Local Produce Delivery this Thurs 4/14
We will receive a delivery of organic arugula, chard, endive, baby kale, mustard greens, radishes, hakurei turnips, and green garlic on 4/14

Life Extension Spring Sale
We received the first 15% off sale order from Life Extension last week. If you would like to place a special order with the next sale order that we place (date TBD), please add it to the Life Extension Direct Order book or call it in. If you have questions, please email Katherine Vinson.

Open House Sat, May 21: Save the Date
Save the date for our Grand Re-Opening Celebration & Member Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00-4:00pm during the annual Six Mile Issaqueena Festival. More details will be shared soon! Contact Theresa if you would like to assist with the planning or volunteer at the event.

2022 Membership Renewals
Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2022. The cost is $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. Thank you for your continued support!

Weekly Recipe:  Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe at the bottom of this email  

Product Updates New & Restocked Products
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Local Produce: we will receive a delivery from Growing Green Family Farms this Thursday, 4/14.
Local Mushrooms: we received lion’s mane (fresh, tincture) & reishi (dried) mushrooms from Darkspore Mushroom Co. on 4/7.
Asparagus: we received asparagus from Monetta Asparagus Farm, Monetta, SC on 4/9. We will restock periodically throughout the growing season. If you would like to place a special order, please contact Theresa with the quantity (number of packages of ~ 1-1/2# each) that you would like. 

Monthly Senior Discount Day The Co-Op offers a 5% discount to seniors 65+ on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  The next senior discount day will be held on Saturday, April 16. 

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – Masks are now optional for shoppers – We are still following recommended safety protocols
The Pickens County rate of transmission has been low for a couple of weeks, so based on the current CDC and SC DHEC guidelines, we have made masks optional for shoppers. Day managers will decide whether volunteer workers will wear masks on their shifts. We are still following all of the recommended CDC guidelines and SC DHEC guidelines for keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we will reinstate the mask policy if the transmission rate increases again.
 What we ask you to do the following: 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 at least 5 days after you’ve been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.  See this link for more information on what to do if you contract COVID:  What to Do If You Are Sick | CDC

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Darkspore Mushroom Grow Kits available to order
Volunteer JobsCo-op
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Order Due Dates and Delivery Dates
Online ordering calendar UNFI — The next delivery date is Wednesday, Apr 13. The next order due date is Monday, Apr 18. 

Happy Cow — Place orders by Saturday, Apr 16 for delivery on Monday, Apr 18.

Backroads Bakery —  TBD

Frontier Herbs — Orders due monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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Gluten Free
 If you are interested in ordering a specific type of produce please contact Theresa to discuss availability.  Visit the list of produce suppliers
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 Pet Products
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Recipes and Health Articles – Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe

This Air Fryer Asparagus recipe teaches you how to make the best crispy spears! Serve this easy side dish along with your vegan or low-carb entrees for a healthy meal.

 Prep Time: 5 minutes
 Cook Time: 5 minutes
 Total Time: 10 minutes
 Servings: 4 servings
 Calories: 57 kcal

1 lb. asparagus ends trimmed*
1 Tbsp. oil olive or avocado
1 clove garlic crushed
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper

Heat air fryer to 370°F for at least 3 minutes.
Whisk together oil, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Add trimmed asparagus spears and stir until they are well coated in the sauce.
Place asparagus into the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 6-9 minutes, tossing the basket halfway through. (Smaller spears will take closer to 6 minutes to cook while larger spears will take up to 9 minutes.)
Serve asparagus with a sprinkle of additional black pepper and salt, to taste. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
You can either trim asparagus with a knife or by using the snap method:
With a knife: Locate the junction where the light white/brown end starts to turn darker green.  Cut at this point to remove the woody end.
Snap method:  Hold one spear in both hands and place your thumb at the junction of the light brown and green part.  Press lightly until you can feel where the asparagus is soft versus where it is hard and continue pressing until the spear snaps in two.
Find it online: https://www.evolvingtable.com/air-fryer-asparagus/