Our Proud Producers- Cracked Coconut

Here is our interview with Alex Longo, the woman behind Cracked Coconut, a sweet vegan spread that is a brand new addition to our shelves at the store. Alex tells us about how she became a food producer and what products she plans to create next.

 

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What is your background and how did you end up doing what you do now?

I have been battling Crohn’s disease since I was seventeen years old. In my first year of university, I was hospitalized for nine days from an unforeseen illness caused by my Crohn’s prevention medications that almost lead to death. That was my breaking point; I knew there had to be another way to live my life pain- and symptom-free. I immersed myself in studies related to quality nutrition, packaged food systems and ingredient sourcing as well as reading many cook books and blogs about transitioning to a whole food diet. Continue »



Dairy Free Ice Cream Bars

 

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We’re in the dog days of summer now, and the recent spate of hot days has many of us rushing to the freezer , scrambling after the Dicky Dee truck or headed to the local ye olde tyme ice-cream shoppe for a milkshake, ice cream cone or frozen confection on a stick like a Haagen Dazs bar.

But for the vegans among us, or those of us cutting down on dairy, some of the options out there leave a lot to be desired when it comes to flavor and fun. And let’s face it, if we’re reaching for an ice cream or frozen yogurt snack, we aren’t thinking about restraint, we’re thinking of indulgence.
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Campfire Cooking

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There is nothing like getting out of the city and living out of a tent or camper for a few days. Packing properly for campfire cooking is vital to ensure you have an awesome camping experience. Hot dogs and hamburgers are all fine and good but if you care about food experiences this is a great chance to really explore new recipes and techniques that you can’t always indulge in while cooking at home. Here’s our round-up of the best campfire cooking recipes and tips…

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New Running Program for Kids

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Summer vacation is officially on! Does that mean the rugrats are holed up inside playing Halo or are they out in the sun running around? It can be shockingly hard to encourage some kids to go out and play, beautiful sunny days sometimes can’t hold a candle (see what I did there?) to that addictive PlayStation. As parents you must fight this and not raise up a generation of zombies raised on Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto. Our suggestion? Check out this new running series that starts in Ontario this summer. Continue »



Summer Fluff of the Cottonwood Tree

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Cottonwood seed pods explode into a summery fluff.

If you are anywhere near a Cottonwood tree (Populus deltoides, a member of the poplar family) you’ll experience a seasonal event in summer when the seed pods of the female trees ripen and explode, causing fluff to fly everywhere. I caught this one in mid-explosion at the beach on Lake Ontario. You might notice piles of fluff and not know where it came from, as it blows in the wind very easily. The tiny seeds are attached to the fluff, and are spread by the wind or anything the fluff attaches itself to, much like a dandelion seed. Continue »