Co-op Blog

May 28, 2013
Sometimes my herbs get so prolific that I can barely keep up with them. I usually try to harvest all season long to encourage them to grow, and then I have to find a way to use all of it. I throw large amounts into soups and our daily menu, and drying is an easy to way to prolong their life, but one of my favorite things to do is make compound butters. Simply, put a couple... [read more]
May 21, 2013
Salt is needed in small amounts in order to maintain optimum health, but it also has a few culinary tricks up its sleeve. Adding salt to water will raise the temperature at which it boils and lower the temperature at which it freezes. Eggs boiled in salty water are easier to peel. Adding a pinch of non iodized salt to cream or egg whites before beating them will increase... [read more]
May 13, 2013
Salt’s impact on human civilization precedes recorded history, and has influenced human existence in cultural, economic and of course culinary realms. Once traded ounce for ounce for gold, and used to pay people (hence the word salary), it is now a very common part of our recipes and kitchens. In the Deli, we use sea salt exclusively, but at home I also use kosher and Alaea... [read more]
May 07, 2013
Mother’s Day is this week. I want to thank all of the mothers that bring their little ones into the Ashland Food Co-op. In addition to the ever popular life lessons learned here like how to steer a tiny shopping cart, and some things are free (like bananas!) you are also teaching your children about organic food, how to pick ripe produce, buying in bulk, community,... [read more]
Apr 30, 2013
This is a great way to celebrate May Day with children, and the results are beautiful and delicious. You will need some freshly picked violets, 1 egg white, fine granulated sugar, a sheet pan, a small paint brush that has never been used for paint and waxed paper. Lay out your violets on the pan so they are easy to grab once your hands get sticky. Beat the egg white with a... [read more]
Apr 22, 2013
If months have themes then April’s is Go Green. Green is literally everywhere you look. The plants are waking up and blooming, Earth Day promotes green eating, cleaning and living, and we want to see some Green in your mug as well. The Green Dream smoothie is on sale this week in our Juice & Java Bar. My favorite of all the smoothies we make, it is loaded with kale, has... [read more]
Apr 16, 2013
Earth Day was first recognized and celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Nelson from Wisconsin spearheaded the idea after witnessing the destruction from a massive oil spill in 1969 that happened in Santa Barbara, California. He gathered a political crew of 85 members and got it on the national agenda. That year 20 million Americans hit the streets and parks and our capital... [read more]
Apr 11, 2013
The 2013 Community Grants application cycle has closed. We received 35 proposals. Our committee is currently reviewing all the proposals and will make the award decisions by the end of April. Award notices will go out the second week of May. Successful organizations will be invited to a Grant Award Celebration on May 22nd where grants will be given out. For more information... [read more]
Apr 11, 2013
Ashland Food Co-op is very pleased to announce the hiring of our new General Manager, Emile Amarotico. He will replace our current GM Richard Katz who will retire on June 30th. Emile Amarotico is the general manager of Medford Food Co-op. He has a diverse business background including experience as a CPA and business consultant. Amarotico is a long-time Ashland resident... [read more]
Apr 04, 2013
My daughter has been asking all winter long when we are going to get to go on another hike, and I can finally tell her “SOON!” Her favorite hike is Grizzly Peak. It is just long enough that we bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the top. The view is spectacular and we both marvel at how small we feel way up there on top of the world. Stella’s favorite hiking snack is... [read more]