Co-op News & Events

 

Events

 


September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

Holiday Catering Tasting
November 23 / 12pm - 3pm

 

10% Off Bulk Days

December 6-8

Big 10 Owner Discount Days

December 20-22

 

 

 

 

Produce Notes: October 2, 2019

Seasonal favorite Honeycrisp Apples have returned to our Fresh Deals, this time at a Super Fresh price! Whether you snack out-of-hand, bake into pie, or cook down to a sauce, make sure to leave the skin on to reap the full nutritional value of these autumn fruit. We are in the midst of a seasonal transition while California growers begin providing apples, citrus, squash, and potato, so expect to see imported organic produce filling in the gaps. Guava and mango should be in-store soon. California tangerines might not look the prettiest, but find one that still feels heavy for its size, peel away its loose skin, and enjoy a sweetly floral delight. Bosc pears are also eating particularly well and make a nice snack “peared” with your favorite nut butter - stop by your Co-op and try out our grind-your-own nut butter stations! Extra credit if you bring (and tare!) your own jar. 

 

We are highlighting two Brassicas on our Fresh Deals: white Cauliflower and its funky cousin, Romanesco! Cauliflower has recently exploded in popularity as a veggie substitute for just about every starch (check out our frozen cauliflower crusts for your next pizza!) that happens to boast an impressive nutritional profile. Containing almost every vitamin and mineral you need, Cauliflower is also high in fiber and a good source of antioxidants. Romanesco has a similar array of benefits and a slightly more earth, broccoli-ish taste - plus the added “cool” factor of its fractal-like floret shape! Be sure not to overcook this beautiful vegetable so you can appreciate its shape and color - if you blanch your florets, be sure to shock them in cold water to retain the vibrant green hue. 

 

The real stars this week, however, are mushrooms. We may have a case of Mushroom Madness over at the Co-op, but we can’t get enough of these delectable fungi! Enjoy standard favorites like Crimini, Portabella, and White Button Mushrooms in all your favorite autumn dishes. Did you know that Crimini are just juvenile Portabellas? They’re also commonly called “Baby Bellas” for just that reason! Reach for Shiitake Mushrooms when you want a more smoky, earthy mushroom flavor. Oyster Mushrooms have a more mild, almost anise-y flavor that shines in simple preparations, while King Trumpet Mushrooms make a stunning main dish - unlike most mushroom species, the stems of King Trumpet Mushrooms are tender and edible, just be sure to trim off any tough ends before you start cooking! On the extra-special side, we also have Maitake, Bunashimeji, and Bunapi Mushrooms. Maitake (aka Hen-of-the-Woods) have a beer-like scent and firm texture, and have been used in natural healing for centuries. Bunashimeji (aka Beech or Brown Clamshell Mushrooms) are characterised by their long stems and tight caps: they should be eaten cooked, as they have a bitter taste and are difficult to digest when raw. Bunashimeji have a crisp texture and can hold up to both high temperature cooking and slow roasting. To prepare, but the base of the cluster so each mushroom is individually cute at the stem. Bunapi, rather than being a distinct species, are a trademarked mushroom that was developed from efforts to breed Bunashimeji - prepare Bunapi the way you would Bunashimeji, being sure to cook well. For more information about these speciality mushrooms, check out the website of the California-based Hokuto Corporation. Our Mushroom Madness extends to our Prepared Foods as well, so stop by the hot bar for a meal or inspiration this week! If you’ve got Mushroom Madness too, our Wellness Department hosts a wide array of mushroom supplements, and our staff are always happy to help you pick out a new product to try. 


In extra-special news, 19 flavors of your Co-op’s own organic cold-pressed juices have landed in Santa Monica as well as Culver City! Find them in our 100% USDA Organic Produce Department in Santa Monica, and please tell us what you think. With 19 flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find a winner - and if you’re a Co-op owner, purchase 10 cold-pressed juices and get one free! Please note that this offer does not apply to made-to-order juices from our Deli. Happy sipping!


Produce Notes: October 2, 2019

Seasonal favorite Honeycrisp Apples have returned to our Fresh Deals, this time at a Super Fresh price! Whether you snack out-of-hand, bake into pie, or cook down to a sauce, make sure to leave the skin on to reap the full nutritional value of these autumn fruit. We are in the midst of a seasonal transition while California growers begin providing apples, citrus, squash, and potato, so expect to see imported organic produce filling in the gaps. Guava and mango should be in-store soon. California tangerines might not look the prettiest, but find one that still feels heavy for its size, peel away its loose skin, and enjoy a sweetly floral delight. Bosc pears are also eating particularly well and make a nice snack “peared” with your favorite nut butter - stop by your Co-op and try out our grind-your-own nut butter stations! Extra credit if you bring (and tare!) your own jar. 

 

We are highlighting two Brassicas on our Fresh Deals: white Cauliflower and its funky cousin, Romanesco! Cauliflower has recently exploded in popularity as a veggie substitute for just about every starch (check out our frozen cauliflower crusts for your next pizza!) that happens to boast an impressive nutritional profile. Containing almost every vitamin and mineral you need, Cauliflower is also high in fiber and a good source of antioxidants. Romanesco has a similar array of benefits and a slightly more earth, broccoli-ish taste - plus the added “cool” factor of its fractal-like floret shape! Be sure not to overcook this beautiful vegetable so you can appreciate its shape and color - if you blanch your florets, be sure to shock them in cold water to retain the vibrant green hue. 

 

The real stars this week, however, are mushrooms. We may have a case of Mushroom Madness over at the Co-op, but we can’t get enough of these delectable fungi! Enjoy standard favorites like Crimini, Portabella, and White Button Mushrooms in all your favorite autumn dishes. Did you know that Crimini are just juvenile Portabellas? They’re also commonly called “Baby Bellas” for just that reason! Reach for Shiitake Mushrooms when you want a more smoky, earthy mushroom flavor. Oyster Mushrooms have a more mild, almost anise-y flavor that shines in simple preparations, while King Trumpet Mushrooms make a stunning main dish - unlike most mushroom species, the stems of King Trumpet Mushrooms are tender and edible, just be sure to trim off any tough ends before you start cooking! On the extra-special side, we also have Maitake, Bunashimeji, and Bunapi Mushrooms. Maitake (aka Hen-of-the-Woods) have a beer-like scent and firm texture, and have been used in natural healing for centuries. Bunashimeji (aka Beech or Brown Clamshell Mushrooms) are characterised by their long stems and tight caps: they should be eaten cooked, as they have a bitter taste and are difficult to digest when raw. Bunashimeji have a crisp texture and can hold up to both high temperature cooking and slow roasting. To prepare, but the base of the cluster so each mushroom is individually cute at the stem. Bunapi, rather than being a distinct species, are a trademarked mushroom that was developed from efforts to breed Bunashimeji - prepare Bunapi the way you would Bunashimeji, being sure to cook well. For more information about these speciality mushrooms, check out the website of the California-based Hokuto Corporation. Our Mushroom Madness extends to our Prepared Foods as well, so stop by the hot bar for a meal or inspiration this week! If you’ve got Mushroom Madness too, our Wellness Department hosts a wide array of mushroom supplements, and our staff are always happy to help you pick out a new product to try. 


In extra-special news, 19 flavors of your Co-op’s own organic cold-pressed juices have landed in Santa Monica as well as Culver City! Find them in our 100% USDA Organic Produce Department in Santa Monica, and please tell us what you think. With 19 flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find a winner - and if you’re a Co-op owner, purchase 10 cold-pressed juices and get one free! Please note that this offer does not apply to made-to-order juices from our Deli. Happy sipping!

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