Store Event

March marks the start of an annual program to benefit local food shelves called Minnesota FoodShare. Valley Natural Foods will be raising funds and collecting donations for local organization The Open Door Pantry. Keep reading to learn more about these two programs and about how you can make a difference in the local community. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 for the March Campaign! Minnesota FoodShare Minnesota FoodShare works to fight food insecurity throughout the state by providing donations to keep food shelves stocked by collaborating with other local groups and businesses. The organization also educates the community about hunger and advocates for legislation to help combat this issue. [caption id="attachment_30145" align="alignright" width="271"] Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign works to provide resources to local food shelves.[/caption] Since 1982, MFS has donated funds to local food shelves. The following data is from the MFS website: 2017 March

We are celebrating over 40 years of maintaining relationships with our growers and producers to provide the community with selections of organic, natural and local food options. Our F.R.E.S.H. values (family, relationships, education, sustainability, and health) and mission of a healthy community have remained constant from the beginning. It is because of our 12,000+ owners and counting that Valley Natural Foods continues to grow and remain a rooted part of the community. We would not be here without your support, and our owners truly are the heart of the co-op. We want to celebrate you and give thanks to everything you have done to keep the co-op a sustainable, viable business for four decades. We have planned many promotions and giveaways for you during the month of February to simply say thank you for being an owner and an important part of our

Save the Date for a Garden of Life Garden Party happening January 10 - 13, 2018. Garden of Life will be at our demo kiosk sampling products and answering any questions you may have about their lines of protein powders, vitamins, greens and probiotics. During this time you can save on Garden of Life products with these deals: 25% off Protein Bars* 40% off the rest of the line of Garden of Life Products* BONUS DEAL: Full Size Protein Powders are available for BOGO* when you buy one at full price and get the second free of the same size and protein line. Valley Natural Foods carries the following lines of Protein Powder Tubs: Raw Organic Fit, SPORT, RAW, Protein & Greens, Organic Plant Protein and Organic Whey Protein. Garden of Life products are derived from raw ingredients that are certified USDA Organic

On Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17, 2017 we will be offering a FREE evanhealy gift to the first 20 customers with a purchase of $50 or more in evanhealy products!* Come visit the kiosk on Saturday, December 16 from 11am-2pm to talk to an evanhealy skincare expert who can help you pick the right products for your skin-type.                                                                                                  Beauty Based on Experience Evan Healy is a holistic aesthetician who started her career in the natural personal care industry in 1984. With her extensive background in aromatherapy, homeopathy and Ayurveda, she started evanhealy

Join us on Wednesday, November 15 for a MegaFood pop-up event, from 10 AM - 6 PM at our demo kiosk! Save 40% on all MegaFood products, November 15-30, 2017* Since 1973 MegaFood has been producing supplements with one goal in mind “to improve people’s lives by delivering the most authentic nourishment possible.”  They have upheld this goal through quality assurance testing to ensure all their products meet purity specifications and through various certifications. MegaFood’s supplements currently have the following certifications: Non-GMO Gluten Free Dairy Free Soy Free Kosher Vegan (some not all) Vegetarian Their supplements come from real food sources which go through a series of grinding, drying, tumbling and pressing to ensure that the nutrients and potency stay intact. The entire process takes about 236 hours and that’s before their quality assurance testing begins. We carry a variety of their supplements including men’s and

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

Join us Wednesday, August 16 through Saturday, August 19, 2017 for a Cheese Party! Each day we will have different samplings and demonstrations at the kiosk. Try Local Cheese Favorites Sample Wisconsin-made cheese varieties including Pasture Pride “Juusto” Baked Cheese, Deer Creek Cheddar Cheeses and Widmer Aged Cheddar Cheeses. Try New Artisanal Alpine-Style Cheeses Made locally in Wisconsin, these Alpine-Style cheeses are crafted by innovative chefs and cheesemakers at Yellow Door Creamery. We will be bringing in their Abondance-inspired “Monteau” and Gruyere-inspired “Altu” Cheese varieties for the party. Experience an Aged Cheddar Cheese Progression The aging (or ripening) of cheese allows the flavor and texture to develop. Different types of cheeses have different factors to consider when ripening like temperature, humidity and handling processes. The quality and type of milk also plays a huge factor in the aging process.  Come experience and taste the difference between

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

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

[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