July Grocery News

Hello out there!  There is a LOT going on at Bloomingfoods this month with the opening of the Elm Heights store!  We’re all busy, busy, busy and excited, excited, excited! The staff at all the stores are keeping up with the usual day to day tasks and have been enjoying chatting with you about all the changes.  And it’s been a particular pleasure for me, as I begin spending more and more time at all locations, to see so many familiar faces at all the stores. (Steve here. This seems an opportune moment to interject that Martha Philion, the author of the present report, was recently promoted from grocery manager at the East store into the position of central grocery buyer for all Bloomingfoods locations, hence your encountering her in the aisles of our other stores. We're extremely fortunate to enjoy Martha's very considerable skill and dedication. Please congratulate her when you see her.)

Here are some new items that we recently brought into the East store:
BULK:  Try our new flavor of EQUAL EXCHANGE Bird of Paradise Coffee! Limited Edition! Available June - October. A sweet, smooth and creamy coffee from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.  From the Equal Exchange website:
Aroma: fresh honey, orange, caramel
Flavor: sweet, malted chocolate, citrus
Mouthfeel: smooth & creamy

“’Introducing our Biosphere Reserve Series, showcasing coffee from some of the most wondrous and wild places... and working to keep them that way! We source coffee from three national parks that are ecological powerhouses in different corners of the globe. Coffee is an important part of how communities buffering the parks preserve the protected ecosystems. This series will highlight coffee from each park - one at a time, over the course of a year. “

BULK:  We’ve found a source for organic whole corn in 25# bags from one of our favorite local partners, Fields of Agape.  Although we don’t plan to carry it as a regular item at this time, it is available as a special order.  Just give us a call if you’re interested; it’ll take a week or two to get it in, so plan ahead!

QUILTER’S COMFORT:  “I Love Me” herbal tea now on the shelves from another one of our favorite local partners!  From Patricia’s website www.quilterscomfort.com:~I LOVE Me Contains a Certified Organic blend of Lemon Balm (release past tension), Strawberry Leaves (joy in life, helps heal past, Red Raspberry Leaves (accepting more joy), Hyssop (connect to others, harmony), Rose Petals (deepening compassion, purity of love), and Thyme (sense of direction, calm).  This satisfying blend is all about nurturing the self by saying I LOVE Me. Loving you is a very good thing to do. When we have love and appreciation for the self, we can easily express love and appreciate others. Thank You, I Love You.”

MISTER BUCK’S GENUINELY GOOD PET FOOD:  Another one of our favorite local partners will be offering a new flavor of their dry dog food, Rescue Blend
Rescue Blend ™
Providing Shelters, Rescues, & Police K9 Great Food at an Exceptionally Great Price

From Jon Kitto, one of the founders of Mister Bucks, and another one of our favorite local partners:
“When I was a child, we were not wealthy. My mother would make good, wholesome meals Sunday to Thursday. By Friday there was a mix of leftovers from these good meals. Every Friday Mom would grind the leftovers up, put them in a casserole dish and bake a layer of "Spoon Bread" on top. She called it "Knish," which is a Jewish dish popular in Eastern Europe.
We weren't always crazy about the way the Knish looked, but it was a good, wholesome meal and all of us have thrived!
We, at Mister Buck's Genuinely Good Pet Food Company, are dedicated to helping Shelters, Humane Societies and Rescue Groups. One of the things that has perplexed us is how do we get great food to these folks as cheaply as possible?   Then the plant came up with a great idea!  Between every run of our food, there is a crossover batch.  It has been so successful that we have made our own "knish" formula!”

Rescue Blend is an excellent food, NO CORN, NO SOY, NO WHEAT.

Flat 12, an Indianapolis brewery, is offering a seasonal beer that Ben says is “just delicious!” It’s called Cucumber Kölsch – light and refreshing with a subtle undertone of cucumber.  Perfect for hot summer sipping! We’re also happy to have landed a new crop of Italian Wines that are, according to former wine buyer, Matt Beall, “phenomenal.” They range in price from $15.99 - $29.99.

Now for the bad news.

According to our primary distributor, United Natural Foods, Inc., Wholesoy has decided to stop production to focus on making additional facility upgrades.  They are aiming for early August to resume full production.

We’re sad to report that Phoenix Farms, another one of our favorite local partners, has closed up shop and will no longer be producing their delicious tofu.  We’ll miss you, Phoenix Farms!

Martha Philion
Bloomingfoods Grocery Buyer