We have embarked on greatness!! Imagine this….
Our velvety chocolate ice cream,playing host to toasted almond nutty goodness,pillowed by fluffy soft co-op made marshmallows.
Can you see it? Now come and get it…Rock’n Road Ice Cream
Visit the Co-op’s 2nd floor Mercantile department and you’ll find a wonderful selection of eco-friendly,natural and organic baby accessories,books,toys and games.
One of our favorite new products are Organic Farm Buddies by Apple Park. The company was founded in 2009 by San Francisco-based design Angie Ting with a mission to create toys for her two children from organic and sustainable materials. As Ting read about the increase in asthma and other serious medical issues in children and links to chemicals in the environment,she decided she wanted to offer naturally hypoallergenic toys free from harmful chemicals and carcinogenic materials. Read more Organic Farm Buddies in Mercantile …
The holidays are in full swing and it’s time to find gifts for those special someones on your list. Select tasty treats and support local producers by shopping at the Co-op,where we offer many wonderful food and health products made locally in Skagit County,Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Just look for the “local”tag on the shelf.
Keep reading to learn more about the wonderful goodies we’ve selected for this basket. The Rustic Artisan Gift Basket is perfect for a hostess gift,family,friends and foodies! Read more Go Local With Gift Baskets:Rustic Artisan …
Visit our deli to go case and look for a new seasonal offering:the Co-op’s own Organic Cranberry Relish. This zesty relish is made from three simple organic ingredients:whole cranberries,oranges and sugar. Part sweet,part tangy and all delicious,this uncooked gluten free relish is perfect for serving alongside cheese,grilled vegetables,pork dishes as well as that famous Thanksgiving bird!
But don’t stop there,our handmade relish can find a place at any meal. Serve it for breakfast alongside sausage and pancakes. For a festive fun appetizer:mix the relish with cream cheese and toasted nuts and serve with crackers and raw vegetables. It also makes a tasty dessert when added to muffin mix or try spooning over a dish of vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Take home some Fresh Organic Cranberry Relish today and enjoy the flavors of fresh organic seasonal fruit in many ways!
Theo Chocolate is a rare breed of American chocolate factory. The company creates certified organic,fair trade,gluten free chocolate nearly from scratch:roasting,milling and conching cacao beans into yummy chocolate at their headquarters in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Look for an extraordinary range of flavors,including Salted Almond,Coconut Curry and Spicy Chile. Be sure to check out their holiday line and seasonal flavors such as Salted Toffee Milk Chocolate,Gingerbread Spice and Peppermint Stick.
Stock up on local Theo chocolate –an incredible variety of bars and their ridiculously tasty organic Sipping Chocolate are now on sale! And why not kick start your day with chocolate…for breakfast. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a breakfast that’s packed with naturally occuring potassium,iron, fiber and caffeine. I like to use the newest holiday flavor:Salted Toffee Milk Chocolate –it’s a dark 62% cocoa bar.
Chocolate Banana Breakfast Sandwich Read more Organic Local Chocolate On Sale and for Breakfast …
For those of us who missed celebrating the actual Chocolate Day this past Sunday,October 28th –today is a great opportunity to do so! Indulge your love for chocolate with elegant and nutritious bars and nearly endless flavor combinations. With so many wonderful chocolates on sale here at the Co-op,there’s bound to be something for every mood and personality. Our vast and thoughtful chocolate selection includes many wonderful organic and fair trade options. A few recommendations to stoke the fire of your love for chocolate:Read more Happy Belated Chocolate Day! …
Warm up with Co-op’s own handmade organic Mayan Chocolate ice cream. Stop by our Deli to try a cone of our popular favorite from last year,a spicy twist on our smooth,melt-in-your-mouth original chocolate flavor.
Our Mayan Chocolate ice cream is gluten free and handcrafted using quality dark Guittard chocolate and a special combination of spicy chipotle chilies and organic ground cinnamon. It’s a sweet and zippy blend that tickles the senses,warms the blood and makes an outstanding choice for a milkshake or sundae with organic fair trade bananas!
We at the Co-op work hard to support local and sustainable food systems. Those of us here in Skagit County are fortunate to enjoy access to a bounty of fresh wholesome foods available from local farms. Many of us have experienced and witnessed a growing interest of the realities of where our food comes from in friends,family and our community.
Recently we became aware of Food Day - the second annual nationwide celebration of healthy and affordable food taking place this Wednesday,October 24th. Food Day was created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest with a mission to improve the American food system and diet by focusing on where our food comes from. Food Day also has the support of over 100 national partners,including: the American Public Health Association,National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,the Farmers Market Coalition,and food activist Morgan Spurlock,among many others. Read more Eat Real for Food Day …
Hope everyone is enjoying our last few days of actual Summer. It sure has been nice to have such a long stretch of fruit ripening weather! Not to mention being able to see the stars every night!
Seed Garlic is here! Two gorgeous varieties Siberian and Rich’s Red –organically grown from Uprising Organics. At $19.99 per lb,this is certified DISEASE FREE seed. The garlic in the Produce Dept. gorgeous though it is,is NOT. This could mean that planting it might result in introducing disease into your garden,a big problem for Maritime gardeners.
Here are some tips from Uprising:Read more Fresh from the Garden Center:September 19,2012 …
Where did your banana come from? The Co-op offers G.R.O.W. bananas from Organics Unlimited,a company founded in 2000 with a commitment to providing quality,organically grown tropical fruit from Mexico and South America.
Founders Mayra and Manuel Velazquez de Leon come from a family of four generations of banana cultivators. Their company closely controls the entire growing,harvesting and distribution process to ensure the bananas meet organic certification requirements at all stages. Organics Unlimited G.R.O.W. bananas meet a number of quality standards including:USDA Organic,BioAgricert/JAS Certification,GlobalGAP Certification,Fair Trade Certified and the G.R.O.W. certification that adds funds to directly improve the lives of local workers. Read more G.R.O.W. Organic Bananas …
Step Right Up for Some Great Local Flavors!
Saturday September 15th from 2-4pm in our parking lot
Galen grilling Local in the Meat Dept.
Platters of Local fruit and cheese pairings
The Raw Deal and Summer Squash Salad from our Deli
Produce Samples,including a ginormous bowl of Local Salsa
Local Rhubarb Custard Bars
Samples of Produce Grown from our Local Seed Suppliers
Local Flowers and Local Chocolate Samples from Raw-Cha-Cha
Shake up your summer brew lineup with a classic Northwest red ale –Rise Up Red. Don’t get me wrong,lagers and India Pale Ales are standard summer fare,but sometimes beer lovers need variety. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Fest,Rise Up Red has characteristics that will appeal to fans of amber and India Pale ales. Locally grown Magnum,Cascade and Centennial hops give Rise Up Red a distinct bright and bitter profile that should please IPA enthusiasts,yet a rich caramel malty quality to appease fans of amber ales.
Rise Up Red is an offering from one of Portland’s greenest pubs,Hopworks Urban Brewery. Despite the label,the hops used in Rise Up Red are not organic,but HUB’s owner and brewer Christian Ettinger decides to use locally grown hops instead of increasing the company’s carbon footprint by importing certified organic hops from Europe or New Zealand. According to brew blogger Dave at 999 Beers,there’s a secret picture of Northwest legend D.B. Cooper on the inside of the label. Read more Skagit Brew Corner:Rise Up Drink This Red …
The bad news comes first here,but there is good news too!
Content courtesy of the Organic Consumers Association
The Senate Has Voted…
…Against GMO Labels
The vote was 26 in favor of GMO labels,73 opposed. Click here to find out how your Senators voted. More info on this Senate vote next week!
An amendment by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,Democrat of New York,would have cut the amount paid to insurance companies to subsidize their costs in selling crop insurance. Last year,the government paid insurance companies $1.3 billion,and Ms. Gillibrand’s amendment would have reduced that amount to offset a $4.5 billion cut to the food stamp program. But the Senate rejected the amendment,66 to 33.
Find out how your senators voted and let them know what you think.
$150 million in critical funding for rural economic development and new farmer programs was restored through an amendment introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
That’s $35 million for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program,the keystone new farmer program Read more This Week’s Farm Bill Votes …