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Vermont Craft Beer Cans

By Wine Manager  •  Monday, December 15th, 2014

Vermont is the place to be if you are a beer lover.  Our local breweries are producing some of the finest beers in the world. We are now as well known for craft beer as we are for maple syrup and artisanal cheese.  We are extremely excited to announce some fantastic Vermont beers you can now find on our shelves.

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids in a nano-brewery located in Warren, VT.  Sean Lawson has been recognized as one of the finest brewers in the country, but his small batch beers are almost impossible to acquire.  Thankfully, he started contract brewing large batches of beer at Two Roads brewery in Connecticut.  Due to the expanded capacity, he has decided to open up new retail accounts in Vermont.  We are proud to be one of the few accounts that will be carrying Sip of Sunshine in 4-pack cans.  Our first shipment will be this Wednesday, December 17th.  We will release the beer for sale at 4p.m., and it will be a 2 4-pack per person limit.

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Fiddlehead Brewery out of Shelburne, VT has also been making waves in the local beer scene.  Matty O and his team have upped than ante and decided to can their double IPA, Second Fiddle, every week of 2015.  You can expect to start seeing it on our shelves occasionally before the New Year, and most Fridays in 2015.  Quantities will be limited, and per person limits will be based on how much we receive.

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14th Star Brewing Company from St. Albans, VT has also decided to jump into the canning game.  Over the past year they have garnered a loyal following, and recently underwent a large expansion.  Starting this Friday, December 19th we will start seeing their double IPA, Tribute, and their Maple Breakfast Stout.

 

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Finally, we can not mention canned Vermont beer without talking about the Alchemist and Heady Topper.  We still receive our shipments every Monday between 10a.m. and 2p.m.  Most weeks our supply lasts a few hours, however, around the holidays there is an increase in demand, and it sells out within an hour or two.  Come in and explore all the options in our dynamic beer department.

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Ornaments to Benefit Spectrum Youth and Family Services

By Jackie Cooper  •  Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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Spectrum Youth & Family Services do a lot of good for our local Burlington community and we’re proud to sponsor their mission. This holiday season we are selling gorgeous birch wood snowflake ornaments for only $5! If you purchase one, the entire $5 will be donated directly to Spectrum.

What is Spectrum’s mission? “Our mission is to empower teenagers, young adults, people with a history of violence, and their families to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.”

To do this, Spectrum offers all of the following:
Counseling
Drop-In Center
Supportive Housing
Health Center
Skills Programs
Mentoring
Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention

Please help us, help this valuable community service organization by picking up a snowflake next time you’re in the store.

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Victorian Street Walk Childern’s Book Author Event at Northshire Bookstore

By Richie Snyder  •  Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

We had a wonderful experience at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga for their Victorian Street Walk Children’s Book Author Event! Northshire invited us to join forces with them to have a fun and festive party! Northshire organized a book signing & party with some of their favorite children’s book authors. Kiddos got the chance to meet the authors and get their book signed!

The authors that were there:

Jennifer Armstrong, Joseph Bruchac, Kathy Ceceri, Anika & Christopher Denise, Vicki Addesso Dodd, Catherine Golden, Bruce Hiscock , Andrea Mann & Carol Quirk, Will Moses, Dottie Pepper, Jennifer Sattler,Steve Sheinkin.

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Guests also enjoyed complementary hot tea and apple cider!Our Bake Shop provided us with some yummy holiday cookies! If you want an amazing cookie platter or treat for your table you can pre-order with us through December 21st HERE. Guests also enjoyed our complementary hot tea and apple cider!

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Demo Coordinator Christina Davis created some magical delights! The Guests LOVED her homemade Sugar Plums, made of dried fruit and nuts. Christina also made some amazing espresso bean shortbread cookies that were just perfect.

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Thank you to all of the staff at Northshire Bookstore for making this wonderful event happen! It was a blast!

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Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo

By Richie Snyder  •  Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

We enjoyed our time at the first annual Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo on Saturday December 6th. This expo was organized by the The Bosnian Handcraft Project of New Life Fellowship church to support people and businesses from the U.S. and around the world that practice Fair Trade principles, such as fair wages and conditions for workers. Buying Fair Trade helps farmers and artisans build sustainable businesses that feed families and positively influence their communities. Many of the vendors donate a portion or all of their proceeds to the Fair Trade cause.

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Fair Trade practices seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future. Keeping families, local economies, the natural environment, and the larger community strong today and for generations to come.

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Items for purchase at the Fair Trade Market Expo included handbags, slippers, jewelry, hats, gloves, scarves, table linens, soaps, American Girl Doll clothing, home goods, hair accessories, quilts, tote bags, children’s toys, sweaters, ice cream, chocolate, books and kid’s clothes. We were on-site offering free Fair Trade product samples and valuable coupons to our store!

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We want to thank our friends from Albert’s Organics for their donation of Fair Trade Organic Bananas that we gave to Guests of the Expo! They were a big hit!  Healthy Living offers many Fair Trade products. We’re proud to carry Fair Trade bananas, many kinds of coffee and chocolate, avocados, sugar, nuts, rice, herbs and spices, body care products and our entire line of Tierra Farms bulk products including nuts, trail mix, chocolate and much more! Look for the Fair Trade label the next time you’re shopping, and find a plethora of products that support farmers, fair wages, and sustainable trade practices. For more information about Fair Trade products and practices visit Fair Trade USA HERE.

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Thank you to our friends at Tierra Farms who donated some cocoa dusted almonds, dark chocolate covered raisins, and some fair trade coffee beans which we served as iced coffee for our Guests.

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New Holiday Products!

By Lead Grocery Buyer  •  Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels – Creative Snacks Co.
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Gingerbread Man Kit
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Rustichella d’Abruzzo Panettone Classico & Dresden Stollen – Frau Helga
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Stash Teas
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Peanut Brittle, Cashew Brittle & Peanut Brittle – Hammond’s
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Amaretti Di Saronno – Lazzaroni
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Christmas Pudding – Wilkin & Sons LTD
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Chocolate Coconut Peacan Crunch, Assorted Holiday Cookies & Chocolate Peppermint Crunch – Creative Snacks Co.
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Classic Candies – Hammond’s
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Chocomize
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Seasonal Chocolates
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Candy Canes! Available in blood orange, butterscotch, cherry, cinnamon, mint and pomegranate.
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Front End Fundraiser for December 2014: Shelters of Saratoga

By Richie Snyder  •  Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

We are proud to be working with Shelters of Saratoga again this year as our December Front End Fundraiser! Shelters of Saratoga(SOS), through the provision of housing, services, referral, information and advocacy, strives to ensure that those in the greater Saratoga region who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have safe, affordable and secure places to live. When you are at our registers please donate what you can afford.

Services provided to our Community from Shelters of Saratoga:

Homeless Shelter:

SOS provides a safe, sober and structured environment where emergency houseguests can gain independence and stability during a maximum stay of 60 days due to high demand. Individuals seeking assistance from SOS have varying degrees of needs and circumstances. During case management meetings, houseguests are referred to appropriate programs and services (e.g. mental health or drug and alcohol services). Employment seeking assistance is provided.

Outreach Programs:

The SOS Mobile Outreach RV continues to make weekly visits to outlying motels where adults and families are temporarily lodged. We provide them with personal care supplies, food, information and referrals.

Basic survival items, nourishment, and respite from the cold are provided to chronically homeless individuals who are connected with through the outreach unit.

Through a partnership with CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services on their Street Outreach Project grant, SOS is reaching out to runaway, homeless, street and at-risk youth ages 13-21.

Neighborhood Preservation: 

Since 1997 Shelters of Saratoga has been designated by the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal as an agency that can revitalize local neighborhoods by assisting low-income citizens of Saratoga Springs with housing rehabilitation and repairs which, if not resolved, might cause the homes to become unsafe or uninhabitable, resulting in homelessness. Each year, the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) competes with similar organizations in other municipalities to secure the federal and state funds needed to undertake such work. More than 100 homeowners have been assisted by these programs to date.

Affordable Housing:

Shelters of  Saratoga owns and manages two properties that contain a total of seven apartments which provide an affordable housing option in downtown Saratoga Springs.

The properties, located at 112 Washington Street and 128 Grand Avenue, promote independent, permanent and safe housing. During a tenant’s occupancy, should they be in need of assistance with transportation, nutritional, medical or financial needs, SOS staff will gladly assist them in arranging for support services.

As vacancies occur, transitional housing “graduates” will be offered the opportunity to occupy these apartments; however, a waiting list is maintained for income eligible individuals as apartments become available.

Please support Shelters of Saratoga this month by donating at our registers! 100% of all proceeds will go directly to SOS.  

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Holiday Hosting 6-Pack

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Have a Holiday Party to head to this year and not sure what to bring for a gift? No worries, we will take care of it for you! Just like our Thanksgiving wine 6-pack, we came up with a Holiday 6-pack that is geared towards all sorts of hors d’oeuvres, tasty appetizers and fun finger-foods you will be serving at your holiday get-togethers this season!

Six, simply stunning, versatile wines are provided in this pack (1 sparkling, 2 light whites and 3 complex reds) all for the $75 price you loved the first time around! These wines ring in at $115.95 value, saving you $40.00+ on the perfect selection for your seasonal festivities! As before, our lovely 6-pack comes with a complementary Healthy Living wine tote and a pairing card geared towards bite-sized appetizers. Not hosting any parties this year? These bags make GREAT gifts for the wine-lover in any family!

Interested in what we’re featuring?

1. Zonin, Sparkling Prosecco – $16.99 sale $9.99

A light, sparkling Italian Prosecco is the perfect way to ring in 2014, with delicate fruits and enticing aromatics for toasting and savoring throughout the evening.

Perfect For: oysters, prosciutto, stuffed mushrooms, marcona almonds, soft/white-rind cheeses, baked Brie

2. Zenato, Pinot Grigio – $14.99 sale $10.99

Ever the crowd pleaser, Zenato’s Pinot Grigio boasts a delicate bouquet with bright fruits such as key lime, white peach, and Granny Smith apple; refreshing and soft with a long, pleasant finish.

Beautifully Accompanied By: lighter fare hors d’oeuvres, vegetable soups, seared white fish, fresh garden salads, spinach and artichoke dip, semi-hard cheeses such as Gouda

3. Oyster Bay, Sauvignon Blanc – $14.99 sale $11.99

Zesty and aromatic with plenty of lively tropical fruit flavors such as passionfruit; crisp, elegant and refreshing.

We Recommend: goat cheeses such as Kunik, white fish, hummus and vegetables, vegetable quiche, salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches

4. Tait, Shiraz/Cab Sauv/Merlot Blend – $18.99 sale $16.99

Big, juicy and robust, this red blend is deep black-purple with intense aromas of spiced blackberries, stewed plums, and red cherries with a full-bodied berry palate, a spicy snap, and a long lasting finish.

Suggested Fare: traditional pot roast, venison, beef steak, mini pizzas, pulled pork sliders

5. Tarima, Monastrell – $9.99 sale $8.99

This 100% Spanish Monastrell will warm your heart and your sense of wonder as the flavors change from licorice, to rich dark chocolate, to violets after each sip!

Tasty with: bacon-wrapped shrimp, Gruyere cheese, dark chocolate brownies, spicy beef nachos

6. Michel-Schlumberger, ‘La Cime’, Cabernet Sauvignon – $40.00 sale $19.99

Black currant, plum and spice with a gripping palate, aged in French oak; a bold red wine to satisfy even the most picky party-goer!

Excellent with: winter lamb stew, hard cheeses, pigs in a blanket, chili, deviled eggs, traditional bruschetta

Regular Price: $115.95

Special Sale Price: $75.00

Savings Of: $40.00(!)

These fun little wine totes will only be available until Wednesday January 1st, 2014, so stop by today to get your hands on one! We couldn’t think of a better way to bring in the New Year!

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

By Saratoga Beer and Wine Manager  •  Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) is available at Healthy Living Market Saratoga! Brewed in honor of their 1000th batch at their Original Clybourn brewpub, Bourbon County Brand Stout has a complex nose of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. It is an Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels that boasts an ABV of 14.2% and wide variety of specially selected malts. This award winning beer has been rated 100 out of 100 points by the industry professionals and the public at Beer Advocate and is available for a very, very limited time as it is so highly sought after.

This beer will be available in singles or as four packs. Singles are $5.99, Four packs are $21.99. You can find this beer in our lovely beer aisle right in our cooler! Most other places in Saratoga Springs have already sold out, however we have enough to get you through the Holiday’s!

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10 Hints for Healthy Holiday Eating

By Whole Health Nutritionist  •  Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The holidays are here! Time to celebrate with family and friends and share in all the festivities. Good food and drink are a cornerstone of the holiday season and indulging in some of your favorite items is a must. But just because it’s a special time of the year, does not mean we need to throw all of our healthy eating habits out the window. Here are some simple tricks you can use to enjoy all the tasty treats the holidays have to offer while avoiding that gut wrenching guilt that accompanies overindulgence…

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1.  Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast to avoid overeating later in the evening. Studies show that those who eat a balanced breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day when compared to those who skip breakfast.
2.  Try to avoid having too many liquid calories… stick to one serving of those high calorie beverages and opt for low calorie alternatives like fruit infused waters and seltzer.
3.  Survey all the offerings before filling your plate
4.  Choose foods that fill you up without packing on the calories like high fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods will also help to balance blood sugar levels, preventing spikes and falls, which lead to fatigue, mood swings, and overeating. (Want to learn more about balancing blood sugar? Come to the FREE store tour on Wednesday 12/10 at 5:00 PM)
5.  Use smaller plates, cups, and serving utensils
6.  Eat slowly and savor each bite
7.  Wait at least 20 minutes before going back for seconds… it takes our body this long to register that we are full!
8.  When it comes to dessert, cut the huge piece of pie in half, and split the cookie with your cousin.
9.  Always remember that leftovers are an option! Don’t feel as if you need to eat everything you love right then and there- you can always take home some of your favorites for later.
10.  Plan a fun family activity to get everyone moving – go for a walk or play some football

Try this yummy winter vegetable roast from the kitchens at Healthy Living.

Happy Holidays!

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NEW! Signature Spiced Pie Crust Mix

By Demo Coordinator VT  •  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

We were thinking about how to spice up pies and then it hit us: literally, spice them up!  With our Signature Spiced Pie Crust Mix, we take all the warming, feel-good spices that we love in luscious pie fillings and put them directly in the crust.  This makes eating the whole pie an interesting, flavorful experience.  To make it even more unique- and a lot more nutritional- we combine those spices with a whole wheat pastry flour so while your taste buds are singing, your body’s being nourished.  And the best thing about this mix?  It works well with myriad fillings: apple, peach, custard, pumpkin, pecan… the list goes on & on.  So if you’re looking for a new, tasty, healthy twist on pies, check it out! You can find the mix on our Demo Counter and also in our Bulk Department.

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