UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 7

Announcements:
Year End Inventory- We will be conducting our year end inventory Tuesday 12/15 through Thursday 12/17.

  We will spread the inventory work over 3 days so we can limit the teams working at one time to 2 teams of 2 people each.  Please email  Theresa for more information if you can help.  

Special Order Pickup and IOU’s

Please pickup your special orders by close of Saturday, December 12 to assist us with our inventory.  If you have any IOU’s, please pay them no later than 2 pm on December 12.   

Virtual Manager and Annual Membership Meetings;   Sat, Dec 12

The final Manager meeting of 2020 will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 9:30 am on Zoom.  This will replace the 4th Saturday meetings for November and December.

Members, please calendar and plan to attend the VIRTUAL annual General Membership meeting to be help Saturday December 12 after the Manager meeting, at 11 am on Zoom.  We will be voting on the slate for nominees and the 2021 proposed budget.   The link and more information will be shared regarding the voting slate prior to the meeting.

Theresa Pizzuto continues to do well with her recovery.  Her physical therapist said she is doing better than expected and cut down her splint so it is only on her wrist.  She has more flexibility in her fingers and can use her right hand for light activities.  For her holiday gift, Theresa hopes her vertebrae will be healed well enough to eliminate her movement restrictions.  Yeah!

Until Theresa recovers, please be patient if produce and other items aren’t restocked as usual.

The Co-op needs a cashier to help fill in for Theresa on Thursdays.  Other help is appreciated as well especially until Theresa gets back on her feet.

COVID-19 Reminders – We are still following safety protocols

As you know, the cases of COVID-19 have been increasing again in our area. We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. We will continue to provide you with healthy foods and products to the best of our ability in order to help us all support our nutrition and immune systems. 

Health and safety are all of our responsibilities. We encourage you to practice safety measures at home and when you’re out. Take measures to avoid unnecessary contact with large crowds and confined gatherings of people to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

What we ask you to do:

2020 Membership Renewals

Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2020. The cost has increased to $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. This is the first increase in 30 years, and is needed to increase our income. Thank you for your continued support!

See the recipe for  Black Poplar Mushroom Ragout at the bottom of this email

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products 
(See photos below)

  • Bulk Packaged, Refrig, & Frozen:  Bulk organic black beans,o rganic dried blueberries, organic cashews, organic coconut, organic carob peanut clusters; Chatfield’s Carob Powder, King Arthur organic White whole wheat flour, Lets Do Organic Unsweetened Coconut,  Pacific soups; Happy Cow milk, buttermilk, Butter and cheeses, Brown Cow Whole Milk Yogurt, GTS Kombucha, Kite Hill Sour Cream, Kite Hill Spinach Ravioli,  Amys Pizza, Brazil Bites, Woodstock Cut Corn.
  • Gluten-Free:  Big Spoon Nut Butter Bars (Cherry Pecan and Cranberry Cashew), Bobs Red Mill Pancake Mix, CauliPower Pizza Crust, IViva Cauliflower Tortilla, Larabar (Key Lime and Cherry), Lotus Foods Organic  Millet and Brown Rice Ramen Noodles, , Ocean’s Halo no soy soy sauce.
  • Consignments: knitted items by Meg MacArthur – new knit caps and scarfs!
  • Personal Care: nfuse magnesium deodorant, Alba Organics sunscreen, Clearly Natural unscented liquid hand soap
  • Pet Products:  Castor & Pollux pristine grain free beef bone broth; Castor & Pollux organic cookies, Human Grade Organics Cookie Pal Ginger and Turmeric Treats, I Love You Chicken and Salmon Jerky Bites.
  • Supplements:  Gaia Herbs Echinacea Supreme, Quaantum Health Immune support and Immune deficiency, Oblas analgesic salve and aromatherapy oil,; Solgar Calcium products, Echinacea products, Reisha Mushroom, and other products.
  • Local Produce:  from Dark Spore mushrooms received Dec 3:: Blue Oyster mushrooms, Black Poplar mushrooms,  Italian oyster mushrooms, Combstooth mushrooms, Black Pearl King mushrooms.
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, December 19.
Day Managers Needed
(Markup depends on day of week/hours worked)
We are looking for volunteers to be trained as Day Managers (hours depend on day of week). If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.
Secretary Needed
(Officer position – 0% markup)
 The Secretary takes minutes at the monthly manager meetings & quarterly general membership meetings, sends out the Weekly Update and all email communications to members & managers. Computer skills are required, including basic knowledge of Word and Excel; familiarity with Google Docs a plus. If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.

Assistant Manager Needed
(Officer position – 0% markup)

The Assistant Manager assists the General Manager and Associate Manager in management activities and decision-making, serves in the absence of the Assoc. Manager or General Manager as needed, attends Manager, General Membership and agenda-planning meetings and works to gain knowledge of all jobs, policies and procedures associated with the operation of the Co-op.  Good organizational, communication and computer skills are required, including basic knowledge of Word and Excel; familiarity with Google Docs, MailChimp and email lists is a plus. You will work closely with the the Associate & General Manager and we will provide training as needed. If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.

Order Deadlines and Delivery Dates

Online ordering calendar

UNFI —   The next delivery is Wednesday December 9.  The next order date is Monday, December 14 with delivery date of Wednesday, December 23.

Happy Cow —   The next delivery is Monday December 7.  The next order deadline is Saturday, December 19 for pickup on Monday, December 21.

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.

Albert’s Produce— The next delivery will be made when we can meet the minimum.  To place an order or receive information about product/price lists please contact Theresa.

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products
Produce

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
Supplements
Supplement by Brand
Supplements by Shelf Order
Consignments
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

Discounted Items

There are a variety of discounted items located on our Clearance shelf.

Recipes and Health Articles

Black Poplar Mushroom Ragout

Prep Time:   minutes
Cook Time:   minutes
Total Time:
Yield:             servings
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Recipe courtesy of Chef Edward Aiken as seen on UNC-TV episode “Specialty Mushrooms“, Season 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound of Black Poplar mushrooms, leave stems attached to the caps
  • 1 shallot peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 large carrot peeled and small diced
  • 1 cup of green sweet peas
  • 1/8th cup white wine
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan heat oil to medium, add shallots, carrots, mushrooms, and salt & pepper cook until shallots are soft, add garlic cook for 1 minute then add wine.
  2. Cook until wine is almost completely evaporated then add cream, bring to a simmer.
  3. Add peas and thyme, reduce cream by half about 15 minutes, season to taste and serve with whatever meats or starches you like or serve as main dish.

YIELD:

Full article here:   Black Poplar Mushroom Ragout : Flavor, NC