I love going to my supermarket. Sounds so rock ‘n’ roll, eh?

[Make sure you check out PART 1 as well!]

For a quick recap of what’s going on: I was invited to #ALookAtLocal blogger event at Whole Foods Albany for a chance to try a few local products offered in their store before their 2nd Anniversary celebration. This is a continuation of a previous blog post, link to part one can be found above.

Totally unintentional but this part 2 is apparently focused on beverages and to cleanse your palette, let’s start with JUST Water (Glens Falls, NY). Right up front. they describe themselves “100% spring water in a paper based bottle.” The water you’d be drinking from that bottle is filtered water right from the Glens Falls watershed.

Source: NYTimes

Source: NYTimes

What I love about this company is that they aren’t some big corporate giant coming in and setting up shop, they want to put themselves into the community. For more explanation on their placement in Glens Falls, check it out on their WEBSITE. I loved the water! It’s clean, crisp, I love that the packaging is recyclable & it’s exciting to know that the water is local! [Check out some of the more well-known investors being disclosed HERE]

ISaratogaJuice love juices, I just want someone to make them for me every morning and I would be happy. Luckily, I had the chance to meet Shawn from Saratoga Juice Bar (Saratoga, NY). Saratoga Juice Bar’s cold-pressed juice is a raw process that retains 100% of the vitamins. Each bottle of Saratoga Juice Bar juice contains 3-5lbs of fresh produce and is vegan, gluten/soy/dairy/nut free. I had a taste of all of them and it seemed as each got better and better but my personal favorite was called “Big Shot” and had Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne. Careful, there’s quite the bite! The best part is when I turned the bottle around to look at ingredients, all I saw were just those 4 ingredients! Check out the full menu HERE.

Before More GoodI even got to ask my first question, Scott from More Good (Beacon, NY) asked me what my favorite soda is, I responded ginger ale and just like that with seltzer and their syrup I had the healthiest ginger ale ever. As they say on their website: they “use locally sourced and organic ingredients to create hand-crafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters. Our mission is simple: global impact through local success.” What I didn’t realize was that they pledge a minimum of $4,000 per year through two annual fundraisers to make sure that they will fund at least one fully sustainable water well each year. There are so many different flavors to choose from and though not all are available at Whole Foods at the moment, they can be ordered online. I bought a bottle of the ginger ale and can’t wait to use it. You can use the syrups in baking, drinks, savory food- anything! I need to buy a bottle of the chai, I LOVED that!

[Quote by Rachel Stevens]