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 4, 2011

Though the days are warm, the air is slowly filling with the scent of pumpkin spice, and organic autumnal produce is arriving at your Co-op! 

 

This week’s Super Fresh Deal is on beautiful Brussels Sprouts from Ocean Mist! Did you know that more than 90% of Brussels sprouts grown in the United States come from California, mostly from farms along the central coast? These little cabbages (believed to have first been cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century) have seen a renaissance in the past few years, and for good reason! Rich in vitamins C and K, folate, and fiber, Brussels Sprouts are also rich in antioxidant carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which help support eye health. Brussels Sprouts are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in fish and seafood and have a variety of documented health benefits. Try tossing separated Brussels Sprout leaves with any high-smoke point oil and roasting at 375°F for about 20 minutes to make your own “chips”!

 

Late summer to early fall is prime “winter” squash season for California growers, which we are celebrating with this week’s Fresh Deals! More nutrient-dense than summer squash, winter squash have hard seeds and thick, protective rinds that allow them to be stored for long periods. This week all of our winter squash is coming from Jerry Slough Farming in Buttonwillow, CA. Butternut Squash is a large variety with a pale rind and orange flesh that has a sweet, earthy taste. Unlike other winter squash, both the seeds and the rind of the Butternut Squash are edible after cooking, and it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants like beta-carotene and dietary fiber. Similarly, Acorn Squash is packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, and magnesium and Spaghetti Squash is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6! No matter which squash you reach for, try roasting or steaming for a delicious meal - Spaghetti Squash in particular is popular as a pasta substitute because of its noodle-ish texture. Please note that because vitamin C is water soluble, it is best to only cook squash in water if it is part of a soup, as the vitamins lost by the vegetable during the cooking process will be retained in the liquid. 

 

On the slightly-sweeter side of our Fresh Deals, Heirloom Tomatoes are in great supply from Coke Farm! When you next pick out the perfect Heirloom Tomato, make sure to use all of your senses: in addition to beautiful color and a slight give to the flesh, give it a sniff: a ripe tomato should smell earthy and slightly sweet. Enjoy this last hurrah of summer with dinner, and then tuck into a perfectly autumnal Bartlett Pear for dessert! Whether enjoyed out of hand or roasted over ice cream, pears are rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium - as always, be sure to eat the whole pear! The peel boasts up to six times the antioxidants of the flesh, and Viva Tierra, our supplier, never uses any wax on their apples or pears. Pair Bartlett Pears with some sweet Medjool Dates from Co-op favorite Del Real for a sophisticated snack. Medjool Dates, like most dried fruit, are calorically dense and rich in fiber, making them a good choice for on-the-go (or sitting-in-traffic) snacking. Try blending pitted Medjool Dates with a bit of water for a caramel-like sweetener! 

 

As for other Produce News, Stone Fruit Summer has officially come to an end. While the prime time for out-of-hand eating has passed, any remaining stone fruit will make a delightful addition to a smoothie, or can be cooked down to make a spoonable compote. Peppers are thriving in the late summer heat and in great supply. As fall ramps up we are looking forward to more varieties of California-grown apples - some have a very short season, so keep an eye out! 


Produce Notes: September 4, 2011

Though the days are warm, the air is slowly filling with the scent of pumpkin spice, and organic autumnal produce is arriving at your Co-op! 

 

This week’s Super Fresh Deal is on beautiful Brussels Sprouts from Ocean Mist! Did you know that more than 90% of Brussels sprouts grown in the United States come from California, mostly from farms along the central coast? These little cabbages (believed to have first been cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century) have seen a renaissance in the past few years, and for good reason! Rich in vitamins C and K, folate, and fiber, Brussels Sprouts are also rich in antioxidant carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which help support eye health. Brussels Sprouts are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in fish and seafood and have a variety of documented health benefits. Try tossing separated Brussels Sprout leaves with any high-smoke point oil and roasting at 375°F for about 20 minutes to make your own “chips”!

 

Late summer to early fall is prime “winter” squash season for California growers, which we are celebrating with this week’s Fresh Deals! More nutrient-dense than summer squash, winter squash have hard seeds and thick, protective rinds that allow them to be stored for long periods. This week all of our winter squash is coming from Jerry Slough Farming in Buttonwillow, CA. Butternut Squash is a large variety with a pale rind and orange flesh that has a sweet, earthy taste. Unlike other winter squash, both the seeds and the rind of the Butternut Squash are edible after cooking, and it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants like beta-carotene and dietary fiber. Similarly, Acorn Squash is packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, and magnesium and Spaghetti Squash is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6! No matter which squash you reach for, try roasting or steaming for a delicious meal - Spaghetti Squash in particular is popular as a pasta substitute because of its noodle-ish texture. Please note that because vitamin C is water soluble, it is best to only cook squash in water if it is part of a soup, as the vitamins lost by the vegetable during the cooking process will be retained in the liquid. 

 

On the slightly-sweeter side of our Fresh Deals, Heirloom Tomatoes are in great supply from Coke Farm! When you next pick out the perfect Heirloom Tomato, make sure to use all of your senses: in addition to beautiful color and a slight give to the flesh, give it a sniff: a ripe tomato should smell earthy and slightly sweet. Enjoy this last hurrah of summer with dinner, and then tuck into a perfectly autumnal Bartlett Pear for dessert! Whether enjoyed out of hand or roasted over ice cream, pears are rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium - as always, be sure to eat the whole pear! The peel boasts up to six times the antioxidants of the flesh, and Viva Tierra, our supplier, never uses any wax on their apples or pears. Pair Bartlett Pears with some sweet Medjool Dates from Co-op favorite Del Real for a sophisticated snack. Medjool Dates, like most dried fruit, are calorically dense and rich in fiber, making them a good choice for on-the-go (or sitting-in-traffic) snacking. Try blending pitted Medjool Dates with a bit of water for a caramel-like sweetener! 

 

As for other Produce News, Stone Fruit Summer has officially come to an end. While the prime time for out-of-hand eating has passed, any remaining stone fruit will make a delightful addition to a smoothie, or can be cooked down to make a spoonable compote. Peppers are thriving in the late summer heat and in great supply. As fall ramps up we are looking forward to more varieties of California-grown apples - some have a very short season, so keep an eye out! 

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