I saw this video this morning and had to share – the package free store. It will be coming soon to Austin, TX. There is also a store of this type in Longmont, CO that has been open for some time, but I only knew of it because of the press for this ingredients. The CO doesn’t appear to carry local produce, but for areas that offer a long growing season, this could be a hit!

Our co-op offers a package-free philosophy for spices, bulk foods, and cleaners. You can bring in your own containers, have them weighted with a tare assigned and then use them for shopping. We bring our own produce bags, as well as shopping bags wherever we shop. To some extent, it isn’t a totally new concept, but it an idea that should be considered.

It would certainly change the way you would have to shop, but I also wonder if more frequent trips to the store wouldn’t mean more gasoline consumption. What this option does is certainly reinforce the buy local theme!

Read the post and watch the video! What do you think?

http://www.good.is/post/zero-packaging-grocery-store-to-open-in-austin-texas/

Take care,

Judy

Local Food Connections

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities, Package Free Grocery Store. Date: June 28, 2011, 8:41 am | Comments Off on Package Free Grocery Shopping

21  Dec
Winter is Here

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the first day of winter, but here in MN we’ve been having winter for quite some time. The snow is piled high and familiar landmarks are no longer in sight after the plows made their way through the streets.

Winter brings different foods to our table… comfort foods. Lots of hearty soups, such as my recent recipe post for Squash and Italian Sausage soup, chilis, stews, and casseroles are the fare. I try to use as many local and organic ingredients as are available and the budget allows. Having the CSA does give us the opportunity to easily have more of both options. What is important to remember is to make those dishes healthy eating.

I am not cooking the Christmas dinner this year and am looking forward to being horribly spoiled by a wonderful grandma’s meal. I will contribute by bringing dessert, but she will present a feast to enjoy. I will be with people that I love dearly and that is what counts.

With the holidays looming large, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday celebration. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and carry Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Wishing you the best and take care,

Judy

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 21, 2010, 10:19 am | Comments Off on Winter is Here

Hi everyone,

I’ve been away from my blog for too long! In October, I was in the Lakewinds Chanhassen store (our local co-op). There was a gal with a table display that was a bouquet of fresh vegetables. She was offering fresh carrots as a sample. I love to taste new foods and I thought – carrots, what is so different about them. They were fantastic – sweet and crisp crunchy. She was providing information on a winter CSA, which was totally new to me. I spoke to my husband about it that evening. Their deadline was drawing near for closing sign-ups. We decided we had to try it. We are so glad we did!

Featherstone Farm is located in Rushford, MN, which is about an hour away from the Twin Cities. We pick up a box every other week at the Lakewinds store. It is an easy deal for us to do so and we have been so impressed with the quality, quantity and taste of the produce. Here is a picture from their website of the first box of the season…. wow!

Box from Featherstone Farm

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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: December 4, 2010, 1:11 pm | Comments Off on Our Winter CSA Adventure

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago our oldest daughter, who is the undisputed Sauce Queen, gave me a bottle of Bar-B-Que sauce she purchased at a Farmer’s Market. She said it is the best and knew we would love it. Well, she was right.

About a week later, I was at the Excelsior Farmer’s Market and right between Mackenthun’s and Ridgeroll Farms, was the M&B Homemade Seasonings and Sauce stand. I was so surprised and pleased. It also gave me an opportunity to meet Brenda Snell, one of the owners. It is always great to see a successful family business and they show their pride in their product.

M&B Homemade Seasonings and Sauces offers a complete line of products. Their sauces

M&B Homemade Sauce

M&B Homemade Sauce

include Maple, Original, Sweet Garlic, Northwoods Hickory, Zesty, Fireworks and the Grand Finale. They also offer spices with a 14 All-U-Need Seasoning and a Cowboy’s Seasoning.

All of their sauces and seasonings are made with the highest quality ingredients, with no added chemicals, but a lot of love in their product. I am pretty picky about this stuff because I don’t like buying sauces with high fructose corn syrup as their first ingredient. Most ketchup already has that as an ingredient, so why add even more!

I know they are at the Excelsior, Minnetonka, Delano and Maple Grove Farmer’s Markets, but you can contact them if you want to know of other locations or they might offer a mail purchase.

Contact information: M&B Snell, Corcoran, MNMBSnell2@comcast.net or call them at 763-221-6295.

I know they would love to hear from  you!

Take care,

Judy

Posted by admin, filed under At the Farmer's Market, Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: July 30, 2010, 5:13 pm | 6 Comments »

Hi everyone,

We have a wonderful new market near our home… Fresh Seasons Market. Their philosophy is one of being a special place to shop, but providing quality and value. They have a superior produce department, their meat and seafood department carries only the best available. The deli and bakery sections are the same. Quality and value are the mandates of the store and when you throw in a caring, friendly staff – that is what it is about these days for us.

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Posted by admin, filed under Green Resources, Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: April 20, 2010, 9:43 am | Comments Off on A Local Earth Day Celebration

Hi everyone,

Last week, my husband and I took another class at the Kitchen Window. We are pizza snobs and proud of it. Whenever possible, our pizza of choice is made at home with our own dough. The class was “Better-than-Pizzeria Pizza” and making the perfect dough was the premise for the class.

Kitchen Window

The dough was ready for us so we could start cooking. We were paired in groups and off to work. We assembled two types of pizza and then spent a rotation at the dough station. Our group was so much fun and we worked well together. Our Bacon-Cheeseburger and Chicken Taco pizzas were delicious. Never thought I would eat a pizza with dill pickles on it! The Pear and Gorgonzola just melted in my mouth. My least favorite was a Roasted Vegetable (which I normally love) and I think it was because of the potatoes. I would have preferred peppers, artichokes, zucchini, and onions, which is the great thing about pizza – you can make it your way

John Michael Lerma (the instructor), of Food Network fame, was ill so a local chef, Scott Hurlbut, taught the class for him. He walked in at the very last minute and taught an amazing class.

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Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: February 2, 2009, 3:35 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

Many of you are familiar with Lynn Rossetto Kasper, her excellent cookbooks, her newspaper column, and her show on Public Radio, The Splendid Table. 

Splendid Table

Chefs are coming more and more to the forefront with the Eat Local movement and Chef Kasper is no exception.  
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Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources, Locavore. Date: January 19, 2009, 6:45 pm | 3 Comments »

Happy New Year!

We are almost halfway through January of the New Year and I am wondering how many of you are already losing that resolve to make major changes in your life?

This past summer I was involved in a writing intensive with an wonderful supportive and talented group of women and a great coach, Suzanne Lieurance (The Working Writer’s Coach). Last week, she had a reunion call with our group to discuss our writing goals for 2009. After the call, I reviewed my goals based on the discussion, but also thought about them in a different light. Now I am applying that philosophy to my life, not just my writing.
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Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture, Healthy Food, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources. Date: January 12, 2009, 6:17 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

December 2 already – where did the year go?

Now we turn to the holidays and gift giving. This year everyone is feeling the pinch and so it is a good time to think about giving the gift for the meaning rather than just because it is a gift.

Gift cards have become the norm and can be a well thought out gift if the card fits the person. Here are some ideas for gift cards for the favorite foodie on your list.
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Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: December 2, 2008, 2:43 pm | 3 Comments »

Hi everyone,

After a wonderful adventure in tasting the Columbus Salames, olive oils, cheeses, vinegars, and, of course, the chocolate, back on the bus to the Kitchen Window.

While Chef Royal prepared a superb lunch, he talked about each of the dishes and the subtleties in bringing them up one more notch on the flavor level. Our luncheon menu included several of the items we saw or tasted at Great Ciao.

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Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: November 20, 2008, 4:43 pm | 3 Comments »

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