Rachel's Spring Produce Picks

Rachel Rose, Assistant Produce Manager, shares her spring produce picks.

Most people are surprised to know that early spring are two of the best months out of the year for tasty strawberries. The first batch out of California is usually so sweet and full of flavor that the rest of the year I often shy away from strawberries. They just don’t measure up to the fruit coming out early in the year.

Keeping your berries fresh:
To keep your strawberries fresh as long as possible, keep them refrigerated. Strawberry producers say that for every 15 minutes strawberries are out of refrigeration it takes 1 hour off their life span.

Maximizing flavor:
To get the best flavor from your strawberries, take them out of the refrigerator and let them warm to room temperature before eating them.  In fact, I recommend letting all fruits come to room temperature before eating. Just as wine and beer should be served at specific temperatures for optimum aroma and flavor, so should fruits and berries.

Nothing says springtime like asparagus. We see asparagus other times of the year but in my opinion, spring time is when it tastes the best.

Selecting for flavor and texture:
Good asparagus is tender, sweet and crispy. Most varieties, especially the ones we get earlier in the season, are at their most tender when harvested while the stalks are still very slender. The local asparagus we get in from Cowhorn Vineyards is the exception. The varieties they grow tend to stay tender even when the stalks are thick. The purple asparagus from Cowhorn is particularly tender and sweet. Try it out when it comes around, you might like it as much as I do.

Keeping asparagus fresh:
When you get your asparagus home, take a paper towel or tiny wash cloth, wet it down and wrap the cut ends with it before putting it in the refrigerator. This will help keep your asparagus fresh and crispy.

Helpful tip to help keep your greens fresh:
Ever have your cilantro or salad greens go bad before you get around to using them? This is often caused by an over abundance of moisture. If you place a dry paper towel in the bag it will wick away some of the moisture and help keep your greens fresh for longer. This trick works particularly well with items such as cilantro, salad mix and heads of lettuce.

More Co-op News

Meet Board of Director Trine Ostergaard

Trine Ostergaard is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. She brings a world, literally, of experience to the table and has a sincere passion and love for the Co-op. We are thrilled to have her aboard and asked her to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Meet Board of Director Dean Williamson

Dean Williamson is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. He brings to the table a plethora of co-op experience and a love of chocolate chip cookies. We are thrilled to have him aboard and asked him to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Staff Picks: Favorite Local Products

September is Love Local Month!  All month long we’re celebrating our local farmers and vendors with demos, events and more. Here are some of our staff's favorite local products.


Meet Pachamamma Coffee Cooperative

By Lauren Taber, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative started in 2001 with a few simple questions in mind: what would it look like to take Fair Trade a step further? How can coffee farmers be in direct relationship with end consumers in the United States?

We found that the answer was even simpler: cooperative ownership. Pachamama Coffee has been 100% farmer-owned since day one, and is currently owned by 140,000 small scale family farmers across the coffee producing regions of the world.

Community Cider Backyard Fruit Drive

How often can you browse the shelf at your neighborhood grocery store, see a bottle of hand crafted, local cider and say, “Hey, I help make that!” Well, at the Co-op you can.

2018 Board Election Results

The AFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board Election. There were three excellent candidates running for two Board positions. In total, 905 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve three-year terms on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Thank you for voting!



Beat the Heat

When the heat of summer takes over, it can be hard on our bodies and moods. Don’t let the scorching temps get you down, cool off with one of these refreshing Staff recommendations.

Report from the Board of Directors: Strategic Plan Update

By Jeff Golden, External Relations Committee Chair

Ashland Food Co-op is striding into the future with careful intention. We’re especially focused on the three top priorities of our strategic planning process, a collaboration of our board and management team. A quick update:

Riding off into the Sunset


By Annie Hoy, Retiring Marketing Manager

Since I was born and raised in far West Texas, I cannot help but use some imagery from what is so familiar to me.

Staff Picks: Summer Hikes and Trail Snacks

Our staff loves to head outside and enjoy the gorgeous Oregon outdoors. Here's a few of their favorite trails and the Co-op snacks they like to take with them.