Thursday, July 08, 2010

Sample Day Correction!

Whoops! Well, this proved we're human, I guess! I made a mistake in my last post that was caught by eagle-eyed reader Claudie!

Sampling will happen:

Sunday we'll sample from 2-6pm
Monday we'll sample from 4-8pm.

Hope to see you there!


Appreciating you this weekend and so much more!

Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!


I hope you can make it in this weekend for our Owner Appreciation Days! All Owners get a one-time 10% discount to use any day between July 10-18th no coupons needed! So, come on in this weekend or week and get stocked up! Do you know a friend who is on the fence about joining? They can join now, too and get the discount right away!


To entice you to not procrastinate on using your discount until the last minute, we wish to lure you in on Sunday or Monday with some extra special Sample Appreciation! From 2-6 on Sunday and from 4-8 on Sunday, enjoy copious sampling throughout the entire store. There are more details in the body of this missive, so read on! We REALLY do appreciate you and these discount days are just a token of our esteem for you!


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Savor the Summer in the deli

World Cup news: Cheese Island Wins!

Grillin' puts a smile on your grill!

Beer Beer Beer

Healthy Summer Fun (plus a free iPhone app of interest)

News from Bulk

Run for the board



Savor Summertime with Tasty Treats from your Wheatsville Deli!


July is here and we have delicious new dishes for you to try! Our featured Fresh in the Deli recipes are so tasty! From Community Mercantile in Lawrence, Kansas we have Cherry Tomatoes with Sweet Corn and Tarragon at $6.99/lb, a simple and refreshing summertime side! We mix together tomatoes, sweet corn hand-cut off the cob and fresh tarragon and then toss it all with garlic and olive oil. This colorful and seasonal veggie salad is perfect served as a side dish with grilled meats.


And from our friends at New Pioneer Co-op in Coralville, Iowa, we have the gorgeous Radicchio Chicken Salad at $13.99/lb, already a staff favorite! Local, all-natural Buddy's chicken breasts are marinated, oven-roasted, sliced thin and combined with fresh radicchio, pecans and dried cranberries, then dressed in a light and zesty sherry vinaigrette. With such great flavors, you'll never miss the mayo!


One of our bakery's newest treats uses the Featured Cheese for July, slightly salty, brined Feta. The savory Italian Sausage & Feta Pie is a whole lunch that fits in your hand! Sold out of our full serve case for just $2.99 each, these rustic treats wrap our in-house all natural, certified humane beef and pork Italian sausage with veggies and tangy feta cheese in a homemade, tender pie crust. Yum!


Our salsa of the month for July is the A-maize-ing Black Bean and Corn Salsa! A spicy blend of organic black beans, corn, tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro, this hearty salsa is ideal for endless chip dipping!


July's smoothie of the month is Orange Dream, a creamsicle-like concoction of orange juice and vanilla, blended only with frozen bananas and soymilk, and never with ice! This thick and creamy dream of a smoothie will satisfy your sweet tooth as well as soothe your hot and sweaty self! Try one for just $4.99!


Looking for a deal? July Owners Specials are also ready for you in the Deli! Yerba Mate is only 99 cents a cup, down from $1.69! Wow!! Also, you can get a Southern Fried Tofu sandwich for just $3.99, reg. $4.99! And our best-selling traditional mild Casera Salsa is also on sale for $3.99/lb, reg. $4.99/lb!


Also on sale at the Deli Counter are tasty cold cuts: Boar's Head Beef Pastrami at $9.49/lb, reg. $9.99 and Pepperjack Cheese, $5.99/lb, reg. $7.19!


Come on in and find something you love!


Cheese  Island


The World cup final is this Sunday. We have cheeses for your snacking pleasure and cheeses to go with your main course. And just a reminder we have cheese trays for your World Cup parties. Check this sight out


We have Halloumi cheese. What is Halloumi cheese? Halloumi is a traditional Cypriot cheese. It is traditionally made with goats and sheep's milk, although, Halloumi made with cow's milk can be bought. It has a high melting point and can be easily grilled or fried. That is right, a grillable cheese. Halloumi can be grilled along with vegetables or served alongside slices of watermelon. We will be running Halloumi on special through the weekend. It will be on Sale for $13.49/lb and will regularly $15.89/lb


Also, we have sales some good sale going on this month. Our Romanian sheep Feta on Sale for $6.29/lb, regularly $7.99/lb and our Domestic Cow Feta on Sale for $4.59/lb. Nancy's Cream Cheese 8 oz. on Sale for $1.69 ea. regulary  $2.39 ea. Organic Valley Bleu Cheese Crumbles 4 oz. on Sale for $3.49, regularly $4.29. Organic Valley Shredded Parmasean on sale for $3.49, regularly $4.29. Organic Valley Cream Cheese Tub on Sale for $2.29, regularly $2.99.


Meat to beat the heat

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Let's keep those grills hot and your houses cool. It's hard enough cooling your house without turning on your oven. So don't. In the summer I try to make all my meal on the grill. It easy enough to cook you veggies and proteins, but why stop there when there many other things you can do outdoors.


Ever try a grilled pizza on a tortilla? It's awesome and you can be creative; red peppers, goat cheese, and Canadian bacon. Or Kalamatas olives, smoked provolone, and Italian sausage or just make an all-grilled veggie. If you're brave you can even make breads on the grill with the right set of cast iron skillets. Grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with sautéed spinach and Pure luck's Junes Joy, just ask and the butcher can butterfly the tenderloin for you. Chicken Satay made with chicken tenders and skewed lengthwise on bamboo skewers. Marinated in your favorite marinade or dressing for a quick tasty appetizer or on top of a green summer salad.


I know it's hot, but is it smoking? We advocate smoking meats or fishes for fun and tastiness! Check out these great DIY smoker alternatives. I found them very interesting.

Keep your eyes open for these specials this month:

Applegate Farms Great organic hotdogs $7.49 16oz package, regular priced $7.99

Applegate Organic turkey dogs $6.49 16oz regular $6.99

Organic Prairie IQF Breast portions $19.49 2 pound bag, regular $21.99.

Niman Ranch St. Louis Ribs special price of $8.99 lb, pre-cooked and gluten free

Speaking of gluten-free…did you know all Niman ranch pre-packed meat are gluten free. This includes the sausages, fearless franks, salamis, and pulled pork.  Check out the Niman ranch faq sheet

You asked for it, we deliver. Buddy's natural bone in chicken breast $5.49/lb or Family Pack $4.99/lb. This is a versatile chicken part suitable for grilling, baking and stewing. Pick some up to day.

As you know, Owner Appreciation Days start this weekend and it's a great time to re-supply the pantry. You can always place special orders with the meat department for pickup on the weekend. Don't hesitate to ask if we have something we can usually bring it in. We'll have Patti Jacobs of Bastrop Cattle Company sampling her awesome local grass-fed beef on Saturday. Read about it at

Pederson's natural pork product will be sampling smoked kielbasa on Sunday. Check them out on the web at


Oh check out this great new Coop website


Beer for you!

Sierra Nevada 6 packs sale almost over !  Sierra Nevada 6 packs are on sale $7.49 regularly $8.49, all flavors except Bigfoot.  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Torpedo, and Kellerweis are all on sale for only a little while longer so hurry in and get some today!


The Co-op Advantage!

All month long we've got great deals on items you love, including delicious Boulder Canyon Kettle Potato Chips $1.69 reg. $2.29! Kettle cooked chips use thickly sliced premium potatoes that are slowed cooked in small kettles using sunflower and/or safflower oil. The chip elves at Boulder Canyon then add  distinctive flavors to create the finest all natural kettle chips around. Wheatsville favorites include: Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt, Spinach & Artichoke, Jalepeno Cheddar, and Totally Natural!

BONUS: 100% of Boulder Canyon products are produced with Green Energy! Read more about this company that is committed to sustainability, online.

Healthy Fun in the Summertime

Owner Appreciation Week is Coming July 10th-18th!

Stop by the Health Team, and check out what we have to help you have a fun, and productive summer.

10 Stage Water Filters $109.99 These are easy to install, make a big difference in the taste and quality of your water, and last a very long time. Bluebonnet Green Utopia $27.29, 7 day Pack $12.99- A new green formula from a trusted Texas company.  It tastes good, and comes in convenient carry packages.

Caribbean Solutions SPF 25 $14.99- We have it back in stock and it's better than ever!

Wonder Wash 4 oz. $2.99, 8oz. $6.19-All Terrain Company Wonder Wash  liquid soap that's great for cleaning up after working outdoors. Powerful, yet PH neutral and soft on hands and skin.  We have both Unscented and Peppermint pH neutral formulas safe for every member of the family, including pets.

Boiron Arnicare Gel $6.39- A cooling gel alternative that soothes sunburn, stings, and any "ouchies" you get this time of year.

Give Peace a Chance cake mold $18.99- A fun way to spruce up your summer party!

If you have an iPhone, you may be interested in the new app from the Environmental Working Group featuring their interactive sunscreen guide. Check it out here.


Refrigerated and frozen yumminess!

They say you should never go Grocery Shopping on an empty stomach, and usually I would agree, but this weekend, throw that advice right out the window and come to Wheatsville hungry!  We'll have chips, cookies, and ice tea in the Grocery Aisles for you to try.  Please let us know if you would like to try something, we'll be happy to help you sample.


There will be samples as far as the eye can see in the Refrigerated and Frozen Departments this opening weekend of Owner Appreciation Days!


On Sunday, July 11 from 11:30 to 3:30, Jim Ullrich, co-owner of Anna's Salsa will be handing out samples of the award winning (more than 20 awards! Wow!) Hot and Medium Salsa with El Milagro Tortilla Chips!


From Noon to 3pm on Sunday, Good Pops will be here giving out samples of Austin's Favorite Popsicles!  These all natural pops are made with real fruit and ingredients you will recognize and are available in unique flavors like Watermelon Agave, Coffee, Soy Coconut and Pineapple Basil!  They are featured in our Freezer end cap and are on Owner Special for all of July for just $1.50 each (reg $1.99)

Also on Sunday from 4-7pm, a representative from our friends and neighbors, Tom's Tabooley, will be sampling Tom's delicious hummus!  Traditional is my favorite!  An 8 oz tub is just $2.99.


On Monday, July 12, from 3-7pm Austin's own Nada Moo will be sampling their delicious, vegan ice cream made with Coconut milk.  All flavors are organic and sweetened with agave nectar and are available in cool flavors like: Java Crunch, Creamy Coconut and Gotta Have Chocolate.  Try some-you will not be disappointed!


It is always a pleasure to have Stacey, owner of Straight From the Vine Sauerkraut come in to have folks try her awesomely delicious, raw, cultured Sauerkrauts.  She'll be here from 4-7pm.  I eat the Basic flavor (just cabbage and salt) with pretty much everything.  It is so GOOD!


We'll also be serving samples of Rosita's Tamales!  We have Bean, Vegetarian and Chicken tamales, each in a mild or hot version.  These bundles of savory goodness are on sale for 2 packages for $7 through the end of July. 

Stop in an meet some of the folks who make the food Austin Loves!


Attention Wheatsville Bulk Shoppers!

In order to encourage the reuse of bulk bags and cut down on "extra trash" we will be switching to providing you with a choice of zip-lock or paper bags to purchase your bulk items.  Please use markers to write the PLU # directly on your bag.  We hope this will ease your bulk shopping experience and help us to cut down on waste. 

Thank-You for supporting the Wheatsville Bulk Department!!!!



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 Application or pick one up at the Hospitality Desk.

In order to run as an 'endorsed' candidate (see Board Application for more information), you must attend at least one board meeting (always from 6-9pm) and one Orientation Session (times TBD).  Please see the schedule below and RSVP if you plan on attending:  

July 13    (Tuesday 6pm)        Orientation for Prospective Board Candidates
July 17    (Saturday 1pm)        Orientation for Prospective Board Candidates
July 27    (Tuesday)        Regular meeting of the Board of Directors
August 1    (Sunday)                Deadline to submit your application
August 24    (Tuesday)    Regular meeting of the Board of Directors

If you want an even better pitch for running for the board, take a look at this Breeze article
Cooperatively Yours,
The 2010 Nominations Committee


I hope you have a most excellent week and that we see you during our sample days!


Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy