April 23rd is National Picnic Day! While the weather is still hit or miss, we want to make sure you’re ready when the sun does comes out so you can spend some time with loved ones at your favorite outdoor spot. Tell us about your favorite picnic food creations and be entered to win the following picnic supplies:
Picnic Day Giveaway (value $150) includes:
BlueQ Bag 5 Sistema Containers 2 Preserve Containers World Centric Cups, Cutlery, and Plates Coola Sunscreen Matt’s Organic Lemonade Tyrrell’s Chips AND a $50 Gift Card to purchase your fave picnic foods!
If you are a lover of tinned fish, Cole’s Brand is a must try. And if you’re not a fan of tinned fish, put your adventure pants on and try some! The smoked rainbow trout is lightly smoky with a hint of nuttiness and packed in olive oil for a velvety smooth texture. You will be amazed at the flavor and quality of this often-mocked pantry staple. They are delicious served on a piece of toasted bread or cracker with avocado and lemon juice or eaten straight from the tin. They offer varieties of wild mackerel and sardines as well, all of which are equally delicious.
Okay, so we’ve all heard of SuperFoods, things like berries, nuts, honey and green foods, but did you know you can get the same kind of health benefits from chocolate? Yes, we said it. Chocolate! The newest trend in confections is functional chocolate. It’s about time, but it was well worth the wait. Chocolate with added health benefits is showing up all over the shelves, and we haven’t missed a beat.
Good Cacao is a prime example of how to promote overall health and satisfy your cravings for chocolate. They offer bars with coconut and Omega-3. These are all-natural, gluten free and vegan.
Good Cacao also has a Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar to support Immune health. It’s high in antioxidants and probiotics. Good Cacao is a product you can feel good about buying, with 97% certified organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging.
Xan Confections (pronounced Zan) offers a special collection of satisfying, all-natural chocolates, called CocoXan. They boast products like CocoHeart and CocoBrain, infused with CoQ10, an antioxidant that helps support healthy brain, heart and digestive functions. Xan even sells chocolate to help satisfy cravings while minimizing PMS systems! Hold your applause please, ladies.
Sacred Chocolate is slowly stone ground below 115 degrees Fahrenheit and hand poured in a small, certified organic, vegan, and carbon balanced factory in California. Why, you ask? Because unroasted cacao (raw chocolate) contains countless health benefits and traditional roasting methods can destroy these “sacred” properties. Sacred Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and, with flavors like Mint and Coconut & Nibbs, this is one tasty Super Food!
Raw Chocolate by Gnosis is made from ethically sourced Raw Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada and Madagascar. These bars are certified organic, vegan, kosher and are free of gluten, soy and dairy. Because Gnosis chocolate is never headed above 118 degrees, all of its valuable nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins are protected. At Gnosis, they believe that chocolate is food, not candy, and it should be enjoyed regularly. No arguments there!
German-based Beauty Sweeties makes Pure White Chocolate Bars with Q10, Aloe Vera and Collagen. With flavors like pomegranate/raspberry, acai, and mango/peach, each bar has a purpose, providing Vitamin E, antioxidants and beta carotene. This beautiful treat is all-natural and good for you, and even claims to provide cellular energy and neutralize free radicals. Imagine eating chocolate and looking and feeling better! Guess you really can have it all…
Wednesday January 30th 2013, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Grocery
The latest craze is all about the addictive snack that has been around for centuries and brings back memories of being at at home with family or going to the movies with friends. Remember the smell of popping kernels on the stovetop? Maybe your family had movie night and popped corn in one of those air poppers:
Well, satisfying this snack craving no longer requires heating oil, counter space, and it doesn’t need to be eaten in one sitting—although you’ll be tempted to when you try the following gourmet popcorn:
Drizzlecorn. The word alone makes anyone start drooling. Try the Black & White Kettlecorn—with dark and white chocolate—on ice cream. Seriously.
Healthy and fabulous. This light and airy classic popcorn lets you enjoy snacking guilt-free.
There’s a flavor for every personality: Classic Sweet & Salty, Sweetly White Cheddar, Politely Sweet & Spicy, and Uncommonly Salted Caramel.
The perfect crunch–not too hard like a corn nut, and not too soft like regular popcorn.
Having trouble scooping out the perfect amount for a handful of popcorn? Fear not, Pop Corners has put popcorn in the form of a chip for your snacking ease.
Rare Bird Preserves are handmade using only seasonal fruits with a focus on locally and sustainably grown produce, ensuring the truest flavors around. With interesting varieties ranging from Caramel Apple to Fig Earl Grey and Passion Fruit Curd, every palate is sure to be pleased.
Rare Bird Preserves are made in a small kitchen the traditional way—in copper pots with all natural ingredients, but the flavor combinations are anything but ordinary. Rare Birds uses artisan methods to infuse herbal and floral flavors with fresh, local fruit. Some upcoming flavors for the winter include Cranberry Clementine, Meyer Lemon Rosemary and Grapefruit Mint. Check out Rare Bird’s Blog for some great recipe ideas like Mascarpone Frangipane Tarts topped with Fig Earl Grey Preserves http://blog.rarebirdpreserves.com/ and stop in any Plum Market store to grab your ingredients!
Dirty Girl Produce is a 40 acre certified organic family farm located in Santa Cruz County, Ca. Situated on rich, fertile land between the San Lorenzo River and sheltering Pogonip hills, the farm reaps the blessings of Monterey Bay climate and pristine watershed to produce sublime organic vegetables renowned for their flavor and vitality.
Dirty Girl grows over 20 varieties of fruits and vegetables, and one of our favorites is their Dry Farm Early Girl Tomatoes. Dirty Girl Dry Farm Tomatoes are grown sustainably using only rainwater from the torrential rains that saturate the soil in Northern California during the winter. The plants are deprived of water after they reach maturity. This lack of water stresses the plant forcing the roots deep into the soil in search of water and focuses its efforts on producing fruit. The result is a smaller tomato and lower yield, but the tomatoes have a tremendous flavor and texture.
Last year we introduced these beauties to our produce department, even though they are typically only sold to California’s Central Coast farmer’s markets. But because our guests seek the freshest and healthiest organic produce we were added to the list of retailers to carry these bright, juicy tomatoes.
The tomatoes will be here soon, but NOW (for a limited time), you can have access to these favorite tomatoes any time because they’re shipping them directly to our grocery department shelves! Use them in any recipe that calls for tomatoes—salsa, pasta, casserole, salad, or just eat them out of the jar! You’re welcome.
Monday July 16th 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Grocery
Welcome to an entire line of affordable Natural, Organic, and Eco-Friendly Household Items. These are the quality products you seek out, at the best values! 90% of Field Day products are Certified Organicand 92% are Non-GMO Project Verified. You’ll find a terrific range of products like Natural Almond Milk, Organic Chilis, Organic Pastas and Pasta Sauces, Organic Salad Dressings, Organic Canned Vegetables, Eco-Friendly Paper Towels, and so much more… All at prices you’ll love! Learn more at www.fielddayproducts.com
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Grocery
New to Plum Market and voted Gourmet Product Awards Best Olive Oil 2011-2012, Rallis Ice Pressed olive oil is pressed in the complete absence of heat. A dramatic 20-30 times colder than typical cold pressed–a critical distinction in terms of maintaining the oils’ nutritive and healing potential and to staking claim as one if the world’s only RAW producers of olive oil.
The oil is processed within 12 hours of hand harvesting, from superior early harvest olives. Let us know what you think about the unbelievably “refreshing” raw olive flavor. *Photos from Rallis Olive Oil Facebook Page