Round Up: Watauga River Partners

For the month of April, Bare Essentials Natural Market will be partnering with the Watauga River Partners for our Round-Up-For-A-Cause Program. Each time you check out, you will have the opportunity to round up your total a few cents to help fund efforts to protect water quality and quantity in the Watauga River Basin. Every penny counts!

Follow our Round-Up-For-A-Cause Program on our Events page where you can see past and future partners and the amounts that our customers have helped raise for them.


The Watauga River Basin is an outstanding high quality water resource located in the headwaters of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The Watauga River Basin includes 270 miles of streams in Avery and Watauga Counties. The river drains northwest into Tennessee where it flows into the Watauga Reservoir.

About the Watauga River Partners

The Watauga River Partners formed in 1999 as a chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance in response to the growing pressures on the water quality of the Watauga River and its tributaries. The purpose of the organization is to educate the community about the Watauga River and to promote conservation and rehabilitation of the river. Watuaga River Partners’ efforts to protect the Watauga River serve communities along the 60-mile stretch of river. The Watauga River is perhaps the most outstanding natural resource of the North Carolina High Country, where it is a center for outdoor recreation, a site of scientific research, a fragile ecosystem that is home to endangered species of aquatic life, a source of high-quality water, and a contributor to local and regional economies.

Spring Staff Picks for April

Curious to see what we’re addicted to this month?
Here are some of our Staff Picks for April…

Boiron’s Ches300tal Honey

Sara – Wellness Consultant

My most favorite thing in the store these days is Boiron’s Chestal Honey. It works super fast and taste great, it helped me get over my cold in just a few days. Its a homeopathic cough syrup with all natural honey. I like this product the most because its great tasting, it has an effective homeopathic blend and its affordable!

mysticmaid-super-1Mystic Maid

Anita Clemmer – Customer Service Team Leader

The Mystic Maid cuts down on my paper towel use significantly which helps me save money. The cleaning cloth doesn’t have that weird texture that some microfiber cleaning product have and  it will last for years and is best used damp, like just out of the washing machine. It will clean glass windows, showers, glass top stoves, car interiors, anything you want to shine… and with no chemicals, only water! When it is dirty, just throw it into the towel load.
I have a blue one for my kitchen and a greenish one for bathroom cleaning and have had them for many years. We even have one for store use at the registers, to help keep our glass doors streak free and our counters and the coffee station often get cleaned using only the damp Mystic Maid. I have used it for dusting, as well. Just a quick rinse out and it is ready to go do whatever cleaning needs to be done, at home and at work using no chemicals at all!

1164061x2013 Domaine Lafage Cote Est Blanc

Steve – Assistant Manager, Grocery

My food & beverage habits change with the seasons. Spring is the time when I start thinking about seafood, and particularly white wines. We just received our first bottles of 2013 Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc. I love white wines, particularly French blends. This one is a three-grape blend consisting of 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Marsanne. It’s bright, refreshing, and plays on all of the classic white wine characteristics…herbal minerality, the butter mouthfeel that Chardonnays are known for, and some crisp citrus notes on the finish. Great with a light meal, or great with nothing more than warm sunshine & friends; give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Nutrition – Steps to Making Healthier Choices

Proper nutrition is the gateway to a healthy body and life, which is why making sure you are getting the most out of your dietary choices is important. Based off of this fact, it has become a common interest of many to eat a healthier diet and live a better lifestyle.  So what can you look for when shopping to make changes like this easy?

The first thing to look at is how processed a product is from its natural state, such as the difference between apple juice and a regular apple. A whole red apple has vitamin A (beta-carotene) in the skin as well as vitamin C. There is also fiber in the whole apple versus the juice, which often times have added sugars. Fruit juices are not necessarily bad for you but they fresh_cut_apples1should be enjoyed in moderation just like any other sugary beverage. Added sugars are some of the sneakiest things hiding in our food, and consuming too much can increase the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Look out for added or artificial sugars when grocery shopping, and try to use them sparingly when preparing foods.

Another thing to consider is the difference between refined carbohydrates verses complex carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are more processed and typically have less nutritional value. Some examples of refined carbohydrates are white bread, candies, chips, popcorn, French fries and white rice.  Complex carbohydrates typically have less sugar, more fiber and are less processed, examples including black beans, brown rice, whole grain products, and multigrain bread. Because of the added nutrients, complex carbohydrates help to sustain the body longer than refined.

Unhealthy fat content should be monitored in the diet. Animal products and dairy products are known saturated fats, and unfortunately the typical American diet has over the recommended amount of saturated fats and too little of the unsaturated fats. Unsaturated or healthy fats are present in fish, avocados, olive oil, vegetable oil, flax seed, chia seeds and many other sources. These healthy fats aid the body in control cholesterol levels in the blood, brain function and many other things in the body.

Sodium content is also something to look out for, especially in prepackaged or processed foods. Most processed foods have high saturated fat and high sodium content. In moderation both are needed in the body, but the overindulgence is unnecessary and can be harmful. Sodium is a mineral that works as an electrolyte in the body, helping to regulate fluid balance in the cells, and is also important for helping the muscles and nervous system function correctly.  Having too much sodium in the body can cause the body to retain more water, increasing blood pressure and other stress on the body.

When grocery shopping it’s important to look out for different colored skins on vegetables and fruits as good indicators of what nutrients are present in those foods. Red or orange coloration indicates that vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C are present. Red colored fruits and vegetables are also good sources for manganese and fiber. Yellow colored fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium, manganese, magnesium, fiber and vitamin A. Green coloration indicates the presence of chlorophyll which aids the body in oxygenating the blood and provides a building block for iron. The dark green vegetables are also good sources for calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. With all the different colorful options, it’s pretty easy to “taste the rainbow” naturally.chard

Things to Remember:

  • The less processed, the better
  • Watch the saturated fat content on products
  • Watch out for added sugar
  • Strive for more complex carbohydrates
  • Watch the sodium content on products
  • Strive for more colorful foods (vegetables and fruits)
  • Strive for a more balanced diet with complex carbohydrates, protein and fats.


Harvest Report: Local Organic Produce

fresh organic local produce

Spring is finally here!
Local farmers are
bringing fresh spring  crops
to our produce department.
Check out the new arrivals.

Appalachian Grown Local Produce

Look for these fresh, organic fruits & veggies… (while supplies last)

<<Just In>>  Bok Choy /Tatsoi Asian Mix Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

<<Just In>> Spinach Blue Ridge Organics and Hanging Gardens Farm, Ashe County

 <<Just In>> Green Onions Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

<<Just In>> Fresh Parsley Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

  New Life Farm Carrots

Working with local farmers we are able to offer the freshest,
local organic produce grown!


 ~ Hydroponic Lettuce and Spinach Hanging Gardens Farm

local organic produce

All of our produce is either Certified Organic
or grown using sustainable, organic practices
unless others wise stated.

Never Conventionally Grown

~ German Hardneck Garlic New Crop!  Sarah Greene

local organic produce

~ Micro Greens Market Mix, Arugula and Assorted Herbs Sunshine Cove Farm Sunshine Cove Farm Micro Greens

~ Regional Produce  ~

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

North Carolina Turnips


You’ll find Beans, Black Eye Peas & Baking needs in our Bulk Section

Browse through our recipe files!

 Come on by and support the local farmers and your community!

Direct from the farm, local veggies are being delivered almost daily. The farmers we buy from use organic farming methods which preserve farmland and cultivate healthy soils.

Chapul Cricket Bar – “Efficient Protein”

Here at Bare Essentials we do our best to be environmentally conscious and sustainable with how we operate the store, and the products we choose to purchase. Many of the products we supply are backed by companies who hold the same values to protect the environment as we do, and wish to do all they can to make the world a better place.

In celebration of World Water Day we are highlighting a company that makes a huge impact on water use. This company is Chapul, with the simple goal “to build a more sustainable future by introducing incredible efficient insect protein in a delicious, organic product…”

306750312_640Chapul’s mission is simple:
“1. Create a delicious energy bar.
2. Introduce a revolutionary, efficient protein.
3. Invest 10% of all profits in water conservation in the regions which inspire our bars.”

 In case you are unfamiliar with Chapul they produce Cricket Bars, which are made of exactly what it says…..crickets. Pat Crowley, founder of Chapul Bars, explains the reasoning behind using crickets to help preserve water resources elegantly in his story here…

“In the summer of 2011, intrigued by Dr. Marcel Dicke’s TED talk on entomophagy, I started exploring the potential of insect protein as a solution to the overconsumption of freshwater in our industrialized agriculture sector, which consumes as much as 92% of all freshwater we (humans) use around the world. The numbers are striking…insects convert grain and grass into edible protein as much as 10 times more efficiently as cows and pigs, and are both rich in key nutrients such as omega-3 acids and low in fat to boot. And so, the math is simple – if we shift even a small fraction of our protein consumption to environmentally friendly, healthy (and tasty!) insects, we can reduce the huge amount of water which irrigates the massive, mechanized farms which exist solely to feed the 300 million head of cattle and 1.4 billion pigs mankind slaughters every year. Enough change here at home, and one day the mighty Colorado might just reach the sea again.”

Every time you purchase a cricket bar you are contributing to the third step in Chapul’s mission where they donate 10% of all profits to water conservation, helping to change the way we use water resources for the future!

chapuling Purchase the Chapul Aztec Bar – No Soy, Dairy Free, All Natural & Gluten Free and the Chaco Bar – No Soy, Dairy Free & All Natural for $3.19 each at Bare Essentials Natural Market!