I am pleased to announce the Goods is approved by the Darou Wellness Program for the month of July. The integrated team at Darou Wellness not only supports their patients but also local, like-minded businesses in the Toronto wellness community. I have a wonderful history with the founder Dr. Shauna Darou, she was my first naturopathic doctor and a guiding light in the early days of my transition to a plant based diet. I still follow much of her direction years later and I feel honoured that her program has approved the Goods as a healthy business in the city.  If you're looking to take your health to the next level, see a naturopathic doctor. It'll be worth it, they are experts in natural health and wellness.

Saturday's Dundas West Fest closed a 1.7km strip between Lansdowne and Shaw, welcoming pedestrian traffic and allowing businesses to set up shop outside their stores. This year we did something different and threw a community BBQ. Calling on local business friends we created a menu that included craft beer from Blood Brothers Brewing, cold drinks from RI Coffee, artisanal breads from Mattachioni and Tori's Bakeshop, hot sauce from Stasis Preserves and treats from Sweethart Kitchen. It was quite a feast! We prepared layered grilled veggie sandwiches, smothered in our baba ganoush and mustard, grilled pineapple on skewers and our new Carmenta caesar salad. And while all the options were undeniably delicious, what surprised us the most was the overwhelming gratitude and relief when patrons discovered our barbecue was created with unprocessed plant based options and whole ingredients. It's a constant challenge, this real food, small business thing we do. But to see how much things have changed, to see the increasing demand for actually healthy food from a widening group of people, makes us pleased to be part of this shift. It rejuvenates our passion. Thank you for seeking more from your food, your choices make the difference.

  We're pretty smitten with our pals at the Home Depot Head Office. They invited us over for a Lunch and Learn and we regaled them with tales of our experience with plant food and sweet talked the team into a 7 Day Smoothie Challenge. And guess what, they did it! Many of them already into their second week of green smoothie guzzling on the daily. You can try our challenge on your own, all you need to do is make yourself a green smoothie a day for 7 days to experience the benefits of a daily clean, green drink. We have lots of smoothie recipes on our blog or if you'd like to book a lunch and learn for your team drop us a line. Hope you're feeling great team, golden green stars for everyone.

  And our love for local blogs continues this week with Murr's. Mariah Craig is the self-proclaimed culinary ninja behind Murr's Menu, creating gorgeous custom meal plans, desserts and recipe generation. I'm excited to share my recipe for savoury sprouted Mung Patty Cakes with you and Murr's loyal followers. Who the heck needs a pita with these babies around. Check us out now on Murr's Menu.

It's home cooking kinda weather and we've partnered with local friends, who create beautifully plant powered blogs, to share some of our favourite new recipes with them and you. This week, the lovely Tara Tomulka, creator of Rawcology has invited me guest blog and I've chosen my recipe for these addictive BBQ Brussles Crisps. They are raw, vegan and delicious. Check us out now on Rawcology.