Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Peppers Newsletter December 1, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Today in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give her seat on the bus to a white man who had no place to sit because the &quot;white&quot; only seating section was full. Rosa, along with three other &quot;coloured&quot; people were told by the bus driver to stand and give up their seats to allow more seating for whites. The other three complied, but Rosa did not. No, the 42 year old was sick and tired of giving in to the demands of white society. She was arrested and found guilty four days later for violating segregation laws (and charged $10 plus another $4 for court fees) and given a suspended sentence. Her non-compliance led to a bus boycott which garnered national and international attention. On November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to have segregated buses and Rosa, who had since lost her job and experienced a full year of harrassment and threats,&nbsp;became known as &quot;the mother of the civil rights movement.&quot; She moved to Detroit and lived a meaningful life working as an administrative aid for a congressman and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honour that can be granted in the United States. Rosa died on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92.</p><p>There&#39;s a bunch of new stuff to talk about today (much of it gluten-free) so let&#39;s get started! Two weeks we told you about the <em><strong>Dr. Henry Whiskey BBQ Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;and we sold out immediately! But despair not, for we now have loads of it back in stock, as well as another of the creator&#39;s sauces: <em><strong>Chef Ann Kirsebom&#39;s Tequi-Lime Sauce</strong></em>, described on the website as &quot;<em>a fusion of East meets West in a bottle. The sweet dark flavors of the Asian grill; blend with the south-of-the-border heats of chilies, bright fresh lime finished with a celebratory shot of Tequila!</em>&quot; Pick up a bottle of each when you shop this week!</p><p>Our Deli Department is going all out once again bringing in items that will make your holidays dazling and delicious! For starters, they&#39;ve added <em><strong>Lynch Mincemeat&nbsp;Tarts with Pure Rum</strong></em>.&nbsp;A family tradition, this is a Canadian Classic since 1943. Bursting with fresh apples, delicious dried fruits and with just the right amount of citrus peel, spice and rum makes this perfect for traditional and everyday celebrations. Plus, you can purchase just the mincemeat itself, a&nbsp;great filling for tarts, pies, and pastries. It also makes a great fetsive topping for ice cream!</p><p>The Deli Department has also added a plethora of nummy stuff from <em><strong>Wendel&#39;s True Foods</strong></em> that are certified gluten, wheat and egg-free. There&#39;s <em><strong>Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread</strong></em>, <em><strong>Peppermint Stars</strong></em>, <em><strong>Gingerbread Babies</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Gingerbread People</strong></em>&nbsp;which you can decorate yourself. Fun!&nbsp; Another option for mincemeat treats is <em><strong>Wendel&#39;s Mince Fruit Tarts</strong></em>, loaded with a rich, rum-drenched filling! These tarts are certified gluten-free.</p><p>Let&#39;s keep this gluten-free ball rolling by mentioning more decadent Deli Department delicacies: <em><strong>VGF Gluten-Free </strong></em><em><strong>Nanaimo Bars&nbsp;</strong></em>and <em><strong>Peanut Butter Cups</strong></em>!<strong>&nbsp;</strong>The bars, as described by the company are: <em>a&nbsp;healthy indulgence, the base is sweetened only with organic dates and the filling with organic maple syrup. Topped with a layer of delicious vegan chocolate. </em>The cups are simply fresh peanut butter also topped with delicious vegan chocolate!</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking for an extra decadent and smooth cheese, try <em><strong>Natural Pastures Triple Cream Camembert</strong></em>, a variation of their award winning camembert! It has a delicate note of mushroom and is only here for a limited time! All of these Deli items can be found in the cold case near the store entrance!</p><p>Innovative and local products really get our juices flowing so when the opportunity arose to bring in <em><strong>Jam Packed Way Beyond Berries Spreads </strong></em>from Nanoose Bay, BC, we didn&#39;t hesitate! These aren&#39;t just your typical fruit spreads, though. They&#39;re way beyond that! In addition to fruit, you&#39;ll find stuff like kale, broccoli, spinach and other ingredients whose flavours enhance the fruit and add extra nutrition! There&#39;s also no added sugars so you won&#39;t get overwhelmed with sweetness! Choose from<em><strong> Barnyard Batch</strong></em>, <em><strong>Field Fixin&#39;s</strong></em> or <em><strong>Country Fare </strong></em>varieties!</p><p>Onion marmalade, otherwise known as onion confit, is a savoury offering of onions cooked to a very soft consistency with added salt and herbs. This condiment goes wonderfully with roasted meats, pat&eacute;s, game and foie gras and it will absolutely ramp up your charcuterie or cheese platters! You can also make onion tarts. So this holiday season, make sure you get hold of <em><strong>Royal Selection Belberry Mulhouse Onion Confit &amp; Chutney</strong></em>. It&#39;s imported from Belgium so you can add it to the list of really good foods perfected there such as chocolate, waffles, fries and beer (not food).</p><p>And if perfection is what you seek, look no further than Aisle 5 where you&#39;ll find <em><strong>Perfection Snacks Gluten-Free Snack Mixes</strong></em>! The <em><strong>Original Mix</strong></em> contains a savory mix of pretzel twists, cheese curls, cheddar tortilla chips, and seasoned bread sticks. And <em><strong>Guacamole Ranch </strong></em>flavour contains avocado ranch tortilla chips, parmesan/cheddar cheese curls, spicy guacamole corn chips and pretzel twists. Both types are certified gluten-free, kosher, contain no hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours or colours, MSG or high fructose corn syrup. Choose flavour. Choose Perfection!</p><p><em><strong>Temper Chocolate &amp; Pastry</strong></em> is&nbsp; a &quot;<em>community based pastry shop/cafe, specializing in European pastries, cakes and chocolates</em>.&quot; They&#39;re located in West Vancouver and if you love dark chocolate you&#39;re going to be thrilled to get your hands on a selection of <em><strong>Temper Dark Chocolate Bars </strong></em>now available at Pepper&#39;s! Choose from <em><strong>70% Dark, Caramelized Almond, Smoked Salt &amp; Toffee </strong></em>or <em><strong>Orange </strong></em>flavours! This is gourmet chocolate containing gourmet ingredients for chocoholics and connoisseurs alike. For detailed and lengthy descriptions of Temper&#39;s fine chocolate, please visit their website at <strong></strong>.</p><p>The countdown to 2021 begins today with it being December 1st already! Pretty soon we&#39;ll be on our final newsletter of 2020. Oh, and don&#39;t put off ordering your fresh turkey from our Meat Department because the holidays will be here before you know it. Order it now and rest easy knowing it&#39;s been taken care of. Thanks for tuning in again, be well and until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter November 24, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Conspiracy theories surround today&#39;s notable historic events. On November 24th,&nbsp;1963 a Dallas, Texas nightclub owner named Jack Ruby shot JFK alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live television! Oswald later succumbed to his injuries. Ruby claimed that his grief over President Kennedy&#39;s murder motivated him to shoot Oswald but many believe that it was to prevent him from providing authorities with a larger conspiracy surrounding the President&#39;s death. Ruby was charged with first degree murder and sentenced to death but his death sentence was overturned for several reasons and he ended up dying (still incarcerated) of lung cancer in 1967.</p><p>But there&#39;s another possibly even larger mystery linked to today&#39;s date and that has to do with the disappearance of the infamous&nbsp;Dan &quot;D.B.&quot; Cooper who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971, extorted $200,000 in ramsom and then parachuted out the back somewhere between Seattle and Reno, never to be seen or heard from again. Some FBI agents think that Cooper could not have survived the descent but no parachute or remains were ever found. In 1980 a young boy found some of the bundled ransom cash in the sand along the Columbia River, near Vancouver, WA. Did Mr. Cooper survive the jump and live out his days a fugitive or did he perish? Nobody knows. The case remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in the history of commercial aviation.</p><p>If you love meat then today is your lucky day because there&#39;s a whole lot of it in our newsletter. We&#39;ll circle back to that in a minute. But first, let&#39;s tell you about some incredible new dumplings from Vancouver&#39;s <em><strong>House of Yee</strong></em>. We&#39;re talking <em><strong>premium handcrafted dumplings</strong></em> that are free from gluten and MSG and come with the sauce included (also gluten-free)! Choose from <em><strong>Golden Dumplings</strong></em> filled with coconut red curry, spinach and chickpeas in a turmeric wrap; <em><strong>Jade Dumplings </strong></em>filled with ginger miso tofu with edamame in a spinach wrap; or two kinds of <em><strong>Premium Dumplings</strong></em>: braised shiitake mushroom with chicken or braised shiitake mushroom with pork. Yee-umm!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about things that are gluten-free, we should mention that the amazing <em><strong>Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods Inc.</strong></em> has come through once again by offering their <em><strong>Graham Cracker</strong></em>. Yes, the label says &quot;cracker&quot; as in singular but rest assured, there&#39;s more than one in the bag. Maybe it&#39;s like when you&#39;re talking about more than one moose or&nbsp;more than one beer. You might say, &quot;Hey, look at all those moose.&quot; Or, &quot;I drank five beer last night.&quot; Wait, that&#39;s beside the point. What&#39;s important is that these locally-made and tasty graham cracker are made with several types of flour, butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and best of!</p><p>There&#39;s nothing like a cold glass of milk to wash down those graham cracker but if dairy-free is more your style then why not have a glass of fresh, hand-pressed nut milk? New <em><strong>Nutmeg Mylk</strong></em> is made right here in BC (Vancouver) using various kinds of nuts with&nbsp;flavours that include <em><strong>Creamy Brazil Nut</strong></em> - a super creamy mylk with almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts lightly sweetened with vanilla and maple, <em><strong>Blue Coconut </strong></em>- creamy coconut cashew mylk with blue algae, cinnamon and maple, and <em><strong>Silky Cacao</strong></em> - a chocolatey blend of almonds, cashews, raw cacao,&nbsp;cinnamon and maple. These delicious nut milks are made with raw, organic, simple&nbsp;and nutrient-rich ingredients without using any preservatives or chemicals. And since the owner&#39;s name is Meg, the product name should make more sense!</p><p>Another new plant-based beverage that&#39;s also gluten-free and that has a very short list of ingredients is&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Naked Oat Milk</strong></em>. Made with only Canadian-grown oats, water, sea salt and natural enzymes this oaty potation also makes a mean latte!</p><p>Now that the weather has turned colder and the rain has further dampened our spirits, warming up with a hot cup of tea sounds pretty splendid. Kettle and Hive make unique herbal tea and lemon concentrates that you simply spoon out of the jar into a mug of hot water! We have numerous flavours but our newest is the<em><strong> Kettle and Hive Elderberry and Cinnamon Herbal Tea Mix</strong></em>. Elderberries have a high vitamin C content so you can stave off scurvy while staving off the winter blahs!</p><p>Alright, we said there would be meat and by golly here it comes! Our Meat Manager started the ball rolling a couple of weeks ago by adding those new pat&eacute;s, rillettes and terrines (which completely sold out by the way but are now back in stock). And now he&#39;s really done it by adding a ton of other new items! First up is <em><strong>Funks Premium Quality Sausage</strong></em> from Abbotsford, BC. With five varieties of gluten-free and lactose-free ready-to-eat sausages, you can choose from <em><strong>Beef Farmer Sausage, Beef Farmer Sausage with Garlic, Pork Farmer Sausage, Pork &amp; Beef Farmer Sausage </strong></em>and <em><strong>Turkey Farmer Sausage</strong></em>! Man, great sausage is just so satisfying! Fire up the BBQ and get the Funks out!</p><p>Two scrumptious sausages that don&#39;t require any refrigeration are <em><strong>Freybe Dry Spanish Chorizo</strong></em> and <em><strong>Freybe Swiss Farmer Sausage</strong></em>! Both are also lactose and gluten-free and the chorizo is about a medium heat for those who like things a little spicy.</p><p>How about <em><strong>Freybe Mennonite Style Farmer Sausage</strong></em>? This fully cooked pork sausage is prepared with minimal spices, is nicely smoked and also contains no gluten. Or, if a coldcut style sausage sounds great on a sandwich or meat and cheese platter, <em><strong>Freybe Chorizo Sausage</strong></em> should do quite nicely. It&#39;s&nbsp;a traditionally air dried and sliced sausage that will make your charcuterie board really kick!</p><p>You wanna know what&#39;s da bomb? <em><strong>Continental Gouda Bomb Sausage&nbsp;Ring</strong></em> is, that&#39;s what! It&#39;s a pork sausage ring stuffed with gouda cheese that&#39;ll provide a flavour explosion in your mouth when you take a bite! Seriously, sausage and gouda together? That&#39;s one kooky combo!</p><p>And as if all that wasn&#39;t enough, John went ahead and added the universal favourite meat of all time since the history of people and pork: bacon. But it&#39;s not just any bacon. It&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Klondike Bacon</strong></em>, maple smoked and sugar-free in all its glory, just like the miners liked it (that last part is not verified). And it&#39;s priced right, too.</p><p>Though this may not sound like an item from the Meat Department, it is, because it&#39;s now part of our fresh pasta lineup. <em><strong>Taste Republic Gluten-Free Lasagna Sheets </strong></em>are made with brown rice flour and can be used straight out of the package and into the pan (no boiling required). Taste Republic says they&#39;re on a mission to revolutionize gluten-free food. Join the movement!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for another week, folks. Hope you enjoyed this newsletter as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you! As always, be nice to your fellow human beings and, until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter November 17, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We need to tell you about a cad.&nbsp;Definition of Cad as per Merriam Webster:&nbsp;<em>a man who acts with deliberate disregard for another&#39;s feelings or rights</em>. Synonym (noun):&nbsp;<em>boor, clown, cretin, creep</em>. There&#39;s certainly been a lot of press lately&nbsp;about a certain one of those. But we&#39;re not interested in him. Nor are we talking about the acromym CAD which stands for Computer Aided Design. So what kind of CAD are we, in fact, talking about? <em><strong>Customer Appreciation Day</strong></em>! Mark <em><strong>Thursday, November 26th</strong></em> on your calendars because all day here at Pepper&#39;s we&#39;ll be celebrating YOU by offering&nbsp;10% off your purchases all day long! Usually we have loads of free snacks, treats and drinks available for our guests on this day. Alas, health concerns associated with this pandemic will prevent us from being able to offer any of that this year. But we will have some prizes, gift bags or baskets to give away to some lucky shoppers! Thank you so much for your continued support and patronage. Our customers are the absolute best!</p><p>You know, not everything associated with this pandemic is a bummer. Take, for example, this amazing BBQ sauce from Chef Ann Kirseb&ouml;m of&nbsp;Delta, BC, whose vegan sauce is made in honour of our Provincial Health Officer and her calm leadership through this crisis! It&#39;s <em><strong>Dr. Henry Gourmet Sauce with Canadian Whiskey</strong></em>! You can support the BC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund as well as the healthcare workers at VGH and UBC with your purchase since all proceeds are donated! use this sauce as a BBQ or&nbsp;grilling sauce, marinade, stir-fry sauce or however you like!&nbsp;</p><p>Something that might ride shotgun with this sauce is <em><strong>Belmont Meats Chicken Burgers</strong></em>. These extra lean burgers are juicy and flavourful and are a great source of protein and iron! Any time is a good time for a BBQ so head on over to our frozen food aisle and grab a box of these great-for-the grill patties!</p><p>As long as you&#39;re hanging out in the frozen food section check out these great new pizzas from Port Coquitlam! <em><strong>Holy Napoli Pizza</strong></em>, Batman! Yes, authentic neapolitan p<em><strong>i</strong></em>zza can be had at home when <em><strong>you </strong></em>purchase either the<em><strong> Margherita, Calabrese </strong></em>or <em><strong>Pesto Roast Vegetable</strong></em> pies! Neapolitan pizza is topped with globs of mozzarella whereas a New York pizza is covered entirely with shredded mozza. <em><strong>Holy Napoli Pizzas</strong></em> are made with real San Marzano tomatoes, &quot;00&quot; pizza flour from Italy, fresh mozzarela, 100% pure extra virgin olive oil and are baked in a stone oven at 500 degrees! This is truly authentic, Italian neapolitan pizza made right here in BC!</p><p>More European cuisine can be found in our Deli Department but this time in the form of <em><strong>Tatianna&#39;s Authentic Recipe Pierogies</strong></em> and <em><strong>Tatianna&#39;s Authentic Recipe Latkes</strong></em> (potato pancakes). This&nbsp;is Old World goodness at its finest! Choose pierogies in <em><strong>Potato &amp; Cheddar</strong></em>, <em><strong>Potato &amp; Cheddar with Jalapeno </strong></em>or <em><strong>Sauerkraut</strong></em> flavours! Tatianna&#39;s are pre-cooked. You simply need to heat and serve! Or you can freeze to eat at a later date. Look for these delicious dinner options just inside the store entrance in the Deli cold case!</p><p>A Victoria staple since 1956 is <em><strong>The Dutch Bakery</strong></em>. And the Deli Department hits another home-run by getting back just in time for the holidays, <em><strong>The Dutch Bakery Almond Paste</strong></em> in <em><strong>1 lb </strong></em>or <em><strong>half lb bars </strong></em>(two flavours) as well as<em><strong> The Dutch Bakery Ribbon Cake</strong></em> and <em><strong>Mini Almond Cakes </strong></em>and <em><strong>Mini Ginger Cakes</strong></em>! These are specialties of the bakery that continue to please year in and year out! They&#39;ll enhance your holiday culinary creations and make terrific treats for the entire family!</p><p>Iced coffee is huge nowadays (remember when it didn&#39;t really even exist?). Iced tea was always a thing, right? Now you can drink a variation of both with new <em><strong>Elmhurst Oat Lattes</strong></em>! They&#39;ve swapped out the dairy for oat milk by offering four amazing flavours of classic coffee and tea faves! Try <em><strong>Matcha Latte </strong></em>(matcha tea &amp; oatmilk), <em><strong>Cacao Latte</strong></em> (coffee plus cocao &amp; oat milk), <em><strong>Flash Brew Latte</strong></em> (Arabica coffee &amp; oatmilk) or <em><strong>Golden Milk Latte</strong></em> (turmeric and tea &amp; oat milk). These drinks are vegan, dairy-free, carrageenan-free, kosher and provide 30g of whole grains per serving! Plus they&#39;re shelf stable so you don&#39;t need to refrigerate until opened! Look for these beauties in our Produce Department right up front by the entrance!</p><p>There&#39;s something that this pandemic generates that could have a lasting effect on our environment: waste. Literally tonnes and tonnes of waste is generated every day through the use of disposable masks, gloves and other PPE. You can take a small but significant step towards reducing that waste by using <em><strong>Medtrica Biodegradable Disinfecting Wipes</strong></em>. With three manufacturing plants in Canada, Medtrica specializes in manufacturing medical grade, everyday use materials for hospitals and other medical facilities. With Hydrogen Peroxide 1.25% w/w these wipes kills 99.99 % of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Stay safe while helping the environment.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for some great gift ideas for the finicky foodie in your life, or you just want to try a few flavours of something without committing to an entire jar, try <em><strong>Bonne Maman Miniature Spreads</strong></em>! You get five miniature French fruit spreads from the world&#39;s number one exporter of jams: <em><strong>Strawberry, Apricot, Raspberry, Cherry</strong></em> and<em><strong> Orange Marmalade</strong></em>. Or if savoury is more your thing there&#39;s <em><strong>Edmond Fallot Miniature Dijon Mustard Packs</strong></em>. Four 25g teeny-tiny jars of French dijon mustards come in this little sleeve including <em><strong>Dijon,&nbsp;Terragon Dijon, Green Peppercorn Dijon </strong></em>and <em><strong>Blackcurrant Dijon</strong></em>. They&#39;ve been making mustard since 1840 so there&#39;s a pretty good chance that they&#39;ve got it figured out by now.</p><p>This time next Tuesday will be one month away from Christmas! And Christmas means turkeys! Our Meat Department is taking orders for fresh turkeys now so make sure to get your order in to ensure that you don&#39;t miss out. Please note that we cannot guarantee your exact turkey weight but we will always do our best to get what you request. Thanks again for having a look and, here it comes...until next week...take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter November 10, 2020 Peppers Foods Wed, 11 Nov 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! There are just a few things to mention today before we dive into the newsletter and the first thing is to remind you that November is when we have our annual Customer Appreciation Day! The date isn&#39;t quite finalized yet but you can be sure that we&#39;ll notify you as soon as it is. So keep your eyes peeled for the date in a future newsletter as well as our social media pages! The other thing is that, as many of you already know, we have a Customer Request Board in Aisle 1, right below the monitor where you can write down a product you&#39;d like to see on our shelves. But you can also ask a question regarding an item such as why isn&#39;t it in stock or what happened to it?&nbsp;Every week we type up a sheet and post it right above the request board with the answers to your questions. Make sure to check it out if you&#39;ve been asking about a certain item.</p><p>As we are all aware, tomorrow, November 11th, is Remembrance Day and&nbsp;so we thought it would be appropriate to list 11 interesting facts about Canada&#39;s involvement in notable global conflicts throughout history. These points are taken from the Canadian Veterans Affairs website.</p><ul> <li>The Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force comprise the&nbsp;three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their long and proud tradition of protecting and serving Canada on land, at sea and in the air continues today.</li> <li> <p>The&nbsp;Royal Canadian Navy&nbsp;began World War II with 13 vessels and 3,500 sailors, and ended it as as one of the largest navies in the world with 373 ships and more than 110,000 sailors (all volunteers), which included the 6,500 women serving in the Women&rsquo;s Royal Canadian Naval Services. Aircraft from Royal Canadian Air Force Eastern Air Command, Royal Canadian Air Force crews in Royal Air Force Coastal Command and ships from the Royal Canadian Navy helped sink 50 U-boats.</p> </li> <li> <p>More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served during the First World War. More than 66,000 gave their lives and over 172,000 were wounded.</p> </li> <li> <p>Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was the Canadian army doctor who wrote the world famous poem&nbsp;In Flanders Fields.&nbsp;On May 2, 1915, McCrae&rsquo;s friend,&nbsp;Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed in action and buried in a makeshift grave. Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves and he was inspired to write&nbsp;<u>In Flanders Fields</u>&nbsp;the next day.</p> </li> <li> <p>More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War and approximately 7,000 continued to serve in the theatre from the Armistice to August 1957. In total, 516 Canadians died in what is the third deadliest conflict in Canadian history.</p> </li> <li> <p>More than 50,000&nbsp;women served in the military&nbsp;with the Canadian Women&rsquo;s Army Corps (CWACs), the Royal Canadian Air Force &ndash; Women&rsquo;s Division (WDs), the Women&rsquo;s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) and as Nursing Sisters.</p> </li> <li> <p>More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Second World War. More than 45,000 gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded.</p> </li> <li>The&nbsp;South African War&nbsp;began on October 11, 1899. The conflict was between the British and the Boers, the descendants of Dutch Protestant farmers who had been the first White settlers in the region.</li> <li> <p>More than 7,000 Canadians volunteered for service during the South African War. Approximately 280 died, most due to injury or illness brought on by the harsh conditions, and more than 250 were wounded. The South African War ended on May 31, 1902, with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging.</p> </li> <li> <p>From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox&ndash;Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to &ldquo;Remembrance Day&rdquo;. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.</p> </li> <li> <p>In 1920, Anna&nbsp;Gu&eacute;rin&mdash;the French Poppy Lady&mdash;attended the national American Legion convention as a representative of France&rsquo;s YMCA Secretariat. She was inspired by Moina Michael&rsquo;s idea of the poppy as a memorial flower and felt that the scope of the Memorial Poppy could be expanded to help the needy. She suggested that artificial poppies could be made and sold as a way of raising money for the benefit of orphaned children and others who had suffered greatly as a result of the war.<br /> In 1921, Madame&nbsp;Gu&eacute;rin&nbsp;visited Canada and convinced the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (predecessor to the Royal Canadian Legion) to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in aid of fundraising; which it did on July 5th of that year.</p> </li></ul><p>Now onto the new goodies...</p><p>Last week we intorduced you to <em><strong>Caplansky&#39;s Deli Mustards</strong></em> but the photo that we published consisted of plastic bottles and not the actual glass jars that we actually retail. We apologize for any confusion and would also like to tell you that we have added <em><strong>Caplansky&#39;s Spicy Mustard</strong></em> as well as C<em><strong>aplansky&#39;s Mild Mustard</strong></em>, rounding out the total varieties to four!</p><p>Great tasting mustard makes for a great tasting hotdog or sandwich. But every great hotdog or sandwich needs an equally excellent accompanying beverage. Which leads us to&nbsp;<em><strong>Great American Rootbeer!</strong></em>&nbsp; This case offers five deliciously different types of rootbeer: <em><strong>Red Arrow, Bulldog, Old Red Eye, Americana </strong></em>and<em><strong> Brownie</strong></em>! Every root beer lover will, well, love this sweet collection and with&nbsp; Christmas fast approaching, it makes the perfect gift, too!</p><p>Speaking of Christmas, our annual shipment of <em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Almond Nog</strong></em> has arrived! Use it to make super-dupity foamy nog latt&eacute;s, add spiced rum or drink it straight with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on top! It&#39;s vegan friendly, soy free, dairy free, egg free, contains no carrageenan and tastes like the holidays!</p><p>Even though it might feel like winter already, it&#39;s still autumn until December 21st. And autumn and apples go together like mac and cheese. So if you like apples, speciificaly in a sauce form, then you might want to try an excellent Canadian applesauce called <em><strong>Applesnax</strong></em>! Pepper&#39;s has Applesnax Au Naturel, a conventional unsweetened applesauce as well as <em><strong>Applesnax Organic Applesauce </strong></em>in <em><strong>Unsweetened</strong></em> and <em><strong>Homestyle </strong></em>varieties. These are simple and healthy snacks that taste great and are great ingredients for baking, too!</p><p>Since kids love applesauce, we should take this opportunity to tell you about something else young children will love: <em><strong>Heinz By Nature Organic&nbsp;Baby Purees</strong></em>! We have baby foods made with natural ingredients&nbsp;including acerola cherry, a plant extremely high in vitamin C, starting at Stage 2 (6+ months) in flavours such as<em><strong> Apple Strawberry &amp; Raspberry</strong></em>, <em><strong>Pear</strong></em> and <em><strong>Mango Apricot &amp; Kale</strong></em>. These take-along squeeze pouches are super easy for introducing your young&#39;un to new flavours!</p><p>Oyster sauce is a staple in stir-fries as well as other Asian-inspired dishes. <em>New Golden Dragon Oyster Sauce </em>is a popular and authentic Chinese sauce with the rich flavours of oyster extractives and soy sauce. It also makes an excellent marinade!</p><p>Much more exciting than that are <em><strong>Sutra Foods Simmer Sauces</strong></em> available in our Deli Department! These simmering sauces are made on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley so you can feel good with your purchase knowing your hard-earned dollars are staying closeby and supporting local business! Currently there&#39;s <em><strong>Sutra&#39;s Best Thai Sauce</strong></em>, a delicous and dairy-free simmering red sauce (it&#39;s gluten-free, too) that&#39;s spicy and complex and coconut-y! Then there&#39;s <em><strong>Sutra&#39;s Best Butter Chicken Sauce</strong></em>, which, according to the company website, is: <em>a rich, creamy blend of aromatic mild spices in a fusion of tomato &amp; cream. Mild in flavour, which makes this a great choice for all the family-even the kids! </em>Check out the website here: <strong></strong></p><p>If you&#39;re looking for &quot;real-deal&quot; corn tortillas, the ones made more traditionally and less processed, with a texture, taste and structure more reminiscent of the corn from which they were made, then look no further than our Deli Department who comes through again with <em><strong>Maiiz Nixtamal Corn Tortillas</strong></em>. Some of you may be wondering what nixtamal is, exactly. Nixtamalization is a process which chemically transforms corn in a variety of ways. Dry corn is soaked in boiling water with slaked lime (it&#39;s kinda complicated but it&#39;s all natural). Hours later the corn is drained and ground into a slightly elastic dough called masa which is then shaped into the round tortillas. These <em><strong>Maiiz Nixtamal Corn Tortillas</strong></em> are naturally gluten-free and made with organic BC corn. But they need to be kept refrigerated until ready to use which is why you&#39;ll find them up front in the Deli&#39;s cold case.</p><p>&quot;I can&#39;t eat enough pickled beets!&quot; is what you might never hear someone actually utter out loud but it&#39;s probably a very common internal dialogue amongst our shoppers. That&#39;s because pickled beets are good. Darn good (right, Pop?). They&#39;re so good that we had to get the trusted brand that many get their darn good sauerkraut from: Lisc. It&#39;s Polish and the Polish know a thing or two about beets. So the next time you&#39;re pining or panicking for some pickled beets, pick Polish <em><strong>Lisc Pickled Sliced Baby Beets</strong></em> and pig out!</p><p>Alright friends, we hope that you had a good week. If you&#39;re off work tomorrow, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices that so many have made to provide us with the freedoms and priviledges that we so&nbsp;often take for granted. Lest we forget.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 3, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Charles Boles aka &quot;Black Bart&quot;&nbsp; was an American outlaw who had a very prolific (and lucrative) career as a stagecoach robber, holding up more than 28 Wells Fargo stagecoaches between 1875-1883. His territory included mostly northern California but also included some areas bordering California and Oregon. Known as a &quot;gentleman bandit&quot; he was quite polite and cordial during his heists, never using profanity. He left two poems behind at two different crime scenes which added to his notariety and those, however, did include some salty language. His last heist occured on November 3, 1883, and, ironically, it happened at the same site as his very first. It was a bungled robbery attempt which ultimately left Charles shot in the hand. He fled leaving behind a&nbsp;handkerchief and a few other personal belongings. Authorities canvassed 90 laundries to see if they could identify the embroidered F.X.O.7 found on the hankies until one was finally able to provide an address of a man who had purchased them. Even though he had committed a vast number of robberies, Wells Fargo only pressed charges for his final one, resulting in a six year sentence at San Quentin prison where he served only four before being released on good behaviour in January of 1888. A month later he simply disappeared, never to be seen again.</p><p>Alright so we have lots to talk about today and no time to waste so lets get right to it! Last week we presented some great new items for people with FODMAP sensitivities and our Grocery Manager has expanded that line-up already because of the positive response.! We have two <em><strong>Fody Pasta Sauces</strong></em>: <em><strong>Marinara</strong></em> and <em><strong>Tomato Basil</strong></em> as well as a <em><strong>Fody Medium Salsa </strong></em>and <em><strong>Fody</strong></em> <em><strong>Ketchup</strong></em>! Everything is onion and garlic free and&nbsp;these are excellent additions to a line that will leave many happy shoppers with happy guts!&nbsp;</p><p>Our Meat Manager, John, is excited to announce a new line of small batch and all natural products from <em><strong>Pickles&#39; Pantry</strong></em>, hand-crafted in the Cowichan Valley! Named after chef Louise Pickles, we have <em><strong>Pickles&#39; Pantry P&acirc;t&eacute;s</strong></em> (Peter Piper picked a pack of Pickles&#39; Pantry P&acirc;t&eacute;!), a <em><strong>Duck P&acirc;t&eacute; with Cranberry &amp; Port </strong></em>as well as a <em><strong>Chicken P&acirc;t&eacute; </strong></em>that&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Burnt Honey &amp; Apple </strong></em>flavoured! FYI, the duck is slightly stronger flavoured than the chicken. For the plant-based dieters out there, we have a delicious <em><strong>Lentil Walnut P&aacute;t&eacute;</strong></em>, full of umami flavour and one that&#39;s uniquely savoury! If you&#39;re interested, there&#39;s <em><strong>Pickles&#39; Chicken, Bacon &amp; Mushroom Terrine,</strong></em> made with Farmhouse Poultry chicken and chanterelles from Vancouver Island. Or choose the <em><strong>Country Terrine with Figs &amp; Pistachios</strong></em>, made with house ground pork shoulder and garnished with brandy soaked figs and flecks of toasted pistachios. And finally, we have <em><strong>Traditional Pork Rilette</strong></em> described by the company from its website as:&nbsp;<em>Pork shoulder is slowly cooked in stock with aromatics and spices, until meltingly tender, then mixed together with its own cooking juices and fats and left to set overnight. Served best on a slice of toasted sourdough with some cornichons to contrast its rich fatty nature, rillette is a simple yet luxurious treat.&nbsp;</em>With the holidays approaching quickly, these items are sure to please everyone at your table!</p><p>Schwartz&#39;s is a world-famous deli in Montreal whose smoked meat sandwiches will alter the trajectory of your life once you&#39;ve tried one. So a guy in Ontario decided that he didn&#39;t want to have to travel that far to get an incredible smoked meat sandwich and decided to open his own place called Caplansky&#39;s Delicatessen. You can find it in York, Ontario. So what, you might ask? Well, Pepper&#39;s can&#39;t get you one of the incredible sandwiches made there, but we can get you not one, not two but <em>three</em>&nbsp;kinds of <em><strong>Caplansky&#39;s Delicatessen Mustards</strong></em> to make your own sandwich or hotdog&nbsp;outstanding! Choose from <em><strong>Ballpark Mustard,</strong></em> <em><strong>Mild Mustard</strong></em> or <em><strong>Horseradish Mustard</strong></em>! Are we achieving the desired Pavlovian response yet? Good! Because your tastebuds are going to thank you emphatically when they&#39;re exposed to these awesome new condiments! Come and get it!</p><p>Marmalade is one of those spreads that you either love or hate and if you happen to love it then you are going to really love trying new <em><strong>Wilkin &amp; Sons Tiptree Pure Orange Marmalade</strong></em> or their <em><strong>Tiptree Pure Lime Marmalade</strong></em>! They&#39;ve been making jams in this little English village for 135 years! It&#39;s all they&#39;ve ever done. So we&#39;re betting that these marmaldes are the &quot;real deal.&quot; Try them out and see for yourself.</p><p>Pomegranates are chock full of antioxidants but getting to the fruit can be a real pain in the keester. So why not get all that insane nutrition from its juice, instead? With <em><strong>Red Crown Organic Pomegranate Juice</strong></em> in either&nbsp;<em><strong>Original</strong></em> or <em><strong>With Pulp</strong></em>, you get cold-pressed not-from-concentrate juice. There&#39;s nothing but pomegranate juice in there: no juice blends or anything else. The juice also makes a great addition to your holiday cocktails with its intense ruby colour and sweet but tangy taste!</p><p>And speaking of mixes, one of the more popular ones on the market (or <em>in</em> the market) is Fevertree. They know that if 3/4 of your drink is mix, it had better be darn good. And their mixes are good! And up until now you could only purchase them in a glass bottle. But now they&#39;re making 8x150ml cases of cans! Try the same great tasting <em><strong>Fevertree Premium Ginger Ale</strong></em> or <em><strong>Fevertree Premium Indian Tonic Water </strong></em>in your next libation and see why they&#39;re the best!</p><p>Kombucha sales remain super steady because the popularity of these fermented bevvies just keeps climbing! So if&nbsp;you are one of the very many who gravitate towards their effervescence, check out <em><strong>Cultured Kombucha</strong></em>, made right here in little old Victoria, BC! They have vibrant and invigorating flavours such as <em><strong>Raspberry Lemonade, Blueberry Jasmine, Elderflower Ros</strong></em>e and <em><strong>Nettles &amp; Petals</strong></em>.Get beneficial enzymes and healthy bacteria in addition to a refreshing flavour explosion in your mouth! Be Gutsy, drink Cultured Kombucha!</p><p>There&#39;s another beverage that is somewhat appealing to a few folks out there. It&#39;s coffee and we are pleased to offer another choice bean blend (packaged in a snazzy, regal-looking bag to boot!) from Fernwood Coffee Company, also of Victoria, BC. New <em><strong>Fernwood 1936 Espresso</strong></em> is a &quot;<em>decadent&nbsp;and full bodied cup with a sweet, bright acidity and notes of peach in the finish</em>.&quot; The blend is as follows:&nbsp;</p><p>Brazil, Poco Fundo &ndash; Minas Gerais<br />Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe - Kochere G1</p><p>Hey, all we know is that it tastes really, really good. Trust us.</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for new items this week. If you look at the attached advertised specials, you&#39;ll notice that there is a baking theme going on. Everything you bakers need to, you know, bake stuff, is on sale so make sure to get in on the savings this week. COVID-19 numbers are rising all across BC so it is vital to ensure that we stay the course, continue to follow the rules while in-store and keep our distance while also wearing a mask. Thanks for your continued support and compliance!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 27, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; There are a few things happening this weekend, one of them being Halloween on Saturday! But just because there&#39;s a global pandemic occuring doesn&#39;t mean we can&#39;t still have fun. It just has to be done smartly and sensibly. So please make sure you follow health protocols and trick or treat safely (extra safely). The other thing to mention is that the clocks go back an hour. Before you head to bed on Saturday, set your clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!</p><p>The closest humankind has ever come to decimating itself happened over a span of 13 days in October, 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was during this time of the Cold War that Russia and America, the world&#39;s &quot;superpowers&quot; stood toe-to-toe and flexed their nuclear muscles. Russia was constructing missile sites in Cuba, which is situated only 145 kms (90 miles) from U.S. shores, discovered by an American U-2 spy plane. President Kennedy demanded the missiles be removed and thus ensued a very tense stand-off which included an American &quot;quarantine&quot; of Soviet ships en route to Cuba (Kennedy had to be careful not to use the word &quot;blockade&quot; because that could have been considered an act of war).&nbsp;During the crisis, both leaders were encouraged to launch nuclear strikes but calmer heads eventually prevailed and the stand-off ended on today&#39;s date, October 27, 1962. Phew! Now, onto the new items!</p><p>We&#39;ve been talking about new items from Ecoideas lately and we have two more for you! First up is <em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Cassava Flour</strong></em>. It comes from the cassava root, a longtime staple food in South America, Africa and Asia. What&#39;s great about it is that it&#39;s totally wheat free so there&#39;s no gluten, either! You use it 1:1 however you would use wheat flour. It&#39;s grain-free, nut-free, paleo friendly and has a neutral flavour!</p><p>If you&#39;re a fan of tangy flavour then <em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Golden Berries </strong></em>should be high up on your list. This &quot;Andean Superfood&quot; is part of the nightshade family and resemble miniature yellow tomatoes when fresh. They&#39;re&nbsp;high in antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids, are an excellent source of vitamin A, are rich in fibre and are a source of iron. Look for them in AIsle 3!</p><p>Goodly Foods is a Vancouver-based business that &quot;Makes delicious soups, stews and sauces by repurposing surplus produce and creating unique community employment opportunities.&quot; As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>Goodly Foods reframes the narrative around food &ldquo;waste&rdquo; into one of viewing surplus food as a resource. We set out to test that model by understanding the volume, flow and quality of specific vegetables that would otherwise be considered as imperfect and process them into nutritious and delicious foods.&nbsp;</em>Your purchase helps reduce waste and create jobs! Our deli department currently has <em><strong>Goodly Simply Squash</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Goodly Purely Potato Soups </strong></em>with other flavours set to arrive shortly! If you would like to read more about this amazing venture, check out their website at <strong></strong></p><p>You know what makes a great one-two combo? New items that are also in our ad! Why? Because you get to try out stuff for cheap! This week we have three new kinds of <em><strong>Hefty Garbage Bags</strong></em>! <em><strong>Hefty Strong </strong></em>with Easy Flaps are large sized for standard 77 litre garbage cans. <em><strong>Hefty Ultra-Strong</strong></em> are drawstring bags for the big hinge-top 121 litre roll cans. And <em><strong>Hefty Strong Compostable</strong></em> are just that: small, compostable 10 litre bags for your compost container. All three contain Arm &amp; Hammer Odour Neutralizers and <em><strong>all three are just $5.66 in this week&#39;s ad</strong></em>!</p><p>What else is new and on sale? Check out<em><strong> GoGo Quinoa Mac &amp; Vegan Cheese</strong></em> and <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Shells &amp; Vegan Cheese</strong></em>! These yummy plant-based pastas are certified gluten-free and contain 93% organic ingredients! They&#39;re great alternatives to traditional pastas with cheese and these 170g boxes can be yours<em><strong> this week for only 2/$5</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>Another gluten-free, yet slightly more gourmet, pasta option comes straight outta Italy. They take &quot;<em>Corn and brown rice masterfully combined using steam (Metodo diLavorazione al Vapore&reg;) into a delicious and satisfying gluten-free pasta.</em>&quot; These guys employ a precise 7 stage process that includes extruding the pasta through special bronze dies that gives the pasta a &quot;rough, sauce-absorbing&nbsp;surface.&quot; Sounds serious. If you want to check out all the hub-bub surrounding this imported treat, you can find <em><strong>Rummo Penne Rigate</strong></em>, <em><strong>Rummo Fusilli</strong></em> and <em><strong>Rummo Rigatoni</strong></em> it in Aisle 2.</p><p>Dreary old table salt can only perk up your food so much, right? That&#39;s why Europe&#39;s staple seasoning, <em><strong>A. Vogel Herbamare</strong></em>, is the way to go when it comes to salting your salmon, so to speak! It&#39;s herbed sea salt which contains a blend of organic celery, leek, watercress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and kelp. Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Herbamare Herbed Sea Salt in a 125g and 250g shaker</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Herbamare Spicy Sea Salt 125g</strong></em> and, for all you sodium-free lovin&#39; folk, <em><strong>Herbamare Natural Salt Substitute 125g</strong></em>. Winter&#39;s just around the corner so why not reduce the drudgery of it as much as possible at every meal?</p><p>And finally, we have three new gourmet spreads also hailing from&nbsp;Europe! Italy&#39;s <em><strong>Callipo Dalla Nostra Terra </strong></em>line of jams and spreads contains &quot;<em>delicate and genuine flavours</em>&quot; and we have both sweet and savoury options! <em><strong>Callipo Organic and Candied Ginger Spread </strong></em>is a divine as it sounds! It contains primarily Calbrian lemons, lemon zest, cane sugar and candied ginger. Or how about <em><strong>Callipo Clementine Organic Spread</strong></em>? Juicy Calabrian clelmentines, cane sugar and lemon juice make for a sweet yet tangy spread unlike any you have ever tried! And for a savoury option there&#39;s <b><i>Callipo Red Onion Spread</i></b>,&nbsp;a compote made of red onion from Tropea Calabria GPI,&nbsp;renowned for its particular sweetness and high digestibility. All three can be found in Aisle 3 with the regular jams and jellies.</p><p>This time next week we&#39;ll be into November. That&#39;s a good thing because we&#39;re that much closer to reaching the end of this very forgettable year. In the meantime let&#39;s continue to look out for each other, be respectful and kind towards each other and always, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 20, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this date in&nbsp;1955 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the English writer, poet and academic published the third and final volume to his <u>The Lord of the Rings</u>&nbsp;story. Tolkien didn&#39;t want to use this title as he felt that it revealed too much of the story and preferred <u>The War of the Ring</u>. The adapted films by Peter Jackson led to a huge resurgence in the the books and introduced millions of people to the characters of this legendary literary work. However,&nbsp;it is Tolkien&#39;s excellent storytelling istelf that has cemented him as being the &quot;father&quot; of modern fantasy literature.&nbsp;In 2008,&nbsp;The Times&nbsp;ranked him sixth on a list of &quot;The 50 greatest British writers since 1945&quot;. Here is an excerpt from <u>The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King</u>:&nbsp;<em>Then Frodo came forward and took the crown from Faramir and bore it to Gandalf; and Aragorn knelt, and Gandalf set the White Crown upon his head, and said: &#39;Now come the days of the King, and may they be blessed while the thrones of the Valar endure!&#39; But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him. And then Faramir cried: &#39;Behold the King!&#39;&nbsp;</em></p><p>Alrighty so the powers that be here at Pepper&#39;s have been busy over the last week bringing in more new goodies for you! And the first line of new items is from a company that has been making hot sauces, jams and jellies from Belize since 1981 and are now available in Canada: <em><strong>Marie Sharp&#39;s Fine Foods</strong></em>! Cuirrently we have hot sauces in varying degrees of heat including <em><strong>Mild Red Habanero Pepper Sauce </strong></em>(Mild-1 out of 6), <em><strong>Green Habanero Pepper Sauce</strong></em>, a unique cactus-based, tangy sauce&nbsp;(Mild-1 out of 6), <em><strong>Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce</strong></em> (Medium-2 out of 6), and <em><strong>Belizean Heat Habanero Pepper Sauce</strong></em> (Hot-4 out of 6). The spicy ratings are from the company so what they deem as mild, you may find hot! The Belizean Heat label states not to play tricks on the weak or the elderly so proceed with caution!</p><p>In addition to these amazingly flavourful sauces you&#39;ll find <em><strong>Marie Sharp&#39;s Green Mango Chutney</strong></em>,<em><strong> Red Habanero Jelly</strong></em> and <em><strong>Green Habanero Jelly</strong></em>. The chutney pairs great with any pork dish, with cured meats and cheeses or with samosas, pakoras, Jamaican patties or cornish pasties. The jellies go great with cream cheese dishes, melted brie, melted as a glaze for meats, chicken wings or salmon with the red being slightly hotter than the green.</p><p>For something spicy but made a little closer to home there&#39;s <em><strong>Salt Spring Kitchen Co. Peach &amp; Pepper Spicy Pepper Spread</strong></em>. It&#39;s a sweet and spicy spread that pairs great with soft cheeses, fish, poultry or on sandwiches. Or try<em><strong> Salt Spring Kitchen Co. Hot Mango Spicy Pepper Spread</strong></em>, a mostly savoury spread that compliments&nbsp;fresh Ch&egrave;vre, Brie, Camembert, Gorgonzola, seafood, lamb, and pork. You can also purchase the popular <em><strong>Salt Spring Kitchen Co. Winter Collection Gift Box</strong></em> which includes three smaller jars of <em><strong>Cranberry, Sour Cherry &amp; Port Preserve</strong></em>, <em><strong>Cranberry &amp; Pepper Spicy Pepper Spread</strong></em> and <em><strong>Winter Wonder Jam</strong></em>. By the way, <em><strong>Winter Wonder Jam </strong></em>is also available by itself in the regular sized jar and is comprised of&nbsp;strawberries, oranges, cranberries, bourbon, cinnamon and&nbsp;cloves.&nbsp;Pairs with toast, scones, Brie, fresh Ch&egrave;vre, and cocktails.</p><p>Another spicy spread to swallow is<em><strong> Elman&#39;s Kosher Deli&nbsp;Foods Hot Mustard.</strong></em> This refrigerated mustard can be found in our Produce Department and is made in Winnipeg where Elman&#39;s was founded over 70 years ago. Bold but not too spicy, this golden condiment will make any sandwich &quot;kick&quot;!</p><p>Do you have any idea what a FODMAP is? You probably do if you suffer from IBS. If not, a&nbsp;FODMAP stands for &ldquo;<em>fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols</em>&rdquo;. They&#39;re short chain carbohydrates that many people are unable to digest, and, as a result, contribute to gas, bloating, cramps, pain and diarrhea or constipation. Individuals with IBS are particularly sensitive to FODMAPs which&nbsp;commonly consist of&nbsp;fructose, lactose, polyols (xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol, etc), fructans and galactans. Canada has one of the highest IBS rates in the world (an estimated 18% versus the global total of 11%).&nbsp;Logically, it makes sense then, that if you are sensitive to these carbs, reducing them from your diet will lead to less discomfort. So we&#39;re pleased to now offer<em><strong> Fody Salad Dressings</strong></em>, the low FODMAP, gut-friendly dressings that contain no onions, garlic, gluten or lactose! Choose from <em><strong>Vegan Caesar, French, Maple Dijon </strong></em>and <em><strong>Garden Herb</strong></em>. Why should people with digestive troubles have to sit on the sidelines and watch while everyone else gets to eat the foods they enjoy? Exactly! So if you suffer from digestive issues&nbsp;or food senmsitivities, give these tasty new dressing a go!</p><p>Kale is generally considered to be one of the world&#39;s healthiest foods. In fact, it contains one of the highest contents of the vitamin, a carotenoid, called <em>lutein</em> which is related to beta-keratine and vitamin A and is excellent for eye health and has other beneficial effects on the body. But sometimes it gets a little boring adding it to frozen to smoothies or just cooking it as a side dish. Why not try snacking on it with <em><strong>Kaley&#39;s Kale Chips</strong></em>? This savoury delight&nbsp;is made with kale that is spiced up and air-dried (not fried) to make one of the best new snacks around! Available at Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Salt &amp; Vinegar, BBQ, Bacon </strong></em>and <strong><em>Dill Pickle</em></strong> flavours, these chips can also be crushed and added to omelettes or used as a breading on chicken! Mix them in with your mac and cheese or sprinkle them on a salad! Oh, and these Canadian-made nibbles are made in Cobourg, Ontario so you can snack easy knowing your dollars are supporting a Canadian business!</p><p>Ever&nbsp;get the giggles? Now you can get them anytime when you pick up a bag of <em><strong>YumEarth Giggles Organic Chewy Candy!</strong></em> With flavours such as green apple, lemon, orange, strawberry and grape, these gluten-free goodies are allergy-friendly and contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial dyes, getting their colours, instead, from real fruit and vegetable juices! And you can also get the same great flavours with<em><strong> YumEarth Organic Sour Giggles Chewy Candies</strong></em>!</p><p>Well, that&#39;ll just about do it again for this week. Stay tuned for another exciting and informative newsletter next week which will be the last one for October. Ridiculous! Time sure flies when you&#39;re in the middle of a pandemic! Please continue to carry on with good COVID etiquette to keep yourself and others safe!</p><p>Until next time, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 13, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! You&#39;re probably feeling a little sluggish after a long weekend of stuffing yourself with turkey and all the trimmings. Fair enough; that comes with the COVID-19 territory these days.&nbsp;But we hope that you all had an amazing socially-distanced holiday with your family and friends! Hey, do you remember hearing about those Chilean miners who were trapped in a collapsed mine for a long time but were all&nbsp;eventually rescued? Can you believe that it&#39;s been 10 years since that remarkable day? It&#39;s known as the Copiap&oacute; Mining Accident and the ordeal began on August 5th, 2010 when the copper-gold mine caved-in trapping 33 men who made it to one of the mine&#39;s emergency shelters. There they waited an incredible 69 days before rescuers were able to successfully bring each miner up, one at a time, until at last, after 33 hours, the last miner was extracted alive from the mine. The date was October 13, 2010.</p><p>Last week we wrote about the awesome <em><strong>mask chains from Stacie C Designs</strong></em> that Dr. Bonnie Henry uses. The result was a wave of sales from shoppers eager to have one for their own use! We quickly sold out of our first order but received another batch a few days ago so if you missed out getting one, there are more in stock!</p><p>For those of you wondering where Portofino gluten-free muffins are, they&#39;re currently unavailable. That&#39;s because they are moving over to a dedicated facility but we&#39;ve been told that production should resume sometime in the next few months. In the meantime, we are pleased to offer <em><strong>Very Good Foods</strong></em> (VGF which also stands for Vegan Gluten Free) <em><strong>Gluten-free Muffins</strong></em> in their place. You may recall that we wrote about these local VGF Cookies a couple of weeks back, and since then, sales have been brisk! Try a gluten-free muffin or cookie today and see what all the buzz is about!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about locally made baked goods, <em><strong>Martha&#39;s Delectables Premium Scottish Shortbread </strong></em>has found its way onto our shelves! This Victoria business offers hand-made, hand-cut delectable shortbread in <em><strong>Canadian Maple, Lemon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Traditional</strong></em> flavours! Purchase individual flavours in fancy black-tie gift bags or get three bags of traditional butter shortbread in the hefty, yet resplendent,&nbsp;gift box.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a natural way to balance stress levels, boost resiliancy, energy and vitality then new <em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Raw Maca Powder</strong></em> could be just what you seek. It&#39;s a raw blend of yellow, red and black maca, a root grown in the high Andes moluntains of Peru and one that&#39;s been&nbsp;consumed for centuries by the Incas. You can take it as a supplement or add it to smoothies, oatmeal or baked goods. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable so it&#39;s related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabage and kale. People with thyroid problems are generally advised not to consume maca because it contains goitrogens so do your research and see if maca is ok for you to consume!</p><p>With plant-based diets all the rage, people are looking for meatless alternatives that have the taste and texture of actual meat. <em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Jackfruit</strong></em> fits that bill nicely! Jackfruit is a super-duper nutritious tropical fruit that just so happens to make an amazing alternative to meat because it shreds and cooks like chicken or pork! And because it has a neutral taste, much like tofu does, it can be seasoned to however you want it to taste. Pepper&#39;s has <strong>Ecoideas Spicy BBQ Shreds</strong> and <em><strong>Ecoideas Teriyaki Cubes </strong></em>both of which you just heat and eat! Quick and easy meatless meals never tasted so good!</p><p>How about this for another meaty meatless snacking option: <em><strong>Giorgio&#39;s&nbsp;Savory Wild Portabella Jerky</strong></em>? That&#39;s right, it&#39;s sliced and marinated portabella mushrooms gently dried in small batches which transforms into flavourful, meaty-textured snacks! Try either <em><strong>Roasted Garlic &amp; Black Pepper </strong></em>or <em><strong>Sesame Ginger &amp; Korean Chili</strong></em>.</p><p>Time to get your freekeh on! Premium <em><strong>Green Grains Cracked Greenwheat Freekeh</strong></em> (free-kah) is a tradition cereal grain of the Middle East that has a pleasant, smoky-nutty flavour. It has more minerals and fibre than mature wheat and can be used in&nbsp;whole-grain salads, pilafs, stir-fries, risottos, tabbouleh, and soups or eaten as a hearty hot cereal!</p><p>Moving on from wheat now to corn is Que Pasa Organic Volcanic Stone Ground Corn Tortillas. These whole grain, gluten-free tortillas are as just as tasty as the Que Pasa Corn Tortilla Chips that sell like crazy here at Pepper&#39;s. Bake yourself one heckuva enchilada or stuff your favourite taco ingedients into one of these tremendous tortilas! Look for them in our frozen foods section.&nbsp;</p><p>And hey, if you&#39;re going to pick up those Que Pasa Corn Tortilas (or the tortilla chips) you should probably get some <em><strong>Herdez Guacamole Salsa</strong></em> to go along with it! it&#39;s the best of both worlds (salsa and guacamole in case you missed that) combined into a savoury dip that has a medium-spicy kick and a creamy texture. Herdez just so happens to be the No. 1 salsa brand in Mexico and there&#39;s probably a pretty good reason for that. It&#39;s absolutely authentic Mexican flavour in a jar!</p><p>Pesto is a popular, Italian condiment that&#39;s extremely versatile and tastes amazing. So when <em><strong>Mezzetta Basil Pesto</strong></em> came along, we ordered some immediately! <em><strong>Mezzetta Basil Pesto </strong></em>is pesto, perfected! As per the company website: <em>Made according to the traditional Italian recipe for Pesto alla Genovese, Mezzetta&rsquo;s Basil Pesto highlights the bright flavor of fresh basil with extra-virgin olive oil, savory Parmesan cheese, rich pine nuts and garlic</em>. <em>Pair with your favorite pasta, grilled meats, fish, roasted vegetables and more!</em></p><p>Chic choc, chic choc. Is that the sound of a clock? No, it&#39;s a reminder that it&#39;s time for a snack and that snack is called <em><strong>Prana Organic Chic Choc Organic Double Chocolate&nbsp;Crunchy Bites</strong></em>! That&#39;s a mouthful to say but it&#39;ll be a mouthful of sweet goodness when you start popping these crunchy almond,&nbsp;hazelnut, smooth hazelnut butter, crispy rice and puffed quinoa topped with a generous layer of 62% dark Fairtrade chocolate and a dash of sea salt bites into your mouth! They&#39;re full of fibre, full of flavour and may induce felicity!</p><p>As far as new items for this week, alas, there are no more. But despair not, for next week will bring more of the latest local and exciting items for your enjoyment! Oh, and be sure to read the very top of our attached flyer to see how you can enter into our <strong>Pepper&#39;s Pumpkin Carving Contest</strong>!</p><p>So until next week stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter October 6, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! It&#39;s October and we are just days away from celebrating Thanksgiving. And if you&#39;re like many of us right now, you might be finding it more difficult than usual to find things in your life or this world to be thankful for. This pandemic is causing so many people to go broke, to get sick, to lose loved ones and perhaps even to die themselves. The political climate around the world is chaotic. And the physical climate and the environment is not much better. There seems to be so much division amongst us as human beings.&nbsp; So if you need a reminder about what&#39;s important right now and about what you have to be thankful for The Canadian Red Cross has a chart&nbsp;called <u>We Are The Lucky Ones</u> that you&#39;ve likely seen before but it bears repeating again.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <u>We Are The Lucky Ones</u></p><ul> <li>You can read&hellip; &hellip; so you are luckier than over one billion people who cannot read at all.</li> <li>If you woke up this morning with more health than illness &hellip; &hellip; then you are luckier than the million who will not survive this week&hellip; &hellip; and even luckier because you have a provincial healthcare card that guarantees you will have healthcare in case of illness.</li> <li>If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... &hellip; then you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.</li> <li>If you can attend any meeting you want&mdash;political, religious, social&hellip; &hellip; then you are luckier than 3 billion people in the world.</li> <li>If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep&hellip; &hellip; then you are richer than 75 per cent of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace&hellip; &hellip; then you are among the top eight per cent of the world&rsquo;s wealthy.</li></ul><p>Of course, there are literally countless things to be thankful for, things that don&#39;t appear on this list. Think about a few of them as you go about your day. Sometimes all it takes to feel grateful (and to feel better) is to shift your focus just a little bit. If you stop and really think about it, you&#39;ll realize that you have so much to give thanks for in your life! Let&#39;s all try to remember everything that makes us so much more fortunate than most, not just at this time of year, but every single day.</p><p>Alright so there are a lot of new items to mention this week so&nbsp;pitter-patter, let&#39;s get at &#39;er! The first one is really unique and hand-made right here in Victoria, BC, by a local artist with a business called <em><strong>Stacie Designs</strong></em>! Stacie makes really nice <em><strong>Mask Chains</strong></em>, which are designed to allow your PPE mask to hang around your neck! And who better to endorse this fashionable jewelery than our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry?! She loves her new mask chain and so will you! They sell for $25 but we have a limited quantity available so get yours before they&#39;re sold out! If you&#39;d like to have a closer look, check out these profiles on social media:</p><p>Instagram: @staciec.designs</p><p>Facebook:</p><p>What goes hand in hand with face masks in the age of COVID-19? Yup, hand sanitizer! And we&#39;ve got another local&nbsp;one that won&#39;t break the bank! <em><strong>Vanilla Blossom Hand Sanitizer</strong></em> is a WHO approved formula (70% alcohol) that comes in a hefty 500ml trigger bottle and retails here <em><strong>for only $9.99</strong></em>. If you&#39;d like to check out the company website, visit <strong></strong>.</p><p>Just in time for your Thanksgiving meal is <em><strong>Misty Mountain Dried Mushrooms</strong></em>! Our Produce Department has Loads of different varieties (cultivated and wild) for any conceivable meal: <em><strong>Shiitake, Lobster, Wild Mix, Portabella, Matsutake, Oyster, Morel, Porcini and Chanterelle</strong></em>! Misty Mountain is a leading global supplier of fine mushrooms and other specialty foods and is based out of Port Coquitlam, BC. For an in-depth explanation of the characteristics and uses of each of these delicious mushrooms, head on over to <strong></strong>.</p><p>Mushrooms and pasta are a great combo! <em><strong>New Authentica World Cuisine Pasta Sauces</strong></em> are authentic Italian sauces and Pepper&#39;s has them in the following flavours:</p><p><em><strong>Siciliana</strong></em>:&nbsp;SWEET AND EARTHY. Made with authentic Italian red plum and sun dried tomatoes, this bold tasting sauce is delicious on its own or as a base for your favourite pasta recipes.</p><p><em><strong>Puttanesca</strong></em>: BOLD AND INTENSE. First served in a popular night spot in Ischia, Naples, there is absolutely no need to add anything to this hearty, flavourful sauce made with olives and capers!</p><p><em><strong>Pomodoro &amp; Ricotta</strong></em>: THICK AND SMOOTH: Made from&nbsp;a combination of fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil with added light and creamy ricotta cheese!</p><p>Thanksgiving isn&#39;t just about turkey. After all, this is the West Coast (and the best coast) and that means an abundance of fresh salmon! Why not change things up this year and serve a side of delicious sockeye or coho salmon flavoured with <em><strong>David&#39;s No Salt Famous Salmon Rub</strong></em>? Made in Toronto, ON, this rub is the perfect medley of lemon and dill without the sodium!&nbsp;</p><p>Coffee is the elixir of life. Tea drinkers will try tro tell you that tea actually is, that tea is the most popular tea in the world so it must be the best. But it&#39;s not. Coffee is and that&#39;s all there is to it (wink!). So the addition of new <em><strong>Califia Cold Brew Black Coffee </strong></em>should please the no-nonsense coffee drinkers out there!&nbsp;Who wants to wait for hot coffee to brew and then add cream and/or sugar? With <em><strong>Califia Cold Brew Blonde Roast</strong></em> and <em><strong>Califia Cold Brew Medium Roast</strong></em> you just pour and go. That&#39;s it. Made with 100% direct trade arabica coffee beans and full of high octane caffeine to get you jacked and ready for your day!</p><p>It&#39;s autumn and that means the plethora of pumpkin-flavoured goodies make their way onto store shelves everywhere. And we&#39;re no different! Our Deli Department has added <em><strong>Fromager d&#39;Affinois Roasted Pumpkin Seed Double Cream Brie</strong></em> to it&#39;s already lethal arsenal of artisan cheeses from around the world! In this case, as you may have surmised from the name, this cheese comes from France. Ultra filtered milk is used to make this silky, creamy-smooth brie with a delicate flavour with the nuttiness of roasted pumkin seeds. Perfect for the Thanksgiving dinner table!</p><p>Another cheese not-cheese addition to our Dairy Department is the plant-based <em><strong>Applewood Vegan Cheese</strong></em>. This&nbsp;smoky flavoured and smooth and creamy textured cheese melts beautifully and is fre from dairy, soya, lactose and gluten.</p><p>Last but certainly not least is an item that hails from the uber popular <em><strong>Riviera</strong></em> company: <em><strong>Oat Milk Vegan Delight Yogurt</strong></em>! This oat-based yogurt has added vitamins A, D and B12, is a good source of calcium and has probiotics to help foster healthy intestinal and immune system health. It&#39;s so smooth and creamy that you&#39;ll likely mistake this gluten-free treat for traditional yogurt! Currently <em><strong>available in Plain and Peach</strong></em> flavours.</p><p>Well everyone, the next newsletter will fall on the Tuesday morning after the holiday so we&#39;ll take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy and a very safe Thanksgiving! From all of us at Pepper&#39;s Foods, please, take good care!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter September 29, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! <strong>Today is World Heart Day.</strong> It&#39;s been celebrated on September 29th since 2012. And because the website <strong></strong> explains what this day is all about better than I ever could, here&#39;s some information taken from their website:</p><p><em>In May 2012, world leaders committed to&nbsp;reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world&rsquo;s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.</em></p><p><em>Created by the World Heart Federation,&nbsp;World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world&rsquo;s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to&nbsp;drive action to educate people&nbsp;that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.</em></p><p><em>World Heart Day is a global campaign&nbsp;during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in&nbsp;activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation&nbsp;unites people from all countries and backgrounds&nbsp;in the fight against the CVD burden and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world. We and our members believe in a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice.</em></p><p>Did you know?</p><ul> <li>your heart is the size of your fist and the strongest muscle in your body</li> <li>If you live to be 70, it will have beaten two and a half billion times</li> <li>High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for CVD. It&rsquo;s called the &lsquo;silent killer&rsquo; because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don&rsquo;t realize they have it</li> <li>your gender is significant: as a man you are at greater risk of heart disease than a pre-menopausal woman. But once past the menopause, a woman&rsquo;s risk is similar to a man&rsquo;s. Risk of stroke is similar for men and women</li></ul><p>So there you have it. It&#39;s important to take care of your ticker! You should also familiarize yourself with the warning signs of heart attack and stroke. For more information about cardiovascular health, visit <strong></strong>.</p><p>Today&#39;s first new item is one that likely isn&#39;t the greatest choice for heart health, but hey, everything in moderation, right? <em><strong>Maple Leaf Lazy Maple Natural Bacon</strong></em> is made with all-natural ingredients and is infused with just a hint of natural maple flavour. What makes it lazy? Unknown, but eating large quantities could produce feelings of lethargy.</p><p>Bacon makes an excellent topping for pizza and if you&#39;ve ever tried Stonefire Naan you know just how tasty these flatbreads are! They are an excellent crust for making home-made pizza! Well, they must have figured this out and decided to create <em><strong>Stonefire Artisan Thin Pizza Crust</strong></em>! They&#39;re hand-stretched and baked in a stone oven (hence the name) and they are the best for making a full-sized, thin crust pizza at home. And they can be frozen to maintain freshness so toss a pack or two in the freezer so you&#39;ll always have some ready when you get a hankering for some &#39;za!</p><p>In addition to this, there&#39;s <em><strong>Stonefire Artisan Flatbread</strong></em>, a rectangular flatbread that&#39;s great for dipping, topping, drizzling and sharing! And to round out the trio of terrific, you can now purchase <em><strong>Stonefire Naan Dippers</strong></em>, the miniature tandoor oven-baked naan which are super-duper for dipping, scooping and topping however you see fit!</p><p>Something that we haven&#39;t had on our shelves for awhile is <em><strong>SaltSpring Harvest V&eacute;g&eacute; Pat&eacute;</strong></em>. But now it&#39;s back in the Deli Department and there are four types to choose from: <em><strong>Herb, Tomato &amp; Olive, Chili Garlic </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sweet Curry</strong></em>! These spreadable dips are handmade on Saltspring Island, made with mostly organic ingredients and are vegan, wheat, egg, soy, dairy and nut free! People love not only the flavours but the textures, too!</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking for even more incredible accompaniments for your flatbread, try <em><strong>Mastro Charcuterie Trio</strong></em>, a selection of fine <em><strong>Genoa Salami, Salami with Prosciutto </strong></em>and <em><strong>Prosciutto&nbsp;</strong></em>available from our Deli Department. Or there&#39;s a variation of that called <em><strong>Mastro Charcuterie Trio Mediterranean Flavours </strong></em>which consists of <em><strong>Speck </strong></em>(smoked Prosciutto), <em><strong>Salami with Prosciutto</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chorizo Salami</strong></em>. Both types are gluten-free and lactose-free and both types are extremely tasty!</p><p><em><strong>The Little Stand </strong></em>is the little Victoria merchant that could! This local business is always creating new and wonderful jams, jellies, antipastos and salsas and providing them to Pepper&#39;s so that we can spread the joy that consuming them creates! And available right now, exclusive to Pepper&#39;s Foods, is <em><strong>The Little Stand Crabapple Jelly</strong></em>! Sweet and tart and ready to spread on your favourite bread (or cracker, flatbread, bagel...) get it while you can because it&#39;s only available for a limited time!</p><p>Speaking of spreadable toppings, how about giving new <em><strong>Arla Natural Cream Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Spread </strong></em>available in <em><strong>Original</strong></em> and <em><strong>Light </strong></em>(30% less fat than regular)&nbsp;a try? These spreads are made with only four ingredients and will make your cheesecakes, dips, frostings, eggs, mac &amp; cheese and a whole whack of other stuff that you&#39;ve prepared for Thanksgiving the highlight of the holiday!</p><p>Another scrumptious addition to our Dairy Department is the beautiful and bite-sized <em><strong>Bella Casara Bocconcini</strong></em>! Made by Quality Cheese, a Canadian company, this fresh, soft mozzarella cheese is available in <em><strong>Mini </strong></em>and <em><strong>Regular </strong></em>sizes and it has a sweet, clean, milky flavour. By the way, bocconcini means &quot;little mouthfulls&quot; in Italian. Make a caprese salad with this stuff and you will have a big mouthful of superior taste!</p><p>If you always want to have fresh seasonings on hand without having to worry about buying an entire bunch of parsley and throwing 90% of it away, check out <em><strong>Evergreen Herbs</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Ltd.&nbsp;Roots Organics Seasoning Pastes</strong></em>, available in our Produce Department! These delicious certied organic herb pastes are created with Canadian produce and capture all the flavour, colour and aroma of fresh herbs and spices! Choose from <em><strong>Basil, Ginger, Dill, Italian, Garlic </strong></em>and<em><strong> Cilantro</strong></em>!</p><p>And finally, something new for breakfast (yay!). New <em><strong>Dan-D Pak Granola</strong></em> in <em><strong>Fruity Berry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cashew Cranberry</strong></em> is crunchy, wholesome, delicious and satisfying. It comes in a snazzy and colourful resealable bag. You may not be aware that this company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Vancouver and their slogan is<em> Fine Foods of the Earth</em>. They&#39;re not wrong!</p><p>As always, thank you so&nbsp; much for taking time out of your busy lives to read our newsletter and to see what&#39;s new at the store. Don&#39;t forget to order your fresh turkey for Thanksgiving! Just call us at 250-477-6513 and ask for the Meat Department. We&#39;ll take it from there!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter September 22, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Happy first day of autumn! What the heck!? Where has the summer gone? Time to put away the polo shirt&nbsp;and get out the peacoat! Autumn is such a beautiful season, though. For those like us in the northern hemisphere, today is the start of the Autumnal Equinox. It means that night and day will be almost exactly the same length. But in the southern hemisphere, today marks the first day of spring! That&#39;s weird to think about, isn&#39;t it? But for us, it&nbsp;means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We would highly recommend that you reserve your fresh turkey by calling our Meat Department and letting them know what you&#39;d like! We are offering the same three kinds of quality birds that we always have so to get details on pricing, availability and selection, just call the store and ask for someone in our full-service Meat Department! And don&#39;t forget that we also offer turkey breasts, hams, prime rib roasts, salmon or any number of meal items to make your holiday special!</p><p>Alright so let&#39;s kick things off today with a seasonal item that we usually get back in stock around this time of year: <em><strong>Crosse &amp; Blackwell Rum &amp; Brandy Mincemeat</strong></em>. This is the creme de la creme of mincemeats! Made with tart Pippin apples, they&#39;re an English heirloom variety with a unique flavour unlike any other apple! Combined with spices, nuts and fruits, this centuries old British specialty has a bold flavour and is ready to fill ypour pies and desserts!</p><p>Red and white wine vinegars are essential components of any well-stocked pantry. They are versatile ingredients for salad dressings, marinades and sauces. And if you don&#39;t know which one to use just ask yourself what wine would you pair with the food you&#39;re cooking? And with Thanksgiving dinners on the horizon, you&#39;ll want to make sure you have a bottle of <em><strong>Colavita Red Wine Vinegar</strong></em> or <em><strong>Colavita White Wine Vinegar</strong></em>. These authentic Italian wine vinegars have been produced using traditonal methods of aging select wines in wooden barrels which creates the fine flavours and aromas!</p><p>Speaking of things Italian, how about pasta? And if you&#39;re looking for an incredibly delicious, gluten-free pasta sauce, look no further than Aisle 2 because we&#39;ve added five amazing flavours of <em><strong>Prairie Harvest Organic Pasta Sauce</strong></em>! Choose from <em><strong>Roasted Garlic</strong></em>, <em><strong>Tomato Basil</strong></em>, <em><strong>Italian Herb</strong></em>, <em><strong>Garden Vegetable </strong></em>or <em><strong>Portobello Muchroom</strong></em>. If you&#39;ve been wondering what happened to the Simply Natural line of pasta sauces, they&#39;re not available in Canada anymore. It won&#39;t matter much, though, because these newbies are really, really good. Plus, they&#39;re from an award-winning&nbsp;Canadian company located in Edmonton, AB!&nbsp;</p><p>Combine this next item with one of the aforementioned pasta sauces and you&#39;ve got yourself a hearty meal in minutes! Take <em><strong>Violife 100% Vegan Smoke-Flavoured Provolone Style Slices</strong></em>, layer on your favourite crusty bread with some delicious marinara sauce (<em><strong>Prairie Harvest Organic Pasta Sauce</strong></em>) and you&#39;ve got a vegan marinara grilled cheese sandwich! Of course you could use this dairy-free, soy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, preservative-free (but thankfully not taste-free) vegan cheese however you want. Slap some on a cracker why don&#39;t you? You&#39;ll think of something.</p><p>Here&#39;s another 100% vegan product. Awhile back we told you about<em><strong> Justo&#39;s Hummus &amp; Dips</strong></em>, made right here in Victoria. People are raving about the taste of these incredible, small-batch condiments and how this company supports the community by donating one serving per jar sold to various organizations in the city. Our customers have been impressed so we added two new flavours: <em><strong>Justo&#39;s Mango Jalape&ntilde;o Mild Salsa</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Justo&#39;s Roasted Garlic &amp; Tahini Hummus</strong></em>! Packaged in&nbsp;reusable glass jars and made with the freshest ingredients, we know that once you try them you&#39;ll keep going back!</p><p>Hey guess what? All Hallow&#39;s Eve will soon be upon us except that this year there is a pandemic. But don&#39;t expect that to deter hordes of treat seeking&nbsp;tykes from heading out into the night. You&#39;ll just have to get creative as to how you&#39;re going to safely dispense your goodies. And said goodies are already in stock at Pepper&#39;s! So grab a bag or box of bitty bars (or some other kind of<em><strong> Cadbury Fun Treats</strong></em> that we stock) now and be ready!</p><p>Once we started carrying <em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Unsweetened Original Oat Beverage</strong></em>, people started losing their minds! Ok, that&#39;s a bit of a stretch. But it&#39;s been super popular among our customers that prefer not to drink cow&#39;s milk. Therefore, we knew that it would be a good idea to have<em><strong> Earth&#39;s Own Unsweetened Original Oat Beverage 3x250 ml Tetra Packs</strong></em> on the shelf. It&#39;s the same great beveage but now you can pack one in your lunches, put one in your purse or hand &#39;em out to the kids when&nbsp; they&#39;re in the backseat!&nbsp;</p><p>Alrighty then, folks. That&#39;s a wrap. Thanks for checking out the newsletter again this week. Don&#39;t forget that our online store is up and running! And as we stated last week, it&#39;ll soon be accessible from our website. We&#39;ll let you know when that happens but for now, copy and paste this link and start shopping!</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter September 15, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you have the&nbsp;soundtrack to the film <u>2001: A Space Odyssey </u>(the Richard Straus &quot;Sunrise&quot; theme) put it on now and continue with the newsletter. For today marks a very special day for Pepper&#39;s Foods! Actually, it was yesterday but that&#39;s not important right now. What<em> is </em>important is that the Pepper&#39;s Foods Online Grocery Shopping site is, well, online! Yes, we are all-systems-go with a right proper site to allow you to shop with convenience and ease. If you want to use it right now, head on over to <strong></strong></p><p>In a day or two you&#39;ll be able to access the link from our website but for now,&nbsp;&nbsp;just cut and paste or click on the link to access our online store! You will need to create an account in order to place an order but it&#39;s quick and easy to do. The first thing you&#39;ll see are a series of 16 thumbnails that will take you to the most frequently purchased items. You can access all categories through the Shop Now tab at the top of the page. You can view our Weekly Ad, see what&#39;s on sale, check out your orders, see what&#39;s trending and access loads of recipes and other cool stuff. There&#39;s also a FAQ section to help you, if you need it. You can choose whether you want your profile to save your credit card information or, if you prefer due to privacy concerns,&nbsp;you can provide it each time. There&#39;s even a My Favourites section where you can store the items you love most for easy ordering next time you shop!</p><p>But please keep this in mind: there will inevitably be some bugs and things to fix such as things that are miscategorized or items missing. Please be patient! There are literally thousands of items that need to be catalogued. This was a huge undertaking and several members of our staff worked tirelessly getting this up and running. We want it to provide the best&nbsp;shopping experience possible for you and we&#39;ll get there. In the meantime, enjoy this new way to shop at our store! As Gord Downie of The Tragicaly Hip once said, &quot;It&#39;s been a long time coming. It&#39;s well worth the wait.&quot;</p><p>We have numerous bakery items in our newsletter this week. The first brand to tell you about is from <em><strong>GluteNull</strong></em>, a vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto-friendly and organic bakery&nbsp;that we introduced you to a few weeks ago when we only had one kind of their bread (Coconut Ciabatta). But now we&#39;ve added three more: <em><strong>GluteNull Buckwheat</strong></em>, <em><strong>GluteNull Amaranth</strong></em> and <em><strong>GluteNull Quinoa&nbsp;</strong></em>because it seems it&#39;s what the people want! All three are sugar-free, yeast-free, dairy-free, egg-free and they&#39;re also free of the top 11 allergens!&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to the bread we also have <em><strong>GluteNull Almond Fatty Buns</strong></em>. With these you get the same keto and paleo-friendly traits with a good amount of protein, ulta low carbs and a high fat content! It&#39;s an innovative product for our ketogenic customers!</p><p>Croissants are one of life&#39;s simple pleasures. Flakey, moist, buttery and delicious are all perfectly acceptable adjectives describing these baked beauties. But wouldn&#39;t it be amazing if you could buy not a loaf of bread but a loaf of croissant? Now you can! Our Deli Department has available two kinds of delicious <em><strong>Croissant Loaf:</strong></em> <em><strong>Classic</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Cinnamon &amp; Brown Sugar</strong></em>! Pull off a hunk and just chow down! Make a sandwich!&nbsp;Use it as you see fit! These loaves are super satisfying and yummy no matter how you choose to eat them!</p><p>Irene&#39;s Bakery is Vancouver Island&#39;s largest family owned and operated wholesale bakery. And it&#39;s located right here in Victoria. In 2019 they merged with another beloved company, 6 Mile Bakery, and took over its Carey Road production facility. Both bakeries had always focused on producing traditional European breads. Combined, their bakers have over 200 years of baking experience! And now you can purchase several types of<em><strong> 6 Mile Bakery Loaves</strong></em> at Pepper&#39;s! In addition to the foil wrapped <em><strong>Garlic Bread </strong></em>(not shown) there&#39;s <em><strong>Homemade White</strong></em>, <em><strong>Homemade Whole Wheat</strong></em> and <em><strong>Homemade Peasant Loaf</strong></em>. It&#39;s the freshest sliced bread around!&nbsp;</p><p>And now for something new from Irene&#39;s Bakery. They know that the simplest ingredients often make for the best products. And that&#39;s why we now carry <em><strong>Irene&#39;s Bakery Peanut Butter Cookies</strong></em> and <em><strong>Irene&#39;s Bakery Ginger Cookies</strong></em>! You can&#39;t go wrong with either of these two flavours. They&#39;re the staple flavours of the cookie realm for good reason.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s&nbsp;a little history taken from the website of our next new item: <em>In 1890, Chemist John J. McLaughlin of Toronto, started to manufacture soda water, which he sold to drugstores in siphons as a mixer for fruit juices and flavoured extracts. 14 years and hundreds of experiments later, McLaughlin finally perfected the formula for his Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale. He also developed mass bottling techniques and served Canada Dry wherever people gathered. In 1923, P. D. Saylor and Associates purchased the entire company from the McLaughlin family and formed the public corporation, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Inc.</em></p><p>New<em><strong> Canada Dry Premium Ginger Ale </strong></em>is the ultimate in ginger ales. It&#39;s crafted from cane sugar and we&#39;re not sure what else makes it a &quot;premium&quot; ale but that&#39;s what the packaging says so we&#39;re going with it. It comes in a four pack of glass bottles so you know it&#39;s good. Only inferior sodas come in plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Everybody knows that.&nbsp;</p><p>And lastly this week, we bring you two excellent new teas from Tazo! Does an infusion of green tea, matcha, mate and grapefruit sound inviting? If so, you&#39;ll want to pick up a box of <em><strong>Tazo Matcha Mate Graprefruit Tea!</strong></em> Or how about the herbal happiness of aromatic golden turmeric and the flavour of sweet passionfruit? You&#39;ll find it in <em><strong>Tazo Turmeric Bliss</strong></em>. There&#39;s a chill in the air and a new season calls for a new tea or two!</p><p>As always, you&#39;ll find our advertised specials attached to this newsletter. And don&#39;t forget to noodle around on the new shopping site! We&#39;re confident that once you get familiar with it, you&#39;ll want to use it every time you shop with us! Stay safe out there and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 8, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today in 1504, The Statue of David, Michelangelo&#39;s marble masterpiece, was unveiled in Florence. He had started sculpting it three years earlier. The biblical nude figure is depicted facing towards Rome while holding onto the sling which he used to bring down the Philistine giant, Goliath (he then decapitated him and later brought the head to Jerusalem). In his right hand, he holds a stone, the ammunition that supposedly hit Goliath right between the eyes. Ironically, David stands a whopping 17 feet tall which is a Goliath height and makes us wonder how tall a statue of Goliath might have been had Michelangelo chosen to carve him as well! Another remarkable fact about this statue is that it was carved from a single block of marble that was abandoned by two different scuptors before Michelangelo successfully transformed it into one of history&#39;s most famous works of art.</p><p>Last week we mentioned that&nbsp;today marks the start of mandatory wearing of face masks for our customers. So this is just a reminder for you to bring a mask when you shop. We also carry locally-made masks! Adult-$14.99 and Child-$9.99 plus Disposable 10pk-$9.99.&nbsp;But what we&#39;re really excited to tell you about is that <strong>on&nbsp;Tuesday, September 14th, our online store will finally be available for your delivery or pick-up orders</strong>! That&#39;s right, you can go to our website and select from a comprehensive list of items! We&#39;ve been working hard to get this ready and it&#39;s finally coming to fruition! Woo hoo!!</p><p>It&#39;s back-to-school time and our flyer is chock full of great deals on items for your family&#39;s lunches. And speaking of lunches, here&#39;s something new that you can pack in them! <em><strong>Nature Valley Lunch Box Banana Chocolate Chip + Veggies Granola Bars</strong></em> are the newest addition to this line of classroom-friendly snacks! Grown-ups have found another way to sneak vegetables into foods that children enjoy (in this case, it&#39;s mostly sweet potatoes) and the peanut-free recipe ensures that those with a peanut allergy are not at risk! These guys are also full of fibre and whole grains so it makes for a sensible and healthy snack.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s a universal fact: everyone loves pizza. There&#39;s not a single individual human person that doesn&#39;t enjoy a nice pie that comes in some way, shape or form. Therefore, you&#39;re going to love these new <em><strong>Golden Home Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts!</strong></em> You pick the&nbsp;toppings and leave the crust to us (them). Available in two sizes the <em><strong>245 gram </strong></em>packagaes<em><strong> come in Original as well as Protein</strong></em> (16 grams of protein and only 8 grams of carbs per serving). Or if you want the larger <em><strong>404 gram package</strong></em>, you can choose from <em><strong>Original as well as Super Grains </strong></em>which is made from sprouted wheat as well as high-fibre wheat flour! They&#39;re ready to go! Just take out of the package, top with whatever tickles your fancy and pop in the oven. Pizza made at home just got a whole lot tastier!</p><p>&quot;Holy guacamole, Batman!&quot; That&#39;s what Robin might exclaim when he tasted new <em><strong>Fresh Is Best Guac-On! Guacamole</strong></em>! Made with ingredients&nbsp;including fresh cilantro, avocados and zesty lemons and limes, this fabulous dip is made with 10 fresh vegetables, contains no additves or gluten, is vegan and has no added sugar. But that&#39;s not the only new dip that our Deli Department has added, nosirree! There&#39;s also a new<em><strong> Fresh Is Best Garlic-O-Licious Spinach Dip</strong></em>! As you may have guessed, this dip is a tad garlic-centric. Use it for dipping chunks of fresh&nbsp;bread, chips, veggies or even try it as a salad dressing for Pete&#39;s sake! It&#39;s all natural and low in sodium.</p><p>Our Produce Department has introduced <em><strong>Bubbies Prepared Horseradish</strong></em> and the identical but for the addition of one ingredient <em><strong>Bubbies Prepared Beet Horseradish</strong></em>. The company website states: <em>Bubbies horseradishes are fortified using natural mustard oil, not the artificial stuff often hidden in ingredients like &quot;soybean oil&quot; and &quot;flavoring.&quot; Our horseradishes are OU Kosher certified, made with gluten free vinegar and produced in a gluten free facility. The pungent flavor adds zest and color to any meal and they continue the high quality for which all Bubbies&#39; products are known</em>. If it&#39;s pickled or fermented choose Bubbies for their time honoured,&nbsp;old-world recipes.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has expanded our line of famous <em><strong>Milano Coffee</strong></em> by adding two new SKUs: <em><strong>Vienna </strong></em>and <em><strong>Parisian!</strong></em> The medium-bodied <em><strong>Vienna </strong></em>tastes of&nbsp;Almonds | Peach | Marzipan and consists of an &quot;<em>Old World recipe that mobilizes an empire of 7 varietals. True European sensibilities&mdash; regal and elegant, while potent and robust</em>.&quot; <em><strong>Parisian </strong></em>is a dark coffee with overtones of&nbsp;Licorice | Dark Chocolate | Burnt Sugar.&nbsp;This &quot;<em>creme de la creme French-style roast is a melange of 7-9 varietals. Sticky, syrupy body and caramelized flavours with a peppery-sweet finis</em>h&quot;. Magnifique!</p><p>The oat beverage category continues to grow with <em><strong>Oat Dream Original Oat Beverage</strong></em>. Lactose and dairy free, this yummy drink is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and B12. It also goes great in the aforementioned exquisite coffees! Or choose the <em><strong>Oat Dream Original Enriched Oat Beverage</strong></em>, the creamy oaty drink that&#39;s been fortified with lots of vitamins and stuff. Both are creamy, smooth and delicious and are 100% vegan.</p><p>Another excellent non-dairy item that will have you jumping for joy is <em><strong>Silk Dairy-Free Whipping Cream Alternative</strong></em>. Use this coconut-based product&nbsp;cup for cup like dairy for baking and cooking and obviously, as an alternative whipped topping to regular whipping cream. There&#39;s 0 sugar per serving, it&#39;s free from gluten and carrageenan and it&#39;s verified by the Non-GMO Project&rsquo;s product verification program.</p><p>From Silk to Silk&#39;n Soft we go! This is toilet tissue in a box! New <em><strong>Silk&#39;n Soft Oh Natural Toilet Tissue </strong></em>is unbleached 3-ply premium toilet tissue that&#39;s made with bamboo and not trees! It&#39;s the most eco-friendly tissue that you can buy. And it&#39;s also the softest. Our forests (and your behind) will thank you!</p><p>Thanks for reading another newsletter. It&#39;s our pleasure to bring it to each of you each week! But more importantly, take care of each other. Stay safe. Be kind. Help someone who needs it. And as my Grandpa Mason used to say at dinner, &quot;Eat till you squeal!&quot;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 1, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Before we get into the newsletter we&#39;d like to let you know that <strong>effective Tuesday, September 8th, customers will be required to wear a mask in order to enter the store</strong>. The vast majority of our customers already wear one when they&#39;re inside. We get it, nobody wants to wear a mask. It&#39;s a drag. But so is getting sick. And with pandemic case numbers exploding in this province, we all need to do everything that we can to protect each other from this nasty virus. So please remember your mask when you leave home to come to the store.</p><p>Ok, so now that we&#39;ve gotten that out of the way, let&#39;s get busy learning about all sorts&nbsp;of things. For instance, on today&#39;s date in 1985, a French-US&nbsp;expedition led by American oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard&nbsp;discovered the final resting place of the luxury liner RMS&nbsp;Titanic, having sunk 600 kms off the coast of Newfoundland on April 15, 1912. It had been 73 years since anyone had laid eyes on the doomed liner which was deemed &quot;unsinkable&quot; by it&#39;s builder. Ironically (and tragically), it slipped beneath the frigid waves of the Atlantic Ocean after it struck an iceburg on it&#39;s very first voyage. 1500 souls were lost. Alas, none of this is new. Everyone knows this story. But what you might not &nbsp;know is that the ship&#39;s chief baker, Charles Joughin, went into the water that night having drunk a vast quantity of whiskey and was recued come daylight when the RMS Carpathia arrived. Remember that scene in Titanic when Jack and Rose were on the outside of the railing and there&#39;s a baker beside them with a mickey of booze? They then ride the ship as it sinks into the water. Well, that was based on testimony by Joughin who claimed that he rode the ship down &quot;like an elevator&quot; not even dunking his head under when it finally submerged. It officially made him the last person to exit RMS Titanic. He was pulled from the water with little more than swollen feet.</p><p>This newsletter is&nbsp;all about the meat. Well, not all about it. It&#39;s about half the meat. Let&#39;s just say there are several meat products to describe. So if eating meat isn&#39;t your thing, skip ahead a little bit. For the rest of you, read on.</p><p>Our Deli Department has been working feverishly to bring in the items that our customers want and the Saanich Peninsula&#39;<em><strong>s Berryman Brothers Ready-to-Eat Charcuterie Sausage</strong></em> is one that is getting everyone excited about! Each package contains <em><strong>four varieties of smoked sausage: Swiss Farmer</strong></em>, <em><strong>Polish Kielbasa, Spanish Chorizo</strong></em> and <em><strong>Honey Garlic</strong></em>. Simply remove them from the package, cut up and enjoy!</p><p>Next there&#39;s <em><strong>Berryman Brothers Smoked Garlic Ham Ring </strong></em>which you can either boil first or cut up and serve like the other sausages. All are free from gluten, dairy and antibiotics and all of them are extremely tasty!</p><p>The other thing that our Deli wants you to know about is that they have back in stock the moist and exceptionally flavoured <em><strong>Preferisco Prosciutto D&#39;Italia</strong></em>! It&#39;s sliced to order for your convenience. This all-natural prosciutto is made in Italy of the finest pigs. If you think that everything&#39;s better with bacon (which it is) then you&#39;re sure to find that the same holds true for this exquisite dry-cured ham!</p><p>It&#39;s still summer and that means BBQ season is still&nbsp;in full swing. And it&#39;s a good thing, too, because our Meat Department has added two new family favourites of hot dogs! <em><strong>Maple Leaf Natural Top Dogs </strong></em>are all-natural wieners with zero fillers made with premium meats and natural ingredients. Choose from the <em><strong>Original Size </strong></em>or the<em><strong> BBQ Forma</strong></em>t (same package weight but just larger wieners). Real. Simple. Maple Leaf.</p><p>As long as you&#39;ve&nbsp;got the grill fired up for some hot dogs, why not throw on some burgers while you&#39;re at it? But not just any burgers, mind you. Not even beef burgers.<em><strong> Belmont Meats Turkey Burgers </strong></em>are a healthier alternative to beef without sacrificing any flavour or satisfaction! These extra lean patties are juicy and flavourful and are a great source of protein and iron. Plus they&#39;re free of any trans fats. Change it up and gobble down something different and delicious!</p><p><em><strong>Since Yeshi Dressing</strong></em> hit the shelves a while back, their popularity has grown exponentially! This Mill Bay business makes one of the tastiest dressings around incorporating nutritional yeast into a varied selection of flavours such as Original, Mild Chili, Smoky Chipotle and Ginger Sesame. But just when you thought it couldn&#39;t get any better, they went ahead and created a new flavour that&#39;s sure to make you ask, &quot;Et tu, Bruce?&quot; when you find out that your neighbour Bruce has also purchased it. New <em><strong>Yeshi Dressing Caesar </strong></em>has &quot;<em>subtle flavours of garlic, anchovy, mustard and lemon...everything you would want in a traditonal Caesar dressing but with a decidedly Yeshi twist</em>!&quot; It&#39;s free of eggs, gluten, nuts and dairy and it&#39;s going to be your next favcourite dressing. All hail Caesar and say yes to Yeshi!</p><p>These next guys are trying to take a page out of the Kombucha Lovers Handbook by offering an alternative to said beverage and maybe pull a few of the soda and juice drinkers away, too. <em><strong>Tribe ACV </strong></em>(Apple Cider Vinegar) is a <em><strong>Sparkling Apple Cider Vinegar Drink </strong></em>that&#39;s lightly flavoured with <em><strong>Tropical Blend, Turmeric Ginger Peach </strong></em>and <em><strong>Blackberry Sage</strong></em>. But wait, why would anyone want to drink apple cider vinegar?&nbsp;Actually, there are numerous studies that show it to reduce harmful gut bacteria, aids digestion, improves metabolism and helps lower blood pressure. These refreshingly different drinks are 75% organic, low in sugar and calories, are gluten-free and caffeine-free and will make you feel good &nbsp;from the inside out!</p><p>The Fine Cheese Company of Bath England cordially invites you to purchase and enjoy their <em><strong>Fine English Gluten-Free Water Crackers</strong></em>. Made with maize flour, soya bran and tapioca but not with wheat or dairy, these gluten-free crackers have, according to the company website, &quot;<em>a toasty flavour and is thin and crunchy and a great addition to the range</em>.&quot; Indeed.&nbsp;</p><p>If you drink coffee then you know that almost nothing beats a good cuppa. It&#39;s a blissful activity. But if you choose to add non-dairy creamer but haven&#39;t found one that suits your taste then <em><strong>Coffee-Mate Bliss Oat Plain Coffee Creamer </strong></em>will make every cup of your plant-based coffee creamer experience a blissful one. With only 1 gram of sugar per serving, you can ditch the curdle and embrace the creamy because there&#39;s no separation going in in your mug. Just shake first, pour, stir and enjoy!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week, people. Thank you so much for continuing to support us during this pandemic. Our customers are the greatest and you are the reason why we succeed. There&#39;s no Pepper&#39;s without our amazing customers! So please continue to social distance. Please continue to follow the arrows. And please continue to be kind and patient with each other!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 25, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &quot;Bond, James Bond.&quot; Those are undoubtedly the most iconic words ever uttered by the fictitious super spy.&nbsp;And Sir Thomas Sean Connery is undoubtedly the best actor to portray him. Today is his 90th birthday! &nbsp;James Bond, a British secret agent, is supposed to be England&#39;s top intelligence officer. Yet, ironicaly, a proud Scotsman made him a global phenomenon!&nbsp;His code&nbsp;number is 007 and he has been granted a license to kill. And so has our grocery manager, Scott! He&#39;s&nbsp;slashed prices in our ad this week so make sure to get in on these deals because this is a great one!</p><p>There are a lot of great things about Port Coquitlam but one of the best things, as far as foodies are concerned, has to be from GluteNull Bakery,&nbsp;the company that creates &quot;<em>healthy, delicious plant-based goodness.&quot; </em>It&#39;s a family business whose&nbsp;Golden Rule is&nbsp;&lsquo;<em>What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others&rsquo;. </em>They make vegan, 100% gluten-free (in a dedicated facility) and non-GMO verified breads, cookies and energy bars that are out-of-this-world good! Currently, Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Bagged Cookies </strong></em>in <em><strong>Buckwheat Chocolate</strong></em>, <em><strong>Chocolin</strong></em> (fine unsweetened chocolate and ground flax sweetened with *<em>Swerve</em>) and <em><strong>Quinoa Coconut</strong></em> flavours! *Swerve is a true sugar replacement because it&rsquo;s sweet and delicious! Unlike other natural sweeteners like stevia, it has no bitter aftertaste and measures just like sugar. It&rsquo;s also the only sugar replacement of its kind that browns and caramelizes just like sugar.</p><p>In a plastic tub you&#39;ll find<em><strong> Ginger Square Cookies</strong></em> or <em><strong>Goji Berries and Chocolate Cookies</strong></em>! As for <em><strong>Energy Bars,</strong></em> there&#39;s <em><strong>Coco Delish Bars</strong></em>, <em><strong>Hemp Energy Protein Bars</strong></em>, and <em><strong>Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bars</strong></em>! As if these weren&#39;t enough, there&#39;s also <em><strong>Coconut Ciabatta Bread</strong></em> the keto-friendly bread that is super low in carbs that has been lab tested to ensure its low carb content.&nbsp;</p><p>People all over the place are raving about these products (no, really!) so if you&#39;d like to read more customer reviews and more about this business and their amazing baked goodies, head on over to their website at <strong></strong>.</p><p>Local vendors really rev our engine so we didn&#39;t hesitate to get <em><strong>Very Good Food </strong></em>(VGF) <em><strong>Cookies </strong></em>on our shelf when they became available! Though not gluten-free they are &quot;gluten-friendly&quot; and vegan. What does that mean? As taken from the MenuCalc website:<em>&nbsp;It implies that the food may not be entirely gluten-free because it is prepared in the same kitchen as gluten-containing foods but that it is okay for those with mild gluten sensitivities. Try <strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>, <em><strong>Oatmeal Raisin</strong></em> as well as several other kinds! And look for their<em><strong> Muffins</strong></em> to hit the shelf sometime in the near future!&nbsp;Plus, everything is made very near to us in North Saanich.&nbsp;Local supporting local is what it&#39;s all about! It&#39;s time for some very good food!</p><p>The kombucha craze continues to grow (we&#39;re not complaining!) so Pepper&#39;s has added two new brands to our cold beverage case! <em><strong>JagaSilk</strong></em>, the Victoria, BC based tea company whose products we have been stocking for ages, now has two types of <em><strong>Kombucha-Jun</strong></em> made with precision in uniquely numbered batches with Vancouver Island honey and farm direct teas of various origins!</p><p>Or for something a little different, why not try <em><strong>Tonica Blue Lemonafe Kombucha</strong></em>? It&#39;s made in Toronto, is all natural and organic and contains loads of beneficial enzymes to delight your digestive tract. The blue colour comes from a type of superfood Blue Majik spirulina and this refreshing bevvie makes for a great thirst-quencher&nbsp;or the perfect mix for your next favourite vodka cocktail!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a great protein powder packed with Omegas 3 &amp; 6, one that&#39;s organic and vegan,&nbsp;has a relatively high amount of fibre and is proudly made in Canada&nbsp;look no further than <em><strong>Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Max Protein</strong></em>! There&#39;s a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving with zero added&nbsp;sugars, a mild taste and&nbsp;a creamy texture. Great for athletes!</p><p>Big families create lots of dirty laundry. So go big or go home with new<em><strong> Tide Pods 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent 72 count</strong></em>! 72 loads of laundry until you have to buy another container...that should last the average family with two teenagers (or toddlers) at least a few days. Choose from <em><strong>Original Scent</strong></em> or <em><strong>Spring Meadow</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Buying your kitty&#39;s favourite foods just got a lot easier with new <em><strong>Friskies P&acirc;t&eacute; Ocean Delights</strong></em>&nbsp;and <em><strong>Friskies Poultry Lovers Cat Food</strong></em>. There are 12&nbsp;cans (3 different varieties&nbsp;per pack) in each box so all you need to do is pick up one and go! It&#39;s complete and balanced nutrition for your feline made with real meat and seafood.</p><p>Did we mention that it&#39;s only four months until Christmas? By the time you get the next newsletter it will be September already! Oh well. The way 2020 has been going, nobody&#39;s really complaining too much about how time flies. Except maybe Republicans.&nbsp;Thanks for checking us out again and until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 18, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! It&#39;s always nice to get away but it&#39;s also good to get back into the swing of things. This week there&#39;s plenty of new products to tell you about so let&#39;s get&nbsp;right to it. But first, what do Patrick Swayze, Christian Slater, Edward Norton, Robert Redford and Bruin Leney all have in common? Correct! They all have their birthdays today! And yes, all of them except for one, are very famous actors and have been seen in a plethora of movies. But there&#39;s no one we&#39;d like to see have a happier birthday than Bruin &quot;The Bear&quot; Leney. Happy birthday, buddy!!</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s party time, it&#39;s excellent!&nbsp;Schwing!&quot; Those words were made famous by party-head Wayne Campbell of Aurora, Illinois. But did you know that one of our new items comes from Aurora, Ontario? That&#39;s right, new <em><strong>Cookie It Up Shorts</strong></em> are excellent snacking material. They&#39;re basically super-delicious, rich and buttery miniature shortbread cookies, the chips of the cookie world if you will. And they&#39;re available in four amazing flavours: <em><strong>Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate Cranberry, Salted Butterscotch</strong></em> and <em><strong>Double Chocolate</strong></em>! It&#39;s oh-so-easy to pick up a bag (or four), take home and start munching. What&#39;s difficult is finding a way to stop. Oh wait, it&#39;s not hard at all! Just eat until they&#39;re gone! We&#39;re in a global pandemic. Anything goes at this point.</p><p>We couldn&#39;t stop with just one choice cookie this week. This one is baked right here in-store in our Deli Department! If you happen to be shopping and smell something incredible, it&#39;s simply <strong><em>English Bay Key Lime &amp; White Chocolate Cookies </em></strong>in the oven! These two flavours go great together which means that these cookies will go great in your mouth. Pick up a bag in our baked goods section where other delicious English Bay cookies are found.</p><p>It&#39;s almost time to go back to school. Well, let&#39;s put it this way: school is set to resume on September 10th.&nbsp;Whether or not your kids attend a classroom is much less of a certainty. However, what we are certain of is that if you pack one of these new <em><strong>Nature Valley Maple Brown Sugar Crunchy Granola Bars </strong></em>in their lunch, they&#39;ll (a) eat it and (b) like it. A lot. What&#39;s not to like? There are two kinds of sugar&nbsp;in there! But there&#39;s some whole grain oats packed in as well. It&#39;s a great addition to the lunchkit for everyone in your family. Get crunchin&#39;!</p><p>For a treat with<em> less </em>sugars there&#39;s always <em><strong>Cavalier Fine Belgian Chocolate Bars</strong></em>! You heard right: this is real gourmet, Belgian milk and dark chocolate made by a family-owned business. It has reduced sugars and is sweetened with Stevia. We have two sizes of bars: 85 gram (<em><strong>Milk Hazelnuts</strong></em> and <em><strong>Dark Berries</strong></em>) and 40 gram (<em><strong>Milk Caramel </strong></em>and <em><strong>Dark Cocoa Nibs</strong></em>). Now you can indulge a little (or a lot) by eating delicious chocolate without all the guilt normally associated with this oft frowned upon act. Have a cavalier disregard for eating so healthy all the time! C&#39;mon, you deserve it!</p><p>Our Dairy Department has quite a few new additions so let&#39;s start with some new flavours (and sizes) from the famous <em><strong>Libert&eacute; Canada Yogurt</strong></em> line! Everyone who eats yogurt knows that the richest, creamiest and most decadent yogurt in all the land&nbsp;is <em><strong>Libert&eacute; M&eacute;diterran&eacute;e</strong></em>. And if you&#39;re a fan you&#39;ll be giddy to know that <em><strong>Libert&eacute;&nbsp;M&eacute;diterran&eacute;e Plain</strong></em> comes in a bigger <em><strong>900 gram tub</strong></em>! More means better and at&nbsp;10% milk fat, that&#39;s a lot more bang for your buck! There&#39;s also a new <em><strong>Limited Edition&nbsp;M&eacute;diterran&eacute;e Vanilla Yogurt </strong></em>flavour! There&#39;s only 9% milk fat in this one. Maybe they had to add less fat to make room for the vanila. Who knows? One thing that we do know is that this won&#39;t be around forever. Get it while it&#39;s still available! And finally, rounding out the new line-up is<em><strong> Libert&eacute; 2% Greek Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>in three new flavours: <em><strong>Peach</strong></em> (pictured), <em><strong>Cherry </strong></em>and <em><strong>Lemon</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ve talked about Armstrong Cheese on numerous occasions in the newsletter. This Armstrong, BC based company has been making award-winning cheeses for over a century. It sells like hotcakes at Pepper&#39;s and with the addition of four new <em><strong>Armstrong Cheese Slices</strong></em>, it&#39;s sure to become even more popular! With <em><strong>Creamy Havarti</strong></em>, <em><strong>Medium Cheddar</strong></em>, <em><strong>Smoke Flavoured Cheddar </strong></em>and <em><strong>Monterey Jack </strong></em>you get the convenience of&nbsp;pre-sliced cheese that comes in a resealable zipper package. For a quick and easy snack just open the pack and take a slice or two. Plus, they&#39;re the perfect size for a sandwich. No knives or cutting board required, either. Practical and pleasant. Win-win!</p><p>These next items aren&#39;t new to the store. They&#39;ve been here for awhile now. But the packaging has had a major overhaul moving from blah to beautiful! <em><strong>Emborg Plant Based Cheese Shreds</strong></em> are vegan, non-dairy cheeses available in <em><strong>Mozzarella Style</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cheddar Style</strong></em>. They taste like cheese, melt like cheese and satisfy like cheese but are mostly made from potato and corn starch! And there&#39;s no palm oil, soy, gluten or dairy!</p><p>And though these next items were unveiled in the short newletter that came out last week, we liked them so much that we had to brag about them some more!&nbsp;Proudly made here in Canada (Edmonton, AB) <em><strong>Get Sauced BBQ Sauces and Glaze</strong></em>s are guaranteed to make your next cookout the best cookout of the season! Our current selection of<em><strong> Grilling Sauces includes Honey Hickory Chipotle </strong></em>(general purpose BBQ sauce) as well as <em><strong>Peach</strong></em> (pork back ribs, wings, pork tenderloin, etc). For incredible ginger beef, oriental style wings and amazing&nbsp;stir-frys, <em><strong>Get Sauced Szechuan Sauce</strong></em> is a must-have. And the <em><strong>Get Sauced Carolina&nbsp;Gold</strong></em> is a mustard sauce with a touch of sweetness that makes a great glaze, topping or dipping sauce!</p><p>That&#39;s all for now, folks. Remember, in these frustrating and tedious times do as Ron Burgundy does and &quot;stay classy!&quot;</p><p>Take good care,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 4, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning. Last week we lost a longtime and loyal customer to a stroke at the age of 97. Norma Fitzsimmons was a lovely lady with a passion for flowers. Her love of flowers led her to becoming a florist in the 1950s and to her starting&nbsp;the annual Greater Victoria Flower Count back in 1975. It&nbsp;was her way of showcasing the beauty of our city, the City of Gardens,&nbsp;and to encourage us to appreciate the mild winters here while much of the rest of Canada remained frozen. Born in August of 1922, she stayed right here in Victoria throughout her life living in her home here in Cadboro Bay.&nbsp;Norma loved to donate and arrange flowers for a multitude of events and organizations and Pepper&#39;s was very happy to provide many of the fresh cut flowers that she required. We will miss her smiling face and her kind heart. Rest peacefully, Norma.</p><p>Have you ever eaten a Muffuletta Sandwich? Do you even know what it is? Well, it&#39;s a sandwich born in New Orleans, Louisiana at a tiny Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter called Central Grocery. Created in 1906,&nbsp;the sandwich consists of a round Sicilian sesame bread layered with a marinated olive salad, salami, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone and mortadella. Why are we telling you this? Excellent question! It&#39;s because Pepper&#39;s now sells <em><strong>Unico Muffuletta Olive Salad</strong></em> in both<em><strong> Mild </strong></em>and <em><strong>Hot </strong></em>styles! Now you can make the greatest sandwich ever known to humankind (unconfirmed). And if you want to use it for something other than in a sandwich, try it on a pizza, on a burger, on a cracker or&nbsp;as a topping for grilled fish or chicken!</p><p>Plant-based food alert! We&#39;ve added a shelf-stable (up to 365 days unopened!) dairy-free alternative to milk that hails from Sweden! Det heter <em><strong>Sproud </strong></em>och &auml;r gjord med &auml;rtor! We have <em><strong>Original </strong></em>(blue), <em><strong>Unsweetened</strong></em> (black) and <em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em> (brown). Here&#39;s what the company has to say about their innovative &quot;powered by peas&quot; milk:&nbsp;<em>We are Swedish, we believe that coming together makes for a better world. Sproud is the next level of plant-based products bringing taste and sustainability together. With a natural creamy texture and neutral taste, our planet-first family of products bring you dairy-free alternatives with the closest taste to regular milk. Sproud is the dairy alternative that blends with the food and drinks you love. Creamy and foamy in coffee, perfect in tea, in smoothies and on cereals. It&rsquo;s just like milk. Powered by peas and developed in Sweden using the yellow split pea protein, we have one mission: to be the best tasting non-dairy milk</em>.</p><p>In keeping with this plant-based theme, you&#39;re going to be pleased to know that the super-duper popular (and super-duper local) <em><strong>The Very Good Butchers </strong></em>has four more items for all you whole-food and vegan loving folk out there (and there are MANY!). Try <em><strong>Ribz, BBQ Jackfruit, Pepperoni</strong></em> and <em><strong>Steak</strong></em> for your next vegan dinner. All of these items, as well as their other delicious products, are described in detail on their website. Head on over to <strong> </strong>and read all about this local business and what goes into making their meat-free goods.</p><p>Do you go through so much soy sauce that you require an enormous jug of it to make your consumption practical? Oh, you do? Great! Because we now sell <em><strong>Kikkoman Soy Sauce</strong></em> in a <em><strong>1.89 litre</strong></em> bottle! Brewed the traditional way and aged for several months, this all purpose soy sauce will serve your large family just fine! Gone are the days of heading to Costco just to get that huge bottle of soy sauce. Now you can get it a Pepper&#39;s when you buy the rest of your groceries!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the subject of the Kikkoman brand, we also carry an exciting new <em><strong>Kikkoman Takumi Korean BBQ Sauce</strong></em>! It blends soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, apples, pear and orange juices for a savoury-sweet flavour profile that can be used as a glaze, sauce or dip with your favourite meats and veggies! And if you&#39;re looking for an excellent oil that adds incomparable flavour to dressings, marinades and dips, <em><strong>Kikkoman 100% Pure Sesame Oil</strong></em> will add essential flavour to all of your Asian cooking recipes!&nbsp;</p><p>Our <em><strong>Deli Department </strong></em>has upped their game once again by offering three amazing and tasty summer salads! There&#39;s a kickin&#39; <em><strong>Cajun Pasta Salad</strong></em>, a delicious <em><strong>Dill Pickle Pasta Salad</strong></em> and a keen <em><strong>Santa Fe Quinoa Salad</strong></em>! All&nbsp;three are perfect for your next day trip to the beach, a picnic in the park or for a quick and easy dinner at home on the patio!</p><p>Going camping? Looking for a sustainable alternative to or something to compliment cord wood? Then look no further than <em><strong>BioFlame Briquettes</strong></em>! These briquettes are made right here on Vancouver Island in Chemainus and are made of 100% all-natural wood with no artificial binders or chemical additives. They burn long and clean, are eco-friendly and are carbon neutral! Great for your backyard firepit, your woodstove or for campfires!</p><p>Just a heads up: next week there will not be a newsletter. Whoa, remain calm, it&#39;ll be ok! It&#39;s vacation time for our writer&nbsp;but you&#39;ll still get the advertised specialsdelivered to your inbox! And don&#39;t forget to enter the draw to win the Edmonton Oilers home jersey that we mentioned last week. TTFN!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>P.S. Take good care</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 28, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:06:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Hockey&#39;s back! Yes, today is the start of exhibition games for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers! The Penguins take on the Flyers followed by the classic Leafs versus Habs and then it&#39;s the Oilers facing off against their fierce rivals the Flames! And if all goes well, the Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin on August 1st! We&#39;ll talk about a hockey related giveaway a little later in the newsletter.&nbsp;But&nbsp;first, let&#39;s talk about something tragic and fascinating and remarkable that happened on today&#39;s date in 1945.</p><p>As a thick fog blanketed New York City, a US B-25 bomber, on a routine flight from Bedford Army Air Field in Massachusetts to Newark Airport in New Jersey crashed into the side of the Empire State Building between the 78th and 80th floors. Fourteen people died as a result of the crash (all three flight crew and&nbsp;11 civilians). That&#39;s the tragic part. However, the disaster could have been much worse. For example, the resulting fire was extinguished in less than 40 minutes! In fact, less than 48 hours later, many floors of the building were open to the public. And it still remains the only significant fire at that height to be successfully extinguished. There was also an extraordinary story of survival within the story. An elevator operator named Betty Lou Oliver suffered severe burns when she was thrown from her elevator car on the 80th floor. In order to be treated for her injuries, she was placed in another elevator car to be taken to the ground floor. However, in what is reminiscent of what Hemingway went through in last week&#39;s story, the cables of that elevator car had been damaged and it fell 75 floors with Betty inside! Astonishingly, she survived the fall, albeit with a broken pelvis, neck and back, making her the Guinness World Record holder for longest survived elevator fall, a record which still stands today!</p><p>Our first new item for the newsletter comes from local Victoria artist, <em><strong>Arlene Gonczy.</strong></em> Arlene&#39;s <em><strong>Concept Cards</strong></em> feature her original artwork on the front and are left blank for you to compose your own personal message. The short bio on the back of her cards reads: <em>Arlene grew up in rural Saskatchewan and currently resides in Victoria, BC. She has a major in Sociology and has studied fine arts at the Ubiversity of Victoria. She has a keen interest in visual arts and has been successful selling her work at retail stores and galleries on Vancouver Island</em>.&nbsp;During these times when many of us can&#39;t travel to see our loved ones, why not take a few moments and send them a beautiful card from a talented local artist?</p><p>When we started selling various products from local <em><strong>Millstone Farms and Organic Inc.</strong></em> of North Saanich the response from our customers was huge. Whether it was the Natural Wool Dryer Balls, Organic Laundry Soap, Certified Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags or Pastured Organic Eggs, it became apparent that shoppers were equally as passionate about zero waste, sustainable living and natural organic food and products. The newest addition to the Millstone line is <em><strong>Eco Cloths</strong></em>! These are reusable and compostable cloths made of 80%&nbsp;wood cellulose and 20% cotton. They become soft and absorbent when wet and can be used and washed over and over again (nine months or more!). In fact, one cloth replaces 15 rolls of paper towel. In keeping with the zero waste, sustainable living that Millstone is all about, this product completely breaks down without a trace in a short period of time once composted. Plus, this is a TOTALLY local collaboration! The screen printing of the cloth is done by Raincoast Screen Printing in Victoria and the printing of the retail band is done by Metropol, also of Victoria. The design was drawn by the daughter of one of the owners and as if that weren&#39;t enough, a percentage of the sales is being donated to The Pollinator Partnership with proceeds being used to protect the bee pollinators in the Victoria area and throughout Canada! Make paper towels, sponges and dish cloths a thing of the past and get with the now!</p><p>Let&#39;s keep riding this local train where the next stop is The Little Stand, the &uuml;ber popular&nbsp;local company that makes amazing home-made jams, jellies, antipastas and more! And exclusive to Pepper&#39;s Foods is <em><strong>The Little Stand Apricot Jam</strong></em>! You can&#39;t get it anywhere else so make sure you get it while you can because it&#39;ll be gone very, very soon!</p><p>We&#39;ve made a great new addition to our own merchandise with our <em><strong>Pepper&#39;s Aluminum Water Bottle available now for only $19.99</strong></em>! With a slick silver and black colour scheme, this eco-friendly bottle will replace all the plastic bottles that are so harmful to the environment while allowing you to rep your favourite local grocery store! It has a pop-up straw in the lid and a convenient loop carry handle, too!</p><p>For the lady&nbsp;who wants a little <em>less </em>aluminum in her&nbsp;life, <em><strong>Secret Aluminum Free Deodorant</strong></em> will do quite nicely! Choose from either <em><strong>Honeydew </strong></em>or <em><strong>Rosewater</strong></em> scents a deodorant that is clear, paraben&nbsp;and dye-free. For long-lasting odour protection with more natural ingredients and refreshing scents, get in on the Secret!</p><p>Cookies are universally loved by people of all ages. But what about your pets? Do they like cookies? If the number one ingredient of those cookies is organic free range chickens they won&#39;t just like them,&nbsp;&nbsp;they&#39;ll <em>love </em>them! With <em><strong>Castor &amp; Pollux Natural Pet Works Organix Organic Chicken Cookies</strong></em> (say that 10 times fast!) your dog will get the flavour and crunch they crave without any soy, corn or wheat.&nbsp;</p><p>And what should you do after you eat cookies? Why, brush your teeth of course!&nbsp;Your dog can&#39;t do it (can it?) so you need to give them something that can help keep those pearly whites clean and that canine breath fresh. It&#39;s easy with new <em><strong>Purina Dentalife Chews</strong></em>! For small or medium sized dogs, these are daily oral care dog treats that helps reduce tartar buildup due to the unique shape of the stick! &nbsp;They&#39;ll love it and they&#39;ll love you for it!</p><p>Yet another product made from oats has arrived in our Dairy Department! <em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Caf&eacute; Edition Oat Dairy-Free Half &amp; Half Alternative </strong></em>pours just like real cream and is grown by Canadian Farmers using 7 times less water than almond or cow&#39;s milk!</p><p>We mentioned a hockey related giveaway earlier in the newsletter and we have an <em><strong>Edmonton Oilers Home Jersey</strong></em> available in a draw that will take place after the Stanley Cup FInals! Generously donated by Arla Foods Canada, they provide our store with amazing tasting Tre Stelle and Castello cheeses as well as other great foods! Enter as many times as you like but you have to write your name and number on&nbsp;your receipt each time and deposit it into the box at the front of the store. Don&#39;t miss out on your chance to win a jersey from one of hockey&#39;s most storied NHL franchises!</p><p>You may have noticed that our staff are required to wear face coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stage-3 reopening of BC&#39;s economy. We would encourage our customers to do the same to greatly minimize the likelihood of virus transmission. Please continue to social distance, follow the arrows and have patience while in the store. Thank you!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 21, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! A lot of famous people were born today but one of the most well known of them all is probably American novelist Ernest Hemingway. He was born July 21, 1899 and died July 2, 1961 when&nbsp;sadly, he committed suicide. Seems that most really creative folks are often as equally conflicted. But did you know that he survived not one but two plane crashes in two consecutive days? Yes, &quot;Papa&quot; Hemingway (as he was affectionately known in his beloved Cuba) crashed on an African sightseeing flight receiving serious injuries. The next day, seeking medical attention, that plane exploded at take-off. He survived and recuperated over the course of the next several weeks, reading numerous obituaries of his death written in error by reporters who thought he must have died. The year was 1954, the same year that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.</p><p>Last week we gave you locally-made dumplings. This week we&#39;re bringing you authentic Ukarainian hand-pinched perogies from <em><strong>Perogie Pinchers of Victoria (PPOV)&nbsp;</strong></em>! Made with only the freshest local ingredients, these perogies are created out of sheer love from traditional family recipes passed down since 1863. In other words, these perogies are the bomb! Choose from <em><strong>Traditional Classic</strong></em>: potato/cheddar cheese/onion. <em><strong>Island Favourite</strong></em>: cottage cheese/potato/organic dill or <em><strong>Baba&#39;s Best</strong></em>: sauerkraut/bacon. Support local by purchasing these perfectly pleasing perogies because PPOV donates up to 40 dozen perogies to Our Place made on-site. PPOV also gives back to the community by planting fruit shrubs, championing other local businesses and volunteering at the Ukrainian Catholic Church.</p><p>It&#39;s BBQ season and that means burgers, sausages, hotdogs and a whole other mess of food to go along with! So why not add some pizazz to your next meal with <em><strong>SaltSpring Kitchen Co. Candied Jalapeno Relish</strong></em>? Excellent on your next gourmet burger, paired with a variety of cheeses (keep reading...), on nachos, tacos, eggs, heck, anywhere you want to add a little sweet and a little heat!&nbsp;Another lovely, local but certainly not languid product that you simply need to try!</p><p>Say, this next item might go great with the aforementioned relish. Though not new, the retail packaging is! It&#39;s the new look of <em><strong>Beyond Meat&#39;s Beyond Sausage</strong></em>! These <em><strong>Mild Italian </strong></em>plant-based links are high in protein but contain no soy or gluten and are GMO-free as well.</p><p>Rice is nice but variety is the spice of life. If you&#39;ve grown tired of boring white, brown or whatever rice you always cook, maybe it&#39;s time to go WILD with a blend! <em><strong>Lundberg Countrywild Rice</strong></em> is an&nbsp;&quot;<em>outstanding blend of Wehani, long grain brown rice, and Black Japonica that&nbsp;has plenty of fragrance, colour, and flavour with an attractive separateness of grain</em>.&quot; Translation: it tastes and looks good.&nbsp;</p><p>Goat cheese is an attractive option for cheese lovers and our Deli Department has two new varieties from <em><strong>Great Lakes Goat Dairy!</strong></em> Certain to cause your guests to speak highly of your charcuterie board, the applewood smoke infused <em><strong>Smokin&#39; Goat </strong></em>will also take your grilled veggies to another level! Or you could try the<em><strong> Herb &amp; Garlic Goat Cheese</strong></em> on your favourite crackers. The savoury flavour of the cheese combined with delicate herbs is bound to make you eat waaaay too much of it.</p><p>Also from our Deli Department is new<em><strong> Le Rustique Camembert</strong></em>, another excellent selection (and one that&#39;s purely French) for your charcuterie board, platter or appies! It has a soft texture, medium flavour intensity that is reminiscent of a raw cheese though it is made with pasteurized cow&#39;s milk. Pair it with C&ocirc;te-du-Rh&ocirc;ne red wine, sparkling wine, IPAs, porters and stouts.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently we introduced you to numerous gluten-free baking mixes from XO Baking Co. Now you have an even greater selection because we&#39;ve added <em><strong>XO Baking Co. Gourmet Cookie Mix!</strong></em> With <em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em> or <em><strong>Double Chocolate Chip </strong></em>you&#39;ll&nbsp;get unforgettably delicious (and rice-free) gluten-free cookies that look and taste just like regular cookies! And with <em><strong>XO Baking Co. Corn Bread Gourmet Bread Mix</strong></em>, you can serve a slightly sweet corn bread with your favourite chili recipe or with warm home-made honey butter as a simple dessert! Num-nums.</p><p>If we told you that we sold &quot;probably the biggest and tastiest chocolate bar in the world&quot; (according to the company) would you buy it? What if it was vegan? It&#39;s definely not the biggest (this claim is geared towards a larger version).&nbsp;We can&#39;t verify anything except that yes, it IS vegan and yes, it tastes ridiculously good. New <em><strong>Vego Mini Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar</strong></em> is made with fine Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cocoa cream and whole hazelnuts surrounded by rich milk chocolate. Essentially what you have here is Nutella in a chocolate bar form. It&#39;s Europe&#39;s cult-favourite chocolate bar that people reportedly have taken back home by the suitcase-full. Maybe it is the tastiest chocolate bar in the world. Only one way to find out...</p><p>Let&#39;s move from one unique chocolate treat to another. When you think hummus you probably think savoury, right? Well hummus has taken a dramatic turn (for the better) with <em><strong>Fontaine Sant&eacute; Dark Chocolate Delight Dessert Hummus</strong></em>!&nbsp;Serve as a dip with fruits or crackers.&nbsp;Spread over biscuits, bagels or toast.&nbsp;Use as frosting on cakes or cupcakes. It has a smooth, creamy consistency and a rich, chocolate flavour from the added cocoa powder! There&#39;s nothing savoury about this. It&#39;s sure to be your new go-to chocolate treat!</p><p>Sometimes we like to remind our shoppers about items that we have carried for a long time but that people might not realize that we stock. Today we&#39;re going to remind you about <em><strong>Riviera Petit&nbsp;Pot Yogurt,</strong></em> the French-Canadian yogurt that comes in the little reuseable glass jar. As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>A glass petit pot lets you see what&rsquo;s in store before you enthusiastically break through the seal of quality. A lid you carefully pull open, slowly revealing the treasure that awaits you within. A little spoon you sink in and clink against the glass. Everything about the Petit Pot Collection appeals to the senses and enriches the taste experience</em>.&nbsp;<em>Riviera&rsquo;s petits pots are lovely to look at and can be so practical once they&rsquo;re empty! There are hundreds of ways to use them: as verrines for appetizers, votive candle holders, or spice jars. We love to use them in any way possible because they look great and&mdash;with their reusable lids&mdash;they&rsquo;re handy and environmentally friendly. Y</em>es, the possibilities are endless! So when you purchase your yogurt, look for the hanging strip of colourful plastic lids!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week. As if it&#39;s almost August already! Only one more newsletter for July. Anyways, have an amazing week. Have a safe week. And keep on looking out for one another. You&#39;ve heard it a thousand times but it rings true now more than ever: In a world where you can be anything, <strong>be kind</strong>.</p><p>Take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 14, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Last week we mentioned that we were about to start carrying the very amazing (and very local) <em><strong>Dumpling Drop</strong></em> products. And since then, we have indeed put three types of their delicious and wildly popular hand-made <em><strong>Dumplings</strong></em> in our frozen food section! Right now there&#39;s <em><strong>Pork Belly, Vegan</strong></em> and<em><strong> Shrimp &amp; Chive</strong></em>. And as a compliment to the dumplings, we also have their house-made spicy <em><strong>Chili Oil</strong></em>! Find out why everyone&#39;s buzzing about these delectable dumplings and add them to your next order! But wait, there&#39;s more! To celebrate the arrival of Dumpling Drop at Pepper&#39;s, they&#39;re holding a sweet giveaway through their Instagram account! Head on over to&nbsp;<strong></strong> to participate but you can read the content of their post below:</p><p><br />?GIVEAWAY? to celebrate our products being on the shelf at&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictori</strong>a&nbsp;, we&rsquo;re giving one lucky winner a prize pack! You can win:<br /><br />&bull; A $25 gift card to&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />&bull; A Dumpling Drop tote bag<br /><br />&bull; A pair of our custom chopsticks<br /><br />&bull; 1 bag of our dumplings<br /><br />&bull; 1 jar of our housemade chili oil<br /><br />Want to win? Here is how to enter:<br /><br />1. Like this post<br /><br />2. Follow&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>@dumplingdrop&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />3. Tag a friend in the comments who would also want to win (1 comment = 1 entry, so tag away!)<br /><br />BONUS ENTRY: share this post on your story, and don&rsquo;t forget to tag us so we see it!<br /><br />Winner will be announced this Friday at 6pm, must be able to pick up prize at our downtown storefront. Good luck to all! ????</p><p>Recently we told you about several exciting and new (sounds a bit like the lyrics to The Love Boat theme) items from Adriana&#39;s. Well, there&#39;s&nbsp;more Mexican food made with love to list and it&#39;s not savoury! Think churro but crunchier. New<em><strong> Adriana&#39;s Crispitos </strong></em>are the perfect dessert to your taco Tuesday. Crispy, crunchy, sugary and cinnamon-y! Mmmm. Anything deep-fried and coated in sugar is A-OK in our books!</p><p>Is it a vinaigrette or is it a marinade? It&#39;s both! Yes, new <em><strong>Maison Orph&eacute;e Vinaigrette-Marinade</strong></em> is equally delicous on your salad as it is on your meat! Available at Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Italian, Maple &amp; Dijon </strong></em>(their most popular and versatile dressing) and <em><strong>Olive &amp; Balsamic</strong></em>, these Quebec-made vegan sauces are crafted with first cold-pressed oils, are naturally gluten-free and contain nothing artificial.</p><p>Have you been searching for the perfect snack or light meal that&#39;s low in saturated fatty acids, free of trans fats, rich in fibre, high in protein, low in cholesterol&nbsp;AND contains potassium and iron? You have??Well you&#39;re in luck because right now we have three kinds of new <em><strong>Clover Leaf Bistro Bowls</strong></em>! These are shelf-stable and&nbsp;convenient meals featuring tuna and either rice or pasta that are great for lunches, travel or just in case you need something nutritious real quick-like. There&#39;s <em><strong>Spanish Medley, Mediterranean Pasta </strong></em>or <em><strong>Mexican Rice</strong></em>. Super convenient, quick and tasty meld together in these&nbsp;2020 DUX GRAND PRIX Best &lsquo;Facilitating Product&rsquo; AWARD winners!</p><p>Get back in the &quot;rye life&quot; with new <em><strong>Ryvita</strong></em> (Ry=rye, vita=life) <em><strong>Snackbread</strong></em>, the light and crispy alternative to regular old bread or crackers. As their name suggests, these make excellent snacking fodder and we currently have <em><strong>Original, Pepper</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cheese</strong></em> flavours! But hang on because perhaps <em><strong>Ryvita Thins</strong></em> are a little more your style? Perfect for &quot;<em>dipping, dunking and devouring</em>&quot; these flatbreads&nbsp;are available here in<em><strong> Onion </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Three Cheese</strong></em>!</p><p>Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. Those little lambs are missing out because oats are a hot item right now! Seems there&#39;s no limit to what they can make with &#39;em! If you read our newsletters you&#39;ll no doubt notice a steady stream on oat products listed. And today there&#39;s a couple more! First off is Yoats Oat Yogurt from Yoso, their latest innovation and Canada&#39;s first oat yogurt! We thought the company website description said it best so this is what they wrote:&nbsp;<em>Yoats is the latest innovation from Yoso. With Non-GMO Project Verified and certified gluten-free oats, live cultures, and no cane sugar or sweeteners, Yoso has crafted a delicious, creamy Oat Yogurt Alternative that will be available in three flavours, Unsweetened, Vanilla, and Blueberry. Each flavour is gluten-free, plant-based, peanut-free, preservative-free, unsweetened, vegan, and proudly made in Canada, and every 175g serving contains 1 billion cfu of probiotic cultures. </em>Nuff said.</p><p>Another kind of alternative to milk is <em><strong>Malk Oat Milk</strong></em>. We told you about Malk Almond Milk quite awhile ago but now they&#39;ve created an organic, gluten-free oat beverage that contains no gum and is made with only three simple ingredients! It&#39;s cold pressed and &quot;<em>the delicious alternative to artificial</em>!&quot;</p><p>Lakewood is a not-from-concentrate juice producer whose slogan is &quot;<em>Nourishing since 1935</em>.&quot; And we&#39;ve added <em><strong>Lakewood Organic Beet Juice</strong></em> which is technically a blend because they add only one other ingredient: organic lemon juice. This allows the juice to be bottled without the use of any preservatives. But did you know that the fresh-pressed juice from&nbsp;over 3 pounds of beets goes into every bottle? And it&#39;s also pasteurized in case you were wondering. And it&#39;s also high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Plus, &nbsp;studies have shown that consuming beet juice can increase exercise stamina while reducing oxygen output. Who knew? Now you do. Oh and it&#39;s best to consume within two weeks of opening for maximum freshness.</p><p>So there you have it, people. A whole whack of new items for your enjoyment. As usual, please don&#39;t forget to look at the attached weekly specials where you&#39;ll find some great deals on items from every department. And please make sure to continue to follow the health guidelines for COVID-19. Please follow the arrows in the aisle and practice social distancing while in the store, both towards your fellow shoppers and employees. So until next week stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>