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.

LOCAL FLAVOR: Strong Island Styles  

In the past, we have devoted this space to a local food vendor, but this month we decided to broaden our definition of Local Flavor to include successful local businesses that help make our ‘hood such a great place to run ours. First on our list was our neighbor across the street, Strong Island Styles. Since Brian Basile opened his barbershop in 2006, he has had a few very notable experiences; among them, he entered a reality show hosted by Cedric the Entertainer in 2015 (and won 1st place!), and last summer was given the honor of cutting MMA fighter Conor McGregor’s hair prior to his press conference with Floyd Mayweather. Brian is a self-taught barber, and uses a combo of old-fashioned straight razors and “new school” techniques to create the kind of shave designs and patterns he is known for. (He also created his own hair product, which is said to ward off evil spirits.) His shop, now home to 10 barbers, is always buzzing, and while it can’t be judged on flavor, it’ s a great example of local color.

RT: Why did you open Strong Island Styles?
BB: As a young man I was into fashion, which led me to cutting hair for fun. Once I started getting very good, my customers were lining up around the block. I absolutely love giving people makeovers. It’s something that makes me happy to go to work every day. Getting a haircut is one of the cheapest ways to change your mood and feel good.

RT: Who is your ideal customer? 
BB: Contrary to all these very expensive salons and corporate-style men’s grooming parlors, I wanted to take the most talented barbers and cater to the customer that cares solely about quality.

RT: What should people know before they come to your shop?
A few of our barbers cut women’s hair.  Being that we are a barbershop and we cut hair kind of fast, we give haircuts to women who don’t want to go to the salon and spend $100 when they can spend $20 on a haircut from us.

RT: What is one thing about Strong Island that most people don’t know?
One thing people don’t know about me is that I enjoy speaking to very old customers and hearing about when they were young and how different our generations are.

RT: In what ways does Strong Island give back to the Glen Cove community? 
Once a year during the St. Patty’s Day Parade in Glen Cove, we do a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s. We shave heads to raise money for childhood cancer. This will be our ninth year doing this.

RT: Of course we’re always interested in what people like to eat. What’s your favorite product from Rising Tide Market? 
My favorite food is the salmon burger.  I also love the coconuts that the friendly staff cuts a hole in so I can drink right out of it with a straw.

Come Celebrate with Us on Jan. 1…Everything is 20% Off!*

We’re kicking 2018 off the way we do each year, with our annual New Year’s Day party!

Enjoy yourself on New Year’s Eve, then come in and soak up the healthy New Year’s vibes with family and friends at Rising Tide Market. We can’t THINK of a better way to ring in the new year.

  • Everything in the store* will be 20% off, ALL DAY LONG!
  • RAFFLES: Enter to WIN more than 30 amazing raffles from many of our most popular vendors. From now until the end of the year, you will receive THREE raffle tickets for every transaction at Rising Tide Market. Put your ticket in the jar of the raffle(s) you most want to win. We’ll be awarding raffle prizes all day on Jan. 1, including some REALLY juicy ones (the Solgar raffle features a Fitbit Flex2, and the New Chapter raffle has a Nutri Ninja!
  • GRAND PRIZE: We are giving away an Apple iwatch! You must shop on Jan. 1 to enter to win the Grand Prize.
  • FREE 8 oz greens drink, bone broth tasting, and lots of free samples.
  • Music and more!

We’ll see you on Jan. 1!

* Except Everyday Low Prices.

 

CLEAN SLATE: Start the Year Off with Rising Tide at Our Annual Jan. 1st Bash

With New Year’s Eve parties (and all of 2017!) behind you, it’s time to take your first healthy steps into 2018.

Spend the first day of the new year with your friends at your favorite natural food grocer. The Rising Tide New Year’s Day bash is the place to spend Jan. 1, 2018:

  • SHOP for healthy, organic, GMO-free groceries, supplements and produce…20% off the entire store!*
  • Enter to WIN dozens of awesome raffles from many of our best-selling vendors…a raffle is awarded every hour!
  • SAMPLE our health-boosting RT Bone Broth, along with loads of other tasty items.
  • CHILL to the laid-back musical stylings of our very own Josh and Steve.
  • TOAST your friends and neighbors—with FREE Rising Tide greens drinks!—for a beautiful, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful year to come.
  • GRAND PRIZE...everyone who shops on Jan. 1 is entered to win a brand new Apple Watch! We look forward to seeing you there!

* Customers will receive 20% off everything in the store EXCEPT Every Day Low Prices.

Eco-Friendly Holidays: Tips for ‘Greening’ the Season

The holiday season is a magical time of the year—but can also be a wasteful one. The time period from Thanksgiving-New Year’s has a huge environmental impact in terms of water use, greenhouse gases and land disturbance caused by the production of some of our favorite holiday treats and staples. The good news? If we take even tiny steps toward reducing our footprint this holiday season, the results an go a very long way. (FUN FACT: If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 28,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the Earth!).

Here are some easy ‘green’ shifts to consider this year:

DIY Gifts. If you’ve been given a homemade gift lately, you know how special it feels to receive such a treat. Keep it simple, keep it healthy, and keep it from the heart this holiday season.
Gifts in a Jar
Edible Food Gifts
Gifts Kids Can Make

Or…buy eco-friendly gifts. Resist buying gifts that will end up in a landfill. Purchase Earth-forward gifts that will improve the life of the recipient without harming the planet. Some of our favorites:

Use recycled wrapping paper. Did you know traditional gift wrap is not always recyclable? Reusing and recycling materials you find around the house (paper grocery bags, magazines, newspapers, old bits of fabric) is a better (and free!) way to go—at least your wrap served a purpose at one time. Or purchase reusable wrap like this.

Make your own decorations. Most of these DIY decoration ideas—based on recycling and upcycling what you have at home and foraging for what you don’t—cost next to nothing to make and are fun family activities (with a subtle environmental message attached!).

Use LED holiday lights. A household with an extravagant Christmas light display will spend enough money to heat and power an average house for six weeks, and produce 882 pounds of carbon dioxide. Save energy and reduce harmful CO2 emissions by purchasing LED (light emitting diode) lights this holiday season. LED lights are pricier, but they last longer and use 80 percent less energy than conventional lights. Solar lights—charged on a sunny winter day and glowing by night—are also a better bet, and require no electricity source.

Buy an organic tree. Like conventionally grown produce, the pesticides used on conventionally grown Christmas trees have been associated with a range of health issues including cancer, birth defects, asthma and more. Find an organic Christmas tree farm on Long Island/NY State, then make sure you dispose of it the right way.

Don’t waste food. Americans throw away roughly $165 billion in uneaten food every year, according to government data. To help combat all this waste, the NRDC’s Save the Food Campaign has come up with a dinner party food calculator…just in time for the holidays. Make what you need, eat what you make.

Enjoy your holidays! And if you start a new holiday habit with an eye on the environment, post it on Instagram, and tag Rising Tide Market. We’d love to see what you’re up to! Little changes can go a long way…

Jen’s Top 3: Sleep Aides

Plans, parties, shopping, cooking (not to mention the occasional night of overeating/drinking, later bedtimes, etc.)—this time of year everyone is go, go, go. Sometimes this perpetual activity can lead to trouble sleeping when you finally stop at the end of the day.

Our resident Wellness guru, Jen, has three great products that she consistently recommends to those who suffer from intermittent insomnia—at the holidays or anytime.

  1. If you like tea… try Gaia Sleep & Relax Tea. As part of a relaxing nighttime routine, sip a cup an hour before bedtime. Let the chamomile, lemon balm and passionflower do their thing, relieving tension and quieting the “Monkey Mind” that can prohibit restful sleep.
  2. Not a tea person… Try Sleep Better by Oregon’s Wild Harvest. A nutritional supplement featuring organic valerian root, organic ashwagandha root, organic passionflower tops, and organic hops, Sleep Better has helped many a troubled sleeper when nothing else would.
  3. If you had a crummy night and need a boost to make it through the day… try Four Sigmatic Stay Awake Mushroom Coffee Mix. Coffee plus Mushrooms, add it to your morning brew and it’ll feel like you’ve had a Red Eye—all energy, no jitters. You’ll also get the benefit of amazing functional mushrooms like cordyceps (for energy) and chaga (to boost immunity).

Here are some great tips for changing behaviors that can inhibit your ability to get a solid night of zzzz’s.

Rest easy this holiday season!

 

LOCAL FLAVOR: RT Chats with Ithaca Hummus

Our new hummus obsession is the freshest, most homemade-tasting we’ve found. Ithaca Hummus will stand up to all your chips, crackers, and veggies, and makes an AMAZING sandwich spread or salad topper. We sat down with Ithaca Cold-Crafted founder and president Chris Kirby to see what makes their hummus so tasty and their mission, so admirable.

RT: What’s the origin story of Ithaca Hummus?
CK: We started out at a stand in the Ithaca Farmers’ Market; selling one flavor of hummus (Lemon Garlic) which we made fresh for our customers every day. We made deliveries to local Co-ops ourselves, packing the hummus in coolers on ice and into our cars for delivery all over upstate NY. It wasn’t the easiest or most efficient system, but it was what we needed to do to keep the hummus fresh. Our food ethos is to keep the flavors of our raw ingredients alive, and this idea is really what unites us as an organization. It’s the common goal that we all work for, it’s what we’re passionate about, and it’s what makes our hummus taste so fresh.

RT: What was the impetus behind the creation of Ithaca Hummus? In other words…why hummus?
CK: Hummus is becoming a staple item in the U.S. and we felt like there was a huge difference in flavor between what we could make ourselves at home and the premade stuff in the grocery store. We thought there needed to be a better option for people like us who were unimpressed with bland tasting store-bought hummus, but didn’t want to go through the annoyance of making it themselves at home.

RT: What makes Ithaca Hummus different from other hummus out there?
CK: ‘This hummus tastes so much fresher than any other brand.’ That’s what we hear from almost every person who tries it. Customers want to know why, and honestly, the answer isn’t a simple one. Unfortunately, food manufacturing has become a very industrialized practice in our country. Artificial ingredients, heat pasteurization, and preservatives all have a very negative impact on the nutrients in our food and the way it tastes. We’re using cold-pressed, raw ingredients that are never heated or compromised with preservatives. So, it’s really a combination of selecting super fresh ingredients and being very intentional about the way that we process them that makes our hummus taste so fresh and unique.

RT: What’s an interesting thing about Ithaca Hummus that most people don’t know? 
CK: We have an entire section of our facility that is dedicated to handling raw produce and cold pressing the fresh juices we use in our hummus. I think we are the only hummus company that is part cold-pressed juicery.

RT: What’s the latest news from Ithaca Hummus? Anything new in the pipeline we should know about?
CK: We are a passionate team and we love food so of course we’re always thinking up new product ideas, but we think it’s important to incorporate customer feedback into the ideation stage of new product development. What we’re hearing most frequently from customers today is that they just want more of what we’re already doing. Right now, we are focused on making our products more accessible and increasing our distribution. In the next month, we’ll be launching a direct to consumer online store and we are working on developing larger sizes of our current flavors.

RT: When you’re not noshing on fresh hummus… What are you loving to eat right now? What is your top go-to (snack, drink, wellness product or other)?
CK: Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies. If you haven’t tried these they are indulgent little superfood bites that are perfect for a quick snack. Our favorite is the Dark Cacao flavor.

RT: How has it been to open a business in NY State? What’s it like to be a “local” food business?
CK: New York State (specifically Tompkins County) was an awesome place to launch our business. We have had the full support of local organizations like the farmer’s market and cooperative extension from the beginning. When we opened our first plant in 2015, Tompkins County Area Development helped us with the loans we needed to buy equipment and get started. Small “local” businesses are usually too risky for traditional bank financing, so without local organizations like TCAD we wouldn’t have been able to grow as fast as we have.

 RT: As an extension of the last question…so many in our community dream of starting their own local business. What’s your one piece of advice for launching a successful local biz? 
CK: The difference between an idea and a business is customers. To thrive, a business needs to solve a real problem that its customers are facing. Ask yourself: what is the value proposition of my business? Ours is: hummus at the grocery store that tastes like it just came out of the blender. Multiply the impact of the problem your business solves times the number of customers that face the problem. That’s the value your business creates in the world. Starting a business is hard work. Make sure you’re not putting all that hard work towards an idea that there aren’t any customers for.

**ON SALE ALL MONTH: Rising Tide has all three flavors of Ithaca Hummus (Lemon Dill, Beet, Garlic) on sale for the month of November. Regularly $5.79, now $4.99. Pick some up for Thanksgiving!**

Give Thanks: Why Gratitude is Good for You

 “Gratitude is the wine of the soul. Go on. Get drunk!”
— Rumi

It’s easy to focus on all the things you want to own, create, or experience, but research shows that appreciating what you already have may be the key to living a healthier, happier life. As we gather with friends and loved ones around the Thanksgiving table (or any time, for that matter!), take a few moments to stretch your gratitude muscles—maybe even jump start a regular gratitude practice that can have a serious impact on many aspects of your health. An ever-growing body of research confirms that gratitude has a number of potent health benefits:

* Improves physical health by lowering inflammation and blood sugar; improving immune function, blood pressure and heart health, and encouraging general self-care
* Increases happiness and life satisfaction by lowering stress and emotional distress
* Improves emotional resiliency, which also helps combat stress and anxiety
* Improve mental health by triggering the release of mood-regulating chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and oxytocin, while inhibiting the stress hormone cortisol
* Improves sleep, which can have far-reaching benefits for physical and mental health

Simple Gratitude Practices 
Start a tradition for the month of November by creating a Gratitude Tree (you don’t need to be crafty or coordinated to pull this off and the trip out in to nature to collect your branches is an added bonus!). You’ll have a ready-made Thanksgiving table centerpiece and a conversation piece built into one.

Check out these other suggestions for being more thankful, more of the time, summarized from Robert Emmons’ book, “The Little Book of Gratitude,” (adapted from www.mercola.com).

  • Focus on the kindness of others instead of being self-centered. This will increase your sense of being supported by life and decrease unnecessary anxieties. Cherishing the kindness of others also means you’re less likely to take them for granted (which improves relationships, which makes you happier, and so on and so on!).
  • Along the same vein…Give credit to others while also acknowledging your own contributions. Being grateful for someone’s help does not negate your own contributions. (In other words…being grateful for YOU can have huge payoffs!)
  • Focus on what you’ve received rather than what’s been withheld. “The ‘surplus’ mode will increase our feelings of worth; the ‘deficit’ mode will lead us to think how incomplete our life is,” Emmons says.
  • Acknowledge your positive emotions rather than suppressing them. “Gratitude recruits other positive emotions, such as joy, contentment and hope, and these produce direct physical benefits through the immune or endocrine systems,” Emmons writes. “A grateful perspective on life is a stress-buster, so grateful people are more equipped than others to deal with uncertainties, ambiguities and situations that trigger anxiety.”
  • Avoid comparing yourself to people you perceive to have more advantages. As Emmons notes, “Wanting more is related to increased anxiety and unhappiness. A healthier comparison is to contemplate what life would be like without a pleasure that you now enjoy.” This might mean reframing your relationship to social media (leaving more time for things that really matter) or scheduling periodic social media breaks.

If it’s Good Enough for Oprah…
Here’s a tried-and-true way to make gratitude a regular part of your day, perhaps with long-lasting effects. It takes just five minutes.

Have a very grateful November!

Jen’s Top 3: Acne Remedies

Breakouts are a part of life! In Jen’s Top 3 for October, the Rising Tide Wellness guru dishes on her go-to skin solutions for teens and adults.

Mother Dirt: Just brought these amazing new products in and have already had incredible feedback from staff and customers. Based on the idea of nurturing and restoring the skin biome (healthy bacteria = healthy skin), these products are perfect for anyone looking to lose the chemicals in their skincare routine while also enjoying awesome results. Try the Face & Body Cleanser, the Moisturizer and don’t miss the AO + Mist—a probiotic spray that’s magic at reducing oiliness, blotchiness, bumpiness, and dryness. Spray on in the morning and again at night.

Burdock Root: Burdock root is one of the most well-known detoxifying herbs, used in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. Often recommended as a blood purifier, burdock eliminates the toxins that can cause chronic skin conditions (acne!). Jen recommends Burdock capsules from Oregon’s Wild Harvest. Take three at bedtime.

Evening Primrose Oil: The key ingredient in evening primrose oil is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)—an omega-6 essential fatty acid that helps strengthen the skin barrier, reduce moisture loss, and reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne. Our bodies can’t make GLA, but we can get it from other sources, including evening primrose oil. Jen recommends Rising Tide’s own brand of Evening Primrose. For best results, try 1,300mg daily for adults; 650mg for teens.

As always, feel free to talk with Jen about any of your concerns around acne or other skin care issues. And if you try her Top 3, let us know what works for you!

Jen’s Top 3: Immunity Boosters

Welcome to the first edition of our new website series: Jen’s Top 3. We’ll check in once a month with Jen, Rising Tide’s resident Wellness guru, to find out what you need to be taking or doing RIGHT NOW to heal any aspect of your health. 

Hard to believe it when you step outside, but cold and flu season is just about here. We asked our resident Wellness guru, Jen, about how best to protect ourselves from the most potent of the season’s bugs.

  • Host Defense Comprehensive Immune:  Mushrooms may look kooky, but they are actually some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet. Host Defense’s blend of 17 potent mushroom species encourages resistance to cellular invaders (yuck!) and helps balance the immune system.
  • MegaFood Vitamin D3 2,000 IU: Sufficient Vitamin D can reduce your risk of infectious disease by strengthening your innate immune system, allowing you to quickly and effectively fight off invaders before a full-blown infection develops. Jen likes Mega Food’s Vitamin D3; take one 2,000 IU capsule daily; take two or three if you’re under the weather.
  • Garden of Life Once Daily Ultra Probiotic: Since 80 % of your immune system is located in your gut, it makes sense that probiotics (“good” bacteria that keep your gut healthy) would help ward off cold and flu viruses. Eat naturally fermented foods (sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, kefir) or take a high-quality probiotic supplement like this one from Garden of Life: 15 diverse strains and 90 billion CFUs of cold-and-flu-fighting probiotics are packed into a once-a-day capsule.

 

 

CHARITY OF THE MONTH: S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment)

We are pleased to introduce you to our September charity of the month: S.A.F.E (Substance Abuse Free Environment).

Since 1981, S.A.F.E has been dedicated to eliminating alcohol and substance abuse in the Glen Cove community. Combining the strengths of the public and private sectors, S.A.F.E provides Glen Cove residents with alcohol and drug intervention, prevention, and educational outreach services.

Executive Director Dr. Sharon Harris, a licensed clinical psychologist, oversees a number of programs through the nonprofit agency, including a free community walk-in program for mental health and substance abuse. S.A.F.E. also works closely with the Department of Social Services to provide housing support, domestic violence intervention, and evidence-based life skills classes for elementary and middle school students and their parents. The annual Family Awareness Day in Morgan Park, aimed at helping kids make good choices surrounding drugs and alcohol, is also a S.A.F.E.-run project.

Educating Glen Cove’s Kids & Teens

S.A.F.E.’s close relationship with the Glen Cove City Schools means excellent substance abuse prevention programming for Glen Cove students. S.A.F.E. pushes into the high school along with the Glen Cove Police Department for pre-prom presentations on alcohol and substance abuse, and has worked with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to put a “crash car” on the lawn of Glen Cove High School. They also send a Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) to HOFTRA for training, then sends these high school juniors and seniors into the middle school to present on healthy decision-making skills, engaging in positive activities, and building individual resilience.

Check out the S.A.F.E. website to see just how many initiatives they’re part of, and how much they are doing to protect and educate our neighbors here in Glen Cove.

Meteor Showers (and Hot Coffee!)

Years ago, Ashley P.’s mom dragged her to the beach in the middle of the winter to view a meteor shower. They brewed their coffee, bundled up, and headed out to take in a not-to-be-missed natural phenomenon. (The shooting stars made it remarkable; the coffee, bearable!)

This weekend (Aug 12-13), you have a shot at experiencing a similar astral explosion –a Perseid Meteor Shower—for yourself. And while it’s summer, the nights still get cool, so bring along your hot tea or coffee in a new 12oz Hydroflask Coffee Cup, with Hydro Flip cap ($19.99).  Your brew will stay nice and warm while you bask in the glow of a celestial wonder you’ll remember forever.

Check out these tips to make the most of your pre-dawn star search (hint: the more you minimize moon glow, the more meteors you’ll see!)

 

CHARITY OF THE MONTH: Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor

We are so excited to announce our August Charity of the Month: the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor!

Since 1986, the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor (CSHH), a volunteer, nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to identifying and eliminating environmental threats to Hempstead Harbor and its surrounding communities. Their objective is to advance the public interest in protecting and restoring our local environment to its full ecological and economic potential.

Why We Chose the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor
We love that the CSHH executes its mission by promoting appreciation of the local environment and getting the public involved in local conservation issues—issues that directly affect the community we call home!

If you would like to donate to the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor above and beyond your BYOB donations, e-mail Liz at marketing@risingtidemarket.com.

And if you want to help improve the local environment and make a difference in and around Hempstead Harbor, consider becoming a member of the Coalition. No experience necessary. Be part of the change!

NEW: Rising Tide Branded Supplements

We’re so proud to introduce our line of Rising Tide branded supplements. Made with only clean ingredients, and meeting the highest standards in the industry, these supplements—some 120 to date—represent 41 years of Rising Tide’s commitment to providing the best possible products for our customers.

Why, you ask, did we get into the supplement business? As you may know, the supplement industry has been going through some changes. One-time innovators like Solgar, Country Life, Twin Labs and others have sold out to larger, publicly held companies, drastically diminishing their standards. Since we have reduced our stock of these products, we sought to fill the gap using a transparent company that lets us bring you third-party tested, researched and affordable supplements we can be proud to label with the Rising Tide name.

We’re offering a full line of supplements, something to meet every one of your health needs:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Probiotics
  • Protein powders
  • and More!

**ALL RISING TIDE BRANDED SUPPLEMENTS ARE 20% off ALL THE TIME for our Grateful Card members!**

Come check them out today…and please let us know what you think!

Only the Best Will Do For National Ice Cream Month

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day (this year, it will be celebrated on Sunday, July 16). He was clearly on to something; according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the average American consumes approximately 23 POUNDS of ice cream annually. Yes, Americans love their cold, creamy desserts.

If you’re an ice cream lover in this neck of the woods, you’re in luck: Some of the best ice cream spots on Long Island, consistently voted so year after year, are located right here in Nassau County. If you haven’t been yet, this is the perfect month to check out Skipperdee’s L’il Cupcake and Ice Cream Shop in Point Lookout (an old fashioned ice cream parlor and candy shop); Marvel Ice Cream in Lido Beach (soft serve heaven) and Douglas and James in Port Washington (a traditional scoop shop serving homemade flavors in a waterfront setting). For ice cream sandwiches the likes of which you have never seen, hit up Frozen Sin ice cream truck, serving up beautiful treats made with local, seasonal ingredients. (Note: for pure vanilla creaminess right here in Glen Cove, Rising Tide has amazing deals on Alden’s Organic ice cream this month (Mint Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean and Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl)…$5.99/48 oz container. Yum!

Non-Dairy Ice Cream
If you’re vegan but still crave some really tasty creamy goodness this summer, here is a list of the best vegan ice cream spots in NYC. Or just come into Rising Tide; we’ve got a few vegans on our team that make sure we carry the good stuff: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in Coffee, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, $10.99/14oz.

BYOB Program is Big Success

We are thrilled to report that the first month of our Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) program was a whopping success. We saved hundreds of paper bags and are set to donate over $600 to our first-ever Charity of the Month: the North Shore INN. 

And it is all because of YOU!

Here are the details:

  • From April 22-May 31, 2016: 1,939 customers brought in reusable bags
  • From April 22-May 31, 2017: 3,861 customers brought in reusable bags….a 50% increase over last year!
  • The North Shore INN will receive a check from us for $626.75. The nonprofit soup kitchen was established in 1989 to feed hungry people in the Glen Cove area, and serves hot meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. (In addition to this BYOB donation, Rising Tide Natural Market has a longstanding relationship with the INN, donating food each Friday.)

So, just to recap–we reduced our paper bag usage by HALF during the first month of the BYOB initiative, and are on pace for our overall goal: reducing the number of paper bags by half FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. So let’s not let up! Researchers say it takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to stick.

Keep bringing those reusable bags!

JUNE CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Our June Charity of the Month is Cove Animal Rescue. It’s mission is another one we can REALLY get behind: to increase the adoptability of homeless dogs and cats through training, socialization and improved surroundings (like it’s amazing cage-free cat wing!) that facilitate transition to a home environment.

Thank you again for jumping on board with this important initiative!

Hemp History Week, June 5-11

Hemp has long been a darling of the environmentally conscious consumer. What many people DON’T know is that hemp contains no significant amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and as such, it’s impossible to get high from it. Despite this reality (and hemp’s many redeeming features), hemp is still considered a Schedule 1 Narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.

How archaic!

This year, the 8th annual Hemp History Week celebrates America’s rich history with industrial hemp BEFORE it was outlawed (the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp!), and educates consumers about the barriers to hemp farming in the United States.

More Facts About Hemp:
* Hemp seeds are an amazing source of sustainable protein (more protein than even chia or flax seeds…add to smoothies, or sprinkle on cereals, yogurt and salads), are anti-inflammatory, great for your skin (thank you, amino acids!), can balance hormones and even reduce pain. And hemp seed oil–the oil derived from pressed hemp seeds–contains the most heart-friendly essential fatty acids of any nut or seed oil.
* The cultivation of environmentally-friendly hemp yields more protein while requiring significantly less of each natural resource (land, water, fossil fuel) and producing fewer emissions than protein that comes from animal sources.
* Hemp crops pay. In Canada, hemp nets $200-$400 per acre, while just across the border, U.S. soy and corn typically net less than $160 an acre, according to the USDA.
*  Millions of U.S. cars made by Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Tesla Motors are already being built with interior hemp-composite panels. If these companies could source U.S. grown hemp it would create long-term jobs in all sectors, strengthen regional economies, and maximize supply chain efficiencies. It’s a win-win-win!

At Rising Tide, we’re getting behind hemp all week by discounting hemp products from one of our favorite vendors: Nutiva. Check out the end cap all week and add some hemp into your life!

For more information about hemp and what you can do to help change Federal policy on hemp farming in the U.S., click here, and join Hemp History Week on Facebook.

Coming This Month: Two Exciting Events from Slow Food North Shore

We love that there are local organizations so closely aligned to our mission. One such group is Slow Food North Shore, one of two Long Island chapters of the nonprofit group Slow Food USA, headed up by chef, food activist, and our good friend Bhavani Jaroff of ieatgreen.com.

Two exciting Slow Food events in June will introduce you to what Slow Food North Shore is all about: getting together to share good ideas and delicious, clean, local food. On June 16, enjoy a tour of the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, plus a wine tasting at the rooftop vineyard, Rooftop Reds. The evening is capped off with gourmet pizza you don’t want to miss.

And don’t miss Slow Food North Shore’s Summer Solstice Potluck Party on Sat., June 17, featuring great food (Rising Tide will be providing the Cocktail Hour munchies!), live music, and a beautiful setting at Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage. A bunch of us will be there…hope to see you!

Click here for more on both events. Hope to see you at one/both!

Rising Tide Grateful Card Program Launches May 15

Our GRATEFUL CARD PROGRAM is Here!
On May 15, 2017, Rising Tide Market will launch our brand-new Grateful Card Program, featuring:

  • Exclusive, members-only discounts on some of our HOTTEST items (look for the blue tags!). We’ll be discounting approximately 130 products in the first month alone!
  • A monthly e-newsletter to keep you abreast of the latest sales
  • A $5 Rising Tide coupon, to be used on the day you enroll

Come down to the store, fill out a quick form and you’re IN!  Were can’t wait to welcome you to the program.

World Fair Trade Day is May 13

Here in the first world we take our bananas, chocolate and coffee (oh yes, especially our coffee!) for granted. But many people in other countries are not so lucky. Each day, tens of thousands of people in various Asian, African and South American countries—men, women and even children—work themselves to the bone in unbearable conditions for pennies so we can continue to enjoy the things we love.

The Fair Trade movement seeks to level the playing field for workers around the world, ensuring that everyone enjoys decent wages and working conditions, regardless of where they live. Other principles of the Fair Trade movement: no child or forced labor, environmental sustainability, workplace non-discrimination, and investment in community development projects.

Set on the second Saturday of May each year since 2004, World Fair Trade Day is a global event designed to draw attention to the objectives of the Fair Trade movement.  This is a great time to consider choosing Fair Trade alternatives for some of your favorite products.

How Do I Shop Fair Trade?
More than just chocolate, coffee and bananas, the Fair Trade designation can refer to any of the following:
* a variety of agricultural and handcrafted goods, including baskets
* clothing
* cotton
* coconuts
* home and kitchen decor
* jewelry
* rice
* soap
* tea
* toys
* wine

How Do You Know If It’s Really Fair Trade? 
There are different third-party certifications for Fair Trade products. Depending on the certification, they may inspect fields, processing plants, and sometimes trading operations to ensure fair trade standards are met. Check the websites of your favorite fair trade brands to learn more about what they are doing to empower workers to organize and tend to what matters the most to them (and to us!): their families, their communities and the environment.

Today, in honor of World Fair Trade Day (and why not make it the rest of the month?), choose products from some of our favorite Fair Trade brands committed to working with small-scale farmers within the framework of the Fair Trade movement. TheoDr. Bronner’s, Alter Eco, Alaffia and Guayaki are all ON SALE this month at Rising Tide Market.

Happy World Fair Trade Day!

Starting Earth Day, Rising Tide Goes B.Y.O.B

This Earth Day (April 22), we’re launching a green initiative that’ll be a game changer (and a no-brainer!) for us and our customers. In order to reduce the number of paper bags we’re using (and the trees we’re destroying in the process), we’re committing 100% to a Bring Your Own Bag (B.Y.O.B.) policy at Rising Tide Market.

Here’s how it works: While we’ve always rewarded customers for bringing in reusable bags, now we will ask you if you would like that reward ($.10/bag) to be donated to a local charity instead.

In addition, for every paper grocery bag we give out, we will CHARGE $.10, which will—you guessed it—be donated to a local charity as well. The charity will change every month and will be clearly posted above the registers for you to read all about.

In 2016, we gave out 101,000 paper grocery bags. Through this B.Y.O.B. initiative, we’re hoping to cut that number in HALF in 2017! (To help the cause we’re also selling our reusable Rising Tide grocery bags AT COST: 2 for $3.)

This eco-partnership with our customers is a win-win: our customers develop new, greener, planet-saving habits around grocery shopping (B.Y.O.B.!), and we give a hand to the folks living in our community that need it the most. The first charity we will contribute to is the North Shore INN, a nonprofit, volunteer-based soup kitchen formed in 1989 to feed hungry people living in the Glen Cove area.

If you have any questions about this program, feel free to ask any staff member. Thanks, as always, for your support! We know you’ll help make this initiate a great success!

Spring is in Bloom!

If Mother’s Day (May 14) is the best time to start planting outdoors, then April is when you lay the groundwork for all the growing that’ll happen in May. We’ve got everything you need to get started.

Organic Seeds: Rising Tide is proud to carry Certified Organic, non-GMO Project Verified seeds from Vermont’s own High Mowing Seeds.What started in 1996 as a one-man operation is now a thriving business making available to home gardeners over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed. Each variety of seed has been evaluated for flavor, yield, resistance and uniqueness, and we’ve got some 140 varieties in the store.

Organic Plants: Each spring, we look forward to the arrival of our beautiful herb, vegetables, fruit and flower plants from Marion Gardens, family-owned growers located on the North Fork of Long Island. In business since 1987, Marion Gardens grows more than 250 varieties of plants, and sells to many of Long Island’s best garden centers. The best part? All Marion Gardens plants are locally grown, Certified Organic and non-GMO. Once we get the plants, we’ll be carrying receive a new selection each week…check Facebook and Instagram often for details!).

Beautiful Bulbs: For when you can’t wait for spring blossoms, we’ve got Tulips, Hyacinths and Daffodils in gorgeous shades of spring—the perfect gift when visiting friends and family for Easter/Passover.

New Wellness Manager to Serve You Better

Please help us welcome Jennifer Musgrove to the Rising Tide staff! A Nutritional Consultant and Supplement Buyer for over 15 years, Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable about holistic wellness, and passionate about sharing what she knows with our customers.

Jennifer is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor, a licensed Massage Therapist for 17 years, a certified Labor Doula, and the proud mom of an awesome 12-year old girl.

Welcome her aboard…we’re so happy to have her!

Love Up Your Heart!

February is all about HEARTS: the ones that say “I love you,” and the ones that let us live a life we love. In honor of American Heart Month, our focus is on what we can all do to reduce our risk of developing heart disease, still the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States.

That’s the bad news. The good (we think GREAT) news is that research increasingly shows that with the exception of a small genetic component, heart disease can largely be prevented by changes to your LIFESTYLE…and these are changes you can easily implement. One step at a time…

Here are 5 heart-friendly lifestyle fixes to choose from in 2017, adapted from a blog post by Dr. Mark Hyman, one of our favorite functional medicine doctors. For the complete post, click here.
1. Eat a Healthy, Whole Foods Diet. Aim for 8-10 servings of colorful fruits and veggies each day.
2. Steady Your Blood Sugar. Stabilize blood sugar by eating protein, healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates at every meal. Avoid processed sugars.
3. Increase Your Fiber Intake. Work your way up to 50g of fiber (veggies, nuts, seeds, and low-sugar fruits like berries) per day.
4. Avoid processed, junk foods. That includes sodas, juices and diet drinks.
5. Get Out and Move! Research shows 30-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least five times/week can benefit your heart.

To go along with these lifestyle hacks, there are also a few supplements that are naturally good for your most vital organ. One of our favorites at Rising Tide is Ubiquinol (the reduced form of CoQ10, and the form your body naturally uses). Studies show that supplementing with CoQ10/Ubiquinol plays a critical role in the creation of cellular energy needed by important organs like the heart and brain. It’s also super important if you’re taking statins, which are known to lower natural levels of ubiquinol in the body and heart. We love the ubiquinol products by Bluebonnet, now in smaller vegetarian softgels for easier swallowing.

Another great heart-healthy supplement is the mighty Pomegranate, shown to prevent—and in some cases reverse—cardiovascular disease. A growing body of evidence suggests that the compounds in pomegranate known as punicalagins are cardioprotective due to their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. We like Pomegranate Complete by LifeExtension, which includes aspects of the whole pomegranate plant—even the seeds and the flowers! Just one softgel provides equivalent antioxidant content of approximately 24-30 pomegranates!

Make 2017 the year you get serious about your heart. We promise, any changes you make to help your heart will be beneficial for the rest of your parts, too!

Road Trip! Rising Tide Treks to Expo West

We’re going back to where it all started! The organic, health food movement had its origins out West, and California is still at the cutting edge of everything new and exciting in the natural foods world.

That’s why we’re so excited every year to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, THE world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event and THE defining natural products show of the year. (This show is HUGE; it actually takes a full five days to get through everything!)

Jerry, Ashley P., Ashley C. and Alyson will all be in attendance this year, and they’ll be on the look out for the hot, new trends, and all the products we know you guys will love. Once we select the items to bring into the store, it will take some time for us to access them here on the East coast. By the Fall we’ll have all the goodies on the shelves.

The Expo is next month, March 8-12. Stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram—we’ll be posting our adventures along the way!

Rising Tide Offers a HOT New Breakfast Option

At Rising Tide Market we love OATMEAL! So we are so excited to bring it to you all—hot, organic, and super tasty—every morning of the week. You won’t find a better, healthier breakfast for these chilly winter mornings.

Besides it’s obvious charms, oatmeal is itself a superfood, with tons of studies to back up its benefit as part of a whole foods diet. First, oats are loaded with all kinds of nutrition—vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory antioxidants—and are a great source of healthy carbs. Filled with soluble fiber (making you feel fuller, longer), your morning oatmeal can also reduce your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. If that is not enough (!), oats can also reduce blood sugar levels, lowering your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

WOW! We always liked the taste, but now we know oatmeal is the real deal.

Plus we make it extra specially delicious by providing a whole collection of organic superfood toppings:

  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • shredded coconut
  • toasted walnuts
  • coconut sugar
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • cacao nibs

Style your oatmeal as you like it, and enjoy. It’s here waiting for you.

Coming Soon: B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag….this time we mean it!)

As part of our mission to nourish our community through the products we sell and the knowledge we share, we believe it falls on us to take the lead in establishing practices that nourish and protect our planet, as well. That’s the impetus for our new experimental initiative: B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bag!).

Rising Tide spent $12,800 on 101,000 paper grocery bags in 2016. (We eliminated the use of plastic bags back in 2012, and the customers loved it!) While we’ve previously awarded customers with $.10 for every reusable bag they use at the store, it has not resulted in a reduction in the number of bags.

So we decided to take the idea a few steps further this year.

1. For every paper bag we use to bag your groceries, we will charge you $.10. The proceeds will be DONATED to local charities, a different non-profit entity each month. (The Cause of the Month will be clearly displayed by the registers.)

2. For every reusable bag you shop with…HOORAY! You are doing something incredible to protect our trees and the life of our planet.

3. We will continue to sell our reusable Rising Tide shopping bags to you AT COST: $1.99/each.

4. Last but not least: In 2017, Rising Tide will commit to spending the same $12,800 on grocery bags we spent in 2016 OR…every dollar we don’t have to spend on bags (because you are all bringing in your reusable ones) will be donated at the end of each month to that month’s charity of choice. (For example, if we reduce the number of bags in half, and spend $6,400, we will donate the remaining $6,400 to our local charities.)

So…we don’t profit on this initiative, but if it works, we do something great for the environment AND help out lots of folks in the Glen Cove community. Plus, we will have joined together as a community to make a difference, which is awesome, too. A number of forward-thinking and progressive communities from coast to coast have already embarked on similar tree-saving initiatives, and we feel a bold project like this will resonate with our community, as well.

We’re sure you’ll have questions. Please feel free to ask about this when you’re in the store. We are genuinely excited to put our efforts toward a healthier planet and a more sustainable future. We hope you’ll get behind it, too!

Great Guts!

Your body contains about 100 trillion bacteria – more than 10 times the number of cells in your entire body. The type and quantity of microorganisms in your gut—widely considered to be our body’s “second brain”— interact with your body in ways that can either prevent or encourage the development of all kinds of conditions (and can affect your mood, skin, immune system, digestion, etc.). Studies also show a direct correlation between probiotic intake and weight loss, possibly due to the effect probiotics have on hormones and proteins related to appetite and fat storage.

The ideal ratio between the bacteria in your gut is 85 percent “good” and 15 percent “bad.” Maintaining this optimal ratio is essential…but not always easy. Lifestyle and environmental factors like stress, pollution, processed foods and more can throw gut flora out of whack. Fermented foods (krauts, yogurt, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, etc.) can help to right some of those gut disparities.

If you find you’re not getting enough of these foods, opt for a probiotic supplement (best taken just before, during or after a meal). Make sure your supplement has a minimum of 3-50 billion CFUs (Colony Forming Units), and that it targets your specific health concerns.

Here’s some more to consider when choosing an effective probiotic supplement, according to natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola:

  • Make sure it’s a reputable brand that you can trust
  • Make sure the package is resealable. Is it being stored as directed on the product label?
  • Ensure that it does not contain any bioengineered ingredients (GMOs)
  • Confirm that the product is manufactured according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • How many different strains of bacteria does it contain? Look for a product with multiple strains to work throughout your gastrointestinal tract
  • Look for valuable strains, including species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Some of the more important strains include:
    • Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum that reside in the small intestine or the upper GI tract among your immune cells.
    • Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bifidobacterium bifidum that reside in the large intestine or the lower bowel, which are also critical areas for health.

One brand we love here at Rising Tide is Garden of Life; all of our Garden of Life Probiotics –including the Dr. Formulated products, customized by brain health expert and best-selling author of Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter–will be on sale for 20% off the original price during the entire month of January.

Make 2017 The Year of the Gut!

5 Steps to a Healthier 2017

We love the idea of starting the year off on a healthy, positive note. Resolutions to eat better, work out more, call mom every week…they often fall by the wayside despite our best intentions (roughly 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, while less than half are still on target six months later). The problem is often that the resolutions we make are too broad to commit to. Studies show the more specific your goals the better (not: I’m going to work out more, but: I’m going to start running for 20 minutes, 3x/week). Another way to improve your resolution stick-to-it-ive-ness? Ask a friend for support. Better yet? Support each other.

Here are a few easy habits to change in 2017 to improve overall health and vitality. Keep it manageable; start with just one, then add in more once you’ve got the first one nailed.

Eat fermented foods. The process that turns fermented foods into probiotic powerhouses also boost levels of good bacteria in your digestive tract, improving the health and balance of your body’s collective microbiome, or bacterial community. A healthier microbiome, in turn, has been shown to aid in digestion, increase immunity, prevent disease, and—according to some preliminary studies—reduce blood pressure and keep you slim.

As we are completely taken with cultured foods of all kinds, naturally we are stock our shelves with them, as well. Check out our dairy case for all kinds of probiotic-rich goodies: krauts, kefir, yogurt, gut shots, kim chee. We’ve also got kombucha on tap, and a whole range of probiotic supplements that will provide similar health benefits.

Resolution: Eat 1 tablespoon of raw sauerkraut with each meal.

Hydrate.  It’s been said that Water is life. That’s because our bodies are composed of roughly 60% water, so when we’re dehydrated – and most of us spend our days dehydrated to some degree – we affect the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake. So start 2017 with a goal to hydrate better. Water is the ideal; carry a bottle with you to remind you to drink throughout the day (our favorites are from Hydro Flask and Life Factory; we’ve got both here in the store). Tired of regular water? Try infusing with organic fruits and herbs. Want to alkalize your tap water? We’ve got New Wave Alkaline Filter Pitchers that raise the water’s pH by adding the perfect balance of naturally ionized magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium.

Take a break from water with the mild, sweet, refreshing taste of coconut water, known as a high-electrolyte beverage, and thus a super hydrater. Harmless Harvest  is our favorite, made from 100% certified organic Thai coconuts.

Resolution: Instead of worrying about how many ounces you need in relation to your body weight, etc., try something new: Drink when you’re thirsty.

Get outside. Yup. Even in the winter. Even in the SNOW. There is a laundry list of reasons why spending time outdoors can improve your life: it increases concentration, it can reinvigorate a stale exercise routine, get you some much needed Vitamin D—but we think the most important reason is that being outdoors makes you FEEL BETTER. It improves your MOOD, which will set you up for all other good things to come your way. Dress properly, stay hydrated (yes, you can dehydrate, even in the cold weather) and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature’s sleep cycle.

Resolution: Vow to get out for 30 minutes, 3x/week. Walk the dog, snowshoe, take a forest walk, go for a run.

Meditate. Download one of the popular meditation apps, or just sit quietly for a few minutes each day and focus on your breath. It’s that simple, and offers a host of whole body benefits (reduces stress, minimizes symptoms of anxiety and depression, improves sleep, increases focus, to name a few). Don’t miss out on a more relaxing 2017.

Resolution: Meditate for 5 minutes, 2x/day.

Eat more superfoods.  This word gets thrown around a lot so it doesn’t mean much…except to single out foods that are nutrient dense (have a dense concentration of vitamins, minerals, good fats, healthy enzymes—generally with fewer calories) and help to treat, lower the risk of, or prevent specific health conditions. Our favorite easy way to get more superfoods? Throw them in the blender. Yup, your morning smoothie is a convenient receptacle for all those antioxidant packed foods we know we should be eating, but never get around to. Sunfood makes an incredible line of raw (read: pure and unadulterated), delicious superfood powders that turn an ordinary smoothie into a true powerhouse breakfast. Choose from Acai, Moringa, Camu Camu, Goji Berry, Maca, and Mixed Berry Smoothie Mix (contains many of the above superfoods, plus banana, cacao, and brown rice protein). If you’d rather DIY, our Bulk Section contains a bunch of superfoods—chia, hemp, goji berries, cacao nibs—that are great both in smoothies and in baking, hot cereals, salads and more.

Resolution: Eat two “superfoods” each day (not sure which foods actually qualify as such? Chances are if you think they’re super, they are). Here’s a pretty thorough list to use as a cheatsheet. 

Power to the PEAple

Calling All Modern Hippies!

If you care about how your munchies affect your body (and spirit) AND the planet we live on, Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs wants YOU.

This LA-based snack co. believes that chickpea by chickpea, they can change things for the better. And if their new chickpea snacks are any indication, we think they might just be right. The pepper power Hippeas chickpea puffs are on our list of new things to LOVE. Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, with 3 gm of fiber and 4 gm of protein per 1oz serving, they’re just about the best 130 calorie snack you can find.

Lest you forget, chickpeas are super healthy. As members of the legume family, most of their fiber is insoluble, which is great for digestive health. And they’re so packed with fiber and protein, they help to regulate blood sugar in those who eat them. Plus, chickpea plants are really good for the planet, too, as they naturally release nitrogen back into the earth as they grow. Good for you and the planet! That’s our favorite kind of win-win.

As part of their mission to make change from the ground up, Hippeas supports Farm Africa, enabling farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to grow their own way out of poverty. You’ve got to love the mission (and we think you’ll dig the snacks, too!).

We’ve got Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs in sriracha sunshine, pepper power, happenin’ hickory, and vegan white cheddar in 1oz snack size bags (and all those flavors plus maple haze and far out fajita in 4oz bags…for sharing!).

#GivePeasaChance!

 

 

Green Gifting

This is our favorite time of year by far, as the store is transformed by all manner of holiday goodies. We scoured the green gift world for the best of the best, and wound up with a lovely assortment. There are Hostess Gifts, Stocking Stuffers, Teacher Presents—something special for virtually everyone on your list. Here are just some of our favorites:

  • Spa Room Aromatherapy Diffuser
  • Evolution Himalayan Salt Lamps
  • Holiday Gift Sets from two beloved cosmetic companies: Dr. Hauschka and Mineral Fusion
  • Ornaments from Badger filled with lip balm or Badger balm
  • Bambeco Slate boards and coasters
  • Big Dipper Candles with holiday scents (assorted)
  • EO personal aromatherapy diffusers (perfect for the office!)
  • Certified Organic Fragrances and GMO-Free Soy Wax Candles from John Masters Organics
  • Colorful water bottles from Life Factory and Hydro Flask

Plus, we have loads of items to make your holiday celebrations sparkle. Turn the notch up this Hanukkah with Menorah Candles from Big Dipper, and organic milk and dark chocolate coins from Lake Champlain. And just in time for that visit from Old St. Nick? Christmas Santa chocolates from Lake Champlain, Holiday chocolate bars from Theo, TruSweets organic dye-free candy canes, Advent Calendars from Divine Chocolate, and Gingerbread Houses from Dancing Deer. And of course…poinsettias!

Rising Tide Market Does Thanksgiving Turkeys

Don’t settle this Thanksgiving…Rising Tide Market has the healthy, great-tasting turkey your friends and family deserve.

  • D’artagnan Certified Organic Turkey*
  • No antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products
  • Come from a small Amish family farm in the heart of Pennsylvania
  • Free range, with a distinctly rich flavor
Whole turkeys: $4.99/lb (available in 8-12 lb and 12-16 lb sizes)
Turkey breasts (bone in): $9.99/lb

Ask at Registers for an Order Form…And order today!

Last day to order is Friday, Nov. 18 (pick up is Saturday, Nov. 19)

The Rising Tide kitchen can also provide EVERYTHING ELSE to go with your Thanksgiving turkey. Everything is made from clean, green ingredients and is full of the great tastes of the season. Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving Catering Menu, and ask at the Deli for an order form.

*Vegan “turkey” alternatives also available. Just ask us!

 

It’s National Bulk Foods Week: Celebrate with 20% off All Bulk

Like hundreds of natural food retailers around the country, we’re chiming in this week to tell you how much we LOVE BULK, and to share the benefits of shopping the Bulk section with you, our friends and customers.

Why Go Bulk?

We’ve been sold a bill of goods here in the West. Want to save money, and eat healthy on the fly? The ads all point toward grab and go meals from the grocery store. The truth is, the more you focus on purchasing local, organic, unprocessed food and preparing meals at home, the healthier and tastier your meals will be, the better you’ll feel, and the more money you’ll save.

Enter the Bulk Section.

Affordable dried goods are one way to reduce food expenses while still enjoying tasty, nutritious meals. With a little planning and effort, it’s possible to enjoy healthy food on the cheap.

Top 6 Reasons to Go Bulk

  1. Bins are replenished often, so ingredients are super fresh.
  2. You can buy as much or as little as you need, so you can experiment with new products without getting stuck with something you don’t like.
  3. There’s much less wasteful packaging.
  4. Many of our bulk offerings are organically grown.
  5. You save money because you’re not paying for the fancy labels
  6. When you shop bulk, you can actually see your food before you buy it, not just trust some fancy picture on a box.

Need more incentive to shop in Bulk? Check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RisingTideNaturalMarket/) throughout the week for more great ideas for how and why to make a visit to the Bulk section a regular part of your grocery shopping routine.

Make sure to come in to Rising Tide from Oct. 16-22, when our ENTIRE BULK SECTION IS 20% OFF.

And enter to win the Rising Tide Market BULK BASKET, filled with a selection of top-selling items from our Bulk section (a $75 value). One raffle ticket per BULK purchase.

Happy Bulk Shopping!

Himalaya Herbal Healthcare: Best Sellers 20% off!

Himalaya is a family-owned company founded in 1930 on the principles of the world’s oldest system of medicine, Ayurveda. In the business we’re in, we view Himalaya products as among the best, for a few reasons.

First, this is a company that controls the entire process from seed (they grow all their own herbs) to shelf. Second, nearly all of their products are non-GMO certified, with the Non-GMO Project seal to prove it. And, most impressively, they provide product-specific, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trials on all their products—so the Himalaya name is backed by science, and this makes us feel great.

Experience the Himalaya difference for yourself. All Himalaya best sellers are  on sale, 20% off thru the end of October.

**Come in Monday, Oct. 10 from 11:30-2:30** to pick up samples of some of our top-selling Himalaya products, including antioxidant powerhouse Turmeric (with Curcumin), Ashwaganda, a remarkable stress-reducing adaptogenic herb, and their amazing (and amazingly different!) Neem & Pomegranate toothpaste—made with all the sparkle, and none of the bad stuff.

And a bonus…

While supplies last, we’re giving away offer a **FREE handmade sari tote bag** to every customer purchasing two or more Himalaya products. Bags are made from recycled traditional saris in India and help to empower self-employed female workers. A great bag = a good deed!

 

Crunch Into History With Heirloom Apples

The history of the apple and human enjoyment goes back thousands of years. Greek literary references mention them at about 800 B.C., while archaeological excavations have dated human related apple remains (um, cores?) back to 6000 B.C. No matter how you slice it, apples have been part of human culture long enough to describe some 17,000 (17,000!) varieties.

Thanks to the efforts of apple enthusiasts everywhere, many of North America’s earliest—or heirloom—apple varieties are still available to us today. And thanks to Bill, our Produce Manager, we’ve got a whole bunch of them here at Rising Tide Market!

While supermarket apples look great (uniformly round and shiny), they often lack in taste. And while heirloom apples sometimes look funky (lumpy, pear-shaped, freckled) they can taste absolutely FANSTASTIC, and boast a complexity flavors that will make you think of the historic apple in a whole new light.

Flavor for Days

Do an experiment. Plan an informal tasting of some of these treasured, old-fashioned apples and you’ll find yourself throwing around words usually reserved for wines: floral, honeyed, spicy, aromatic, tart, crisp, lively flavored…with a dry finish!  It’s the differences among these apples that we should value, as it is their differences that make some great for cider, others for baking, others perfect for snacking all on their own. Bill can tell you which ones are best for each.

Here at Rising Tide, our heirloom apple varieties will change as they become available throughout the season so you’ll be able to try many different kinds.

Some of the HEIRLOOM APPLES in the store today:

Orleans Reinette: An 18th century French apple with great flavor

King David:  Awesome crunch, a little chewy, with a refreshing tart/sweet balance

Cortland: Tart, white flesh and a solid “appley” flavor

Crab Apples: Tiny, sweet and tart with a great crunch

Granny Smith: Tangy-tart, and crunchy

McIntosh: Crimson red with bright white flesh, a pleasant sweetness, and a good crunch

Golden Delicious:  Sweet and fragrant with a crisp flesh…a great all-around apple

(Note: we’ve also got heirloom pears, including the tiny, sweet and lovely Seckel pear and all-around crowd pleasers like the Bartlett.)

By the way, if this sort of thing interests you, there’s a great site called the Heirloom Orchardist (http://heirloomorchardist.typepad.com) that will educate you on everything you ever wanted to know about heirloom apples, including the history of each. Fascinating stuff.

And while everyone has their own favorite way to use apples, we’ve got a little something different for you here: a recipe for an Chunky Almond Fruit Spread, adapted from one by Jenny Sugar at POP Sugar Fitness. This simple-to-make snack is healthy, has just three ingredients, and is perfect for lunchboxes or anytime noshing.

Chunky Almond Fruit Spread

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

apple| 1 medium

raw almonds| 1/8 cup

orange juice| 1 Tbsp

Directions 

  1. Remove the core from the apple, and cut into chunks.
  2. Place all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor, and blend until smooth but slightly chunky — not too long or you’ll have applesauce.
  3. Enjoy on crackers, a rice cake or even another fruit. Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container.

 

When Moo is Moot: We’re Going Nuts for Macadamia Milk

It used to be if you were dairy free (allergic, intolerant, vegan, or your own unique combo), you were out of luck in the milk department. Today, we have entire shelves dedicated to alternative milks, each with its own set of dedicated fans. So no matter you’re dairy status, you are in (a great deal of) luck.

At Rising Tide, our new favorite alternative milk is macadamia milk. It’s got all the benefits of the magnificent macadamia nut—tons of manganese, Vit E and zinc for squashing free radicals; omega-3 and monounsaturated fats for heart health; and a rich, creaminess that’s hard to find in other nut milks (if you ever eat macadamia nuts, you’ll know what we mean…the texture is just…mmm).

Milkadamia Milk macadamia milk hails from the eastern coast of Australia (the original home of the macadamia nut), from nuts grown on the family-owned Jindilli Farms. With abundant rainfall, loads of sunshine, fertile soil and low-impact farming, these nuts have the life! And you can taste it in the milk.

Available in Original and Unsweetened, Milkadamia Milk is everything you look for in a nut milk: dairy free, soy free, GMO-free and carrageenan-free. It’s particularly good steamed in a latte, blended into your favorite smoothie, soup or pudding, or simply chilled in a glass. With milk this good, you’ll never miss the dairy.