Ellwood's New Omega Oatmeal

If you’ve been looking for a little more substance in your breakfast, look no further. Come by Ellwood’s before 11:00am to fill up on our delicious breakfast bar. When you’re there, make sure to try our new Omega Oatmeal, a house-made concoction of organic steel cut oats, groats, organic soy milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat seeds. It’s packed full of nutrient rich superfoods that will last as along as you do!

An Ode To Food Poetry Contest

Ahhh, food. What a profound love we have for it! Show us YOUR love by submitting a poem about the dish or food of your choice. It’s that simple! You’ll be entered to win a box of chocolates and a flower arrangement to give to that special someone or keep for yourself.

To Enter: Simply drop your poem off with your name, phone, age, and email address at our customer service desk or email your poem with “Love Poem Contest” as the subject line to info@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Limit one entry per person, deadline for entry is Monday, February 11th. Gifts are chosen by Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market. All entries must be original content.

BBQ Baked Beans with Local Sausage & Collards

With temperatures around Richmond slowly dropping, warm, hearty meals are sounding better and better. It’s time to look to seasonal, local ingredients to make some of the best dishes of the season. And there’s nothing that fills the soul (and stomach) like a big, slow cooked pot of baked beans. With this recipe, we’re going to fill it with delicious, locally-grown, USDA certified organic collards from Amy’s Garden as well as locally-made Sausage Craft sausage for a home-cooked meal that’s literally close to home.

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Hardywood Park Brewery Tour

A few weeks ago we had the chance to bring our “official beer tasting elite squad”  just down the street to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. On the grounds we got a tour, saw the process of making their Singel, and more importantly, got to try some of their newest creations such as the Virginia Blackberry and the DIPA. Both of which are in stock now on our shelves.

Half-Baked Contest

We love fresh baked goods! From warm muffins to hearty whole grain breads, creating them from scratch is always an experiment and we have fun with it at the Ellwood’s Bakery! Now, we’re turning to you, our customers, for inspiration! We’re asking you to come up with a unique recipe for a cupcake, cookie, or type of bread. If your recipe is chosen, we’ll name it after you, bake it for one month, and sell it in our store! To enter, either come in and drop your recipe off in our drop box or email it to contest@ellwoodthompsons.com

We look forward to baking your recipe! Many will enter, just one will win. One winner will be chosen by Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market for production and sale in the store. The baked good will be named based upon discussion with the creator of the recipe and Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market. Please enter online or in the drop box. One winner will be chosen during the first week of July 2012.

Our Friends Need Your Help!

Our friends need your help! Do we have your ears? If so, here’s the low down: Pedal Power is a Richmond, VA based group that is committed to educating the community on the many alternatives available to consumers for our sustainability. Beyond events, Pedal Power seeks to demonstrate simple steps we can all take to reduce energy consumption and have a positive impact on the environment.

What they do: Pedal Power organizes and participates in events where people ride bikes on stationary trainers and help generate power for the event. Kind of like a wind turbine, but without the wind. Their goal is to get people to feel how much energy it takes to make electricity and make the connection to use less. Get the picture?

Your Mission: Not happy with their name, Pedal Power has decided that it’s time for a new one. And that’s where you come in. We need you to help develop a better name for this great organization so that everyone, not just cyclists, begin to understand how much energy is needed to create the electricity we all use.  We want the new name to better convey our core mission of raising awareness about energy conservation. Email your idea to contest@ellwoodthompsons.com.  All entries will be submitted to Pedal Power who will make the final decision. One winner will receive a custom jersey, CamelBak water bottle and the knowledge of knowing they’re helping to save the environment.

For more information on Pedal Power, just visit their website.

Style Weekly Best Of

Thanks to our friends over at STYLE Weekly for voting us the Best Green/Environmentally Friendly Business in Richmond. Being a green business isn’t easy. Businesses, both big and small, use a significant amount of energy and produce a large amount of waste. We take pride in every step that we take to combat this. To learn more about our environmental efforts, read our Environmental Pledge.

TONIGHT: Strength in Numbers

Tonight, Richmond’s historic Byrd Theater will be host to Red Bull’s long awaited Strength in Numbers mountain bike video. The fact that Richmond is getting this video just two weeks after it’s premiere is a pretty big deal. So if you’re a fan of bicycling in general, not just mountain biking, come out to The Byrd tonight! Doors open at 7pm and film start promptly at 7:30pm. Get there early and get a seat!