Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start December 12, 2018. While supplies last. Organic Blackberries 2.69each 6 oz package Co-op Deli Dill Dip 3.49/lb Reg. $5.99/lb – Non-discountable Hidden-Vue Farm Lamb Stew Meat 40% off LOCAL! – Reg. $17.99/lb Niman Ranch Breakfast Sausage 4.99 each NEW! – Reg. $6.99
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, ’tis the season of giving. And when you buy gifts that have been made locally, you give not only to your loved one, but also to your community. That’s because for every $100 spent locally, an additional $45 of secondary spending is generated. Compare this to only $14 in secondary spending when you buy from non-local businesses and you can see just how huge buying local can be! But enough of the serious stuff, let’s get down to the business of giving. Here are 10 ideas from local artisans and food businesses that would make perfect gifts to give this season.
Jams & Jellies – We offer an assortment of locally made jams and jellies from Bayfield Apple Company and Northwind Organic Farm, both in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Whether you choose traditional raspberry or the more unusual aronia berry or find some other flavor, local jams and jellies make sweet gifts.
Leather Kids’ Shoes – Are there expectant parents on your gift-giving list? Check out SoleKicks handmade leather shoes for babies and toddlers, made right here in Ashland, Wisconsin. They come in a variety of designs and color combos, from green and blue Lake Superior to red and purple birds.
Towels & Tees – Lake Superior and other peaceful images are printed on a variety of soft, durable fabrics by Three Sisters Studio in Bayfield, Wisconsin. For the cook, grab a tea towel from the household section. For the fashionista, grab a shirt from our clothing rack. Bonus: These images are also printed on leggings, child onesies, and sweatshirts!
Heat Therapy Bags – Anyone would love a CrampAid Cozy heat therapy pack for relief from aching joints or muscle pain. Handmade in Ashland, Wisconsin by Luci Daum Designs, these fabric bags come in lots of fun colors and easily heat up in the microwave.
Soap – You’ll find a wide variety of scents on our Local Soap shelf from Sweet Pea Soapery (Mason, Wisconsin), Maple Hill Farm (Washburn, Wisconsin), Buzz & Suds (Ashland, Wisconsin), Lake Superior Lather (Bayfield, Wisconsin), and Twin Oaks (Bayfield, Wisconsin). The Lake Superior soap from Buzz & Suds makes a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves the lake.
Candles – Local beeswax candles from Northern Nectar in Mason, Wisconsin come in many sizes and colors. You can even buy their local beeswax blocks for your own DIY projects. Speaking of beeswax, we also have Sean’s Bees beeswax candles from Highbridge, Wisconsin in a variety of calming scents. Wickie Candle Company in Bayfield, Wisconsin makes lovely scented candles in tins. Give the scent of Oak Island Trail to a summer visitor now far away!
Dessert Sauces – Lotta’s Small Batch in Bayfield, Wisconsin makes sumptuous sauces (in Bourbon Espresso and Butterscotch flavors). They make awesome sundaes, but take cake to the next level too!
Teething Toys – For the little one on your list, Sogg E. Bear Cub organic cotton teething bears have been a customer favorite for years. Made in Bayfield, Wisconsin, they continue to be the perfect gift for babies cutting teeth.
Dog Treats – Treat your pup to Racey’s Tasty Dog Treats. Made in Bayfield, Wisconsin, these biscuits come in two flavors (one is even gluten-free) and make a great gift for the pet in your family or the dog lover on your list.
Lotions – If you have someone to pamper on your list, try Best Body Butter from So-She Organics in Bayfield, Wisconsin or one of the solid lotion bars from Sweet Pea Soapery or Buzz & Suds. Lea’s Organic Herbal Skin Care in Washburn, Wisconsin makes face products and herbal salve that make wonderful stocking stuffers.
Still stuck for ideas? There’s lots more in the store, so stop in and ask Co-op staff for recommendations for local gifts.
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start November 28, 2018. While supplies last. Organic Broccoli 2.49/lb Reg. $3.29/lb Organic Garnet & Jewel Yams 1.49/lb Reg. $1.99/lb Organic Celery 2.49 each Reg. $2.99 Organic 5lb Potato Bags 4.99each Co-op Deli Smoked Fish Dip 6.99/lb Reg. $9.99/lb – Non-discountable Cheeseland Mild Goat Gouda 15% off Reg.
Thanksgiving is coming up faster than you can shake a drumstick, so it’s time to rustle up some menu ideas. Whether you are looking for traditional foods or unique takes on your favorites, you’ll find lots of Thanksgiving dinner inspiration here. Keep it simple, but flavorful, by adding these holiday recipes to your menu.
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start October 31, 2018. While supplies last. Hermit Creek Farm Organic Potato Bags 6.49each LOCAL! 5 lb bag – Assorted varieties Reg. $8.49 Co-op Deli Dill Dip 3.49/lb Reg. $5.99 – Non-discountable Burnett Dairy Provolone 20% off Reg. $5.99/lb Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade 2.99 each Reg. $3.49 –
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start October 10, 2018. While supplies last. Local Leeks 2.99 /lb Co-op Deli Smoked Whitefish Dip 6.99 /lb Reg. $9.99 – Non-discountable Thousand Hills Graz Grub Original Beef Snack Stick 99¢ each Reg. $1.69 Springbrook Dairy Jersey Girl 25% off Reg. $18.99/lb
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start October 3, 2018. While supplies last. Local Winter Squash 1.29 /lb Over a dozen varieties Co-op Deli Medium Soup with Biscuit 3.99 each Reg. $4.49 – 16 oz – Non-discountable Applegate Naturals Sliced Genoa Salami 3.69 each Reg. $5.59 – 4 oz. Montchevre Crumbled Goat Cheese 20% off
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start September 26, 2018. While supplies last. Hermit Creek Farm Carrots 1.99 each Reg. $2.69 – 1 lb bag Hermit Creek Farm Colorful Bell Peppers 4.99 per pound Reg. $6.99/lb Café Spice Meals to Go Entrees 5.99 each Find it in the Deli Grab & Go Cooler! Reg.
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start September 19, 2018. While supplies last. Local Assorted Beans Yellow Wax, Green, Dragon’s Tongue 3.69 per pound Reg. $4.89/lb Co-op Deli Garlic Lover’s Pasta 3.49 each Find it in the Deli Grab & Go Cooler! Reg. $4.99 – Non-discountable Thousand Hills Hot Dogs 6.49 each Reg. $8.59
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start September 12, 2018. While supplies last. Local Tomatoes 3.59 per pound Maple Hill Farm – Washburn, WI Macro Vegetarian Vegan Assorted Dumplings 4.49 each Find them in the Deli Grab & Go Cooler! Reg. $5.99 – Non-discountable Gerhard’s Brats & Sausage Original Brats, Uncured Smoked Brats, Hungarian
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start August 29, 2018. While supplies last. Local Cherry Tomatoes Pints 2.49 each Northcroft Farm – Ashland, WI Café Spice Meals To Go Entrees 5.99 each Find them in the Deli Grab & Go Cooler! Reg. $6.99-$7.99 – Non-discountable Bilinski Natural Chicken Sausages Varieties: Sun-Dried
Want to enjoy the most healthful food—like local, organic fruits and vegetables—year round? Preserving the bounty you’ve grown yourself or purchased from your local food co-op or farmer’s market makes it possible. And for those who live where the growing season is relatively short, it’s great way to extend the season. Simple food preservation techniques can lock in flavor, help maximize your food dollars, support local agriculture, and give you a chance to really get to know the food you eat and serve to your family.
It’s not just grandma’s pantry
Putting up jewel-toned jars of pickled beets and brandied peaches may be what comes to mind when you think “food preservation,” and canning has become popular across generations, with plenty of unique recipes that appeal to a range palettes. But canning isn’t all there is. Other simple ways to preserve local and seasonal foods include drying, freezing, curing, pickling and even cellaring (yes, putting your food in a root cellar; grandma did know best, didn’t she?)
For beginners, dehydrating and freezing foods are a snap—and no special equipment is required.
When it comes to nutritious preserved foods, freezing is second only to fresh foods. While freezing can affect the texture of some foods, most vegetables, fruits, meats, soups, and even herbs can easily be frozen in airtight containers for use all year long. The key is to start with cold foods so that the time it takes for them to freeze is very short. This minimizes ice crystals and preserves the color, texture, and taste of your foods.
Try freezing cold berries or chopped vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or Mason jar for storage. You’ll be able to pluck a single berry or measure 2 cups worth from the container without defrosting the entire batch.
Fresh herbs, like basil, thyme, mint, and chives, can be snipped into measured teaspoons or tablespoons and frozen in ice-cube trays topped up with water. Stored in a bag in your freezer, they’re recipe-ready almost instantly.
And remember: a full freezer is an efficient freezer, so don’t be shy about filling it up!
Did you know? Nuts, seeds, and whole grains can be stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and prevent spoilage.
Dehydrating foods is a simple and easy way to keep vegetables, fruits, and even meats stored away until you are ready to use them. Drying preserves foods by taking all the moisture away; without moisture, bacteria cannot grow and your foods stay delicious for months—even years. While there are plenty of dehydrators available, many recipes are possible using a regular home oven.
Fresh herbs can be dried in a microwave or just hanging from your ceiling! The best thing about drying is that it uses very little energy, and the preserved foods are lightweight—easy to store and transport (perfect for camping!).
Did you know? Dipping fruit slices in pineapple or citrus juice before drying can preserve their color and prevent browning. It’s delicious, too!
Home cooks have been preserving food in jars for centuries, and these days we have plenty of resources to do so safely and with confidence. Canning does require some special equipment, available at many co-ops and hardware stores, and recipes designed and tested for safety. After the initial investment in jars, a canner, and a few accessories, the expenses are minimal and the results can be phenomenal. Canned goods go far beyond the usual tomatoes and green beans. Modern canning recipes allow you to create unique and memorable foods for gifting or for enjoying yourself.
Did you know? Home-canned goods should be used within a year for optimal quality, but are safe for much longer, as long as safe canning methods were used.
Fermentation brings us some of our favorite foods: cheese, yogurt, beer, wine, pickles, and even chocolate. Nearly every culture in the world makes use of the natural preservative effects of fermentation. Fermentation works by transforming the natural sugars in foods into tart and flavorful foods that tend to resist spoilage at cool temperatures.
Fermentation is made possible by the action of beneficial bacteria— the same bacteria that keep our immune and digestive systems healthy. So fermented foods are not only practical, they also deliver a healthy dose of probiotics. Another benefit of fermentation is that no special equipment is required. You can get started with as little as a knife, a cabbage, and some sea salt, and couple of weeks later you’ll be enjoying sauerkraut!
Did you know? Every ferment is unique because of the bacteria and yeasts that are naturally present in the air and foods in that region. The same recipe can taste different across the globe!
Want to give food preservation it a try?
Want to learn more?
The Canning Across America and National Center for Home Food Preservation websites contain a wealth of information. Also, your local agricultural extension agent and neighborhood co-op are good sources for written information and classes to help you can, cure, freeze, pickle and dry this season’s abundance.
- The Ball Complete Book of Home Food Preserving Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine, Robert Rose, 2006
- Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods Sandor Ellix Katz, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003
- The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables Carol W. Costenbader, Storey Publishing, 2002
- The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market (Revised Edition) Linda Ziedrich, Harvard Common Press, 2009
Republished with permission from strongertogether.coop.