Grocery

Win Groceries, Give Groceries! Generosity is its own reward, but if you’d like the opportunity to give to others and get great groceries yourself, stop by the co-op in early December to participate in the “Goodness Giveaway,” featuring great Co+op Basics groceries. Valley Natural Foods will be giving away an assortment of Co+op Basics items valued at $75 to one lucky winner and making a $75 donation in the winner’s name to 360 Communities Emergency Food Shelves. Win the gift of healthy food and support an organization in our community that provides healthy foods to many of our neighbors. Locate our Co+op Basics shelf display between aisle 5 & 6, and fill out an entry form for a chance to win. No purchase necessary. Concern for the Community One of the seven cooperative principles is “Concern for the Community.” Providing healthy foods for the

Gray Duck Chai Teas Gray Duck Chai started in 2011 when Katey Nieber couldn’t find a chai tea in Minneapolis that matched the superior quality and flavor of one she had tasted in Seattle. With a background from the Culinary Institute of America she started concocting her own custom chai blends. She partnered with Jon Alden, a fellow chai enthusiast and the rest is history. All of their chai teas are made from 100% organic ingredients, containing just the right balance of robust freshly ground spices, black tea sourced from the Assam region of India and then lightly sweetened. We now carry the following varieties: Burnt Sugar and Ginger Rooibos and Minnesota Honey Nine Spice Blend These locally produced chai teas can be found in Aisle 5 near the boxed teas and instant coffee. Fig Food Company Organic Soups Introducing 100% plant-based organic soups from

Fall is the time when the colors of the leaves are changing and the weather is mild. The dip in the weather means it's time to cozy up with some warm food and eat some seasonal fruits and veggies. Keep reading below for some fall-inspired recipes. ZESTY SQUASH SOUP Try warming up this fall with this Zesty Squash Soup; butternut squash and pie pumpkin blended with curry and chili powder and then topped with pumpkin seeds. For an added kick try adding red pepper flakes. Get the recipe here.   WILD RICE AND KALE APPLE SALAD Hearty kale mixed with apples, wild rice, carrots, green onions, walnuts and dried cranberries, then coated with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette. Get the recipe here. FRIED APPLE AND CHICKEN GRILLED CHEESE A fresh twist on a comforting classic. The combination of apples, cheese and chicken make for a sweet, yet savory sandwich. Mix it up

Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you’re hosting a Halloween Party or if you just want to have some fun with the family, these treats will surely get you into the spirit! Tricks to Make Your Own Treats Making your own scary treats can be half of the fun. You and your guests will enjoy eating them as much as you enjoyed making them. Fruit Monsters To make fruit monsters, cut an apple into 4 wedges. Next, on the side of the apple that still has skin on it, use a knife to cut out an indent for the mouth. Be careful not to cut all the way through because then you would have to start over.  Now you have your canvas for a scary face. Use things like slivered almonds, marshmallows, sunflower seeds or pepitas for teeth. You can get the teeth to

Que Pasa Tortilla Chips Since 1983 Que Pasa has been making foods from scratch using authentic Mexican traditions. It starts with organic and Non-GMO corn that has been grown in the American Southwest which is then cooked to keep all their nutrients like fiber and bran intake. Their corn kernels are then stone ground between hand-cut volcanic millstones which are then cooked into a masa to make tortilla chips. We carry the following Que Pasa Tortilla Chips: Blue Corn Tortilla Chips White Corn Tortilla Chips Nacho Tortilla Chips Sweet & Spicy Ranch Tortilla Chips Their tortilla chips are organic, gluten-free, vegan and contain no GMOs. Also check out the side of their blue and white corn tortilla chip packages for fun and easy recipes. Like their Mango Pico de Gallo or their Smoky Chipotle Guacamole. For more information visit: http://us.quepasafoods.com/about  Honest Sports Drink From the makers of

September is National Honey Month!  While honey might traditionally be thought of as a sweetener, there are many other uses that this versatile substance can provide. To celebrate the delicious substance from the hardworking honey bee we’ve compiled a list of different honey uses that you might not have thought of. Honey Face Mask Honey is amazing for skin. It has the ability to moisturize making it an ideal addition to a skin care regimen. Along with that, honey is an antioxidant which helps combat nasty free radicals that can potentially damage skin. It’s antimicrobial and antiseptic properties also make honey a great contender for combating acne and other blemishes. To use as a face mask apply honey to your skin, leave for 10-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly (especially around the scalp line) with warm water. Then rinse with cold water to help keep your

New gluten-free pastas are available in our grocery department. Banza Chickpea Pastas In 2013 Brian Rudolph began experimenting in his small apartment to create pasta made primarily from chickpeas. His obsession turned into the start of the Banza brand. Since then Banza has harnessed the power of chickpeas to create pastas that are higher in fiber and protein than traditional noodles, and without all the carbs. We now carry the following chickpea pastas: White Cheddar Mac and Cheese Classic Cheddar Mac and Cheese Shells and Cheese Deluxe Rich and Creamy Cheddar Elbows Penne Banza Chickpea Pastas are also certified non-GMO, gluten-free and kid friendly! Explore Cuisine While exploring in China, Joe Spronz recognized the need for healthier pasta alternatives. The idea came to him while enjoying soybean noodles regularly on his trip. He returned to the states and started the Explore Cuisine brand. We now carry

Box Tops has helped local schools earn over $800 million for things like helping build playgrounds, installing computer labs, and funding other programs that enrich their school communities since 1996, and are featured on some of your favorite Natural and Organic brands like—Food Should Taste Good Chips, Cascadian Farm Cereal, and Cascadian Farm Granola Bars. We’ve always placed great importance on listening to our consumers. After learning that over 90% of Annie’s consumers wanted Box Tops on Annie’s packages*, we’re pleased to announce that you can now find Box Tops on many of Annie’s products including: mac & cheese, fruit snacks, cereal, frozen snacks, granola bars, and more. Help us continue to help schools earn cash, by clipping Box Tops! From August 16th to August 29th, visit our store to find specially marked packages with Box Tops for Education.  You can take home

Next Thursday, August 10 is National S’mores Day, and to celebrate we will be sampling s’mores at the kiosk from 11am – 1pm! A S’more is the perfect combination of a toasted marshmallow that is squished between two crispy graham crackers topped with chocolate squares. Who can resist these warm, gooey, and crunchy messes? S’mores Origin Although the origin is unknown, the first documented “some more” recipe can be found in the publication of “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” from 1927. They were named “some more” because you could never really eat just one.  It wasn’t until 1971 where the name was shortened to S’more and the rest is history! Today, S’mores can be considered a seasonal staple during the warm summer months when campfires can be found in just about everyone’s backyard. Usually campfire conversation leads to discussing the perfect way

Sunday, August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day, and what better way to celebrate than coming into Valley Natural Foods and visiting our demo kiosk from 11am - 1pm. We will be serving up refreshing samples of this summer favorite using Alden’s Ice Cream and Hansen’s Creamy Root Beer. Alden’s Organic Ice Cream is committed to making ice cream with no GMO’s, no artificial flavorings or colorings, no artificial growth hormones or antibiotics, no carrageenan and no high fructose corn syrup. Hansen’s Sodas are new to Valley Natural Foods and are free from artificial flavors, sodium and caffeine and are sweetened with real cane sugar and natural flavors. Hansen’s Creamy Root Beer is just that; creamy, delicious and refreshing! Origins of the Root Beer Float Ever wondered how the Root Beer Float came about? Well we did a little research and found