Local Organic Food Market
Welcome to Ellwood Thompson's Natural Food Market, where our commitment to local and organic foods really shines. We offer a varied selection of locally grown and produced food items in our Richmond market, ensuring you'll find just what you're looking for when you come visit.
Our selection doesn't stop at super fresh produce, though. From wine, beer, and cheese to health supplements and fresh meat and seafood, we really have it all. Stop in to our kitchen for lunch, pick up vegan or gluten-free bakery items, or simply stop in to say hello. We look forward to seeing you.
Christmas Dinner is served early this year! Come sample a FULL holiday dinner Saturday, December 7th from 12:30 to 2:30PM. Christmas Dinner early… That is something we can all go caroling about! Read more for the full menu. Read the rest of this post »
Valley Green Naturals is a small business manufacturer of over 30 skin, hair and body care products that are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and petrochemicals. With its manufacturing operations located in the pastoral foothills of Virginia’s historic Piedmont, all Valley Green Naturals products are blended, bottled, labeled and shipped ‘fresh off the farm.’ Read the rest of this post »
Sunday, December 8th we will be donating 5% of our sales to Mary Munford Elementary.
Mary Munford Elementary School is a wonderful place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow educationally and have a meaningful school experience that build academic and social skills and develop a love of learning that will stay with them into their adult lives. In addition to their outstanding academic programs, they have a strong focus on the fine and performing arts, enrichment opportunities and athletics. Their curriculum and extra-curricular offerings are second to none.
New “Country-of-Origin” Labels or “COOL” Things for Meat
New regulations come into effect this Saturday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding labeling meat. Specifically, the new federal labeling rules require meat processors to list the details of where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered. The new regulations update a certain law known as the “country-of-origin” labeling or also known as “COOL.” To review the new federal COOL rules and USDA’s fact sheet, go to: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/COOL and to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/food-labeling/country-of-origin-labeling-for-meat-and-chicken/country-of-origin-labeling-for-meat-and-chicken Food products contained in the law include muscle cut and ground meats: beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and ginseng. The law was enacted by Congress in 2002. Much of its political support drew from concerns over the safety of imported meats and in particular, mad-cow disease. Many consumer advocacy groups that support transparency in labeling praise the new law as an important step in allowing consumers to make informed choices. Read the rest of this post »