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Restore the Shore Weekend


We are super-excited and proud to announce our partnership with Restore the Shore, Hometown Heroes and 94.3 The Point to bring you RESTORE THE SHORE WEEKEND, taking place Saturday and Sunday, March 23d & 24th in all 3 of our stores. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for local non-profit Hometown Heroes for their Sandy relief efforts – are you in?

We will be donating a percentage of our weekend sales from all 3 stores – 2 days, 3 stores – to Hometown Heroes and 100% of that will go to helping local people affected by Sandy. But we can’t do it and reach the goal without you. We invite you to stop in, shop up and stock up, knowing that your participation will go towards helping the families in our own communities, our backyards, local people we all know who have lost their homes and have had to relocate, have been struggling trying to buy a new furnace and hot water heater, drywall, schoolbooks, you name it – all due to that fateful day when Superstorm Sandy made landfall and changed lives forever.

We urge you to not only come in for the usual, but to take the opportunity to stock up on frozen and non-perishables, things you know will get used and know that your actions will directly help those around us.

We’ll have some fun, too! the crew from 94.3 The Point radio station will be in Shrewsbury on Saturday, 3/23 and in Ocean on Sunday, both from 11-1 giving out prizes, hosting games and giveaways. We’ll also be giving away limited edition Restore the Shore reusable bags and if you spend over $50, you’ll get a raffle ticket to win a family pack of beach badges to the Jersey Shore (which beaches to choose from will be determined closer to the season). There will be huge sales and lots of food sampling and demos on our days with the Point; plus, did we mention the Juice Bar official Restore the Shore drink for the weekend? Follow our Facebook for a chance to name it!

Together, we can make a difference in a lot of lives, so come out on March 23rd & 24th and let’s DO IT!

A little more about our charities: Continue reading


Announcement: Flavour of the Month

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Dean’s Natural Food Market and the Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance. We’ll let the press release explain while we do a cartwheel or two.



 The Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance Partners with Dean’s Natural Food Market for “Flavour of the Month” Promotion

RED BANK, NJ (Oct. 17, 2012) –  The Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance today announced plans to partner with Dean’s Natural Food Market, the Jersey Shore’s premier organic food retailer, to raise awareness for organic foods and produce through a promotional partnership that aims to educate the public on seasonal, organic food items and ways to integrate them into flavorful recipes.  “Flavour of the Month” Partnership will kick off in November and feature the sweet potato; educational information about the root vegetable, sample recipes and Red Bank Flavour dining specials that incorporate the ingredient will be offered.

The Red Bank Flavour partnership with Dean’s Natural Food Market marks the first in a series of collaborations.  A spotlight Flavour of the Month will be chosen every month to educate Dean’s consumers and guests of the Red Bank Flavour restaurants about seasonal ingredients, their corresponding health benefits and how best to integrate the ingredients into recipes at home.   Each of Dean’s two retail locations, located in Ocean and Shrewsbury, New Jersey, will provide consumers with educational information about the Flavour of the Month; more than 30 participating restaurants, bars and eateries in the Red Bank Flavour campaign will use the spotlight Flavour in menu and specialty items.

“As culinary professionals, we strive to educate the public on ways to incorporate seasonal ingredients into everyday cooking,” commented Claudette Herring, co-owner of Via 45 in Red Bank.  “The partnership forged between Dean’s Natural Food Market and the Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance will enable us to expand our culinary education throughout the Monmouth County region and beyond,” added Lauren Phillips, co-owner of Via 45.

The sweet potato was chosen as November’s Flavour of the Month because of its culinary versatility, seasonal fall flavour and all-around health benefits.  The vegetable provides an excellent source of Vitamin A, anti-inflammatory nutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants and can help regulate blood sugars.  From sweet potato pie to whole steamed, the variety of culinary preparations of the fall root vegetable is far-reaching.

For more information about the Flavour of the Month, please visit www.RedBankFlavour.com.  To learn more about Dean’s Natural Market, please visit www.DeansNaturalFoodMarket.com.

About Red Bank Flavour

Red Bank Flavour launched in the fall of 2011. Red Bank Flavour is a culinary-driven campaign that spotlight’s Red Bank’s bustling restaurant, bars, lounges and eateries.  It encourages everyone from bar and restaurant-goers, foodies, wine enthusiasts and farmer’s market fans to get a taste of Red Bank’s one-of-a-kind Flavour.  The campaign features nightly specials and promotions, special events and more.  For additional information, please visit www.RedBankFlavour.com.

About Dean’s Natural Food Market

Established in 1995, Dean’s Natural Food Market is a premier independent organic retailer that offers an extensive selection of organic produce; groceries and bulk foods; a dedicated gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods section; organic juice and smoothie bar; and Fresh Foods department.   On-site staff nutritionists are available to answer questions about vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies and health and beauty products.  Dean’s Natural Food Market’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff provides the best customer service to promote a sound, well-balanced way of living. For additional information, please visit www.DeansNaturalFoodMarket.com.

Media Contact:  Shannon Furey



Light your fire

Check out these local Costata Romanesco Zucchini we just got in yesterday, literally just picked, beautiful! Farmer Francis delivered them himself, along with some gorgeous kale, gigantic gold turnips and collards. Such a nice man! 

So  totally going home with a bunch of those tonight and firing up the ol’ Char-Broil. One thing I LOVE is grilled zucchini. It soaks up marinade like a sponge and is so healthy and guilt-free, you can eat a ton of it. Here’s a great recipe from last summer, it’s super-easy and everyone will love it. Try it with fresh organic corn, peppers and especially eggplant, which REALLY soaks up the marinade and caramelizes when grilled. OMG SO GOOD.

Meat and veggies aren’t the only thing you can grill, have you ever tried using fruit? Peaches and pineapples are a surefire hit. Both are best grilled for a few minutes then drizzled with honey, or simply brushed with butter, as Martha suggests. You can slices them and grill in large pieces or rings OR – try to make kabobs out of them. The kids will love it, they’re fun, sweet and healthy.

Grilled fruit isn’t just for dessert though, you can pair it up with your favorite meats like a juicy all-natural pork chop or chicken breast. Just cut into chunks, thread onto skewers and baste with your favorite marinade, like jerk sauce or teriyaki. Here’s a great recipe for Barbecued Chicken Pineapple Skewers – they use a homemade BBQ sauce but any good-quality bottled kind would do as well.

What are your favorite foods and methods in grilling? We’d love to hear from you!

PS: Zucchini is on sale this week, check out the rest here.

Supporting Local Farms in the Garden State: Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA

Dean’s Natural Food Market is very proud to support the Honey Brook Organic Farm local CSA program as their new Monmouth County CSA Boxed Share pickup location.

Photo: David Hunsinger for The New York Times

Dean’s embraces the value and importance of supporting local, but more importantly the significance of supporting local organic farming in the Garden State and we are committed to supporting local farmers and their mission to bring healthy, organic produce to our tables.

What’s Honey Brook? What’s a CSA? What’s a Boxed Share? To help explain, we asked Susan of Honey Brook Organic Farm to give us a little background.

Tell us a little about Honey Brook Organic Farm.

Honey Brook is one of the oldest operating organic farms in New Jersey.  Continue reading

CleanseATX Jersey-style

We are very happy to be a  part of this first-ever New Jersey CleanseATX! Continue reading

(Vegan) (and Raw) Foodie Fun

Hello there! We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and got a nice start to your holiday shopping.

Coming this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, we’ve got a great free lecture you may want to check out – Flu-Proof Your Winter: Simple Strategies to Beat the Flu with our own Maryjane Mercovich, M.S., Nutritionist and Homeopathic Educator. Many of you know Mary Jane from our Nutrition aisles – she is literally a walking encyclopedia of nutrition! Well, she’s going to give out some of her tips for avoiding the flu this season – and what to do if you get it – naturally, of course. She’ll be in Ocean at 1pm and Shrewsbury at 3 pm. Just think, an hour spent learning from her may save you a week of being sick! (That old “Ounce of prevention, pound of cure” thing)

Vegan and raw foods have come a long, long way, far from just a few years ago, when the general public thought of the diet as “rabbit food” or existing on nuts and plain salads. Vegan and raw chefs have become true innovators to meet the needs and demands of these quickly-growing lifestyles; more and more people are changing their diets and the chefs are stepping up to the plate to come up with more interesting, nutritious, good-tasting food and gourmet options. Like Good Karma Vegan Cafe and Live Jolly Foods. Continue reading

Technicolor Radishes and Local Goodies

We’ve been getting in local organic produce from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and it’s just so beautiful, have to share some pics with you.

Organic (and seemingly technicolor) Radishes from Lancaster, PA.

This is really cool – Organic Red Russian Kale. The leaves are the most interesting shape and pattern, almost like oak leaves, bright green and tinged purple. Space Kale?

This is Tatsoi, or Japanese Spinach. It has a mild mustard taste and is a different and unique Thanksgiving alternative to traditional spinach. The leaves are so glossy, the photo just doesn’t do it justice.

New Product Spotlight

Look for the New Product Spotlight logo for what's new at Dean's

These adorable little jugs are eggnog from Maplehofe Dairy Farm in Quarrysville, PA. The farm’s been around since the 1940s and now produces some of the most memorable and fresh dairy products around. No growth hormones or antibiotics used and they process the milk themselves. Eggnog this fresh and without chemical flavorings is really something else indeed.

Everything we’ve been getting from our local people is just so special, we’re really feeling proud of it. I hope you stop in and see for yourself because like I said earlier, photos just don’t do them justice!

Here’s a super-easy recipe using Red Russian Kale with dried cranberries – really gives a Thanksgiving-ey flavor. It’s gluten-free, vegan and full of vitamins and nutrients. Take a look-see.

Kale with Garlic and Cranberries

yield: Makes 8 servings

Garlicky kale, a robust winter green, gains an unexpected twist with dried cranberries’ saucy hits of tartness.
  • 2 pounds kale (preferably Russian Red), stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely torn
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (2 ounces)

Neat New Stuff

Here at Dean’s, we’re always bringing in new products – some you may have asked for, others you may have raved about “Oh, you have just GOT to try this new _____!” and some our buyers discover and wonder “You know, this is pretty special and I think our customers are really going to love this.” But how do you ever know what these new items are, where they are and what makes them special?

Introducing: The New Product SpotlightNew Product Spotlight

Look for this logo around the stores for the newest products we can’t wait to tell you about. Like Toy Cow Creamery.

Toy Cow Creamery is a small family farm run by Levi and Samual Stolfus, tucked away in the countryside of Williamsport, PA. Their line of super-creamy yogurts & yogurt smoothies are made with milk from a small, well cared-for herd of grass-fed, pasture-roaming Jersey cows, which are hormone- and antibiotic-free. The result is an incredibly rich and fresh taste you’ll just have to try for yourself.

Then there’s the Hope Springs Farms Organic Cheeses. Also local from PA, these organic cheeses are made with raw milk from grass-fed, pasture-roaming cows raised without growth hormones and antibiotic. The natural diet and lifestyle the dairy cows lead allows for nutrient-dense – and highly flavorful – cheeses, a perfect and different addition to a cheese platter or for snacking.

But wait, there is CHOCOLATE too! We have just brought in award-winning Coco Polo Chocolate, a company who are also local, right out of New Brunswick, NJ. Company founders Diane Yamate and John Cunnell started their company in are dedicated to making high cocoa chocolates without processed sugars. Sweetened with stevia, their dark cocoa bars are sugar-free, gluten-free, peanut-free and non-GMO − and are also low carb and diabetic-friendly. Did we also mention they’re delicious?

Be on the lookout for the New Product Spotlight logo around the stores for these and other great new products we’ve brought in as well as right here where we’ll be writing about what makes them so special.

See you in the aisles!

Funny how things work out

The funniest thing happened today. Well, not funny-funny but “funny” in the way of how things happen for a reason and coincidences.

We get emails every day for all kinds of reasons, usually customers asking if we have certain products and inquiries from potential vendors telling us about their products. Today we received one of those inquiries that made me go “Hrrmm…interesting.”

The email was from a guy named Ray, telling us about a new product called Heart Juice. He described it as “an all-natural beverage formulated for heart health and is fortified with Hawthorn and Resveratrol along with 5 other heart healthy ingredients.” I looked up their website and read a little about it – all-natural, 20 calories per bottle, antioxidant-rich ingredients such as hawthorn, resveratrol, garlic, pomegranate and green tea.  – and they’re local, from Wayne, NJ. I forwarded the email to our Grocery Manager Owen and told him a little bit about them.

About a half hour later, I’m out by the front and a man comes up to introduce himself to me. “Hi, I’m John, I’m from Heart Juice…” “Really? I seriously JUST emailed you guys back! Owen, remember the company I was telling you about a few minutes ago? Ta-daaa!” Turns out his partner got the email, not even knowing his associate was right there in one of our stores.

Owen and John spoke for a bit and right there we knew, this product was something completely different and special – specifically formulated for heart health and also totally on-point with our mission to raise health awareness and change people’s lives. What a great fit.

An hour later, Heart Juice is on our shelves.

(Ocean location only for now) In BOTH stores now!

What’s New at Dean’s

Hey hey hey!

We’re always on the lookout for great new items to bring into our stores for you. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve got some really exciting new things to tell you about.

Back in July, we attended the Red Bank screening of Forks Over Knives, giving out samples of some of our favorite vegan nibbles. At the stand next to us we met Chef Zoe of RAWbundant   and were able to try some of her raw & organic dishes. We were hooked. She has the most amazing raw “cheeses” made with 100% raw organic cashews from Bali, either feta-style or cream cheese-style, original, garlic & herb or with cracked black pepper. They’re dairy, egg, soy, GMO and gluten-free and absolutely delish. Plus she’s local too, right up in Linden, NJ. She’ll be in Ocean sampling on Friday (8/12), you’ve gotta try them!

DIRT? Todd’s Dirt. Yep, we all chuckled at this one too when Owen, our Grocery Manager in the Ocean store brought this new product to us. Owner/inventor Todd tried for years to duplicate a friend’s seasoning recipe, only to stumble upon one he liked even better, thus The Dirt was born. 100% all-natural and allergen/gluten-free, Todd’s Dirt is one of those favorite catch-all seasonings, great on anything from steak to popcorn. We’re experimenting in our kitchens with it, doing a dry rub on tofu steaks and spicy sweet potatoes. Pick some up and let us know what you come up with!

OK, here’s another one we were like “What?” when we got it in. Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Butter.  100% organic, 85% less fat than regular peanut butter, no cholesterol, low sodium and only 45 calories per serving, Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Better is quickly becoming a favorite for weight watchers, as a post-workout pick-me-up, or a healthy snack for kids

What else….OH! The Candle Cafe Vegan Pastries! I mentioned them the other day on Facebook and they’re almost gone now, but don’t worry, we’ll get more. My personal favorite is the mini chocolate mousse tart with the lemon-poppy mini muffins running a very close second 🙂

Check back with us now and then for more new item updates and remember, if you find an amazing food, drink, beauty product, etc. that you think we simply MUST carry, let us know!