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Front End Fundraiser March: Friends of the IBA

By Richie Snyder  •  Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Healthy Living Market and Cafe is proud to announce this month’s Front End Fundraiser: Friends of the IBA(Important Bird Area). Please donate what you can to this amazing organization. All you have to do is tell your friendly cashier that you want to donate! They will take care of the rest for you! You can even sign your name on a donation card that will be hung near the front registers of the store.

From their website:

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and protection for endangered Short-eared Owls and other at-risk birds and their habitat in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA.

Education and Conservation remain top priorities as we work to protect our imperiled grassland birds!  Fun and educational events like Winter Raptor Fest create interest in and excitement about at risk birds and their habitat.  Field trips offer residents and visitors the chance to see and explore the IBA – and perhaps encounter some of these amazing birds for themselves!

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GOALS: We are working with interested landowners, nonprofits and state and federal agencies to conserve or acquire critical lands in the IBA from willing owners.  Our planned eco-friendly Nature Center will improve the quality of life for local residents while retaining the rural character of the community.  The Center will allow us to expand educational programs, activities, trails and recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors and serve as a focus of bird and nature-related tourism.

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A Peak Into Douglas Sweets

By Bread Manager  •  Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

We’d like to take a moment to share our love for one of our local bakeries, and Douglas Sweets out of Bolton Valley, VT, is one of our favorites.  Deborah Townsend- whom we love just as much as her delicious products- has taken a traditional family recipe for Scottish-style shortbread and turned it into an eye-popping and mouth-watering array of shortbread delights.  If you haven’t yet tasted the incredible goodies that come from Douglas Sweets, you’re going to have to trust us when we say that they’re practically perfect!  Each bite is truly an ideal shortbread experience: sturdy but delicate, buttery but balanced, filling but addictive.

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Deborah and her staff hand-craft an impressive array of cookies that come in a variety of sizes, all based on the rich, buttery, crumbly, and super-satisfying original recipe. What makes them even better is that Douglas Sweets uses local ingredients when possible, creating a beautiful blend of Old World tradition and New World flavors.

We have the below 3 flavors of Douglas Sweets 5 pack cookies on sale until 3/31/2015 at $1.00 off a pack.  Come on by and treat yourself.

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Dark Chocolate

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Raspberry White Chocolate

 

Hot Chili Pepper Dark Chocolate

Hot Chili Pepper Dark Chocolate

 

If it isn’t clear already, we really love these sweets, and we love getting to share our enthusiasm for them with you!  If you want to learn more about the company and their delectable treats, check out their website: www.douglassweets.com  (Be sure to check out their wine & cheese pairings as well!  The staff has done a brilliant job of matching up each of their delightful shortbread flavors with equally-appealing cheeses and wines, and though we’re jealous that we couldn’t get in on the taste-tasting, we’re happy they did it!)

 

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A Perfect Time for Fondue!

By Cheese Manager  •  Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

 

With the cold weather barreling in, we thought it a perfect time to talk about one of this season’s best cheese dishes: fondue!  And do you want to know one of the best things about fondue?  It can be purchased in ready-to-heat & eat packages!  Made with all the classic elements of a traditional Swiss fondue- we’re talking Gruyère, Emmenthal, white wine, the works!- these neat little pouches provide everything you need for the fondue pot (besides the bread and vegetables, of course).  The melted mixture is smooth, creamy, and flavorful, and we’re happy to provide this for our customers who are discerning in taste but short on time.  They’re perfect for a warming appetizer or dinner!

On sale until at $1.00 off a package until 3/31/2015!

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New New New!

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Gordo Monastrell

Gordo-Yecla

Monastrell/Cabernet Sauvignon

2012

91 Points Robert Parker

Regular Price: $13.99

One of Divine Wines’ newest arrivals is Gordo from Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte of Compania de Vinos del Atlantico (CVA). The men, both from families that have hundreds of years of wine-making history, have partnered to bring us wines from all over Spain. Gordo is from the Yecla region, which is marked by its high altitude, relative dryness, and cooler climate. The wine is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which are organically grown. Unlike some blended wines, the two grapes are fermented separately, aged in oak barrels for 2-3 months, and then combined. This method allows each variety to develop its own character, and it shows in the unique flavor of the wine. The two varieties don’t overlap as much as they sit next to each other, the fruity lushness of the Cabernet smoothly balancing the pepper of the Monastrell. Despite the boldness of both varieties and their tendency to yield higher tannins, the resulting blend is surprisingly mellow, with notes of black pepper, subtly sweet dark berries, and oak. This is a delicious wine on its own or paired with tangy cheeses, fattier cuts of meat, and hearty or spicy tomato-based dishes.

-Jes, Divine Wines

 

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Every Cooking Class Needs A Lot Of Ingredients! – Chef Contos Kitchen

By Taste Maker  •  Friday, February 27th, 2015

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By Liz Bernier aka “Liz-tastic'” of Chef Contos Kitchen and Store: http://chefcontos.com/

65 Falls Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482

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At CCKS, as I’m sure you can imagine, we do a lot of grocery shopping. Most of our shopping is done at Healthy Living, they have such a great variety of products and a lot of the hard to find things we need for our endless recipe testing and cooking classes.

We get everything from produce and meat, to after-class snacks and specialty ingredients there. Here are five of our favorite must-haves from Healthy Living, in particular order.

  1. Agave gummy bears: Okay, so I know I said this was in no particular order… but this might just be our favorite! I discovered these a few months ago, really randomly, and I brought them to the store. Needless to say the bag I bought did not end up coming home with me that night. We could not stop eating them as we prepared for class. Now one of us usually has a bag of them floating around in our purses, and we take them out as a treat before or after class. I don’t think we go to HL without stopping to get some of these now.
  2. Guild Fine Meats Smoked Ham: If you haven’t had this ham, you need to get in your car and go to Healthy Living ASAP. It is one of our CCKS fridge staples. We use it in everything from breakfast tacos to this amazing Yucatecan cheese and ham pastry. We like it sliced super thin, and you can usually find us eating it plain or with a little bit of our favorite mustards.
  3. Lyle’s Golden Syrup: We are not fans of corn syrup at CCKS, but a decent amount of recipes call for it. We found Lyle’s (which is an British product) to be a great replacement. We use it in marshmallows, caramels, and to make the most amazing marinade for pork Char Siu. We even use the adorable tins as vases for flowers after we use all the golden syrup inside.
  4. Cheese: We love cheese at CCKS, and we use a lot of it. We do a lot of events and parties and when we travel to another location for an event we always bring products for people to try. And some of our favorite products are best served with cheese, and we can always find the perfect fit at Healthy Living. They have such a great selection; it is like a one stop shop for all our cheese needs. Some of our favorites at Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche and Cremont, Mt. Vikos feta, and their many varieties of goat and raw milk cheeses.
  5. Tamarind Paste: This is one of those products that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as a kitchen staple, but once you have it you will find yourself using it more and more. We teach a lot of Asian cooking classes, and this is one of those things that we reach for a lot in the classes. It can be used in marinades, dipping sauces, and even beverages. We really appreciate being able to get this at Healthy Living, because with all the grocery shopping we do it is nice not to have to make a trip to a specialty market.

These are just five of our favorite products we get from Healthy Living, if I took the time to list them all this post would be never ending. We get so many great things from them, and they are always great with special order or helping us to find a specific product or ingredient. We feel lucky to have this great store to close to us, and to be able to find so many great, high quality products there.

Chef Contos

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Ever Wonder About The Nuts We Sell?

By Lead Bulk Buyer  •  Thursday, February 26th, 2015

We thought you’d like to know how much thought and research goes into the amazing selection of NUTS that we sell…and how different our selection is from the other guys.

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Our Bulk Nuts…
A huge selection of ORGANIC and Fair Trade. What’s Fair Trade? Here’s a quote from Fair Trade USA: Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. We help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. We’re a nonprofit, but we don’t do charity. Instead, we teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.

We love to tell you about the source and origin! It’s easy for us because we know our suppliers. We visit their facilities, taste the products arriving for processing, and build strong trusting relationships. Like Tierra Farms in Valatie, NY. Tierra buys ever increasing amounts of product directly from farms, some of which they’ve worked with for over a decade. We partner with Tierra for custom mixes, packaged dried fruits…they give us the power to create unique products using ingredients we know are Certified Organic and fresh.

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Roasted FRESH! Our vendors roast right before they ship.

Buy as much or as little as you want! We’ve believed in the power of buying bulk for almost 30 years. Buy a little or buy a lot. It’s up to YOU.

Their Bulk Nuts…
Fewer Bulk Organic and Fair Trade options
Roasted with added oils
It’s tough to know what country they’re coming from.
Mostly packaged. SAD!

Our Bulk Department proudly sources the very best.

EATING IS BELIEVING

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Indoor Cycling @ REV – by Sarah DeGray

By Taste Maker  •  Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Mention the term “spinning” or “indoor cycling” to a group of your co-workers, best friends or family members and you’re sure to hear the following comment accompanied by a raised eyebrow: “I’ve heard that spinning is REALLY intense. I don’t think it’s for me.” I’ve been riding indoors for a decade now and I continue to hear rumors circulating that spinning/indoor cycling is pretty much the most intense and intimidating workout on planet Earth. I’d like to take a moment to quash any such rumor.

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Indoor cycling is by far, one of most inclusive and accessible workouts available to the modern woman and man. What do I mean by inclusive and accessible? For starters, indoor cycling doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, or body capabilities or fitness level. With the help of a trained professional, you will be properly fit to your bike for your particular physical needs and specifications. Typically, indoor cycling has about three or four hand positions and options to ride seated or standing. A trained professional should walk you through the positions before your first class. From that point on YOU control the intensity of your experience. Each individual rider controls how much resistance is applied to the bike (what simulates the feeling of going uphill or downhill) and you have complete control over how fast you pedal and whether or not you sit or stand. All of this is up to you and no one else. I take this very seriously at my studio, REV Indoor Cycling. My philosophy is that you ride to your comfort zone, follow the instructor as much as you choose and watch as your confidence builds and you start to get stronger, faster, and more fit with every pedal stroke, and every class. As you progress you will naturally begin to make the classes more intense – you play by your rules. At REV, we turn the lights off and don’t have any mirrors so you are free to be you and find your own pace and intensity.

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If you’ve never ridden a bike before, outside or inside, indoor cycling is for you. If you are a trained cyclist or triathlete, indoor cycling is for you. If you are recovering from a serious knee, hip or other injury, indoor cycling is for you. If you’re over 50 and want to increase bone density and improve your cardiac health, indoor cycling is for you. If you’re looking to tone up and shed pounds, indoor cycling is for you. If you want to have an excellent workout in a non-judgmental environment, REV Indoor Cycling is for you.

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Can indoor cycling be the most intense workout of your life? Sure. Does it have to be? No. Many of my clients came to me having tried indoor cycling at other gyms or studios and after one bad experience told themselves they’d never try it again. Thankfully, they did give it a second shot, and more often than not, realize that indoor cycling can be the most invigorating, inviting and fun fitness experience they’ve ever had. I hope to see you on the bike soon!

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How did you celebrate Saratoga Beer Week?

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Saratoga Beer Week has come and gone, and boy was it fun here at Healthy Living Market & Cafe! We brought in Chef Colin from Powers Pub in Clifton Park to host our very FIRST cooking with beer/pairing with beer class! We also welcomed in Jim O’Connor, the Regional Manager of Long Trail Brewery who poured his beers for this dinner. The class first started off by creating a sun-dried tomato and pesto dip that was cooked with as well as paired with Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat ale (so delicious!). Next, chef Colin cooked up some beer marinated beef tips with a coffee bacon jam. This recipe was used with and paired with Long Trail Double Bag, as well as Long Trail Amber Ale. The body of both beers stood up to the coffee bacon jam as well as the beef tips. This class was the first class and hopefully not the last, it was a huge blast! Chef Colin did an amazing job as did all the students!

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New Arrivals

By Wine Manager  •  Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A lot of work goes in to curating our wine department.  Our wine staff tastes hundreds of bottles of wine in deciding which ones to bring in and offer to our guests.  We recently tasted a line of wines that are brand new to the state, and we are very excited about them.  The wines are called Location, and come from winemaker David Phinney.  Phinney is the winemaker for both Orin-Swift and Shatter, which have been staples on our shelves for some time.  With his Location wines, Phinney takes and unconventional approach, and blends grapes from several distinguished regions across a single country.  We are now proudly carrying his Spanish (E), French (F), and Italian (I) Location wines.

The Spanish Location is a blend of Garnacha from Priorat, Rioja, and Toro, Tempranillo from Rioja, and Carignan from Ribera del Duero.  Low yield, old vines, and judicious use of oak result in a wine that is richly concentrated, yet balanced.  The wine is deep red in the glass, with an intense nose of dark cherry, black fruits, and exotic spice.  The palate follows with berry compote, floral, and plum flavors.  Bright acid, silky tannins and notes of mocha round out this impressive wine.  It garnered 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and he described it as “voluptuously textured with stunning richness and depth.”

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The French Location is a blend of Grenache from the Roussillion, Syrah from the Rhone Valley, and assorted Bordeaux varieties.  The wine is deep purple, with a ruby tinged rim.  The nose features compelling aromas of ripe cherries, blackberry preserve, lavender, and licorice.  On the palate, the wine features flavors of strawberry compote, crushed plums, mocha and black tea.  Silky, vibrant, and round, this wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it a score of 91 points.

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The Italian Location is a blend of Nero D’Avola and Negroamaro from Puglia, Barbera from Piedmont, and a bit of Sangiovese from Tuscany.  The wine is a beautiful crimson color with a magenta rim.  Aromas of macerated raspberries, lavender, and plum tart explode from the glass.  On the palate, there are lush flavors of ripe berries and spice, with perfectly complimentary acid.  It finishes velvety and soft, with lingering notes of minerals and herbs.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded it a 90 point rating.

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Stop by and browse our thoughtfully curated wine department and let one of our experienced staff members help you find the perfect bottle.

 

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Get To Know Your Local Eggs

By Lead Refrigerated and Frozen Buyer  •  Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Have you wondered about the local eggs at Healthy Living Saratoga? Curious about the farm from which they come and the health and happiness of the hardworking chickens?  I ran a farm which produced meat, eggs and dairy for many years and as the Lead Buyer of Refrigerated/Frozen products for Healthy Living,  I love to provide information about the wonderful local farmers who provide our amazing eggs.

Sunset Farm – Argyle, NY

Jeff and Cathy McMurry own and operate Sunset Farm, a wonderful farm 25 miles northeast of the store.  What in 2006 was a one-acre farm has now turned into a beautiful 80-acre farm where the McMurry’s produce meat and eggs for local stores like us and the farmers market.  Jeff and Cathy (alongside many other family members!) have very happy free-range chickens who are fed a no-soy diet.  These chickens are not pastured but certainly have ample space in which to move and live as well as immaculate and spacious barns.

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Hidden Camp Farm – Canajoharie, NY

Hidden Camp Farm, owned and operated by the amazing King Family, is located 48 miles west of the store.  Founded in 2009, Hidden Camp is a lush and stunning 140-acre farm that produces eggs, raw milk, and organic  turkeys.  Their raw milk is used to produce the amazing yogurts from Maple Hill Creamery– how coolis that local partnership?!  The chickens at Hidden Camp Farm are free to forage in the fields, scratch in the dirt, and lounge in the shade on sunny, hot days.  These absolutely delicious eggs are certified organic, soy-free, pastured and omega-3 rich.

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Buckley Farm – Ballston Lake, NY

Buckley Farm, owned and operated by the Buckley Family, is located 10 miles south of the store.  The farm is a 300-acre preserved historic farm that the Buckley family plans to maintain by keeping it a prosperous working farm.  They are fully committed to sustainable, non-chemical farming practices and their animals are raised on open pasture and are given absolutely NO growth hormones or unnatural feed.  The farm produces grass-fed cows, pastured pigs, free-range chickens and turkeys as well as cage-free eggs.  Their hens are extremely happy and get to spend their days foraging outside throughout the year resulting in gorgeous beta carotene-rich orange egg yolks  and they taste amazing!

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KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR WEEKLY SALES ON THESE AMAZING LOCAL EGGS!

Check out all of our sales here!

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