- They support and encourage the growth of organic farming practices.
- From field to kitchen, they are committed to integrity in products and the way they do business.
- Their underlying values are simple: wholesome, great-tasting organics and fair, respectful sourcing.
At Simply Organic, they are driven by the goodness of organics. From the field to your kitchen, they are committed to ensuring that their organic spices and seasonings are grown and processed in an ethical and sustainable manner. They develop direct, honest and genuine relationships with growers to offer pure, premium-quality spices for all your baking and cooking needs. And to contribute to the goodness of organics beyond your own kitchen, Simply Organic supports numerous organic and sustainable farming communities through the Simply Organic Giving Fund. To date, more than $1.5 million has been donated worldwide. Eat right, live well and join Simply Organic on their mission to make organic food more accessible.
The best part about chilly weather is getting warmed up to seasonal drinks. We’ve teamed up with Traditional Medicinals to bring you cozy fall beverages, without all the added sugar. Snuggle up with a hot cup of rhizome-rich Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk or soothing Peppermint Hot Cocoa tonight!
Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk
Go beyond the typical pumpkin spice drinks
with our creamy, dairy-free twist on this Ayurvedic alternative.Servings: 1 cup Time: 15 minutes
- 1 bag Traditional Medicinals Turmeric with Meadowsweet and Ginger tea
- 1 cup Hot water
- 1/4 cup Hot almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. Maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. Tumeric powder
- 1/8 tsp. Pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. Coconut oil
- Boil water and steep a cup of Tumeric with Meadowsweet and Ginger tea. It’s best to keep the cup covered with a saucer to extract every bit of plant power.
- Pour the hot tea into the blender, along with 1/4 cup hot almond milk and the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend until the froth begins to form. Pour into the tea cup.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dash of pumpkin spice. Enjoy!
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Delightfully rich hot cocoa, with a dash of peppermint cheer,
crafted perfectly for a post-dinner drink.
Servings: 2 large cups
Time: 15 minutes
- 2 bags Traditional Medicinals Peppermint tea
- 16 oz. Boiling hot water
- 4 oz. Very dark chocolate (anything over 70%), broken up into small pieces
- 1/4 cup Heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp. Raw honey
- Whipped cream, for topping
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags, squeeze out any excess liquid, and compost the tea bags.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the peppermint tea, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 Tbsp. raw honey.
- Stir until the chocolate is dissolved and everything is combined. Do not bring to a boil.
Pour into two mugs, top with whipped cream and enjoy!
In 1974, community activist Drake Sadler and fourth-generation herbalist Rosemary Gladstar launched Traditional Medicinals, a medicinal herbal tea company. With the goal of reviving herbalism in North America, they traveled to the source of medicinal plants—often in remote, rural areas. On their travels, they were shocked to discover the poor social, living and working conditions of the mostly indigenous and impoverished herb farmers and wild collectors.Following the principles of right livelihood, the company pioneered a new ethical sourcing model by promoting organic agriculture, developing long-term equitable and fair trading relationships, and investing in these sourcing communities. Over four decades later, their teas are still formulated by herbalists, sourced responsibly and tested for quality by plant scientists. Their purposeful mission continues through your conscious choice to support Traditional Medicinals. Hoping to empower consumers to take responsibility for their own health, Traditional Medicinals believes in creating the highest quality products by considering every step of the process from their farms to your pantry, from sustainability and responsible sourcing, to social business practices. Plant Power for a Better You® isn’t just a tagline—it’s their mission.
Like the seed of the mate tree, Guayakí started small on California’s Central Coast in 1996 by two university buddies. Alex Pryor (from Argentina) first introduced yerba mate to David Karr (from California) while attending Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. Fast friends and ultimately soul brothers, Alex and David set out to share yerba mate with the world, recognizing that people were in need of a nourishing source of energy and a healthy dose of optimism. As good fortune would have it, co-founders Alex and David were swiftly joined by three other pioneering partners to round out the original founding group: Don Miguel, Steven Karr and Chris Mann. From two with a vision to five friends on a mission, they channeled their activist mentality to pioneer a revolutionary market-driven regeneration business model that empowers customers to drive tangible change with every purchase. They first sprouted roots in the fertile grounds of San Luis Obispo, California, nestled comfortably between Santa Barbara and Big Sur. This coastline, riddled with good surf breaks and mountains, provided the perfect backdrop for many extended mate gourd sessions while looking for surf or mountain biking the scenic landscapes. As passionate lifestylers, they were intimately committed to holistic living and a business practice that was philosophically aligned with their love for nature and adventure. With a blend of West Coast pioneer spirit and Argentine hospitality, the inspired group took to the road to share mate with all those who would listen. Traveling in a mix of VW vans, pickups and RVs, they took the wheel in one hand and the mate gourd in the other to the four corners of the United States. With a strong brew of yerba mate, good tunes, flowers and genuine hospitality, they encouraged keen samplers to develop a relationship with the yerba mate plant. Now headquartered in Sebastopol, California (a leading hub of craft food and beverage) with a team of cebadores, Guayakí is serving up yerba mate culture and connecting with communities worldwide.
Spinach salads are a summertime must, but they’ll hold their own through all the seasons. This paleo one in particular, put together by the founder of Primal Kitchen®, Mark Sisson, boasts the sweet taste of fresh strawberries, crunchiness of pecans and tang from feta cheese. To add more protein to this salad, you can mix in shredded chicken, sliced steak or chunks of salmon. Yum!
- Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Avocado Oil Dressing
- Strawberries, quartered
- Halved pecans
- Feta or goat cheese
- Sliced avocado
- Your choice of protein: shredded chicken, sliced steak or chunks of salmon
- Layer fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle feta and pecans on spinach.
- Add strawberries, avocados and protein choice.
- Top with a generous drizzle of Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Avocado Oil Dressing and enjoy!
Primal Kitchen founder and New York Times bestselling author, Mark Sisson, reminds us to Eat Like Your Life Depends on It. It means that the power of food can lift you up to new heights to find the greatest amount of pleasure, joy and contentment from every moment possible. Mark spent three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal health. Once an elite endurance athlete, he lost both health and vitality through an oppressive training regimen and a highly inflammatory diet. He vowed to find a way to be as fit, strong and healthy as possible, with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice required. After extensive research and years of experimenting, Mark regained his health and enjoyment of life by simply changing how he ate. Blown away by the dramatic shifts in his own health that came from simply rethinking his food choices, Mark started to wonder how many tens or hundreds of millions of others might be suffering the same fate. Primal Kitchen® delivers on its promise to provide uncompromisingly delicious condiments, dressings, marinades and vinaigrettes, avocado oils, collagen protein bars and protein shakes that are full of heart-healthy, natural fats, clean protein, and ingredients rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are also committed to the highest quality ingredients with products that are free of dairy, gluten, grains, refined sugar, soy and industrial seed oils (like canola, sunflower or safflower). The entire Primal Kitchen collection aims to exquisitely satiate while also packing beneficial fats, high quality, clean protein and nutritional ingredients—like avocado oil, collagen, organic herbs and spices.
Founded on the admiration for blue skies and open air, Blue Sky Beverage Co. has been crafting soda that’s flavored by nature since 1971. Their sodas are made with real ingredients like pure cane sugar, are always caffeine free and come in a variety of cane sugar, zero sugar and organic flavors.
Founded in 1987 by Ric Scalzo, Gaia Herbs is headquartered in Brevard, North Carolina. This beautiful location was intentionally chosen because of its rich soil and climate. Amazingly, over 80% of all plant species in the U.S. can grow in this region. And, the water used to irrigate the farm flows directly from the nearby Pisgah National Forest. Gaia manufactures over 200 herbal products in a variety of consumable products—teas, liquid extracts, liquid phyto-caps, functional powders and syrups. Gaia’s Liquid Phyto-Caps® are a patented technology concentrating liquid extract into the convenience of a capsule. Liquid concentration allows for faster delivery of herbs into the body.
Purity + Integrity = PotencyFueling their passion, Gaia’s process is defined by the belief that purity and integrity equal potency. Their full-spectrum extraction technique was developed to mirror nature. This also means their manufacturing operations go far beyond standardization. Starting with sustainably and responsibly sourced herbs from their own organic farm as well as organic farm partners from around the world, Gaia’s herbs are tested throughout the process.
TransparencyAll Gaia products are fully traceable. A batch ID number on the side of every bottle allows you to enter into MeetYourHerbs.com where you can learn more about each product. From the manufacturing date, purity testing, country of origin of the raw materials, to education on the functional benefits of each herb in the formula—you’ll find a wealth of information about Gaia’s products.
Vital Farms’ founder Matt O’Hayer’s lifelong love for the egg business began as a teenager back in 1968 when he gave up his Providence, RI, paper route in favor of selling eggs door-to-door. Fast forward to 2007, when, after a series of successful business ventures, Matt and his wife Catherine settled back in Austin, TX, and started raising their first flock of 20 hens on a small piece of land south of the city. The “Egg Man” had come home to roost. Their initial goal was to show that humanely raising hens outdoors with access to open pastures (and all the natural goodness found therein) would produce better quality and more delicious eggs—and their early popularity at Farmers’ Markets around Austin showed that to be the case. From there, it was a short leap into grocery stores, with bigger flocks, better understandings and a plan to scale this method of farming to suit the challenges of commercial production, without compromising the ethical standards that they had established. Those ideas became the foundation of the company’s mission. Newly branded as Vital Farms, the company began to grow, adding new farms to their network, and collaborating with animal welfare groups to codify the farming system and standards that it pioneered, in the process creating a sustainable and scalable farming model that would ensure consistency, quality, and accountability. Those same standards are now applied consistently with the roughly 120 independent family chicken farms that Vital Farms works with—a care for the hens, the land that they roam (our pastures are never treated with chemicals of any kind), the farmers, their communities, all the way through to the folks who experience the joy of a perfect egg every time they crack one open! In 2015 Vital Farms ventured their first new category, introducing a superior quality, high butter fat, pasture-raised butter to the market, and adding a group of 90 family dairy farms and artisanal butter-makers to their network. While the standards for dairy cattle are obviously very different from those for the hens, Vital Farms’ commitment to quality, animal welfare, and ethical food production remains true to its founders’ vision and mission. Vital Farms also recently opened its first egg packing facility, ‘Egg Central Station’, in Springfield, MO, close to the heart of it’s production center. True to Vital Farms’ standards, the state-of-the-art facility was built with key features to ensure food safety, crew comfort, and safety and environmental considerations. Today, Vital Farms leads the fast-growing pasture-raised egg category it helped pioneer. What started as a belief that there was a better way to produce eggs, turned into a stakeholder-centric, socially-conscious business operating at the highest levels of quality and accountability.
In 1990, Gary Erickson set off on a one-day, 175-mile bicycle ride with his buddy Jay. As usual, he packed six energy bars for the ride—using the only bar on the market at the time. Halfway through the ride, exhausted and hungry, Gary realized he just couldn’t eat another unappetizing, sticky, hard-to-digest bar. Then and there, in a moment he now calls “the epiphany,” the inspiration for the CLIF® Bar was born. By the late 1990s, the energy bar category experienced rapid growth and consolidation. As huge, multinational food companies began to acquire Clif Bar’s competitors, husband and wife team, Gary and Kit Crawford, were being pressured to sell Clif Bar. In 2001, they made the brave decision to stay private allowing them to develop an innovative business model guided by Five Aspirations—Sustaining our Business, Brands, People, Community and the Planet. With a portfolio of great-tasting food crafted for athletes and active people, they have become a category leader among health and lifestyle bars. Clif Bar’s vision always has been to do business in a better way. Recognizing that food is at the center of everything it does, the company places organic ingredients and organic farming at the forefront of its sustainability efforts. From 2002 to 2016, the company purchased over 800 million pounds of organic ingredients. How Clif Bar works is also critical to its sustainability goals. In 2012, Clif Bar’s headquarters was awarded LEED® Platinum certification, the highest standard buildings can earn as a measure of their sustainability. Through reduction, recycling and composting, the company diverts 85 percent of its office waste from local landfills. Supporting its employees’ work-life balance, Clif Bar provides employees with an onsite fitness center, personal trainers and concierge services such as haircuts and organic produce delivery. Employees can also opt for a flexible workweek and are encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities during the workday. They also enjoy a sabbatical program, sustainability benefits, and onsite childcare. In 2010, the company implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) recognizing employees’ roles in helping build the business. The company has been named best place to work by Outside and Fortune Magazines. Now a household name, and a staple for many athletes, their success is a direct result of their strong roots and dedication to stay connected to the values they started with. Sprouts is proud to partner with a brand that shares the same vision and mission for its employees, community and future generations.