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Good Health Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Great road snack or just something to tide me over ‘til dinner. I shared them with a friend who thought we stopped carrying them; we still have them, they just changed their packaging.  

Nessalla Kombucha (all flavors) and Klarbrunn 

The kombucha makers really have this down! I haven’t had a flavor I did not like! I really like to make mocktails with kombucha and Klarbrunn. Or add alcohol—I call it Booch, Brunn and Hooch. The hooch can be vodka: try Death’s Door (available at Willy West and North). 

Immaculate Baking Company Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

In a hurry and want to bake some cookies? These are your go-to. They are super-easy and delicious. Bet you can’t eat just one.  

Briannas Home Style Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

I have been fond of this dressing for years, and finally we carry it here. So great on salads, and also good paired with game-day chicken wings and celery!


Rishi Tea Tropical Crimson Iced Tea

This ice tea is the because it is so refreshing and so cheap. I drink at least one every day!

Jewell Hollow Woodcraft Cutting Boards 

They are local and handcrafted. Each one is very unique and different. They all make wonderful gifts, but the one in the shape of Wisconsin is very special!


Blue Diamond Hint of Salt Nut Thins®

These crackers are pleasantly crunchy, perfect for the gluten-free and non-gluten-free alike, and go with EVERYTHING. Chicken salad, tuna salad, peanut butter, almond butter, artichoke dip, vegan spinach dip, hard and spreadable cheeses and cheezes, mango chutney, the possibilities are endless! I also appreciate how low they are in sodium so the salt never overwhelms any of the other flavors.


Angelica’s Garden Lime Kvass

It is incandescent lime juice! This lime kvass is less tart than regular lime juice and so much yummier—plus fullof healthy organisms AND from a local small business. I love it mixed with just plain sparkling water, but it would make for a spectacular lime juice replacement in any and all beverages.


Good Health Avocado Oil Lime Ranch Kettle Chips

Super crunchy, awesome tangy flavor, and I love that the product is made with healthy, beneficial avocado oil!


Paqui Tortilla Chips—Nacho Cheese Especial

We looovee these in the Front End. They are a huge flavor explosion and absolutely delicious. Whenever we buy a bag for the Front End office they are gone within minutes.


Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread

This cream cheese is the best dairy-free option out there. The consistency is so smooth, and the subtle flavors from the chives make every bagel delicious. Certainly worth trying if you have a dairy allergy, or are considering alternatives!


Farmer Johns rBGH-Free Provonello

I am so in love with this cheese—mild enough to be good “kid” cheese, with great provolone flavor and string cheese-type texture—it is the best family picnic cheese you could find! 



Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs Gournay Cheese

Last summer while I was visiting friends in Germany, my hostess introduced me to a creamy herb cheese that I fell in love with. This cheese is the closest match I have found in Wisconsin. The herbs are not overpowering, so you can use this cheese in a lot of ways. My favorite, however, is to simply spread it on some fresh bakery bread. It’s soooo good!


Veriditas Sinus Formula

When nothing else will do the trick, this blend of essential oils opens up my sinuses and lets me breathe again! The best part is it works nearly instantly, so you can start feeling better right away.


Alaffia Bulk Unrefined Shea Butter

This is the best moisturizer I’ve found for alleviating the damage a Wisconsin winter can cause my skin, particularly my hands and face. Additionally, this is a fairly traded product that supports fair wages for women in Africa, and the company uses sustainable agricultural practices. As a huge bonus, the price point is exceptional!

Willy Street Co-op Green Zinger

A fantastic treat any time of year. However, I find the Green Zinger especially restorative and uplifting in the winter months. The perfect immune boost and aesthetically pleasing as well. (Available at East and West)


Veriditas Ylang Ylang Hydrosol Facial Toner

This is the olfactory equivalent of Morrissey’s “Suedehead”--you will need to hit the button again and again


Cedar Road Bacon

It’s my new favorite bacon, plus it’s essentially local.


Primal Pit Paste

Primal Pit Paste is the best natural deodorant I have ever used (and I’ve tried them all)! It contains very simple ingredients, it’s long-lasting, and it leaves you smelling great. I’ll never go back to any other brand. 


Weleda Everon Lip Balm

I love this lip balm because it has a super-nice rose and vanilla smell that isn’t overwhelming. It is also long-lasting. Weleda is a good company with quality products that are effective. The lip balm is a bit expensive, but I think it’s worth it—and would make a great gift!


Batch Bakehouse Gruyère Croissant

Eating a croissant from Batch is like having a croissant for the first time. Nothing else prior can compare to the buttery flakiness that they bring to each and every bite. To top it off, there is a river of salty Gruyère flowing through the middle of it. I take them home, warm them up, and throw some faux bacon in them for the ultimate breakfast sandwich!


Willy Street Co-op Caribbean Queen Juice

For something so simple, this product packs a punch and is easily my favorite juice that we carry. We juice the oranges, ginger and lemon in house, so you know it’s fresh. The Caribbean Queen juice is full of everything you need to get through a long Wisconsin winter and all that comes with it. 


Lady Alice® Apples

Just as most apples are starting to fade in flavor and texture, the storage apple Lady Alice® starts to come into its own. Still complex and crunchy even in late winter, it’s one of my favorite varieties of apple to buy this late into the season. 


Fresh Ginger Root

I like to slice it very thin across the grain, then grind it with my coffee beans. Makes my coffee extra yummy and gives me superpowers. 


Pink Lady® Apples

These apples have the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, plus they’re very crunchy. 

Wisconsin Meadows 80/20 Grass-Fed Ground Beef

This ground beef has great flavor, it’s from a local company, and you can’t beat the price!


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