In 1996, lifetime friends and skiing enthusiasts Jim Holland and John Bresee set up a website, pulled $2k out of their own pockets and began selling avalanche beacons out of their garage in Heber City, Utah. Backcountry.com was founded with a humble beginning but with the secret sauce of any truly great company, a passion for doing what they loved in life. For Jim and John this was not just skiing, it was being on the forefront of the technology that empowers them to truly push themselves to the limit in the sport they loved. From there their mission was born, their destiny defined. They wanted to sell the best outdoor gear there was, and be the best at doing it.
Today Backcountry.com is a household name in the world of outdoor lovers, from year round ski bums chasing the endless winter to weekend warriors pushing it on the mountain trails. From climbers to snowboarders, mountain bikers to mountaineers, they flock to Backcountry.com when they want to find the best selection of top gear for their outdoor pursuits. But Backcountry.com is about more than just the gear, it’s a community. A community where you find likeminded individuals with the same passions, questions and pursuits that you have. From the top athletes in their respective sports to expert gearheads that will guide you to the best item, to fellow shoppers offering up their own advice from testing the products themselves, you’ll find them at Backcountry.com.
Whether you’re new to a sport or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find that Backcountry.com is a welcoming environment where you can shop for the equipment that will be right for you, with the support necessary to make the best selection for your own adventures. After each shopping experience you’ll walk away feeling stoked. Stoked on the gear, the community and the truly awesome customer service and support you receive. Here at Allgood Provisions we shop with them regularly. Not only do we love supporting other great local Utah businesses, we love supporting businesses with a passion for what they do. You can check out Backcountry.com here. Trust us, it won’t be the last time you visit the site.
Get your daily dose of fiber, Vitimin C and antioxidants while improving your memory at all the same time! Blueberries are known to offer many health benefits including these and many others. So go ahead and devour a few of these delicious organic blueberry oatmeal muffins using your favorite Allgood Provisions Organic Sundried Blueberries. Great as a grab and go breakfast or a snack anytime of the day!
There are many studies out there that suggest a vegetarian diet can help you live longer. It’s also believed that taking yourself a little less serious can do the same. Meet Food Fight! Vegan Grocery. A specialty vegan grocery store located in “sunny” Portland, Oregon serving up a heaping platter of both vegan products and a laid back, not so serious life perspective. Started in 2003, Food Fight is more of a specialty convenience store than a grocery, with all vegan products ranging from everything from sweets to beverages to condoms. They even stock vegan products for your four legged companion.
Look deeper and you’ll find that Food Fight not only provides a place to purchase vegan food and products, they also provide a wealth of resources for the vegan community. Whether it’s a complete vegan guide to Portland (check it out here!), a list of vegan friendly Portland accommodations or vegan education classes, Food Fight has you covered.
The store is located along a street lined with a few other vegan friendly businesses but you can also purchase items from their online store front here: FoodFightGrocery.com. The bottom line is, Food Fight is run by an awesome group of likeminded people who share an affinity for all things vegan, especially a great selection of vegan food, whether it’s hard to find vegan junk food items or your favorite tasty Allgood Provisions snacks.
Upon our first navigation around Mouth.com our pie holes were immediately salivating as we glanced upon their scrumptious selection of indie food products. The team at Mouth defines indie food as food made by people not companies; food that is “created from start to finish with a high level of personal attention, craft and passion”. The team spends hours upon hours hunting down and bringing new products and producers to their selection. Looking at their variety of delicious products, we have to say what great taste these curators have (oh and what hard work that must be tasting all those hand crafted delights). From small batch pickles to fair trade chocolate, organic snacks to artisan meats, Mouth.com offers a masterful culinary selection of indie food that’s crafted with incredible detail.
In need of a unique gift for an upcoming holiday, say Valentines Day, a birthday or maybe just for celebrating a love for the good things in life? Mouth.com offers curated gift assortments no matter what your heart (or taste buds) desire. Are you a pickle addict? Chocolate addict? Snack addict? Sign up for one of their monthly subscription services. You really can’t go wrong.
One of the hardest parts of trying to eat only organic, pesticide free food is that sometimes it’s just not easy to find a great selection. Sometimes where you live poses a big hurdle to trying to stick to an organic diet. Sometimes it also comes down to convenience. We’re all guilty of grabbing something because we’re hungry and it’s the only thing available, forcing us to stray from what we truly want to put into our bodies. That’s why we are grateful for retailers like ColdLife Organics.
ColdLife Organics is an online market that offers an incredible selection of organic, sustainable, humanely treated, local and Non-GMO produce and products delivered straight to your door. Not only do they make it easy to keep our fridge and pantry stocked with food that matches our lifestyle, they ensure that all of their food is delivered to our door without breaking the “Cold Chain”. This is a crucial part of ensuring that food is delivered to your door at its freshest and best tasting. By keeping the food cold all the way to your front door, they maintain freshness, taste and nutrients.
Unsure about ordering your groceries online instead of picking them out yourself at the store? ColdLife Organics takes the uncertainty out of the entire process. From ensuring the quality of their products to making the entire order process incredibly simple, you will find the convenience and selection makes this a truly rewarding experience. Try it once and you’re sure to make this a regular occurrence in your grocery shopping routine.
We’re always inspired by companies that come about because they just aren’t satisfied with what’s out there. Companies that take a step back and say, “it doesn’t have to be this way” and then go make a change. Flash back to the 1990’s, on-the-go energy snacks were everywhere. But they were all made of ultra engineered power foods that you stumbled through pronouncing and were probably developed in a lab somewhere. That’s where PROBAR comes in. Their founders were mountain junkies, spending all of their time on the slopes of Snowbird, Utah and constantly on the go. They needed a food that could keep up with them and they didn’t want to settle for what was available. They wanted an energy bar made out of real food. They “knew the power of raw ingredients and started to experiment with healthy, vegan snack creations”. PROBAR was born. Soon locals all over Snowbird were hardcore fans, and it didn’t take long for it to spread across the country.
A hunger curing, on the go snack that you could feel good about eating? It’s no wonder PROBAR became a hit in no time. What could make this company even more loveable and inspiring? Their company’s goal is to change how the world thinks when it comes to real, whole food. (We feel that). They are devoted to sourcing only the finest, all-natural, 100% vegan organic ingredients from growers who believe in the same thing. PROBAR changed the protein/energy bar industry for ever, making it possible to grab a quick on-the-go meal without having to stoop to lab made ingredients and chemically processed food.
We love PROBAR. Cheers to stepping up and standing behind your goal of changing how the world thinks when it comes to real food.
Sure, we all love munching on delicious Allgood Provisions snacks on their own, but add them to your favorite recipe and its an amazing flavor explosion. One of our favorite ways to use our Allgood Provisions organic snacks is in this homemade granola recipe. Healthy, yummy and slightly addicting. We bet you can’t make this just once. Below is a recipe for our homemade granola but we encourage you to mix it up, get creative and throw some of your other favorite ingredients into the mix.
2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats)
After meeting in kindergarten, Brad Gillis and Ben Friedman’s paths took them to different higher education institutes where they both came to the same conclusion. “Why wait until you’ve made your fortune in the private sector to do some public good, they pondered. Why not do it now?” (http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2021405110_taste11profilehomegrownxml.html). And so, Homegrown Sandwich Shops were born. A great mission backed by delicious sandwiches with a cult following. Their beliefs encompass more than just their economic impact on their community. Their mission and self proclaimed responsibility states that “in addition to our economic impact, we are responsible for our social and environmental impact as well”.
Photo courtesy of blogs.seattletimes.com
A passion for sustainability as well as understanding their role in supporting their community is a business model that should serve as an inspiration and standard for all businesses, no matter what industry or sector they fall into. Brad and Ben realize the impact of using locally, organically and sustainably sourced ingredients on the earth and the community. They call what they’re doing “sandwich environmentalism” and in a society where an acceptable meat source can be at the least, questionable in origin, it is easy to support someone that is changing the scene and offering an alternative that you can feel good about eating. Oh and did we mention how Homegrown Sandwiches taste? We could spend all day talking about their story and their mission, but the proof is in the sustainable deliciousness. Don’t just take our word for it, Homegrown Sandwich Shop now has five locations in the Seattle area serving up award winning sandwich creations. Some of the most popular favorites? Try the crab cake, bacon and avocado, the turkey bacon, avocado or one of their breakfast sandwiches. You can also find your favorite Allgood Provisions snacks there as well. So, if you live or are visiting the Seattle area, be sure to stop in and check out one of the Homegrown Sandwich Shops. You can thank us later.
We’re pretty proud of our hometown. Park City, Utah was recently named Outside Magazine’s Best Active Town. It’s also home to some pretty incredible beer. You heard right. We’re talking about some great beer in Utah, a state known for its odd drinking laws. A company we have come to know and admire here in Utah is Wasatch Brewery. In 1986 Greg Schirf opened Utah’s first brewery in Park City and has been a force for changing Utah’s beer history ever since.
In 1988 Schirf was actually the one who proposed the bill that would make brew pubs legal in Utah. In 2003 when Utah legislature proposed a tax to raise already high beer taxes, Schirf dressed up as founding father Ben Franklin and mimicking the Boston Tea Party, poured the first kegs of Wasatch’s 1st Amendment Lager into the Great Salt Lake.
To this day Schirf and Wasatch Brewery (now in a co-op with another local brewery, Squatters) continue to ruffle feathers and challenge authority in Utah for the sake of good beer for the people. Not only do they make delicious beer (it’s harder at a lower alcohol level!), they are a small, local business who continue to push boundaries by doing things the right way and refusing to bend their morals.
Here’s to all the small companies out there with a vision. The ones that hold onto their mission and do what’s right for the better of their community and their company in the face of opposition and challenges.
This time of year is pure joy (and craziness) and it’s filled with events centered around friends, family and food. If your holiday season is anything like ours, its hard to find a lot of extra time to fit in all of the extra tasks that go into making the holiday special. Here’s a quick recipe we love and one that’s great for holiday parties, holiday gifts or for just spreading a little extra holiday cheer. A delicious, simple and easy recipe for Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Biscotti that is sure to be a crowd favorite.
Preheat oven the 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment
paper or a silpat.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together
the sugar, eggs, oil, and orange juice. Stir the sugar mixture
into the flour mixture, add the nuts and dried cherries;
mix with your hands.
Shape the the dough to 3-4″ wide
loafs, about 8-10″ long and place on the cookie sheets.
Bake for 25 minutes, remove and cool for 2-3 minutes
before cutting the loaves into 1/2″ wide slices. Return to
the baking sheets and pop back into the oven for 5 minutes
to crisp. Enjoy!