The mission of Rhode Island Organics® is to enrich families' diets via great tasting foods that are great for you.
I founded Rhode Island Organics® not long after my wife lost her life to leukemia, I found myself a single dad, raising two daughters, and questioning what I could do in the kitchen to enhance the quality of our lives.
I started educating myself about the ingredients in the foods that I was feeding my family. I learned the value of eating more plants, choosing organics, avoiding GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and eliminating sugar.
One gorgeous summer afternoon along this journey, when some friends had gathered together for a meal, I set out a luscious salad as part of a buffet of fresh clams and scallops harvested from the ocean nearby. Next to the salad, I set a few bottles of commercial dressing. While I had chosen to serve wonderful locally-grown organic vegetables and fresh wild caught seafood to my family and guests, out of convenience I had set out a somewhat typical bottled salad dressing. I picked up the bottle and glanced at the label. The disconnect was instant and obvious. I was about to destroy the foods' taste and health benefits with unhealthy bottled dressing!
That particular dressing contained high-fructose corn syrup (or any of the new names that HFCS is now being hidden behind), high amount of sodium and added sugar, and was made with the low (ie, cheaper) grades of canola or soybean oil along with a number of hard-to-pronounce ingredients that are found in many of the other national brands. Ugh!
So why were we about to add such unhealthy, unwanted ingredients to our salads? Well, because there were not many healthy options.
Why not? We believe many of the major national brands make products with the goal of offering the lowest possible price. Those brands are not produced with the goal of offering the highest quality healthy ingredients - nor with your health as a primary concern!
I realized that since embarking on my in-depth education about nutrition, and striving to serve my daughters the healthiest meals I could provide, I had changed my understanding about food and health. I now brought home organic produce and meats. I began reading labels carefully so I could avoid any products with GMO ingredients, high-fructose corn syrup or any so-called "diet" or artificial sweeteners.
Making my own healthy dressings to complement the nutritious vegetables and produce that I wanted in our diets became my goal. Not only healthy, but they also had to taste great and needed to be convenient -- because good food does take love and time.
I also wanted to help as many other people as I could. Sure, I could have just made up some dressings for myself and my daughters...but I felt the need, the urge, to produce a product that others could also have access to and benefit from.
My personal vision, and the overall company mission, has always been to produce healthy and delicious salad dressings, which are also excellent marinades and sauces, "that you actually WANT to feed to your family". Adults and kids love the taste of our uniquely seasoned dressings. And when kids (and adults!) love the taste, you can be assured that they will eat their veggies!
Though I have also personally experienced the health benefits of the omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA & DHA forms), I was not happy with the idea of taking large capsules to get it. I wanted something easier for myself and my family. If I was going to make salad dressings with the healthiest ingredients, then including the recommended heart, and brain, healthy forms of omega-3's made sense!
We believe you will never have to worry about any inferior ingredients in Rhode Island Organics®. And you will know that every bottle has been made with YOUR heart, brain, and health in mind!