Co-op News & Events

 

Events

 


September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

 

Owner Benefit: 20% Off Organic Produce Weekend
October 25, 26, 26

Co-op + Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup  sign-up!
October 26

 

10% Off Bulk Weekend
November 1, 2, 3

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 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!

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