May 2012

There was a "big check" roaming around the co-op today, did you see it? If not, we will fill you in on what was happening! Valley Natural Foods was proud to present a $1458. 90 "big check" from its Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) to 360 Communities of Burnsville.  Jeff Mortensen, the Senior Director of Innovation/Interim CEO/President  and Tony Compton, the Marketing and Communications Manager, were on hand to receive it and of course, the actual check too! 360 Communities is a wonderful non-profit organization that serves our local community through five food shelf locations along with providing domestic violence outreach and prevention support and many other educational opportunities for Dakota County families.   Last fall, Valley Natural Foods member owners selected 360 Communities as the recipient of of this fund through the annual online ballot. Valley Natural Foods is one of over

Who doesn't want the opportunity to win a $50 or $25 co-op  gift card?  If you know a lot about  co-ops, food and the environment, you have a good chance!  Throughout June 2012, test your knowledge at a series of Co-op Pub Trivia events  hosted at 8 different local watering holes across the metro.  The trivia events are held in honor of the 2012 International Year of the Cooperatives. Prizes will be given out at each event. Be sure to attend Valley Natural Foods' Co-op Pub Trivia event on June 21st at Morgan's on Nicollet starting at 8pm.  Morgan's is located at 14201 Nicollet Ave S., Burnsville.  Go  early to grab some grub (they have a great dinner menu) to gear up for an evening of testing your wits! 1st place wins a $50  co-op gift card, 2nd place a $25

Veggie and herb plants from Green Earth Growers have been selling briskly here at the co-op! If you have not had a chance to shop for your garden veggie plants yet, there's still some interesting varieties available at highly competitive prices! Fatali Pepper - If you missed out on the legendary ghost pepper plant (wow, we quickly ran out of those) then give the Fatali a try. Though not quite as hot as the ghost, they still bite hard with a rich citrus taste! Grown and very popular in Africa, the Fatali is fantastic for making amazing hot sauce. The fruits resemble ghost peppers but ripen to a bright yellow instead of orange and are just a bit smaller. Heirloom Green Grape Cherry Tomato - Don't be afraid of the name of these prolific heirloom tomatoes! They're ripe when they have chartruse-yellow

If you like celebrating Cinco de Mayo, check out what your friendly neighborhood co-op has to offer to make the 5th of May a yummy day! Our produce department makes Garden Fresh Salsa! Being one of our best sellers, this salsa is made almost daily in order to keep up with demand! Pairs nicely with locally grown and produced Whole Grain Milling Tortilla Chips. Do you like guacamole? Pick up some organic avocados, and mash the flesh with a few spoonfuls of our salsa for the best tasting guacamole ever! Or purchase a delicious container of Yucatan Organic Guacamole for convenience! Visit our meat department for some awesome house-made Chorizo, made with Hidden Stream Farm pork and our own Chorizo spice recipe. Ask our staff for some great ideas on how to prepare it in the oven or on the grill! In the deli