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Taza Chocolate: Organic...Sweet!

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.

Pastures A Plenty

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The VanDerPols
Kerkoven, Minnesota

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!

Unpeeled Kombucha

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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.

Anderson's Maple Syrup

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Anderson’s Maple Syrup in Cumberland, Wisconsin has been a family run and organized business for over 80 years. Steve Anderson is the third generation Anderson to carry on the family tradition. Steve’s grandfather Paul Anderson started the business in the early 20’s as just a little hobby to put some syrup on the table. When Norman Anderson, Steve’s Father was old enough to help out he and Paul started to make the business grow. They started on a single, once a year route that took them through parts of Wisconsin and into Northern Minnesota.

I Scream for Coconut Bliss!

It’s not often that one product can appeal to vegans and gluttons alike, but Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss fits the bill. Using organic coconut and agave nectar, Luna & Larry have managed to leave out many potential allergens (dairy, soy, gluten & cane sugar), while still creating a dessert that actually tastes GOOD. And you won’t be the only one reveling in bliss—Luna & Larry have even gone to the trouble of using certified fair trade vanilla, cocoa & coffee, ensuring farmers make a happy profit, too.

B.T. McElrath Hand-Crafted Chocolates

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Look for the new line of BT McElrath chocolate bars on the display right between the deli counter and the salad bar. You won’t be sorry!
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Made by local chocolatier Brian McElrath from a blend of American, European and colombian chocolates, these gourmet bars are filled with fantastic flavor. Try the Passion Fruit and Tangerine, blended with dark and white chocolates, or the Salty Dog, which blends pieces of butter toffee and sea salt in smooth dark chocolate.

Sunrise Creative Gourmet Ravioli

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Locavores rejoice! Thanks to the Forti family of Hibbing, MN, you can add authentic Italian cuisine to your list of local favorites. The Forti family’s Sunrise Creative Gourmet makes three kinds of fresh frozen ravioli—all with flavorful fillings surrounded by tender pasta. Try Provolone & Mozzarella with Porcini Mushrooms, Butternut Squash with Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Sage, or Three Cheese with Provolone, Muenster & Pecorino Romano.

Also, try Sunrise Creative Gourmet’s NEW fettuccini: Spinach, Lemon Pepper, Garlic & Basil, Tomato Basil, Traditional and Butternut!

Angelica's Garden

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These local products are made in Wisconsin, and yes, there really is an Angelica (Hollstadt), and yes, indeed, her sauerkraut, kimchee, and other refrigerated products are made with vegetables and herbs from her garden.

The Wedge’s website has a nice story about Angelica’s Garden, including a video. Check it out!

Thousand Hills Cattle Company's Grass-Fed Beef

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Todd Churchill, CEO
Cannon Falls, MN

We’re proud to supply our community with high-quality, healthful 100% grass-fed, Minnesota raised beef, from Thousand Hills Cattle Company. Grass-fed beef and dairy products are naturally higher in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and lower in “bad fat” Omega-6.

Thousand Hills grass-fed cattle are raised on small Midwest farms and processed at a state-of-the-art USDA-inspected facility in Cannon Falls, MN. Pasture-raised cattle live low-stress lives, making them healthier and a source of a more delicious, health-promoting food.

French Nugget

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Ooh La La! Time for French Nugget
by Loris Sofia Gregory
photos by Charli Mills
Thanks to Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville, for allowing us to use these materials!.

Imagine savoring aromatic coffee on a leisurely Sunday morning or taking time for a spot of soothing green tea in the late afternoon sun. Or envision a rising moon glistening across an indigo lake in the Boundary Waters, after a rewarding day of walleye fishing. Feel the warmth of a crackling campfire punctuated with the quintessential cry of a lone loon.