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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: September 18, 2019

Besides ubiquitous pumpkin spice, nothing says autumn more than apples, and we’re celebrating not only apples but pears this week! Our Super Fresh Deal is on California-grown Gala Apples. Recently crowned the apple cultivar with the highest production in the United States (until 2018, that title belonged to Red Delicious apples), Galas have a floral aroma and a mild, sweet flavor and are best eaten raw, but can also be frozen and juiced. Look out for more varieties of apples at the Co-op as the season progresses! Also on our Fresh Deals are three kinds of pears; Hosui Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, and Red Bartlett Pears. Hosui Asian Pears have a mild pear flavor that’s both sweet and slightly tart with the crisp crunch of an apple, and are excellent both out of hand and baked! Bartlett Pears were originally called “Williams” after the nurseryman who introduced the variety to England. The trees were later imported to the U.S., where they were planted on an estate in Massachusetts. Enoch Bartlett acquired the estate not long after, going on to propagate and introduce the variety to the U.S. under his own name, which is why this variety is known as a Bartlett in North America and a Williams in much of the rest of the world! Bartlett Pears are known for how their skin changes color as they ripen, allowing you to choose the pear experience you’re looking for: like it crunchy and tart? Pick a Barlett with green skin. If you prefer your pear more moist and mildly sweet, ready for a yellow-green. If you’re looking for a burst of sweet juice, allow your Bartlett to ripen at room temperature until it reaches a golden-yellow hue! Red Bartlett Pears follow a similar pattern, changing from a dark red to a beautiful bright red. Bartletts of all colors are wonderful in a variety of preparations, from canning to drying to baking to chutneys. 

 

In other sweet-and-on-sale news, Blackberries have reappeared on our Fresh Deals this week! As the berry season winds down, be sure to pick up some of these vitamin C-packed beauties before they’re gone - any that you don’t enjoy on their own freeze beautifully for smoothies all year long! Also high in fiber, vitamin K, and manganese, Blackberries have a low glycemic index and plenty of antioxidants. On to the other fruit! Figs of all varieties are still looking beautiful and supply is expected to last into the fall; California-grown mangos should be coming in soon; and passion fruit is in good supply. 

 

On the savory side of our Fresh Deals are cool-weather favorites Brussels Sprouts from Watsonville, CA and beautiful Fennel from Frecker Farms in Carpinteria! Read more about Alex Frecker’s farming journey here, then grab some bulbs at the Co-op. Fennel can be intimidating, with firm bulbs and feathery leaves, but these mild, licorice-flavored plants are delightful in a variety of preparations as well as offering a wide array of health benefits. In addition to being a good source of vitamin C, manganese, and calcium, fennel is packed with potent plant compounds and antioxidants with anti-inflammatory agents. For those breastfeeding, fennel also helps to increase milk secretion; if you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before using fennel tea. A review of 10 studies noted that fennel may provide relief from some symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and sleep disturbance. Recipes using fennel tend to use the white bulb, which is delicious in a variety of preparations from shaved raw into salads to braised, sauteed, roasted, and grilled. Cooking fennel results in a tender and deeply sweet flavor. Fennel stalks can take the place of celery in soups and stews, and can be used as a bed for roasting proteins - fennel and seafood are a particularly popular combination. The leafy fronds are excellent tossed in a green salad or made into a pesto, and all parts of fennel can be juiced! Fennel doesn’t have a lot of moisture, so making a full cup of fennel juice may be challenging, but try adding a few fennel stalks to your next celery juice to switch up the flavor with a touch of licorice! 

 

Lastly, be sure to check out our new Floral offerings the next time you stop by the Co-op Produce Department! Locally-grown carnations, daisies, and sunflowers join Rainforest Alliance Certified roses in a beautiful bouquets at a variety of price points. Remember, flowers speak louder..!


Produce Notes: September 18, 2019

Besides ubiquitous pumpkin spice, nothing says autumn more than apples, and we’re celebrating not only apples but pears this week! Our Super Fresh Deal is on California-grown Gala Apples. Recently crowned the apple cultivar with the highest production in the United States (until 2018, that title belonged to Red Delicious apples), Galas have a floral aroma and a mild, sweet flavor and are best eaten raw, but can also be frozen and juiced. Look out for more varieties of apples at the Co-op as the season progresses! Also on our Fresh Deals are three kinds of pears; Hosui Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, and Red Bartlett Pears. Hosui Asian Pears have a mild pear flavor that’s both sweet and slightly tart with the crisp crunch of an apple, and are excellent both out of hand and baked! Bartlett Pears were originally called “Williams” after the nurseryman who introduced the variety to England. The trees were later imported to the U.S., where they were planted on an estate in Massachusetts. Enoch Bartlett acquired the estate not long after, going on to propagate and introduce the variety to the U.S. under his own name, which is why this variety is known as a Bartlett in North America and a Williams in much of the rest of the world! Bartlett Pears are known for how their skin changes color as they ripen, allowing you to choose the pear experience you’re looking for: like it crunchy and tart? Pick a Barlett with green skin. If you prefer your pear more moist and mildly sweet, ready for a yellow-green. If you’re looking for a burst of sweet juice, allow your Bartlett to ripen at room temperature until it reaches a golden-yellow hue! Red Bartlett Pears follow a similar pattern, changing from a dark red to a beautiful bright red. Bartletts of all colors are wonderful in a variety of preparations, from canning to drying to baking to chutneys. 

 

In other sweet-and-on-sale news, Blackberries have reappeared on our Fresh Deals this week! As the berry season winds down, be sure to pick up some of these vitamin C-packed beauties before they’re gone - any that you don’t enjoy on their own freeze beautifully for smoothies all year long! Also high in fiber, vitamin K, and manganese, Blackberries have a low glycemic index and plenty of antioxidants. On to the other fruit! Figs of all varieties are still looking beautiful and supply is expected to last into the fall; California-grown mangos should be coming in soon; and passion fruit is in good supply. 

 

On the savory side of our Fresh Deals are cool-weather favorites Brussels Sprouts from Watsonville, CA and beautiful Fennel from Frecker Farms in Carpinteria! Read more about Alex Frecker’s farming journey here, then grab some bulbs at the Co-op. Fennel can be intimidating, with firm bulbs and feathery leaves, but these mild, licorice-flavored plants are delightful in a variety of preparations as well as offering a wide array of health benefits. In addition to being a good source of vitamin C, manganese, and calcium, fennel is packed with potent plant compounds and antioxidants with anti-inflammatory agents. For those breastfeeding, fennel also helps to increase milk secretion; if you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before using fennel tea. A review of 10 studies noted that fennel may provide relief from some symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and sleep disturbance. Recipes using fennel tend to use the white bulb, which is delicious in a variety of preparations from shaved raw into salads to braised, sauteed, roasted, and grilled. Cooking fennel results in a tender and deeply sweet flavor. Fennel stalks can take the place of celery in soups and stews, and can be used as a bed for roasting proteins - fennel and seafood are a particularly popular combination. The leafy fronds are excellent tossed in a green salad or made into a pesto, and all parts of fennel can be juiced! Fennel doesn’t have a lot of moisture, so making a full cup of fennel juice may be challenging, but try adding a few fennel stalks to your next celery juice to switch up the flavor with a touch of licorice! 

 

Lastly, be sure to check out our new Floral offerings the next time you stop by the Co-op Produce Department! Locally-grown carnations, daisies, and sunflowers join Rainforest Alliance Certified roses in a beautiful bouquets at a variety of price points. Remember, flowers speak louder..!

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