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Why Whole Grain Sorghum?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

We’re so excited to be the first makers of whole grain, non-GMO, gluten-free pretzels and we couldn’t do it without sorghum. We use sorghum because it is so much better than the bleached, refined flours in other classic pretzels and the corn and soy ingredients in the gluten free versions. Sorghum tastes better, crunches better, is better for you, and better for the land. We work with Earl Roemer, a fourth generation farmer because his whole grain sorghum is the very best we could find.   Earl Roemer, Nu Life Market founder and president, is a fourth generation farmer in Scott City, Kansas. Earl’s great-grandfather emigrated from Sweden, through Ellis Island, and onto Kansas during the Homestead Act, a time in history when the United States government incentivized settlers to move out west in exchange for farmland. The Roemer’s raised cattle and crops for decades…

Food Friends Holiday Gift Boxes

Friday, November 25th, 2016

This holiday season we reached out to some of our long-time food friends to put together a sweet Holiday Gift Box – perfect for anyone on your list, granted they love organic popcorn and fairtrade chocolate! [Available at our online store, while they last!] “We’re all about sourcing the best ingredients and creating premium blends without any artificial ingredients, flavors or colors because “delicious” and “natural” should absolutely go together!” Little Secrets was started by Kristy’s friend from high school. You’ll find his Peppermint Dark Chocolate Candy Coated Chocolate in the Holiday Gift Box! Think York Peppermint Patties, but way better [and better ingredients!].   “Our story begins with a lifelong love affair of chocolate and our founder’s big-hearted wish for a world in which delicious treats could be enjoyed with peace of mind.” Cisse Cocoa’s founder and Kristy met years ago and instantly connected. They…

Colorado Sunflower Harvest

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

This is a quick story of where our sunflower oil comes from. Almost two decades ago, four families banded together and built the first sunflower mill in Colorado [and one of the only strictly expeller-extracted plants in the country]. They grew the sunflowers, partnered with other local growers, crushed the seeds after harvest, and pressed them for the oil – high in healthy fatty acids and vitamin E. Nothing went to waste, the crushed seeds became livestock feed for local ranchers. Here are some photos from our last visit with our sunflower growers at Colorado Mills in Lamar, Colorado – a quick four-hour drive from Quinn HQ. A shot from the road in Southeastern Colorado on our way from Boulder to Lamar. Kristy with Doug Uhland, a Colorado Mills farmer-owner, talking sunflower growing practices. Doug’s sunflower heads are heavy with…

Natural Flavors

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

(Here’s a promise from us, we’re always going to share exactly what’s in our product. No hiding behind natural flavors here – the photo above is some of our raw ingredients.) Nature and flavor might be two of our favorite things, so why is this word combo stirring up such a hullabaloo? For us, it comes down to one thing really, a lack of transparency. The words “natural flavor” on an ingredient list just don’t tell the whole story. Here’s how natural flavoring is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations: “essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy…

Popcorn & Beer

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

​We’ve always enjoyed beer with popcorn and we know we aren’t the only ones. So ​we decided to take some time to really dig into the phenomenon. In other words, ​we stayed a little late Friday night, popped up some popcorn, and invited our friends from Sanitas Brewing Co. over to hang out. Pretty important stuff. Sanitas​ is a Boulder brewery that started up about a year ago. They happen to be down the road from our warehouse which has made for easy and much welcome trades. This past Friday they brought over two​ styles of​ beers and we popped up a bunch of popcorn. This is what we learned…   Beer and popcorn ​go great together – no big surprises there – but if you put a little forethought into your selections they can make each other even better (like any good relationship)….

I Passed!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

( Coulter is obsessed with fireworks, he took the above photo a few years ago when we were in MT.)   I PASSED the test!