With Love, From Salem!

Join us on Friday, May 17th when our newest friends from Salem, VA, make the trip up to Richmond to pour three new beers, proudly brewed in the home state! Parkway Brewing Co. will be pouring three beers, two of which will be on tap, so make sure to bring in your empty growlers for a fill! For more information on Parkway Brewing Co., visit their awesome website!

Ellwood’s New Omega Oatmeal

If you’ve been looking for a little more substance in your breakfast, look no further. Come by Ellwood’s before 11:00am to fill up on our delicious breakfast bar. When you’re there, make sure to try our new Omega Oatmeal, a house-made concoction of organic steel cut oats, groats, organic soy milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat seeds. It’s packed full of nutrient rich superfoods that will last as along as you do!

Barebar takes the win!

Last month we asked you, our costumers, to vote on the name of our new health bar. With four names to choose from and after counting hundreds of votes, the victor went to Barebar with Terrabar as a close second. Keep an eye out for these bars on our shelves soon, thanks for voting!

Text To Receive Emails!

We’ve just made it easier than ever to sign up for special offers and weekly specials. Simply text “ELLWOODS” to 22828 and you’ll automatically be signed up. Message and data rates may apply.

Vote For The Bar!

We know the importance of healthy food on the go. Being able to grab something that’s nutritionally dense, filling, and still tastes good when you’re in a rush is a convenience we can easily forget about. We’re always in search of the perfect food bar, something that can fill the void of specific diets and like we said, tastes good. Thus, we’ve decided to create our own foo bar. A bar that’s filled with organic ingredients, packed with nutrition, and tastes great! The only catch is that we’re not sure what to call it, and that’s where we need your help!

Here’s all you have to do:

1. If you’re in the store, visit the customer service desk and fill out a voter ballot. If you’d like to vote from the comfort of your computer, email your choice from the above choices to info@ellwoodthompsons.com with the subject line “Vote For The Bar“. Please make sure to include your name and zip code in the body, along with your vote.

2. After the voting period is over, we’ll be selecting 5 random people that will receive a $5.00 gift card to the store just for voting!

An Ode To Food Poetry Contest

Ahhh, food. What a profound love we have for it! Show us YOUR love by submitting a poem about the dish or food of your choice. It’s that simple! You’ll be entered to win a box of chocolates and a flower arrangement to give to that special someone or keep for yourself.

To Enter: Simply drop your poem off with your name, phone, age, and email address at our customer service desk or email your poem with “Love Poem Contest” as the subject line to info@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Limit one entry per person, deadline for entry is Monday, February 11th. Gifts are chosen by Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market. All entries must be original content.

Say Hello To Matcha!

Say hello to our new little green friend, Matcha! Matcha, in Layman’s terms, is green tea, but with roughly 10 times the beneficial factors, and that’s saying a lot! The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of traditional green tea due to the fact that you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is equivalent to 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidants, and is packed with 20x more antioxidants than blueberries. Matcha also boosts metabolism and burns calories through the use of amino acids while detoxifying and naturally enhancing mood.

Matcha dates back to the Tang Dynasty in China (618-907) when tea leaves were steamed and formed into bricks for storage and travel. Matcha tea was prepared by roasting and pulverizing the tea, and decocting the resulting tea powder in hot water, adding salt. In the Song Dynasty (960–1279), the method of making powdered tea from steam-prepared dried tea leaves, and preparing the beverage by whipping the tea powder and hot water together in a bowl became popular. Preparation and consumption of powdered tea was formed into a ritual by Zen (Chan) Buddhists. The earliest Chan monastic code in existence, entitled Chanyuan qinggui (禪苑清規, Rules of Purity for the Chan Monastery, 1103), describes in detail the etiquette for tea ceremonies.
Today, we’ve included this superfood into three drinks available at our juice bar.

Hot Matcha 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 - matcha, agave, steamed milk

Cold Matcha 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 - matcha, agave, milk over ice

Matcha Smoothie 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 - matcha, yogurt, agave, banana, blended with ice

Just In: Fromage D’Affinois with Truffles!

We just got in three wheels of Fromage  d’Affinois with TRUFFLES! This is what you have been waiting for. The creamyness of the fromager d’affinois mixed with the delicate flavor of black truffles from Perigord, France. This is the perfect combination for success. Creamy,buttery paste is laced with truffles,and it melts on the tongue as the flavor of earthy mushrooms and sweet cream caress the palate.

Found mainly in the roots of oak trees,truffles are a prized food that impart complex flavors. The tradition of adding truffles to cheese goes back centuries. However,not all truffle cheese are created equal. Sometimes the “truffle”flavor in cheeses comes from a truffle oil or extract, but not this one! It’s made with actual truffle shavings giving an incredible texture and amazing aftertaste.

Get A Dinner & Give A Dinner!

We are back at it with Get A Dinner/Give A Dinner!  We had so much fun with giving during Thanksgiving that we’ve decided to continue the fun!  We’re giving away three Holiday dinners (1 whole turkey, three sides, and one dessert)! Except we’re not going to stop at three, we’ve decided to double that. This Holiday Season, from December 3rd through the 19th, when you buy a $2 raffle ticket at our customer service desk, you’ll be entered to win one of those three Holiday dinners! With that win comes an even bigger win: Ellwood’s will donate that same dinner to a family in need, selected by the Feedmore Central Virginia Food Bank! This way when you get a dinner, you give one in return!

All you have to do is visit our customer service desk to purchase your raffle ticket.

Stress-Free Holidays At ET!

The holidays are known to get messy and stressful – it’s a common fact. Instead of letting the chaos sneak up on you, let the amazing cooks, bakers, and wine advocates take care of the work this season for you. Once again, Ellwoods is offering up our services to you and your holidays with the intention of making them the cleanest, simplest, and best holiday ever. Whether it’s an entire holiday meal with all the sides, or just a small cheese platter, we’ve got you covered. Ready to see the menu? Just click on…

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Rush Creek Reserve is Back!

Around this time every year, we’re lucky enough to get in a small order of Uplands Rush Creek Reserve. It’s a cheese so good that when a renowned French affineur tastes it, and jokes about sending his own cheesemakers to Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to learn how it’s made, you know you’ve got something special. Owner’s Mike and Carol Gingrich along side of Andy Hatch at Upland’s Cheese Inc. only create two kinds of cheese from their free-roaming heard, the Rush Creek being one of them. New York cheesemonger Anne Saxelby claims that they are in the top .01 percent.

This wheel is made in Autumn when the diet of the cattle changes from grasses to dry hay. Inspired by the French Vacherin Mont d’Or and bound in a stripe of Spruce bark which imparts woody notes to the sweet, earthy cheese. A very limited holiday favorite of ours, worth every single penny. Available now for a limited time.

October = Fair Trade Month!

What is Fair Trade: A trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, disadvantaged producers and workers.

Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear the fair trade logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated.  Fair Trade helps farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.  They are a nonprofit, but they don’t do charity. Instead, they teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.

Take the Pledge:  Show your support of Fair Trade and Fair Trade products by making a pledge to do so on the Fair Trade website.  Click here to make the pledge.

Parmesan Pumpkin Wedges

A highlight for the month of October are all of the cool things we do with pumpkins! Between carving, baking, roasting seeds and friends bringing them over during fall celebrations, you may end up with one or two more pumpkins then you planned. Check out this cool recipe for pumpkin wedges to add to your book for the season — make good on the extras!

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Halloween Costume Celebration!

This Halloween, we’re doing something we’ve never done before! On Wednesday, October 31st, when you wear your costume into our store to shop, you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase! You heard us right, it’s that simple. We want to see your best Halloween outfits, and in return, you’ll get a nice little discount from us for shopping locally and having fun!

The only exception is PLEASE, NO MASKS. Masks worn in will be unacceptable and will not count towards your discount. One discount per transaction (whether that’s you and your buddy, you and your family, we’re only giving away one discount per transaction.)

Local & Delicious: Brown’s All Natural Beef

Located just on the edge of our 100-mile radius lies Brown’s All-Natural Meats. Located in Brownsburg, VA (98-miles away), Craig and his wife have been farming their entire lives, both coming from a family of farmers that have taught them traditional, sustainable methods of raising livestock. They take pride in the land and pride in what they can create from it. The couple strive to produce a wholesome and yummy all natural product.  What is All Natural you ask?  Well, it’s very simple, All Natural means that your meat was raised hormone and anti-biotic free.  Brown’s animals go from the farm to your dinner table and ours.  Every product that they sell could go on our table any day.

About Their Beef: Animals are born and raised on the family farm before they hand select which animals will be pastured and fed.  This way, they know all about the animal; where it came from, what it has been fed, and we are assured of its past and present health.  All of Brown’s cattle are Angus or Angus-based providing a wonderful full body, well marbled meat.  Animals lend themselves to a great final product: all natural, locally raised, and deliciously tasty!

For  more information on Brown’s All-Natural Meats, please visit their website or ask a staff member.