Spring is here!

I have been noticing flowering trees and bushes for weeks now and recently, there is even some serious growth in our greenhouse.  Spring is the perfect time to cleanse your system and eating greens is a perfect way to do so.  Although, eating greens is a year round activity in my family, I like to throw some of the less tame greens into the mix every spring.  Greens like dandelion, mustard, turnip, arugula, and radicchio which I really enjoy although don’t prepare often have a bitter spiciness that wakes up the palate after a long winter of roots and kale.  I find that when I shy away from foods it is mostly because I am unfamiliar with them and maybe don’t have any history eating or cooking them, which in this case is true.  I grew up eating my share of spinach, chard and kale but dandelion and mustard greens, not so much. 

A simple and delicious way to prepare these greens is to heat a little coconut oil in a pan and throw in some garlic and shallots to cook just for a couple of minutes.  After that add your chopped greens and some stock to cook them down until they are soft enough for your enjoyment.  When the greens are cooked you can add a variety of toppings to enhance their flavor.  Some of my favorites:  chopped macadamia nuts or cashews, balsamic vinegar, curry powder, or even parmesan if you eat dairy.  The most important thing is that you experiment and in the process eat your greens.  Happy Spring!

Michelle, Deli Manager

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.
 

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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:

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Staff Picks: Summer Hikes and Trail Snacks

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