Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall, falling, fell...

...into autumn.  If you haven't been here this week, the lovely (and for sale!) Victorian across the street is literally glowing with maples.  So lovely!  And with the post-pouring rain blueness of tomorrow, it'll undoubtedly start looking a little Halloween-ish. We also have tons of pics of the rushing, roaring something-mile creek - can't believe we were swimming in there a few weeks back!

Anyway - the blog is late - my apologies!  But there's much to tell you about!

It has been quiet during the week around here, so we are busily planning some things to do - there's info going out about our computer services, we'll be attending Greenville Day on Saturday (and handing out toy snakes, so look for us!), and Saturdays at the Store will start on October 9th!  Lots of catering mailers going out - please spread the wrod that we are doing deli platters, breakfast platters, sandwich platters and dessert and snack platters.  If you are partying, please think of us!

And there's some product news to share.

First, before I forget, the results are in: Meadowbrook chocolate will stay.  Honestly, there's just no comparison.  And I'll order for anyone who guarantees they'll buy it.  The rest we're getting from the lovely Byrne dairy.

UNFI sent us some amazing new stuff!  Got in some Bora Bora bars - which are like superfood granola bars - they are GMO-free, without refined sugar.  And, somewhat shockingly, they are both gluten-free and delicious!  We also had a few requests for more lunchbox-y sort of snack foods, so we're trying some Florida Natural's Pocket Fruit.  Early results - thank you, Drew! - suggest that it's a keeper. We also have more Wolfgang Puck soup in, though the taste-tester approved pacific Natural brand was out-of-stock, so we'll have to try it for next week.  We have a lot of new Raw Revolution bars in - Raspberry chocolate, among others - which are apparently good for you.  Better for you (unless you are seriously not into chocolate or calories) are the Dancing Deer Brownies, which are still on sale (so we're *still* ordering them) and this week we're trying the Caramel Pecan ones.

I noticed we don't have any natural alternatives to Jello pudding mixes, so I have some of the Dr. Oeker chocolate and vanilla mix in.  And we are loving the Davinci pasta, which is tasty and half the price of the regular organic pastas. Lots of tazo teas back in, as well as Waa-Tah! brain and power water.

Also by popular request, we have the Udi's bagels and cinnamon rolls in, as well as several varieties of Conte's raviolis and stuffed shells - all gluten-free.  Also brought in some of the Glutino gluten-free chocolate covered pretzels.  Can you believe it??  Here, in Medusa.    The amazing ravioli from Giovanni Rana were out-of-stock, sadly, but I've asked sweet Chris at Albert's to hold a few cases for us. 

For bulk, which has taken off since someone sweetly suggested that we package all the bulk so folks can actually *see* it, we have roasted tamari almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, chocolate covered pretzels and walnuts.  And for that someone, we now have mixed nuts in, in  the cooler.  Oh, and pretty mixed colored popcorn, too.

Albert's Organics also sent us a lovely box of portabellas, tomatoes and romaine hearts, as well as more Hunan's and some of their Spinach Noodles.  We have a *lot* of farm fresh eggs in - and I think Laurie is bringing us more tomorrow morning - the Farm fresh are in the produce cooler - and Byrne's eggs are in the dairy cooler.

Lots of new personal care products in - shampoos and some new Tom's of Maine soaps, all on sale.

We're planning a light order for next week, but have a number of preorders for the first October order, the following week.  So, if you're interested, drop in and check out the sales catalogs and see what deals you can snag.  As always - open source pricing - I'm charging 15% over sale cost.  There's a sign-up sheet at the store for anyone who wants to receive emails about UNFI product sales and discounts.

We are trying a new sandwich - created by Hans and heartily endorsed by Courtney - temporarily going by the BLET.  A BLT with our special Wild Thymes Moroccan Mayo, we've added a hard boiled egg.  A similar version also adds sliced avocado, making it a BLEAT.  Anyway, you'll have to drop in and check it out.  And soups are here!  Haven't decided what we'll try for tomorrow, but everything is Kettle Cuisine.  We don't have fresh artisan bread yet, but it's coming really soon!  (Oh, if only there were more hours in the day!!)

Saturdays at the Store are funshops for all ages, drop-in from 10am to 1pm, in our back building.  We're starting with a play dough workshop, then a beading funshop, a paper mache bowl funshop, and a pre-Halloween dress-up funshop planned in the coming weeks.  We are going to have such a BLAST! 

There's more, but my fingers are getting tired.  Love to you all - and see you soon!

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