Holiday Hours

Monday, December 13th                  Open 5pm-7pm for Produce co-op
Tuesday, December 14th - 17th                 11am-7pm
Saturday, December 18th                          10am-4pm Santa Party 4pm-6pm
Monday, December 20-23rd                     11am-7pm
Thursday, Decmebr 23- 27th                     Closed
Tuesday, December 28th- 30                    10am-7pm
Friday, December 31st-January 3rd           Closed
January 3rd OPEN NORMAL HOURS    9am-7pm

December News and Sales 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Seasons to Everyone!
It is that time of year already and we are all out trying to shop for family, friends, teachers and other special people in our lives. What better way to show those you care about then giving them a CHASE FOODS GIFT CARD. They can be customized to any dollar amount. We can also create gift baskets for those of you who just found out a loved one has celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Tommy's gluten free pumpkin and apple pies were a hit so he is doing it again for Christmas. Please watch your email for the pre-order forms within the next week.
SANTA is coming to Chase Foods on DECEMBER 18th at 4:30pm. We are having a gathering for children that are on specific diets like the feingold and gfcf. The party starts at 4pm with santa arriving at 4:30. There will be cupcakes that are allergen free (gluten dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free) as well as ornaments for the children to decorate. We are also offering a $25 gift card to the best decorated ornament that is brought into the store between now and December 18th.
We are working hard to get our online store up and running. Once that occurs we are going to start offering LOCAL DELIVERY service and of course shipping to anywhere in the US.
Here are our December Specials!
Food for Life Sweet Potato $1.99
 Boulder Canyon small bags $1.99 big bags $2.99
 Solea Polenta Chips $.50
 Good Karma Apple Chips $1.25
Michael Seasons Cheese Puffs & Curls $2.50
Pirate’s Booty NY small bags $.50
Pirate’s Booty Veggie $1.99
Pirate’s Tings $1.99
Healthy Times Puffs & Cookies $1.00
Clementine Arts Dye Free are 50% off
CerealVit Choco Star & Coffee Flakes $2.99
Café Altura Coffee $5.00 and get a box of CerealVit for $1.00
EnviroKidz Frosted Amazon flakes $2.99
Nature’s Path Corn Flakes $2.99
Erewhon Corn Flakes $2.99
Glenny’s Peanut Butter Bars $2.99
Cookies & Crackers
Wow Baking Oatmeal cookies $2.99
Blue Diamond Almond Thins Cheddar, BBQ, Sea Salt $2.29
Sami’s Croutons $2.79
Newmans Popcorn $1.00
Jo-Sefs Graham Squares $4.29
Ian’s Animal Cookies $2.99
Stash Green Tea $2.19
Hemp Bliss Original $3.99
Good Karma Rice Milk Unsweetened & Chocolate $2.29
Santa Cruz Juices Grape & Cranberry $1.99
Shelf Goods
Frontier Vegan Taco & Sloppy Mixes $1.00
Stonehouse 27 Sauces  $4.19
Santa Cruz Apple Sauces  $1.99
ToL Organic Raisins $2.99
Vermont Apple Sauce $2.99
Quinoa Spaghetti $2.59
Jovial Rice Spaghetti  $2.99
Scarpetta Pasta Sauce $4.59
Middle Earth Pasta Sauce $3.99
ToL Honey Buckwheat $5.29
ToL Honey Bear $3.99
ToL Honey $4.19
Krazy Kethcup $4.99
Drews Salad Dressings $2.29
Annie’s Dressing $3.99

Holiday Hours and Gluten Free Desserts!

We are making this Thanksgiving season easy for those who want an absolute yummy gluten free pie! Tommy from Tommy's Pizza has created the most mouth watering buttery tasting apple and pumkin pies. He brought a sample in last week and I did not want to share. He will have 9" apple and pumkin pies ready for pick up on Tuesday morning. They are $13.97 and will sale fast so call to reserve one. He is making 5 apple and 5 pumpkin. So far an apple has already been claimed.
We will also have Grainless Bakers chocolate and pumpkin pies in our freezer section as well as mini cheesecakes ready to defrost and enjoy.
Tiffany Young is our new local cake baker how is strictly allergy free from gluten, dairy, nuts, and eggs. She is bringing in chocolate and pumkin spice cupcakes on Friday. They will be in our cooler individually wrapped. The cost is $2 a cupcake.
If you have any other needs for the holiday let us know and we will see what we can do to help you out!!
Holiday hours are Wednesday from 9am-2pm and closed Thursday and Friday. Saturday back to normal hours!
Have a Happy Weekend,
Michele Doss
Chase Foods, Allergy Free Food Market

New Market place!

As some of you know we were in the works to open a cafe in the space adjacent to the market. After lots of prayer and hard work on the space to get it ready to go, we have had to make a tough decision. We are not going to be opening the cafe. During the past month it became apparent to us that we are here for you to offer the best options in gluten free, dairy free, egg free and other allergen free options through our market. As wonderful as the cafe would have been for all of us it was taking away from our original concept.

We are back on track and bringing in new and exciting products! We have used this time to remodel our original space and are planning the move for this coming weekend November 20th. So if anyone feels the urge to stop in and help will are starting at 3:30pm and will be serving some yummy Boylan sodas!!

Thanks for all your understanding and patience with us during our first few months in business!

Kids with Food Allergies Holiday Survival Tips

Thanksgiving Survival Tips
 Holidays on an Elimination DietThanksgiving is a holiday in the United States notable for overindulging on a large spread of traditionally prepared foods, many of which are laced with wheat, eggs, milk and other allergenic ingredients. A perfect holiday for many Americans includes eating a butter-basted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, traditional bread stuffing and Grandma’s pumpkin pie - followed by leaving the table stuffed, loosening one’s belt, and then falling asleep in front of a football game on the TV.

Holidays like Thanksgiving that revolve around food can truly be challenges for families raising children with food allergies. The traditional meal for your family can present numerous allergy risks -- and the risks can be even greater if you are not preparing the meal yourself but relying on someone else to cook the meal. Is there any way around the stress and pressure of a holiday known for allergen-laden foods? Or can the foods be made safe for your food-allergic kids?

Additional Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Download KFA's free PDF booklet, Celebrating Thanksgiving with Food Allergies to find 12 food-free Thanksgiving craft and activities, strategies for making dinner and school safe and more!

There are different approaches to this challenge, including:

  • Preparing the entire meal yourself at your home using safe ingredients.
  • Helping family prepare the meal at their homes using safe ingredients.
  • Preparing a safe meal for your child while letting the rest of your family enjoy their traditional favorites.
Your challenge is to decide what is right for your family and safe for your child.

Another approach to enjoying the holiday is to take the emphasis off food, and focus on other safe activities your whole family can enjoy together.

Don't be afraid to try new things with your family. Play your own football game. Volunteer to serve a meal at a homeless shelter (if your kids are old enough not to eat the food, of course!). Visit a state park. Take a walk in the woods. Play a board game, or start making some Christmas presents together.

Whatever you do - eat until you can't move, or stay away from the typical food altogether, or somewhere in between - have a happy Thanksgiving!

Organic Thanksgiving!

The Nieghborhood Garden is offering Pre-order Organic Turkeys for Thanksgiving. Stop by the store to place your order.
They are $4.59 a lb and range from 10-16 lbs. each.
They aer coming from Amish Cuontry in Lancaster, PA.
Limited quantities available.

$45 non-refundable deposit is required with all turkey orders.
Please call Melissa Garnier at 386-4838 if interested!

The Store is NOW OPEN!

We did it! With great success and a lot of help from Matt Sullivan (our famous chef for the cafe) and tons of true close friends (you know who you are) we made the move over the past weekend. This task has been an adventure in itself! The store had just gotten to a point of running smoothly where I had time for the family again. Then the cafe evolved!

We took over a restarant that had gone out of business in a only a few short months, yet created such a mess for us to clean up. With that being said please stop by and see what we have done to the place!!

The cafe will be ready to open the second week of November with a yummy lunch menu and weekend brunch. During the week we will offer morning coffee, quick muffins, donuts, lunch with sandwiches, salads, soups and free wi-fi all day. As we grow things will change and grow with us which makes it even more exciting.

We are offering the new Energy Armor bands in store for $19.99 or 3 for $54.99.

We will be announcing the new bread and wraps that we have discovered from a southern florida bakery and a colorado bakery. Still waiting on one more bakery out of Texas to sample there breads.

Keep a watch out for a menu to appear on the website over the next few days!

Moving space over with new Cafe!

Some of you are wondering what is going on at Chase Foods! We are moving over to the end unit of the same building so that we can expand our options and be able to offer you all more organic and allergy free options. We are opening a Cafe that will offer amazing brunch and lunches! Coffee and bakery items will be available as well as soups that are take home. Everything will be made fresh with only the purest ingerdients!

The Market side will still offer the allergy free items that you can currently find as well as expanding into bulk items. Our market is taking time to really research supplements, personal care and household items that are up to par with our standards. Our frozen section will be back up next week as we make our move to the new space.

Please stop by next week and see what changes are being made and let us hear from you on what we can do to make shopping easier!

Please come to the New Support Group!

Well there has been lots of talk about starting a support group. With all we have going on opening the new cafe it has been the last thing on my mind. So today I get a call from Sarah Kalne let me know about a new support group she and her husband are starting. They are from up north and had a wonderful support system. Upon arriving here in Jacksonville realized that we are short in the area of food allergy support.

There first meeting is next Wednesday. Please try to make it and let her know what nights work best for meetings. Following is her link

Have a great week!

Lots of work going on!

Well some of you may know, to others this is news. We are taking over the space next door which was an old bar and renovating it for our new CAFE! Yes a cafe on the northside that you can enjoy eating at for brekfast and lunch without worrying about all the allergens. The food market will be moved over to the front half of the space and the cafe will be on the back half with a patio opening.

We will offer coffee, tea, quick breakfast items like muffins, bagels, donuts, cinnamon rolls during the week. On weekends there will be a full brunch menu with waffles, pancakes, french toast, eggs and omeletes (only on weekends and in a seperate area to prevent cross contamination).

Lunch menus will offer yummy soups from scratch, salads that are amazing, wraps and sandwiches all with gluten free meats, that are free range, no nitrites/nitrates, no preservatives all using fresh herbs and vegetables.

We are very busy building, painting, designing and planning for our move on the 16th of October with the kitchen opening in November!

We will continue to offer our Neighborhood Garden club on Mondays. It has taken off and everyone loves coming in on Mondays to pick up there fruits and vegetables for the week. The plus is they are all ORGANIC! Can't wait to see what is in my box this week! Thanks to Melissa Granier I don't have to go over the bridge now for my produce.

Can consumers trust allergen advisory labels on food products?

Since we opened the doors on July 1st, 2010 we have noticed several kinds of shoppers in the store. As a concerned parent we truly watch out for foods that possibly have cross contamination. When someone comes in with a new found allergen or celiac disease that is where the question comes in what about when the label says "may contain traces of".  Following is an article written in Journal of Allergy and Immunology that breaks it down.

Highlights - July 2010

Lara S Ford, MD, MPH, Steve L Taylor, PhD, Robert Pacenza, BA, Lynn M Niemann, Debra M Lambrecht, BS, and Scott H Sicherer, MD

For people with food allergies, shopping for safe foods to insure effective avoidance can be very confusing. Packaged foods often have labels advising of possible allergen contaminants, using wording like “may contain” or “made in a facility that processes”. This labeling, though, is voluntary and not standardized or regulated. Surveys suggest that food-allergic consumers appear to be increasingly ignoring these warnings, presumably out of frustration and doubt about whether the information can be trusted.
In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found online now at, Ford and colleagues simultaneously investigate three important issues related to labeling and allergen contamination:
1) the frequency and level of contamination of a large sample of products with advisory labeling for three major allergens (egg, milk, and peanut),
2) differences in the contamination risks between large and small manufacturers, and
3) the frequency and level of contamination of products that lack advisory labeling but are similar to ones bearing allergen warnings.
The researchers obtained a sample of non-perishable products with advisory labeling for the three allergens and similar products without advisory labeling from multiple supermarkets in New York and New Jersey. They chose from eight product categories (baking mixes, chocolate candies, non-chocolate candies, cookies, salty snacks, cold cereals, pastas and pancake mixes) and each product was tested for egg, milk and/or peanut allergens where there was a reasonable possibility of contamination. The authors found detectable residues of the three allergens in 5.3% of advisory labeled products and in 1.9% of similar products without advisory statements. Of note: one supermarket chain used the label “Good Manufacturing Practices were used to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes peanut, tree nuts, milk, shellfish, fish, and soy ingredients”, which could be interpreted to mean that the product was safe from contamination; however of 26 baking mixes tested with this label, milk contamination was detected in 2 and egg in 1. Small companies were found to have more contaminated foods, at 5.1% contamination, compared with 0.7% of products from large companies. Among products without advisory statements, no peanut was detected. More research is needed to determine the risk associated with contamination, but the levels of egg and milk detected among products without advisory statements ranged from levels unlikely to trigger symptoms to ones that could trigger symptoms for very sensitive persons, particularly for milk. Overall, these findings represent a real risk for consumers and highlight the need for allergic customers to avoid products with advisory labels and to have some concern for products that have no advisory labels, particularly from small companies within categories of higher risk products. These data also highlight the importance of increasing awareness among manufacturers, particularly smaller companies, of the need for appropriate labeling that accurately informs of risks and to take steps to further reduce contamination.

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) is the official scientific journal of the AAAAI, and is the most-cited journal in the field of allergy and clinical immunology.

Newsletter September 13 - September 27

Our biggest news this week is our Grand Opening! Please come join us Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We will have a bounce slide and face painting for the kids, live music, cupcake decorating, a basket giveaway, product samples, the Shea Butter lady, an Autism Walk sign-up booth, a Feingold booth, and much more!

In the store this week we have Beanito Black Bean Chips.  They are corn-free and gluten-free, high in fiber with a low glycemic index, and contain Omega-3s! Only $3.49!

We also have PastaSlim by WildWood Organics in the refrigerated section. They are gluten-free, require no cooking, and they are only 20 calories! Only $2.19!

September 13th Produce Pick Up

Here's your goodies!

4ct Fingergold Apples
Black Plums
2lbs Red Seedless Grapes
1 Keitt Mango
2 Avocados
1 head Green Leaf Lettuce
3 Roma Tomatoes
1 bunch Green Onion
1 head Broccoli
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Fresh Jalapeno

Extra Items For Sale
Green Leaf Lettuce $2 per head
Green Onion $1 per bunch

September 6th Organic Boxes

I hope everyone is having a great week. This is what you'll find in your box Monday!

1lb Fuji Apples
1lb Strawberries
1 Cantaloupe
4 Yellow Peaches
4 Starkrimson Pears
1 Keitt Mango
1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce
8oz Cremini Mushrooms
7oz Snap Peas
2 Yellow Onions
4 Ears of Bi-Color Corn
4 Tomatoes

Remember, if you pick up during the 10-11am slot you will be able to pick your own fruit and veggies from the cases. Please bring a container for your produce. If you need an evening pick up your produce will be boxed for you. If you are picking up during the evening please email me with an estimated time.

When you pick up your produce please bring your prepayment for the next pick up (even if your bi weekly). You may post date your check for the Friday before pick up. If you are new to our group and plan on continuing, please bring your registration fee as well.

We will have a limited supply of mango ($2) and strawberries ($4.50) for sale.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and I'll see you Monday!

Providing Organic Produce for Less!

Upcoming Webinars offered by Julie Matthews!

Getting Started with GFCF diet: A step by step 6 week program being offered by Julie Matthews, a autism & nutrition specialist. Starts October 18th and it fills up quickly. So sign up soon at the link below.

Nutrition for Buy Moms lecture online starts October 27th for 4 consecutive weeks.

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in healthy pregnancy, moms and babies, as well as therapeutic diet and nutrition for childhood disorders. She is the author of the award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and creator of the Cooking To Heal cookbook and educational DVD. Julie lectures at conferences around the country, hosts a weekly radio program and publishes diet and nutrition articles, and has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco. Julie is well respected among healthy pregnancy practitoners and parents and throughout the holistic health community. In March of 2010, Julie delivered her first child, a baby girl, safely at home with her husband, midwife, and doula's support.

Newsletter August 23 - September 6

New this week:

Brothers-All-Natural Toy Story Apple Fruit Crisps are great for the kiddos, and perfect for back-to-school lunches! 100% Fuji apples, just $0.99 per pack!

AllerEnergy products are in the store and on the shelves! All AllerEnergy products are free from gluten, casein, corn, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and sesame, all in a dedicated facility.

AllerEnergy Marshmallows
$5.75 for a 1 lb. bag


                                   AllerEnergy Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels

Aller Energy Nutrition Bars