Monday, June 27, 2011

An abundance of new, locally produced products... and some cool new housewares, too!

At Perelandra, we are committed to supporting smaller scale, local manufacturers and food producers because we believe that 'buying local' is better for everyone! Locally produced food travels a shorter distance to get to you which is not only better for the environment because it uses less fuel, but it is better for your health, too! An apple that comes to you from upstate new york will most likely get to you with more nutrients intact that an apple that has been flown across the world from New Zealand. When you buy locally produced foods, you are also strengthening your community by keeping your dollar in your neighborhood- see what we mean? Better for everyone! During the summer and fall months we have an abundance of locally grown, fresh organic produce as well, and you'll see it notated with green "local" signs in our produce department. Check out some locally produced products below that are new to our store, and at the end of the post you'll find a list of the locally produced brands we are proud to sell at Perelandra!

Glendale Farms Certified Organic Grape Juice This not-from-concentrate grape juice is made with a blend of organic grapes- Concord, Catawba, Delaware, Niagara and Cayuga- grown locally in the fingerlakes region of new york state. No water, sugar or sulfites have been added- it is just pure grape-y deliciousness!

Farmer Ground Pancake Mixes- These mixes make amazing, super fluffy pancakes- even the buckwheat blend is light and fluffy! Made from certified organic whole grains grown on farms in upstate new york, these make it easy to have a pancake breakfast AND support your local farmer!

Bao Raw Slaw- If you like Kim Chee and/or Sauerkraut, you will love Bao's new Raw Slaws- these are SO good! They are made from organic lacto-fermented vegetables, right here in New York City! Try the Tangy, Spicy or Green varieties- The Tangy is a 100% organic combination of cabbage, daikon radish, carrots, apples, pears, garlic and ginger with organic spices; Spicy adds organic chili pepper to Bao's 100% organic vegetable mix, and the Greens is made from 100% organic kale, collard greens and dandelion greens. Also try Bao's awesome Kombucha and Raw Hot Sauce!

Evan's Farmhouse Buttermilk: Evans Farmhouse is a family owned and operated, USDA certified organic creamery located in Norwich, New York. The milk is bottled and the yogurt is made in their on-farm creamery using milk from 75 organically raised, pasture-fed Jersey cows.
Evan's farmhouse products are a perfect example of the different that you can taste when you buy locally sourced products that are produced in small quantities- you can really taste the difference.

Lively Run Goat Cheese: Made on a small, family owned farm in the fingerlakes, all of the goats at Lively Run goat farm have names and are treated like part of the family! You can even visit their farm and pet the goats, or as they say "Let your kids pet our kids!" This goat cheese is excellent- Need some inspiration? Try this recipe!

Some excellent additions to our housewares department....

Do your part in giving plastic bags the boot! Try a Wrap n Mat! Get rid of disposable plastic sandwich bags forever with these are reusable snack and sandwich pouches that open up into a place mat. You will wonder how you've lived without them...

Make sushi like a PRO! Pick up a Bamboo Sushi Mat with Paddle- for only $4.99!

COMING THIS WEEK TO OUR HOUSEWARES SECTION....
Tiffins!
Bamboo cutlery!


So you want to buy local...? Here are some great locally made products we sell at Perelandra! You can find them all on our shelves and on our online shopping site!

herbin' spoonful artisan caramel sauce (made in Brooklyn!)
farmer ground pancake mixes
BAO bad ass organics kombucha, raw slaws, hot sauce (made in Manhattan!)
glendale grape juice
emmy's organic raw vegan macaroons
x's to o's vegan baked goods
mu mu muesli
upstate harvest granola
purely elizabeth gluten free baking mixes and granola (made in Manhattan!)
skytop non-homogenized milk
remembrance farms eggs
lively run goat cheese
evan's farmhouse buttermilk
maple hill creamery yogurt and yogurt drinks
hawthorne valley biodynamic fermented vegetables and yogurt
everybody eats gluten free baked foods
bread alone organic bread
divine brine beet caviar
better brittle african style peanut brittle
flour city pasta artisan pasta
brooklyn brine pickled vegetables (made in Brooklyn!)
ny honey locally produce honey
sunbeam candles (produced with solar power!)
tierra farms nuts, snacks, granola and nut butter
nynaturals kale chips (made in Brooklyn!)
brooklyn salsa organic salsa (made in Brooklyn!)
amikole shea butter products (made in Manhattan!)
bindi skin care products (made in Queens!)
regal vegan faux gras (made in Brooklyn!)
v-spot vegan prepared foods (made in Brooklyn!)
northern rye finnish ryes (made in Brooklyn!)
healthy sushi (made in Brooklyn!)
yossi's vegan cake (made in Brooklyn!)

...And check in or dairy department next week for Yisroyal ready to bake vegan cookie dough, made by hand in Brooklyn!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New and Noteworthy - June!

Lucini Chickpea Fritatta Mix - Rosemary and Fieri Chili
--These awesome mixes couldn't be simpler in their ingredients OR preparation! Made from chickpea flour and seasonings, just add water and put it in the oven to create a delicious, protein and fiber rich meal. You can add chopped vegetables, fresh herbs or whatever else strikes your fancy to switch it up a little!
Rapunzel Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
--You asked for it, and we listened! After several of our customers expressed interest in finding an organic, natural version of Nutella, we decided to bring in this delicious chocolate hazelnut butter. It tastes just like nutella but you can feel better about eating it with its great ingredient list!
Biotta Elderberry Juice
--Biotta is known for their unusual juice selection (Sauerkraut juice!) and is debuting pure Elderberry juice. Elderberry has traditionally been valued for it's delicious taste and for promoting a healthy immune system.
Brooklyn Brine Sauerkraut
--Brooklyn Brine has done it again with their awesome sauerkraut. Made by hand locally in Brooklyn and aged in whiskey barrels, this is the best sauerkraut we've ever tried! Try some now! It will change your Reubens forever....
Cucina Antica Organic Ketchup and Salad Dressings
--I know, I know, more salad dressing, you say? BUT Cucina Antica's new salad dressings (low fat italiano, balsamic, red wine vinagrette and caesar) are made with organic ingredients and really do taste great- give them a try, they are delicious. We especially like the low fat italiano!
Annie's Spirals with Butter and Parmesan
--Annie's has taken the work out of feeding toddlers with this new boxed macaroni and cheese- I know all I wanted to eat when I was a kid was noodles with butter and parmesan-and now it's even easier!
Yossi's Vegan Cake
--Made by hand in Brooklyn, these delicious vegan cake slices will blow your mind with their moist, delicious flavors. Look for chocolate orange, lemon poppyseed, banana walnut date, chocolate hazelnut and carrot raisin.
Eli's Earth Bars
--Made with organic and fair trade ingredients, these bars (Dream Big Bar, Earth Bar, and Treasure Bar) are the organic, natural answer for the Twix, Snickers and Almond Joy lover among us. They are delicious and actually taste like their mainstream counterparts!
Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent
--This is the first natural laundry detergent we've come across that is made with organic ingredients as well- available in unscented and lavender.
Braggs Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
--Vitamin enriched nutritional yeast in a convenient shaker bottle! Now you can shake nutritional yeast on your popcorn to your hearts content!

COMING NEXT WEEK! Cayuga Pure Organics locally grown whole grains and Farmer Ground locally grown & produced Organic Pancake Mixes! Yay!

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