December 30, 2008

Happy 2009!

Looking for a fun New Year's Eve daytime kids party?

Check out the Countdown to Noon New Year's Eve Party hosted by the North Shore Children's Museum on December 31st itself.

There will be fun crafts and a pot luck brunch from 9:00 am -12:30 pm. The fee is $5 for non Parents United or YMCA members.

Happy 2009!

December 27, 2008

Winter CSA

Do you crave fresh produce in the dead of winter? Do you want to support organic farms?

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for people to build a relationship with a farm. By making a financial commitment to a farm, the people become “shareholders” of the CSA and receive weekly baskets of produce. It’s a perfect (and affordable) way to eat healthy and support organic farming.

And this winter, Crunchy Granola Baby has teamed up with Heaven’s Harvest Farm in New Braintree to provide you with a unique opportunity – the chance to become a shareholder in a Winter CSA.

Heaven's Harvest Farm will be introducing the winter share after the holidays, and it will run for eight weeks through January, February and March. Dates and pickup times have yet to be determined, but Crunchy Granola Baby will keep shareholders posted.

*Please Note: You MUST pick up your produce! Although we will donate leftover shares to local shelters, we strongly prefer if you could simply pick up your share. If you absolutely cannot pick up your produce, please arrange for a friend to pick it up or call in advance so we can make prior plans with a local shelter. Thank you.

All produce is guaranteed organic and comes from farms in Florida, North Carolina and locally from Enterprise Farm. Produce will include: apples, arugula, cabbage, carrots, kale, corn, cucumbers, mustard greens, garlic, onions, green beans, oranges, peppers, potatoes, thyme, squash, turnips and tomatoes. Shareholders have a choice between a full and half share.

Prices are as follows:

8 Week Half Share: $240
8 Week Full Share: $352

*Please Note: Half shares are for 2 or fewer people who will not be big veggie eaters. A full share is easily eaten by 2 or more people in a week.

Register at Crunchy Granola Baby as soon as possible. Checks should be made out to Heavens Harvest Farm and dropped off (or mailed) to Crunchy Granola Baby.

Include your:

Phone #

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennie Cudmore or Amy Tetreault at 978.741.0800 or at

About Heaven’s Harvest Farm: Located in New Braintree, Heaven’s Harvest Farm is committed to organic farming and sustainable practices. The farm is certified organic and a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Currently in their thirteenth year of farming, Heaven’s Harvest grows over 50 kinds of veggies and small fruits. They also pride themselves on their relationship with their shareholders, sending out weekly emails packed with information about the share’s produce and unique recipes.

December 23, 2008

Help Wanted!

Crunchy Granola Baby is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team!

As a growing retail outlet, we’re looking for outgoing candidates with a passion for natural living. We are well-known for our superior customer service, so applicants should enjoy working with people, especially children. Applicants should also be self-motivated and driven individuals with a desire to excel.

Applicants must have a passion for merchandising our ever-growing collection of products and be computer-literate and willing to help update our operating system.

Part times sales consist of 10-20 hours a week providing customer service, but applicants should also have the flexibility and availability to work evening and weekend shifts.

Other Responsibilities:

- Love talking with people? You should relish in assisting customers because, trust us, we have some of the best customers.

- Prefer a clean house? We need somebody who doesn’t mind a little cleaning and light lifting.

- Interested in learning more about natural living and parenting? You should be willing to educate yourself about our products and their benefits.

- Are you community-oriented? We need an individual who wouldn’t mind helping out at workshops and events.

If all this sounds like you, please send resume and / or letter of interest to No phone calls please.

Happy Holidays!

Hip Baby Gear SALE items

Hip Baby Gear has ventured down from Marblehead to bestow some beautiful clothing upon CGB!

Items from the illustrious Tea Collection are now featured at CGB and are on SALE for only $15!

Stop in today and stock up on some Tea!

December 21, 2008

More Gift Ideas!

Do your kids have everything that they could possibly want?

Are your folks impossible to shop for?

Well, The Playground on Salem Common Fundraising Committee has a perfect gift idea!

Purchase an individually inscribed brick that will become part of the walkway leading to the new Salem Common playground! Dedicate one to your child, parent, or loved on and help create a sense of community. Additionally, your $100 gift is totally tax-deductible!

But wait, there's more! Forget rush order shipping fees, The Playground on Salem Common Fundraising Committee would be happy to hand deliver the adorable gift certificates to your home in time for the holidays for free!

Visit today!

December 20, 2008

Kids Brunch at Rockafellas

Rockafellas will be featuring a buffet style brunch accompanied by a family holiday sing along with Lisa Love & Billy Garzone on December 21, 2008. The buffet starts at 11 a.m. and serves until 3 p.m. and music is from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person, and children 10 and under eat for free.

Dave Mckillop, owner and manager of the restaurant, said, "Last year’s family brunch was such a success, we’ve decided to make it a permanent holiday event at Rockafellas. It’s a great time for parents and kids alike, and from the holiday music to the guest appearance by Santa, we really feel that it’s a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and have quality time with your family."

The brunch features omelette, waffle, and meat carving stations, and has standard breakfast items that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

Activites will also be going on throughout the brunch, including visiting with Santa or having the kids decorate their own sugar cookies at the piano.

For additional information on the Holiday Brunch Family Sing Along, contact Dave Mckillop or send your questions to

Rockafellas has been providing the North Shore with a change in atmosphere and casual dining since it opened its doors five years ago.

With a menu that features everything from tapas and pizza to steak and seafood, they are committed to providing a little something for everyone. The restaurant also features a full bar and extensive martini and specialty cocktail menu, and has live music Wednesday-Saturday nights.

December 18, 2008

Green Clean

Need to clean your house before the holidays? Or looking to give the gift of a clean home?

Check out Green Clean, an eco-loving house cleaning exlusive to Salem.

Their soaps are the purest of the pure, 100% plant based, 100% biodegradable, never EVER tested on animals .

Nothing with so much as a synthetic fragrance or dye makes it into their recycled milk bottle spray bottles!

And their vacuums are top of the line Kirby vacuums and use the HEPA bags that filter out 99.97% of dust. This means not only is your house clean, but so is the air. Additionally, all vacuum attachments are recyclable.

Check 'em out!

Seasons Greetings . . . we're taking a few days off. . .

Crunchy Granola Baby will be CLOSED on the following days. We apologize for the inconvenience.

CLOSING at 3PM on Sunday, December 21

CLOSED on Monday, December 29 and all Monday’s thereafter

CLOSED on Thursday, December 25

CLOSED on Friday, December 26

CLOSING at 3PM on Wednesday, December 31

CLOSED on Thursday, January 1

December 17, 2008

Shop Local!

We know it's a tough time right now . . .which is why we're really encouraging you to shop locally.

Help support your local businesses, you very own neighbors, and your own community economy! Seriously. It's important.

And I know you may be thinking "I always try to shop locally, but sometimes the better deals aren't at my neighborhood store." But check out this deal from Cornerstone and then tell me that local shops are the best thing ever.

"Got a Borders or Barnes & Noble Book Coupon? Cornerstone Books will honor it! We're serious about about shopping local! If you have a book coupon from either Barnes & Noble or Borders (and it has not expired), bring it in to Cornerstone Books, and we'll honor the the same deal."

Best. Thing. Ever.

Psst: In the back of my mind, I totally know that readers of this blog are supporters of local shopping. But it never hurts to reiterate the point!

December 16, 2008

Closing Early on Sunday, December 21

Crunchy Granola Baby will be closing at 3PM on Sunday, December 21. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

December 15, 2008

. . . only 3 left . . .

Our Holiday Stocking Sale is extended until . . .

Well, until we run out of stockings!

But hurry into CGB because there's only 3 left!

So be sure to purchase your recycled sail cloth stocking at a 20% discount and then fill up your new handcrafted stocking with fun stocking stuffers, like toys and clothes, since everything you can fit in your stocking is also discounted 20%!

December 12, 2008

Home EcO

Crunchy Granola Baby is introducing a new type of class: Sewing, Knitting & Eco-Homemaking techniques for the modern woman in a green age!

These classes will be broken up into separate "blocks," each lasting for four weeks. No drop-ins. Max of eight students, so register soon! The cost of each four week class is $35.

And to kick off our new Home EcO classes . . . A Sewing Block!

You'll learn basic machine and hand sewing techniques to help you start creating unique and beautiful apparel, accessories and toys using repurposed and recycled fabric. No experience necessary. Classes run from January 20 through February 6, from 7 to 9 pm.

January 20 (Week One)
Felt Toy: Basic hand and machine sewing techniques. We will create a small felt toy. All materials will be supplied.

January 27 (Week Two)
Pillow Cover: Bring an old sweater or a piece of fabric that you would like to repurpose and a pillow that you would like to re-cover (or a new pillow form) and we will create a beautiful new accessory for your home.

February 3 (Week Three)
Baby Clothes: Bring a no longer used sweater and I will show you how to give it new life by transforming it into a baby jumper or pants and cute beret hat.

February 10 (Week Four)
Tote Bag: Bring any fabric you like and learn how easy and fun it is to make your own simple handbag or shopping tote.

Following the Sewing Block, we will also host a Knitting Block (February 17 through March 10) and an Eco-Homemaking Block (March 17 through April 7). If you're interested in taking any of these classes, please contact Jennie or Amy at 978.741.0800 or

Go forth and be creative!

December 11, 2008

Holiday Stocking Sale!

Purchase a recycled sail cloth stocking at a 20% discount and then fill up your new handcrafted stocking with fun stocking stuffers, like toys and clothes.

The best part?

Everything you can fit in your stocking is also discounted 20%!

And let me just say, these holiday stockings are a local product - they come directly from Again and Again in Gloucester! Frieda Grotjahn (of Again and Again) handcrafts these wonderful recycled sail cloth stockings that perfectly capture the essence of living on the Massachusetts coastline. So support two local businesses while stocking up on stockings and their stuffers!

This Weekend Only! Hurry In!

December 6, 2008

Granola Films: "The Secret"

Crunchy Granola Baby is launching a movie night – and we’re calling it “Granola Films!”

Join CGB on the fourth Thursday of each month as we host a movie night for adult moviegoers. The film selection will vary from environmental documentaries to health-related films to anything about kids and beyond. Got a great idea for a film? Let us know. This is your movie night, too!

So join us for our inaugural “Granola Films” on Thursday, January 22 at 7pm. We’ll be viewing The Secret.

“Not really a movie or documentary, The Secret is more of a video seminar, a presentation featuring a series of authors, philosophers, doctors, quantum physicists, entrepreneurs, and spiritual practitioners expounding on the powers of The Secret. What is The Secret exactly? It’s The Power of Positive Thinking and how it can be applied to attracting more money, better health, and relationships; in short, happiness.”

Please Note: Granola Films is BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine, juice, snacks, whatever your heart desires.

If you have any questions about “Granola Films” call 978.741.0800. And although this event is free, we ask that you please RSVP. After all, we gotta know how much popcorn to make!

December 5, 2008

Holiday Window Contest

Looking for a weekend activity? Why not spend your Saturday afternoon wandering around downtown Salem, checking out all the great window displays?

Over 30 downtown businesses and organizations are participating in the Downtown Salem Holiday Window Contest, including yours truly. We're up against some stiff competition so come on out and decide who you think should be the winner! Voting slips are available at all participating businesses, including yours truly.

And just by voting, you may be a winner. All voters will be entered into a raffle to win a holiday stocking! It doesn't get much better than that!

Winners will be announced December 12 at noon at Derby Square.

PS: A HUGE thanks to our friend Scott Froeschl for designing and painting our windows this year!

December 4, 2008

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

HypnoBirthing Childbirth Classes are for women (and their partners) who wish to experience a calm, peaceful birth. Four weekly classes will cover what to expect during labor and birth, how fear affects labor, and how to prepare for your birth preferences. Learn techniques to release fears and relax deeply and, in turn, have a rewarding, stress free birth for you and your baby.

Classes will be held from 9am to noon on the following Sundays: January 18, January 25, February 1 and February 8.

HypnoBirthing is taught by Kim Bradlee, MW, HBCE. Kim is certified by the HypnoBirthing Institute. She is also a birth doula, and has been a homebirth midwife for over 10 years. Learn more about Kim and hypnobirthing at

Tuition fee is $295 per couple. Fee includes textbook, two audio practice CDs, and handouts. Classes will take place at Crunchy Granola Baby, but please register directly with Kim by calling 978.521.5270 or emailing

And if you have questions, please feel free to call Crunchy Granola Baby at 978.741.0800 or email

December 2, 2008

Fairy GoddessMother!

A few weeks ago CGB hosted a Fairy GoddessMother party and, I don't know if you heard, but it was amazing!

The food was yummy, the Fairy GoddessMother was beautiful and the immensely talened Tabitha Sherrell was on her game.

I mean, just check out this adorable photo of Jennie and the Fairy GoddessMother!

To see more photos from the afternoon, check out Tabitha's blog here.

We hope to see you next year!

November 30, 2008

New Toy Safety Law Threaten the Specialty & Natural Toy Industry

Thanks to our friends over at Challenge & Fun, we've learned some nerve wracking news about the impact of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act on the specialty and natural toy industry. In other words, the impact on OUR TOYS!

Please read what Challenge & Fun passed along . . .

"While many have celebrated the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and the improved standards (which we also commend), few are aware of the expensive and cumbersome compliance rules that being imposed on small businesses, which supply the bulk of the nations natural & specialty toys, which have impeccable records and add great diversity to available toys. Without such companies, we will be left with mass producers of Chinese toys. This is truly a case of unintended consequences.

Here are examples of what the Act will change, and therefore, cause:

Testing: Rather than requiring testing methods that would aggregate like products, or allow paints to be tested once, or testing a textile once, the 3rd party testing required beginning in February states that each product style must be tested. So, for instance, let's say you are Holztiger. You have 5 vats of paint, and all the same wood. One could test the paint and wood before making the product at a reasonable price. One could even test representative final products. But the rule states that EACH style must be separately tested, regardless of materials used. So, they must test the large lion, the small lion, the cat, the standing cow, the sitting cow...etc...hundreds of tests each costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Unfortunately most small manufacturers do not sell enough of a single item to pay for such tests. However, large corporations do...especially those manufacturing in China.Remember, this has nothing to do with compliance to the "safety standards" (which we already meet or surpass) but everything to do with being able to pay for the multiple tests to prove compliance.

Markings: All products manufactured after August 12th, must have markings on the package and permanent markings on the product indicating where, by whom, and when the product was made. Large corporations can afford purchasing multiple dies to do this. Small companies cannot. European companies with limited sales to the USA likewise cannot.There are many small manufacturers across the country (yes! Toys ARE still made in America) that are going to simply be unable to cope with the new regulations. Many importers of quality toys will either have to dramatically reduce their product selection (or get out of the toy business altogether). This not only affects toys, but also any product designed for children (ages 12 and under), including clothing. It will also mean the end of most FAIR TRADE children's products that are being imported into the country. Do you like to sell unique, hard to find products? Do you want quality toys and children's products to be available to our children? We need to make our voices heard.

WE NEED YOUR HELP before it is too late. I really don't want to wake-up a year from now to a world of Walmart's & plastic toys from China. What can you do? We need your help to educate your customers about the pending extinction of natural & specialty toys. You can talk to them, hand out flyers (we hope to have some made very soon that will be available to download from our website), have them sign petitions, contact your Senator & Congressman, etc. If you have an e-newsletter, please pass this information on to your customers. Join the Handmade Toy Alliance and a brand new website, CPSIA-Central that has been formed to pull the various stake holders together in one forum. Become a member and have your say. Make suggestions, exchange ideas. This is your chance to shine!Please don't sit back and say someone else will do it. Much of the damage has been done because our voices haven't been heard. This means that at this point we need every single voice to help educate their customers and lobby the government to make changes to save the small businesses that sell beautiful children's products. You don't need to have all the answers, you just need to know there is a major problem, and make a stink about it."

Please help save the specialty and natural toy industry! We need it!

November 29, 2008

Holiday Open Studio at Red Brick Art Center

The 6th Annual Holiday Open Studios at Redbrick Art Center will take place Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 5pm.

Please come and support RedBrick and the artists for this fun family event! There will be live jazz, dancing, art, pottery, and more!

Redbrick Art Center is located at 95 Rantoul Street in Beverly, Mass. Call 978.927.5615 for more information.

See you there!

November 28, 2008

Crunchy Granola Baby is now carrying Little Beetle Cloth Diapers!

All Little Beetle hemp and organic cotton fitted diapers come with the innovative semi-attached and foldable ‘beetle’ booster. Fold to the front, back or lay flat for customized absorbency where your little one needs it most. Even more cool, the 'beetle' is designed so that for heavy wetters or nighttime a doubler slides under and is held secure without snaps or other fasteners. Here's what we've got:

Little Beetle Hemp: Two layers of Hemp French Terry (55% hemp/45% certified organic cotton) in the body plus a uniquely shaped hidden soaker in the wet zone. Three more layers (combination of hemp terry and heavyweight organic cotton jersey to cuddle your little one and help spread wetness to the super absorbent hemp French terry) in the semi-attached inner beetle.

Little Beetle One: One Fabric, One World, Organic, Fair Trade. Nothing but luxurious organic velour! Two layers of specially knit organic cotton velour in the body plus a uniquely shaped hidden soaker in the wet zone. Three more layers in the innovative semi-attached and foldable 'beetle' booster. Same design and dependability you have come to love from Little Beetle. Made in the USA from 100% fair trade organic cotton. Use it day or night.

Little Beetle Organic Merino Wool Diaper Cover: Scrumptiously soft, fashion grade Organic Wool Jersey. Elegance in a turned and topstitched design. These covers provide a great natural cloth diaper cover option to be worn alone or under pants. snaps or aplix These are designed to best fit over Little Beetle diapers or a similar trim low rise diaper. They also work well with smaller lay in prefolds. For bulkier prefolds, we recommend the fuller covering of organic wool soaker shorts or pants.

Also available:
  • Organic Velour 'Leaf' doublers
  • Organic Velour Training Pants
  • Organic Merino Wool Soaker Shorts
  • Organic Merino Wool Soaker Pants

Come check out our stock of Little Beetle cloth diapers today!

Happy Black Friday . . .

Just wanted to remind everyone that although we're not having a major-doorbuster-prices-slashed-givingawaystuffyoudon'tneed-sale, we are carring some great holiday gifts.

I mean, just check out some of our Plan Toys!

November 25, 2008

Just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

CGB will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 27.

But we'll be back to work on Friday, November 28, so be sure to join us for our 9am parenting group!

Enjoy your family, friends, and festive foods!

November 20, 2008

What's Happening

I know. I know. We haven't been keeping up with our posting and I apologize.

So I'm going to use this 100th post to pass along all of the updates that have been happening at CGB, most of which are the reason we haven't been posting. We're just so busy!

First and foremost: A North Shore Birth Center Update:
As many of you know, there is a very serious move to close the North Shore Birth Center, a midwifery practice situated on the campus of Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Health Corporation considered the proposal to close the Birth Center. During that early-morning meeting, nearly 200 people–adults, children, and babies–bundled up against the cold and held a rally. This rally advocated for the same things as previous efforts, which included a letter-writing campaign, daily picketing, and an open letter to the Board.
A delay of the vote on the Birth Center’s fate, since such an important decision with long-term consequences for our community should not be rushed, and
A meeting between community members and the Board of Trustees, to seek more transparency about the Hospital’s concerns and to open some dialogue that would allow the community–which had thus far felt silenced by hospital administration, which refused to communicate with representatives of our campaign–a real voice in this decision.
Featuring energetic speakers, colorful signs, and lots of cheering, the rally outside of Beverly Hospital made headlines: All the major Boston television stations, newspapers, and radio stations covered the story.
Several hours after the Board of Trustees met, the hospital released the following four-sentence statement.
The Board of Trustees takes its responsibilities to this organization and to the community very seriously.
Consistent with other birth centers around the nation, the North Shore Birth Center is experiencing a significant rise in the cost of malpractice insurance premiums.
The Board of Trustees is diligently weighing the impact that the closure of the Birth Center would have on the community; the level of community interest in its continued operation has not gone unnoticed. The Board intends to leave the Birth Center services unchanged while it continues to examine and discuss this important issue.
In other words, our rally and other efforts were a success! The Board of Trustees recognized the need to move slowly and give the proposal full deliberation.
However, we are not out of the woods yet. As the Boston Globe points out, this statement “ma[kes] it clear that the center’s future is still very much in question.” We still need your help!
Thanks so much to everyone who devoted their time and efforts to help save the Birth Center. We couldn't have done it without the grassroots support of so many wonderful families and individuals!
For all the details and how to help visit

Secondly: Thanks to everyone who took part in our "Friends of Forest River Park Toy & Wine Night." We raised nearly $1200 for the new playground at Forest River Park and almost everyone involved walked away with some great raffle items and a good wine buzz!

Just kidding about the wine buzz.

Third: We have a new featured artist!

Scott Froeschl is an artist living on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts. His passion is painting in acrylics on a myriad of surfaces, anywhere from traditional canvas to the heads of screws. Photography is also an avenue of creativity for Scott, as well as sculpture and multimedia.

Scott's photography will be featured at Crunchy Granola Baby through January. For more, visit Scott's website.

Fourth: For the next few months, CGB will be accepting donations on behalf of GreenSchools. GreenSchools is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create "greener" and healthier learning environments.From reducing, reusing & recycling; nutrition; to indoor air quality, greenschools is making the world a healthier, more environmentally responsible place in which we live.

So the next time you have a gift wrapped at CGB, please donate to GreenSchools!

Fifth: We have tons of new products arriving everyday! Plan Toys, Nature BabyCare, Kleen Kanteens, and more! Be sure to stop in and start stocking up for the holidays!

So stay tuned to the blog for more consistent updates about whats happening at CGB!

November 7, 2008



The North Shore Birth Center is a midwifery practice situated on the campus of Beverly Hospital. On November 18, 2008, the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Health Corporation will consider a proposal to no longer allow women to labor or birth at the Birth Center. (This proposal did not originate from the Board; it is being brought before them by hospital management.) If the Board approves this proposal, all birth center patients would be required to labor and birth at Beverly Hospital.

Established in 1980, the North Shore Birth Center has facilitated the births of over 6,000 babies to women with "low-risk" pregnancies seeking a natural childbirth.The members of this group are against this proposal and want the Board of Trustees to vote against it. Women deserve to choose the birth experience that is right for them and their families. We ask the Board of Trustees to refrain from making a decision that would deny this choice to families of the North Shore.

As concerned consumers, we want the Birth Center to continue offering quality, compassionate care in an alternative birth setting.


Brainstorm to Save The Birth Center – Sunday, November 9th 10am-noon
Crunchy Granola Baby, 72 Washington St., Salem, MA

Letter Writing Gathering – Sunday, November 9th 1-3pmThe Parish House adjoining the Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville, 1120 Washington St., Gloucester, MA

Rally – November 18th 7-8amNorth Shore Birth Center, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA


Write a letter in support of The North Shore Birth Center. Explain that although birth center births don't fit with the unified model of health care, you believe women should have a range of options to select from. These options should reflect women's needs and interests--not corporate policies. Please try to keep your letters positive! Remember, the Board of Trustees did not create this proposal.
Send Letters To: The Board of Trustees Northeast Health Corporation, c/o Mary Ellen Lear, Secretary, Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Copy letters to: North Shore Birth Center, Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915



October 23, 2008

Fall Family Fest!

Salem Common Neighborhood Association presents FALL FAMILY FEST on the Salem Common.

Saturday, October 25 (10am to 5pm):
  • Come help create the World's Longest Halloween Mural
  • Get lost in our Mini Hay Bale Maze
  • Take a Pony Ride on the Common
  • Get a Witch's Eye View of Salem in a Hot Air Balloon! (Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5)
  • Children's Pumpkin Decorating and Costume Judging

Sunday, October 26 (10am to 5pm):
  • The World's Longest Halloween Mural grows even larger!
  • Wander through our Mini Hay Bale Mzae
  • Pony Rides on the Common
  • Salem's Collins Middle School Jazz Band
  • Children's Pumpkin Decorating and Costume Judging
  • The Salem High School Marching Band
  • 50 and 100 Yard Costume Dash

*Both days, come try a free sample of Rita's Italian Ice in special Halloween flavors!

October 17, 2008

Food for Thought Raffle

Don't forget to buy your tickets for the "Food For Thought" Raffle!

You will have a chance to win DINNER FOR TWO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

The grand prize includes: 2 Economy Airline Tickets (value up to $3050), 2 Nights Hotel (value up to $700 - $350/night), and a $250 Visa Gift Card for dinner at the restaurant of your choice!

Tickets are ONLY $5 each and you can buy a book of 5 for $20! Stop by CGB today and get yours!

We are selling tickets until October 30th. Winners will be announced Friday, October 31 at 3pm.

For more information, visit

Net proceeds support The Foundation for Salem Public Education.

Good luck and thanks for supporting Salem Schools!

October 16, 2008

Yard Sale!

Notre Dame Children's Class is holding its Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, October 18 from 9am to 1pm.

The Yard Sale will feature tons of clothing (especially children's clothing), toys, books, furniture, and even a "Grandma's attic" section (collectables, jewelery, glassware, etc.). Additionally, everything is very reasonably priced.

And if you get hungry while perusing all that great stuff, check out the large bake sale, which will feature over 100 items, including Yard Sale staples like hot dogs and coffee.

Check out the Notre Same Children's Class Yard Sale at 74 Grapevine Road in Wenham.

Friends of Forest River Park Toy & Wine Night

The holidays are quickly approaching and maybe you’re looking for some time to relax. Maybe you’re looking for a few last-minute gifts.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to support The Friends of Forest River Park!

Luckily, Crunchy Granola Baby and Pamplemousse are joining forces to provide you (our favorite moms and dads) with an evening of relaxed shopping that will benefit the re-building of the playground at Forest River Park in Salem.

Join us at CGB on Thursday, November 6 for our “Friends of Forest River Park Toy & Wine Night.” (While some may think that toys are wine don’t go together, we tend to disagree.)

The evening will include a wine tasting (provided by Pamplemousse), light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction of HABA toys (provided by CGB). Since CGB is switching from HABA toys to Imagiplay toys, all remaining HABA items need to find new homes. Additionally, all proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the playground fundraiser.

What could be better?!

Items being auctioned include: baby swings, toddler swings, ball tracks, mobiles, building blocks, wagons, and more! Please note that some items are floor models and are therefore not in the world’s best condition.

We will also be auctioning donated goods and services, such as a one-hour massage and one hour of “green” house cleaning.

So if you’re interested in getting a great deal on some quality toys, be sure to attend “Friends of Forest River Park Toy & Wine Night.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Crunchy Granola Baby (72 Washington St. in Salem) and Pamplemousse (185 Essex St. in Salem).

All proceeds benefit The Friends of Forest River Park.

Event runs from 4:30 to 8pm (Silent Auction - 4:30 to 7pm, Wine Tasting - 5 to 7pm)
*Silent Auction winners will be announced at 8pm.

October 14, 2008

New Classes Starting at Clay Dreaming Pottery

Clay Dreaming Pottery in Beverly is gearing up for its new round of pottery classes! Check it out!

New Adult Clay Classes begin Monday, October 27th
About Adult Clay Classes: Join Tracie Koeplin in her studio, and work side-by- side in an atmosphere of individualized direction and encouragement. Guided at their own pace, students explore methods of forming functional and sculptural pots. Students have the option of wheelthrowing, handbuilding or both! These classes also investigate surface decorating techniques and the glazing process.

New Parent/Child Classes begin Saturday, November 1st!
About Parent/Child Classes: This creative class is designed for children and adults to explore the exciting world of clay together and on their own. Students choose from an array of fun themed projects that teaches wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques such as slab, pinch, and coil. Truly a unique experience to share with a child.

This is the best session to get involved! I mean, what a perfect opportunity to make those holiday gifts! This year, give the gift of art!

For more details, or if you have questions, call Tracie at 978-927-1414 or visit Clay Dreaming Pottery online.

North Shore Bazaar

Just passing along some details about the upcoming North Shore Bazaar!

The North Shore Bazaar isn't just a great place for holiday shopping, its a way to celebrate our local community and support fair trade products. So come start your holiday shoppin' with some of the North Shore's finest local artisans, as well as quality, fair-trade producers.

There will be:
  • homemade snacks & local music
  • educational booths with the Boston Faith & Justice Network, The Food Project, and The North Shore Rabbinical Association
  • documentary film viewing
  • ...and more!

Vendors include:

  • Touchstone Farm & Yoga
  • Fellows Farm
  • Circle of Women
  • Sari Bari
  • Just Potters
  • Ubuntu Beaders
  • Divine Chocolate
  • Fair Trade Coffe
  • Serv International
  • ...and more!

The North Shore Bazaar will be held Sunday, October 26 from 1 to 5pm at Community Covenant Church, located at 33 Lake St in Peabody.

October 11, 2008

Hip Baby Gear: Stroller Sale!

Hip Baby Gear is having a Floor Model Stroller Sale!

This means that some of the strollers you see our on the floor, both at CGB and at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead, are seriously discounted. Check it out:

- UppaBaby Vista -Marked down from $649.99 to $459.99 (Red model at CGB. Orange model at Hip Baby Gear)

- Quinny Buzz - Marked down from $549.99 to $385.99 (Red/Orange model and Lime Green model at CGB)

- Quinny Zapp - Marked down from $199.99 to $149.25 (Teal model at CGB. Orange, Pink, Capri models at Hip Baby Gear)

- Other strollers on sale at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead:

-Stokke Xplory
-Bugaboo Frog
-Baby Jogger City Elite Double (Black model)
-Mutsy with Carrycot (Ice Blue model)
-Silver Cross Micro

September 30, 2008

Harry Potter Film Festival at CInema Salem!

I'm sure you've all heard by now. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" isn't being released until next summer.

I know. It's tragic.

So what are we going to do for the next 9 months?

Luckily, Cinema Salem has stepped up to the plate and is hosting a Harry Potter Film Festival! Refresh your memory by re-watching the first five films in their original 35mm prints!

The schedule is as follows:
  • October 3 & 4 at 10am: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • October 10 & 11 at 10am: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
  • October 18 & 19 at 10am: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • October 25 & 26 at 10am: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • November 1 & 2 at 10am: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

And if you just can't wait for your "Half-Blood' fix, check out this great Wall Street Journal article and its embedded trailer for the July film.

new arrivals: Kusikuy!

One of our favorite companies, Kusikuy Clothing Company, has shipped us some of their beautiful fall clothing! One of favorites? This Kids Rainbow Hoodie!

Bolivian moms love knitting these fun colorful sweaters. Each one takes about three days to knit. And kids worldwide love snuggling down in its bright colors: The colors of the Rainbow!

Features include a full zip cardigan front, an ample hood topped with a darling pompom. Generous sizing and meticulous knitting, makes this a sweater that can be handed down through the generations.

Easy machine wash, gentle cycle. Please place in lingerie bag to protect when washing in machine. Lay flat to dry.

Hand knit in Bolivia. 100% alpaca.

PS: We also have matching hats, socks, and mittens!

September 25, 2008

new arrivals: BabyLegs!

Sure, we always carry BabyLegs. But now we're carrying some fun new designs that are simply perfect for Halloween!

I mean, just take a look at these Punkin' BabyLegs.

Why carve a jack-o'-lantern when you can be one? This jack-o'-lantern is pumpkin orange, vine green, and black like the night sky. You don't always need a costume to get that Halloween look and feel!

And if looking like a jack-o'-lantern isn't your thing, then check out the other options. We've got pink, striped, stars, spiders, and more!

September 23, 2008

new arrivals: Kate Quinn Organics

Well, it's here.

Kate Quinn Organics Fall Collection is now at CGB.

We've got long-sleeved dresses, long-sleeved football tees, long-sleeved kimono onesies, knot hats, pants, and even the absolutely adorable Organic Sherpa Baby Bunting pictured at left.

Seriously. How cute is that?

So it's time to say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn with some crunchy new outfits.

(And maybe even check out the insanely low prices on summer outfits . . .)

September 19, 2008

Crunchy Granola Baby will be closing at 4pm on Sunday, September 21.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

September 18, 2008

Fashion Fusion

Modern Millie and Cabin Fever are bringing together vintage and contemporary fashion and decor tonight at Fashion Fusion!

Fashion Fusion is a fashion and decor show that will take place tonight at Gulu Gulu Cafe. The show starts at 8pm and features Modern Millie's duds and Cabin Fever's decor and accessories.

But if you visit the pre-show Cocktail Party at Cabin Fever before the show, you can pick up primo seat passes to the fashion show (first come, first serve) AND an extra 10% off discount at both stores for the evening! Cocktail hour starts at 6:30pm.

But if you can't make it to Cabin Fever before the show, that's ok. Modern Millie and Cabin Fever will still let you take advantage of the storewide(s) 15% off sale. Both stores will be open until 10pm for the inspired late-night shopper.

And the best part? Free admission to the Fashion and Decor Show at Gulu Gulu! But donations are accepted since all proceeds will benefit the Northeast Animal Shelter.

*PS: DJ John will be spinning for all you hip cats.


Come help Salem Sound Coastwatch clean up Salem's beaches this weekend!

As part of a statewide "Coastsweep 2008" campaign, Salem Sound Coastwatch will be cleaning up Dead Horse Beach (Memorial Drive in Salem Willows) and Furlong Park (Franklin Street in North Salem) from 9 to 10:30am on Saturday, September 20. There is no need to register, just come, bring friends and family and help clean up the debris. Salem Sound Coastwatch will supply trash bags and gloves.

And if you're busy this weekend, how about joining Salem Sound Coastwatch on Monday, September 22 to help clean up Coney Island in Salem Sound? Volunteers will be taking crew members out in their boats, leaving around 10am and returning around 12:30pm. RSVP required for Coney Island cleanup! Please call 978.741.7900 or email

For more information, visit

September 16, 2008

new hours

Crunchy Granola Baby is extending its hours. During the week, we will be open at 10am.

Our hours are as follows:

Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Monday: 10am to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm

September 11, 2008

...welcome putumayo!

I am so excited. Seriously.

Wanna know why?

We are now carrying Putumayo Kids CDs!

In case you are unfamiliar with Putumayo Kids, they are a division of Putumayo World Music. And in case you are unfamiliar with Putumayo World Music, let's break it down. (All of this information is from their super interesting website, check it out.)

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. They are a pioneer and leader in the the developing non-traditional music market and, to make it even better, Putumayo works to raise awareness and support for organizations that help improve the quality of life in regions where the music comes from. Putumayo World Music has contributed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations that do good work in the regions where the music comes from.

Putumayo Kids is simply an extension of the original World Music brand. Putumayo Kids produces music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity. More than 3 million Putumayo Kids CDs have been sold in nearly 100 countries and at least one percent of CD sales benefit non-profit groups that support children, families, schools and other charities.

Putumayo Kids CDs celebrate diverse countries and cultures are seriously entertaining. I'm 24 and I collect the Putumayo World Music CDs for myself. Yeah, I admit it.

Here's a taste of what we have in stock: African Dreamland, Celtic Dreamland, Reggae Playground, Latin Playground, World Playground, and more!

Come check them out! You won't regret it.

September 10, 2008

IMPORTANT: Haba recalls 18K infant toys

Haba importer Habermaass Corp., Skaneateles, N.Y., is recalling 118,000 wooden puzzles, infant rattles, pacifier holders and stroller toys because of potential choking hazards.The recalled products, all infant toys, contain small pieces, including glued on mirrors and/or prisms, that can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Habermaass has received 15 reports of incidents involving the recalled products, including pieces of the rattles detaching and being mouthed by young children. They are:

Triolino Puzzle: Lady bug puzzle is 7 inches x ½ inch thick

• Lucy Clutching Toy (rattle): Hearts have mirrors and prisms. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter.

• Little Heart Clutching Toy (rattle): Heart has mirror. The rattle is about 3½ inches in diameter.

• Pixie’s World (rattle): 2½ inch rattle with mushroom, flower, person and house with mirror.• Belinda Clutching Toy (rattle): Flower clutching toy has face in the middle. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter.

• Miro Clutching Toy (rattle): Rattle center contains blue plastic ball with 10 holes. The rattle is about 3½ inches in diameter.

• Bunny Pacifier Holder: Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with fabric bunny on the end and wooden star with mirror in the middle.

• Bear Pacifier Holder: Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with bear at the end and wooden circle with mirror in the middle.

• Bonita (rattle): 2½ inch bouquet of four shapes on wooden ring.

• Bella (rattle): 3 inch diameter with four wooden hearts with two mirrors.

• Pirate Joe (rattle): 4 inch pirate theme with bell and mirror.• Rally (rattle): 4 inch triangle shape with three cars.

• Flori (rattle): Six petal shapes on elastic band. Includes three mirrors & three bells. 5 inches

• Triola (rattle): 4 inch triangle with two flowers and round corner.

• Trio (rattle): 4 inch triangle shape with squeaker, bell and mirror.

• Speedy (rattle): Wooden car about 4½ inches long by 3 inches high. Squeaker in back and mirror on car hood.

• Little Hearts Stroller Toy: 18 inch pram-chain with ten various size wooden hearts.

• Discovery Balls, set of 4: Set contains one orange, one red, one blue and one bi-color blue/yellow ball. The red ball contains three small mirrors.

• Discovery Ball with Rattle: Blue/yellow round wooden ball with small mirror.

All of the products being recalled have “Haba” printed on them. They were made in Germany. They were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide and at specialty online retailers from January 2002 through August 2008 for between $10 and $35.

Consumers should contact Habermaass to receive a free replacement product or a full refund. The company can be reached at (800) 468-6873 ext. 107 or

September 9, 2008



Crunchy Granola Baby needs to clear its shelf space to make room for all the great fall /winter clothing that should be arriving soon. And how are we doing this? By taking an additional 20% off already reduced summer clothing items!

Stop in today for great deals on: Kate Quinn cropped pants, Positively Organic skirts and matching shirts, Toby + Rei tanks and onesies, and more!

September 6, 2008

Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change

Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.

From October 24-26, over 2,000 students, teachers, green business innovators, scientists, grassroots leaders and everyday folks from across the East Coast will gather in New Bedford to embrace, share, brainstorm, network, heal, learn, teach, celebrate, recharge and connect for change.

Bioneers by the Bay will roll up their sleeves and harvest tangible, practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large.

It will be a remarkable three days of live keynote presentations, afternoon workshops, an extensive Youth Initiative program, a downlink of the 19th Annual Bioneers Conference in California, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, a community action center, films, music, art installations, a farmers’ market and local & organic food.

Check it out!

September 5, 2008

considering homebirth?

We may have already mentioned this, but . . . Are you and your partner considering homebirth?

Then join our meeting for pregnant partners!

Massachusetts Friends Of Midwives is hosting a meeting exclusively for the partners of pregnant women. This meeting, moderated by a homebirth midwife, will specifically address questions and concerns for those who don’t know what to expect. No question or concern is too silly! Those who have their own homebirth stories to share are welcome, too.

When: September 17th @ 7pm
Where: Crunchy Granola Baby, 72 Washington Street, Salem
How: Contact us at for more information

September 2, 2008

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008

Our friends over at Blooming Lotus have informed us about a new law that would impose a registration fee up to $12,000 on any company that manufactures, imports or distributes any product that you apply to your skin or hair.

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 would make it very difficult for solopreneurs and micro businesses to comply with burdensome reporting, paperwork and extravagant fees.

Blooming Lotus says, "Is it important to provide safe cosmetics? Absolutely. We are not opposed to record keeping and safety compliance. Instead, it may leave us with no choice but to purchase from nameless, faceless corporate giants who may be a little more concerned with the bottom line than they are providing products with safe ingredients and integrity."

The trade group Indie Beauty Network is already stepping up to protect the interests of small beauty businesses. Donna Maria Coles-Johnson, leader of the Indie Beauty Network, has written a blog entry on the topic, which also includes a petition. And if you're really fired up, you can contact your representatives in the House or Senate and let them know you are opposed to the FDA Globalization Act of 2008.

CGB and Blooming Lotus would like to encourage discussion on this topic, so please feel free to post any comments or questions.

August 29, 2008

A Fundraiser for Jocelyn

Celebrate the life of Salem's Jocelyn Callahan tonight (Friday, August 29) at The Gulu-Gulu Cafe at 247 Essex St. in Salem.

Callahan, a cook at Gulu, passed away early Monday morning. She was only 25.

Gulu will be hosting a fundraiser to help the Callahan family deal with their tragic loss. Machine 475 will be heading the evening. Donations of any kind are welcome (a live auction will take place as well). Cover charge will be $10 and all proceeds from the evening will be given to the family.

We extend our love and support to all of Joceyln's friends and family.

Click here to read The Salem News article. Click here to read The Salem Gazette article.

August 26, 2008

Forest River Park playground

Let’s raise money for a great playground!

The Friends of Forest River Park is working with the city of Salem to replace the playground at Forest River Park. The city has allocated funds for a new playground in 2009, and the goal is to seize this rare opportunity and raise additional funds to help the City build an even bigger and better playground.

So if you can volunteer your time and talents to our fundraising effort please contact Holly Grose at

Additionally, donations of any amount are appreciated (and needed) for the playground fund.

Please send your donation to:

Friends of Forest River Park Playground Fund
P.O. Box 1064
Salem, MA 01970

Thanks for your support and we can't wait to see you at the new playground!

August 20, 2008

more products arriving everyday!

Summer is winding down and you know what that means... Fall products are beginning to arrive!

We would like to welcome some new products (and some good old fashioned favorites) back to CGB. And don't you worry, we're expecting more shipments of crunchy stuff.

August 19, 2008

featured product: sock monkeys!

Well, they're back. And apparently more popular than ever! Jan Willett, along with her handmade sock monkeys, were featured in this week's issue of the Weekly Dig. Check it out here. Or, to make it really easy for you, simply read below:

You'd have to be blind (or stone-hearted) to miss Jan Willett's MonkeyShineStudio wares at a craft fair. Dozens of goofy, huggable sock monkeys—striped, colorblocked, all sporting a mischievous grin—drape about this toy entrepreneur, a sculptor by training who's been manufacturing these handmade, long-limbed creatures since sewing her first in Fall 2004. With the help of a skilled sewer (hired on Craigslist with something not too far from "sock monkey manufacturer seeks professional seamstress"), Willett soon found herself in, well, monkey business.

Willett first began buying socks at department stores, but then "got more and more picky about the fabric." Cheaper socks, commonly made overseas from acrylic, weren't holding up well, and she "was also concerned with being local and buying American products." After much research, Willett found one of the few remaining US sock manufacturers, and exclusively sources her cotton-Lycra blend socks from Pennsylvania. "I'm looking into doing an organic troupe, probably for next season (organic cotton with recycled stuffing)," she relays encouragingly.

How does one christen a monkey, be it Eugene, Lexi or Fabien? "I finish them and I put their faces on," explains Willett. "I look at them and say, 'What's your name?' Then they tell me." Probably the best strategy, all said. "I also keep a list of interesting names," she continues. "When I see a movie—especially a foreign film—I look at the list of credits for names." Even after four years, her determination to never duplicate a handle still runs strong.

"On my sewing table right now is the Socktopus prototype," Willett divulges. "I also have a penguin that I'm working on, made out of Ankle Biters." Enthusiasts? Anticipate a menagerie of sock surf to accompany the turf.

"It's definitely rewarding in that I know these things are going out into the world and making people happy," says Willett. "It's gratifying to see people's faces light up when they hold them. I feel like I'm doing something good for the world." She laughs, summing up her plushy creations within a simple compelling one-word mission: "Positivity."

August 16, 2008

new featured artist: ashley fletcher

Well if you've been in the store sometime in the past few weeks, you've noticed our new artwork. And if you haven't been in the store sometime in the past few weeks, you are missing out!

Ashley Fletcher is our new featured artist for the months of August, September and October. Fletcher was born in Maine and grew up in a beautiful house on Cobboseecontee Lake in Manchester. She began taking art lessons at a young age and developed a love for drawing. Ashley went on to study at Wheaton College. In 2001 she graduated with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. It was at Wheaton that she first began working in watercolor and discovered her love for this medium. Ashley now works and resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Be sure to check out more of her work and contact information at

August 15, 2008

NEW! toddler playgroup!

Crunchy Granola Baby is now hosting a weekly Toddler Play Group! Come play with us every Wednesday (beginning August 20) from 10 to 11 AM! All parents and toddlers are welcome and, as always, our playgroup is free. Hope to see you Wednesday!

considering homebirth?

Are you and your partner considering homebirth? Then join our meeting for pregnant partners!

Massachusetts Friends Of Midwives is hosting a meeting exclusively for the partners of pregnant women. This meeting, moderated by a homebirth midwife, will specifically address questions and concerns for those who don’t know what to expect. No question or concern is too silly! Those who have their own homebirth stories to share are welcome, too.

When: September 17th @ 7pm
Where: Crunchy Granola Baby, 72 Washington Street, Salem
How: Contact us at for more information

August 13, 2008

hooray mass!

Guess what this weekend is . . .
Come visit Crunchy Granola Baby and pick up your baby essentials before Sunday at 6PM. What better time to stock up on baby shower gifts, birthday gifts, cloth diapers, summer sale outfits, and more! And now back in stock - Sock Monkeys! Hurry though, these guys never last long!
After that, it's back to the good ole' five percent sales tax.

August 8, 2008

upcoming events: RAD

What: Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

When: Monday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 20 - Monday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 27

Where: Salem State College

How: The class is free, but please register at CGB by August 12.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program.

The courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth.

Jennie has taken this class twice already and highly recommend it! Tell your women friends, employees, nannies!!

The class is free of charge and will be held at Salem State College. All Crunchy Granola customers who register and complete the four classes will receive 15% off their next purchase.

Maximum number of participants is 12. Sign up by August 2nd. Call Crunchy Granola Baby to register today!

August 5, 2008

Photos: Friday Night Party!

What a great weekend . . .

In case you missed our party Friday night, check out the
Sherrell Photography blog for some great shots of the evening.

And if you were a guest at our party Friday night, thanks so much for attending and supporting both Sherrell Photography and Crunchy Granola Baby! We couldn't do it without you!

Coming soon: Tide Pool Photos!

August 2, 2008

success! (so far)

So far, our birthday weekend has been a great success!

Our birthday party last night was a hit - a big thanks to all who joined the celebration. And thanks to Tabitha and Larry for not only providing the beautiful photographs, but also the yummy snacks.

And while we're thanking people, we'd like to thank Kevin for a great traveling tide pool demonstration this morning. Everyone loved looking and touching all the sea creatures!

And don't forget to stop by tomorrow morning at 10AM for a free henna tattoo!

And if you haven't picked up your raffle ticket, hurry in! It just keeps growing! Gift certificates from Living Well, Ben & Jerry's, Signatures, Modern Millie, Pamplemousse, Hip Baby Gear, and more. Plus great products from Baby Legs, Cabin Fever, Blooming Lotus, Happy Baby Food, and more. It's unbelievable.

July 26, 2008

raffle raffle raffle! (we've added even more!)

Calling All Customers!

To thank you for all the support over the past two years, CGB has put together a fabulous gift basket that we’re raffling off during our Birthday Party Weekend (Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3)

Some items included in the basket:

  • Toby + Rei luxurious hooded bamboo fleece/organic cotton robe
  • Sitz Bath Salts
  • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bowls, scoop and gift card
  • Signatures gift card
  • Living Well gift card
  • Pamplemousse gift card
  • Cinema Salem movie passes
  • … AND MORE! (including stuff from our good friends, Modern Millie and Gulu Gulu Cafe!)

For your chance to win this amazing gift basket, purchase a raffle ticket for only $10. Get yours today!

Oh, and the best part? All proceeds benefit Salem Community Gardens!

Also be sure to help us celebrate our 2nd Birthday with our weekend long sale (10% off all purchases, including Summer Sale items!), a traveling tide pool demonstration on Saturday, free henna tattoos on Sunday, and more!

July 22, 2008

"Fewer days, longer hours"

Check out what Jennie has to say about a 4-day work week in today's Boston Globe article titled "Fewer days, longer hours."

And if you don't feel like following the link, here's the gist.

Some New England employers are trading longer workdays for four-day workweeks. It's the latest way to go green - no need for air conditioning, lights, electronics, or machinery. This translates into less energy-related overhead and a reduced carbon footprint. Jennie is intrigued by the idea of a four-day workweek. But, she added, she didn't immediately think implementing one would be good for a business whose customers expect it to be open seven days.

(And PS: Just for fun, check out Yakima's "Let's Make Monday The New Sunday" campaign. I'm all for it.)

July 19, 2008

Story of Stuff

Just wanted to pass this along to all my CGB friends. Enjoy!

"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever."

Watch the video at:

July 17, 2008

everybody deserves a massage

Body & Soul Massage & Wellness Center is celebrating Everybody Deserves a Massage Week from July 27 through August 3.

The main event is a Diaper and Wipe Drive to help benefit St. Joseph's Food Pantry. Donate an unopened package of 15+ diapers and receive either a.) free infant massage class b.) $10 coupon towards next massage session.

See? Everybody Deserves a Massage!

July 16, 2008

new product: handmade, personalized jewelry

Gem & i originals are a new addition to the Crunchy Granola Baby family and we're quite glad to have them here!
But what are "they" exactly?
"They" are handcrafted works of jewelry - necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. Created by Keryn LaVarnway, Gem & i originals are jewelry pieces that reflect who you are as an individual.

Want a bracelet with your name on a charm? Or maybe a necklace with your son or daughters name on a charm? Perhaps even a necklace with all of your grandchildrens names on various charms, each with their birthstones attached? Perfect! Gem and i originals can make it specifically for you.

Each charm is hammered and stamped by hand, therefore lettering may not be straight or perfectly spaced and the edges will be free-form. These attributes add to the uniqueness of your piece which guarantees your piece to be one-of-a-kind.

So come visit us at CGB, check out our Gem & i originals jewelry and place an order for your very own Gem & i originals piece of artwork.

July 12, 2008

kris kimball artwork for sale

Crunchy Granola Baby's featured artist is Kris Kimball, a 24-year old documentary film student who recently completed his M.A. at Emerson College in Boston. A Danvers native, Kimball also holds a B.A. in communications and fine arts from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

His artistic influences range from nature and the outdoors to past adventures and places he hopes to go. He enjoys experimenting with all artistic mediums: painting, digital photography, film, animation, etc. His recent project was a documentary film, titled "Local," about surfing in New England.

Kimball is also an avid surfer, and a serious animal lover, so a portion of the proceeds from all painting sales at Crunchy Granola Baby will be donated to Surfrider Massachusetts and to the MSCPA.

But Kimball's artwork will only be displayed at CGB through the end of July, so hurry in to pick up some one-of-a-kind artwork while also making a contribution to local charities. Only four left!
For more information about Kris’ art or films, lease contact him at

sale, BabyHawks and art classes

Come check out our Summer Sale!

With discounts ranging from 15 - 30% off original prices, you can't go wrong! Pick up an organic cotton Kate Quinn Jersey Tank Dress for $27.75, originally $36.95. Or maybe stock up on some Kate Quinn Straight Leg Pants for $18.75, originally $24.95 Both shown at right. And even the famous Kate Quinn Kimono Onesies are on sale for $12.50, originally $15.95.

But maybe you're not looking for clothes, maybe you want a new baby carrier. You are in luck!

Crunchy Granola Baby is now carrying BabyHawk babycarriers! Their Mei Tai's (Asian Baby Carriers) are adopted from a Chinese-inspired idea that makes holding your little one on your front, back or hip as safe as it is comfortable. With tons of hip designs, the choice of regular or organic, and the knowledge that BabyHawks were created by an innovative mom, these Mei Tai's are a great option for babywearing. Come try one on today!

And don't forget that our new Toddler Expressions art class starts on Tuesday! Spots are filling, so register today. Call or stop by for details or to register.

July 11, 2008

Parents United of Salem BBQ Picnic

Happy 1st Anniversary to Parents United of Salem! Come celebrate this event over a family BBQ at Forest River Park.
10am - 1pm on Sunday, July 13
Please bring a side dish to share and join in the fun.

In case you are unfamiliar with Parents United, the purpose of this organization is to bring Salem's parents together through community service,recreation,enrichment, and educational programs with respect to our culturally diverse population. Their current project is raising funds to build "The Playground at Salem Commons".

July 8, 2008

summer SALE

Our Summer SALE kicks off Saturday with great deals on adorable summer clothing, toys and other products!

Swim & Fin Oceanfest!

Come see “Stormy the Duck”, a 15 ft. tall rubber ducky at he 3rd Annual Swim & Fin OceanFest sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 10 am to 3 pm at Forest River Park, 98 West Ave. in Salem.

This family-friendly festival is a celebration of the wonderful resources of Salem Sound. Activities include Tide Pool Adventures--a “sea-creatures touch tank,” a display of bio-invaders from our local waters, crafts including the Japanese art of fish printing and making clam puppets, plus there will be demonstrations on how to make compost tea, “ask the organic gardener” any of your questions on Greenscaping, live music, games, yoga, chair massage, and fun for all!

For the swimmers, there are open water swim races for all ages and levels; and for paddlers there will be a 5 mile flat water kayak race with competitive and touring classes.

Live music includes environmental songs by award winning singer-songwriter Jaclyn Soep (who is also an elementary school music teacher), and by teens from the Rock Labs at Chris Kersker’s Accel School of Music.

The festival and parking are free; entry fees for the races are $25 in advance and $35 at the festival. All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a non-profit coastal watershed organization. Rain date is Sunday, July 20. To learn more: or call 978-741-7900.

July 3, 2008

how to help . . . by gift wrapping!

Did you know that when you shop at Crunchy Granola Baby in Salem during the month of July, you can make a gift wrap donation to the North Shore TMA?

The North Shore Transportation Management Association is a non‑profit organization, working to address transportation issues in Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Peabody and Salem.

The mission of the North Shore TMA is to bring together businesses, institutions, developers, organizations and municipalities to address shared traffic-related issues. The organization aims to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions while improving access to and within the North Shore.

They also offer employee incentives to our member companies for using alternative commute modes like bicycling, carpooling and walking to work.

The NSTMA is the 11th TMA in Massachusetts. They are part of a larger organization called MassCommute, which represents 300 companies and nearly 300,000 Massachusetts employees and residents.

Last year, there was a reduction of more than 55 million vehicle miles traveled by TMA member employees in Massachusetts. This is a reduction of more than 2.5 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

The NSTMA is funded by a grant from the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization and by its members.

So next time you visit CGB and need an item gift wrapped, please donate to the North Shore TMA. Thanks so much!

July 2, 2008

just passing along a note . . .

To all you CSA'ers our there, this note pertains to you. Ashley the farmer sent it along, so now I'm just forwarding it along to you.

The newsletter is available by 2 p.m. on Monday. It has a list of the produce for the week and often has pictures! There are recipes for your cooking! The site is under construction but please read the instructions in the newsletter section.

Reminder, DO NOT TAKE THE BOX!!! Fold the box and leave it where the site host requests. Remember to be gracious to your fellow CSA memebers and the site host by being neat, cooperative and enthusiastic! Be aware that your site host is offering their facility whether it be a home or a business to enable you and us at the farm to make connection for the efficient transfer of produce from farm to consumer.

Once again, please navigate our website...any suggestions, kindly foward them to . Thank You in advance for your kindhearted consideration for all of these matters.

Please check out our website

July 1, 2008


Last week was a crazy week here at CGB. We kicked off the CSA, hosted Joanne Sarkar from Zannadu Cloth Diaper Solutions, listened to Herbalist and Holistic Practitioner Erin Cyr of Whole Soul Healing give tips on staying healthy, hosted our very first Birth Circle with MA Friends of Midwives ... Phew!

But now it's July, so we're going to take it easy for a few minutes. This means CGB will be closed Friday July 4, Sunday, July 6 and Monday, July 7. But then on Tuesday, July 8, we'll be rested and ready to go! Well, maybe we'll be rested. Probably not. But we'll definitely be ready to go!

So pull out your calendars and get ready to join us here at CGB for some great events!

One awesome event we're super excited about is our Toddler Expressions Class, which starts July 15. This 8 week class is filling fast but still has openings. Taught by Brittany Bennett, the class ventures into all areas of art creation from underwater tissue paper scenes to organic play dough sculptures. At each class you’ll take home a piece of art along with a lesson card, including variations you can use to continue the creative process at home. Our last session was a hit with kids, parents and CGB employees alike. So if you think you might be interested in registering, give us a call or shoot us an email.

Other upcoming events include the Parents United party, Stroller Strides, Parenting Groups, Babywearing, our 2nd Birthday Party, and more! Check out our calendar for updates.

June 27, 2008

operation CSA a success!

Yesterday was the first day of our 15-week CSA and, if I do say so myself, it went off fabulously! The produce was yummy (Jennie, Meredith and I couldn't help ourselves from tasting everything...especially those strawberries!), the people were excited, and the pickup process was smooth. We couldn't have asked for anything better! And now that we've got the process figure out, we can't wait to see all you CSA'ers every Thursday! (Hehe, look at how excited Jennie is for her produce!)

In other news, the 2008 Reader's Choice Awards were announced this morning and we received an Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Children's Clothing Store, as well as an Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Toy Store. Thanks so much for all of you who voted for CGB! We'd also like to extend a few other congratulations to a few of our other fabulous friends who also won:
  • Hip Baby Gear: Honorable Mention for Marblehead's Favorite Children's Clothing Store
  • Chulamama: Bronze for Regional Favorite Children's Clothing Store
  • Cornerstone Books: #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Bookstore
  • Pamplemousse: #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Gift Shop and Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Toy Store and Honorable Mention for Salem's Favorite Home Decorating Store
  • Modern Millie: Gold for Regional Favorite Consignment Store and #1 Choice for Salem's Favorite Antique/Vintage Store
  • ...and SO SO SO many more. I didn't even get to the restaurants yet! So check out today's issue of The Salem Gazette to see who else won your adoration.
And if you're really bored, check out my new monthly "Green Scene" column for The Salem Gazette here. This issue? "Cleaning House The Natural Way."

June 24, 2008

birth circle: tomorrow

Guess what tomorrow is?! Well, besides Wednesday. The day cgb hosts the Birth Circle!

So if you’re a mom-to-be who plans on birthing with a midwife, come join our birth circle and discuss diverse birth stories with inspirational women.

The Birth Circle is hosted by Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM), and held at Crunchy Granola Baby tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

June 21, 2008

a solstice celebration at pamplemousse...TONIGHT!

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a wine and beer tasting at Pamplemousse! Tonight from 4 to 6, enjoy yummy adult beverages along with locally made cheeses, strawberries and creme fraiche...supplied, of course, by our good friends at In Season.

a barrel of monkeys

Beantown Troop sock monkeys are here!

Not sure which monkey is right for you? Visit creator Jan Willet's site and read each member of the troops personal biography. For example, maybe you would like Eugene the handymonkey or Pascal the portrai painter?

June 17, 2008

welcome to the east coast

Well Well Well. It's me (Amy) and I'm back from my road trip out west! Loved the mountains and the lakes and the hiking and everything else. But I'm glad to be back in Salem, hanging out at CGB.

And I'm especially glad to be back because we have a ton of cool stuff happening!

First things first though. Have you all seen the gorgeous photos of Tommie? If not, check out a few here. And PS: Tabitha Sherrell will be hanging her work at CGB in a few months. Yay!

Moving on. Summer is here! And what does that mean? Extended CGB hours! Come visit us:

Mondays 10-6
Tuesdays 11-6
Wednesdays 10-6
Thursdays 11-7
Fridays 9-8 (whoaaaaa!)
Saturdays: 10-6
Sundays: 12-6

And as for all our events...Next Wednesday (June 25) we're hosting a Birth Circle, an opportunity for like-minded moms (and especially moms-to-be) who are interested in sharing support, information and personal experiences about their birth. Wanna join? RSVP at CGB.

And that following Friday, our parenting group will host a guest speaker: Erin Cyr. An herbalist and Holistic Practitioner at Whole Soul Healing will be talking to us about herbal first aid kits for babies and toddlers. Also, Erin will talk to us about how and where to buy herbs, what herbs grow well in Massachusetts, and how to keep your children healthy in the most natural way possible.

And then we have more! On Saturday (June 28), we're hosting a Cloth Diapering Demo! Joanne Sarkar of Zannadu Cloth Diapering Solutions will be here to teach us more than we ever wanted to know about cloth diapers. Joanne specializes in cloth diapering and will be here to show how easy (and adorable) it can be, and to answer any questions. She will also have many styles, colors and designs of diapers for your purchasing pleasure! And while this event is free, we do ask for you to RSVP beforehand.

Guess I came back just in time. =)

(PS: The photo above is from Yellowstone Nat'l Park. Just so you know.)

May 31, 2008

Great Green Products

Look at me I'm Blogging and Amy is still on vacation! Wow!

We've got some new products in!
Natursutten rounded pacifiers and their new teething rings have arrived. These are free from Bisphenol-A, Phthalates and PVC (of course) and you can put the teethers in the fridge for ultimate teething relief.

More toys from ImagiPLAY!

Infant and toddlers will love the push along toys and the rattles and you can feel good about your child playing with these toys because they are non-toxic and eco friendly!

May 17, 2008

see ya in 3 weeks!

hey everyone, it's amy. just wanted to let you know i'm headed out on my x-country trip and i'll see you in 3 weeks!

May 14, 2008

csa - may 31 deadline!

Due to popular demand, Crunchy Granola Baby’s CSA registration deadline has been extended until May 31.

So if you crave fresh produce and want to help support a local organic farm, then stop by CGB in Salem to become a CSA “shareholder.”

A full share is $575 and a half-share is $350, but the season runs for 15 weeks (June through October). Produce will be delivered weekly to Crunchy Granola Baby, and shareholders stop by CGB on Thursdays (between 4 and 7 pm) to pick up their shares.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennie Cudmore at 978.741.0800 or at

May 10, 2008

safe & sound

Join the Salem Sound Coastwatch and Salem Alliance For The Enivronment for their 4th Annual “Keeping the Earth SAFE & SOUND” Benefit party!

There will be dancing, a silent auction with great items (including some items from CGB), hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music.
And actually, it's more than just live music. The renown band A Patch of Blue will be performing!

Tickets are only $15 and are available online, by calling 978.741.7900, or at the door. Another bonus? Ten percent discount with ticket at Hawthorne Hotel restaurants this evening.

This is a wonderful event to meet new people, find out about environmental activities, and support Salem Sound Coastwatch and Salem Alliance For the Enivronment (SAFE). So join the party, May 16 at 7:30pm at the Hawthornw Hotel Ballroom in Salem.