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Our Bulk Almonds are Local and Organic, too!

Brought to you by Yemetz Family Farms! Lassen’s is committed to supporting organic and local farmers, and that applies to how we source our bulk items as well. A case in point is our bulk almonds, grown in the Central Valley of California. A few of weeks ago I visited George Yemetz at his almond …

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Amy's — a Natural Foods Staple for 30 Years!

Amy’s is a California Original! When we visited Northern Califoria this year, we were excited to tour Amy’s Kitchen in Petaluma. We were surprised and impressed with their hands-on approach. I expected floor to ceiling stainless steel machinery doing all the work, but what we saw was hundreds of dedicated workers hand making and packaging …

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Focus on Local–Freezer Monkey Gourmet Frozen Treats

These Are Not Your Average Frozen Treats!  They are Gourmet!   Meet Tiffany! Tiffany grew up in Santa Barbara, and has always loved this area.  She went to art school in New York, but eventually ended up in San Francisco, where she found her true calling in culinary school.  She worked in restaurants for over …

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Focus on Local–Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil   I sure didn’t appreciate the beauty of the olive tree when I had one in the front yard of our first little house.  It was pretty, but I had no idea what was hiding in those little orbs.  The nutritional value of olive oil is vast.  From this website I learned that olive …

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Focus on Local–Arnel's Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

Gluten Just Might Be Your Enemy   This is Arnel, of Arnel’s Originals Gluten-Free Baking Mixes!  She was your average mom, but was concerned with some unexplained behavior and health issues with her two daughters.  They had nervous system issues–tantrums, anxiety, anger, stress, and skin issues–rashes, and eczema. She knew something was wrong, but didn’t …

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Focus on Local–Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches–Yum!

This is Not Your Average Ice Cream Sandwich from a Truck!   Yes.  I took a bite.  Oh. My.  It had fresh mint leaves!  No artificial flavoring here! If you have that sweet summer memory of hearing the ice cream truck coming up your street like I do, you can imagine my excitement as I visited …

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Focus on Local–Moss Botanicals

Natural Aid for Our Well Being  Last week I had a delightful time as I met Stacey Moss of Moss Botanicals.  She lives and works in Ojai.  Her company has seven aromatic blends, each available in a roll-on oil for the skin, and an aroma mist for diffusing into the air.     Stacey has …

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Focus on Local–Highwood Eggs

Don’t they look like Easter?     Lassen’s is so excited to feature a new local producer–we have just started carrying Highwood Farm’s beautiful blue and brown eggs in our Ventura and Thousand Oaks locations! Last week we went to Somis to meet Devon and Patrick and tour their farm.  Despite my trepidation about being …

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Focus on Local… Lori's Original Lemonade and New Oak Ranch Lavender

Yes, there is a Lori!     This is Lori, owner of Lori’s Original Lemonade.   It started with a lemon tree in the front yard  and three kids who wanted to make some money. So Lori made some lemonade and the kids set up a stand outside their home in Ojai to sell that …

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