By Amanda Dorman
If you’re a regular at the Indy Winters Farmers Market at the City Market, you’ve likely seen the talented husband-wife team behind Raw Gourmet Delights. Bobbi Main-Jackson and Tom Jackson are local producers of raw, vegan, gluten free and organic “delights” sold at local farmers markets as well as health food stores and specialty shops around Indy.
They are best known for their sunflower seed paté a creamy spread that makes for a tasty dip. I first discovered the paté – made from sprouted sunflower seeds that are soaked eight to 12 hours — at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market and knew my hummus addiction was at risk. They occasionally change up the flavors; recently, I purchased their “NOT Salmon Paté,” made of organic raw sunflower seeds, organic almonds, organic lemon juice, organic dill, organic carrots, organic celery, organic red onion and organic parsley. (Note: Raw Gourmet Delights includes a full ingredient disclosure of each of their packaged items. You can see from the example above that you’re truly getting real food: raw, organic, vegan, no additives or preservatives and locally sourced when possible.)
Besides their signature paté, Raw Gourmet Delights sells Flax Crackers, Chili Cashew Cheez, Thai Coleslaw, Rawlicious Energy Bites, Brownie Bites and other items based on what is in season and locally available.
“I source locally as much as I can,” Bobbi says. “I have relationships with lots of small urban farmers. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what I’m about. I want to support our local economy, while at the same time provide healthy options for people.”
Most recently, Raw Gourmet Delights partnered with Natural Born Juicers to offer a Juice+Raw Cleanse, which includes fresh juices along with small salads, patés and crackers. This is just the ticket for those of us who need a little extra boost when cleansing.
The biggest struggle for the Raw Gourmet Delights team is what Bobbi refers to as “cost resistance here in Indiana.” You can go to the supermarket deli and buy something inexpensive, or you can buy something made of all natural, organic ingredients, but it costs a bit more.
“I don’t advocate that people should have a 100 percent raw food diet -– that’s very hard to do,” Bobbi says. “But I think it’s important for people to stop and think about the food they’re eating and eat food that’s chemical free. Let’s be conscious about what we’re putting in our bodies.”
Where to find Raw Gourmet Delights
The Good Earth, 6350 N. Guilford Ave.
INgredients, 5628 E. 71st St.
Amanda Dorman is a freelance writer and PR strategist living in Downtown Indy. Follow her musings as she eats and drinks her way through the city.