Co-op News & Events

 

Events

 


September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

 Big 10 Owner Discount Days
July 19, 20, 21

 

10% Off Bulk (Including Wellness)
First weekend of every month!
August 2nd, 3rd, 4th 

 

Co+opportunity Santa Monica & Culver City
Co-op's 45th Anniversary Bash
August 15, 2019

 

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: 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.

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