Co-op is Open 12/26, 12/31, & 1/2/23
We will be open our regular hours on Monday, 12/26, Saturday, 12/31 and Monday, 1/2/23. We wish you and your families a very happy and healthy New Year!
2023 Membership Renewals
Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2023. The cost will be $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. Thank you for your continued support!
Annual Membership Meeting Mintes
We held our annual membership meeting on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00am on Zoom. This is a link to the minutes from the meeting. We voted to implement the increased shelf stocking fee (from 4% to 8%) effective January 1, to help cover losses due to continuing price increases of products.
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. 

Organic sourdough bread: There are a couple of loaves in the freezer. We received a delivery on 12/15. 

Shiitakes: We received a delivery on 12/15.Local apples: We received local apples and Asian Pears from Happy Cow on 12/12.
Health Article at the end of this email :  Miso Apple Bars
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 21. 

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – Masks are now optional for shoppers – We are still following recommended safety protocolsThe Pickens County community level has increased to MEDIUM. Based on the current CDC and SC DHEC guidelines, masks are optional for shoppers. Day managers will decide whethervolunteer 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.
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Order Due Dates and Delivery Dates
Online ordering calendar 
UNFI — Thenext delivery date is Wednesday, Dec 28. The next order due date is Monday, January 2.  

Happy Cow —  We will receive a delivery Monday 12/26. Place orders by Saturday, Jan 7, for delivery on Monday, Jan 9. Reminder: There is limited milk available, so chocolate milk & buttermilk are currently available on a limited basis.

Frontier Herbs — Orders due monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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Recipes and Health Articles Miso Apple Bars
Miso is not just for soup! This fermented bean paste’s rich umami flavor balances the sweetness in this apple dessert recipe. More ways to use miso: whisk into a dressing or stir into sautéed vegetables with a bit of butter too.
Active: 40 mins
Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 18
Miso Apple Bars
Ingredient Checklist12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided1 cup light brown sugar, divided4 tablespoons white miso, divided1 large egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract3 cups white whole-wheat flour1 teaspoon ground cardamom¼ teaspoon salt8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and chopped2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon½ teaspoon ground ginger½ cup pecans, chopped

Step 1- Line a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over two sides.
Step 2- Combine 10 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons miso, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add flour, cardamom and salt; mix until just combined. Refrigerate 1 cup for the topping and press the remaining dough into the prepared pan. Chill for 20 minutes.
Step 3- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 4- Bake the crust until the edges are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Step 5- Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons each butter and miso in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger. Adjust heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 15 to 18 minutes. Spread over the crust. Mix pecans into the reserved topping and crumble over the top.
Step 6- Bake the bars until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan, about 1 1/2 hours, before cutting into 18 bars.

To make ahead: Store bars airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar
Per Serving:
245 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 36.3g; dietary fiber 3.8g; sugars 17.9g; fat 10.2g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 30.7mg; vitamin a iu 284IU; vitamin c 3.4mg; folate 4.5mcg; calcium 22.3mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 8.7mg; potassium 126.7mg; sodium 161.4mg; added sugar 12g.

Exchanges:  1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 other carb, 2 fat

View online: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/267655/miso-apple-bars/
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