May Newsletter

The weather is warming up, and some things are slowly getting back to normal, so it’s only fitting that May is chock full of celebrations! From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, we have everything you need to get giftin’ and get grillin’! 

 

Cinco de Mayo
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Head over to the deli and enjoy some of our amazing Mexican Street Corn, pre-packaged Guacamole or one of our tasty Quesadillas. Or shop around and grab everything you need to make these delicious Zesty Chicken Tostadas. (All of the above pair well with margaritas…or so we’ve heard…)

Something Special for Mom
Rising Tide has plentiful gift options for Mother’s Day, including Health and Beauty products, essential oils, flowers and much more. Take a look at some of our gift ideas here. Or let Mom choose her own gift – give her a Rising Tide Market Gift Card!

Marion Gardens Organic Starter Plants
We have a variety of herb and veggie plants including Mint, Shallots, Radish, Thyme, Spinach, Parsley, Cabbage, Peas, Beets, Rosemary…and more! Marion Gardens has been Long Island’s premier USDA Certified Organic plant grower since 2007, and a family grower of herb and vegetable plants since 1987. 

Monthly and Weekly Specials
Check out our monthly sales and specials on all of our items, including dairy, grocery, supplements, seasonal items…all at great prices! And now our weekly produce sales have extended to include an array of fresh items including meat and dairy! 

 

 

Charity of the Month – Living Water for Women
In 2014, Living Water for Women established a structured transitional home for women who are struggling with addictions, some of whom may also have been incarcerated. These women are already living in the midst of our communities; Living Water provides them with adequate housing along with counseling and job training to keep them off the streets. Living Water’s mission is one that stands to benefit every last one of us: to help disenfranchised and formerly incarcerated women, struggling with addictions, to overcome their weaknesses and nurture their strengths so that they may become vital members of the community.

 

New at RT

Smoothie of the Month
Our sweet, seasonal Strawberry Margarita is full of electrolytes and bursting with flavor – This refreshing take on a classic beachy cocktail is sure to make you smile.

 

Grab and Go
Try our new High Tide Lemonade, made with Alkaline Water, Organic Lemon, Organic Agave, and Organic Luminous Spirulina. Not only does it look really cool, it tastes deliciously refreshing!

We also have a new Chlorophyll Water, made simply with Alkaline water, Liquid Chlorophyll, and Mint.  Chlorophyll Is said to have various health and wellness benefits, and is especially known to be great for internal hygiene.

Grilling Season is Here
Rising Tide will offers great prices each week on the highest quality meat from D’Artagnan. For more than 35 years, D’Artagnan has focused on free-range, natural production and sustainable, humane farming practices. Prefer a veggie-focused dish? Our 100% organic produce department has an array of seasonal veggies and fruits perfect for grilling!

 

Recipes 

Zesty Chicken Tostadas
Who doesn’t love an opportunity for a themed dinner?! These Zesty Chicken Tostadas make a mean main course for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or just a plain ol’ weeknight meal. Crisp-ify your tortillas in the oven and add a mountain of toppings! This recipe utilizes ground chicken and black beans as the protein, and red cabbage, cilantro, radishes and more to add crunchy freshness to your plate. Modify it to suit your dietary needs using meat alternatives or dairy-free substitutions. 

Avocado Fries
Switch things up in the kitchen and try these Avocado Fries. They’re the perfect combo of creamy and crunchy! Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce for a snack that satisfies.  

 

Sesame Buckwheat Noodles
This dish is the perfect weeknight highlight! It comes together quickly, and you can utilize the veggies you have on hand to make a tasty noodle bowl. Boil the noodles, chop the vegetables, whisk together the dressing and you’re nearly there! Buckwheat noodles are packed with protein, but if you’re looking for more, then adding chicken, shrimp or tofu would pair well with these flavors, too. The customizability of this meal makes it perfect for a household of varying diets or preferences. 

Angel Food Cake
What better way to usher in berry season than with an Angel Food Cake? Light and fluffy, this lovely cake punctuates any meal perfectly. Enjoy this delicate dessert as a vehicle to serve homemade whipped cream, fresh berries, and more! It’s still cool enough to utilize your oven and bake in celebration of spring. It’s amazing how such simple ingredients come together to create this tasty classic. 

Tuna, Feta, and Wheat Berry Salad
Take your salad game to new heights with this satisfying grain-centric recipe that’s both nutritious and delicious!  

 

Cherry Basil Popsicles
Cherry and basil? Oh my! Celebrate warmer days ahead with this summery flavor combination from R.W. Knudsen! 

March Newsletter

Charity of the Month – Healing Headbands 

Healing Headbands aims to help those with serious illnesses feel better. 
At this time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healing Headbands has designed masks that are easy to wear and maintain. These masks are made of colorful artwork created in the LAUGH-CREATE-HEAL workshops, and are printed on soft UV-protected fabric – they help us all remember to “Wear Your Happiness” during this most stressful time. 
Healing Headbands is also working to bring digital options for the LAUGH-CREATE-HEAL workshops; a creative alternative during this time of isolation.

Smoothie of the Month – Super Green

Get lucky with this mighty green machine – packed with powerful antioxidants, this super smoothie is sure to energize, nourish, and of course taste really, really good.  
Kick it up a notch by adding some protein. (We recommend Hemp for a lean, nutritious boost.)  Made with 100% organic ingredients:

  • Apple Juice  
  • Spinach
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Chia Seeds
Online Shopping and Digital Gift Cards are HERE!  

Online Shopping 
In an effort to provide our customers with the most convenient and flexible shopping experience, we are thrilled to announce that Rising Tide Market is now offering online shopping! Read more here  

Gift Cards 
Give the gift of health, without leaving the comfort of your home! New eGiftCards are available! The perfect gift for anyone, purchase through our online shopping tool. 

Featured Products 

Pacha Soap Bars

We all know how important it is to wash our hands! These bar soaps have awesome scents (from Sand & Sea to Spearmint Lemongrass and more) and are cruelty free, long-lasting, and made with all natural ingredients. Not to mention, Pacha Soap Co.’s mission is to ensure every purchase supports radically transparent and ethical sourcing, clean water initiatives, hygiene education and small business opportunities worldwide.

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Aller-Aid

As the seasons change, you may be able to manage your allergies naturally. Quercetin and Nettle (Freeze-dried) helps support your body’s normal histamine-producing response. NAC packs an additional punch by breaking down mucous and increasing antioxidant activity.* Oregon’s Wild Harvest Aller-Aid is FREE from: dairy, gluten and soy allergens. Read More 

*Statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat or diagnose any disease or health condition. 

March Madness

Kick back and enjoy with these delicious, powered-by-plants snacks, on sale now at RT.  Save yourself some work and grab some pre-cut veggies to go with our hummus or guacamole, all found in the grab and go! 

Late July Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips on Sale 2/$6 

  • Blue Chips 
  • Sea Salt  
  • Chia Quinoa 
  • Sea Salt Lime  

From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzels and Chips on Sale 2/$6 

  • Pretzel Twists
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Sea Salt Tortilla Chips
  • Nacho Tortilla Chips
  • Lime Tortilla Chips 
St. Patrick’s Day 

Only the best meat will do for your St. Paddy’s meal. The Uncured Corned Beef Brisket from Garrett Valley Farms tastes amazing! 

  • Gluten-Free 
  • 0g Trans Fat per serving 
  • All Natural – No artificial ingredients 
  • No antibiotics ever
  • Humanely Raised
  • No Nitrate or Nitrite added 

Pair with our freshly baked Irish Soda Bread Scones and the classic Kerry Gold Pure Irish butter.  

Monthly Sales Flyer 

Check out our monthly sales and specials on all of our items, including dairy, grocery, supplements, seasonal items…all at great prices! 

 

Recipes 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa 

Enjoy your favorite tea in a new, equally cozy way with this recipe for Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Traditional Medicinals. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! 

All-Purpose Citrus Spray Cleaner  

Spring is coming and it’s time to throw open the windows and let out that stale winter air. As you start gathering your supplies and getting down to spring cleaning, reach for this more sustainable alternative to harsh chemicals. You may just have these ingredients at home already! This recipe utilizes citrus scraps, imparting their fragrant oils to the solution’s antimicrobial, vinegar base. So, start saving the peels from whatever citrus fruit you may be munching on and bring some freshness to your home! 

Mulligan Stew 

Bring all the best ingredients together in one, steamy pot with this Mulligan Stew! Often thought of as a St. Paddy’s Day entrée, Mulligan Stew was meant for improvising, so throw whatever you’ve got in the pot with the brisket, potatoes and green beans. With such great foundational flavors coming from the garlic, bay leaves, onions, and thyme, you can’t go wrong! This recipe features a bit of stout beer, if you have it, to really up the Irish ante. 

Vegan Crispy Bars 

Chewy and chocolatey, these Vegan Crispy Bars will delight the whole family—whether or not they’re vegan. Melt the peanut butter, syrups, and vanilla together over medium/low heat and pour over rice cereal. Press into a pan and top with silky, melted chocolate. Finish with shredded coconut and you’ll have a treat as good as grandma’s in no time. The most difficult part is waiting until they’ve cooled to dig in! 

Online Shopping

Online Shopping is HERE!  

In an effort to provide our customers with the most convenient and flexible shopping experience, we are thrilled to announce that Rising Tide Market is now offering online shopping! 

If you are currently a Grateful Card holder, please DO NOT REGISTER FOR A NEW ACCOUNT. Use your existing contact information to set up your account. Create a password and your information will be automatically linked to your grateful card. You are ready to start shopping!

If you DO NOT HAVE A GRATEFUL CARD, register for an account and your information will be saved for future orders.  

Please be advised, this tool will eventually replace our current RT Text that is used for curbside orders. We ask for your patience as we navigate this new shopping experience, and we welcome your feedback. For the best shopping experience, we recommend using a computer. 

For shopping instructions, please click here. 

February Newsletter

Charity of the Month – Bayville Village Church Food Pantry 

The Mimi Mernin Food Pantry (aka the Bayville Village Church food pantry) was started as a small outreach service almost 20 years ago and operated out of a small shed at the rear of the church.  Until recently, they solely relied on private donations.  With the onset of the coronavirus, the Food Pantry expanded their services and moved to a conference room in the Village Church. They are currently open Saturdays, from 9am -12pm for drive up/no contact distribution. Presently, they are serving about 50 families/200 individuals per distribution date, offering dry goods, produce, meats, dairy items and more. 

 

2020 Donations 

We can all agree 2020 threw us a few curveballs – which is why it’s even more AMAZING that our customers have truly stepped up to help those in need. Through our Charity of the Month program, we were able to raise over $10,000 for a number of different local organizations.  Community engagement has always been a huge part of this store – it’s important that we recognize the tremendous individuals that make these nonprofits tick, and really see how their work is impacting the neediest in our community. Thank you to those individuals and again thank you to our AWESOME customers. Let’s make 2021 even greater! ⠀ 

 

Get Ready for Game Time

It doesn’t matter who you root for, we’re all fans of savory Super Bowl snacks. Prepare your own private party with all the usual game-time favs.   

Get started with some homemade Guac – pick up all of your dip needs from our 100% organic produce department. (Feel free to grab some pre-packed dip in our grab and go, we won’t judge). Snag some Late July Tortilla Chips (on sale 2/$5) to complement your creation.  

Move on to the next game day staple with Buffalo Wings. We feature Antibiotic-free, hormone free chicken wings from D’artagnan, that couple perfectly with the Classic Buffalo Seasoning from Noble Made. This seasoning boasts a bold buffalo flavor, with no drippy mess! Toss some of our pre-cut veggies (also found in our 100% organic produce department) on the side for a complete, classic, clean app.  

 

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, bringing attention to how we can motivate ourselves and each other to adopt healthy lifestyles that may help prevent heart disease. This year, heart health is extremely important, as people with poor cardiovascular health may also be at increased risk of illness from COVID-19. 

Heart disease is the number one cause of deaths for most groups, affecting all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Luckily, there are some simple behavior changes that may prevent heart disease, including not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, managing high blood pressure, increasing physical activity and getting regular checkups. 

Get those red clothes ready! February 5th is National Wear Red Day, when people across the country are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.   

 

Featured Product – Wiley’s Finest® Bold Heart 

Speaking of heart month, did you know that over 100 million Americans have high cholesterol and many don’t know it? Wiley’s Finest® Bold Heart is a unique and natural solution for cholesterol management unlike anything else on the market. A simple combination of North American pine tree sterols and water, Wiley’s Finest® Bold Heart delivers 2000 mg of plant sterols per serving in a vegan solution for heart health. Read more

 

Valentine’s Day

Grab all of your Valentine’s Day essentials from candy and candles to heart pasta and greeting cards, here at Rising Tide!
Check out these delicious chocolate treats, sure to make your Valentine smile..and they’re all on sale this month!

  • Lake Champlain Chocolate Boxes & Truffles     
  • Lake Champlain Chocolate Hearts    
  • Divine Chocolate Hearts   
  • RX Bar Chocolate Raspberry Bars   
  • Tony Chocolonely Chocolate Bars 


Smoothie of the Month

RT LOVE – Made with 100% Organic Ingredients
February is all about the heart – and we love our customers. From American Heart Month to Valentine’s Day, it’s a perfect time to sip some heart-healthy happiness with our RT Love Smoothie.

    • Mango
    • Strawberries
    • Juiced beet
    • Turmeric
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Coconut water


Refreshing, Warming Winter Recipes  

Oatmeal Bake We love the versatility this Oatmeal Bake offers! Make it for the family brunch one weekend or portion it out for an easily reheated breakfast throughout the week. Serve it with your favorite yogurt dolloped on top, a splash of cream or with a fruit compote to jazz it up however you like best! Think of this recipe as the perfect canvas for a healthy, wintry breakfast creation.

 

 

French Onion & Mushroom Soup Get out your best kitchen knife and start slicing onions because French Onion & Mushroom Soup is on the menu tonight! Indulge in savory, soup-y flavors that will warm you from the inside out with this delicious twist on a classic recipe. Chop, chop, chop those onions and get them nice and caramelized before adding the cremini mushrooms to the pot. Simmer all the ingredients together and then add the finishing touch—you know, the crusty, cheesy bread topping broiled to bubbly perfection. Voilà! A cup of soup fit for a king! 

 

Curbside Pickup

Don’t forget! You can stay warm and shop without leaving the comfort of your car! Text your order to (516) 400-4360 for curbside pickup. Orders must be placed by 12pm for same day pickup.

 

January Newsletter

Charity of the Month – Green Inside and Out

With the mission to empower and educate consumers about better alternatives for low-environmental impact living, Green Inside and Out seeks to educate people on how best to protect themselves and the environment through their daily choices, for the benefit of all. Green Inside and Out seeks to remind us that sometimes things we use every day can be toxic to our health or the environment. Without a clean environment, life on earth, human or otherwise, is unsustainable. 

Founded by Beth Fiteni in 2011, Green Inside and Out is a Long Island based nonprofit that has several programs including a podcast,  radio show on WUSB 90.1fm, an educational blog, and a multitude of campaigns focused on Ecofashion, Toxins, Waste Reduction, and supporting a Vegan Lifestyle. 

We support this charity because it aligns well with our mission to serve and nourish our community through the products we sell and the knowledge we share. We strive to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle with fewer toxins while reducing our environmental impact.

 

Refreshing, Warming Winter Recipes  

Detox Citrus Salad In wintertime, we relish those tart notes of the citrus that comes into season! Indulge in those great flavors as either a side to a fabulous meal or a wholesome stand-alone dish with this Detox Citrus Salad. This recipe is truly a feast for the senses with creamy avocado, crunchy onions and walnuts and juicy citrus. Soak in the detoxifying powers of not only the fruit but also the apple cider vinegar in the dressing and enjoy this refreshing winter salad.

 

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu Although it comes together simply, you’ll be wowed with the complex depth of flavor created in this soup! Kombu is a sea kelp native to Japan. It adds umami and rich nutrients to this dish. Garnish this brothy goodness with green onions, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes for even more punch. This recipe would make an easy and delicious lunch or pair well with a more substantial dinner; whatever you’re in the mood for!

 

Berbere Chickpeas with Chicken Who doesn’t love a good, hearty meal this time of year? Your kitchen will smell amazing as you simmer chicken thighs until they’re falling off the bone. Utilizing Berbere, a spice often used in Ethiopia and Eritrea, this recipe boasts a lovely deep red color and bold flavor to wow the whole family. To make this recipe vegan, replace the chicken with extra firm tofu, and reduce the simmering time to 20 minutes. Serve with rice or your favorite grain to complete this delicious, aromatic meal. 

 

Happy New Year!
Get your New Year started right with a system reboot, reset or just a quick immune boost.
Enjoy all of the immune-boosting benefits Grapefruit has to offer with our freshly squeezed Grapefruit Juice, found in the RT Deli Grab and Go. Rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, Grapefruit is one of the healthiest citrus fruits available.

Support your system with Vive Organic Wellness Shots packed with a plant-powered, doctor-crafted immunity boost. Try the Original Immunity Boost, Immunity Boost with Elderberry, and the Wellness Rescue – all on sale for the month of January!

 

 

Smoothie of the Month
Tropical Detox – Made with 100% Organic Ingredients

Dreaming of a vacay but can’t really get away? Enjoy your staycay with this tropical, tasty, nutrient-rich smoothie. (Oh, and bonus – these ingredients will help you detox from the indulgent past few weeks you might have enjoyed. We’re not judging.) 

    • Mango  
    • Pineapple   
    • Coconut Milk   
    • Lemon   
    • Ginger   
    • Chia Seeds 

 

Featured Brand – Cocokind
Searching for clean, conscious skincare? Pick up some of these new items from Cocokind now available in our Health and Beauty department: Resurfacing Sleep Mask, Pore Refining Concentrate, and Texture Smoothing Cream.   ⠀

We love Cocokind products not just because they are great for your skin, but also because they’re non-toxic, sustainable and cruelty-free.

Supplement Guide
Now is the perfect time to explore potential benefits of the various supplements available. Our expert staff put together the top eight immune boosting essentials to take the guesswork out of choosing the right ones. If you have any questions just ask one of the Supplement Steves in the store! 

 

Holiday Newsletter

Round Up for the Holidays
We’re asking our amazing customers to help us support the neediest in our community during the giving season. For every purchase you make from 12/11 through 12/24 we’ll give you the option of rounding up to the nearest dollar. Rising Tide will MATCH all round up donations. All Round Up proceeds will be sent to an essential charity that targets hunger on Long Island, with a special program devoted to delivering food during the pandemic – NOSH, a Program of the North Shore Soup Kitchen.  In addition to our Round Up proceeds, we have selected NOSH as our Charity of the Month, which means the program will also receive our BYOB collections.

Holiday Gift Guide 
Last minute shopping? We’ve got you covered. Avoid traveling and delayed shipping by shopping and supporting your favorite local businesses. Check out some of Rising Tide’s favorite picks for everyone on your list in our Holiday Gift Guide.

Curbside Pickup
Make your holiday season a little easier by texting your list to (516) 400-4360 for curbside pickup!  Whether you cannot come into the store or you just want to skip the line, curbside provides an opportunity for you to easily place your order ahead of time.    

  • Text your order to 516-400-4360  
  • Orders must be placed by 2pm for same day pickup 

Holiday Hours

  • Christmas Eve: 8am-6pm
  • Christmas Day: Closed 
  • New Years Eve: 8am-6pm
  • January 1st and 2nd: 8am-7pm

Recipes
Looking for a delicious seasonally-inspired dish?  From Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread to an easy Rustic Bolognese, our website has unique recipes that use brands and ingredients available here at RT! (Feel free to get creative – there’s even a recipe for a nice Holiday Relief Massage Blend! 

New Year’s Two Day Sale Event
Get ready for our BIGGEST sale of the year! Take 20% off the ENTIRE store on January 1st and 2nd (yes, two days this year!). We’ll be open 8am – 7pm, with raffles and giveaways ready to start your year off right.

New Year, New Website! 
Coming Soon in 2021! Stay tuned for the new and improved RisingTideMarket.com   

 

October News

October Newsletter

Charity of the Month – Orkestai Farm
Orkestai Farm is a regenerative, pesticide and herbicide free vegetable farm located at the planting fields in Oyster Bay. The farm provides hands-on education in sustainable farming for teens and adults of all skill levels, in addition to workshops in the Arts. The educational programs foster healthy living, social engagement, creativity, and more from the community at large, including those with developmental and emotional needs. Members learn to grow food and feel empowered and confident about who they are and what they can achieve.  Be sure to check out Orkestai Farm and all they have to offer beyond delicious, crisp, fresh organic produce. (And remember, you can support our Charity of the Month through our BYOB program at the store!)

 

Non-GMO month
Every October is Non-GMO month. We are ardent supporters of the Non-GMO Project, and stock over 10,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products in our store. We support mandatory Federal GMO labeling laws, and feel every American has the right to know what is or isn’t in the foods they’re consuming. Read more about the Non-GMO project here.
View our October sales flyer for the best organic and Non-GMO verified products at great prices!  

 

Seasonal Produce

Superb Squash
There is quite an array of squash available, and each has its own unique taste and texture. Follow our guide and read about the best way to prepare each of these delicious squash varieties. By the way, squash is a fruit according to its botanical classification, but it is generally considered a vegetable in food preparation.

 

Ample Apples
Apples have a number of uses, and each apple’s use depends upon the variety. Some are great for cider, others for baking, others perfect for snacking all on their own. Check out our Apple Guide for the flavor profiles of the apples we sell here at RT, and their best use. And if you want to explore the benefits of an apple a day through some more unique methods, have a look at these sweet-to-savory recipes 
(Feel like switching things up? Enjoy the appealing apple taste of our October Smoothie of the Month – Apple Pie.) 

 

Featured Products and Recipes

 

Happy (healthy) Halloween!
Healthier packaged treats are more readily available than ever – just in time for Non-GMO month. Come into the store for a great selection of RT-approved Halloween treats, including Justin’s Nut Butter Cups, Endangered Species Chocolate Bars, and Annie’s Organic Bunny Crackers (just to name a few, and all of which are currently on sale!) But don’t underestimate the fun (and ease!) of creating homemade treats made with wholesome, organic/non-GMO ingredients. Try this Vegan Chocolate Pudding, or explore more recipes! 

 

Essential Oils
We’ve all heard of essential oils, and some of us consider ourselves well-versed in their various uses. But choosing the right brand is imperative, which is why we carry only the best at RT. We are particularly fond of Aura Cacia, who values nourishing people and planet. They care for the small grower communities at the source of their products, openly share product information, show customers how to improve their lives with aromatherapy and give back to help those in need. Check out this guide to properly chose the right essential oil for your needs.

 

Oil of Oregano
It is believed that Oregano has multiple health benefits, and oregano oil might act as an effective natural antibiotic and anti-fungal agent. Some believe it may help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol levels too. Learn more about the potential benefits. 

 

Keto Kick
Join the keto craze with this recipe for a shell-free version of a taco – just the right amount of spice to balance out the creamy goodness in the avocados. Swap the ground meat for tempeh or any protein of your choice to make this a veggie dish.

 

Blissful Boost
Enjoy the bliss that is fresh orange juice with a powerful kick of ginger. This wellness shot will have you up and ready to take on the day lickety-split, all the while supporting your immune system with the detoxifying powers of ginger and Vitamin C. With only two ingredients, this recipe relies on the pure flavors of wholesome produce. Fire up your juicer (or blender) and be ready for a boost!

In-Store Shopping is BACK at Rising Tide

We’re happy to report that, due to customer demand, in-store shopping has returned to Rising Tide. This is what it looks like:

  • In-store shopping hours are 8am – 4pm (we’re closed Wednesdays)
  • A maximum of 8 customers are permitted in the store at one time
  • Masks are required by ALL, and we encourage every customer to put on a pair of fresh gloves that we supply at the start of every shop
  • Social distancing inside the store is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED through the use of floor decals and other signage
  • Transactions are credit card only, and refunds are suspended until further notice

Don’t want to shop in-store? Enjoy our Curbside Pick-up service!

Curbside Pick-up Continues for Foreseeable Future

In order to service as many customers as possible in a way everyone feels good about, we plan to maintain our convenient curbside service for the foreseeable future. Curbside orders can be texted to 516-400-4360. Once you text, we’ll let you know which day we will shop your order (average wait time is 1 day). Let us know when you want your order shopped and we will do our best to oblige. Current pick-up hours are 4pm-8pm (we’re closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff to regroup and recharge).

Need eight items or less? Just come to the RT parking lot with your list and we will shop it on the spot. If you are elderly or for some other reason cannot text in your order, please bring it to us at the store—we will find a way to make it happen! No one who needs good healthy food will be left out in the cold.

2019 Was A Great Year for Giving

Our Our Charity of the Month Program just keeps getting better and better!

We’re excited to report that in 2019, thanks to our amazing customers, we collected close to $9,000 for some of our favorite local charities! As a result of our continued support to these and other groups, we were recognized with a Community Service Award by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce in November at their 16th Annual Gala—an honor we accepted with great pride.

In addition, we’re happy to report that our second annual year-end Round Up for the Holidays allowed us to contribute  $2,760 ($1,380 from our customers and a $1,380 match made by Rising Tide Natural Market), split evenly between two local charities that help fight hunger in the Glen Cove area: the Finley Middle School Food Pantry, located right across the street from Rising Tide, and the North Shore Soup Kitchen (formerly the North Shore INN), housed in the First Baptist Church in Glen Cove. Both groups support a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts…we’ll always step up to help others get the food they need to thrive.

These are some of the local organizations that we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know since our Charity of the Month program launched nearly three years ago. We hope by focusing on a different charity each month that some of you will get to know these amazing groups, too. They are some of the finest examples of the wonderful spirit of this community that we’ve come across.

Volunteers for Wildlife
Healing Headbands
Living Water for Women
All Our Energy
Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor
Cove Animal Rescue
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club
Girls Rising
Glen Cove Youth Bureau
Finley Food Pantry
Orkestai Farm
North Shore Sheltering Program
North Shore Soup Kitchen

As we dive into a new year, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who made it possible for Rising Tide to make these donations, each of which helps a stellar organization continue to do great, compassionate work in this community.

As we prepare for one of Rising Tide’s most exciting years on record (of course we’re talking about our beautiful, new 11,000 square foot store opening across from our current location later this year!) we’re looking forward to more giving, more volunteering, and more community engagement than ever before. If you have an idea for a local nonprofit organization that you think would make a good Rising Tide Charity of the Month, please reach out to us via our website. And thank you, as always, for your support.

SUMMER AIN’T OVER YET: What to Do Before It’s Officially Fall

We’re almost there; we’ve already had our “false fall” where we got our first glimpse of cooler temps, and as school begins and new routines are implemented, we start to feel the warm, laid-back beauty of summer begin to fade. But it’s not over yet! Summer is officially still summer until September 22. Spend the next few weeks checking off your summer wish list items, while also preparing for a successful transition to fall.

Find a body of water. We are blessed in Long Island to be surrounded by water. Make the most of it! Whether it’s a lake, an ocean, a river, or something else, take the plunge. Go fishing, swimming, hop on a paddle board or into a kayak. Take a boat ride; one of our favorites is the ferry to Fire Island, but a short ride on a Port Washington Water Taxi can do the trick, as well.

Try something new. There’s still time to take a detour from the usual to try something you’ve always meant to. Beach yoga? Learn a second language? Take a day trip to an interesting new town? A cooking class? Whatever strikes your curiosity, lean into it this September.

Visit a farmers market. Take advantage of our proximity to local markets while they last. The produce this time of year is remarkable, and dinner made with late-summer ingredients from the local farmers market is simply unbeatable. Click here for some clean, easy to prepare recipes using some of the season’s shining stars.

Go camping. Few things lend themselves to as many late-summer activities as camping. Hiking…check. Kayaking…..check. Grilling….check. S’mores…check. Stargazing….you guessed it….check. Did you know two of the best campgrounds in NY State are located right here on LI? Or if glamping is more your scene, you can enjoy the outdoors in style, right in NYC.

Start a gratitude practice. And do it now before the days get shorter (and you lose the light earlier). You don’t have to get fancy; just jotting down a few things each day that you’re grateful for can help you have a positive outlook and guard against depression.

Do any of these suggestions resonate with you? If not, that’s ok! Just get outside and do the things you love and you’ll have no regrets once sweater season is upon us.

CHARITY OF THE MONTH: Glen Cove Youth Bureau Fill-a-Bookbag Drive

We’re excited to introduce our August Charity of the Month: the Fill-a-Bookbag Drive sponsored by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. This is the second time we’re supporting this bookbag and school supplies drive, a critical effort  for this local nonprofit.

The Fill-a-Bookbag Drive brings individual donors and businesses together to provide needed school supplies to some 300 Glen Cove students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. Making the GCYB our Charity of the Month for August allows us to do our part to make sure lack of school supplies is not a deterrent to academic success for any child in the Glen Cove School District.

***Rising Tide is a collection point for the Fill-a-Bookbag Drive. Simply leave supplies in the box outside the store. Ask cashiers for a complete list of needed items***

In addition to the Fill-a-Bookbag Drive, other GCYB programs intended to close educational and recreational gaps for Glen Cove students include Glen Cove After 3, after-school and summer enrichment opportunities for students grades K-8; and the Drop-in Center, open for homework help and after-school fun for students grades 1-5, and to teens looking to socialize in a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment in the evenings. The Summer Youth Employment Program teaches 16-18 year olds skills for entering the workforce including how to prepare a resume and cover letter, and how to dress for success, interview for a job, and more.

Thank you for supporting this amazing local charity through our Charity of the Month program…we’re so grateful we can always count on our customers!

RECIPES: Get Wild with Watermelon

We all love eating refreshing (hydrating, cancer-fighting, heart healthy) slices of plain watermelon. But that’s not all you can do with the juicy, pink fruit! Use the recipes below to work watermelon into your next summer gathering.

Soups & Starters
Watermelon Gazpacho
Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
Watermelon Rind Pickles
Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Cocktails & Mocktails
Summer Melon Rose Sangria
The Murricane
Watermelon Margarita
Watermelon Mint Cooler
Watermelon Ginger Mojito
Mint-Cucumber-Watermelon Infused Water 

Desserts
Flag Kebobs (fun for July 4th!)
Watermelon Pizza
Watermelon Sorbet or Granita

HEMP HISTORY WEEK: Add Hemp to Your Life!

Hemp History Week is June 3-9! Join us in the 10th celebration of hemp (this year’s theme: The Return of the Plant!) and celebrate its many uses. Did you know…hemp is more than just a healthy whole food source of plant-based protein? It’s also a growing U.S. industry with more than 78,00 acres farmed in 2018.  Were you aware that hemp is an environmentally sustainable solution for thousands of non-toxic products ranging from car parts and building materials to paper products, textiles, plastics and even ethanol? Hemp also sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and puts it right back into the soil, healing distressed farmlands when other regenerative agricultural practices are used.

Hemp and Your Health 
The more you learn about hemp, the more you’ll want it in your life. Boost nutrition with hemp, which contains all 9 essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and 6, plus a host of vitamins and minerals. Hemp adds a rich and slightly nutty flavor to any dish; enjoy sprinkled on avocado toast, add hemp seed oil to your favorite salad dressing, blend hemp hearts in a smoothie, yogurt or cereal, or mix into cookie dough or granola. You can also pamper yourself with moisturizing hemp body care, or relax with CBD products derived from hemp. (Click here for a rundown of our carefully vetted CBD offerings here in the store.)

As lawmakers, farmers, and families embrace how hemp can support a healthy future for people, planet and our economy, the laws surrounding U.S. cultivation are currently being rewritten. The recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill with the Hemp Farming Amendment has removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing hemp farming in the U.S. During Hemp Week, we join together in victory across the country as we celebrate the Return of the Plant! and embark on a new era of hemp cultivation in American soil.

Learn more about hemp at HempHistoryWeek.com.

CELEBRATE MOMS: 7 Ways to Add Meaning to Mother’s Day

As with most holidays in the U.S., the original meaning tends to fade, replaced by a more modern interpretation. Mother’s Day is no different. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis started “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to teach women how to care for their children. Following Ann’s death in 1905, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, conceived of “Mother’s Day” to honor the myriad sacrifices mothers made for their children.  She wanted it to be an intimate day of celebration between mothers and families; she envisioned children wearing white carnations and visiting their mothers or going to church with them in honor of the special day.

Anna successfully campaigned to make Mother’s Day a national holiday but once she saw the commercialization of the holiday, she grew to regret it. She later spent much of her time and resources actively lobbying the government to get it removed from the U.S. calendar.

Quite a sordid past for what should be a lovely holiday! Let’s take Mother’s Day back, making it a day to share with the moms in your life in the way that will mean the most to them. Check out these options, something for every kind of mom:

1. Be of service. What can you do to help? Clean for mom, or help her with some techy project she can’t get a handle on—or hire a professional to do either one. Fix something that needs mending, or bring along a handyman to do the job. Wash and fold her laundry. Cook her a meal, or better yet, come stocked with multiple meals that she can freeze and parse out over time.

2. Quality time with mom. Schedule brunch or High Tea with mom. Take a walk in a beautiful place, or enjoy a little pampering together at a local spa. Visit the Nassau County Museum of Art, home to indoor art exhibits and interesting outdoor installations.

3. Alone time. Maybe Mom would love a little time to herself to do whatever it is she likes to do best. Let her off the hook for the traditional Mother’s Day meal, and let her do her thing. Spend the time without her to tackle a project she doesn’t have time to get to, shop for a little something you know she’ll love, create a piece of art in her honor, or make a simple but thoughtful dinner for her return.

4. Plant a garden. Due to the good weather and generally warm temps, Mother’s Day is  the unofficial start of planting season. Take mom to pick out some veggie, fruit or flower seeds, then break ground on her 2019 garden. In addition to the beautiful organic plants from Long Island’s own Marion Gardens, Rising Tide also carries dozens of organic seeds from High Mowing Seeds, including handy collections of seeds like “Summer of Sunflowers”, a “Bee’s Garden”, “Three Sisters”, “Easy Salad Greens”, and “Kid’s Garden” (a fun collection of “easy to succeed” seeds!). If a full-scale garden is too ambitious, purchase a beautiful pot and help her plant some lavender, rosemary, mint or other herbs she can use all summer long.

5. Eat (or drink) outdoors. Nothing cues the shift in seasons like a picnic. Head to the beach, or the park, or lay out a blanket in your backyard. Source some healthy, delicious salads and sandwiches from Rising Tide or another favorite spot. Or how about a sunset cocktail on the water? This area offers many opportunities for sipping something tasty alfresco. Take it one step further and take a bottle of rosé in a water taxi for a cruise around Hempstead Harbor.

6. Buy a green gift. You want Mom to be healthy and to make choices that lead to a long, happy life; this year, choose a gift that reflects that desire. We’ve got something for every kind of mama.

  • HydroFlasks: Hydration is so important, especially as we head into summer. We’ve got stainless steel HydroFlask water/coffee bottles in all shapes and sizes, and in beautiful spring colors.
  • Women’s Supplements: No matter what Mom’s age, there are hormones to contend with; Womensense supplements are there for every stage of a woman’s life, and can help her through things like adrenal fatigue, menopause, thyroid issues, and balancing estrogen.
  • Organic & Fair Trade Sweets: If she’s going to indulge on Mother’s Day, it might has well be with the good stuff! (Plus…so many studies lately point to the merits of having dark chocolate in your life. If chocolate equals health, we are ON BOARD.) Choose from an array of healthier alternatives, including Chocolove Chocolate Bars, Bark Thins snacking chocolateSkinny Dipped Almonds, Alter Eco Chocolates and Dark-Chocolate Covered nuts & fruits from Tierra Farm.
  • Mama Care: We’ve got all kinds of clean, toxin- and cruelty-free goodies to make Mama feel good and look her best. (Check out the Mother’s Day display at the front of the store..there is something for every mom!) Among our favorites are the CBD Bath Bombs by CBD Living. Aromatic and healing and made with 60mg of nano-CBD, these make bath time oh so special. Available in Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Coconut Lime. And for clean facial care for mom, there’s the Sweet Treats git set from one of our favorite natural skin care co.’s, MyChelle Dermaceuticals. This lovely little gift set contains the Refining Sugar Cleanser and the Lip Hints™ Conditioning Lip Balm.

7. Give the Gift of Charity. You and Mom will both feel good when you donate to a great cause in her name. The International Rescue Committee offers many ways to do this, including helping to pay for health pregnancies for woman in Kenya ($52); funding emergency food for malnourished children in places like Nigeria and Yemen ($68 gives three meals each to 50 children), and providing a year of school for children in crisis in war-torn countries like Syria ($58). If there is a local nonprofit that means a great deal to your mom, make your donation there instead.

Of course this is just a quick guide; only you know your favorite moms and what would mean the most to them on Mother’s Day. Reflect on this, and it will be a holiday to remember for all!

WELLNESS TOP 3: Preparing for Allergy Season

You may not have felt it yet…but it’s coming. Allergy season is nearly upon us, and according to the folks at Patch.com, it’s set to be a particularly intense one for New Yorkers. (Excess moisture has given the grass and trees lots of fuel to create the dreaded pollen…lucky us!)

Are you or someone you love a seasonal allergy sufferer? If you get hold of these natural allergy fighters now, you may be able to head the spring pollen peril off at the pass…naturally, with no groggy/foggy feeling or other side effects.

1. Oregon’s Wild Harvest’s Aller-Aid with Quercetin.  For more manageable allergies in springtime, this verified non-GMO herbal formula contains freeze-dried nettle and quercetin to support the body’s normal histamine-producing response, and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) to break down mucous and increase antioxidant activity.

2. Kick-Ass Allergy from Wishgarden. This potent blend of traditional Southwestern herbs (Yerba Santa leaf, Echinacea, Nettle, Orange Peel) supports a healthy respiratory system and helps bring allergy sufferers back into balance. We love the Wishgarden line, family-owned and women-run, making small-batch artisanal products with only the cleanest ingredients.

3. Y.S. Bee Pollen. High in protein, antioxidants and vitamins, bee pollen is one of nature’s perfect superfoods. Great for both seasonal allergies and energy, you can find the Y.S. Bee Pollen granules in our refrigerated case (with the probiotics).

BONUS: If you can do only one thing to prevent allergies, Rebekah from the RT Wellness Department recommends getting a daily dose pf nettles tea; Traditional Medicinals makes one she really likes. In addition to curtailing seasonal allergies, nettles have been used for thousands of years to support joint health and promote whole body wellness. Happy Spring!

Note: As always, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement program.

RECIPES: Asparagus!

When these lovely spears pop up in the markets, you know spring is around the corner. Loaded with fiber, folate, and Vitamins C, E and K, asparagus has all kinds of health benefits, including managing blood pressure, fighting cognitive impairment, and balancing blood sugar. Bake it, eat it raw, or puree it into a creamy, savory soup. Pair it with some of its spring produce cohorts, especially peas. Keep it really simple or make something (see tart recipe) fit for company. But whatever you do, do it now, while these beauties are in their prime.

The New York Times Butter-Braised Asparagus 

Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

Vegan Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

Fettuccini with Shitakes and Asparagus

NY Times Raw Asparagus Salad

Asparagus Tabbouleh

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

RECIPES: Get a Flavor Kick (and a Healthy Heart) By Cooking with Raw Garlic

A garlic compound known as allicin can potentially reduce the risk of developing heart disease and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chopping or crushing the garlic clove and consuming it raw is the best way to reap the benefits. (On a side note: raw garlic is thought to be good for any number of other conditions, including boosting immunity, reducing the risk of certain cancers, curing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, and more.)

On its own, raw garlic can pack too much of a whollop, but incorporated into these dishes/beverages it adds amazing flavor. Check out these easy (vegan!) recipes for garlic-full dishes you’ll make again and again.

Homemade Hummus 

Alton Brown’s Guacamole 

Gazpacho

Basil Walnut Pesto 

Martha Stewart’s Garlic Vinaigrette

Homemade Spicy Fire Cider

Garlic cocktails

What a Charitable Year: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here at Rising Tide we’re excited for another year of giving to the amazing charities right here in our own neighborhood.

Year Two of our Charity of the Month program gave us the chance to meet a whole bunch of new people doing heroic work in this community. As the first full year of the program (we launched in April 2017 to honor Earth Day), we were able to donate almost $8,000 to 12 charities. This includes our Holiday Roundup, which benefited two of our favorite local hunger relief organizations: Island Harvest and the North Shore Soup Kitchen (formerly the North Shore INN).

As always, we could not have done this without YOU! The monies for the Charity of the Month originate from our Bring Your Own Bag program, also launched in 2017. The objective: to encourage our customers to bring their reusable bags, lightening our carbon footprint by significantly reducing our use of paper bags. Each time a paper bag is given out, 10 cents is charged to the customer, then donated to our Charity of the Month. Reusable bags are the same—bring in your own bag and 10 cents will be donated to the charity, as well. So…eco-healthy habits are built while our neediest charities are funded. We love this program!

Wanted: New Local Charities
We’re always looking for new local nonprofits to add to our program. If you’re involved with a local charity that you feel would fit within our mission (we prioritize groups that fall into the following categories: children’s health and education, hunger relief, environmental awareness and education, organic and sustainable farming, and animal welfare), please fill out and submit a Request a Donation form on the Rising Tide website.

Thanks again for all you do to help us give so much too so many!

Rounding Up for the Holidays

It’s the giving season, and this year we’re asking our customers to support the neediest in our community by helping provide for basic needs such as food and hygiene.

For every purchase you make, we will give you the option of rounding up to the nearest dollar. All “round up” proceeds will be sent to two charities that target hunger on Long Island: Island Harvest and The INN. The two charities will use the donated monies to purchase their most-needed items at their optimum cost.  (Island Harvest is also our December Charity of the Month for the second year running…we choose them for the relentless energy they devote to making the holiday season bearable for so many! Read here about their Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program, ensuring kids don’t go hungry when they are out on school vacations.)

*Rising Tide will MATCH all Round Up monies collected between December 10 and December 31, 2018*

Thank you as always for your generosity!

Note: if you’re planning holiday donations outside of your rounding up at Rising Tide, do your due diligence first by vetting your favorite cause through this Charity Navigator. In addition to Island Harvest and the INN, some of our favorites are our former Charity of the Month recipients:

The Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club
Harbor Child Care
Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor
Community Solidarity
Glen Cove Youth Bureau
Cove Animal Rescue
Orkestai Farm
Healing Headbands
S.A.F.E.
All Our Energy
The North Shore Sheltering Program (Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: NSSP, P.O. Box 415,
Glen Cove, NY 11542
The Finley Middle School Food Pantry (email Kirsten Kenney at kkenney@glencove.k12.ny.us to make a donation)

 

Rising Tide Presents Exciting New Juice Program

We’re so excited to introduce our customers to our new and improved Organic Juice Bar! The reason for the reboot is simple: to provide you with the absolute best quality juices and juice products you’ll find anywhere.

Customize your own organic juice by choosing from a series of bases (apple, celery, carrot, pear or cucumber) and add-ins (beet, ginger, kale, lemon, lime, chard, grapefruit, cilantro, collagen and orange). Or opt for one of the magical elixirs dreamed up by the RT mixologists:
Grateful Greens: Detoxifying organic greens for days. Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Celery and Cucumber
Mexicali Ginge: Sweet and spicy, with a cleansing kick. Apple, Cilantro, Ginger, Cucumber and Lime
RT Roots: All matter of goodness that grows underground. Carrot, Beet and Ginger
Golden Goddess: Mildly sweet (and a little tart!) with a blast of Vitamin A. Carrot, Pear, Lime, Turmeric
Cool Cucumber: Nothing is more refreshing…or better for digestion. Cucumber, Pear, Lime, Ginger and Mint. Served over ice.

In addition to the new juices, one of the most exciting new additions is our Shots program—your daily hit of concentrated immunity and organic nutrition:
* Wheat Grass: Packed with chlorophyll, this is your fresh, organic, one-stop-shop for liver cleansing and detoxification, amino acids, enzymes that aid with digestion, blood strengthening, vitamins and minerals, and more. Available in 1, 2 or 4 oz shots, or a full tray.
* Turmeric: The curcumin that gives turmeric its orange color is anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant.  Available in 1 oz shots. 
* Ginger: Another potent antioxidant/anti-inflammatory to have in your toolkit. Plus, juiced ginger can aid digestion, boost immunity and regulate blood sugar. You need this shot this winter! Available in 1 oz shots. 
* Fire Cider: A must-have if you feel a cold coming on. Made from turmeric, lemons, habanero pepper, ginger, oranges, horseradish, raw honey, garlic and onions, this is guaranteed to kill all the bad stuff (letting the good stuff thrive). Available in 1 or 2 oz shots.

As always, when you buy 10 Rising Tide juices or smoothies, you receive the 11th FREE. Don’t worry, you don’t need to keep track of your juice card anymore; your Juice Bar purchases are all recorded electronically.

It’s Non-GMO Month at Rising Tide: Take the Non-GMO Challenge!

This month we celebrate our right to make the kinds of non-GMO choices that influence retailers and food manufacturers, and ultimately, our food supply. Non-GMO month at Rising Tide allows us to showcase our favorite Non-GMO Project Verified companies and the products that make them so special.

Take the Challenge 
What better time to make Non-GMO part of YOUR healthy lifestyle? The Non-GMO Project has created a program to get you started. The Non-GMO Challenge, established in 2012, is a monthlong experience that empowers shoppers, brands and grocery stores to support the right to know what’s in our food. Take the challenge and tailor it to your own particular goals. Maybe you pledge to eat only non-GMO snacks, or to eat one completely non-GMO meal each day. Maybe you go all in and vow to eat non-GMO the whole month long. Get creative; there are as many ways to pledge as there are eco-conscious consumers like you.

Whatever your pledge, be happy in the knowledge that you are driving change around the world! You’ll also be entered to win a non-GMO DreamBox filled with non-GMO Project Verified goodies, thoughtfully created by our friends at the Non-GMO Project.

Take the Non-GMO Challenge this month. Here’s how:

1. Make your Non-GMO Pledge and encourage friends, families, coworkers and others to join you.
2. Post a photo of yourself to social media and state your pledge in the caption. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nongmochallenge.
3. Complete your entry on livingnongmo.org to be entered to win a Non-GMO Dreambox and other big prizes.
4. Click here for further details.

Look for the butterfly when shopping, as it will always lead you to a non-GMO Project Verified company and product!

SEPTEMBER IS FERMENTATION MONTH!

DIY PROBIOTIC-RICH FERMENTED FOODS AT HOME 

Nourish your gut—naturally. Brimming with probiotics, tangy lacto-fermented veggies are a delicious way to maintain a balanced microbiome and healthy digestive system. Plus, they’re surprisingly easy to make at home. Follow these simple recommendations for the best results.

1. Get the right gear.
No need to buy a fancy fermentation set. All you need to get started is a wide-mouth mason jar, wooden spoon and some sort of weight to keep the veggies submerged in brine (a cabbage or apple core or even a smaller mason jar resting on top of your ferments will do the trick). Run your jars through the dishwasher before using.

2. Choose organic.
Starting with clean, pesticide-free produce will guarantee a better outcome. Select high-quality organic veggies from your garden, or shop for them in Rising Tide’s 100 percent organic produce department! Not convinced? (In honor of September being Organic Month, here are some more reasons why it’s more important than ever to buy organic.)

3. Wash veggies well.
Wash produce carefully under cold water and make sure to remove all dirt and debris before fermentation, as this could affect the taste of the final product. After washing, slice your produce in uniform pieces for even ripening.

4. Use purified water.
Always use distilled or purified water for your brine. Tap water contains chlorine, and often fluoride, which can disturb the growth of good bacteria.

5. Don’t skimp on the salt.
Along with adding flavor and creating a crispier texture to your veggies, salt kills harmful bacteria and prevents mold during the fermentation process. Be sure to use the exact amount that the recipe calls for. Opt for high-quality Himalayan or sea salt instead of table salt.

6. Give veggies time to ripen.
Cover your jar with an airtight lid, and give the fermentation process at least a week on your kitchen counter before checking. You’ll know they’re ready when you see bubbles forming in the brine and the mixture omits a sour, though not unpleasant, odor. If you see mold on top, simply scrape it off with a wooden spoon and discard. Shaking the mixture once a day; this helps inhibit mold growth. It’s a good idea to taste the product to determine if it could use a few more days to culture. If your veggies smell rotten, toss them and try again.

7. Store your finished product in the fridge.
Finally, it’s time to move your veggies to a refrigerator or cellar. Cold temperatures slow the growth of healthy bacteria, so the flavor of ferment will continue to deepen and evolve. Your veggies will keep in cold storage for up to a year.

Start your own fermentation adventure. Check out a bunch of make-at-home fermentation recipes here.

Clip Box Tops for Local Schools

It’s still summer, but we’ve got Back to School on the brain! We’re specifically thinking about our own local schools, and how we can help them be all they can be for the children of our community. Enter Box Tops. Since 1996, Box Tops—featured on some of your favorite natural and organic brands—has helped schools just like the ones in our neighborhood earn over $868 million for things like building playgrounds, installing computer labs, and funding for other school enrichment programs.

This month, help us help our own local schools earn cash by clipping Box Tops. Throughout August, visit Rising Tide to purchase Annie’s and Cascadian Farm products on display at the front of the store and ON SALE for 2 for $6. Clip the Box Tops and either bring them to your local school or back to the store, where they can be placed in the available collection boxes. Save money, clip Box Tops, and help our schools thrive!

To learn more, visit http://www.boxtops4education.com

CHARITY OF THE MONTH: Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s Fill-a-Bookbag Drive

We’re so excited to be able to support one of our favorite local charities, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, at one of the most critical times of the year for the nonprofit. Each August, the Bureau conducts a Fill-a-Bookbag Drive, which brings individual donors and businesses together to provide needed school supplies to some 300 Glen Cove students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. Making the GCYB our Charity of the Month for August allows us to do our part to make sure lack of school supplies is not a deterrent to academic success for any child in the Glen Cove School District.

We’ll also be collecting school supplies in the store. Ask cashiers for a complete list of needed items.

In addition to the Fill-a-Bookbag Drive, other GCYB programs intended to close educational and recreational gaps for Glen Cove students include Glen Cove After 3, after-school and summer enrichment opportunities for students grades K-8; and the Drop-in Center, open for homework help and after-school fun for students grades 1-5, and to teens looking to socialize in a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment in the evenings. The Summer Youth Employment Program, which Rising Tide became involved with for the first time this summer (with great success!), teaches 16-18 year olds skills for entering the workforce including how to prepare a resume and cover letter, and how to dress for success, interview for a job, and more.

Thank you for supporting this amazing local charity through our Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) program…we’re so grateful we can always count on our customers!

Become a Grateful Card Member Today….Enjoy Customer Rewards!

The Rising Tide Grateful Card has successfully entered its second phase with greater functionality and customized rewards for our amazing customers (for whom we are so very GRATEFUL!). Come into the store today to enroll in the program and receive these valuable rewards:

  • Grateful Card Coupons: As you accumulate points in your Grateful Card account, you’ll receive bi-monthly, hassle-free “Grateful For You” e-coupons through your email. Why hassle-free? You won’t ever need to present the coupon or have it scanned from your phone; when you qualify for a coupon it will automatically appear in our system and we’ll tell you about it at checkout after your Grateful Card is scanned. The more you spend, the more valuable your coupon will be. It’s that simple.
    Spend $200-$600 in two months: Receive a 10% coupon
    Spend $601-$1000 in two months: Receive a 15% coupon
    Spend $1001+ in two months: Receive a 20% coupon

(Note: it’s important you scan your card every time, so that every point you earn finds its way into your account.)

  • Birthday Coupon: Check with our cashiers to be sure we have your birthdate in our system.
  • Social Media Coupon: Be on the lookout for targeted emails to share on your social media platforms. Share and receive a coupon for $2 off a $10 purchase. (You’ll receive your coupon the day after you share.)
  • Digital Juice/Smoothie Card: Buy 10 16 oz. Juices or Smoothies and the 11th one is on us. No need to carry your card around; we’ll have it all in our system.
  • Senior Discount (65 and older): 5% off entire purchase at every visit.
  • Supplement Discount: 20% off Rising Tide brand supplements at every visit.

We’re so excited to be sending out your Grateful Card rewards! You deserve it!

Grateful Card 2.0 Coming Soon…Now with Customer Rewards!

We’re beyond excited to announce that the Rising Tide Grateful Card is entering its second phase with much greater functionality and customized rewards for our amazing customers (for whom we are so very grateful!).

NEW Grateful Card Features Starting Aug. 1:

  • GRATEFUL CARD COUPONS: As you accumulate points in your Grateful Card account, you will receive bi-monthly, hassle-free “Grateful for You” eCoupons through your email. Why hassle-free? You won’t ever need to present the coupon or have it scanned from your phone; when you qualify for a coupon it will automatically appear in our system and we’ll tell you about it at check out after your Grateful Card is scanned (it’s important that you scan your card EVERY TIME, so that every point you earn finds its way into your account). The more you spend, the more valuable your coupons will be. It’s that simple.
  • Birthday Coupon: Check with our Cashiers to be sure we have your birthdate in our system
  • Social Media Coupon: Be on the lookout for targeted emails to share on your social media platforms. Share and receive a coupon.
  • Digital Juice/Smoothie Card: Buy 10 16 oz. juices or smoothies and the 11th one is on us…no need to carry your card around; we’ll have it all in our system.
  • Senior Discount (65 and older): 5% off entire purchase at every visit
  • Supplement Discount: 10% off Rising Tide Brand Supplements at every visit
  • FREE Reusable Bag for new Grateful Card sign-ups
  • More valuable rewards in the works…stay tuned for details!

In the weeks to come, we’ll post signage in the store explaining the program for shoppers. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to ask one of our Cashiers or ask to speak with a Manager.

We can’t wait to start sending out your Grateful Card rewards! You deserve it!

RECIPES: Grill Healthy!

Summer’s here, and outside is the best place to cook (flipping burgs with a cocktail by your side is surely one of life’s great joys). Grilling can be a delicious, healthy way to prepare all kinds of foods; you get loads of flavor in a short period of time (without the ubiquitous batter coating you find in so many summer foods). Nutrients also stay intact when grilling when compared to other forms of cooking. Plus, grill lines look pretty on just about anything you toss on those flames and just about scream summer.

While grilling is healthier than frying, etc., there are certainly some grill techniques and food choices that are healthier than others. Research indicates that some grilled foods (particularly meat) can be linked to certain types of cancer. There are two components in play here. First, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been linked to colon cancer and are found in well-done foods, most specifically in the charred or “crispy” portions of the food that turn black from the grill. Then there are heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, formed from intense and concentrated high heat.

The good news, these nasty PAHs and HCAs can be avoided without giving up grilling. Here are some super easy hacks for making this grill season your healthiest one yet.

Shorter is better. Try to not eat overcooked food from the grill (well-done meat has 3.5 times more HCAs than medium-rare meat).

Keep it clean! Make sure your grates are clean of any leftover burnt food particles.

Marinate.  Marinating your meat with herbs, specifically thyme and/or rosemary, can cut back on HCA’s by up to 99%.  Black pepper, allspice, and/or chives can also provide powerful protection against carcinogens. Avoid sugary marinades (which actually make things worse); go for lemon or vinegar and herb-based ones, instead.

No flare-ups. This can help with both kinds of carcinogens. Keep a spray bottle of water with you to put them out (without putting out your coals).

Seafood says summer. Fish and shrimp produce much fewer HCAs from high heat exposure than meat, and their lower fat content minimizes fat drippings to reduce PAHs from smoke.

Grill fruits & vegetables. PAH’s and HCA’s don’t form on produce, so create a rainbow this summer by grilling healthy fruits and veggies. Even when grilling meat, mix in some grilled veggies as well; the antioxidants from (hopefully organic) produce can help counteract the carcinogens formed as a bi-product of the grilling. (Remember: Rising Tide Natural Market boasts a 100% organic produce department, guaranteeing our customers the healthiest, most carefully curated produce at every visit.)

Some fruits and veggies that are awesome on the grill:

  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • bell peppers
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • endive
  • fennel
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • apple
  • pear
  • peach
  • banana

Grill lean cuts of meat. The leaner the meats, the less fat dripping on the grill, and the fewer PAHs and HCAs formed. Also pick smaller cuts of meat, which cuts down on grill time.

Flip your burgs. Like we said above, there’s something to that flip. Turns out it also reduces the amount of HCAs that form. Use a spatula so you don’t pierce the burgers, causing fat to drip and HCAs to form.

Recipes for Healthier Grilling

Grilled Carrots with Cumin-Serrano Yogurt

Grilled Broccoli with Avocado and Sesame

Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy with Coconut-Lime Dressing 

Charred Cabbage with Goat Cheese Raita and Cucumbers 

Chili Lime Clams with Tomatoes and Grilled Bread

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Scallions

Grilled Citrus Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burger with Garlic Mayo

Stuffed Peaches

Grilled Pineapple Sundae

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta

Lastly, here are some general tips for successful grilling this summer!

Go Grass-Fed for National Dairy Month

For National Dairy Month, we’d like to talk a bit about some of our favorite milk and milk products: those that come from 100% grass-fed cows.

The reasons for our passionate support of these products are two-fold. First, there’s nutrition. One study showed that organic whole milk from grass-fed cows contains more than 60% more omega-3 fats and 25% fewer omega-6 ones than conventional milk (a ratio of more omega-3s and fewer omega-6s is a formula for lowering risk of chronic disease). A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming grass-fed milk products also means a boost of certain important nutrients, especially iron and vitamin E.

Second, grass-fed milk is better for the environment. In order to produce the highest-quality milk, pasture-fed cows are moved to different pastures throughout the season, a pattern that prevents overgrazing, creates healthier water tables, puts carbon back in the soil by increasing grass production, and improves the health of grazing land.

Our Milks Are Better
At Rising Tide, we’re proud to carry a variety of grass-fed milk products from family-owned farm cooperative Organic Valley, along with smaller, artisanal dairy companies like Pennsylvania’s Trickling Springs Creamery, and Maple Hill Creamery, based locally right here in New York State. The standards these companies adhere to are outstanding. Click here for a look at what food and farm policy watchdog group Cornucopia Institute has to say regarding the many dairy companies on the market. (Hint: the Big Food options don’t fare well!)

We’ve also got a bunch of grass-fed milk CHEESES that you will want to work your way through (take your time; enjoy yourself!):
Maple Hill Stone Creek Cheddar
Maple Hill One Year Cheddar
Maple Hill Dharma Lea Dutch (Gouda style)

5 Spoke Creamery raw milk Harvest Moon

Organic Valley Grassmilk Cheese in Raw Cheddar
Organic Valley Grassmilk Cheese in Raw Sharp Cheddar

Diva Cheese, made with certified mountain meadow milk from the UNESCO Biosphere Mountain Dairy in the heart of Switzerland.

***GRASS-FED DAIRY ON SALE***
Maple Hill grass-fed Kefir in Plain and Strawberry are on sale all month. reg. $5.99, ON SALE $3.99.

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day On May 12

On May 12, join us in celebrating World Fair Trade Day and the movement of small-scale farmers and artisans around the world. Consumers and mission-driven brands are a key part of this movement; to shop these brands is to invest in food and farming systems that feed the planet and give back to the land.

Each fair trade brand’s products and its producers tell a different story: Alaffia’s deodorant helps support reforestation projects in rural Togo, increasing food security and helping to slow erosion. Alter Eco’s chocolate partners are reintroducing heirloom cacao varietals as part of an agroforestry project in Ecuador. In India, Dr. Bronner is partnering with a project that is revitalizing land into a rich, regenerative ecosystem to grow mint oil that puts the tingle in your soap—and a wealth of food and cash crops. Equal Exchange’s coffee helps power deep organic practices, and farmer-led workshops that pass the wisdom on to the next generation of Honduran farmers.

Small-scale producers are growing food and farming systems that give back to their communities and regenerate our planet. When you support the fair trade brands that support them, you’re helping grow that future, too.

Look for special in-store deals throughout May, and let your purchases be Fair for Farmers every day!

RECIPES: Spring Veggies Are Here

There are lots of reasons to anxiously await the coming of spring. For us there’s no better reason than the bounty of gorgeous fruits and veggies Mother Nature bestows on us at this time of year. Delicate ramps, tender and vibrant asparagus, seemingly impenetrable (but then magically melt-in-your-mouth!) artichokes…peas, beets, strawberries…they’re all colorful reminders that the Earth is in renewal mode. Add some of these beautiful specimens to your routine in the next month for the full spring experience.

Note: Be sure to check the weekly flyer for produce specials when you come in to shop…you might be in for a great deal on your favorite springtime produce.

One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard

Springtime Barley Pilaf with Spring Peas, Artichokes and Asparagus with a Mint Pesto

Egg Noodles with Asparagus and Grated Egg Yolks

Asparagus and Ramp Soup with Yogurt

Rustic Beet Tart and Wilted Greens

Strawberry Salsa

A foolproof way to trim an artichoke

 

RECIPES: What to Make in Your Instant Pot

You have a slow cooker; do you really need an Instant Pot? The answer is…maybe. Depending on how you  plan to use it, and for what. We are Instant Pot newbies, but have already had great success with a few dishes.

What Instant Pots do REALLY well:

  • Make legumes: They are magic at cooking beans of all kinds, no pre-soaking necessary.
  • Saute: Unlike a slow cooker, you can saute in the Instant Pot. This is ideal when you want to brown meat or caramelize veggies before cooking the rest of your dish.
  • Make broths, soups and stews: Use the saute function to get some real flavor going on your meat or veggies before adding your liquid. You can adapt most every soup or stew recipe for the Instant Pot.
  • Hard boiled eggs: Finally you can make them perfect—and a cinch to peel—every time.

You can also use your Instant Pot to make beautiful rice and other grains, desserts, and even yogurt.

Before you run out and purchase one, It’s important to note that the Instant Pot is NOT for everything. While it makes magic of some meats, and is sublime for soups and stews (and risotto, etc.), it does not, as this NY Times article notes, do crispy or crunchy very well. It’s not all that Instant either; it takes a full 20 minutes to heat up and then release steam. Make sure to build that into your cooking plans.

For everything you ever wanted to know about your Instant Pot (but were afraid to ask!), Melissa Clark of the NY Times has got you covered with this in-depth Instant Pot cooking guide.

**SPECIAL INSTANT POT EVENT**
Join Chefs Christine Sanchez and Maggie Odell for an evening of Instant Pot magic at the Glenwood Life Center on Tuesday, March 20. These creative chef/moms will school you in the art of the Instant Pot, taking all the mystery out of pressure cooking. Learn 4-5 recipes including a dessert. 

RECIPES: Fire Up Your Instant Pot
Here are some Instant Pot recipes we’ve experimented with already (can you say Boef Bourguignon in 90 minutes?!) and some we are dying to try:

Garlicky Beans with Broccoli Rabe
Coconut Curry Chicken
Classic Boef Bourguignon
*
Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs
Instant Pot Bone Broth*

Indian Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Onions (Chana Masala)
Melissa Clark, Dinner in An Instant

Yields: 6 servings

1 lb dried chickpeas
2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 onions: halved, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
3 TBS grapeseed, safflower or peanut oil
4 garlic cloves, grated on a Micriplane or minced
1 1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 jalapeño or other green chile, seeded if desired, minced, plus more for serving
1 TBS tomato paste
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tsp garam masala
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground turmeric

This very classic Indian dish features soft chickpeas simmered in a spicy tomato gravy. Here, the dish is made entirely in the pressure cooker, beginning with the dried chickpeas and ending with the bubbling sauce. However, if it’s more convenient, you can just cook the chickpeas in the pressure cooker, preparing the sauce and finishing the dish in a skillet. That will leave your pressure cooker free for rice which is just perfect to serve underneath a pile of these fragrant, ruddy chickpeas.

1. In the pressure cooker, combine the chickpeas, 7 cups of water, 2 tsps of the salt, the onion halves, and the bay leaf. Cover and cook on high pressure for 40 mins. Allow the pressure to release naturally. if the chickpeas aren’t done, cook at high pressure for another 5 minutes, then manually release the pressure. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the broth, and return the empty pot to the pressure cooker.

2. Using the sauce function (or do this in a skillet over heat), heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

3. Stir in the garlic, ginger, jalapeño and tomato paste, and cook until fragrant, another minute. Then stir in the tomatoes, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and cook until the sauce has thickened, 1-3 minutes.

4. Stir in the garam masala, cumin, chili powder, turmeric, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and cook until fragrant, 1 minute; then stir in the chickpeas. If the mixture looks too thick, add a few tsps of the reserved chickpea cooking broth. Simmer for another 5 mins to let the flavors meld. Then taste, adjust the seasonings if necessary, and serve with more jalapeño on top if you like. Extra reserved chickpea broth can be frozen for up to 3 months and is an excellent substitute for chicken stock.

*For the Beef Bourguignon and the Bone Broth, pre-order the beef/bones from Rising Tide Market; ask for Ashley. 

RECIPES: Valentine’s Day Desserts…No Refined Sugar!

If you’ve been trying to cut down on added sugars (yet you have a serious sweet tooth, like us!), you might wonder how you’ll get through Valentine’s Day. There are chocolates, and restaurant desserts, and the artificially colored-and-flavored-and high fructose corn syrup-heart-shaped treats your kids bring home from school. Even recipes for most homemade desserts contain plenty of added sugars.

We don’t think Valentine’s Day has to leave you with a sugar hangover for the rest of the week. This year, treat those you love to naturally-sweetened, truly delicious desserts without any refined sugar (many rely on alternative sugars such as dates and maple syrup, which contain assorted nutrients and won’t spike your blood sugar like refined white sugar, or stevia, which doesn’t spike your blood sugar at all). It’s a healthy(er) kind of love!

Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars
Paleo Brownies with Almond Butter
Strawberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Fudgy Chocolate Tarts
Healthier Cookie Butter
Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups
Vegan Raw Salted Caramel Slices

 

 

Unpacking a Year of Giving

As we dive into a new year, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who made it possible for Rising Tide to donate more than $7,000 to local charities in 2017.

–The launch of our Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)/Charity of the Month program was an unmitigated SUCCESS! Since the program began on Earth Day 2017, we’ve raised more than $4,000 for amazing charities in our local area, at the same time raising awareness about the use (overuse!) of paper bags. Thanks to YOU all, we were able to reduce our paper bag usage by ***23%***, and we are well on our way to meeting our goal of cutting our bag use in HALF in one year’s time.

The BYOB donations not only help local Charities of the Month to continue to thrive and meet their own goals—they also allow us to meet the people behind the charities, and to learn more about the wonderful and exciting work going on in our own backyard. So…a great big thank you as well to all those folks that work to serve the neediest members of our community!

–Our first-ever Round Up for the Holidays allowed us to reach our goal of $3,000 ($1,500 from our customers matched by Rising Tide Natural Market). This money will be evenly split between two local charities that help fight hunger in Glen Cove and beyond:
the North Shore INN and Island Harvest. This cause is near and dear to our hearts…we’re always ready and willing to help others get the food they need to thrive.

Looking forward to more giving this year! Thanks, as always, for your support…

Healthier Snacking for the Big Game

You’re working hard to right the diet wrongs of 2017…why throw it all away with a game day menu packed with less-than ingredients that would never make the cut any other day? Here are a bunch of healthier, but equally delicious, options to share with friends and family during the big game. Vegan noshes, too!

Chili
Ellie Krieger’s Three Been and Beef Chili
NY Times Turkey Chili
Rachael Ray Green and White Lightening Chicken Chili
Mole Chicken Chili

Snacks 
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings
Healthy Seven-Layer Dip

Vegan Goodies
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Pineapple Serrano Pico de Gallo
Roasted Carrot Hummus
Twice Baked Potato Bites
Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas

Dessert Bites
Chocolate Dipped Apricots
Apple Nachos
No-Bake Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

CHARITY OF THE MONTH: All Our Energy

We are pleased to introduce you to our January Charity of the Month: All Our Energy.

All Our Energy advocates, educates, involves and empowers the public to support renewable energy and act on environmental issues. Their core missions: renewable energy advocacy and awareness, environmental stewardship, and public education and involvement through events and outreach opportunities that lead to action from participants.

In keeping with these missions, one of All Our Energy’s main efforts has been to reduce the proliferation of single-use bags on Long Island. In 2016, the group was instrumental in getting a $.05 bag tax passed in their hometown of Long Beach, and is currently working to see the same law established in Rockville Centre, Sea Cliff and other Long Island towns.  As many of you know, this is also a cause we are passionate about…in fact, our Charity of the Month program is funded by our very own Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) initiative—a policy that charges customers $.10 for every paper bag we give out at checkout, then donates those monies to a different local charity each month.

Upcoming Film About Plastic Bag Pollution
On January 25 at 7 p.m., All Our Energy in conjunction with Sea Cliff Village Environmental Conservation Commission and the Sea Cliff Village Library will present a free screening of the award-winning film “Bag It” at the Sea Cliff Village Library. Don’t miss a chance to learn more about how plastics are affecting our lives…and what we can do about it.