Our Mission

Our mission is to create the finest granola available to consumers who seek to eat healthy foods. We aim to entice those who try our granola to say freely and with passion, “This is the best granola I’ve ever had.” We aim to create jobs in our community and to support public education in Vermont.

True North Granola is: Happy Customers, Customer Ambassadors, Happy Staff, Staff Ambassadors and Healthy Food for All.

Ingrid and Franklin, making granola, happy about this and becoming younger!

Our Story

True North Granola was started in 2006 by two lifelong educators, Ingrid and Franklin Chrisco. Franklin was a 5th/6th grade teacher for 41 years, and Ingrid retired in 2014 after a career as an English teacher and a middle school principal for 44 years.

From Educators to Granola Entrepreneurs

Unsatisfied with the taste and quality of the granola options they found in  grocery stores, Ingrid and Franklin Chrisco launched True North Granola from their home in 2006 while still actively working as educators. Their intent was, and remains, to create healthy products that are never “too sweet,” that are low in carbs, sodium, and sugar, and that are rooted in healthy fats.

Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Chriscos believed that the homemade granola recipes they had been baking for more than 30 years for their family and friends were healthier and better tasting than the alternatives in the grocery store.

Franklin Chrisco staffing the True North Granola booth at the Farmers’ Market in Brattleboro, VT. True North Granola has been a staple vendor at the market for 12 years, and has served on the farmers’ market board.

Where it Began: Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market

Starting the business from their home kitchen, the Chriscos began selling their Go Nuts Granola at the Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market in the summer of 2006. The granola quickly became a top hit at the market.  Without solicitation, many customers would share,  “This is the best granola I’ve ever had.” The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is Southern  Vermont’s premier farmers’ market, featuring over 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music and animals, and ethnic foods from around the world. Whether you are a local or a tourist, you can stop by to get your weekly produce and grab a quick lunch, or come with your family and stay for the day!

Our Stories from our blog

Read our regularly-updated blog to learn about our activities, get new recipes, understand the health benefits of the ingredients we use, or get a sneak peek into new flavors. We welcome your feedback on our content, always.

True North Granola and Hidden Springs Maple are Forming a Partnership!

True North Granola and Hidden Springs Maple are Teaming Up! We are excited to announce the beginning of a new partnership between True North Granola and Hidden Springs Maple! Beginning this July, that magical ingredient we use to sweeten our granola—maple syrup—will be sourced solely from them. Hidden Springs Maple is a family maple farm…

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Latest TNG News

Brattleboro Newspaper Features Cotton Mill Open Studio Article

Ingrid and Franklin at the Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale. Photo Credit: Maia Segura Many thanks to our local newspaper, The Brattleboro Reformer, for recently printing an article about the 20th anniversary of the Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale. The writer and photographer, Maia Segura, mentioned granola, and featured a nice…

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Ingrid and Franklin were recently featured on a website.

True North Granola Featured on the VtSBDC Website

As always, we are grateful to be featured in the press. Thank you to the Vermont Business Development Center (VtSBDC), our VtSBDC advisor, Steve, and Amanda, who wrote this piece. We appreciate all of your help! Read the article on the VtSBDC website: True North Granola: Lifelong educators thrive in their second career [caption id=”attachment_8282″…

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