Food

Frog Hollow Farm

Sweet, tree-ripened organic fresh and dried fruits plus various food products, all grown on their certified organic farm in California. Multiple varieties of cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots and pears. These are superior quality fruits. They have a shop and cafe in the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, and I would always stop and get something when I used to live there. Farm-to-table delivery, fruit clubs.

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Cafe Altura Gourmet Coffee

“The original organic coffee, since 1980.” This coffee comes from the Finca Irlanda farm in Chiapas, Mexico, which has now been growing coffee using organic and Biodynamic techniques for decades. It is believed to be the first certified organic coffee farm in the world. Choose from whole bean, ground, and even instant certified organic coffees, including water processed decaf.

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Xtrema Cookware

Listen to my interview with Ceramcor Founder Rich Bergstrom.

My #1 choice for healthy cookware, these Xtrema pots and pans are 100% ceramic, through and through–made only from natural minerals, clay and water. No metals are in this ceramic cookware. This lead-free high-tech all ceramic glaze is easy to clean and does not leach lead or any other toxic metals (see lab tests on website). The extremely hard ceramic cooking surface cannot be scratched by metal utensils or steel wool but I recommend wood utensils when cooking with Xtrema. Because the ceramic material holds heat exceptionally well, you can save energy by cooking at lower temperatures. The attractive and versatile cookware lets you take the food from the stove to the table and then to the refrigerator for storing leftovers. This is the cookware I use every day for almost everything I cook. NOTE: This cookware is lightweight and extremely easy to clean, however, I wouldn’t call it “nonstick.” Eggs will stick unless you spray your cookware with olive oil after the pan is heated on a low temperature for 3 minutes (see the video on the web site on How to Cook Eggs).

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Big Spoon Roasters

Handcrafted nut butters, made from scratch to order, all made with high quality ingredients. Their basic peanut butter, for example, is made from fresh-roasted peanuts, honey, sea salt, and a bit of organic coconut oil for a very smooth texture. But the really interesting thing is all the unique flavors and combinations. Hot Peanut contains chili peppers. Then there’s peanut cashew, peanut pecan, and peanut cocoa. Then almond cocoa, almond ginger, vanilla peanut sorghum (made with fresh vanilla beans) and more.

 

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Bao Cultured

Fermented condiments—catsup, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, and pickles filled with probiotics. Also cultured vegetable slaws and relishes, and flavored kombucha. “Each bottle is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria.”

 

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Salts of the 7 Seas

A whole website dedicated to the best of the basic seasonings salt and pepper. Unusual sea salts and blends plus peppercorns. Samplers allow you to learn about salts and peppercorns and choose your favorites. “Salts of the 7 Seas was founded to bring the beautiful and healthy world of whole mineral, all natural sea salts to people everywhere who love to cook and eat. Produced in exacting standards with attention to purity, wholesomeness and respect for the environment.”

 

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Leaves & Flowers

A beautiful and unique selection of handcrafted herbal infusions and premium small batch teas. “Our inspiration comes from the plants themselves – the mythology of their medicine, their potent leaves, delicate flowers, and the intoxicating aroma and flavor they release when infused. At its conception, Leaves and Flowers established a close community of local farms who provide us with exceptional herbs for our herbal infusions. Our accompanying tea collection is sourced similarly to our herbal ingredients, with an ever-changing selection procured from small tea farms in regions of China, Japan and Africa. These farms have been implementing sustainable farming practices for generations, and provide us with teas of extraordinary quality and flavor. We feel fortunate to collaborate with farmers who live in such close relationship with the land. Our farms are either certified organic or apply sustainable farming practices. No chemicals or pesticides are used in the cultivation of our herbs or teas.”

 

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Ora Organic

Plant-based supplements made from real whole organic food—and they are designed to taste great too. “We wanted to make the supplement experience enjoyable (not just tolerable), so we brought on an in-house Chef to make our products taste great. No more giant horse sized capsules or pinching your nose to down something that tastes like a handful of dirt and grass.” Just a small collection now of multivitamins, protein, probiotics and omega-3s, but I love the concept of supplements actually being foods that taste good!

 

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SaltRox

A pink Himalayan salt cooking plate, manufactured to the safe for cooking, grilling, and baking. This plate enhances and seasons your food with before and during the cooking process. No need for cookware—you heat the slab of salt and cook food directly on it.

 

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Curio Spice Co.

Organic spices and exotic spice blends from around the world and the USA. Spices are sourced direct from origin whenever possible, “with the highest standards in organic and fair trade agriculture. Sourcing from origin highlights the “terroir” of spices from specific regions (just like wine), adding edible luxury, creativity and intense flavor to food, cocktails and more. Simultaneously, Curio’s dedication to direct sourcing and the highest standards in sustainability allow for a premium product and improved farmer livelihoods.”

 

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Chocolita

Hand-crafted raw, white and darkchocolate in a variety of exotic flavors, made with wild superfoods and herbs. They “leave your body feeling nurtured with nutrition and your taste buds stimulated with culinary bliss. We strive to reconnect you with cacao as a health food….We use only wild-crafted and organic ingredients.” Beans are heirloom Arriba Nacional Cacao from Ecuado, a unique and wild species. Whole beans are stone-ground at a low temperature throughout the entire process.

 

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Verdant Kitchen

Farm fresh USA-grown certified organic ginger and turmeric, in capsules and in a wide variety of other delightful food products that celebrate the properties and flavors of these spices. “These spices have been at the intersection of gourmet and wellness for millennia. At Verdant Kitchen, we use our deep knowledge and the finest ingredients from our own organic farm and around the world to unleash these spices and craft unique, delicious and healthful products.”

[Note some food products may contain sugar, ingredients not listed on website (they will read them to you over the phone). I’m giving you this site for USA-grown ginger and turmeric—two spices/supplements that are usually grown in Asia.]

 

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ButterBuzz

If you like “bulletproof” type coffee, but don’t like all the bags and jars of different ingredients, ButterBuzz is perfect for you. “Each BuzzPod is packed full of ingredients that are proven to have a variety of health benefits including boosting metabolism, aiding in weight loss and management, improving cognitive brain function, and supporting your hormonal system.” Each pod contains grass fed butter, raw unfiltered honey, raw vanilla powder, raw cacao butter, ground Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa butter—all organic—and hydrolyzed marine collagen.

 

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Banner Butter

This small-batch butter is made with “patiently-cultured cream from hormone-free, grass-fed cows with no added flavoring. We go big, but only in taste. Everything else is small, simple and slow.” Salted with sea salt, lightly salted, unsalted, or flavored with combinations like balsamic fig with caramelized onion.

 

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Fair Isle

Mostly farm-to-table pantry items (plus botanical skin care and wellness products, all jumbled on one page). “All made by hand 30 miles out sea on the island of Nantucket. Together with my love and Iley’s papa, Jacob, we grow and wild-harvest many of the ingredients used in our culinary provisions, teas and herbs as well as our Vital healing botanical apothecary. If we can’t grow or find something locally we then source from organic sustainable suppliers. Products are made in small batches, often to order, and are packaged in recycled glass jars and bottles with environmentally friendly labels printed in the US.” I’m thinking the selection will change based on available ingredients, so just take a look and see what’s seasonal.

 

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Northwest Wild Foods

A small, family-owned company that is dedicated to offering the “rare and natural wild flavors” of the Pacific Northwest. Both raw foods and prepared into various food products. “Our wild berries are hand-gathered in the lush woodlands of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains where our intrepid pickers often find themselves competing with Black bear, cougar and other native animals for the sweet, juicy berries. Perhaps our favorite wild berry is tiny Wild Mountain Blackberry that our family has been collecting for more than three generations….” Supplies are limited by necessity.

 

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Blue Mountain Organics

A great selection of organic raw and sprouted foods that are hard to find other places. Here you can buy nuts already soaked and sprouted, raw sprouted nut butters, spouted nut, bean and seed flours, raw treats, superfoods, and more. Every product is organic.

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Roots Wrap

A great alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. It is an easy way to do something good for the planet and your food! Our wraps are made right here in beautiful Maui from organic cotton hemp muslin, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. The antibacterial properties of the beeswax, hemp, and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh and allow you to use your Roots Wrap over and over.” Click on the menu item “sustainable way” to read all about their sustainable practices.

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Butcher Box

butcherbox-200100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken and Heritage Breed pork delivered directly to your door for about $6 per serving. Your order arrives in cooler with a note from the butcher describing the cuts of meat and the farms that raised them. I have to say, I ordered a box and the quality of the meat was way above and beyond what I can buy at my local natural food stores or butchers. It’s the best-tasting meat I’ve ever eaten. Really. Just delicious. I’m going to continue to order from them. You buy a box on a subscription basis (1, 2 or 3 month delivery). Choose the all-beef box, or beef in various combinations with pork and chicken. You can also add on extras like sugar-free Paleo bacon, burgers, and ground beef, and change your order any time. “The beef is sourced from a collection of small grass-fed farms. It’s of the utmost quality and tastes incredible. The taste is attributed to our special ButcherBox blend of grasses.”

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Jacobsen Salt Co.

“Harvested from the cold, pristine waters of Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast, Jacobsen Salt Co.’s flake and kosher sea salts have gained much critical acclaim for their beautiful and pure taste, texture, and appearance, and are used by chefs and home cooks around the world. We are proud to be the leader in the emerging vanguard of American Saltmakers, as well as first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark. In addition to an extensive assortment of pure sea salts and infused sea salts, Jacobsen Salt Co. also produces a line of salty confections, cocktail salts, seasonings and spice blends.” Also various prepared food products that use this salt as an ingredient.

 

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Carved Wooden Spoons

Woodenware items you can’t find anywhere else…wooden spoons of all shapes and sizes. From tablespoons, to teaspoons, the wooden spatulas, to the more exotic shaped kitchen utensil, there’s a wooden cooking utensil for every kitchen and occasion. All of my utensils are handcrafted and with proper care can last to be passed down generations. I use sustainably harvested wood and I’m dedicated to making a 100% all natural wood product that will be enjoyed for a lifetime.

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Arbor Teas

Our daily mission is to find the world’s most fantastic organic teas and deliver them to you as sustainably as possible. From our exceptional collection of organic and Fair Trade Certified® teas, to our Carbonfree® business practices, to our backyard compostable package, our passion is steeped in a desire to do worldly good, and our vision is to remain organic to a tea.” They have a wide variety of teas, plus teaware, and lots of information about tea and how to enjoy it.

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Il Morso

This very clever product is described at “the coffee shortcut.” The basic idea is to pack the caffeine kick of a cup of coffee into a small wafer of chocolate. Made with simple organic whole foods—each serving contains only 1g of sugar and 15 – 25 calories. Now I had to try this. Each piece is individually wrapped in a sealed package. When you rip it open, the first thing you smell is coffee. Lovely. The chocolate tasted good and it had a bit of a kick (probably you experience it more or less depending on body size). It’s intended to be a cup of coffee in your pocket. So if you are going to drink coffee, but want something quicker, this all-organic product could do it for you.

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Ulimana

“Let thy dessert be thy medicine” is the motto of these chocolatiers. A proprietary blend of raw, fair trade, organic cacao, low-glycemic organic coconut nectar, organic cacao butter, and organic food flavorings. “Creating exceptional tasting chocolate with healing, nutritional properties was the passion behind UliMana Chocolate Truffles when we began in 2005 in Asheville, NC and this is the mission which continues to drive us forward today. As the first raw chocolate company, we remember the light that went off when we discovered raw chocolate to be one of the most, if not the most, nutrient rich and complex foods known to man, and how our bodies have the ability to thrive as long as we eat real, unadulterated food. And this is the light we see in others as we continually educate people on the benefits of raw chocolate and how they too can thrive.Our creative and joyful chocolatiers are devoted to making our truffles using the purest and finest, certified organic ingredients. UliMana Chocolate Truffles are hand rolled with care, often to the sound of stories, laughter and singing of the women gathered around the truffle table. This is truly a chocolate made with joy in every bite.” Can’t wait to try these!

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Jacobs & Brichford

Producers of raw milk cheese on their family’s Hoosier Homestead Farm. “Making cheese from our solely grass-fed dairy cows, we continue to live and work on the farm that has been in the family since 1819. We believe in a sustainable future and our cheese is one way we can bring that vision to you.”

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Amagansett Sea Salt

Premium finishing salt, to be added to food on your plate. “Amagansett Sea Salt is crafted entirely by hand in small batches from seawater harvested from the Atlantic Ocean. All steps – from the ocean to the jar – take place in Amagansett, a small, oceanfront hamlet in the Hamptons area of Long Island, New York. Our process is entirely natural, requiring only the sun, the wind, a strong back, and patience. By carefully balancing solar evaporation and exposure to the crisp, clear ocean breezes, our Amagansett Sea Salt forms slowly into crystals with a mild, sweet, flavor and a distinctive soft “crunch” that enhances any food. Clean water. Clean air. Exceptional sea salt. The best salt comes from clean, cold, fast-moving ocean water solar-evaporated outdoors in clean, fresh ocean air. We are not a salt importer or blender; rather we make our crystals. Our salt is made outdoors in the sunshine and bathed by ocean breezes, not under a roof or in a greenhouse. We do not boil or oven-dry our seawater or salt. We use no chemicals or anti-caking agents. We have taken excruciatingly difficult steps to eliminate all metal from contacting our sea water and salt crystals. Producing salt this way is hard, labor intensive and weather dependent, but the results are worth it.” Pure salt and salt blends.

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Cattails Woodwork

Beautiful wooden kitchenware in simple yet artful designs. Wood Mason jar tops, rolling pins, spurtels, door stops, ceramic burr coffee grinders with wood lids and hand crank, breadboards, knife racks, cake pedestals…”Each piece is skillfully crafted from solid wood to create something that is not only beautiful and soft to the touch but it will last for generations. My belief is that we should buy and use things that are wonderful to both the hand and eye, very functional works that do not have to be replaced, heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations. These special works made from wood bring a warm touch of nature into our lives. love my job..EVERY SINGLE DAY.” This is just how I live, All my day-to-day things have to be natural and beautiful. This website is in Canada, but I had to make an exception.

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Back to Organics

Flavored salts made from the purest salts and fresh herbs and zests. “Back to Organic Fresh Herb and Zest Salts are blended in small batches using the finest, mineral rich sea salts, organic spices, citrus zests and fresh herbs. By using fresh herbs and citrus zests, we preserve the flavor and natural, essential oils in the salt. Essential oils contain many vital vitamins and antioxidants to remove free radicals, boost the immune system, and improve circulation and digestion. Our gourmet salts are so flavorful you only need a pinch to create simple and delicious meals.” Packaged in glass.

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Teeny Tiny Spice Company

Certified organic spice blends from around the world—common and unusual. Like chocolate chili, British curry, Oaxaca Adobo…“We hand blend and package the cleanest, most flavorful spice and herb blends available. Our seasonings cover a broad array of world cuisines and cooking styles from curries to barbeque to dessert, and include salt free and low sodium products. All of our products are pure food. Nothing is hidden with all ingredients listed on every package so that you know exactly what you are putting in your body. We also provide over 150 recipes on our recipe site.”

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Ball Mason Jars

From manufacturer customer service: “Our jars are Made in America and are annealed glass which is lead-free and food safe.They are made from lime, soda, cullet and silica. Our lids are BPA free and made of tin plated steel with a red ring plastisol sealant.”

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Traditional Foods Market

A collection of whole food supplements developed by Ramiel Nagel, author of three popular nutrition books that recommend whole foods for healing. “I found many of the foods I wanted to buy at the health food store did not reflect my own personal food values. I know that my family and yours needs food without additives, food that is pure, and food that comes from humanely raised pasture-fed animals. I want you to enjoy what you buy here, and I want what you buy here to make you healthier and to sustain you and your family…If we won’t eat it, we won’t sell it, no matter how profitable it could be.” Supplements include things like Organic True Whole Food Vitamin C made from certified organic acerola cherries from a biodynamic farmer, free-range pasture-fed organic colostrum, and free-range pasture-red whole bone calcium.

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Winterwoods Tea Company

“Farm to Tea Cup…Winterwoods Tea Company produces small batch artisan teas hand mixed in Spokane, Washington. We’re passionate about creating delicious gourmet teas using only the finest 100% organic and fair trade ingredients. We begin by sourcing our ingredients from high quality small, local farms and distributors, many of them from within the Northwest. As a mother-daughter based business we are able to hand mix each batch of tea in small batches to ensure top quality flavor and freshness.”

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Rawclates

Chocolate bars made from raw, artisan stoneground cacao, coconut sugar and superfoods. “All of Rawlates’ handcrafted gluten free, kosher artisan chocolates are made locally in Brooklyn, NY, created with a passion for pleasing the most enthusiastic chocolate lover…Hadara blends her 25 years of expertise in culinary arts and healing practices to create each unique Rawclate.” I tried these and they are delicious. Very low glycemic. Soy-free, dairy-free, non GMO, organic.

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Azure Standard

A free-to-join food coop. “Azure reduces waste and saves you money by connecting directly with independent growers and food producers, shortening the cycle and handling of your food. You have access to organic farm-fresh veggies and dried bulk foods, grass-fed dairy and frozen meats, raw honey and non-GMO oils, packaged foods, nutritional supplements and beauty products. Your order is processed at our massive warehouse in Oregon, packed in recycled boxes with your name on it, and put on a truck that delivers straight to you…What started out as an organic farm over 40 years ago, has since grown into the largest independent natural and organic food distributor in the country. As a result of extraordinary growth and steadfast commitment, Azure now delivers more than 12,500 non-GMO and organic products direct to families, manufacturers and retailers across the nation, including Hawaii and Alaska. Customers love the many options for bulk and family-friendly sizes…We support a free and independent food supply chain where our customers can choose clean and quality foods they trust. And, we provide food producers with a strong base of ardent customers who appreciate them, will support them and help them thrive.”

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Golden Moon Tea

“Tea, the whole tea, nothing but the tea…no pesticides, no GMOs, no chemically treated teabags and not “natural” or artificial flavors.” Plus “toxin free teaware, including a double wall glass tea cup to keep your tea hot.

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Kaufmann Mercantile

If I lived down the street from this store, I would be there constantly. First I would buy the waterproof waxed cotton canvas lunch bag. “Home pared down to the essentials….From the very beginning, the Kaufmann Mercantile team has worked closely with makers and manufacturers from around the world, sharing a deep appreciation for products made with honest, lasting materials and grounded in a sense of place. Our new endeavor, Kaufmann, is dedicated to the simple yet focused pursuit of distilling a piece to its most essential elements. Each is made in the United States by hand.” Furniture, dinnerware, bags, kitchenware, candles, all thoughtfully and beautifully designed from natural materials. Cookware and bakeware is all clay, porcelain and soapstone.

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Life of Riley Foods

Specialty small-batch nut butters, with interesting twists. The cashew butter, for example, contains two kinds of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, other spices, and honey. Their sunberry butter has bits of dried cherries and strawberries. “We promote the good life through good food. We craft our small-batch specialty nut butters using only the highest quality ingredients to create unique blends inspired by our passion for superb eats and healthy living. We source local, organic, non-GMO ingredients wherever possible, and our products are always gluten, grain, soy, dairy, and artificial stuff-free, sweetened only with touches of pure maple sugar, raw honey or dried fruit.”

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A & B American Style

They had me with their headline: “Our mission is to take sugar out of the American diet.” They make all-natural condiments using real, whole ingredients. No sugar. Nothing artificial. At the moment it’s a few pepper sauces. But I hope they do more and go organic.

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Cultures for Health

The best way for me to describe this website is “organic do-it-yourself heaven!” They sell natural unscented bases for bodycare products, plus anything you might want to put in them. Then they also sell all kinds of DIY for making foods like fermented foods, cheesemaking, brewing, sprouting, and more. Their message is You Can Do This yourself at home, and they provide everything from supplies to instructions to cheering you on. I love this site and can’t wait to use it to make things myself.

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Coconut Secret

Delicious condiments made from the sap of the coconut tree, using raw methods aging or evaporating at low temperatures. Their Coconut Aminos is one of my favorite condiments—slightly sweet with very low carbs. They also make Coconut Vinegar, Coconut Nectar (sweetener) and coconut crystals (sweetener). Read their website for lots of information about coconut nutrition and harvesting.

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Bamboo Leaf Tea

Tea “made from 100% bamboo leaves grown and processed by hand in sunny Florida without the use of any chemicals. We grow our plants with the utmost care and attention to nutritional value and sustainable agriculture.” Bamboo leaf tea has a wonderful sweet, green flavor and is rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and silica.

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Willful

Extraordinary wooden bowls, plates, cutting boards, utensils and more, with unique, colorful, stylish design details. “All of our wood comes from the USA and is either FSC certified or salvaged locally from naturally felled trees.” They also use a food-safe synthetic silicone rubber.

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Infinity Jars

The largest collection of unique styles of ultraviolet glass jars that preserve the freshness of foods, herbs, and other organic materials. “We guarantee you can leverage the incredible power of these jars to maintain the optimum freshness of nearly any foodstuff, dried good, lotion, or essential oil.”

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Bambeco

A great collection of “sustainable home goods” that reduce environmental impact as well as being less toxic. Products include furniture, home decor, kitchen and entertaining, bed and bath, and outdoor. All very stylish with their own designs. “At Bambeco, we strive to inspire sustainable living. We’re committed to making a sustainable lifestyle accessible and attainable. Every home good we offer has a purpose – to reduce consumption and pollution, protect natural resources, replenish and restore the planet, and celebrate people everywhere. To meet this commitment, all of our home goods are made with reclaimed, recycled, natural, renewable, and organic materials, with the utmost respect for the Earth and its people.”

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Organicville

A great selection of condiments made from organic ingredients and natural sweeteners. Ketchup and mustard, chili sauce, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, pizza and pasta sauce, salsas, teriyaki sauce, and a whole collection of international flavor sauces, including organic sriracha, Korean BBQ sauce and other favorite flavors.

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PieBox

Simple, unfinished wood boxes, one designed to carry pies, one designed to carry cookies, and one designed to carry cupcakes. “Wherever you go, whatever you bake, PieBox will get you there.PieBox designs reusable wooden pastry carriers and accessories. Handcrafted with love in the wonderful USA.” I love these. It a great way to take your organic sweets to potlucks and parties and picnics.

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NutriGold

A full line of dietary supplements that are organic, non-GMO, whole-food, food-sourced, fair-trade, sustainable, soy-free, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan, manufacturers to industry-defining quality standard without the premium price tag. Closest distance from source to shelf—sourced, processed, and manufacturers in the USA.

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Au Bon Broth Bone Broth

“Ultra-premium home-made quality bone broth that gels so thick you can literally cut it with a butter knife.” They produce two kinds of organic bone broth. One includes organic beef, organic chicken, and organic turkey bones, plus vegetables and seasonings. The other is just organic, bones, water, and a bit of apple cider vinegar. “We individually source every ingredient that goes into our bone broth and use the same exact meat suppliers that Whole Foods Market does. We prioritize ingredients above everything else because what goes into the animal’s body goes into your body when you consume the broth. All bones are from USDA organic animals that have not been exposed to heavy metals and have also been humanely raised on open pastures with clean NON-GMO diets free of antibiotics, hormones and grains. We use only organic vegetables and herbs and our water is reverse osmosis filtered, ensuring the final bone broth is as pure and flavorful as it is packed full of vitamins, minerals and gelatin.” Not inexpensive, but this is healing food.

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Organic Pure Foods

Premium raw organic chia seeds and oils,”carefully selected for purity and high nutritional content. We painstakingly evaluate and test hundreds of thousands of pounds of chia seeds, choosing only the best. We directly participate in the field to-table process of growing and bringing this premium seed to your family. All our chia seeds are carefully selected to insure the highest omega 3, protein, and fiber content. You will be able to taste and feel the difference.”

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Pines Wheatgrass

Highest quality wheatgrass grown with exceptional methods. Grown in PINES rich glacial soil on certified organic family farms that receive plenty of natural rainfall so that irrigation is not necessary. Computerized facilities produce green superfood powders using ambient temperatures to maintain the peak nutrition of fresh wheatgrass. All their green superfoods are packaged in dark glass bottles and special metal caps with oxygen removed to prevent loss of nutrition and color that occurs with other packaging. Owned by the same family since 1976.

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E3Live

Fresh-frozen liquid organic blue-green algae (AFA), wild-harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. “Our E3Live is an all-organic superfood. It is 100% Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). This nutrient dense superfood contains over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Our plant-based superfood is non-GMO, vegan and a rich source of chlorophyll…we offer only the best quality products on the market. We are very critical and selective when it comes to harvesting, filtering, testing and formulating all our products. As with any wild-grown food, you want to be sure that you are getting 100% safe and edible AFA, harvested by the most reputable of harvesters.” Since 1991.

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The Sweet Farm

Naturally fermented sauerkrauts made with nothing but organic (local when possible) vegetables, sea salt, and spices. “Our traditional fermentation methods produce fresh, crisp and tangy krauts that pair well with just about any meal. In addition to their great taste, our krauts are full of probiotics, beneficial bacteria that help nourish your digestive system.” If you don’t want to make your own, try these.

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Super Edibles

“Foods that have the best nutritional and aesthetic qualities:” nuts and seeds, dried fruits, herbs and spices, teas, cacao and coconut, powdered foods, and extracts and oils. “Superedibles sources the best quality foods from the most trustworthy suppliers we can find. We always choose quality over price. Our aim is to always provide products that are Raw, Organic and Kosher and have superior nutritional qualities. The products we provide are meant to facilitate your nutrition and wellness. We source the finest products for the best possible value. ”

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Rock Timber

Kitchen products made from natural slate, including cheese boards, serving plates, chalkboards, coasters, plates, trays. “Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. Its durability is next to none and used for roofs and floors across the globe that have lasted in the elements for hundreds of years!”

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Livliga Dinnerware

Elegant portion control dinnerware made of sustainable and durable porcelain. Attractive designs make it easy to put controlled portions on a plate and have it look appealing. Dinnerware is “lead free” and uses only FDA approved, food-safe inks for the decoration.

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Wild Mountain Paleo Market

A full selection of organic foods chosen around Paleo guidelines. So if you’re on a Paleo diet, you can eat everything on this site. Includes baked goods and baking supplies, granola, chocolate, coconut products, condiments, crackers and chips, fermented foods, dips and spreads, herbs and spices, jerky and dried meat, nuts and seeds, ut butters, oils and fats, pasta and sauce, salad dressing, seafood, soup and stock sprouted foods, sweet snacks, sweeteners, supplements and much more. You’ll find many foods here that are not on your natural food store shelves, and ideas for what you can eat on a paleo diet. Read ingredients carefully as some items do contain natural sweeteners. Also Paleo body care.

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Infinity Greens

Superfood blend whole food supplements that are 100% organic, raw, wild-crafted, vegan-friendly and free from dairy, wheat, wheat grass, gluten, soy, peanuts and gmos. More than greens, they also have vitamin C, plant protein, meal bars, and more. “We only work with suppliers that utilize ecological, sustainable and fair trade practices. This commitment to superior ingredients and equitable business dealings is critical to the quality and effectiveness of our unique formula. You can rely on the fact that every superfood ingredient we use is produced by the very best, and is 100% organic, wild crafted, raw, and vegan.”

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Pure 7 Chocolate

Raw, organic, unprocessed chocolate bars and bites, sweetened with organic honey. 72 or 80 percent cocoa. “We craft raw artisan chocolate using the world’s purest and best organic ingredients, and use innovative low heat techniques to keep the chocolate in its most pure and potent form. After lots of experimenting (and lots of tasting), we came up with a groundbreaking method of making mouth-watering chocolate, sweetened naturally using only raw honey. What’s not to love? There’s no dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugars, preservatives, or chemicals in our chocolate – only organic, pure ingredients.” I’ve tasted this chocolate and it’s delicious! Even though it’s raw and pure, it’s like a regular chocolate bar…only better.

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Long Life Teas

“Long Life Tea was developed over 400 years ago for the Emperor of the Ming Dynasty by his Royal Physicians. The Emperor was very specific that his tea must provide pleasure & health, have an attractive appearance, and provide a pleasant aroma. Today all Long Life Teas honor these same principals. We create organic, good tasting healthy teas and each blend follows the Chinese philosophy of bringing balance and harmony.” All teas are handcrafted, using the finest quality certified organic herbs and teas. “The filter paper is not heat-sealable, therefore no type of glue has been added to it, the thread is made of natural cotton and the innovative method for fixing the thread does not use metal staples or adhesives, and each tag offers a special proverb.” Choose from green teas combined with various herbs, plus a detox tea and the original “long life” blend.

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Transcendent Tea

Handcrafted, artisanal teas, blended and packaged by hand and with love in small batches in California. 100% certified organic and sustainably wildcrafted botanicals, freshly harvested, whole leaf ingredients, pure plant ingredients; no added flavorings. “A medicinal plant is only as good as the terrain in which it’s grown. We select only certified organic and sustainably wildcrafted botanicals grown in pristine environments and cultivated by ecologically-minded farmers. We work closely with local organic farmers and environmentally-conscious growers in Europe and South America to ensure our ingredients are of the highest, purest quality.” Ingredients page.

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Cafe Mam

European-grade Arabica coffee—100% organic, 100% fair-trade, shade grown, fresh roasted. The coffee is grown by fair trade cooperatives of native Mayan farmers living in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. The farmers believe that by taking care of the soil, they are taking care of the entire biosystem. Though this site sells only one type of bean, you can select a level of caffeine, a particular roast, and your preferred grind (and all are explained on the site). Half-pound sample bag is only $5.25.

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Polder’s Old World Market

Gorgeous, gourmet wooden spoons, scoops, measuring spoons and cups, handmade by members of a family that live on a farm in Tennessee. “We use local fallen hardwoods almost exclusively. It is a delight to us to be able to utilize a resource that would otherwise decay and waste on the forest floor and it is so incredible to open up a log and find such a beautiful variety of art inside. We are continually amazed that God has hidden such beauty underneath the rough bark of the tree. This creative way of sourcing wood allows us to offer a really stunning variety of wood types, grains and colors…We finish all of our wooden products with our signature blend of olive oil and beeswax. Over time, we’ve come to call it wood butter, and the younger members of the family especially love to hand finish our products with the cream. It is amazing to watch a piece of dry wood burst to life when wood butter is spread over the smooth surface and rubbed in. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole process. “ Expensive.

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Red Duck Organic Ketchup

Classic and flavored ketchup made from organic ingredients. Contains organic cane sugar. “The three of us met as MBA students at the University of Oregon, where we discovered our shared passion for food and experimenting with new flavors. For a class project, we decided that conventional ketchup just wasn’t cutting it for us. So we decided to make our own.”

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Chicaoji

A unique spicy sauce made of Goji berries and caceo with smoky chipotles. “Ingredients are organic, vegan, gluten & GMO free and (mostly) raw. “Chicaoji’s unique combination of flavors registers across the entire palate. Sweet and tangy goji berries balance the right bitterness of cacao. Tart apple cider vinegar compliment’s agave nectar’s sweetness. Smoky chipotles heat things up jest enough while Celtic Sea Salt™ weaves all the flavor together. I believe food is medicine. I selected Chicaoji’s ingredients because of their long recognized health benefits. But they’re not just nutritional—they’re delicious!” Check out the ingredients tab for a whole page of information about each ingredient.

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Highland Organics

Organic Wild Maine Blueberries made into unique products. Their “Blueberry Barque” is “the sweet blueberry fruit harvested at the peak of summer and dehydrated into a yummy blueberry chip.” No sweeteners, sulfites or preservatives. Pureed and dehydrated blueberries are also made into sprinkles and placed into steeping bags to make a blueberry drink. And blueberry leaf tea. Now if you are wondering how blueberries can be both “wild” and “organic”…They are certified organic, but the blueberry bushes are not planted. The plants are wild and the farmer “clears the forest” around them, bringing more light and air and pollination. It’s that cleared space around the plants that is maintained as the “field” and is certified organic because it meets organic requirements.

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Real Raw Food

“Our purpose is to provide unheated, non GMO, pure organically grown foods at a fair price. That means paying more to the grower in some cases and selling lower to the consumer in most cases. To do this we go to the source. There we learn how the food is grown and processed to insure it is living food farmed ethically and sustainably. Most products are shipped directly from the producer to us. These foods are what we want to eat but many of them just aren’t to be found in stores,..We are helping others as well as ouselves acquire the freshest and tastiest truly raw foods we can find….Our raw food items include: honey, cacao, goji berries, vanilla beans, coconut oil, agave nectar, dried fruit, olives, almonds, pecan nuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, organic dates, maca powder, sunflower lecithin, chocolate, spirulina and more.”

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Vedica Organics

Traditional Indian foods, USDA certified organically grown in India and GMO-free. Aromatic rices, stone-milled flours , classic Indian pulses, chutneys, spices, teas, and read-to-eat dishes. “We source all our foods from the organic farms directly and deliver at your doorstep, through online orders. Our foods are natural and healthy, and are known to bring holistic wellness in every aspect of life.” Many gluten-free ingredients.

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Mustard and Co.

Mustards made with freshly ground raw organic mustard seeds. Their unique “cold” process preserves the spicy volatile oils. These are combined with premium ingredients, including organic extra-virgin olive oil, filtered water, and Jacobsen Salt Co, sea salt to make a set of mustards with vibrant flavors. “Right away, you’ll notice that our mustard is thinner than many others you’ve been accustomed to. This is primarily due to our determination to preserve the raw properties of each of the ingredients we use. In other words, we opt not to add in any thickeners or emulsifiers. You’ll recognize all of our ingredients, and what you see is what you get – fresh, raw, and bold mustard.”

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Spicely Organics

More than one hundred organic spices and seasonings, many that you won’t find in your natural food store. “All of our organic spices and seasonings are shipped, steam-sterilized and packaged under our very strict guidelines, ensuring that each and every one of our customers are able to trust and enjoy any and all of our products. By respecting the earth and its environment and the natural organism that is the human body, each and every one of our spices and seasonings are ethically sourced and are free of added chemicals or hazardous materials. We set our production standards extremely high as we understand that you expect the same. Browse and enjoy Spicely Organics spices and seasonings with the peace of mind that comes from knowing we support wholesome nourishment in all of its delicious forms..” Also a small selection of organic teas and organic chocolate flavored with their teas and spices (sweetened with organic cane sugar).

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SerendipiTea

More than 100 certified organic teas and tisanes. This site has a charming philosophy all it’s own and many unique teas. Blended teas include herbs, florals, fruits, or spices. They even have biodynamic teas that go beyond organic.As appreciation of tea grows in the United States of America, fine tea should be made available to all people at accessible prices in a greater market place- without sacrificing quality and taste.We are committed to the highest quality loose leaf tea, selecting fine certified organics when available. Working closely with tea gardens, estates and specialists around the world, maintaining knowledge and expertise regarding all facets of tea and production.We are environmentally responsible, utilizing organic farms and all-natural products. Committed to Earth-friendly packaging including post-consumer recycled and biodegradable materials and water-based inks.

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Minnesota Nice Spice

Listen to my interview with Debb Masterson, Founder of Minnesota Nice Spice

Organically-grown, hand-blended, globally-inspired seasoning blends. Proceeds are donated to help artists with disabilities. But these are no ordinary seasoning blends. I tried them and every single one I tried gave me a burst of fresh flavor that made me say “wow!”. They are just perfectly blended. Blends feature flavors from all over the world. My favorite was the Island Spice Dessert Blend, which contains all the warm winter spices.

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Bella Viva Orchards

A wonderful selection of delicious organically grown fruits and nuts, including apples, apricots, currents, cherries, cranberries, his, mangos, peaches, pears, persimmons, strawberries, the usual raisins and prunes, and more. I first found them at the Ferry Building Farmers Market in San Francisco, so I’ve tasted the high quality of these fruits myself. Excellent.

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Fire Cider

A flavorful organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar that can be used as a culinary condiment or taken as a health tonic. “To the base of certified organic apple cider vinegar, we’ve added whole, raw, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic and turmeric. We let this mixture steep for 6 weeks at room temperature, to preserve the living vinegar culture and delicate flavors of the ingredients. Lastly, we blend a generous helping of raw wildflower honey into the mix. The result is potent but balanced, offering layers of sweet, tart and spice.”

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Real Time Farms

real-time-farmsA crowd-sourced nationwide food guide that enables you to trace you food back to the farm it came from, whether staying in or dining out. The site lists food and farms, food artisans, farmer’s markets and eateries. Listed eateries give links to their farm sources. This site welcomes your submission of farms, photos, food artisans, farmers markets, and eateries. It’s free. A great place to share your local finds and great meals. Please use and contribute to this. It has the potential to be an incredible resource.

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Pure Indian Foods

A wide variety of organic Indian groceries, including organic grassfed ghee, organic Indian spices and other Indian groceries and food supplies that are hard-to-find in the United States. “We have been producing our delicious, nutritious, pure ghee fresh in small batches for five generations, ensuring undoubted quality. Using only non-homogenized milk obtained from cows during the spring and fall — when the grass is rapidly growing — we are able to give our products fat-soluble vitamins and conjugated linoleic acid.”

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Wakaya Perfection

Ginger, turmeric and kava—to take as supplements and for culinary use—grown, harvested, and processed way beyond organic. “Using our own proprietary strain of Pink Fijian Ginger, we plant, till and harvest exclusively by hand, and the tropical rains are Wakaya’s sole source of irrigation. Our ginger and dilo plants are both free of industrial pollutants, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Wakaya Perfection Ginger is processed by hand. We grow our unique Fijian pink ginger in wide, sloping paddocks at a high elevation to prevent erosion. We hand-harvest our crops in paddocks to eliminate a mechanical footprint that could compromise the integrity of the crops. No machinery touches our ginger crops, only caring hands cultivate the earth. No chemically treated water is ever used in irrigation. All washing of crops prior to processing is done with fresh rainwater from our catchment system.”

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Mason Jars ReCaps

A variety of caps you can use with Mason jars and Classico pasta sauce jars to give them new functions. The pour cap lets to store liquids and dry ingredients to carry or pour whenever you want. Adapta Cap lets you turn a glass jar into a sprayer for cleaning products. Flip opens to a large diameter so you can open the top without unscrewing the iid and reach inside for contents contents (you can also purchase screens to turn it into a shaker. All caps come in assorted bright colors. Made in the USA from BPA-free food grade polypropylene.

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Old Faithful Shop

Just as it’s name implies, this website is full of “old failthful” kitchenware and housewares—”good quality goods for simple, everyday living…trusty, well-built heirloom pieces that are classic in design and only enhanced by the passage of time.” This Canadian shop was inspired by a general stored run by a co-founder’s grandparents and their parents before them. You’ll find such things as glass storage jars with walnut lids, wood and natural bristle cleaning brushes (I was searching for this when I found them), huge cotton aprons with leather straps, wooden door wedge, Designs are elegant, old-fashioned and plastic-free.

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Terrahue

Tableware and spice jars. Plates in seven sizes and shapes, made from fallen palm leaves. Colorful spice jars “are handcrafted by artisans according to Terrahue specifications from wood that are harvested in a sustainable manner. The jars are coated with shellac, an organic lac and colored using vegetable dyes.”

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Kwai

Single use dishes and bowls.”We take the fallen fronds of the areca palm tree and turn them into one-of-a-kind, fully biodegradable, sturdy tableware. Our products combine form with function — they impress guests, are ideal for formal or casual indoor or outdoor use, and play a role in sustaining the earth…without any adhesives or additives. Each plate bears the unique imprint of the leaf from which it was made.”

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Strawsome

Safe, fun, reusable glass drinking straws. Made from the stongest commercially available glass in the world. Straight or bent, 7 different colors, and playful designs. Straws come in various diameters and lengths to match your needs for different types of beverages. They even have carrying cases so you can take your glass straw anywhere you go. Dishwasher safe, designed and handmade in the USA, kid-friendly.

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The Algonquin Tea Company

Certified Organic Herbal Teas using only plants that are indigenous to the Algonquin bio-region. “We have growing and harvesting areas in Whitney, located at the east gate of Algonquin Park on the Madawaska River, where we practice Permaculture Forest gardening, and in Golden Lake on a 200-acre homestead where we are growing certified organic herbs, as well as many other locations. All of our herbs are wildcrafted (handpicked in the wild) in a sustainable manner (picking amounts that a deer would graze). Those herbs which are more rare are grown organically using non-mechanical, ecologically integrated and permacultural methods. No fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides are used in or anywhere near where the herbs are grown or picked for the Algonquin Tea Co…We invite you to join us in our love of the Earth as you relax with a cup of tea, knowing not only that the tea is good for you, but that the Earth gives you Her blessings.”

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Urthware Cutting Boards

“Naturally safe cutting boards and kitchenware without the toxic, synthetic and/or petroleum based chemicals found in most cutting boards. From our organic finishes to our all natural gum tree rubber feet. We go out of our way to create products that are as natural as possible and healthy for your family to use. Why buy expensive organic food just to place it on either a plastic cutting board, a glue filled bamboo board (usually an untested glue) or a wooden board containing toxic glues (untested) or scrap lumber or lumber obtained in unethical ways? When you now do have a choice. Urthware, naturally safe kitchenware…ZERO glues and ZERO petroleum based coatings. They are the most natural and safe cutting boards we can possibly produce…We use North American Hard Maple for most of our cutting boards. Hard Maple has the perfect blend of hardness for durabilty and softness to not dull your knife blades. It also has been shown in studies to not harbor bacteria.”

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Imlak’esh Organics

A sustainable, intentional company that specializes in the import and distribution of superfoods ethically sourced from small-scale organic farmers around the world. They are committed to working directly with farmers, cooperatives, and like-minded companies to grow abundance for all people on the planet. “We want to promote a lifestyle of gratitude, intention, and integrity that centers around the nutrition we choose for our bodies.” These superfoods are sold individually, with all their nutritional benefits explained.

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Sanctuary Organics

Whole organic fruit powders and extracts “made from the purest, most nutritious and highest quality fruits in the world.” Each has a description of the superfood and nutritional benefits. “All products undergo rigorous testing for purity and to ensure no contaminants are present. Various stages of testing are conducted throughout the process including third party testing. Analysis throughout the process includes HPTLC, UV, GC, HPLC, and/or USP analysis.”

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Lifefactory

Mobile glass containers with protective silicone sleeves allows you take glass containers anywhere without breaking. Drinking glasses, oven-to-table square food storage containers with lids, water bottles, and baby bottles all come with a silicone sleeves in a variety of bright colors. Great for carrying lunches and snacks wherever you go.

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Vegetabowls

Delightful earthenware that look exactly like fruits and vegetables! Slip-cast from molds made from real fruits and vegetables, the unique organic qualities of each fruit and vegetable comes through in each piece. Hand painted with nontoxic, food-safe glazes that reflect the bright colors of it’s edible inspiration. Made in the USA.

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Zenbunni Chocolate

A very different and pretty amazing chocolate! One of the best if you want to eat chocolate in it’s purest form as a superfood. First they start off with artisinal stone ground biodynamic cacao and then handcraft bars using “a wide open range of certified biodynamic, organic, and wild foraged heirloom spices, herbs, leaves, flowers, nuts, oils, salts and minerals to soothe, inspire, amaze, delight, health and nurture you, all graciously provided by Mother Nature.” They have many astounding flavors, sold individually and in sets. Sweetened with a “proprietary mineral-rich sugar blend of biodynamic cane jaggery (whole cane sugar), and organic coconut flower nectar.”

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Giddy YoYo

A delightful and playful website that is serious about finding the most toxic-free superfoods in existence. They work “almost nonstop” to bring us some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. From their humble beginnings in farmer’s markets in 2009, they now offer “hand made organic wild heirloom raw dark chocolate bars and nutrients dense ethically and super selectively sourced superfoods. Always true fair trade, organic, mineralized, delicious, and full of love and gratitude.” The thing I noticed about this company is their product description show an awareness of toxics that goes far beyond most food providers. Like “Another noteworthy aspect regarding the growing conditions of GY CANE JUICE CRYSTALS is that spraying of chemtrails is not allowed in Ecuador. Most other agricultural regions of the world are bombarded daily with chemtrails.” Amazing!

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Vita Salva Glass Works

Listen to my interviews with Maria Jindra, Co-Founder of Vita Salva Glass Works

Keep foods, herbs, water, and other organic materials fresh longer in violet glass. “Miron violet glass jars and bottles are state of the art, premier containers offering an attractive and amazing alternative to steel, clear glass, or plastic containers. Violet containers preserve and vitalize your finest foods, herbs, cooking oils, seeds, nuts, super foods, filtered water, and more due to research and development through the decades by scientists in Europe. The biophotonic violet glass acts as a filter. In ambient light alone, the jars and bottles preserve and also enhance the contents through electromagnetic wavelengths of UV(a) and FAR infrared (IR) which penetrate through the glass, and it completely blocks the damaging rays from reaching your ingredients. This unique combination offers optimal protection against the ageing processes that are released by visible light, thus lengthening durability and potency of your products.” Bottles and jars come in many sizes and shapes to meet all needs.

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Beantrees Gourmet Coffee

Listen to my interview with Barrie Gromala, Cofounder and President of Beantrees Fine Organic Coffee

One of my readers told me about this website because it’s the only coffee she can drink, and it turned out to be the first company to sell only organic coffee. Beantrees started in 1993, at a time when nobody was selling organic coffee and nobody knew about it. And today, Beantrees is known for it’s gourmet organic coffees, including naturally-flavored coffees and mountain-water decaffinated. They have many celebrity clients and their coffee was even served at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Thrive Market

3000+ healthy, natural products, always 35-50% off, delivered free to your door. 15% off your first order. You can search by a variety of different choices such as manufacturer, special diets, made by hand, sourced direct from farmers, certified organic etc. It’s all packaged products you would find at any natural food store, they just cost less. Also personal care products and household cleaners, remedies and supplements. You have to register to look at the site (but it’s free), then with your first purchase you start a free 30-day trial membership. See how much you save, cancel at any time. At the end of the 30 days, it’s $59.95 to shop at Thrive Market for a year, but the idea is you should save much more than that. “We’ve curated the Thrive Market catalog to include each of the top products from hundreds of the leading natural products brands across categories like cooking ingredients, healthy snacks, nutritional supplements, natural home goods, and bath & beauty…What you will find: over 2,500 of the most popular natural products from the very best brands – brands that exude the values of health, sustainability, and premium quality.

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One Degree Organic Foods

Listen to my interview with One Degree Organic Food Founding partner and Vice-President of Marketing and Sales Danny Houghton.

An innovative company that tells you exactly the source of every ingredient in every one of their certified organic products. Go online or use your phone app to see videos of growers, pictures of farms and more. Products include ancients grains (sprouted to make nutrients more available) made into flours, breads and breakfast cereals, naturally sweetened with coconut sugar. Ingredients can also be purchased individually for home use. They also have their ingredients grown “veganic” which is organic without any animal byproducts that contain heavy metals.

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Gnosis Chocolate

Listen to Gnosis Chocolate founder Vanessa Barg on Toxic Free Talk Radio

This is my personal #1 choice for chocolate. Not only is it delicious, but it is made with “ethically sourced RAW Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, & Madagascar – and add low-glycemic sweeteners (including coconut sugar), nutrient-dense superfoods & medicinal herbs sourced fastidiously from the Amazon to the Himalayas.”  Their products are certified Organic, Vegan, and Kosher, and are free of soy, gluten, and dairy. “The result is a functional, decadent chocolate that will delight your taste buds, awaken your senses & provide profound nourishment.” I can vouch for that! Choose from chocolate bars, truffles, trail mixes, cocoa elixers, and supplements. Use promo code “toxicfree10” for 10 percent off your purchase ($30 minimum).

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CocoVia

CocoVia wholefood supplements give you all the benefits of eating chocolate, without the calories, fat, or sugar (of course, without the pleasure of eating chocolate too!). They use their own patented Cocapro process to guarantee the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols in a dietary supplement. “Cocoa flavanols are the beneficial phytonutrients (also known as plant-based nutrients) found naturally in cocoa, and no other food on Earth can match cocoa’s unique blend of flavanols. That’s why experts refer to the cocoa bean as nature’s most surprising ‘superfruit.’ When consumed daily, cocoa flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation†, which is important for overall health as well as cardiovascular health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow and exercise performance” You can also use this unsweetened powder in recipes that are provided on the site.

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Taza Chocolate

Stone ground, organic, fair trade chocolate. “We stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.” High percentage cacao 95%, 87%, 80%…this is seriously bittersweet. Chocolate discs, chocolate covered treats and a lot more.

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Theo Chocolate

“The first Organic and Fair Trade fair for Life Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in North America…Since 2006, we’ve been making the highest quality chocolate from the world’s best cocoa beans, grown in the most sustainable ways possible.” All organic ingredients, including organic sugar. Chocolate bars with unusual flavors, caramels, confections, gift boxes.

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Chocolate Bar Database

1374 chocolate bars, representing 334 chocolate makers, and counting, all indexed by name, maker, ingredients, origin, and organic, milk, no soy, and more. Most contain sugar, some contain soy, and other things you might want to watch out for, but this is such a good resource to help you find the chocolate that is right for you, or to find the ingredients of a brand of chocolate you are wondering about. Debbie and Vic have tasted all these chocolates, with a pile of wrappers for proof.

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Videri Chocolate Factory

I was walking down the street in Raleigh, North Carolina and happened to find this chocolate factory that makes wonderful, simple chocolate bars with all organic ingredients. Though these chocolate bars contain sugar, I’m including them because they are otherwise free from any artificial ingredients. Organic fair trade cocoa, real vanilla beans…”No soy lecithin, no xanthan gum, no emulsifiers or artificial flavorings. Just whole, organic and fair-trade ingredients.” The handful of flavors are delicious: a good dark chocolate, a milk chocolate that’s 50% cacao, and then dark chocolate with sea salt and another with pink peppercorns. That’s it. Simple. Organic. Chocolate.

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Vita Clay

Vita Clay slow cookers are the only brand that I know for sure does not have lead in the glaze of their pots. Their pots have no glaze at all and they work very hard to ensure their products are made from chemical-free natural clay. I called Vita Clay and talked with them about the clay they use. Their pots are made from zisha clay, which is a famous Chinese clay, known for its purity. It has been used for centuries to make teapots because zisha teapots are treasured for their ability to enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of tea. Zisha clay is also structurally strong without glazing and does not crack when subjected to large and sudden temperature differences. Vita Clay pots are certified lead-free by SGS and are also tested by the FDA.

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Miessence

Three simple wholefood supplements made from organic fruits and vegetables. 100% raw and vegan. In-Liven is a fermented probiotic superfood that re-colonises your gastrointestinal tract with the full spectrum of friendly Lactobacillus bacteria. Berry Radical is “a potent combination of nine of the world’s most effective antioxidant superfoods”, including certified organic antioxidant-rich raw cacao (chocolate), olive juice extract, coffee fruit extract, and other fruits and berries to support healthy immune function and protect cells. DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood balances your body pH with a super-concentrated source of alkalising, mineral-rich, green algae, grass juices and leafy greens.

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Real Salt

Listen to my interview with Redmond Incorporated sales and marketing in charge Darryl Bosshardt.

An all natural unrefined sea salt harvested from an ancient underground ocean in Redmond, Utah USA. In addition to plain salt, they also sell garlic salt, onion salt, and seasoning salt made with their salt and organic ingredients. Good educational information on the website about refined salt vs unrefined sea salt and various sources of salt.

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Bee’s Wrap

Bees Wrap is a wonderful alternative to plastic wrap…made of organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. “This combination of ingredients creates a malleable food wrap that can be used again and again. Simply mold the Bee’s Wrap to the top of your dish by using the warmth and pressure of your hands to create a seal. When the Bee’s Wrap cools (within seconds) it holds its seal. Use the same method to wrap cheese, vegetables, bread, and baked goods. It is not recommended for meat…The beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities that help to keep your food fresh.” Comes in four sizes.

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Bee Raw

Listen to my interview with Bee Raw CEO (and chef) Zeke Freeman..

A wonderful collection of raw American varietal honeys, with location of apiary, floral source, and food pairings given for each honey. They also sell complementary products such as well-paired organically-grown teas and seeds to plant in your garden to help save the bees. Also lots of recipes and information on how YOU can help save the bees.

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Bamboee Reusable Bamboo Towel

A towel made from certified organic bamboo that you use like a paper towel, but can be washed and re-used more than 100 times. It is stonger, more absorbent, more durable and cleans better than any paper towel, but looks and feels like a paper towel—they even come on a roll that you can put in your paper towel holder. The bamboo is grown and harvested using sustainable practice. By nature, once harvested bamboo regrows new sprouts every year. Trees grown to make paper towels do not regrow once harvested. 1 roll of Bambooee can replace up to 500 rolls of paper towels.

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Savannah Bee Company

Listen to my interview with Savannah Bee Company Founder Ted Dannard.

A lovely collection of pure “varietal” honeys gathered from a single type of blossom and “everyday” honeys, carefully chosen for sweetness and flavor profiles that suit an intended use. All honeys are unheated and unadulterated. Owned by a beekeeper who has loved and kept bees since childhood, this website reflects a lifetime of knowledge about bees and uses of honey. In addition to maintaining their own hives, “we buy our honey from ecologically responsible beekeepers who cherish their bees.”

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Green Polka Dot Box

This is a great one stop shop for the healthiest food, particularly if you don’t have access to good foods locally or you want to save money. It’s a whole foods buying club–test drive with a trial membership for $10 or jump into savings with a one-year membership for $50–either way you’ll save up to 60% off retail for natural, organic, grass-fed, raw and non-GMO foods. Spend $75 and get free shipping. They have everything you would find in a natural food store…even fresh produce: meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, prepared meals, frozen foods, top brand natural and organic packaged foods, household cleaners, personal care products, supplements, natural remedies, and more.

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Eco-Ditty

Reusable sandwich and snack bags, made from 100% organic cotton, “even the tag is organic cotton!” Bright and beautiful on the outside, undyed organic cotton on the inside “No synthetic, plastics or chemicals touching your food.” Printed with low-impact inks and dyes. Wash by hand, washing machine, or dishwasher.

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Teatulia

Listen to my interview with Tetulia’s Director of Marketing and New Product Development Chris Olsen..

A beautiful selection of black, green, and white teas, plus herbal infusions, sold loose leaf and in tea bags.
“Organic single garden teas…We grow all of our teas in our single USDA-certified organic garden in northern Bangladesh, and they benefit from perfect growing conditions: The soil is developed with the use of organic cover crops and mulching, while the growing area is irrigated by rainwater. And from growing to packaging, Teatulia gives tea lovers only the best and most responsibly cultivated product; the canisters are completely compostable, while the labels are made of recycled post-consumer paper. When you choose Teatulia, you’re choosing teas that nourish the body as well as the environment…Like a fine estate wine, single garden teas ensure a purity, accountability and freshness factor.” Good information on the health benefits of tea, tasting notes, and tea recipes.

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Produce Freshies

These little packets keep produce fresh–just like those highly-advertised green bags–but there’s no plastic involved. Fruits and vegetables give off ethylene gas, which causes them to ripen. When produce is stored in a refrigerator, the ethylene gas accumulates, casuing produce to ripen and spoil prematurely. These paper packets hold zeolite pellets treated with nontoxic potassium permanganate, which converts the ethylene gas into inert water and carbon dioxide, so produce lasts longer. The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has allowed the material in Produce Freshies to be used in certified organic production of food processing and handling according to the USDA National Organic Program Rules.  After three months of use, you can add the power pellets to any flower, herb or natural home grown garden as an organic fertilizer.

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Wilderness Family Naturals

A select collection of nutrient-dense foods, chosen by a couple dedicated to eating and providing high quality, healthy food. They started their business while living in the pristine wilderness of Northeaster Minnesota, but moved to a nearby small town as their internet business grew. This is not your standard natural food store. There are all kinds of food products, but they are very special. Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil crafted on the coast of the Aegean sea by a co-op of farmers. Chocolate syrup made from raw organic chocolate and agave. Exotic heirloom rice with purple and pink grains. An interesting site to explore!

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BioBag Cling Wrap

Cling wrap made from “renewable raw materials of agricultural origin and from non-GMO starch.” As far as I can tell, it’s corn starch, so if you are allergic to corn, don’t use this, but otherwise, it’s a lot better alternative to petrochemical plastic if you use cling wrap. I’ve been told sandwich bags are coming too. They also sell various kitchen bags, shopping bags, and other items generally made from plastic.

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ManPans

Unique cookware designed to be green, made in the USA. While designed to save energy in cooking and transportation, it also has a nontoxic “two layer sapphire/quartz-like natural mineral finish permanently bonded to our tough aluminum pans. It will not flake, chip or rub off and is metal utensil safe. In fact the finish is so tough that you can rub a coin on the surface and not only will you not scratch the finish, the coin will get worn down!” It’s “stick-resistant” which means it’s not nonstick so sometimes oil or butter will be needed, but it’s easy to clean. I have one of these pans and have been using it for about a year. I can’t cook eggs in it without butter, but I can cook almost anything else fat-free. The pan itself is made from anodized aluminum, but it has their special finish, so no aluminum gets in the food. My one consideration about the pan is that it is extremely lightweight, which might be a big benefit for you, but I like heavier cookware.  But it’s on my shelf and I use it on a regular basis.

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Te Bella Tea Company

A lovely little website with organic and fair trade teas in many unusual flavors. Choose from green, white, oolong, black, herbal, rooibos, and mate teas, with flavors like raspberry/rosehip/pomegranate, orange/almond, and peppermint/rosepetal/lavender.  They have teas that open into blossoms when brewed and a tea infused with jasmine blossoms using a technique that is 900 years old. Family owned and operated.

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Bare Honey

Raw “treatment-free honey…fresh from the hive,” produced without chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, GMOs, or any other treatments. Further, their equipment has never been exposed to any chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. “We have chosen to join a community of beekeepers that are breeding stronger bees rather than medicating weak ones. We are following a path of sustainable honey production. Working with the natural rhythm of our bees’ life cycle, we are able to produce a honey far healthier than the supermarket alternative. Our honey is completely free from the dangerous chemical and antibiotic residues used by most beekeepers today.” They have many honey products to choose from, from 2-ounce mini honey bears to an adopt-a-hive program. Honeys in glass jars are straight from the hive, fortified with pollen, or flavored with chilis, lavender flowers, and other good things.

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Glass Dharma

“The Original Glass Straw.” You’ll never buy another plastic straw again. These beautiful glass straws come with a life-time guarantee against breakage- if they do break, they will be replaced for free. The straws come in four different diameters and various lengths…you can even order a custom straw for your favorite glass. They also have straws with various colored glass dots, for identification and to keep them from rolling off the counter. And they supply right-sized cleaning brushes and hemp soft sleeves, so you can carry your glass straw wherever you go. I have a set and I love them!

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weangreen

I’m always looking for glass food containers, and these are my current favorites. Cute, practical, and stackable, these tempered glass food containers have the purity of glass touching the food, and the practicality of a secure silicone lid that snaps on tight (and doesn’t rust like metal lids). Lids come in blueberry, raspberry, carrot, and pea, in sizes from 4 ounce to 16 ounce.

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Cook on Clay Flameware

Flameware cooking vessels made with a “flameproof” clay that is designed to withstand extreme temperatures. These pots can go directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven and back again without cracking. Can be used on the grill and stovetop. “We make flameware pots for slow food aficionados, lovers of fine food, appreciators of quality kitchen tools, cooks, chefs, and everyone who enjoys the pleasures of cooking and eating. We believe that beauty does not belong on a shelf, and that cooking and serving in handmade pottery brings connection and beauty to the simple act of sharing a meal with family and friends.” Flameware pottery stays hot longer requiring less energy and “does not leach metals or other chemicals into food or the environment.” Microwave and dishwasher safe. Baked-on foods can be removed by simple scrubbing with soap and water.

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PURIUM Health Products

Organic, whole food nutrition products that support the naturopathic principle that “the human body is capable of creating and supporting perfect health if given the proper tools”. Purium (Pure + Premium) products are whole food, live food, green food, highly alkalinized, organic, vegan, super-foods.  All with no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners…no binders, fillers or preservatives…no synthetic ingredients…no GMOs. Choose from potent products for weight loss, anti-aging, detox & digestion, immune support, sports & fitness, skin care, pet care, etc.  Special offer: FREE 10-meal sample of the new L.O.V.E. Super Meal ((just pay $9.95 S&H):  One serving contains more protein than 2 chicken breasts, more fiber than 5 slices of whole grain bread, more antioxidants than 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, more essential fatty acids than 12 ounces of salmon, and more. (I tried it and it tastes great. No way could I eat all that food to get all that nutrition!).  Independent distributor: Nancy Frisch.

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Touchstone Essentials

Listen to my interviews with Touchstone Essentials’ Founder and CEO Eddie Stone.

“Whole-food nutrition harvested right from the earth.” Four simple supplements–made from whole organic foods, harvested at their peak, and processed at low temperatures to preserve all the natural goodness–provide the everyday nutrients you need for good health. They also sell activated liquid zeolite drops that remove toxic chemicals from your body in 4-6 hours. These are effective products that support health at an affordable price.

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Chantal Cookware

Chantal’s original line of enamel-on-steel cookware and new enamel-on-copper “provides a chemical free, energy efficient, naturally stick resistant way to cook on any stovetop, including magnetic induction. Its non-porous surface makes it the ideal choice for healthy cooking. All Chantal cookware is specifically designed to go from freezer to stove to table and then directly into the dishwasher.” Some pieces available at a discount at amazon.com.

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Chantal Pure

Bakeware and mixing bowls made of high quality ceramic stoneware “fired with a clear natural glaze, free of coloring agents. This process reduces the environmental impact by up to 50%. Slight imperfections add to the beauty. Chantal ceramics are ideal for baking, serving and storing. The non-porous glaze will not react with foods or flavors and they are safe for use in the freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher. All Chantal ceramics are lead and cadmium safe and meet FDA and CA Prop 65 requirements.” Some pieces available at a discount at amazon.com.

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Miriam’s Earthen Cookware

Listen to my interview with Miriam’s Earthen Cookware Founder Miriam Kattumuri.

Hand-thrown unglazed terracotta clay cooking pots that can be used on the stove or in the oven. “Our cookware is made from terra-cotta clay – a rich and potent matter that is naturally occurring on the surface of the earth. It is composed of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium etc, which are essential to our body. And these minerals are bound together so perfectly in nature, that they do not react or leach into the food being cooked in them….The clays used to create our terra cotta pots are carefully selected and strictly controlled to ensure that they are lead and cadmium free. Clay by itself is a pure ingredient of nature just like rain water. It is made up of various minerals essential to the body, contained in perfect proportions. Human activity however may contaminate the top soil, which is why we use clay from two to three feet underground and harvest it from less populated areas and lake and river beds. This clay then undergoes testing to ensure that it is pure. MEC pots are not glazed because we strongly believe that nature is beautiful just the way it is…Clay pots cook food with far-infrared heat (FIR). This type of heat is unique to clay cooking and helps carry spices and seasoning much deeper into the food, giving it that extra special touch in flavor. An added advantage is that this feature also helps you reduce the use of salt…Clay pots retain heat better than any other cookware. Their immense heat-retaining capacity helps food stay hot longer, saving the need to heat and re-heat. Food stays warm for upto 5 to 6 hours. Also, since they retain heat so well, you can safely turn off the stove 5 to 7 minutes earlier than you usually do and rest assured that your food will be cooked the same, and taste better…Clay vessels have the unique quality of locking in all the steam and vapor that evaporates during cooking, thereby retaining all the nutrients of the food. The added advantage is that when this locking in of steam and vapor happens, the food gets cooked in its own oils and liquids.”

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GraniteWare

“America’s favorite porcelain on steel cookware, for 125 years…” Complete selection of bakeware, roasters, pots and pans…even dishware. It’s very inexpensive and sold in many hardware stores.  “The porcelain on steel cookware of Graniteware is superior to chemical non-stick surfaces. Inert and composed mainly of glass, the porcelain is odorless, tasteless, and will not interact with food. Created from sand [and natural clay], the porcelain coating is sustainable and, ultimately, renewable. The steel, encased in the porcelain, does not oxidize and will not interact with the cooking or taste of your food.” A majority of the pieces are made in the USA, check with the manufacturer for an exact list.

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Le Creuset Enameled Cookware

This cookware was created in 1925 when a casting specialist and an enameling expertrecognized an opportunity to improve the versatility of cast iron cookware by coating it in a porcelain enamel glaze. And it’s been a favorite of cooks worldwide ever since. The interior surface that touches the food is essentially made from glass, and does not leach anything into the food. No lead is used in the making of the interior surfaces. According to customer service, ” Colors such as dune, black, Caribbean blue and all non bold colors do not contain any lead outside.”

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Specialty Bottle

Glass bottles, jugs, and jars for food storage in sizes from 1 gallon to very small. This site caters to gourmet food, natural products and candle industries, so their offerings are more stylish (such as Italian swingtop bale jars). Buy one or thousands at wholesale prices.

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Container & Packaging Supply

Many glass jars, bottles and jugs for food storage, from 1 gallon down to very small. Buy one or a case. Inexpensive. Just type "glass" into the search box to see all the choices, or scroll to the bottom of the page for links to categories of glass items. This site also sells plastic containers, so read descriptions carefully.

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Mighty Leaf Tea

Organically grown teas of exceptional quality and variety. “Mighty Leaf Tea was born for the sole purpose of infusing life into an ancient indulgence by creating tea products that reach new heights of quality and innovation… a shared passion and dream envisioned by a husband-and-wife team..their passion is for creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere, globally sourcing the finest ingredients available.” Teas sold loose and in handcrafted biodegradable tea pouches.

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Boccalone

Artisan cured meats, fresh sausages, and cooked specialties made with “sustainably raised, heritage-breed pork, Italian sea salt, and the freshest spices with the rarest ingredient of all: time. Our small-batch, hands-on methods and traditional cold curing techniques can take up to ten times longer than other producers’. Why sacrifice efficiency? Because taking our time lets us focus every step of our process on a single goal: great taste. Fine salumi are more than mere salted meats. At their best, salumi connect us to the earth, reveal the essence of the whole animal, demonstrate respect for our ancestors, and inspire our humanity.” I discovered this place while on a trip to San Francisco, and it is absolutely the best. Truly a labor of love. Read their website to learn more about their philosophy of food.

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Yellow Branch Cheese

Farmstead cheeses made from an original recipe. "The distinctive flavor of the hand-crafted cheese results from the high quality of the milk and the variety of grasses and herbs growing in the pastures…The dairy is pasture-based and managed using sustainable practices. Our pasture and hay fields are managed organically. We strive to provide our cows with a stress free environment. Growth hormones are not used and antibiotics are used therapeutically and as a last option… The only ingredients in the cheese are whole unpasteurized milk, microbial rennet, culture and Celtic Sea Salt."

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Wood Duflo

"Unique hardwood implements handcrafted from figured, rare and unusual tropical and domestic hardwoods…we are inspired by each trees' individuality. We recycle trees downed by storms, development, etc. The natural characteristics of the wood are emphasized in the design of each piece." I found these craftspeople at a fair and couldn't resist their whimsical designs.

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Vital Choice Seafood

Listen to my interview with Randy Hartnell, President of Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics

Sustainabily-harvested wild salmon and other wild fish from the pristine waters of Alaska–free of antibiotics, pesticides, synthetic coloring agents, growth hormones and GMOs. Sold flash frozen, smoked, made into sausage and burgers, and in cans and pouches…and Alaskan salmon caviar. Also sugar-free organic blueberries, strawberries and red raspberries, organic herbs and spices, organic cooking oils, and more good organic foods.

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Visions Cookware

Visions has long been one of my favorite cookwares. It is made from a proprietary glass-ceramic material doesn't leach into food. Because you can see right through it, you don't have to remove the lid to monitor cooking, thus saving energy. Visions wasn't available for a while, but it's back. New pieces are pretty expensive, however, there are quite a few pieces of used Visions cookware on eBay at very reasonable prices. I buy pieces when I find them at thrift stores and flea markets.

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Upton Tea Imports

Over 300 varieties of loose organic and natural teas of all types, plus all the accoutrements and lots of information about tea. My friend Cathy told me about this site after I commented on the deliciousness of her iced tea. She made it with tea from this site that has bits of real fruit in it, not just fruit flavoring.

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Tropical Traditions

Originally a source for high quality organic coconut products (oil, cream, meat, and flour), they now sell many other organic food products, including grass-fed meat and dairy, wild-caught fish, and other whole foods (no organic potato chips here). Their Healthy Buyer's Club gives a big discount to repeat buyers for a very small fee. "Finding good food sources and healthy products is an ongoing endeavor, and the products represented here are the products I have trusted to meet the needs of my own family. I won't sell you products that I won't use personally or give to my children. We have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards. But the organic label is not enough for us. We research and find out where the products are produced, and how they are produced. We find some organic standards too loose for our trust, so we look beyond what is claimed on a label. We find out as much as possible about those who provide the products. And if a certain quality of product does not exist, we will work with others to produce that product and offer it to our consumers."

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Totally Bamboo

A large selection of bamboo cutting boards, plates, bowls, and accessories. "Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height between 3-5 years. Some species grow up to 2 feet per day. After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting. Bamboo has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself, making it one of the most renewable resources known. Our unique bamboo cutting boards are hand crafted using hundreds of tiny laminated bamboo strips. Unlike most other hardwoods, bamboo absorbs very little moisture and consequently does not shrink or swell as much, making it a superior choice of material for cutting boards. It is 16% harder than maple which means less visible knife marks keeping the cutting board looking brand new for years to come."

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Teavana

"Fresh, high quality teas and the products to serve them." I've been exploring my local Teavana stores and have been happy to find a number of organic choices amongst their high-quality teas. These are not inexpensive teas and there is a minimum purchase, but I am finding the teas to be of exceptional value because they are so flavorful and enjoyable. They also sell sweeteners, including raw sugar in crystals and organic honey, as well as beautiful tea pots and cups and various accoutrements. If you don't have a Teavana near you, you can order online, but I noticed the website doesn't indicate the organic teas (the catalog you can pick up in the store does).

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Suzanne’s Specialties

A unique collection of organic natural sweeteners and sweet products made from them: marshmallow creme made from rice syrup (contains soy), a blend of rice syrup and other natural sweeteners that tastes “Just-Like-Honey”, fruit spreads sweetened with rice syrup, light and dark “rice nectar” and nectars flavored with fruits, maple or chocolate. Plus organic agave syrup, wildflower honey, barley malt syrup, and blackstrap molasses.

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Sunspire Chocolate Chips and Candies

A variety of chocolate chips for baking and chocolate confections. Some are "grain-sweetened" with barley malt, others are organic–unfortunately the grain-sweetened chocolates are not organic and the organic chocoaltes are sweetened with organic sugar (not evaporated cane juice). The grain-sweetened chocolate chips taste very good–very chocolately, rather than too sweet. "Our cocoa is grown in Central America and South America by growers who use fair labor practices and provide us with the finest cocoa beans. These are blended, roasted, and stone ground, and cured in REAL vanilla… We use malted barley as a sweetener for a number of reasons. Master chocolatiers prefer the fact malted barley allows the true chocolate taste to dominate, as opposed to sweeteners that become the predominant taste, masking the chocolate. In addition, barley malt is a complex carbohydrate derived from natural grains…Our candies are created in the handmade tradition using old-time candy making techniques. After all, the founder of Sunspire is a fourth generation candy maker." As of this writing, these products are not sold on their website, but the site has a store finder. You can find their products in most natural food stores, and on-line at amazon.com.

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Sun Organic Farm

This is your basic bulk organic foods–grains, beans, dried fruits, coffee, nuts. All ingredients, not packaged food products. But what a selection! You’ll find things here you won’t find at your natural food store. Many varieties of beans and dried fruits, and “a grand selection of high quality certified organic herbs, spices and seasonings”–99% of everything on this site is certified organically grown.

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Sugar In The Raw Premium Hawaiian Turbinado Sugar

“100% pure Hawaiian cane sugar from the initial pressing of the cane, allowing the natural molasses to remain in the crystals…Juice is extracted from the sugar cane, and then crystallized through evaporation. These crystals are rinsed with a very small amount of water to remove just enough stickiness to make the product free flowing…The flavor is sweet and rich. The color is natural amber…Some commercial brown sugars are made by adding coloring and flavor back to refined white sugar; this is not the case with Sugar In The Raw.” I called the company to clarify the point about the molasses. Sugar in the Raw is never refined to the point of white sugar. The sugar is crystallized, and the crystals are removed from the molasses and rinsed. So the crystals still contain some, but not all of the molasses.

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St. Dalfour Rhapsodie de Fruits

“Gifts of nature elevated by French chefs into all natural ‘Rhapsodie de Fruits’…St. Dalfour ‘Rhapsodie de Fruits’ are made in the heart of the French countryside to an old recipe from the Loire Valley. They are pure fruit. No sugar is added. Only the natural sweetness of concentrated grape juice is used. This natural sweetness produces a taste which is much fresher and more delicious than the heavy taste of sugar.” Standard flavors plus exotics, including 4 Citrus Fruits, Fig Royal, Kumquat, Mirabelle Plum, Orange & Ginger, and Pineapple & Mango. Website does not sell the product, but it is sold in many natural food stores and can be ordered online through ShopNatural (type “St. Dalfour” in site search box).

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Stevia-Plant.com

Live stevia plants you can grow yourself, plus stevia extract powder from their plants, and certified organic whole and cut stevia leaves and stevia leaf powder.”These new Stevia plants are the result of 8 years cross pollination and selection to produce a crop with very low Stevioside content and a very high Rebaudioside A content…Thus we have eliminated the bitterness or after taste as well as improving the sweetness. Super Sweet Stevia has a cleaner sweetness.” The website doesn’t say that the plants are organic, but here is what the owner had to say about his growing practices in an email to me: “Our Stevia plants can not be considered “certified organic” because we use chemical fertilizers on them. The Stevia plants in our plant production cycle never get planted in the ground. They are grown in pots on elevated benches outside during the summer and brought into the greenhouse for the winter. Outdoors they are not bothered by insects so we have no need to spray. However indoors, during the winter, white fly is a problem and we do spray with “Pyreth-It”. This pesticide is made from the Pyrethrum Daisy and is approver for use on organic crops. We use Pyreth-It only as needed as our first line of defense is Lady Bugs and other beneficials that we have been selling for years. At no time would I ever stop one of my grand kids from going out to the greenhouse and eating a leaf from the Stevia plants. Of course they have been tough to watch out for Lady Bugs and not eat them.”

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Sprout Creek Farm

Farm-fresh cheeses made from the milk of grass-fed cows. The model farm "exists for the sake of helping us all connect with one another, and for us that means with animals and plants as well as with people. Our animals are friendly and gentle, and most importantly, known. We respect them and are grateful for all they are able to produce for us. So we try to provide a good life for them. Our cow, sheep, and goat herds are small, and we have enough grass for them to eat. They come in from the pasture to be milked or checked twice each day and spend the rest of their day roaming about in the fresh air in search of their own grassy version of mesclun!" Be sure to click on "The Farm" button to learn about the health benefits of grass-fed animal products. Proceeds from cheese sales support their educational programs.

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Shelburne Farms

"Since 1980, we have made a fine 'farmhouse' cheddar according to traditional methods, using only the raw milk from our purebred herd of Brown Swiss cows. The cheese is rGBH- and rBST-free and contains no artificial flavors, colorings, or preservatives. The American Cheese Society has consistently honored our cheddar with awards for excellence since 1990." The farm also serves as an educational demonstration center that practices environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable rural land use. Their dairy cows are grass-fed on a pasture rotation, and their acreage of sustainably managed woodlands received Green Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council in 1998. The very interesting website has lots of information and pictures that explain their dairy and cheesemaking procedures.

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seventypercent.com

Though I try to keep the listings to companies based in the USA, I couldn't resist this website from London. It is full of natural and organic chocolates we don't have here and they will ship them all to you. Plus great background articles about chocolate. Many fair trade, organic, and single origin chocolates. "We want you to enjoy the best quality connoisseur chocolate, and to us that means chocolate made with all natural ingredients. We believe the best flavours come from pure ingredients, and you won't find any additives or artificial flavouring in any of our carefully selected products. What's more, we believe chocolate is in essence a healthy food – it is the over use of sugar and fat in 'candy' products that is detrimental. Strong chocolate from good beans has a superior taste that need not hide behind too much sugar, and though the price may be higher, you will not need to eat so much to satisfy your need for chocolate!"

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Seelect Herbal Teas

Organic herbal teas based on time-honoredd Chinese, Ayurvedic, Native American and European herbalism, "carefully selected for freshness and potency. All of our teas are tested to be free of herbsides, pesticides, and any contaminants which may affect medicinal quality and flavor."

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker

Scharffen Berger is at the top of the gourmet market for fine chocolate. They make only dark chocolate and truffles, in small batches, with high-quality beans, in an artisinal plant, using refurbished equipment from Europe. Though their beans are not certified organic, "consumers wanting organic chocolate can safely buy Scharffen Berger despite its lack of official certification. Consumers rarely realize that approximately 80% of cacao would probably meet organic standards were certification sought…chemicals are usually unaffordable, difficult to transport to small, remote, and scattered locations, and hard to apply to cacao trees…When samples of the shell and bean fragments used by Scharffen Berger underwent chemical analysis, no synthetic residues were found…" And while they have no fair trade certification, they practice fair trade principles. "At the moment we have an understanding with two growers (among eight or nine origins we use) to purchase of a specific quality at a pre-determined price. In every other case we pay significantly more than the stated world price to obtain cacao that meets our standards. We hope over time to work with receptive cooperatives to elevate both the quality of the cacao they produce and the payment they receive." The only drawback for me is that they sweeten their chocolate with refined white sugar "because it brings virtually no inherent flavor to compete with the flavor of the cacao." You can get around this by purchasing their unsweetened cocoa powder and sweetening with whatever sweetener you want. They sell 62% Semisweet, 70% Bittersweet, and 99% Unsweetened chocolate bars of various sizes, sweetened and unsweetened cocoa powder, cacao nibs, and truffles flavored with fresh ingredients such as fresh lemon juice and crushed fresh mint leaves.

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Romertopf

Clay bean pots, casseroles, and roasters in many sizes (the largest roaster holds a 17-pound turkey) for easy, efficient, healthy cooking. Clay pot cooking seals in nutrients and cuts down on the need for added fats.

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Recycoholics

Recycled and biodegradable/compostable food service ware made from corn, potatoes, sugar cane fiber, recycled defective milk cartons, tree cellulose, and other natural materials. Items include plates and bowls, flatware, hot and cold cups and lids, sample cups, straws, napkins and wraps, “to-go” containers, food and sandwich bags, and more. There is a $250 minimum order, so find some friends to share with.

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Recycled Glassworks

Absolutely stunning plates and bowls made from recycled plate glass. "Plate glass (from windows, shelves, doors etc.) is usually excluded from most other recycling programs. Many recycling centers accept only bottle glass. To keep plate glass out of the waste stream, Recycled Glassworks creates products that are both functional and infused with a unique aesthetic." While you might not use these for everday dishware, each is a work of art and would be suitable for gifts or special occasions.

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Really Raw Honey

“Totally unprocessed honey…still contains pollen, propolis, honeycomb and live enzymes–all the goodness the bees put in…gathered from fields of wildflowers planted by nature, without pesticides or fertilizers.” This is the honey I use for my “everyday” honey. It’s smooth and creamy and has “cappings” on the top–“crunchy bits of pollen, propolis, and capping wax…[they] have the highest concentrations of pollen and propolis, which are known for their healthful properties.”

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Real Milk

Learn all about real milk as nature intended it to be–pasture-fed, unprocessed, and full-fat. Read why this is the healthiest milk and where to buy it (it's probably not in your local store).

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Rapunzel Rapadura Sugar

Organically grown, whole, unrefined cane sugar harvested from sustainable family farms in Bolivia and through the Hand in Hand™ fair trade program. It has a unique caramel flavor and fine grain texture. It is closest to the natural whole cane because the molasses is not separated out during the squeeze-dried processing.

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Rapunzel Chocolates

High quality Swiss chocolate bars and cocoa powder made from 100% organic ingredients. Most are sweetened with Rapunzel’s Rapadura whole organic evaporated sugar cane juice. Chocolate is purchased through their ‘Hand-in-Hand’ fair trade program. They have 70% bittersweet bars and semisweet bars with simple flavors.

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Pyrex

Pyrex glass cookware and bakeware in a wide variety of sizes and shapes–even a glass roasting pan. Silica (a compound found in quartz and sand) is the main ingredient in making the heat-resistant glass, then "eight ingredients are added and some broken glass". So while it doesn't contain recycled glass bottles, broken glass within the factory is recycled back into the pot. Pyrex is durable (so it can be reused for years without breaking or chipping) and it saves energy (Pyrex glass rather than reflecting oven heat waves, thereby reducing cooking time over earthenware, porcelain or enameled dishes).

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Purely Organic

Gourmet organic food products from Italy, "Our products come from a farm or producer in Italy that we have personally visited. Every ingredient is certified organic." Many of these items sound heavenly, like Dolce Nicciola: "Master apiarist Giuseppe Follino blends his organic Tuscan millefiori (mixed flowers) honey with organic Sicilian hazelnuts to create a creamy, rich dessert topping. Giuseppe believes in the health benefits of raw honey, and never allows the honey to be warmer than the inside of a beehive. Dolce Nocciola is pure and simple, containing only hazelnuts and honey, avoiding the use of milk powder, oils, emulsifiers or stabilizers." All the products are like this…

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The Organic Wine Press

"One stop shopping for organic wines….It is our goal to bring you simple shopping for Organic, No Sulfite and No Spray wines, with as little flash and fanfare as is possible! [it's true, no fancy graphics, but they have a good selection of wines]…We try to bring you a well rounded selection of wines from around the globe. We are adding more wines as they become available. All the wines we carry are Organic, or No Spray (marked as such). The wines that have no sulfites added are marked, NSA." They also have a Wine-of-the-Month Club.

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Organic Valley Farms

No online ordering, but site includes a local store finder. Premium certified organic dairy products, eggs, juice, soy and meats, widely distributed (even in supermarkets). "We are the only organic brand to be solely owned and operated by organic farmers. Part of our success is due to the fact that as farmer-owners, we pay ourselves a stable, equitable and sustainable pay price. In an era of rising and falling agricultural prices, the family farmers who produce our organic milk, juice, eggs, meat, and produce can rely on a stable, living wage to stay in business in their home regions." Common practices of Organic Valley farmers include humane treatment of animals (access to the outdoors, fresh air, pure water, sunshine and exercise), rotational grazing, pasturing animals, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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Numi Tea

Teabags filled with "super premium, organic full leaf teas and herbal teasans…Our teas and herbs are certified Organic, Kosher and Halal and we are committed to work with fair-traded farmers….Numi uses only full-leaf tea in their teabags, ensuring a loose-leaf quality tea in every cup…Numi uses real ingredients in its teabags. We do not add any oils or "natural" flavorings…The herbs are cut to bring out their full flavor. We place more ingredients in each teabag (an average of 2.2 grams vs. the 1.8 grams in standard/conventional teabags)…Numi's teabags are made of natural filter paper… Their double chamber allows the water to flow through and release all the subtle flavors each tea and herb has to offer…From the farmer's tea garden to the packaging process to the final soothing cup of tea in your home, every step is guided by our devotion to bringing our customers the finest tastes!" Everything about their website and teas is steeped in quality. beauty and creativity. See especially their "flowering teas"–"handsewn rosettes of fine tea leaves that elegantly bloom into a work of art when steeped in hot water". These flowering teas would make a great gift for a tea lover!

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Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Bars

Nell, daughter of Paul Newman, says, ”Besides my love for chocolate, I was drawn to this project as a way to support sustainable agriculture. Growing the cacao in the ancient way meant that no rainforests would need to be destroyed. We can encourage this method by supporting the farmers economically.” The organic cacao comes from small farmers in the Talamanca region on the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica. Some of these farms provide important buffer zones for the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, a habitat for endangered mammal and bird species. The organic sugar is from Mexico and Paraguay, the organic milk powder is from Horizon Organics® in Colorado, and the organic vanilla is from Madagascar…We source our organic chocolate from producers in Central and South America. Issues surrounding forced labor are primarily centered on cocoa farms in West Africa, principally on the Ivory Coast. Our producers take measures to certify that all of the cocoa they purchase is produced without the use of forced labor. Our group of cooperatives are inspected to verify compliance with organic standards. They require written verification from the inspector that each farm is ‘slavery-free’… Paul Newman donates all of the royalty he receives, after taxes, to educational and charitable purposes.”

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Natural Lifestyle

All the basic staples for an organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic diet, including baking supplies, beans and grains, condiments, herbs and spices, sweeteners, snacks and more. Plus vegetarian supplements, organic teas and coffees, cookware, and essential kitchenware. “We focus on supplying the finest quality, organic food and organic lifestyle products with fast, friendly service. We’re a family business and only offer products that we personally use and what we feel are the best for everyday natural health and living.”

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Mountain Rose Herbs

An amazing list of several hundred organic and wildcrafted bulk herbs and spices–all "grown, processed and handled with oversight and certification from a third party certification agency…Mountain Rose Herbs has over 8 farm operations, 3 wild harvesting operators, and acts as a direct liaison and processor with farmers and growers all across the globe. We are confident not only in the quality of material you may order but the ethics involved with their preparation and handling… We will continue our work in making organics affordable and have them delivered to your doorstep so fresh and fragrant that we promise it will make you feel good all over." And there are info links for each that give contemporary and folklore data.

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Mountain Rose Herbs

Large selection of certified organic and fair trade certified green and black teas–old favorites plus new delights such as honeybush tea. Also loose-leaf herbal tea blends."Our line of herbal loose-leaf teas are made with certified organic ingredients, and when organic materials are not available, we will opt for carefully wildcrafted herbs. We never have, nor will we ever use conventionally grown materials in our teas…We were the first company to introduce 100% certified organic herbal loose leaf teas in compliance with the USDA National Organic Program and certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic."

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