Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grilling & Chilling Grand Finale 2014

by Jaimie Jusczyk, Marketing Specialist

As summer starts to wind down and the kids get ready to go back to school, the Co-op hosted the last Grilling & Chilling in the parking lot for the season on Friday, August 22. Chef Stephen was out grilling four different worldly themed kabobs, the Mideast Feast, the Old World, the New World and Caribbean Cruise from 11:30am - 6 pm. This time he also served corn on the cob with two different compound butters to choose from and deep fried pineapple with ice cream, which proved popular.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Turn Over-Ripe Fruit Into Amazing Sorbetto!

by Maria Noel Groves, Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator

Have you noticed the mind-blowing gelatos and sorbettos popping up in the freezer section lately? The Strawberry Balsamic by Gelato Fiasco in Maine really is fabulous, and don't even get me started on the Talenti Salted Caramel... Since I took a backpacking gelato tour of Italy in '99, I've become a bit of an ice cream snob. I literally dream of standing amidst 100 gelato/sorbetto options lined along two or three walls in Rome. The scoops were golfball small, perfect for layering on unique flavors like watermelon with green tea without blowing the calorie bank before dinner. I still rave about cantaloupe gelato from a park stand in Padova that was so authentic, I had to spit out a few seeds. All summer, I've been craving those unique, real fruit flavors. So after a series of ice cream dreams, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. Join me, and discover a flavor explosion of refreshing frozen delight... and the perfect chance to use up those over-ripe peaches, melons, and berries hanging around your kitchen... read more

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Self Massage: Feel Like a Million Bucks!

by Dr. Sam Sanzone, DC, Chiropractor & Co-op Wellness Educator

Let’s face it, daily living can be pretty punishing on your body. Muscle tension, knots, painful trigger points, and stiff muscles are just some of the complaints I hear from patients in my office on a regular basis. In working with folks to help diminish their symptoms and maximize their enjoyment of life I will regularly empower them with self myofascial release (self-massage) techniques using foam rollers and other tools. My appreciation of the benefits of this type of work stems from an earlier career as a licensed massage therapist prior to attending graduate school to get my chiropractic degree. Click here to read more and register for Dr. Sam's free class on September 9!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Should We Start a Co-op Farm?

Where do you see the Concord Food Co-op in the future?

The Co-op staff have been thinking out of the box! With the recent acquisition of Cafe Indigo on Hall Street in Concord - now called The Co-op Bakehouse - the Co-op staff see that the Co-op has limitless possibilities with the enthusiasm of our General Manager, Paula Harris, guiding us. Some of us have been here long enough to have witness multiple Concord store expansions, purchasing our Concord building, and the start of our New London store. We're constantly chatting with our fellow member-owners and customers and listen to their requests. This inspires us to keep thinking outside the box for the Co-op's future. And, in this case, that means thinking outside the building! Watch the video and take a survey to lend your voice....

The Great Vegetable Swap Out: Not Your Standard Starch!

by Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), 
Registered Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator

I adore bread, potatoes, corn, and rice as much as every other American, but let’s face it: Most of us could use some inspiration to eat fewer carbs and more veggies. One way to significantly up your veg quota is to swap all or some of your standard starch for a veggie-based pseudo-carb. I’m not talking about weird processed vegetable cellulose packaged gunk. Let’s stick to real, whole foods!

We’re at the height of harvest season on the cusp of summer-to-autumn offerings, it’s the perfect time to branch out with farm-fresh goodies. Here are a few ideas to get you going. I highly recommend checking out the linked recipes - the pictures alone will have your mouth watering!!... read more

Friday, June 27, 2014

Live Action Salad Station

By Jaimie Jusczyk, Marketing Specialist

Executive Chef Scott wanted to showcase the beautiful and delicious produce that has been arriving in store from local farms, and what better way than with a Live Action Salad Station on June 26, 2014. Chef Scott set up a display in the Concord store produce department with the help of the produce manager, Shawn. [Read more...]
Executive Chef Scott Jones

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Green Cleaning with Essential Oils

By Kelly Lang, Health Coach & Co-op Wellness Educator

Using all-natural cleaning products is be one excellent step toward living a greener lifestyle because the chemicals found in typical cleaning solutions can be some of the most toxic both to the environment and your health. One way to upgrade to all-natural cleaning products is to learn how to use essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts from plants, and most are naturally antibacterial. In some cases essential oils are also antiseptic and anti-fungal, making them a powerful germ-killing, mold-eradicating option without the toxic side effects... click here to learn more about green cleaning with essential oils AND Kelly's FREE class on July 8!