Emmy's Organics Blog

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Scooping and Snacks

Scoops

Below I am adding a video of scooping! This is what we are currently doing to form the macaroons. Making them doesnt take too long, but scooping very large quantities can take some time. Now you can get a sense of what we do during most mornings!! We make it pretty fun and it is quite meditative.

...I think it's funny that "my generation" is playing in the background...


video


Snacks

After the car ride this past weekend, I wanted to share some snacks that I have been enjoying on the run. I am all about crunch. 1) "just tomatoes" dried peas 2) sunflower sprouts 3) "nature's path" mesa sunrise cereal 4) kombucha. yum. What do you grab on the run?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Weekend



Hello! I know that it's Tuesday, but I feel like the weekend just ended. Ian and I drove back from a weekend down-state yesterday. Marian covered for us at the market which was such a treat. I heard that she was making a special peppermint ice cream sundae...she gets real creative with those sundaes!! We knew we were in great hands.
Aside from having a great weekend with my family, we went to test out a new machine for forming macaroons. What a cool experience. We got to bring all of our ingredients and actually make macaroons in a test kitchen facility. We put the batter into this machine...and it worked!! It actually worked! This machine can make about 3200 macaroons in one hour. This is seriously going to ramp up production. I am so happy that we have found something. In past posts, I mentioned another macaroon machine. The other machine was a failure. It did not work and we are in the process of returning it. It has been quite a few frustrating months trying to get this other one to work, contacting the manufacturers, etc. We finally had to say "no more" the machine does not work and we need another one. Once we declared that, we had some space to start looking again...and voila! I will upload some pictures from this adventure tomorrow. Side note: one of the salesmen was a famous pastry chef who went on tour with Julia Child!! I felt like I was in good hands.
I am really excited about the possibility of this machine. Mostly because it will take so much less time to make macaroons that we can make so many more and spread the love further and further! This is getting serious. Did I mention that we found a new space?? More to come on that topic.
Well that is just a pinch of the latest news at EO (should we start abbreviating like that?)
love.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Feelin Abundant!






(post by Samantha)

We are getting ready for the Farmer's Market tomorrow. I was just wrestling with our little ice cream maker which makes such a load roar as it churns our cashew-coconut delicacy. After a week of a little experimentation, I realized how many special and amazing things that we have to offer tomorrow. I have a recent new fascination with raw vegan cake. Not sure why. I was never a cake kid or anything. But making raw vegan cake is SO fun and it comes out just like...well...cake! Anyway, our first special is a "double chocolate pod" that we will be serving with fresh strawberries. One layer chocolate cake, one layer chocolate cream, one layer strawberries. Yum. The next special is a take-one brownie experiment. We really want to do a brownie that is so good that we want to package it and send it to stores. I used a different technique and looked at a few recipes and made a "cashew crunch brownie." They are pretty amazing...very thick and chewy. Im not sure if this will be the final recipe (actually I'm sure its not) but they are just delicious. Tomorrow we will offer the brownie by itself or with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for a brownie sundae. Man, that will be good. Lastly, we made a few Key Lime Pie last week after Ian's brother, Conor, bought way too many avocados and then went back to California. What a perfect opportunity for Key Lime Pie!! This is such a favorite at the market and when the sun is shining, who could resist? I posted pictures of our three super special treats for tomorrow above. Below I will write the full menu for tomorrow:

Macaroons
Granola
Chocolate Sauce
Peppermint Chocolate Sauce
Cashew-Macadamia Butter
Brownies
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Goji Cheesecake
Lemon Cheesecake
Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Cheesecake
Double Chocolate Pods
Goji Fudge
Peppermint Fudge
Chocolate Fudge
Mocha Fudge
Strawberry Smoothies w/ fresh almond milk

Man! That's a lot!! Please stop find us tomorrow and enjoy some of this abundance. We love you. I love you.
Samantha

Friday, May 7, 2010

community!




(post by Samantha..duh)

Hello Blog-Readers!
I am just so inspired that people read this blog! An amazing woman named Sheila simply walked into our kitchen today. The door is on the side of a house, pretty isolated, so I was shocked that she found us. She basically shared how her and her partner are really inspired by what we are doing and that she wants to help. She shared "oh, and I saw on your blog that you got a new table...and I have one that you might want." I just got so excited about blogging in that moment. I want everyone to be able to know what's going on with us! It will be so exciting to look back on these posts too. So thank you for indirectly joining the Emmy's Organics community. By knowing what's up with us, you are one with us!! How exciting! Thank you thank you thank you.
This week flew by and felt really relaxed. I am noticing that we have these weeks that really push our limits. Then we have a pretty large but not CRAZY week, it feels so easy. We are really getting this stuff down. Like it was just no big deal that we sent out 28 cheesecakes and 110 cases (12 packages each) of macaroons on Wednesday. All sliced, packaged, labeled and boxed. Piece of cake. Ha.
It is becoming pretty clear that we are growing out of the space we are in. Not to mention that we are downstairs and the big orders are getting a little crazy going up and down. So we are looking! We have found some great places. Some the price too high, some need too many renovations. What we want is something 1,000-1,200 sq feet, open space, windows, good sink hook-ups and good electric. If you know of anything that is $1/sq foot or cheaper, let us know!!
The other amazing thing that I want to say is that I have been so present to all of the people that contribute to us. Ian's dad, Bill (picture above), just came for his second week long trip to Ithaca from California. He came to simply help us out with moving plans. He helped organize our thoughts on what we really needed for a new space, hooked up our new sink, organized our kitchen, talked to plumbers, contractors and landlords. I mean, can you believe it??? On top of all of that, we just had a ton of fun...eating good meals and watching movies. Thank so much, Bill, I love you so much! There are so many people like Bill in our lives that contribute so much and I am so grateful!!
So now I want to hear from you. Lets begin to share with one another.
Who contributes to your life and how? It could be as random as the man who makes the coffee you buy every morning or your sibling who calls you every day. Please share!
Be well and have an amazing weekend.
Please note- it may snow on Sunday which means that we will NOT be at the Farmer's Market.
Love you all,
Samantha

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Farmer's Market 2010!

(post by Samantha)

Holler. First day of the market is, well...today! In just a few hours we will be getting up to claim a booth at the Ithaca Farmer's Market. We will be attending this year on Sundays with nice weather. There is a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow but we're going anyway. We made some ice cream today as well as almond milk to make smoothies. Ian designed a spiffy new menu for us to take. We are ready, are you? I would just like to point out that right as we started our business it was our dream to vend at the farmer's market. And here we are, in our second season. Totally confident in what to bring and how much. Living your dreams is way fun, how are you living yours?
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
love,
Samantha