Celebrate this Special Occasion by Enjoying a Glass of Wine with a Few Tasty Treats
For Earth Day on April 22, why not celebrate this special occasion by enjoying a glass of wine with a few tasty treats—all while saving the planet at the same time? Here are some great eco-friendly food and drink options. By the way, there are even a couple of choices that support charities with every purchase.
Enjoy the intoxicating aroma of rich lilac and sunbaked straw and the enticing flavors of fresh squeezed lime with this California Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99) from the California winery’s Core Collection. The best part—other than the affordable price? For every two bottles sold, the winery will plant one tree in collaboration with Trees4Trees, an Indonesia-based nonprofit group that empowers local communities through partnership reforestation initiatives and related education programs. When you purchase from ONEHOPE, you’re not only helping to save the planet, you’re supporting a business that practices sustainability and social responsibility by recycling its water, glass, and shipping materials; offering fair wages, benefits, and working conditions; and much more.
Healthy baked goods are the hallmark of this Florida-based company that combines owner Ginny Simon’s passion for nutrition and active living with healthy and scrumptious treats crafted by artisan bakers. Have dietary restrictions? Need a quick pick-me-up? Want a healthy organic treat? No problem. You can feel good about treating yourself with Ginny Bakes, which offers everything from chocolate chip cookies ($5.99) to nutrient-rich Crumbles with components like fruit, nuts, seeds, and coconut ($12.99)—all made using organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO ingredients. There’s even an educational blog offering cooking tips, shopping lists and a whole lot more.
Taste Elevated Shop
Two fig trees were the catalyst for this Texas business started by the husband-and-wife team of Lori and Benny Krieger. When deciding what to do with the trees’ plentiful outpouring of fruit became quite a chore, the pair decided to make fig chutney. Today, their Taste Elevated Shop offers an entire line of specialty spread and chutney creations including sun-dried tomato pesto, sweet and spicy mustard seeds, spicy candied kumquats, caramelized onion spread, and pear and fennel compote (all priced at just $7.50 a piece)—all made using real, preservative-free, and non-GMO ingredients. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. Try pairing them with charcuterie boards and cheese platters, using them to enhance your recipes, or giving them as gifts. To help you out, there’s even a special section on the website dedicated to recipes and food pairings.
The Tasteful Garden
From flavorful greens to sweet summer vegetables, Alabama growers Cindy and George Martin offer an outstanding collection of organic vegetables and plants—with the idea of encouraging families to get outside and start gardening together. At The Tasteful Garden, you’ll find a full selection of affordable culinary herbs like arugula, mint, chives, rosemary, and oregano; garlic and shallots; vegetables (even 45 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes); and fruits including blackberries, figs, grapes, and olives, along with herb garden gift sets, growing kits, and more. You’ll also want to be sure to check out the web farm’s helpful growing and cooking tips.
How could you not like a company whose tagline is, “Save the Earth—it’s the only planet with chocolate.” This environmental and socially responsible boutique artisan chocolatier in Maryland was started by California native (and self-taught pastry chef and chocolatier) Rachelle Dalva Ferneau and specializes in offering a smorgasbord of luxurious handcrafted creations (with a global twist)—from the Barcelona Toffee Chocolate Bar ($8.50) to Australian Truffles ($30). All selections are completely void of any dairy or eggs, and as for sustainable practices, Dear Coco goes above and beyond. Think organic, non-GMO, and all-natural ingredients; cocoa beans sourced fairly and directly from cooperatives in West Africa; and vegan substitutes. In addition, not only is their packaging eco-friendly and recyclable, the company gives back contributing to local and global organizations and causes such as The Hunger Project that help feed the hungry.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your special Earth Day menu now!
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for a sponsored post on my blog.