Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jacked up on Jack-o-lanterns and Fall Owner Gathering!

Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!


I hope you are enjoying our Fall-ish weather!

Now's the time for Jack-o-lanterns, and we've got you covered with Organic Carving Pumpkins for the demonic price of $6.66! I'm getting mine this weekend!


Also, don't forget, Buddha's Brew, Austin's own Kombucha, is on an amazing sale ALL OCTOBER- 2 for $5! (Also, the newly reformulated GT's is back if you've been jonesing for that…)


Thanks to all of you who took advantage of our Owner Appreciation Days last week and helped propel us to our BEST WEEK EVER! Thank you so much for your patronage!


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Fall Owner Gathering

VOTE for the Board

Halloween Candy – Organic Style

Glam it up scary-like, with the Health Team

Keep Austin Preserved

Co+op Owner Deals

Time for POT ROAST!

New in bodycare

Autumn in the Deli

News from Bulk

Come one, come all, to Wheatsville Co-op's Fall Owner Gathering!

Join us on Wednesday, October 27th for this annual event, and learn about Austin's cooperative economy and how we fit into the historical and national movement of cooperatives.  As it's Wheatsville, snacks will naturally be provided!

Time: 6:30-9:00ish


*Welcome from our Board President, Rose Marie Klee

*Hear about our financial performance from our 200-2010 fiscal year

*Meet and hear from your Board Candidates, and VOTE for them!

*Hear from our distinguished guest speaker, Walden Swanson, a father of many co-ops and member of the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  He will be speaking about the history of the cooperative movement and Wheatsville specifically (he was once the general manager!)

*A panel of Austin Co-op experts will answer your questions about the local movement. Representatives from Wheatsville, Blackstar Co-op, A+ Federal Credit Union, ICC Austin Housing Co-op, Third Coast Workers for Cooperation, and Walden himself will wow you with their brilliance!

*And, of course, yummy food!


Howson Hall

First Unitarian Universalist Church

4700 Grover Avenue

Austin, TX 78756

Please email with questions.  You do not have to be a Wheatsville Owner to attend this event!  Hope to see you there.

Vote!  Vote! Vote!

It is time to vote in our annual co-op election. You get to vote for our board of directors and the community action groups we'll support this year. The easiest way to vote is on-line but you can also vote by mail or in-person!

Halloween Candy-Organic Style!

This Halloween we're happy to offer Yummy Earth certified Organic Lollipops in a 60 count bag! Easy for you to give away to the little goblins at your doorstep and easy for the parents to feel good about their kiddos nomming down. These gourmet award winning suckers contain real fruit extracts and 100% natural colorings in flavors like Razzmatazz Berry, Wetface Watermelon, Googly Grape and Pomegranate Pucker! And check out the list of what they DON'T contain: no gluten, high-fructose corn syrup, egg, dairy, tree nut or peanut, MSG, chemical dyes and they're Kosher. BONUS: they're on Co+op Deals for only $4.99 a bag! (reg $6.29)

p.s. for your convenience we also have totally evil but completely delicious bags of snack-size Snickers, Reeses, M&Ms, Twizzlers, Skittles, Kit-Kats and Starburst for the low price of $2.99 a bag (while supplies last).

It's Halloweeny Time – Glam it up with the Health Team!

Halloween is just around the corner – do you have your costume ready?  We have some great products from Manic Panic NYC to help put the sparkle in your spooky!  How about some Glam Lashes for $5.99, glow in the dark Laser Lashes $8.99, or flashy Glamour Eyes just $7.99?  Take your hair to an extreme blonde with the Amplified Flash Lightning Kit for $9.69 and add a splash of color with Classic Cream Colors for $9.99.  Don't forget those finger nails!  Give your manicure a polished finish with Claw Colors Nail Varnish for $6.99.  Have a fun and fabulous Halloween!

Keep Austin Preserved

What should Austin save? It's an important question for a city growing so quickly. This Friday, October 22, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will roll its video cameras at Wheatsville Co-op with one goal in mind—to capture your answers. Join them here—the first of 13 meet-ups over the weekend—for Austin Unscripted, a documentary project about the city you call home. What places define it? What do you want the future to look like? What is historic preservation and how can it help?

Co+op Owner Deals are stocked with abundance! – Brooks Wood, Wheatsville Co+op Deals Assistant

Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk, All Varieties, 32oz is on Deal for $3.29 reg. $3.99, Erewhon Organic Gluten-Free Crispy Brown Rice Cereal is $3.49 reg. $4.29 and Erewhon Organic Crispy Brown Rice Cereal with Mixed Berries is $3.49 reg. $4.49.

Ancient Harvest Wheat-Free Spaghetti & Wheat-Free Garden Pagoda are both on Deal for $1.99 reg. $2.49, Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix is $2.29 reg. $3.19, Newman's Own Salad Dressings, All Varieites, now $3.99 reg. $4.69 and Late July Organic Vanilla Bean Sandwhich Cookies & Dark Chocolate Sandwhich Cookies are both on Deal for $2.99 reg. $3.99.

October is Fair Trade Month so Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa Mix 12oz is $6.49 reg. $7.89 and Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa 8oz is $6.49 reg. $7.99.

For the scary goblins in your neighborhood, Halloween wouldn't be right without Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops 12.3oz $4.99 reg. $6.69 and Panda Raspberry Licorice, Soft Licorice and Licorice with Herbs Chews now $2.19 reg. $2.99.

Remember, our Deals are easy to reference. Check them out on our web site @ and click on the Owners link.


Whew chilly nights are here, and welcomed by me. It's time to fire up the kitchen stove again for roasts, soups, beans all that great comfort food you love. Get started with great beef roasts provided by Niman Ranch meats; Boneless chuck roast—the classic pot roast $8.79/lb, Boneless English shoulder roast—slightly leaner pot roast $7.99/lb, Eye round roast $— very lean, neatly tied for even cooking. Change it up with an amazing boneless pork shoulder roast $4.49/lb or a Boneless loin roast $6.99/lb—neatly tied for even cooking. How about a 100% grass fed beef 7-bone chuck roast $8.99/lb great for the crock pot, feeds 4-6 people.

You must look for this new product-- Niman ranch smoked ham hock $9.39/lb. Bone in ham hock are the quintessential seasoning meat, perfect to a large for pot of beans, colcannon, and cabbage soups. Find them next to the bacons.

We have a great special on Henry & Lisa Battered Salmon filet the rest of the month. The regular price is $6.59 ea. and the sale price is $5.29 ea. That's a great buy so stock up. Special available while supplies last. Find them in the freezer next to the beer case.

What's Sunday without family style breakfast. We have a great selection of breakfast favorites. Bacon that humanly raised and chemically clean; Applegate uncured turkey bacon $5.39 8oz, uncured Sunday bacon $5.49 8oz, uncured organic Sunday bacon $7.79 8oz. Niman ranch uncured apple wood smoked bacon $7.99 12oz. Lots of great options for breakfast sausage; Our own homemade pork breakfast $7.99/lb, Richardson farms pan sausage $8.99/lb, Niman ranch uncured cinnamon apple breakfast link $6.39 10oz, and Shelton's brand of turkey breakfast sausages are on sale, see below. We also have wild caught king salmon Lox, a preferred bagel topping $11.99 4oz. Egg's Benedict? Got to have Niman ranch uncured Canadian bacon $6.59 7oz.

Shelton's lines of gluten-free frozen sausages are on sale till the end of the month. Turkey breakfast links, breakfast patties & turkey Italian links—regularly $5.29, now only $3.79! These are really great sellers for us, so stock up now! Find them in the freezer.

New in Bodycare: Lip Lube!

The fine folks who make ClimbOn! Crème have an amazing new product called Lip Lube.  This chemical-free lip balm contains nourishing natural moisturizers and soothing essential oils and retails for just $2.99!

Awesome Co+op Deal in Vitamins-Floradix Iron & Herbs!

Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Floradix Iron & Herbs provides a very highly absorbable form of iron and combines it with B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, digestive herbs, specially cultured nutritional yeast, plus ocean kelp and extracts of wheat germ and rosehip. Additionally, Flora offers Floravital that is free of wheat and yeast for individuals that are avoiding those ingredients. Floradix Iron & Herbs offers nutrients required for proper growth, energy, and for maintaining optimum health. If you're iron deficient we think you'll feel like WONDER WOMAN after trying Floradix. Look for that special lady on the Co+op Deals endcap in the store. Floradix or Floravital  8.5 oz reg:$25.49 sale:$19.99, Floradix or Floravital 17 oz reg:$43.49 sale:$34.99

Autumn Comes To The Deli!

October is here, which means it's Frito Pie season! Come in and get your fix of our award-winning vegan Tempeh Chili spooned over Fritos and topped, if you so choose, with cheese, onions and jalapenos at our Deli Counter! Looking for a deal? It couldn't be a better time to fill up on the cheap with a tasty, Large Rice & Beans on Owner Special right now, $2.99, reg. $3.49, a fantastic price for a full meal and then some! Also, we have pulled some of our favorite cooler-weather recipes from their summertime vault, so expect to see your old favorites in the case, like Wheatberry Salad with Almonds and Cranberries, Honey-Mustard Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice with Apricots! Also, look for more soups on the hot bar as the weather demands, so look for WV classics like African Peanut, Gypsy's Cabbage, Black Bean Beer, Tomato Ginger, and Potato Leek Soup!

Halloween is coming and our Bakery hasn't forgotten! Look for some sweet and spooky treats in the Bakery case in the coming weeks! Have you tried our delicious and oh-so-seasonal Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins?! At just $2.49 each, for one really big muffin, these go great with a fair-trade, organic Mocha from our Espresso Bar! We are sure you're gonna love them as much as we do! Our sticky-sweet Caramel Pecan Bars and thick, moist Peanut Butter Blondies are also in stock for your tastebuds' delight!

Our house-brewed Gingerade is on Owner Special this month, $1.19, reg. $1.69. If you've only had it cold, it's time to try it heated up! It's an allergy-destroyer and tummy-tenderizer all in one! Also on sale for owners is our sweet, cool Thai Iced Coffee, $1.99, reg. $2,69!

Our Peanut Butter Banana Dream Smoothie is our monthly smoothie special, for just $4.49 each! I like mine Elvis'ed up with a squeeze or two of chocolate syrup! Be sure to grab a Smoothie Card and get your 10th one free!

October's salsa of the month, Guajillo con Miel, combines smoky ancho and guajillo peppers with sundried tomatoes, lemon juice, honey and more, at just $4.99/lb. Perfect with chips!

On sale at the Deli Counter through the month of October are tasty cold cuts: Boar's Head Smoked Turkey at $9.49/lb, reg. $9.99 and Provolone Cheese, $4.99/lb, reg. $5.99, so stock up on your lunchables!

Come on in to your Deli and see what's cookin!

Veggie Chips in Bulk!

Hi folks.  I'd just like to make a quick announcement about Vegetable Chips, which we have just started carrying in the Bulk department.  These vegetable chips are made from slices of Sweet Potato, Squash, Taro, Carrots, and Green Beans which have been fried and lightly salted.  They are a super tasty gourmet snack, and they are a great deal at $7.99/lb!


I hope you have a most awesome week!


Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy

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