Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Remember Grilling for Memorial Day!

Hi Wheatsville friends and fans!


I hope that you are having a most excellent week and that you have some fun plans cooked up for this Memorial Day weekend! Traditionally viewed as the start of summer, Memorial Day is also a chance for folks to honor those that have given their lives in service to our country. So, whether you have a picnic or trip to the lake planned or are going to a remembrance service or a parade, I hope that the holiday is a good one.


If you are planning an awesome picnic, grill-out of lake trip,  Wheatsville wants to help (and maybe come along!)


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The deli is loving the slaw and potato salad!

Meat for your grill

Chips for snacking

Want cheese on that?

Frozen delights

Sausage and kale recipe

More Full Sail Sale!

Run for the board!


The Deli's Rocking A Slew of Sides for Your Memorial Day Celebration!


Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and there's nowhere better to stock up on all your picnic and grilling sides and salads than your Wheatsville Deli! We'll have all sorts of fresh and tasty potato, pasta, grain, bean and veggie dishes to satisfy both the strictest vegan and most committed omnivore! A plethora of summertime favorites will be on hand for the taking, leaving you nothing to do but pack the cooler and, if you're so inclined, to fire up the grill!

We intend to go all out to make your picnic perfect, and will have a wide variety of choice salads in our Deli Case for you to sample and pick all of your favorites! Choose from dishes like our sweet-n-spicy Chipotle Potato Salad, classic Picnic Potato Salad and creamy Vegan Potato Salad! Three-Bean Salad is an old-school winner, and Black Bean Mango gives a nod to the southwest! Round out the sides with customer favorite Cashew Linguine, classic Picnic Macaroni Salad, and delicious Ginger Tempeh Pasta! Our chockfull of goodness Alpha Omega Salad, pilaf-style Savory Basmati Rice and Spicy Mango Quinoa will not disappoint! And you can't go wrong with veggie salads, like the raw Lively Beets & Carrots, Meme's Coleslaw, crowd-pleasing Broccoli with Cashew Tamari, and Sumi Salad!

You supply the party, we'll supply the sides. Come on in, grab an array of salads, some drinks, a bag of charcoal and pick out your favorite things to grill – no matter what you love, Wheatsville Co-op has got you covered for Memorial Day!


Bryan our meat guy says, "Let's celebrate Memorial day!"

Wheatsville has so many great choices for your grilling need over the holiday weekend. If you're feeding many or just a few, Wheatsville has all the bases covered.
Have a bigger crowd to feed? Take advantage of our family pack Buddy's chicken priced for better value.

Family pack chicken tenders $6.99 lb
Family pack chicken thigh meat $4.99 lb
Family pack chicken leg quarters $2.79 lb
Family pack Niman Ranch ground beef $4.79 lb


Need something special to "Wow" them? Check out:
 Niman Ribeye Steaks-- U.S.D.A Choice grade 100% Black Angus beef, owner special price of $16.99 lb regularly $18.99 lb. Highly marbled, superior tenderness and at the right price. What's not to like?


Niman Ranch Beef Top Sirloin "petite" cut. Delectable smaller but thicker cut steak. It's easy to cook the perfect medium rare steak with. Everyday price of $9.99 lb. It's one of our best sellers.


Niman ranch beef skirt steak a.k.a. Fajita. Fantastic steak for rolling up in tortillas with veggies and salsa. Great price of $8.99 lb. Get them while they last!

Niman Ranch Pork and Beef Kabob meat. Who doesn't like kabobs? Easy to make, easy to manage on the grill. These chunks of our best cuts are big enough to run into a skewer with veggies or fruit. Try the beef $8.99 lb or pork $6.99 lb.



How about seasoning or marinade? It's my belief that with quality beef you don't need a marinade. Seasoning is very important. While I make my own blends from our great selection of bulk spices, I can recommend the Szedge brand of spices located on isle 1 next to produce. They make one for every kind of meat. Just follow the seasoning directions (can take up to 24hrs, so plan ahead) and enjoy great results.


Maybe you need something easy? Let us do the work for you. In our "quick-to-fix" case we have some new items that are really winning over the customers. Pick some up and see what they're talking about.

Seasoned Fajita meat $8.99 lb. Made with Niman beef skirt steaks, or when available local Windy Bar skirt steaks. Flavored with a blend of 6 peppers and spices.

Marinated Chicken Kabobs made with Buddy's natural chicken breast and fresh veggies $7.99 lb. Marinated in Wheatsville's own cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Bacon cheddar burgers, $8.99 lb, are made with local ingredients from Windy Bar ranch local beef and Veldhuizen "redneck" cheddar (made with beer). Also includes Niman ranch bacon. It's just that easy.


PS. Look in the meat department for some great supplies for your grilling needs. We stock spatulas, tongs, fish turners, bamboo skewers, and more. All are must have grilling tools.


In The Grocery Aisle

Rudi's Organic Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns

Time for a barbeque? We've got you covered with Rudi's Organic Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns. Hamburger buns are on sale for $3.29, regularly $4.29, and hot dog buns are $2.49, regularly $3.49. You can find these and other barbeque essentials like charcoal and organic condiments across from the meat case.

Justin Merrifield, Grocery Buyer


The COOP Advantage!---Niki Nash, Wheatsville Merchandising Manager


5 oz. Kettle Potato Chips on sale:$1.79 reg.$2.69

I bet most of y'all know how delicious Kettle Chips are, but have you tried every flavor?? There's Sea Salt & Vinegar, Jalapeno, Spicy Thai, Sea Salt, New York Cheddar, Sour Cream Onion & Chive, Unsalted, Honey Dijon, Tuscan Three Cheese and Sweet Onion!

These richly flavored chips are on sale for the rest of May and make a great addition to a picnic, barbeque or party—especially if you bring several flavors and let people choose their favorite!






We have the cheeses to complement your main courses for Memorial day. We have slices for your burgers and sandwiches and shreds to top your fajita tacos and hot dogs. Looking for burger ideas? You should check this site out  The Sheboygan burger is not for the faint of heart.  We also have blues, fetas and fresh mozzarella for your salad eating pleasure. We still have Manchego on sale through the end of this month for $13.69/lb, regularly $16.29/lb. Also our Organic Valley Italian and Mexican Shreds are on sale for $3.99 each, regularly $4.99 each. If you are looking for an appetizer to keep the natives from getting restless, try Manchego and pineapple sautéed together in olive oil. It is easy. Heat oil on low heat, you don't want to burn the cheese. Once oil is heated throw in cubed Manchego (I cut the rind off). When the Manchego starts to melt, throw in finely chopped pineapple.  Stir until cheese and pineapple is fluffy, which will be around 3 to 4 minutes.


In the Frozen Department

We have dozens of options for the vegetarian griller.  Gardenburgers come in yummy varieties like Original, GardenVegan, Portabella, Black Bean Chipotle and Sun Dried Tomato, each for $3.99.  We also have Quorn's Naked Chick'n Cutlets and Turk'y Burgers for $4.89.  These yummy meat alternatives are high in protein and made from mycoprotein, a certain kind of mushroom.  Learn more at


Paqui's Cilantro Tortillas are back!  A package of ten locally made tortillas is $4.49.  We have Roasted Jalepeno and Buttermilk too.


Butternut Squash Dumplings with Sausage & Kale

Coarse salt

1 pound dumplings (cavatelli) purchased from Pasta & Co.
(but any shelf stable gnocchi, raviolis, or tortellini can be used.). 

2 Tbsp olive oil 

1 lb Richardson's pork sausage (round link)

1 large onion, sliced lengthwise

3 cloves, garlic, sliced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 bunch kale (any type of leafy green will work)

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups organic chicken broth

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water, and cook the cavatelli (approximately 3-3 1/2 minutes, until dumplings float). 
While the water is coming to a boil, heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and place the sausage in.  Sear sausage on one side for 10 minutes and then flip over, cooking another 10 minutes until done.
While sausage is cooking, prep the onions & garlic.
Remove sausage from skillet and set aside. Saute onions & garlic in hot skillet adding red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.  If there is not enough oil left from the sausage, add 1-2 Tbsp.  Cook for 4-5 minutes.  
While the kale is cooking down, cut the sausage into bite size pieces.
Add the kale, toss to wilt.  Add the chopped sausage back into skillet. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute, then add the chicken stock and cook for another 4 minutes.
Add the cooked and drained dumplings, mix in.


For a vegan alternative to sausage in this recipe, try Field Roast's Sausages  We have Mexican Chipotle, Italian and Smoked Apple Sage for $4.99 for four huge links!  The Smoked Apple Sage would compliment this dish perfectly.  Since it is fully cooked and only needs to be heated, adjust the cooking times accordingly. 

You can find these in the refrigerated case along with a large variety of other vegetarian meat items that would be great on the grill.  Yves Jumbo Veggie Dogs are on sale this month for just $3.29.  We also have Tofurky Sausages for $3.99 each in the following varieties: Italian, Beer Brats and Kielbasa. 


You know what goes great with sausage?  Sauerkraut!  We have AWESOME local, raw Straight From the Vine Sauerkrauts in 5 delicious flavors.  This is everyone's favorite 'kraut and definitely worth a try.  Learn more about Stacey's super sauerkraut at


Full Sail Beer Sale! With Memorial Day on the way it is a great time to save on beers from the wonderful Full Sail Brewery from Oregon . For a limited time we will be offering a great deal on Full Sail Pale Ale, Full Sail I.P.A. and Full Sail Amber now only $6.49 regularly $7.49! Full Sail Pale Ale has a fresh, hoppy aroma that comes from two Northwest hop varieties, while two-row Pale and Crystal malt give it a mild sweetness that finishes clean and crisp. Full Sail I.P.A. has a full, malty body and a subtle hint of fresh citrus to it. Full Sail Amber is a sweet, malty, medium-bodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It's brewed with 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and Mt. Hoods and Cascades hops. Yum!


Run for the board!

The Board is ramping up its annual election process, and the Nominations Committee would like to invite all Wheatsville owners to think seriously about running for a seat on the board. This is a different kind of leadership opportunity than you can find at any other organization. As a board, we are charged with acting on behalf and for the benefit of the owners of our co-op. We do this by using an incredible governance system that facilitates our leadership by focusing our energies on the "big-picture" questions, leaving the work of running the grocery store in the hands of Dan and his incredible staff. We have the great privilege of working for you, a diverse and passionate group of people who have invested in a business you believe in.

Members of the board serve three-year terms, receive a discount on purchases, and help to change the world in which we live through the perpetuation of co-op values and principles.

With our store renovation complete, this is a very exciting time to serve on the board. If you are interested, please click on the link to download a Board Packet and Appliction or pick one up at the Hospitality Desk.

Cooperatively Yours,
The 2010 Nominations Committee

Have a great week!


Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy

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