Natural and Organic Products Fair Europe


Just back from the natural products europe and organic products europe fair and feeling sick. Everyone was offering samples of their wares and this treehugger tried most of them--in the interests of research, of course. Several emerging themes were evident and organic chocolate making was a big one. Started off with chocolate covered pumpkin seeds, soya beans and raisins by the Organic Seed & Bean Company--a yummy dark chocolate treat, then there was Nourish ( filled with Omega 3--and odd tasting), New Tree(very good), Booja Booja, Chocolate Alchemist, Biofair--you get the picture. There are quite a few new interesting rice crackers with different spicy flavours, one of the nicest, Clearspring, gave out a nice wooden spoon as well. A new (to me) grain, Kamut, popped up in several stands. It originates from an ancient Egyptian grain, is related to durum, and is used in cake, bread and cookies. Grown in Saskatchewan now (far from Egypt), it tastes bland but bread-like. Sharyn Wortman from Today Was Fun Tea was manning her booth herself, which is pretty impressive for a busy businesswoman and she was charming. Finland was there with lingonberry and cloudberry jams. Wales had organic milk, butter and cream and Holland had strange "meats". There were too many different face creams and cosmetics to begin to describe and or figure out. Suffice to say that all of them promised the world Ditto the natural medicines and vitamins. Organic cotton towels and sheets were popular. Liv had beautiful organic sheets and pillow cases from India. Just looking at True Earth's organic lavender eye pillows was sleep inducing. Children's clothing is big: the Germans had some adorable brands; there were sweet little booties made out of vegetable tanned nappa leather and tons of organic tee-shirts and dolls. Best booth, pictured above, by Viridian Nutrition, had all the shelving, chairs and tables made of cardboard. And for the dog lovers: heart-shaped organic dog biscuits. Truly something for everyone at the fair. :: natural products

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