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From Humble Beginnings In 1988 a group of Midwest family farmers from Coulee came together to save American family farms. These farmers were fed up with being told to “get big, or get out!” so they came together to form the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool or the CROPP Cooperative. They started by selling organic vegetables and after 29 years in the industry have added organic dairy, soy and egg products. Today they are 1,800 family farms strong and continue to add organic egg, meat, soy, produce, and livestock feed producers.  They like to keep things honest and simple and that’s why all their products are all certified organic and non-GMO. Their dairy products contain no added hormones, antibiotics or toxic pesticides. Commitment to Farming Organic and Sustainability Organic Valley’s commitment goes beyond making sure all their products are organic, they helped write

At Maple Valley, taking care of our forests means providing your family with the most delicious and nutritious maple syrup possible. It also means doing our part to help with Climate Change, provide Sustainable Agriculture, and support the growing Cooperative Economy! For Your Health:  Organic maple syrup is not only a sweetener for your diet, but also a nutritious superfood, rich with 54 researched antioxidants and vital minerals that are neutral to alkaline producing for the body. With a lower glycemic index, Maple syrup doesn’t spike blood sugar as fast as most sweeteners and is naturally gluten free. Maple Valley maple syrup is Certified Organic and Kosher, with an extra purity pledge from our farmers for Vegan compliance (No butter or bacon for defoaming use in the sugar shack evaporation process.)  Equal parts fresh squeezed lemon juice and our maple syrup, with

Summer is the season for grilling. Why not make an impressive array of shish kabobs? It’s actually easier than you think; here are some tips to get you started. Start with a good marinade Salad dressings, marinade kits and teriyaki sauce work great for marinating vegetables and meat. Try experimenting with different sauce combinations for a truly unique flavor - like a 50/50 mixture of teriyaki sauce and Italian dressing with a little bit of chopped garlic. For food safety precautions, marinate your vegetables and meat separate. For best flavor, marinate animal protein for at least 8 hours before grilling – this will also help your protein from drying out. If you’re using tofu or plant based proteins, marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking, then continue to brush marinade over the plant-based protein every 10 minutes while grilling. Salad Girl Dressings are

Making Summer Get-Togethers a Breeze! The highly anticipated season of summer gatherings is here! We’re here to help you throw a low-stress summer get-together. Whether you’re preparing all the food or just the main course here are some ideas to get you started: Make as much as you can ahead of time. Preparing a day in advance leaves the fun tasks like decorating and food presentation for the day of your party. Dips, desserts and cold salads can easily be prepared the day before, but leave the vegetable and fruit cutting until the day of. You can also marinate meat, vegetables or tofu for the grill the day before to give your dishes that extra flavor boost. Keep it Simple. Don’t feel like you have to make a seven course meal. It’s okay to supplement your main course with already prepared side dishes. Our deli offers

Some new products have arrived just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Siete Grain Free Tortillas and Tortilla Chips. Siete Family Foods started when Veronica Garza was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions. She needed to make a change and her family of seven was up to the challenge to adopt a grain-free and anti-inflammatory diet with her. They learned about what foods may be harmful or beneficial to their diet and started experimenting with some of their favorite foods that have grain in them. As a Mexican-American family, tacos and fajitas were among some of their traditional family meals, so that’s where they started. Since then they’ve perfected their recipes for various grain free tortillas and tortilla chips and Seite Family Foods was born! (Did you know that siete means seven in Spanish) We now carry the following Siete products: Almond Flour Tortillas (find

It’s that time of year when it is time to start preparing for Easter and spring! Whether you celebrate or not, it can be fun to participate in spring traditions like dyeing eggs and hiding Easter baskets! Coloring Easter eggs can be a fun way to get the whole family involved. We have natural egg coloring kits available for purchase by Color Kitchen that contain no artificial ingredients and produce vibrant colored eggs from plant colors. They use cabbage to create a bluish-purple hue, radish for red/pink and annatto for orange/yellow colored eggs. Eggs can also be dyed naturally using a variety of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables as “dyestuff”. Experimenting is half of the fun, and here are some suggestions for natural “dyestuff” to get you started: Purple cabbage will turn white eggs bluish-purple and brown eggs green Turmeric powder will

[caption id="attachment_28982" align="alignleft" width="174"] Wyat Switz Photography [/caption] An exciting event is coming to Valley Natural Foods! Brace yourself for a Bootlegger Kombucha Keg Party! You read that right; Bootlegger Brewing will be at our demo kiosk sampling their popular flavors of kombucha along with limited edition flavors. Bootlegger Brewing Organic Kombucha is locally produced in Apple Valley, Minnesota. They’re passionate about brewing organic kombucha made with simple ingredients that are locally sourced; like organic tea, evaporated cane juice and of course the mother SCOBY. What is a SCOBY you ask? SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, but don’t be afraid of the bacteria because it’s actually good for you! The bacteria and yeast work together to ferment the sugars in the sweet tea to produce vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics which can help improve digestion along with other health benefits. Their kombuchas are

A smashing new treat has hit the shelves at Valley Natural Foods; Smash Mallows! Smash Mallows are snackable marshmallows made with organic cane sugar and simple, all-natural ingredients. They are then “whipped to perfection” and made into bite-size pieces. Each serving is only 80 calories and contains less than 1 gram of fat. We carry three of their flavors including: Cinnamon Churro, Strawberries & Cream, and Root Beer Float. Enjoy as is, or try using Smash Mallows in a variety of ways: Place on top of brownies for the last 5 minutes of baking and let them melt. Then using a lightly greased rubber scraper, spread the marshmallows evenly across the surface. Add to your cup of coffee or hot chocolate for new flavor combinations Use in place of regular marshmallows for crispy rice bars Visit their website for more recipe ideas: https://smashmallow.com/recipes/

Since 2008 Better Life has been developing and sharing their natural cleaning products. The inspiration started one afternoon when two lifelong friends watched as their children crawled across freshly cleaned floors. They began to express concern about the safety of their children and whether or not they were picking up potentially dangerous residue caused by traditional cleaning products. With a background in chemistry and an optimistic mind-set they set out to develop effective and safer cleaning products. After 6 months of preparation and a solid line of products they took a giant risk and pitched their business idea on the show “Shark Tank”. Like any pitch on the show they were greeted with a lot of criticism at first, but then one of the judges suggested that since their products were so safe they should spray it in their mouths to

Have you ever wanted to brew your own Kombucha or Kefir? Or have you wanted to experiment with making your own sourdough? Well now you can! We now carry the following Cultures for Health Starter Kits for making at home: Kefir Kefir has a tart, yogurt-like flavor and contains beneficial yeast and probiotics. Since this is a powdered culture it is easier to maintain than a grain-based kefir starter kit and it comes with two packets. Once prepared, the culture can be used 2-7 times when a small amount is reserved from the previous batch. Kombucha Their Kombucha Kit is a great way to learn how to start your own kombucha at home. Their kit includes one kombucha starter culture with specific, but easy to follow instructions. You can even transfer the culture from one batch to the next. Since you have to add tea