[Wheatsville] Fall for food during Fair Trade Month!
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Fri Oct 16 16:06:14 EDT 2009
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed our awesome Grand reOpening party
this past weekend! What fun we had! Did you stay all the way through the
incredible band Pong's rooftop performance! Here is some video:
Remember that it's time to vote in the board election! *You can do it
*Owner Gathering coming soon!*
Also, please plan on joining us for our very special Owner Gathering on
Thursday Oct. 22nd from 7-10pm right here in the large meeting room. It's
going to be our annual business meeting as well as a fun and focused
brainstorm about Wheatsville's future, why cooperatives matter and how we
can build on our Coop's success to make a difference in Austin -- and
beyond! Enjoy Inspiration, Community and Hors d'Oeuvres.
Get on the special owner gathering e-mail list and rsvp for the party at
rsvp at wheatsville.com
*Scroll down for:
News from the Meat department
A message in a bottle from Cheese Island
Fair Trade Grocery
Produce, produce, produce!
*From the Deli*
The arrival of fall has brought the Wheatsville Deli two brand new Fresh in
the Deli dishes that truly reflect the season. From Madison Market in
Seattle, WA we have an Autumn Root Vegetable Salad – a beautiful, seasonal
and high-end mix of oven-roasted butternut squash, sunchokes and parsnips
with olive oil, leeks and sage, tossed with julienned celery root and frisee
lettuce and dressed with a champagne vinaigrette. And from the Seward Co-op
& Deli in Minneapolis, MN, we have a brand new dessert item for our hot bar:
Apple Rosemary Bread Pudding! This creamy bread pudding is sweetened with
fresh apples and spiked with dried cranberries. Fresh rosemary gives it
depth and a buttery, sugary cornmeal topping adds crispy goodness to this
new baked favorite. Dessert sound like too much? Just get a snack-size! It’s
The Deli’s Smoothie of the Month is *Peanut Butter Banana Dream –* just what
Elvis would have ordered if he’d left Graceland once in a while! Two great
tastes that taste great together, bananas and PB are the perfect combo of
salty and sweet – all you need is a straw, so try one today!
Also for October, we have a great Salsa of the Month – *Guajillo con
Miel!*This salsa blends dried ancho and guajillo chiles with sun-dried
and local honey for a smoky-sweet sensation!
The Deli also has some great Owner Specials going on this month! Lattes from
the Espresso Bar are on sale to keep you warm in the cooler weather, as well
as our Deli Counter’s infamous Italian Sandwich made with two kinds of
salami, ham and provolone, and our top-selling Asian-inspired pasta salad,
Ginger Tempeh Pasta, available in our self-serve Grab’n’Go case!
Come on in and eat!
*From Bryan, the Butcher*
Did you get a chance to come by for the Grand Re-opening? I was very
excited for the owners of Wheatsville food coop to get the opportunity to
meet Paul Willis from Niman Ranch Pork. Having recently spent time in Iowa
getting to tour Paul Willis's operation and hearing him speak, I was
overjoyed to be sharing some of my experience with the owners, workers, and
general public. Thanks again to Paul for coming out for our grand
Wheatsville is preparing and stuffing our own sausages now. Made from the
best Niman Ranch cuts and mixed with natural and fresh spices and
ingredients. This is a first for Wheatsville and we’re very proud of the
program. To promote our great sausages we’re reducing the price .50 cents in
the month of October. Look for Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Chorizo, and
country style breakfast sausage in the full service meat counter by the
deli. Sausages are regularly $7.99lb, but for October they’ll be $7.49lb.
These sausages come linked in natural casings and in bulk, not linked. You
can prepare these many different ways; grilled, pan fried, steamed, baked,
and crumbles can be pan fried. Come by and pick some up!
Oh yea and we have deals too!!
Niman Ranch Beef boneless ribeyes $14.99 lb, regular $16.99 lb.
Niman Ranch Beef top sirloin steaks $8.99 lb , regular $9.99 lb.
Niman Ranch Beef 85/15 ground sirloin $7.99 lb, regular $8.99 lb.
Applegate sliced pepperoni $5.49, regular $5.99.
*From Greg, on Cheese Island*
Have I got something special for you!!! I am bringing in 3 special cheeses
for your enjoyment. Let me start with the Local cheeses. I am bringing in 2
new cheeses from Veldhuizen Farms. One is Stuart Veldhuizen’s take on an
Alpine cheese. “Green’s Creek Gruyere ages in their on-farm cave for up to 9
months. The result is a semi-firm cheese with intense flavor. While hitting
key notes of the Swiss classic, this Gruyere has a subtle nutty flavor all
its own.” Also coming in is Veldhuizen’s Bosque Blue. “Much like a Stilton,
Bosque is robust in flavor with a creamy, yet crumbly, texture. It’s lovely
straw-yellow coloring is thanks to all the healthy grass that the
Veldhuizens' free-ranging cows get to munch on.”
Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the American Cheese Society’s
Annual Cheese Conference and was able to try many of the thousands of
cheeses shown at the conference. There were Cheddars, Bries, Fetas, Chevre…
oh I could go on and on, but the one cheese that I tasted and fell in love
with was the Rogue River Blue.
This Blue cheese, from Rouge Creamery, not only took first in the Cows milk
Blue Category, but took best in show. I knew, after tasting this cheese,
that I wanted to bring it in so that you could experience what I had
experienced. Unfortunately, this cheese is a seasonal cheese and I had to
wait for it to come into season. Ooohhh what a long three months it has
been, but now, finally, it is on a plane and should be here by Friday.
So what is the Rogue River Blue that I speak of? It is a seasonal raw milk
Blue cheese from Rogue Creamery out of Oregon. It is aged up to a year in
rooms that simulate the conditions of the caves used to age Roquefort. This
allows the naturally occurring molds to collect on the cheese and gives it a
signature terroir.* Also adding to the cheese’s terroir, the cheese is
wrapped in grape leaves collected from Carpenter Hills Vineyard that is
located along the Rogue River Valley and these grape leaves are macerated
with Clear Hills Pear Brandy.
This cheese won't be cheap, but you work hard and you deserve to treat
yourself well. What a treat this cheese is!! So now that cooler weather is
prevailing buy you a piece of the Rogue River Blue, a nice Concorde pear, a
crusty baguette and a bottle of bubbly. Go home open up all the windows so
that fresh fall air fills your home, turn down the lights, light some
candles, put on some wonderful music and enjoy the moment. Treat yourself
*Terroir a term associated with wine. It is used to describe the flavors
given to the grape from the environment that it is grown. This environment
would include the soil, weatherconditions and water used to irrigate the
vinyards. So when someone refers to a cheese’s terroir they are referring to
flavors given to it from its surroundings, which would include the naturally
occurring molds from the area and the grass the cows eat.
*New! in Supplements*
We have 2 new product lines. First is Vibrant Health which offers Green
Vibrance, Fields of Greens, Green Calcium and Vibrant Cleanse lemonade diet.
Next is Garden of Life offering Primal Defense, Perfect Food Raw Organic
Powder, Vitamin Code Raw One for Men, Vitamin Code Raw One for Women,
Vitamin Code B-Complex, Vitamin Code Raw Calcium, Vitamin Code Raw Kombucha,
Perfect Cleanse Kit, Coconut Oil and 2 sizes of the Super Seed Powder.
Now on SALE! thru October is Flor Essence Liquid and Tea Blend for $28.99
Back by popular demand are the Shanti Imports coin purses, wallets, passport
bags and an assortment of beautiful bags and purses.
* In The Grocery Aisle*
*Alter Eco Olive Oils:*
October is Fair Trade Month, and Wheatsville is taking part. We have many
Fair Trade products on sale right now including Alter Eco brand rice, quinoa
and Olive Oil. Alter Eco Olive Oil is the first Certified Organic, Fare
Trade, and Carbon Zero Certified extra virgin olive oil from Palestine.
These olive oils are made from Rumi and Nabali olives, both native to
Palestine. Alter Eco uses the best of these olives to make an oil with
perfectly balance flavor, aroma and acidity. Check them out at
Justin Merrifield, Grocery Buyer
*Johnny's words from a Green Grocer
Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables*
It’s that time again, our two weeks of Fall! To celebrate this rare event,
we have new crop American organic apples. Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Golden
Delicious, Granny Smith, Jona Gold and Braeburns! We also have an extra
special treat—Texas grown Gala apples from Farwell, up in the Panhandle.
They are really great.
Pears are also in season right now and we have a nice selections of organic
varieties. Currently we are carrying Starkrimson, Red and Green Bartlets,
Concorde and Bosc varieties. Concorde pears are my personal favorite, eat
them when they are still crisp and they taste like candy.
We’ve got squash, lots of squash! Acorn, delicatta, pie pumpkin, sweet
dumpling, kabocha, spaghetti and butternut. YUM!
Local Right Now
We had a hard summer season around these parts with the drought and all.
Right now we are in between seasons, yet still have some good local products
for you. Currently, we are carrying some tomatoes from out in Alpine, Texas
black-eyed peas, Bella Verdi mircro greens and living basil, Amador Farms
bibb lettuce, McCall Creek golden zukes and patty pan squash, persimmons
from Lightsey Farms in Mexia, several mushroom varieties from Kitchen Pride
and the gala apples from Farwell.
In addition to all these great local products, we have some new items as
Kitchen Pride oyster mushrooms
Kitchen Pride packaged crimini, shitake and sliced crimini and white button
Bella Verdi Mirco Greens (arugula, asian mix and broccoli
Bella Verdi Living Basil
Marinated Artichoke hearts
15lb bags of juicing carrots
Loose baby spinach and braising greens mix
Organic Girl Salads
Mung bean sprouts
Earthbound Farms organic baby carrots snack-packs
Upland Cress (similar to water cress)
I want to take a moment to talk about these flavorful little gems. Unlike
sprouts, mirco greens are grown either in soil or other mediums that allow
them to root. After the primary sets of leaves are fully developed, micro
greens are ready to be harvested. They have much more flavor than sprouts
and are used frequently as garnish in fine dining. They are delicious on
sandwiches, in salads or just by themselves. They really pack a punch and
can spruce up a dish. My favorite are the arugula. Our micro greens from
Bella Verdi Farms are grown locally (Dripping Springs) and are available in
our salad case near the packaged mushrooms and sprouts. Give’em a try, I’d
love to hear your feedback about these delicious products.
Have a great week!
Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy and Texas Apple enthusiast!
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