You can purchase high quality expeller-pressed or pure coconut oil from Tropical Traditions that does not taste or smell like coconuts. First-time purchasers will receive a FREE gift, “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!” This book is packed with testimonies and solid research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how people can incorporate coconut into their diet.
Spectrum Brands is an OK substitute and is available locally at Woodman’s, Whole Foods, Willy Street Co-op and other grocery stores.
Coconut Cream Concentrate is certified organic whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It is sometimes referred to as “coconut butter.” The dried coconut meat is ground very finely, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content, much like other nut butters. Many people put it in their coffee as a non-dairy creamer. It is also an excellent ingredient for cooking and baking. Willy Street Co-op carries a few different brands of coconut butter as well.
Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is fiber from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic, unsweetened, and has not been treated with sulfites. Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is high in dietary fiber and protein, and is gluten-free. The organic coconut flour has a mildly sweet coconut taste. Willy Street Co-op carries coconut flour as well.
Gelatin and Collagen
Custom Collagen (hydrolyzed – mixes with any liquid hot or cold) can now be ordered online from Amazon Prime below in a 2 lb container. Or for the best price, you can buy in bulk direct from Custom Collagen in a 5 lb container (approx. 6 month supply for one person). Make sure you use the coupon code “THiN” at check out to receive $2 off your order.
This can also be purchased in Madison at Core Health & Fitness and Woodman’s West and East.
Great Lakes Gelatin (non-hydrolyzed – dissolves in hot liquids and will gel when chilled) is available at Woodman’s in the health food baking section or via Amazon Prime below. It is also available thru Custom Collagen. Make sure you use the coupon code “THiN” at check out to receive $2 off your order.
If you’d like more information on the difference between hydrolyzed collagen/gelatin and non-hydrolyzed gelatin as well as recipes, check out my blog.
Einkorn has an entirely different genetic makeup than modern wheat. Einkorn wheat may be digested easier than other varieties of wheat due to its lower gluten content. An improvement in digestion means nutrients are better absorbed, so that people often have fewer digestive problems after consuming something made with einkorn flour. You can purchase Einkorn flour at Tropical Traditions along with your coconut products.
Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition lists Madison-area community-supported farms (CSAs) from whom you can purchase shares. That means that if you buy in, you’ll get fresh produce/meats delivered regularly, in season.
REAP (Research, Education, Action and Policy on food group) is a Madison-based organization that supports local, whole foods. Their Web site includes all kinds of information including family farms, restaurants that serve food from local farmers, events, etc.
Savor Wisconsin provides an excellent listing of the state’s farmers markets.
Dane County Farmer’s Market, on the Capital Square every Saturday, in season, and on Martin Luther King Boulevard on Wednesdays. There are also winter and early spring markets with limited products available.
Paoli Local Foods, a small shop in Paoli that sells Ruegsegger Meats as well as others, local produce and a variety of organic staples.
Willy Street Cooperative, a good-sized cooperative on Williamson Street that sells organic foods, including some local produce, eggs and meats. A great resource for “clean” cottage cheese.
Madison Sourdough sells fresh, traditionally made sourdough in a variety of flavors daily. Their West-side Madison shop is only open in the mornings, but you can also get their breadsat Whole Foods, Willy Street Market or at the Dane County Farmer’s Market and the Westside Community Market.
Family Farms: Meats, dairy and eggs
US Wellness Meats sells quality grassland meat products. Visit them online!
Back to the Best Farm, an organic dairy and farm store, located near Rubicon WI.
Jordandal Farms, a small family farm in Argyle that produces grass-fed meats and potatoes.
Seven Seeds Farm, a farm in Spring Green, WI that produces grass-fed meats and pastured eggs.
Sylvan Meadows Farm in Viroqua. They produce grass-fed beef, pork and sour dough breads. They don’t have a Web site, but you can email them here or call 608.637.2544.
Trautman Family Farm, a small farm just north of Stoughton that sells grass-fed meats and dairy.
Valley View Farm/Marr Family Farm, a small farm that produces grass-fed Angus beef in Mineral Point. They are at the Dane County Farmer’s Market, but also sell direct to customers. You need to ask for their 100% grass-fed meat.
Family Farms: Vegetables and Fruit
JenEhr Family Farm is based in Sun Prairie and produces over 50 fruits and vegetables. In addition to selling directly and at farmers markets, they also offer u-pick strawberries.
Madison Restaurants Serving Local Foods
Great Dane Pub (Bison Burger)
Please email me and let me know if I need to add your favorite local spot!