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Cocobeet is a MUST-VISIT Organic Juice Bar in Boston

As a result of living in NYC but having grown up in Boston, I am quite aware of the difference between the two cities, in terms of the organic food and pressed juice offerings.

NYC has a ton and Boston has very little.

But with the recent opening of Cocobeet, ironically located between a Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts, it is an understatement to say that Bostonians are thrilled to have them there.

“On our second day of business, we sold 270 bottles of juice and had to close our doors because there was nothing left to sell,” Co-Founder Onur Ozkoc told me.

Just a short walk from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Cocobeet offers a wide array of pressed organic juice, green blends, and raw food. They offer juice cleanses as well.

PRESSED ORGANIC JUICE AND SMOOTHIES

Out of all of the juices that I tried, my three favorites were:

Bright Lights – Swiss chard, cucumber, mint, E3 Live

Green Genes – Kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, lemon, ginger

Forbidden Juice – Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, ginger, cayenne, turmeric

Without question, my favorite smoothie was the Blue Coconut.

It was made with blueberries, almond butter, almonds, filtered water, coconut oil, chia seeds, and dates. The drink had fantastic texture and had the perfect amount of sweetness.

All of the food – sandwiches, salads, and desserts – was excellent, but what stood out to me were two things: the chia seed pudding and the quinoa burgers.

I’ve eaten a lot of chia seed puddings over the years, but Cocobeet’s may be the best of them all.

What made it so special was not just the vanilla but the berry sauce (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) at the top. A beautiful touch.

I also loved the Quinoa Burgers (below) on a bed of greens. It was inventive, fresh, and light.

With Cocobeet having garnered such strong reviews from consumers in Boston, how and when the company will grow its brand is a constant topic of discussion.

According to Co-Founder Kyle Rusconi, “we have plans to expand across Boston and throughout the suburbs. We’ve also been approached about franchising the concept in other states. For the very immediate future, however, we are focusing on fine-tuning our systems and processes before branching out to the Boston area.”

The fact that Cocobeet has received such interest from potential investors and partners comes as no surprise at all to me.

Cocobeet is nailing it on all fronts. The store was incredibly clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, the juice recipes were innovative and great tasting, and the food was fresh and delicious.

And it is has a captive market that is desperate for healthy organic food and pressed juice options.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a huge fan of Cocobeet and will definitely be going back there on my next trip to Boston.

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Sol Simple Solar Dried Organic Bananas – A Fantastic Product and An Amazing Story

I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to share with you great-tasting organic products that are also making a big difference in the world.

One such product that I recently discovered at Whole Foods Tribeca is Sol Simple Solar Dried Bananas.

Produced in Nicaragua, the organic bananas come in thin spears and are dried indoors using a solar drying technology, which enables Sol Simple to reduce carbon emissions.

According to the company, traditional outdoor drying techniques take 2-3 days, expose the fruit to mold and bacteria, and allow the fruit to oxidize.

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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The Best Farmers Market in the U.S. is in Miami, Florida

Most people would probably say that choosing the best farmers market in the country would be based on selection, prices, quantity, how much is organic, crowds, and overall experience.

For me, it is much more simple.

Which farmers market will dictate my entire travel schedule just so I can be there for it?

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Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Association, Nature’s Path Quits the Organization as a Protest to Save Organic

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic.

* The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, the most divisive issue in organic.

* BASF and Cargill have been granted membership in the OTA, even though their GMO and chemical products “are actively harming” organic farmers.

* The OTA defends its governance, transparency and organic agenda.

For some people, having BASF — one of the world’s most powerful chemical and GMO companies — as a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is not a problem.

For Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder of the fiercely independent, family-owned Nature’s Path, this was something that he could no longer tolerate.

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