As Thanksgiving approaches, I consistently reminisce about what I’m thankful for. I am fortunate to be working with a small and tight knit group of folks that I can no longer call my “co-workers” because to me, they are my family. We have all worked together for nearly eight months and I couldn’t ask for a better work environment. The dynamic team I am apart of strives every day to bring healthy, local and organic food to the tri-states area with such dedication and hard work. I am also thankful for the community support we’ve received and those that believe in us and the mission we work so hard to achieve. Last but of course not least, I’m thankful for our hardworking farmers that work meticulously to bring fresh, organic produce into our store. The farmers we partner with work days and nights no matter the ever-changing weather patterns we so frequently see here in the Midwest. It is our farmers who we rely on for so many things. Aside from the food they produce, they keep our land fertile and increase biodiversity and most importantly, they keep family farms going. In a world dominated by big agriculture and corporations supplying us with “franken-foods”, keeping families on their farms is a top priority. It doesn’t matter what time of year you thank a farmer, because they work year round. So sometime soon, please thank a farmer!
How about the dustings of snow we’ve seen in the area as of lately? I hope everyone is starting to pull out their winter recipes and getting ready for that comfort food we all love to enjoy during the winter months! We still have a supply of orange and white fleshed sweet potatoes from Tree of Life Gardens in Cuba City. These delicatable taters won’t last long folks! The season is ending quickly!
This Saturday, November 22nd, come on down to the co-op and meet some of your farmers that finally have some free time! Tree of Life Gardens, Two Onion Farm and North American Black Garlic will be in the store sharing their winter recipes with the shoppers and offering up tips on their products. It’ll be the perfect time and place to warm up and learn a little more about cooking seasonally and of course, sample some goodies!
Recently, we brought in carrots from Jillian and her growing little family at Small Family Farm, in La Farge, WI. We now have their 2lb. bags in stock and they’re quite a hit amongst staff and shoppers alike! We’ll be carrying bulk carrots and rutabagas from Tree of Life as long as we possibly can. Don’t forget about squash! We’ve got you covered from acorn to butternut to spaghetti all coming from Honey Hill Organic Farm right down the road in Potosi, WI.
This week, we’ll be seeing some local Brussel sprouts come in from the Thimmesch Farm in La Farge, WI. Interestingly enough, these folks are neighbors and share a ridge with our carrot growers! The Brussel sprouts look amazing and taste the same. Just in time for your holiday meals!