As so many are this week, we too are reflecting back on the one year mark of the pandemic reaching Northern Michigan. None of us were prepared for life as we knew it to change overnight. Our staff went from operating a natural foods cooperative to being frontline workers. Some became part of an overnight crew so that stocking could take place at night and make room for more customers during the day.
And, as always, we look forward to seeing you in the stores or Curbside.
For the coming months we will be looking back at the last 50 years. Revisiting how the Co-op began, remembering and reconnecting with some of the founding members, and celebrating all that has been while dreaming about what is yet to come! If you have a favorite story about the Grain Train’s history, have a picture to share, or can think of a person we might interview, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
- We have had fresh cut tulips throughout February and have added fresh cut daffodils for March.
- Bear Creek Organic Farm Microgreens are back!
- Our garden seeds are here and spring bulbs are on their way.
- We have our eyes open for the first sources of spring favorites like rhubarb, and our ears to the ground so we can bring you regional—then local—asparagus as soon as these items are available.
Before you know it, we will be filling our shelves with everything you need for your first picnics and BBQs of the year.
CUT FRUIT & VEGGIES
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It’s hard to believe that it's nearly a year since we have been living and operating in a global pandemic. We are excited to see more and more folks in our communities have vaccines become available to them. Our COVID-19 protocols remain in place and will continue to do so as long as it is necessary. Thank you for your continued support and patronage through a very challenging year.
****We are excited to now offer Curbside pick up in Boyne City!****
DINNER MADE EASY WITH GARDEN CUT FRUITS & VEGGIES: Our new selection of fresh and conveniently prepared organic and conventional fruits and veggies are a real hit! They make eating well so easy, quick, and affordable. Enjoy cut pineapple, melon, and mango; diced squash, sweet potato; beet, squash, and zucchini noodles; fajita mix; diced peppers; diced red onion; a vegetable medley, and many others! To get a general idea of what we have in stock, check out our SHOP ONLINE pages and search for Garden Cut.
Need a tasty and quick dinner recipe? How about Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles. In this recipe, use our Garden Cut ready-prepared zucchini noodles and add green onions, red bell pepper, carrot, and a 5-minute peanut sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, garlic, sriracha, or chili paste). Garnish with crushed peanuts, cilantro, and lime. Reducing veggie prep saves lots of time and you can get this meal together in less than 30 minutes. Enjoy! Recipe courtesy of TheKitchenGirl.com.
NOW IN THE DELI GRAB & GO CASE: Plant-based, Eggless Egg Salad featuring Michigan-made tofu is back in the Grab & Go Case. Find it in tubs and wraps for your convenience.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: In honor of Black History Month, each day throughout February we have been sharing PBS videos on our Facebook page (if you aren't following us we hope you will!) that spotlight the contributions Black Americans have made to this country giving us an opportunity to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice. If you haven't had a chance to look at the daily posts on our page or don't use social media, check out the series, Learn About 28 Black History Makers in 28 Days.
COMING UP: March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Throughout the month of March, watch our social media pages for links to articles commemorating and celebrating the vital role of women in American History.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! We are so excited to be in our 50th year here at the Grain Train. Starting in March and over the next few months we plan to spend some time taking a look back at our half-century history in the community. We invite you to join us as we travel down the co-op's memory lane. If you have any memories or photos you'd like to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT SALES FLYER—
with Select Cut Fruits and Veggies
Colossal cookies and jumbo muffins?!?
COOKIES: Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Colossal Double Chocolate Cranberry Oat Cookies
Plus: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, No Bake, Chocolate Chip,
and Double Chocolate Cranberry Oat
and Double Chocolate Cranberry Oat cookie dough
MUFFINS: Jumbo Blueberry Muffins • Jumbo Double Chocolate Muffins
Jumbo Banana Nut Muffins • Jumbo Bran Muffins with Raisins
Jumbo Cranberry Pecan Muffins
SCONES: Ginger Pear Scones • Orange Cranberry Scones
Lemon Blueberry Scones • Chocolate Chip Scones
Jalapeño Cheddar Scones
IT'S FEBRUARY! Did you see that sunshine! Sure it might be single digit temperatures at times but that sun is bringing with it thoughts of spring and all that is left to come this year. Punxsutawney Phil says we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us but that's just another way of saying we have just six short weeks until spring. That's just the right amount of time to enjoy the slow pace of winter as we begin to prepare for spring.
A LITTLE OF WHAT'S GOING ON: Talk of our first seed order began this week. When the High Mowing Seeds rack comes out onto the sales floor we all get a little giddy at the Grain Train. Plus, any day now cut tulips will be arriving and, of course, we will have something special for your sweetheart right around Valentine's Day, too! Spring planning is well underway and before we know it we will be working on what is going to be at your summer BBQs.
SNACKIN' WEEKEND COMING UP! Check out the Petoskey GT Deli's Grab & Go case to see what housemade dips we have in stock for Sunday's BIG GAME DAY (or for tonight's Winter Weather Advisory—maybe we'll get snowed in)! Find many of your old favorites and some new ones too: Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, GT Hummus, Fiesta Layer Dip, and Caramelized Onion Dip. While supplies last!
GRATEFUL FOR 50 YEARS! There is so much to be grateful for and it all starts with you! Thank you for being a part of the Grain Train community. Here we are, celebrating our 50th year and in unprecedented times no less, but we are finding little joys and big gratitudes abound. Stay tuned for some historical (and sometimes hysterical) photos of our past 50 years!
FEBRUARY: BLACK HISTORY MONTH: You may be seeing our daily posts on social media about Black History Month, a month-long celebration of the contributions Black Americans have made to this country and a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice. Each day of the month we are sharing links to PBS videos spotlighting Black history makers. Don't use social media? Check out the series, Learn About 28 Black History Makers in 28 Days on PBS here.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT REUSABLE CONTAINERS: You can now bring your reusable containers from home to fill at the Grain Train. We want to make sure that our practices and procedures when it comes to COVID-19 are based on the most current information and studies have shown, "If a person infected with the coronavirus sneezes, coughs or talks loudly, droplets containing particles of the virus can travel through the air and eventually land on nearby surfaces. But the risk of getting infected from touching a surface contaminated by the virus is low, says Emanuel Goldman, a microbiologist at Rutgers University."
Applications for the 2021 microloan season are now being accepted. The microloans offer no-interest loans for farms and farm related businesses in our region. If you or someone you know is an innovator in our local food system, click on the image above for more information and the application form.
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HAVE YOU TRIED OUR CURBSIDE SERVICE?
Now when you arrive, park in the designated curbside parking spot,
then call or text your first and last name to 231.838.6872.
“For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
Happy New Year Grain Train Community! It is easy to look back and want to shoo 2020 out of the door but we would be remiss if we did not pause and reflect on this past year. Words like resiliency, adaptation, flexibility, community, and gratitude come to mind and those are words worth savoring.
Our team has worked through tense, frightening and unprecedented times in 2020. Our gratitude to them runs deep. Today, we have team members working in positions and shifts that did not exist prior to last March. Mask wearing, social distancing and frequent sanitization have become a way of life. It has not been easy but in the midst of all that has occurred this year, we are still here 7 days a week, with extended hours and a new Curbside program that is here to stay. Those are things to celebrate.
Our gratitude also runs deep to you, our customers and community. Thank you for sticking by us as we stumbled in the beginning of the pandemic to keep our doors open and shelves stocked. Thank you for your patience as we rolled out our Curbside program. Thank you for understanding as we have made, adjusted, and upheld policies put in place to keep everyone in the Grain Train as safe as possible. We know that those policies mean we only see some of you Curbside or while we shop in the moment for you, and we thank you so much for continuing to shop with us.
We are so grateful to be walking into our 50th year of operation at the Grain Train. That is also something to celebrate! 2021 is bound to hold some of the same challenges as 2020 and bring some new ones along, but we could not be more excited to continue serving you. 2020 has taught us how to keep going and move forward even in the midst of great uncertainty. Welcome 2021! We are here to celebrate your arrival. We bid you farewell 2020. We have learned so much from you.
We will see all of you in the stores or Curbside! Happy New Year!
Flip through our flyer by page, by department, or by item, and you can even build a personal shopping list as you go. The flyer is also available on our website or you can pick up a paper copy in the stores.
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The Winter Solstice arrives Monday, December 21, bringing with it the longest night followed by a return of the light. This time of year always speaks of hope. Winter arrives and with it a gift of light that extends its reach a little further each day.
Flip through our flyer by page, by department, or by item. You can even build a personal shopping list as you go! The flyer is also available on our website or you can pick up a paper copy in the stores. (Some items may not be available in our area.)
This has been a long and challenging year. We are grateful for each one of you. We wish you and yours all the very best. We have holiday hours on Christmas and New Year's Eve and are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. We look forward to seeing you at the stores and Curbside. Happy Holidays.
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WISHING ALL A HAPPY HANUKKAH • DECEMBER 10-18
SOMETHING NEW FOR GT MEMBER/OWNERS
Start watching for our special GT member/owner deals. Here's the first one! Sale ends 12/16.
NOW IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT
Satsumas are a small bright orange mandarin with a delicate, sweet flavor—and it's hard to eat just one! These aren’t just another snack-worthy citrus—the fruit is juicy and sweet, with a tender red-orange flesh that’s easy to peel —which makes satsumas a super kid-friendly snack.
Check out our extended line of Vitamin Code products!
DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP SOME GIFT CARDS
The perfect, thoughtful gift for everyone on your holiday lists.
NEW PAGER SYSTEM
In the chillier winter months we’re ready to support your safe shopping experience and keep you warm, toasty, and socially distant while you wait your turn to shop. When our Petoskey store is at capacity, you'll be assigned a pager just like you would find in a restaurant. Once you have your pager you can wait in the warmth of your car and we will buzz you when you’re next in line to enter the store—then simply drop your pager off and walk right in!
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