Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter October 16, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:32:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; It&#39;s National Boss Day and that means that for those of you who have to go to work today, you should thank your boss for being the kind and fair person that they are. Sing his or her praises. Make them feel special. And then ask for that raise that you deserve.&nbsp;</p><p>Relationships between bosses and employees requires patience. In fact, patience is pretty much necessary for a smoother life, in general. So if you require a little more, but find it tough to muster it up on your own, then maybe a bag&nbsp;of delicious&nbsp;<em><strong>Patience Fruit &amp; Co. Chococrunch Bites</strong></em>&nbsp;is the answer. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate &amp; Coconut</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Milk Chocolate &amp; Chia</strong></em>, they make a base of crispy brown rice, unsweetened cranberry flakes and chocolate and add other yummy stuff to create an incredibly satisfying organic&nbsp;snack! This is a Canadian product full of iron, fiber, calcium and polyphenols but most importantly...flavour! So when you need to chill out and count to ten, grab a bag of&nbsp;Patience&nbsp;and let your cares melt away like the chocolate in your mouth!</p><p><em><strong>Blue Monkey&nbsp;</strong></em>is famous for its coconut water but now they&#39;ve made a foray into the world of&nbsp;fruit juice.&nbsp;<em><strong>Blue Monkey 100% Watermelon Juice</strong></em>&nbsp;is just that. And watermelon naturally contains lycopene, an anti-oxiodant, and L-citrulline, an amino acid that the body converts into arginine&nbsp;which helps cells divide, wounds heal, and ammonia to be removed from the body. It&#39;s science. All you need to remember is that it&#39;s refreshingly good!&nbsp;But if you&#39;re more of a sparkling beverage type of person then&nbsp;<em><strong>Blue Monkey Sparkling Watermelon Juice Drink</strong></em>&nbsp;will be right up your alley. It&#39;s watermelon juice, carbonated water and a tad of lemon juice. Take a drink and get that&nbsp;<em><strong>Blue Monkey&nbsp;</strong>ONTO</em>&nbsp;your back! Available in singles or in a convenient 4-pack!</p><p>It&#39;s never too early to start talking about Christmas and right now we have&nbsp;<em><strong>So Delicious Holiday Nog Coconut Beverage</strong></em>&nbsp;available to help get you into the spirit. This is a seasonal item (hint: available for a limited time) so make sure you get some&nbsp;now before it&#39;s too late. Because when we run out, it&#39;s gone for another year.</p><p>But if you&#39;d rather not think about Christmas right just yet then you can choose to focus on things more autumnal. And what signifies this season more&nbsp;than pumkin?<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte</strong></em>&nbsp;has it&#39;s own seasonal item for you to enjoy by introducing their<em><strong>&nbsp;Pumpkin &amp; Salted Caramel Yogurt</strong></em>. Talk about a unique flavour combo! It&#39;s thick, rich and delicious&nbsp;but it&#39;s not going to be around for long, either!&nbsp;</p><p>Northern European countries have been preserving and enjoying their delicious (and healthy) herring pickled&nbsp;since Medieval times. Now, by customer request, Pepper&#39;s Meat Dept. has added<em><strong>&nbsp;Elman&#39;s Herring Fillets in Wine Marinade</strong></em>&nbsp;to their shelf. This Canadian company has been doing business for over 70 years, having been started by Polish immigrants, and their authentic kosher deli foods are sought out by those in the know.&nbsp;</p><p>ou know that intense burning sensation you get in your nose when you put a little too much wasabi or horseradish on your food? Only those people who eat them know what we&#39;re talking about.&nbsp;It hurts so good, though, right? You likely won&#39;t experience that when you try<em><strong>&nbsp;Kikkoman Wasabi Flavoured Sauce</strong></em>,&nbsp;though. It does contains both horseradish and wasabi to put a kick in your sandwich! But it&#39;s more like a mayonnaise type sauce that can also be used for dipping! Find it in Aisle 2 with the other Kikkoman products.</p><p>As most of you know by now,&nbsp;we always put something on a featured price every Thursday. And this week is no different.<em><strong>&nbsp;Dan-D-Pak Very Berry Oatmeal 1kg is on for the ridiculous price of $2.96</strong></em>! It&#39;s the time of year when a hot breakfast is called for. So make sure you get in on this deal!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 9, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; It&#39;s that time once again where we bring you news of the latest and greatest products to grace our shelves (as well as our latest and greatest advertised specials). And this week, we have something for everybody! Here&#39;s hoping that everyone enjoyed plenty of turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, baseball, football, hockey, (insert any additional sport here) and everything else associated with the Thanksgiving holiday long weekend! So loosten your belt and start reading!</p><p>Let&#39;s jump right in by telling you about a really unique and healthy product called&nbsp;<em><strong>P-nuff Crunch Puffs</strong></em>. These are baked puffs made of ground navy beans,&nbsp;rice and peanuts (as well as numerous other all-natural ingredients) that are&nbsp;the first puff snacks with 5g of &ldquo;complete&rdquo; vegan protein (per 1oz serving).&nbsp;They provide&nbsp;all 9 essential amino acids necessary for building and repairing muscle tissue, providing energy, and performing other essential body functions. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original</strong></em>, <em><strong>Cocoa</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cinnamon</strong></em>, they contain no soy, corn, preservatives or gluten and are a good source of fibre.</p><p>Another similar product is&nbsp;<em><strong>Hippie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Hippie Snacks Avocado Crisps</strong></em>. Guess what the number one ingredient is in each type of crisp, respectively? That&#39;s right: cauliflower and avocado! It&#39;s plant-based nutrition in a delicious, seedy and&nbsp;savoury snack. And there ain&#39;t no junk in there, either. Just simple,&nbsp;certified gluten-free whole food ingredients. Oh, and did we mention this comes from Burnaby?</p><p>While we&#39;re on the topic of gluten-free, we should mention that we have something&nbsp;to compliment our traditional Sigdal Bakeri (not a typo) Crispbreads line-up. We&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Sigdal Gluten-Free Sunflower Seeds &amp; Quinoa Crispbread</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Sigdal Gluten-Free Oats Crispbread</strong></em>! These are the finest crispbreads from Norway with no additives or anything else artificial. Dense and hearty, they make the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack! Norway:&nbsp;it&#39;s not just for stave churches anymore!</p><p>Entomophagy is the human use of insects as food. Yes, insects such as crickets are no longer being strictly raised as food for your pet&nbsp;gecko anymore.&nbsp;In fact, the consumption of crickets by human beings is a fairly common practice around the world. It&#39;s just that North Americans are a little late to the party. But not for long.&nbsp;Because farming crickets as a safe and environmentally sustainable protein source is turning into a big business with the U.S. market&nbsp;alone&nbsp;expected to exceed $50 million by 2023 ( Why? Because farming crickets&nbsp;as a protein source uses 2000 times less water, 100 times less greenhouse gases and 12 times less feed than beef (for the same amount of protein).&nbsp;</p><p>But people aren&#39;t just sitting down and pouring themselves a big&nbsp;bowl of crickets for breakfast. Instead, crickets are ground into a fine powder (no legs to get stuck in your teeth) and added to products. And one such product is&nbsp;<em><strong>Bite Energy Bar</strong></em>. Available&nbsp;in <em><strong>Peanut Better</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Jiminy Ginger&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chirp</strong></em>, each bar contains approximately 20-30&nbsp;crickets as well as ingredients like organic dates, organic gluten-free whole grain oats and organic sunflower seed butter. Each bar also contains at least 5 grams of protein, is high in fibre the best part is that they really do taste good! No foolin&#39;!</p><p>If you&#39;d prefer to get your protein from a more conventional source then&nbsp;<em><strong>Vega Protein Nutritional Shake</strong></em>&nbsp;might be the better bet. Available in good old<em><strong>&nbsp;Vanilla</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours, you&#39;re getting a vegan, gluten-free nutritional shake composed of 20 grams of pea, hemp and pumpkin seed proteins, vitamins, minerals, greens and fibre! It&#39;s not the elixir of life but it&#39;s an elixir for living a healthy one! And the best part is that they&#39;re&nbsp;<em><strong>available this week in our ad for the awesome price of $2.76 each</strong></em>! Plus, you can also purchase in a convenient 4-pack!</p><p>Yaaaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh!!!!! That&#39;s the primal scream&nbsp;one might make if they were, say, making the perfect sandwich only to open the fridge and find the mayonnaise jar empty. Don&#39;t let that be you. Instead, make sure to have a jar of<em><strong>&nbsp;Primal Kitchen Mayo</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli</strong></em>&nbsp;(both made with avocado oil) at the ready at all times. This is the real deal, thick, rich and creamy and made with cage-free eggs.&nbsp;</p><p>And what&#39;s a sandwich without the mustard?&nbsp;<em><strong>French&#39;s Organic Classic Yellow Mustard</strong></em>&nbsp; is what&#39;s been missing from yours. Made with 100% Canadian organic mustard seeds. Fun fact: did you know that the use of yellow mustard as a hot dog condiment was first seen in the United States at the 1904 St. Louis World&#39;s Fair by the R.T. French Company?</p><p>And finally, at a customer&#39;s request, we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Rolling Meadow Grass-Fed Sour Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;to our Dairy Dept. Made with 100% Canadian milk, this is premium quality sour cream. And the cows that produce the milk that it&#39;s made from are allowed to graze in the pastures as long as the Canadian weather allows. And when it doesn&#39;t, they&#39;re fed grass sprouts in the winter to ensure that they get to eat grass all year long! There&#39;s a different taste to dairy products made from the milk of cows that are primarily grasses as opposed to those that eat only silage and grains.&nbsp;It&#39;s a bit more money but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.</p><p>That&#39;s all she wrote for this week. We hope you enjoyed our newsletter. Stay tuned for another one next Tuesday. Until then, take good care and have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 2, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Can somebody please tell me how it&#39;s gotten to be October already? Seriously, this is ridiculous! That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner (as if you didn&#39;t already know that). So just to make sure everyone is aware, we&#39;ll share our holiday hours once more:</p><ul> <li>Saturday, October 6.....7AM-7:30PM</li> <li>Sunday, October 7.....7AM-6PM</li> <li>Monday, October 8.....7AM-6PM</li></ul><p>With Thanksgiving comes a feast and this week in our newsletter we have a cornucopia of items that you can serve up at that meal. Plus, our entire ad is all about Thanksgiving Dinner so do not miss the opportunity to get great deals on everything that you need to make it amazing!</p><p>Our Produce Dept. has added three types of seasoned fresh creamer potatoes by&nbsp;<em><strong>The Little Potato</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Company</strong></em>. We have&nbsp;Savory Herb,&nbsp;Tomato Basil&nbsp;and&nbsp;Garlic &amp; Parsley. These convenient trays of tiny spuds can be microwaved and ready to eat in 5 minutes. That&#39;s it! Quick and easy (and tasty, too!). Why spend more time in the kitchen than you have to?</p><p>Go ahead.<em><strong>&nbsp;Bake My Day</strong></em>. Really, go ahead and pick up a delicious <em><strong>pumpkin pie </strong></em>from Duncan&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Bake My Day Bakery</strong></em>. Everything they make is guaranteed gluten-free because they make it in a dedicated gluten-free facility. But everything they make also tastes like it&#39;s NOT gluten-free. So&nbsp;everyone can enjoy this pie. And just in time for Thanksgiving! Oh, and it&#39;s also free of dairy!</p><p>Our Bakery Dept. has made a terrific addition with&nbsp;<em><strong>Bubby Rose&#39;s Bakery</strong></em>&nbsp;fresh breads! We now have fresh&nbsp;<em><strong>Challah, Multigrain, Sourdough&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Peasant Seed</strong></em>&nbsp;loaves! Now you can pick up the same incredible bread here that you can buy at the cafe!</p><p>Sometimes your turkey is so large that the lid for the roasting pan won&#39;t even fit! It&#39;s times like these where&nbsp;<em><strong>Alcan Non-Stick Baking Foil&nbsp;</strong></em>comes in handy. Line your cookie sheets, put it on the BBQ grill or use it however you use aluminum foil in the kitchen. Food lifts right off!</p><p>Britons knew a long, long time ago that the perfect accompaniment to fish and chips was malt vinegar. So when our customers came brandishing torches and pitchforks due to a lack of this condiment at the store, we quickly brought in&nbsp;<em><strong>Allen&#39;s Original Malt Vinegar</strong></em>&nbsp;to appease the hordes who were unable to recreate that classic taste at home! But a lot of people don&#39;t really know what malt vinegar is. Wikipedia provides the following information:&nbsp;<em>Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried in a process known as &quot;malting&quot;. The grains are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air.</em>&nbsp;In this case, it&#39;s barley&nbsp;that&#39;s malted.&nbsp;So how do they make it into vinegar? The malted barley is made into beer and&nbsp;then they make the beer into vinegar. Traditional malt vinegar is dark but it can also come in distilled form which is clear, like water. Now you know.</p><p>Quite awhile ago we told you about withinUs TruMarine Collagen and the purported benefits of consuming it. And now we carry&nbsp;<em><strong>withinUs Coconut Creamer + Collagen</strong></em>, a delicious and nutritious, dairy-free boost for hot beverages and smoothies. It combines the health benefits of organic coconut milk powder and withinUs Trumarine Collagen. And it provides healthy fats and MTCs (medium chain triglycerides) for sustained energy and essential amino acids for collagen reproduction within the body.This supplement is keto and paleo friendly as well as being bovine, fowl and swine free (it says so on the container) and it&#39;s gluten-free with no added sugar.</p><p>For those of you with a bit of a sweet tooth, the next items will be right up your alley.&nbsp;<em><strong>McVitie&#39;s Penguins</strong></em>&nbsp;are milk chocolate covered biscuits filled with chocolate cream. They&#39;ve been around since 1932 and are similar to Tim Tams. So P..P..P...Pick up a Penguin &#39;cause they&#39;re really G..G..G...GOOD!</p><p><em><strong>Dare Raspberry Viva Puffs</strong></em>&nbsp;have a lot going on. There&#39;s a cookie base, a soft marshmallow topper, a fruity flavoured jelly centre and a chocolatey coating covering the whole thing. Kids all across the land find these irresistable. Just how good are these cookies? They have a 100%, 5-star rating on! Check it out for yourself if you don&#39;t believe us!</p><p>Low-calorie, vegan and&nbsp;dairy free? Hallelujah, because&nbsp;<em><strong>Halo Top Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;made with coconut milk&nbsp;ticks all the boxes. Now everyone can enjoy the famous taste of&nbsp;Halo Top Ice Cream but without the addition of dairy. This is certified vegan, certified gluten-free and kosher! Just in time for Thanksgiving!</p><p>Well there you have it. The first newsletter of Autumn. All of us here at Pepper&#39;s have loads to be thankful for but without our loyal customers, there would be no Pepper&#39;s. So thank you for supporting local by shopping local. We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings and look forward to bringing you the best service possible as well as&nbsp;another newsletter next week!&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 25, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day, September 25th, 1976, Paul Hewson (Bono Vox), David Evans (The Edge) and&nbsp;his brother Dik (who would later leave the band) responded to an ad on a bulletin board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin,&nbsp;placed there by Larry Mullen Jr.,&nbsp;a fellow student. They formed a band that would eventually become known as U2. Well, guess what? We&#39;ve posted an ad too (at the bottom of this newsletter) and in it are our&nbsp;specials for the week. We can&#39;t promise you fame and fortune if you respond to it, but we can promise that you&#39;ll certainly&nbsp;<em>retain</em>&nbsp;some of your money! Because our ad prices are unbeatable.</p><p>Before we get to everyone&#39;s favourite part of the newsletter (the new stuff), we would like to let you know our Thanksgiving weekend hours:</p><p>Saturday, October 7.....7AM-7:30PM</p><p>Sunday, October 8.....7AM-6PM</p><p>Monday, October 9.....7AM-6PM</p><p>And for those of you who want to get yourselves a juicy turkey, here&#39;s what you need to know:</p><p>We have two kinds of FREE RANGE turkeys available: Victorian Acres Farms (Comox Valley) at $5.35/lb and Rossdown Farms (Abbotsford) at $4.69/lb. We also have FREE RUN turkeys available from J.D. Farms (also of the lower mainland) at $4.35/lb.</p><p>You can reserve your turkey by calling our Meat Department or stopping by the counter in person right up until Saturday, October 6th. And remember, all of our fresh turkeys are hormone and antibiotic free.</p><p>Many of you will be reading this over your morning coffee so let&#39;s start by telling out by telling you about&nbsp;<em><strong>Oso Negro Coffee</strong></em>&nbsp;of Nelson, BC. The name translates to &quot;black bear&quot; in Spanish. What does that have to do with coffee? We have no idea. But what we do know is that this organically grown and ethically traded coffee will make an excellent addition to your pantry.&nbsp;The package is made from recycled paper, the bag liner is made from plants and the entire thing is 100% compostable once you remove the twist tie. Take a shot (of espresso) with this brand. We&#39;re sure you&#39;ll agree that this is just about as fine a coffee as you&#39;ll find anywhere.&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>You know what you can pair with coffee to make a delectably delicious and decadent dessert? Landyfingers.&nbsp;And we have two new kinds to enlighten you with today.<em><strong>&nbsp;Matilde Vicenzi Vincenzovo Ladyfingers</strong></em>&nbsp;are classic ladyfingers for the classic Italian tiramisu recipe. They&#39;ve been baking premium pastries since 1905 (guessing they&#39;ve pretty much dialed it in)&nbsp;and this is the No. 1 Italian ladyfinger.&nbsp;And for the gluten intolerants out there, we now carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Schar Gluten Free Ladyfingers</strong></em>! This&nbsp;is Europe&#39;s No. 1 gluten free brand, imported from Italy, and containing no wheat, GMOs, lactose or preservatives. Now there&#39;s no excuse NOT to make tiramisu! Go ahead, make your family and/or dinner guests an offer they can&#39;t refuse.</p><p>Another new&nbsp;product that is really gaining some traction with our customers is&nbsp;<em><strong>Nature &amp; Moi</strong></em>. Imported from France, the&nbsp;<em><strong>Mozzarella Style</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cheddar Style Farmhouse Blocks</strong></em>&nbsp;are vegan cheese that contain no lactose, soy or palm oil. They crumble, smell&nbsp;and melt&nbsp;like real cheese and the feedback from some of our staff and customers is that they are&nbsp;delicious!&nbsp;</p><p>Jeopardy Pop Quiz: what&nbsp;drink that originated in the Caucasus Mountains uses &quot;grains&quot; to inoculate milk causing it to ferment the sugars?</p><p>Answer: Kefir</p><p>You probably knew that. But did you know that there&#39;s such a thing a Water Kefir? Neither did we until just a few days ago when we added&nbsp;<em><strong>The Squamish Water Kefir Co. Water Kefir</strong></em>&nbsp;to our shelves! It&#39;s kind of like kombucha except that it&#39;s the kefir &quot;grains&quot; that are added to the water, along with organic fair-trade sugar (which ferments into delicious water kefir). The result is a low-sugar, effervescent, dairy-free beverage full of probiotics to aid in digestion and help&nbsp;maintain healthy gut flora. It&#39;s gluten-free, caffeine-free, dairy-free, low in pre-digested sugar, 100% natural and plant based. And it comes in a variety of flavours! For more on this unique product head on over to the website:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Two weeks ago we told you about&nbsp;new Very Berry Cheerios. If that raised an eyebrow then perhaps you&#39;ll be interested in hearing about&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios</strong></em>.They use real peanut butter (allergy sufferers beware) and cocoa to flavour this whole grain cereal and it&#39;s lower in sugar than you might think! Remember all the times when&nbsp;mom made you eat Shreddies when all your friends were eating Cocoa Puffs? Go know you want this!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for new items this week. If you&#39;re shopping this Saturday, September 29, between 10AM and 2PM be sure to try some <em><strong>Gulf Island Coffee</strong></em> as they will be here sampling their delicious coffee! Until next time take care and have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 18, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We have so much to pack into this week&#39;s newsletter that there&#39;s no time to waste! Let&#39;s get right to it starting with a bunch of new items from our Dairy Department.</p><p>If you drink milk then you&#39;re probably thinking that milk is milk is milk.&nbsp;I mean, aside from lactose free versus regular milk, it&#39;s all pretty much the same, right? Wrong! Introducing new<em><strong>&nbsp;Fairlife Milk</strong></em>. This is next generation milk...ultrafiltered, lactose free with 50% MORE protein (14g per 250ml serving) and 50% LESS sugar (6g per 250ml serving) than regular milk. It&#39;s like super milk! And it contains more calcium, too (370mg per serving). Basically they take the five components of milk (water, minerals, lactose, protein and fat) and separate them using five different filters. They they recombine the ingredients to create their ultrafiltered, yet still natural, milk! Magnificent! Marvelous! Matchless! Set this new moo juice loose!</p><p>We are always trying to expand on dairy products that are made from grass fed cows. So good news because not only have we added&nbsp;<em><strong>Donia Farms Grass&nbsp;Fed Unsalted Butter</strong></em>, it also happens to be made from milk&nbsp;from a South Surrey, BC farm! This butter is 84% butterfat and because the cows have a silage free diet, the flavour imparted to this butter is outstanding! And it&#39;s less money than the other imported brand that we previously stocked.&nbsp;</p><p>If you like process cheese&nbsp;but find that it just isn&#39;t doing it for you anymore then perhaps you need to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Sonoma Jacks Gourmet Cheese Wedges</strong></em>. These are individually wrapped servings of delicious monterey jack processed&nbsp;cheese that make awesome additions to your lunch box! Pair with a Triscuit or any cracker for a quick and easy snack!</p><p>However, if you prefer a more traditional cheese, but are&nbsp;still looking for something that you can take as an on-the-go snack, then you&#39;re going to want&nbsp;to try these two new additions to our Dairy.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Lactose Free Cheddar Portions</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>IOGO Nano Mozzarella Portions</strong></em>&nbsp;are just the ticket for kids and adults alike! Easy to open and perfectly portioned for snacking, everyone will want to find these in their lunch kits!</p><p>Batman and Robin. Kirk and Spock. Rocky and Bullwinkle. All famous duos. Now Pepper&#39;s has another soon to be famous (or as the label says, &quot;World Famous in Canada&quot;) duo as&nbsp;we introduce<em><strong>&nbsp;Haupy&#39;s Beaver Rub</strong></em>&nbsp;(Original and Spicy)&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Haupy&#39;s Moose Rub</strong></em>&nbsp;(Original and Maplesque)&nbsp;seasonings.&nbsp;We&#39;ve carried Haupy&#39;s Beaver Rub for some time but only the original variety so now we have the complete lineup.&nbsp;Not only can you use these&nbsp;mixtures to spice up swamp donkeys and marsh rodents but you can use them on just about anything! Try these uniquely Canadian rubs but have some fun&nbsp;and use your imagination!</p><p>As if those rubs weren&#39;t spicy enough, how about bringing the heat to your pasta sauce?&nbsp;<em><strong>Mezzetta Homemade Spicy Marinara Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;is imported plum tomatoes from Italy&rsquo;s San Marzano region and&nbsp;California plum tomatoes&nbsp;blended with imported olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh basil, oregano, spices and crushed chili peppers. This is the sauce that may very well change your life.</p><p>And&nbsp; finally, when meat isn&#39;t an option but you just have to crush a burger,&nbsp;<em><strong>Cardinal Roadhouse Veggie Burgers</strong></em>&nbsp;are in order. These high protein veggie burgers combine quality soy protein with a veggie blend and are seasoned to perfection. Who cares that BBQ season is over (is it ever really over in Victoria?)? Pick up a pack of these Canadian veggie burgers and fix yourself a healthy and hearty meal!</p><p>That&#39;s all for this week, folks. Just a reminder that Terra Breads will be in-store this Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20 &amp; 21) sampling their yummy granola from 3pm-5pm each day! Make sure to stop by and give it a try. Happy Autumn!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 11, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; The first week of the 2018/19 school year is in the books and even though it&#39;s still officially summer, the weather would seem to indicate otherwise. Fall is quickly approaching and so is Thanksgiving which means that you need to start thinking about reserving a fresh turkey from our Meat Department. We&#39;ll share varieties and prices in an upcoming newsletter but for now we&#39;re just putting this on your radar because <strong>October 8th is Thanksgiving Monday</strong> and that will be here before you know it!</p><p>Parents know that getting the kids to eat their vegetables can be a real challenge. That&#39;s why it&#39;s a great idea to pick up<em><strong>&nbsp;Catelli Smart Veggie Spaghetti</strong></em>! This is white pasta that provides 1/2 serving of vegetables per 85g of pasta. They combine Canadian durum wheat, oat fibre (and lots of it!), carrots and cauliflower into a delicious noodle that you cook&nbsp;to perfection in only six minutes! Now you can get little Johnny to eat a high fibre meal while sneaking in some veggies, too! Best Parenting Award goes to: (your name here).</p><p>If you or your family like&nbsp;Cheerios&nbsp;then perhaps you&#39;ll want to&nbsp;try this classic cereal elevated to the next level.&nbsp;<em><strong>Very Berry Cheerios</strong></em>&nbsp;is a special edition flavour of four berries (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and, surprisingly,&nbsp;cranberry) squished into the iconic General Mills breakfast staple. No artificial flavours or colours are used to enhance the taste or appearance of this cereal. It&#39;s simply delicious whole grain oats and the taste of real berries combined to create a delicious breakfast that everyone will love!</p><p>Another special, yet limited, edition product on the shelf is&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Krema Pumpkin Spice Yogurt</strong></em>! After the huge success of this flavour last year, they&#39;ve brought it back for another run. And why not? You can get a pumpkin spice latte to go with your pumpkin spice muffin at the cafe, a pumpkin spice martini at the bar and heck, you can even buy pumpkin spice waffles and gum and ice cream! It&#39;s gotten out of hand! But this is a premium yogurt, thick and rich with 9% milk fat, and&nbsp;fruit on the bottom. And it&#39;s only available until November so make sure you get some while you can! And also look for&nbsp;Olympic Krema Strawberry&nbsp;and&nbsp;Olympic Krema Cherry&nbsp;flavours as well!</p><p>Another food craze from awhile back was coconut water. You can buy coconut water with pulp, without pulp, with added flavours such as mango, pineapple, name it. But there&#39;s a reason for coconut water&#39;s appeal:</p><ul> <li>low calorie</li> <li>contains natural electrolytes and isotonics</li> <li>&nbsp;rich in potassium</li> <li>fat and cholesterol free</li></ul><p>So we&#39;ve added yet another choice to the list with<em><strong>&nbsp;Everland Coconut Water</strong></em>. Everland is a Burnaby&nbsp;company so you&#39;re supporting a BC business when you purchase their&nbsp;products. Plus,<em>&nbsp;they</em>&nbsp;support small scale farmers by donating&nbsp;1% for every can you buy.&nbsp;</p><p>Closing out this weeks new products is<strong>&nbsp;Mocolate</strong>&nbsp;by Victoria, BC, company Heartisan Foods. It&#39;s the &quot;raw vegan power snack!&quot; But what is it actually? The company website describes it as, &quot;a decadent carob power snack full of complete plant based protein and whole food ingredients for your brain.&quot;</p><p>The herbal blend contains licorice root, marshmallow root, true cinnamon, ashwagandha, chag mushroom, fo-ti root, shilajit and carob.</p><p>The gold bar contains 100mg of hemp CBD (cannobidiol Isolate). No, you can&#39;t get high by eating this bar! That would require the compound called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)&nbsp;which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis. This ain&#39;t that.&nbsp;In fact, there are zero mind altering substances contained within. But the purported benefits of CBD include pain and inflammation reduction, anxiety and depression reduction and a reduction of cancer-related symptoms, among others.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s does not endorse the efficacy of this product.</p><p>It&#39;s up to you to do your homework and see if Mocolate with CBD is right for you.</p><p>For more information on this product and the company, please visit&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Closing out, the prize that we&#39;re offering currently is a set of two metal Stylecraft Lamps with LED Edison-style bulbs! Simply sign the back of your receipt with your name and number and deposit it in the draw box at the front of the store. The draw date is October 16th and you can enter as many times as you like!&nbsp;</p><p>Take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 4, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 04 Sep 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; In fact, for parents, this morning is extra good because the kiddies are back in class! Woohoo! Can you believe that the summer has come and gone already? Ridiculous. Do you want to know what else is ridiculous? Our advertised specials for this week! Yes, everything you need to prepare yummy lunches that your kids won&#39;t trade away are listed. And our&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday Special</strong></em>&nbsp;follows suit with&nbsp;<em><strong>Babybel Mini Cheese Portions on for only $3.99</strong></em>!! So please have a gander at the attached flyer and pick up the things your kids actually like!</p><p>Our first new item for today is another kid-friendly option.<em><strong>&nbsp;Honest Kids Organic Juice Boxes</strong></em>&nbsp;are available now at Pepper&#39;s in&nbsp;<em><strong>Fruit Punch, Apple</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Berry Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours. These tasty beverages contain only 40 calories per box despite having no added sugars. And each 200ml serving supplies 100% of the daily recommended vitamin C that your child needs. And take a look at the pictures; each&nbsp;animal is made out of the fruits that comprise the flavours! Fun! So you can feel great knowing that little Sally has a healthier lunch item and she&#39;ll just like it because it tastes and looks good.&nbsp;High five!</p><p>Dried fruit.&nbsp;Nobody&#39;s out there saying that they kind of enjoy eating dried cranberries. You either like them or you don&#39;t. If you are one of the ones who does, then you&#39;ll simply have to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Snow Farms Dried Cranberries</strong></em>&nbsp;(with orange flavour). We also have&nbsp;<em><strong>Snow Farms Whole Dried Tart Cherries</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Snow Farms Whole Dried Blueberries</strong></em>. All of these fruits are BC grown and there are zero artifical flavours, colours or preservatives added. Add them to your favourite cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or just eat them right out of the resealable pouch!</p><p>When was the last time you tried some &quot;hippie dust&quot;? Of course I&#39;m referring to nutritional yeast which, according to Wikipedia, <em>&quot; popular with&nbsp;vegans&nbsp;and&nbsp;vegetarians&nbsp;and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a&nbsp;condiment.[1] It is a significant source of some&nbsp;B-complex&nbsp;vitamins and contains trace amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with&nbsp;vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in&nbsp;cheese&nbsp;substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese,[2]&nbsp;for example in mashed and fried potatoes, in scrambled tofu, or as a topping for&nbsp;popcorn.[3]&quot;&nbsp;</em></p><p>Pepper&#39;s is very excited to offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Yeshi Nutritional Yeast Dressing&nbsp;in</strong></em> three amazing flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Original, Sesame Ginger</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chili</strong></em>! These versatile dressings are made right here on the island in Mill Bay! And you can use them on&nbsp;anything. In fact, the company suggests you try them on&nbsp;everything! These are dressings for any diet but they&#39;re suitable for gluten-free, vegetarian and ketogenic diets as well. We think that these are going to be a big hit with our customers, hippie or not! For suggested uses, recipes and more information, please visit the website at:&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not too late to whip it. Whip it good.&quot; That&#39;s the famous lyric by American rock band, Devo. You know, they may have been onto something way back when. Because here&#39;s another new product that takes the main ingredient and puts a new twist on it.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Whipped</strong></em>&nbsp;takes cottage cheese to the next level by turning it into a dip and spread! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original,&nbsp;Roasted Red Pepper</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chive &amp; Garlic</strong></em>&nbsp;each portion contains only 35 calories but is high in protein. Use it on bagels, crackers, flatbread, breadsticks, as a veggie dip or however you like. Look for the snappy black packaging in the dairy aisle where the cottage cheese is kept.</p><p><em><strong>Bob&#39;s Red Mill Petit French Style Green Lentils</strong></em> don&#39;t need much of an introduction. According to the package,&nbsp;<em>&quot;These dark green, lightly dappled lentils are prized for their peppery flavor and hearty texture.&nbsp; Because they hold their shape while cooking, Petite French Green Lentils are perfect for salads and pilafs. Each serving provides a wealth of fiber and iron.&quot;</em>&nbsp;But the best part is there&#39;s no need to pre-soak! In just 25 minutes on the stovetop you can have perfectly cooked lentils. For recipes on making French Lentil Soup and Warm French Lentil Salad just pick up a package.&nbsp;They&#39;re printed right on the back!</p><p>The Eastern Townships of southern Quebec is where you&#39;ll find the farm of Cosman &amp; Webb, the place where organic sugar maples are cultivated and tapped for their prized&nbsp;syrup. And Pepper&#39;s is proud to have been stocking this liquid gold for a few years now. Now we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Cosman &amp; Webb Organic Maple Sugar</strong></em>&nbsp;to the shelf. This is pure maple syrup transformed into a delicate sweetener that you can use in place of granulated white sugar. It&#39;s made from unblended and single forest maple syrup. And because of the beautiful packaging, this makes an ideal gift!</p><p>That&#39;s all for now friends. As always, thanks for taking the time to give us a read and thanks for choosing to shop with us when you have so many other options. Until next time...</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Labour Day Weekend Hours Peppers Foods Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:48:00 GMT <p>Celebrate workers, the labour movement and the last long weekend of summer before the Back to School hustle begins.&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 28, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning and good news! This week we have loads of new items to tell you about so let&#39;s not waste any time and get right down to it!</p><p>Who says that only the carnivores get to eat gourmet? Not us! With new&nbsp;<em><strong>Gusta Vegan Sausages</strong></em>&nbsp;you can enjoy the savoury flavour of herbs and spices mixed with yummy vegetables and *wheat protein (translation: *gluten. Sorry all you gluten-intolerant peeps). These sausages are vegan (100% plant based), non-GMO (100% natural), and 100% Canadian made. And because this was a customer request, we had them in-store within a matter of days!</p><p>In 1893 a fellow by the name of&nbsp;&nbsp;Rasmus Tholstrup of&nbsp;Denmark established a cheese making company. Castello, the name of the business,&nbsp;is still going strong to this day which means only one thing: they know how to make&nbsp;<em>GOOD</em>&nbsp;cheeses! So it just makes sense that Pepper&#39;s carries this brand and has for ages. But now our Deli Department has expanded their line-up and&nbsp;added five new alluringly alliterate products:&nbsp;<em><strong>Castello Tantalizingly Tangy Cheddar</strong></em>&nbsp;(with savoury onion),&nbsp;<em><strong>Strikingly Spicy Cheddar&nbsp;</strong></em>(with cracked black pepper),&nbsp;<em><strong>Tickler Extra Mature Cheddar</strong></em>&nbsp;(aged 17-18 months),&nbsp;<em><strong>Curiously Crunchy Aged Havarti</strong></em>&nbsp;(caramel notes with a curious crunch) and&nbsp;<em><strong>Castello Considerably Crumbly Cheddar</strong></em>&nbsp;(aged 12 months)&nbsp;in a convenient snack pack format. So take the time to try the taste and texture unless of course you&#39;re turophobic (someone who fears cheese).</p><p>You know what goes really well with cheese? Pasta. And for those pasta connoisseurs out there who take their noodles seriously, we have added<em><strong>&nbsp;Delverde Linguine</strong></em>&nbsp;to our shelves in Aisle 2. Made with only the finest durum wheat semolina, combined with the pure waters of the Verde River of the Calabria region of Italy, this No. 11 linguine is every foodie&#39;s dream. Fun fact: the Verde River water has been filtered through rocks over 7 million years old. So you know it&#39;s good. Stimulate your dinner conversation as well as your taste buds!</p><p>Here&#39;s another great new additon to our shelves.&nbsp;<em><strong>Tre Stelle Paneer</strong></em>&nbsp;is&nbsp;<em>&quot;an authentic, non-melting cheese used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Paneer is crafted for cooking as it absorbs the flavours of the sauce and spices as it cooks. High in protein, it is the perfect substitute for meat, poultry and fish in Flexitarian and Vegetarian diets. Its versatility makes it ideal for both traditional Paneer dishes and in some of your favourite Western dishes like burgers, pasta and pizza.&quot;</em></p><p>And because it doesn&#39;t melt, you can add squares to kebobs, as a delicious ingredient to your vegetarian chili, as the main ingredient instead of using chicken in butter chicken or crumbled onto a grilled flatbread!</p><p>Greek yogurt has grown to become a dominant fixture in the dairy case. And rightfully so: it&#39;s super high in calcium and protein, it&#39;s rich, thick and creamy and is high in vitamin B12 and probiotics. But it&#39;s also kind of tart. In fact, that might be the&nbsp;only&nbsp;characteristic of this type of yogurt that people don&#39;t like. If you&#39;re one of those people, then perhaps you need to sweeten things up a tad with&nbsp;<em><strong>Liberte Plain Sweetened&nbsp;Greek Yogurt.&nbsp;</strong></em>It&#39;s available in a 750g tub or a convenient 4x100g multipack! Take the edge off of plain ol&#39;&nbsp;Greek yogurt with the slightly sweet taste of this sure to please yogurt!</p><p>But perhaps Greek&#39;s not your thing. Maybe you&#39;d fare better with an Icelandic style yogurt? Something along the lines of<em><strong> Skyr</strong></em>. What is it and why? Skyr is technically not even a yogurt although nutritionally it&#39;s almost identical. It&#39;s actually strained cheese made from skim milk. It&#39;s been cultured in Iceland for centuries.&nbsp;But skyr contains slightly higher amounts of protein than Greek yogurt, is even thicker&nbsp;AND it doesn&#39;t have that tang that many people dislike. In fact, it tastes more like creme fraiche. So if you&#39;re in the market for a change at the breakfast table, try<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte Skyr Icelandic Style Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Plain&nbsp;</strong></em>or&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>! It contains no added sugars either, but here&#39;s the twist: this Skyr is made with 2% milk instead if skim! Odin himself would approve.</p><p>When you look at the attached flyer you&#39;ll see another brand new item! Underground Kombucha is available to try for the crazy price of $2.96 + deposit! This Vernon, BC company uses only organic ingredients from other BC companies and opts to keep the naturally occuring probitotics of kombucha in their brew (unlike some other companies that filter it out). And they offer their beverage in a can. This is important for several reasons:</p><ul> <li>Aluminum recycles more productively than glass.</li> <li>No UV light &ndash; enemy No. 1 of kombucha &ndash; can get into a can.</li> <li>Cans chill faster than bottles.</li> <li>Cans take up less space and are easier to store.</li> <li>Cans are in demand by beach-goers, campers and hikers, picnic people, boaters, lawn jockeys, and ballerinas.</li> <li>Cans are sealed with nitrogen with no chance of air to oxidize the contents, while with bottles, which are purged with CO2, there&rsquo;s a chance of oxidation due to the seal between cap and bottle.</li> <li>Sustainability.</li></ul><p>It could also be that this drink is an expansion of the craft brewery Marten Brewing Company which already produces great beer in a can and it just made more sense to put their kombucha in a can too instead of re-tooling the entire facility to add a brand new bottling line. But I digress...</p><p>As the banner says at the end of the Looney Tunes cartoons, &quot;That&#39;s All Folks!&quot; At least until next week. Until then take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 21, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; You know what&#39;s great about summer (besides everything!)? One thing is that we get to eat fruits and vegetables that aren&#39;t otherwise available locally. Take for instance the&nbsp;<em><strong>cucamelon</strong></em>! This is a fruit that looks like a tiny watermelon but tastes like a tart cucumber. But it&#39;s not some hybrid plant. It&#39;s been growing naturally in Latin America since forever.&nbsp;<em><strong>The Spanish name is Sandiita which means &quot;little watermelon.&quot;</strong></em>&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s gets ours locally from Sol Farms in Saanichton. You can eat them raw as is or sliced in a salad, pickled, added to a stir&nbsp;fry or even as a garnish to a martini or cocktail! Despite their small size, this cute fruit packs a BIG nutritional punch:&nbsp;cucamelons are rich in Lycopenes (a heart improving antioxidant), beta carotene (helps to maintain eye health and young skin), minerals, and vitamin K, E, C and fiber.</p><p>Here&#39;s a different kind of summer flavour to tempt your tastebuds:&nbsp;<em><strong>Bonne Maman Mango-Peach Preserves</strong></em>.&nbsp;The tropical flavour of mangos combined with the sweet, ripe flavour of peaches join together to make a unique and delectable preserve. Add to plain yogurt, spread on toast, top vanilla ice cream or just go for it and have a spoonful right out of the jar!</p><p>Most everyone loves a BBQ (yet another summertime bonus). So next time you&#39;re having one, make sure you include one or all of these new&nbsp;<em><strong>Lays STReatS of the World Potato Chips</strong></em>. That&#39;s right, you can now buy chips that taste like&nbsp;<em><strong>Grilled Cheese Sandwich,&nbsp;Taco</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Pizza</strong></em>. They&#39;re not quite as over the top as some of the offerings you&#39;d find at a State Fair but as far as potato chip flavours go, they&#39;re pretty darn bold!</p><p>And don&#39;t forget to have a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Organic Mayonnaise</strong></em>&nbsp;handy to dress up your hotdogs (some people do it, you know), brats, burgers, salads, fries (Belgian style), sandwiches, dips or whatever else you like to put it on.&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for an alternative to wheat flour then it&#39;s your lucky day becasue we now stock&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Quinoa All-Purpose Flour</strong></em>. This is certified organic, certified gluten-free and vegan flour that makes delicious, high-protein bread, pancakes, muffins,&nbsp;cookies and anything else you can think&nbsp;of baking.&nbsp;Quinoa is also relatively high in fibre, contains all of the essential fatty acids and is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. So you can ditch the gluten but keep the nutrients, many of which are higher than in traditional grains. Hashtag: winning!</p><p>Another brand spanking new item for all of you gluten-free lovers (gluten haters?) is&nbsp;<em><strong>Kikkoman Gluten-Free Panko Style Coating</strong></em>. Finally a product for people who just want to eat some delicious, crunchy, fried shrimp without gluten for crying out loud! Fill your boots, folks. You&#39;re welcome.</p><p>Do you want to know a secret? Sometimes people sweat. And smell. Ok, that&#39;s no secret. We all know this. The problem is that sometimes we do this when we can&#39;t afford to: just before a business meeting, a job interview, a date (gack!). I&#39;m talking to all you ladies out there. Because unfortunately, us men don&#39;t have something like&nbsp;<em><strong>Secret Freshies On-The-Go Antiperspirant/Deodorant</strong></em>. This stealthy little ball goes with you anywhere in your bag or purse&nbsp;<em>&quot;for those moments when you want a little boost of freshness and protection.&quot;</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;Never get caught in a situation again where someone notices your BO before they notice you!</p><p>Oh and just FYI,&nbsp;<em><strong>Gulf Island Coffee&nbsp;will be doing an in-store demo this Saturday, August 25th from 10am-4pm.</strong></em> Their organic, direct trade coffees are&nbsp;<em>&quot;designed to bring you back to the leisurely mornings spent on a boat, the thrill of going into the open water, and the satisfaction of having the perfect drink in-hand to face any new challenge.&quot;&nbsp;</em></p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is until next week. Please have a look at the attached flyer and don&#39;t forget that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Seniors Days.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 14, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Sunday was the annual Cadboro Bay Festival at Gyro Park,&nbsp;and despite the cooler temperatures, the day was&nbsp;massively successful! We had&nbsp;world class sand sculptors, live music, bouncy castles, hands-on activities, food vendors and face painting! Hundreds of people turned out for some great family fun times and it was amazing to see such lively community spirit! Thanks one and all to everyone who contributed to the event and for those who participated!</p><p>This week we have (mostly) breakfast items that are new to our shelves. Now I don&#39;t know about you but I don&#39;t have a lot of time in the morning to make breakfast. But I also need something more satisfying than a regular old bowl of cereal.&nbsp;<em><strong>Quaker Overnight Oats</strong></em>&nbsp;are just the ticket!&nbsp;&nbsp;Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Walnut, Raisin &amp; Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Toasted Coconut &amp; Almond</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours all you do is add milk the night before, put in the fridge and come morning time, you end up with a delicious, healthy and hearty breakfast! What could be easier than that? Steep. Sleep. Eat.</p><p>Or if you have the time in the morning, perhaps you&#39;d prefer good, old-fashioned pancakes? If so then maybe&nbsp;<em><strong>Anita&#39;s Organic Mill Pancake &amp; Waffle Mix</strong></em>&nbsp;fits the bill. In addition to the&nbsp;High-Fibre&nbsp;variety that we already carry, you can now choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Multigrain</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Ancient Grain </strong></em>mixes! This company was founded over 20 years ago in Chilliwack, BC, and offers &quot;premium flours, cereals and mixes for a new generation of makers and bakers.&quot; Canadian certified organic, non-GMO, and of course, 100% free of pesticides and hebicides. Visit&nbsp;<strong></strong>&nbsp;for delicious variations including muffins!</p><p>You&#39;re going to need something to wash down that breakfast with so it might as well be<em><strong>&nbsp;Minute Maid Heart Wise Orange Juice</strong></em>! Heart wise? YES! You see, this delicious orange juice contains plant sterols which is a proven agent for lowering LDL Cholesterol. That&#39;s the so-called &quot;bad&#39; cholesterol that collects on the sides of your arteries like bacon fat down the kitchen sink drain. This is the ONLY juice clinically proven to help lower cholesterol. And it also contains vitamins B, B6 and B12.<strong> <em>Raise a glass and&nbsp;lower your cholesterol</em></strong><em>!</em></p><p>Ok let&#39;s switch gears for a minute and showcase a few new items from our Health &amp; Beauty department. We have a bunch of exciting new items from&nbsp;<em>Island Essentials</em>, a Vancouver Island&nbsp;company specializing in producing home cleaning and personal care products that are all natural,&nbsp; environmentally safe, not tested on animals and contain no harsh artificial chemicals.</p><p>First off is&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Castile Soap</strong></em>&nbsp;available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Natural, Lavender</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>forThave&#39;s Chai</strong></em>.</p><p>Castile Soap is made from vegetable oils and contains no animal fats whatsoever. You may not be familiar with it but you should definitely consider adding this to your arsenal of cleaning products because of its super versatility. You can clean your body AND your house with it!&nbsp;&nbsp;And you can do so effectively. In fact, there are far too many uses for this soap to list so here&#39;s a website that you can check out that will answer all of your castile questions:</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>We also have a whole new line of&nbsp;Island <em><strong>Essentials Natural Bar Soaps</strong></em>&nbsp;that are sure to be a hit in the bath or shower. Make sure not to use on an empty stomach or you might be tempted to take a bite. They smell&nbsp;<em>that</em>&nbsp;good!&nbsp;</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking for a new type of body cream to try,&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Hand &amp; Body Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;may very well be your next favourite! These luxuriously rich creams are highly absorbent and moisturize&nbsp;with&nbsp;their non-greasy formulae. Nurture through nature with these hand-crafted emollients!</p><p>Almost forgot to mention that this weekend from 11 am until 5 pm on both Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19th,<em><strong>&nbsp;Island Farms will be in-store offering free ice cream samples</strong></em>! It&#39;s summertime&nbsp;and the livin&#39; is easy! Get down here for some delicious frozen goodness!</p><p>As always, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the aisles! Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 7, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; You know, it&#39;s always so nice to get away from it all every now and then but it&#39;s also nice to get back to reality and back to work. So here we are again, Tuesday morning, with another newsletter and a list of new goodies to tell you about. And of course our new advertised specials&nbsp;kick&nbsp;in today as well. But first, here&#39;s hoping your&nbsp;Civic Holiday was as bright and sunny as the weather here on the island!&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s see, where should we begin? How about by talking about cacao butter!&nbsp;<em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Cacao Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;is new to Pepper&#39;s and it&#39;s such a versatile item that you&#39;re going to want to make sure to put a bag in your basket.&nbsp;Why? Well, the&nbsp;Equadorian grown cacao pods that are used to make the butter are grown on farms where farmers and workers are paid a fair wage (certified Fair Trade). And with every purchase, funds are also contributed to support the farmers&#39; local communities. So there&#39;s that. Also, this is pure, unrefined butter. No chemicals are used to process it and it shows in the smooth texture, rich flavour and buttery aroma. &quot;But what is it used for&quot; you may be asking? It can be blended into smoothies, used in raw desserts or melted into hot cacao drinks. But it&#39;s also an excellent body moisturizer, lip balm and hair treatment! Certified gluten-free.</p><p>If you&#39;ve been consuming quinoa and brown rice and perhaps even farrow because of their&nbsp;health&nbsp;benefits but you&#39;re now so sick of all of them that you can&#39;t even stand it anymore then maybe it&#39;s time to get freekeh. It&#39;s actually pronounced <em>free-kah</em> but you might just freak out when you find out why this ancient grain is so beneficial. But just a heads up: this is wheat, so it is <em>NOT</em> gluten free.</p><p>Essentially this is a cereal food that is made from green durum wheat.&nbsp; As per Wikipedia:<em>&nbsp;the grain&nbsp;is roasted and rubbed to create its flavour. It is an ancient dish derived from&nbsp;Levantine&nbsp;and&nbsp;North African&nbsp;cuisines,[1][2]&nbsp;remaining popular in many countries of the eastern&nbsp;Mediterranean Basin&nbsp;where durum wheat originated.[3] The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds are still soft; it is then piled and sun-dried. The piles are carefully set on fire so only the straw and chaff burn. Under these conditions, the high moisture content of the seeds prevents them from burning. The roasted wheat is then threshed and sun-dried to achieve a uniform flavour, texture and colour. This threshing or rubbing process of the grains gives this food its name,&nbsp;farik&nbsp;or &ldquo;rubbed&rdquo;. Finally, the seeds are cracked into smaller pieces that resemble green&nbsp;bulgur.[1]</em></p><p>&nbsp;Another website,, has this to say about this &quot;new&quot; ancient superfood:&nbsp;<em>When it comes to nutritional benefits, there&#39;s no question that supergrain freekeh has the upper hand. It dominates quinoa (and a lot of other grains). Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Serving for serving, freekeh has more protein and twice as much fiber as quinoa. (A 42g serving of freekeh has six grams of fiber and six grams of protein, versus quinoa&rsquo;s three and five-and-a-half, respectively.) This means freekeh keeps you feeling full long after you&#39;ve eaten it, so it&#39;s a smart option for anyone focused on weight loss&nbsp;&nbsp;. Freekeh is also lower on the&nbsp;glycemic index&nbsp;(wholegrain freekeh GI = 43), making it a great choice for people managing diabetes or those just trying to keep their&nbsp;blood sugar steady. To top it off, this power-packed grain is high in iron, calcium, and zinc, and acts like a prebiotic, promoting the growth of good bacteria in your digestive system.&nbsp;</em></p><p>So there you have it. Now you have something else delicious to add to add to your shopping list. Pick up a tin of<em><strong>&nbsp;Ecoideas Whole Greenwheat Freekeh</strong></em>&nbsp;and give quinoa a rest.</p><p>At Pepper&#39;s we&#39;re always trying to give our customers the most options in terms of offering a varied selection of products. And now we have two new butters from Natrel gracing our shelves.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Organic Salted Butter&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Lactose Free Salted Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;are here (finally). Eastern Canada was first to get these two but now us Westerners&nbsp;can enjoy them as well! Yippee!&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s one for the meat lovers.&nbsp;<em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Texan Steakhouse Rub</strong></em>&nbsp;offers a succulent sweet and spicy&nbsp;barbecue flavouring to not just steak but also&nbsp;poultry and seafood. Season a nicely oiled steak with this rub 30 minutes before you place it on the grill and keep the tin handy to add more flavour while you&#39;ve got the meat on the heat! And speaking of heat,&nbsp;<em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Ghost Chilli</strong></em>&nbsp;packs a mighty whallop. Designed for the die hard chilli enthusiast, this spice tops out at over 1 million scoville units. How hot is that? Remember that scene in<em>&nbsp;Raiders of the Lost Ark</em>&nbsp;when Belloq opens the Ark releasing the powers inside and Major Toht&#39;s face melts? Now you&#39;re in the ballpark. Use as a spice rub, marinade or table seasoning. You&#39;ve been warned!</p><p>If you do decide to go ahead and play with fire, you should know that we now have&nbsp;<em><strong>Thelma&#39;s Frozen Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;on tap in the slushie machine! Might want to keep that nearby...But even if you don&#39;t try out the ghost pepper powder, this is such a refreshing beverage to take with you down to&nbsp;the beach on these dog days!&nbsp;</p><p>My sister-in-law told my son the other day that cheese was her most loved food. She said that she would take it any day of the week, even over anything&nbsp;sweet. Well if you&#39;re like her then you need to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Air Cheese&nbsp;Cheddar&nbsp;</strong></em>or&nbsp;<em><strong>Gouda</strong></em>!<em><strong>&nbsp;Air Cheese Bites</strong></em> are made of premium natural cheese, dehydrated without any other ingredients, and puffed through a special process, resulting in a crunchy, airy, and protein-rich cheese snack. No refrigeration required! Perfect for munching on the go or when you&#39;re pounding through your favourite Netflix series!</p><p>And finally, we have<em><strong>&nbsp;Activia Probiotic Yogurt with Oats, Almonds and Fruit</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Plain</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>!&nbsp;Discover the new Activia source of fiber; a delicious snack of probiotic&nbsp;yogurt topped with a crunchy mix made of cereals, dried fruits and nuts. And with over 10 billion&nbsp;Bifidobacterium lactis per 100g, your gut will thank you for it!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to have a look at the attached flyer to take advantage of some excellent pricing on loads of&nbsp;items from every department!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 24, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fun Fact: On this day in&nbsp;1911&nbsp;American explorer&nbsp;Hiram Bingham&nbsp;discovered Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Seems like nowadays there&#39;s virtually no part of the Earth&#39;s landmass that hasn&#39;t been explored, thus, those kinds of&nbsp;discoveries are few and far between. Most of us have to settle for less exciting endeavours in our daily lives. However, everyday has the potential to be an adventure (if you decide you want it to be one). Let&#39;s start by discovering some new items at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Ever had a Moscow Mule? If you don&#39;t know what that is, it&#39;s a delightful cocktail containing vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice. And this is the perfect weather for enjoying one (or several). The secret, however, is in using a quality ginger beer. And as luck would have it, we just so happen to have not one but&nbsp;TWO&nbsp;available in Aisle 5.<em><strong>&nbsp;Rugged Roots Brewhouse</strong></em>&nbsp;has created&nbsp;<em><strong>Wildfire Organic Spicy Ginger Beer&nbsp;and&nbsp;Zingiber Organic Ginger Beer</strong></em>. We&#39;ve been talking alot lately about probiotic containing foods and these two are no different. These are handcrafted, probiotic brews naturally fermented and carbonated right here in Victoria, BC. And they contain absolutely no preservatives, sulphites or additives. But you don&#39;t have to use them just as a mix; they can be enjoyed all on their own!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p><em><strong>Kapow Now!</strong></em>&nbsp;is a Vancouver company that creates plant based superfoods for vibrant living. And we have some sweet and savoury options of theirs available now for you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Chocolate Glop Hot Chocolate Mix and Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;can be spread on anything and everything! Mix it with water or milk or&nbsp;heck, eat it straight out of ther jar. It&#39;s made from mostly whole dates and contains&nbsp;no added sugar, is dairy free and vegan. And&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Salted Caramel Glop Maple Date Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;can be spread, drizzled or mixed with liquid making it a versatile addition to your pantry! It&#39;s also another great vegan option.</p><p>As for the savoury,&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Nocheez Chickpea Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are wheat free, non-GMO and vegan crackers that taste kind of cheesey without the cheese. It says so right on the bag! But they are also high in protein, Omega 3, iron and fibre.&nbsp;<em><strong>Available in Original, Rosemary and Smoked Paprika.</strong></em></p><p>Red Robin for the seafood lover in you! Wait, sorry. Wrong restaurant chain. If you love the taste of&nbsp;<em><strong>Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews</strong></em> food then you&#39;ll be tickled pink to know that we now have two Yummm Certified sauces. <em><strong>Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Sauce</strong></em> makes a great flavour addition to all of your BBQ options: burgers, steak, you name it, this goes with it. And even though there is now a western province wide campfire ban in effect, <em><strong>Red Robin Camp Fire Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp; still makes&nbsp;a&nbsp; great dipping sauce for jalapeno poppers, mozza sticks, fried, veggies...whatever. Go ahead, fire up the Yummm!!</p><p>Multi-award winning companies win awards for a reason: their products are good! And <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen</strong></em> consistently puts out products that win awards year after year. Whether it&#39;s from the Scovie Awards, Specialty Food Association (SFA), SIAL or several others, this specialty foods&nbsp;company that was founded in 1991 just keep churning out winning products. And we already carry a whole lot of their stuff. You can find most all of them across from the ATM machine and the rest in Aisle 1 with the condiments. Now Pepper&#39;s is pleased to add three new items:&nbsp;<em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Classic Pizza Sauce, Bacon Caesar Dressing and Ghost Pepper Aioli</strong></em>. If you would like to read more about their products and the awards that they&#39;ve won, head on over to&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>That&#39;s all for another week. We hope you enjoyed reading up on all things new to Pepper&#39;s Foods. We&#39;ll leave you with two other newsworthy items: due to rising costs,&nbsp;<em><strong>effective August 1, 2018 our delivery fee will increase from $2.50 to $5.00</strong></em>. Also, due to the long weekend in August there most likely will NOT be a newsletter sent out but there will be an email containing the advertised specials.</p><p>Have a great week!&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 17, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Isn&#39;t this just the best weather ever? Seriously, it&#39;s been nothing but sunshine and blue sky for days and it&#39;s hotter than a Georgia parking lot in August! But that&#39;s just fine with us because we know that Pepper&#39;s has everything that you need if you&#39;re headed down to Gyro beach for the day: sliced watermelon, icy cold beverages, cubed and blocked ice, suncreen, fresh salads,&nbsp;cold cuts, breads of every type,&nbsp;ice cream, frozen novelties, Slush Puppies...the list goes on and on.&nbsp;</p><p>When I was a kid I had the luxury of seeing my grandparents whenever I wanted. Their backyard bordered onto my backyard so it was simply a matter of climbing a few stairs over the fence and stepping into their yard. And two&nbsp;things that gram and gramps always had in the fridge during summer was gingerale and lemonade. Well, now you can enjoy both of those classic flavours combined in <em><strong>Canada Dry Summer Blend Lemonade Flavoured Gingerale</strong></em>. Cold can in hand, relax on the porch and take a moment to savour the flavours (and memories) of summer. And just like grandparents, it&#39;s only here for a limited time.</p><p>We&#39;ve been unable to source fresh lemongrass for quite some time but despair no more for we now carry <em><strong>Thomas Fresh Lemongrass</strong></em> in a convenient tray pack. Lemongrass is renowned for it&#39;s refreshing aroma and delicate flavour. Now you can add some fragrant flavour to your asian inspired dishes!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the topic of lemongrass, you should know that we now carry <em><strong>Rise Kombucha</strong></em> in <em><strong>Lemongrass</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Ginger</strong></em> flavours! This refreshing beverage from Montreal, Que. is made with mostly organic ingredients and the SCOBY is actually from Hawaii. What&#39;s that now? What&#39;s SCOBY? It&#39;s simply <strong>S</strong>ymbiotic<strong> C</strong>ulture <strong>O</strong>f <strong>B</strong>acteria and <strong>Y</strong>east. Othwerwise known as the mother, it&#39;s what turns sweet tea into fizzy kombucha!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Most everyone knows to eat wholesome foods in order to stay healthy. And foods high in probiotics can help maintain a healthy GI tract. <em><strong>Eat Wholesome Food Co</strong></em>. has all the bases covered with their <em><strong>Organic Sauerkraut</strong></em>. The natural fermentation process results in a kraut high in beneficial probiotics. And it&#39;s also a good source of vitamin C!&nbsp;</p><p>What do you know about canola oil? That it&#39;s one of the healthiest of all commonly used cooking oils? That it comes from the pressed canola seed? But&nbsp;betcha didn&#39;t know that canola is not rapeseed despite looking the same. See, in the 1960s, plant scientists used traditional plant breeding methods to get rid of rapeseed&#39;s undesirable qualities thereby creating canola! Why is this important right now? Because Pepper&#39;s is pleased to stock <em><strong>North Prairie Gold Extra Virgin Canola Oil</strong></em>, that&#39;s why. This is a non-GMO, cold-pressed oil made from Saskatchewan cultivated canola. It&#39;s minimally processed to create a premium oil for salads, sauteing and baking. And as luck would have it, the company will be conducting an in-store demo today (Tuesday, July 17th) between 11 am and 3 pm!&nbsp;You can sample this oil and ask any questions that you may have about it.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>A perennial favourite pleasure for many of our customers is<em><strong>&nbsp;Walkers Scottish Biscuits</strong></em>. What&#39;s not to like? The company personally guarantees that the product is made using only the finest ingredients possible. So you can imagine just how good their new&nbsp;<em><strong>White Chocolate &amp; Raspberry Biscuits</strong></em>&nbsp;are!&nbsp;Belgian white chocolate meets delicious raspberries in these fine biscuits baked in Aberlour, Speyside, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.&nbsp;If it&#39;s somethin&#39; ye huvnae tried yit &#39;en that&#39;s somethin&#39; yoo&#39;ll hae tae remedy &#39;en . Aye lads and lassies!</p><p>Rover and Kitty deserve a smack sometimes, right? Oh, that didn&#39;t come out right. Let&#39;s try that again. Surely Rover and Kitty deserve something special every once in awhile. I mean, why should the humans get all the good stuff? <em><strong>Smack Pet Food</strong></em> for dogs and cats is raw dehydrated food for your favourite feline or canine friend. These foods are high in protein, contain no grains, are gluten-free and are 100% natural. No synthetics. And they&#39;re handmade in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So if you love your pet, consider giving them a big bag of<em><strong> </strong></em>Smack.<strong></strong></p><p>That&#39;s it for this week. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the aisles and for those unable to make the trip don&#39;t forget that we offer delivery Monday to Friday (except holidays) and same day delivery if your order is received by 1 pm. Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 10, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you missed Thursday&#39;s Local Island Showcase then you missed the absolute best event in the nine years that we&#39;ve held it. Hundreds of people turned out to meet and speak to many of the suppliers of incredible, local food items. We had a succulent, whole roast pig&nbsp;served pulled on a bun as well as grilled salmon sliders and dozens of vendors set up under the tent offering sweet and savoury food and drink. And of course the weather was absolutey perfect! Thank you to all of our vendors for your generosity in donating your time and your products, and thank you for everyone who came down and mingled. We&#39;re so pleased with the results and judging by the feedback that we&#39;ve received from many who attended, you are too! Can&#39;t wait until next year!</p><p>This wouldn&#39;t be a proper newsletter if we didn&#39;t share with you some&nbsp; of the new items that have found their way to the shelves. And this week is no different. Let&#39;s start of with a brand new item that was one of the delicious offerings at the Local Island Showcase. <em><strong>Stubborn Chef Kimchi</strong></em>&nbsp;is a traditional Korean kimchi made with napa cabbage and it proved to be very popular among those who tried it on Thursday. Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable mixture that is a staple of Korean cuisine. It is of ancient origin and it&#39;s also an excellent choice for those who want to eat healthy because of its probiotic properties which help the body to absorb nutrients like vitamins and minerals. As a result, your intestinal and overall health benefits! Look for it in our Produce Department.</p><p>Remember when eating a smidgen of fat was akin to committing the most heinous of diet crimes? Heaven forbit that a gram of fat make its way&nbsp;into your gullet. Well, times have changed. Seems that everyone now is opting for foods with higher (healthy) fat contents. One of the reasons for this is the appearance of the ketogenic diet where carbohydrates are drastically reduced to induce ketosis (a metabolic state whereby the body burns ketones instead of glycose from carbohydrates). There are supposed to be some very beneficial effects to the body as a result. It&#39;s a topic the scope of which is far too broad for this newsletter and there&#39;s plenty of information online if you want to do more research on the subject. But if you&#39;re into it, we have something new for you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Good Fats Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are high in the good fats and protein that you&#39;re looking for and are low in sugar and salt and gluten-free, soy-free and are made with non-GMO ingredients. So go ahead, fat is back. Sugar is out.</p><p>Field Roast is a Seattle-based&nbsp;company that produces some of the best vegetarian meatless products on the market. Their success is attributed to their founder, Chef David Lee, who combined the European Charcuterie tradition with the Asian Mien Ching tradition of crafting vegetarian meats from grains way back in 1996. We&#39;re carried many of these items in the Produce Department for ages but now we&#39;re pleased to have added&nbsp;<em><strong>Field Roast Katsu Cutlets</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Field Roast Mini Corn Dogs</strong></em>&nbsp;to the frozen food aisle! Finally, vegetarian mains and appetizers that everyone, even meat-eaters, will enjoy!</p><p>You may or may not be one of the gazillions who need their Timmie&#39;s everyday. But if you are then you can duplicate your double&nbsp;double from the comfort of your own kitchen every single morning by adding&nbsp;<em><strong>Coffeemate Double Double-Mate</strong></em>&nbsp;to your java. Or if you prefer something else, try&nbsp;<em><strong>Coffeemate Hazelnut</strong></em>. Both are now available in our Dairy Department and both are also lactose free!&nbsp;However, due to a shortage of shelf space, you may not see the International Delights coffee creamer. Don&#39;t worry: we still have it. Just ask and we&#39;ll be happy to get it from the back for you!</p><p>We&#39;ve written about the benefits of drinking kefir numerous times in the past. So if you enjoy it but you want to try something just a bit different, we now offer<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte Limited Edition Cafe Latte Kefir</strong></em>&nbsp;in a convenient<em><strong>&nbsp;4x200 ml</strong></em>&nbsp;pack! All the goodness of kefir with a delicious latte flavour! But just as the name suggests, it&#39;s a fleeting flavour so if you want to try it, you&#39;ll have to act fast!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to peruse the attached weekly flyer where you&#39;ll find amazing prices on items from every department! Until next week, take care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 3, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Canada turned 151 years old on Sunday and we hope that you celebrated&nbsp;to the best of your abilities and remembered that we are a nation rivalled around the globe and that we are fortunate to live in such a vast, beautiful and peaceful country.&nbsp;And our American friends will celebrate their nation&#39;s separation from Britain tomorrow by binge watching Independence Day or Born on the Fourth of July or Yankee Doodle Dandy.&nbsp;Another possibility is Red Dawn (the Patrick Swayze version). Maybe Clear and Present Danger or Bull Durham...there&#39;s just so many choices!&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, as many of you are aware, the 9th Annual Local Island Showcase is quickly approaching in a few days. You will kick yourself if you don&#39;t make it out to this epic event!&nbsp;Here&#39;s a list of our confirmed vendors:</p><ul> <li>Berryman Farms</li> <li>B &amp; C Foods</li> <li>Stubborn Chef Mini Hot Pot&nbsp;</li> <li>Snowdon House Gourmet &amp; Gifts Victoria BC&nbsp;</li> <li>Singing Bowl Granola&nbsp;</li> <li>Heart &amp; Bone Provisions&nbsp;</li> <li>McClintock&#39;s Farm&nbsp;</li> <li>49 Below Ice Cream</li> <li>Caesar Squeezers</li> <li>Daksha&#39;s Gourmet Spices</li> <li>Victoria Soda Works</li> <li>Mixers and Elixirs</li> <li>Gentle Earth Products Ltd.</li> <li>Level Ground Trading</li> <li>Kettle and Hive</li> <li>Unity Jun</li> <li>Salt of Life</li> <li>Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods</li> <li>Natural Pastures Cheese Company</li> <li>Eurosa Farms</li> <li>Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods Inc.</li> <li>Rootside Cocktail Mixers</li> <li>Caddy Bay Liquor</li> <li>Portofino European Wholesale Bakery</li> <li>Fatso</li> <li>Saltspring Kitchen co.</li> <li>Phillips Soda Works</li> <li>Sproutalicious Smart Cookies</li> <li>Babe&#39;s Honey Farm</li> <li>Fudge In A Round</li> <li>The Cultured Nut</li> <li>Holy Homous</li> <li>Fatbutt</li> <li>Ruby&#39;s Pakoras</li> <li>Mayflower Bakery</li> <li>From The Earth Curry Powder</li> <li>Holy Grail Chocolate Sauce</li> <li>Rebecca&#39;s Best Hot Sauce</li></ul><p>We look forward to seeing you join us there!</p><p>As for new items, there are a few to tell you about this week starting with two new beverages from Natur-a.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natur-a Fortified Almond Beverage</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Natur-a Fortified Almond &amp; Coconut Beverage</strong></em>.&nbsp;Both are unsweetened,&nbsp;low calorie, lactose free, soy free, carrageenan free, and non-GMO. And the almond beverage is gluten-free as well! Look for these under the television monitor in Aisle 1!</p><p>A new product from Italy is&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Organic Saltines Crackers</strong></em>. Available in both&nbsp;<em><strong>Rosemary &amp; Sesame&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil</strong></em>, they come in a package of 8 portion packs! You don&#39;t have to worry about them going stale before you finish eating them. But once you try them, they won&#39;t last long in the cupboard anyway. Jill from Vancouver says, &quot;Best soda cracker I&#39;ve ever tried!&quot; See?</p><p>Another delicious import, and arriving just in time for summer, is&nbsp;<em><strong>Villaolivo&#39;s Organic Gazpacho</strong></em>.&nbsp;This staple of Spanish and Portugese cuisine is hugely popular during the hot summer months for being a cool and refreshing food. And <em><strong>we offer it in two convenient sizes</strong></em>: a grab and go&nbsp;<em><strong>250 ml</strong></em>&nbsp;size which is perfect for your lunch cooler bag or we have a larger<em><strong>&nbsp;1 litre</strong></em>&nbsp;size for taking home or to a picnic! It&#39;s also a great low calorie and gluten-free option!</p><p>Our Dairy Department sells a lot of&nbsp;Faith Farms Cheese. And for good reason. Not only is it excellent cheese (it&#39;s made by Armstrong Cheese of Armstrong BC who, by the way, are two-time World Cheddar Champions), it&#39;s priced right, too. So we figured that instead of just offering three varieties, we&#39;d add another two. And that&#39;s just what we did!&nbsp;<em><strong>Faith Farms Pizza Mozzerella</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Faith Farms Havarti&nbsp;</strong></em>are now available and waiting to be enjoyed by you and your family!</p><p>As always, your latest advertised specials for July 3-9 are attached for your convenience.&nbsp;</p><p>See you at the Local Island Showcase on Thursday!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 26, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fun fact: On this day in 1807 lightning hit a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg killing 300 people. Not cool. Talk about bad luck! But it&#39;s YOUR lucky day and you&#39;ll be blown away when you see our attached advertised specials for this week!&nbsp;&nbsp;We have some incredible prices in every department and because it&#39;s Tuesday, the savings start right NOW!</p><p>As always, there are many&nbsp;new goodies to tell you about so without further adeau, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>There&#39;s nothing more frustrating than having a dietary restriction and not being able to eat what you&#39;d like to. That was the case with a kid named Luke who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at seven years of age. So he decided to do something about it by creating a line of delicious snack crackers!<em><strong>&nbsp;Luke&#39;s Multigrain &amp; Seed Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are USDA certifed organic, certifed gluten-free, certified vegan and nut free! They&#39;re so good, you won&#39;t need dip (or anything else) to eat with them!&nbsp;</p><p>Another great gluten-free product new to the shelf is&nbsp;<em><strong>Purest Flaxseed Flour</strong></em>. This product from Perth, Ontario has a delicious, nutty taste and is a highly nutritious digestive aid high in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, it&#39;s made in a facility dedicated to the production of gluten free and all natural products. No gluten, wheat, nuts, corn, dairy or sulphites are in this flour. And it&#39;s kosher/pareve!</p><p>A wildly popular line of jams, jellies and spreads with Pepper&#39;s customers is by Bonne Maman. Now, we&#39;ve introduced the newest member of that family:&nbsp;<em><strong>Bonne Maman Lemon Curd</strong></em>! As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>The Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is joyfully sweet with a bright, clean lemon flavor. Its lovely yellow colour and rich, velvety texture is sure to please consumers. By the spoonful or as an ingredient, the versatile Bonne Maman Lemon Curd enhances any recipe, whether used as a spread, a topping or for baking. Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is also gluten free.</em></p><p>Hey, if you&#39;re into lemons, make sure to swing by the dairy aisle to pick up a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Lemonade</strong></em>! Available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Regular</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Tangerine</strong></em>, these refreshing&nbsp;bevvies are sure to be a hit with thirsty kids (and grown-ups) on these hot summer days! And don&#39;t forget to check out&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Pineapple Mango with Lime</strong></em>&nbsp;while you&#39;re at it. Delicious and refreshing as is or pour into molds and make your own frozen treats!</p><p>For those of you searching for a more wholesome yet less prominent beverage, you should definitely try&nbsp;<em><strong>Unity Jun Probiotic Honey Elixir</strong></em>. If you&#39;re unfamiliar with Jun then we should start by telling you what it is that you&#39;re missing. According to Wikipedia, Jun&nbsp;<em>&quot; an effervescent fermented health tonic roughly similar to&nbsp;kombucha&nbsp;but feeding on&nbsp;green tea&nbsp;and raw honey rather than&nbsp;black tea&nbsp;and concentrated sugar.&quot;&nbsp;</em>This unique drink is made right here in Victoria and the&nbsp;company calls it &quot;Kombucha&#39;s wild cousin&quot; and even those who don&#39;t necessarily like Kombucha have been turned onto this funky fizz! Look for it in the cold beverage cooler up front.</p><p><em><strong>Kashi Joi Energy Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Kashi Joi Nut Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are brand new to the store and are sure to be hit for those seeking calorie-dense snacking. Energy bars are made with almond butter combined with&nbsp; other ingredients such as dark chocolate, peanuts, oats, cashews, cocoa, sea salt and more! All are gluten-free and made in Canada!&nbsp;Plus, <em><strong>they&#39;re in our ad this week at 2/$3.00</strong></em>! Put a little joi in your life with&nbsp;<em><strong>Kashi Joi</strong></em>!</p><p>Not all mayonnaise is created equal. That&#39;s certainly the case with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Heinz&nbsp;[Seriously] Good Mayonnaise</strong></em>. Made with 100% Canadian free run eggs, this mayo is deliciously&nbsp;rich and creamy. It&#39;s the Heinz ketchup of mayonnaise!</p><p>And this week, we&#39;ve saved the best for last. We FINALLY were able to aquire the highly anticipated&nbsp;<em><strong>Halo Top Frozen Dairy Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;much to the&nbsp;relief (and delight) of many of our customers! This is great for everyone who loves ice cream but not necessarily the calories associated with it.&nbsp;For those on calorie reduced diets, ice cream is one of those indulgences that have to be passed on. But not anymore! This delicious dessert is made with skim milk and sweetened with stevia but it doesn&#39;t have that funny aftertaste often associated with products containing that sweetener.&nbsp;<em><strong>Halo Top Frozen Dairy Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;has less than a third of the calories and sugar per serving&nbsp;of Haagen Dazs ice cream of the same flavour. And it comes in a plethora of flavours. You&#39;re going to want to try them all!</p><p>We want to wish everyone a fun, safe and happy Canada Day this July 1st!&nbsp;</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 19, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We do sincerely hope that all you dads out there enjoyed your picture perfect day on Sunday. It was quite possibly the nicest day of the year so far! And we&#39;re hoping to receive that same kind of weather on&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday, July 5</strong></em>&nbsp;when we host our&nbsp;<em><strong>9th Annual Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;from <em><strong>10am-2pm</strong></em>. It&#39;s a day devoted to showcasing the people that bring you the fantastic, local products that you&#39;ve come to love. Come out and say hello, put a name and face to the products and have a chat. Sample many of the unique and delicious goodies that we are so very fortunate to be able to purchase day in and day out. And take advantage of lowered prices on the vendors&#39; products when you come inside and shop! Plus, there are prizes and give-aways (and one of them is BIG)! Don&#39;t miss out; join us and make the day an even bigger success than last year!</p><p>One of life&#39;s simple pleasures is cooling off with a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. And a staple beverage of the summer is iced tea. So now that the mercury is rising, you&#39;re going to want to make sure to have a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Gold Peak Lemon Iced Tea</strong></em>&nbsp;standing by in the fridge. Remember those commercials where the person takes their ice cold glass and draws it across their sweaty forehead before chugging whatever it was that they were drinking? That could be you! Look for it in the Dairy Aisle.</p><p>Also new to Pepper&#39;s are these convenient grab and go sized&nbsp;<em><strong>Triple Jim&#39;s Premium Apple Cider&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Apple Cherry Cider Blend</strong></em>! For over 35 years, Triple Jim&#39;s has been providing ciders and juices from fruits grown either in the Fraser Valley or the Okanagan. If you&#39;re looking for all natural refreshment (not from concentrate) made from&nbsp;fresh BC fruit then why not give these a try?</p><p>Another new beverage to Pepper&#39;s is<em><strong>&nbsp;Avalon Dairy Conventional Chocolate Milk&nbsp;</strong></em>in a more affordable 500 ml glass bottle. Here&#39;s why this is a great choice as per the company website:</p><p><em>Real. Belgian. Cocoa. Say that slow enough and the Avalon Chocolate Milk Genie just might make an appearance!&nbsp;Avalon&rsquo;s Chocolate Milk is the real deal, and it&rsquo;s packed with the excellent nutrients of calcium and vitamin D so you can go ahead and do it, especially if people are looking. There is nothing like pouring Avalon Chocolate Milk straight out of the glass bottle and drinking it ice-cold!&nbsp;(perhaps milk wasn&#39;t that&nbsp;bad of a choice for&nbsp;Ron Burgundy after all)&nbsp;Maybe you know a few tired hearts who need mending? Heat up some chocolate milk for their mug. Shake up the lunch bag routine when you add Avalon Chocolate Milk to your regular muffin or cake recipe!&nbsp;</em></p><p>We&#39;ve had several requests for real, authentic provolone cheese and as a result, we brought in&nbsp;Italissima Provolone Piccante Cheese. In case you&#39;re not too familiar with this Italian staple, here&#39;s a few tidbits of information to expand your culinary knowledge:</p><ul> <li>Provolone is known as&nbsp;<em>pasta filata</em>, an Italian term meaning &quot;spun paste&quot; which is essentially a pulled or stretched curd cheese which is then shaped and molded into balls and then left to age for between 6-12 months, typically</li> <li>&nbsp;is a semi-firm cheese</li> <li>&nbsp;is&nbsp;derived&nbsp;from the Neapolitan words &quot;prova&quot; and &quot;provola&quot; which mean &quot;globe shaped&quot;</li> <li><em>good&nbsp;</em>provolone is called&nbsp;provolone piccante, and it&#39;s actually quite closely related to mozzarella</li> <li>was the traditional cheese of Southern Italy&nbsp;</li> <li>authentic Italian Provolone is a grating cheese, full-bodied and buttery with a slight snap. Aged Italian Provolones are much more flavourful than standard issue sandwich provolone.&nbsp;</li> <li>succulent, sharp, buttery flavour would be the star of an antipasto plate.</li> <li>serve with Italian olives and thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma. Provolone as they eat it in Italy! Grate it over pizzas and pastas.&nbsp;</li> <li>melts best when shredded first. For a scrumptious treat, try it with some red grapes, pears, figs, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives or hearty breads drizzled with olive oil</li></ul><p>And for all you sweet treat lovers out there, we now have&nbsp;<em><strong>YumEarth Organic Licorice</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Sour Beans</strong></em>, respectively. These delicious organic candies are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy and nut free and contain naturally sourced colours and flavours! The kiddies will love &#39;em (and so will you)!</p><p>Your weekly advertised specials are attached so don&#39;t forget to have a look and make sure to take advantage of the savings. Remember, our ad runs from Tuesday to the following Monday.</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 12, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; It&#39;s that time once again where we let you in on new and exciting products and events that might be coming up soon at&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s! And this week is no different; there&#39;s a bunch of new items just waiting for you to try out. Of course, the attached weekly ad is another reason for this newsletter and, as always, we have a diverse selection of great deals!&nbsp;So without further adeau, let&#39;s get&nbsp;to it...</p><p><em><strong>Olympic Krema Passionfruit Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>is a&nbsp;<em>limited edition flavour</em>&nbsp;that will likely disappear sometime in August so now is the time to try this deliciously rich and luxurious tropical sensation! At 9% milk fat, it&#39;s more of a thick, dessert yogurt and indulging&nbsp;could cause extreme euphoria!&nbsp;And because it&#39;s made in Delta, BC, you&#39;re supporting the local economy. Another reason to feel euphoric!&nbsp;What&#39;s not to like about that?</p><p>Europeans have been enjoying<em><strong>&nbsp;Perrier Strawberry Sparkling Natural Mineral&nbsp;Water</strong></em>&nbsp;for several years. Well it&#39;s finally made its way over to our neck of the woods and just in time, too, because summer is right around the corner!&nbsp;It has just a hint of ripe stawberry flavour to either quench your thirst or cleanse your palette.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of strawberries, our&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday Only Daily Deal is 1lb California Strawberries</strong></em>&nbsp;for the low, low price of only<em><strong> $1.96</strong></em>! Don&#39;t miss out on this incredible deal available all day Thursday, June 14th!</p><p>Our produce department also has several new items starting with&nbsp;<em><strong>fresh garlic scapes</strong></em>&nbsp;from Guites Farm on the Saanich Peninsula. They are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are a delicious, edible part of the plant. They taste just like garlic but milder&nbsp;and can be used like it as well. But you can also steam, saute or grill them or chop up and use in a salad, toss&nbsp;into a stir-fry or even pickle. Nutritious and versatile, this springtime culinary treat won&#39;t be around for long!</p><p><em><strong>Mann&#39;s Snacking Favorites Veggie Trays</strong></em>&nbsp;are a convenient and time-saving way to eat your veggies!<em><strong>&nbsp;Conventional veggies come with delicious traditional hummous and organic veggies are served with an organic ranch dip</strong></em>! If you&#39;re headed to the beach or setting out on a camping or road trip, these are ther perfect (and best of all, healthy) snacks for your family!</p><p>Califia (Cali-fee-yah) non-dairy beverages are really gaining traction among consumers, even those that drink milk! And due to popular demand, we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Califia XX Espresso Cold Brew</strong></em>.&nbsp;As per the company website:<em>&nbsp;Not a fan of those strong espresso shots from the coffee house? Get a refreshingly cool alternative with Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee. This delicious beverage delivers a double dose of caffeine (90 mg per serving, to be exact), so you&rsquo;re ready to go at a moment&rsquo;s notice. Speaking of ready, you can forget about waiting for that espresso machine to pump out your much-needed caffeine kick. Instead, this delightfully delicious cold brew will be ready and waiting for you to pour straight from the fridge.This carefully crafted cold brew is made with our signature Almond milk to add just the right hint of sweetness to your daily grind. Grab life by the bottle and sip your way into another amazing day.</em></p><p>And you know what else? You can pour into molds, stick in the freezer&nbsp;and create a wonderfully refreshing frozen treat! Look for it near the store entrance with the other smoothies found in the produce case.</p><p>Come to think of it, you may want to save the Califia for after you try the newest (and possibly most dangerous) addition to our salty snack aisle!<em><strong>&nbsp;Paqui&nbsp;</strong></em>(rhymes with hockey)&nbsp;<em><strong>Haunted Ghost Pepper Tortilla Chips</strong></em>&nbsp;will literally burn the tongue right out of your mouth. Ok, that&#39;s an exaggeration. We would never get away with selling anything&nbsp;THAT&nbsp;dangerous. But they&#39;re hot. Really, really freakin&#39; hot! And they&#39;re certified gluten-free!&nbsp;So grab a bag (and we recommend a Slush Puppie to boot) and terrify your taste buds!</p><p>One of the very first gluten-free products that we carried from waaaay back when was&nbsp;<em><strong>Natural Nectar Cracklebred&nbsp;</strong></em>and it was very popular indeed. But then, mysteriously, it was unavailable! But it&#39;s back again (yay)! The website states:&nbsp;<em>Our Cracklebred is a unique, gourmet cracker that is&nbsp;perfect to top with cheeses, spreads, or fine salads. A delicate treat that is fat free, low calorie and&nbsp;irresistibly delicious. Cracklebred&rsquo;s light and crispy texture is ideal for entertaining or as an&nbsp;accompaniment to any meal.</em></p><p>And finally, another popular product that we once carried but it disappeared for a long while is&nbsp;<em><strong>Cote D&#39;Azur Fleur de Sel</strong></em>. Well, this gourmet sea salt is back on the shelf!&nbsp;Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Herbes de Provence</strong></em>, this is hand harvested salt, damp in colour and texture which actually reflects the purity of the salt. Use it on everything from delicate salads to hearty meat dishes. Herbes de Provence consists of the same exquisite salt with added basil, fennel, lavender, savoury and thyme.</p><p>Phew, that was a doosey of a newsletter! Hopefully there are a few items that piqued your interest. We try hard to bring you the edibles that you want, and we think we do a pretty good job fitting them somewhere&nbsp;into our (your) little store.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Don&#39;t forget that this Sunday is Father&#39;s Day</strong></em>! Make sure to show and tell your dad, stepdad, grandpa, husband or any of the men in your life who have made a difference how much you appreciate and&nbsp;care for them. And for all you dad&#39;s out there reading this: To the world you are a dad. But to your family you are the world.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 5, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; According to Wikipedia, on this date in 1956, Elvis Presley debuted the single&nbsp; &quot;Hound Dog&quot; on the Milton Berle Show scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements. And you might be shocked as well when you take a look at the attached advertised specials for the week! Scott&#39;s put together some amazing deals for you so grab your pen and notepad and get ready to make your shopping list!</p><p>Not only that but we have loads of great new items to tell you about today so let&#39;s jump right in!</p><p>Water, water know the quote from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Except today there&#39;s bottled water&nbsp;everywhere&nbsp;and so much selection that it&#39;s kind of ridiculous. But new to Pepper&#39;s is&nbsp;<em><strong>Icefield Water</strong></em>, available in 500ml and 2L sizes.&nbsp;<em><strong>Icefield Water</strong></em>&nbsp;is springwater bottled at Rosewall Creek, BC. It has a low hardness, tastes exceptionally clean and because it&#39;s right from the island, you&#39;ll feel good knowing that you&#39;re buying locally!</p><p>And speaking of water, we now offer<em><strong>&nbsp;al wadi Orange Blossom Water</strong></em>. What does one use orange blossom water for, anyway? Apparently, there are many, many uses for it! (who knew?)&nbsp;But instead of listing them all in this newletter, we&#39;ll provide a link for you to read up on this extremely versatile product! Just copy and paste into your browser bar.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Now that summer is just around the corner, you&#39;re going to want to make sure to apply copious amounts of sunscreen when you head outside. But many people are very cautious when it comes to the ingredients found in many brands of sunscreen.&nbsp;That&#39;s where&nbsp;<em><strong>ThinkSport Sunscreen</strong></em>&nbsp;comes in. With a content of&nbsp;20% zinc oxide as the active ingredient providing broad spectrum sun protection, it doesn&#39;t contain PABA, parabens, BPA, phthalates, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Dioxane or any other toxic chemicals. It applies and absorbs extremely well without an oily feel. We have a type for everyone: babies, kids and athletes as a cream and also in stick form!</p><p>Think you&#39;re one smart cookie? You are if you choose to buy&nbsp;<em><strong>Sproutalicious Smart Cookie!</strong></em> These cookies are made in Vancouver from organic sprouted ancient spelt grain (we talked about the benefits of sprouted grains a few weeks ago). Aside from being vegan (and, delicious!) these cookies contain no high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, cholesterol, trans fats, eggs, dairy or animal products or anything artificial. Just clean, plant based nutrition! Aside from&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>, we also carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Oatmeal Raisin</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Breakfast</strong></em>&nbsp;cookies!&nbsp;And don&#39;t forget to try new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sproutalicious Smart Coconut Caramel Popcorn</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>Baguette is loved by so many as a go-to staple for&nbsp;lunches, picnics and with dinner. Now you can enjoy the same rustic baguette flavour but in the form of<em><strong>&nbsp;Sabine&#39;s Collections Baguette Crisps</strong></em>. As taken from the website:<em> &quot;These double-baked, healthy treats work as a snack or paired with cheese, salsa, bruschetta, pat&eacute;, hummus, dips, you name it. Great with salads, soups or charcuterie trays - the opportunities for this crunchy, healthy and satisfying baguette snack are endless.&quot;</em></p><p>And if you&#39;re putting together a charcuterie tray you may want to include<em><strong>&nbsp;Preservation &amp; Co.&nbsp;Hickory Brussels Sprouts</strong></em>!&nbsp; Anyone who has ever tried bacon and roasted brussels sprouts and loved them will want to try these! Though there is no meat in this recipe, these are zesty, hickory smoked and PICKLED brussels sprouts that you can also&nbsp;toss into a stir fry or even use as a delicious garnish with a Bloody Mary!</p><p>We hope you enjoyed this week&#39;s edition of the Pepper&#39;s Newsletter! We would also like to put on your radar the<em><strong>&nbsp;Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;which is our annual celebration of the vendors who provide our store with incredibly yummy&nbsp;artisanal food and beverage products from the island and lower mainland. You get to meet the people who create and bring to you some amazing products (and try them out!). Every year gets better and better and this year we are holding it on&nbsp;T<em><strong>hursday, July 5th</strong></em>.&nbsp;We&#39;ll tell you more about it as the date draws nearer so stay tuned!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p>