HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!

This year we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grain Train Natural Foods Market. From the original buying club that started it all in 1971, to the small walk-up on Mitchell Street, the first storefront on Howard Street, the move to our current location, the opening of the Boyne City store, and the creation of our Curbside service during the early days of the pandemic in 2020, what an amazing journey it has been.

Join us over the next few months for a nostalgic and sometimes poignant, sometimes curious, and many times hilarious walk back in time as we dig through our archives and bring you articles, photos, ads, newsletters, and memorabilia of days gone by.

23 YEARS AGO—

From our quaint little storefront on Howard Street (now Julienne Tomatoes), in the spring and summer of 1998 we were regularly advertising in the Petoskey News Review and making a statement about tofu, soy-based products, and vegetarian delights for the grill!

 

LOGOS

A few original logo submission drawings from the early 1980s have survived.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1978, the Howard Street location not only housed a teeny-tiny cafe–the Mercado Café—in the back of the store, it also hosted the Spectrum Center & Coffee House in the upstairs over the store! Check out this "newsletter" from October 1978.

 

AND NOW A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW…

 

4-HOUR TURNAROUND IS HERE!
We've recently made a few exciting updates to our Curbside service—

Petoskey Curbside is now available 7 days a week AND we have a 4-hour turnaround during open store hours! That means you can shop online and place your order between 4 AM and 4 PM and get same-day pick up with your order delivered right to your car!!

In Boyne City, pick up days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after 12 PM. Orders placed by 9 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday will be available for pick up after 12 PM the following day in Boyne City. A reminder for our Boyne City Curbside shoppers: You have access to the entire Petoskey store inventory conveniently delivered to Boyne City for pick up!

It's so easy! Shop online here and choose your pick up location. See you in the stores or Curbside!

 

May 21, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

CURBSIDE NEWS

 

4-HOUR TURNAROUND IS HERE!

We've recently made a few exciting updates to our Curbside service
Petoskey Curbside
is now available 7 days a week AND we have a 4-hour turnaround during open store hours! That means you can shop online and place your order between 4 AM and 4 PM and get same-day pick up with your order delivered right to your car!!

In Boyne City, pick up days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after 12 PM.Orders placed by 9 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday will be available for pick up after 12 PM the following day in Boyne City. A reminder for our Boyne City Curbside shoppers: You have access to the entire Petoskey store inventory conveniently delivered to Boyne City for pick up!

It's so easy! Shop online here and choose your pick up location.
May 19, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

ASPARAGUS SALE THROUGH MARCH 26

Conventional: $1.99/lb (reg $2.49/lb)
Organic: $3.99/lb (reg $4.99/lb)
AND JUST IN TIME FOR THAT TASTE-OF-SPRING DESSERT: RHUBARB PIE!

Rhubarb $4.39/lb

March 22, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

One Year Later

 

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.

 
Our administrative team joined the ranks of those able to work from home. We set policies and procedures into place at such a rapid fire pace those first few weeks and months. Each day presented new challenges that held within them the safety and well-being of staff and customers. Our staff working in the stores adjusted to and upheld these policies. They found a way each day to navigate a world that was much different than before. We closed the doors to the Grain Train Market Cafe and all of our dreams for that venture. 2020 was a very hard year. 
 
Yet, there is much to be thankful for. Out of necessity, we started a new business with a very bright future. Our Grain Train Curbside was developed to meet the needs of our community and what it is today is only the beginning. We have a wonderful team of Grain Train employees that we have the deepest gratitude for. We keep hearing our stores are called “the safest places around to shop” due to our policies around mask wearing and other precautions. Though this has been challenging in and of itself, we are constantly working to balance customer service and safety, and we are proud to have your trust and business. 
 
Today, as the vaccines roll out we are hopeful. We are deeply grateful to the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians for offering our staff vaccinations, and for all the support the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has provided us throughout the pandemic. These organizations shine as leaders during this time. In fact, this is what our communities are really made of—folks coming together, finding our way through harrowing and uncertain times to forge what the future will look like. We know that we can't go back, but we also know that the future is wide open. 
 
Thank you for being a part of our Grain Train community. Thank you for wearing masks and keeping our staff and your fellow customers safe. We know that there were so many losses both big and small in the last year. Our hearts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. We offer them our deepest condolences.

And, as always, we look forward to seeing you in the stores or Curbside
.
March 12, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

HAPPY MARCH!

We hope that some of that warm weather and sunshine has you convinced that spring is on its way. Winter has the stage for a little while longer but we have felt the warming air of spring and we won’t soon forget it. Another thing we won't be forgetting is that this is our 50th anniversary year here at the Grain Train!

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 outreach@graintrain.coop. We would love to hear from you!

 

WE ARE BUSY PREPARING FOR SPRING!
 
Here’s what’s happening in the stores—
  • 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

If you haven’t seen them yet, we have a whole new cut fruit and vegetable selection at the stores. These items are a mix of organic and conventional products to offer a budget-friendly option for everyone. We know that time is one resource we are all looking for more of and we hope this program gives you just that. Stop by and grab a container of fresh stir-fry veggies and then swing over to the deli to pick up already prepared chicken breast or tofu to add. That way you have more time to spend doing what you love.

 

OUR LATEST GT MEMBERS ONLY DEAL
Not a member? Find out how to become one HERE.

 

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.

 

 

CURBSIDE NEWS
Speaking of saving time, have you been using our curbside option? This program is here to stay! Place your order online and let us bring it right to your car. Maybe you still want to come inside and see what’s new or you really like to pick your own produce? You can still place a curbside order for the majority of what you want and then come inside and shop the store for those added items. We just want this program to work for you.

****We are excited to now offer Curbside pick up in Boyne City!****
Just place your orders via WebCart and choose Boyne City as your pick up location. Pick up days in Boyne City are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after 12 PM. Orders placed by 9 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays will be available for pick up after 12 PM the following day in Boyne City. Credit or debit card payment only. Being able to reach more communities has us excited about the future!

 

March 10, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

Here's to your weekend!

 

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 outreach@graintrain.coop

 

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT SALES FLYER—

February 26, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

Mid-February News

 

DINNER MADE EASY
with Select Cut Fruits and Veggies
Be sure to stop by and check out our NEW SELECTION of organic and conventional fruits and vegetables,
fresh and prepared for your convenience. This is eating well made easy—and it won't break the bank! Through Friday, February 26, you can take $1 off each of these new Garden Cut items. Among the selections offered you'll find: 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! For something quick, pick up some cut pineapple chunks, the fajita mix with tri-colored peppers and onions sliced and ready to go. Add some roasted tofu or chicken from the Deli Grab & Go case, chicken broth, ramen noodles, a can of baby corn,
water chestnuts, green onions, and a sauce of your choice = a fresh, convenient, healthy dinner in minutes!
 
HOUSE-MADE BAKERY ITEMS
Colossal cookies and jumbo muffins?!?
That right there is reason enough to stop in and pick up some baked goods!

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
In the refrigerated case: 12 packs of take-and-bake Jumbo Chocolate Chip
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

 

MICROGREENS
After a short early winter hiatus, Bear Creek Organic Farm Microgreens are BACK on our shelves!

 

YAY! SEEDS ARE IN!
Start planning your garden! High Mowing Organic Seeds have arrived and are in stock in the Petoskey store.

 


February 22, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

Hello February!


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."

 

OUR LATEST GT MEMBERS ONLY DEAL
Not a member? Find out how to become one HERE.
 
February 05, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

Here's the Latest!

 

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.

 

GT MEMBERS ONLY DEAL

NOT A MEMBER? FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN HERE

 

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR CURBSIDE SERVICE?

We've made curbside order pick up even easier!
Now when you arrive, park in the designated curbside parking spot,
then call or text
your first and last name to 231.838.6872.


January 25, 2021 by Mindy Taylor

Happy New Year!

 

 

“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.”   
                                                                  -T.S. Eliot

 

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.
*Please note: Some items may not be available in our area
 

 

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR CURBSIDE SERVICE?

 

December 30, 2020 by Mindy Taylor