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: September 11, 2019

As you may have FIGured out, we love beautiful California figs at the Co-op! Three kinds of figs have landed on our Fresh Deals once again, with Kadota Figs taking the Super Fresh position. Kadota Figs are not as sweet as Brown Turkey Figs or Black Mission Figs, but are the heart of that most famous fig treat, the Fig Newton. Reach for Kadota Figs for any recipe where you want to dry, preserve, or cook figs, or pair it with a salty/savory flavor by tossing it on your pizza! Brown Turkey Figs and Black Mission Figs are lovely in all their forms: Brown Turkey Figs are great in salads or in any sweet preparation where there’s an additional sweetener, like honey, while Black Mission Figs are intensely sweet on their own and make a luscious seasonal dessert. Try dipping cut fresh figs in za’atar, the Middle Eastern spice blend with sesame seeds, for an  unexpected treat. Did you know that figs are technically not fruits but inverted flowers, some of which are pollinated by wasps in an amazing symbiotic relationship? When selecting figs, check the stem to make sure it’s firmly in place - a wiggly stem indicates a mushy fig. As figs are delicate, try to use them up within a day or two. Store covered in the fridge in a single layer to avoid bruising. Although figs do not continue to ripen off the tree, firm ones may soften if left at room temperature for a day or two. 


Rounding out this week’s Fresh Deals we have four kinds of grapes: Black Grapes, Red Grapes, and Green Grapes come to us courtesy of Benzler Farms! Our last grape deal is on Thomcord Grapes - if you stopped by the Co-op’s pop-up at the Santa Monica Health & Wellness Festival this past Saturday, you know exactly why we are so excited about Thomcord Grapes! If you’ve never tried these intense little grapes, be sure to pick up some Thomcord Grapes the next time you’re at the Co-op; all the classic grape flavor of Concord grapes without the seeds or thick skin, what’s not to love? 


In other fruit news, we are delighted to have more varieties of California apples coming in! California Braeburns joined Galas, Fujis, and Granny Smiths at the Co-op this morning, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the sweetness of autumn near the end of the month with Washington Honeycrisps. Our Asian and Bartlett Pears are also California-grown! The end of summer berry season is approaching for much of California, and as supply is tightening prices are trending up. Most melons are done for the season, while mangoes are expected to land soon. California pears are looking good, and our first crop of Red Bartlett pears landed this morning! Stone fruit is done for the season, but delightful little Jujubes are here! Whether you prefer them crisp and sweet like an apple or a little wrinkled, these cherry-sized drupes are what we look forward to every fall. Dragon Fruit are also on hand to lend some visual drama to your next smoothie bowl. 


On the more savory side, Brussels sprouts are ready for any preparation you prefer, while celery supply is a little tighter than it has been. Bunched greens like kale and collards are in steady supply, along with Iceberg lettuce, while Romaine lettuces are in tight supply. Hard squash are coming in strong with this seasonal transition. Tomatoes are nearing the end of their season, and Hatch chiles are done.


Produce Notes: September 11, 2019

As you may have FIGured out, we love beautiful California figs at the Co-op! Three kinds of figs have landed on our Fresh Deals once again, with Kadota Figs taking the Super Fresh position. Kadota Figs are not as sweet as Brown Turkey Figs or Black Mission Figs, but are the heart of that most famous fig treat, the Fig Newton. Reach for Kadota Figs for any recipe where you want to dry, preserve, or cook figs, or pair it with a salty/savory flavor by tossing it on your pizza! Brown Turkey Figs and Black Mission Figs are lovely in all their forms: Brown Turkey Figs are great in salads or in any sweet preparation where there’s an additional sweetener, like honey, while Black Mission Figs are intensely sweet on their own and make a luscious seasonal dessert. Try dipping cut fresh figs in za’atar, the Middle Eastern spice blend with sesame seeds, for an  unexpected treat. Did you know that figs are technically not fruits but inverted flowers, some of which are pollinated by wasps in an amazing symbiotic relationship? When selecting figs, check the stem to make sure it’s firmly in place - a wiggly stem indicates a mushy fig. As figs are delicate, try to use them up within a day or two. Store covered in the fridge in a single layer to avoid bruising. Although figs do not continue to ripen off the tree, firm ones may soften if left at room temperature for a day or two. 


Rounding out this week’s Fresh Deals we have four kinds of grapes: Black Grapes, Red Grapes, and Green Grapes come to us courtesy of Benzler Farms! Our last grape deal is on Thomcord Grapes - if you stopped by the Co-op’s pop-up at the Santa Monica Health & Wellness Festival this past Saturday, you know exactly why we are so excited about Thomcord Grapes! If you’ve never tried these intense little grapes, be sure to pick up some Thomcord Grapes the next time you’re at the Co-op; all the classic grape flavor of Concord grapes without the seeds or thick skin, what’s not to love? 


In other fruit news, we are delighted to have more varieties of California apples coming in! California Braeburns joined Galas, Fujis, and Granny Smiths at the Co-op this morning, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the sweetness of autumn near the end of the month with Washington Honeycrisps. Our Asian and Bartlett Pears are also California-grown! The end of summer berry season is approaching for much of California, and as supply is tightening prices are trending up. Most melons are done for the season, while mangoes are expected to land soon. California pears are looking good, and our first crop of Red Bartlett pears landed this morning! Stone fruit is done for the season, but delightful little Jujubes are here! Whether you prefer them crisp and sweet like an apple or a little wrinkled, these cherry-sized drupes are what we look forward to every fall. Dragon Fruit are also on hand to lend some visual drama to your next smoothie bowl. 


On the more savory side, Brussels sprouts are ready for any preparation you prefer, while celery supply is a little tighter than it has been. Bunched greens like kale and collards are in steady supply, along with Iceberg lettuce, while Romaine lettuces are in tight supply. Hard squash are coming in strong with this seasonal transition. Tomatoes are nearing the end of their season, and Hatch chiles are done.

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