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.
The secret to Seely’s delicious candy canes? Pure mint oil harvested from their 450-acre family farm in Clatskanie, Oregon. Once upon a time, there were 714 mint farms in Oregon. Today, there’s only 80, and the only one left on the lower Columbia River belongs to the Seely family. Now in its fourth generation, the Seely farm is one of the last in the US to grow rare, heirloom, non-GMO English Black Mitcham peppermint. The family turns the mint into single-distilled and unblended essential mint oil for everything from flavoring for toothpaste and gum to mint teas—but our favorite use for this fresh flavor has to be the candy canes.
Olykraut owners Sash Sunday and Summer Bock met at a vegetable CSA in 2008. Both avid food activists, the two realized they’d both attended a Wild Fermentation workshop in Olympia.
Soon they were bonding over the idea of a business that promoted the health benefits of raw fermented vegetables while supporting the local food system. The idea? Sauerkraut. The product’s health benefits are amazing: naturally fermented with no vinegar added, Olykraut’s raw and unpasteurized sauerkraut is packed with probiotics. As for supporting the food system, let’s just say this: Olykraut bought over 16,000 pounds of cabbage, onions, carrots and apples from local farmers last year. And if you ask us, that’s not just supporting the food system. That’s championing it.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.”
Since the day we opened our first store, Nancy’s delicious cultured products have been a staple of our dairy case. The Keseys have been adding live, active cultures to dairy products since long before it was fashionable. Fifty years later, Springfield Creamery, where Nancy’s is made, is still family-run and going strong. The tangy flavor of these cultured products is unique to Nancy’s, and your taste buds—and your body—will thank you for indulging often!
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!
Beaverton Foods Inc.
Established in 1929 as a way to keep the family afloat through the Depression, Beaverton Foods has grown over three generations into a wildly successful family-run business. Today, Beaverton Foods makes popular condiments under the brand names of Beaver, Inglehoffer, Napa Valley and Tulelake, in addition to creating secret sauces for local burger joints and hot mustard for Chinese restaurants nationwide. Their mustards and horseradishes have won dozens of awards worldwide, including six medals at the World-Wide Mustard Competition this April. Congratulations to a Home Grown favorite!
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.