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Is Real Time Farms the Wikipedia of Food?

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A new website aims "to collectively document the whole food system"

The locavore craze, once the domain of a handful of hardline foodies, has gone mainstream. A seeming majority of restaurants now list describe their food as "local." But do we know where precisely each ingredient was produced? Not now, but if Real Time Farms has its way, we will soon. Launched by an ex-Google software engineer in the spring of 2010, Real Time Farms is a web-based, crowdsourced......read more

I’m not really against food coloring, but I’ll happily go the natural route when possible. There are so many amazing colors in food — so why not use them? There are some brands that are now selling natural food colorings, but I love to DIY. There are a few points to keep in mind if you want to try it yourself at home. 1. Choose the source of color Sources for natural......read more

Ellovi Butter

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Healthy, hydrating moisturizer made from only six pure ingredients $26.00

Upstart beauty brand Ellovi is on a mission to disrupt a market dominated by chemical-laden products with questionable testing methods. Ellovi Butter, the California brand's first offering, has everything we look for in a moisturizer. Made from  just six ethically sourced ingredients -- macadamia nut butter, coconut oil, hemp seed butter, marula oil, shea butter, and organic corn......read more

Organic Soap by Osmia

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Handmade soaps that combine organic ingredients with thoughtful packaging $12.00

A former ER doctor, Sarah Villafranco started Osmia Organics ("osmia" means "sense of smell") after taking a soap making class. Inspired to learn more and explore her interest in chemistry, Sarah set out to make her own organic skin care products using only the best ingredients. The brand is gaining lots of attention for its organic soaps, made with food-grade oils and scented with botanical......read more

Beeswax Lip Balms by S.W. Basics

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Nourishing protection made from scratch using pure, certified-organic ingredients $4.00

These Beeswax Lip Balms from Brooklyn's S.W. Basics offer soothing relief for dry, chapped lips without leaving a sticky, waxy residue behind. Made from scratch using five or fewer organic ingredients,  What's worse than dry, chapped lips? Sticky, waxy ones. Brooklyn's S.W. Basics all-natural balm soothes dry, cracked mouths without depositing tacky residue or excess shine. Packed......read more

The Perennial Plate: Carolina Gold

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In South Carolina, a seed farmer and a chef lead the return to age-old ingredients and methods

In Carolina Gold, a new episode of the excellent sustainable food series The Perennial Plate, we get a fascinating look at a renaissance in Southern cooking, with heirloom grains playing a starring role. Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills is leading the heritage food movement in South Carolina, supplying chefs like Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston. After filming Roberts at the Anson Mills......read more

Juniper Ridge Wildcrafted Soaps

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Sustainable, California-made soaps harvested from mountain ingredients $10.00

These lather-rich bar soaps from Juniper Ridge come in a whole host of woodsy scents, all of which are great. Our fave, Siskiyou Cedar, is made with an infusion of live cedar from NorCal's Siskiyou Mountains. But even though Juniper Ridge soaps are crafted from live ingredients gathered from the western wilderness, no plants are killed in the process. And the company's commitment to......read more

Mast Brothers Chocolates

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Craft-made in Brooklyn from sustainably-sourced ingredients $40.00

Mast Brothers Chocolates are among our favorite items to come out of the artisanal organic movement in Brooklyn. They're made with a careful conscious hand and are organically farmed with two ingredients: chocolate and sugar. They are two real brothers who have relationships with small organic co-operative farmers so there's a direct line to the cacao beans they use.  You’ll get......read more

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