Leah recently arranged a farm visit Two Onion Farm, a LOCAL grower located in Belmont WI. Two Onion is run by Chris & Juli McGuire, and they're pretty much geniuses when it comes to farming. It was a rainy day, but Chris was kind enough to show Leah, Courtney, Tiffany, and Andie around the farm. We're looking forward to more great crops from Two Onion this Autumn!
From Leah in Produce:
We’ve recently expanded our roster of local producers by now carrying Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) products. What is this all about you ask? The certification is very similar to the USDA Organic certification with a couple of minor differences. First, growers pay lower certification fees and less paperwork. That is a big win for our local growers whose time is so limited because of lack of labor and let’s face it, they need to be in the gardens and fields giving love to those fruits and veggies! CNG inspections are peer-reviews carried out by fellow farmers and others in the community. This technique fosters trust and direct relationships that support learning and networking. Don’t fret, CNG doesn’t skimp on their guidelines. In relation to the USDA Organic certification, CNG farms are managed to foster biodiversity and ecological balance and the standards require firm commitment to farming without GMOs and synthetic inputs. You will see CNG producer items on our shelves that are clearly identified. If you would like to read more about this certification (or lookup a farm) please click here.
Please join us for our 1st Anniversary festivities and help us celebrate our 1st year in business!
Election Results are in, and we'd like to introduce our two newest Board Directors: Josh Clements and Tory Daugherty!
Thanks to all of the other candidates who ran: Connie Connolly, Darin Harmon, Jeff Manternach, Tera Muller, and Ron Tigges. The Dubuque Food Co-op is a democratically run organization and we truly appreciate your commitment and energy.
Finally, our sincere adoration and appreciations go to our departing Board Directors Suzanne Guinn and Paul Schultz. Thank you for your passion, your work, and your magnificent personalities. You will be missed!
Yay!!! As of 12:10 on March 18th we officially reached $1,000,000 in sales! Mike K, who was one of the very first Member/Owners and who shops with us every week, brought our total to $1,000,006.
On March 3rd the Dubuque Food Co-op was honored to attend the 365 Impact Awards as a winner in the Shopping category. Below is the stated purpose of the awards:
"It’s for those who choose to make an everyday effort to Impact the world around them 365 days a year. Its meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone."
Our sincere thanks to Dubuque365 and Premier Bank for presenting such a wonderful event, additional thanks to those who nominated and voted for us, and congrats to all of our peers who also took home a beautiful Gene Tully sculpture that evening. We're honored to be a part of this amazing community.
Local foods are fresher, taste better, and typically retain more nutrients by traveling faster from field to plate instead of spending days or weeks in shipping. By purchasing goods from local producers, we work to create and maintain a healthy local economy and support family farms whenever possible. Spending your hard-earned dollars on local food and goods gets you great-tasting food and a vibrant community.
In 2014 over 20% of our total sales at the Dubuque Food Co-op were LOCAL products. That’s almost $112,000 pushed back into our community directly to LOCAL producers!
New Produce item... the organic Mandarinquat! It has an awkward name but is a delicious hybrid of a kumquat and a mandarin. You can eat the entire fruit, including the skin, which (at least for this batch) is sweeter than a kumquat. We REALLY like these.
The crew just did our Secret Santa exchange this morning... creepy Santa ornaments, vinyl Men At Work albums, cooking utensils, gift cards, turtle jerky (for realz), fingerless gloves, and more! It was silly fun, but we'd like to share our serious thanks to both the Dubuque-area community and the larger co-operative community for all of the great support since we first opened this past May. Have a grand New Year!
These charming lads are Cub Scout Pack 68 from Sageville Elementary. They gave us a visit yesterday, learned about healthy snacks, organics, and local foods, and had a little party in our seating area. Thanks for coming by gents!
All of these great prices will be available through Tuesday, Dec 9th :
- LOCAL Brussel Sprouts, $ 4.99/lb
- Organic Taylor Farms Green Beans, 3.99/ea
- Organic Red Potatoes in bulk, 1.29/lb
- Organic Concorde Pears, 2.49/lb
- Organic Persimmons, 3.99/lb
- Organic Braeburn Apples, 4.99/3# bag
Folks went giddy over the butternut squash we served at the Holiday Sampling Party, so we wanted to share the recipe:
We served it as a side dish, but it's delicious on crostini as well!
-Organic Braeburn Apples in 3# bags
-LOCAL organic colored carrots from Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, WI
-LOCAL organic bagged carrots from Small Family CSA Farm in Viroqua, WI
-Organic Satsuma Mandarins
-Organic Driscoll's Raspberries
Weekly produce sales! All of these great prices will be available through Sunday :
-Organic D'Anjou Pears 1.69/lb.
-Organic Honeycrisp Apples 2.99/lb
-Organic Pie Pumpkins .79/lb
-Organic Braeburn Apple 3# bags 4.99/ea
-Organic Avocados 2 for $3
The weather has taken a turn, farms are selling down their warmer crops, and Leah has been pumping up your Produce department with a beautiful winter selection of excellent organic and LOCAL produce. We’re talkin’ pears, sunchokes, leeks, squash, tangerines, tangelos, apples, kale, and more. In fact, Produce tends to be our most dynamic department, as it's so seasonally dependent and so fresh.
And on this note, your trusty Produce Lead Leah has reported in on all the latest produce news here!
The latest produce update from Leah is live! Read about the latest arrivals in LOCAL organic squash, sweet 'taters, celery, carrots (stew anyone?) and apples. Find out about availability on LOCAL lettuce and tomatoes, read about new items like jujube fruit and deglect nour dates, and mourn the loss of berry season with us. Check it out here.
Student life brings challenges, such as limited income and changes in residence from year to year, but we feel that students who are interested in great food and great community should have access to both. Therefore we are happy to now offer Student Memberships. These will not carry the full privileges enjoyed by our over 1,850 owners, but they will provide the opportunity for students to be involved with a mission-driven business that values people over profits (that's us!), and to save some money in the process.
If you know a college student who may be interested in being a part of our cooperative community, please share this link with them.