Thursday, December 09, 2010

We want to be at y our holiday parties!

Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!

Thanks for making the Arts Festival a great success. HUGE thank you to Even coordinator and Arts Festival creator, Judith Craft! This event is practically a one-woman operation and Judith makes it  look easy and fun! Great job Judith! Thanks to our neighbors at Spider House, Eco-Clean, ILoveVideo and United States Art Authority and Toy Joy for their various important contributions to a successful festival! Thanks also to our staff for their hard work preparing for Arts Festival and then operating with hundreds of more people in and out over the weekend. I hope you have a chance to enjoy this terrific community event!


Reduce, Reuse, Precycle! This Saturday, learn about reducing and re-using resources by pre-cycling and get tips on shopping in bulk! Wheatsville owner and precycling enthusiast, Lisa Schneider will be teaching a class on this at 11am this Saturday. If you're interested, show up at the Hospitality Desk before 11 and they'll get you set-up!

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Election results

Texas Craft Brewers Mini-Festival THIS Saturday!

Wheatsville can be giftsville

New Holi-deli deliciousness!

Citrus time in Texas!

Ham Ham Ham

Cheesy platters for your cheesy parties!

Co+op Owner Deals

Beer Sale and Bulk Snacks

Co+op Deals = Tasty Savings

Election results in full


Election is over!

Thanks to all of you who voted in our annual election this year and thanks also to the great candidates who ran for the board this year! Congratulations to re-elected board members, Rose Marie Klee and Steven Tomlinson and welcome to newly elected board members Elizabeth Reyna and Mark Wochner! Scroll to the end for complete results including our Community Action Wednesday winners!

Texas Craft Brewers Mini-Festival. Presented by Black Star Co-op and Wheatsville Co-op. Meet our finest Texas craft brewers and sample their wares at this popular Eat Local Week event. Craft brewers will include: Live Oak Brewing CompanySaint Arnold Brewing Company, Real Ale Brewing CompanyIndependence Brewing Company, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, Black Star Co-opJester King Craft Brewery, 512 Brewing Company, Twisted X Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing Company, South Austin Brewery, Hops and Grain (brewery and canine bakery), Buddha's Brew KombuchaRahr Brewing Company and more! Join us at Black Star Co-op from 2–5 pm. $15. Click here to purchase tickets through Frontgate Tickets!

We'll be there sampling local goodies and deli food! See you there!


Local Soaps make great gifts! S.O.A.P. (South Austin People) has put together a great gift set that includes a bar of soap, liquid hand soap, and a washcloth. We have an assortment pack from Austin Natural Soap that features soaps based on all of our favorite Austin fixtures. Also, a Wild Soap Bar has a soap/cedar soap dish combos and don't forget about Santa's Pajamas produced by Lamar Soap Company! All great gifts priced $19.99 and below.

We also have Fair Trade knit items that are super cute and warm and ethical!

Plus calendars, planners, games, chocolate and more!

New Dishes for the Holiday Season from your Wheatsville Deli!

Our Fresh in the Deli recipes for December are divine! From the great cooks at Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, Vermont, we have the absolutely gorgeous Honey-Roasted Gorgonzola-Stuffed Organic Pears! Ripe, organic Bosc pears are roasted with a drizzle of local Goodflow honey and butter, and then stuffed with real Gorgonzola blue cheese, sprinkled with sea salt, black pepper and fresh thyme, and warmed through once more just to soften the cheese. With such few, wholesome ingredients, this fruity delicacy can certainly be served as a dessert, but would also work as a fancy side to a plate of pork chops or sliced over a green salad.

And from the Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, Minnesota comes Tuscan Cream Cheese! Some Wheatsville old-timers may remember this savory cream cheese spread from a few years back when we made it regularly! Blending together rich Boar's Head cream cheese with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh garlic, green onions, fresh parsley and sea salt, this spread is chockfull of tasty bits and is amazing spread on crackers or your favorite RockStar Bagel!

And get ready for our holiday food – including your favorites like Vegan Cornbread Stuffing, Mushroom GravyGarlic Chive Cheddar Cheese Balls and an assortment of pies and cakes – to reappear in the coming weeks as we get closer to Christmas!

Deli Owner Deals through December 15th include our beloved vegan Frito Pie, just in time for the chilly weather, $3.99, reg. $4.99! Come in and get your fix of our award-winning vegan Tempeh Chilispooned over Fritos and topped, if you so choose, with cheese, onions and jalapenos at our Deli Counter!

Also on sale now are our Bakery's wonderful Oatmeal Cream Pies, $1.49, reg. $1.99! Sweet tooth? This will satisfy it! Vegan? Absolutely! A filling of creamy, sweet vegan cream cheese frosting is sandwiched between two tender cookies made with organic rolled oats and brown sugar to create a most divine dessert. Come try one today!

Our house-brewed, staff favorite Gingerade is our last Owner Special, 16 oz for just 99¢, reg. $1.69. This incredibly refreshing drink is made with fresh ginger, spices and a blend of three fruit juices, and can be served iced or HOT! 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, and boy does it taste good too!

December's Salsa of the Month is the Roasted Tomato Salsa! Oven-roasting adds sweetness to vine-ripened tomatoes and onions, and smokiness to jalapenos – when hand-blended with some fresh cilantro and lemon juice, they create a very tasty salsa, for just $4.99/lb!

Also this month, the Deli Counter will taunt your tastebuds with our creamy, sweet "Very Berry Christmas" Smoothie of the Month! Blending apple juice and soymilk with strawberries, raspberries and banana, this thick and tasty holiday special is just $4.99!

Also on sale at the Deli Counter through the month of December are classic cold cuts: Boar's Head Smoked Ham at $8.49/lb, reg. $8.99 and Provolone Cheese, $4.99/lb, reg. $5.99 – this combo would make a sweet grilled cheese or omelet addition, so be sure to stock up on your lunchables!


Green Grocer news!

We're highlighting Texas citrus this week in the produce department.  We grow a heck of a lot of citrus here, and we're proud to bring it to you at the co-op.   Come by and try a sample!

Organic Texas Navel – mild, sweet and with very little pulp, they're great for juicing.

Organic Bower Tangerine – sweet, flavorful, a bit tangy

Organic Rio Star Grapefruit– acid levels have lowered substantially since their entrance on the scene, juicy, sweet and getting sweeter.

Organic Bosc Pears are our favorite seasonal item this week.  With dense, firm and crisp flesh, the bosc is the first chioce for poaching, roasting, or baking.  Bosc pears go great with cheeses, fresh or cooked.  Check out the deli's offering of honey roasted bosc pear with gorgonzola cheese.  We'll have recipes posted for you to try at home.  They're great eating out of hand, too!  Their firmer flesh and sturdy skin makes them the ideal lunchbox pear.

Sale items this week:

Organic Garnet sweet potatoes have a moist, orange-yellow flesh and are what most people think of when you say "yam" (they're not true yams – those are an African root vegetable rarely seen inside the US, but that's a different can of worms altogether).  They're great fried like French fries, steamed, sautéed, boiled, stir fried, or in my favorite incarnation – sweet potato pie!  Come get some for the tasty price of 99¢ per pound!

Organic Blueberries are grown in the southern hemisphere from October to March, and they're in the peak of their season right now.  So sweet and delicious! –$4.49 each

Organic Daisy tangerines are my favorite of the tangerines we're stocking right now.  They do have seeds, but if you can deal with that, you've got a sweet, juicy, delicious organic tangerine at only- $1.69 per pound

News from the World of Meat

We have a wide selection of Niman Ranch Hams in stock now! With a new addition of the Half Cut Bone-in Spiral Cut Ham for $7.99/lb.  We have Boneless Quarter hams and Boneless half hams for $8.99/lb.  These hams are delicious and a great way to go if you are looking for something other than turkey to be the center piece for your Holiday meal. Niman Ranch Ham is your choice for a high quality, certified humane, and sustainable holiday meal.  Below is a link to their featured farmers the Willis Free Range Hog Farm.

In the freezer, Organic Prairie Breakfast Links are on Owner Special for $4.29, reg. $5.49 until December 14th, so stock up while you still can.  We will have Grateful Harvest Organic Turkeys for3.49/lb all the way through the Christmas Holidays.

Are you planning your holiday dinner yet?  We will have a wide selection of offering perfect to be the focus of your meal.  Niman Ranch Flat Iron steaks paired with sustainable scallops and shrimp,Niman Ranch Rib Roast, and Niman Ranch Grassfed Leg of Lamb are a great way to celebrate your holidays.

Wine Sale! Conquista Malbec is on sale $8.99 regularly $9.99. This red wine from Argentina hits all the right notes. An aromatic cherry nose and big round tannins make this a great Malbec.


December 25th is right around the corner, but for the next few weeks there will Holiday parties. We have cheese trays to meet everyone's needs. I have a small and simple yet delightful small domestic cheese tray for $15. Also, we offer a large domestic cheese and fruit tray containing 5 domestic cheeses and seasonal fruit, for $50.  We offer 2 new trays. One tray is a Local Cheese tray. It is filled with offerings from Pure Luck Dairy, Veldhuizen Family Farms and Brazos Valley Cheese Company for $100.  There is also a very elegant Brie and Preserve tray for $50. It will be the star of the appetizer table.

Parmigiano Reggiano is on sale for $18.99/lb, regularly $21.29/lb. Swiss Gruyere is on sale for $15.29/lb, regularly $19.99/lb. Manchego is on sale for $13.29/lb. regularly $16.29/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 an 8 oz tub.

We have brought in a few new cheeses for the holiday. We have two Montechevre goat cheese logs. One is chevre and honey and the other is a chevre with figs. Both are $3.29 each. And I also brought in a Wenslydale with cranberry $15.29/lb. These cheeses would go great on an appetizer cheese plate!!


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

Our Grocery Department is loaded with tremendous savings! Bob's Red Mill Rolled Oats are on Deal for $4.99 reg. $6.49, Holiday flavored Clif Bars are now $0.99 reg. $1.59, Coombs Family Farms Organic Grade A Dark Amber Syrup now $9.49 reg. $12.39, Napa Valley Naturals Organic Balsamic Vinegar now $4.79 reg. $5.89, Emperor's Kitchen Organic Chopped and Organic Pureed Garlic & Organic Pureed Ginger now $1.99 reg. $2.79 and Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips now $2.99 reg. $3.89.

New bulk snackiness! Our Bulk Department has delicious Sunridge Farms Black Pepper Cashews on Deal for $7.99 reg. $9.99, Sunridge Farms Trail Mix for $5.49 reg. $7.89 and Sunridge Farms Cranberry Harvest Mix now $6.49 reg. $9.49.

Our Frozen Department has several Owner favorites on Deal: Wholly Wholesome Traditional, Whole Wheat & Spelt Pie Crusts now $3.29 reg. $3.99, Rudi's Organic Bakery Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread now $4.29 reg. $5.49 and Amy's Single Serve Margherita & Single Serve Pesto Pizza now $4.29 reg. $4.89.

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

Last chance Shiner sale! All Shiner 6 packs are on sale $6.99 regularly $7.99 for a limited time. This includes the runaway hit Shiner Holiday Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans!

New Snack in Bulk

Hi everybody, I wanted to let you know about a tasty new item in the bulk department.  Black Pepper Cashews are roasted and salted cashews coated in black pepper, and they make for a delicious snack!  They are currently on special for owners for only $7.99/lb reg. 11.49.

I'd also like to remind you that our Organic Unsweetened Mango is on special through Co+op Deals for the great price of $7.99/lb reg.11.39.  This bulk favorite will be on sale until December 14th so don't forget to pick some up!

Tasty goodness and great savings! – Brooks Wood, Wheatsville Co+op Deals Assistant

Cooler weather and comfort food go hand-in-hand. Our Bionaturae Organic Pasta is on Deal this week for $1.99 reg. $2.89, Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce now $2.79 reg. $3.99 and Tasty Bite Indian Entrees now $1.99 reg. $3.19. Need a quick and easy meal? Try our Koyo Ramen Noodles now $0.69 reg. $1.19  or Annie's Homegrown Organic Pasta & Cheese 3/$5.00 reg. $2.49 each. Feeding a football crowd? Be sure to grab some Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips now 2/$5.00 reg. $3.49 each, Salpica Salsa is on Deal for $2.99 reg. $3.99, Kettle Krinkle Cut Potato Chips are$3.79 reg. $4.99 and Lundberg Family Farms Rice Chips are $1.99 reg. $2.79.

With the holiday's right around the corner, be sure to stock up on household staples like our Seventh Generation Bath Tissue now $2.99 reg. $4.49, Dr. Bronner's Orgnaic Bar Soap now $2.69 reg. $3.69, Jason Toothpaste now $4.59 reg. $5.99, Preserve Toothbrush now $2.49 reg. $2.99 and Planet Dishwashing Liquid $2.99 reg. $4.49.

Wheatsville is loaded with Chocolate Deals! Endangered Species Chocolate Bar is now $1.99 reg. $2.79, Theo Organic Chocolate Bar now $2.49 reg. $3.29, Newman's Own Organic Chocolate Cups are now $0.99 reg. 1.59 and Ah!laska Organic Chocolate Syrup now $3.49 reg. $4.99.

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

I hope you have a most excellent week!

Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy

Full election results

2011 Board of Directors Election and Community Action Wednesday ResultsBoard of Directors


Rose Marie Klee


Steven Tomlinson


Mark Wochner


Reyna Bishop


Elizabeth Anderson


Adrian Cortez


Laurie Viault


Community Action

People's Community Clinic




Capital Area Food Bank


Family Eldercare




Green Corn Project


Sustainable Food Center


AIDS Services of Austin


Meals on Wheels and More


Save Our Springs Alliance


Ecology Action


Tree Folks


EmanciPET Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic


Community Partnership for the Homeless


Hospice Austin


Literacy Coalition


Yellow Bike Project


ACLU Central TX chapter


Urban Roots


All Austin Cooperative Nursery


Austin Parks Foundation


Community Action Write-In Nominations




Dell Children's Medical Center


Community Cultivators




Inside Books Project


Earth Share of Texas


Animal Trustees of Austin


Feral Cat Program @ Austin Humane Society


Any Baby Can


Foundation for the Homeless


Austin Pets Alive


Friends of Barton Springs Pool


Thundering Paws Animal Sactuary




Casa Marianella


Gray Panthers


Helping Hands Home for Children


Habitat for Humanity


Junior Helping Hand Home




Mary House Catholic Worker


Honk! Community Band Festival


Accessable Housing Austin




Action for Animals


League of Bicycling Voters


All Blind Children of Texas


Lilith Fund


Amala Foundation


Manos de Cristo


Amnesty International


Monkey Wrench Books


ASPCA of Austin


People's Community Clinic


Austin Dog Alliance


Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region


Austin Humane Society


Samaritan Counseling Center


Austin Public Library Friends Foundation


Sunshine Gardens


Austin Shakespeare Festival


Texans for Midwifery


Bat Conservation International, Inc.


Texas State Rifle Association


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, Utah)


Treasure City Thrift


Bikes Across Borders


Trinity Child Development Center


Blue Dog Rescue


Volunteer Heathcare Clinic


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Women and Their Work


CASA of Travis County


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