Holiday Closings
We will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 for the holidays. We’ll be open our usual schedule the rest of the time. We wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Holiday Gift Ideas / Stocking Stuffers
We stock many products that would make a lovely gift (see below). The Co-op has a wonderful assortment of natural products, from various local and gourmet foods to sustainably made personal care and gift items. Whether you’re in need of stocking stuffers, a self-care gift, a host/hostess gift, something for work colleagues and teachers — there’s something at the Co-op for everyone. Check out a few ideas here and come in to browse and create a unique gift basket for that special person.

Call the Co-op (868-3105) on Thursdays between 3:00-7:00pm or email Theresa for our assistance with creating custom holiday gift baskets.
2024 Membership Renewals
Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2024. The cost is $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. Thank you for your continued support!

Free Chocolate Bar with Purchase
As a thank you for your support, receive a free organic Alter Eco dark chocolate creme brulee creme truffle bar with purchases over $15 during the month of December, until supplies run out. Limit one per person per day.
Open Volunteer Jobs
Visit this link to view the 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.
Local Produce & Products this Week
Collards are available from the co-op garden. We received kale, Appalachian gold potatoes, and kabocha squash last week. In stock: broccoli, butternut squash, purple sweet potatoes, Carolina Reaper and poblano peppers, sweet potatoes (Covington & bonita (white flesh)). Also available: Co-op arugula and Italian sweet & jalapeno peppers.
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 have all flavors of sauerkraut, kvass, & kimchee in stock.
Co-op Garden: We have collards, Italian sweet & jalapeno peppers in stock
Growing Greens Family Farm: We have kabocha squash and acorn squash 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 in stock.
Rickety Barn Farm:We have pasture-raised chicken and traditional flavor pot pies in stock – made with all natural ingredients. Each pie feeds 4. 
Roundtop Farm:We have fresh yellow Indira and red turmeric and ginger in stock.
Organic sourdough bread:We have flavored sourdough (rosemary & olive, rosemary & garlic, & cheddar jalapeno) and sandwich loaves in stock (in the freezer)
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, January 20. 

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 DatesOnline ordering calendar UNFI — The next order due date is Monday, December 18. Thenext delivery date is Wednesday, December 27. We receive orders every two weeks. 

Happy Cow — Place orders by Saturday, December 23 for delivery on Tuesday, December 26. We receive orders every two weeks.

Frontier Herbs — Next order due date is Tuesday, January 16.  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
Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
These rustic vegan mashed potatoes are made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!
Author: Jeanine Donofrio
Serves: 4 to 6

2 pounds unpeeled yellow potatoes (or Yukon Gold), cut into 1 inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, peeled
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
¼ cup chopped scallions
4 cups finely chopped kale (1 small bunch)
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)

Place the potatoes, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Heat ½ teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the scallions and kale, and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.

Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the potatoes and garlic. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the ⅓ cup olive oil, ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid, the kale, scallions, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper. Continue folding until creamy, adding up to ½ cup more cooking liquid and additional drizzles of olive oil, if desired. Season to taste with up to ½ teaspoon more salt, and pinches of red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve hot. 

Find it onlinehttps://www.loveandlemons.com/kale-olive-oil-vegan-mashed-potatoes/