Yogurt - YUM! (tips & tricks)

We'd love to share some fun ways to spice up, crunch up, and zip up fruit granola yogurt for a breakfast that feels indulgent AND starts your day out beautifully!

 Featured: Fresh figs with honey drizzled on top. Mmmm

Featured: Fresh figs with honey drizzled on top. Mmmm

A yogurt MUST-DO is to dress it up so it feels "fancy" and indulgent. Break out your gorgeous glasses + garnish it beautifully!

Some of our favorite fruits to pair with yogurt:

* berries (any and all!)
* peaches (yum!)
* fresh figs (in season - come and get 'em!)
* kiwi & mango (together is so good!)

 

Sweeten it up!

* a drizzle of "Heavenly Organics" honey is just so good!
* lovely alternatives to honey include maple syrup, agave nectar, and coconut nectar
* or just let fruit be your sweetener!

And finally...

* add some granola or chopped nuts for crunch
* make sure to have a few layers
* take time to ENJOY it!!

A little later this week we'll share about our FAVORITE yogurt with more of your tips! (Spoiler Alert!) Maple Hill Creamery's organic line is LOVELY! We prefer the plain option so we can dress it up the way we like..!

How do YOU like your yogurt?!

Comment below or share your tips on our Facebook - we'll be giving away FOUR yogurts this week to those of you who join in the conversation! :-)

Spring BBQ Featuring Del Terruño Beefsteaks!

BBQ is right outside of Vineyard Grocer on Tuesday, June 12 from 7pm to 8:30pm!

Let us TREAT YOU to Del Terruño beefsteaks, drinks, and delicious salad. Mmmm...

Why are we so excited to feature Del Terruño beefsteaks?

  • This brand has the highest possible standards of animal welfare
  • with their animals roaming free and eating grass as nature intended for literally 100% of their lives.
  • No antibiotics, no hormones.
  • The result is a better dynamic overall, along with a healthier and perfectly flavorful steak.
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Invite friends if you'd like!

<<CLICK HERE for the link to the Facebook event.>> There you'll find you can check off the box that you're "GOING". When you check that box you are AUTOMATICALLY entered to win FREE Del Terruño to bring home with you. (And just by coming, of course we'll already be treating you!!)

Let us eat CAKE! (And more...!)

We've been receiving quite a lot of questions about our cakes recently, so it's time we share a bit more! Have a peek at the slideshow here to see some cakes/treats we've created. BELOW THE SLIDESHOW, you'll find a list of some example ideas of cakes we could do. But don't let those limit you - we can do whatever you'd like!

By the way, these are NOT stock photos. We made these delicious treats!

Some Cake Ideas:

  • Vanilla, Chocolate, or Coconut
  • Strawberry or Pineapple with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Caramel or Chocolate Mousse
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • White Chocolate
  • Add truffles to the top...
  • And really - we can make pretty much anything you'd like!!

    How to Order a Cake:

    • Ideally, please give us 2-3 days' notice, but the absolute minimum is 24 hours. 
    • Let us know what you'd like, and we'll make it happen, with pleasure!

    We Make Cakes & Other Treats For:

    • Weddings
    • Birthdays
    • Other celebrations, like engagement parties
    • Holidays, like Mother's Day or Easter

    Wellness Essentials for the respiratory system

    This past week, one of our team members was out with an awful cough. And where did she go to help feel better? Right back to Vineyard Grocer! ha! Funny but true! Mark and other team members stepped up to share ideas on what could be a help. We're sharing these with you!

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    #1 // Goldenseal, by Herb Pharm

    Get it? Herb PHARM?! We even like their name. :-) In some cases, you might like to go to a pharmacy to get well... but you might also like to reach for plant-based support. And this is the gold behind the goldenseal. Certified organic, this can help big time when your respiratory system has taken a hard hit.

    Goldenseal is known to be helpful with infections, skin issues, digestive challenges, and all things respiratory. It's often paired with echinacea, myrrh, and other immune boosters.

    If you were going to have ONE herb in your wellness arsenal, this could be the one!

    #2 // Honey Lemon Throat Comfort, by Yogi Tea

    We just love all things Yogi Tea. (Come check out our selection! While we don't have EVERY flavor they offer, we do have a lot of 'em!) This particular mix is incredibly soothing and immune boosting, with a mix of honeybush, lemongrass, licorice root, echinacea, peppermint, wild cherry bark, black pepper, slippery elm bark, and stevia leaf.

    It really DOES make a difference!

    #3 // Raw Neem Honey, by Heavenly Organics

    Honey can be incredibly helpful - but it has to be good honey like the ones by Heavenly Organics. This one is collected by bees in an area with no pesticides within such a big radius that it can be certified organic. (That's actually a pretty big deal as honey goes because it's not just the neem trees or flowers that must be organic... it's everything in the area!!)

    So GOOD honey (like this one!) can be your saving grace - it can help strengthen your immune system but is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, AND anti-bacterial (an antibiotic made by nature!).

    #4 // TEN Spring Water

    Water is cleansing us, helping filter, hydrating, nourishing. It couldn't be more important.

    We love carrying TEN Spring Water because it isn't tap water filtered to bottle it... NOPE. It's pure spring water with added electrolytes, making it a "perfect 10" and super alkaline. We have a water filter at home, but when I have reason to pick up a bottle of water THIS is the one! :-)


    We hope this is helpful to a friend out there. If you're feeling under the weather or just want to take good care of yourself, you might also like to check out some of these posts:

    {recipe + deals!} Crazy Easy Ranch Dressing

    Recipe by Éva Raposa

    In honor of this week's crazy special offering on Tierra Farm Organics products, we have a recipe to share on how you can make a NUT-based creamy ranch dressing. It's so good too!!

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    Crazy Easy "Better Than" Ranch Dressing

    INGREDIENTS

    * 2 cups cashews, optionally soaked in 1 1/2 cups water for 2-24 hours in the fridge, then drained
    * 3/4 cup water
    * 1/2 cup ice
    * 1/2 tsp sea salt
    * 5 cloves garlic, peeled
    * 3/8 cup apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    * 1/2 cup finely chopped dill

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Drain the cashews, then blend all ingredients except the dill. Pour mix into a bowl, then hand mix the chopped dill. VOILA! 

      TIPS, TRICKS, & EXTRA INFO

      • This stores well for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
      • Just like ANY ranch dressing, dipping veggies in this is fabulous, but it’s also great on top of a salad and can even work in place of mayonnaise or the like on a sandwich. (YUM!)
      • If you aren’t too keen on cashews, you could easily substitute sunflower seeds, walnuts, or almonds for a slightly different appearance and taste.
      • If you like to have fresh lemon juice on hand, you could lower the ACV by doing half lemon juice and half ACV. Just an option if you want to add a small extra step that is quite good!
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      This week, save on ALL Tierra Farms products! You'll find the nuts, seeds, dates, prunes, ETC. right at our front door.

      EVERYONE saves 20%, but if you happen to also be in our (free!) E-Club, you'll save even more...! <<Click here for details if you're not already a member.>> 

      {Recipe} Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes

      This past week, we bought some local Jerusalem artichokes from a farmer right here on island, and WOW... they've been a big hit. NOTE!! We're looking to buy some more very soon, so please do not despair if you come by the shop and we've run out!

      If you've not tried these guys before, you might be surprised that they can be eaten raw OR cooked in the same ways you'd cook potatoes! We have a recipe to share with you just below. Enjoy!!

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      local Jerusalem artichokes

       ROASTED Jerusalem artichokes... yum!

      ROASTED Jerusalem artichokes... yum!

      Recipe: Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes

      INGREDIENTS
      • 3-1/2 pounds Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
      • 1 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 3 cups whole milk
      • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
      • Freshly ground black pepper

      INSTRUCTIONS & SERVING NOTE
      Combine artichokes, potatoes, salt, and milk in a 5-quart pot, add water to cover by 1 inch, and bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are very tender, about 25 minutes. 

      Drain vegetables in a colander and return to pot. Using a potato masher, mash vegetables with butter and salt and pepper to taste until smooth.

      The dish can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before reheating, covered, over low heat.

      Recipe Credit: “The Gourmet Cookbook” by Ruth Reichel

      Thank you!!

      We’ve heard from so many friends this week that you’ve already voted for us in the “Best of the Vineyard” contest. So there's a good chance you already did.

      Regardless... seriously... we want to THANK YOU. It's almost been overwhelming (but in a good way!) how many of our VG Family have stepped up to let us know you've voted. :-)

      Thank you for voting for us.
      Thank you for shopping with us.
      Thank you for your smiles.
      Thank you for your appreciation.
      Thank you for your surprises...!
      Thank you for your kindness.
      Thank you for telling us what you want.
      Thank you for your feedback.

      And… thank you for being part of our family.

      << If you’ve not yet voted and want to, here is the direct link. >>

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      And if you just want to tell us - ANYTIME - what we can do for you - please don’t hesitate to email us or tell us in whatever way works for you. We are here!!

      With so much gratitude,
      Elio & your VG family
      http://vineyardgrocer.com

      P.S. I won't be sharing about this again... The voting is nearly over. :-)

      P.P.S. We're almost having too much fun about this... If you already voted and wonder what else you can do, feel free to ask your mom, your aunt, your cousin, your pet guinea pig, and other VG family members to vote...! (Joking about the guinea pig. It's all in good fun, and it's all good!!)

      Best of the Vineyard

      What is it? If you're not familiar with the Best of the Vineyard, it's a vote (BY YOU, on island!) of who are your favorite businesses. It's a lovely opportunity to speak up and be heard! The voting ends this week, and then we'll see the results come out this summer...!

      << Click here if you'd like to vote for us. :-D >>

      Best of luck to other businesses on island - in all categories! We really are so lucky to have the opportunities we have!!

      The Sheer DELIGHT of a Care Package... (ideas here!)

      Content by Éva Raposa

      Boy oh boy... it's only March, and many of us are already so busy getting ready for The Season (!!). If you're much busier in the summer than off season, maybe for you too it can be brutal without proper self-care? So we decided this week to offer a lovely care package for a randomly chosen member of our E-Club (psst, it's free and a lovely treat all by itself).

      Read on below to find out why we picked these particular items...!

       Congrats to Sue C., the winner of the care package this week! :-)

      Congrats to Sue C., the winner of the care package this week! :-)

       

      1 // Moroccan Red Clay Powder (delightful face mask!)

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      This clay mask is easy to use, super natural, and shockingly effective.

      If you have sensitive skin like I do (I have to be so careful that things are natural so I don't end up blotchy as heck!), you'll be shocked to find out this little gem is less than $10 and perfect for sensitive skin.

      Just mix the powder with some water, spread it on your face, let it dry, rinse it off (or use a facial loofah or something similar to gently rub it off with more water), and VOILA, tight and super soft skin.

      I just feel CLEAN after I use it. (And my 6-year-old daughter can use it too, with my blessing, after which she says "Feel my face! So sooooooft!" like it's not already so soft. But momma is happy to have softer skin with it too! haha!

      WHERE TO FIND IT IN VG:
      You'll find this mask and quite a few other self-care supplies on the very last aisle, toward the front area of the store. It's directly across the aisle from nail polishes, on the bottom shelf. [the exact location could change, but this is accurate at the time of writing]

       

      2 // Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea

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      Of course, we all have our own favorite flavors!

      But this one - the SWEET ROSE - and others like VANILLA CRÉME - just feel so luxurious. I actually have these two in particular always in my office to offer to clients.

      There is good reason it says "stress-relieving and magical" on the package. It really is. 

      If you haven't already spent time enjoying VG's beautifully curated tea selection, now is a great time to do it!

      WHERE TO FIND IT IN VG:
      You'll find our teas across the aisle from the fresh produce section. It's the first official aisle, and there are quite a few options in the mix! [the exact location could change, but this is accurate at the time of writing]

       

      3 // Chocolove - Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate

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      Of course this is not the first time we've talked about dark chocolate, and in particular Chocolove. (like HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE... ha!)

      It's just such a great treat.

      This particular flavor is the MOST SOLD flavor at Vineyard Grocer, and it's no surprise because the mix is beyond divine. You have that mix of sweet and salty (not too much of either!), the crunch of the almonds, and it's even dairy-free.

       

      WHERE TO FIND IT IN VG:
      You'll find these chocolates (and several others - with LOTS of Chocolove options!) on the first aisle, the one that's across from the fresh produce section. If you're looking at our teas, you'll find the chocolates are closer to the front door. [the exact location could change, but this is accurate at the time of writing]

       

      4 // Aromatherapy - Mineral Bath Soak

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      At the end of a long day, this bath soak is a perfect way to unwind. Two parts of this soak make it doubly perfect. :-)

      The first part is that the actual salt/minerals are there to help your body fully relax.

      The second part is the essential oils that help you relax with the fuller sensory experience.

      It's like helping your body AND soul to relax at the same time!

      WHERE TO FIND IT IN VG:
      You'll find this soak in several different options and along with quite a few other self-care supplies on the very last aisle, toward the front area of the store. It's directly across the aisle from nail polishes, on the bottom shelf. [the exact location could change, but this is accurate at the time of writing]

       

      5 // Heavenly Organics Raw White Honey

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      You'll find quite a few lovely options for sweetener at Vineyard Grocer, including coconut sugar, coconut nectar, agave nectar, several hand-picked brands of raw honey, stevia (the sugar-free, no-junk sweetener that comes from a plant which is called "erva dulce" or SWEET HERB in Portuguese).

      This particular honey is sustainably sourced using "bee-friendly and smoke-free methods" and has a unique flavor, originating from wildflower fields in the Himalayan Mountains. 

      With the colorful container and rich flavor and background, this honey can make a lovely gift (for yourself or for a friend!).

      WHERE TO FIND IT IN VG:
      You'll find this honey and many other sweeteners on the second side of our first aisle. After entering the store, you stay at the front (rather than heading toward the produce section or to the back) and turn left AFTER you see the first official aisle. You'll see the honey right there on the left side toward the bottom, with quite a few other options in that area. [the exact location could change, but this is accurate at the time of writing]