Bare Essentials Reminds Boone Residents, “You have a Right to Know What’s in Your Food” During 5th Annual Non-GMO Month

Non-GMO-project-logo-450x234This October, Bare Essentials Natural Market will join more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America who are participating in the fifth annual Non-GMO Month. Created by the Non-GMO Project, this month-long celebration puts a spotlight on the consumer’s right to choose food and products without genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

“I talk to customers almost daily who are concerned about GMOs in our food supply. With GMOs now contaminating as much as 80 percent of conventional packaged foods, we’re more committed than ever to helping people find safe, healthy non-GMO choices,” says Bare Essentials Natural Market Co-Owner Ben Henderson. “We believe people have the right to know what’s in their food, and we’ll be celebrating that right throughout Non-GMO Month this October.” During Non-GMO Month, Bare Essentials Natural Market will help shoppers identify Non-GMO Project Verified choices with special shelf tags, end cap displays and educational materials.

The non-GMO category is one of the fastest growing sectors in grocery; with 80% of shoppers seeking out non-GMO products and 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying. This growing awareness is sparking major change in the industry: labeling ballot measures, food manufacturers refining ingredients; retailers announcing their non-GMO purchasing policies; and food service companies inquiring about verification. To date, over 22,000 products have been Non-GMO Project Verified, with annual sales of these products topping $7 billion.

Public concern about GMOs is rising as studies increasingly raise doubts about the long-term safety and environmental impact of this experimental technology. GMO labeling is mandatory in 64 countries around the world, including Australia, Russia, China, and all of Europe, but no such requirements exist in the U.S.

“The right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families is so basic,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the nonprofit Non-GMO Project. “Americans deserve the same freedom to avoid experimental GMO foods as people in other countries.”

The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

For additional information, visit the links below:

“What is GMO?”
“Non-GMO Month”
“Labeling Survey Results”
“State Labeling Initiatives”

Organic Oscar – It’s Not What They Do But Why

organic oscar logoWe all take great care when picking out soaps and shampoos for ourselves but what about our furry friends? Shouldn’t we be as concerned with what we use on their skin as well?

Marie Svet was, and as a concerned pet parent, she wanted to provide the best organic, all-natural care for her dog’s sensitive skin. Seeking to give her pups the same healthy treatment that she would give any other member of her family, Marie was unable to find an effective dog shampoo. From that desire Organic Oscar was born. She used her experience working in the cosmetics and perfume industry to develop a line of grooming products for pets that is organic, cruelty free and environmentally friendly as well as affordable.

organicoscar_holistic_front_webOrganic Oscar’s commitment to offer high quality, healthy and safe grooming products means that their products contain the highest percentage of organic, natural and biodegradable ingredients as possible. Just take a look at the ingredient label. They have earned the Leaping Bunny logo from the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ due to their dedication to not testing on animals. Biodegradable ingredients keep the environment safe, the packaging is 100% recyclable, and Organic Oscar products are made in a solar powered facility in California.

After a full day of helping us in the garden, Mollie had her most recent bath using Organic Oscar Skin Itch and Irritation shampoo. It was easy to soap up and rinsed out with no problem, Mollie was soft, shiny and white once again! She smelled wonderful too. It was great to have the pump bottle; I didn’t have to pick up and squeeze out more while trying to manage a dog that doesn’t really care for a bath at all.

If you are looking for a quality shampoo, that gets the job done, Organic Oscar is the one for your pet. It gets the job done using ingredients that are safe for your pet and the environment. Did I mention how cute the bottle is?

Organic Oscar

Believes in a healthy lifestyle

All products are made with certified organic and all-natural ingredients. Free of soaps, parabens, sulfates, petroleum-based ingredients, dyes and artificial fragrances.

Doing the right thing

All products are certified cruelty free, meaning that their individual ingredients and final product have never been tested on animals.

Cares about the environment

All products are made with all-natural, biodegradable ingredients, 100% recyclable packaging, and their facility is solar-powered.

Takes pride in quality products

All products are manufactured in the USA, ensuring and exceeding high formulation standards.

Gives back

When you purchase Organic Oscar you are helping support animals in need. A portion of all proceeds goes to charitable organizations and events that support the humane treatment of animals.

RealLocal: Little Birdie Soap

At Bare Essentials Natural Market we’re committed to local because we are local.

Whether you’re looking for local produce, granola, coffee, wine, herbal supplements, or body care, we have you covered. Learn more about Bare Essentials’ commitment to local products here… And see a full list of our local vendors here…

littlebirdieThis month we are highlighting Little Birdie Soaps, a handmade soap company from Mooresville, NC. On our shelves you can find an assortment of their beautiful and aromatic handmade bar soaps, as well as their Stardust Sugar Scrub, In the Pink Travelin’ Soap, and In the Pink Facial Soap. Here’s a the story of Little Birdie…

My husband and I started Little Birdie a few years ago out of our home in Mooresville, North Carolina. Our company was founded on necessity…my own skin. After a career of cooking, painting and metalsmithing, my skin was abused and, after a little research, it became clear that I needed to stop using the detergent and chemical based commercial products available in most stores.
I began to formulate my own recipes and loaded them with beneficial and luxurious organic ingredients. I noticed that my skin really improved so I broadened my research and began developing new formulas and products. But, let’s face facts; we can have the best performing soap in the world, but if it doesn’t look and smell pretty we aren’t going to use it. I called on my background as an artist and made all our Little Birdie products look and smell as beautiful as they feel.
Recently, Little Birdie completed an intensive process to receive our USDA Organic Certification. We are only one of a small handful of artisanal soap makers to receive this certification in the United States. We work hard to ensure that we provide our customers with the best beauty products nature can provide.
That is what Little Birdie is all about: beautiful, luxurious products that are organic, pure, all natural food for your skin. We can be found online at Little Birdie Soap Online.

~ Mary Ann Forehand

Bodyceuticals: All-In-One Body Care With Calendula

bodyceuticals calendulaHave you been searching for an all-in-one body product capable of nourishing and protecting our skin, while also helping it to look its best? Thanks to Bodyceuticals, the search is over! Using the power of the Calendula flower, Bodyceuticals has created a line of products that are meant to nourish, protect, and heal your skin on the deepest level. And you can find them here at Bare Essentials Natural Market for 15% OFF through September.

Calendula’s various healing properties have earned it the name “flower of the sun.” The flowers contain powerful phytonutrients such as lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, quercetin, rutin, and ubiquinone. These nutrients help to protect the skin from free-radical damage and assist the body in vital healing processes. Calendula is naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It stimulates the production of lymphocytes, making it ideal for healing wounds. Lymphocytes aid in cleaning wounds of debris and dead skin cells, and increases the growth of new blood vessels and nerve cells. Calendula also helps to increase the level of collagen within body tissues, which can aid in scar reduction, and leaves the skin looking and feeling soft and supple.

bodyceuticalsBodyceuticals products start simply with the basic Calendula oil and salve. These products are perfect for everyone to keep in their medicine cabinet. They can be used to soothe a multitude of ailments such as burns, cuts and scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, insect bites and much more. They’re a perfect gift for new parents. Calendula is soothing for mommy and baby’s sensitive skin, and helps with diaper rash and cradle cap. The facial line includes a cleanser, toners, and several facial creams that are tailored to different types of skin. Bodyceuticals also offers a line of Body Cocktails – Calendula oil-based body moisturizers that come in a variety of delicious scents.

These products make a great addition to any natural skincare regimen. If you’d like to know more, our experienced staff at Bare Essentials Natural Market is available to help you find solutions for your individual needs.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Harvest Report: Local Organic Produce

Check our produce department for new arrivals.

fresh organic local produceCelery / Ashe County
Concord Grapes / Ashe County
Apples /Watauga County
Butternut  Squash / Ashe County
Acorn Squash / Ashe County
Pie Pumpkins / Reidsville,NC
and Watauga County Tomatoes!
Just to name a few.

Appalachian Grown Local Produce

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

<<Just In>> Butternut Squash Fishel Organics, Ashe County

<<Just In>> ~ Green Celery Blue Ridge Organics

<<Just In>> ~ Wild Purple Concord Grapes  Westhill Farm, Ashe Co

 ~ Pie Pumpkins Jimmy Johnson Farm – Reidsville,NC

  ~ Acorn Squash Zydeco Moon Farm

 ~ Danvers Carrots w/tops New Life Farm

New Life Farm Carrots~ Red Bell Peppers New Life Farm – Boone, NC

~ Green Leaf Lettuce New Life Farm – Boone, NC

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

 ~ Shiitake Mushrooms Riddle Knob Farm,
Grown on White Oak in a plastic covered tunnel.
Top Quality.
Much more flavor than conventionally grown.

 ~ Green Cabbage Fishel Organics

~ Zucchini  New Life Farm – Boone, NC

~ Hydroponic Lettuce 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

Curly Kale Fishel Organics / New Life Farm

~ German Hardneck Garlic New Crop!  Sarah Greene

local organic produce

~ Sweet Corn on the Cob Rocking S Farm / Owls Nest Farm

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

~ Ginger Root (new crop coming soon!)

~ Leeks Blue Ridge Organics

~ Slicing Tomatoes  New Life Farm

Local Low Spray Apples (New crop is here!)

~ Maidens Blush a crisp, juicy, and sweet multi-purpose apple.

 ~ Macintosh a sweet-tart apple.

~ Pristine An early, sweet tart apple. Crisp and refreshing

Moretz Mountain Orchard Boone NC

What is  ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ Low Spray?

Low spray means that the orchard is lowering the threshold for blemished apples by spraying less than would be required to get the standard 2% blemish rate of a conventional orchard. So they spray selectively if a issue comes up but never a broad spectrum non specific application.

The orchard steers clear from anything that has too long of a residue life and always wait the recommended times to pick after a spray to reduce residue, usually 2 days.

The orchard uses Pest/disease resistant heirloom varieties.


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.