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Exotic, artisan condiments sent to your home: Evolutionary Farms

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Looking for a new, fresh way to add zing to your sandwiches and recipes? Perhaps you live in a small town where your choices are national brands at the supermarket/big box store. Even in you live in a city, here's something to consider. Have you ever heard of the job "buyer"? Your local store has a buyer who selects what to carry at the location. All kinds of things are taken into account, including profit margins and likelihood of popularity. In other words, your local store's buyer doesn't know you and doesn't really consider your personal preferences as to artisan items.

That's why I was so glad to be hosted the unique flavors of Evolutionary Farms, an artisan shop on Etsy.com! It's owned by artist/gardeners who create in a green way, composting, upcycling, etc.

For all of the items I tasted, I tried them on fresh cheese bread from my local grocery store.

I tried Pharaoh's Choice, Mediterranean Artisan Hot Mustard. It's made with black mustard seed, brown mustard seed, yellow mustard seed, cider vinegar, malt vinegar, organic Bhut Jolokis ghost peppers, organic cayenne, Mediterranean spices, sea salt. I found it to be bright, sharp, horseradish-like with a slightly crunchy texture. I would pair it with cheese platters or roast beef. I thought it was funny to be trying it the week before Passover! But then again, I'm easily amused.

I also tried Mamma Mia!, their organic heirloom tomato balsamic basil jam. It has organic heirloom tomatoes, basil, Vidalia onion, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, balsamic vinegars, cane sugar and sea salt. It's aromatic and wine-like, fruit intense. It's sweet, but not candy-ish. You could use it for sweet or savory applications. Then, the basil and herbs flavors come out. It's got some heat but isn't spicy.

Sneaky Heat is their award-winning mustard: it incorporates black, brown and yellow mustard seeds with their organically homegrown Bhut Jolokia ghost peppers, as well as cider and malt vinegar. It has some salt and good texture. I noticed heat, but not a burning sensation.I think it would be good for a sauce or crust for chicken. It was was featured on HuffingtonPost.com. It was selected by them as one of 21 of their "Favorite Handmade Food Gifts From Etsy". Their Quintet of Mustard was selected by Huffington Post as a "Father's Day Food Gift Your Dad Will Actually Like".

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