October Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Cassie Sears, who has been working at the Co-op as a Wellness Specialist since May. For her pick this month Cassie chose the Ginger People Ginger Soother drink located in the drink cooler. Cassie says she recommends this product because it is really nice to drink for an upset stomach, a sore throat, or if you just need a little ginger zing. Cassie recommends warming the soother as the weather gets cooler or if you have a sore throat.

Family-owned and operated, The Ginger People was founded in 1984 with a mission of expanding the market of ginger products. Their goal was also to educate people about using ginger medicinally “to restore vital energy, stimulate circulation, and relieve countless maladies including nausea, headaches and arthritis.” The company has factories in the United States and Australia and sells over 80 ginger ingredients and finished products, including ginger candies, baked goods, and beverages (gingerpeople.com).

According to The Ginger People’s website, ginger is high in antioxidants that help to neutralize inflammation caused by free radicals. For more information regarding the potential health benefits associated with ginger, visit http://gingerpeople.com/c/cat/health.

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Sarah Welker. She has worked at the Co-op for nine months in the Bakery, Meat Department, and as a Stocker. Her pick this month was the Dry Sparkling Rhubarb Soda. Sarah decided on this product because she isn’t really a soda drinker, but when she tried this soda, she was pleasantly surprised. She said that it is not overly carbonated but has a nice effervescence. She also thought it was light and refreshing and slightly tart. She was drawn to the rhubarb flavor because it is unusual.

Dry Sparkling was founded in 2005 by Sharelle Klaus. Her mission was to craft sparkling beverages that were worthy of pairing with gourmet food and being used in premium mixology recipes. To achieve this, she worked with some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs to discover “how to use unique flavor notes to create sparkling beverages that are simple and unexpectedly palate pleasing” (drysparkling.com). The company’s headquarters is in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, the oldest part of the city.

The company initially produced four flavors: Lavender, Lemongrass, Rhubarb, and Kumquat. They’ve since expanded their offerings and now also produce Blood Orange, Vanilla Bean, Juniper Berry, Rainier Cherry, Cucumber, and Fuji Apple. They also have a rotation of limited edition seasonal flavors, such as Serrano Pepper and Malali Watermelon. Oh, and I’ll let you in on a little secret. Next time you’re enjoying a bottle of Dry, take a look on the inside of the label; they put a short anecdote on there about each flavor.