2014 Eat Local Challenge – Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Eat Local Challenge!

Local Events for Locavores

Have  you started your Eat Local Challenge Scavenger Hunt yet? We have a great event happening at the Co-op this weekend that can help you check off a few of your Scavenger Hunt tasks – the Sierra Club is hosting their monthly Taste & Tour event at Tidal Creek Sunday, June 22nd starting with lunch at the Co-op followed by a tour of the new Ocean-Friendly Rain Garden and the Piedmont Biofuel Station, and then on to Progressive Gardens and Progressive Farms. Visit their Facebook event for more info about this wonderful free event celebrating local food: Cape Fear Sierra Club Taste & Tour Event

Another favorite locavore event coming up is Tidal Creek’s Black River Organic Farm Tour on Saturday, June 28th at 10am. Tour one of the Co-op first local produce suppliers on the beautiful farm in Ivanhoe, NC. Get your tickets at the Co-op! Find out more about the event here on our website calendar, by stopping by the store, or giving us a call 910.799.2667.

Local Recipe of the Week

If you’re local here to the Wilmington area, you know this week has been a hot one. When the heat index is this high, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, ugh! One kitchen tool that’s often forgotten in the summertime: the crock-pot. That’s right, not just for fall chilis or winter stews, you can save time and energy this summer by cooking with your crockpot. Leaving YOU more time for you to sip sweet tea or a local blueberry mojito! This Crock-Pot Roasted Potato recipe makes a perfect side dish. Start it in the morning and at dinner time, grill up your favorite protein and serve with a fresh salad for a complete meal that’s full of local goodness.

Roasted Potatoes

Just a Few of the Great Local Items In-Store This Week:

Cherry Tomatoes from Black River Organic Farm (Want to see where they’re grown? Join us for the Farm Tour!)
Sweet Potatoes
Red Potatoes
Purple Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Greens: Collards, Kale, Red & Green Lettuce, Bib Lettuce, Romaine
Baby Bok Choy
Broccoli
Radishes
Turnips
Fennel
Spring Onions
Blueberries from Newberry’s Blueberries
Local Eggs from Jones Family Farm
Maple View Farm Milk & Butter
SF Farms Sausage
Marshallberg Farms Beef Short Ribs
Nature’s Way Farm Cheese – Special summer flavor: Organic Strawberry Chèvre Goat Cheese!

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