- Holiday Open House
- November 19th, 2013
- Children’s Weekend Food Program
- November 6th, 2013
Weekend food matters for student learning and achievement. This is the mission for the Children’s Weekend Food Program (CWFP) and the message is simple: a full stomach and a healthy body are essential for success in the classroom. CWFP’s “purpose is to provide child-friendly nutritious, non-perishable food items for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for most non-school days of the regular school year.” St. Peter Food Co-op stands behind this mission and purpose and are happy to announce that we will be collecting monetary donations for CWFP throughout the month of November.
The Children’s Weekend Food Program is a collaborative effort of the District #508 and St. Peter Area Food Shelf. It has been serving St. Peter youth and families since the 2011-2012 school year when they facilitated a pilot project that supported 25 students. In their second year, they were able to support 40 students and this year they have 70 students coming from 42 families.
After students have received four consecutive meals from CWFP, their families are asked to enroll in the St. Peter Food Shelf. In addition, CWFP Hunger Awareness Advocates are being placed in South Elementary Early Learning Center and North Intermediate to provide families with a person who can ease the navigation into community food access systems available in St. Peter which will help with the families’ emergency food insecurities.
CWFP relies on donations in order to provide these necessary kid-friendly weekend meals. Please join the St. Peter Food Co-op in supporting this local cause – cash donations are accepted upon checkout. Thank you for your contributions.
- October 25th, 2013
I had my first encounter with celeriac recently, encouraged partly by Stephanie’s (produce and general merchandize extraordinaire) emphatic proclamation that it is her favorite vegetable. So, I tried it out in my roasted vegetable soup and it was exceedingly delicious, giving the soup that little extra touch.
What is celeriac? It’s a root vegetable, also known as celery root that as you would guess is similar to celery in taste, if not appearance. When picking one out, find one that is heavy for its size with smallish roots. As with many root vegetables, it can substitute for or be added to other root vegetables – celeriac chips, parsnip and celeriac mash, you get the idea.
While on the outside, celeriac looks more like an ugly, warty mass than food you want to ingest, the creamy white flesh on the inside is much more appealing. With its thick skin, a paring knife is a better tool for peeling these vegetables.
Speaking of root vegetables, there is still a hardy stock of beets, rutabagas, turnips, squash, potatoes, yams, and more available from our local producers. These root vegetables are a great thing come winter – with a long storage life, they are the perfect vegetables to stock up on and enjoy as the temperatures drop. While root vegetables will store for up to month (depending on the veggie) in the refrigerator, long term storage requires a root cellar (a cool, humid environment).
- It’s something to get “excidered” about!
- October 18th, 2013
As your CSAs near the end of their season and backyard gardens get hit with frost, the St. Peter Food Co-op produce department still has it all. We are fully stocked with fall favorites, from squash to apples and potatoes to pears; greens galore like kale, chard, and mustard greens; root vegetables aplenty and we even have local tomatoes.
Local tomatoes in October? Yes! Living Water Gardens, from Wells, MN, has a greenhouse hydroponic system to grow their tomatoes. Hydroponic farming is a method of growing plants without soil, instead relying on a mineral and nutrient rich water solution in an inert medium, such as perlite. The greenhouse keeps the tomatoes nice and toasty, with the aid of a wood-burning stove during these chilly nights so they produce further into the fall and winter than your outside garden would allow. For more information, Valley Natural Foods, a Co-op in the Twin Cities, wrote a great article about them, you can find it here http://www.valleynaturalfoods.com/newsletters/1213133420.pdf.
You can still find a wide variety of local squash, perfect for any and all of your squash-making needs. Squash can be stored for several months before using, making it a perfect time of year to stock up for the winter with our fabulous local varieties. Why not use your Member-Owner discount and grab a few extra?
Local apples and apple cider are still crowding the produce aisle. As Caitlin in the produce department said, “It’s something to get excidered about!” Did you know that apples are a super food? Super foods are foods that pack a lot of nutritional punch and it is recommended that they are regularly included in your diet. Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system. The fiber in an apple also gives a practical way to help control appetite which can aid in weight loss. For some great apple-related recipes, check out the St. Peter Eats recipes in the purple box on the left.
A new addition to the bulk aisle is mulberries. These dried fruits are also super food and were recently featured on Dr. Oz – check out this article on the health benefits of mulberries: http://goo.gl/H332Tg.
- Chakra Savy
- October 16th, 2013
Written by: Klea Brewton-Fitzgerald, Wellness Department*The Wellness Department of the St. Peter Food Co-op does not intend to treat or diagnose, this information is for educational purposes only.
As days begin to shorten many turn more inward. It is a good time to become aware of the connections between body, mind, heart/emotion, and spirit.
The Wellness Department at St. Peter Food Co-op now carries organic Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing Essential Oil Essences. The 7 traditional interconnected chakra energy centers of our human bodies were originally identified by ancient Indian Vedic traditions and have now been verified by modern science. The chakra system is perceived as a column of energy centers that extends from the base of the spine to the top of the head. The location of each energy vortex loosely corresponds to an area of the body’s anatomy. These spinning vortices receive, assimilate and express our vital life force energy. When the flow of energy in one or more chakras becomes sluggish or blocked, we may develop physical and/or mental/emotional illnesses. Click on the picture for more information.
If this seems a bit “woo woo” to you, think of radio waves, WiFi, water vapor… We can’t see any of these, yet it is apparent that they exist.
The 7 Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing Oils each correspond to a chakra. They can be used alone or in combination to assist in bringing chakra centers into balance. Their aromas are wonderful and may be used as perfumes.
Information From: Aura Cacia Pure Essential Oils, www.chopra.com