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

Blog & What's New: December 17, 2020

 

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 holiday season, like almost every part of 2020, isn’t quite the same as previous years. We missed serving you merriment at the Downtown Petoskey open house. And though we have all forgone that festivity, the tree is lit in the park, the shops are open and downtown Petoskey is looking magnificent. Driving through our little town in the evening is a sight to see. We are open 7 AM-10 PM daily in Petoskey and quite a few stores have been keeping later hours on Thursday nights to support holiday shoppers. Boyne City is decked in holiday cheer and ready to help you with your holiday lists as well! 
 
Thank you so much for your outpouring of support for the annual Women’s Resource Center’s Giving Tree. It always feels so good to hand over all of the gifts/gift cards knowing that our little Grain Train community has brightened the holidays for those in need of some cheer. Though donations for the Giving Tree have concluded, you can continue to make online donations from $1 on up to our local food pantries by clicking here.
 
 
We are busy making sure we have what you need for your holiday table. Beeler’s hams and bacon are here and will make any meal a celebration. We are stocked up on salmon filets and are expecting sustainable shrimp options by the end of the week. Whatever your gatherings look like this holiday season, we have something to make them extra special.
 
 
We are offering jumbo take & bake cookies from our bakery/deli. Get them while they last! Imagine the smell of homemade cookies with none of the mess and all of the goodness of Grain Train cookies! Santa surely won’t mind if you cut a corner or two. Keep an eye out for artichoke spinach dip, house made pull apart rolls, and the house made cheese ball from the deli as well! 
 
 
All of our pandemic policies remain in place. We will continue to monitor the number of customers shopping and if we are at capacity, we have a new paging system so you can wait in the warmth of your vehicle. Thank you for remembering your masks and maintaining distance while inside of our stores.

 

 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.  

 

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR CURBSIDE SERVICE?

December 17, 2020 by Mindy Taylor

What's New: December 10, 2020

 

 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.

 

WELLNESS
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!

 

 

 

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR CURBSIDE SERVICE?
Click on the image above to find out more!

 

December 11, 2020 by Mindy Taylor

November

 

NOVEMBER IS FLYING BY

We are two weeks from Thanksgiving and we can almost smell that holiday meal roasting in the oven. It’s a good thing we have been busy filling our shelves full of holiday staples and favorites alike. Your purchases have been letting us know that baking supplies are really important to you right now and history tells us that they will be even more so throughout the holidays.

As always, please know that we are watching the pandemic numbers in our areas and adjusting how we operate accordingly so we can provide you the safest shopping experience we are able to. We are committed to being your trusted source this holiday season.

BE SURE AND CHECK OUT OUR NEW BAKING SECTION

Have you been inside the Petoskey store to shop our new baking section? We’ve been hard at working stocking up and rearranging. Baking supplies are where the coffee and tea used to be (don’t worry, those items just moved across the aisle). Now there is a lot more room to pick up what is on your list and maybe even find a new favorite or two. While you are shopping to find key holiday and seasonal items, don't forget to include some treats like So Delicious Coconut Nog and Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle.



WELLNESS

Not only have we been stocking up on key items like flour, sugars, and butter, but on your favorites from our Wellness aisle as well. Be sure to check out our end cap display with wellness products for the whole family.

 

PRODUCE DEPARTMENT

In addition to stocking up, we are changing up our mix to navigate out-of-stocks occurring in produce and other areas of the store that are a result of the recent wildfires, hurricanes and, of course, the pandemic. We continue to buy local whenever we are able, but that season is waning. As select organic produce becomes more difficult to source, you will be seeing more of the conventional produce that we have carried in the past in our produce departments. We are labeling the growing practices of all of our products so that you can shop with confidence. We know that having fresh produce is important and we are committed to it remaining in stock.

 

PREORDER YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEY & SIDES
We are running low on Duersken small and medium turkeys. Preorder yours now to receive your bird! We are working on a secondary source should we sell out of those before Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to preorder sides from our Deli along with our Maple Pumpkin Pie.

 

CURBSIDE

We always enjoy seeing you at the stores but as the COVID-19 numbers increase in Emmet County please keep in mind our Curbside program. Order online and we will do the rest. There are no minimum orders or fees and and we are happy to deliver your order right to your car.



YOUR TRUSTED SOURCE

We look forward to being your trusted source for the holidays. See you at the stores or curbside!

November 14, 2020 by Mindy Taylor

CHANGE

 

Our mornings are dusted with snow and there’s a chill in the air we have not felt in a long while. It’s that time of year that says “cozy in…winter is almost here.” Halloween is this weekend, and for the first time we can think of we are not participating in the Downtown festivities. This decision is made out of concern for our community and putting our best foot forward when it comes to the health and safety of our customers and staff. Change has been the driving force of 2020 and will be carried into 2021 as well. It has impacted a lot of the ways we do things at the Grain Train since spring. Remaining your trusted source has been and remains our compass along the way.

As the holidays approach and the second wave of the pandemic seems more and more likely—if not already here—our distributors are letting us know that there will be supply issues. The pandemic, recent wildfires, and hurricanes make produce that is sometimes challenging to get this time of year, even more so. This is especially true of organic items. As always, we are sourcing as much locally as we are able, but the season is coming to an end on many local options. 

As a result, we are bringing in conventionally grown produce to remain in stock. Transparency has always been important to us, because we know it is important to you. That is even more true today. We will clearly identify the growing practices of all of our produce so you can shop with confidence.

We are all abustle gearing up for the holidays. As always, you can order your Duerksen’s local free range turkeys here. This year our turkey pre-order form also includes many of your favorite holiday sides from our deli—like herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pull-apart rolls. Of course, you will find our maple pumpkin pies on there as well. We are also looking into having more roasting chickens on hand for those of you who will be having a smaller Thanksgiving this year.

Another way we are preparing for the holidays is making sure we have the pantry staples that you depend on us for. We already have a large supply of flour on hand and are securing even more as we speak. You will see brands new to our shelves, like Domino sugars. They are non-GMO and here to help your pantry remain full. This holiday season can still be full of traditions. There will be some differences but know that we are working diligently to make sure that you have what you need for the holidays and beyond.

Thank you for being a part of the Grain Train. We are honored to be your community-owned grocery store. We look forward to your next visit. A reminder that our mask and social distancing policies remain, regardless of any changes to executive orders or other directives. We will do our best to to shop in the moment for anyone who is unable to wear a mask. And if you haven’t tried our Curbside option, please do! See you at the stores or Curbside!

October 30, 2020 by Mindy Taylor

October

The summer season has all but faded away. We are well on our way to peak color here in Northern Michigan. Most days have a welcome chill to them that has us reaching for a warm cup of soup and our favorite sweater. As we enter into this beautiful time of year, there seems to be a collective weariness in the air. Fall always has a touch of that after a well-spent summer, but this year has asked more of all of us than we ever anticipated. There is more to come. This is the time of year that reminds us to take a breath, put on a pot of tea, and settle in.

We love the harvest season at the Grain Train. The colors, the smell, the FOOD!  Have you had the local apples yet this year? Gingergolds, Honey Crisps and the local favorite, SweeTango—yum! Start your day with this Morning Apple Crumble or this Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake. It’s never too early to start testing recipes for Thanksgiving and this Apple Celery Stuffing is the perfect place to start. 

Local squash is also here, and it is oh so delicious!. This year we have acorn, pie pumpkins, delicata, red kuri, butternut, kabocha and, of course, spaghetti squash. This Kabocha Squash Soup is just the thing for a cool fall day. These Spiced Squash Pancakes are sure to get the whole family excited about breakfast! How about trying the best of both worlds with Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Squash or  Butternut Apple Bisque!

Of course we need to talk turkey!  We will be taking pre-orders soon for Duerksen, fresh never frozen, local free range turkeys. Keep an eye out for the launch of the preorder season. We will also have delicious options from our Bakery/Deli on the pre-order form as well.

We also need to talk about what is a little different this fall. Due to the pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, a time of year where we always see a more limited produce supply available, is amplified. Especially when it comes to organic items. We are sourcing locally as much as possible but not all products are available within our area. As a result, we are bringing in conventionally grown products to remain in stock. These products will be clearly identified for your convenience. We will continue to work diligently to bring you the best products on the market.

We are hard at work on the holidays and are confident you will be able to find what you are looking for and so much more. We know that baking is a big deal over the next couple of months and we are already securing what you will need to have your holiday tables full of your family favorites. As the weather gets cooler, keep our Curbside program in mind. We would love to shop for you so you can stay in your slippers if you like. We won’t tell. See you in the stores or Curbside

October 01, 2020 by Mindy Taylor