11 Awesome Things You Can Buy from Monks

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If you care about quality, the next time you’re looking to buy something, you might consider buying from a monastery.

Think about it: the monks (or nuns) have dedicated their lives to prayer and discipline and perhaps have been making their products for decades or even centuries. It’s probably going to be good! And while monasteries are famous for making beer, you can find all sorts of products being produced in monasteries.

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Of course, there are innumerable monasteries around the world that sell amazing products. But here is a small sample of some of the amazing products made by monks you can buy.

Enjoy!

1) Hot sauce

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What you can buy: Red or green habenero hot sauce, as well as meats, wood carvings, rosaries, and more

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: Subiaco Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Subiaco, Arkansas. You can learn more about them on their website.

2) Lip balm and skin cream

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What you can buy: Organic beeswax lip balm, honey and rose skin cream, etc

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: St Augustine’s Abbey, a Benedictine abbey in Chilworth, England. You can learn more about them on their website.

3) Dog biscuits

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What you can buy: Dog biscuits, made with their original recipe, as well as special dog beds, soaps, leashes, and more

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: New Skete monastery in Cambridge, NY has a community of Byzantine-Rite Franciscans as well as a group of Poor Clares nuns nearby. You can learn more about them on their website.

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4) Caskets and urns

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What you can buy: Hand-crafted wooden caskets and urns

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: New Melleray Abbey is a Trappist monastery in Dubuque, Iowa. You can learn more about them on their website.

5) The world’s best beer?

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What you can buy: Three beers: Westvleteren 12, Westvleteren 8, and Westvleteren Blonde. Some people consider the Westvleteren 12 to be one of the best beers in the world.

Where you can buy it: By reservation at the abbey’s brewery, or sometimes at the visitor’s center. Buyers are limited to one or two cases (24 bottles each) every 60 days due to popularity.

Who sells it: The Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus in Vleteren, Belgium. Their official site is in Dutch, but they have a Wikipedia page.

6) Bonzai trees

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What you can buy: Bonzai trees, pottery, and more

Where you can buy it: At their Garden Center in Conyers, GA

Who sells it: The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a Benedictine monastery in Conyers, GA. You can learn more about them on their website.

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7) Printer ink and toner

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What you can buy: Ink and toner for just about any kind of printer

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: St. Andrew’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Valyermo, California. You can learn more about them on the website.

8) Coffee and tea

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What you can buy: Coffee, tea, mugs, and more.

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: The Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is a new religious community founded in Wyoming in 2003. You can learn more about them on their website. They are also in the midst of raising money to build an awesome new monastery.

9) Bread and condiments

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What you can buy: “Monk’s Bread,” preserves, mustard, honey, butters, and more

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: The Abbey of the Genesee is a community of Trappist monks in Piffard, NY. You can learn more about them on their website.

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10) Fruitcake

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RuralMOmag / YouTube

What you can buy: Fruitcake

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: Assumption Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in rural Ava, Missouri. Here’s a great video about their life and work, and you can learn more about them on their website.

11) Fudge

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What you can buy: Fudge, as well as cheese and fruitcake

Where you can buy it: Website

Who sells it: The Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY is a community of Trappist monks. This was the home of the spiritual writer Thomas Merton.

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