Staff picks

This article was originally published in November 2016

Satsuma Mandarin oranges

In season

Organic produce

  • Organic Satsuma Mandarin oranges — from Rich Johansen in Orland, Calif. (arriving late November)
  • Organic Texas Rio grapefruit — from South Texas Organics in Mission, Tex.
  • Organic Comice Pears — from Northwest orchards
  • Organic Navel oranges — from California orchards (arriving mid-month)
  • Organic Cara Cara oranges — from California orchards (arriving mid-month)
Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask


Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Organic pumpkin blended with Manuka honey gives my skin an instant boost of radiance. I face the day feeling lighter and looking brighter!

— Brandy L., Columbia City

Lunch tiffin

Makes packing lunch a breeze! It’s induction ready, so I can heat up my lunch directly on the stove. I frequently pack soups and it never spills. It’s durable, lightweight, dishwasher-ready, non-plastic and compact.

— Jess H., office

Stress relief products

Rhodiola is my favorite adaptogen/botanical to balance frazzled adrenals and support the immune system. I like a full dropper of the Herbpharm liquid extract in water or tea, or the Gaia brand, in pill form.

— Marilyn W., nutrition educator

Honey Mama's chocolate


Honey Mama’s chocolate

The texture of this raw, honey-based chocolate is almost like a brownie. It has an amazing amount of flavor — all the tastes inside jump out as it melts right away in your mouth, not locked inside waxy blandness.

— Andrew H., IT

Petit Basque cheese

One of my favorite quick lunch solutions is this cheese melted on an English muffin or slice of bread, maybe with a fat slice of tomato. A little bit of luxury at lunchtime.

— Alicia G., PCC Cooks

Jasper Hills Harbison cheese

A deliciously rustic, earthy and buttery cheese wrapped in bark. Makes me swoon.

— Suzanne P., Redmond

That Brown Girl Cooks Black-Eyed Pea Hummus


That Brown Girl Cooks Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

I love the Slow Burn variety. It’s lighter textured than chickpea hummus and the flavor is deep and rich with a bit of a spicy kick.

— Jill L., food writer

Field Day Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

I eat this organic oatmeal almost every day.

— Scott O., merchandiser

Republic of Tea sampler

I love this seasonal tea sampler with Hibiscus Cranberry, Pumpkin Spice and Hot Apple Cider flavors. It tastes like fall in a cup.

— Tami L., Issaquah

Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips

Simple sweet potatoes and coconut oil. Naturally sweet, light and crunchy. It’s hard not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!

— Sue M., Bothell

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