What’s Fresh? Kale! Kale can help lower cholesterol and has been shown to reduce your risk of certain cancers. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C. This week, we have lovely local kale from Hermit Creek Farm in Highbridge, Wisconsin. Kale and Cranberry Salad Kale and White Bean Stew Huevos Rancheros with
One misty fall morning finds Gilbert Schwartz, owner of Seasonally Sourced Foods, ready to harvest nannyberries. Where forest meets field he finds a small thicket of the bushes, a native viburnum, and he begins to load up his harvest bags with the dark blue berries. “I have so many favorite wild foods,” Gil says. “If
What’s Fresh? Carrots! Carrot lovers have a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The root vegetable also has cancer-fighting phytonutrients and, of course, plenty of vitamin A for better eye health. Look in the produce cooler this week for bags of carrots from Hermit Creek Farm in Highbridge, Wisconsin. Spicy Ginger and Carrot Soup with Harissa
What’s Fresh? Beans! Pole and bush beans are still going strong. You’ll find them loaded with vitamin K, along with decent amounts of vitamin B2, protein, and other nutrients. This week we have haricot verts and rattlesnake beans fromHungry Hill Farm in Washburn, Wisconsin and green snap and yellow snap beans from Hermit Creek Farm
The French and Germans, who first met the tomato in the 16th century, dubbed it “the apple of love,” and “the apple of paradise.” Our less-romantic name for the fruit dates back further, though, to the Aztecs, who called it “xitomati,” or “plump thing with a navel.” Both in Europe and America, it took a
What’s Fresh? Tomatoes! Tomato season is upon us and we are loaded up with a large selection of fresh, local, and organic varieties. We have cherry tomatoes from Great Oak Farm in Mason, Wisconsin, Bay Produce in Superior, Wisconsin,Hungry Hill Farm in Washburn, Wisconsin, and Hermit Creek Farm in Highbridge, Wisconsin. There are also slicer
What’s Fresh? Bell Peppers! Many people know and love green bell peppers, but they also come in shades of red, orange, yellow, and even purple. Bell peppers contain carotenoids, a type of phytonutrient that not only gives them their color, but also offer anti-cancer properties. These colorful, crisp veggies are also loaded with vitamin C.
Today, the vast majority of U.S. food is produced by an industrial system that churns out commodity crops (like corn and soybeans), which are then turned into processed foods for human consumption or fed to livestock to produce cheap meat. But now, more than ever, people are showing interest in finding local, sustainable alternatives. Humans
What’s Fresh? Cucumbers! Cucumbers have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to their phytonutrient content. They also contain polyphenols and lignans that have potential anti-cancer benefits. This week in the cooler you’ll find organic cucumbers from Hermit Creek Farm in Highbridge, Wisconsin. Confetti Cucumber Salsa Cucumber Mint Gazpacho with Lemon Greek Orzo Salad Minty Watermelon
It’s our 40th anniversary and we’re celebrating 40 years of cooperation with a summertime party you won’t want to miss. Join us for our 40th Anniversary Block Party in the parking lot at the Co-op on Saturday, August 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. What can you expect? Look for our local food tasting event,
What’s Fresh? Beans! Bean season is here and we have a bunch of varieties for you. Beans are loaded with fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C. This week you’ll find green beans from Great Oak Farm in Mason, Wisconsin, yellow wax beans from Hermit Creek Farm in Highbridge, Wisconsin, and rattlesnake and haricots verts from Hungry
Chequamegon Food Co-op has been nominated for a Retailer of the Year award by New Hope Network for its micro-loan, Produce Promises and CHIP for Change programs. New Hope Network is a consulting firm for the healthy lifestyle products industry.
The awards, presented at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Md., will honor four retailers in the categories of Innovation, Sustainability, Best New Store, and Community Engagement & Outreach. Three natural grocers have been nominated in each category. Maya Wenner, Chequamegon Food Co-op grocery manager, will represent the grocery store at Expo East. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September 23, 2016.
“We want to thank New Hope Network for recognizing our commitment to local foods,” said Meagan Van Beest, marketing and member services manager. “Our community benefits in so many ways from the partnerships we have developed with local farmers and value-added food producers. We keep more money in the local economy, support a variety of jobs, and reduce our environmental impact by decreasing the miles products travel before reaching our shelves. Add to this how good it all tastes, and local food is a win-win.”
Chequamegon Food Co-op’s micro-loan program is a revolving loan fund for agricultural producers and processors. Produce Promises is a purchasing agreement program where the Co-op asks local farmers to commit to growing and selling a certain amount and type of produce to the Co-op. The CHIP for Change donation program lets customers round up their purchase total at the Co-op’s registers to help fund the micro-loan program.
In 2015, the Co-op collected $20,934.60 in CHIP funds and loaned out $22,450. The goal of all three programs is to support and grow the regional farming and food processing economy and increase the amount of locally and sustainably produced products available for sale.
Chequamegon Food Co-op was founded in 1976 and is currently celebrating 40 years as a cooperative, community-owned grocery store. The Co-op is an innovative leader in the local food system, developing relationships with local businesses to provide the freshest local food and highest-quality value-added products.
To learn more about Chequamegon Food Co-op and its community programs, please contact Meagan Van Beest, marketing and member services manager, at (715) 682-8251 or [email protected]