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Got milk? How about local, organic, low temp pasteurized milk from a co-op? How about local eggs, yogurts and kombucha (we’ve even got one named after us). If you eat vegan, gluten free or any alternative diet you will come to think of this department as heaven. Here you’ll find local tempeh, tofu, and veggie burgers. There is bulk tofu, alternative meats, gluten free bread, even ready-to-bake vegan cookie dough.

Take your time in our frozen aisle – this is where some of the best deals are. It’s a great way to stock you freezer with local, organic, co-op products. We don’t have a ton of space so you know this is as well-vetted a selection that you will find anywhere in town. We stock this section based on your feedback so you can be sure this is the best there is to offer. It’s also a great place to experiment with gluten free breads, Tiny Pies or alternative ice creams. We know it the best there is to offer.

Local Vendor Profile: Mediterranean Chef (Grandma’s Humus)

Nikki Kaya, the chef owner of The Mediterranean LLC, emigrated from Istanbul in 1995 after studying Chemical Engineering and working in both Swiss and American nutritional analysis laboratories. Then she began her career in the food industry, working up to Food Service Director for corporate accounts, while simultaneously enrolled in French culinary education. She now brings authentic Old World Mediterranean cuisine to your table.
Grandma’s Humus has been around Austin about nine years, and for the first three years it was Nikki herself delivering to all the locations around town. As demand grew, she was able to open a restaurant in North Central Austin and expand on her ability to provide excellent Mediterranean cuisine all over town. She doesn’t deliver in person anymore, but she is still one of our favorite people!

When I asked Nikki if she intends to develop more varieties of hummus, she said she does not deviate from Grandma’s original recipe and has no plans to, either. The taste and texture is on point and it pairs perfectly with so many things. One of our favorites is to dip baby carrots in their hummus. The sweet crunch of the carrots is wonderfully enhanced by the smooth, garlicky hummus yum. People who normally won’t eat raw veggies will enjoy eating them with this hummus!


At the restaurant their kitchen is open, so while you eat you can watch them make many gallons of hummus. As well as making delicious food, Mediterranean Chef is also concerned with the environment. They guarantee that everything in the kitchen is recycled, reused, or composted and they make a monthly donation to Ecology Action.


At Wheatsville, we love Mediterranean Chef because they are always willing to participate in promotions and Grandma’s Humus is always one of our top sellers. We are more than happy to feature Grandma’s Humus as one of our Super Awesome One Day Deals during Owner Appreciation Days on Sunday, October 19, when it will be on sale for $3, a $1.99 savings!

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Local Vendor Focus: Lick Honest Ice Cream

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month in July, we are proud to focus on local and delicious Lick Honest Ice Cream.

Wheatsville’s South Lamar location is just down the street from Lick’s storefront so Packaged Manager, Niki Nash, and I travelled by scooter to drop by and say hello to Lick co-founder Anthony Sobotik.

After providing us with perfectly creamy ice cream samples, Anthony answered some of our questions, the first being: Why is Lick ice cream so dang good?

Anthony says it starts with the fresh milk and cream from Mill King Creamery in McGregor, Texas. Never homogenized and pasteurized at lower than usual temperatures, Mill King products have been highly prized at Wheatsville for several years. Anthony and his partner Chad Palmatier have an excellent relationship with the Mill King farmers—they process the milk that will become Lick Ice Cream directly on the farm and they have an exclusive agreement that ensures only Lick Ice Cream enjoys that benefit.

The other reason Lick Ice Cream has had much critical acclaim, including a recent nod in The Thrillist’s 21 Best Ice Cream Shops in America, is flavor. Anthony’s culinary background and South Texas upbringing inspire him to seek out true, fresh flavors regardless of whether or not they are traditionally found in ice cream such as the extremely popular Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint. Some of the flavors that have been a slam dunk from day one are the Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, made with Texas Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Hill Country Honey and Vanilla featuring Austin Honey Company Honey.

There’s a fine seasonal selection rotating in and out every three months or so depending on what is fresh and in season. When we visited, the highlighted flavor was Dewberry Corn Cobbler, pairing fresh, juicy dewberries and sweet Texas corn. Anthony admitted that some flavors take time to develop and can’t be rushed, such as his dream of a fresh cantaloupe ice cream— when the time is right it will happen.
There’s a fair amount of collaboration with local businesses to develop the flavors such as Great Bean Chocolate, Johnson’s Backyard Garden Produce, Pure Luck Goat Cheese and Texas Coffee Traders. These are all beloved Wheatsville vendors as well, making Lick Ice Cream pints a natural fit in the frozen aisle. For the non-dairy ice cream lovers out there, vegan options are available at the Lick shop but they are unable to provide pints of it at this time.

Since he’s an ice cream expert, we asked Anthony for some summertime dessert ideas:
• Lick Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Ice Cream scoops on warm Bourbon Pecan pie from Tiny Pies.
• Lick Pecans & Cream Ice Cream with hot peach cobbler made with Texas Peaches.
• Lick Cilantro Lime Ice Cream is light and refreshing on its own!

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