Veggie Bits

Wholemato Brings Organic Ketchups to Your Picnic Table

Whether you're planning a Memorial Day barbecue or packing veggie dogs for a trip to the ballpark, you'll probably want to pick up a bottle or two of Wholemato Organic Agave Ketchup. The Original flavor is sweet and tangy, while the Spicy variety offers a slight kick with chili peppers and a hint of hickory smoke. An added bonus is that these products come in 13-ounce glass bottles, alleviating the concerns that many people have about chemicals leaching from conventional plastic bottles. To learn more, write to Wholemato Organic Agave Ketchup, 319 Lafayette Street, Suite 188, New York, NY 10012. You may also call the company at (212) 220-0039 or send an e-mail to info@wholemato.com. Visit Wholemato online at www.wholemato.com.

Why Not Chew on This?

Planning a hike or just looking for a high-protein snack? Then, pick up some of Lumen Foods' vegan jerkies. Available in 1.5-ounce, 8-ounce, or 5-pound packs, their juicy and microwaveable Stonewall's Jerquee comes in eight flavors, including Original Mild, the definitively hotter Original Wild, Tandoori "Chicken," Teriyaki "Beef," and Hot "Pastrami." Also available is their spicier and slightly drier Cajun Jerquee in Beef, Italian, Smoked Ham, and Pepperoni varieties.

Contact Lumen Soy Foods, LLC, at 409 Scott Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607, or via phone at (337) 436-6748. Their website is www.soybean.com.

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!

Amy's has created some new Organic Cakes in two wonderful varieties-scrumptious Chocolate and mouth-watering Orange. Available from the freezer case, these vegan delights come in 11-ounce boxes that serve six. However, we'd be surprised if anyone shared more than a slice of these decadent desserts.

Write to Amy's Kitchen, Inc., at P.O. Box 449, Petaluma, CA 94953, or call the company at (707) 578-7270. Visit www.amys.com to learn more.

Now Available! Organic Rice Milks Made with Whole Grains

Have you been searching for non-dairy milk made from whole grain brown rice? Then, look no further! Good Karma has a line of Organic Ricemilks that are fantastic in smoothies, over cereal, or straight out of a glass. These 32-ounce, shelf-stable products come in three flavors-Original, Vanilla, and ultra-yummy Chocolate.

Contact Good Karma Foods at 441 Beaver Street, Suite 201, Sewickley, PA 15143, or at (800) 550-6731. More information about the company's products is available at www.goodkarmafoods.com.

Are You Good To-Go?

No matter where your vacation plans take you, it's a great idea to take To-Go Ware along. These are reusable utensils - a recycled bamboo set with a fork, a knife, a spoon, and chopsticks - that come in a compact, snapshut, and often colorful case made entirely from discarded plastic bags. Sturdy and fashionable, To-Go Ware will eliminate the need for plastic utensils and therefore reduce the impact of waste on this planet.

To-Go Ware can be purchased from Whole Foods, some outdoor retailers, and the company's website, www.to-goware.com. Write to To-Go Ware, 2102 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, or call the company at (510) 225-4045.

Go Nutty for Earth Balance's New Natural Peanut Butters

Earth Balance, the company that makes that great vegan margarine, has introduced a new line of peanut butters that are far from the usual. The unique blend of expeller-pressed oils makes these "no stir" products easy to spread right out of the jar. Probably more important, though, is that these nut butters contain flaxseeds, a good vegan source of omega-3s, as one of their ingredients. Earth Balance Natural Peanut Butter comes in the typical varieties - a smooth Creamy and a Crunchy where you can bite into the taste of fresh peanuts.

Contact Earth Balance at 7102 LaVista Place, Suite 200, Longmont, CO 80503, or call (201) 568-9300. You may also wish to visit the company's website at www.earthbalancenatural.com for more info.