[Wheatsville] Thanksgiving! New patio! Wowza!
dangillotte at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 18:32:49 EST 2008
Hi Wheatsville friends!Scroll down for:
We want to be here for your Thanksgiving.
Deli, meat and cheese news and recipes.
How to get the most out of your Remember When Milk.
If you've been by in the past day or so, you've likely noticed that *the
front patio is looking mighty fine! *It's in a non-complete, but still
pleasant state and is open for use by you! We'll be tweaking it a bit
further over the next week, but it is largely ready for you to relax on.
JUst so you know, ultimately, the parking lot will meet up smoothly with the
ramp that leads into the store and onto the patio. But, that step is a
little further down the road. That's why we have so many edges and ledges
right now. Please be careful when traversing the patio in its incomplete
form. We'll have the patio open as is through Thanksgiving. After that, we
will close it for a couple of days for demolition of the overhang. Then
we'll partially open it up as they complete work on the overhang. We'll be
awning-less for the time being as we complete the rest of the work on the
patio and front facade of the store.
People have been enjoying the new entrance doors and I'm so glad of that.
You have all been adapting so well to the changes! Thank you for that! We'll
have several more parking spots opened up by the end of next week, so look
for that along the east side of the parking lot. IMPORTANT NOTE: There will
be no path around the building for the foreseeable future. The main entrance
and exits are the only ones that will safely get you to and from the store.
When shopping the new temporary store flow, please don't forget your old
friends the *produce, dairy and vitamins and supplements departments*! They
no longer get to see you first thing upon entering and they miss you!
*Wheatsville is your comfortable Thanksgiving supply station!*
It's getting to be Thanksgiving time and hopefully, you are preparing for a
nice meal with friends and family. Wheatsville would like to be your grocer
of choice around Thanksgiving! We can be a comfortable and calm shopping
experience for the number one food holiday of the year! We've got amazing
deals in all parts of the store to help you have a wholesome and affordable
Thanksgiving. Check out the latest issue of the Breeze (available on-line if
you didn't get a printed copy) for an article about Thanksgiving on a
budget! Look here for a pdf of our Co-op Advantage flyer highlighting many
of our Thanksgiving deals and also featuring some nice holiday recipes,
*Now, here's Dana in the deli and her friendly buyers!*
The Wheatsville Deli is engaged in a full-on, fall frontal assault! The
T-Day countdown has begun and we're getting into the swing of the season
with a fabulous and complete array of homemade holiday fare for your
We'll have creamy *Garlic Chive Cheddar Cheese Balls* and earthy *Walnut
Pecan Pâté *for your party spreads, as well as large containers of
Dressing *for crudite dipping; hand-whipped *Garlic Mashed Potatoes*, *Green
Beans* *with sautéed mushrooms and toasted walnuts*, *Roasted Fall Root
Veggies* starring potatoes, turnips and beets, fruit and honey-baked *Festive
Sweet Potatoes* and a traditional yet vegan *Cornbread Stuffing* for your
side dishes. We'll also be featuring flaky and vegan *Rosemary Biscuits*,
veggie-packed *Mushroom Gravy*, and tart, gingery *Cranberry Orange Relish* –
my favorite – to go with your turkey. *Leek-Roasted Carrots and Tempeh* will
be available as a hearty vegan main course unto itself, or a delicious side
dish for your table. And as always, our bakery will provide an assortment of
delicious pies for your decadent holiday dessert: *Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate
Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream* and more!
*Thanksgiving Sampler this weekend!*
Saturday shoppers are in luck! We will be sampling our holiday creations so
that you can get a lil' taste of what we will be offering for your
Thanksgiving dinner in advance. Come by on *Saturday, November 15**th**,*
between *12 pm - 4 pm* and sample some items from our tasty holiday menu.
You can also pre-order bakery pies from November 1st through the 15th.
During the pre-holiday weeks, we will be offering plenty of pies and side
dishes in the self serve case for you to purchase, but if you have your
heart set on a particular pie, you might want to order that ahead of time.
We know how important dessert is and would hate for you to miss out on your
favorite! Special added treat: Dana will also be sampling out *Tofurkey
Holiday Roasts*. If you've never tried it, now is your chance. We have a
limited amount of Tofurky to sample, so come early. It's while supplies
Pick up a menu and order form at the Deli or Member Center, and give our
Deli a call with orders or questions at 478-1164. We look forward to cooking
for you and yours! Happy Holidays!
*November is here and the weather has finally cooled off!*
So come on into the Wheatsville Deli and warm up your chilly bones with a
steaming cup of our creamy, dreamy African Peanut Soup, topped with freshly
sliced green onions, or maybe your first Frito Pie of the season – our
award-winning tempeh chili spooned over crispy, crunchy corn chips, and
topped with your choices of cheese and veggies! Both of our Fresh in the
Deli dishes for November have become staff and customer favorites in no
time: the Kale Salad is a sweet and sour combination of chewy sun-dried
tomatoes and tangy balsamic vinegar, and the Wild Rice with Apricots is a
seasonal giant with almonds, celery, dried cranberries and apricots sharing
the stage with nutty, organic wild rice. Alongside these items, today we
have our Paprika-Rubbed Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steaks, All-Natural Lil'
Cheddar Meatloaf Muffins, Tomato-Braised Tofu, Curry Lime Chicken Salad and
Crispy Fish Cakes, so come on in and pick something up! And be sure to try
November's Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for a real holiday treat!
*Greg of Cheese Island says:*
Last E-mail I talked about some local products from P/2 farms and Pasta and
Company. I want to continue and talk about a few other products from local
Pure Luck Farms is a local herb farm and dairy located on Barton Creek in
Dripping Springs. Started by Sara and Denny Bolton, they specialize in
handmade artisan goat cheeses and culinary herbs. We carry a variety of
their cheeses and cheese spreads. We currently carry four varieties of their
chevre: plain molded, herb, Anaheim red pepper, and black peppercorn. Also a
camembert type cheese called the Del Cielo, the Ste Maure and an assortment
of spreads. We are also fortunate enough to be able to carry their award
winning Hopelessy Blue blue cheese.
Water Oak farms is a goat dairy nestled in the south end of Robertson County.
Started in 1998 by Mark and Pam Burrows, they produce some remarkable
goats milk ice cream, yogurt and ricotta. We are lucky to be able to stock
4 types of their ricotta. We currently carry the garlic herb, basil garlic,
jalapeno, and plain ricotta. Talk about kicking your lasagna up a couple of
notches. Mangia!! (Note from Dan: Many people think that I am crazy when I
tell them this, but it's tradition in my family to have Lasagna as a first
course at Thanksgiving. If you're bored of the typical holiday spread, think
about a lasagna!)
*From Bryan in the Meat Department:*
Hey folks I hope you are all getting ready for Thanksgiving, we sure are.
Just a reminder you still have till the 15th to order a Natural or Organic
Turkey in order to get the 15% discount. After that you can still reserve a
turkey but you won't be eligible for the discount. Also a heads-up if you're
interested in a Christmas turkey you might be thinking about it now. We will
have pre orders for turkeys from December 1st-13th.
Lots of folks have been pretty disappointed that we don't have local turkeys
this year. I tried to contact some local producers for turkeys but none
really had much to offer. As one vendor put it "raising turkeys can be a
gamble". Particularly with the jump in grain prices this year that left
little room for profit. Things for next year look very good. Our friends at
*Dewberry Hills farm* or maybe *Alexander farm* should be a good source for
local turkeys next year. The farmers markets are still the best place to
find local, you might find your self lucky. Frankly, the only down side to
Grateful harvest turkeys is that they aren't local. The turkeys are very
high quality and sure to please the most discriminating critic.
Be sure to take advantage of our great member coupons this month. We have
two items for breakfast, *Pederson's Breakfast Sausage in 1lb package* reg.
$5.29 now get 30 cents off with member coupon. *Pederson's uncured Apple
smoked bacon* reg. $7.39ea now get *30 cents off *with member coupon. Both
of these are real pleasers, so stock up for your Thanksgiving recipes.
Lastly a coupon I'm really proud to offer, *50 cents off all sustainable
seafood.* This is my way of thanking all my great customers for supporting
something I really care about. This coupon covers all the fresh pack seafood
options; *Black Cod, Sockeye Salmon, Coho Salmon, Mahi-Mahi, Ruby trout,
smoked salmon, Arctic Cod*, and our *organic 31/35 shrimp*. Enjoy!
*Rush Hour Recipes *
Every month we'll feature a new entree recipe (featuring a mix of
vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan options) at the Deli Counter and on our
website. We will keep an archive of recipe cards at the member center as
well, so that you can pick one up and use it for your dinner shopping. You
can even use these recipes to build your own recipe book. These recipes come
from various co-ops all over the States, which is pretty cool. Plus they
have been kitchen tested so you trust them to turn out right. Increase your
kitchen repertoire with these quick, easy, fresh, entree recipes. Follow
this link to see the Rush Hour Recipes:
*TIPS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF REMEMBER WHEN DAIRY MILK*
Dear Wheatsville shoppers,
We're very proud to offer milk from Remember When Dairy. It has been a
long-term goal of the co-op to offer grass-fed, non-homogenized,
low-temperature pasteurized milk. This is milk like none other you have
likely had, and with a little care on your part, it can be the best you've
*KEEP IT COLD*
Because this milk is low-temperature pasteurized and non-homogenized, it
should be kept as cold as possible. It should be one of the last items
(along with other dairy products) that you grab from shelves before going to
the register. Keep your refrigerator as cold as possible (between 32 degrees
and 42 degrees) and try not to store this milk in your refrigerator door.
*SHAKE IT UP*
The layer of milk fat you may see at the top of the container is normal and
natural for nonhomogenized milk. Milk is basically a combination of water
and fat. Homogenization mechanically changes the fat molecules so they are
all the same size and float equally throughout the milk. Mark Ganske, owner
of Remember When Dairy, suggests that you pour out about a cup of the milk
or cream to give yourself room in the jug and then shake it up. Or you could
use the cream in your coffee.
*HOW LONG SHOULD THIS MILK LAST?*
Remember When gets their milk and milk products to Wheatsville about three
days after the cows are milked each week. Remember When is using
low-temperature pasteurization which gives the milk a roughly two-week
sell-by date. After you open a container of milk, it should be good for
about one week, according to the National Dairy Council.
*MY MILK IS FROZEN, IS IT OK?*
*Owner Mark Ganske is keeping his milk as cold as possible for his 270-mile
drive to bring Wheatsville his milk and we keep our refrigerated cooler
between 32 and 41 degrees. The milk should be fine to drink after allowing
the ice to thaw. Some people prefer to freeze their milk to make it last
longer. The milk may be slightly grainy when thawed but should be all right
Though many of us at Wheatsville love this product, this milk may not be for
everyone. If you are not satisfied with Remember When milk, we'll gladly
allow you to exchange it for one of our other milk brands, regardless of the
Your Refrigerated Food Buyer
I hope that you all have a fantastic week!
Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy!
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