millet & Chia bread. Yum!
Joe’s Kitchen Soups
Joe Buley, Jr., a French-trained former chef-instructor at New England Culinary Institute moved back to his home state of Vermont about 10 years ago and started growing vegetables at his Screamin’ Ridge Farm in Montpelier. He then started creating soups from his garden and JOE’S KITCHEN was born. The soups have really taken off and he now includes ingredients sourced from other local farms and producers as well. We’re excited to offer his soups—including vegan and vegetarian options—at the hot bar now and after sampling them for a week we haven’t met one we didn’t like!
Brookford Farm—Smoked Shades of Blue Cheese
The cheeses from Brookford Farm in Canterbury, NH are co-op favorites—made with milk from their beautiful herd of 100% grass-fed cows. Luke and Catarina have taken their already popular blue cheese to an exciting new place and we now have Smoked Shades of Blue in our cheese case. They’ve teamed with Fox Country Smokehouse, also in Canterbury, and we just love the outcome. It’s a creamy, tangy delicacy; if you’re a blue fan this is a must try. It also makes an amazing addition to a grilled burger. Beyond delicious!
Primal Kitchen—Ranch Dressing
Having a go-to bottled dressing always on hand really does make preparing a salad for dinner easier to pull together after a busy day. The “made with avocado oil” is what attracted us to this bottle at first. But we really love that the ingredient list doesn’t include any hidden sugar. There’s no dairy, no buttermilk, gluten, soy, or canola either. Primal Kitchen was started by a Maine-born former elite endurance athlete, Mark Sisson, who has made eating healthy his life’s work. This dressing not only tastes healthy—it’s rich and full-flavored and one of the best bottled dressings we’ve tried! For more about Mark and his inspiring mission click here!
Vermont Salsa Company—Tomatillo Salsa Verde
From deep in the Vermont Green Mountains comes a salsa verde made with Vermont grown tomatillos! It tastes super bright and fresh with three levels of heat to choose from—mild, medium and hot.
What is a tomatillo exactly? Tomatillos originated in Mexico. A relative of the tomato and member of the nightshade family, the tomatillo [toh-MAH-tee-YO] looks like a small green tomato covered with a green husk. Rich in vitamin C, they’re eaten raw or cooked providing that tart flavor in so many Mexican and Central-American green sauces.
Use this as a traditional dip for tortilla chips, but try serving it alongside eggs, beef, pork, chicken or burgers—any dish that needs a little extra zip!
Cawston Press Sparkling Drinks — Rhubarb!
We try not to indulge in too much soda but when we saw rhubarb in a can, well, there was no way we we’re going to miss out on that! A sparkling drink made with one of our favorite spring flavors! It’s perfectly balanced with pressed apple juice, not too sweet and very gently fizzed and only 125 calories per can. Just a lovely drink for a warm summer day.
And definitely try the other (equally refreshing!) flavors—Elderberry, Ginger Beer and Cloudy Apple. Sold as a 4-pk in the drinks aisle and as single cans in the cold case at the back of the store.
Hermit Woods Winery, Hermit Hard Apple Cider
Named by Food & Wine Magazine as one of America’s 500 Best Wineries, Hermit Woods, in Meredith, NH, makes award-winning handcrafted wines from unique blends of locally sourced fruit. So, it was kind of a natural line extension to make hard cider. This old-world dry cider is crafted from French and English heirloom apples, quince, and crabapples and very, very tasty. The fun, creative packaging is what drew our attention to this cider in the first place and we were intrigued enough to read all about the actual hermit who inspired their brand: http://hermitwoods.com/about/hermit/
As the copy on the back of the bottle says, “Hermit Hard Apple Cider makes a fine companion when you want to sit on a stump in the woods alone. It’s lively blend of heirloom sharps goes just right with fresh air and lots of thinking to do. Of course, you more sociable types are free to raise a glass with whatever wildlife you choose.”:)
Monadnock Food Co-op Jute Tote Bags
Introducing our new MFC tote bags! Not only do these sturdy, big bags have plenty of room for groceries or gear for the beach, they’re helping the women that make the bags. The manufacturer—Freeset Global—is a fair trade business offering employment to women who are victims of trafficking in India. These women are given the opportunity to learn new sewing skills and regain control of their lives in a caring community. Making these bags is part of the journey to her freedom. To her friends and neighbors among the thousands still trapped in the sex trade, she’s a symbol of hope. To learn more about how these bags are making lives better go to: freesetglobal.com/who-we-are/our-story
Superfood + Maple Maca Cashews by Navitas Organics
We like these nuts because they’re not super sweet, just a little hint of maple and butterscotch from the maca. Maca, is a super-root from Peru that has been traditionally used as a stress-fighting adaptogen*. Cashews, we know, contain beneficial fats and they’re a great source of plant-based protein and minerals. We’ve been eating them right out of the bag—for a snack we feel good about but they’d also be great sprinkled on salads or yogurt or ice cream!
*(in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes
Abigail’s Bakery Millet & Sweet Brown Rice Bread
We recently started carrying a gluten-free bread from Abigail’s Bakery in East Weare, NH. Their Millet & Sweet Brown Rice loaves are made with care for people with special dietary needs. These loaves are sweetened with agave nectar and do not contain refined sugar. The ingredient list is simply: whole millet flour, sweet brown rice flour, fresh well water, soybean oil, agave nectar, sea salt, and yeast. Our favorite new morning toast is their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.
Please note: Abigail’s Bakery does bake other wholesome breads that are made from wheat and wheat products. They are very particular against cross contamination and thorough cleaning of their equipment, but they are not a gluten-free certified facility. They are a nut-free facility but do use egg and soy products.
My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste
We had to try this BLACK—yes, VERY black—toothpaste the minute we heard about it. My Magic Mud was developed by a mother of four to help with her child’s sensitive teeth. And the very first thing we thought of as we started brushing was that kids would absolutely LOVE this product. Not for all the great benefits of course, just the fact that it turns your entire mouth black while you brush—way more fun that your run-of-the-mill white toothpaste:)
Made with coconut oil, Bentonite clay and activated coconut shell charcoal, it cleans, polishes, whitens, and detoxes your teeth. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, flouride-free and non-GMO. All you “kids” out there need to try it!
C’est Gourmet Tomato & Olive Pastries
C’est Gourmet in Framingham, MA prepares the flakiest, most flavorful little hand pies and pastries. And then we finish baking them right here at our co-op. If you’ve come to love the sweet apple or pumpkin hand pies, you’ll definitely want to try this savory version. The Tomato & Olive Pastry is perfect for any time of the day. Breakfast. A great side to a cup of soup. A light lunch on the go. Bon Appetite!
Mavuno Dried Organic Pineapple
Ethically sourced. Naturally delicious. And making a difference with every bite.
While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Kenya, Phil Hughes came up with the idea for Mavuno Harvest in order to provide jobs and economic opportunity for rural farmers in Africa, while at the same time solving the issue of wasted harvests. He works with small farming cooperatives to bring this delicious, organic dried fruit from rural sub-Saharan Africa to the shelves of our co-op. And we couldn’t be happier. This sweet and delicious snack has zero fat, cholesterol or sodium. And just knowing the story behind it makes it sweeter still. Look for the bright orange (pineapple) or green (banana) packaging in the bulk aisle.
And you can read more about this interesting company at: https://www.mavunoharvest.com/
Vanilla Chai Almonds
Oh, my—you absolutely can NOT eat just one of these. Chai dry roasted almonds with a vanilla yogurt coating. You’ll find these REALLY good sweet treats in the bulk aisle already pre-packaged and ready to go!
One tiny XYLA mint packs a big punch of cool freshness in a matter of seconds!
These mints are sweetened with you guessed it…Xylitol. But what is that exactly? Xylitol is extracted from North-American grown hardwood trees and turned into a white crystalline granule that looks and tastes like sugar. We’re not scientists so we can’t explain exactly how this miracle happens but we do know that Xylitol doesn’t have the usual negative side effects associated with sugar— it’s low calorie, low carb, diabetic safe and basically guilt free. Lots of dentists and dental associations give the thumbs up to Xylitol too so this is truly a case where you can have your cake, I mean candy, and eat it too!
Cassava Crunch Beet with Goat Cheese Root Chips
The color of these chips alone made us want to try them but the flavor is what keeps us coming back for more! Made with just cassava root, beets, and goat cheese with a touch of sunflower oil and salt these plant-based snacks are gluten free, grain & corn free and have no added sugar. Cassava is high in vitamin c, folate and magnesium and is a good source of fiber. A snack with benefits! If you can’t have dairy, check out the Sea Salt version.
Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
These herbalicious crackers are great to eat on their own and can also be paired with cheese and dips. Made from 10 simple ingredients: Nut & Seed Flour Blend (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax), Tapioca, Cassava, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Rosemary, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Pepper, and Rosemary Extract so they’re free of gluten, grains, soy, corn, dairy & emulsifiers. Whether you have dietary restrictions or not, they’re worth trying!
Soap Nuts from Four Nuts by Nature
This USDA certified organic and sustainable laundry detergent grows on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas. You literally take 4 of the berry shells aka “Soap Nuts”, put them in the small muslin bag (inside the big bag), toss it in the washer with your clothes and press start. These 4 little nuts will wash 4-6 loads of laundry (or even more if you have a high efficiency washer)!! How is this possible? Well, once the nuts come in contact with water, the active ingredient Saponin, is immediately released. As we discovered on the website, Saponin is an all-natural surfactant* which lowers the surface tension between your clothing & your wash water bonding itself to the fibers of your clothing literally lifting and removing your stains, dirt, grease and grime while simultaneously eliminating any odors and naturally softening your clothes. Good for whites, colors or delicates, these Soap Nuts are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, biodegradable, compostable, non-toxic, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic! This is a laundry day game changer for us!
Also look for their Wool Dryer Balls in the same aisle which take the place of dryer sheets. We can’t wait to try those next!
*Yes, we had to look this word up: surface-active agent
Banza Mac & Cheese
First, let us say that we love the Banza company mission: to make the foods you love, love you back. Well, we are loving their pasta “powered by chickpeas” and now they’ve taken the classic pasta staple you grew up with and made it even better! These gluten-free, chickpea noodles cook in about 5 minutes. Add the package of cheesy goodness and you have yourself a mac & cheese with 2x the protein, 8x the fiber and a way better solution to making a kid-friendly dinner in a snap. We know quite a few hard-working adults who keep this on hand in their pantry as well:)
Good Mix Blend 11
For a great way to start the day, try GOOD MIX BLEND 11—a nutritious blend of 11 superfoods: organic chia seeds, goji berries, raw cacao nibs, amaranth, millet, pepitas, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, buckwheat, coconut, almonds—each chosen for their mineral and nutritional properties (high protein, omega-3 and antioxidants). Mix it in with your favorite yogurt, add some to your morning smoothie, or use it as a topping for just about anything at any time of the day. Good mix is GOOD!
Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.
These organic and fair trade coffee beans are roasted in small batches every day in Waterbury, VT. The Artisan Dark roast is rich and velvety, perfect for a nice big morning latte. Of course their coffee isn’t grown here, but Vermont Artisan Coffee lives the sustainable “Local First” life —purchasing all their other needs as close to home as possible, gifting all compostable materials to local farmers and supporting the local community however they can. In addition to Artisan Dark, we also have Sumatra Dark, Catamount Blend, and Ethiopian in the coffee aisle right now.
lēf Farms was started to put al ittle fresh thinking behind how New England gets its produce. Imagine lettuce on your plate within 24 hours of harvest in the middle of winter! This local, Loudon, NH farm is 100% hydroponic and the lettuce is simply delicious. Try all three:
SMOOTH: The name says it all. A buttery blend of crisp, sweet, and tender baby greens for salad connoisseurs who prefer to let the toppings or dressing bring the zest.
SPICE: A zesty blend of Arugula, Mustard, Cressida, Mizuna and Leaf Lettuce. Perfect for adding a little complexity to your salads and wraps.
BALANCE: A blend of red and green kale. Packed with tons of antioxidants and iron, this mix of red and green Kale offers a great blend of slightly sweet and delicate. We’ve been using them in everything from salads to smoothies.
King Soba Buckwheat Noodles
Despite its name, buckwheat is not wheat but a seed. It’s free from gluten and as King Soba says, “it offers you more goodness per bite than other noodles”. The real upshot is that you don’t need to eat a mountain of these noodles to feel satisfied. We’ve got two kinds of these organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, non-GMO noodles: 100% Buckwheat and Sweet Potato & Buckwheat. Follow them at: instagram.com/kingsobanoodleculture if you have some time to drool over amazing noodle dishes:)
Noosa Blackberry Serrano
We’ve been enjoying this Australian-style Colorado-made yoghurt for a while with their rich, creamy flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb or Key Lime. Well, now this yoghurt just got a little kick in the berries: New Noosa Blackberry Serrano. Made with Marionberry Blackberries and Serrano Chili this yoghurt is sweet, then spicy, then creamy, then gone! There are more “Sweet Heat” flavors coming soon and we cannot wait!
PUR Chocolate Mint Aspartame-Free Gum
This new flavor combination has become our number one favorite from Pur.
This Swiss-made gum is naturally sweetened with 100% xylitol—one of the lowest sweeteners on the glycemic index. All the flavors are vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut and peanut-free and non-GMO—just high quality ingredients sourced from Europe. And a nice way to get a chocolate fix without eating a candy bar:)
Mama Maple Craft Spritzers
Made in Wendell, MA, these spritzers are a refreshing blend of ingredients sweetened from Northeastern forest maple syrup. They tap and craft it into two organic flavors—Cold Brew Coffee and Fair Trade Vanilla. It’s filled with over 54 antioxidants and is naturally low-glycemic with only 70 calories a bottle.
Archway Farm: Local Keene-Raised Pork
When Mark Florenz is not shopping at our co-op or giving back to our community as Board Chair of Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, he is pasture-raising an average of 60 pigs on his 80-acre farm. Mark feeds his pigs a healthy and varied diet of pasture-based forage, locally grown non-GMO corn and soy, vegetable scraps and bread from local businesses—and does not use hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. He raises the pigs in small groups outside so they are free to be pigs—romping, rooting, and rolling in the mud. He believes that happy, healthy pigs produce better quality pork and we couldn’t agree more!
Rebecca’s Sinfully Delicious Gluten Free Bread
Rebecca’s is a locally owned and operated homestead kitchen bakery in Peterborough, NH. It’s completely gluten & nut-free though you would never know it by its hearty taste and texture. We’re carrying—White Sandwich and Chia & Hemp which you’ll find it in the bread aisle.
Jackson’s Honest Heirloom Red Rippled Potato Chips
From the folks who brought us Purple Potato Chips, their new flavor is Red Rippled! Their burgundy color comes from the same antioxidants found in raspberries, and the wavy ‘ripple’ cut brings out the buttery notes of this heritage potato. Nothing but Red Heirloom potatoes, organic coconut oil, and sea salt can be found in these tasty chips.