How our produce adds up pt. II

Red leaf lettuce

Back in October, our produce department conducted a price comparison with a local natural market that recently opened a new store (check out that price comparison here). We continue to conduct price comparisons to ensure we are offering the best prices to our shoppers, like you, while maintaining our transparent values. Check out our latest price comparison below. 

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Please note, this price comparison was compared in December 2016. Produce prices are subject to change frequently.

10 Ways to Cook with Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is a great source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. It's also widely studied for its medicinal benefits, including aiding nausea and vomiting, relieving the pain of osteoarthritis, and possibly a factor in treating heart disease. Of course, it's also delicious in all sorts of dishes and versatile. Try it using one of the techniques below.

 

1. Make sauces, dressings and dips all perk up with the addition of ginger. For a simple dipping or marinating sauce, add minced ginger to soy sauce. For a salad dressing upgrade, stir a bit of minced ginger to an otherwise plain vinaigrette.

Ginger soy sauce

2. Combine it with red miso and tahini in this colorful Kale Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing

Ginger miso dressing

3. Enhance flavor. This Ginger Beurre Blanc Sauce would nicely flavor any seafood or chicken, for starters.

Ginger Beurre Blanc

4. Add it to grain dishes and mashed sweet potatoes.

Mashed sweet potato

5. Spruce up a simple stir fry with beef, chicken, or veggies. In this Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Ginger Pesto, ginger combines with cilantro.

tofu cilantro ginger pesto

6. Add fruit. Apples, pears and other fruit are delicious when seasoned with ginger. Sprinkle minced ginger on top of the fruit before baking or cook the fruit in gingered butter until softened.

poached pear

7. Pickle it. Pickled Ginger is great for cleansing the palate or a light snack. This version is easy to make and, unlike many commercial varieties, uses no food dyes.

Pickled Ginger

8. Add it to sweets. Dried and ground ginger performs well in desserts, like spice cookies, carrot cakes, or pumpkin and apple pie fillings.

Baking hands

9. Stir into cream cheese for spreading on fruit bread.

Ginger Cream Cheese

10. Serve it with curry. Offer tasty little bites alongside curried dishes.

Chopped ginger

Creamy Cocoa Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Almond butter provides a rich protein boost to this smoothies, while cocoa gives it an energizing kick.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation

In a food processor, combine the ingredients in order, then blend. Serve immediately.

 

Authored by Robin Asbell. Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop

News Roundup January 6, 2017

News Roundup

Weavers Way gets $1.5M for Montco location

Philadelphia-based Weavers Way Co-op is one step closer to opening a new Montgomery County location, and its third overall, after receiving $1.5 million through a loan campaign — nearly double the original goal.

Weavers Way Co-op — which was established in the West Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, and in 2010 opened a second location in Chestnut Hill — has plans to open a third grocery store in Ambler in April 2017. Read more. 

 

Meet the 16-year-old activist organizing a big equality march in Philly

Almost 104 years ago, a day before the inauguration of known-racist and sexist Woodrow Wilson, activist Alice Paul led a march for women’s rights down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Next month, a day before the inauguration of known-racist and sexist Donald Trump, 16-year-old activist Anna Holemans will lead a march for women’s rights in Philadelphia, from City Hall to Eakins Oval. Read more. 

 

Why Austin's Wheatsville Food Co-op is raising wages, despite delay in federal overtime law

Right before Thanksgiving, as the overtime exemption for salaried wages was about to increase to a minimum annual threshold of $47,476, a federal judge in Texas blocked the changes to the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA.

This move preserved the FLSA’s current rules and rates until there could be more discussion. However, many businesses decided to move forward with the new regulations. Read more. 

 

When Residents Take Ownership, A Mobile Home Community Thrives

If you had strolled one Saturday afternoon through the Park Plaza neighborhood in Fridley, Minn., you might have thought you were at just another block party. The residents were milling around a picnic buffet on folding tables on the street in front of their houses and the American flag. Kids were tossing beanbags and shouting. Neighbors were delivering Jell-O and marshmallow salad, and a pot of pork, cilantro and beans.

But this was not an ordinary picnic. Residents were celebrating the fifth anniversary of a major achievement that could inspire similar communities across the country: The day they began to take more control of their lives. Read more.

He seeks more black men to teach in Philly and beyond

Sharif El-Mekki vividly recalls every black male teacher who ever taught him: two in elementary school, two in high school.

"They were transformative figures in my life," said El-Mekki, a veteran Philadelphia educator.

For 2017, El-Mekki has a goal to organize 1,000 black men to show up for the first day of school, encouraging city youths to be their best.

By 2025, his goal is much loftier: to nearly triple the number of black men teaching in the city. To that end, he has launched the Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice. Read more. 

Soba with Kale and Edamame

Soba Noodles with Kale

Total Time: 50 minutes; 20 minutes active

Servings: 3

Soba is a nutty, whole grain noodle that is often served in simple soups like this one. This vegetarian broth relies on dried mushrooms and the sea vegetable kombu to build flavor, but if you have a pre-made mushroom or chicken stock that you prefer, that would make this soup nearly instant.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 pieces kombu, about 1 ounce
  • 1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms (baby bellas), sliced
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame, thawed
  • 4 ounces kale, leaves and stems, chopped
  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 2 large scallions, slivered

Preparation

  1. Put on a large pot of water to boil for cooking the noodles. In another large pot, combine the water, kombu and shiitake mushrooms and place over low heat. Cover and let the water slowly heat for about 30 minutes, extracting flavor from the mushrooms and kombu. Don't boil the water; just let it form a few bubbles, then turn off. Let the broth stand for 5 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to remove the mushrooms and kombu. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and pour it back into the pan.
  2. Bring the mushroom stock to a boil and add the tamari, mirin, and cremini mushrooms, edamame and kale and simmer until the kale is softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Cook the soba until al dente, then add to the soup. Serve immediately, topped with scallions.

 

Authored by Robin Asbell. Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop

Hidden Spinach Berry Smoothie

Spinach Berry Smoothie

Start your day with a big spinach salad? You will enjoy a salad's worth of healthy spinach in this luscious smoothie, and hardly notice it's there. Try freezing your own local berries when they are in season to use in smoothies all year long. When bananas start getting soft, just peel them, pop them in a freezer bag, and freeze to use in smoothies. Using frozen berries and bananas will give you a thick, almost ice-cream texture, and you may need to add a little milk to help it blend.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) frozen or fresh red berries, raspberries, strawberries, or a mix
  • 3 cups (3 ounces) spinach (packed)
  • 1 cup yogurt, kefir, or a non-dairy alternative like almond milk
  • 1 large banana, fresh or frozen

Preparation

Put the berries and spinach in the blender first, and add the yogurt and banana. Process, scraping down as needed. Blend until smooth and serve.

 

Authored by Robin Asbell. Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop