CELEBRATING OUR SUPPLIERS
These beautifully vibrant strawberries were picked by yours truly throughout the summer of 2019. I found this hidden gem of a small, organic farm near where I grew up in South Jersey called Cecil Creek Farm. Their weekly CSA's were a fantastic value. The best part: an all-you-can-pick bounty of fresh organic tomatoes, strawberries, and flowers that changed with the warm summer weeks. Celebrating the unsung heroes of our industry, we would like to share the ever-evolving suppliers who provide us with the finest organic, plant-based, gluten-free ingredients.
LOVE OF EATING
The joy of eating is in my DNA! My adventures into healthful cooking and baking not only feeds my soul, but my boyfriend (of almost 20 years!) and our beloved Amstaff mix, Tuffy.
May I start by mentioning that natural ingredients does not mean organic? Did you also know, there are ingredients in packaged food that are not listed? If the ingredient is below a certain % of total ingredients, it is considered insignificant, and therefore not included. Wouldn't you like to know if you were consuming something found in food products like formaldehyde, and what do "natural flavors" consist of anyway? I only learned of this when I was securing a co-packer to produce our best-selling chocolate/crisp bars many years ago. There were so many roadblocks in finding a clean co-packer. Were you also aware fresh packaged foods are flushed with nitrogen to reduce the oxygen content, therefore extending shelf life? Makes me think of the saying, "Fake is everywhere. Real is rare." by Lecare.
Guests may be surprised to learn that we have extremely slim margins on our products. Our recipes are very labor intensive! I do this for the commitment to clean, transparent food that also tastes and makes you feel incredible. We hope to help others see the possibilities of enjoying clean, organic, plant-based, gluten-free eating. And, just as important, to see our planet and fellow animals thrive.
We are starting our search of co-packers again, to help us scale, but hoping to find one who will honor our list of fine vendors and ingredients. Many of our ingredients are priced the same as retail. It's one of those stubborn details business-wise I shouldn't do, but I also can't walk away from a better ingredient if possible to source.
If you are curious to know what makes our savory, sweet and beverages special, please read below.