Check It Out

Karen Plourde, Weavers Way Communications Staff

Sure, and you’ll be wantin’ to pick up Weavers Way’s own Irish potatoes.

Introducing Weavers Way Irish Potatoes, made with love by the Mt. Airy Prepared Foods department and available in both stores. For the uninitiated, Irish potatoes have been a sugary Philadelphia St. Paddy’s tradition for over a century. Rolled in cinnamon, they look like bite-sized spuds, but they’re really made of coconut, butter, confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese and vanilla. The folks at Oh Ryan’s in Delaware County made them famous. See if ours make your Irish eyes smile.

Going On in Grocery

Local, natural cleaning products from Volta.

If you’ve got the itch to do some spring sprucing up, look to Chestnut Hill for a new selection of nature-based cleaners produced in Germantown. Volta Naturals is a holistic cleaning service that has branched out into making and marketing the products they use in clients’ homes. Their line includes an all-purpose basil-mint cleaner, stainless-steel polish, glass cleaner and a combination carpet deodorizer and tub scrub.

The glass cleaner in particular is a sound investment. Once you’ve finished the bottle, just follow the instructions on the label to fill it with appropriate proportions of vinegar and water and you won’t have to buy another one. Ready, set, scour!

Bulk & Beyond

Pfeiffer Wheat flour is organic and then some.

The latest member of Team Flour in both stores had its beginnings in the 1930s. Pfeiffer Wheat is an heirloom grain derived from wild spelt by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, a pioneer of the biodynamic agriculture movement. It’s organic and non-GMO; it has less hard gluten and is said to be suitable for sweet and savory baking. Pfeiffer Wheat flour is available upstairs in Mt. Airy and in the baking section in the Hill.

All Wellness and Good

New body-care lines Across the Way and Next Door.

If the wonders of emu oil are a mystery to you — they sure were to me — you may want to get familiar with products from Greyfeather Farm of Schwenksville, Montgomery County, now available Across the Way. Jennifer and Bob Myers have raised emus since 2011, and now produce natural skin-care products and supplements that incorporate emu oil. Those include lip balm, hand and body lotion, Crack Attack hand/skin repair cream and Emuleze anti-inflammatory cream. (The Myers will stop by Across the Way for demos of their wares on Tuesday, March 7 and Sunday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Next Door has made room for Indian Meadow herbal body care of Eastbrook, ME. Their products are all-organic or darn close, and include Skin Healer Salve, face and body creams and belly and vaginal balm. And because it’s Maine, they’re incorporating a plentiful local item into their products: Look for their wild blueberry facial cleanser, skin cream and eye cream.