- Our story
- Dr. Peter Gail
Goosefoot Acres, Inc. and the Goosefoot Acres Center for Resourceful Living were launched in 1988 to help people learn how to use the resources nature provides to make the things they need, instead of buying them. Chief among these things were the edible and useful wild plants growing underfoot.
In 1990, Dr. Peter Gail found a caffeine-free beverage he liked, but knew he could make better. He combined his love for cereal beverages with dandelion root to make it more therapeutic and flavorful, and, in 1994, Dandy Blend was born.
Throughout the years, Dandy Blend was introduced to alternative medical practitioners. They introduced it to their clients, and demand grew. What started as a basement business graduated to the garage, and, in 2003 to a warehouse in Valley City Ohio. As it grew, the founder’s children and grandchildren became involved in the operations. In 2014, Dandy Blend was certified kosher, and in 2016, Certified Organic Dandy Blend was added to the line.
Other than books authored by the founder, Dr. Peter Gail, Dandy Blend is the only product Goosefoot Acres sells.
Initially distributed primarily through health practitioners, it was introduced at their recommendation into health food stores in the early 2000’s, and has grown exponentially from then. One of the ways we sell Dandy Blend is by word of mouth. Please share your testimonials on our website or Facebook page. We would also love to see your pictures on Instagram. We thank all those who use Dandy Blend for sharing their love for it with others.
We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you for many years to come.
Who is Dr. Peter Gail
Dr. Gail has a Ph.D. in botany from Rutgers University in New Jersey and was a professor at Cleveland State University, in Cleveland Ohio, for 16 years.
His primary research focus was on how various cultures used backyard weeds for food and medicine, during which he amassed one of the largest collections of recipes and folklore for wild edible plants in the United States. He left the university to follow his dreams of helping others learn the uses of plants for food and medicine.