Co-op Blog

Aug 09, 2013
So many local and organically grown foods can assist your lungs in managing this onslaught of smoke and can be found in our abundant produce department:• Dark greens and golden-orange vegetables are full of beta-carotene, a key nutrient in protecting the lungs. Examples are: carrots, winter squash, broccoli, parsley, kale and wheatgrass. The green veggies noted are also rich... [read more]
Aug 07, 2013
 Homeless Animals Have Friends in FOTASFriends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) was founded in 1990 to support the animals at the Jackson County Shelter. FOTAS has hundredsl of volunteers who walk dogs, socialize cats, and provide financial support to spay/neuter efforts. FOTAS also works with local teachers to provide educational opportunities to students throughout Jackson... [read more]
Aug 06, 2013
One of the beautiful things about cooking with cast iron is its ability to hold a non stick surface without a chemical coating. This comes about from never using soap on your cast iron and keeping it properly seasoned. To season a new pan, preheat your oven to 300 degrees, while it’s preheating coat the pan in grease, lard, or oil. My grandma always used bacon fat, but I use... [read more]
Jul 30, 2013
My collection of cast iron pots and pans are some of my most heartfelt and extremely heavy treasures. They originally were my grandma’s and when she couldn’t lift them anymore she passed them on to my mom and when she couldn’t lift them anymore she passed them on to me. When I use them, I like to imagine all of the family meals that have been cooked in these vessels: Grandma... [read more]
Jul 23, 2013
It never ceases to amaze me, just how delicious a piece of grilled fruit can be. The natural sweetness of the fruit mixes with the smokiness of the grill and it is truly delicious. Here is a modified version of our Mango Salsa made with grilled fruits, perfect for your next fish taco dinner, enjoy!1 large slice of watermelon, keep rind on for grilling 2 large slices of galia... [read more]
Jul 18, 2013
 Our Annual Report details our accomplishments and financial health to keep our ownership informed of our progress. 2012 was a banner year in many ways.Read all about how the Cooperative Principles guide us in the Board President's report from Gwyneth Bowman. General manager Richard Katz, now retired, writes about our sales growth, last year's union drive and outcome, and... [read more]
Jul 15, 2013
Hopefully, everyone is taking great care of their skin this summer by using sunscreen before they go out into the sun and reapplying often when sweating and while enjoying the water. Prevention is always the best remedy, but inevitably someone, usually me, will always overdo it and need some relief. Most important to remember when you are sun burnt, the body needs to... [read more]
Jul 11, 2013
The AFC Board of Directors election has concluded. We welcome incumbent Gwyneth Bowman back for another 3 year term and we are pleased to announce that candidate Gary Einhorn has been elected to his first 3 year term. We are also happy to announce that the proposed bylaw amendments also passed with flying colors. This now brings our bylaws into compliance with current State... [read more]
Jul 08, 2013
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet! I am training to run a half marathon next month, and I have been experimenting with making my own energy bars as I have found that when eaten before my runs, they tend to sit well in my tummy and give me the fuel that I need to get through the next mile. Here is a simple recipe that is a great to fuel your next outdoor adventure... [read more]
Jul 02, 2013
The fourth of July is a great time to go camping, enjoy picnics and BBQ with friends and family. Following a few simple tips will ensure you have a fun food safe holiday. Wash your hands before you work with food, whenever you change tasks, and after you are done. Keep in mind hand sanitizer does not replace hand washing when it comes to food safety. Avoid cross... [read more]