September 2020

We've all had chocolate syrup on our ice cream, but have you ever tried maple syrup atop a few scoops of vanilla ice cream? What about swapping in maple syrup for the brown sugar in baked beans? Maple syrup can be used for so much more than just on pancakes, waffles, or French toast! Forget Vermont's maple syrup! Minnesota's own Wild Country Maple Syrup is the perfect way to change up your go-to recipes and ingredients! Michael and Carrie Baker were loyal supporters of Wild Country Maple Syrup for years before it became their livelihood. During each trip to the North Shore, they would make a point to stop at Wild Country before returning to their Twin Cities home. But it was a trip to the Wild Country in 2015 that changed their lives forever. While having coffee together one foggy, October morning, they began imaging

The polls have closed and the votes have been tallied! Now it's time to announce the results! Eleven candidates, including two incumbents, ran to fill two Board of Directors seats for TY 2020-21. Congratulations to Mark Mosiniak & Kate Ward. Mark Mosiniak   Kate Ward Thank you to all member-owners who took the time to have their voices heard and voted.

A Company Founded From a Problem Not all products are created equally. Sometimes corners are cut or chemicals are added to extend shelf-life or counter lower-grade ingredients or materials. Valley Natural Foods is proud to carry grocery and wellness items that do neither. The Honey Pot Company is just one of our many vendors that put its customers' health and well-being first. Image Courtesy of The Honey Pot Company's Facebook Beatrice Dixon, founder and CEO of the Honey Pot Co, was simply a woman looking for a solution before she was an entrepreneur. "The whole reason I started the Honey Pot Co was because I was suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months and couldn't get relief," she explains. "One night, an ancestor visited me in a dream and gifted me with a vision to heal myself. With her help, I created the Honey Pot Co to

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we've compiled all the resources you need to prepare for Election Day. Now is the time to make sure you're registered, decide if you're voting in-person or by mail, know where your polling place is and, ready to cast your ballot on November 3! Register to Vote Online (or update your registration) Vote Early By Mail Vote Early in Person Find Your Polling Place "What Identification Do I Need to Bring?" Become a Poll Worker

September is sweet for so many reasons. The leaves begin to change. The air cools and becomes crisp. Pumpkins pop up in and around our homes and hop back into our lattes.  The biggest reason September is so sweet? It's National Honey Month! Initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989, National Honey Month is big for honey producers and beekeepers throughout the United States since September typically marks the end of honey collection season as the bees begin to prepare their hives for winter. A few sweet facts about honey -  There are nearly 20,000 know species of bees throughout the world - 4,000 of which are native to the U.S. (source) A single worker honeybee produces about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime, meaning 27,000 bees are needed to fill a single jar!  (source) A honey bee can travel up

Family-Farmed Hoch Orchard has been in the family since the early 1950s but it wasn't until 1997 when Harry and Jackie Hoch and their family moved back to the Le Crescent, MN farm after leaving the Twin Cities that they started switching things up. Hoch Orchard is farmed entirely using organic practices and completed the transition to become certified organic in 2010. As a vertically integrated farm, Hoch Orchard only sells fruit they grow. This way the consumer knows exactly where their food came from, who produced it, and how it was produced! They even operate a cider mill and commercial kitchen to create jellies, juices, and sauces right where the fruit is grown. While growing over 30 apple varieties, Hoch Orchard is far from a one-crop farm. They also produce strawberries, blueberries, apricots, tart cherries, and multiple varieties of raspberries and plums. Waste

When you buy a local product from Valley Natural Foods, your dollars support more than just your local economy. You're supporting individuals -- individuals like Henry Kisitu. Ugandan Roots Growing up in Uganda, Henry watched his grandmother create tonics in her kitchen after sourcing local ingredients like ginger and turmeric. He was raised by his aunt from the ages of 5-17 after losing his parents to illness and war. In 2007, Henry moved to Minnesota after earning a University of Minnesota scholarship and eventually went on to receive bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of St. Thomas. When Henry's grandmother "Jajja" (which translates to 'grandparent' in Uganda) passed away in 2016, he decided the best way he could honor her legacy was to share the recipes she created in her Ugandan kitchen and keep the tradition going across the world! He founded Jajja