Life Extension Super Sale
The annual Life Extension Super Sale has begun and continues through mid-May. All products are 15% off the regular wholesale price. Place your orders in the Direct Order book by February 20th for delivery with the co-op’s first sale order. We will place another order toward the end of the sale period.

Visit https://www.lifeextension.com/ to view their product information. Contact Katherine Vinson with questions/
Locally Made Chicken Pot Pies
We are now carrying frozen chicken pot pies made by Tina McCoy of Rickety Barn Farm. Two flavors – traditional & spinach/feta – made with all natural ingredients. Each pie feeds 4. Check them out in the freezer! Contact Theresa if you would like to special order one for a future delivery. 
Local Beef Buying Opportunity
If you are interested in purchasing local beef, this is an opportunity for you to buy directly from the producer who will be processing a steer soon. On Milanesi Farms we sell Whole, Halves, and Quarters of Akaushi Wagyu beef.  Akaushi beef is considered by most chefs and beef experts to be the best tasting and texture beef in the world.  It is usually 2 to 3 grades above prime.  Our steers are pasture fed and finished locally on Carolina grasses.

Cuts are done to your specifications, steak thickness, roast size, etc.  Each piece of meat is vacuum sealed and labeled.  This beef has the lowest cholesterol of any meat, high in omega 3, and lowers the risk of cancer and heart disease. Experience the highest quality of Wagyu beef at an affordable price by emailing me (tannmilanesi@gmail.com) or calling at 559-217-1153.  Theresa Milanesi
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. 

Elijay Mushrooms: We received shiitake mushrooms on 2/9

Growing Greens Family Farms: Organic beets and butternut squash (last of the season)

Organic sourdough bread: There is a good supply of bread 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, February 18. 

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, February 13.  Thenext delivery date is Wednesday, Feb 23. 

Happy Cow —  Place orders by Saturday, Feb 18, for delivery on Monday, Feb 20. 

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
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Recipes and Health Articles YIELD: 8

Butternut Squash Quinoa Casserole
Butternut squash and other vegetables mixed together with quinoa makes a delicious vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friendly casserole for the whole family.
Butternut squash and other vegetables mixed together with quinoa makes a delicious vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friendly casserole for the whole family.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
PREP COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups cubed butternut squash
1 cup uncooked quinoa + 2 cups water (3 cups cooked)
2 cups corn
1 (15 oz.) can black beans (a little more than a cup), drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon ground cumin (see notes)
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tomato (chopped)
1 avocado (diced)
2 cups cheddar cheese (non-dairy cheese if vegan)
Salsa or hot sauce (optional, for serving)

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Roast the butternut squash with olive oil either in the oven (400°F for 15 minutes, further instructions can be found here) or on the stovetop (medium-high heat until soft, about 10-12 minutes like in this recipe).

Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package instructions (Add the quinoa + water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until water is mostly absorbed, about 15 minutes).In a large casserole dish (at least 9×13), add the cooked squash and quinoa, corn and black beans. Sprinkle in cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper and mix together.

Add tomato and avocado (you may prefer to wait until after baking to add the avocado). Top with cheese.

Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

If you desire extra crunch with this casserole, add 1/2 – 1 cup bread crumbs or panko (gluten-free if necessary) before adding the cheese.

*Cumin can be a stronger, earthy spice. If you don’t frequently cook with this spice or think 1 tablespoon might end up being too bold for your tastes, start by mixing in 1 teaspoon and taste the quinoa mixture before baking. You can then work your way up to 1 tablespoon if you find necessary.

**If you find the cumin flavor is overpowering after baking, it can be helpful to add something sweet to “counteract” it a little bit. I would suggest a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. 

Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 406 | TOTAL FAT: 20g | SATURATED FAT: 7g
View online: https://www.trialandeater.com/butternut-squash-quinoa-casserole/#mv-creation-172-jtr