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!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Grafton Village Cheese and The Imported Grape

by Jaimie Jusczyk, Marketing Specialist at the Co-op

The June Cheesy Wine Down Wednesday at the Co-op had some extra special guests from Grafton Village Cheese Company in Vermont. Dane Huebner, the master cheese-maker, with Mary were well received by our foodie participants and gave a very informative talk about cheese making before guiding us around a plate of aged cheddars, a clothbound cave aged cheddar, a maple smoked cheddar and a Vermont Leyden. Grafton Village Cheeses are handmade in small batches in Vermont. All the cheeses are suitable for vegetarians and use unpasteurized milk. Their international and national award winning cheeses are made with predominately Jersey cows milk that is rBST-free from small local family owned farms. [Read more...]
Cheesy Wine Down Wednesday at the Concord Food Co-op

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Love Your Skin Even If You Love the Sun

By Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)
Love this $5 sunhat from the feed store!
Registered Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator

Summer is just about here! Sitting out in the sun on a nice summer day is the epitome of a relaxing good time. But, excess sun exposure can damage the skin over time, encouraging wrinkles and skin cancer to take hold. Take a queue from hot climates. Your best sunscreen is a tightly woven sun hat, sunglasses, light, loose-fitting clothes, and hanging out in the shade when possible. The runner up: a good sunscreen... (read more)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fast Flavor with Fresh Herbs

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

For all our gorgeous seasons, June may well be the most beautiful month in the New Hampshire garden. Every day we're treated to a show-stopping array of blooms and lush green mounds of happy herbs. The weeds haven't quite taken over (yet). Nothing's really reached its scraggly past-due state. And, at last, it's time to really get in there and *harvest* all those lovely plants for food and medicine! Now is the time to plant the last of your seedlings (those frost-sensitive babies you've sheltered til the last possible moment), to give them the chance to settle in before the heat of summer kicks in. The Co-op now has *lovely* organic and locally grown potted herbs available for sale from Generation Farm - how easy is that? Just pick them up while you're doing your regular grocery shopping and then pop them in the soil. You'll find classic culinary herbs including thyme, tarragon, parsley, basil, and (a personal favorite) purple basil. Keep your eye out for locally grown cut fresh herbs in the produce section this summer, too! Fresh herbs are one of the best kept secrets of healthy, delicious at-home meals. Whether you're topping off a salad with julienned fresh basil or creating an elaborate concoction, fresh herbs will enhance the flavor of your food without sugar, fat, salt, or even calories. I can't wait to have fresh basil and other herbs at my fingertips once again, where every meal starts with a walk around the garden with my basket!... read more for tips and recipes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Middle Branch Farm: Looking Forward to the Summer Harvest

by Shawn Menard, Co-op Produce Manager

Located in New Boston, Middle Branch Farm has been in the Noonan family since 2000. Since its founding in the mid-1700s, this land has raised nearly every kind of fresh food possible in the Northeast: dairy, eggs, poultry, apples, cider, vegetables, and maple syrup. Today, the certified organic farm primarily grows vegetables to supply its CSA shares and a few wholesale accounts, including the Co-op... (read more)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator

Guest post by by Dr. Amanda Hegnauer, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor & Co-op Wellness Educator

Lyme disease is often referred to as the “great imitator” because it mimics other conditions, often causing patients to suffer a complicated maze of doctors in search of appropriate treatment. It is a disease whose diagnosis is synonymous with anxiety, fear, and frustration. As with any chronic disease, Lyme disease ebbs and flows; three steps forward and four steps back. I find that it is important to keep this in mind as we begin our journey to beat back the symptoms of this bacterial menace... (read more)