East Store Grocery News: June 2011

One of our projects for this summer is to organize each grocery category, i.e., crackers, cereal, frozen entrees, etc. so that, within each category, there is a very distinct and clearly identifiable Gluten Free section.  Much of the “moving around” has already happened and now we’re simply waiting for the merchandising materials to arrive.  As always we welcome your feedback!

The East store is stocking some new items that I hope will interest some of you (many of these have been requested by customers.)

Refrigerated Items:
•    Organic Valley Orange Juice is back!!  After too many months of doing without, I’m happy to report that these favorite refrigerated juices are back on the shelves.  Here’s a simple recipe from the OV website.  Enjoy!

Zesty Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes
What a marvelous thing a sweet potato is—rich and meaty and full of fiber, beta carotene and vitamin C. Not to mention how radiant it looks on the plate!
Ingredients
3 pounds sweet potatoes
1 1⁄2 - 2 tablespoons grated gingerroot
1⁄3 cup Organic Valley Orange Juice, at room temperature
2-3 tablespoons Organic Valley Butter, cut into pieces and softened
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions
1. Place sweet potatoes in a cold oven; turn on oven to 350 degrees and bake until very tender, about 1 hour. (They can also be started in a hot oven.)
2. Cut hot sweet potatoes in half and scoop the flesh out into a bowl. Whip with remaining ingredients and serve immediately (or let cool and reheat in microwave oven before serving).
Copyright by Terese Allen
Jolly Llama Squeezeups:  From the website www.jollyllamasorbets.com:“Jolly Llama’s Sorbet Squeezups – our first line of delicious, healthier frozen treats - are made from actual fruit, not juices or concentrates. As a result they burst with the refreshing, real taste of sun-ripened fruit while retaining the rich store of nutrients nature intended…More than just make better frozen treats, though, we want to be a socially responsible company that gives back. Our biggest focus is on promoting healthier lifestyles through healthier diets.   This year we are launching a drive to support local non-profits that work to get kids eating healthier food. We envision a day where preventative health care, including diets with more whole foods and healthier processed foods, will save future generations from suffering the ill-affects of the epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes our children are experiencing now.”

Other new grocery items include:
Late July Tortilla Chips, Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger buns, Hot Dog Buns and Chia Millet Bread, Ines Rosales  Cinnamon Sweet Olive Oil Tortas (sure to become one of your favorite snacks!),Rudi’s frozen Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookie Bites and Local Folks Foods Pizza Sauce!

One last thing….as a follow up to last month’s newsletter….  I bought a Sprouting Jar from our new Seed Sprouting Station and some broccoli sprouts.  It’s magic!  I was eating (and sharing with others) delicious, nutritious sprouts on everything within three short days.  You should try it!

Have a great June everybody!

Martha Philion, Grocery Manager