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Kombucha Moscow Mules

Kombucha Moscow mule

When I was in culinary school I was exposed to the process of fermentation and wild yeast fairly often. They introduced us to kombucha, kefir, kimchi, and sour dough bread just to name a few. So when I went home I was determined to make my own kombucha and have been brewing kombucha for almost 2 years now!

I was driven to continue brewing kombucha mainly because of all the amazing health benefits that come from drinking it. First off, kombucha is an amazing natural probiotic that is great for digestion. It also has been known to improve weight loss, increase energy, a strong immune support, reduce joint pan, and prevent cancer. Read more



Nothing is more inspirational than to witness someone becoming successful with an idea that has been driven by their passion. Benjamin Frohlichstein from my hometown of Saint Charles, IL partnered with his friend Stacy Marcellus to create a completely unique food company for an unsaturated market.

Cappello’s all began in a small Colorado kitchen. Stacy and Ben quickly began brainstorming ways to be the best gluten-free and grain-free product on the market.  Their mission was simple, to provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions. Little did they know the dedication to their once small idea would lead to being in 864 grocery stores, including Whole Foods, in 48 states and growing!

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Big Spoon Roasters

big spoon roasters

“It matters to our health, our happiness, and the well being of our planet.”- Big Spoon Roasters

Big Spoon Roasters makes delicious handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, N.C. Inspired to share his experience in Africa with these beautiful ingredients back home, Mark and his wife began their journey with Big Spoon Roasters in January 2011. This unique company sets their standards high focusing on small batches, while utilizing top quality local ingredients sourced from like-minded producers. The business has been built on a foundation of delicious, nutritious, and an outcome that is positive for a those involved. Read more

Farmer’s Fridge- Featured Product

Farmer Fridge

For all us health nuts, vending machines could be just about the worst “snack” imaginable. Well Farmer’s Fridge to the rescue! Imagine that same vending machine, but a million times cuter and filled with fresh organic meals! Every morning,  the Farmer’s Fridge team makes everything from scratch and have it ready by 5am to be delivered to their kiosks by 10am.

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