And that's a wrap, folks!
As we enjoy the last day of 2018, we‘re taking a moment to reflect on everything the past year has brought us.
Hard work, growth, expansion, fun events, new products, business, friendships, all made possible by YOU, our supporters.
We can't thank you enough for seeing us through this journey. Cheers to an amazing year and wonderful things to come in 2019!
Happy New Year!
We wish you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with family and friends over the holidays.
Cheers from our family to yours.
You may notice a new bottle alongside the Great Eight!
That's because we've officially launched our Nude Jun!! Landing on the shelves today, our Jun is now available in 500 ml bottles, making it one of the only commercial, fully-labeled and lab-tested Juns in Canada!
But just what is JUN? (pronounced like gin but replace the "i" with an "uh" sound)
Jun is a fermented tea similar to kombucha only it uses a raw honey as its nutrient rather than cane sugar. Kombucha culture cannot use raw honey as the antibacterial properties of the honey compete with the bacteria in the kombucha, destroying the culture. Jun culture has been adapted over time to use the raw honey without issue, making it even more valuable with the known benefits of raw honey.
We've kept our first flavour of Jun as simple as can be, using only organic sencha green tea, unpasteurized kosher Canadian honey, and naturally-occurring live cultures of bacteria and yeast. In essence it is "nude", unflavoured, with no frills, leaving the subtle taste of honey and green tea shine through a natural fermentation process. Honey lovers, this one's for you!
Aside from the numerous health benefits of both honey and fermentation, our Jun is also low in overall sugar with only 6 grams of sugar per 250 ml serving. Raw honey is only used at the beginning of the process in order for the fermentation to occur. No sugar or honey is added afterwards, giving you and your belly another reason to sip, smile, and enjoy.
Since the Spring our Jun has only been available on tap at events and in one refill location.
We're happy to announce that our Nude Jun is now available in five stores including:
The Olive Tree in Deep River
Hyska's Your Independent Grocer
Little Things Canning Company
Pura Vida Nutrition Store
As we increase production, you will see Nude Jun popping up at more retail locations. Let us know where you'd like to see it!
We are pleased to be among the first to bring this rare, delicious beverage to the area and look forward to having you try our Nude Jun.
NEW Seasonal Flavour!
We've made a batch of Mulled Cranberry Citrus for the holidays!
We began this festive booch by mulling pure cranberry juice with sliced orange, mandarine, fresh Ontario cranberries, cinnamon bark, clove, and dried orange peel. Once cooled, we added more cranberry juice AND freshly juiced clementine and orange. The perfect Christmas blend.
Jazz it up by pouring over ice, cranberries and an orange slice. Also makes a great sangria addition or a delicious cocktail mix.
Find it on tap at Blendz Smoothie Shop & Healthy Eatery in Pembroke and The Olive Tree in Deep River.
Hurry in! Limited supply!
Opening Day has arrived for Forest Cove Farm & Country Market!
Starting December 8th, Laurentian Hills newest business, Forest Cove Farm will be open Monday to Saturday: 7am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm.
A great spot to stop and visit for floral arrangements, coffee, treats, old-fashioned fudge, gifts and much more! We won't spoil all the surprises, but we can tell you that our kombucha will also be in the cooler. You'll have to stop in to see the rest for yourself. ;)
Congratulations to the Forest Cove Farm team! It's been amazing to watch your dream come to life.
Visit www.forestcovefarm.ca for more info!
The Ottawa Valley has more access to fresh, raw, local kombucha on tap!
Blendz Smoothie Shop in Pembroke now pours two flavours of kombucha in addition to carrying our line of 500 ml bottles. The more eco-friendly, cost-efficient way to fill up on fresh booch, Blendz is the latest business to jump on board with our refill program.
Purchase a 1L glass bottle and fill it full of kombucha for $12.50, drink, (smile), return the bottle for an exchange and a fill up at the refill price of $9.50! A full litre of booch for $9.50, keeping Mama Earth AND your belly happy!? Triple Win!
Special blends and seasonal flavours will be featured on tap, giving you access to even more delicious varieties.
Currently Blendz hours are:
8am - 7pm Tuesday to Saturday
8am - 3pm Sunday
Stop in for a drink, stay for the healthy food and atmosphere.
This is the BIGGEST Giveaway Ever!!!
WANT TO WIN??!!
One lucky winner is going to take the whole basket valued at over a whopping $600!!!
Read on to learn more and get the details on how to enter!
We've teamed up with our retailers and supporters to bring you this amazing prize basket full of LOCAL gifts! From gift certificates, to Christmas goods, lotions, locally made treats, big-time swag, and so much more... almost everything has been generously donated by our retailers!! We wanted to highlight the local shops that carry our kombucha!
Find out what's all in this amazing gift basket below!!
The following items have been so generously donated by retailers:
*Big Box of Chocolates - Jan's Valu-mart
*2x Hummingbird Chocolate Bars - The Olive Tree in Deep River
*4x Thursday Lunches - Maven Catering
*$15 Gift Certificate - Freddie's Trading Post
*50 Portion Beau-Tea-Ful Morning Tea - Katie Wolk, RMT & Clinical Herbalist
*Vitamins, Lotion, Bag, Tea - Beyond Nutrition Petawawa
*Homemade Sauerkraut - Burnt Bridge Quality Meats
*Wooden Serving Board & Gift Card - Hyska's Your Independent Grocer
*Christmas Cookie Tray - Klaesis European Bakery and Cafe
*Pickled Carrots - Little Things Canning Company
*Mug & Portioned Pot of Coffee - Janna & Kerry's Over Easy Bar & Grill
*Reusable Straw & Free Smoothie - Blendz Smoothie Shop & Healthy Eatery
*Detox Bath Salt Blend - Sage and Stone Wellness
*One-Month Gym Membership & Reusable Bag - Integrated Health Centre
*Blueberry Jam, Jelly & Chocolate-Covered Blueberries - Hugli's Blueberry Ranch
*Yoga Class Pass - Ottawa Valley Yoga
*Golden Lake Tee - The Cottage Cup
*Blueberry/Chamomile Lotion & Cocoa Butter - Pharmasave Golden Lake
*Lotion, Vitamins & Broccoli Chocolate Bar - Pura Vida Nutrition Store
*$30 Gift Certificate - Bonnechere Bakery and Bistro
*$25 Gift Certificate - Neat Coffee Shop
*Dark Roast Coffee Beans & $10 Gift Certificate - Bonnie Jane's Coffee House
*5 Group Class Card - EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle
*Super Slouch Beanie - Anupaya Quality Goods
*Lunch Entree for 2 - The White Owl Bistro
*Made-in-house Pasta Sauce - Orchards Fresh Food Market
In addition, we toured around to pick up a few more and added the following to the basket:
*Natural Mint'ea Kombucha Soap - Forest Cove Farm
*$20 Ultramar Gas Card from Raby's Ultramar
*Gluten-free Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix from Ullrich's
*Prana Trail Mix from Dandelion Foods
*Grass-fed Butter from Thornloe Cheese
*Dried Apples & Corn Nuts from Bruham Food Mart
*Rosemary, Raisin & Garlic Artisan Crackers from Farm Boy
*Chef Bill's Farmers Daughter Beer Jelly from Lennartz Auto Service & Corner Gas - Your Happy Place
*Plus 2x Bottles of Kombucha
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BEST OF LUCK!! One Winner will be selected at random on DECEMBER 1st!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made this gift basket possible!
We’re up North in Thornloe, Ontario in the Thornloe Cheese store!
We took a road trip this weekend to deliver kombucha, meet the friendly folks at Thornloe Cheese, and fill our bin full of delicious goods.
Located in the New Liskeard area on Highway 11 North, Thornloe Cheese has a long history of making tasty products. For over 70 years, the factory has brought Northern Ontario and Quebec the best in high-quality artisan cheese using sustainable local milk from farms in the area. The business has seen a few change of hands over the years but is now proudly 100% farmer-owned and 100% Canadian.
With a wide range of products ranging from traditional mild cheddar, to fresh flavourful curds, and specialty cheeses, Thornloe Cheese has some mighty fine award-winning products to enjoy.
A cheese-lovers heaven, Thornloe Cheese is known from far and wide (side note, we were 4 hours away from home but while we were there, a Deep River local walked in to stock up on his favourite curds - small world!) for their exceptional cheeses, and have been making even bigger headlines as the first Canadian company to offer a new line of grass-fed butter and cheeses.
With Matt always on the lookout for local grass-fed butter, this is actually how we connected! Through social media, we expressed how we enjoyed each others products and just had to get together! We just love how these things happen organically; local businesses supporting other local businesses. Aside from kombucha, Thornloe Cheese also has a variety of other local products in store, adding to the authenticity and true sense of community of the business.
Thornloe Cheese continues to grow and expand but never looses sight of the original pride and vision of using high-quality ingredients and the same old-fashioned techniques from their early days to bring us the finest (most delicious) Canadian cheese. Visit www.thornloecheese.ca to learn more!
Blendz Smoothie Shop and Healthy Eatery has a new home!
Now located on Pembroke Street, Blendz has been busy moving into their newly renovated space in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. Exposed brick and high ceilings gave this space a massive facelift and we can't help but admire the new look at the latest restaurant in Pembroke.
*Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 20th from 11am until 5pm*
Whoever said vegan food was lacking in taste never tried anything at Blendz. This vegan eatery takes you all the way to Flavour Town (ya.. that's right.. Guy Fieri needs to eat here!) with a great selection of dairy-free, gluten-free, taste-FULL options including their signature smoothies, soup of the day, and fan-faves like rice wraps, and banana bread waffles.
Although we'll miss having Blendz as our neighbour in the plaza, we wish Dale and her team all the best in her new location (you can't keep us away, we've been there twice already!). We look forward to what's on the menu next and will see you on delivery day! Yesssssss, of course Blendz carries our booch!
A chilly start to the day didn't deter locals in attending the the 3rd annual Renfrew Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival on Saturday. The beer was flowing, food trucks were sizzling, and by noon the square was a buzz with folks looking to taste the latest in regional craft brews.
This year saw the biggest turnout with around 2000 attendees, not bad for a small town festival set to showcase the finest in locally produced beverages while creating a fun atmosphere for all ages. With live music throughout the day, free glowsticks passed around for the dance in the square at night, the festival drew in new crowds for the extended hours with an evening band, The Paperboys.
Full list of businesses there to quench your thirst and fill your belly included Perth Brewery, Orléans Brewing Co., Cartwright Springs Brewery, Laurentian Brew Kombucha, Whitewater Brewing Company, Square Timber Brewing Company, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., Broadhead Brewing Company Ltd., Brasserie Tuque de Broue Brewery Inc., Needham's Market Garden, Kin Vineyards, Hot Shots Coffee Canada, Big D's Dog House & Poutine Emporium, Bonita's Cantina, Backyard Gourmet BBQ and Mr.Churritos.
Thanks to a wonderful team committed to bringing a celebration of locally crafted food and drink to the Valley, the Town of Renfrew hosted another successful event of beer sipping, kombucha tasting, food-filled, festival fun.
Looking forward to next year!
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