Milly’s Mercantile Picks

Selected Vendor Highlights

We feature Local Goods from our friends at Full Belly Farm, Common Kettle Farm, Terra Firma Farm, Yisrael Family Farm, The Cloverleaf Farm, Real Pie Company, Grindstone Bakery, Camina, The Good Stuff, Pachamama Coffee, Carmazzi Caramel Corn, FatFace Popsicles, OneSpeed, The Beecharmers, Salt and Savour and Old Soul Co.; Herbal Goods such as tea blends, salves, tinctures, soap and incense; Home Goods; Organic Pantry & Tools for Sustainable Living; Books & Gifts; Soil Born Farms T-shirts, Mugs & Hats.

Heritage Organics Worm Castings (Vermicompost)

For millions of years, earthworms have continued the Cycle of Fertility by converting organic matter into vermicompost. Premium Quality Heritage Organics Worm Castings are an all-in-one, odorless soil Amendment that is safe for the environment, children and pets and ideal for indoor or outdoor use. OMRI®. Purchase 1 cu. ft. bags from the Greenhouse Garden Shop and pick up on Saturdays. Worms are hands down nature’s best composters of organic matter and vermicompost is my preferred source of soil fertility. ~Shawn Harrison

African Market Baskets

These durable, unique and colorful baskets come from artisans in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Each basket is a beautiful work of art woven from river grass and equipped with strong leather handles. The proceeds from the sale of these baskets help to provide healthcare, education, and financial support to over 1,000 African villagers and their children. The African Market Basket project is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We offer large, small and tote sizes. These quality items are versatile, practical and make great gifts. Use them for Easter baskets, shopping, organizing, picnics, road trips, gardening and for holding toys. Check out the beautiful selection available now in Milly’s Mercantile

Mi Rancho Organic Tortillas

Did you know we now sell organic corn tortillas and soft flour tortillas. We think these are some of the best tortillas available. Mi Rancho has recently moved their company to Elk Grove. When it comes to tortillas we love their philosophy and quality products. At Mi Rancho, we combine our ancient, old world process with innovative, state of-the-art equipment to produce the highest quality, best tasting corn tortillas, flour tortillas and chips. Our heritage-style baking and commitment to authenticity comes through in every tortilla. For us, it’s all about Pure Tortilla Joy.

Brinware

Brinware is what happens when you combine the care and concern of a parent with the creativity and passion of an artist. In 2009, with mounting concerns over the toxic materials in children’s products, the company began to discuss ways to be part of the solution. They knew we wanted to take the fear and concern out of picking the right things for your kids. But they wanted to be careful not to take the fun out of such a short, magical time of life. This led to the launch of Brinware. Everything is focused on nurturing a brighter future for children, a future that is safe and responsible but filled with engagement and fun. Brinware is dedicated to making the safest, cutest, most responsibly-built items on the market.
Silicone Suction Bowls feature an inner bowl made of glass which won’t absorb stains or odors and an outer layer made of FDA approved food-grade silicone. The silicone suction bottom will grip to the table so it stays in place.
Placemats are made of food-grade silicone. Each placement is easy to clean, won’t retain odors and easily rolls up so it is good for home or on-the-go. Great to be used as a placemat or as a plate!
Catch All Silicone Bibs are made of food-grade silicone. The bib is easy to clean and can even go in the dishwasher. The bib rolls up into the pocket making it great for travel use. The silicone catcher is a perfect size for catching all the food mess!

Fuller’s Fine Herbs Herb Blends

Every pantry needs to be stocked with all of these flavorful herb blends from our friends in Mendocino. There are four blends to choose from. Paravangna (Italian blend), Dill, Sage and the classic Beaujolais blend. Fuller’s Herbs from Mendocino has been offering naturally grown, pesticide free custom herb blends, herbs and herbal vinegar creations since 1978. Try the Paravangna blend on your roasted potatoes or carrots for a slightly spicy kick.

Eatwell Farms Seasoning Salts

Enhance tomato season with a collection of salt blends from Eatwell Farms. Choose from lavender, lemon, rosemary, smoked chili and thyme. These salts are made with 100% French Grey Atlantic Sea salt. Sustainably harvested, then air and sun dried. Blended with organically grown herbs and ingredients. These delicious seasoning salts will add depth of flavor to your recipes.

Bee’s Wrap

Made from beeswax, organic cloth, tree resin and organic jojoba oil. Bee’s Wrap is the natural alternative to plastic wrap. Pack a sandwich for the journey, or store ingredients and snacks at home. Seal with the warmth of your hands-then rinse, wrap and repeat. It’s washable, smells great and comes in various sizes and colors. Packs of Bee’s Wrap are great gifts too.

Stasher Bags

Stasher bags are made from platinum silicone (only the best), which does not degrade over time. From freezer to microwave, from oven to dishwasher, Stasher bags are made to last, each one keeping thousands of single-use plastics out of our oceans and landfills. Dishwasher & Microwave safe. Reusable. Non-toxic. BPA free. They come in various sizes and colors. After trying a number of different brands, these are my favorite. Start with one and you’ll definitely want more.

Bamboo Plastic Bag Dryer

This is one of the best-selling items at Milly’s Mercantile. You can easily rinse out and re-use plastic bags at home with this handy dryer. This 14″ tall wooden rack allows you to dry up to eight items at once. Great for zip-top sandwich bags and plastic water bottles. It is also good for stashers, pastry and icing bags. The sliding ring allows for easy folding and storage, and the removable base allows the dryer to convert to hanging model. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Stainless Steel Straw Set

These environmentally-friendly reusable metal straws are the smart choice for replacing plastic straws. Pack of 4 includes 2 cleaning brushes 8″ long w/bend, durable 18/8 stainless steel, mirror finish, smooth edge.

Full Belly Farm Organic Pomegranate Syrup

The thick, deeply red syrup has an intensely sweet-tart flavor. Use in cocktails, drizzle over vanilla ice cream or french toast, add to salad dressings or use as part of a marinade. I like to add a splash to chilled sparkling water for a cooling summer beverage. Fun fact: did you know that pomegranates are a natural aphrodisiac? Some cultures believe that pomegranate helps fertility and testosterone levels, which gets you interested in sex. Some studies have shown this. It may also aid with mood and blood pressure. Refrigerate after opening.

Community Grains Floriani Red Flint Polenta

Grown by Fritz Durst Farm in Capay, California. Floriani Red Flint, a rare heirloom corn traditionally grown by Italian Alpine farmers, was carefully cultivated for the qualities that make great polenta. Floral and mildly sweet, this luscious polenta pairs beautifully with the rustic flavors of Italian food — earthy dishes of mushrooms, dark greens, and braised and grilled meats. A good friend loves to bake the polenta in a shallow dish, cut in triangles, grill it lightly, add grated parmesan Reggiano and top with a chunky, fresh salsa made with a variety of heirloom tomatoes, red onions, basil and olive oil. It’s such a simple dish but incredibly delicious on a summer day. 1.5 lb. bags. Try some today. Baked Polenta Recipe >>

Full Belly Farm Kitchen Tomato Sauce

This delicious and versatile organic tomato sauce is made with care at Full Belly Farms in Guinda. Four simple ingredients grown on the farm, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary and salt, you can taste the love. I like to keep several jars in my pantry at all times. It’s good all by itself on the pasta of your choice. I’ve added it to soups for extra texture, flavor and nutrients. A quick go-to dinner idea. Sauté in olive oil chopped garlic, sliced Dragon Shiitake mushrooms, baby spinach (but you can use arugula or kale) and basil (dry or fresh) until the greens are wilted. Sometimes I add chopped Kalamata olives too. Stir in a jar of tomato sauce to the veggies while you boil up your favorite pasta or Community Grains Spaghetti (hard amber durum wheat) grown at Full Belly Farm. Top with grated Reggiano Parmesan. It’s quick, easy and a true crowd pleaser.

FatFace Popsicles

We are proud to carry these extra special farm to freezer summer treats from a locally-owned small business in Davis, CA. Jaymes Luu’s creative popsicles contain fruit and other fresh, locally grown produce, including the blueberry lemon yogurt and peach lavender pops. Luu is known for a fusion of ingredients you would never find at your neighborhood ice cream parlor, like the popular limeade-and-avocado pop or the plum-basil-green-tea pop, a tongue-tickling combination of cinnamon basil, Santa Rosa plums and jasmine green tea. Bring your ice chest to the Drive-thru Farmstand and stock up for the hot days ahead. We sell individual popsicles and a sample pack of 6 flavors. This week’s flavors: Apricot Lavender, Hibiscus Mint, Lime Avocado, Mango Sticky Rice, Peach Limeade Strawberry Coconut, Strawberry Lemonade, Thai Tea Sweet Potato

Farm Kitchen Candle Co.

Handcrafted, high quality, clean-burning soy candles, Farm Kitchen Candle Co. is located in Brownsville, Oregon and is a true small family business owned and operated by husband and wife team, Kay and Marco Franciosa, with their two small children Rye and Hazel. You might recognize their names. Marco was one of the Co-Founders of Soil Born Farms. Kay also worked at Soil Born Farms until they bought their own farm and moved to Oregon. In fact, Kay was responsible for getting the Farmstand started at the American River Ranch. There are several sizes to choose from. Our favorites so far are forest, vanilla cinnamon, coffee shop, lavender sage, and oakmoss amber. The citronella candle is a perfect choice for the patio and outdoor dining. They use only the best quality ingredients: 100% American grown soy wax, essential oil infused fragrance oils and natural cotton wicks. The candles are ALWAYS phthalate, additive and dye free. These handcrafted candles make great gifts and are certain to brighten your home every day.

Camina Bakery

Try a loaf of Camina Bakery’s delicious, hand-crafted sourdough bread, available each week at our online marketplace. Owner/Bakers Kenneth Curran (formally of Takeaway Inc) and Tatton White (formally of Bread Itself) share a love of creating natural leavened breads and traditional French croissants. They began collaborating as Camina in November of 2019 with a commitment to the highest quality ingredients, careful baking processes and a willingness to put in the skilled labor necessary to make truly great bread. They love using local fruit and ingredients from family farms in the region. You can expect a variety of breads made from organic grains with focus on stone-milled flours including but not limited to red wheat, sesame, country bread, olive country, raisin and coriander. They also sell cookies, croissants, and other pastries that are just as alluring and scrumptious as their bread.

The Cloverleaf Farm Fruit Leather

It’s hard to believe fall is just around the corner. As we anticipate the taste of a fresh, crisp apple or a ripened to perfection pear we might still long for the flavor of a juicy white plumarine or an early summer apricot. Our friends at the Cloverleaf Farm have just the answer. At the end of the stone fruit season they make organic fruit leather. Choose from peach, apricot or Elderberry Plumarine. There are four 15 inch rolls of fruit leather in each bag. It’s a great snack and tasty dessert. Let us know how you like it. Increase the shelf life by storing in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.

Two Flew the Coop The Urban Cube Coop

This compact and efficient coop can sleep 2-3 hens. It’s predator proof and has removable nest boxes. The tongue in groove redwood sidings and corrugated metal roof are strong, durable and keep moisture out. It’s elevated off the ground for ease of cleaning and visual appeal. The dimensions are approximately 3 ft. by 3 ft. and 6 ft. in height at the highest roof point. The coop floor is roughly 28 inches off the ground. Perfect for raising urban backyard chickens! The coop will fit in a standard pickup truck.

African Market Baskets

It’s always a fun day when we receive a new shipment of African Market Baskets. These durable, unique and colorful baskets come from artisans in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Woven from river grass with strong leather handles each basket is a beautiful work of art. The proceeds from the sale of these baskets help to provide healthcare, education, and financial support to over 1,000 African villagers and their children. The African Market Basket project is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We offer three sizes – large, small and totes. They are versatile, practical and make great gifts. The quality is excellent. Market baskets are great for shopping, organizing, picnics, road trips, gardening, toys and so many other uses. Check out the beautiful selection available now in Milly’s Mercantile.

The Good Stuff

Since 2012, The Good Stuff has been making preserves by hand and in very small batches. They use seasonal, locally grown, fresh produce and never any commercial pectin. We are proud to carry these local preserves. The only challenge is deciding which one of Janet McDonald’s delightful creations to try first: Best Plum Jam, Pepper Pomegranate Jam, Strawberry Balsamic Jam, Quince Marmalade, Tomato Jam, Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Marmalade, Peach Cardamom Jam, Chili Apricot Jam, Fig Orange Brandy Jam, Blueberry Ginger Jam, Chili Blackberry Jam. My suggestion, start with three! A gift item that is sure to please.
It all started with a belief that eating fruits and vegetables at the peak of their season was the all important ingredient to enjoying luscious produce. But being human, the desire for mandarins in July or asparagus in November kept coming up. The answer…preserves! The Good Stuff believes in promoting the small family farmer and that everyone should have access to quality fresh produce. For this reason, The Good Stuff contributes 5% of sales to Soil Born Farms. Here are some great serving suggestions from their website >>  

Yisrael Family Farm Handcrafted Botanical Soaps

Our journey to artisan soap crafters began in 2012 and has grown to lather up the hearts, minds, and bodies of our customers who enjoy natural, vegan friendly soap infused with Yisrael passion.” ~ Judith
The Yisraels began their journey to live a more nature-centered lifestyle by growing food in their own backyard. The youngest daughter Yada suffered from eczema and was often offered steroid creams by medical professionals. Judith decided to treat the condition naturally by using natural soaps and homemade herbal salves. Use of herbal remedies along with switching to a plant-based diet yielded dramatic results. Judith began to purchase handcrafted soap and even sold to them, along with her own herbal products to friends and family. With encouragement from her husband, he purchased a soap making kit inspired Judith to make her own soap and together they made their first batch of handmade peppermint soap. Judith was hooked and the family never looked (or smelled) better. Judith fused her passion for herbal medicine with her love for soap making to create luxurious bars of soap. We are pleased to sell a selection of Judith’s handcrafted soaps at Milly’s Mercantile (online marketplace). Stock up for the season ahead. Choose from: Lemongrass Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary Charcoal and Peppermint. Made in Sacramento.

Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans

There are a lot of heirloom bean lovers at Soil Born Farms. Heirloom beans tend to have a lower yield and can be much more difficult to grow but the payoff is in the unique flavors and textures you don’t find with bland commodity beans. We love beans because they are delicious. Dig a little deeper and you discover that producing beans is a regenerative act. The soil can actually benefit from their production and the spent pods get cut up and go right back into the earth as “green manure”. Dig deeper still and you learn that beans are one of the best foods you can eat, rewarding both your taste buds and your overall health. Beans are so versatile.
Rancho Gordo is based in Napa California. They offer an amazing collection of heirloom beans and specialty items. We are thrilled to add these products to Milly’s Mercantile. Check out the unique and traditional varieties at our online marketplace. Choose from Black Caviar Lentils, French-Style Green Lentils, Cranberry Beans, Midnight Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Yellow Eye Beans. Cassoulet Beans, Garbanzo Beans and White Corn Posole/Prepared Hominy.
To soak or not to soak? Soaking beans will speed up cooking time but many cooks don’t bother. According to the experts at Rancho Gordo, they soak beans in the morning and cook in the afternoon for dinner but they also just cook the beans and wait for them to be done. The key step is to allow the beans to come to a full boil for about 10 minutes. Then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until tender. Try one of the delicious recipes on their website >>

Juniper Ridge Incense

Juniper Ridge uses sustainably harvested plants and traditional steam-distillation techniques to handcraft high quality home and body care products at our workshop in Oakland, CA. By focusing on plants native to the West Coast, we bring the wild beauty of nature into your home. Milly’s Mercantile sells three different options of Campfire Incense to refresh indoor spaces and enhance your meditation practice.
Juniper Ridge Campfire Incense is made directly from the tree’s pitch, the sap that drips down the tree trunks; no hidden ingredients, charcoals, or perfumes. So when you can’t get out there, bring nature home.
Cedar transports you to the rock-strewn beaches and dense coniferous forests of the southern Oregon coast. It smells like you are walking through the damp, mossy forests of the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by the green fresh scent of the old growth forests.
Douglas Fir transports you to the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Mountains. It smells like you were walking under the branches of the ancient, giant Douglas fir, as the citrus-like, fresh aroma the black barked trees produce in springtime fills the forest from its damp floor to its canopied ceiling.
White Sage transports you to the sun-baked Mojave Desert. It smells like you were walking in the desert, breathing in the dry, earthy aroma of one of the West’s most iconic plants.
All products are 100% natural and produced using old perfume making techniques including distillation, tincturing, infusion and enfleurage. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today we continue to handle every step of the process ourselves, from beginning to end. These formulas vary from year to year and harvest to harvest, based on rainfall, temperature, exact harvesting location, and season. The exact formula depends on what we find in the wind, a conversation with the living, wild ecology.
All of our plants are wild harvested with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing wild scape. We return to the same stands year after year to carefully monitor regrowth. We never use alien or invasive species and are actively involved in native plant restoration projects from San Diego to Seattle. 10% of all of our profits are annually donated to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defense organizations. We revel in the intact forest habitats of the West, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them.

The High Fiber Hand Printed Tea Towels

Spruce up your kitchen with whimsical designs by The High Fiber. These durable all-purpose tea towels bring a touch of joy to routine chores. You can save trees and money by switching to reusable towels. New in Milly’s Mercantile this week we have an assortment of ten nature inspired designs to choose from. Absorbent, soft, and lint free, these flour sack towels will quickly become your favorites in the kitchen. Printed by hand on natural cotton (28″ X 29″). This is a hardworking, super soft, and ultra- thirsty kitchen companion, but it is also fantastic as a hand towel anywhere else in the house! Each towel is printed by hand using solvent free, environmentally kind ink. Machine wash / dry. A collection of these towels make the perfect, practical gift. Owners, artisans Daphne and Ed Cohan celebrate the joys of simple living with illustrated, hand-printed home goods through The High Fiber. Daphne designs and sews while Ed hand-pulls each print. They use natural fibers, environmentally kind inks and processes, and they burn their own silkscreens using straight sunshine. They reside in Asheville, North Carolina with their 3 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

Viet Kieu Sauce Company

Milly’s Mercantile is always on the lookout for unique, local products that compliment healthy cooking. We recently heard about a delicious line of authentic Vietnamese sauces and marinades made right here in Rancho Cordova by the Viet Kieu Sauce Company. We are proud to support this small family business.

We want to share our love for Vietnamese flavors with the rest of the world! You don’t have to be chefs to use our marinades and sauces. Because we care about your health, we make our products with the highest quality fresh ingredients with no preservatives, additives or MSG.” ~Enve Truong, owner

Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest and well balanced culinary traditions in the world! It’s not only healthy but also savory and delicious! Most dishes and meals include fresh herbs, vegetables, seafood or meat that are cooked with very little oil or techniques using water or broth. Try one of these authentic sauces now available on our marketplace.
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
Garlicky, savory, sweet, and zesty fish sauce with a little kick of fresh peppers. Made with fresh lime juice instead of vinegar. Perfect for dipping meats, veggies and pouring over any favorite Vietnamese dish. ​
Spicy Ginger Sauce ​
Spicy and savory fish sauce with fresh ginger, fresh chili peppers and fresh garlic. Spectacular sauce for dipping veggies and meat. Alternatively, can be used for simmering meats, seafood, and veggies.
Read the Viet Kieu Story >>

Veggie Rx Farm Pack

Offering the benefits of a CSA box with the flexibility to order only the weeks you want it. There are two convenient pack sizes to meet your veggie needs. The Individual pack (4 items) is $15 and the family pack (8 items) is $25. Each pack is filled with good nutrition based on what we have in the field ready for harvest. When you purchase produce from Soil Born Farms you are helping us continue our mission to train beginning farmers and inspire everyone to choose, cook and grow healthy food.