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Pioneering the Possible

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Our ambitious ethos has garnered quite a bit of attention since our IndieGoGo campaign launched us into the public spotlight just about three years ago.  People from across the globe applauded our efforts to reduce food-related waste in the grocery industry by pioneering a “package free” model.  It’s been almost two years of holding close to our original, idealistic vision of a different kind of grocery store, and though the response from the community – near and far – has remained positive and supportive, the numbers from our first 21 months of business paint a different picture than we had hoped.

Rather than give up and lament the impossibility of a perfect package free grocery model, we are narrowing our focus to three things we know we do well: zero wastelocal food, and community.  As a result, we hope to remain a part of the sustainable food movement, a part of this vibrant and growing city, and a part of this dynamic, diverse community on Manor Road.  We plan to bend so as not to break, pivot to not fall, and innovate towards what’s pioneering but not impossible.

In practice, this shift means discontinuing a portion of our bulk section to make room for some new offerings.  Our updated guiding principles look like this:

Zero waste: We average less landfill waste per month than an American averages per day! 

Local food: As a hub for quality local products, we champion small farms and producers and promote local, seasonal eating.  Some might say we have farmers market offerings with grocery store hours.

Community: Community gatherings – formal and informal, educational and social – are a regular happening around here.  Plus, we love to partner with and support like-minded businesses and organizations that are also committed to a greener, more just world.

Still have some questions? Check out our updated FAQ page.  We hope you’ll rally behind us as we make these changes and help us stick around for the duration.


The in.gredients Team


Written by Josh Blaine

May 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Erica’s Bug Sauce

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Last night we were lucky enough to play host to a crowd of intelligent, motivated, and committed environmentalists with one thing in common: a dedication to the human consumption of bugs. Recently we published a blog post explaining why we are jumping into the world of entomophagy (pun intended). Last night’s inspired and informed guests, curious (and pleasantly surprised!) first-time bug-eaters, and general spirit of collaboration and optimism, affirmed our commitment to this growing movement.

In the buzz of last night’s event preparation, Harman from World Ento turned to in.gredients for a simple teriyaki sauce to use in his cricket cooking demo. Erica, a veteran team member and the creative force behind our weekly salads (among other things), sprang into action and pulled together this impromptu “bug sauce.” To say the crowd was impressed and pleased with the results is an understatement.

Well, here’s the recipe, by popular demand!

Erica’s “Bug Sauce”  IMG_20140218_192824_569


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 tsp ground giner
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil



  1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil
  2. Drizzle the sesame oil into the mixture while whisking to emulsify.
  3. Enjoy! On crickets, a salad, chicken, or stir-fry!

Written by Josh Blaine

February 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Weekly Specials and Update :: February 18th – 25th

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Weekly Updates from in.gredients Neighborhood Grocer

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What a week it’s been!  We’d like to thank everyone who made our Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer and Game Night such a success.  We saw at least a few sparks flying across those tables.  A very special thanks to Tiny Pies, Lick Ice Cream, id Soda, and ChocoSutra for their generous and delicious contributions.  We’re thinking we might not be able to wait a whole year to do beer floats, games, or even a singles mixer again.  Keep your eyes out for all of the above in the near future! 

New Community Partner  – Accepting Applications!

It’s almost time to choose our next community partner!  That means now is a great time to nominate your favorite Austin non-profits.  Click the button below to start raising more money and awareness for your favorite ATX cause.    

Community Partner Application

Weekly Specials:

This gorgeous weather is giving us spring fever, which means we’re feeling generous.  Let’s do our growler fill special this week:  $2 off all growlers of beer!  That’s just 10 bucks on our craft brews and 13 on our premium.  Cheers!


Send us a message if you’d like to plan an event here – we’re a great spot to host your next happy hour, meeting, or birthday celebration.  

Little Herds Pre-Party and World Ento Product Launch
Tuesday, February 18th, 6:30pm
Tonight’s our big in.sect launch party!  We’ll have Hops and Grain Zoe on tap  (w/ $2 of every pint sold going to Little Herds) and lots of free samples.  Curious why we’re so excited about eating (and selling) crickets? Read our full blog post here and come tonight to see (and taste) for yourself.  Or, get tickets for the main event here.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia

Thursday, February 20th at 7pm

Geeks Who Drink Trivia is back!  Come compete with your friends and neighbors for some coveted prizes (including $25 store credit!).  This is a free and open event but please note that the content is not intended for children.   

Casa Brasil Demo and Tasting
Fri, February 21st, 10:30am-2:30pm
A few weeks back, Casa Brasil came out to our hood to show us how to brew the perfect cup of coffee.  Let’s just say they know what they’re doing and you won’t be disappointed with the results.  Besides, who doesn’t love a free cup of coffee on a Friday?  

Illuminate Austin – Donate!
Saturday, February 22nd, After Dark
We’ve pulled together an IlluminateATX team to walk and raise money for our non-profit partner, SafePlace.  Support the few of us who will be walking this weekend by donating here

Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30pm
We’re just a week away from our (now highly anticipated) Wine and Cheese event.  Experience four delicious, expert pairings of Antonelli’s Cheese, La Villa Ranch sausage, and Pedernales Cellars wine.  Find updates and details on our Facebook event page here

Promotions and News:

Coffee of the Month

Last month Casa Brasil brewed some delicious pour-over coffee on our porch with a visiting farmer from Brazil.  We were smitten with the results and thus decided to make that morning’s bean – Santa Ines – this month’s featured coffee.  Get it at a special low price just this month at in.gredients.  

Recipe of the Week

Raw Asian Slaw

We can’t get over how incredible last week’s Go Texan, Go Local Culinary Workshop was.  Andi Jo of Traveling Recipes left all of us with so many wonderful cooking tips and recipes that we just can’t help but feature another one of her recipes this week.  

This Asian slaw is the perfect fit for the season’s abundance of cabbage and kale.  Enjoy it as a side salad, main salad, or turn it into an entree by adding brown rice and tofu like a stir-fry.  Happy, healthy eating!  

Adapted from Traveling Recipes

Ingredients (Dressing):

  • 3-4 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 4 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbs Triple Threat Mustard
  • 3 Tbs onion powder
  • 3 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs TX Wildflower honey
  • 1 Tbs ginger powder
  • 1 Tbs red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tsp tarragon
  • 1/3 cup water

Ingredients (Slaw):

  • Green or red cabbage, shredded
  • Curly green cabbage, shredded
  • Yellow onion, shaved
  • Chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds


  1. Prep all veggies.  
  2. Make dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together with hands until fully blended.  
  3. Place shredded cabbage and kale in a large bowl and add dressing.  MASSAGE with “attitude” for 1-2 minutes, coating all veggies.  This soften the fiber and makes it more palatable.  
  4. Toss the salad with the onions, cilantro and seeds.
  5. Place slaw on serving platter and garnish with cilantro.  Be creative!

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Written by Josh Blaine

February 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Infographic: The First Six Months

Written by Christian Lane

March 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

in.gredients Holiday Gift Basket

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Looking for a gift this holiday season? If you’re hoping to stick with local gifts this year we have a great idea for you. Our holiday gift baskets are full of local goodies, wrapped in reusable containers, and crafted to make your holidays full of joy.

We love options, so we have a tea themed basket and a coffee themed basket. Check out the pictures below for more details.

They’re available now, happy holidays!

in.gredients Coffee Holiday Basket


in.gredients Tea Holiday Basket



Written by cscdavis

December 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

No More Label Stress

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At in.gredients, you don’t have to stress over product labels. We make finding healthy food with pure ingredients easy for our customers by, well, only selling healthy food with pure ingredients.

While many stores sell healthy food with “real” ingredients, few will carry only real foods. It’s common to have to constantly read product labels to make sure you’re buying something without artificial fillers or color dyes, since real foods are mixed with other products that wouldn’t fit the same bill.

We want to make it easy for you to shop at our store – easy to make good decisions. So we’ve weeded out what’s not “real” (for our definition of that, read here). Having a small store helps a lot with that. Don’t worry, we’ll still have product labels – but you won’t have to read them to learn what chemicals you’re eating.

(image: Patrick Lane Photography)

Written by Brian Nunnery

July 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

Local Agriculture Economy

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According to the The New York Times, while “local farm sales are becoming more stable, predictable, and measurable,” big agriculture’s struggling to find labor, causing its price advantage over locally-grown food to slowly shrink. Indeed, the local food movement‘s creating a “vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.” Just another reason to, as they say, “go local”!

We’re looking forward to supporting local food producers when we open. Soon.

(image: Napa Farmhouse)

Written by supriyamisra

July 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm


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