Earth Day 2014

Newspaper Ad: April 1-28, 2014

APRIL 14 NEWSPAPER AD-1Springtime savings at your Community-Owned Food Co-op!

Sale prices good April 1-28, 2014 unless noted.

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What’s Dipping? (In the Ice Cream Well)

icecreammenuFew things in life are as wonderful as the Co-op’s handmade organic ice cream. Especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Swirl flavor. We’ve been offering so many other fantastic flavors of ice cream this year that our ice cream maker Matt hasn’t yet made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Swirl, until this week. Fortunately for all of us, he just made up a fresh batch and it’s ready to be served up!

Our Deli features some of the tastiest ice cream ever, made fresh onsite using local and organic ingredients. Our base of organic milk, cream and eggs are sourced from the Organic Valley Dairy Cooperative, a regional network of organic dairy farmers. Each batch of Co-op ice cream is carefully crafted to offer excellent and natural options. In addition to our classic Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, look for Lemon Curd Swirl, Coffee Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies n’ Cream, Chai Scream and Raspberry Sorbet. Many of our flavors are made without gluten.

Don’t forget the Co-op’s Own Handmade Organic Ice Cream is available by the scoop and by the pint, we now offer an expanded selection in our freezer aisle or a friendly Deli staffer can scoop you a custom pint. Or try a sundae or milk shake made with your favorite flavor. Enjoy some now and take home some for later!

Co+op Deals: April 15-28, 2014

Co+op_Deals_Flyer_West_Zone_1_Apr_2014_B-1Great Savings for Current Co-op Members April 15-28, 2014.

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Ben’s (Organic) Produce Report

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Outrageous Deals:
Seedless watermelon 49¢ lb!
Personal seedless watermelons $2.19 ea!!
Celery root 99¢ lb

I was only able to lock in 50 cases (550 melons!), and I don’t think we will make it through the week on those. If we can’t get more, we will switch to slightly larger personal melons for $2.99 each. The really small ones are just over 3lb each, the $2.99 ones are closer to 4lb. 

More Wild Deals (Yes, they are all organic):
Ataulfo mangoes $1.29 ea
Navel oranges $1.49 lb
Red, green, and romaine lettuce $1.79 ea
WASHINGTON Asparagus $6.99 lb
(not super cheap, I know, but the first NW grown)
California green beans $3.29 lb
    (much nicer than the Mexican ones we had been getting)
Broccolette $2.29 ea
Broccoli $2.49 lb
Celery 79¢ lb
Cucumbers 99¢ lb
English cukes $1.99 ea
Roma tomatoes $1.19 lbLocal Produce!

Things are starting to roll along locally; we should see some radishes, braising mix, and arugula from Blue Heron soon. We have cauliflower from Hedlin, and we should see some fiddlehead ferns soon. More local produce is on its way!

The Cheese Whisperer: Swiss it Up!

jarlsbergFans of Swiss cheese, unite! This month at the Co-op’s Cheese Island, we’ve got some great deals on these delicious holey cheeses from Switzerland and Norway.

What makes a cheese characteristically “Swiss”? Sweet, slightly bitter flavor and a smooth textured paste with holes. The large holes in Swiss cheese are known as “eyes” and are produced in the late stage of fermentation when the cheese culture P. freudenreichii consumes lactic acid and releases carbon dioxide bubbles.

Visit our Cheese section and you’ll discover value pricing on authentic Jarlsberg cheese, a Norwegian version of the semi soft classic, made with pasteurized cow’s milk. Also look for Emmentaler, a classic imported raw milk Swiss cheese with a distinctively tangy, but not sharp, flavor and smooth texture. These high quality cheeses are sure to lend a hand in the kitchen or cheese board.

Both types of cheese are ideal to melt over vegetables or slice for sandwiches. They are also incredibly tasty when enjoyed outdoors during springtime: take a wedge along on a picnic with some fresh fruit, roasted nuts and your favorite wine or ale!

 

Skagit Brew Corner: Snapshot Spring Sessions

snapshotThe signs of Springtime are here! Bright green leaves and a certain rich, earthy scent permeates the air. As our days lengthen and weather warms, it’s a wondrous time of year to enjoy lighter spring session ales with satisfying and surprising flavors.

What makes a “session” beer, you may ask? Its origins may date back to the World War I, when the British government imposed two allowable drinking periods (11am-3pm and 7pm-11pm) on shell production workers. A session beer typically has 5% or less alcohol by volume, and may be consumed socially without the drinker experiencing impairment.

As the afternoons grow longer, you may find yourself tempted to indulge in a session with New Belgium’s spring seasonal Snapshot ale.

Snapshot Wheat Ale from New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO. 5% ABV / 13 IBU — a beer with an Instamatic camera on the package — how can you refuse? This unfiltered wheat beer is full of refreshing flavors and a dash of crispy spice at its finish. Aromas of citrus hops stimulate the senses, and are accompanied by the sweet and spicy flavors of coriander and grains of paradise.

You may ask (I did): what exactly are grains of paradise? A member of the ginger family, Aframomum melegueta – a.k.a. grains of paradise or alligator pepper – are the amber colored seeds of an herbaceous perennial plant native to the swampy habitats along the West African coast. These seeds impart bright essential oils, similar to those found in cardamom; they are used to treat digestive problems in West African folk medicine.

Snapshot pours a hazy, lemon-yellow with bright white lacing. New Belgium also adds lactobacillus (a strain of probiotic bacteria) to the brewing process for a pleasant, pucker-up tartness. This session style wheat beer is a perfect match with the bright flavors of spring, including seasonal fresh egg pasta with blanched nettles and your favorite cheese.

Posted by Claire