3 Local Products to Try this August

Marilyn HawkesJuly 31, 2020
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Photography by Angelina Aragon
Photography by Angelina Aragon
Small-Batch Tortillas

Christopher Hudson became so enamored with locally made Benny Blanco Tortillas that he bought the business in 2018, converting his garage into a commercial kitchen that now generates upward of 7,000 corn, flour and gluten-free cassava tortillas a week. Made with local flour and lard, the griddle-kissed tortillas are so fresh and flavorful, it’s like buying them from your favorite taqueria. “I make every batch myself,” Hudson says. You can find Benny Blanco artisanal tortillas, including vegan varieties, at Gilbert Farmers Market ($3.50-$5) and Arcadia Meat Market ($3.50-$7).

Benny Blanco Tortillas

970-690-1731, bennyblancotortillas.com

Photography by Angelina Aragon
Photography by Angelina Aragon

Local Kombucha

Six years ago, Shelley and Duane Aul bid on a kombucha starter kit at their daughter’s school fundraiser, not knowing much about the gut-friendly, tea-based drink. They started with a gallon, and before long were brewing 10 gallons at a time. “We got addicted,” Shelley says. Today, All About the ’Booch bottles and distributes five raw (unpasteurized) flavors: Bonita Apple Pie, Berries’ Delight, Ain’t Nuthin’ But Pineapple & Ginger, Jala Back Berry and Blueberry Basil Yum Yum ($5.75-$8, 16 oz. bottle). Each month, the Auls donate a percentage of their sales to a local nonprofit.

All About the ’Booch


Gelato-Style Greek Yogurt

Trevor Glauser’s passion for yogurt started at age 13 when his mom bought him a yogurt-making kit at a garage sale. Last October, his ardor led him to open Culture Clash Greek Yogurt, a café devoted to thick and creamy Greek yogurt displayed and scooped gelato-style ($3.80-$12.95). Glauser whips up more than 15 hand-strained flavors every day, from strawberry shortcake to lemon curd. “It’s a healthier option for people than gelato or ice cream, and it’s higher in protein.” Can’t make it to the Gilbert café?  Pick up Culture Clash yogurt at five Valley farmers markets.

Culture Clash Greek Yogurt

1661 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert
480-686-9011, cultureclashyogurt.com

Photography by Angelina Aragon
Photography by Angelina Aragon