Everyday essentials for everyone on your list
At your friendly neighborhood grocery store, you can find everything from pasture eggs and organic baby food to Frosted Flakes and Coca-Cola in our aisles. We're here to please the whole family. If you don't see something on our shelves, just ask us — we'll do our best to get it for you.
Pacific Northwest Kale Chips is a certified B Corp working directly with local farmers. Sound familiar?
Kale chips: suddenly, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got by without this dark, leafy snack. The brand our customers call for the loudest? Pacific Northwest Kale Chips, in all their distinctively Northwestern flavors. Founded by Bend native Sara Poole, this is a company deeply connected to the regional food economy, sourcing directly from many of the same local farms that we do. What’s more, they’ve made giving back to their communities a priority, donating 10% of their profits after taxes—just like a certain local grocery store. It’s easy to see why they’ve already joined New Seasons Market in becoming a certified B Corporation—a third-party certification awarded to companies using the power of business for good. But what about the chips themselves, which include ingredients like Oregon hazelnuts or sriracha? We have three words for them: Oh. My. Goodness.
Candy doesn’t get more local than Jami Curl’s QUIN. Her lollipops, gumdrops and caramels are crafted lovingly by hand—there’s no Oompa Loompas in her downtown Portland kitchen. Jami’s been dreaming of making or eating candy her whole life. But she’ll be the first to admit there’s still a bit of mystery behind the business of making candy. “As the building blocks of QUIN were being put into place, I felt so lucky that something I love so much could be my job,” says Jami. “But the first time I made a lollipop I could not believe it—it was so magical and wizard-like!”
We’re thrilled to bring QUIN’s world of imagination to all 13 New Seasons Market stores. And Jami—who calls New Seasons her market of choice—feels the same way. “I’m still pinching myself…I can’t wait to roll my son past the QUIN Candy and watch his mouth fall open in awe!”
Our selection will feature everything from blackberry tangerine gumdrops to her famous mouth-watering, fruity Dreams Come Chew candies. The best part? QUIN candy uses as many high-quality regional ingredients as possible. Like in her Best of Oregon caramels, which pair sweet Bee Local Honey with Jacobsen Sea Salt flakes harvested on the Oregon Coast and hazelnuts from a farm just outside Portland. And that’s not just local—to us, that’s hyper-local. And hyper-good.
Water Avenue Coffee
Water Avenue’s goal is simple: to have the finest, freshest coffee available. How? “We stay intimate with our coffee. We want to know it,” says co-owner Brandon Smyth. It’s about relationships: from bean farmers to baristas, the Water Avenue philosophy is holistic, viewing every step of the chain as a vital part of the process. That’s why they’ll work with farmers in El Salvador on sustainable practices to save rare Bourbon coffee trees from the deadly Roya fungus — and why they’ll bring baristas to South America to show them the harvesting process. “Everyone is part of the final product,” says Brandon. “I’ve been extremely lucky to work with honest, good and hard-working people and farmers, and that’s a big part of our success.”
Bob’s Red Mill
Oddly enough, Bob’s Red Mill was founded after Bob Moore had retired. In the 1970s, he and his wife had left their California flourmill behind for a peaceful retirement in Oregon, but the “For Sale” sign on an old mill was too much to resist. Bob quickly built a business run by a tight-knit family of employees, and Bob’s has since become an Oregon institution. It’s one of our favorite sources for top-notch, carefully packaged beans, grains, cereals, mixes and gluten-free foods.
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Wild Friends Nut Butter
Created by Keeley and Erika, two University of Oregon students whose near-empty pantry sparked innovation, these nut butters pack a unique punch! With flavorful ingredients like espresso powder, coconut and pretzels to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favorite spread for your bread. With its grassroots beginning, Wild Friends Nut Butter is yet another Oregon-based small business we’re pleased to support as it continues to grow. Congratulations Keeley and Erika!
Stiebrs Farms is something special — they’ve been in the egg business for over 50 years! Along with their children, Jon and Diana Stiebrs still own and operate the family business started in 1949 by their ancestors, who emigrated from Latvia. Their organic, cage-free, certified humane eggs are gathered by hand and packaged with the greatest care. That’s just one reason we love working with the Stiebrs.
Founded by Lisa Herlinger-Esco in 2004, Ruby Jewel is a local gem. Their all-natural ice cream sandwiches have a loyal following, and for good reason. Sustainably made with only the freshest local ingredients, their treats are simply extraordinary. We love working with Ruby Jewel not only for their use of local, handmade ingredients and their commitment to sustainability, but also because of the quality of their products.
Hot Winter Hot Sauce
North Portland’s Shaun Winter won the Food Innovation Center’s Get your Recipe to Market contest with the Hot Winter Hot Sauce: a blend of his own specifically-bred pepper with a variety of heirlooms grown on small-scale organic farms.
At this Northeast Portland coffee company founded in 2012, small-batch coffee is roasted, weighed, and hand-packed for a great cause. In addition to offering top-notch beans worthy of any coffee connoisseur’s mug, Happy Cup creates competitive-wage work for adults with disabilities at their Northeast Sandy Boulevard roasting facility, and donates 100% of proceeds to create recreational activities and social engagement for the local disabled community. From labeling the recycled-paper packages and adding twist ties, to serving coffee at farmers’ markets, Happy Cup’s employees learn work skills that enable them to play an active role in the workforce — a necessary step for the 78% of unemployed adults with disabilities. What’s more, Happy Cup’s mission of empowerment and equality extends beyond the Pacific Northwest, reaching small farms where beans are ethically sourced through humanitarian-based Kabum Coffee. With every pound of Happy Cup coffee purchased, java lovers are part of a truly inspiring chain of Home Grown compassion for “people with potential.” We’ll drink to that!
Grocery Stories Podcast: Nancy's Yogurt
Find out why Nancy's Yogurt is a long-time Northwest favorite. Grocery Stories is an interactive podcast produced and conceived by guest artists Nolan Calisch and Molly Sherman, PSU MFA in Social Practice students
About the Artists
Nolan Calisch is a photographer currently earning his MFA from Portland State University's Art and Social Practice Program. He lives on his organic farm near Portland, Oregon where he grows food for 30 families through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
Molly Sherman is an artist and designer living in Portland, Oregon. She is also a co-director of Farm School. As a designer, she has worked with a wide range of clients including the Hammer Museum and Portland Art Museum. Molly is currently an MFA candidate in Portland State University's Art and Social Practice Program.
Nolan and Molly are the co-founders and co-directors of Farm School, an ongoing series of projects that bring together site-specific learning, art, and agriculture.