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Produce Notes: August 14, 2019

Stop by our floral displays for a Super Fresh Deal on bunches of Sunflowers, then head on over to the Produce Department to taste the rainbow - literally! Rainbow Carrots, Rainbow Chard, and Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes are all on our Fresh Deals, along with Easter Egg Radishes and Mixed Cherry Tomatoes. 

You probably know that orange carrots get their color from beta carotene, an antioxidant your body converts to vitamin A. Eating a bunch of Rainbow Carrots is a great way to get a dose of antioxidants, not only beta carotene, but lutein (predominantly found in yellow and orange carrots), lycopene (found in red and purple carrots), and anthocyanins (found in dark-colored carrots). Carrots are crunchy and full of nutrients, making them the perfect snack foods - did you know that cooking carrots can change their glycemic index? At the low range, raw carrots have a glycemic index of about 16, cooked carrots are slightly higher, and pureed carrots top out at a glycemic index of around 60! 

 

Rainbow Chard is another nutrient powerhouse, combining dark leafy greens with brightly colored (aka antioxidant rich) stems. High in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin K, chard is another veggie that’s as pleasing to the body as it is to the eye. If the chard stems are particularly thick, chop them finely and start cooking them a little before you add the rest of the chard to ensure uniform tenderness. Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes are filling, versatile, and cook in a fraction of the time needed for larger varieties - plus (you guessed it!) the rainbow of colors are indications of the antioxidants they contain! As always with potatoes, it’s best to leave their skin on to retain the number of vitamins and minerals you’re consuming. 

 

Easter Egg Radishes are not actually a kind of radish, but a bundle of bunched pink, white, red, and purple varieties, making it easy to get all your radish needs in one stop! Radishes are a good source of vitamin C and contain the naturally antifungal protein RsAFP2 and have a peppery taste; generally the lighter the color of the variety the more mild the taste. Wonderful in a crudite, roasted, or pickled, these underappreciated cruciferous root vegetables originated in China and eventually made their way to Egypt and into the pyramids. Young radish greens also make a lively addition to salads and stir fries!  

 

As the season winds down and we return to the rhythms of work and school, Mixed Cherry Tomatoes are the perfect burst of summer sunshine in your lunch box! Fun fact: 10 cherry tomatoes have about as much potassium as a banana, in addition to being rich in lycopene and vitamins C and K. In other Produce News, as the first day of school approaches, so do the first of the California-grown apples! Look for the new crop of Gala apples in-store now, with more varieties ripening soon, and “pear” them with another new crop - Bartlett pears! 

Produce Notes: August 7, 2019

We all love watermelon and tomatoes, but have you tried the other great organic produce this season has to offer? Our good-looking squash selection looks even better with our Super Fresh Deal on Zucchini this week! Did you know that while squash are indigenous to the Americas, this particular variety was first developed in Italy in the early 19th century? Rich in vitamins A and C, this fruit (technically!) is wonderful in many preparations and great for your gut. Try it raw, on the grill, or sauteed with your other favorites - try roasting your Zucchini and Eggplant and Red Bell Peppers (also on our Fresh Deals!) with some garlic, rosemary, and olive oil for a deconstructed ratatouille - perfect for late summer meals! Eggplants are another versatile, nutrient dense fruit with a good amount of fiber and plenty of antioxidants, but it can be tricky to cook well. Because its spongy flesh tends to soak up excess oil, this can be especially true when you want to fry your eggplant. Try salting the flesh in advance (20-30 minutes), make sure any cooking oil is at least 365°F, and be sure not to overcrowd your pan, as this will lead to a drop in temperature. 

 

In addition to the plentiful squash of summer, and the cucumbers (as promised!), kale supply is strong, and most lettuces are looking great! Broccoli supply has tightened up, as has cauliflower supply, while corn has remained elusive. California avocado prices are softening, to the relief of avocado lovers - our California supply should last through the end of summer, with Mexican avocados ripening and ready to go. Tomatoes are generally steady, but they won’t last forever, so pick up some summer beauties ASAP! 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Tuscan Melons, Black Plums, and Dapple Dandy Pluots. Tuscan Melons are a relatively new kind of especially sweet cantaloupe with distinctive grooved skin: dark green grooves indicate a sweet, almost crispy flesh, while lighter grooves indicate a softer texture and richer flavor. The firm flesh of the Tuscan Melon will hold up well in fruit salads, but don’t feel limited to sweet preparations! Melons are wonderful paired with salty cheeses and charcuterie. As apricots wind down, look out for a more limited supply of peaches and nectarines, but know that  Black Plums and Dapple Dandy Pluots here for all your stone fruit cravings! Plums are impressively high in nutrients, containing over 15 vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber and antioxidants; enjoy these tiny powerhouses out of hand, in salads, or even in smoothies! Keep an eye out for Santa Rosa Plums when you’re in store - our Produce team can’t get enough of their amazing flavor! Dapple Dandy Pluots (a hybrid of about 70% plum and 30% apricot) are also known as “Dinosaur Egg” or “Dinosaur’s Fruit” for their distinctive mottled skin. Dapple Dandy Pluots have especially sweet, pink flesh and are ready to eat when they give to gentle pressure - be careful, as they bruise easily when ripe! Pluots are especially sensitive to ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables like tomato and green onion, so take care to store them separately. 

 

In other fruit news, look out for California apples and pears in the next few weeks! Strawberry supply remains steady, as does blueberry, though not for much longer. Blackberries are in somewhat limited supply. Figs have now transitioned from their breba crop to their main crop. Seeded watermelon are slowing, but seedless bins are in strong supply and mini seedless are looking great. All kinds of grapes are plentiful and in steady supply - check out our new grape packaging the next time you stop by your Co-op!

Produce Notes: July 31, 2019

It’s finally happened: the co-op has gone totally tomatoes! Our Fresh Deals are ripe with these summer fruits, so try picking up a few varieties and see what tickles your tastebuds while enjoying these antioxidant-rich nightshades. Whether you fall for Heirloom Tomatoes from Castro Farms (Hollister), Mixed Cherry Tomatoes from Martinez Farms (Madera) or Campari Tomatoes and Slicer Tomatoes from Goleta (read more about John Givens Farm/Something Good Organics here!), these beauties are ready for your salads, your sandwiches, and your sauces! While you’re at it, why not pair your tomatoes with some Bunched Basil from local favorite Kenter Canyon Farms and a drizzle of California olive oil? 

 

In other vegetable news, local cucumber supply is picking up! Be on the lookout for the different varietals: slicing cucumbers like Kirby and Persian can be more bitter (just remove the skin and seeds for a less bitter flavor); English cucumbers are more mild, with smaller seeds than slicing cukes; while pickling cucumbers (like Gherkins!) are grown specifically to be uniform in size for easy prep. Broccoli supply continues to be steady, cauliflower supply is tightening up, and California-grown globe eggplant are starting slowly, though Mexican fair-trade globe eggplants are a delicious substitute! Squash are also looking good and will only be getting better: green and yellow zucchini are in strong supply, as are Crookneck squash. Look out for more hard squash like Acorn, Delicata, and Butternut in the coming weeks! 

 

On the sweeter side, we are loving all the California-grown melons: from our Super Fresh Deal on Cantaloupe to our savings on Galia Melons and Green Honeydew, we have got the sweet, juicy melons your summer needs! Galias look like Cantaloupe on the outside and Green Honeydew on the inside, and are intensely aromatic when ripe with a delicious, smooth-textured flesh. Try to find a melon that feels heavy for its size, and make sure to follow your nose when picking ripe melons: aim for the round section where the vine was attached, and sniff for a fresh fragrance with a hint of sweetness. Try them all in a melon salad with some ginger and citrus after allowing them to ripen at room temperature! Make sure to keep cut or ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Most rinds can be pickled or cooked, and the seeds can be dried or roasted. 

 

Look out for more varieties of California melons as the summer weeks progress, and for mangos. Grapes are also in strong supply, in a number of sizes and flavors that mean there’s something grape for everyone, from sweet and seedless to perfumed and intense!

Produce Notes: July 24, 2019

While the pick-your-own blackberry adventure at Stehly Farms has already passed, rest easy knowing that you can pick up delightful local Blackberries at your local co-op at a Fresh Deal price! Delicious on their own or paired with Raspberries (also on our Fresh Deals this week), these sweet-yet-tart berries are a summer staple packed with vitamin C and high in fiber as well as being a great source of vitamin K and high in manganese. Try them with with some cold, rich cream and taste how good local produce can be. 

 

In other fruit news, melons (especially Galia and Cantaloupe) are still in strong, sweet supply from the warmer inland areas, California Gala apples are expected in begin in just a few weeks, and, as promised, the pluots have arrived! Bonus news, beautiful Red Pluots have landed right in our Super Fresh Deal this week! Pluots are a cross of species in the same genus: Floyd Zaiger introduced pluots in the 1980s after cross-breeding plums and apricots by hand pollination. Look for firm, unblemished fruit with a strong fragrance, and enjoy out of hand! Any extras are great substitutes for other stone fruit in your favorite recipes, including pies, salads, and even salsa. Apricots and cherries are winding down, plums are in steady supply, and yellow and white peaches are tasting amazing!

 

Fresh garbanzo beans are done for the season, and while other beans are in limited availablity, Green Beans are back on our Fresh Deals! If the dog days of summer have you dreading stove time, try blanching trimmed green beans in advance (don’t forget to shock them in ice water!) and tossing them in your cool salads. Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Broccoli and Red Kale. Broccoli is wonderful cooked or raw in a variety of preparations, and don’t forget the stalk! Peel the fibrous layers away from the core of the stalk and you’ve got less food waste and more broccoli without the fuss and mess of florets: that’s a win-win-win. Red Kale is just as versatile as any other kale variety, but adds a touch of unexpected color to your stir-fry or gently massaged salad; loaded with antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and guranteed not to shrink as much as other leafy greens, add some to your basket and see what you can cook up! 

 

Looking forward, we expect to see a sea of cucumbers and tomatoes along with more California-grown squash as summer starts to wind down (at least in some parts of the state). Bell peppers of all colors are in steady supply, and hot peppers will be coming in hot after this heat!

Produce Notes: July 17, 2019

Missing the bursts of holiday fireworks already? Thankfully we have a mix of California grown Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes bursting with color and flavor at a Super Fresh Deal of $2.99 per pint! Pick some up for an easy snack that packs a powerful punch of nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, and potassium. There is archaeological evidence suggesting that Mesoamerican farmers cultivated the first strains of cherry tomatoes in Central America, and the genetic makeup of cherry tomatoes has remained mostly unchanged since! As with all beautiful tomatoes, make sure to store your Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes away from direct sunlight at room temperature until ripe and ready to use. 

 

Also on this week’s Fresh Deals are Green Butter Lettuce heads and Green Bell Peppers. Green Butter Lettuce is known for its sweet and tender leaves, which are great torn as salad greens or used as an edible vessel for anything scoopable! If you’re planning a meal with lettuce cups or wraps, store submerged leaves in a large bowl of cool water in the fridge to help keep the lettuce crisp after you’ve removed them from the head. Green Bell Peppers are in strong supply, while other colors are more limited, but supply is picking up! Peppers, especially hot peppers, need hot weather to grow, so this delay is another effect of spring’s cool weather. 

 

As stone-fruit summer continues, we are highlighting White Peaches and Yellow Peaches on our Fresh Deals! White Peaches are lower in acid and taste sweet whether firm or soft, making them excellent for eating out of hand or grilling. White Peaches are easily bruised and have a delicate, floral sweetness. For pure peachy flavor, however, Yellow Peaches are our go-to: the tartness of the flesh mellows as the fruit ripens, and their more intense flavor makes them wonderful in all things baked. Apricots and white nectarines are in good supply, while supply of black and red plums are expected to improve. Pluots are beginning to show up, so keep an eye out for these delicious hybrids! Part plum and part apricot, there are many differently colored varieties to get excited about. 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are antioxidant-packed favorites: Blueberries and Cantaloupe! Blueberry season has ended for most of California, so these deep blue beauties come to your co-op from Oregon. The Cantaloupes, however, are 100% California melons! Try them in a savory fruit salad with cucumbers and soft fresh herbs, or freeze cantaloupe pieces and blend with coconut water for a cooling summer slushie!

Produce Notes: July 10, 2019

While we have a surprise stock of California cherries (read more about them here!), our Super Fresh Deal is just for Red Cherries from Washington state. Antioxidant-packed, these firm-but-sweet stone fruits may help ease the joint pain associated with arthritis and gout. (In a pairing that might call to mind upside-down cakes or holiday hams, Pineapple has also landed on our Fresh Deals, though as they are Costa Rican rather than Californian, their growing and supply cycle will not be explored here.) Apricots (especially Cotton Candy Apricots!) are in strong supply, as are white and yellow peaches. Plums and pluots are more limited in supply, though supply of red plums may improve in the next week or so. Melons are still going strong, particularly the Seeded Watermelon from Rundle Family Farms that has a spot on our Fresh Deals! While dealing with seeds may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, watermelon seeds (and the seeds of many other melons) can be roasted like pumpkin seeds rather than, say, entered into a spitting contest. Watermelon seeds contain magnesium as well as lesser amounts of iron and folate, and are a great summer snack. Looking forward to the end of the month, we anticipate California-grown pears as August rolls around. 

 

On the vegetable side, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Heirloom Tomatoes have all reappeared on our Fresh Deals as we eat up all that the season has to offer! Grilled or raw, all three are great in salads and entrees alike, and there’s nothing like a juicy tomato sandwich on a hot day. If you’re looking for some avocado for your super sandwich, just be aware that prices are on the rise again, and the volatile market is not expected to improve soon. Most members of the Brassica family are in strong supply (especially broccoli and cauliflower), though yellow and purple cauliflower are gapping and may be harder to come by. Eggplant from the Central Valley is starting to make an appearance, and bell pepper supply is slowly picking up. Cabbages are also in steady supply, and we’re pleased to say that celery supply is steady as prices continue to drop! We have adjusted the price of celery juice at our Service Deli accordingly. 

 

We are also pleased to stock Fresh Garbanzo Beans in limited numbers! Like their dried and canned counterparts, fresh garbanzo beans are starchy, with a buttery texture and mild bean flavor. Find them encased in a papery light green shell (generally two beans to a pod). While you can shell the beans to make specialty recipes like fresh garbanzo hummus (easy on the tahini so you don’t overwhelm the fresh bean’s delicate flavor), you can also steam, roast, grill, or fry them like edamame - just be sure to not eat the pod!

Produce Notes: July 3, 2019

Since no one can resist watermelon (especially now that we’re  in National Watermelon Month!) we’ve extended last week’s Fresh Deals through July 9th! Look for Black Seedless Watermelons, Fuji Apples, California Strawberries, Bi-Color Corn, Green Beans, and Red Potatoes at Fresh Deals prices through your holiday weekend. Now onto the rest of the Produce Notes! 

We are moving into fig season! Much more than the filling to crumbly cookies, fresh figs are fiber-full and one of the richest plant sources for a variety of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin A. One note - if you are allergic to rubber latex, birch pollen, or any other member of the mulberry (Moraceae) family (such as jackfruit, Osage orange, and sugar apple) you may also be allergic to figs. If you’re a fig-lover, purplish-black Mission Figs are classic crowd pleasers for a reason; very sweet and excellent in a wide variety of preparations. The contrast between the Mission Figs’ purple skin and creamy pale interior will keep your charcuterie board looking stunning! Brown Turkey Figs are slightly less sweet, the pink rose-colored flesh contrasting nicely with rusted red-purple skin and pale green shoulders, and wonderful in salads where their sweetness can be balanced with other flavors. Also keep an eye out for yellowish-green Kadota Figs a little later in the season, which are less sweet but great for baking, as they’re slightly more hardy. 

In other fruit news, California cherries are likely done for the season. Look out for Red and Rainier Cherries from Washington for all your cherry antioxidant needs! Other stone fruit, from peaches to plums, are mostly looking steady, though some varieties are in limited supply - look out for pluots! 

On the slightly-more-savory side, the summer season is shaping up so look out for Okra, Snow Peas, and Pickling Cucumbers the next time you stop by your co-op! Okra is known for the gel inside its pods (“okra” usually refers to the edible seedpods of the okra plant, a member of the same genetic family as hibiscus and cotton), which can be used as a thickening agent in classics like gumbo. If you’re not a fan of the gel, try pickling okra to make it less bitter, or drying out the pods and seasoning with sea salt for a crunchy snack! Snow peas may not be here for long as the unseasonable wet weather a few weeks ago affected plantings, so snack them up when you see them. Pickling cucumbers, shorter and thicker than slicing cucumbers, have bumpy or spotted skin and - as their name implies - are wonderful when pickled whole.

Produce Notes: June 26, 2019

What says summer more than sweet, juicy watermelon? Pick up a whole or a half (or a quarter - just ask a member of our Produce team to help you get the size you’re looking for!) of Black Seedless Watermelon at our Super Fresh Deal price, or just grab and go with our new Organic Watermelon Juice! Find both in our Produce section. Watermelon has a lot more going for it than just water - with high levels of vitamins C and A plus moderate amounts of potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, and even protein, this antioxidant rich fruit is a summer all-star! Make like an Egyptian and enjoy this very special berry - seeds, leaves, and paintings depicting watermelons dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in excavations of Egyptian tombs! Try pickling or cooking the rind to use it all up. 

If you’re craving a bit more crunch, why not reach for a Fuji Apple? Known for their sweet and crisp flesh, these Fresh Deal favorites are high in water and fiber - just be sure to leave the skin on! The pectin found in apples may also act as a prebiotic, feeding the “good” bacteria in your gut. Speaking of sweet, California-grown Strawberries are nearing peak volume! Whether you eat them by the handful, throw them in your smoothie, or dip them in dark chocolate, these vitamin-C packed low-carbohydrate berries are rich in antioxidants. In other fruit-news, California-grown citrus is winding down, melons are coming in sweet, and stone fruit supply remains steady but won’t last forever, so enjoy those sweet nectarines now! 

Bi-Color Corn, Green Beans, and Red Potatoes round out our Fresh Deals in steady supply and great taste, ready for your grill or your salad! Did you know that red potatoes have more potassium than bananas, while one cup of green beans provides almost 20% of your daily vitamin K, important for healthy bones? Try roasting both on a sheet pan with your favorite protein at 425°F for a quick-and-easy summer supper. 

Finally, a celery update: while supply has improved, demand has continued to rise as more and more people discover the benefits of the fibrous stalks and their flavorful juice. Much of the cost appears to be demand driven, and the growers who didn’t anticipate the demand are now planting more celery than ever. Typically, when growers underestimate demand they then overcorrect by planting more than there is a market for: expect prices to remain volatile as we all figure out the new normal for celery!  

Produce Notes: June 19, 2019

Summer is here, and summer means tomatoes, so this week we are highlighting California-grown slicer tomatoes as our Super Fresh Deal! “Slicer” (or “slicing”) tomatoes are those that strike the right balance between meatiness and juiciness while being big enough to slice onto burgers and sandwiches. Great for pairing with the grill or slipping into a salad, they’ll bring the taste of summer to any desk lunch! Delicious leftovers are sure to result when you combine slicer tomatoes with local zucchini and black kale - also on this week’s Fresh Deals! Saute your antioxidant-rich organic produce with some onions and your preferred seasoning and you have a perfect pasta topping!

The recent West Coast heat wave may have disappeared behind the clouds of June gloom, but its impact is significant: California-grown blackberries, parsley, and lettuces were affected by the intense heat and supply may come up short in the next few weeks due to heat damage. California blueberry season is winding down but strawberry season is going strong, as are stone fruit other than cherries. Anticipate rising avocado prices as Mexico’s harvest winds down and demand continues to grow.


In other local news, California-grown melons are in strong supply, and this week we’re celebrating the cantaloupe with our Fresh Deal pricing. Did you know that melon seeds are edible when roasted, like slightly-chewy squash seeds? After removing as much of the netting (the fibers that help the seeds cling to the flesh) as you can, rinse the separated seeds, season to taste, and roast for around 15 minutes at 400°F, checking often to make sure they don’t burn. Melon seeds are good sources of fiber and protein, and eating the seeds means both more bang for your buck and less food waste!

Produce Notes: June 12, 2019

As we greet the heat of summer (it’s what makes melons sweet, after all!) it’s easy to forget the wet weather of spring, but those unseasonable rains continue to affect California-grown crops: cherry supply remains volatile as the rain causes the fruit to split, while asparagus season is ending earlier than usual. Fortunately we still have blueberries in steady supply, which is why we’ve extended our Super Fresh Deal this week! California-grown red and green seedless grapes should land in the next week or so after long delays due to the cool and wet weather, while most stone fruit is still going strong: yellow and white nectarines are sugaring up nicely, plums are juicy, and yellow, white, and donut peaches are tasting great. Have you ever tried grilling yellow peaches? Halve the peach, remove the stone, and set it cut-side down for some nice grill marks. Whether you go sophisticated by serving your grilled peaches with a balsamic reduction drizzle or embrace simplicity with a dollop of whipped cream they’re sure to be a hit!

 

With Father’s Day just around the corner, grill-friendly produce is on our minds and in our Fresh Deals! Hearty Portobello mushroom caps (rich in potassium and B vitamins!) and white cauliflower steaks are great plant-based additions to your grill. Heads up - orange and purple cauliflower are expected in mid- to late-June! Orange bell peppers - very high in vitamin C - make a sweet raw snack on hot days or can add a pop of color to your kebabs. And no cookout would be complete without yellow sweet corn - steamed, boiled, or grilled and served elote-style, it’s always a tasty summer treat!

 

Just thinking about standing over a grill makes us sweat, which is why we’re reaching for young Thai coconuts - the best coconut water comes straight from a coconut, afterall! The balance of sodium and potassium in young coconuts make them a great way to hydrate, and younger coconuts have more water than older coconuts, as the water is replaced by coconut flesh as it matures.  Ask a member of our Produce team to knock a hole in your coconut for hydration on-the-go, and don’t forget to eat the coconut meat when you’re done slurping - the flesh is a great source of both dietary fiber and medium chain fatty acids (aka MCTs) as well as being delicious!

 

Looking ahead to the first official weeks of summer, we anticipate seeing multiple varieties of squash (another good one for the grill!) and eggplant, provided the warmer weather inland cooperates. Larger sizes of artichoke are gapping because warm weather is causing this perennial thistle to open earlier than expected, but smaller sizes are steady. Celery prices remain high for both domestic and imported, as Mexican production winds down and California-grown supply is limited. Baby broccoli is in good production and mature broccoli supply should improve this month.

Produce Notes: June 5, 2019

While we may be deep in June gloom, summer is coming, and your body will thank you for feeding it free radical-fighting antioxidants while you’re enjoying the beautiful outdoors! When being kind to yourself is as easy as munching on some antioxidant-rich blueberries, why not stock up? Organic California blueberries are our Super Fresh Deal this week in 6oz and 18oz containers (while supplies last!) and any that don’t immediately go into your granola (or pancakes) will freeze beautifully. Heads up: blueberries were impacted by the unseasonal rain but supplies remain steady, and warmer weather is expected to have berry production back at full swing!

 

Speaking of antioxidants, kale is packed with them, as well as being rich in vitamins A, K, and C and a great source of plant-based calcium, and is also a Fresh Deal this week - so many reasons to eat your greens! Zucchini is another antioxidant-rich Fresh Deal in strong supply, great for making raw noodles or throwing on the grill. Did you know that zucchini is rich in vitamin C when raw and in vitamin A when cooked?  

 

Stone fruit is looking good and we hope the it stays abundant through the season, though this abundance may be an indication that supply is peaking early - fingers crossed! Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are in strong supply while cherries - which have suffered because of the unseasonably late rains - are getting a little bigger but continue to be volatile in supply and price. Plums are looking strong, and Spring Splendor black plums (aka Flavorosa pluots) have landed right in our Fresh Deals! Look for deep purple skin with juicy red flesh.

 

We have more variety of melons from California’s southern desert regions, including that most succulent of muskmelons the cantaloupe! Rich in beta carotene (one study found orange-fleshed melons have the same amount of beta carotene as carrots!) and great for hydration, try cantaloupe in sweet or savory preparations - try roasting it for an unexpected treat! The sugars caramelize while the flesh relaxes, making it a great topping for everything from oatmeal to ice cream.

Produce Notes: May 29, 2019

 

As the weather (finally!) starts to warm up, we’re reaching for fruit - specifically, we’re reaching for slices of sweet orange and green honeydew, our Super Fresh Deal through June 4th!  Did you know that orange-fleshed honeydew is a hybrid variety created by crossing green-fleshed honeydew with an orange fleshed muskmelon? Orange-fleshed honeydew is closer to a cantaloupe in terms of its firm-yet-juicy flesh, but its skin is pale yellow-green just like green-fleshed honeydew!

 

Also coming in juicy are green grapes and stone fruits perfect for snacking. Green grapes - while tasty on their own - can also be frozen and used as ice cubes for your summer beverages; they won’t water down your drink and they make a nice snack at the end, just be careful while you sip!

 

Apricots, pluots, white nectarines, and donut peaches are looking especially tempting - the donut peach (originally grown in China as an ornamental tree) is a particularly delicate and aromatic fruit, so don't be put off by their petite size! Like cherries, other stone fruit may be challenged by the stormy weather of the last few weeks, so make sure to stock up! Any extras are perfect tucked into an easy galette or jam.

 

On the vegetable front we have California-grown bi-color sweet corn at a sweet deal that won’t last and vibrant heirloom tomatoes from just over the border in Baja; remember that tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer, so get them while they’re here! California romaine lettuce heads are ready for your salad and snacking needs and everyone’s favorite versatile veggie cauliflower remains in steady supply.

Produce Notes: May 23, 2019

While the wet weather is impacting some locally grown crops, we are looking forward to a summer rich in organic produce, and nothing says summer like a slice of juicy watermelon! It’s still pretty early in the season, but we have seeded and seedless varieties available for you at a Super Fresh Deal price!

Portabella mushrooms are in steady supply and are a great grilling option for the long weekend! Throw some local green cabbage on the grill too for a tasty, low-fuss veggie dish that is packed with flavor. Red potatoes are perfect for holiday potlucks, as are the local Persian cucumbers that have arrived to take your salads to the next level!

Local zucchini is starting to become available and straightneck squash (aka yellow zucchini) is plentiful. Corn is beginning to make an appearance, with beautiful bi-color corn available in the next week or so.

Heirloom tomatoes are plentiful, but organic tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer; we’ll keep you posted. Celery availability has improved but is still limited.

Supply of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries remains steady. Local strawberry and cherry production has been disrupted by the rain, but other stone fruit are coming in beautifully - apricot season just started and nectarines (both white and yellow!) are coming in sweet.   

Produce Notes: May 16, 2019

Over the past couple of months, our awesome produce team has been doing their best to find the balance between bringing you local, seasonal organic produce and bringing you variety. We’re thrilled to report that all signs are pointing to an abundant local summer and you should continue to see an increase in our local produce selection.

California stone fruit season kicks off with peaches! Though running just a few days later than last year, growers are expecting a normal peach and nectarine season with volume picking up at the end of June and into July.

Local organic cantaloupes are on Fresh Deals and are what we’re grabbing this week! Cantaloupe's bright orange flesh is rich in beta carotene - the precursor to vitamin A - and is an excellent source of vitamin C.


We have cherries! These bites of goodness usually land a bit earlier in the month, but the cooler weather is again to blame for the late start. Mid-may rain may damage some of the crop, but growers won’t no more until the rain stops and they can assess.

Supply of organic celery continues to remain tight and high priced. Expect light volumes and high priced product until at least June. We’ll keep you posted.

Watermelon season is heating up. You'll be all set for Memorial Day with increasing supplies expected through the summer months. 

Santa Monica has a limited supply of organic mulberries from local grower Morning Song Farm. Did you know that you can go to their farm in Rainbow, California, and pick your own? 

Produce Notes: May 8, 2019

We’re continuing to see a turnaround in local organic produce availability on many of our favorites, and we’re in very good shape for Mother’s Day!

Local organic strawberries (Givens/Something Good) and blueberries are plentiful and currently at an amazing price at $3.99 each. Local lemons, plump sugar snap peas and asparagus are standouts and ready for your weekend brunch or dinner dishes.

Melons are here! Find organic mini seedless watermelons, as well as Honeydew and Harper melons - all from Mexico. Current Mexican availability means that local melons are not too far away. We'll bring them in as soon as available, and meeting our standards.

Because there's still some lag on local California spring crops, we’re hearing more and more questions and concerns from shoppers related to the higher than usual amount of Mexican organic fruits and veggies in our produce aisles. No, we haven’t changed our sourcing or standards. We always prefer local too, but we can’t pull what’s not available. During months when regional farms are inactive, but demand for an item is still high, we naturally turn to Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the safety and standards of organic Mexican grown produce. Organic imports from Mexico must meet USDA organic standards. To sell a certified organic item of food in the United States, grown in the United States, Mexico, or anywhere else in the world, it must meet all the strict requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program: produced without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or irradiation. After meeting those standards, it must then be certified by a USDA-accredited agency which includes: 1) inspection of farm fields and processing facilities 2) detailed record keeping of what inputs were applied to the land, and 3) if determined a need for – soil and water testing. On-farm audits and regular border inspections are also important parts of organic certification and food safety testing process.

Mexico is estimated to have more than 110,000 organic farmers, with the majority growing for the export market out of necessity, as there is a lack of demand for domestic organics in Mexico. By importing food from Mexican growers who receive a living wage, particularly those who sell products recognized as Fair Trade, we're allowing farmers to remain in their own communities rather than leave home to find employment. It’s about far more than just having our favorite organic fruit and vegetables available during gap months. Organic food production in Mexico has been a very healthy development for farmers and the people of the Mexican farming communities. 

Produce Notes: May 1, 2019

With a Fresh Deals focus on Cinco de Mayo, you’ll discover a wide variety of organic produce essentials you’ll need for putting together the perfect fiesta. Colorful peppers are poppin with jalapeño (hot), serrano (hotter), habanero (hottest), and sweet peppers are all on sale. Stock up and experiment with them all before the big day.

Both avocados and roma tomato availability has been unsteady with high prices, but we secured a super deal for this week, so enjoy!. 

Mangoes are plentiful and at a super price. Ataulfos mangoes are oval-shaped and slightly crook-necked with a golden yellow exterior and bright yellow flesh.  Ataulfos have skin that is tough with flesh that’s soft, sweet, and juicy. Mangoes are best stored at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, keep refrigerated up to one week.

Tomatillos are in strong supply. Commonly known as husk tomatoes, they have a characteristic papery outer skin and very tart flavor. The slightly sticky husk encloses a firm, green fruit. These “little tomatoes,” are perfect to use raw or cooked, in salsas, sauces, or even jams. For an easy organic tomatillo sauce, boil 8 peeled tomatillos, ½;;;;;;;;; onion, bunch of cilantro, salt, 1 tspn. of granulated garlic in 2 cups of water for 5 min. After cooling for 5 minutes, pour everything from the pan into a blender and blend well.

It’s May and Salad Month! A great occasion to celebrate all greens from spinach and kale to butter lettuce. Our organic red kale really caught our eye this morning. Known as the “greens your kids will eat,” these greens have frilly leaves with contrasting centers and green edges. It has a sweet taste, so not as bitter as most kale varieties.

We’ve been wanting to put artichokes on special for awhile. Take advantage of the special pricing this week, at $3.49 each from local, family-owned Ocean Mist Farms.

Nothing beats fresh, local berries - now in steady supply. This week, Coke Farm's strawberries are a must buy. 

And with strawberry season, comes rhubarb! We mentioned it last week, and it's still around. The taste of rhubarb is somewhat similar to that of green apples - tart! Add sugar to make it sweeter and then bake or cook it. Eat stalks only as the roots and leaves are poisonous.

We’re busy snatching up some great Mother’s Day organic produce deals for next week. This is one of our favorite times of year!

Produce Notes: April 24, 2019


Friday Flash Sale
Local Organic Strawberries! 2 for $5 (1 lb. each) 
Something Good/ Givens (Goleta, CA); Valid Friday 4/26 – Sunday 4/28 

We’re now a few weeks into spring, and it shows! Crops of spring vegetables and berries are emerging after a rainy and chilly winter, and local growers are expecting major activity in the coming weeks.

Carpinteria’s Frecker Farms’ strawberries just arrived and we couldn’t be happier. This top notch, local organic farm run by Alex Frecker grows a ton of organics, but is best known for their sweet berries. Awesome on their own, or pair with mascarpone for a special treat. 

Local blueberries are peaking with this week's supply coming to us from California’s Central Coast region.

Despite the colder weather this past winter, the stone fruit season is looking strong and growers are expecting a great season on most items. Check out what we already have in. 

Treat yourself to the most gorgeous organic purple carrots you’ve ever seen. Fresh from the fields of Capay Valley’s Full Belly Farm, these are a delicious variety called Nantes, grown in fields with loose, sandy soil. Carrots are an exceptional source of carotenes and vitamin A, as well as a great source for beta carotene, an important antioxidant that helps to protect the liver. Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for 1- 2 weeks  (remove the greens first), though they are most nutritious when eaten right away or juiced.

Gorgeous bunches of organic herbs from Kenter Canyon caught our eye. Oh the possiblities.

Avocado supply is still volatile. We keep mentioning the wet winter, but part of the issue in this season’s California avocado crop has to do with extensive damage resulting from last summer’s heat wave, especially in Ventura County and other parts of the state that grow a lot of avocados. Not only did the heat damage the fruit that was on the tree at the time, but it affected the fruit that was forming and would be picked now. FYI - California avocados are only available now through late summer, but we're on it and will keep you updated.

We've scored organic yellow corn and no doubt summer garden parties and barbecues are on our mind. But first, Cinco de Mayo.  



Earth Day at Co+opportunity

Co+opportunity is the place to be on Earth Day. We have tons of plant-based and eco-friendly products in our Co+op Deals flyer, in addition to a bonus 10% off bulk foods and herbs sale that is open to all shoppers.

 

10% off Bulk Food and Herbs

Save money and reduce packaging waste. Shopping bulk is simple. Purchase reusable containers or bags, or better yet, bring your own! Need assistance? Bulk is our specialty and co-op staff is happy to help!
*10% off bulk food and herbs valid on Earth Day only and open to all shoppers. Excludes bulk Wellness products and nut butters. While supplies last. No rain checks.

Bike, Walk, Ride the Bus or Metro to the Co-op & Lunch is on Us!

Do your part to help fight climate change. Show us your ride by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook and when you arrive, we'll set you up with a *$5 co-op gift card!
*Offer valid on Earth Day only. Limit one per person. Must show us your ride by tagging @coopportunitymarketdeli on Facebook or Instagram. To receive gift card, show cashier your tagged post.

15% off All Reusable Bags

BYOB (bring your own bag). Changing to 100% reusable bags is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference. *Don't miss our new produce bags by ECOBAGS, Co+opportunity branded canvas tote bags, and new to-go reusable utensil sets - available at both locations.
*15% off offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Reusable Gifts for Joining the Co-op on Earth Day

Become an Owner on Earth Day and receive a $10 co-op gift card, a Co+opportunity branded canvas bag ($8.99 value) and a Co+opportunity branded to-go reusable utensil set ($10.99 value).

From sourcing and buying practices to recycling, composting, and supporting sustainability in the community, food co-ops have been looking for ways to reduce impact for decades. Support your local co-op and Become an Owner online or in store.
*Tote bag and utensil set offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Support Local Organic Farming

Organic agriculture supports the health of our planet. Receive a free Co+opportunity branded canvas tote with purchase of $10 or more of produce from our 100% organic produce department.
*Tote bag ($8.99 value) offer valid on Earth Day only.

 

Biodynamic Wine Tasting in Culver City

Featuring Lunaria Winery. More than organic...biodynamic. The biodynamic agricultural processes are subject to a double control: one coming from the Organic certifying body and the other coming from the Demeter Italy certifying body. Learn more during this Earth Day tasting.
Co+opportunity Culver City / 4/22/19, 4pm - 6pm

 

5 for $5 Botanical Interests Garden Seeds

Cultivate your own food! Plant organic seeds and watch your garden grow. At Botanical Interests, they’ve meticulously sourced a huge selection of non-GMO Certified Organic seed varieties. The quality of their seeds is only matched by the quality of their packaging – each with a signature watercolor image and enough information to guarantee success for even the most novice grower.
*Santa Monica location only. While supplies last.

 

Produce Notes: April 17, 2019

Spruce up your spring, and your holiday tables with selections from this week’s Fresh Deals.


Fuji apples are this week’s Super Fresh Deal. Always a favorite, Fujis offer the color, juice and firmness of a Red Delicious and the heirloom flavor of a Ralls Janet. Excellent for eating, but also perfect for a farm to table Charoset for your Passover seder plate.


Madera, California’s Road 20 Organic Farm brought us gorgeous red spring onions. These long-stem onions are harvested before they reach maturity and resemble scallions but have small onion bulbs at the base. Sweeter and mellower than regular onions, they’re great when eaten raw in a salad or grilled on top of a burger!


Nothing pops more on a plate than purple asparagus. But get it while you can. We’re hearing it’s a short season this year - and purple is the “it” color. For all you purple artichoke lovers, we’re working on it and hoping to have it in by the weekend.


Rhubarb on our minds, and available now. Rhubarb is often considered the darling of the spring season. While it’s technically a vegetable, it’s often prepared as a fruit in culinary practices. Cheers to your rhubarb tart that’s sure to be the stunner of your Easter table!


Over the next couple of weeks to a month, local spring/summer produce should be close to it’s peak. We’re seeing organic watermelon and peaches from Mexico, which tells us California’s bounty is still about 2-3 weeks away.


Produce Notes: August 14, 2019

Stop by our floral displays for a Super Fresh Deal on bunches of Sunflowers, then head on over to the Produce Department to taste the rainbow - literally! Rainbow Carrots, Rainbow Chard, and Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes are all on our Fresh Deals, along with Easter Egg Radishes and Mixed Cherry Tomatoes. 

You probably know that orange carrots get their color from beta carotene, an antioxidant your body converts to vitamin A. Eating a bunch of Rainbow Carrots is a great way to get a dose of antioxidants, not only beta carotene, but lutein (predominantly found in yellow and orange carrots), lycopene (found in red and purple carrots), and anthocyanins (found in dark-colored carrots). Carrots are crunchy and full of nutrients, making them the perfect snack foods - did you know that cooking carrots can change their glycemic index? At the low range, raw carrots have a glycemic index of about 16, cooked carrots are slightly higher, and pureed carrots top out at a glycemic index of around 60! 

 

Rainbow Chard is another nutrient powerhouse, combining dark leafy greens with brightly colored (aka antioxidant rich) stems. High in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin K, chard is another veggie that’s as pleasing to the body as it is to the eye. If the chard stems are particularly thick, chop them finely and start cooking them a little before you add the rest of the chard to ensure uniform tenderness. Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes are filling, versatile, and cook in a fraction of the time needed for larger varieties - plus (you guessed it!) the rainbow of colors are indications of the antioxidants they contain! As always with potatoes, it’s best to leave their skin on to retain the number of vitamins and minerals you’re consuming. 

 

Easter Egg Radishes are not actually a kind of radish, but a bundle of bunched pink, white, red, and purple varieties, making it easy to get all your radish needs in one stop! Radishes are a good source of vitamin C and contain the naturally antifungal protein RsAFP2 and have a peppery taste; generally the lighter the color of the variety the more mild the taste. Wonderful in a crudite, roasted, or pickled, these underappreciated cruciferous root vegetables originated in China and eventually made their way to Egypt and into the pyramids. Young radish greens also make a lively addition to salads and stir fries!  

 

As the season winds down and we return to the rhythms of work and school, Mixed Cherry Tomatoes are the perfect burst of summer sunshine in your lunch box! Fun fact: 10 cherry tomatoes have about as much potassium as a banana, in addition to being rich in lycopene and vitamins C and K. In other Produce News, as the first day of school approaches, so do the first of the California-grown apples! Look for the new crop of Gala apples in-store now, with more varieties ripening soon, and “pear” them with another new crop - Bartlett pears! 

Produce Notes: August 7, 2019

We all love watermelon and tomatoes, but have you tried the other great organic produce this season has to offer? Our good-looking squash selection looks even better with our Super Fresh Deal on Zucchini this week! Did you know that while squash are indigenous to the Americas, this particular variety was first developed in Italy in the early 19th century? Rich in vitamins A and C, this fruit (technically!) is wonderful in many preparations and great for your gut. Try it raw, on the grill, or sauteed with your other favorites - try roasting your Zucchini and Eggplant and Red Bell Peppers (also on our Fresh Deals!) with some garlic, rosemary, and olive oil for a deconstructed ratatouille - perfect for late summer meals! Eggplants are another versatile, nutrient dense fruit with a good amount of fiber and plenty of antioxidants, but it can be tricky to cook well. Because its spongy flesh tends to soak up excess oil, this can be especially true when you want to fry your eggplant. Try salting the flesh in advance (20-30 minutes), make sure any cooking oil is at least 365°F, and be sure not to overcrowd your pan, as this will lead to a drop in temperature. 

 

In addition to the plentiful squash of summer, and the cucumbers (as promised!), kale supply is strong, and most lettuces are looking great! Broccoli supply has tightened up, as has cauliflower supply, while corn has remained elusive. California avocado prices are softening, to the relief of avocado lovers - our California supply should last through the end of summer, with Mexican avocados ripening and ready to go. Tomatoes are generally steady, but they won’t last forever, so pick up some summer beauties ASAP! 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Tuscan Melons, Black Plums, and Dapple Dandy Pluots. Tuscan Melons are a relatively new kind of especially sweet cantaloupe with distinctive grooved skin: dark green grooves indicate a sweet, almost crispy flesh, while lighter grooves indicate a softer texture and richer flavor. The firm flesh of the Tuscan Melon will hold up well in fruit salads, but don’t feel limited to sweet preparations! Melons are wonderful paired with salty cheeses and charcuterie. As apricots wind down, look out for a more limited supply of peaches and nectarines, but know that  Black Plums and Dapple Dandy Pluots here for all your stone fruit cravings! Plums are impressively high in nutrients, containing over 15 vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber and antioxidants; enjoy these tiny powerhouses out of hand, in salads, or even in smoothies! Keep an eye out for Santa Rosa Plums when you’re in store - our Produce team can’t get enough of their amazing flavor! Dapple Dandy Pluots (a hybrid of about 70% plum and 30% apricot) are also known as “Dinosaur Egg” or “Dinosaur’s Fruit” for their distinctive mottled skin. Dapple Dandy Pluots have especially sweet, pink flesh and are ready to eat when they give to gentle pressure - be careful, as they bruise easily when ripe! Pluots are especially sensitive to ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables like tomato and green onion, so take care to store them separately. 

 

In other fruit news, look out for California apples and pears in the next few weeks! Strawberry supply remains steady, as does blueberry, though not for much longer. Blackberries are in somewhat limited supply. Figs have now transitioned from their breba crop to their main crop. Seeded watermelon are slowing, but seedless bins are in strong supply and mini seedless are looking great. All kinds of grapes are plentiful and in steady supply - check out our new grape packaging the next time you stop by your Co-op!

Produce Notes: July 31, 2019

It’s finally happened: the co-op has gone totally tomatoes! Our Fresh Deals are ripe with these summer fruits, so try picking up a few varieties and see what tickles your tastebuds while enjoying these antioxidant-rich nightshades. Whether you fall for Heirloom Tomatoes from Castro Farms (Hollister), Mixed Cherry Tomatoes from Martinez Farms (Madera) or Campari Tomatoes and Slicer Tomatoes from Goleta (read more about John Givens Farm/Something Good Organics here!), these beauties are ready for your salads, your sandwiches, and your sauces! While you’re at it, why not pair your tomatoes with some Bunched Basil from local favorite Kenter Canyon Farms and a drizzle of California olive oil? 

 

In other vegetable news, local cucumber supply is picking up! Be on the lookout for the different varietals: slicing cucumbers like Kirby and Persian can be more bitter (just remove the skin and seeds for a less bitter flavor); English cucumbers are more mild, with smaller seeds than slicing cukes; while pickling cucumbers (like Gherkins!) are grown specifically to be uniform in size for easy prep. Broccoli supply continues to be steady, cauliflower supply is tightening up, and California-grown globe eggplant are starting slowly, though Mexican fair-trade globe eggplants are a delicious substitute! Squash are also looking good and will only be getting better: green and yellow zucchini are in strong supply, as are Crookneck squash. Look out for more hard squash like Acorn, Delicata, and Butternut in the coming weeks! 

 

On the sweeter side, we are loving all the California-grown melons: from our Super Fresh Deal on Cantaloupe to our savings on Galia Melons and Green Honeydew, we have got the sweet, juicy melons your summer needs! Galias look like Cantaloupe on the outside and Green Honeydew on the inside, and are intensely aromatic when ripe with a delicious, smooth-textured flesh. Try to find a melon that feels heavy for its size, and make sure to follow your nose when picking ripe melons: aim for the round section where the vine was attached, and sniff for a fresh fragrance with a hint of sweetness. Try them all in a melon salad with some ginger and citrus after allowing them to ripen at room temperature! Make sure to keep cut or ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Most rinds can be pickled or cooked, and the seeds can be dried or roasted. 

 

Look out for more varieties of California melons as the summer weeks progress, and for mangos. Grapes are also in strong supply, in a number of sizes and flavors that mean there’s something grape for everyone, from sweet and seedless to perfumed and intense!

Produce Notes: July 24, 2019

While the pick-your-own blackberry adventure at Stehly Farms has already passed, rest easy knowing that you can pick up delightful local Blackberries at your local co-op at a Fresh Deal price! Delicious on their own or paired with Raspberries (also on our Fresh Deals this week), these sweet-yet-tart berries are a summer staple packed with vitamin C and high in fiber as well as being a great source of vitamin K and high in manganese. Try them with with some cold, rich cream and taste how good local produce can be. 

 

In other fruit news, melons (especially Galia and Cantaloupe) are still in strong, sweet supply from the warmer inland areas, California Gala apples are expected in begin in just a few weeks, and, as promised, the pluots have arrived! Bonus news, beautiful Red Pluots have landed right in our Super Fresh Deal this week! Pluots are a cross of species in the same genus: Floyd Zaiger introduced pluots in the 1980s after cross-breeding plums and apricots by hand pollination. Look for firm, unblemished fruit with a strong fragrance, and enjoy out of hand! Any extras are great substitutes for other stone fruit in your favorite recipes, including pies, salads, and even salsa. Apricots and cherries are winding down, plums are in steady supply, and yellow and white peaches are tasting amazing!

 

Fresh garbanzo beans are done for the season, and while other beans are in limited availablity, Green Beans are back on our Fresh Deals! If the dog days of summer have you dreading stove time, try blanching trimmed green beans in advance (don’t forget to shock them in ice water!) and tossing them in your cool salads. Rounding out our Fresh Deals are Broccoli and Red Kale. Broccoli is wonderful cooked or raw in a variety of preparations, and don’t forget the stalk! Peel the fibrous layers away from the core of the stalk and you’ve got less food waste and more broccoli without the fuss and mess of florets: that’s a win-win-win. Red Kale is just as versatile as any other kale variety, but adds a touch of unexpected color to your stir-fry or gently massaged salad; loaded with antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and guranteed not to shrink as much as other leafy greens, add some to your basket and see what you can cook up! 

 

Looking forward, we expect to see a sea of cucumbers and tomatoes along with more California-grown squash as summer starts to wind down (at least in some parts of the state). Bell peppers of all colors are in steady supply, and hot peppers will be coming in hot after this heat!

Produce Notes: July 17, 2019

Missing the bursts of holiday fireworks already? Thankfully we have a mix of California grown Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes bursting with color and flavor at a Super Fresh Deal of $2.99 per pint! Pick some up for an easy snack that packs a powerful punch of nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, and potassium. There is archaeological evidence suggesting that Mesoamerican farmers cultivated the first strains of cherry tomatoes in Central America, and the genetic makeup of cherry tomatoes has remained mostly unchanged since! As with all beautiful tomatoes, make sure to store your Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes away from direct sunlight at room temperature until ripe and ready to use. 

 

Also on this week’s Fresh Deals are Green Butter Lettuce heads and Green Bell Peppers. Green Butter Lettuce is known for its sweet and tender leaves, which are great torn as salad greens or used as an edible vessel for anything scoopable! If you’re planning a meal with lettuce cups or wraps, store submerged leaves in a large bowl of cool water in the fridge to help keep the lettuce crisp after you’ve removed them from the head. Green Bell Peppers are in strong supply, while other colors are more limited, but supply is picking up! Peppers, especially hot peppers, need hot weather to grow, so this delay is another effect of spring’s cool weather. 

 

As stone-fruit summer continues, we are highlighting White Peaches and Yellow Peaches on our Fresh Deals! White Peaches are lower in acid and taste sweet whether firm or soft, making them excellent for eating out of hand or grilling. White Peaches are easily bruised and have a delicate, floral sweetness. For pure peachy flavor, however, Yellow Peaches are our go-to: the tartness of the flesh mellows as the fruit ripens, and their more intense flavor makes them wonderful in all things baked. Apricots and white nectarines are in good supply, while supply of black and red plums are expected to improve. Pluots are beginning to show up, so keep an eye out for these delicious hybrids! Part plum and part apricot, there are many differently colored varieties to get excited about. 

 

Rounding out our Fresh Deals are antioxidant-packed favorites: Blueberries and Cantaloupe! Blueberry season has ended for most of California, so these deep blue beauties come to your co-op from Oregon. The Cantaloupes, however, are 100% California melons! Try them in a savory fruit salad with cucumbers and soft fresh herbs, or freeze cantaloupe pieces and blend with coconut water for a cooling summer slushie!

Produce Notes: July 10, 2019

While we have a surprise stock of California cherries (read more about them here!), our Super Fresh Deal is just for Red Cherries from Washington state. Antioxidant-packed, these firm-but-sweet stone fruits may help ease the joint pain associated with arthritis and gout. (In a pairing that might call to mind upside-down cakes or holiday hams, Pineapple has also landed on our Fresh Deals, though as they are Costa Rican rather than Californian, their growing and supply cycle will not be explored here.) Apricots (especially Cotton Candy Apricots!) are in strong supply, as are white and yellow peaches. Plums and pluots are more limited in supply, though supply of red plums may improve in the next week or so. Melons are still going strong, particularly the Seeded Watermelon from Rundle Family Farms that has a spot on our Fresh Deals! While dealing with seeds may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, watermelon seeds (and the seeds of many other melons) can be roasted like pumpkin seeds rather than, say, entered into a spitting contest. Watermelon seeds contain magnesium as well as lesser amounts of iron and folate, and are a great summer snack. Looking forward to the end of the month, we anticipate California-grown pears as August rolls around. 

 

On the vegetable side, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Heirloom Tomatoes have all reappeared on our Fresh Deals as we eat up all that the season has to offer! Grilled or raw, all three are great in salads and entrees alike, and there’s nothing like a juicy tomato sandwich on a hot day. If you’re looking for some avocado for your super sandwich, just be aware that prices are on the rise again, and the volatile market is not expected to improve soon. Most members of the Brassica family are in strong supply (especially broccoli and cauliflower), though yellow and purple cauliflower are gapping and may be harder to come by. Eggplant from the Central Valley is starting to make an appearance, and bell pepper supply is slowly picking up. Cabbages are also in steady supply, and we’re pleased to say that celery supply is steady as prices continue to drop! We have adjusted the price of celery juice at our Service Deli accordingly. 

 

We are also pleased to stock Fresh Garbanzo Beans in limited numbers! Like their dried and canned counterparts, fresh garbanzo beans are starchy, with a buttery texture and mild bean flavor. Find them encased in a papery light green shell (generally two beans to a pod). While you can shell the beans to make specialty recipes like fresh garbanzo hummus (easy on the tahini so you don’t overwhelm the fresh bean’s delicate flavor), you can also steam, roast, grill, or fry them like edamame - just be sure to not eat the pod!

Produce Notes: July 3, 2019

Since no one can resist watermelon (especially now that we’re  in National Watermelon Month!) we’ve extended last week’s Fresh Deals through July 9th! Look for Black Seedless Watermelons, Fuji Apples, California Strawberries, Bi-Color Corn, Green Beans, and Red Potatoes at Fresh Deals prices through your holiday weekend. Now onto the rest of the Produce Notes! 

We are moving into fig season! Much more than the filling to crumbly cookies, fresh figs are fiber-full and one of the richest plant sources for a variety of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin A. One note - if you are allergic to rubber latex, birch pollen, or any other member of the mulberry (Moraceae) family (such as jackfruit, Osage orange, and sugar apple) you may also be allergic to figs. If you’re a fig-lover, purplish-black Mission Figs are classic crowd pleasers for a reason; very sweet and excellent in a wide variety of preparations. The contrast between the Mission Figs’ purple skin and creamy pale interior will keep your charcuterie board looking stunning! Brown Turkey Figs are slightly less sweet, the pink rose-colored flesh contrasting nicely with rusted red-purple skin and pale green shoulders, and wonderful in salads where their sweetness can be balanced with other flavors. Also keep an eye out for yellowish-green Kadota Figs a little later in the season, which are less sweet but great for baking, as they’re slightly more hardy. 

In other fruit news, California cherries are likely done for the season. Look out for Red and Rainier Cherries from Washington for all your cherry antioxidant needs! Other stone fruit, from peaches to plums, are mostly looking steady, though some varieties are in limited supply - look out for pluots! 

On the slightly-more-savory side, the summer season is shaping up so look out for Okra, Snow Peas, and Pickling Cucumbers the next time you stop by your co-op! Okra is known for the gel inside its pods (“okra” usually refers to the edible seedpods of the okra plant, a member of the same genetic family as hibiscus and cotton), which can be used as a thickening agent in classics like gumbo. If you’re not a fan of the gel, try pickling okra to make it less bitter, or drying out the pods and seasoning with sea salt for a crunchy snack! Snow peas may not be here for long as the unseasonable wet weather a few weeks ago affected plantings, so snack them up when you see them. Pickling cucumbers, shorter and thicker than slicing cucumbers, have bumpy or spotted skin and - as their name implies - are wonderful when pickled whole.

Produce Notes: June 26, 2019

What says summer more than sweet, juicy watermelon? Pick up a whole or a half (or a quarter - just ask a member of our Produce team to help you get the size you’re looking for!) of Black Seedless Watermelon at our Super Fresh Deal price, or just grab and go with our new Organic Watermelon Juice! Find both in our Produce section. Watermelon has a lot more going for it than just water - with high levels of vitamins C and A plus moderate amounts of potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, and even protein, this antioxidant rich fruit is a summer all-star! Make like an Egyptian and enjoy this very special berry - seeds, leaves, and paintings depicting watermelons dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in excavations of Egyptian tombs! Try pickling or cooking the rind to use it all up. 

If you’re craving a bit more crunch, why not reach for a Fuji Apple? Known for their sweet and crisp flesh, these Fresh Deal favorites are high in water and fiber - just be sure to leave the skin on! The pectin found in apples may also act as a prebiotic, feeding the “good” bacteria in your gut. Speaking of sweet, California-grown Strawberries are nearing peak volume! Whether you eat them by the handful, throw them in your smoothie, or dip them in dark chocolate, these vitamin-C packed low-carbohydrate berries are rich in antioxidants. In other fruit-news, California-grown citrus is winding down, melons are coming in sweet, and stone fruit supply remains steady but won’t last forever, so enjoy those sweet nectarines now! 

Bi-Color Corn, Green Beans, and Red Potatoes round out our Fresh Deals in steady supply and great taste, ready for your grill or your salad! Did you know that red potatoes have more potassium than bananas, while one cup of green beans provides almost 20% of your daily vitamin K, important for healthy bones? Try roasting both on a sheet pan with your favorite protein at 425°F for a quick-and-easy summer supper. 

Finally, a celery update: while supply has improved, demand has continued to rise as more and more people discover the benefits of the fibrous stalks and their flavorful juice. Much of the cost appears to be demand driven, and the growers who didn’t anticipate the demand are now planting more celery than ever. Typically, when growers underestimate demand they then overcorrect by planting more than there is a market for: expect prices to remain volatile as we all figure out the new normal for celery!  

Produce Notes: June 19, 2019

Summer is here, and summer means tomatoes, so this week we are highlighting California-grown slicer tomatoes as our Super Fresh Deal! “Slicer” (or “slicing”) tomatoes are those that strike the right balance between meatiness and juiciness while being big enough to slice onto burgers and sandwiches. Great for pairing with the grill or slipping into a salad, they’ll bring the taste of summer to any desk lunch! Delicious leftovers are sure to result when you combine slicer tomatoes with local zucchini and black kale - also on this week’s Fresh Deals! Saute your antioxidant-rich organic produce with some onions and your preferred seasoning and you have a perfect pasta topping!

The recent West Coast heat wave may have disappeared behind the clouds of June gloom, but its impact is significant: California-grown blackberries, parsley, and lettuces were affected by the intense heat and supply may come up short in the next few weeks due to heat damage. California blueberry season is winding down but strawberry season is going strong, as are stone fruit other than cherries. Anticipate rising avocado prices as Mexico’s harvest winds down and demand continues to grow.


In other local news, California-grown melons are in strong supply, and this week we’re celebrating the cantaloupe with our Fresh Deal pricing. Did you know that melon seeds are edible when roasted, like slightly-chewy squash seeds? After removing as much of the netting (the fibers that help the seeds cling to the flesh) as you can, rinse the separated seeds, season to taste, and roast for around 15 minutes at 400°F, checking often to make sure they don’t burn. Melon seeds are good sources of fiber and protein, and eating the seeds means both more bang for your buck and less food waste!

Produce Notes: June 12, 2019

As we greet the heat of summer (it’s what makes melons sweet, after all!) it’s easy to forget the wet weather of spring, but those unseasonable rains continue to affect California-grown crops: cherry supply remains volatile as the rain causes the fruit to split, while asparagus season is ending earlier than usual. Fortunately we still have blueberries in steady supply, which is why we’ve extended our Super Fresh Deal this week! California-grown red and green seedless grapes should land in the next week or so after long delays due to the cool and wet weather, while most stone fruit is still going strong: yellow and white nectarines are sugaring up nicely, plums are juicy, and yellow, white, and donut peaches are tasting great. Have you ever tried grilling yellow peaches? Halve the peach, remove the stone, and set it cut-side down for some nice grill marks. Whether you go sophisticated by serving your grilled peaches with a balsamic reduction drizzle or embrace simplicity with a dollop of whipped cream they’re sure to be a hit!

 

With Father’s Day just around the corner, grill-friendly produce is on our minds and in our Fresh Deals! Hearty Portobello mushroom caps (rich in potassium and B vitamins!) and white cauliflower steaks are great plant-based additions to your grill. Heads up - orange and purple cauliflower are expected in mid- to late-June! Orange bell peppers - very high in vitamin C - make a sweet raw snack on hot days or can add a pop of color to your kebabs. And no cookout would be complete without yellow sweet corn - steamed, boiled, or grilled and served elote-style, it’s always a tasty summer treat!

 

Just thinking about standing over a grill makes us sweat, which is why we’re reaching for young Thai coconuts - the best coconut water comes straight from a coconut, afterall! The balance of sodium and potassium in young coconuts make them a great way to hydrate, and younger coconuts have more water than older coconuts, as the water is replaced by coconut flesh as it matures.  Ask a member of our Produce team to knock a hole in your coconut for hydration on-the-go, and don’t forget to eat the coconut meat when you’re done slurping - the flesh is a great source of both dietary fiber and medium chain fatty acids (aka MCTs) as well as being delicious!

 

Looking ahead to the first official weeks of summer, we anticipate seeing multiple varieties of squash (another good one for the grill!) and eggplant, provided the warmer weather inland cooperates. Larger sizes of artichoke are gapping because warm weather is causing this perennial thistle to open earlier than expected, but smaller sizes are steady. Celery prices remain high for both domestic and imported, as Mexican production winds down and California-grown supply is limited. Baby broccoli is in good production and mature broccoli supply should improve this month.

Produce Notes: June 5, 2019

While we may be deep in June gloom, summer is coming, and your body will thank you for feeding it free radical-fighting antioxidants while you’re enjoying the beautiful outdoors! When being kind to yourself is as easy as munching on some antioxidant-rich blueberries, why not stock up? Organic California blueberries are our Super Fresh Deal this week in 6oz and 18oz containers (while supplies last!) and any that don’t immediately go into your granola (or pancakes) will freeze beautifully. Heads up: blueberries were impacted by the unseasonal rain but supplies remain steady, and warmer weather is expected to have berry production back at full swing!

 

Speaking of antioxidants, kale is packed with them, as well as being rich in vitamins A, K, and C and a great source of plant-based calcium, and is also a Fresh Deal this week - so many reasons to eat your greens! Zucchini is another antioxidant-rich Fresh Deal in strong supply, great for making raw noodles or throwing on the grill. Did you know that zucchini is rich in vitamin C when raw and in vitamin A when cooked?  

 

Stone fruit is looking good and we hope the it stays abundant through the season, though this abundance may be an indication that supply is peaking early - fingers crossed! Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are in strong supply while cherries - which have suffered because of the unseasonably late rains - are getting a little bigger but continue to be volatile in supply and price. Plums are looking strong, and Spring Splendor black plums (aka Flavorosa pluots) have landed right in our Fresh Deals! Look for deep purple skin with juicy red flesh.

 

We have more variety of melons from California’s southern desert regions, including that most succulent of muskmelons the cantaloupe! Rich in beta carotene (one study found orange-fleshed melons have the same amount of beta carotene as carrots!) and great for hydration, try cantaloupe in sweet or savory preparations - try roasting it for an unexpected treat! The sugars caramelize while the flesh relaxes, making it a great topping for everything from oatmeal to ice cream.

Produce Notes: May 29, 2019

 

As the weather (finally!) starts to warm up, we’re reaching for fruit - specifically, we’re reaching for slices of sweet orange and green honeydew, our Super Fresh Deal through June 4th!  Did you know that orange-fleshed honeydew is a hybrid variety created by crossing green-fleshed honeydew with an orange fleshed muskmelon? Orange-fleshed honeydew is closer to a cantaloupe in terms of its firm-yet-juicy flesh, but its skin is pale yellow-green just like green-fleshed honeydew!

 

Also coming in juicy are green grapes and stone fruits perfect for snacking. Green grapes - while tasty on their own - can also be frozen and used as ice cubes for your summer beverages; they won’t water down your drink and they make a nice snack at the end, just be careful while you sip!

 

Apricots, pluots, white nectarines, and donut peaches are looking especially tempting - the donut peach (originally grown in China as an ornamental tree) is a particularly delicate and aromatic fruit, so don't be put off by their petite size! Like cherries, other stone fruit may be challenged by the stormy weather of the last few weeks, so make sure to stock up! Any extras are perfect tucked into an easy galette or jam.

 

On the vegetable front we have California-grown bi-color sweet corn at a sweet deal that won’t last and vibrant heirloom tomatoes from just over the border in Baja; remember that tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer, so get them while they’re here! California romaine lettuce heads are ready for your salad and snacking needs and everyone’s favorite versatile veggie cauliflower remains in steady supply.

Produce Notes: May 23, 2019

While the wet weather is impacting some locally grown crops, we are looking forward to a summer rich in organic produce, and nothing says summer like a slice of juicy watermelon! It’s still pretty early in the season, but we have seeded and seedless varieties available for you at a Super Fresh Deal price!

Portabella mushrooms are in steady supply and are a great grilling option for the long weekend! Throw some local green cabbage on the grill too for a tasty, low-fuss veggie dish that is packed with flavor. Red potatoes are perfect for holiday potlucks, as are the local Persian cucumbers that have arrived to take your salads to the next level!

Local zucchini is starting to become available and straightneck squash (aka yellow zucchini) is plentiful. Corn is beginning to make an appearance, with beautiful bi-color corn available in the next week or so.

Heirloom tomatoes are plentiful, but organic tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer; we’ll keep you posted. Celery availability has improved but is still limited.

Supply of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries remains steady. Local strawberry and cherry production has been disrupted by the rain, but other stone fruit are coming in beautifully - apricot season just started and nectarines (both white and yellow!) are coming in sweet.   

Produce Notes: May 16, 2019

Over the past couple of months, our awesome produce team has been doing their best to find the balance between bringing you local, seasonal organic produce and bringing you variety. We’re thrilled to report that all signs are pointing to an abundant local summer and you should continue to see an increase in our local produce selection.

California stone fruit season kicks off with peaches! Though running just a few days later than last year, growers are expecting a normal peach and nectarine season with volume picking up at the end of June and into July.

Local organic cantaloupes are on Fresh Deals and are what we’re grabbing this week! Cantaloupe's bright orange flesh is rich in beta carotene - the precursor to vitamin A - and is an excellent source of vitamin C.


We have cherries! These bites of goodness usually land a bit earlier in the month, but the cooler weather is again to blame for the late start. Mid-may rain may damage some of the crop, but growers won’t no more until the rain stops and they can assess.

Supply of organic celery continues to remain tight and high priced. Expect light volumes and high priced product until at least June. We’ll keep you posted.

Watermelon season is heating up. You'll be all set for Memorial Day with increasing supplies expected through the summer months. 

Santa Monica has a limited supply of organic mulberries from local grower Morning Song Farm. Did you know that you can go to their farm in Rainbow, California, and pick your own? 

Produce Notes: May 8, 2019

We’re continuing to see a turnaround in local organic produce availability on many of our favorites, and we’re in very good shape for Mother’s Day!

Local organic strawberries (Givens/Something Good) and blueberries are plentiful and currently at an amazing price at $3.99 each. Local lemons, plump sugar snap peas and asparagus are standouts and ready for your weekend brunch or dinner dishes.

Melons are here! Find organic mini seedless watermelons, as well as Honeydew and Harper melons - all from Mexico. Current Mexican availability means that local melons are not too far away. We'll bring them in as soon as available, and meeting our standards.

Because there's still some lag on local California spring crops, we’re hearing more and more questions and concerns from shoppers related to the higher than usual amount of Mexican organic fruits and veggies in our produce aisles. No, we haven’t changed our sourcing or standards. We always prefer local too, but we can’t pull what’s not available. During months when regional farms are inactive, but demand for an item is still high, we naturally turn to Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the safety and standards of organic Mexican grown produce. Organic imports from Mexico must meet USDA organic standards. To sell a certified organic item of food in the United States, grown in the United States, Mexico, or anywhere else in the world, it must meet all the strict requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program: produced without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or irradiation. After meeting those standards, it must then be certified by a USDA-accredited agency which includes: 1) inspection of farm fields and processing facilities 2) detailed record keeping of what inputs were applied to the land, and 3) if determined a need for – soil and water testing. On-farm audits and regular border inspections are also important parts of organic certification and food safety testing process.

Mexico is estimated to have more than 110,000 organic farmers, with the majority growing for the export market out of necessity, as there is a lack of demand for domestic organics in Mexico. By importing food from Mexican growers who receive a living wage, particularly those who sell products recognized as Fair Trade, we're allowing farmers to remain in their own communities rather than leave home to find employment. It’s about far more than just having our favorite organic fruit and vegetables available during gap months. Organic food production in Mexico has been a very healthy development for farmers and the people of the Mexican farming communities. 

Produce Notes: May 1, 2019

With a Fresh Deals focus on Cinco de Mayo, you’ll discover a wide variety of organic produce essentials you’ll need for putting together the perfect fiesta. Colorful peppers are poppin with jalapeño (hot), serrano (hotter), habanero (hottest), and sweet peppers are all on sale. Stock up and experiment with them all before the big day.

Both avocados and roma tomato availability has been unsteady with high prices, but we secured a super deal for this week, so enjoy!. 

Mangoes are plentiful and at a super price. Ataulfos mangoes are oval-shaped and slightly crook-necked with a golden yellow exterior and bright yellow flesh.  Ataulfos have skin that is tough with flesh that’s soft, sweet, and juicy. Mangoes are best stored at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, keep refrigerated up to one week.

Tomatillos are in strong supply. Commonly known as husk tomatoes, they have a characteristic papery outer skin and very tart flavor. The slightly sticky husk encloses a firm, green fruit. These “little tomatoes,” are perfect to use raw or cooked, in salsas, sauces, or even jams. For an easy organic tomatillo sauce, boil 8 peeled tomatillos, ½;;;;;;;;; onion, bunch of cilantro, salt, 1 tspn. of granulated garlic in 2 cups of water for 5 min. After cooling for 5 minutes, pour everything from the pan into a blender and blend well.

It’s May and Salad Month! A great occasion to celebrate all greens from spinach and kale to butter lettuce. Our organic red kale really caught our eye this morning. Known as the “greens your kids will eat,” these greens have frilly leaves with contrasting centers and green edges. It has a sweet taste, so not as bitter as most kale varieties.

We’ve been wanting to put artichokes on special for awhile. Take advantage of the special pricing this week, at $3.49 each from local, family-owned Ocean Mist Farms.

Nothing beats fresh, local berries - now in steady supply. This week, Coke Farm's strawberries are a must buy. 

And with strawberry season, comes rhubarb! We mentioned it last week, and it's still around. The taste of rhubarb is somewhat similar to that of green apples - tart! Add sugar to make it sweeter and then bake or cook it. Eat stalks only as the roots and leaves are poisonous.

We’re busy snatching up some great Mother’s Day organic produce deals for next week. This is one of our favorite times of year!

Produce Notes: April 24, 2019


Friday Flash Sale
Local Organic Strawberries! 2 for $5 (1 lb. each) 
Something Good/ Givens (Goleta, CA); Valid Friday 4/26 – Sunday 4/28 

We’re now a few weeks into spring, and it shows! Crops of spring vegetables and berries are emerging after a rainy and chilly winter, and local growers are expecting major activity in the coming weeks.

Carpinteria’s Frecker Farms’ strawberries just arrived and we couldn’t be happier. This top notch, local organic farm run by Alex Frecker grows a ton of organics, but is best known for their sweet berries. Awesome on their own, or pair with mascarpone for a special treat. 

Local blueberries are peaking with this week's supply coming to us from California’s Central Coast region.

Despite the colder weather this past winter, the stone fruit season is looking strong and growers are expecting a great season on most items. Check out what we already have in. 

Treat yourself to the most gorgeous organic purple carrots you’ve ever seen. Fresh from the fields of Capay Valley’s Full Belly Farm, these are a delicious variety called Nantes, grown in fields with loose, sandy soil. Carrots are an exceptional source of carotenes and vitamin A, as well as a great source for beta carotene, an important antioxidant that helps to protect the liver. Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for 1- 2 weeks  (remove the greens first), though they are most nutritious when eaten right away or juiced.

Gorgeous bunches of organic herbs from Kenter Canyon caught our eye. Oh the possiblities.

Avocado supply is still volatile. We keep mentioning the wet winter, but part of the issue in this season’s California avocado crop has to do with extensive damage resulting from last summer’s heat wave, especially in Ventura County and other parts of the state that grow a lot of avocados. Not only did the heat damage the fruit that was on the tree at the time, but it affected the fruit that was forming and would be picked now. FYI - California avocados are only available now through late summer, but we're on it and will keep you updated.

We've scored organic yellow corn and no doubt summer garden parties and barbecues are on our mind. But first, Cinco de Mayo.  



Earth Day at Co+opportunity

Co+opportunity is the place to be on Earth Day. We have tons of plant-based and eco-friendly products in our Co+op Deals flyer, in addition to a bonus 10% off bulk foods and herbs sale that is open to all shoppers.

 

10% off Bulk Food and Herbs

Save money and reduce packaging waste. Shopping bulk is simple. Purchase reusable containers or bags, or better yet, bring your own! Need assistance? Bulk is our specialty and co-op staff is happy to help!
*10% off bulk food and herbs valid on Earth Day only and open to all shoppers. Excludes bulk Wellness products and nut butters. While supplies last. No rain checks.

Bike, Walk, Ride the Bus or Metro to the Co-op & Lunch is on Us!

Do your part to help fight climate change. Show us your ride by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook and when you arrive, we'll set you up with a *$5 co-op gift card!
*Offer valid on Earth Day only. Limit one per person. Must show us your ride by tagging @coopportunitymarketdeli on Facebook or Instagram. To receive gift card, show cashier your tagged post.

15% off All Reusable Bags

BYOB (bring your own bag). Changing to 100% reusable bags is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference. *Don't miss our new produce bags by ECOBAGS, Co+opportunity branded canvas tote bags, and new to-go reusable utensil sets - available at both locations.
*15% off offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Reusable Gifts for Joining the Co-op on Earth Day

Become an Owner on Earth Day and receive a $10 co-op gift card, a Co+opportunity branded canvas bag ($8.99 value) and a Co+opportunity branded to-go reusable utensil set ($10.99 value).

From sourcing and buying practices to recycling, composting, and supporting sustainability in the community, food co-ops have been looking for ways to reduce impact for decades. Support your local co-op and Become an Owner online or in store.
*Tote bag and utensil set offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Support Local Organic Farming

Organic agriculture supports the health of our planet. Receive a free Co+opportunity branded canvas tote with purchase of $10 or more of produce from our 100% organic produce department.
*Tote bag ($8.99 value) offer valid on Earth Day only.

 

Biodynamic Wine Tasting in Culver City

Featuring Lunaria Winery. More than organic...biodynamic. The biodynamic agricultural processes are subject to a double control: one coming from the Organic certifying body and the other coming from the Demeter Italy certifying body. Learn more during this Earth Day tasting.
Co+opportunity Culver City / 4/22/19, 4pm - 6pm

 

5 for $5 Botanical Interests Garden Seeds

Cultivate your own food! Plant organic seeds and watch your garden grow. At Botanical Interests, they’ve meticulously sourced a huge selection of non-GMO Certified Organic seed varieties. The quality of their seeds is only matched by the quality of their packaging – each with a signature watercolor image and enough information to guarantee success for even the most novice grower.
*Santa Monica location only. While supplies last.

 

Produce Notes: April 17, 2019

Spruce up your spring, and your holiday tables with selections from this week’s Fresh Deals.


Fuji apples are this week’s Super Fresh Deal. Always a favorite, Fujis offer the color, juice and firmness of a Red Delicious and the heirloom flavor of a Ralls Janet. Excellent for eating, but also perfect for a farm to table Charoset for your Passover seder plate.


Madera, California’s Road 20 Organic Farm brought us gorgeous red spring onions. These long-stem onions are harvested before they reach maturity and resemble scallions but have small onion bulbs at the base. Sweeter and mellower than regular onions, they’re great when eaten raw in a salad or grilled on top of a burger!


Nothing pops more on a plate than purple asparagus. But get it while you can. We’re hearing it’s a short season this year - and purple is the “it” color. For all you purple artichoke lovers, we’re working on it and hoping to have it in by the weekend.


Rhubarb on our minds, and available now. Rhubarb is often considered the darling of the spring season. While it’s technically a vegetable, it’s often prepared as a fruit in culinary practices. Cheers to your rhubarb tart that’s sure to be the stunner of your Easter table!


Over the next couple of weeks to a month, local spring/summer produce should be close to it’s peak. We’re seeing organic watermelon and peaches from Mexico, which tells us California’s bounty is still about 2-3 weeks away.

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