Favorite Can we defeat the GMO Giant?

If not, consumers will loose their right to know what’s in their food.

GE-Corn-webA storm is brewing on Capitol Hill and your right to know what’s in your food is being severely threatened.

Here’s the background: in July, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. Opponents know it as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. It would block state labeling laws and laws prohibiting ‘natural’ claims on GMO foods and make it virtually impossible for the FDA to create a federal GMO labeling system. The DARK Act next goes to the Senate, where it is likely to be introduced soon.

When it is introduced, Big Ag is poised to spend $51 million to pass it. You may have seen Monsanto’s ads encouraging a ‘conversation’ about our food. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) alone has spent $5.1 million and hired 32 lobbyists exclusively to ensure passage of the bill in the Senate.

Untitled-designIn order to defeat the DARK Act, consumers must take action now:

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Get the facts about GMO’s. Check out these websites for more information:

Just Label It
Non-GMO Project

  1. Sign up for our special mail list (by clicking here) to learn what’s happening. We’ll let you know when the Senate version of the bill is being introduced, when hearings on the legislation are scheduled, and when votes are being scheduled
  1. Write and call Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. The websites listed make it easy to contact them directly. They need to hear that the majority of their constituents want to know what’s in their food.

If the right to know what’s in your food is as important to you as it is to us, this may be our only chance to turn the tide.  We can win this fight, but it’s going to take every single one of us.  Make your voice heard!

Favorite In Our Freezer: Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon

It’s that time of year again and we have just the right Salmon for you!

The Bridge Between Wild Alaskan Salmon and Your Dinner Table

SalmonToYouDrift Creek Fisheries is a community supported fishery (CSF) in Alaska that delivers Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon to Boone, NC, and will soon include Asheville, NC. The Kropf brothers, who reside in Boone, NC during the off-season, harvest the Sockeye Salmon in Bristol Bay Alaska.

We not only purchased salmon, but helped preserve a way of life…

Bristol Bay is the top producer of sockeye salmon in the world and is being threatened by pit mining operations in Alaska. By purchasing salmon harvested by Drift Creek Fisheries (CSF) Bristol Bay and the fishermen can help preserve the salmon run and the fishery for years to come. “Bristol Bay is the last remaining salmon runs of its size. Our goal along with many of the other fishermen who fish the bay, is to preserve and protect this fishery through proper stewardship so that these prolific salmon runs can continue to provide and prosper for generations to come.” 

What makes Salmon To You unique?

Because this salmon is traveling hundreds of miles to reach your dinner table, and the Kropf brothers want to ensure the salmon you receive is of the highest quality, the processing of the harvested salmon is done differently:  “Your fish is bled on deck, which insures a higher quality meat. It is then put in 34 degree saltwater holds and delivered for processing. It is flash frozen and processed all in less than 12 hours from being taken from the water…We eat the same salmon that we sell all year long and take great pride in being able to thaw out a fillet from the previous season and still be able to enjoy sashimi grade salmon.

Bare Essentials Natural Market has 120 pounds for sale. We will only have Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon while supplies last so hurry before they are gone! Each fillet is $14.99/lb and average between 1 and 2 pounds each. We also have smaller portion sizes this year at $15.99/lb.

To learn more visit Salmon To You Online…

Favorite Harvest Report: Local Organic Produce

 fresh organic local produce

Did you know?
Winter Squashes are one of the richest sources of plant based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotene, which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu.


Local farmers are harvesting
Winter Squash and Greens
for our produce department.
Check out the new arrivals.


Appalachian Grown Local Produce

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

Spaghetti Squash (Stripetti) Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

~ Acorn and Butternut Squash Sunshine Cove Farm, Watauga County
Certified Organic

  Shiitake Mushrooms Sweiter Farm, Watauga Co

~ Spinach Against the Grain Farm, Watauga County

~ Baby Lettuce Mix Balsam Gardens Sylva,NC

~ Asian Greens Mix A Berry Patch Farm, Ashe County

~ Lacinato / Dino Kale, Blue Ridge Organics, Ashe County

Beet Greens~ 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 (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

South Carolina Zucchini Squash


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.

Buy Local!

Favorite Staff Picks for October!

aloedeoAlvera Natural Roll-On Deodorant the Aloe and Almond scent

Tena Wenta – Wellness Consultant

This is an all-day odor protection deodorant with natural ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel and grapefruit seed extract. No animal ingredients, alcohol, dyes or preservatives and is safe and effective alternative to chemical deodorants! It is easy to roll onto skin without irritation. The best is the deodorant still allows one to perspire, allowing our body to release toxins.  This is a good thing! :) The best news is that it really works!

SesameSticksHoneyBulk Sesame Sticks

Caitlin Smith – Marketing Coordinator

If ever we are out of Sesame Sticks in our bulk department you can blame me. They are the perfect snack to take on long bike rides, hikes, kayaking trips, or just relaxing on the couch watching TV! I absolutely love them! You can get as much or as little as you want in many different flavors.

hv-sandalwoodHerbal Vedic Sandalwood Incense

Angela Walsh – Store Manager

Herbal Vedic Ayurvedic Incense is made from pure floral essences, herbs and resins found in nature.  These incense sticks are non-toxic which is great for me as I am very sensitive to scents.
     …awakens the intelligence…
Exactly what I need to help me through my work day. My coworkers are great and let me do what I call chain smoking as I light stick after stick throughout the day.