Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My Co-op Rocks!
I adore food co-ops. Cooperatively owned grocery stores have high ethical standards for procuring their food, such as Fair Trade certified produce and coffee, offer employees decent wages and benefits, and are committed to lessening the environmental impact their business makes.
What I love most about the food co-ops in Minneapolis, is the wonderful selection of real food. Much of the food at our local co-ops in the Twin Cities is whole, fresh, organic, unprocessed, and lovingly made. Local, small-scale farmers, and independent food artisans are supported by co-op shoppers, and generally speaking, food co-ops do not carry meat from factory farms.
One of my favorite co-ops is the Seward Co-op. They carry really unique, nourishing foods that other co-ops, and certainly regular big box grocers don't have. Yesterday I was elated to see local morel mushrooms for 39$/lb. I've recently seen morels for 70$/lb at other stores and they weren't local. Here is a recipe for cooking these super special fungi. The Seward recently brought in Elk meat from Doraisamy Farms in Garfield, Minnesota, how cool is that? They also carry pastured duck eggs from Living the Dream farm in Oceola, Wisconsin.
Some great deals are to be had at the Seward currently, including the best grass-fed cream youll ever try, in glass bottles, for only 3.19/pint. For non-dairy drinkers, the Seward has Turtle Mountain coconut milk products on sale as well.
I'm so grateful to live in a city where the community values real food and people are happy to support places like the Seward Co-op and all our fantastic farmer's markets.
I'm sharing this with Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday and with Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday!