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!