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Taste of Harmons Podcast

Release Date: 04/30/2021

The Pro's and Con's of GMO's show art The Pro's and Con's of GMO's

Taste of Harmons Podcast

In the latest episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, Dietitian Sarah Kiel joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young. Sarah and our hosts discuss produce hybrids and genetically modified varieties of our food. The somewhat controversial subject of GMOs has many pros and cons to it. The practice involves altering the DNA of a plant to improve or change its properties. We’re fortunate to have Sarah’s knowledge as she breaks the details down for us.  GMOs basically come two ways: genetically engineered and genetically modified. An example of genetically...

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Chef Casey Bowthorpe joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to discuss his career with Harmons. In an interesting journey, he joined Harmons as an associate in 2007. But he held many positions, including dairy manager and café manager, before he took a job as the cooking school coordinator in 2013. It was then that the “chef” fire was lit. Chef Casey took a three-month sabbatical from Harmons to work as an intern at a New York restaurant. But when he was ready to return to his position as cooking school coordinator, he was instead offered a job as sous chef. After that,...

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In this episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, Sheri Brailsford Cutler and Steve Brailsford join our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young. Sheri and Steve are from KEB Enterprises, and their father Ken Brailsford purchased Lehi Roller Mills in 2013. You’ll want to listen to the story of how the original owner’s family, the Robinsons, are still involved in the mill, along with how the Brailsford family has managed to keep the Mills local.  Another guest on this podcast is Todd Berry, who has a longstanding history with Lehi Mills going back 35 years. He has learned the...

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Taste of Harmons Podcast

It’s fairly common knowledge that our coral reefs across the world are in trouble, but not many people know a Utah man is behind an effort to save them. Brent Andersen, CEO of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young in a fascinating discussion focusing on Brent’s and LLPA’s efforts, along with marine biologists and others worldwide, to rescue the coral reefs and the marine life they support. The marine biologist, despite being born in land-locked Utah, has made extensive efforts to be a part of the rescue of coral reefs and you’ll want to...

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Taste of Harmons Podcast

In a fascinating episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, recurring guest Chef Aaron Ballard joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young in a lively discussion focusing on the history of one of America’s favorite meals: the hamburger. You won’t want to miss this episode, which includes not only the history of the hamburger, but Chef Aaron discusses the origin story of Just Burgers, our amazing hamburger restaurant at the City Creek Harmons location. As he talks about creating the perfect burger and fries, you’ll probably realize you can jump into your car to drive to...

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Harmons is deeply involved in our community, and so is Red Butte Garden, so the fact that we partner with them is pretty much a no-brainer. In today’s episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, Eddy Dawson, director of programs at Red Butte, joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to talk about something a little different from the food we eat—but it’s still related. Red Butte Garden is a museum of living plants, according to Eddy. And its history is long and storied. You’ll definitely want to tune in to learn the history of the Garden along with a lot of interesting...

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Taste of Harmons Podcast

You might have heard there are some health benefits to CBD, but you might be thinking that seems like a risky choice to take in a country where “marijuana” is illegal in most states. Will CBD get you high? The short answer is no, especially with the topical varieties that are sold at Harmons. But we wanted to go a little more in-depth, and so Greg Jones, our pharmacy director, and Denise Braby, the director of home, health, and beauty, join our podcast hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to share some great points to help you make sense of all of this information and explain why...

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Taste of Harmons Podcast

Redmond Real Salt is the “real” deal when it comes to salt. At Harmons, when creating our made-fresh-in-store items it’s the only salt we use. And there is a very good reason for that. It’s natural, clean salt, which tastes very different than iodized salt. And not only is the taste better; so are the health benefits. So, where does Redmond Real Salt come from? Darryl Bosshardt, grandson of one of the original founders, joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to share the backstory behind the successful business. You’ll want to listen to this informative podcast to...

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It can sometimes feel like Earth Day, April 22, gets overlooked or pushed aside, and yet the day is extremely important, especially for a sustainable future. Here at Harmons, Kate Whitbeck, director of sustainability, thinks about the earth every day, and pretty much all day. Her job at Harmons is to help us reach our goals as a sustainable company, keeping in mind all the ways we take steps to be earth-friendly, and bringing up places where we can do better. Kate joins our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to discuss how Harmons is aiming for a green future. Leave us a rating and...

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Taste of Harmons Podcast

In this special episode of the Taste of Harmon Podcast, Greg Jones, director of pharmacy operations for Harmons, joins our host Brandon Young to talk about coronavirus and the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a long year, but now COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to most Utahns and will shortly be available to all adults. Greg and Brandon discuss the details of the vaccine, how safe vaccines are, and the most important one, the fact that vaccines work! Listen to this episode and subscribe to be notified about all upcoming episodes. For more information on Coronavirus, please...

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You might have heard there are some health benefits to CBD, but you might be thinking that seems like a risky choice to take in a country where “marijuana” is illegal in most states. Will CBD get you high? The short answer is no, especially with the topical varieties that are sold at Harmons. But we wanted to go a little more in-depth, and so Greg Jones, our pharmacy director, and Denise Braby, the director of home, health, and beauty, join our podcast hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to share some great points to help you make sense of all of this information and explain why Harmons sells topical CBD products.

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There are three species of cannabis plants, and they are cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis.

In cannabis plants, the main cannabinoids are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s well-known psychological effects.

Legal CBD comes from industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, and hemp fiber is used for things like clothing, paper, and rope. From 1937 to 2018, growing hemp was illegal on a federal level, but the 2018 US Farm Bill changed that, allowing hemp growers to generate cash crop legally as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. You can extract CBD (cannabidiol), from hemp.

After the Farm Bill passed, a new industry using CBD was born.

Cannabis has been around for about 28 million years, evolving on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, and is a close relative of the common hops found in beer.

While it’s been around a long time, there is still a lot that is not known about it. The topical usage is mainly for pain relief, and we have quite a few topical products in our stores, including Muscle MX. One of the mandates of the government in allowing CBD sales is that medical claims are not made on the packaging or advertising. In Utah, they must also be licensed with the state, and required to provide a COA (certificate of analysis). So, you can be assured anything sold in our stores meets these requirements.

In this fascinating discussion, Greg and Denise share a lot of information about CBD, and you’ll want to tune in to learn more about CBD, and the effects of it on your body, including a few reasons you might want to use caution when deciding whether or not to try topical CBD.

About Denise Braby

Denise Braby is Harmons’ director of home, health, and beauty and has been a director for 10 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in business marketing from the University of Utah, and a background in retail store management, specializing in personal care and clothing. Denise loves her job and is very proud to work for Harmons. 

About Greg Jones

Greg was raised in Hunter (now West Valley City, Utah) near the original Harmons West grocery store, where his uncle was one of the first pharmacy managers, and his mother and other family members worked as pharmacy technicians. Greg graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in 1995, and earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1997.  Greg has been employed at Harmons since 1992, starting as a pharmacy intern, then staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and as the Director of Pharmacy since 2001. In his current role, Greg oversees pharmacy operations and is involved with the associate wellness program and dietitian services offered by Harmons.