Events

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

With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, we are proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ in September!  During September, we encourage families to share one more meal together per week and we will highlight simple, healthy meal solutions to help make that happen. Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family?  Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members.  Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.' Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behavior. However, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night.

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

"The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is more then just a gluten-free expo.  It's a celebration of living gluten-free." - GFFAFest [caption id="attachment_27817" align="alignright" width="400"] Gluten-Free Raspberry Rhapsody Muffins[/caption] The upcoming Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is just around the corner, and our own Down in the Valley Bakehouse is honored to be joining several other gluten-free exhibitors at this exciting event! For the second year, GFFAFest will be held downtown at the beautiful Minneapolis Convention Center on June 4-5, 2016. Come visit us at booth #305 where we'll be serving up delicious samples of our amazing gluten-free Raspberry Rhapsody muffins. These special muffins were originally intended to be a seasonal item, but because of their overwhelming popularity, these mouthwatering Raspberry Rhapsody muffins are now one of our year-round gluten-free offerings. [caption id="attachment_27819" align="alignleft" width="300"] NEW! Gluten-Free Sunflower Cookies[/caption] Have a taste or two of our new products too, including tasty white loaf bread, sandwich buns, hot dog buns, sunflower cookies and many of our old

What do a 5K event and a natural food store have in common? They both benefit the community because of the cooperative difference. The annual Run for Hope 5K exemplifies how a cooperative finds balance between business and giving. By: Charli Mills, Editor, Living Naturally (Valley Natural Foods' print publication). Featured in the Spring 2016 Living Naturally edition. Click here to view the entire issue. Photo by: Brittany Faith McGaughey Thomson Run for Hope is a 5K walk, run or stroll event intended to bring families together in a healthy activity. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Early Childhood Family Services (ECFS) and its outreach for young families in the Apple Valley, Rosemount and Eagan area. Last year, Run for Hope 5K raised close to $17,000 for ECFS. With the money raised last year, ECFS focused on five key programs or developments. NATURE-SCAPING. Imagination is healthy to a

Last week we focused on 5 basic training tips to get you on the right path for our Run for Hope 5K on May 2, 2015 and now we are on to nutrition tips that will keep your body healthy! Be sure to register for the Run for Hope 5K at www.runforhope5k.com by February 28 and save! Click here to learn more about the race and our race beneficiary. 1. Drink up. We all know that drinking enough fluids daily is important to stay hydrated and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It becomes even more crucial when preparing for a 5K race. However, how much should you drink daily? It’s important to drink half your weight in ounces daily and drinking water provides the best hydration without the unnecessary sugar and chemicals that some sports drinks have. If you find water boring

Valley Natural Foods’ Kirsten Shabaz hopes to guide fair-goers toward healthier options in her breakfast cooking demonstration which kicks off the Minnesota Cooks’ program at the State Fair on August 24, 2014. Located at the Minnesota Cooks Stage in Carousal Park, just south of the Grandstand, twelve Minnesota chefs will create amazing dishes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., using fresh ingredients from local farmers. Valley Natural Foods’ Down in the Valley Local Meat Program vendors, Ferndale Market of Cannon Falls, MN and Hidden Stream Farm of Elgin, MN will be two of the farmers featured. Click here to view the entire schedule. Shabaz’s kickoff cooking demonstration at 9:00 a.m. will teach fair-goers how to make Mexican egg bowls, savory oats with a poached egg, and a smoothie with seasonal fruits. Shabaz creates and demos recipes as Valley Natural Foods’ Fresh Foods Educator

Did you know that in 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month? He also named the third Sunday as National Ice Cream Day!  On Sunday, July 20th, Valley Natural Foods will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Ice Cream Day with a blowout 20% off sale on all of its ice cream brands!* Ice cream is a wonderful treat in the summer and we have many local brands to try, including some new ones and many gluten free and/or dairy-free varieties too. *While supplies last. No rain checks. Local Ice Cream LUV Ice Cream Made locally in St. Paul, LUV Ice Creams’ owners, Susanna and Ilya, pride themselves in making sugar-free, gluten-free ice cream, naturally sweetened with stevia that still tastes great with wholesome,  natural and certified organic ingredients. They also make vegan, dairy-free options too.  Valley Natural Foods carries their