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FreshBox Farms – Providing Local Produce from Millis, MA

FreshBox Farms is a local hydroponic farm in Millis, Massachusetts providing fresh, hyper local, non-gmo, produce to the Boston area.

FreshBox Farms’ indoor hydroponic farms are bringing fresh produce closer to your home by breaking down the old barriers set by traditional farming. Their produce is delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day. Growing indoors at their farm in Millis, Massachusetts, means greens are always in-season, and are available FRESH all year-round.

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Because hydroponics allows the plant’s roots to sit directly in water to receive nutrients FreshBox Farms uses 99% less water than field farming. The indoor growing system allows plants to grow vertically on shelves using a much smaller footprint; depending on the crop grown, one of the 320 square foot farms can yield as much as nineteen-acres of farmland! So not only are you helping to save the planet you are also supporting a local business. 

FreshBox Farms’ greens are of the highest quality and grown purely, without ever using pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or any other chemicals. The crops are never genetically modified and proudly verified by the Non-GMO Project.

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FreshBox Farms greens do taste fresh! Every spring my family and I plant a vegetable garden and we eat fresh vegetables – lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, pea pods, eggplant, herbs, etc – all summer long. There is a noticeable different in taste between our fresh vegetable and the ones we buy in the store. FreshBox Farms lettuces remind me of the ones we grow at home – fresh tasting and delicious! I’ve been eating FreshBox Farms greens for the past two weeks and I am loving it. The lettuce really has a fresh flavor you do not typically find from supermarket produce. How will I ever go back??

FreshBox Farms can grow over 30 different types of plants. They provide leafy greens such as heirloom lettuces, arugula, spinach and herbs. Check out the Products page to keep updated on what they’re growing next!

So where can YOU buy FreshBox Farms? Roche Brothers, Foodies Markets, and dozens of other locations carry FreshBox Farms greens. Click here to find a retail location nearest you.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Columbia Skincare Probiotics

Columbia Skincare just introduced two new products – Probiotic Concentrate and Probiotic Complex, the first copically applied creams that harness the wellness benefits of probiotics specifically for skincare. Probioitcs, also known as “good bacteria”, found in yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and other  foods, have been keeping people healthier longer for years. But now, Columbia Skincare has developed a type of probiotic specially for topical use that helps promote the health and wellness of the body’s largest organ, the skin.

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The American Academy of Dermatology has called probiotics one of the new beauty breakthroughs which can help promote clearer skin, decrease skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation. 

According to Steven Rosenfeld, a company spokesperson, these topical probiotic formulations effectively act on the most important biological feature in aging skin…its ability to renew itself, which disappears as we age. By utilizing healthy bacteria, plant stem cells and amino acids, Columbia Skincare products provide bacterial interference, and protect the skin from bad bacteria and parasites that provoke the immune system, causing such conditions as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.

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In addition to helping control these serious and sometimes painful skin conditions, Columbia Skincare probiotic products could change the paradigm on anti-aging treatments. With regular use of these products, results will be the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin luminosity and elasticity. Who doesn’t want healthy skin? Not only healthy, but these probiotic products will nourish and renew to give you healthy and beautiful skin.

I have been taking Probiotics for years and I notice a big difference in my health – and my gut – so it makes sense that using probiotics on my skin would also have a positive effect. These probiotic products make my skin feel silky smooth and absorb quickly. And I like that the performance is backed by clinical trial experience that showed real results, and this is not just another gimmick. I have just started using Columbia SkinCare Probiotics last week and while I have noticed minor results – healthy feeling and looking skin – I plan to continue to use it.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

 

 

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Savannah Bee Honey for the Grill

A leader in all things honeybee, Savannah Bee specializes in 100% pure artisanal honeys for cooking and tasting.

Ted Dennard is the founder, President and head beekeeper for Savannah Bee Company. An elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, sparked young Ted’s journey in the magical world of bees and honey and it’s been 35 years of it ever since. Ted backed into business in 1999 when his friend opened a store in Savannah and began selling his tupelo honey. Ted’s passionate about sharing the world of bees with others and introducing new honeybee products to market. sb_honey_forgrill_3oz_1

Savannah Bee’s specially formulated Honey for the Grill is blended by hand and is made with 100% pure varietal honey robust enough to stand up under fire. This honey will add a distinctive and delectable flavor to a marinade or crisply caramelize seafood, meat, poultry, and veggies on the grill. It offers a smoky sweetness for basting and marinating, and pairs beautifully with vegetable kabobs or maple-planked wild salmon. The aromas will amaze you. Savannahe Bee Honey is gluten free and Kosher certified. 

Savannah Bee honey is available for sale at retail locations throughout the U.S.Click here to find a location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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New Limited Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry Bar is Perfect for your Valentine

Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dicky Taylor Chocolate has come out with a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 72% Madagascar chocolate, and paired with organic freeze dried raspberry and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar, makes for a delectable treat. 

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Dicky Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dicky Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

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Dicky Taylor Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry will only be available for a limited time. To purchase this flavor, or any Dicky Taylor Chocolate, click here to find the retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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SPRD – a natural and gluten free mayo alternative

Kitched Crafted’s newest product line SPRD, are 100% natural, gluten free and convenient spreads. SPRD comes from the word spread. They dropped the E and A for “Everything Artificial” to create a new category of all-natural, gluten-free SPRDs powered by their signature spices. They use only the healthiest and most naturally sourced ingredients available today.

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SPRD is made with eight signature herbs and spices to provide great flavor to sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. What makes SPRD different is that it provides foodies with an easy, new alternative to typical ketchup, mustard and dressings.

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Creole Kicker is made with a blend of all natural mayo, the finest Creole mustard and the 8 signature herbs and spices. Its uniquely vibrant flavor will add a zingy New Orleans kick to any dish. So far I’ve used it in a sandwich (with turkey and tomato) and replaced my traditional mayo with SPRD in tuna salad. You can also use it as a tangy dip, or even in your favorite jambalaya! It gives sandwiches/tuna salad an update – no more boring old mayo!

Marinara Mia is a blend of fresh tomatoes, all natural mayo, and the 8 signature herbs and spices. It is creamy, has a smooth texture and has an Italian flavor. Marinara Mia pairs well with hamburgers, steaks, fries and chips. But why stop there? Try it as a dip, or create your own ‘secret’ sauce. This fresh all natural condiment is so packed with flavor, you’ll want to put it on everything!

SPRD is only 2 months old and working on getting into retail locations. For now, it is available for purchase on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Lemonade

Belvoir Fruit Farms make naturally delicious Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes at their home in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside.

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Mary Manners, the wife of founder Lord John Manners, started making cordials in her kitchen in the seventies by infusing the elderflowers and pressing the fruit grown on their family farm. Since then, Belvoir has carried on the same method of infusion: pressing and cooking of fresh flowers, fruits and spices, which are then blended with local spring water to make their delicious drinks. Never compromising on quality and choosing only the best ingredients, everything that goes into their drinks is real and natural with nothing artificial at all.

The heady floral taste of soft rose petals blends beautifully with the delicate scent of Elderflowers to form a deliciously perfumed sparkling drink. Pink and perfect, this drink will quench your thirst! 

Belvoir Elderflower Lemonades come in a variety of organic flavors in glass bottles that are beautiful and perfect for health conscious drinkers. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the lemonades are also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and contain no preservatives, no sweeteners or artificial colors.

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The Elderflower and Rose Lemonade can is a great addition to champagne or Prosecco creating an instant crowd pleasing cocktail; perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration. You can also create an afternoon refresher, by adding a little water and a twist of lime making for a healthy substitute for a sugary, carbonated beverage! Belvoir lemonades add a refreshing and effervescent element to any cocktail or drink.

As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the the sweet, fresh aromas of Elderflower and Rose. It is light ans slightly sweet, not too sugary. I tried to savor every sip and wish I had a bigger bottle!

Belvoir Fruit Farms beverages are available in restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, specialty grocery stores and boutique hotels in more than 25 countries across the globe. You can also purchase it on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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hummustir – Fresh Hummus. On Demand.

hummustir, fresh hummus on demand. Baruvi Fresh, an innocative health food production company, launched its first line of healthy snacks with hummustir, a USDA certified organic hummus. Hummustir offers a truly authentic dip and spread with less calories than competing brands. Unlike its pre-made competitors, hummustir uses only natural, non-GMO ingredients, free of MSG, preservatives and harsh chemicals. With hummustir, you see exactly what’s going into your snack. Just roll the ingredients out of their packets, stir and enjoy! Each pouch contains a fresh ingredient – chickpea puree, tahini and spices. Simply open each one, mix, and enjoy delicious hummus instantly.

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Hummustir has a shelf life of 12 months because of its state-of-the-art packaging and does not need to be refrigerated until it is opened and made. Hummustir comes in a container that can also be used as a mixing and serving bowl. Three packets are inside; each contain a fresh ingredient needed to make hummus. Once mixed, you have instant hummus that can be served with fresh veggies, crackers or your favorite hummus dipping foods!

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Hummustir is available in three flavors:

  • Classic – a simple, smooth creamy hummus
  • Mediterranean – creamy hummus with a tangy twist of lime and garlic
  • Village – creamy hummus with a traditional touch of garlic and cumin. 

It’s fresh. There’s no pasty, chunky or gritty taste. There are no preservatives, no “stuff” you don’t recognize – just simple pure ingredients!

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One serving of hummus has 45 calories, up to a third less than any other available hummus brand. Each serving is packed with 2 grams of protein.

Hummustir is great to take on vacation, camping, to the beach or can be enjoyed at work or home by yourself or with a large group. 

The idea for hummustir was conceived a few decades ago, in the Kruvi family’s popular Mediterranean restaurant in Israel. Known for their hummus, patrons would line up outside the family’s restaurant for a taste of the fresh, creamy dish. After taking over a hummus restaurant from his father, Alon developed a passion for creating real, authentic hummus, free of preservatives and fillers, for all to enjoy. Recognizing that hummus tastes yummiest when freshly made, Alon decided to share that experience with the rest of the world. Teaming up with Rakesh Barmecha and Vineet Bokaria, hummus lovers and successful business entrepreneurs, the trio developed hummustir – a healthy, deconstructed hummus product offering consumers an authentic dip and spread unlike anything on the market!

Hummustir is available in 12 oz. portions at local grocery stores and on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Gluten Free Goodie Girl Cookies

When I was a little girl I was a Girl Scout and I loved the Thin Mint Cookies. I would make my mom buy boxes so we could eat them for months. 2009 was the last time I ate a thin mint cookie. Well thanks to Goodie Girl Cookies and their new “Slims”, I can finally enjoy thin mints again! 
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Goodie Girl Cookies is based out of Tribeca, New York, specializing in gluten free cookies with surprising flavors, as well as exciting twists on cookie classics.  In 2010, Founder, Shira Berk, also a mom and native New Yorker, began her journey to create an all-natural, super-delicious line of cookies that are all gluten free. Her intention was to create cookies that were intended for anyone to eat, but still be accessible to the 30%-and-growing number of population who had to avoid gluten.  Interestingly neither Berk, nor anyone in her family is Celiac, gluten-intolerant, or in need of a gluten-free diet.  

Goodie Girl Cookies break the – often dry and flavorless – gluten free cookie mold. The gluten free version of the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mints, called Mint Slims, are my favorite and absolute delicious. Mint Slims are thinner and less dense than the original girl scout cookies and are coated in milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, but I still find the flavor spot on. Now, I haven’t had a girl scout cookie in 8 years, but my husband loves them too so that says something. The Vanilla Slims are vanilla cookies dressed up in a dark chocolate coating. Definitely acompliment for Vanilla lovers. We also devoured these. 

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In addition to the Slims, Goodie Girl Cookies has a full line of fresh baked cookies:

  • Oatmeal Raisin: slightly spiced oatmeal cookies 
  • Midnight Brownie: double the chocolate and double the pleasure
  • Quinoa Chocolate Chip: crunchy, with a slight nuttiness
  • Toffee Chaos: crunchy caramelized toffee, crispy rice and chocolate make this sweet and salty. 

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Goodie Girl Cookies are available in full-size (6 or 7 oz.) as well as 2 oz. on-the-go snack packs. Goodie Girl Cookies are available at Walmart,Wegman’s and dozens of other retail locations across the U.S and online on Amazon. Click here to find a location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Q Drinks – Gluten Free sodas and carbonated mixers

Most cocktail sodas are lousy. Designed from unpronounceable ingredients by multinational corporations, sweetened beyond recognition with high fructose corn syrup, and packaged in generic containers, the typical cocktail soda is an afterthought that adds nothing to the drinking experience.new_homepage

Q Drinks makes sodas — clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverages that enhance the finest spirits and stand proudly on their own. Using only the best ingredients — organic agave from the Mexican countryside, quinine from the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ginger from the fields of Southeast Asia, and salt from the Himalayas. Spectacular on their own and good enough for anything you want to mix them with!

I love that Q soda’s have less sugar than traditional sodas and are therefore less sweet.The flavors are pronounced – ginger beer tasted like ginger, grapefruit soda tasted like grapefruit. Most sodas taste sugary and artificial with a very sweet taste of flavor. Q sodas are definitely different.  

Q Drinks tonic water, ginger beer, and other flavors are carried by many restaurants, bars, and retailers including Whole Foods, Safeway, HEB, and Amazon.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.
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Bobo’s Oat Bars – Gluten Free and Vegan

On a rainy afternoon in 2003, Beryl Stafford and her daughter “Bobo” baked oat bars that soon became a Boulder, CO cafe favorite. A simple recipe offered an unassuming oat bar recipe that was the perfect antidote to the grey day… and together they baked the first Oat Bar and the same exact recipe still used by Bobo’s today.

In 2003, when Bobo’s was getting its first footholds throughout the Front Range shelves and shops, the snack bar category was in its earliest days. Most of it then (and still today) offered little in the way of hearty, wholesome and simple. From the very beginning, Bobo’s committed to baking in simple ways with a simple ingredient list with simple language and simple packaging. And while the snack bar category has gone absolutely bonkers, very little with Bobo’s has changed.

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Bobo’s Oat Bars are certified gluten free – made in a gluten free facility and testing is done on every batch – dairy free, vegan, Kosher. There are several flavors of Bobo’s that contain tree nuts and/or peanuts. Bobo’s has an allergen program in place to prevent cross contact with these allergens, but it is recommended that those with allergies to these ingredients exercise caution when eating Bobo products.

Bobo’s Oat Bars are available in 15 flavors:

  • Original
  • Coconut
  • Cranberry Orange 
  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Peanut Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Peach
  • Maple Pecan
  • Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip
  • Lemon Poppyseed
  • Apple Pie
  • PB + J
  • Gingerbread

The bars are dense and will keep you full for hours. Each bar is two servings and if you eat the whole thing it’s like eating a small meal. The bar was great for a post-workout breakfast and kept me full until lunch time. 

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While I found the Original to be somewhat plain in flavor, I loved the coconut! The Coconut bar combines hearty oats and sweet coconut flakes that give it a slight sweetness. I also enjoyed the Banana Chocolate Chip. It was a little chewier than the others with a sweet banana and chocolate chip taste – it tasted like homemade banana bread. The first bite almost tastes like a donut; sweet – but not too sweet – and keeps you coming back for more. Maybe I haven’t had a donut in while…

Bobo’s Oat Bars are available at Whole Foods Markets, Safeway, REI, and hundreds of other locations throughout the US. You can also purchase Bobo’s Oat Bars on Amazon. There currently is a promotion on Amazon to save 15% off any Bobo’s Oat Bars order. Click here to get the coupon.  

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.