Thursday, November 04, 2010

Aww yeaahhh Fallll!!!!

Hello Wheatsville friends and fans! Welcome to FALL!


November is one of our favorite months, so we're excited and hope you are ready for the fun stuff that this month brings.


Thanks to all the nice folks that came out for the Fall Owner Gathering last week. The highlight was the history lesson about Wheatsville and the roots of Austin co-ops by Walden Swanson, visiting co-op luminary and Wheastville hero! The really great part is that some of the other bright lights of Wheatsville's early years also showed up and helped Walden tell our story! It was great to see Burgess Jackson, Michael Owens, Mary Ellen Tomberlin and Hunter Ellinger at the gathering! Thanks to these pioneers for their incredible vision, forethought and work! Without them, we would not have the Wheatsville we know and love! Look for a more complete story about the gathering and the panel discussion in the December issue of the Breeze!


Thanksgiving Tasting Sampler is Saturday Nov.13th from 1-3. This will include samples of our deli's delicious pies and sides,  the vegetarian alternative Tofurkey (with our deli mushroom gravy) and mulled cider. Also try our recommended wines for Thanksgiving. We're featuring three selections from Le Grand at a really great price.


Stick around until 3:15 when we crack open a fresh wheel of the incomparable Parmigiano-Reggiano. It's on a special deal and we'll have free samples! This cracking is a first for us at Wheatsville, so the cheese islanders around here are REALLY excited!


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Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins other deli deliciousness!

Produce is local

Meat news

Chocolate sprouted almonds?


Co+op Deals and Owner Deals


Elect people and groups you care about!

Yes, I know we just had an election, but we're having ours, too! Vote for our great board candidates and pick the charitable organizations that we'll support financially through our Community Action Wednesday program!

You can vote on-line:


November in the Deli!


We are very excited that our brand new Fresh in the Deli recipes for November are so delightfully seasonal, and tasty too! From our friends at Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Co-op in San Diego, California, we have Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Salad! We oven-roast wedges of red onion with chunks of sweet butternut and then toss it together with baby spinach and roasted pumpkin seeds in a simple mustard vinaigrette! This salad is gorgeous, healthy and perfect for Fall!

And from the Neighborhood Food Co-op in Carbondale, Illinois comes Cranberry Kashi! This cool, wintery salad combines Kashi's seven whole grains and sesame with apple juice, dried cranberries, pecans, raisins, shredded carrots and green onions, and then tosses them all up with fresh-squeezed lime juice and an array of seasonal spices like cinnamon and ginger! Yum!

Looking for a deal? It couldn't be a better time to fill up on the cheap with a tasty, large fresh-baked Buttermilk Scone from our Bakery case, $1.49, reg. $1.99! And have you tried our staff favorite Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins? So moist and tender, at just $2.49 for a big fat muffin, this is one sweet treat to remember! And it goes great alongside a 16oz cup of our organic, fair-trade espresso bar's signature Wheatsvillain, a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso, on sale for owners $2.50, reg. $3.00!

Also on sale for owners at our Deli Counter is our very tasty BLT, made for you on toasted sourdough bread with six crispy slices of Boar's Head bacon, mayo and the classic veggies, $3.99, reg. $4.49!

The Deli Counter will taunt your tastebuds this month with our Pumpkin Pie Smoothie of the Month! Blending apple juice with pumpkin, cinnamon and graham crackers, this frozen orange treat is an annual treat!

November's Salsa of the Month is the staff favorite Sweet Mango Fire! Sweetness from apples and mangoes combines with the heat of spicy, fresh habanero peppers to create a beautiful and irresistible salsa that will keep your chips dippin' until the end!

On sale at the Deli Counter through the month of November are tasty cold cuts: Boar's Head Honey-Maple Ham at $8.49/lb, reg. $8.99 and Pepper Jack Cheese, $6.19/lb, reg. $7.19, so stock up on your tasty lunchables!

And get ready! With Thanksgiving just around the bend, we will be bring out all of our seasonal classics like Vegan Mushroom Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing soon! And save the date – Saturday November 13th! – this will be our Holiday Sampling Fest where you can taste all your T-Day favorites – and buy them off the hot bar if you like, as well! We look forward to seeing you!


Cheese Island


We have a few deals going on at Cheese Island. Organic Valley Cream Cheese and Neufchatel 8 oz. bar are on sale for $2.79 ea. regularly $3.29 ea. Nancy's Conventional Cottage Cheese 16 oz.  is on sale for $2.79 ea. regularly $3.29 ea. Parmigiano Reggiano is on sale for $19.29/lb, regularly $21.29/lb. Organic Valley Four Cheese Italian Shreds 10 oz. are on sale for $4.29 ea. 

We are now stocking Vermont Butter and Cream's Crème Fraiche. It is $4.99 for n 8 oz. tub.


November 13th we will be sampling out food from our Thanksgiving menu. Also during that day we will be cracking the large wheel Parmigiano Reggiano.


How to crack into a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano


We're always trying to build our local produce selection here at the Co-op.  By strengthening existing relationships with farmers and building new ones, we're growing the local economy and nurturing the environment at the same time!  Last week, I spoke with Marisol from Urban Roots Farm in Austin (Check out their website ), a Wheatsville favorite.  In a week or two, you can expect to see bunched turnips, beets, cilantro, radishes and carrots as well as a fantastic large loose leaf spinach.  Their famous collard greens are not far behind!

In the mean time, we've still got yellow and zucchini squash and cucumbers from Engel Farms out of Fredericksburg  (69 miles from Austin), and white and yellow onions from Naegelin Family Farm in Lytle (98 miles from Austin).  Pay us a visit and we'll talk local produce!



News from the World of Meat


If you haven't started thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner…it is time!!! We will be getting in Grateful Harvest Organic Turkeys and will have them in stock on Saturday the 20th.  Grateful Harvest turkeys are deep chilled for a premium bird.  They are $3.49/ lb.  We are taking Pre-orders at the Hospitality Desk for your convenience but we will have plenty in stock (we have over 300!!).  Interested in in learning a little more about Grateful Harvest?

What, did you say Bacon?  We have two great Owner Specials on Applegate Farms Bacon; Natural Turkey Bacon on sale for $4.89, reg. $5.39 and Organic Sunday Bacon on sale for $4.99, reg. $5.49.

In stock now Organic Prairie $1.00 off coupons.  These are great coupons that apply to ANY Organic Prairie product such as Pork Breakfast Sausage, Sliced Sandwich Meats, or Grass-fed Organic Ground Beef – just to name a few.  Buying Organic Prairie products helps to support a thriving community of Co-ops.  Learn more about their co-op at

We are gearing up for the cooler weather and are now stocking -- Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Ham Hock $9.39/lb. Bone in ham hocks are the quintessential seasoning meat, perfect to a large for pot of beans, colcannon, and cabbage soups.

Niman Ranch Quarter Hams are now in stock! Below is a link to their featured farmers the Willis Free Range Hog Farm.

Great special on Henry & Lisa Battered Salmon!! On sale for $5.29 a package, regularly $6.59. That's a great buy so stock up. Find them in the freezer next to the beer case. This is a great sustainable seafood company, if you are interested in learning more about them check out their website:

A Delicious New Addition in Bulk

If you haven't had our super tasty Sprouted Almonds in the Bulk department yet please stop on by and try some!  These almonds are soaked in lightly salted water which activates the enzymes present in the nut, and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors therefore allowing for quicker digestions and assimilation of nutrients.  In addition to this the sprouting gives the almonds a deliciously unique texture and flavor.

I'm very excited to announce a new addition to our bulk candy section, Dark Chocolate covered Sprouted Almonds.  These almonds are covered with imported German chocolate and they are absolutely delicious!  If you liked sprouted almonds you will love these, so stop by the bulk department and give them a try!


Shiner 6 packs only $6.99 regularly $7.99. Shiner Bock, Holiday Cheer, Heffeweizen, and Shiner 101 are all on sale so there is something for every goblin and ghoul. Sierra Nevada 6 packs on sale $7.49 regularly $8.49 for a limited time! Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, and Celebration are all on sale so grab some now!



Co+op Deals are bringing you bushels of savings! – Brooks Wood, Wheatsville Co+op Deals Assistant


We're featuring a wonderful selection of morning favorites: R.W. Knudsen Just Black Cherry Juice now $2.99 reg. $4.69, Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars now $3.49 reg. $4.99, as well as Cascadian Farm Frozen Organic Juices now $2.99 reg. $3.99 and Rudi's Organic 7-Grain Bread now $2.99 reg. $4.39.


We have several excellent items to keep your pantry stocked such as Bionaturae Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil now $12.99 reg. $16.99, Lundberg Family Farms Brown Rice in Bulk now $0.89/lb reg. 1.99, Westbrae 25 oz. Organic Beans now $1.49 reg. $2.39, Mediterranean Organic Olives now $3.49 reg. and Muir Glen Organic Soups are $1.99 reg. $2.99.


Are you planning on cheering the Texas Rangers playing in the World Series? Wheatsville has you covered! We've got our Garden of Eatin' Party Size Tortilla Chips now $2.99 reg. $4.29, Muir Glen Organic Salsa now $2.99 reg. $3.99 and our Dr. Oetker Organic Brownie Mix now $2.49 reg. $2.99.


Kiss My Face Moisture Soap is $3.99 reg. $5.79, Dr, Bronner's Organic Lip Balm is $1.99 reg. $2.69 and for a nice relaxing soak in the tub, try our Aura Cacia Mineral Bath $1.99 reg. $2.69.


Remember, our Deals are easy to reference. Go to and click on the Co+op Deals link.


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


Our Body Care Department is offering excellent Deals for our Owners this week: Ancient Secrets Nasal Cleansing Pot is now $11.99 reg. $14.49 and Ancient Secrets Nasal Cleansing Salt now $4.29 reg. $5.69. Tea Tree Therapy Whitening Toothpaste now $3.99 reg. $4.69 and Tea Tree Therapy Cinnamon & Tea Tree Toothpicks now $2.29 reg. $2.89.   


Our Refrigerated Department has two Owner favorites on Deal: Bubbies Bread & Butter Pickle Chips now $4.99 reg. $5.49 and Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles now $4.99 reg. $5.89.


Our Vitamins Department has great Owner favorites on Deal: Baby's Bliss Gripe Water is $9.99 reg. $10.99, as well as Baby's Bliss Morning Sickness Magic now $12.99 reg. $15.99 and Spectrum Essentials Vegetarian DHA now $19.99 reg. $22.99.


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


I hope you have a most wonderful week!


Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy