Co-op Blog

If you’ve been in the store this last month you’ve seen the stacks of luscious stone fruit slowly taking over our produce aisles. We’ve had peaches from Washington, as well as Ashland’s Valley View Orchards, and any day now we’ll have local Rolling Hills peaches. Both Valley View and Rolling Hills handpick and pack their peaches, meaning they can stay on the tree long enough... Read More
Let’s get fresh! Liven up your grilling and summer dishes with homemade salsa. Adding fruit and fresh peppers into a salsa recipe is a great way to infuse the flavors of summer in every dish. Grilling your fruit, peppers or onion deepens their flavors, so throw some on next time you light up the grill. Nature has a funny way of taking care of us humanoids. Take for example... Read More
Holy heat wave, did we all survive? How about your gardens? While weather is still expected to be around 100 degrees this week, it’s a relief to drop below 107. Last week I harvested my first zucchini! It was tender and a beautiful golden yellow color. The green beans are shooting off little pods, the blackberries are small and starting to turn color, and my chickens have... Read More
The abundance of summer is rolling in! Are you ready? This time of year I pour through blogs and books about canning and preserving the harvest, gleaning inspiration from my peers and weighing in my mind which recipes would make good gifts. The stack of empty Ball jars in my pantry glisten with inspiration and the promise of good things to come. Every year I am taken by... Read More
Let’s dive into the world mocktails! The beauty of a mocktail is they’re refreshing, beautiful, and you can drink them anytime of the day. On my list to try this summer are Black Berry & Meyer Lemon Spritzer, Lady Lavender’s Mocktail and a Pineapple Cucumber Cooler. One of my co-workers had a fabulous celebration last weekend, and the following kombucha mocktail recipe... Read More
Northwest berries are finally coming through our doors! While the may be a bit more expensive, there’s good reason for that. Berry season is finally upon our region and the taste in the berries is quite different from those we’ve had from California. Berries are rich in vitamin C, pectin and packed with antioxidants. Blueberries and blackberries are some of the best sources... Read More
June 15-21st we are officially teaming up with Bee Girl and celebrating National Pollinator Week.  Throughout our produce department you will see signs like this one, spreading the buzz about pollinators.               Here are some sweet facts from Bee Girl about our busy bees Honey never "expires," this liquid gold was found in 3,000 year old Egyptian tombs, and... Read More
The land around us is wide awake from winter hibernation, and local produce is starting to trickle in. From now on, keep your eyes peeled for local goods staking claim on our produce shelves. Check out the signs hanging above produce, and choose the ones with blue boarders for local goods. Examples of local produce from now through the end of June include garlic scapes,... Read More
Ring in June with this wonderfully simple recipe for Watermelon Salad. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the flavor of the early watermelons. ½ medium red onion or a few shallots ½ - ⅓ cup fresh lime juice 3 lbs of seedless watermelon 8 oz feta cheese ½ cup fresh mint, chopped ¼ cup olive oil ⅔ cup Kalamata olives, pitted & chopped         Slice the red onion... Read More
As we usher out May and welcome June with open arms, it means potluck, wedding and vacation season are upon us full throttle. Simplified meal planning and a little creativity are key in making sure you’re spending less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors basking in the sunshine. Here are some quick time saving tips from my kitchen to yours. Plan one-pot or meal-in-a-... Read More