The holidays are upon us and I love to shop the local holiday bazaars and craft shows. It’s fun to meet and support the local people who create the items rather than shop online. I often find new local products to bring in to the store this way too. If you want to skip the
Chequamegon Homegrown Holiday Bazaar Monday, December 4 – 4-7 p.m. In-Store – FREE! No reservation necessary. Come meet and greet local crafters and food producers who sell their products at the store. Shop sales (10% of local products and more!), sample holiday foods, and enjoy our kickoff to the holiday season.
The holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate the 12 Days of Cheese-mas! We’ll give you a taste with samples of our delightful specialty cheeses each day starting this Friday, December 1. Sampling starts at 10 a.m. Bonus, you’ll save 10% off the regular price for the cheese of the day. Bonus, bonus: here
Thanksgiving gatherings don’t need to be elaborate or stressful. Whether you’re entertaining a couple or a crowd, Chequamegon Food Co-op can help you with planning and ingredients, or ready-to-eat holiday meals, pies and sides. Here are a few ideas to get you started! Great beginnings Set out a tray or two of snacks before the main meal;
Whether you have ghosts and ghouls of your own or just plan to pass out goodies in your neighborhood, finding treats that are not just sweet, but also good can be tricky. Here’s a list of Halloween candy you can feel good about. Get the treat low-down here! Yum Earth Organic Gummy Jack O’Lanterns
ORGANIC Russet Potatoes – New Crop! $.99 per pound Sale starts Tuesday, May 23, 2017. While supplies last. Fresh, new crop russet potatoes are here just in time for your Memorial Day potato salad (and other tasty dishes)! Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain more potassium than a banana. They
Our mother’s have given us so much, it’s nice to give back to them especially on special occasions like Mother’s Day. But finding the right gift can be tricky and downright overwhelming. Chequamegon Food Co-op to the rescue! Here are some simple Mother’s Day gift ideas to help you treat Mom on her special day.
- An owner share – Give the gift of ownership in the Co-op. You can purchase an owner share with an initial payment of just $25.
- Books – Whether your mother likes to cook or garden, we have a number of helpful books.
Bubble baths and soap – Help mom relax with a mildly scented bubble bath and luxurious, locally made soaps. Lavender in particular helps promote relaxation, but we have a variety of scents to choose from.
- Chocolates – Whether she likes straight up chocolate or loves to mix it up with berries, nuts, or even caramel, fair trade, organic chocolate is a sweet treat for your mom. Look for tasty flavors from Equal Exchange, Endangered Species, Divine, Green & Black’s, and Chocolove.
- Fair trade & local flowers – A beautiful bouquet will brighten Mom’s day. Help them stay fresher for longer by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. Change water daily. If she likes to garden, grab some heirloom flower seeds from Seed Savers Exchange.
- Gardening Gear – If mom likes to putter in the garden, grab her some gloves or a wide-brim hat.
- Gift Basket – We have a large selection of fair trade African market baskets that you can load up with all sorts of other goodies. Tie on a nice bow and you’re set.
- Gift cards – Buy a gift card for any dollar amount and your mom can pick her own gift. Bonus: They are always the right size!
- Hot/Cold Therapy Bags – Therapy bags can be put into the freezer or microwave. Available in a variety of fun fabrics, they make a great gift to ease aches and pains.
- Mugs – Whether Mom likes coffee or tea, we have a variety of ceramic and travel mugs to hold the beverage of her choice.
- Skin Care Products – We carry a wide variety of natural lotions and lip balms. Put together a small bag of skin care products to help Mom pamper her skin.
Earth Day is almost here (it’s on Saturday, April 22) and we wanted to share some ways you can save the Earth and (in some cases) save some money while you do it. Here are some quick tips on shopping greener and saving some green in the process. Shop in bulk: When you buy bulk
Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate this time of year—and it’s a tradition that goes way back—as much as 5,000 years when Persians celebrated springtime with eggs colored with plant-based dyes. Plant dyes can be just as useful today and they’re plentiful; in fact you very well might have dye-worthy ingredients in your
Whether you’re Irish or not, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Traditional Irish foods can be heavy and laden with fat, so it can be hard to eat lighter and still celebrate this holiday. To help you plan your menu, here are a selection of healthy eats with Irish staples that include cabbage, corned beef, and potatoes, along with a fine selection of delicious green dishes.
Not necessarily traditionally, these recipes still give a nod to the classics with a bit of a modern flare.
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Beef – You can make these filling rolls ahead of time and freeze some for later.
Reuben Sandwich with Russian Dressing – If you love a classic reuben, you’ll be happy to know we have corned beef in stock.
Irish Bangers and Mash – Sausage (bangers) and mashed potatoes make a heart, simple meal.
Irish Soda Bread – This quick bread marries savory (caraway) with sweet (raisins). Simple and delicious!
Shepherd’s Pie, Lightened Up – This dish is usually heavy and calorie-filled, but here’s a recipe that lighten’s it up without sacrificing flavor.
Colcannon – Ditch the dairy in this lighter version of the cabbage and potatoes dish.
If you’d simply like to eat something green to commemorate the holiday, these recipes are for you.
Creamy Kale and Pea Soup – Sweep peas lend their creaminess to this fresh-flavored soup.
Green Pizza – Skip the tomato sauce and pour on the green with this veggie-topped pizza.
Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts – These little cabbage balls are a fun way to acknowledge the Irish history of St. Patrick’s Day and the citrusy glaze adds a nice light flavor.
Spinach and Almond-Stuff Portobello Mushrooms – Serve these cute portobellos with a simple salad for a light, but filling meal.
Avocado Smoothie – Start your day with a bit o’ green by whipping up this rich, sweet drink.
Chocolate usually gets all the glory when it comes to Valentine’s Day, so we thought it would be fun to look at other ways to share your love. Here are five delicious ideas for treating your sweetie that also happen to be natural aphrodisiacs: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Cranberries offer high levels of vitamins A and
‘Tis the season for giving and if you’d like to give the gift of good food, we’ll give you a gift right back! Buy a gift card now through Christmas Eve and you’ll receive 10% off your next purchase. It’s our thanks to you for being a great customer and helping to spread the Co-op