June 2012

By: Loris Sofia Gregory, Healthy Kitchen Coach, Apple Valley, MN The planting season is complete at Featherstone Farm, located in southeastern Minnesota bluff country near Rushford.  Featherstone farmer/owner Jack Hedin recently blogged that this is the earliest spring in his living memory that has produced such high quality and quantity of his first crops. With Featherstone delivering FRESH & LOCAL produce to Valley Natural Foods, expect red and green lettuces the first part of June, including butter, romaine and red oak leaf lettuces.  Discover more of what's local at the co-op

Front End Manager, Charlotte G., is a natural at making people smile through both her work and her hobby.  Charlotte’s passion of jewelry making started four years ago after she took a resin class at The Bead Monkey. Charlotte started by creating bottle cap pins.  Here’s how she does it.  The image gets sealed and glued into the bottle cap.  Then she allows 24 hours for the glue to dry.  Next she pours the resin and hopes for zero air bubbles.  She also creates beautiful pendants made from a 1 x 2 piece of glass. Charlotte uses all recycled paper to craft these beautiful pieces that typically consist of nice, vibrant colors and images or sayings.  Friends provide cards, magazine and catalogs and she shops for things that catch her eye at scrapbook stores and local art fairs.  In fact, “I have

Wash with a clean conscience!  Some may say it's magical.  Dr. Bronner's soaps are made with hemp and organic oils and are now certified fair trade. Valley Natural Foods carries ten varieties of great scents that can be used for multiple purposes.  Stop in our store and grab a recipe card for basic liquid laundry soap. Here's a tip from Dr. Bronner on using their Shikakai soaps: "Wet hair and scalp very thoroughly, squirt some soap into hands and work into a lather.  Wash hair, then rinse well.  Afterwards use our new citrus hair rinse and leave-in conditioners as directed." Our staff pick of the week is the Dr. Bronner's line of liquid and bar soaps just in time for Hemp History Week Check out Dr. Bronner's on Facebook! Hemp History Week is on Facebook!