Charlie’s Soap is a manufacturer of natural, biodegradable, safe, yet industrial strength laundry and all purpose detergents. Charlie’s prides itself in not using perfumes, dyes, or abrasives. Located in Mayodan, North Carolina, their coconut-based detergents and washing soda make a great multi-purpose, hypoallergenic washing solution. One tablespoon is all it takes for one load of laundry and each bag cleans a full 80 wash loads. Family owned and operated since 1976, Charlie’s Soap is dedicated to providing the best cleaning products science can offer. Look for Charlie’s Soap products in aisle five of the grocery department at Tidal Creek Cooperative.
Silver Spoon Apiaries
Silver Spoon Apiaries is a local commercial honeybee enterprise owned and operated by Barry and Jill Harris. Their honey has a thick, sweet, floral taste. Their bees are treated naturally for disease and pests to ensure a flavorful, safe honey. The hives are located throughout Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties. The honey products they offer in our store include extracted honey, creamed honey, cinnamon honey and pepper honey.
Silver Spoon Apiaries is also currently involved with a research project that is trying to make sense of Colony Collapse Disorder. They believe that a steady stream of new, imported honeybee pests and diseases have dramatically impacted the health of bees since the mid-1980s. The most recent of these problems is Nosema ceranae, which is like the honeybee version of severe dysentery. Their research has found that the “dysentery” can be reduced by changing the bees’ feed.
Black River Organic Farm
Black River Organic Farm is owned and operated by Stefan Hartmann on family land on the Black River in Sampson County. The farm is run with help from an exceptional seasonal staff that lives and works on the farm. During the height of the harvest, additional seasonal help comes in to harvest crops every week. Fresh produce is packed and shipped with care and speed, to deliver delicious food from the field to your table at the peak of flavor and freshness.
For over fifteen years, Tidal Creek Cooperative has been buying Stefan’s fresh organic produce. Each season, a selection of traditional and heirloom vegetables are grown on his 16 acre certified organic farm using time tested growing methods to provide the highest quality and greatest taste. Look for Black River’s sweet potatoes and other offerings on the shelves of the Produce Department.
Lania started making greeting cards for friends and family as gifts. She was in search of a gift that she could make, and that everyone could use, so she started bundling a variety of greeting cards with a ribbon and giving them as gifts. Everyone really liked the cards, and they liked being prepared with a card on hand, so she kept making them. She really enjoys making the cards and particularly likes to work in bits of repurposed ribbon, yarn, string or paper. When she ran into Andrea at Tidal Creek, and was asked for her help in picking out a card—that’s when she told her, ‘I make cards!’ She brought in some cards to show Andrea and the team, and everyone really liked them— so for now, her cards are sold exclusively at Tidal Creek. Lania’s handcrafted cards are 10% off in February.
Lania works as an Occupational Therapist, helping people regain independence after an injury. She and her husband, David, reside in Wilmington with their cat, Grettle. She offers the following words of appreciation, “Thank you for buying my cards and giving me the opportunity to engage the creative side of my brain!”