Co-op News & Events

 

Events

 


September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

 

Big 10 Owner Discount Days
Third full weekend of every month!
September 20, 21, 22


10% Off Bulk (including Wellness)
First full weekend of every month!
October 4, 5, 6

Owner Annual Meeting
October 13, 2pm-4:30pm (link)

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 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! 

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