Earth Fare Markets

Earth Fare Market

Market Profile: Earth Fare Markets Garden Fresh Gourmet was recently recognized as Earth Fare Markets' Deli Vendor of the Year award. We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful community of markets and thought we should tell you, our customers, why.  History & Food Philosophy Established in 1975, in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare has been selling healthy food for decades and honing their Food Philosophy ( In the 90s the Philosophy became more established and today it has developed into an impressive list of health & environmentally … [Read more...]

Team Member Profile: Mike Griffin

With over a decade as Creative Director under his belt and a recent elevation to Chief Creative Officer, Mike Griffin is part of the core team at Garden Fresh Gourmet. He is reluctant to take full credit for the look of the branding for all the products falling under the Garden Fresh Gourmet umbrella, but he admits that his capacity as gatekeeper is a big responsibility. Mike explains that when he came to the company, it was already successful and his job was to "not screw it up." This unpretentious tone is typical, and surfaces again when asked about his recent promotion. He acknowledges … [Read more...]

Garlic is Good!

Benefits of Garlic

Nearly all of Garden Fresh Gourmet's fresh, natural products include garlic. Adding garlic to a salsa, dip, or dish, is not only the fastest way to make it more delicious, it is also an easy way to make anything you consume healthier. There are dozens of benefits to be obtained from eating more of this superfood, here are a few we think are noteworthy.     … [Read more...]

Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter, Umami, and ?

Why does taste matter? Essentially, the chemical experience of taste is made up of a small number of discrete sensations on the the tongue which are critical in letting us know whether we are eating something good for us (nutritious) or bad for us (poisonous). As tastebuds respond to the chemicals in food, we either feel pleasure, revulsion, or some combination of the two, and this lets us know whether we ought to continue consuming. And then there were five As far as most of us were concerned for the greater part of our lives, there were 4 basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  In … [Read more...]

Tips for a More Sustainable Workplace


After our recent post about sustainability, we have received several comments from people dreaming of making their own work environments more green. Below are a few tips for a more sustainable workplace. … [Read more...]

High Pressure!

GFG HPP Maching Delivery

Innovative Technology When the first high-pressure processing system was delivered to Garden Fresh, the enormous machine was escorted across several states by security vehicles, so rare and special was the new technology. Now, six years later, Garden Fresh Gourmet has two HPP systems, and three shifts to run them. HPP Technology is an innovative cold pasteurization technique which consists of subjecting food sealed in flexible, water-resistant packaging, to a high level of water pressure (up to 87,000 psi) for anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes.  This highly innovative … [Read more...]