Tony’s Trail Mix; photo by Katie Newburn Photography.
This Saturday July 16th is another ~NEW TASTE MARKETPLACE~, with a variety of take-home products, lunchtime eats, and for dessert, Frozen Kuhsterd will be serving high-quality frozen custard (a rarity in these parts). The complete list of vendors can be found here. The event is a fundraiser for The Food Pantry. 12pm-5pm. St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa.
One table and product I want to call attention to is Tony’s Trail Mix. It’s made by Michelle Pusateri, the maker of the delicious Nana Joes granola. The reason this product is very special is it’s dedicated to her father, who sadly passed away on May 2nd from brain cancer. Proceeds from the sale will go directly to her father’s doctor in Texas, Dr. Fink, for brain cancer research and education.
Michelle writes to me: “I think if we had known some of the signs of this type of cancer in December or January when my dad was acting ‘weird’ we could have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t just old age or retirement that were causing his symptoms but aggressive brain cancer, maybe just maybe extended his life. I have never seen a Brain Cancer Awareness campaign and would love to start a fund in addition to donating to Dr. Fink so we can save other people’s lives. If we can at least educate people about the symptoms maybe we can help save a life. I poured my heart into this product and I think it’s tasty.” I hope you have a chance to check it out—not only is it a crazy-delicious trail mix (pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, coconut, and flax seeds drizzled with organic maple-spiced orange syrup), but one that has an important story (and intention) behind it. I hope you’ll look for it.