With Good Reasons

What are your “good reasons?”  This was a question I asked Marcia Winters from With Good Reasons about her yummy, fresh, locally made, organic granola bars whose business name was born from the good intentions that are inside each healthy snack. With Good Reasons

“When I was brainstorming a name for my business I was thinking about all the good reasons to do it,” she explained. Marcia’s good reasons include being good to the environment through friendly packaging created with recycled paper and soy based ink,  creating a delicious snack or meal that’s organic with ingredients that are fair trade and much of it locally sourced.  After listing these reasons it occurred to her, why don’t I call this company With Good Reasons and there the story begins! Products

Marcia, previously a teacher and cook at the Meeting School in Rindge and an organic cook at W.S. Badger started With Good Reasons in 2007 from her home and today you can find her granola bars all over the Monadnock Region and beyond.  She has six varieties on the market including Orange Dream that has a touch of chocolate, Mystical Mango, Maple Black-Walnut, Mango Madness that has a kick of heat, Almond Coconut and she’s currently in the works creating a new addition to the granola bar family.  Marcia and her son Ian.

Granola bar fans love her granola bars but even more impressive is that those who haven’t traditionally liked granola bars also fall in love with these snacks.  Believe me, when you taste these granola bars you’ll never manage to buy another mass produced bar from the grocery store again!  It’s such a pleasure to bite into them and truly taste the individual ingredients and to experience a snack that’s so fresh!  Marcia actually encourages customers to keep them in the refrigerator to keep them even fresher.  Contact With Good Reasons

In talking about the future of With Good Reasons, Marcia looks forward to designing a future kitchen that is energy efficient and utilizes natural elements to create energy and keep her ingredients cool and she’s working to source even more local ingredients.  She already uses local apples, maple syrup and honey.  Her packing is printed locally and even the wooden display boxes are locally made!  Display Boxes made locally.

So where can you purchase these healthy snacks?  They are popping up all over the place!  For a full list of where to purchase visit her website. You can also purchase them directly from Marcia on her website or go say hello to her at the Keene Farmers Market where in addition to the granola bars she offers the most addictive nut mixes and granola.  Any time we come home with a jar of the nuts they never last beyond a day!  They are crazy yummy!  They are light, crunchy, mildly sweet and seriously addictive!  

So what are your good reasons?  As a business owner and massage practitioner this year I’m asking myself the same question.  What are my good reasons and goals for 2013.  One goal I have for MB is to source my business “ingredients” locally and support other local businesses.  This month Marcia and I are partnering to give my clients a sample of her yummy work.  Each of my clients who visit this month will leave with a free granola bar.  A massage and a snack, who could ask for anything more!


Day after Thanksgiving Special

Hello Friends!

This holiday season I’m joining up with the many businesses of Monadnock Buy Local to celebrate Plaid Friday! I’m offering a ONE DAY special on massage gift cards.  Give your friends & family a gift you love and a gift they won’t return — MASSAGE! 

When you purchase a one hour massage gift certificate for someone on your holiday list you get a $25.00 credit for your massage in January.  Meaning, a gift for them is a gift for you!  Come in the day after Thanksgiving for my Plaid Friday Special from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

For this very special day I’m also going to be carrying some wonderful pieces by Monadnock Buy Local member, Jayelay Jewelers.  Jayelay creates beautiful hand forged pieces that those on your holiday list will love!

So after you’ve stuffed yourself full of turkey, gravy and pumpkin pie put on your PLAID SHIRT and support your locally owned businesses!  Want to learn more about Monadnock Buy Local?  Visit their site and follow along. On Plaid Friday there will be raffles from participating businesses.


And why plaid you ask? Jen Risley of Monadnock Buy Local explains in the recent Monadnock Shopper article:  

“Where does the plaid come in?  We ask citizens to dress in plaid on November 23rd to make their support for locally-owned businesses and community visible, reinforcing their own commitment while giving others a reminder to think local first.  Wearing plaid, a fabric with unique colors woven together into a larger pattern, represents the many diverse independent businesses and organizations that together form the tapestry of a strong local economy.”

The month of LOVE!

Your Valentine called me and they want a MASSAGE this year for Valentine’s Day!  Oh yes, and they want flowers, too! If you’re looking for a gift certificate call or email to arrange for a pick up, or order here and I’ll mail it to you or the receiver! 

Share you LOVE of massage with your friends and be rewarded after they come in for their massage.  For every friend that comes in you’ll earn $10 off a massage!  Use them one at a time or save them up for a whole massage–it’s up to you!


Monadnock Buy Local say “Send some LOVE to your local businesses!”  You can use these images, email them or print and mail or hand deliver to your favorite local business!  Read more here!!