Emmy's Organics Blog

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Another Beautiful Day!




(post by Samantha)

Well, it's all in the title...It is such a beautiful day today! We are prepping for the market tomorrow and we have some wonderful help today...Ian's amazing Momma, Meryl and our favorite gluten-free vegan babe, Matilda. The market is going to be beautiful as well, we are very excited.

Tons of great things happened this week! We had our talented photographers come in and take some new photos for us. Ian is in the midst of designing a new website for us, it is so incredible beautiful. Get excited. Anyway, our photographers, Jake Forney and Ashley Connor (hire them, they're amazing) came by and took some amazing photos, including the one above. Oh, and we made more cookies! Cashew cookies and these brownie cashew bites. Amazing!

Anyway, our kitchen has truly become such a vibrant place where people stop by and hang. We feel continuously blessed for such an amazing and talented group of friends, family and community. Thank you for being apart of our journey.

Check out our Farmer's Market menu for tomorrow.


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Ithaca Farmer's Market Menu (05/31/09)
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Pies: $6 per slice
Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Banana Cheesecake
Coconut Lime Cheesecake

Drinks: $6 per 16oz
Vanilla Milkshake
Strawberry Almond Milk Smoothie

Ice-Cream: $4 (gluten-free cone or cup)
Chocolate
Vanilla
toppings: $1 each (goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut, sprinkles)

Macaroons: $0.75/ea. or $4/half dozen
Mint Chip
Lemon Ginger
Dark Cacao
Chocolate Orange
Chai Spice
Coconut Vanilla

Super Fudge: $1.25/ea. or $7/half dozen
Goji Berry
Peppermint
Mocha

Granola: $8/12oz bag or $5/bowl w/fresh almond milk

***Extra Special Cookies: $1 each
Cashew Cookies
Almond Butter-No Oats-Oatmeal Cookies
Brownie-Cashew Bites
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see you at the market!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Pie Raffle




(post by Samantha)

I think a universal positive feeling is winning a prize. You feel super special and lucky in that moment. Sometimes you can win some really cool stuff. We have decided to extend this experience to our customers at the Farmer's Market. Every few weeks we will be raffling off a raw, vegan and gluten free pie of your choice. Raffle tickets will be three dollars each. So if you win you will be getting a whole pie (which is usually around $35 or $40) for three dollars! We will announce on the blog which days the raffle will occur. Tomorrow is our first day! So best of luck! We cant wait to give away such a beautiful dessert to one lucky winner. See you guys tomorrow at the market.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Milk n' Cookies




(post by Samantha)


Hi Everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week. We have been having the nicest weather here in Ithaca. Last weekend, the market was completely hot on Saturday (we got in, last minute!) and freezing on Sunday. Nonetheless we were still blessed to have some wonderful people stop by our both. Our ice cream is pretty hard to resist, even on a cold day. Now that I think of it, on Saturday, we sold out of all the ice cream that we brought to market! Can you believe it? What a wonderful problem to encounter!

We have been getting a lot done this week. Doing the market has really upped our production level because not only are we satisfying the stores we provide to, but we are preparing and stocking for the Farmer’s Market. It’s really getting us in a flow, which is great. One of the most exciting outcomes of this week was the ultimate use of the almond meal that I keep talking about. I read in a book about how you can make almond flour by dehydrating your almond meal and then breaking it up in the food processor. I decided to try making raw cookies. What evolved was an almond butter-currant cookie. It tastes like oatmeal raisin to me (picture above). Today, after being so inspired by my attempt at the cookies, Ian made a peanut butter cookie that was just amazing. I can’t wait for it to be done dehydrating! We’re going to try them out at the market this weekend and see what happens. I just got the idea to offer a glass of fresh almond milk if you by a couple cookies. I mean, gluten-free, vegan and raw milk and cookies? That is just the most exciting idea ever!

So you may ask, where is Ian? Well, currently he is right next to me designing a new homepage for our website. Our beloved friend and raw foodie, Camille, just so happens to be an expert at e-commerce. How amazing! I cannot tell you how abundant I feel in talent and support from our community. This is how a typical situation will go: “hey, wouldn’t it be great if we had our own theme song? Oh my god, my friend is the most talented theme-song-writer ever! He lives in Ithaca!” This always happens when we want to make things happen for our company, from wiring electricity to photography to equipment. Camille is an extraordinary example and I am pretty sure she blew Ian’s mind today with her amazing knowledge of web communication (as well as mine!). We are on our way to a new and improved website! Everything just keeps getting better and more efficient. Go Emmy’s go!

We will not be attending the market this Saturday, but will definitely be there on Sunday. Below is our menu. Hope to see you there!


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Ithaca Farmer's Market Menu (05/24/09)
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Pies: $6 per slice
Chocolate Cheesecake
Lemon Goji Berry Cheesecake

Drinks: $6 per 16oz
Vanilla Milkshake
Cinnamon Banana Nut Milkshake

Ice-Cream: $4 (gluten-free cone or cup)
Chocolate
Vanilla
toppings: $1 each (goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut, sprinkles, granola)

Macaroons: $0.75/ea. or $4/half dozen
Mint Chip
Lemon Ginger
Dark Cacao
Chocolate Orange
Chai Spice
Coconut Vanilla

Super Fudge: $1.25/ea. or $7/half dozen
Goji Berry
Peppermint
Mocha

Granola: $8/12oz bag or $5/bowl w/fresh almond milk

***Extra Special Cookies:
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter-No Oats-Oatmeal Cookies
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see you at the market!


Friday, May 15, 2009

LOVE and FAME






(post by Samantha)

We had such an amazing Friday today. There were a few things that stuck out. First, was the fact that SEVEN people stopped by the kitchen to see us today. I cant get over how popular we are! The first guests of the day were three women that we met at the Farmer's Market. They asked if they could come and take a tour of our facility and we were so excited to show them around. Especially because they brought four babies with them. We had a really good time and gave them a new product of ours: raw popsicles! We had some almond milk left over from the market last week so we made about twenty pies and a ton of popsicles. It was so fun to say "ok, what flavor should we make next?!" The popsicles were a hit with the kids. I also gave them the left over raw hummus, that I actually made! I think it was a success. We also had some friends stop by, which is always fun because Ian and I get to be social and productive at the same time. Oh, I just really love our kitchen. There is even more electricity available thanks to our French electrician and friend, Pierre. 

Ian and I are also really popular because we did out very first radio interview yesterday for Blockhead radio. We ALSO heard that there is going to be an article about it in the Ithaca Times next month. I know it's pretty small scale, but I'm feeling totally famous these days. Oh, and ALSO (too much to say!) we got in on Saturday for the Farmer's Market!!!!! This rarely happens to new vendors, so we get to be there on Saturday and Sunday. It is going to be totally busy and crazy and I cant wait. We picked some great pies and shakes for this weekend too.Our friend Zia re-did our black boards for market, they needed a little re-vamp (pic above). Check out the menu below! 

There are probably a million other things that I could talk about right now...feeling pretty amped from some raw lasagna earlier! But I will refrain until a later post. Stay happy everyone, thanks for reading, it means so much to us. 

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Ithaca Farmer's Market Menu (05/15/09)
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Pies: $6 per slice
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Goji Berry Cheesecake

Drinks: $6 per 16oz
Strawberry Smoothie
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Nut Milkshake

Ice-Cream: $4 (gluten-free cone or cup)
Chocolate
Vanilla
toppings: $1 each (goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut, sprinkles, granola)

Macaroons: $0.75/ea. or $4/half dozen
Mint Chip
Lemon Ginger
Dark Cacao
Chocolate Orange
Chai Spice
Coconut Vanilla

Super Fudge: $1.25/ea. or $7/half dozen
Goji Berry
Peppermint
Mocha

Granola: $8/12oz bag or $5/bowl w/fresh almond milk
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see you at the market!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

At the Office



























(post by Samantha)

It's a  lovely Saturday here at Emmy's Organics, inc. (yes, we are incorporated!). Ian is about to go and DJ a wedding, which I am sure is going to be super fun. Mostly because he is the most amazing DJ...ever. Anyway, this means that I get to prepare tons of fresh Almond milk for the market tomorrow! I am really excited. I love making Almond milk! My favorite part is straining it through the cheese cloth and collecting all of the Almond meal. Every time I make it, I always want to keep the almond meal and make something delicious with it...like raw hummus. Ian made raw hummus with Almonds once and I have since wanted to make something like it because it was so so good. Most of the time, I forget about it and the almond meal goes bad. But today, I am going make a pledge to all of you that I will make use of my almond meal. How amazing is this life? Making fresh almond milk for a ton of people and then being able to use the meal to make something new and share with whoever comes to visit me today. So great.

The pictures above are of my two favorite toys of the the past few weeks (Ian is not one of them). The first, is our very own commercial nut grinding machine! I mean, both Ian and I LOVE raw nut butters. They are so delicious and now we can make them ourselves. This is going to be our newest product and I cant wait to get it out there. So far we have made a ton of almond butter which we used in an almond butter coconut milkshake at market last weekend (yum). We have also made a good amount of roasted peanut butter for Timmy, who is a peanut butter fanatic, and also some cashew butter. It literally takes three minutes...this machine is amazing! 
The second toy, is our custom stamp. There isn't much to say about this one...we can make our own custom stationary, bags, invoices, etc. It's probably our best investment so far, I'm really in love with it.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marmer's Farket


(Post by Samantha)

So when Ian and I started getting our business going, we would kind of joke around about how amazing it would be if we had our own booth at the Ithaca Farmer's Market. The dinner table would get quiet for a moment and usually the silence would be broken by something like "imagine us at the Farmer's Market!" "wouldn't we just be the cutest at the market!" That second comment always made by me. Well, I will continue on my path of "you get what you think," because just last Sunday we had our first day as new vendors at the Ithaca Farmer's Market! I cannot tell you what an incredible experience it was and will continue to be. Right now we package up our macaroons, super fudge and granola to send out to stores. At the Farmer's Market, we are able to expand our menu like crazy. Not only are we serving the products that we package, but we are serving ice-cream, milkshakes, smoothies and pies. All gluten-free, vegan and raw. 

It went pretty smoothly on Sunday. There was so much going on, so much to figure out! For not such a busy day at the market, we had a line almost the entire day. The feedback was so supportive and positive too. Everyone loved us (how could they not!). The best part for me was being able to serve all of these kids with food allergies. I cannot tell you how wonderful it felt to serve a vanilla ice cream cone to a child who had never had that experience before. I am also really excited to share my knowledge of raw food with people who come up and ask questions. The picture of us is at the market with Ian's niece, Leyla, who helped us out for the day and who is just amazing.

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Ithaca Farmer's Market Mother's Day Menu (05/10/09)
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Pies: $6 per slice
Chocolate Goji Berry Cheesecake
Coconut Cream Pie

Drinks: $6 per 16oz
Strawberry Smoothie
Vanilla-Chip Nut Milkshake

Ice-Cream: $4 (gluten-free cone or cup)
Chocolate
Vanilla
toppings: $1 each (goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut, sprinkles, granola)

Macaroons: $0.75/ea. or $4/half dozen
Mint Chip
Lemon Ginger
Dark Cacao
Chocolate Orange
Chai Spice
Coconut Vanilla

Super Fudge: $1.25/ea. or $7/half dozen
Goji Berry
Peppermint
Mocha

Granola: $8/12oz bag or $5/bowl w/fresh almond milk
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see you at the market!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Welcome!















This marks the beginning of history. Well, our history at least. Emmy's Organics is a small (literally two person) company that makes and is devoted to spreading the love of gluten-free, vegan and raw foods. It is owned and operated by us, Ian, 26 and Samantha, 22. We met last summer at a music festival and realized that we were both passionate about raw foods (amongst other things...). And, it just so happened that Ian was ready for a career change and Samantha had just graduated college. Kind of perfect. We live in Ithaca, NY where we get to eat great food, see a lot of music, spend time outside and be good to the environment.

Anyway, so we decided to start Emmy's Organics. We started making a macaroon recipe in Ian's mother's house (whom we named the company after...it's her nickname). We had two dehydrators that we kept in Ian's room. We started packaging the macaroons up and selling them to our local food co-op and other local stores. They caught on pretty quick and more and more stores were interested. So we kept on moving. We bought more dehydrators and more bulk ingredients. Meanwhile, we were sharing the kitchen with Ian's mom and her boyfriend, Timmy and things were getting pretty tight.

So fast forward a few months. We now have our very own commercial kitchen in downtown Ithaca. It is certified vegan and such an amazing space to work. We basically live there, that's how cool it is. We now sell our product to over a dozen stores in Ithaca, three further upstate and four in New York City. It has been amazing to see how well this has progressed in such a small amount of time (we started in January 2009). It has also been extremely rewarding, inspiring and a ton of fun. So here we are, inviting you all to take the ride with us. We promise fun photos and videos to come. Bye.