Sunleaf Naturals, scented with 100% essential oils, are made in Waconia, Minnesota. They use all-natural ingredients, no petroleum, lead-free wicks, and lots of creativity. Sunleaf also makes all-natural dish and hand soaps, fire starters and reed diffusers—deliciously scented!
Linden Hills Co-op is pleased to feature one of our favorite chocolate suppliers: Taza.
Taza is a small bean-to-bar chocolate maker, and the only producer in the US of 100% stone ground, organic chocolate. They roast, winnow, grind, temper, and mold their chocolate in house and by hand.
SnackTAXIs are a fun way to reduce your use of plastics. Invented by a Massachusetts mom who packs over 500 lunches a year, just one of these washable, reusable, colorful bags can eliminate an average of 1,000 (!) plastic bags over it’s lifetime.
They come in two sizes, Snack and Sandwich, and a wide variety of patterns and colors (including some very pretty Pucci-esque paisleys for grown-up users), and are completely machine-washable. The Snack size is just perfect for a pile of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies.
Check out our selection of fun colors and patterns at Linden Hills Natural Home.
Rufus, Jacob and Jessica Haucke
Keewaydin Farm was founded in 1976 by Richard and Mary Haucke. The Hauckes considered themselves stewards of the land and for several decades, ran a sustainable grass-based dairy enterprise while raising their three children. IN 2002, after years of travel and exploration, the adult Haucke children returned to Keewaydin to create a viable, certified organic family farm. In addition to a 40-cow dairy, the farm includes a 10-acre market garden, and a maple sugar shack. The family also raises chickens, heritage turkeys and pork.
Cedar Grove cheesemakers craft 4 million pounds of cheese a year from milk bought from more than 30 Wisconsin farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with artificial growth hormones. And no animal enzymes or genetically-modified ingredients are used in the cheesemaking process.
Working in concert with nature is an important part of Cedar Grove’s business, which relies on a “Living Machine” to clean wash-water in a beautiful biological way. The company actively promotes recycling and energy use reduction programs.
Mary & Ed Eichten and Eileen Eichten Carlson
Center City, Minnesota
Eichten’s Hidden Acres is a family-owned farm that has produced award-winning artisan cheeses since 1976. They also raise bison, which is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than other red meat while being high in vitamins, minerals and protein.
Pastures A Plenty supplies area co-ops with naturally raised pork. A family-run opearation since 1952, the farm is currently being passed along to the second generation. Pastures A Plenty raises Berkshire and Duroc-bred hogs that live free to roam and pastuer in the warmer months. The pigs are antibiotic- and hormone-free, and delicious!
Fourth Generation owner Sid Cook is among a handful of the nation’s certified Master Cheesemakers—a distinction awarded only to veteran craftsmen who complete a rigorous 15-year advanced training and education program.
Carr Valley cheeses have won more than 60 awards; many have been won by Sid’s one-of-a-kind artisan cheeses. In additional to cow’s milk cheeses, Carr Valley produces cheeses made from goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, and combinations of different types of milk.
Featherstone Farm’s Jenni McHugh
Nurturing Life on the Farm and Elsewhere
by Allie Mentzer, Marketing Manager
As we embark on another Eat Local Challenge, you might notice that eating locally has become trendy and mighty marketable. Frito-Lay, even Walmart, will claim to sell you “local food” from “family farms.” Fact is large corporations simply can’t develop the long term commitments to local farmers that co-ops have nurtured for decades.
Meet one of our newest suppliers, Unpeeled Kombucha, made in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kombucha is a phenomenon—a naturally cultured probiotic drink made from raw ingredients. According to the Weston Price Institute (experts on traditional foods):
“Kombucha is rich in B vitamins and a substance called glucuronic acid which binds up environmental and metabolic toxins so that they can be excreted through the kidneys. Glucuronic acid is a natural acid that is produced by the liver. Kombucha simply supplies the body with more and boosts the natural detoxification process.