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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Product review....GONE native products

Today is my "Cooking" day when I assemble most of my family's meals for the next two weeks and then freeze. I have sauerkraut and kielbasa in the crock pot, turkey meat loaf in the oven and potato and leek soup simmering on the stove. Soon I will be making my taco meat mix for quick easy tacos for future lunches, but for now it was time to take a break and enjoy today's lunch.
I received a complimentary jar of "GONE natives" organic grown Tomato and Basil sauce along with a jar of their Raspberry-Honey Vinaigrette and decided this would be today's lunch as it is light and simple.
All of their products are grown locally to Lancaster. Pa. by a organic cooperative of more than 75 small scale family farms. All fruits, vegetables and herbs are organic (except for the raw honey as it is not produced locally). Little or no salt is added so you will need to add your own, or not. They also come packed in glass jars, the old fashioned way!
I love a pasta dish with light natural ingredients and Gone natives sauce did not leave me disappointed.The sauce itself  contains all organic ingredients, you wont find anything artificial here and it is gluten free.
The taste is that of fresh tomatoes straight from the garden, chopped, then simmered with seeds, skins and all with just a faint hint of fresh hand picked herbs. Although it is a little more watery than most sauces, I found that when I left it sit for a few minutes combined with the noodles it became thickened slightly. If you like the taste of tomatoes picked fresh from garden then I am sure this sauce will delight your taste buds.
GONE native is located in Lancaster Pa and although they do not have online sales you can find their products in several states including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. They do have a "Contact Us on their home page so if you would love to have their products in your area please drop them a line and let them know.
I would rate this 4 Stars only because it was a a little runny straight from the jar.

Tomato Basil Sauce

Organic Tomatoes
Organic Basil
Organic Garlic
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Citric Acid
Organic Black Pepper

The Raspberry-Honey Vinaigrette   has a sweetness of the raspberries and the tang of the vinegar. You can actually see the seeds and pieces of raspberries in the dressing, no skimping here. It tasted great on my salad to which I had added some fresh raspberries, walnuts and feta cheese on top of the greens and I  didn't find the dressing to over power the salad but added a nice mix of flavors.
I would rate this dressing  4 1/2 Stars.

Raspberry-Honey Vinaigrette

Organic Sunflower Oil
Organic Red Wine Vinegar
Organic Raspberries
Raw Honey
Sea Salt
Xanthan Gum
Organic Black Pepper

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