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Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Produce & Juices Review

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Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Grimmway Farms:

“The story of Grimmway begins right here in an agricultural haven known as the Southern San Joaquin Valley in central California. The Grimm brothers began nurturing their family business in the fertile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world; but the family still insists on walking the fields, visiting the processing facilities and performing their own brand of quality assurance – every single day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise: always take care of the customer.

Decades later, that promise has never been broken. Grimmway Farms’ dedication to consistent quality and dependable service has made us the global leader in our industry.

Yet no matter how the size and scope of our company grows, every Grimmway employee is committed to staying true to our founding philosophies: provide good value, honest pricing and conduct business with integrity.

Grimmway believes in providing service to our customers on a personal level. We believe that today’s consumer wants food products that are innovative, exciting and nutritious. All good reasons Grimmway chooses to partner with other industry forerunners to develop creative new product ideas our consumers and their families will enjoy.

Acknowledging and responding to the issues important to our customers is important to us. To address the growing consumer demand for pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, Grimmway Farms is continuously developing new avenues of opportunity. In 2001, we acquired Cal-Organics, a pioneer organic produce company providing more than 75 organic product offerings.

Your safety and confidence are of the utmost importance to us.

Food Safety
Grimmway Farms knows that it’s important for you and your family to be confident in the safety of the produce you consume. Our safety standards are among the highest in the industry.

  • Awarded Shield #002 for participation and acceptance in the USDA Qualified Through Verification (QTV) program.
  • Third party auditors include USDA, AIB, Siliker Labs, Scientific Certification Systems, Davis Fresh Technologies and many of our customers have excellent in-house audit programs as well.
  • Food Safety Standards and Guidelines: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – October 1998. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 110.
  • Good Agricultural Practices include monthly self-audits, quarterly third party program audits, and an annual intensive 3 day third party audit. Each field is audited prior to harvest. All new contracted growers must complete a self-audit as part of the contract. Audit reports may be reviewed by an additional third party.
  • Mock recalls are completed and documented often, with one of five most probable scenarios.
  • A new isolated Pathogen Laboratory for environmental testing provides us with results in 24 to 48 hours.”

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My Thoughts:

Cal-Organic and Grimmway Farms (both product lines under the same umbrella) are the two primary brands my family looks to when we shop for carrots. In a market full of produce, I typically smell, feel and evaluate the texture of the produce before buying it. In this case, I have always been able to trust that these carrots are fresh, plump and organically grown without scrutinizing them. We don’t typically buy much packaged produce–but Grimmway Farms definitely makes the cut.

We mainly buy the baby carrots and fresh carrots with the greens attached. They are perfect for our girl’s school lunches and our labrador Kona also enjoys them. The carrot stixx make for an excellent salad topper or a healthy fresh boost for mac & cheese–and the carrot coins are a nice addition to a veggie stir fry. I have fun using my imagination with these carrot products. The ways you can use them are virtually endless–and you can always feel good about the nutritional benefits you’re receiving from this root vegetable.

I’ve developed a recent affinity for Grimmway’s new True Organic juices. They are incredibly tasty. My favorite is the pure carrot juice. The other flavors like Bananaberry Crush and Blended Blue taste sublime–but I stay mindful that they are loaded with sugar, since they are mostly fruit. I typically add a few gulps to a green drink so that I get a boost of sweetness without consuming the whole bottle of fruitiness at once.

It’s neat to witness a brand like this, whose values are so high, doing so well and now creating organic juices. That makes me happy for Grimmway and happy for consumers to have access to these products. These products are available in many grocery stores in the produce section, so be sure to keep an eye out for these root-y goodies.

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Califia Farms Review

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Califia Farms

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Califia Farms:

“We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the better beverage company that squeezes and presses fruits and nuts from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley to bring you beautifully bottled goodness – all proudly boasting the Non-GMO Project Verified Label. Led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms has changed the game in the alternative dairy industry, introducing a line of Almond milks in chic, modern carafes reminiscent of classic milk bottles. Califia Farms’ instantly iconic packaging now symbolizes quality, great-tasting alternatives to traditional dairy, translated stylishly and deliciously into our Iced Coffees with Almondmilk. Our California Citrus Juices come in 48-ounce carafes of refreshing Orange Juice, Lemonade, and Lemon-Limeade.

We’re a California-Company through and through, with our Bottling Plant and Operations based in Bakersfield, and our Sales and Marketing Teams working out of our Headquarters in Pasadena. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of  warrior queen Califia who ruled over a kingdom on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California.”

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Unsweetened Almond Milk

About:

“Fresh from the fields of Califia comes the purest and tastiest Almondmilk you’ll ever have.  As a grower-owned company we use only varietal almonds from California, picked at the peak of their flavor.

Our simple recipe gives you what you want and leaves out what you don’t – it’s all love at the breakfast table.

Made from non-genetically engineered almonds.

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).

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Orange Juice

About:

“Can you feel the sun on your face?  Close your eyes. Take a sip of our Premium Pure Squeezed Orange Juice. Follow your taste buds into our delicious blend of Valencia Oranges and other California varietals. This is the fresh taste of the heart of California, right from our family farm, squeezed smack in the middle of our groves.  Califia brings you the best, freshest, tastiest and most true… and we do it all with love.

Ingredients: California Orange Juice With Orange Juice From Concentrate.”

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Lemonade

 About:

“You have a work of art in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Meyer Lemonade is artfully balanced and perfectly refreshing. The Meyer Lemon is the muse to our craft: its sweetness inspires us; its zip makes us feel alive; it lights up our senses with an intoxicating aroma. Califia brings you the Meyer lemon’s beauty in a bottle. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, capturing the taste of summer for you to sip and savor. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors.”

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Lemon Limeade

About: 

“You have a gift from the sun in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Lemon-Limeade is a heavenly fusion of two citrus varietals. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, bringing you the sweet and tangy taste of summer in a bottle. Take a refreshing sip… let the summer linger a little longer. Your body will thank you. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Lime Juice From Concentrate, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Monk Fruit Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I had yet to try any Califia Farms products before receiving these generous coupons from the brand. I typically seek out organic juices and milk. Since Califia Farms is not organic, it was not on my radar, so to speak. However, don’t write them off completely. If you generally buy your citrus juices from a big box grocery store, chances are that Califia Farms juices are higher quality than those. This is because Califia Farms products are all certified non-gmo, which not all juices and plant-based milks can claim.

Obviously, non-gmo AND organic is the goal. These products are most of the way there, with their simple ingredient lists. My only scrutiny is the use of the phrase (natural flavors). I’m someone that would like to know precisely what those are.

Taste-wise, these juices and milks I tried are delicious-with the orange juice and unsweetened almond milk being my favorites. They are also very versatile. I love using the almond milk (I prefer unsweetened because I like to to limit extra sugar) in smoothies, protein drinks and in fruit bowls. The orange, lemon and lemon-limeade juices are great by themselves, or mixed into a frozen, sorbet type of drink (juice + ice then blend).

In conclusion, I think Califia Farms products are good (not great) in that they boast a non-gmo label. I look forward, though, to seeing organic ingredients. In that case, I would become a regular customer, as my local Whole Foods always has plenty available for purchase.

 

Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Organic Juices Review

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Evolution Cold-Pressed Juice

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About Evolution Fresh:

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Ruby Roots

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Organic V

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Sweet Greens with Lemon Juice

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Cucumber Pineapple Ginger

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Defense Up

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Super Green

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Sweet Burn

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Pineapple Coconut Water

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My Thoughts:

I am a huge devotee to juice–I have no problem putting money into quality juices because I believe they are such an excellent, nutrient dense drink. I was happy to discover Evolution juices at my local Whole Foods. I was instantly hooked. The array of flavors that they bottle are exciting and delicious.

I shared the specifics (above) about all of the juices that I have yet to try (there are many more mentioned on the Evolution site). Needless to say, only four of them are pictured at the top.

Some of the juices like Pineapple Cucumber Ginger & Pineapple Coconut Water are less dense than juices like Super Green and Defense Up. In other words, they are a lighter, less filling drink. I enjoy the lighter drinks for pre or post workout replenishment, whereas the dense and rich juices are my favorite about an hour before or after activity, as they’re more like meals.

I have yet to try a juice that I do not like–they’re all unique and spectacularly tasting.

Super Green tastes the best

Organic V & Ruby Roots are the most impressive to me as far as nutritional value goes

Sweet Burn has a unique and pleasant zip of sweetness and kick of heat

Defense Up is a perfect, tangy breakfast juice

Pineapple Coconut Water & Pineapple Cucumber Ginger are my favorite right after a run

Sweet Greens with Lemon is a no-frills, green smack in the mouth. I like it when I am feeling a little bit depleted (after a long run).

The only reason I don’t give these juices 5 stars is because not all of them are entirely organic. Many of them are–and I tend to purchase those the most. I look forward to trying more Evolution flavors and seeing more organic fruits and veggies in the future!

Rooted Beauty Lip Butter Review

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Rooted Beauty Lip Butters

Overall Rating: 3 Stars /4 Stars

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About Rooted Beauty:

“At Rooted Beauty, we believe that the skincare products you use every day should be made with safe, recognizable ingredients and enable positive change in the environment and in the lives of women around the world.

All of our products are carefully crafted with botanical and fruit extracts to naturally nourish your skin and are delivered in innovative sustainable packaging. In addition, we take global impact seriously and are committed to genuinely impacting the lives of women around the world. Our Woman2Woman™ project links each product we create to the project of a specific woman burdened by extreme poverty, abuse or sex trafficking.

When you purchase one of our products, you are directly enabling real women to break free from the bondage of extreme poverty and sex trafficking. On our Woman2Woman page, you can learn more about our partnering organizations and each woman whose life is being changed through your purchase.”

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Passionfruit Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty Passionfruit Lip Butter is a pure, creamy and rich lip conditioner that is infused with natural passionfruit extract. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Marta send her son back to school and receive recovery counseling from being deceived and trafficked.

Ingredients:

Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa Butter), Natural Passionfruit Flavor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).”

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Orange Vanilla Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty Orange Vanilla Lip Butter is an all natural and nourishing lip conditioner that is infused with nutrient-rich fruit extracts. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Bela learn to cook, enabling her to begin a new life.

Ingredients:

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil.”

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Razz Lime Lip Butter

Rooted Beauty’s Description:

“Rooted Beauty RazzLime Lip Butter is an all natural and nourishing lip conditioner that is infused with nutrient-rich fruit extracts. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Makya provide for herself by enabling her to sell food in the local marketplace and receive recovery counseling.

Ingredients:

Butyrosperum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Natural Flavor, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

All 3 of these lip butters are similar in quality of ingredients. The ingredients lists are better than average, as they are familiar and plant-based. However, I would think more of them if they were organic.

Flavor/scent-wise, I think:

Passionfruit is sweet and fresh tasting and smelling. This one would please most that like a fruity lip butter.

Orange Vanilla is an interesting combination to me that absolutely works. I love orange and I love vanilla but wasn’t sure that I’d like them together. The orange gives the richness of the vanilla some zest. I love the rich, lightness of this one. I’d encourage you to try it if you’re unsure like I was.

Razz Lime is a bit tart and zippy combo. Like the passionfruit, its a nice fruity lip butter that adds a little citrusy punch to the lips.

All ingredient and flavor talk aside, I think it’s a beautiful and empowering thing that Rooted Beauty seeks to help women through their Woman2Woman campaign in which they donate portions of their sales for a greater cause. This is a selfless thing that you don’t see often, especially from many brands that are still growing and expanding. This ups my rating for these products a bit!