Buyers’ Picks: Most Important Meal of the Day

From the classically simple yogurt and granola to the deliciously decadent chocolate chip pancake, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to breakfast foods. Here are some product recommendations from buyers to make the day’s first meal, its best.


“April’s Maple Pancake Mix contains crunchy bits of crystalized maple sugar that caramelizes on the griddle. Drizzle syrup on top, and you’ve got a double dose of maple.”
Amelia Rappaport, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Woodstock, VT


Mari Geier, Nuts n’ Berries, Atlanta, GA

  • Applegate Farms Chicken and Maple Breakfast Sausage
  •  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cup, Classic
  • Nectar Ready to Blend Smoothie, Acai and Strawberries

Amelia Rappaport, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Woodstock, VT

  • April’s Maple Maple Crunch Pancake Mix
  • Blake Hill Preserves Jam
  • Granola from local companies like Back Roads, Quaker Hill, and True North
  • Green Mountain Creamery Yogurt
  • Green Mountain Smokehouse Bacon
  • Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter

“Breakfast doesn’t have to be about dry cereal and milk anymore. There are so many new products that can provide a colorful and nutritious meal to start the day.”
Mari Geier, Nuts n’ Berries, Atlanta, GA


Brandie Miller, Grocery Outlet, Emeryville, CA

  • Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups
  • Kodiak Cakes Muffin Cup Chocolate Chip
  • Lakanto Sugar-Free Maple Syrup 

Mat Pond, The Epicurean Trader, San Francisco, CA

  • Flying Bird Botanicals Premium Culinary Matcha
  • Nana Joes Granola Sunset Blend
  • Seattle Canning Co. Uncle Winston’s Tomato Relish
  • Shichi-mi togarashi, a Japanese spice blend  

Tori Sickles, Sickles Market, Little Silver, NJ

  • Balthazar Bread with Inna Jam 
  • Banner Road Baking Co. Granola
  • Jonesbar Coconut Bar
  • Mount Mansfield Maple Syrup
  • Ronnybrook Farm Milk
  • Stonewall Pancake Mix

Hunter Fike, Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia, PA

  • Artibel Fig Molasses
  • Brins Cherry Chai Jam
  • Copper Cow Coffee
  • Il Colle del Gusto Pistacchiosa
  • La Fermière Yogurt
  • Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup

“Forget maple syrup and make this tantalizing start to the day: Cherry Chai Ginger Pancakes. The jam would also work perfectly mixed into one of the La Fermière yogurts.”
—Hunter Fike, Di Bruno Bros.,  Nashville, TN


Bill Maheras, Olivia’s Market, Chicago, IL

  • Fage Total Greek Yogurt Split Cup with Honey
  • Inna Black Mission Fig Shrub
  • Journeyman Distillery Maple Syrup
  • Milk and Honey Granola Original Café Mix
  • Mylk Labs Toasted Coconut & Cassia Cinnamon Oatmeal Cup
  • Stonewall Kitchen Traditional Crepe Mix

Rachel Martz, Turnip Truck, Nashville, TN

  • Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams Bacon
  • Hatcher Family Dairy Milk
  • Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt
  • Willow Farm Eggs

 Arielle Feger is content associate for Specialty Food Magazine.

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