Our Representatives and the DARK Act

Where do our elected ‘representatives’ stand on this issue?

Predictably, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx voted against your right to know. She wrote in her weekly newsletter: “On Thursday the House approved legislation that would establish a new, voluntary certification process at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for non-genetically engineered foods, creating a nationally uniform labeling process. Without uniformity in food labeling, America’s food producers are forced to follow different standards in each state, which is expensive for farmers and confusing for consumers.”

In response to my visit to his office on Capital Hill in March, Senator Thom Tillis responded with this statement: “I understand your interests in requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified foods and products, and I am aware of numerous proposals being discussed in the Senate that would address some of your concerns.  In the course of considering these proposals, it will be my goal to balance consumer protection with the need to avoid stifling American business owners with more unworkable regulations.  At least one of those proposals calls for giving additional responsibilities and mandates to the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that reports it is already in need of additional resources to carry out its existing mission and statutory obligations.  At base, this does not seem like a wise course of action. “

Once again, our ‘representatives’ are coming out against consumers. Consumers who want to know if a product contains gluten, meat, eggs, dairy, peanuts and all manner of things. But when it comes to GMOs, business interests trump that of the public.

We will continue to fight, to write letters, and to inform you of the issue. Please let me know your thoughts on the issue and read our newsletter and blog posts to stay informed on the latest developments.unnamed

Round Up For Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center

For the month of August, Bare Essentials Natural Market will be partnering with the Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center 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 provide wilderness camp programs for local at risk youth. 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.

Learn more about Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center here…


At Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center, this is our mission: To create a physically and emotionally safe learning environment where individuals can find harmony and empowerment through self understanding, self confidence, simple living, friendships and fun. In these modern times, computer communication has taken the place of looking somebody in the eye and having a conversation; clean water, fresh air and healthy food are hard to come by; and video games have replaced neighborhood games of “kick the can.” Finding harmony within yourself can be a daunting task. Gaining empowerment through self-confidence and community support is an experience so few of us have really embraced. I feel these are basic human needs that help to create a solid foundation from which “goodness” radiates. We have chosen the lessons of the Southern Appalachians, the experiences that lie within these windy ridge tops and wise valleys, as the path we travel on our journey to accomplish this mission.

Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please tell your friends – we still value word of mouth as the highest quality advertisement!

August Staff Picks!

Curious to see what we’re addicted to this month? Here are a few of our August Staff picks…Look for our faces around the store to easily find what we recommend!

Rishi Ginger and Turmeric Tea


Anita Clemmer – Customer Service Leader

My staff pick is the new Rishi Ginger and Turmeric Tea. It is similar to Yogi Ginger Tea, but with the added benefit of turmeric which has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. I am building up my health in the easiest and most enjoyable way possible: with a delicious cup of tea every day. I am on my 3rd box!

UB Super

00004035_lBen Henderson – Co-Owner

My staff pick is UB Super, a protein superfood nutritional shake. Smoothies are my breakfast and I always incorporate a scoop of protein powder. I’m always looking for the best tasting and most nutritious powders, and I found it from this new company based in Wilmington, NC. The list of superfoods, protein sources, amino acids, essential vitamins, antioxidants and fulvic minerals and prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes is truly impressive. And this stuff tastes really good!

Quest Bar Coconut Cashew

13_coconut_cashew-_1__3Taylor Kettler – Customer Service

“What’s better than coconut?” Coconut and cashew together packed into a delicious protein bar, loaded with 20 grams of protein. If it’s not on top of your to try list yet, let me tell you about the taste! It’s like a tropical vacation in your mouth that never gets old.

Try this delicious recipe from Quest:QuestRecipe

Educating April: Tomato Plants!

On May 15th, 2015 I purchased starter plants we received from Sunshine Cove Farm. One of the plants was a Matt’s Cherry Tomato. Here is the plant going into its pot at my house the day I brought it home.20150515_091950-1 Waiting to get Scotts Miracle Gro Natures Care Organic Potting Mix with Water Conserve, it absorbs like a sponge to protect against over and under watering. I not being at home 24/7, will say this soil works great for people who work a lot. 20150709_085316-1 Here is a picture of my plant about 3/4 weeks after planting in the soil with an old fishing pole. It has a couple of starter tomatoes on it! 20150714_085443 Look at this! I have my first red tomato. Can’t wait to try them! They look so perfect! FullSizeRender And here I am with my tomatoes! They taste wonderful!

For my first time growing a vegetable garden I’d say it turned out pretty good.

Harvest Report: Local Organic Produce

 fresh organic local produce

Oh, the real taste of summer is here!

Check out our selection of local tomatoes.
All grown using organic practices.
Pass the mayo!

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>> Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, Tumbling Shoals Farm
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Shiitake Mushrooms Sweiter Farm, Watauga Co

<<Just In>> Green Bell Pepper Sunshine Cove Farm, Boone NC
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Red Cabbage Fishel Organics, Ashe County
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Heirloom Tomatoes, Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

<<Just In>> Slicer Tomatoes, Bluebird Farm, Burke Co

<<Just In>> Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, Sunshine Cove Farm, Boone NC
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Cherry Tomatoes Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

<<Just In>> Patty Pan Squash, ASU S&D Farm, Boone NC

<<Just In>> Yellow Crookneck Squash, Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

  <<Just In>> Rainbow Chard, Fishel Organics, Ashe County
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Lacinato / Dino Kale, Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

Beet Greens

 ~ Onion Mix (red, yellow, white) Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

~ Zucchini Fishel Organics, Ashe County
Certified Organic

<<Just In>> Striped Zucchini Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

~ Blueberries Brushy Mountain Berry Farm, Wilkes County

  New Life Farm Carrots

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

 ~ Hydroponic Lettuce (Bibb, Red Leaf and Romaine) 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  Nice Ashe Farm (New crop is here!)

~ Elephant Garlic Nice Ashe Farm

local organic produce

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

Certified Organic

Sunshine Cove Farm Micro Greens


~ Regional Produce  ~

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes



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.