In case you missed it, over 100 owners met for our Annual Meeting the last week of April. We dined on tacos made by the Deli and enjoyed beer courtesy of Beechwood Sales & Service. On the agenda was a review of the past year, appreciation for outgoing board president Steve Sandstrom and board member
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start May 8, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Lemons 1.99/lb Local Organic Bulk Spinach 5.99/lb LOCAL! Organic Pineapple 4.89 each Co-op Deli Thai Peanut Sauce 7.29/lb Reg $9.99/lb Made In-House! Non-discountable Applegate Organics Organic Sunday Bacon 6.99 each Reg $10.99 – 8 oz
Looking to lighten up your menu? Try one of these fresh spring dishes. Here are our favorite light recipes to add to your weeknight plans. They’re quick, easy, and low in calories! Asian Rice Noodle Salad A quick and flavorful side or turn it into an entree by adding tofu or cooked chicken or
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start May 1, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Lemons & Limes 1.99/lb Organic Tommy Atkins Mangos 1.79each Organic Cucumbers 1.49 /lb Co-op Deli Spinach Artichoke Dip 7.99/lb Reg $10.99/lb Made In-House! Non-discountable Blaser’s Provolone 20% off Reg $5.99/lb Olli Salumeria Artisan Sausage
It’s estimated that on a household level, families throw away 14-25% of the food they buy. Imagine saving up to a quarter of your food budget instead of tossing it out! In addition to financial savings, reducing food waste at home is one of the best things you can do to help combat climate change. Food waste
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start April 24, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Valencia Orange Bags 3.79 each Reg $4.99 Organic Braeburn Apples 1.29/lb Reg $2.49/lb Organic White Button Mushrooms 3.49/lb Reg $4.59/lb Co-op Deli Monster Bar 1.99 each Reg $2.99 Made In-House! Non-discountable Red Hoof Farm Local Organic Ground Beef 10% off
The warmth and sun have returned and what better time to make plans for a delightful spring gathering with friends and family! We’ve pulled together some simple menu ideas that focus on the lighter flavors of spring. Start your spring celebration menu planning here! Strawberry Shortcake Chantilly There’s good reason strawberry shortcake is
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start April 17, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Blueberries 3.49 each Reg $4.49 – 6 oz container Organic Strawberries 4.49 each 1 lb container Organic Asparagus 4.89/lb Reg $6.89 Bunny-Luv Organic Baby Carrots 1.79 each Reg $2.29 – 1 lb bag Widmer’s Cheese
Going green can seem like a huge undertaking. It means changing habits and making different choices. That’s why we’ve put together this quick list of easy ways to be more green.
1. Use reusable containers
Move away from single-use bags and containers by bringing your own. Don’t have any yet? You’ll find a large selection of bags, jars, and other containers at the Co-op. Plus, for every container or bag you use, you’ll receive a 5¢ credit. Just remember to have your containers weighed at the registers before you fill ‘em. Make sure you also always have your bags by putting them in your car immediately after unpacking your groceries.
2. Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk is great for your budget (buy just the amount you need, at the best prices) and for the environment, since there’s less packaging. Buying in bulk also allows you to experiment with new foods. Plus, you’ll find non-food items such as shampoo, dish soap, and cleaners. Remember to put your containers in your reusable bags after you clean them, so you have them to shop next time.
3. Compost your food waste
Composted organic matter makes a nutrient-rich soil amendment and it decreases the waste heading to landfills. You could just toss your bits and bobs in a pile in your yard, but a trash can will better contain the mess. No outdoor space? There are special containers available for indoor composting. Make sure to include browns (dead leaves and twigs), greens (food waste and yard clippings), and water in your compost to keep it actively decomposing. And stir often!
4. Make cleaning products
The beauty of making your own cleaning products is that you can control the ingredients. Plus, you skip having to deal with packaging when you reuse containers for your home cleansers. White vinegar and baking soda will clean just about everything. Make sure to label homemade cleaners and keep away from children.
5. Clean with cloth
Paper towels may be convenient, but they use a lot of resources. The Co-op carries a number of cleaning cloths, but used t-shirts also work. When you switch from paper to cloth, make sure that you have enough on hand to handle your daily messes. Miss the convenience of a paper towel roll? Wind up your cloth towels and stick them on your paper towel holder. Separate cloths from other laundry (a 5-gallon bucket works well). Add vinegar to your rinse water and use BioKleen Oxygen Bleach Plus to cut odor and stains.
6. Drink from a reusable bottle
Single-use plastic water bottles take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Plus, it takes 1,740 refills of a half-liter reusable water bottle to equal the cost of the water in one 99¢ single-use plastic water bottle. Consider buying an insulated bottle that works for cold and hot beverages. The Co-op carries reusable bottles from Klean Kanteen, Pura, Life Factory, and Kids Basix.
7. Eat local
A study by the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems found that conventionally distributed food produces 5 to 17 times more carbon dioxide than local or regional foods. Consider also that most local, value-added food comes in reusable or recyclable packaging. Look for the green local mark on price tags throughout the store to find foods grown or made within 100 miles of Ashland, Wisconsin.
8. Walk or bike
Besides skipping the use of fossil fuels, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. Backpacks and trailers or wagons work well for carrying things. As an incentive for bikers, we offer 10% off one item as part of our participation in the national Bicycle Benefits program.
9. Pack a lunch
Packing your lunch allows you to use up leftovers (saving both time and energy). Ditch the plastic wrap by snagging a Bee’s Wrap reusable beeswax food wrap. Lunch gear worth considering that’s availability at the Co-op: Wild Hollow Farm Snack & Lunch Bags , Klean Kanteen Food Canisters, and U Konserv Containers.
10. Recycle more and correctly
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that recycling and composting kept approximately 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in 2013. The caveat is that lack of proper sorting has driven up recycling costs. Need a refresher on how to sort recyclables? Contact your waste company or visit the National Waste & Recycling Association website at www.wasterecycling.org. And before you chuck that chip bag in the trash, check to see if it can be recycled using Terracycle. This company works with many major food manufacturers to create specialty recyclable packaging. You can collect the waste at home and then ship it back to Terracycle. Learn more at www.terracycle.com.
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start April 10, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Strawberries 4.49/lb Organic Shallots 3.49/lb Reg $6.49/lb Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Brick Spread 20% off Reg $5.99 – 8 oz Co-op Deli Black Bean Corn Salsa 6.49/lb Reg $7.99/lb Made In-House! Non-discountable Olli Salumeria Artisan Sausage
From locally grown, organic food to pasture-raised meats and dairy, many of the products on co-op shelves are getting new attention thanks to research that indicates these food production methods are helping to slow global warming. This makes your local food co-op a tremendous community resource for anyone interested in building a more sustainable food
Fresh Deals NEW SALES EVERY WEDNESDAY! Sales start April 3, 2019. While supplies last. Organic Zucchini or Yellow Summer Squash 1.79/lb Organic Bananas 99¢/lb Co-op Deli Eggless Egg Salad 5.49/lb Reg $6.99/lb Made In-House! Non-discountable Organic Valley Cheese & Summer Sausage Snack Packs 3.99 each Sharp Cheddar & Beef Summer Sausage or