Hello September!

Though September means we are beginning our fond farewells to summer, we can look back with gratitude for the many sunny days and the endless bounty that summer brought. Yes, this summer has been like no other and has had its challenges, but we can rightly say it felt good to keep the focus on being who we are—your trusted source for local, natural, and organic foods.

There is a lot of talk about getting back to normal and finding our new normal, but today we are here to celebrate the here and now. There is no going back or rushing forward, today we are filled to the brim with the local season’s harvest. Our stores are open and taking every precaution to keep our community healthy and safe, and we can’t wait to see you!

Did you know that September is National Family Meals Month? As your family is going back to school—however that may look to each of you—we are here to help make sure that getting food on your table is one thing you don’t have to think too hard about. For some, a family meal might be pulling out grandma’s favorite recipe and learning all about how she made it. For others, it's picking up your favorite foods, ready to heat and eat, and sitting down with each other and sharing the stories of how our day went. The only ingredients that are a must for a family meal are appetites, eaters, food, time & place.

 So many delicious local goods have just come in or are about to arrive, and they are destined to make even the simplest meal stand out. Tomatoes from Bear Creek Organic Farm and Coveyou Scenic Farm are still going strong, though their season will soon begin to wane. Local sweet corn from Bolts Farm is in and ready for the grill this holiday weekend. Last week we saw local and regional apricots, peaches, and nectarines arrive. Unfortunately, some of these items—like the nectarines—are here and quickly gone. This week we are expecting local rainbow carrot bunches from Zibimijwang Farm, garlic from Bluestem Farm, sweet onions from Bear Creek Organic Farm, and red potatoes from Providence Farm. We can’t wait to see the first local apple and winter squash arrive!

 Make sure you check our Grab & Go case for fresh food straight from our Bakery/Deli. Keep an eye out for options made from the season’s apples, delicious winter squash, roasted chicken dishes, and of course, root vegetables. With our heat & eat options, you can get a hot meal on the table in minutes. We don’t even mind if you take the credit. 

Check out this selection of Labor Day Recipes and Tips for the weekend. We hope that you and yours have a happy, safe, and relaxing Labor Day weekend. We will be closed on Monday, September 7, to give our staff a much needed day of rest. We are open all weekend and will open again on Tuesday at our regular hours. Stay safe out there! We look forward to seeing you at the stores or Curbside

September 02, 2020 by Mindy Taylor
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