May Department News
Tags: organic (14), natural remedies (9), local (6), allergies (5), non-GMO (3), skin care (3), grass fed (3)
Spring is underway (technically)! Check in with the managers of each department as they share interesting food news, upcoming specials, and more. This month you'll hear about our organic potting plants & herbs, how to save on some of your favorite local products, the wild-caught salmon season, and more!
Produce: It's official, our planters our in!! West Star Farms has delivered a variety of beautiful potting plants and herbs to get those organic gardens underway! Be sure to get a closer look as you're walking into the store! We have a variety flowers and herbs already, with more on their way. Tomatoes and peppers will show up in about a week, but a few unique varieties that are new this week are the Lemon Basil, Thai Basil, Pineapple Sage, Hill Hardy Rosemary & Winter Savory. We have also added sunflowers, ornamental kale and calendula - they aren't blooming yet, but should be starting soon!
- Jordan, Assistant Produce Manager
Grocery: May is coming, and hopefully the warm weather follows! We’ll be setting up an endcap display of organic barbecue essentials for the month to help everybody get ready for some early summer cookouts. Also be sure to check out our great selection of chips and salsa we’re going to have on sale for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. We were happy to be able to promote many of our local vendors on Shop Local Fridays in April, so we’re going to continue to do so every Friday. Keep your eyes out for discounts on some of our favorite local vendors like: Rishi tea, Chip Magnet, Noisy Kettle, Reallygoods and more!
- Michael, Grocery Manager
Wellness: Spring has finally sprung in the Wellness Department! Come in and see our great variety of organic seeds from Botanical Interest - we have seeds to grow organic and non-GMO vegetables, herbs, and beautiful organic flowers. Purple Cow Organic Compost is back this season, so your plants will have organic nutrients to help them grow strong and healthy. Wit h allergy season in full swing we have many products to help you get through it. Our resident naturopath, Dr. Joanne, would be delighted to help you find the right natural allergy products. She's in the store giving personalized recommendations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 7. Now that we'll all be spending more time outdoors, stay protected with natural suncare. Our suncare section is located right as you walk in. We are adding more selections weekly with a wide variety of SPFs for everyone in the family. Oh, and don't forget to check out our coconut wind chimes for those warm breezy nights ahead of us!
- Linda, Assistant Wellness Manager
Café & Deli: This month in the cafe, join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It is celebrated in the United States and in parts of Mexico every 5th of May, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Join us on Monday May 5th for a Mexican fiesta on the hot bar and all week for handmade tamales from our Chef's Case. Later on in the Month, help us roll out summer as we celebrate National Beef Brisket Day. Join us on May 28th - we'll be serving grass fed brisket on the lunch hot bar and our legendary in-house smoked beef brisket from our Chef's Case.
- Kelly, Cafe & Deli Manager
Meat & Seafood: Stop by the meat department throughout the month of May for all your protein needs. The wild-caught salmon season has started and that means more exciting variety in our fresh seafood case! Also, May 9th is national SHRIMP DAY, so stop and bring some home for your stir fry, tempura, or skewers for the grill. Don't forget about Mother's Day! Surprise your amazing mom with a delicious surf and turf meal featuring our grass-fed beef steaks and sustainably caught seafood. End the month with some grass fed beef brisket and natural pork baby back ribs for the smoker and watch your neighbors invite themselves over!
- Brian, Meat Manager