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East Store Grocery News: September 2011

September 2011 East Grocery News:

Hi Folks!  Well, there’s been an appreciable uptick in activity around here since schools are back in session!  It feels great!

We’ve brought in some interesting new items for you to try:

Forbidden Flavors Ice Cream:  from Terre Haute, In.  Jill and Andrew Conner have created an amazing array of uniquely flavored ice creams, including:  Cardamom Custard, Red Raspberry Sorbet, Goat’s Milk Piloncillo and Curried Carrot.  Andrew came to the East store to sample his goods and they were extremely well received by customers and staff, alike!

Joan’s Caramels:  “Put a smile on your taste!” is Joan’s motto for her delicious, homemade caramels.  Joan makes her magic right here in Bloomington.  She, too, was here to sample her caramels and they were a big hit!  “Our made from scratch recipe allows you to enjoy handmade caramels with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.  Made in small batches with each caramel hand-wrapped and color coded with a ribbon according to flavor”… Original, Salted, Turtle, Peanut with Sea Salt, and Maple Pecan.

Earth Balance:  “Organic Coconut Spread is a rich, creamy way to stir fry and sautée vegetables. It’s delicious on toast, pancakes, waffles and bagels and it will add a whole new level of flavor to your baked goods.
You can use it in place of butter for any recipe! It adds a mild coconut-y vanilla flavor without overpowering a dish. And if you’re sautéing with it, its flavor will decrease as you increase the cooking heat. Keeping it at a low heat will intensify the coconut flavor.”
“And Earth Balance MindfulMayo™ Dressing and Sandwich Spread is here, for all of you conscious eaters out there who love a good sandwich, pasta or potato salad. You can use MindfulMayo™ in any recipe that requires regular mayonnaise!

MindfulMayo™ Dressing and Sandwich Spread comes in three varieties: Original, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic. It is also vegan and free of cholesterol and GMOs…”
Earth’s Best:  Fruit Yogurt Smoothies for your toddler…
Mrs. Meyers:  Rosemary scented dish soap, all purpose cleaner, countertop spray, laundry detergent and window spray.  The rosemary scent was intentionally designed for natural foods stores due to complaints about the overpowering nature of other Mrs. Meyers scents.

And…a few more regionally produced items from our friends at Tiny Footprint Distributors:
•    American Sweet Bean Edamame (Ohio grown),
•    Luna Burgers (artisan, organic, vegan burgers crafted in Columbus, Ohio),
•    Riehle’s Select Popcorn:  Riehle's Select Gourmet Popcorn is our family name and our company sits on the fertile Indiana farm land that has been in the Riehle family since 1910 (Sunman, Indiana). We chose the word Select because we feel we have selected the best eating and tasting popcorns available. Our popcorn is considered GOURMET POPCORN because we grow the popcorn for taste and great quality, not large quantity like some larger commercial popcorn companies. Our popcorn is also GMO free.

Udi’s Pizza Crust, Explore Asia Gluten Free Pastas, Natural Nectar Dark Chocolate Dream Cocoa Spread, VitaKitty Cat Treats, and more – all brought to you by customer suggestion!

Well, I think that’s about it from here.  Stop in and say "hi," and keep the suggestions coming.  Although we can’t bring in EVERYTHING requested, please know that we really do take all your input very seriously.

Martha Philion

East Store Grocery News: October 2011

What a spectacular time of year!  The store looks great inside and out; we’re excited about the upcoming Truckload sale this week and have brought in some new items we’d like to share with you.

Maybe the most exciting are the new GT Dave’s  Chia Kombucha flavors!   The 16 oz. glass bottles of raspberry, grape and cherry Kombucha feature chewy chia seeds suspended in a handmade Chinese tea that’s rich in active enzymes, probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants.  They have become an instant hit with the B’foods staff!!

Maybe the second most exciting is the addition of Jared’s Farm Fresh Eggs to our local egg selection.  I’ve met Jared (pictured left) and his grandparents, who operate Green Pastures Farm right here in Bloomington.  Jared is nine years old and, last year, asked for chickens as his birthday present.  I asked Jared if he does all the work taking care of his animals and – I mean it – he stood up straighter, kind of puffed his chest and, with a smile, said, “Yeah all of it, with a little help.”  I’m looking forward to this relationship! 

Maybe the third most exciting new product is actually a line of products from a company called Tea Forte.  We’ve set up their beautiful cabinet display in the tea aisle, across from the bulk coffee grinder.  Take a look!  Beautiful teas including tea for skin care; organics; iced; loose and bagged: green, white, roobios, herbal, black; tea ware; and functional tea mints!  The packaging is beautiful, too.  Here’s an interesting recipe from the Tea Forte website:

White Ginger Pear Poached Tilapia
2 cups boiling water 
2 White Ginger Pear pyramid infusers
1 green onion , coarsely chopped 
2-4 thin slices fresh ginger (about 2 inches each) 
1 1/4 pounds fillets of tilapia or cod or flounder

In 2-cup glass measuring cup, pour water over White Ginger Pear pyramid infusers and brew 5 minutes. Remove infusers; set aside.

In a 12-inch skillet, bring tea, green onion and ginger to a boil over high heat. Add fillets. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered 6 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. Remove fillets to serving platter and sprinkle, if desired, with chopped green onion.

PREP Time 10 minutes 
Makes 4 servings

As always we welcome your feedback and ideas!

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!

Fall 2011 Truckoad Teaser

Hi, folks.  Here's a taste of the kind of pricing you'll find at our truckload sale this weekend, October 15-16.  See you there.


TREE OF LIFE TONGOL TUNA 6 OZ $2.19 $1.69 $36.50
TREE OF LIFE BEANS 15 OZ $1.69 $1.25 $13.50
ZICO 100% NATURAL COCONUT WATER 11 OZ $1.99 $1.29 $13.93
ORGANIC VALLEY BUTTER 16 OZ $5.59 $4.99 $67.37
ORGANIC VALLEY HALF & HALF 32 OZ $3.89 2/$6 $32.40
NAPA VALLEY OLIVE OIL 25.4 OZ $14.39 $7.99 $86.29
TREE OF LIFE TOMATOES 28 OZ $2.89 2/$4 $21.60
TREE OF LIFE ORG VACUUM PACK TOFU 16 OZ $2.69 $2.09 $11.29
TREE OF LIFE ORG BROTH 32 OZ $2.79 $1.75 $18.90

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.