Committed Citizens CAN Change the World

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ ~ Margaret Mead

These words from Margaret Mead come to mind as we think about how grateful we are to be part of the 1% for the Planet community — a community of businesses that have united together to give back to the planet. Through this program, Allgood Provisions has joined more than 1,200 companies in 48 countries that are also giving back 1% of their sales to more than 3,300 non profits. And, this model is really working. Collectively we’ve topped $100 million in donations!

Each pouch of Allgood Provisions that is purchased helps us provide donations to local, national and international non profits. This year the recipients of our donations were:

Swaner Preserve and Eco Center

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 4.44.27 PMMission: To Preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, to Educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and to Nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.

The mission of the Swaner Preserve and Eco Center resonates with Allgood Provisions, because we believe education and experience are necessary to spread the message of preservation. The Preserve sits on 1,200-acres of open space in the mountain community of Park City, Utah and boasts a 10,000 sq ft. education and museum building. It serves as a refuge for wildlife and reminds us of the importance of the human relationship with nature and why we need to respect it.

 WaterKeeper Alliance

Mission: The Waterkeeplogoer movement’s mission is for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide. Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, uniting more than 220 Waterkeeper organizations around the world. The Waterkeeper organizations are on the frontlines of the global water crisis patrolling and protecting more than 1.5 million square miles of waterways on six continents.

Allgood Provisions stands behind Waterkeeper Alliance because they stand for restoration and enforcement of clean water laws, protecting wetlands and streams, stopping mountaintop removal coal mining, and halting the destruction of critical wildlife habitats. Pure water means pure farms. We carefully consider the source of our products and have made a commitment to our consumers to provide only quality organic products. We believe supporting this organization will help protect the independent, organic farms we work with.

Trees for the Future

Jakprints-Trees-For-The-FutureMission: Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 4.39.34 PM

Tree donations help farming communities in three ways, by generating steady income, helping families afford clothing, food and education, and restoring soil and other natural resources. Through our donation, Allgood Provisions helped plant more than 10,000 trees this year in developing countries around the globe! In fact, Allgood Provisions founder Jake Boyd and members of the Allgood Team had the opportunity to see Trees for the Future in action at a site in Honduras this past May, witnessing first hand the impact an organization like this can make.

It’s our belief that businesses have a responsibility to not only succeed in the marketplace, but to do their best to create positive social and environmental change. Allgood Provisions has made a commitment to reduce our ecological footprint and operate in an earth-friendly manner. We believe this commitment also means giving back.

We’re thankful for your support so we can continue to provide a portion of our profits to these worthy causes. Together, we CAN change the world.

Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth 4 easy ways to keep GMOs out of your diet

It may seem like a nutritional wonderland as we meander down grocery aisles bursting with colorful packages that boast phrases like, ‘all-natural,’ ‘whole grains,’ ‘heart healthy’ and ‘high in antioxidants.’

Although many of these phrases are vague and void of any standard, what should concern us even more are the ingredients inside these products that aren’t being displayed in bold print: genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

It’s been reported that 80 percent of processed foods in American grocery stores contain GMOs.

That is a scary number.

We at Allgood Provisions believe that food products shouldn’t just have fancy labels and empty phrases, they should contain a standard of quality and full disclosure of what is really inside.

We believe in organic farming, Earth-friendly packaging, GM-free ingredients and giving back to the planet.

Here are four simple steps you can take to keep GMOs off your plate …

1) Shop organic. Foods that are certified organic can’t knowingly include genetically modified ingredients.

2) Buy foods labeled with the ‘Non-GMO Project’ seal. Like Allgood Provisions, foods labeled with this seal have been tested and verified by the Non-GMO Project.

3) Subscribe to new technology. There are free phone apps and online guides that will steer you in the right direction at the grocery store.

4) Spend your money with the right retailers. Many local markets are committed to serving non-GMO products. Look for one in your neighborhood. Here’s a list of markets we work with.

October is Non-GMO month. Learn more about what you can do to help protect educated consumer choices and a non-GMO food supply.

It’s so much better when we’re together. The top 4 reasons we love Jack Johnson.

Summer may be winding down, but the season’s famous guitar-strumming golden boy is still going strong. Of course, we’re referring to Jack Johnson. A musician whoseFHTNTYSquare_500_500 name conjures up flip flops, high surf and warm summer nights. Chances are you’d have a hard time finding a person on Earth that doesn’t like the way a Jack Johnson song makes them feel. What’s more, his music is not just good for the people on the planet, it’s good for the planet itself.

Here are the top 4 reasons we just can’t get enough of this guy.

#4) Two words. Bubble Toes. Not even sure what this song means, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t going to La da da da along with this tune.

#3) His new unplugged and unaffected album From Here To Now To You was created entirely on the acoustic guitar, right on Johnson’s front porch on Oahu’s north shore.

#2) When recording, he and his band take surf breaks together, a lot. It’s probably part of the reason we all feel so good when listening to his music.

#1) He’s also part of the 1% For The Planet movement, just like Allgood Provisions.

So it seems he agrees, if we each give a little bit of love it can add up to a whole lot.

For more on Jack Johnson’s tour, go here.

For more about 1% For The Planet, go here.

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Retailer Spotlight: Top 3 Reasons We Love Aspens Market

There’s so much to love about locally owned and operated Aspens Market in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it’s hard to know where to start. This cornucopia of fresh, colorful and delicious produce is a shopping destination not to miss. We’ll break it down for you in our top 3 reasons why we love Aspens Market.

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#1) Genius Grocer
Aspens Market is bursting with conventional and organic items we know and trust, which is great. What’s even greater, though, is that these product pioneers are always bringing in new, amazing gems that turn your shopping experience into more of a treasure hunt.

#2)  Bad A@# Butcher
Our friends at Aspens Market will make your grilling dreams come true with a butcher department that’s dedicated to sourcing local, all-natural, antibiotic-free beef, pork and poultry with no added hormones. What’s more, they also carry fresh seafood that is responsibly raised, fished and harvested.

#3) Dynamite Deli
AspensMarketDeliIn the deli section, there’s no shortage of scrumptious sandwiches to choose from, including banh mi, braised beef and an all-veg option called the ‘Fun-Guy’. The sauces and spreads are crafted in-house, and the daily specials — such as Falafel Friday — are to die for.

So next time you’re in Jackson Hole, don’t leave before striking Aspens Market off your to-do list. Your taste buds will thank you.

Color Us Healthy

We’re fast approaching that beautiful holiday associated with independence, American pride and, of course, cook-outs. Even better, you have an opportunity to bring a party dish that colors you healthy, clever and perfectly patriotic.
We happen to have some key ingredients that can make everyone swoon this 4th of July.

Grab some Allgood Provisions dried cherries and blueberries and knock their red, white and blue socks off!
Here are some ideas:

Have a dried blueberry or dried cherry recipe you’d like to share? Hit us up on Facebook and post it to our wall.

Companies We Love & The People Behind Them: Yee-Haw Pickle Company

Is there anyone in this world that doesn’t love a delicious, crunchy pickle? Our love for snack foods goes way beyond nuts, fruits and seeds and we’re here to declare our love for this classic, satisfying favorite. But we’re not here to tell you about just any pickle. We’re here to let you in on our all time favorite. The Yee-haw Pickle Company has been canning their delicious briny masterpieces since July of 2011 and doing it right here in our hometown of Park City, Utah.

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It all began when Allison and Andrew, fellow pickle lovers, searched far and wide for all-natural, locally sourced and produced pickles in the Mountain West. The only pickles they could find in local stores were all loaded with artificial preservatives, refined sugars and color additives. Needless to say their search fell flat and there was only one thing left to do, take matters into their own hands. Yee-Haw Pickle Company was born and quickly spread as a hometown favorite and now you can find them in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and online at the Yee-Haw Pickle Company website, Mouth.com or AlocalTable.com.

With flavors like Hot Damn Dill, Giddy-Up Garlic Dill and Sweet and Spicy Stackers, you’re sure to find one (or more) that will be your favorite.

Recipe: Allgood Organic Cherries & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, its a mouth full to say, but trust us…you won’t mind having a mouth full of these delicious cookies featuring Allgood Provisions Organic Sun Dried Cherries.

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Ingredients

Ingredients1/2 pound unsalted organic butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds good white chocolate chips
1 cup Allgood Provisions Organic Sun Dried Cherries

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy in large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well.
3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together and add to the mixer on low speed until just combined. Fold in the chopped white chocolate and Allgood Provisions Organic Sun Dried Cherries.
4. Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dampen your hands and flatten the dough slightly.
5. Bake for 15 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool
6. Serve and enjoy!
Feel free to adjust with other great ingredients…great variations include adding Allgood Provisions Organic Almonds, Organic Pistachios or anything else your heart desires!

Retailer Spotlight: Potomac Gourmet Market

Wander into Potomac Gourmet Market at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland and you’ll discover a full service market that far exceeds expectations. Filled with a variety of gourmet items, you’ll not only be able to find exactly what you need for that perfect meal, you may also stumble upon products you’ve never heard of before. Yes, you’ll find the world’s best extra virgin olive oils…but let the staff show you some alternatives that may be even more fitting for your dish, maybe a almond, hazelnut, walnut or avocado oil? Or, are you looking to take your burgers to the next level? Let one of the knowledgeable experts on staff steer you towards the Hooks 10yr Cheddar or Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor. Is your mouth watering yet? Just writing this post is making us hungry.

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From house roasted coffee blends to craft beer, gourmet cheeses to farm fresh veggies, you’ll find the best of the best here at Potomac Gourmet Market. What’s even better is that they also host frequent wine, beer and food tastings so you can sample new items and get inspiration for your next gathering.

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If you’re ever in the Oxon Hill area be sure to stop in and say hello to the friendly staff. Grab some of your favorite Allgood Provisions organic snacks while you’re at it. Potomac Gourmet Market carries Allgood Provisions High Antioxidant Trail Mix, Organic Sundried Blueberries, Organic Pistachios, Organic Almonds, Organic Sundried Cherries and Organic Banana Chips.

Companies We Love: Soul Poles

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The name alone summons something deeper than its physical being. Soul Poles was founded by a group of former U.S. Ski Team racers with a deep love and respect for the earth. Faced with the unfortunate truth presented in the almost constant studies released on global warming, this group of skiers took initiative to stop the cycle and make a change in their ever-consuming industry. Soul Poles was created with a singular purpose, “to innovate the greenest equipment in the snow sports industry by merging sustainable design with uncompromising performance and truly original style”.

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The result is beautiful bamboo ski poles crafted from carefully selected bamboo canes and hand crafted by skiers from cut to assembly all within the Park City studio/factory. By keeping the entire process in house Soul Poles has more control over manufacturing, leading to less waste and energy spent vs. companies that manufacture in China.

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We love Soul Poles because they are showing the ski industry that quality, function and beautiful design can be more sustainable. For a sport so dependent on Mother Nature for its sustainability it’s a shame there aren’t more companies out there reducing the impact the industry has on the environment. Soul Poles should serve as a model for the future of the ski industry gear. Beautifully designed, eco friendly, sustainable bamboo ski poles made with soul. Grab a set and you’ll love them forever, Mother Nature will love you right back. Oh and while you’re at it add on a one of a kind Bamboozie – we can’t get enough of ours:

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Organic Recipe: Organic Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Looking for a dinner recipe that is not only healthy and delicious but also foolproof? Then look no further! This organic recipe for Organic Pistachio Crusted Salmon more than meets the standards. This will no doubt end up as a regular on your meal rotation schedule.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Ingredients

1 (around 2 lbs) side salmon, skin on
2 lemons, juiced
4 tablespoons mustard
1 cup shelled Allgood Provisions Organic Pistachios
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
4 tablespoons canola oil
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F

2. Place the salmon on a baking sheet with the skin side down. Mix the lemon juice and mustard together in a bowl and spread over the salmon.

3. Grind your Allgood Provisions Organic Pistachios in a food processor until coarse. Then, add the panko bread crumbs, oil and salt & pepper.

4. Sprinkle your mixture from the food processor (Allgood Provisions Organic Pistachios, bread crumbs, oil, salt/pepper) over the mustard to cover the salmon.

5. Put your prepared salmon in the preheated oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven to a serving platter.

6. Let the salmon sit about 5 minutes before serving.

And there you have it. Your new favorite, healthy, delicious, Allgood inspired meal. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Happy Cooking!

Love,

The Allgood Provisions Team