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Join us at the Annex for an epic tasting.
As summer rolls in, we are thinking about our favorite ways to welcome the warmer, longer days. These are a few highlights!
1. Friends! Getting out the patio furniture and lounging with loved ones is quite possibly the best part of summer.
2. Fruit! The scents of summer are wafting through our stores. And we cannot resist all the natural sweetness.
3. (No cooking) Simple meals – salads, crudite, and cold cuts. Warm nights invite fresh, (no cooking) dinners. That means, more time to spend with friends and family. 🙂
We hope you are as excited as we are about this season!
Save the date for our bi-annual Grand Wine Tasting on May 20th from 2 pm to 5 pm!
Join us to taste dozens of wines from local and international producers.
All wines are produced without harsh chemicals or pesticides!
Tickets: $15 | Refunded if you purchase a case of wine (at 20% off) that day (Sunday, May 20) only!
Thank you for all you do….
Growing Your Own Food to supplement our 100% organic produce.
Buying in Bulk with your own containers to reduce packaging
Reducing Waste when buying smaller quantities to avoid throwing food in the trash.
Composting the biodegradable parts of your meal production and household living.
Supporting Organic Growers, Fair-Trade and non-GMO food producers by
purchasing items with those seals.
Upcycling! Whether with us in the flower department (upcycled vases!) or elsewhere, you are helping keep products out of landfills and oceans.
And using our Water Filter Stations with your own jugs to avoid buying bottled water, thus reducing the amount of plastic consumption.
These ACTIONS MATTER! And they matter more today than ever.
As some of you may know, store manager Rick Dailey retired in December, 2017 after 36 years. Michael Chung, assistant store manager, retired recently after 32 years.
The East Bay Express wrote a nice article about the familiar feeling brought about by Rick, Michael and others in Berkeley who created a sense of community.
Here it is. We hope you enjoy.
We also hope you will come get to know Jon, our new Berkeley store manager and continue to foster your relationships with our team on Gilman street. We love seeing regular faces and meeting new people!
We are seeing a lot of people in the cold and flu sections of our stores right now. In addition to the wonderful syrups, sprays, and lozenges made by companies we love and trust, here are a few homemade remedies I use when my throat is scratchy and my nose is running.
- Lemon, Ginger, Honey and Hot Water. This mixture is simple and soothing. Simply peel one generous nub of ginger (removing the outer skin). Slice the ginger into dime size pieces, add the fresh juice of one or two lemons to taste. Add more for more tartness and less if you are sensitive to sour. Simmer the ginger, lemon and 12 ounces of water until it is warm enough to melt honey. Add honey to taste.
- Turmeric, Ginger, Water and Apple Cider Vinegar: I love this blend for a little shot of repair after a long night of coughing. The repeated hacking sometimes gives me a headache. When that happens, a shot of this drink seems to wipe away the pain. Perhaps it’s the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric. Or maybe it’s the zing of the cider vinegar and heat of the ginger. Whatever, the case, I highly recommend this mixture. Simply peel and slice approximately one cup of each root, add it to water and boil. Once the liquid has cooled, transfer it to a glass bottle (I re-use the Straus gallon size milk containers) and add one cup of apple cider vinegar. Gently shake the mixture and store it in a cool, dark place. I put ours in the fridge to avoid oxidation. When I need a shot, I simply pour a glass over a strainer (to keep out the roots) and add a little hot water to warm it up.
- Broth. If you don’t have time to make your own, try one of the long-simmered broths we sell in the frozen section or in our refrigerated area near the deli meats. A little broth with some cooked rice can make for a wonderfully soothing and light meal. Add tofu or cooked chicken (perhaps our rotisserie chicken?), scallions and cabbage if you’d like to bulk up the contents.
- Soak in an Epsom salt bath. The wonders of Epsom salt have been touted for hundreds of years. It is said to hold beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind, and soul. The brand of Epsom salt we sell in our stores is from Salt Works and is known for its exceptional purity and therapeutic value. Ultra (a word used on their packaging) Epsom is high-quality pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt. It dissolves easily, perfect for soothing sore muscles, relaxing soaks, and calming foot baths. The molecular structure of Magnesium (one of the minerals found in Epsom salt) is easily absorbed into the body through the skin. Thus, a bath is a wonderful way to incorporate this mineral into your life. It can be incredibly relaxing and invigorating. The magnesium may also help with the body aches associated with colds and cases of flu. Magnesium is a central building block for life on earth. It’s the organizing atom in chlorophyll, converting sunlight to energy in plants. In the human body, magnesium is present in over 300 enzyme systems, regulating blood pressure, synthesizing proteins, and monitoring muscle and nerve functions. By incorporating Magnesium into your wellness routine you may experience alleviation of all kinds of ailments including muscle pain, chronic pain, insomnia, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Elderberry Lozenges or Syrup: Elderberry is said to alleviate allergies, boost the immune system, protect against bacteria and infection, lower blood sugar, aid the digestive process, and generally boost wellbeing. What’s more, it tastes great so it’s easy to enjoy. We have lozenges and syrups. Come have a look at our selection to find the best selection for your needs.
Winter fruit may be less varied and outwardly fragrant than summer fruits but it’s packed with amazing nutrients and delicious flavor! Oranges are one of the most prolific fruits of this season, with many varietals appearing in our produce department throughout the months of December, January, February and March!
Oranges are a known source for their vitamin c content. Here are some other fun facts about one of winter’s favorite fruits:
- Oranges originated around 4000 B.C. in Southeast Asia
- The fruit came before the color. The word “orange” derives from the Arabic “naranj” and arrived in English as “narange” in the 14th century, gradually losing the initial “n.”
- The name “navel orange” comes from the belly-button formation opposite the fruit’s stem end. It is said that the bigger the navel, the sweeter the orange.
- Oranges can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They will generally last about two weeks, with either method.
- The best way to store oranges is loose rather than wrapped in a plastic bag, to avoid trapping in mold causing moisture.
- About 85 percent of all oranges produced are used for juice.
- There are over 600 varieties of oranges worldwide.
- A typical orange has 10 segments.
- Orange peel sprinkled over a vegetable garden is an effective slug repellent.
We hope you enjoy citrus season!