Update for January 11

2021 Membership Renewals:
Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2021. The cost is $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. Thank you for your continued support!

Seed Savers Order
Please place orders for seeds on the Seed Savers page of the direct order book by Friday, January 22.  The order will be made January 23.  There are catalogs on the produce shelves and in the order book.  If you have questions about ordering seeds, please contact Lillian Chabot at 864-246-3328.

Happy Cow Cheese

Happy Cow is now selling cheese made with milk from their own cows.  We have in stock their soft mozzarella and feta cheese made from Happy Cow milk.  We do not keep all Happy Cow brand cheeses in stock, but you can order them on the page for Happy Cow in the order book.  You can also call the Co-op and leave a message with your order before 8 a.m. Monday when Happy Cow orders are placed. Available cheeses include:  hard mozzarella, havarti, muenster, provolone, cranberry jalapeno (may be seasonal), cream cheese, gouda, blue cheese crumbles, smoked horseradish, yellow cheddar (white cheddar not available at this time).   If you  have questions about ordering Happy Cow products, contact Lori Pierce at the Co-op on Mondays between 10-2, or call her at 864-843-2584.

CBD Sale

We still have a good supply of Palmetto Harmony CBD oil and salves.  Prices have come down significantly on their products.

Theresa Update: We are happy to learn Theresa has recovered enough to work at the Co-op on Thursdays again.  Theresa is still recovering from her injuries, so please continue to be patient if produce and other items aren’t restocked as usual.  Theresa is very grateful for all of your well wishes and support.

Betty Janzen Memorial: Many of you may remember Betty Jensen. Betty worked at the Co-op about 20 years.  She served as Parliamentarian and also worked as cashier on Monday for many years.  Betty died in May, 2020 but her family is having a Zoom memorial service in her honor on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m.   Here is a link to her obituary  http://hosting-15851.tributes.com/obituary/show/Betty-Janzen-108483849  If would like to join her memorial service by Zoom, send an email to mona_turner@yahoo.com and she will send you the information.

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – We are still following safety protocols

As you know we are still following all of the recommended CDC guidelines for keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are currently very short staffed, so in addition to wanting to keep everyone safe and healthy, we also need to be mindful that the co-op operations are in danger of shutting down if our mangers become ill.

Given the recent surge in cases as well as anticipated increases during the winter, and due to the holidays, we want to share a few important reminders:

What we ask you to do:
  • If you are feeling sick at all (fever or not), Please do not come into the store.
  • If you know you have been exposed to COVID-19, DO NOT come into the store.  The CDC guidelines call for staying home for 14 days after you’ve been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.  See this link for more information:  What to Do If You Are Sick | CDC
  • If you cannot or will not wear a mask, we will provide curbside pickup for you in order to keep our managers healthy.

The rest of the original protocols still apply:

  • Wash your hands when you arrive and leave
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet when possible, particularly from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Try to only touch the products you plan to purchase.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • You should also stay home if you have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.

See the recipe for  Amazing Lentils and Kale at the bottom of this email

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products 
(See photos below)

  • Bulk Packaged, Refrig, & Frozen:  Bulk organic dry roasted peanuts, sweetened pineapple, pecan halves, raw pumpkin seed, organic pitted prunes, organic seedless thompson raisins; Ancient Organics organic ghee, Bionatura organic strained tomatoes, Chocolove chocolate bars (Extreme and Salted Caramel), Eden organic yellow mustard,  Equal Exchange organic hot cocoa; Field Day organic tomato and cilantro salsa, GreenBlack organic dark chocolate bar, HU organic chocolate covered cashew hunks, Late July organic blue corn chips, Nielsen-Massey organic vanilla extract, Traditional Medicinals organic Smooth Move peppermint tea;  Brown Cow Cream Top Plain Yogurt; Good Culture Organic Cottage Cheese; GTS Kombucha (Cosmic Cranberry, Gingerade, Original, Trilogy), Happy Cow milk, buttermilk, and eggnog, Happy Cow salted and unsalted butter and cheeses, Health Ade Bubbly Rose Kombucha; Alvaro organic CA style sprouted bread, Birch Benders paleo toaster waffles, Brazi Bites cheese bread (garlic asiago and cheddar parmesan), Woodstock organic dark sweet cherries.
  • Gluten-Free:  RealFood organic corn thins (Original and Sesame), RXBar mint chocolate bar, Unreal dark chocolate almond butter cups
  • Consignments: knitted items by Meg MacArthur – knit caps and scarfs!
  • Personal Care: nfuse magnesium deodorant, Alba Organics sunscreen, Clearly Natural unscented liquid hand soap
  • Pet Products:  Wellness Morsels Cat Food (Chicken and Salmon; Tuna; Turkey and Duck)
  • Supplements:   Quantum  elderberry extract.
  • Local Produce:  DarkSpore Mushrooms and Growing Greens produce due in on Thursday, Jan 14.
Monthly Senior Discount Day
The Co-Op offers a 5% discount to senior 65+ on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  The next senior discount day will be held on Saturday, January 16.

Volunteers needed for a variety of jobs – this is how we run the co-op (no paid employees) Please contact Theresa at theresa.pizzuto@gmail.com if you’d like to help keep the co-op running. Thanks!

Order Deadlines and Delivery Dates

Online ordering calendar

UNFI —   The next order date is Monday, January 11 with delivery date of Wednesday, January 20.Happy Cow —   The next order deadline is Saturday, January 16 for pickup on Monday, January 18.

Sami’s Bread — Please place a special order if you would like us to order from this company again.

Frontier Herbs — Orders due monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products

Produce Updates

If you are interested in ordering a specific type of produce please contact Theresa to discuss availability. 

Short-term Local Seasonal Produce To special order please contact Theresa
New produce list: see top section of email
  • Growing Greens Family Farms:  We order from them approximately every two weeks. For more information, visit Growing Green Family Farm.  They are a local farm in Anderson,  SC
  • Cedar Knoll Farms:  we will order seasonal produce as our shelf stock is depleted (weekly or every other week).  For more information, go to https://www.cedarknollfarmnursery.farm/
  • DarkSpore Mushrooms: We order from them approximately every two weeks. They culture a variety of mushrooms including Blue Oyster, Chestnut, Elm oyster and shiitakes.  For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/darksporemushrooms/
  • Healthy Hen Farm: seasonal produce & eggs will be ordered as it is available
  • Jewell Farm: we will order seasonal produce as it is available.
  • Roundtop Farm: ginger and turmeric will be restocked as it is available
  • Warbranch Mushrooms: we receive log-grown shiitakes as they are available
Albert’s Organics Produce Distributor:  Produce will be ordered when we can make the minimum.
Personal Care

 New & Restocked Pet Products
Supplement by Brand
Supplements by Shelf Order
Reduced Items
Discontinued Products

Discontinued by UNFI

  • St. Dalfour Gourmet to Go 3 Bean Salad

    St. Dalfour Gourmet to Go Salmon

  • Traina Natural California Bing Cherries

  • SunSpire Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar

  • Rapunzel Brand

    • Coco Powder

    • Veg Bouillon (no salt, w/ herbs, w/ sea salt)

  • Coconut Secret Organic Almond Coconut Bar

  • Nutiva brand Organic Red Palm Oil 15oz is discontinued from the Co-op shelf.

    • Full cases of six jars are still available by special order only.

  • Reed’s Cherry Brew beverage

  • Canned Santa Barbara brand large black olives

    Still Available by Special Order

  • Eden Organic Red Kidney Beans, 15oz cans

  • Eden Organic Cannellini White Kidney Beans, 15oz cans

Recipes and Health Articles

Amazing Lentils and Kale

This is so easy and so good.

Prep Time:   15 minutes
Cook Time:   55 minutes
Total Time:   1 hr 10 minutes

Calories:      377 kcal

Author :    Angelatizzle


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry lentils
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar chunky-style salsa
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • Step 1Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir shredded carrot, chopped onion, and minced garlic in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Step 2Pour vegetable broth into the pot. Stir lentils and salsa into the broth mixture. Bring to a boil, place a cover on the pot, and cook at a simmer until the lentils are softened, about 45 minutes.
  • Step 3Season the lentil mixture with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Step 4Stir kale into the lentil mixture. Replace the cover onto the pot and cook just until the kale is wilted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth if you prefer.
(Personal Note:   I served this over polenta, it was wonderful)

YIELD:   6 servings

Full article here:   Amazing Lentils and Kale Recipe | Allrecipes