Special Order Pickup / Year-End Inventory
We will be conducting our year-end inventory the week of December 12th, so please pickup your special orders by close of day Saturday, December 10 to assist us with our inventory counts.  Thanks for your help!
Annual Membership Meeting to be held Dec 10
We will hold our annual membership meeting on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00am on Zoom. We will vote on the 2023 budget proposal and slate of officers and board members. The Zoom link will be sent this week.
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. 

Local apples & pears: We received local apples from Happy Cow on 11/28

Organic sourdough bread: We received a delivery on 12/1. 

Growing Greens Family Farm: We received organic greens and butternut squash on 11/29.

Patchwork Garden: We received fresh ginger on 11/15
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!
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, December 17. 

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – Masks are now optional for shoppers – We are still following recommended safety protocols
The Pickens County community level has decreased to LOW. 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.
 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 — The next order due date is Monday, Dec 5.  Thenext delivery date is Wednesday, Dec 14. 

Happy Cow —  Place orders by Saturday, Dec 10, for delivery on Monday, Dec 12. Egg Nog is NOT available this year. Reminder: There is limited milk available, so they will not have chocolate milk or buttermilk available on a regular basis again until early next year.

Frontier Herbs — Orders due monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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
Medicinal Herbs
Culinary Herbs
Consignments & Gifts
Reduced Items
Recipes and Health Articles Chinese Napa Cabbage Soup 
Soul-soothing and comforting, this Chinese napa cabbage soup makes a great easy weeknight dinner! Ready in 30 minutes and only a handful of ingredients needed. A quick side dish that your family will love!
 Prep Time: 5 minutes
 Cook Time: 21 minutes
 Total Time: 26 minutes
 Servings: 4 servings
 Calories: 41kcal
 Author: Meesha

3 cloves garlic minced
4 cups vegetable stock
3 large leaves napa cabbage Slice into 2 inches pieces (about 0.5lb/250g)
1 medium carrot sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon shaoxing wine
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Heat up a tablespoon or so of neutral oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Once heated, place in garlic and saute 1 minute until fragrant.

Next, add in napa cabbage, carrot and broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to a gentle simmer. Place the lid on and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until veggies have softened.

Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce, shaoxing wine and sesame oil. Give it a taste and add more soy sauce, if needed. Serve Chinese cabbage soup while warm!

Oil-free – Use ¼ cup of broth or water to saute your garlic, and omit sesame oil.
Helpful tips
You can use bouillon cubes or stock powder in place of vegetable broth. Heat up 4 cups of water, then add in cubes or powder. Stir until it has dissolved before adding in veggies.Use a large enough Dutch oven or soup pot to prevent soup from boiling over while cooking. I am using a 5.5qt Dutch oven.If you prefer your napa cabbage crunchy, reduce cooking time by 5-8 minutes. Separate it immediately from soup until ready to serve to prevent cabbage from cooking further.

Storing – Leftover napa cabbage soup can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. As the veggies will turn softer and mushier upon reheating, I recommend slightly undercooking them if you are planning to make this soup ahead of time. 

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1204mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3115IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg