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Big Changes

For the last nine and a half years, Organics At Home and Sprout Organic Market have had the pleasure of serving this amazing community. The market has always been a meeting place for a wide variety of people. Engaging and spirited political, social, and environmental discussions are a regular occurrence while our customers browse the shelves. Sprout became a gathering place for the community, and we are so proud of what we have created.

We’re proud of the network of farmers we have grown and maintained over the years. We are honored to have been part of their lives, making sure they are paid a fair price. We believe in prompt payment so our suppliers don’t have to suffer financially. This is not something that all grocery stores do.

We’re proud of the amazing small producers and artisans we’ve met over the years. Helping them perfect their products so they can venture into broader markets has been our pleasure.

We’re proud of creating a store that only carries organic food. You can always trust that whatever you pick up will be certified organic.

We’re proud of the amazing team we have always had the pleasure to work with. Many, even from our home delivery days, are people we are glad we can call friends. These are truly the best of the best people. They live with the highest integrity and are some of the biggest hearts we’ve met.

We’re proud to have made it for nine and a half years as a small business in an ocean of big box stores. For years, Sprout has been the little engine that could!

So, it is with very heavy hearts that Greg and I have decided to close our store in Queensbury. We will be closing our doors in July. We will still have our online store and may reappear at some point, but our retail location will be closed.

Danielle, Severin, Andrea, Greg, and I thank you all so much for letting us be a part of your lives. We will miss you and look forward to seeing you out in the community.

In the meantime, we will be running sales at the store. Make sure to check in often to see what’s on sale today!

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Eat clean to beat Alzheimer’s

For years we have known the perils of processed foods. They’re highly refined, nutritionally devoid products that hardly resemble food anymore, wrapped in attractive packages to be consumed with ease everywhere. Recently, a largescale study confirmed what has long been suspected: that a 10% increase in consumption of highly processed foods resulted in a 12% increase in overall cancer events” http://(https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k322).

Now scientists are sounding the alarm about the correlation between Alzheimers and processed foods. It was always widely accepted by the medical community that Alzheimers was a genetic outcome. But the truth is that less than 1% of Alzheimers cases are a result of genetic mutations.

The truth is that DNA isn’t destiny.

We all have relevant medical family histories. It stands to reason that if you are born to a family, you are raised in a shared environment and eat the same foods, and as such, your medical outcomes might be the same or similar. We control the environment in which our DNA bathes. If you eat a diet of fast foods and processed GMOs, your bath is going to be a bit murky!

For Alzheimer’s, as with cancer and other conditions like heart disease and diabetesmuch of the risk is related to behavioral and lifestyle factors. The consensus among scientists is that over one third of all Alzheimer’s cases could be prevented by improving our lifestyles. This includes improving cardiovascular fitness, keeping our brains intellectually stimulated and, perhaps most importantly of all, eating better.

Off to make a salad. To your health!

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Mark your calendars

May 26, 2018 Sprout will be holding a birthday celebration for our 6th anniversary here in Queensbury.

Look forward to samples from some of your favorite companies (details to come) and wonderful snacks from our own S’wich Cafe chef extraordinaire – Erik Smith.

Best of all, come and take advantage of fantastic deals throughout the store… 10% off everything (excluding the dairy cooler and freezer).

It’s going to be a fun party and we really hope you will  join us.

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Help build a better Sprout

Sprout Market will be turning six next month! The original vision and intention was to offer a store where you didn’t need to worry about checking a label to see if an item was organic; everything at Sprout is certified organic, pasture-raised/grass-fed, ethical, and local when possible. Supporting local artisans, producers, and farmers has always been the cornerstone of what we do.

I’ve tossed out sales reps who’ve challenged or mocked my choices (still see them at trade shows – awkward!). I stand firm in my beliefs and in my ethics. It is not the same to say something is non-GMO and local; we need to also remain vigilant about the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides. We need to continue to support farmers who choose to protect our environment and our health at great cost.

Over the past six years, more stores have begun to offer organic products and produce. What once made us totally unique no longer does. Saving time and money has never been more important in our expensive city.

If you have a moment, please take the survey we’ve put together. We value your input in helping us shape the new and improved Sprout.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SV8CGZ7

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