By Erin McGuire • Thursday, October 8th, 2015
If you’ve taken a gander at our local bread selection lately, you might have laid eyes on a new, fabulous-looking loaf of bread. If you spotted it around 9 or 10am, you might have even been guided to it by its intoxicating, yeast-y, mouthwatering aroma. And then you might have wondered, How could it be so fresh that it smells like it just came out of the oven? We’re happy to offer this simple explanation: it did just come out of the oven! Our oven! We’re delighted to now be carrying bread from Tribeca Oven, a NJ-based company which par-bakes all sorts of artisan breads and sends them out to be finished off by the natural food stores lucky enough to carry them. They create their breads in small batches to preserve their Old World style and keep a keen eye on quality and we’re delighted to offer them here at Healthy Living!
We are big fans of Tribeca Oven because their products are the real deal. They don’t have additives, preservatives, or anything like that; they only have what you want them have. In fact, here’s the ingredient list for the French Baguettes, our first product from this great company: unbleached enriched wheat flour, water, salt, and yeast. That’s it. Sounds simple, and it should be simple, but it’s certainly not what you’ll find with par-baked breads offered at the big box grocery stores.
We also love this company because it gives us the opportunity to provide our guests with breads baked fresh every day. They are the next best- and freshest- thing to baking them yourself (and far more convenient).
Of course, we wouldn’t be such big fans of Tribeca Oven’s breads if they didn’t taste amazing too. Which they do. They’re crusty on the exterior, light and fluffy on the interior, and so flavorful yet versatile- in other words, exactly what you would hope for. They’re simply ideal for cheeses, served with soups, made into sandwiches, toasted for crostini, etc.
At this point, we’ve kicked off this new program with a classic: French Baguettes, every day. These have been out on our shelves for only a short time but they’ve already become a big hit (which seems like a no-brainer to us. Freshly baked baguettes every day? Um, yes please, and keep ’em coming)! But stay tuned because we’ll be bringing in more varieties soon: Cheese Bread, Ciabatta, Focaccia, Olive Rustic Loaf, and more! Tribeca Oven offers an extensive selection of breads so we have lots of great options from which to choose.
Stop by the Bread Department to pick up a loaf or two for yourself and let us know what you think! We expect you’ll love them just as much as we do- freshly baked bread is, after all, one of the simplest and most satisfying pleasures of life- and we couldn’t be happier to provide them!
By Erin McGuire • Thursday, October 8th, 2015
We all want food to be fresh, right? That’s just a given. But there’s something about seafood in particular that brings us nose-to-package to inspect each fillet, scallop, shrimp, and so on with keen and discriminating eyes. We sniff, we squint, we tilt the package this way and that to see how the product appears from all angles. And often, after each thorough once-over, we head over to the counter to ask the staff what they know- and more importantly, what they can guarantee- about the fish in our hands. More than any other purchasing, buying seafood is serious business.
That’s why we couldn’t be happier to work with the amazing people at Foley Fish in Massachusetts. This 109-year old, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)-certified company is everything we want in a supplier because they, like us, are passionate about quality, freshness, and sustainability. We can guarantee the superior quality of all their seafood because they do everything possible to ensure all of their customers (like us) receive the most superlative products: the freshest, best-tasting, most conscientiously raised/farmed/harvested seafood there is.
Here are some quick facts about Foley Fish which inspire our confidence and we feel you’ll love as well:
- Their passion for a responsible fishing industry goes being just being certified. Foley Fish has a representative on both the National Marine Fisheries Northeast Groundfish Advisory Panel and the Highly Migratory Species Panel. Laura Foley, fourth-generation owner, has also been on the New England Fisheries Management Council for five years. (If you don’t know much about seafood processors, this level of participation is extraordinary.) And what it means is they actively participate in fishery management- which includes sustainability techniques like limited fishing efforts, marine sanctuaries, low impact fishing, and reduced fish harvests- and can direct customers to only the well-managed, sustainable species.
- Their buying standards couldn’t be higher. Foley Fish only selects (by hand, of course) from the most recently caught, or in other words freshest, catch: fish which have come out of the water either that day or the day before. They also willingly pay a premium to receive the “pick of the catch” from boats which have been out longer and, as you would expect, their buyers carefully scrutinize each individual fish for quality and freshness before accepting it into the Foley fold. For farmed seafood, they travel around New England to seek out the absolute best sources for each product they sell and observe for themselves how each and every operation is run.
- They’re handling and packaging is insanely meticulous. Or just as meticulous as you could hope for it to be. The ideal storage temperature for fish is 32°F and Foley Fish goes to great lengths to assure each and every fish is consistently at this temperature. Their processing room is specially refrigerated, they re-ice all fish as soon as it reaches the plant (even after just being purchased and brought over on ice), and they use a special 12° flake ice. All their filets are hand cut by skilled, veteran employees, candled to fish out (sorry, had to) and destroy any worms, and product that’s torn or ripped is tossed out. They never use brines, phosphates, sodium, or anything like that with any of their seafood. Plus, they use a bacterial control system designed by an MIT marine bacteriologist and for their packaged products, they are happy to incur the cost of using metal instead of plastic because it’s so much better at preserving the freshness of the fish.
- They would rather sell their customers no product at all than less-than-perfect product. Does this need any further explanation? We don’t think so.
So when it comes to purchasing seafood, by all means keep up with the sniffing and squinting- it’s part of being a responsible shopper and we do it too! But you can feel confident that we bring in only the best from one of the best local seafood businesses in our region and we think you’ll love Foley Fish as much as we do.
By Richie Snyder • Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
We are proud to be supporting the Wilton Food Pantry during the months of October and November 2015. Started in fall of 2010, the Wilton Food Pantry was started by a group of Wilton residents who knew there was a need for a pantry in town. According to their website, “the goal was to create a sustainable organization capable of assisting those in need by working in conjunction with individuals and community leaders, local organizations and businesses. Standing behind the motto “food is not an option, it’s a necessity” the group set out to formally establish The Wilton Food Pantry.”
How we are helping:
Healthy Living is partnering with the Wilton Food Pantry this year to donate a percentage of turkey’s sold to the local food shelf. In addition to buying a turkey, guests can also support the Wilton Food Pantry in a number of ways at Healthy Living during the holidays.
Now through November 30th we are accepting donations at our registers. We are doing what we can to help as they gear up for the cooler weather and the holiday season. Ask your cashier to make a donation! Every penny counts!
If you wish to donate food items the pantry, check out the drop of spots, times and their wish list on their website: http://www.wiltonfoodpantry.org/donate/wish-list
You can also donate food at our dedicated food drop in our front atrium. Look for the shopping cart and Wilton Food Pantry sign.
Also on the first day of Turkey pick-up, Tuesday November 24th, those customers that are grabbing their turkeys and are in the giving spirit, can pick up (or bring) non-perishable items to donate to Healthy Living’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. All donations will go directly to families in need this holiday season through the Wilton Food Pantry.
“Healthy Living has been a wonderful neighbor since opening their doors in the Wilton Mall three years ago. We appreciate this opportunity to raise funds, food and awareness,” said Dennis Towers, Wilton Food Pantry Co-founder & Board Member. “No one in our community should have to choose between food and necessities – this time of year is particularly difficult for many. Partnerships like this are crucial in helping fulfill our mission, this is truly neighbor helping neighbor.”
Thank you for supporting this amazing organization run by Wilton residents with HUGE hearts!
By Katy Kent • Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Fall is in full swing here in Vermont! What better way to enjoy this magical time of year than getting outside, and visiting some of the farms and farmers that provide Healthy Living with such delicious local produce? Last week, members of our produce and marketing departments headed out to three area farms.
Burnt Rock Farm
Our first stop of the day was Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington. The early morning chill in the air woke us right up, as owner Justin Rich led us out to the field on his property. Justin’s property is beautiful, flanked on nearly all sides by mountains, with one side bordered by a small tributary of the Huntington River. Justin and the crew at Burnt Rock focus their attention on growing greens and storage crops all summer long, and spend the autumn and winter selling it all to local stores, restaurants, online markets, CSAs, and at the Burlington Winter Farmers’ Market. By the time we visited, most of their crops had been harvested and were in their large, state of the art storage facility so that we can enjoy them (almost) all winter long!. They focus intently on soil health and fertility, building the soil and rotating their crops to leave the land better and more fertile for future generations than when they farmed on it.
We buy many different varieties of potatoes and sweet potatoes from them in the fall, each with it’s own purpose in the kitchen and distinct flavor. German Butterball and Nicola potatoes are fabulous for mashing, Laratte fingerlings are lovely for roasting, potato salads, and homefries, and Adirondack Red potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants. Burnt Rock Farm is Certified Organic.
Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics
From Huntington, we headed east to Waitsfield, home of Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics. Dave Hartshorn gave us an amazing, and very informative tour of their hydroponic green house. In hydroponics, plants are grown without the use of soil. Instead, water infused with vital minerals flow through a system of tubes, giving plants the perfect amount of nutrients. The lettuces, basil, and watercress that the greenhouse produces can be harvested in 3 – 5 weeks from sprouting, much sooner than those in soil grown environments. Hydroponics conserve water because there is very little evaporation – most of the water in the system goes right to the plants – and there is little to no runoff into the outer environment, which can mean cleaner waterways for us all in the future.
Some of the goals of the Green Mountain Harvest business model are:
– To recycle as many materials as possible for their building needs
– Become a carbon positive business by installing solar panels and other initiatives
– To be as efficient with resources like water and energy as possible
– Most importantly, to provide clean, safe, and delicious local food for our community
Their dream is to build the systems that would allow Vermonters to locally produce the food that we eat all year round – not an easy feat in our frigid Northeastern winters. Altogether, we were super impressed with them!
Our third and final stop brought us to Starksboro to visit David and Anthony Purinton at Purinton Gardens. By now, the temperature had gone from a brisk 40 degrees to nearly 75 – ah, fall in Vermont. Purinton is a small family farm located on a gorgeous piece of property that’s prime for farming. They’re a VOF Certified Organic Garden, growing hearty vegetables like beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, and radishes, as well as berries in the warmer summer months. We got to tour their fields, a lower field along a brook used to grow strawberries, the upper where veggies are grown, and their storage facility. David and Anthony have retrofitted part of their basement, installing a huge walk-in cooler. A greenhouse attached to the house is also used for seedlings in early spring, and tomatoes during summer. The gentlemen do most of their harvesting and washing by hand, and we love their dedication to quality and the beauty of their produce.
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Well look no further! Healthy Living still has some left over from our shipment last Friday! Once this is gone, it’s gone until September of 2016! Grab some and stock up while you can!
Double Dose is a collaboration between brewers Sean Lawson(Lawson’s Finest) and Mike Gerhart(Otter Creek). Sean Lawson has earned a reputation for top-notch IPAs, which has created quite the following in Vermont! Mike Gerhart has been committed to excellence in all of his beers, which can be tasted in every Otter Creek beer!
By Erin McGuire • Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Allow us to be the thousandth voice to marvel at the commencement of autumn. It’s a remarkable time of year full of gorgeous visual transitions (is there anything more stunning than a forest painted in gold, ruby, and umber?), dramatic shifts in weather (time to pull out the wool sweaters!), and a more gentle, relaxed atmosphere (with plenty of evenings in front of the fire- or radiator- curled up with a book). We seriously love this season.
For the most part. There is one feature of the season we seriously do not love, however- the colds and flus it tends to bring; fall is, after all, “cold season” or “flu season”. And when you’re dealing with one of these viruses, it just takes all the joy out of the sights, weather, and ambience the season has to offer.
We suggest you stop those viruses in their tracks and get the most out of fall with the assistance of Urban Moonshine’s immunity blends.
Located right in Burlington, VT, Urban Moonshine got their start at the Burlington Farmers Market and have become wildly successful. They are committed to bringing herbal medicine into everyone’s modern life, sourcing the highest quality herbs available (which includes local farms!) and transforming them into easy-to-take, easy-to-love bitters and tonics that support everyday wellness.
To that end, they have developed a unique blend of immunity-supporting ingredients to create an amazing product called Immune Tonic. Crafted from a specific combination of berries, mushrooms, and roots which have all been used traditionally to support a healthy immune system (things like ginger root, red reishi, and astragulas), Immune Tonic is a fantastic way to keep your natural defenses up and going strong in the face of the season’s less-pleasant aspects. Plus, using it is incredibly easy; the Immune Tonic comes in a variety of sizes that fit easily into your backpack, purse- it even comes in a spray that can fit in your pocket for immunity-support on the go! This is an everyday product that we recommend adding to your daily regimen as soon as possible because, unlike so many remedies, this one is designed to bolster your immune system’s functions before you get sick.
But maybe you’re already feeling some sniffles, in which case a preventative tonic might not fit the bill. Instead, you’ll want to check out Urban Moonshine’s Immune Zoom! This “first response” product is packed with powerful immune-boosting ingredients like elderberry, Echinacea, and raw honey- all of which have long been used in traditional medicine. This tonic combines these ingredients with circulation-supporting ones like ginger and cayenne, resulting in a fast-acting “herbal first aid” that will help your immune system nip those sniffles in the bud. Also available in easy-to-pack assorted sizes (’cause you never know where you’ll be when you feel that first tickle in your throat), the Immune Zoom is a product we recommend having on hand heading into this gorgeous season.
Because it is a gorgeous season and you deserve to enjoy every good thing it has to offer!
Here’s to your health(y immune system)!
And if you’re interested in finding out more about these blends, about Urban Moonshine, or herbal medicine in general, check out the company’s website: https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Monday, September 28th, 2015
Come over to the Dark side…
Inspired by “Apotheca,” a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, the wines of Apothic are truly unique in style and taste. To craft Apothic wines, winemaker Debbie Juergenson looks for a unique blend of grapes to create intense aromas and bold flavors. Each vintage, she lets the grapes guide the way from the vine to the cellar, crafting a collection of unforgettable wines, including Apothic Red, White, Dark and a limited selection of seasonal releases.
Apothic Dark is a treat with its Gothic appearing label, the bottle seems to fit perfectly with the season of Halloween! The grapes used for the Dark blend, were sustainably farmed in Lodi, California and include Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Teroldego; the 2014 growing season providing ideal conditions for a harvest of perfectly ripe fruit. Dark purple in the glass and 14% alcohol, there is no doubt that this is a big wine! Flavors of black fruit, blueberries and blackberries, with hints of coffee and chocolate, followed by a smooth, velvety mouthfeel make this wine perfect for the season. Pair this with a nice pot roast and veggies, or a delicious, wild mushroom risotto (Recipe on our website!), or pair this versatile wine with any of your favorite fall dishes!
At $11.99 per bottle Apothic Dark is a steal! We only have a limited quantity of this wine, so stop in and grab a bottle or two while it’s in stock!
-Lauren, Divine Wines
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
As we roll right into Fall, everyone seems to be jumping on the Pumpkin bandwagon! Need to find the right pumpkin beer for you to sip on this fall? No worries, Healthy Living has gone in full force with delivering all the greatest quality pumpkin brews out there you need this season! Here is what we carry:
-Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale 6 pack- $9.49- This is a golden amber ale with well balanced malts and hops added with a small amount of spice. This is brewed with local, organic pumpkins that are grown by Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham, Vermont!
-Steadfast Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Ale 22oz- $6.99- This Pumpkin Spice Ale is not only Local, but Gluten Free as well! It is brewed with pumpkin and a blend of spices, making this a perfect Autumn brew!
-Dogfish Head Punkin 4 pack- $8.99- Full-bodied, this brown ale is smooth with subtle hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. It is brewed with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and other spices. Very nicely balanced, a wonderful Fall beer!
-Shipyard Pumpkinhead 6-pack- $9.99- This is a crisp wheat ale with aromatics and a subtle spiced flavor!
-Saranac Pumpkin Ale 32floz growler- $5.99- A hearty ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger with a full body and amber color.
-Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale 22oz AND 6-packs- $5.99 for 22oz, 11.25 for 6-pack- This pumpkin ale is light to medium bodied, that is brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
-Elysian Dark O’ the Moon 22oz- $9.49- This stout is brewed with pumpkin and then pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Smooth and chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon, and tough not to try this season!
-Elysian The Great Pumpkin 22oz- $9.49- This Imperial Pumpkin Ale pours a deep copper color with a foamy white head, leading into the intense nose of pumpkin, sugar and spice with a remarkably smooth balanced finish.
-Lefthand Oktoberfest 6-pack- $11.99- This Marzen Lager is brewed in the Spring time, which then takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection! This brew is biscuity, malty while on the finish dries up with some spicy hops. This is perfect for the crisp air that we are starting to get!
-Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 6-pack- $9.99- This is brewed with real pumpkins and a blend of classic pumpkin pie spices!
-Southern Tier Pumking 22fl oz AND 4-pack- $6.99 for 22oz, $14.99 for 4-pack- This Imperial Pumpkin Ale comes in at a whopping 8.6% alcohol, and is brewed with ale yeast, two types of malt, two types of hops, and pumpkin. On the nose you will get anywhere between buttery crust to vanilla pumpkin pie! This is a sweet malty pumpkin beer that is sure not to disappoint! Enjoy this in a large bomber or a four pack!
-Uinta Punk’n 6-pack- $9.99- At a low percentage of 5% alcohol, this pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices, giving off a malty yet hop accented nose, following up subtle hints of vanilla and honey.
-Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale 4-pack- $11.99- This 8% pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales being that it is very hearty and spicy! Along side with pumpkin spice, they have added cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch or cardamon and clove, giving this imperial a spicy, full-bodied flavor! Pair this with a pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream!
Not a fan of Pumpkin beer? We also have an array of Oatmeal Stouts, Nut Brown Ales, or just about anything else to pair with this beautiful Fall weather! Stop by and grab a 6-pack or 4-pack and let us know what you think!
By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager • Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Here at Divine Wines we proudly carry wines from Michel Gassier and we’re excited to tell you why!
1. Michel Gassier Cercius White- Made up of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, this entry-level wine is extremely aromatic with notes of citrus and flowers and a touch of chalky stone. It is medium bodied and crisp, perfect for enjoying these last few days of summer. Need something to pair it with? Try our Halibut from our Seafood department next door at Healthy Living! Delicious!
Sale Price: $12.99
2. Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc
A gorgeous wine, made up of 53% Grenache Blanc, 38% Roussane, 6% Viognier and 3% Bourboulenc. Partially barrel fermented and aged for 6 months, this beautiful make up offers fresh aromas of ripe peaches and golden fruits intermixed with crisp minerality that lingers on the finish. Nostre Pais Blanc is medium-bodied, crisp, dry, and zesty. The toast and floral nuances make this a wine that can be enjoyed on its own, during the summer months, or welcoming in the Fall months as well. Pair this with a delicious fruit salad picked from either our garden outside Healthy Living or from our beautiful produce department!
Sale Price: $16.99
3. Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge
20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault and Carignan, this Nostre Pais Rouge gives off black raspberry, cassic, licorice, and some wild herbs on the nose as well as palate. Medium to full bodied, this wine also has a lingering finish that will keep you coming back for one more sip! Drink this wine now or store it in your cellar over the next couple of years, it should age well for the next five years!
Sale Price: $15.99
Come shop at Divine Wines and let us know what you think of these wines!
By Wine Manager • Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Eric Solomon has long been one of our favorite importers here at Healthy Living. His company, European Cellars, has a portfolio of amazing wines that few other importers can rival. Eric’s focus has always been on finding high quality wines from lesser-known regions. The wines he selects reflect a sense of place, and are distinctive of the terroir from which they come. Here are a few Eric Solomon selections we are really excited about.
Chateau Saint-Roch is a winery located in the Maury Sec appellation of France. World-renowned winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage has displayed an incredible ability to coax the most out of the rugged terrain of the region. The Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio and Chimeres represent some of the most incredible values in the wine world. The wines are full-bodied and rich, but maintain a balance, elegance, and purity that you would expect of wines 4-5 times the price.
Another incredible producer from the Eric Solomon portfolio is Chateau Pesquie. Located in the Ventoux AOC in the southeastern part of the Rhone Valley, Chateau Pesquie’s wines are distinctive, harmonious, and terroir driven. The limestone soils and high elevation results in wine that is lighter and earthier than wines from many neighboring regions, but still concentrated and complex. The Chateau Pesquie Terrasses is a versatile wine that belongs on the dinner table.
Besides importing amazing French wines, Eric Solomon also imports some of the finest Spanish wines that come in to the country. Cellar Cal Pla in the Priorat region of Spain makes wines of amazing richness and depth. Their Black Slate Priorat (named after the soil found in the region) is an impressive blend of Garnacha, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon featuring notes of licorice, blueberry, and wet rocks.
Come by and explore all the fabulous Eric Solomon imported wines we carry and experience “Place over Process.”