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36th Anniversary 2015 Newsletter


BY Mary Anne

On August 29, 1979 our market was born under the name of Mariposa Produce. My husband and brother and I scraped together  $1500.00 to buy Sanderson’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetables from a Laytonville couple who operated a fruit stand next to the old feed store where Energize Willits and Unique Boutique are now located. We put all the fruit onto our ping- pong table (the former owners had everything on pallets)  and the vegetables in our old 50’s- style produce cooler with cold storage underneath, an item that came with our purchase. We were quite proud of our cooler and kept it in service until we moved to our new store at 500 S. Main.  None of us had ever owned a business, plus we had a minimum of capital. But we did have creative ideas and the energy of youth on our side so we just got to work. To say the market was an instant success would be an outright lie. However, circumstances were on our side. The co-op that existed down the street was struggling and the Happy Belly Health Food store went out of business, creating an opening for us to expand. Gradually, as money would allow, we added in bulk foods, and then a dairy cooler. Within a few years, we had a small, funky natural foods store. Our early years were a real challenge. There was no heat in our building so we had a very down-home wood stove which morphed into a kerosene heater. The store was open-air during the day so the afternoon breeze and a fair amount of dust blew through, making it barely tolerable to work with the western sun blasting in. Twice a week the guys drove to Santa Rosa to a market that supplied us with fresh fruits and vegetables. The owner of this market took us under his wing and taught us about the world of produce.  We often solicited local fruit from neighbors around town though our travels to find local produce took us south past Ukiah and east to Winters. In many ways it was an exciting time for us young entrepreneurs. And, the business was slowly making money. My brother dropped out and my husband became a plumbing contractor, leaving me to man the ship.  Eventually, our landlord asked us to leave as he wanted to remodel the whole complex in which we were renting. We found a location across the street which had been recently vacated and remodeled. There were big windows in front, heat and air conditioning, and tons of space which we believed we would never fill. Within months we were busy beyond our wildest expectations. We added in a whole bank of coolers and freezers and accumulated a brigade of employees. During the 13 years we were at “600” we went from plenty of space to being tightly squeezed into a building that we had outgrown. Sometimes, lines of customers stretched down the row of coolers to the back door. It was amazing. In 2008 we became incorporated and changed our name officially to Mariposa Natural Foods. At this same time, the hand of fate gave us new situation at 500 S. Main, which is our present location. Building our new store was like a dream come true. Now there was the capital and the space to create a store that provides almost everything in natural foods our community wanted.  Our café is known for its excellent organic fare which just seems to get better and better. And our produce has caught the attention of shoppers throughout the whole county and beyond. So Happy Birthday Mariposa Market; we are all so glad you’re here!




By Mary Anne

On September 2, Mariposa Market will be celebrating its 36th anniversary. Every year around this time we have a celebration at the market to show our appreciation for our customers. Along with two bands and lots of free food, we will also have sales and demos, plenty of raffle baskets, and discounts for everyone with 15-36% off every sale. A drawing for a beautiful wooden garden wagon will be part of the festivities.  Some of the vendors who will be present with their wares are Mary’s Chickens, Roundman’s, Earl’s Organic Produce,  Humboldt Coffee, Evanger’s Pet Foods, and Arise Bakery, as well as many others. Lots of samples will be available. Our gift manager, Dena, will be applying free temporary tattoos. Please come join us at our annual gala and let us say thank you for shopping at Mariposa.

As we near the end of summer, we see the produce tables slowly change from stone fruits and melons to pears, apples, hard squash and pumpkins, and such fall specialties as persimmons and pomegranates. Blueberries are winding down for the season with berries only available from the Northwest and becoming more expensive. Avocadoes from California are becoming scarce so the South American fruit will soon be appearing on our shelves. Lemons are pricey and in short supply. Look for citrus prices to improve as we move towards winter. Kiett mangoes from California are in season. Some folks think they are the very best mango. Our dry weather has resulted in early harvests and tasty fruits of all kinds. Summer fruits will probably finish earlier than usual. We now have veggie starts from C&A Organic Farms and Plant Friends coming in to help you get a jump on your fall planting. I think all of California is scanning the skies for the first clouds that might signify rain. Hopefully, it will really come.

Old and new customers alike should be aware of our new lines of budget-minded products from Field Day. This company’s lines are only available at independent natural foods stores and are offered at substantial savings. The products are very high quality, are all organic and non-GMO Verified. This is a relatively new addition to our store, and a very welcome addition, since the price point is so good. Items offered include pasta (regular and gluten free), pasta sauce, chips, crackers, cookies, olives, beans, and cereals. More items will be added in as time goes on.

We are also pleased to carry organic pork from Mendocino Organics in Redwood Valley. This is the tastiest pork---and, the fact that it is organic and local makes it very appealing.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 2nd. Come help us celebrate all day long. 

How does your interior design style affect your mood?

By Dena

Did you know visual imagery & design variations can have a direct effect on your temperament & mental state? What decisions you make in decorating your home says a lot about your personality and also can directly affect your mood.

When living areas are styled properly, the emotional effects are known to be therapeutic, but how is it one knows where to begin to transpire the mood and feelings they want to create and convey?

In beginning this discovery of “setting the tone for your home”, ask yourself a few of these questions…what and where is your happy place? How do I want others and myself to feel when entering my home? Is it relaxed, refreshed, fun& funky with positive vibes? Do I want a calming space or a passionate and exciting environment? Do I need to feel a sense of security, positivity, or purpose?

Whatever it is you want to portray, here are a few ideas in tapping into those senses and creating the mental state that suits your personality.

For those of you that love the beach, you may choose a TROPICAL environment with palm trees, sundrenched beaches and blue skies. Materials typically will be light in color with hues of gold, green, beige and floral prints, cane furnishings, rattan sofas with glass top tables. This keeps the décor bright and airy and is known to promote passion and relaxation and will keep you in an all around serene mood.

For those of you craving order and classic looks, the CONTEMPRORY look might be right for you. This style possesses clean lines, limited accessories and the furnishings are streamlined and smooth. Neutral colors are typically used, bold colored framed art with sharper images are you accessories. Beige, teal and rich burgundy are colors that are refreshing, distinct, and will help balance your mood.

If you like an assortment of styles, ECLECTIC might be your choice. This can be a collection of a variety of your favorite styles brought together. You can personalize your unique style and make it your own. This design sends positive vibes, is fun and funky and is guaranteed to boost ones spirit.

If you are looking for a peaceful harmonious environment, ASIAN decorating may be your choice. This includes an open living space, natural light and shades of soft pastels and white with natural materials and an array of plants and flowers. This space creates a very calming environment.

If you think you’d like to step back in time and center around what local craftsman can generate, TUSCAN decorating may be your choice. Earthbound shades of rust, deep reds, whites, beiges blues and creams are popular for this style. Materials are typically terracotta floors, plastered walls and beamed ceilings. The furnishings are bold, solid, and sturdy and constructed from wood. This space creates passion and excitement.

If you are interested in a formal, yet comfortable decorating scheme, MEDITERRAEAN might be your style. Roots from Italy, Greece and Spain run deep with this style. Wrought iron bed frames, accessories and wall hangings, bold colors and heavy fabrics compliment this look. This style creates a strong sense of purpose and positivity.

If you like comfortable and classic, TRADITIONAL would be you look. Pieces all match and are neatly paired. Rooms blend together and are warm and inviting. This environment creates neutrality and security.

These are just a few examples of design variations. All can reveal and convey your own personal style and impact our daily lives. Just adding color or arranging things in creative ways can elevate your mood and spawn joy and comfort in your home or work space.

I have had the pleasure of being allowed this freedom to change and create new space at Mariposa Market. From my own personal experience with decorating my home, work space or helping others do the same in their home, it has positively affected my mood and made my home and work place such an enjoyable place to be. 


Gut Feeling

By Alecia

Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Coming from the root word; “pro” meaning “promoting” and “biotic” meaning “life”.

Most people know that probiotics are found in our digestive systems.  But not very well known, is that embedded in the wall of our gut, resides a complex system of nerves, called the enteric nervous system (ENS).  This is where a part of our autonomic nervous system dubbed, our “second brain” lives.  Spread throughout tissues lining the esophagus, stomach, and layers of intestines, are over 100 million neurons, controlling not only the complicated business of digestion, but also house the probiotics (helpful bacteria) that protect our bodies from potentially dangerous pathogens. These probiotics are the first line of defense against all diseases.

This enteric nervous system is our original nervous system, “emerging in the first vertebrates over 500 million years ago and becoming more complex as vertebrates evolved, possibly even giving rise to the brain itself”.  It’s been discovered that not only is the ENS self- reliant from our brain, but actually sends it signals that influence it.  This second brain also shares characteristics with the first; such as producing hormones and neurotransmitters. It turns out that 95% of the serotonin in the body is located in the enteric nervous system. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter commonly known as the “feel good” chemical, responsible for maintaining mood, and when deficient can lead to depression.  Dopamine is another neurotransmitter generated as much by our second brain as our first.  It sends signals that influence reward motivated behaviors.  It enables us to not only recognize rewards, but to actually take action to move toward them.  This could explain why we seek “comfort foods” during times of stress.  So it’s our brain in our gut that could be responsible for those irresistible cravings!  This also holds true that when we just think about delicious foods, our mouths can begin to water.

In fact our gut’s brain plays a major role in affecting our mood and feelings.  The second brain can be influenced by your brain in your head, or the other way around. For instance, we might encounter a “gut feeling”, some sense about something for reasons unknown, which will send a message to your brain and make the body respond.

 “Butterflies” in the stomach, are that uneasy, fluttery feeling that we get when were about to do something we are nervous about.  It turns out when the brain communicates anxiety to the gut, our bodies physically react.  This creates jitters in the stomach, even nausea and sometime a more serious gastrointestinal issue.  This is part of a “fight or flight” response, where blood leaves places where it’s not needed, like the stomach, and flows to places like leg muscles where it might be needed more; to “flight” for instance.  This is an evolutionary function that helped us to survive, back when we had to possibly run from attacking beasts!

We have all seen thru experience that stressful situations in life, can have a real effect on our bodies. The expression of “my stomach is in knots” may be an example of how stress in our minds literally manifests itself physically.  Loss of appetite, irritable bowel and ulcers are some examples.  And again, this can go both ways; a healthy gut can have a significant effect on our mental well-being. Improving the balance of probiotics in our intestines has shown to have a positive response to our thoughts and feelings. Studies have shown boosting the “good bacteria” in patients who suffered from psychiatric illness, had a significant decrease of depression and anxiety symptoms. These findings are important, and the hope is to be able to incorporate probiotics as an adjunct therapy towards treating and preventing depression and anxiety. So instead of reaching for the Prozac, try eating some sauerkraut!


Neuroscience, (Dec. 18 2012) Gut instincts: The secrets of your second brain


We Have a Voice

By Rachel Klena

My story is small but big.

I came from a small town called Gardnerville, Nevada. This town was a real small town, especially in 1991-92. That's when I was in my last years of elementary school. It was also when I learned "I had a voice."

The town had been struggling for many years, trying to even become a town. We were mostly surrounded by patches of sage brush and dirt lots, rather than many houses. Our garbage situation was beyond horrible. We had crater sized holes that we would back up to and dump our garbage, then they would cover it with a layer of dirt and that was our "dump."  

While our town suffered from this, in science class we were learning about what was biodegradable and what wasn't. At the same time I just so happened to be in a little trouble and was assigned to cafeteria duty on my "free time". I would wheel out all the garbage cans and clean up the tables.   

I had learned that Styrofoam wasn't biodegradable, but yet I was wheeling out cans of nothing but Styrofoam plates, bowls and cups at school. This bothered me so much! 

I complained multiple times to my teacher, who expressed, "do something about it, make a change." My first response was I couldn't because I was just a kid and nobody would hear me. Turns out they did! 

I first started by sending in a thorough essay to the school district, and the board of education for our town. At first I had no response. I kept pushing. As the months went by, I was finally asked to make a presentation to explain what I wanted to change. I got super excited and took on the challenge. Everybody was involved, my teacher, the principal, my classmates. “Let's make a difference”, we said!   

I made a 4 foot papier-mâché boy out of clothes hangers and a newspaper and bleach mixture.  He was holding a beach ball globe. This was to represent that the children of the world hold in their hands the best chance to make a change. I then wrote in-depth a second essay.  

In short, the essay pointed out how we were producing tons of Styrofoam that was never going to break down, that it will aid in killing plant life, and hurting certain animals. I referenced back to books and facts that helped my points. I got to present my "want of change" in front of my school in an assembly; the school board came to hear. I had a theme song that played as I wheeled my boy out; it was Heal the World by Michael Jackson. 

It was very inspiring not only to me that they listened to this little show representing my concerns, but also that everyone else seemed encouraged to agree to really help do this. Not only was I heard, but they actually removed Styrofoam from the whole school district. We switched to washable plates, cups and bowls at all of the schools in the county.  

It might have seemed like a small accomplishment, but it encouraged me to “appreciate my voice." I wanted to share this story to remind myself and to encourage kids and adults alike, that no matter how big or small the problem, we can help. We have a voice!


Corporate Owned Media

(Part Four)

Alternative Media Sources

By Todd Hall


“Is it possible for a for-profit entity driven by advertising revenue to provide the public with the news and analysis it needs to be active and engaged members of society? The answer of course would be no.”

Cynthia Peters: Journalist

We cannot become active participants in global change if we do not obtain accurate information. We have established this to be the case if we depend on mainstream media outlets as trustworthy sources for this information. We need to evolve beyond “The Big Five” to accomplish this. A surprisingly simple indicator of news sourced biases is the fact of advertising dependency. Do not trust any media source which is dependent on commercial advertising. Having this dependency creates a situation where news agencies will not run stories which could negatively affect their advertising base, if details about them were made public. The last thing media wants is to risk losing their funding. This tie between advertisers and media virtually eliminates objectivity from these news sources. This present system violates the principle of what media was originally created for; to objectively inform the people whom they represent.  Media will also use their platforms to promote various products from companies who advertise with them. An example would be the Motion Picture industry, whose films routinely feature their products being used and consumed by well known actors. The fact is, if we want accurate news, we must seek sources which are not associated with mainstream news, or bound by the shackles of advertising dollars. Knowing this, I’d like to provide a partial list of some alternative print media and internet sources which I have come to trust and depend on over the years.

Z Magazine

When it comes to alternative publications, I would have to put Z Magazine at or near the top of my list. Z Magazine is an independent monthly based in Woods Hole MA, founded in 1987 by Lydia and Eric Sargent. (Two of the co-founders of South End Press)

Z Mag. features some of the most accomplished journalists of our time such as: Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Edward S. Herman, Bell Hooks, Cynthia Peters, Michael Albert, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Parenti, and David Barsamian, just to name a few.

Z is also an excellent reference to stay abreast of various events, conferences, and activism. They provide a listing called “ZAPS”, which serves as a valuable calendar for events such as: The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality, which was held in Newark NJ, and the Badass Teachers Association conference, (BAT) in Washington DC. (A group committed to abolishing the privatization of our educational system) 

Z Magazine has a vast website, including access to all of their archives, access to individual writer’s columns, “ZNet”, “ZBlogs”, commentaries, video and audio. Type in Z Magazine on your computer, and click on the “Z Communications>>zmag” option. Take a cruise through their site. It’s extremely interesting and informative, and if you have a conscience, could possibly make you “mad as hell”.  (Z Magazine is not brought to you by Applebees)  

For those with journalistic aspirations, Z Magazine hosts the Z Media Institute. This is held annually, for around 9 days. This event is usually held in Eel Pond, Massachusetts. The Z Media Institute (ZMI) offers a variety of workshops and courses including political, media, activism, and social vision & strategies. Some graduates have joined Z as staff members, or found roles with other publications or projects. For subscriptions, call (508) 548-9063 or go online at eric.sargent@zmag.org.

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)   

Founded in 1986 by Jeff Cohen, FAIR is a national media watch group, offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship. FAIR is a non-profit organization which does not accept advertising.    

FAIR publishes Extra!, a newsletter of media criticism, and produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin. (Locally, CounterSpin airs in Ukiah on KMEC 105.1 FM, Wednesdays at 5:30pm) As an anti-censorship organization, FAIR exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists when they are muzzled. They work with both activists and journalists, encouraging public participation to become media activists rather than passive consumers of mainstream news.  FAIR’s thriving email list distributes articles and Action Alerts to an international network of over 50,000 activists. Those interested can sign up on FAIR’s homepage. As with Z Magazine, a journey through FAIR’s website can lead to an abundance of networking and information possibilities. Contact FAIR at (212) 633-6700 or online at fair.org.

The Nation    

To my knowledge, The Nation is the oldest progressive, “left wing” publication running. A weekly magazine, The Nation was founded in 1865 by abolitionists. (Yes, The Nation is 150 years old)

     The Nation features a knowledgeable staff of journalists covering a broad range of topics. Regular contributors include: Naomi Klein, Michael Pollen, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Melissa Harris-Perry, Tony Kushner, Marilynne Robinson, and Jeremy Scahill.   

Like other like-minded publications, The Nation believes that knowledge without action is futile. And like other publications, The Nation provides information and resources in their publication and their website to assist people in taking action where necessary, and provides tools to be more effective. Type in The Nation magazine on the internet. Click onto their official site. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and select, “Contact Us” or “Subscription Services”, or call 1-(800) 710-9167.

Organic Consumers Association  

As described on their own website, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. They deal with food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, environmental sustainability and other key topics. The OCA is the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.   

OCA was founded in 1998 in the wake of mass backlash by organic consumers against the USDA’s controversial proposed regulations for organic food. The USDA significantly compromised the strict organic standards by placing their own USDA labels on foods which fell far short of those standards. (A situation which still exists today)   

OCA has a coalition partnership of over 850,000 members and approximately 3000 retail coops, natural food stores, CSA, and farmers markets. Coalition partners are notified and can participate in outreach educational activities such as: lectures, media interviews, demonstrations, teach-ins, phone trees, newsletters, website updates, leaflet distribution, and book sales.   

A key issue which is currently highlighted by the OCA is GMO labeling. OCA has created the “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign, and GMO labeling is at the forefront. In Feb. 2015, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced HR 1599, a bill intended to strip states of their rights to pass GMO labeling laws. Officially called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”, was renamed by the OCA as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act. Passage of this bill would nationally halt GMO labeling laws. With no debate and only a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture passed this bill on July 14th. Pending another vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee, this bill will likely end up in the U.S. Senate for another battle in the early fall.    

The OCA is also doing some solid reporting on the situation in Vermont. The state of Vermont has passed mandatory GMO labeling laws which are scheduled to take effect in July, 2016. Predictably, Monsanto and other large food manufactures have filed a lawsuit against the state. The Vermont Food Fight Fund is raising money to fight back against Monsanto. They have raised over 500,000 dollars, including a large donation from Neil Young through concert ticket sales. Adopting the spoiled child stance, Hostess Cake has vowed to pull Twinkies and other Hostess snacks from shelves in Vermont if this labeling law takes effect. It is clear that bio-tech food giants are going to extraordinary lengths to protect their huge profits and keep consumers in the dark about what they’re eating. It should be noted that in Europe, where there are mandatory labeling laws, there is virtually no demand or market for foods containing GMO’s. Imagine the effect this would have on our own farming and food production practices. A Monsanto executive said it best; “If you place GMO labels on food packaging, you may as well put a skull and crossbones on them”. This type of consumer awareness scares the holy crap out of Monsanto executives. Because a Monsanto executive without a 401K plan is a Monsanto executive who has to flip non-GMO burgers to make a living.    

OCA releases a weekly newsletter called, “Organic Bytes”. Their hard-working team of journalists cover a myriad of topics such as: Universal health care with an emphasis on prevention and nutrition, renewable energy, fair trade & economic justice, factory farms, GMO’s and the multiple multinational misdeeds of Monsanto, (MMMM) hospital garden projects, soil, air, and water issues, and anything else you can think of which relates to our health and the health of our planet. 

The OCA also features a buying guide, a green directory for finding organic foods. This buying guide provides sources for pasture based farms in the U.S. and Canada. This is a valuable reference for products such as: beef, pork, lamb, venison, goat, chicken, turkey, wild salmon and a variety of seafood, milk, cheeses, eggs and much more. This guide links these pasture based companies with Natural Food stores, restaurants, farmers markets, community supported agriculture programs, u-pick orchards, and Coops. For example, OCA’s raw milk guide links Mariposa Market with Organic Pastures.  

Naturally, there is not enough space to touch on the countless features and information OCA offers on the website. Check it out yourself and experience the many ways OCA can assist you in making healthy and educated decisions, along with countless resources for activism. Find them online at, organicconsumers.org.


There are many other alternative media sources which we did not have adequate time to cover. For your own reference, a partial list includes: In These Times, The Progressive, www.The Real News.com, www.RoarMag.org, New Politics, Real Media UK, www.Grittv.org, PM Press, and www.Dissidentvoice.org. I hope that some of these alternative media references prove helpful in redefining the way we see the news. Our next and final part to this series will be, “An Open Letter to the Company”.

References: www.zmagazine.com, www.organicconsumers.org.



By Christie

It all started in 1987 when Rachel and Andy Berliner produced their first product, a vegetable pot pie using their own house and barn as their headquarters. Their daughter “Amy” was just born, and the fledgling company was named for her. At that time there were very few convenient meals for vegetarians and folks who just want to eat in a healthier way. Eating “organic” was not yet widely known. People were just starting to understand the dangers of consuming foods with chemicals used for their growth and production.

Soon, Amy’s Kitchen products were purchased not only by vegetarians and health conscious individuals but by people who loved the convenience of quick meals. The company’s instant success prompted the Berliner’s to add new food items at a very rapid pace. In 1999 they introduced a line of soups, beans, chili, pasta sauces and salsas. They now produce over 250 different kinds of frozen meals including pizzas, entrees, pocket sandwiches, and even snacks.

Despite the company’s success, after 28 years and 1600 employees, Amy’s Kitchen is still a family business. Andy and Rachel still work together dealing with the challenges a successful business faces. You can often find the Berliner’s in the kitchen working with their chefs, tasting and developing new ideas. Rachel, with a background in art, is also the company’s art director and oversees all of the packaging design. Andy helps develop all of the sales and marketing strategies.

At Amy’s, they feel it is important to know where their food comes from. They insist on getting to know the farmers who grow the produce. They visit the local farmer’s markets to talk to the growers to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are used in their recipes. They know the names of most of their growers and have established relationships that have lasted from the beginning. They are known in the farming community as a company with high standards for quality and consistency in the fruits and vegetables that they use. For more information, visit their web site at www.amys.com.


From Our Suggestion Box

  • Not a product, but it would be a very positive improvement to include in the Café area not only trash and recycling, but also compost:              Good idea. We’ll get to it soon.
  • Your deli is obviously designed to be as EASY as possible. Not the healthiest, not best. IT SUCKS! No organic bread? Microwave? Really? Like cancer? If I wanted commercial food I’d go to Safeway. You can do much better. How about a real deli and salad bar please! :   We take your comments and criticisms to heart. We have tried very hard to make our café as healthy as possible. But, I agree, there are some pastries made by bakeries here and in Healdsburg which do not use organic ingredients. We are now starting to make our own pastries and they are all made from ingredients in our store, mostly organic.

Finding 100% organic bread in Willits that is not frozen is impossible. We need fresh bread every day. Schat’s uses organic flour. This is the best we can do. We’ve tried for organic lunch meat, but they are really expensive and often unavailable. However, our meats are antibiotic and hormone free. Everything else in our deli is organic: salads, soups, fruit bowls, smoothies, coffee drinks, etc. You will be hard pressed to find any health food store that is all organic. Don’t use the microwave if you think it’s unsafe. Many of our customers use it often and have requested that we have one available. A salad bar is on our wish list, but not happening yet.

  • Coconut Bliss Cookie Dough:   It wasn’t a top seller for us, sorry.
  • Mt Vykos Organic Feta:   I will look into this product.
  • Kolona Whole Milk Cottage Cheese, the best cottage cheese:   We have had this before-it just doesn’t sell here.
  • Fish/Shellfish, are they safe? My doctor says “No”. The dietician at Howard Memorial Hospital says “No”. What do you say? Do you need to put up signs? :   Our fish is all wild caught with the exception of tilapia, which is sustainably farm raised. We probably have the safest fish & shellfish available commercially. But if you are concerned about things like mercury you should avoid tuna and other very large fish. If you are concerned about radioactive material you should avoid seafood. The experts say it’s safe, but we don’t know for sure.
  • Angelic Bakehouse Sprouted Grain Hotdog & Hamburger Buns. Whole Foods is the closest place, I would prefer to shop local for this:     We have Food for Life Sprouted Wheat Hotdog & Hamburger Buns that sell really well. We don’t have the shelf space at this time, but possibly in the future. You can order a case at any time.
  • San Pellegrino Grapefruit:    We stock this drink in our drink cooler in the Deli.
  • XyloBurst Lemon Flavored Xylitol Mints:   We already carry these.
  • Reng Too Coffee, Velvet Lotus. Amazing coffee roasters in Covelo:   This coffee company is doing a demo at our anniversary party. We will probably pick up a few varieties.
  • Jackson Potato Chips, Blue Chips, Sweet Potato Chips. Cooked in coconut oil with sea salt only. Yummy-got at Community Market in Santa Rosa:       We have the potato chips. We’ll look into the sweet potato chips.
  • Fizz, Lime. Please bring it back to shelves-out of stock for 6+ weeks:   We have it now.
  • If you are aware that something is temporarily out of stock it would help if you could put a sign at that location-that would save the customer looking for someone to ask. Thanks:   We do put “Temporarily Out of Stock” signs up, but we probably miss some. We’ll try to do better.
  • Wholesome Chow Organic Banana Nut Mix. Egg & dairy free, or whatever:   We will bring this in.
  • Krave Jerky. It’s the only gluten free jerky you have to offer, please supply more:   Bought out by a large corporate company so we decided not to carry it anymore.
  • Xochital Thin Corn Chips, Sooo good, what happened? :   Discontinued by UNFI. Try the Late July Corn Chips, which we replaced the Xochital Chips with.
  • Sky Valley Teriyaki. Best teriyaki sauce ever!!!! :   We will look for this product.
  • Bone Sucking Sauce. Organic & hot:    We just got the catalog. We’ll try to bring it in.
  • The Woodstock Organic Peanut Butter contains SUGAR & PALM OIL. Both unhealthy. We would be so happy if you would stock Organic roasted, unsalted peanuts. Thank You:             You are right. The Woodstock Peanut Butter in 16 Oz does contain palm oil and sugar. These are no longer on the shelf. The large Woodstock Peanut Butter on sale contains only peanuts and salt, nothing more. We do have roasted, unsalted peanuts. They are in the peanut grinder, but can be purchased by the pound (you will need to ask for assistance, as these nuts are in the grinder).


The Benefits of Seeds: Chia Seeds

By: Haley

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “What are Chia seeds, and where do they come from?” Chia seeds are tiny seeds that come from a plant in the mint family called Salvia Hispanica. It is a flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatemala that produce these tiny superfood gems. Chia seeds provide various benefits to your health and beauty, and are easy to add to your diet.

1oz of Chia seeds contains: 11g of fiber, 4g of protein, 9g of fat (5g of which are omega 3’s), 18% of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) of calcium, 30% of the RDA of magnesium and manganese, and 27% of the RDA of phosphorus. All of that in just ONE OUNCE! Not to mention all of the minerals, and vitamin B. To top it all off, there are only 101 calories in an ounce of Chia seeds!

Another asset of Chia seeds is they are whole grain, gluten free, and they are loaded with antioxidants (Mariposa carries organic and non-GMO Chia Seeds). Quercetin, Kaempferol, Myricetin, Caffeic Acid, and Chlorogenic Acid are just some of the antioxidants found in Chia seeds and provide great health benefits! Quercetin, for example, is beneficial for allergies, and helps maintain optimum blood pressure and cardiac health. Kaempferol, Myricetin, and Caffeic Acid all help protect against chronic diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, and cerebrovascular disease, and supports a healthy immune system. Chlorogenic Acid has anti-cancer properties and helps to fight brain tumors, brain cancers, and promotes a healthy liver and gallbladder. What more could you ask for from these tiny seeds!?

One other perk Chia seeds have to offer is they can help you lose weight and are easy to add to your diet. Don’t believe me? Check this out! Instead of having a cup or two of coffee every morning, try a refreshing smoothie instead! Easy and delicious! If that isn’t easy, I don’t know what is! Below is a recipe for readers to try.

Orange, Raspberry, Banana, and Chia Smoothie

                                    1 Cup of orange juice

                                    1 Cup of frozen raspberries

                                    1 frozen banana

                                    1-2 TBSP of Chia seeds

Layer ingredients into blender as listed above. Blend until smooth, pour, and enjoy!





The Appellations of California Wine

By Debbie Mac

If you buy wine when you shop at Mariposa, you’ve more than likely noticed that we have a few new Lake County wines.  The first addition was Gregory Graham wine.  It was a suggestion from an employee, and a great one.  We started with a Syrah and a red blend called “Cinder Cone” and we have added three more varietals. Lake County has warm days and cool nights, as well as no fog, so the grapes receive sun all day. Soils in the Red Hills Appellation are red, rocky, and well drained; ideal characteristics for the wine grapes.  In addition to the soil, Clear Lake exerts a moderating influence on the temperature and humidity of the surrounding vineyards.  Moist air moves up the hillsides with the warmth of day and back down into the lakeside valleys at night, keeping the climate stabilized. This gives Lake County fruit all the benefits of the “coastal” influence, without the colder temperatures and excessive moisture that occur nearer the Pacific Ocean. 

Gregory Graham has 25 years of experience and nine years ago, set out to produce world class wines from Lake County with fresh structured, fruit forward vintages.  He believes that wines are made in the vineyard, and harvest should take place at the perfect moment.  He harvests the grapes at the peak of fruit flavor development and uses boutique winemaking techniques and early bottling to preserve the flavors.  The results are excellent Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.  We currently carry Syrah; which has aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry, capers, and flavors of sweet plum and hints of toasted oak and mocha.  Another red is the “Cinder Cone”, a red blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Malbec, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The aromas of blackberry and plum with notes of smoked meats and black pepper, plum, currants, and toasted oak all come together to make a wonderfully flavored blend.  The Grenache, which we recently added, is blended with 7 percent Syrah and exhibits aromas of ripe cherry and rose petal with highlights of white pepper and cigar box.  This gentle wine bursts with flavors of ripe cherry, cinnamon and spice. This wine pairs well with smoked chicken, alfredo, or roast pork loin.  The two whites we carry are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  The Chardonnay has aromas of fresh peach and mango with a hint of caramel and a long finish.  The Sauvignon Blanc is a little different than most wineries.  It is harvested when the fruit is riper so it produces a wine with more passion fruit and citrus character. 

The other lake County wine we more recently started carrying due to a customer request is a Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc from Wildhurst Vineyards.  Wildhurst Vineyards is located in Lake County, CA, in the small town in Kelseyville.  It began as a pear orchard and pears still share the land with the grapes.  The owners, Myron and Marilyn Holdenreid started the wine venture by planting 30 acres of Zinfandel in 1966.  The winery was started in 1991 and the production facility in 1997.  The Holdenreids still operate the day-to-day business.  About 80 percent of the brand wines are made from their grapes.  In this spirit, Wildhurst makes direct, hand crafted wines from a winemaker’s passion and a farmers love of the land.  The 2012 Zinfandel shies away from a dark fruit profile and shows strawberry and raspberry notes. The minerality comes out in this textured wine with zesty, lively acids.  Hints of cherry cola finish with subtle dry tannins for pairings with pizza and other Italian dishes.  The Sauvignon Blanc has big ripe characteristics of pineapple, honeydew and banana, lean minerality and hints of dried straw. The Chardonnay speaks big oak and warm hints of melted butter.  It finishes dry yet subtle. 

It is always fun to try new wine, and so wonderful to have amazing new wineries added to our selection of great local wines.  We are blessed to live in such a breathtaking area with great wine.


Oven-Candied Summer Tomatoes

From The Splendid Table


Be sure to "ripen" the roasted tomatoes at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours before eating. Store them covered in the refrigerator up to 6 days. They freeze beautifully for three months -- and sometimes taste even better for it.


  • 2 to 2-1/2 pounds delicious, ripe, medium-sized tomatoes (not plum tomatoes, unless they are extremely flavorful and never Roma tomatoes which are flavorless)
  • 1 cup robust extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Core tomatoes and halve vertically. Do not seed. Leave small tomatoes in halves, cut slightly larger tomatoes into 4 wedges, medium ones into 6, and large into 8. In a half sheet pan, or two 2-1/2 quart shallow metal baking pans (not glass or enameled metal), arrange tomato wedges cut side up, about 1/2 to 1-inch apart. Coat tomatoes with oil -- there should be enough to film the bottom of the pan as well. Sprinkle with salt.

2. Bake 30 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees and bake another 30 minutes. Turn heat to 300 degrees, and bake 30 more minutes, or until edges are slightly darkened. If edges are not yet colored, turn heat down to 250 and bake another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove tomatoes from the oven. Cool 20 minutes. Transfer them to a shallow glass or china dish and pour their oil over them. Let mellow, uncovered, at room temperature 4 to 6 hours.

3. Layer in a storage container, pouring in their oil, and refrigerate. To serve, drain off all oil from tomatoes and offer at room temperature. Taste for seasoning. Freeze tomatoes in their oil in sealed plastic containers up to 3 months.

Serves 4-8

Yield: Makes 16 to 32 pieces


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