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.
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.