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PRODUCT: Dry Soda

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Not just for salads: Cucumber is a
sophisticated sip. Photo courtesy of Dry
Soda.

As with a dry Martini, Dry Soda is a brand that delivers less sweetness: a 12-ounce bottle of our favorite Cucumber Soda has only 45 calories and 11 carbs. Cucumber soda, you say? It’s wonderful, just like a refreshing glass of cucumber-infused water (or in this case, cucumber sparkling water with a touch of sweetness).

You’ll feel cool as a cucumber with a glass, whether sipping or pairing with foods. Cucumber Dry Soda is a natural with gazpacho, grilled eggplant and other vegetables (and many vegetarian dishes), Mediterranean foods, salmon and tandoori. As a cocktail mixer, it marries with citrus vodka, tequila and of course, cucumber gin.

If cucumber isn’t your thing, Dry Soda’s other flavors include Juniper Berry, Kumquat, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rhubarb and Vanilla. We have other favorites among these, as well.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Table Art

From 18th-century to ultra-modern, sugar bowls, creamers, salt-and-pepper shakers and other accessories add personality to any table. Why not collect them and use a different one each month? They don’t have to match your dishes, they don’t take up much storage space and you can find them at yard sales. In fact, look for old-fashioned salt cellars for the newly-popular artisan salts.  Let the kids make the monthly selection, and give them the job of switching over the sugar, salt and pepper on the first day of the month.

  • Take a look at the many different kinds of artisan salt.
  • You’ll love our Tabletop Section! Find out everything you need to know for a beautiful presentation.

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NEWS: Whole Foods Provides Loans To Small Producers

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The cheese aging room at an artisan creamery. Photo courtesy of Jasper Hill Farm.

Whole Foods Market believes in supporting local farmers and producers. The company’s Local Producer Loan Program provides low-interest loans from $1,000 to $100,000 to small, local producers, to help bring more local products to market. The money can be for things like purchasing more animals, investing in new equipment or converting to organic production. Through the program, the fees, interest rates and paperwork that can often get in the way of a small local farm or business taking the next step to expand its operations, are minimized.
Food artisans from ranchers and beekeepers to ice cream makers and bakers have taken advantage of the program. If you are a local producer yourself, learn more.

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