Meet the Maker | Hacienda San Jose Chocolates

When you think of chocolate, you might not think of Minnesota. Cacao beans are not exactly a local crop! But Minnesotan Monica Jimenez knows the ins and outs of the entire chocolate-making process. Her family’s farm grows cacao beans and makes award-winning chocolate — Hacienda San Jose — in Ecuador. Standing in New Hope, Minnesota, … Continued

Food for the Big Game 2021

The big game is right around the corner (you know which one). Is your snack spread ready? At the co-op we’ve got all the necessary finger foods to satisfy your game day appetite. Choose from traditional staples like chicken wings, chips & salsa, and beer brats. You can also find options to fit any diet, … Continued

New at the Co-Op, January 2021

It’s a new year, so why not try something new at the co-op? This month we’ve got some great new small-batch condiments, original snacks, eco-friendly makeup, and health-boosting supplements. Everything added to our shelves meets our high quality standards, so you can trust what you put in your cart. Grocery Mother In Law’s Korean gochujang … Continued

New at the Co-op, December 2020

Each month, our team brings in new, unique items, including those from local makers. See what’s new and might be interesting to you this month! Grocery New Herbal Tea Blends from Sacred Blossom New blends from one of our favorite local farmers are now available in sustainable, compost-friendly packaging! All herbs are grown locally, hand … Continued

10 Food Swaps to Switch It Up

When the new year hits, resolutions abound. But what if we all focused on making easy swaps or adding in, instead of taking away? Adding in more time to connect with others. Increasing our intentionality to take better care of ourselves. And weaving in routines or steps that support our well-being throughout the year, including … Continued

Creative Holiday Gift Ideas for the People on Your List

  The holidays may look different in the year 2020, but they’re still meaningful. We realize that finding unique gifts when you’re shopping less often and staying home more can be a challenge. So we’re here to help! From puzzles to woolens and cookbooks to skin care, here are some creative holiday gift ideas for … Continued

New at the Co-op, October 2020

We’re always adding great new items from local makers, farmers, and growers. Read on to learn about what’s new at the co-op for October, 2020!   GROCERY Baker’s Field farm cakes blend Minneapolis-based Baker’s Field has an expert knowledge of grains, which is why they make some of the best bread in town. This hearty … Continued

Local Apples: Best Uses for Each Variety

  Apple season is sure to stir up sweet memories — visits to the orchard, crisp autumn evenings, and delicious apple dishes. It may also stir up some questions. With so many varieties, how do you tell which apple is best for snacking versus apple pie or cider? We break down local apples and the … Continued

How Mushrooms are Grown

  It’s well known that mushrooms are nutritious (and many of us certainly find them delicious), but have you ever asked yourself how mushrooms are grown? We often lump them in with other vegetables when talking about nutrition, even though mushrooms don’t come from plants like carrots or lettuce. Not even a little bit. Mushrooms … Continued