Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wine tasting, party! and so much more!

Hello Wheatsville friends!

Woo hoo!

We are just 10 days away from our awesome Grand re-Opening party!!! We're also lining up some super special Grand re-Opening specials like:
Two for one Amy's Burritos
Organic Bananas for 69 cents a pound
Organic Broccoli for 99 cents a pound
And, on Saturday the 10th, we have two ONE DAY deals in the deli!
Fair Trade Organic Lattes, Mochas and Cappucinos 16 oz for just $1.50
we are putting Popcorn Tofu on the hot food bar for just $7.99!!! Whoah!

Also, we're conducting a Food Drive with our friends at the Capitol Area Food Bank during the party. I'd love to collect a ton of food, so please bring your non-perishable food item(s) to the event and we'll make sure it goes to a person or family in need!

There is TOO MUCH fun stuff happening at this event, so scroll down to the bottom for all the details...

We will have VERY Limited parking during the event, so if you are coming for the party, please use alternative transportation, park at the garage at 901 W. 38th Street and use our SHUTTLE or find street parking in the neighborhood. If you only want to shop on Saturday and can't party with us, coming in earlier is better!

In the rest of this post:
Coffee with the board
Election starts
Coupon Clipping!
Cheese Island Report
Exciting Grocery news!

Coffee with the board!
Coffee with the board! This Saturday from 9:30-11:30 on our patio. Come meet with board members, drink coffee and talk about the cooperative movement, Wheatsville's future, the transformation of society and so much more!

Vote in our election!
Also, our annual board and Community Action Wednesday election will be taking place from October 9th- Dec. 9th. Look for the Election issue of the Breeze coming your way next week!

Gen Y-er becomes a co-op coupon clipper! 

Coupon clipping is something I never thought I would do. In my mind, that activity fit under the "grandma" category. Unless you were retired, who had the time and energy to cut coupons that would only save you a few cents here and there? Hey, I was a child of the 80s, not the Depression.

Well, like most things that I said I would never do (like threatening to call the cops on those pesky college keg parties or struggling to stay up until midnight on New Year's), I am now a huge fan of coupon clipping.

I am almost embarrassed to admit that on a recent shopping trip, coupons in hand, I was hit by the shoppers' high when the savings started popping up on the screen: $.50 off bread, $2.50 off crackers, $2 off bread! These days, every penny counts. And, with the help of coupons, purchasing the high quality organic products that I love is now even more affordable. I almost felt like I'd won something. Is it appropriate to high-five your cashier?

Whether you're a member or not, a huge advantage to shopping at the Co-op are the coupons we offer through our national buying club, The National Cooperative Grocers Association. These coupon books are only redeemable at participating co-ops nationwide (So, For Austinites, that's us here at Wheatsville!).

Currently, the Co-op has the fall Co-op Advantage Savings coupon book (for members and non-members) filled with great deals throughout the store that expire on October 31, 2009. We also have New Owner-Member Savings books filled with coupons offering discounts and even free products that expire on December 31, 2009. You can pick these books up at the Customer Service Desk.

Be sure to sign up for weekly E-mail Updates, where we will keep you posted on all the great deals and savings throughout the store and other important Co-op info. And, check out the monthly Co-op Buyer Flyer for more great deals.

Happy coupon clipping!

Beer deals!
We have some great sales this week in the beer and wine department! Spaten Premium Lager  was created in 1894 and is  Golden in color with a well-balanced hop-flavor. The full rounded body is a superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness. Six Packs are just $7.49 regularly $8.49.
Medoccino Eye of the Hawk Select Ale is coppery amber in color and characterized by a luxurious caramel malt flavor, a substantial mouth-feel and a slightly warming yet dry finish. This hearty, complex ale is  $8.49 regularly $8.99.
Avery Salvation singles are $5.49 regularly $5.99. Avery Salvation's Apricot and peach aromas delicately intertwine  with spicy suggestions of nutmeg and cinnamon. This heavenly soft, champagne-like elixir is cellarable for up to 3 years.

For the wine lover we have Liberty School's Cabernet Sauvignon for just 10.99 regularly $14.99. Liberty School's Cabernet Sauvignon has a fresh black and red berry nose and bright, ripe red berry flavors. medium to full bodied with excellent fruit intensity and balance.

WINE TASTING! We have an exciting event coming up THIS Saturday October 3rd. Bernard Fontannaz will be hosting a wine tasting here at the co-op from  12:00 to 3:00 pm. Bernard is the founder and owner of Origin Wines which exports FAIRHILLS wine. FAIRHILLS wine is a FAIR TRADE certified wine sourced from and benefiting local communities in South Africa, Argentina & Chile. Come sample some wine and learn about Fair Trade and why every glass matters!

In the Grocery Aisle
We are so excited to announce that we now carry TEXAS OLIVE OIL!!  Arbequina variety olive oil grown, cold-pressed, and bottled by Texas Olive Ranch south of Carrizo Springs. The arbequina variety of olive was developed in Spain and is especially suitable for growing in the sandy loam soil of the Middle Rio Grande Valley, where the climate is very similar to southern Spain. A buttery and flavorful extra virgin olive oil with a peppery finish and only 0.2% acidity, perfect for finishing, salad dressings, and as a dipping oil. It is DELICIOUS!!  This is a great family farm business with tours available by request!
New-"Matter of Flax"  Organic, Raw Flax Crisps
By customer request, new Matter of Flax brand crackers are now in the awesome new Raw Foods section at the start of aisle 3. These snacks are high in Omega-3 EFA and loaded with fresh vegetables and signature flavors-Italian, Mexican and Herb Garden. It's amazing how much flavor is packed in!  Also try their organic Tomato Chips…chips…that are tomatoes!
Our meat department has great stuff for you
From Bryan, the Butcher
New month and great new specials offered in the meat market!
 Our friends at Niman ranch meats have been providing us with great specials lately. This month is no exception. We still have the best price in town on natural, certified humane ground meat. Ground beef 80/20 is everyday price of $4.99 lb. These make the best burgers ever and work great for tacos, hamburger helper, or spaghetti. Ribeyes are back on special; Boneless Ribeyes are $14.99 lb, regular priced at $16.99 lb. Pick up one of these restaurant ready steaks and you'll never find yourself paying steakhouse prices for steaks again. If that's not enough grillin-steak deliciousness, Niman Ranch top sirloins are also on special. Get Top Sirloin petite cut steak for $8.99lb. That's 1$ off the regular price of $9.99 lb. These steaks are trimmed of fat and cut down to just the right size. Also pick up ground sirloin for $7.99lb, regular $8.99lb, a great choice for chopped steak, or Salisbury steak.
Oh! Wheatsville Sausage!

If you folks haven't noticed Wheatsville is preparing and stuffing our own sausages now. Made from the best Niman Ranch cuts and mixed with natural and fresh spices and ingredients. This is a first for Wheatsville and we're very proud of the program. To promote our great sausages we're reducing the price .50 cents in the month of October. Look for Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Chorizo, and Country style breakfast sausage in the full service meat counter by the deli. Sausages are regularly $7.99lb, but for October they'll be $7.49lb.

Fans of homemade pizzas will be pleased to pick up Applegate farms Pepperoni sliced for the low price of $4.99 for a 7oz. package, regularly $5.99.
Dan Gillotte
Gm and e-mail guy and ready to party!

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