Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last Day For Incredible Salmon

Just a reminder that today is the last day of Whole Foods' current weekend sale, which features fresh wild king salmon at an astonishing $14.99 a pound. We enjoyed some on the grill Friday, and I think I'll head back to get a bit more to freeze today, hoping they won't have out-of-stocked in the frenzy (on Friday, it sounded like they were pretty well prepared for a stampede). My freezing at home won't be professional and longlasting like they'll have at the store for future stock, but at this end of fresh wild salmon season, I'll go with it, since the regular price at Whole Foods for the frozen we'll be looking at in the future will be considerably higher (think the fish guy mentioned about $22).

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

I'm loaded down with veggies from this week's Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA pickup, but here's what you can expect at the Boulder Farmers' Market today, both in downtown Boulder and also at the fairgrounds in Longmont:

This week at the markets: apples, pears, plums, tomatoes, sweet and spicy peppers, arugula, garlic, onion, sweet corn, eggplant, mushrooms, carrots, peaches, kale, sunflowers and lilies. 

Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday 9/20
  • Art activity at BMoCA (all ages): Stop by the front steps of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (right next to the tea house) for a fun family art activity. 
  • On stage: Old's Cool Rock 
Longmont Farmers' Market Saturday 9/20
  • On stage: Left Hand Market Boys 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Whole Foods' King Is Wild And Fresh

Just got to the weekend sale Whole Foods is doing on king salmon fillets (see the post just below this), and that great $14.99 a pound is rendered incredible by the fact this wild salmon is also fresh, not previously frozen as I expected at that price. It looks beautiful, and maybe something of a closeout deal as we reach the end of fresh wild salmon for the year. Get it while you can - even freeze some at this price!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

Our local Whole Foods stores are offering us several sales for the weekend, and I'm particularly interested in this one:

There's no further information about it, so fresh vs previously frozen, wild vs farmed all unknown. At that price, it would be just too much to ask to have it fresh and wild, no way. I'll get some however it turns out.

Also, three other things I'm not familiar with are on sale for the weekend: Biochem whey protein, 40% off at $15.99, Kevita $2 each, and Beecher's Marco Polo cheese $11.99 a pound, $4 off.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current one continues at Vitamin Cottage through September 27th, which is creeping up on us. Here's what's looking good to me now.

At Sprouts through September 24th, previously frozen wild Alaskan cod fillets are very low at $4.99 a pound, and we're back to an advertisement of farmed instead of wild fresh salmon for $9.99 a pound, but salmon lovers should stayed tuned to something I'll post tomorrow regarding the weekend at Whole Foods. Back to Sprouts, grass-fed organic ground beef is $4.99 a pound, any size package of boneless skinless chicken breasts, including the stuffed ones, are $3.99 a pound (I have a freezer stocked with the boneless skinless ones on sale at the Lucky's in Longmont for $1.97 a pound through today), Rosie organic whole chickens are $2.99 a pound, and there's an end of summer rib fest, with bone-in pork country style ribs $2.49 a pound, pork spare ribs or beef back ribs $2.99 a pound, and pork baby back ribs $3.99 a pound.

In organic produce at Sprouts, two pound bags of carrots in rainbow colors are $2.50 each, pints of grape tomatoes are also $2.50 each, celery or arugula are both just 99 cents a bunch, red, green or black seedless grapes have bumped up a bit to $2.50 a pound (they're $2.19 a pound at Vitamin Cottage through the 27th), and gala apples or Bartlett pears are both $1.49 a pound. Elsewhere in the store, it's a sure sign we're headed for fall when Imagine organic soups or broths start going on sale, $3 each for select varieties. That's a pretty tepid sale price, but that's the way it goes - tepid to start, then increasingly competetive pricing as we get through Thanksgiving and on to Christmas. I use copious quantities of the organic broth in all kinds of cooking, including always using it instead of water to cook something as simple as rice. Some Earth Balance buttery spreads (no cholesterol!) are 25% off, some Evol burritos are $2.50 each, the big 25 ounce size of Westbrae organic beans is also $2.50 each, and seven ounce blocks of Kerrygold Irish cheese are $4.99 each. Nobody does dairy like the Irish in County Kerry.

At Whole Foods through September 30th, organic red, green or rainbow chard are all very good at $1.50 a bunch, and organic butternut squash makes its dreaded end of summer appearance at 99 cents a pound. I truly love butternut squash - its the end of summer part that gets me down. Whole Foods has fine whole chickens for $1.89 a pound, London broil or top round steaks are both $4.99 a pound, $3 off, and two-packs of lobster and shrimp egg rolls look tempting at $2.99 each. I'm very enthused about DeLallo organic pastas at $2 a bag, including the whole wheat ones, and Bella Terra organic San Marzano organic tomatoes look stunning at $2 for the big 28 ounce can.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fresh From The Fields This Week

I'm so looking forward to my CSA pickup from Red Wagon Organic Farm this week and am glad they're still heavy on summer bounty, although hard squash does make its dreaded appearance for the folks getting the large share. Not sure what the last week of the CSA is, but the weeks are marching on and autumn officially begins next week, so enjoy summer while we can! Also very relieved to see Red Wagon escaped damage from our recent very cold weather, as did Munson's, and presumably Cure Organic Farm across the street from them. Here's what Red Wagon says:

It’s week 18 and we dodged the freezing weather! Enjoy a few more summer crops as we transition into fall.
Regular ShareKale
-Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Chard
-Choice: Beets OR Hakurei Turnips
-Choice: Lettuce Or Braising Mix OR Arugula
Large Share
-Double Potatoes
-Spaghetti Squash
Fruit Share

Monday, September 15, 2014

In Praise Of Efrain's Chile Verde

If you are under the weather like I continue to be, I swear there isn't a better restorative meal in the county than the chile verde to be had at Efrain's on 63rd Street (probably at the Lafayette and Longmont locations as well). Chile peppers are naturally high in vitamin C, and I swear that dish should come with a fire extinguisher. Efrain's has a zero to ten heat rating for all its menu items, with most rated between zero and three or four, but they rate their chile verde at the full ten and they aren't kidding!!! If you are trying to get past a cold or the like, try ladeling some of that chile verde past your lips and see if you don't catch fire right down to your toes. Bring Kleenex and ask for extra water, although the wait staff already knows you're going to need that water.

More On Alfalfa's Shake-Up

The shake-up at Alfalfa's as mentioned last week, with Mark Retzloff out as CEO plus more senior management now gone, gets the front page article in today's Daily Camera Business Plus section. You can read the article here, and as usual, Alicia Wallace does a great job writing it. My history of buying natural/organic foods goes back so far, I have two canvas bags from the original Alfalfa's back when it was practically the only option in town and I had to drive across the whole city to get organic food. Interesting that the article confirms something I've suspected about Boulder, that "natural and specialty grocery stores outnumber conventional groceries..." Way to go, Boulder!

Jewish Holy Days Guides

With Rosh Hashana coming up next week (seems it can be spelled with or without an h at the end, so I'll go with the New York Times' preference) and Yom Kippur shortly thereafter, here are a couple of guides to help with dinner planning: Rosh Hashana Recipes from the New York Times (note the Recipes Navigator in the middle, with articles dating back to 1859!), and Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur from Epicurious, which uses the "h." For a local yet internationally known gluten-free writer, visit Elana's Pantry's Paleo Rosh Hashana Menu for gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo options.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Family Gets Royal Treatment At Munson's

Since I'm laid low with bronchitis this weekend, my husband headed out to Munson's yesterday to get the veggies I needed for last night's ratatouille and tonight's corn chowder (cooking while hoisting a vitamin C-packed Bloody Mary can be a great restorative for those under the weather). The excellent news is that Munson's corn escaped damage from the two very cold nights we just had. But instead of just picking up an eggplant from the stack, Bob Munson invited my husband to go out with him into the field to pick his own! He came back with two of the most beautiful eggplants I've ever seen, and it doesn't get fresher than that.