Staff Picks

The first staff person I spoke with this month was Daralyn James, who has been working at the Co-op in the meat department for a year and a half. For her pick this month Darlyn chose the Wallaby whole milk plain Greek yogurt. She said it is a product she finds to be a very useful staple in her kitchen as it is great as a standalone meal, but can also be a good substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise. She thinks it has a nice texture, and is not too tangy. Daralyn says she generally eats it for breakfast or after a workout because it contains a lot of protein and very little sugar compared to some of the competing brands.

Wallaby Yogurt Company was started in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay area and has been expanding ever since. The catalyst for this company came from a trip in 1992 by founders Jerry and Faith, who traveled to Australia for a vacation. They discovered a style of yogurt that simply wasn’t available in American markets and made up their minds to try and reproduce this style back home. Rather than adding gelatins for thickness, as is standard practice for many yogurt companies, Wallaby uses a slow cooking process to create naturally smooth and creamy textured yogurt (Wallaby Yogurt, 2017). All their yogurts are organic and kosher and are gluten free, non-GMO, and without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, artificial sweeteners or colors.

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Dustin Sipes. Dustin has been working as a Cashier for the Co-op since last fall. For his recommendation this month, Dustin chose the Big Dipper Wax works beeswax candles. Dustin says he chose this product because the scents are fantastic, but he also likes that they are one hundred percent beeswax and contain no artificial waxes and have lead free wicks. Dustin told me that because beeswax has a very low melting point, if there is a little wax left after the candle has burned down, it can be melted in a warmer (like scentsy, but better). Dustin also likes to support this company because it is a P6 company (made in Washington), and he feels that many of their production decisions reflect a socially conscious ethic. A couple of his favorite scents include Rapture and Clarity.

Big Dipper Wax Works got its start back in 1993, after a stargazing session on the Olympic Peninsula led to the founder’s epiphany of a company named after “The Big Dipper” that would produce hand “dipped” beeswax candles (Dig Dipper Wax Works, 2017). Their beeswax is filtered via a natural clay process that cleans the wax of impurities, while retaining its natural color and aroma. These candles are produced by hand in small batches. The beautiful color and honey-like fragrance of the candles comes from the pollen and nectar of the flowers that the bees are pollinating. The color is dependent upon what particular crop the bees have been pollinating. For instance, pollination of dark berries will result in a much darker wax with tones of brown. Pollination of clover results in a bright, golden colored wax. These candles are completely non-toxic and tend to have a longer burn time than candles made from other waxes.


Wallaby Yogurt. (2017). About Us. Retrieved from Wallaby Yogurt:

Dig Dipper Wax Works. (2017). Our Story. Retrieved from Big Dipper Wax Works: