January Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with was Dillon Heath, who has been working at the Co-op as a Wellness Specialist for about a month. For his pick, Dillon chose the Bee House ceramic butter dish that can be found in the Wellness Department alongside other dishes and kitchenware.

Dillon selected his pick with the holidays in mind because he thinks these would make an excellent gift for any occasion. He says that he really loves the butter dishes because they are very fine quality and just feel sturdy. They come in an array of colors, and have a nifty spreader knife that has its own slot to rest in underneath the top cover. It will allow you to keep your butter soft and spreadable, while preventing any household pets from helping themselves to a lick or two.

Bee House Ceramics has been creating products since 1974 under their motto “good looking, good feel, and very useful.” Bee House products are always made in Japan with the care and attention of Zero Japan Studio ceramicists. The art of producing ceramic ware in Japan is a much honored craft, and Zero Japan designers take pride in creating timeless designs that are created through the blending of traditional skills with modern techniques. Like many of the Bee House products, the butter dish has a timeless, clean, retro look that would look great in most kitchens.

The next staff person I spoke with was Matthew McConnell, who has been working at the Co-op as a Grocery Stocker for three months. Matthew’s recommendation is the Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes cereal. Matthew said he chose the cereal as his pick this month because he feels it is a product that is relatively healthy and just tastes good. He loves the crunchy texture of the flakes, and says they don’t get soggy too fast (a pre-requisite for any good cereal). Matthew likes that they come in a very large bag and says the heritage flakes make a great dinner in a pinch, and even occasionally on purpose.

Nature’s Path is a well-known, family-owned natural foods company that has been around for over 30 years. Arran Stephens and his wife, Ratana, founded the company in 1985 after a relatively unsuccessful attempt at starting a natural food supermarket called Lifestream. Nature’s Path Foods went from a small shop being run out of the back of their vegetarian restaurant to being North America’s largest organic breakfast foods company, employing hundreds of people in their Washington and Wisconsin facilities, and at their 3,000-acre cooperative organic farm in Canada.

Arran is a self-described artist, entrepreneur, writer, ecology advocate farmer, volunteer, and meditation practitioner, and his stated goal is to produce healthy sustainable products for his customers. He is also one of the founding members of the Non-GMO Project, which is a non-profit organization offering North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

Heritage Flakes is described as a “special blend of ancient grains, including wheat, barley, quinoa, and spelt” that is sweetened with honey and evaporated cane juice. With 17 grams of whole grains, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Matthew says that Heritage Flakes packs a nutritional punch to get your morning started off right.