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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That: Samplrs Provides The New York-Local Goods For Your Taste Buds.

July 31st, 2012 by Taylor Collins

Samplrs, a New York-based monthly subscription service, is a great online resource that curates top quality artisan foods, and sends them right to your doorstep.

With the idea of providing local merchants with a new channel through which to promote their products, and to provide customers with a new way to discover amazing food from the comfort of their own homes, the founders of Samplrs took it upon themselves to highlight the finest up-and-coming food artisans in the New York area and put them on display.  We are proud to say that Frank Organics extra virgin olive oil has made the Samplrs selection cut.

Customers in search of top quality goods can now simply go to the Samplrs website, and either sign up for a subscription (monthly, three-month, or six-month) to receive 4-6 full-sized products from the finest up-and-coming local food artisans, or opt to just browse the online market for individual purchases.  If a customer chooses to sign up for a Samplr, every package is included with anything from cookies and chocolates to spreads and sauces, along with a card containing product descriptions, pairing suggestions, and recipes.

Another great offer the people at Samplrs provide is a specialized concierge service for corporate gifting/snacking and wedding planning.

So, whether you are looking to explore what the great artisans of New York have to offer, are looking for an innovative gift to send to a friend, or have an office party to provide refreshments for, Samplrs is sure to have you covered.  They even have a blog page, titled The Byte, where you can learn and read the latest about delicious things and sustainable eating!  We hope you enjoy the Samplrs site as much as we do.

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Pop Karma Opens Today on NYC’s Lower East Side!

July 23rd, 2012 by Frank

Starting today, you can visit new natural sustainable popcorn company, Pop Karma, at 95 Orchard Street on NYC’s Lower East Side!

Pop Karma

Now open for business!

Pop Karma makes delicious popcorn from pure, top-quality ingredients.  Their ingredient lists are minimal, since they source the best food possible from responsible, sustainable producers.  It’s real.  Then they pop it in NYC to their demanding specifications.

Pop Karma

Pop Karma founder Jean Tsai, with Moses serving up fresh popcorn.

Pop Karma also uses Frank in all of its popcorn and features Frank in its Mediterranean flavor.  You can always find Pop Karma’s Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel flavors at the storefront.  Right now you can also get a taste of Pop Karma’s Margarita (lime and coconut), White Truffle Cheddar and Barbecue flavors for a limited time, until they bring in some more new, exciting flavors.

While you’re there, don’t forget to try out Pop Karma’s delicious Dallis Brothers coffee, New York Superfoods’ chia snacks, Greek yogurt, raw granola bars and, of course Frank, all also on offer at Pop Karma’s Lower East Side storefront.  Keep an eye out also for when Pop Karma popcorn becomes available for ordering online, at www.popkarma.com.

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Fresh-Air Fun and a Quick Snack On-The-Go!

July 22nd, 2012 by Taylor Collins

The summer season always has plenty of outdoor activities to offer.  From hiking, to water skiing, to playing a pickup game outside at a local park, there are so many ways for everyone to stay physically active while taking in the sun and enjoying some downtime with friends.

Recently, I had the opportunity to go hiking with my friend, Hilary, along the Potomac River on the Billy Goat Trail in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The moderate four mile hike, with its breathtaking view of the river’s power cutting through the hard rock of the Great Falls and flowing into the Potomac Gorge, is a site of natural beauty that everyone deserves to experience.

 

Located on Bear Island, the Billy Goat Trail (along with other marked hiking terrain) is managed by the National Park Service as part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and is co-owned by the Nature Conservancy.  The hiking trail is one of the most popular attractions to explore on Bear Island, with the Potomac Gorge providing an unusual meeting place for plants and animals from different places and altitudes.  According to the Nature Conservancy, approximately 15 globally rare species, 100 state-rare species, and 30 different plant communities exist in the gorge.  In other words, the Potomac Gorge has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of globally rare natural communities.

 

If you ever have the chance to take this adventurous trip into Maryland’s wild terrain that is conveniently located near our nation’s capital, the Nature Conservancy advises you to call ahead to see if the trail is open, not to bring any pets, and to bring plenty of drinking water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), rain gear and bug protection.  What the Nature Conservancy forgot to mention; however, is that you will need to pack some snacks to stay energized for the hike.  Scrambling up rocks and between trees along the Potomac demands a vigorous effort, and Frank wants you to be fully charged for the experience.

Here’s a peanut butter granola bar recipe, courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse and foodnetwork.com, that is sure to put a bounce in your step as you hike along the Billy Goat Trail.  When the opportunity presents itself, we always  use Frank Organics extra virgin olive oil as a replacement for butter in our baking recipes, being that one of our goals over at Frank is to cut back on the cholesterol and fat content in our snacks.  You will find the recipe’s directions easy to follow below, and we hope that you will try out this delicious snack on your next hike or outdoor adventure!

Peanut Butter Granola Bars  

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, via foodnetwork.com.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10 bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or substitute w/ 3 tablespoons of Frank)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup hulled green pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and set aside.

In a small saucepan melt butter (or Frank) with honey over low heat, stirring.

In a large bowl stir together oats, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt. Pour butter (or Frank) mixture over oat mixture and stir until combined well.

On a large baking sheet, spread the granola evenly in a thin layer. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes to keep from sticking or burning, until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. (Do not overcook; the granola will crisp more when cooled.)

Cool the granola in the pan on top of the stove and stir in the raisins. When the granola is completely cooled, place in a large bowl.

Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is at a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the granola, stirring to coat well. Cool slightly and press into the prepared baking dish and let cool completely and harden. Cut the mixture into ten 1 1/4 by 4-inch bars and serve at room temperature. (The bars may be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.)

 

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Frank Is Now Available Nationwide at The Fresh Market Food Store Locations.

July 12th, 2012 by Taylor Collins

Frank Organics is proud to announce that our extra virgin olive oil is now available in The Fresh Market (TFM) store locations across the country. Now Frank is easier to find than ever.  Check out The Fresh Market’s store locations to see where there’s a TFM store near you!

The Fresh Market has 120 stores across the country and is growing rapidly, with several new stores scheduled to open this year.  Founded by Ray and Beverly Berry, TFM got its start in Greensboro, North Carolina, with its first store opening on March 5, 1982.  The small store with loose produce, vitamins, bulk foods, and freshly roasted coffee in bins stood in stark contrast to conventional grocery stores, where foods had increasingly become industrialized, and the stores bigger and less inviting.

Ever since the original store’s opening day and TFM’s successful nationwide expansion, every TFM location has lived up to the founders’ dreams of developing a better grocery store that brings back the feeling of old European style markets while providing an inviting, comfortable and convenient atmosphere for its customers.  Every TFM food store prides itself on its accommodating staff and old world European market feel, where you can visit an array of departments, such as its old-style butcher shop and fish market, bakery, produce and floral stands, and delicatessen.

Frank Organics’ extra virgin olive oil is an ideal addition to TFM’s top quality supply of goods. Frank’s founding principles of openness, honesty, and dedication to offering customers complete transparency in the growing and production processes tie in perfectly with The Fresh Market’s focus on customer service, education and satisfaction. Frank’s background–it’s 100% grown and pressed in Andalusia, Spain–adds to the old European market feel that TFM continues to provide.

We here over at Frank hope that you all can take a trip over to the nearest TFM, and enjoy its feast for the senses as colors and fragrant smells fill the air while classical music plays softly in the background. Whether you’re there just to find Frank, to shop for your weekly groceries, or just have a look around, TFM is on hand to answer all your food questions and talk about the day’s fresh offerings.

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