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Dec 20, 2013

Need Last Minute Gift Ideas?

Need last minute gift ideas, or just an excuse to stop by the Collective before we close for the holiday break this evening? We got you covered.

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Thanks for following us and have a wonderful break, foodies!

Dec 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Cups, Because You Deserve It

If you’re feeling a little dead from Dead Week, we feel you. That’s why you should head on to the back of the Collective, where we have as many peanut butter cups as you could possibly want. We can’t confirm this, but we’ve heard from sources that people who eat peanut butter cups definitely do better on their finals. And even if you don’t, they’re delicious, so worth a try, right?

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups are organic, gluten and GMO free and the chocolate is Fair Trade. The peanut butter is crunchy and the chocolate is perfectly smooth. Each package comes with two cups and they’re healthy enough for snack food and delectable enough for dessert. Come by and grab some. You deserve it. And we’ll let you get back to studying now.

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups are available at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Dec 9, 2013 / 2 notes

It’s (Not) Just a Water Bottle

One of our newest products here at the Food Collective proclaims on its label that it’s “just a water bottle, like you’re just a person.” Which is to say that you’re far more than just a person and this is far more than just a water bottle. It’s the BKR bottle, of course.

These bottles are made of glass and have a silicone cover, which I’ll let speak for itself with this image from BKR’s website.

It’s the water bottle that might make you break your plastic habits for good, inspired by everything from sky-high boots to Tokyo minimalism to the bright and the calm. They come in pretty much every color of the rainbow and are exactly as socially and environmentally consciousness as you could hope. Their bottles are, of course, completely BPA-free and if you buy one, it’s sure to be something you’ll hang on to for a long time. They’re made with the belief that the objects in your life should be beautiful, effortless and loved and take it from us, they’re all of those things.

BKR Water Bottles are available for $25 at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Nov 25, 2013

windspeakes asked: Hey! Just wondering, which committee runs the tumblr page?

It is in the outreach & publicity committee!

Nov 22, 2013 / 1 note

Holiday Nog Season Is Here!

(Photo courtesy of www.califiafarms.com.)

It’s getting to be that season! What season? Holiday Nog season, of course! The good news is that all the rain we’ve been getting here in Berkeley gives you license to stock up on as much of this as you want. And you will want a lot.

This Holiday Nog is made by Califia Farms, which is a beverage company based out of the beautiful San Joaquin Valley. All of their products are certified non-GMO and come in recognizable, lovely carafes which will bring back a wave of nostalgia for classic milk bottles — even if we’re all a little bit too young to remember that. Their name is derived from the story that Spanish explorers thought they had discovered the mythical island of the warrior queen, Califia, when they first came to California.

Back to the Nog: it’s one part dairy and soy free and two parts absolutely delicious. It’s great enjoyed on its own, added to your morning coffee or used in pretty much any way you can dream up and it’s one of the products we’re most excited about carrying this holiday season.

(Note: This fab Holiday Nog has been so popular that we’re currently out of stock. We should be getting it back in on Tuesday, and hope you’ll come for some then.)

Califia Farms’ Holiday Nog is available for $5.25 for a 48 ounce bottle at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Nov 15, 2013

What’s That Smell? Luscious Lathers!

Walk by our body products section and you’ll smell Luscious Lathers soaps before you see them. We currently have three of their soaps in stock and they smell absolutely wonderful: clean and fragrant. Luscious Lathers is based in our neighboring city, Emeryville, and their soaps are natural, non-abrasive and regenerative.

When you get one of their soaps, it will have one or more of these completely natural bases: olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter or glycerin.

All of their products are made by hand in small batches using cold process, hot process or melt-and-pour. As their website explains, the first two methods require between two and four weeks to cure, while the melt-and-pour requires a much shorter time.

We’ll be getting their fantastic deodorant in store soon as well, which is natural and aluminium free. And, of course, happy 3rd birthday to the Berkeley Student Food Collective! Be sure to come by and help us celebrate in the coming week by checking out these and many more fabulous products on our shelves.

Have a wonderful weekend, foodies!

Luscious Lathers soaps are available for $3.00 at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Nov 8, 2013

Cocotella. ‘Nuff Said.

New on our shelves here at the Food Collective? Another product that’s as local as it’s delicious: Ostara Stone Ground Cocotella! We love that it’s vegan, raw and organic and, as they describe it, ​​a rich, chocolatey experience with a creamy, sweet taste. In case that’s not enough, the possibilities for how to eat cocotella are endless. A few ideas we’ve heard are to spread it on apples, stir a bit into your morning (or afternoon, or evening) coffee. Or, you know, go at it straight out of the jar. We don’t judge. We’ve all been there.

As I mentioned before, all of Ostara’s products are hyper-local: made right here in Berkeley and cocotella is a perfect way to fend off the November blues.

Ostara Stone Ground Cocotella is available for $10.30 at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Nov 1, 2013 / 2 notes

Post-Halloween Secret Weapon!

Everything we sell here at the Food Collective is locally produced — but the product we’re spotlighting today takes local to a whole new level. Hensley’s Organic kombucha is made right on Allston Avenue, here in Berkeley. We’ve just started carrying it recently and we couldn’t be more excited.

This kombucha is made in tiny batches and fermented in glass. It’s bottled by hand and completely raw and live, not to mention naturally effervescent. The only ingredients are filtered water, cane juice, Fair Trade green tea and Hensely’s organic scoby, which is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.

If you’re looking for something to ease the post-Halloween hangover, kombucha might be a good bet. While the evidence is inconclusive, the word on the street is that kombucha is the secret hangover weapon we’ve been waiting for. And it’s on the shelves right about now at the Food Collective, calling your name.

And before we leave, a heads-up! Our Instagram is hopping, so be sure to follow us there too for hilarious and delectable photos, plus the scoop on the special stuff we’re selling on any given day.

Happy November, foodies!

Hensley’s Organic kombucha is available for $4.75 at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Oct 25, 2013

Butterflies, Cupcakes & More

When our wonderful Operations Manager, Gwen, gave me a heads-up about the Polar Bear Cupcakes, made by Mariposa Bakery, that we’ve just started selling in our baked goods section, she called them “vanilla creme-filled yumminess.” And that doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Mariposa Bakery was founded by Patti Furey Crane and got their start in West Berkeley. Since then, they’ve expanded to a bigger, totally gluten-free kitchen in Oakland, where they bake up a storm of products that taste as good as the ingredients list sounds. Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish and they chose the name as a metaphor for the transformation that occurs when you take control of your health and diet, whether through a gluten-free diet or another means. Cupcakes are just the beginning: they also make pizza crusts, bagels, brownies and more.

Their fabulous Polar Bear Cupcakes are not only gluten-free, but they’re also dairy-free (not vegan). We could say so much more about these, but really, they have to be tasted to be believed. If you needed an excuse to stop by the Food Collective, it’s now your one-stop shop for cupcakes in addition to everything else. But you didn’t need an excuse, did you?

Polar Bear Cupcakes are available for $2 each or $7.50 for a box of four at our store, 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!

Oct 18, 2013

Fair Trade Friday (Also, Chocolate)

It might just be me, but I think Berkeley was a little darker and sadder (good weather, though, can’t lie) while Equal Exchange chocolate bars were off the Food Collective’s shelves. But they’re back now, and better than ever!

Equal Exchange is one of the leading purveyors of fair trade chocolate. What is fair trade and why is it important? Fair trade is a holistic approach to the supply chain, which in the case of chocolate, begins on cocoa farms. The majority of the commercial chocolate sold in the United States originates in west Africa and there’s an epidemic of slave labor on these farms, often children who are forced to work in inhumane conditions.

There are several reliable fair trade certifications and when you see one, it means that the brand has made a commitment to responsible and ethical business practices, including things like fair wages and working conditions for everyone in the supply chain, shortening that chain to cut out unnecessary middlemen and last, but certainly not least, a commitment to environmental responsibility.

All fair trade products are not certified organic, but the good news is, Equal Exchange is both!

Did we mention how good it tastes? Because it tastes really good. Absolute win-win.

Equal Exchange chocolate bars are available for $3.80 in our store at 2440 Bancroft here in Berkeley. We’re open Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm. Our store is open to everyone, including non-members and non-students. Come visit!