3rd Annual Bike to Farms Tour!

Join us for our 3rd Annual Bike to Farms Tour!
Saturday, August 16, 10am-2pm

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Join Co-op staff on a free cycling tour of some of our favorite local farms: Skagit Flats Farm, J-4 Ranch, Ralph’s Greenhouse, & Living Rain Farm.

This beautiful, flat, 8-mile-roundtrip ride is family friendly! “Fat-tire” bikes are recommended (we’ll be riding along gravel and dirt roads). Helmets are required. Bring a sack lunch or snacks with you. Free Co-op ice cream after the tour!

Please pre-register! To sign-up, email us at coopbiketofarm@gmail.com, or call (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.

Co+op Deals: July 30-August 19, 2014

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Skagit Brew Corner: Topaz Copper IPA

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Topaz Hop Pellets from Australia

Hops (humulus lupulus) are a major component of beer. They impart flavor and help to preserve the brew. The Topaz hop is grown exclusively in Australia and possesses interesting, original qualities. It’s defined by rich and intense earthy flavors of apricot, tropical fruit, and tangerine spice.

The Topaz hop variety was bred in 1985 at the Rostrevor Breeding Garden, in the town of Myrtleford in Victoria, Australia. Initially designed to be grown and processed to make hop extract, Topaz hops began showing up in brew kettles beginning in 2007, imparting unique flavors and intriguing brewers.

HopCzarTopazTopaz Copper IPA is the next beer in the Bridgeport Hop Czar IPA Series, following Hop Czar Citra. Bridgeport marries Bravo hops in the boil with the unique aroma of Topaz. This combines the intense, fruity, earthy sweet qualities of Topaz hops with Bravo hop variety to create a bold, hop-centric experimental India Pale Ale.

Long story short: there’s a lot going on in this beer. It pours a hazy dark amber color with sweet-tart fruit aromas of passion fruit and citrus. A thin tan head of foam forms and the first sip yields a full, malty backbone with a generous amount of weight from the spicy blend of Topaz and Bravo hops. Successive sips reveal a hint of peppery spice to help to balance the residual sweetness of the hops. The complex flavors marry nicely with a range of different foods, including the sweetness of cream-based desserts such as Crème brûlée or milk chocolate.

Hop Czar Topaz Copper IPA from Bridgeport Brewing in Portland, OR. 6.5% Alcohol by volume / 70 IBU. This copper IPA has a smooth malty body with rich grainy flavors and balance of bittersweetness.

What’s Dipping in the Well? Organic Lavender Returns

Support your local Co-op as we offer delicious organic lavender ice cream! This popular flavor returns to our Deli and is available by the scoop, in hand-packed pints, or as milkshake!

Creative ice cream maker Matt handcrafts this ice cream using organic eggs, milk, and cream from Organic Valley, a Northwest family farms dairy cooperative. The Co-op’s Lavender ice cream is then infused with organic vanilla and organic lavender flowers.

Grown in gardens around the world, lavender has long been used to flavor desserts and teas. It’s also used by naturopathic doctors and herbalists for its naturally antiseptic properties and to promote relaxation.

So stop by the Deli and try a sample today. Our Lavender ice cream must be tasted to be believed. Its delicately floral and slightly minty flavors make a fabulous combination with our vanilla-infused cream and result in a subtle but satisfying cool treat. It pairs well with strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry-based crumbles and pies. Or serve a glass of your favorite bubbly Prosecco or Cava wine with a small scoop of lavender ice cream for an elegant sparkling dessert!

Cheese Whisperer: Snøfrisk-y

Cheese for breakfast is a wonderful thing.ChsWhispSnofrisk

Snøfrisk (means “snow fresh”) cheese for breakfast is even better. This new arrival at the Co-op Cheese Department Specialty Cheese Island is silky smooth and perfect for slathering on your favorite cracker, crispbread, or crunchy bread.

Snøfrisk is a Norweigan fresh cream cheese made from a harmonious balance of 80% pasteurized goat’s milk and 20% pasteurized cow’s milk. The result is a rich, buttery spreadable cultured cheese with a slight hint of tartness. Milder than a chevre, this cheese is more akin to crème fraîche and can be successfully used as a spreadable substitute for cream cheese or sour cream.

This fresh tasting delight was first introduced to the public for the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer by the Tine company (makers of Jarlesberg and Gjetost). Snøfrisk’s delicate flavor pairs simply with fresh fruit such as organic WA grown Rainier cherries or blueberries. It makes an easy, flavorful sandwich spread and also makes a lovely dip for crisp fresh vegetables. Or just eat it with a spoon…