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: http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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: www.swimandfin.org 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 aneforever@aol.com . Thank You in advance for your kindhearted consideration for all of these matters.

Please check out our website heavensharvestfarm.com

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.