We’ve been Twitter friends with Rosemary Morretta for a few years now and she’s always been a big supporter of our blog. We’d post something, invariably, she’d share it or offer her enthusiasm especially when a blog post had to do with farms, or anything green. And there’s good reason for that: Rosemary is on the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA). Their mission is “Advocating for organic food, farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut, connecting people in the local sustainable food and land care movements with organic resources and education.” So, one day a few months back she shared with us that she and her friend Debra Sloane were going to start their own business called Farm2Jars.
Their idea: create a granola that was actually a no-grain-ola. They wouldn’t use oats, they’d use local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Because of what went into the mix was pure and simple like sliced almonds, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, strawberries, coconuts, walnuts, and pure cacao, their snack would be gluten-free, dairy free, paleo-friendly, GMO-free and more. And, that’s exactly what Rosemary and Debra were trying to do with Farm2Jars. Plus, it couldn’t hurt that Debra has her own farm (Sloane) in Washington, CT that supplies a good deal of the ingredients that go into their granola.
After getting in touch recently, Rosemary sent us over the first two of their three flavors to try:
BerryPeachy: this includes sliced almonds, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peaches, strawberries, walnuts, and other flavors. The almonds, seeds, and walnuts add a nice crunchiness, while the strawberries and peaches add a nice softness and flavor contrast. Just excellent with a warm, toasty, slightly coconut-y finish.
BerryChocolaty: this granola mix uses much of the same ingredients (minus the peach), but also features some pure cacao and cacao nibs. The richness of the chocolate is the first flavors you get, but it’s not overwhelming at all and isn’t cloyingly sweet like most chocolate granolas tend to be. We couldn’t honestly tell you, though, if we liked this one or the BerryPeachy more!
BerryPumpkiny: we SO need this in our lives!
We realize that granola is a very saturated market, but Farm2Jars definitely sets itself apart for not having oats and being a true farm-to-jar experience. To be honest, granola can be overwhelmingly crunchy, breaking tooth after tooth which each bite. But, that doesn’t happen with their no-grain-ola, although it is still plenty crunchy. Another thing that surprised us is that the calorie count is pretty low, relatively, too. Berry Chocolaty comes in at just 100 for a 2 ounce serving and Berry Peachy is just 150 calories for 2 ounces. Something else that we love is that they donate 1% of all their sales back into farms by donating to CT NOFA.
You can find Farm2Jars at your local farmers’ markets when it’s nicer out, but there are still plenty of winter markets like WFM at Gilbertie’s in Westport, the New Canaan Nature Center, Norfield Grange in Weston, and Benedict’s Garden Center in Monore. In addition, you can find Farm2Jars for sale at New Canaan Healthfare, The Smithy in New Preston, The Pantry in Fairfield, The Common Bond Market in Shelton and at New Morning Market in Woodbury. Finally, you can also just order their no-grain-ola directly from their site in packs of 6 for $54.