New Pet Supplement Company – NHV Natural
We will begin stocking a high-quality direct order natural animal supplements supplier, NHV-Natural Pet Products, in the near future. To place an order please email Theresa with product, number & quantity, or place the order in the Direct Order Book by Friday, September 1.

Most of the supplements are suitable for all animals (including reptiles and avians) and are formulated to support many different conditions (cancer, diabetes, thyroid, arthritis, skin conditions, parasites, etc.) as well as for maintaining good health. 

Please visit their website for more information: https://www.nhvnaturalpetproducts.com/ They have veterinarians on staff that you can ask questions about particular conditions or products. If you have questions please contact Theresa
HVAC Replacement Update
One of the two HVAC units at the co-op was replaced Aug 1 since it could not be repaired. If you would like to make a donation to help defray some of the cost, please mail a check to the Upstate Food Co-op at 137 S. Main St, Six Mile, SC, 29682 or give it to a manager when you shop. For more information, contact Theresa Pizzuto, General Manager or Pete Santora, Board of Directors. We appreciate your continuing support of our member-owned, all-volunteer cooperatively-run business providing healthy foods and products to our local community.
Open Volunteer Jobs
The following volunteer jobs are available. When you volunteer, you pay less. If you are interested in volunteering you can complete a Volunteer Work Interest form and email it to Theresa or drop it off at the co-op. If you would like more information please contact Theresa.

Cleaning (in person, flexible scheduling, 6-8 hrs/month)
Consignment Coordinator (in person, flexible scheduling, 1-4 hrs/ month; combine with another job to reach minimum work hours of 6 hrs/ month)
Day Managers & Cashiers (in person, during regular business hours, 8-20 hrs/ month)
Garden Manager (in person, flexible scheduling, 8-12 hrs/ month)
Marketing & Publicity Team (in person & virtual, 6-8 hrs/ month, flexible scheduling)
Produce Crew (in person, 8-12 hrs/ month, day of week varies)
Social Media/ Local Group posting (Instagram, NextDoor, etc.) (virtual, possibly some in person for photos, 6-8 hrs/ month, flexible scheduling)
Treasurer Assistant (in person, schedule TBA, 8-12 hrs/ month)
Weekly email updates (virtual, possibly some in person for photos, 6-8 hrs per month)
Local Produce this Week
We are receiving shiitakes and Ajii lemon drop peppers on Thursday. We have have Co-op Garden green beans, okra, Italian sweet peppers, and tomatoes available. We also have the following in stock: garlic, peppers (banana, bell, Jalapeno), red &yellow onions, red & Russet potatoes, green onions, radishes, sweet potatoes (Covington, garnet, bonita (white flesh)), dried pink oyster, reishi and lion’s mane mushrooms
2023 Membership Renewals
Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2023. The cost is $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. Thank you for your continued support!
Local Products Update
If you would like to place a special order for any of our local product suppliers, please contact Theresa at theresa.pizzuto@gmail.com. 

Blue Ridge Brinery: We received beet sauerkraut & smoked jalapeno sauerkrat and now have all flavors of sauerkraut, kvass, & kimchee in stock.

Co-op Garden: We have green beans, okra, Italian sweet peppers, and tomatoes in stock

Growing Greens Family Farm: We have organic yellow onions in stock

Healthy Hen Farm: We have large eggs, dried eggs, local & sourwood honey in stock

Local Meats:We have ground beef and breakfast sausage from Johnson Creek Farm. If you’re interested in bison or elk, or have requests for other types of local meat, please contact Cheri Noffke.

Pond House Farm: We have organic garlic & radishes in stock.

Rickety Barn Farm:We have traditional flavor pot pies in stock – made with all natural ingredients. Each pie feeds 4. 

Organic sourdough bread:We have sourdough bread in the freezer
Recipe featuring co-op products at the end of this email :  30-Minute Sweet Potato Skillet
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, September 16. 

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – Masks are now optional for shoppers – We are still following recommended safety protocols
The Pickens County community level is LOW. Based on the current CDC and SC DHEC guidelines, masks are optional for shoppers. 
 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

Order Due Dates and Delivery Dates
Online ordering calendar 
UNFI — Thenext delivery date is Wednesday, August 23. The next order due date is Monday, August 28. We receive orders every two weeks.

Happy Cow — We received an order Monday, 8/21. Place orders on Saturday, September 2, for delivery on Tuesday, September 5 (due to the Labor Day holiday)

Frontier Herbs — Next order due date is Tuesday, September 19. Frontier Co-op orders are due the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Visit the Frontier Co-op website to see the products on sale.
New, Restocked & Highlighted Products
Gluten-Free Products
 If you are interested in ordering a specific type of produce please contact Theresa to discuss availability.  Visit the list of produce suppliers
Personal Care
 Pet Products
Culinary Herbs
Medicinal Herbs
Consignments & Gifts
Reduced Items
Discontinued Items
Sweet Potato Skillet with Tortellini, Sausage, and Bell Peppers.
30-Minute Sweet Potato Skillet 
Sweet potato skillet is an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner that a whole family will love! It has everything you want in a complete meal: protein (sausage), veggies (sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and green onions), and pasta (tortellini). This recipe is perfect for meal prep, making ahead, and freezing.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 613kcal
8 oz cheese tortellini
1 pound sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch dice (about 2 medium sweet potatoes)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
10 ounces spicy Italian sausage
5 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 red bell pepper medium
1 green bell pepper medium
1 yellow bell pepper medium
4 green onions chopped
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes

Roast sweet potatoes
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Toss diced potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Roast for about 15 or 20 minutes.
In the meantime, proceed with the recipe.

Cook tortellini
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook according to package instructions (usually about 5 minutes). Drain.
Proceed with the rest of the recipe while you cook the tortellini.

Assemble sweet potato skillet
Heat a large cast iron skillet for 2 minutes over low-medium heat. Add crumbled sausage, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika, and sauté for about 5 or 10 minutes, breaking the meat into small pieces, until lightly browned and cooked through.
Remove cooked sausage to a plate, making sure that juices remain in the skillet.
To the same, now empty, skillet with juices, add chopped bell peppers and cook for about 10 minutes until softened.
Add back cooked sausage. Add roasted sweet potatoes, chopped green onions, and cooked and drained tortellini. Stir to reheat and combine. Season with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.

Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 17375IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 4mg
Find it onlinehttps://juliasalbum.com/sweet-potato-skillet/#recipe