Garden Seeds in Bulk this Spring

New Years is just around the corner – and not long after, seed catalogues will start appearing in your mail box and online.  It’s time to dream and plan your new garden.  You search out old favorites, and you consider new possibilities.  You make your list and check it thrice.  You start counting backward from the last frost to see how soon you can start tomatoes and crucifers.  You mark your planting dates so you can have your peas, carrots, kale, and potatoes in the ground by St. Patrick’s Day.  And you envision corn on the cob, beans, and tomatoes on your table by the Fourth of July!

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East Store Grocery News: December 2011

 

Our Eastside Grocery Department has several new items to highlight this month:

Check out our display of Christmas treats at the back of the store.  The Martinsville Candy Kitchen Candy Canes are just beautiful!

”It takes two to make candy canes the old-fashioned way. As her husband works the 15-pound “loaf” into a candy rope, Pam Badger cuts and bends individual canes. Martinsville Candy Kitchen sells more than 20,000 canes a year. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadte)”

Other seasonal items include our favorite Trader’s Point egg nog, Organic Valley egg nog, and pumpkin spice Silk and Sea Bear salmon.

Green Valley Organics produces a line of lactose free dairy products and we’ve brought in 2 yogurt flavors and their sour cream. Let us know what you think!

Earth Balance Mindful Mayo and Coconut Spread ( for baking, sauteing, stir fry, and it’s great on toast!)

Harvest Bay coconut water is back in production after a looong hiatus. “Our coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage. Simply put, that means it replaces fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. And, each serving has more potassium — the natural muscle builder — than a banana, plus at least 40% more potassium than other leading coconut waters! “

Oregon Kombucha starter kits.  That’s right! Now you can buy what you need to start and make your own kombucha!  Try these flavors: blueberry black tea, black tea, ginger lemon decaf, pear ginger black tea and strawberry green tea. The starter kit includes live kombucha culture, organic tea and organic flavors, and a brewing guide. You add one cup of sugar and boiling water.   A perfect gift, perhaps??

In the bulk department we’re now stocking Organic Pearled Farro and we’re already hearing great reviews from customers.

Jones pure cane sodas in green apple and cola flavors!

Very happy holidays to all our wonderful customers and your families.

Martha Philion
Grocery Manager

 

 

Turn Fall Leaves Into "Black Gold"

Fall leaves make excellent compost – eventually.  One way to accomplish this is to simply rake the leaves into a pile and then wait several months while they slowly decompose into leaf mold and then compost.  Unfortunately, in the process some of the nutrients are leached away by rain and snow.

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East Store Grocery News: November 2011

Happy November Everybody!!

We’ve got a lot of new items to share with you, as well as some gentle reminders about the staples you’ll be looking for in the next few weeks.

IN OUR BULK DEPARTMENT:
•    Organic Sunny Gummy Bears & Organic Sunny Gummy Slices with Vitamin C.  They sure are yummy!
•    Two new Organic Quinoas:  Tri-Color and Black.  They sure are pretty!
•    Three new Granolas:  Golden Temple’s Coconut Almond, Bloomingfoods Commissary Kitchen’s CoCo Nutso Granola (made with organic oats, coconut, cashews and almonds!) and Golden Temple’s Save the Rainforest Granola.
•    And…Freekah!  Looks like bulgar….Freekah is a young wheat, gathered before the grain matures.  It’s dried and toasted over an open fire and has  a smoky, sweet flavor and a greenish color.

IN OUR GROCERY AND PERISHABLES DEPARTMENT:
•    Musgrave Orchard’s Apple Cider Vinegar (local and tasty!)
•    Kinnikinick GLUTEN FREE frozen pie crust
•    La Brea ready-to-bake Sourdough Baguette, Italian Round and Petite Tuscan ( sooo easy!  Just take it home and bake it for a scrumptious bakery-like aroma in your own kitchen!)  Look for these breads in Frozen Foods.
•    Siggi’s Icelandic style Yogurts (brought in by customer requests.)  “The story of siggi’s skyr starts in New York City during the holiday Season of 2004. Siggi Hilmarsson was for the first time in his life not going back home to Iceland to spend the holidays with his family. Feeling homesick and missing a staple of his childhood diet, he digs up some old articles on and recipes for skyr, the traditional yogurt of Iceland, sent to him by his mother. Undaunted by the articles’ arcane measurement system and his total lack of relevant measuring devices, Siggi makes his first batch of skyr in his kitchen.”  Read more about Siggi’s story at www.skyr.com
•    Texas Tamales:  We found these at a food show recently (food shows are fun!) and couldn’t resist.  Look for them in Frozen Foods, try them out and let me know what you think.
•    Muddy Forks Farm will start supplying us with two flavors of their locally baked breads this week!  Look for fresh deliveries on Thursday evening and Saturdays. 
“Muddy Fork Farm is committed to using locally-grown and organic ingredients.  All our whole-grain flour is locally grown, as is the honey we use.  We make all bread by hand in a brick, wood-fired oven on our farm in northeast Monroe County.  We specialize in naturally-leavened (sourdough) bread, a process that requires patience and time, but results in superior flavor, texture, nutrition, and keeping quality of the bread.”  www.muddyforkbakery.com

•    Vigilant Eats Organic Superfood, an oat based cereal that is gluten free, non GMO Project Verified and Vegan.  This super new product is brought to you by Bloomingfoods Member Owner Doug Siegel and his partner Wendy Cooper.

SUPERFOOD Cereal is SUPER-CONVENIENT. Just add COLD water. HEMPMILK powder inside.
•    Remove lid
•    Remove enclosed folding-spoon
•    Add cold water or milk and stir

THANKSGIVING FIXIN'S:
We have lots of stuffing mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie mix, cranberries, roasted chestnuts, pie crusts, baking essentials, crackers and nuts and cheeses and spreads and meats and drinks and just about anything I can think of that’d make for a fabulous feast!  So, shop early and shop often…We look forward to the holiday seasons and we look forward to helping you put together an unforgettable meal! 

GLUTEN FREE CHANNEL STRIPS:
It’s been a long time in the making but we’ve finally installed our new Gluten Free channel strips in the aisles to help our gluten free customers locate products more easily.  Within each category of food (cookies, chips, baking supplies, soups, etc.) the Gluten Free products are clustered together and that’s where you’ll see the channel strips.  Hope it helps!  We’d love your feedback.


Bird Seed at the Garden Center

Winter and spring are the most important times of the year to feed the birds – when wild food may be covered with snow and when the nesting season begins. Most birds are territorial and develop a routine of where to eat. So, if you want to make sure your yard is included in their circuit, you should start offering bird seed in the fall. But be patient. It can take several days for a new feeder to be discovered.

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Introducing Chris Bobbitt, Now in Our Garden Center

Your Garden Center is Growing!

Bloomingfoods Garden Center welcomes Chris Bobbitt, former manager of White River Co-op’s Lawn and Garden Department, which closed at the end of September. Chris brings over 50 years of experience in organic gardening. Chris has had extensive experience in both conventional and organic lawn care and is a Registered Pesticide Consultant.

Chris specializes in container gardening, has two Earth Machine composters, and he uses a Fiskars reel-type lawnmower -- when his 12 year old son lets him have a turn.

Chris always enjoys talking with fellow gardeners and birdwatchers. Stop by the Garden Center with your lawn and garden questions, and meet our newest staff member.

In the coming weeks and months, as space allows, look for the following new products and services:

|    Bird seed and feeders
|    Grass seed, cover crops
|    Professional, detailed soil testing with practical recommendations
|    Vegetable and flower seed in bulk and packets
|    Seed potatoes and onions, sweet potatoes
|    Soil amendments and pest controls
|    Earth Machine composters
|    Fiskars Momentum lawn mowers – so quiet and fun to operate
|    Live traps and animal repellents
|    Trellises
|    Sturdy tomato cages
|    Organic pond treatments
|    We welcome your suggestions and are always happy to do Special Orders.

Now is a great time to plant grass. We already have a good supply of Jaguar Turf-type Fescue which is very drought resistant and looks great all year around. Watch for bird seed and feeders at the Truckload Sale!