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Save the Celery Tops!

posted on January 31st, 2012 by Bristol Farms

Often times, one chops off and discards the tops to celery bunches only to use the main part of a celery rib. It’s a disgrace! Celery tops have tender textured celery ribs with leafy greens that yield plenty of intense celery flavors if used in many recipes. When chopped, celery tops make a great addition as an herb in soups, potato salad, stuffing, or a main feature in salads. This week, we saved our tops and featured them in a romaine salad with dates, avocado, and raw almonds. The sweetness of the dates and buttery avocado cut the slight bitterness of the celery leaves and was simply divine. Enjoy! Romaine Salad with Celery Tops, Dates, Avocado, Cucumber, and Raw Almonds Ingredients: 1 head Romaine Lettuce I bunch Celery Tops with leaves, rough chopped 3 large pitted Medjool Dates, chopped 1 Avocado, diced ½ Cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced ¼ cup Raw Almonds 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tbsp Sherry Vinegar Salt and Pepper to taste Directions: Chop the head of… Read More

SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Aaron Jones

With many natural and artificial sweeteners on the market, how do you know which one is best for you?  If you’re looking for an all natural sweetener that both tastes good and is good for you, look no further than SweetLeaf, 100% natural Stevia sweetener.  This versatile sweetener can add a touch of sweetness to any drink or can be used as a sugar substitute in your favorite dessert recipe. Stevia is one of the most health restoring plants on earth. What whole leaf Stevia does both inside the body and on the skin is incredible. Native to Paraguay, it is a small green plant bearing leaves which have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Besides the intensely sweet glycosides (Steviosides, Rebaudiosides and a Dulcoside), various studies have found the leaf to contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin (a flavonoid), true vitamin A, Vitamin C and an oil which contains 53 other… Read More

Groundwork Organic Coffee

posted on January 26th, 2012 by Mike McMahon

Bristol Farms is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with another pioneer in California’s local organic movement, Groundwork Coffee! The Groundwork mission is simple: find the highest quality coffee, roast it to perfection, and provide you with a coffee-drinking experience like no other. Their goal is to purchase and roast the world’s best organic, fairly traded beans, while improving the well-being of the people, environments, and economic status of their entire supply chain. Groundwork is a Los Angeles-based outfit that has long been committed to building community, supporting local initiatives here in southern California, and paying a premium to the farmers they source from abroad. Groundwork dates back to 1990, when founder, Richard Karno, started his rare book and cafe business by roasting his own coffee. The demand from local Los Angeles restaurants became so great he began roasting around the clock. Groundwork then went on to become one of the first certified… Read More

Baked Kale Chips

posted on January 25th, 2012 by Bristol Farms

Our “green vegetable” pick of the week is Kale! Hearty, earthy, and dark green with a curly texture, Kale is a superfood considered to be one of the most highly nutritious vegetables with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may be hard to swallow for some in its raw form, but makes a great addition finely chopped in salads or wilted and cooked down in winter soups. One fun way of serving kale is by making kale chips! Crunchy and slightly salted, kale chips are a healthy substitute to the ever-so-satisfying potato chip snack. Kids will love them too! Kale Chips: Pre-heat oven to 375°. With one bunch kale, cut out ribs of kale leaves lengthwise by carefully gliding a knife down the right and left of the rib. Pile and chop the kale leaves in about 1 inch strips, horizontally. Wash and dry the chopped leaves in a salad spinner. Arrange the leaves on a rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on the leaves and sprinkle with salt and pepper to… Read More

Kitchen Graters

posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Carl Smith

When it comes down to it, often times old inexpensive gadgets are the best. The box grater is good for grating most things, but not all box graters are made alike. Do not forget the handheld graters and zesters. Each has its purpose in the kitchen. Box Graters These graters usually have 4 different sides for different uses. The large hole side is good for shredding soft cheeses and harder root vegetables like potatoes. The medium-size holes make smaller shreds of hard foods. The small holes turn out fine, crumbs. Great for hard cheeses like Parmesan and Romano.  The single straight sharp edge is for shaving thin slices of hard foods, such as carrots or potatoes. Look for a comfortable handle; rubber at the bottom to prevent sliding across a counter. Handheld Graters or Rasps For shredding directly into a bowls or a pot, the rasps are much handier than box graters for this task. With only a single hole size, they work well for small amounts of hard cheese or other foods, such as… Read More

Carlsbad Strawberry Company

posted on January 20th, 2012 by John Savidan

This week's sale on strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries is one sweet deal! 6 oz. blueberries or blackberries for $1.99 and 16 oz. strawberries and 6 oz. raspberries for $2.99! Our strawberries are locally grown by the Carlsbad Strawberry Company in Carlsbad, California. Carlsbad Strawberry Co. has been growing strawberries at their present location (bordered by Cannon Road, the Batiquitos Lagoon and Interstate 5) for over forty five years. The seeds of a strawberry are planted up in the mountains of Northern California in very cold weather until they are grown to a small plant called a seedling. These seedlings are then brought down to Carlsbad, and transplanted into the ground around late September early October. All strawberries are first developed from a flower, and from the flower to the actual strawberry, this process takes 30 days. After October in about 90 days or so, the plants will begin producing strawberries. The season lasts from January through… Read More

Bristol Farms Rolling Hills Remodel & Open House

posted on January 18th, 2012 by Bristol Farms

While it’s been eagerly anticipated, our very first store on the hill is undergoing a remodel and beautiful facelift and is ready to unveil itself during our grand re-opening on January 18th. Bristol Farms has collected a long string of accolades since our first store opened in 1982 in Rolling Hills, but this being our original store that started it all, holds a special place in our hearts. We are truly excited about the revamping of the store and the excitement is clearly extended through to our dedicated patrons on the hill. The remodel and merchandising set boasts new items and a better selection in support of our Great Taste Just Got Better merchandising plan where we added over 4,500 new organic, natural, local, and gluten free products, combined with more specials and more everyday values on key brands throughout the store. We've added more shelves, more items, more variety, and more value to the extraordinary products and unique Bristol style customer service our shoppers… Read More

Sumatra Blue Batak is here!

posted on January 17th, 2012 by Christophe Moreau

Bristol Farms is proud to announce that we will once again offer this incredibly delicious roasted coffee! Available January 25th. Deeply hued, meticulously selected beans from the ethnic Batak region. A sweet, heavy, and aromatic cup, perfect for the winter months. Sumatra Blue Batak is a special offering and is available for a limited time. Named for the ethnic Batak region in North Sumatra where this coffee grows, Sumatra Blue Batak exemplifies many of the ideal characteristics of an Indonesian coffee. The thick, syrupy mouth feel, smooth acidity, and rich hints of dessert wine are perfect for the cold, dark winter months. The Batak ethnic farmers utilize a ‘wet hulling’ process to separate the beans from the coffee cherries which gives this coffee an unmistakable blue hue before roasting. This process also imparts some distinct berry flavors from the lush rain forest surrounding Lake Toba, the defining feature of this region of Sumatra. Wet hulling enables the farmers to… Read More

Bakery Fruit and Pecan Bars

posted on January 13th, 2012 by Christophe Moreau

Bristol Farms Bakery Bars- Raspberry, Pecan and Fire Roasted Fuji Apple! Come into Bristol Farms during the month of January and you’ll get them for just 99¢ each! And you thought you’d have to give up all sorts of goodies to stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions, well at Bristol Farms you can still indulge and stay on track with our ‘just enough’ portion size bakery bars! For starters, Bristol’s own Raspberry Bar is filled with tart raspberries, 100% Natural rolled oats, brown sugar and a bit of buttery goodness! If you haven’t tried our Fire Roasted Fuji Apple Bar, filled with Fuji apples, oats, brown sugar, and just enough cinnamon and spice - well now is the perfect time at this incredible price. Then there’s my favorite, Bristol’s own Pecan Bar.  This yummy morsel of goodness has all the elements of what we expect - pecans, butter, brown sugar, and Tahitian vanilla...what’s not to love about that! All three in just the right size, so you can… Read More

Yogi Teas at Bristol Farms

posted on January 11th, 2012 by Silvia Navas

What’s new at Bristol Farms? We’re proud to offer you a new Natural Living department. Featuring natural and organic hair, skin, and body care products, holistic health and nutrition remedies, and solutions, vitamins, supplements, and a variety of other natural products to meet your Natural Living needs. To better acquaint you with our Natural Living product offering, we're featuring Yogi Medicinal Teas. Yogi Tea is committed to offering only the finest selection of organic teas that are grounded in ancient wisdom in a simple and natural way of living. The distinctively pleasing flavors and aromas awaken your senses, while the healthful combinations uplift your spirits. Take a step toward lasting health with purposeful and flavorful Yogi teas. Each tea is blended with exotic herbs and spices that when combined create enticingly distinctive flavors and aromas. These teas work naturally with your body and mind so that they not only taste great but also leave you with a sense of… Read More

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