Wednesday, August 31, 2011

See you in September!

Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!

Tomorrow is September 1st and so begins Organic Month! We started our celebration off early with a visit to UT today to meet the students and let them know what makes Wheatsville so special.

We handed out organic carrots with green tops and seasonal organic plum and pluots. We were delighted to see so many students excited about organic, excited about fresh and local producers and vendors and excited to be a part of our special Austin community. Welcome back, UT students!

Also, don't forget us this weekend as you prepare for Labor Day! We have everything you need to have a smokin' BBQ -  from charcoal to portabellos, sparkling wine to popsicles.

Or if you'd rather take it easy, we have pre-cooked Niman Ranch Pulled Pork and fully-cooked Niman Ranch Sausage (Thai Style, Andouille and Bratwurst) on sale in our Meat Department. All you need to do is add a little heat and you'll have a Labor Day feast you didn't even have to break a sweat for.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Stay cool and see you in September!

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This week's One Big Thing

·         Green & Blue

·         Tame your thirst!

·         Labor Day

·         Biokleen

·         Organic Herbs

·         Herbs for Students

·         Rioja

·         Austin Beerworks

·         Co+op Deals


This week's One Big Thing is Grandma's Humus!

I always said it was going to take a pretty special humus to take the place of my tried and true. But folk, I gotta tell ya, this stuff is amazing. Fresh, tangy, garlicky and delicious, this hummus just knocks it out of the park.

Fantastic with fresh pita, falafel or on a veggie sandwich. A perfect dip for carrot sticks in your kids lunchbox or paired with a fresh cucumber or tomato. Honestly, do yourself a favor and try this humus.

And guess what? It's made right here in Austin and is 100% Organic! How's that for awesome?

Green & Blue

While there isn’t much to speak of in the way of Texas-grown produce, lots of great things are happening on the national seasonal front.  It’s still the dead of summer here but seasons are changing in other parts of the country, and that means changes to look forward to: pears, apples, then (dare I even mention?) citrus!  Never fear!  We’ve got plenty of yummy fruits and vegetables in the store now.

We LOVE Organic Reed Avocados!  They’re bigger and smoother than the Hass varieties, and they’re great eating, too.  They have a higher water content and are a little milder than Hass avocados, so we don’t recommend them for guacamole but they are easily spread and great on sandwiches and in salads.  Reed avocados have a short growing season and are available for a limited time.  Try one instead of a Hass the next time you shop.

We’ve also got some surprisingly great Organic Blueberries right now.  The season is nearing a close – usually around September, but the berries we have at the co-op are still big, plump, delicious and beautiful.  They taste like they’re still in the height of the season.  Blueberries pack an antioxidant punch and a handful of them give a boost to any dish – in pancakes or eggs for breakfast, on salads with some parmesan and a baguette for lunch, or with grilled chicken for dinner.  You can’t go wrong.

Tame your thirst!

Beat the heat with our Deli’s brand new Agave Lemonade! This sweet-tart refresher can also be split with our Organic Black Tea, Hibiscus Mint Tea or Yerba Mate for a trio of tasty thirst-quenchers!

Our bakers have whipped up some tasty treats that are both vegan & soy free! Keep an eye out for our Vanilla Peach, Strawberry Banana, Mango Peach & Coconut Almond Muffins, all made with coconut or almond milk!

Having a Labor Day celebration? Leave the cooking to us! Our affordable Catering Menu includes all sorts of convenient and gourmet dishes for a crowd, like platters of Raw Veggies, Popcorn Tofu, Bakery Bars, Cut Fruit, Side Salads and Whole Cakes! Find your favorites on our website and call us at the Deli to place your order: 512-478-1164!

Click here to read about all of our Deli deals & specials!

Labor Day!

This seasons Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is still going strong. It could end any day, but until then we will carry this fresh wild caught fish. When the seasons over we will still have this great quality fish, which we filet ourselves, but it will have been frozen.

New to the department is Organic Prairie Uncured Beef Summer Sausage for $9.99.

We have some new products from Niman Ranch. This company is forging new ground with their animal welfare ideology and sustainability. I highly recommend looking at their website, to learn more about their humane treatment and sustainability practices.

There is the Pork Short Tenderloin for $8.99lb. And St. Louis Style Pork Ribs for $5.99. On sale from Niman Ranch is the Thai Style Sausage, Andoullie Sausage and Bratwurst, all @ $5.99 reg. $6.99. Also Niman Ranch Pulled Pork @$8.99 reg. $9.99.

Just in time for school starting we’ve got Niman Ranch already cooked and sauced St. Louis Ribs for $7.99lbs reg. $8.99. These, along with the Pulled Pork, are heat and serve. Perfect for the dorm and easy for the family. One last sale item from Niman Ranch, Fearless Franks $5.99 reg. $6.29.

Also in the freezer we have some new dog and cat food. These 1.5 lb. packages of Countrypet Naturals Lamb Dog Food and Cat Food@6.99 are made from organically raised lamb from New Zealand. Check out their website!

Not just clean, it's Biokleen!

Biokleen All-Temperature Citrus Laundry Powder is on Deal now for $7.99 reg. $10.99. This super concentrated laundry powder is formulated with Oxygen Bleach and Orange Peel Extracts which cleans and brightens whites and colors as well as deodorizes. It’s gentle and safe enough for your most delicate washables and leaves no irritating residues or harsh fumes. Come in and stock up now!

Click here for more Owner Deals, valid Wednesday, August 31st – Tuesday, September 13th. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

Organic Herbs

We have some great stuff on sale from companies that take Organic seriously!

Gaia Herbs grows everything they can organically on their own farm in North Carolina. You can track the life story of each herb in every bottle with their “meet your herbs” program online. You’ll find all of their products on sale! For instance, Gaia Herbs’ Serenity with Passionflower, normally $24.99, now $20.99. This excellent formula relaxes nervousness and tension, bringing a sense of calm and serenity to your day.

Himalaya Herbal

Herbs for Students

Welcome back students! Soon you’ll be back to late nights of studying and early mornings of lectures, tests, and labs. Wheatsville’s bulk herb section has got a few awesome products to help you conquer anything that the new school year might throw your way – naturally.

Ginko Biloba Capsules – At only $.06 a piece, these individually sold capsules are definitely worth a try. Ginko has been used throughout the ages to support cognitive health, particularly to enhance memory and improve concentration.

Guayaki Yerba Mate – Fair trade AND organic and only $11.49lb/ 4.72oz! Yerba Mate is a traditional Southern American tea that is energizing and contains high levels of minerals and antioxidants. It is great in place of coffee and lacks the “crash” that often follows a caffeine binge.

Organic Maca Powder – Just $28.99lb/ $1.81oz, Maca root powder is another fantastic South American herb traditionally used to help fight fatigue and promote a healthy endocrine system – and its taste is delicious and malty!

Look for all three of these “back to school” supplements and more in Bulk Herbs!


Pago Malarina Rioja is on sale for just $6.99 regularly $12.99! Ruby Red in color with nose of black plum, cedar and white pepper with the flavors of ripe fruit and currant with a bit of spice on the finish, this is a rich, full bodied wine from Spain’s Rioja Region and at $6.99 it is a steal!

Austin Beerworks

Austin Beerworks is here! We now have three new six packs available from Austin’s hot new brewery, Austin Beerworks. Fire Eagle IPA is a big bold American IPA, Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale is light, balanced, smooth pale ale and Pearl-Snap Pilsner is a Crisp, refreshing, German style pilsner and they all come in cans so you can take them to the pool!

Co+op Deals!

Seventh Generation 12 count Bath Tissue is on Deal at Wheatsville for $6.99 reg. $9.89. This 100% recycled bath tissue is made with a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled paper, whitened without chemicals containing chlorine and has no added dyes or fragrances. What a great opportunity to stock up and save!

Click here for more Co+op Deals valid Wednesday, August 31st – Tuesday, September 13th. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

I hope you have a most excellent week!

Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy

Co+op Deals

Wheatsville’s longtime customer favorite Equal Exchange Bulk Coffee is on Deal for $9.99 reg. $11.49. Please note this sale excludes Decaf coffees. Other morning favorites include Kashi Organic Strawberry Fields Cereal which is now $3.29 reg. $5.39, Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce is now $2.89 reg. $4.49, Bionaturae Organic Fruit Nectar is $2.99 reg. $3.39, Nature’s Path Organic Waffles are now $2.29 reg. $2.99, French Meadow Organic Bread is now $4.99 reg. $6.79, Nature’s Path Organic Bulk Granola is now $3.99 reg. $4.89, Clif Energy Bars are now $0.99 reg. $1.39, Envirokidz Organic Cereal is now $2.99 reg. $3.99, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze in the convenient 64 oz size is now $3.59 reg. $4.49, Straus Family Creamery Organic Yogurt is now $2.99 reg. $3.89, Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt is now $1.79 reg. $1.99, Wallaby Organic Lowfat Yogurt is now 5/$4.00 reg. $0.99 each and Earth Balance Buttery Spread is $3.79 reg. $4.89.


Other terrific Deals we’re offering include, Napa Valley Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is now $9.49 reg. $13.99, Montebello Organic Pasta is $2.89 reg. $3.79, Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce is $2.79 reg. $3.79, Lundberg Family Farms Organic Rice Cakes are $2.29 reg. $3.39, Quorn Meat Free Chik’n is now $3.99 reg. $4.99, Ian’s Wheat Free Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets are now $3.99 reg. $5.49, Dr. Kracker Organic Flatbread Crackers are now $2.99 reg. $3.99, Terra Sweets & Beats are now $2.79 reg. $3.49, Woodstock Farms Organic Pickles are now $3.79 reg. $5.29, Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Dipping Chips are now $3.49 reg. $4.69, Kettle Krinkle Cut Potato Chips are $3.49 reg. $4.99, Country Choice Organic Snacking Cookies are $2.79 reg. $3.89, Blue Sky Organic Soda is now $3.29 reg. $4.49, Tasty Bite Dinner Entrees are now $2.29 reg. $3.19, Natural Sea Chunk Light Yellowfin Tuna is now $1.99 reg. $2.79, Organic Valley Organic Stringles are now $3.99 reg. $4.99 and Organic Valley Organic Cheese is now $3.99 reg. $5.29.


We look forward to seeing you at the Co+op this week – Bon App├ętit!


Owner Deals!

Our Grocery Department has terrific items on Deal for you this week. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks are now $3.79 reg. $4.49, Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian Bases are now $4.29 reg. $5.49, Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian Bases are now $3.39 reg. $3.99, Glutino Wafters are now $3.49 reg. $3.99, Health Valley Organic Soups are now $2.19 reg. $2.69, Mediterranean Snack Foods Sea Salt Lentil Chips are now $3.29 reg. $3.89 and Road’s End Organics Dairy Free Pasta & Chreese is now $1.79 reg. $2.49.


Our Refrigerated Department is selling Lifeway Organic Blueberry Low Fat Kefir which is now $3.79 reg. $4.29 and Stonyfield Organic Oikos Organic Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt is now $1.79 reg. $1.99.


Wheatsville loves pets – so our Newman’s Own Organic Dog Food 12.7oz is on Deal now for $1.99 reg. $2.49 and Pet Guard Organic Vegetarian Dry Dog Food 4.4 lb is now $13.79 reg. $16.19.


See you soon at the Co+op!


New Recipes in the Deli!

Our first new Fresh in the Deli dish is the simply named Kale Salad from GreenStar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, New York. A colorful, earthy mix of raw kale, cabbage, beets, carrots and broccoli are tossed in a gingery sesame-miso dressing and sweetened with agave.


Our second Fresh in the Deli dish is the sweet and crunchy Broccoli Grape Salad from St. Peter Food Co-op & Deli in St. Peter, Minnesota. Popular with kids and adults, this unique salad combines the crunch of celery, toasted almonds and broccoli florets with juicy red grapes and a creamy dressing.


Owners can now save big on our famed Popcorn Tofu Po’Boy freshly made at our Deli Counter – crunchy, savory batter-dipped and deep-fried tofu nuggets are stuffed inside a local Sweetish Hill hoagie roll with a drizzle of our cashew-tamari dressing, and loaded with your choice of veggies! This award-winning bad boy – also our top-selling sandwich! – is on sale for owners at just $5.49, reg. $6.49!


Tried our GTP? It’s time. Tamari-marinated, crunchy cubes of tempeh are tossed with pasta & carrots in a creamy gingery-peanut dressing to create our most popular pasta salad, available in our grab’n’go cooler and on sale now for owners, $7.49/lb, reg. $8.49!


Our infamous Iced Coffee Toddy is just $1.49 a cup for owners right now, reg. $1.99! This staff favorite 24-hour cold-brewed burst of caffeinated deliciousness is so awesome we’ve made it our current Featured Coffee! You can also find this one in our Grab’n’Go Icebox in front of the Deli Counter, which is filled with our tasty, icy beverages for you to grab-n-gulp with no wait! Alongside the Toddy in the Icebox, you will likely find our sweet and fruity Gingerade, delightfully pink and refreshing Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea, lean, green Cucumber Agua Fresca and our brand new sweet-tart Agave Lemonade! Come in & cool off!