New Goods: Almond Butter, Pasta Sauces, and Fudge!

Rather than clutter up the order page, I decided instead to make a weekly blog post on the new goods. If you get the email, it will be very similar.

Quote of the Week: “Education killed the Internet.”

The overload on the Internet combined with our web hosting doing a server migration made for a challenging ordering situation last week. Hopefully, things run a bit smoother this week. If you have problems with the site or order form, please let us know!

Coffee Pot Farms!

Have you had the heirloom tomatoes from Dilkon’s Coffee Pot Farms yet? They really are the best. We have a few available right now! Come to the Mercantile today (Sunday) between 9 am and noon and pick some out. We also have acorn squash and kale and other good stuff.


Speaking of acorn squash, we like to slice them thin, douse in high-quality olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for twenty minutes at 350 until the bottom side gets good crunchy. These literally melt in your mouth. And yes! We eat the skin too. If you can’t make it in today, we will have acorn squash for Thursday’s delivery/pickup as well. 

Almond Butter!

Now at the Merc! Flavored almond butter without tons of sugar! Made with ALL-NATURAL ingredients and absolutely ZERO preservatives, Base Culture almond butter is 100% paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and soy-free—with only 3 grams of sugar!  We have two varieties: Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter and Gingerbread Almond Butter with nutmeg and ginger (NOW SOLD OUT BUT MORE ON THE WAY, INCLUDING A PLAIN AND A MAPLE!).

Our friend Carol suggested putting the gingerbread almond butter on apples, and she was right. So delicious.

“Food is good, food with a story is better.”

We totally agree with that sentiment. We like knowing where our food comes from, so when we look for new products we seek out small companies where you deal directly with the people making the product. Twin brothers Bill and Johnny Vesper grew up in their dad’s small Pennsylvania deli and market, eating traditional Italian recipes passed down through generations. They formed Vesper Bros Foods based on their Italian Grandmom’s cooking. 

Last week we got their Marinara and Spicy Arrabbiata and sold out before the jars even hit the shelves. Here’s what we like about their products: NO citric acid or preservatives or any ingredients you can’t pronounce which translates into a truly homemade tasting sauce. Plus, we love talking directly to the Vesper Brothers. Bill sent this message when we reordered:


“I honestly LOVE the vibe of your store. Seriously would love to visit someday. Very excited your customers are loving the sauce.”

Bill Vesper

And this on Social Media:

“🎼 Standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona such a fine sight to see 🎶… It’s our sauce now available in AZ!! At @motorpalacemercantile — Have you heard a cooler named store?? If you live in the SW or are visiting Winslow, please stop in and see our new friend Lori at Motor Palace! 🙌🏼”

the vesper brothers

What People are Making!

Gluten-free Tagliolini with Vesper’s Arrabbiata top left, Stuffed Peppers from Coffee Pot Farms including Arizona Grass-Fed Beef and Arrabbiata. Bottom left, homemade meatballs with Marinara, and eggs poached in Marinara. Keep sending pictures our way!Are next Vesper Brothers shipment will head our way next week, hopefully arriving before Thursday: The Signature Marinara, plus a Tomato Basil marinara, and a Signature Chili–which has a plethora of fresh vegetables, two kinds of beans (never canned!), and their own mixture of chili spices added to their Signature spicy Arrabbiata to create an incredible chili.

Epic Fudge!

Our Snowflake chocolatiers EPIC FINE CHOCOLATES are still rebuilding their confection kitchen, but they were able to get restock the Fudge on Fire, plus, a plain Belgian Chocolate Fudge and Belgian Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts!

And there it is! This week’s New Goods.

Get your dairy orders in by 9 pm Monday 8/28 for Thursday 9/1 delivery! If you’ve already sent your order or have a standing order……you’re all good. If you haven’t ordered or want to add to your order, you can do so by clicking the link below.

Thanks as always for your support!
Lori and Brian Law

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