Thursday, April 12, 2012

Are you a Pepper?


Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!

We've got a little secret.... We've got some of the last bottles of Dublin Dr. Pepper and we want to give them away! Stop by our Hospitality Desk anytime on Thursday, April 12th and say, "I love Dublin Dr.Pepper" and we'll give you one. That's it. That's all you gotta do (but if you want to give us a song or dance we're not gonna stop you). Supplies are limited so get 'em while they last!

The other thing we've got coming up that we want to make sure we let you know about is our next  “What the Heck Does the Board Do?” Information SessionBeing a part of our Board of Directors is a great way to be more involved with our co-op and community. If you've thought about joining our board and would like a little more information about what the board does and what our governance structure looks like, please join us on Wednesday, April 18th from 6pm-7pm. 

The meeting will be in the large conference room in Wheatsville's administrative offices at 3105 Guadalupe.Please direct questions and RSVP to If you plan on attending - and we hope you do! Please RSVP to

We've got lots of other great events coming up for Earth Day Weekend, April 21-22. Find more information about our events at the end of this email.

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Every week, Wheatsville staff picks the product we’re most excited about right now!

Uncle Matt's Organic Lemonade!

Why do we love it?

1. It feels like summer, what better way to quench your thirst than an iced cold lemonade!

2. It's organic!

3. It pairs great with other summer favorites like strawberries and watermelon!

Sweet love!

Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when we're talking about Cara Cara Navel Oranges. This citrus season has been absolutely amazing which is why they are our produce pick of the week! They won't be around much longer, so enjoy them while you can!

The other item we're crazy about this week (well actually it's been a few weeks) is our local Buena Tierra Bunched Basil. Spring is barely a blink in Texas but that just means we're already enjoying one of our favorite summer herbs. Delicious ribboned into salads or pasta - this basil has us dreaming of summers filled with perfectly ripe, freshly picked tomatoes.

Sweet, Sweet Serrano

Our Staff Favorite Sweet Serrano Salsa returns to the Wheatsville Deli!
Sweet Serrano Salsa is back! Sweet peaches & spicy serrano peppers are mixed with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh cilantro & red onions to create an irresistible salsa! Try some of this addictive delight on your breakfast taco or order of $1.99 Brown Rice and Black Beans today! Or just grab a tub for dippin’ with our favorite El Milagro corn chips and get the party started right!
We’re already thinking about g
raduation and all those springtime celebrations that go along with it! Take a look at our affordable Catering Menu, featuring a complete assortment of platters and trays ranging from Raw Veggies, Sliced Meats & Cheeses, Middle Eastern Spreads, Popcorn Tofu, Bakery Dessert Bars, Cut Fruit, Whole Cakes and fresh Sushi! Check out menu or call us at the Deli to place your order: 512-478-1164!
Click here to read about all of our Deli’s new items, deals & specials!

What's for dinner?

New to the Seafood case we have Texas Gulf Black Drum.  This fish is mild and versatile. It is flat enough to easily roll up with a savory stuffing. Saute some lacinato kale with butter and garlic and spread it on the skin side of the filet. Drizzle some of the garlic butter on top of the rolled fish and sprinkle some panko bread crumbs on it. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (until the flesh starts to flake apart  easily with a fork).

Need a quick, tasty dinner? Try out one of the Niman Ranch Beef Entrees. Niman Ranch is dedicated to keeping family farms on their land by paying a premium market price to their farmers who maintain stringent welfare and quality standards. These heat and serve dishes are another way to help support those farms. We offer the Pot Roast in Pomodoro Sauce and Beef Tips in Provencal Sauce. Just grab some sides from the Wheatsville deli and you’ve got a great, easy meal.

We’ve also got some great new products in the freezer. The Blue Horizon Salmon Burgers are a great quick and easy way to eat some sustainable seafood. There are two burgers per package that you cook from their frozen state. They can even be grilled. We have them in two flavors, a Surf Burger and a Blue Cheese Burger, $4.99, that’s hard to beat.

Check out our Co-op Deals in the freezer: Henry and Lisa’s Gluten Free Fish Nuggets which are MSC Certified Sustainable. We will also have Organic Prairie Ground Turkey on sale.

Hops & Grain

New local Brewery! Hops & Grain an awesome new Austin brewery, is one of many who have sprung up of late and also one of the best. We now have their Pale Dog Pale Ale and their Alteration Alt in six pack cans.

These are fantastic beers and supply is sometimes limited since the brewery is waiting on a mechanized canning line. In the mean time they have an employee that
hand cans beer all day, two beers at a time. Now that is what I call dedication!  Grab a six pack today. You'll be so glad you did!

Texas Sake Company

If you have yet to try the amazing sake from Austin’s own Texas Sake Company why not get a bottle now? Austin’s new Texas Sake Company makes Sake in small batches using traditional methods. They are the first independently-owned Sake maker in the USA. The 1st Organic Alcohol made in Texas, and they use organic Texas grown rice!

Super Bodycare Deals

We have some great deals in bodycare this week! Our entire line of Ann Webb is on sale for 15% off, so it is time to stock up on all of your favorites like pomegranate protection and super c serum! 

In addition, we have Dr. Bronner’s 32 oz. liquid soap regularly priced at $13.99 on sale for $10.99—that’s a whopping 3 bucks off!  So stop by and stock up on these super deals!

Bulbs & Seeds

Texas Flower Bulbs Now Available in Spring Varieties! Only $9.99!

Gardening season is upon us and the frequent rains that have graced our city recently have only made conditions even more perfect! Our friends (and neighbors) at
Southern Bulb Company in Manor, Texas offer beautiful spring varieties of bulbs perfectly suited for central Texas climate and soil conditions. Both the striking Hardy Amaryllis and the joyful Zephyranthes Pink Rain Lily are only $9.99 a pack! Get yours in the ground today and enjoy beautiful bouquets that will bloom and spread year after year!

Look for them on our seed rack, as well as on our seasonal bulk herbs display!

Co+op Deals

Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins, a favorite at Wheatsville, are on sale now for $1.99 reg. $2.89. These crispy little crackers have only 130 calories for 16 crackers, 3 grams of protein, no cholesterol or saturated fat and are low in sodium. They go perfectly with Grandma’s Humus, a nice creamy cheese, or our house made Spinach Feta Dip.

Click here for more Co+op Deals valid Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 – Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

Owner Deals

Exclusively for our owners, we’ve lowered the price on one of our most beloved chips, Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips. Dressed in nothing but sea salt, these all-natural chips are the ultimate in taste and crunchiness. Perfect with anything. Perfect without anything. On sale now for $2.49, reg. $2.99.
Click here for more Owner Deals valid Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 – Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

New at Wheatsville

Ecology Action of Texas

Help Wheatsville Support Your Community
Throughout the year, Wheatsville donates to ten local non-profit organizations which were chosen by the co-op owners during the Wheatsville Election.  If you are not yet an owner but want to help the co-op decide which organizations to support, visit our website for more information about
cooperative ownership or stop by the Hospitality Desk during your next visit.  Becoming a co-op owner helps grow the cooperative economy all while helping Wheatsville support organizations you care about! 
April’s Community Action Group is
Ecology Action of Texas.  This eco-friendly, worker-run cooperative operates a recycling drop-off and processing center in downtown Austin and offers business recycling and composting services for apartments, bars, and commercial, residential and retail establishments.  They even provide event recycling!  Some of their past recycling collaborations include FunFunFun Fest, ROT Rally, Tour de Fat, Maker Faire, and SXSW.
You can help increase Ecology Action’s donation by rescheduling your major shopping trips to
Community Action Wednesday and by donating your reusable bag & container credits during the month of April.

Earth Day Weekend

Join us Earth Day weekend and meet some other non-profits and business that are thinking sustainbly. We'll have folks from Texas Land Conservancy, Casa Brasil, Ecology Action, Niman Ranch, AIBA and more! Here are just a few of the things we've got going...

Give 5% to Mother Earth
Join Wheatsville in supporting Give 5% to Mother Earth Day. On April 21st, five percent of sales from participating businesses will be donated to Tree Folks, Hill Country Conservancy, Sierra Club, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Texas Land Conservancy and Clean Water Fund. Check out participating businesses at

Just Say Hi
Join us on April 21st from 11am-5pm for Austin Independent Business Network's 'Just Say Hi' Open House in the North Drag Ibiz District. Over 20 locally owned business will have demonstrations, samples, coupons, sales and more. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, visiting with neighbors by bike or on foot.

Grab a gameboard at any of the participating business and walk or bike the district. Collect 7 stickers on your gameboard to enter to win a gift basket stuffed with goodies and prizes from the businesses in the district. Return your completed gamepiece to Wheatsville and we'll give you a free t-shirt!

Home Composting Rebate Challenge
The City of Austin's
Home Composting Rebate Challenge is a rebate program challenging Austinites to do three things: downsize to a 32-gallon trash cart; take a free basic home composting class; and purchase a home composting system and start composting!

ARR customers who do these three things are eligible for a rebate on a home composting system. The rebates are for 75 percent of the total cost of the composting system up to $75 in value.

Wheatsville is hosting a FREE class on April 21st from 1pm-2pm. Sign up at the Hospitality Desk to reserve your spot or call us 478-2667! Each person attending gets a free countertop compost bin!

I hope you have a most excellent week!

Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy




Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New at Wheatsville

We work hard to seek out exciting new products and flavors we think our members will love. Here’s what’s new at Wheatsville this week.

DeLallo pasta is hand made in Italy using semolina flour, a granular flour milled from durum wheat. Since dried pasta is made solely from wheat and water (naturally), a great pasta depends on its process. DeLallo pastas are made with the use of bronze dies, which create a pasta with a rougher, grainier texture. This allows the sauce (or even just extra virgin olive oil) to hug your pasta, marrying their flavors to give you the best in each bite. Smooth pasta doesn't stand a chance!
16oz, Reg. $2.99-4.39

Like ribbons meant for wrapping a special package, mafalda are a flat, moderately wide, long pasta with ruffled edges, a lasagna noodle turned supermodel. They make a rather spectacular presentation on the plate, where we especially like them with a rich and meaty Bolognese sauce.
Perciatelli is a southern Italian name for the same pasta cut known elsewhere as bucatini, or hollow spaghetti. Made of high-quality hard durum wheat semolina, perciatelli is like a pliable, delicious drinking straw, and works well with olive oil based sauces such as puttanesca, marinara or arrabbiata.
With a ridged exterior to hold sauce and a cup-like interior to capture chunky meat and small vegetables such as peas, Orecchiette makes the perfect pairing with an olive oil based sauté, where the fine Puglia-grown semolina pasta holds its own among the other ingredients. Your "little ears" will hear lots of compliments on the terrific meal!
Fusilli col Buco are long curly spirals of pasta, like fusilli that never stopped growing until they were as long as spaghetti. You can imagine what a fanciful, even show-stopping display this pasta makes in a large bowl. Don’t be afraid to ladle on your favorite rustic sauce or fresh pesto-fusilli col buco can stand up to any ingredient or sauce.

So irresistible, your usual chocolate fix might get jealous. Indulge yourself with smooth, rich dark chocolate, kissed with a hint of almond.
64oz, Reg. $3.99

Red's All Natural Quesadillas; Bean & Cheese, Pulled Pork, Steak, Buffalo Chicken
Red’s All Natural just went a little further south of the border with the introduction of its new line of all natural quesadillas. Each four and a half oz. quesadilla is crafted with antibiotic and hormone-free meats, and stuffed with the freshest veggies and 100 percent natural beans and spices, all tucked snug between two bakery style tortillas. Available in four delicious new flavors—bean and cheese, pulled pork, steak and buffalo chicken—Red’s quesadillas make for the perfect guilty pleasure…minus the guilt.
9oz, Reg. $3.99

Double Rainbow's all natural, super premium ice creams contain only the freshest and purest ingredients, including cream and milk from cows not treated with hormones. Double Rainbow ice creams are thicker and creamier than other ice creams because excess air is not whipped in, and just the right amount of butterfat ensures that every spoonful tastes rich and delicious. The It's a Goody is our favorite: classic vanilla ice cream complemented with decadent fudge chips and ribbons of peanut butter... Double Rainbow all the way, indeed.
16oz, Reg. $3.79