March 2010

Two of the benefits of membership at Valley Natural Foods, are a monthly 5% discount and a 10% case discount. Both discounts can help frugal shoppers plan and save money. Many members save the 5% discount for their largest shopping trip of the month or for replenishing monthly supplements. Other members plan ahead and buy by the case on products they use a lot. Still others share a case (and split the cost).  While both discounts are terrific ways to save money as a co-op member, you should know that not all products are discounted. So you are not surprised at the cash register, here is a list of those exceptions: • Eggs • Milk • Sushi • Fresh-cut flowers from produce • Books (already 15% off every day) • Items already discounted (member, CAP, general or red tag items) These items are exceptions because they are already discounted so low that if the

Colcannon, traditional fare in Ireland is a delicious dish; the cabbage, kale, leeks and potatoes provide a wallop of nutrients: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, minerals, protein and fiber. An old Irish Halloween tradition was to conceal charms in the colcannon that would reveal someone's future, such as remain a bachelor or a spinster or become rich. Serve colcannon paired with a corned beef brisket (this week's Fresh Meal Solutions) and you have the perfect celebratory meal for St. Patrick's Day, for the Irish in all of us, at least for a day! Colcannon 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded 1 bunch dino kale, coarsely chopped 2 1/2 lb. baby potatoes 1 C. cream 1/2 C. salted butter 2 medium leeks, most green trimmed off 2 tsp. black pepper 2 tsp. salt Wash potatoes well. Fill a large pot half full of water, add 1 teaspoon

 Do you know this woman? We do! It’s Susan McGaughey, our general manager at Valley Natural Foods. Not only do we know this woman, we hold her in the highest regard as fellow member-owner, leader and friend. If you were to look at the growth of Valley Natural Foods under her direction, you would see a steady line of annual increase. So we also know what she can do. Over the past 30 years Susan has applied her steady leadership and committed her serving heart to Valley Natural Foods. And she has had good company along the way. Kathleen Boegemann, operations manager of our co-op, was recently honored at an all-staff meeting for her 20 years of service. Both women have been committed to excellence, sharing a long-time journey and friendship. Their commitment to excellence has garnered Valley Natural Foods several