Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring is coming. Before then, a few thoughts

Early Spring?  April in Minneapolis

While it is hard to believe that Ma Nature hasn't eased her grip on winter, we certainly beg to differ.  However, Spring will come, and that means the opening of Farmers Market season won't be far behind.  The cold and snow do give us a chance to sit down (where it's warm and comfy) and reflect on what has transpired of the course of the winter season.

After being in business for over nine years, Terry and I were sure we had seen everything.  However, nothing could prepare us for how popular a number of our products have recently become in the Twin Cities area. Demand for our Tranquility Chai, Traditional Wild Rice Bread, Oh My Goddess! Butter Crunch Toffee and our entire line of Aww Nuts! products, in particular, has reached an all-time high in both winter market and indoor show response. Here's just one of the product testimonials that we have recently received:

"I love your Tranquility Chai tea!  At my office, I call it my adult hot chocolate.  Its just the right pick me up after a hard meeting or on a day when I know I could use a little additional focus on taking care of myself."
                                                                                                              - Dena Warrington

As a result of this upsurge in popularity, we have also had more interest from potential wholesale partners in the area as well.   And for that, we thank you all for your support.

During the Winter months, Terry and I have appeared at several venues including the Richfield, Blaine and Plymouth Winter Markets.  We have also participated in and were well received at the XOXO Valentine's Market at the Modist Brewing company in Minneapolis, the annual Spring Vendor Show at Rosemount High School, and a special Winter Art Fair and Flower show at the Minnesota Arboretum.  We were also pleased to supply tasty goodies for the Minneapolis Uban League's annual brunch, as well as supplying products for Home Essentials' Spring show.  With everything going on in the first quarter, as well as in the business of life, I'm sure you'll forgive us for our absence from our blog!

On March 1st, our long-time wholesale partner, Oxendale's Market began carrying all three varieties of our delicious Aww Nuts in their stores, in addition to our Caramel Moments and Oh, My Goddess! Butter Crunch Toffee. Oxendales makes it their business to support and promote quality food items from local entrepreneurs, and we are certainly happy to be in partnership with them.  If you live in the Twin Cities area, you can find our sweet and savory Aww Nuts, our spicy Slow Burn and our even spicier Inferno and both their Nokomis location at 5025 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis and the West St. Paul store at 374 Bernard St. West.  Of course, if you don't happen to live in the Twin Cities, you can also order these items and more through our website.

As I mentioned earlier, Farmers Market time is hastily descending upon
us.  As a result of our past work, it seems that our reputation of providing great, tasty food and drink items has proceeded us, in that we have received quite a number of invitations to apply to participate in new or already established markets for the new season.  We are both humbled and thankful for all this attention.  This year, we are pleased to announce that Winter Goddess Foods will be participating in FOUR different Farmers Markets.  In addition to attending and displaying our products at our home market, namely the Midtown Farmers Market, we will also be including the Northeast Farmers Market on Saturdays as well.  On market Sundays, we'll appear at the wonderful Linden Hills Farmers Market, as well as the Golden Valley Farmers Market, all in the Twin Cities area.  We look forward to greeting old friends again and making new ones as well,  once the season is in full swing.  Market dates will appear in the events section of our webpage on the left.

That's about it for now.  Here's to health, prosperity, and happiness to us all in 2018.  Stay safe, stay warm, and stay Blessed!

~ Nehemiah

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Happenings and Where to find us next

2017 has been a very busy year for our company; so much so that I have been behind on updating our website.  The Farmers Market season has been very active for us this year with the addition of our first season-long presence at the Linden Hills Market in Minneapolis, after our dry run last October.  Of course, we are having a great year at our "home market," the Midtown Farmers Market here in South Minneapolis, and a presence early in the season at the Richfield Farmers Market.

As the season went on, through the recommendation of a fellow vendor at the Blaine Winter Market, we are now a part of Home Essentials Boutique.  It is a "one-stop shop" for seasonal furnishings, furniture, one-of-a-kind gifts and gourmet foods. Home Essentials is proud to feature Made in Minnesota products, and has become known as the place to go for Holiday and gift shopping; so much so that it has become one of Minnesota's most popular shopping destinations, with tour buses routinely stopping there, with enthusiastic shoppers marvelling at the wide variety of products that are available.  If you are looking for that perfect gift for yourself, for the family, or for that special someone, Home Essentials Boutique has what you are looking for, including all three varieties of Winter Goddess Food's Organic Granolas and Aww Nuts nut mixes. We have also introduced our new 4oz. snack sized Aww Nuts Snackers (in Classic or Slow Burn) which we made specifically for this venue, which you will find at the checkout register.

In July, after impressing Greg and Chelsea Miller, owners of the popular Kabomlettes food truck that roams the streets of the Twin Cities, Terry was recruited as the new baker for their full-service deli Vittles, in south Minneapolis.  Terry now serves up her wholesome baked goods to an even wider audience, along with a wide range of specialty pastries and treats made without artificial ingredients or additives.  Unfortunately, with the added demands and responsibilities, she had to end her time at the Richfield Farmers Market due to time constraints.  On the plus side, Terry is making a name for herself in South Minneapolis with her baking prowess.

In a related note, due to Terry's relationship with Vittles and Kabomlettes, Winter Goddess Foods has partnered with them to do dessert catering, which has been one of her dreams.  So far this year, we have catered events for the Ann Bancroft Foundation, the grand opening of the new Hennepin County Service Center in South Minneapolis, as well as several events for the Minneapolis Urban League.  Terry is also gearing up to accept orders to create tasty cakes and pies for the holiday season, as well as her organic chocolate truffles and buttercrunch toffee.

In addition to all of this, Winter Goddess Foods will continue to provide employers and business owners with an opportunity to celebrate their employees through our Corporate Gift giving page.  We are working hard to provide more offerings for employers to choose from to honor their workers with. 

Image may contain: indoorWith the Farmers Market season entering its final month, our company will be participating in a number of shows and Holiday events throughout the Twin Cities area during the Fall and Winter.  Over the last two years, we have had a more active presence on our Facebook page. If you are looking for up to the minute news about Winter Goddess Foods, our events and where you can find us, I highly recommend that you go to our Facebook page here.

Finally, on a more personal note, I have realized a life dream of becoming a published author.  In May, my co-authors and I have released our first serial novel - Hawks Effect - in Europe.  We have secured U.S. distribution of our series, and by November, both episodes one and two and all subsequent episodes will finally be available to United States residents and worldwide as well.  You can read and follow our exploits here and here.

Thank you all for hanging in there with us!



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cha-Cha-Cha-Cha-CHANGES for 2017

After the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, Terry and I have dialed things down to a bit more low key.  Business goes on as always, but we are now taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to life these days.  Since we are between both Holiday and Farmers Market seasons, we have a little more time on our hands.  Besides the mundane tasks of doing paperwork, and going over our business needs, we find ourselves with time to experiment with new ingredients and new ideas for making even more yummy products to delight your taste buds with!   This is our FUN TIME!

Change is an inherent part of life.  In life, in order to get yourself in a better place physically, mentally, and even spiritually, we have found that the best way to accomplish this is to remove anything that doesn't serve you and to move forward by making the choices that suit your needs in a good way.  Business, just like life, deals with change on a daily basis. And just like in life, the best businesses remove what doesn't serve their needs, and replaces them with new offerings that are more in line with their vision. They also satisfy their customers by responding to their needs and requests as well.  With that in mind, we have both good news and sad news to report to you, our Peeps.

Starting with the sad news, Winter Goddess Foods is saying goodbye to both of our organic cocoa mixes.  Mojo and Muy Loco Coco will no longer be produced or available online or at any of our outlets or venues.  Both chocolicious hot drinks were dynamite products, but due to various factors, failed to find a regular audience.   We are sad to see them go, but as the saying goes, "Life goes on."

On the good news front, several changes and additions are coming to fruition over the next several weeks.  Sara, our graphic artist is reworking the labels on a few of our products.  As such, our delectable Butter Crunch Toffee Reflections will now officially be known as Oh My

Goddess! Butter Crunch Toffee, which more reflects the description of (and our fan's reaction to) our delicious product.

Both our savory Organic Wild Rice Bread and our spicy Aww Nuts! Slow Burn will sport new labels as well.

In response to our customer's needs, we will be offering a 16 ounce version of our nut-less Sunflower Apple Raisin Granola, which will join our full lineup of both 8 oz. and 16 oz. packaged granola's.  The new labeling is being produced as we speak, and we will introduce it officially at the Midtown Farmers Market in May!

And now, we are introducing two new offerings to the Winter Goddess Foods family!

Terry's newest creation,            Salted Turtle Shells have arrived.   They are a combination of her Caramel Moments and pecans covered in organic Belgian styled dark chocolate and dusted with sea salt.  And the taste? Ooey-chewy chocolaty goodness!  Worlds away from those chemically ladened "canned turtles" that you find at the local supermarket. Remember, our job is not to talk you out of your treat.  Our job is to make you a better treat.  Look for the Navigation bar at the top of the page and check them out.  (You'll be glad you did!)

Also, in response to our fans who are Chili-heads, and who have requested more "umph" in our sweet and savory nut mix, your prayers have been answered.  While our Aww Nuts Slow Burn has enough heat to satisfy most folks, there are some of you out there that wanted (and NEEDED) more spice.  I have been in the kitchen trying to develop an even spicier version of our Aww Nuts that will satisfy both the need for great taste and the need for more heat, and I believe I have nailed it.

On Saturday, January 28th, I will be doing test marketing and sampling of my newest creation: Aww Nuts INFERNO!   I have made a limited run of 8oz bags of this fiery taste sensation specifically for the Blaine Farmers Market this Saturday.  If you are a true Chili-head, and you are lucky enough to live in the Twin Cities area, please stop by for a taste of our "friendly fire", and let me know if I got it right.  For the rest of you, I plan to make this available online as soon as all testing, sampling and fine-tuning are completed. Stay tuned!

I am also in the midst of creating another tasty treat, but I am keeping things under wraps for now.  Suffice it to say that if I can get things to my liking, we may be introducing yet another product by Farmers Market time. Please check out our page on Facebook for the latest goings on of Winter Goddess Foods.  Thank you for your support, and we wish you all opportunity and prosperity as we swing into 2017 in earnest!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thank You and Season's Greetings from Winter Goddess Foods

As we approach the 2016 holiday season, Terry and I want to take a moment to thank our wonderful wholesale partners, our Farmers Market Managers, and you, our followers, customers and fans who we affectionately refer to as “our Peeps” for supporting our business this year. The outpouring of love, generosity, and support that you have shown us throughout the year has touched our hearts, and sometimes just blows our minds. It is gratifying to know that we have “done you right” by producing products that combine quality clean ingredients with positive intent, that not only taste great but make you feel good inside for eating or drinking them. We are humbled by your trust in us, and your continued affirmation of that trust. Your patronage of our company has made 2016 our best year ever! Now that the show season is over, we will be halting production of our products until the second week of January, in order to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

As we swing into 2017, Winter Goddess Foods will continue the mission of being good citizens in the world through our continued support of charities like Second Harvest Heartland, the Ann Bancroft Foundation, Sisters Camelot, and others. Thanks to your generosity and patronage, we were able to feed hundreds and hundreds of people, allow young girls and young women a chance to realize a dream, and do many other wonderful things for people throughout the Twin Cities. In our troubled world where times are tough for people, the only way we can make this world better is to work together to make it so. You have done this, and continue to do this, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

2017 will mark our eighth year in business, and Terry, Mary Ellen and I are looking forward to serving you, and we will continue to live up to that sacred trust that you have placed in us. We will also continue to hold that positive mind picture of you, our customer, enjoying our products with a smile on your face and joy in your heart as we have always done. That is our secret ingredient that we liberally apply when crafting and producing delicious, clean and sustainable products that are truly “Made with Love for your well-being!”™. Thank you, and best wishes to each and every one of you for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous 2017.

Nehemiah Inverse, Terry Williams and Mary Ellen Webber

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Holiday Show Season!

With the Farmers Markets done for the year, Winter Goddess Foods' attention has turned to our annual Holiday Show Season.  For the next two months, Terry and I will be appearing at various venues around the Twin Cities area, as well as in Long Prairie Minnesota, making our tasty organic fare available for your holiday gift giving consideration.

To the left of our page (a little under our picture), we have listed our entire indoor show schedule for late fall/winter 2016.  Each entry is linked to the main page of each venue sponsor so you can find detailed information for every event.  This list will be updated as we add new shows.  Please feel free to click the links to find information about where we will be next.

Terry and I invite you to come out and see us during the Holiday season. We'd also like to offer suggestions on how to gift our organic comfort products:

1) Our Tranquility Chai or spicy Muy Loco Coco, paired with a purchased mug makes for a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for your loved ones.

2)For the health conscious or athletic person in your life, boxing up an assortment of our Cranberry Walnut, Banana Walnut and Sunflower Apple Raisin granolas is a great way to let them know you are thinking of them.  

3) Looking for a great Hostess Gift?  Surprise your hostess/host with several bags of Aww Nuts! or Aww Nuts! Slow Burn, along with a beautiful bowl to serve them in.  Who wouldn't want a nice bowl of tasty nuts for their holiday table guests?

4) Speaking of nuts, they also make the PERFECT stocking-stuffer for that guy, gal or child in your life.  'nuff said!

5) Our Caramel Moments make for another great stocking-stuffer idea for children and adults alike.  Keep in mind that they pair up nicely with that warm mug of cocoa, coffee, tea or even Irish Cream! A dozen caramels or even a bag of 25 will provide enough rich buttery goodness for everyone!

6) Looking to add a bit of class to that holiday gathering?  A dozen or two of Oh My Goddess! Truffles or Cake Gems will make you the hit of any get-together.  

Hopefully these suggestions will be helpful to you.  Feel free to let your imagination run wild, since our products have been employed in a wide variety of ways to provide pleasure and enjoyment to those you love. We look forward to serving you, our wonderful Peeps, for all of your holiday needs!



Please note: The last day to submit all mail orders is Monday December 12th.  The last day to submit for all Twin Cities local pick up or delivery orders is Friday December 16th.  Please plan your holiday ordering wisely to avoid disappointment; i.e. Order early!

Monday, October 31, 2016

The 2016 Farmers Market Season has finally ended *Sigh*

As always this time of year, Winter Goddess Foods and our wonderful Farmers Market patrons wax bittersweet on the last days of the market season.  Many of our neighborhood friends came by at the Midtown, Richfield, and Linden Hills Farmers Markets to get the last of the farm fresh produce, artisan produced food items and artisan crafts, before the onset of colder weather.  We received hundreds of thank you's and well wishes from our Peeps who showed their appreciation for the work that we do to bring clean, tasty organic goodness to our neighborhoods.  It is truly humbling to receive such wonderful appreciation from our neighbors and market shoppers from all over the Twin Cities area, and beyond.  We have even served people from all over the world who came to visit us for our products including folks from England, Italy, Iceland and Norway.  Our hearts are full, and we are truly thankful to the Great Spirit for the privilege of being able to serve so many wonderful people.

Terry and I want to recognize and salute all of our market patrons from the Centennial Lakes, Midtown, Richfield, and Linden Hills Farmers Markets who came to visit us throughout the season and purchase our products.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your families needs, not only with our food, drink, and snack items but with education about organic ingredients and sustainability, as well as a chance to serve up a little laughter and good feelings to raise all of our vibrations.  You are near and dear to us.

Thank you for allowing our company to fulfill our sacred trust to you by providing delicious, wholesome and healthy products made to the highest quality.  We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season, a comfortable and prosperous winter and Spring, and we look forward to serving you again in May 2017!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's Farmers Market time again!

Hello my Peeps, and welcome back to our blog!  Terry and I have had a lot going on over the last six months, so apologies to all for being away for so long.

Once again, it is our favorite time of year; Farmers Market time!  The weather has finally warmed into Spring (with the exception of last Saturday's windy cold snap) with the grass and trees greening and flowers abloom. Vendors, artisans and growers are bringing out their first offerings for purchase, with the promise of fresh fruits and vegetables coming later in the year.  For some folks in the Twin Cities area, the opening of the Markets are the true First day of Spring!

For Winter Goddess Foods, a few changes are afoot for the 2016 Market season.  As always, we will once again be a fixture at the Midtown Farmers Market, which is our home market, selling our wares and once again collecting tips for the Second Harvest Heartland food shelf.  Our company was able to collect enough funds to provide Second Harvest with the ability to serve over 2800 meals to our hungry neighbors in the Twin Cities last year, and we are hoping for an even better effort in 2016.

Richfield Farmers Market

We will also be vendors in two new Markets this year, with an emphasis on being closer to our home in South Minneapolis.  While Mary Ellen and myself will be at Midtown on Saturday, this weekend Terry will be starting our first year at the Richfield Farmers Market at Veterans Memorial Park at 64th Street & Portland Ave S, in Richfield MN  (held under the picnic pavilion) It is a well established venue swinging into its 25th year of operation, and we are please to be a part of this well run community institution.

Centennial Lakes Park

On Thursdays this year starting in June, Terry and I will be introducing our products at the Centennial Lakes Farmers Market at 7499 France Ave S, in Edina, MN. It is situated within a beautiful 24-acre community park and a 10-acre lake surrounded with beautifully landscaped grounds, formal and informal seating areas, swinging benches and fountains.  Operating our stand near the water will be the perfect change of pace from the "concrete jungle" and we are definitely looking forward to it.

Click these links for more info on each of our Market venues.
Midtown Farmers Market
Richfield Farmers Market
Centennial Lakes Farmers Market

We are also pleased to tell you that in advance of the Midtown Farmers Market opening, Terry and I were interviewed by Kelly Savage of the Corcoran News, the community newspaper in our area.  We received a nice write-up from her, which increased our visibility at the market and was remarked upon by a large number of customers who visited our tent.

There article can be viewed here!

For more timely news about our goings on, please check out our Facebook page at Winter Goddess Foods!

Blessings and Peace!