Early in 2017 Seedy Nutty journeys to Israel and to cousin Ria’s home kitchen in Tivon, near Haifa. That’s where Ria made the original original Seedy Nutty back in 2011 that I tasted at our family Passover Seder. I’ll return to the United States the first week of March. But don’t worry, while I am gone, Seedy Nutty remains on the shelves at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, at Grosvenor’s Market in Rockville and at Whole Foods Market in Pentagon City Mall in Arlington. And, when you’re at the Market, pick up a copy of Bethesda magazine’s January/February best of Bethesda issue. Seedy Nutty is featured in the Dine/Table Talk section.
We don’t celebrate Christmas. We light a menorah. This year the two holidays fell on the same day. Our holiday tradition is to volunteer (among 1,000 others) to deliver Christmas dinner to people who are confined to their homes. The effort, coordinated by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, takes us to neighborhoods and introduces us to people with whom we rarely come in contact.
While one year we delivered Christmas gifts (and meals) to refugees, in most years we meet elderly, bed-ridden women (few men), who spend a lot time alone watching television in their houses or apartments. We parachute into their lives for a brief moment, and it’s on to the next family wherever our GPS takes us. It is hard to make these short visits personal, other than being Santa’s elves.
But, when I saw 92-year old Julia in bed watching TV, I tried something different. I asked Julia to tell me about herself. And out came a story. She came from a family of ten and this six-bedroom house was where she grew up. Everyone worked for the government and they owned the house not far from the church down the street. And, “Bless the Lord,” she said. “I sang in the choir.” “Do you still sing? I asked and made a request, “Do you know Amazing Grace?” And what came next was my Christmas present, better than any meal I could possibly deliver: A full-throated, soulful rendition of Amazing Grace. When Julia finished we both teared up and parted as friends.
Join Seedy Nutty at the Yumpreneurship Showcase on Wednesday, December 7from 5:30-8:30. It’s a free tasting event (local products) sponsored by the University of MD Robert H. Smith School of Business. Yumpreneurship promotes local food vendors and others involved in the industry. The conference provides local startup food companies the opportunity to promote their business and network with other people involved in the industry and potential customers. Last year, we had more than 20 participating vendors and over 600 attendees. In 2016 we are anticipating 40-50 vendors and up to 800 attendees.Proceeds from the event will be donated to a local charity. Look for Seedy Nutty at table 37. The location is 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
Seedy Nutty make great holiday gifts for everyone, including you. But I’ll need your order in the next few days to get it to you in time for the holidays and before my departure to Israel in early January. I’ll be in Tel Aviv though early March. So, if you don’t want to go cold turkey on Seedy Nutty, (excuse my leftover Thanksgiving pun) then let me know so you can stash enough away to last you for two months.
As you see below, I’ve got a new elf (Shayia Johnson) helping me in the kitchen, making it easier to process your order.
The elves at Seedy Nutty kitchen are working overtime to fill orders for the December holidays. Seedy Nutty Original, Chocolate and Crumbles make great holiday gifts for family and friends. And, to make it easy, Seedy Nutty accepts credit cards at seedy nutty.com.
In early January, Seedy Nutty takes its operation to Israel for two months. We hope to find an Israeli partner for our Israel-inspired natural snack. During Seedy Nutty’s retreat to Tel Aviv, Seedy Nutty will still remain on sale at AFI in Silver Spring, Whole Foods Market in Pentagon City and Grosvenor’s Market in Rockville.
All orders received on or before December 9 can be picked up or shipped in time for the December holidays.
Best wishes for the happiest and sweetest New Year!
Seedy Nutty on a family trip to Israel in 2011. It wasn't until she wrote an article about the Crossroads Community Farmers Market, that she realized that she could make a go of the business and set up a stand in September 2015. You can meet Rosanne at the market most Wednesdays from May through November.
In her other life Rosanne is a freelance writer and was a long-time science and environmental reporter for Voice of America.
She is currently a fellow with GreenFaith, a coalition of faith communities worldwide that have come together to advocate for action on climate change.