Saturday, October 25, 2014

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

As this glorious fall progresses (temps in the 80s today!), we still get to enjoy our Boulder Farmers' Markets, both downtown and out at the Boulder fairgrounds in Longmont. Wonder if Brussels sprouts will still be there. We got two dinners worth out of the gigantic stalk I picked up at my Red Wagon CSA a couple of weeks ago. Here's what the Farmers' Market says:

This weekend at the markets you will find: artful winter squash, rainbow carrots, apples, pears, potatoes, radishes, turnips, tomatoes, garlic, beets, onions, and if we're lucky-Brussels sprouts will make another quiet appearance.

Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday 10/25
  • On stage: Augustus at One Boulder Plaza 
  • Boulder Valley School District locally sourced food truck breakfast
  • 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. 
  • Live Chef Demo: Eric Skokan of Black Cat Farm and restaurants 
Longmont Farmers' Market Saturday 10/25
  • On stage: Flynn & Co

Friday, October 24, 2014

Harvest Festival At Casey Sunday

The Boulder Farmers' Market is giving us a heads up about the following fun-sounding harvest festival this Sunday afternoon at Casey Middle School. Here's what the Market says:

Sunday, October 26: 12-4pm
Join us at this BVSD School Food Project event and celebrate the harvest. At the festival, there will be an Iron Chef competition, kids' activities, live music by Left Hand Market Boys, goats from Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, local farmers and vendors (including BCFM!), lots of delicious local food and much more! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Sale At Whole Foods

Our local Whole Foods will offer us the following nice organic chia sale for the entire weekend, but I don't see that they've posted any other weekend or one-day sale this week, which doesn't mean you won't run into some unadvertised special at the store. Here's what they say about the chia seeds:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have a new sale starting today at our Boulder Sprouts stores, while the current one continues through October 28th at Whole Foods and through November 1st at Vitamin Cottage (you can use the post index at the lower left to look back for those). Here's what's looking good to me now.

At Sprouts through October 29th, the best thing to me is the return of the Vitamin and Body Care Extravaganza, with everything in the department 25% off. It's such a great time to stock up on your favorites that you know otherwise rarely or never go on sale. In meat and seafood, wild Alaskan salmon has finally switched to previously frozen at the end of the fresh wild season, with sockeye fillets $10.99 a pound. They also have flash frozen swordfish steaks for the ridiculously low price of $4.99 a pound, which is assuredly not my preference of domestic swordfish. Value packs of boneless skinless chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound, bone-in country style pork ribs are also $2.99 a pound (shoulder roast also), whole or split fresh chickens are $1.69 a pound, and their own stuffed chicken breasts are $3.99 a pound.

In organic produce at Sprouts, gala apples, D'Anjou pears, and bunched broccoli are all $1.50 a pound (but I'm loving that Whole Foods has reduced its everyday price on organic broccoli to $1.97 a pound, at least at the Pearl Street store, so you know you'll never have to pay something outrageous on broccoli again), red, green or black seedless grapes are all $2.50 a pound, curly green, red or Lacinato kale are all $1.50 a bunch, and grape tomatoes are $2.50 a pint. Elsewhere in the store, bulk coffee is $7.99 a pound (but the everday price at Lucky's is $6.99 a pound, at least at the Longmont store), there's a line drive sale on all Pacific brand products at 30% off plus you save an additional $3 when you buy five of them, some Green Mountain Creamery Greek yogurts are $1 each, $1.69 is quite low for local Noosa eight ounce yoghurts, some Alexia frozen potatoes are BOGO, the 14-ish ounce size of Muir Gen organic tomatoes is $1.49 each, and some of my favorite DeLallo whole wheat pastas are $2.49 a package, but I stocked up when Whole Foods had them for just $2 each.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Munson's Corn Is Still Going Strong

What a spectacular fall we've been having, and having been spared a really hard freeze so far, that means we still even get to enjoy fresh corn from Munson's Farm. This late in the season, the ears are really big, but they're still really, really good. When I was there a couple of days ago, the guy told me that they'll continue to have corn until we have a night that reaches 28 degrees for four hours, and that yes, they do still have plenty to pick.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween isn't a big culinary celebration in this house, but if you're looking for some inspiration, here are a few guides to help you out: Halloween Recipes and Party Ideas from Epicurious, Spooktacular Treats for Halloween from Whole Foods, and Halloween from Food and Wine magazine. Boo.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

Our Boulder Farmers' Markets are coming up shortly on what looks to be a lovely, mild fall morning. Here's what they say you can expect to find, and in addition to squash, squash, squash, there are lots of other options as well!

This weekend at the markets you will find: onions, potatoes, pears, apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, acorn squash, Spaghetti squash, Delicata, tomatoes, spinach, arugula, beets, rainbow carrots, sweet peppers, turnips, garlic & mushrooms. 

Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday 10/18
  • On stage: El Javi
  • Boulder Valley School District locally sourced food truck breakfast
  • 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. 
Longmont Farmers' Market Saturday 10/18
  • On stage: Old's Cool Rock

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dinner Ideas For The Week (Almost)

Almost, because I haven't figured out next Thursday yet, but that's always something super simple like a salmon burger or pork chop. While I usually turn to the Boulder natural grocery specials for inspiration, other things factor in, and this week that includes using my final Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA pickup for the year, a forecast of lovely dry weather for the weekend, and the Daylight Savings change bearing down on us soon, all of which adds up to grilling for the weekend!

For tonight, some of the beautiful Norwegian salmon from Whole Foods' one-day sale today (look a few posts below for details) will go on the grill, along with some foil packages of organic fingerling potatoes that I captured Tuesday on the last day of Whole Foods' nearly half price sale, dressed with olive oil and a bit of parsley. I'm hoping to get some of our last ears of Munson corn for the season later today (haven't been out there recently, and I hope they haven't been hit by any freak frost).

Tomorrow will be back to the grill, this time with boneless NY strip steaks that the Lucky's Market in Longmont has for just $5.98 a pound this week. Sorry no time to check Boulder Lucky's, but I'd bet this special is limited to Longmont, as it's the "natural" meat they do there, as opposed to the "never ever" meats of the Boulder Lucky's. For a side, I'll try a new recipe from Bon Appetit, squash with dates and thyme, although if Whole Foods still has figs, I might already tinker with the recipe by substituting those. Brussels sprouts from the CSA pickup will also go nicely with the steaks.

Still needing something big on the weekend that will also serve as an easy midweek reheat, wanting something vegetarian after those steaks, wanting to give the family griller a break, and also needing to use the lovely collard greens from my CSA pickup, that absolutely calls for baked rigatoni with ricotta and collard greens from Cooking Light. With the oven going, I might try roasting my sunchokes from Red Wagon too (one last challenge from the CSA!).

I'm grabbing some smoked gouda from Whole Foods during this weekend's three-day sale with a favorite pizza in mind for Monday, barbecue chicken pizza from Bon Appetit. I have plenty of chicken breasts in my freezer from Lucky's excellent sale, but both Sprouts and Whole Foods are offering special prices on them this week (look below to the Wednesday sale post).

Tuesday will be our easy reheat of something big made over the weekend, which this week is the baked rigatoni casserole. Salad on the side will keep it extra simple.

With a freezer full of batches of my own pesto, for Wednesday I want to try a new pasta recipe from Bon Appetit, pasta with pesto, shrimp and cured ham from Bon Appetit. Sprouts has some already peeled shrimp on sale through Wednesday.

So aside from having not yet planned Thursday, which is always something simple, that gets us through a full week and uses all the bounty of my final Red Wagon CSA pickup for the season.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fresh From The Fields This Week

This week is my final pickup from my Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA (sniff). But they are also offering an extension option and possibly a winter/spring option - more on those later if time permits. Here's what will be in my final pickup, always a good indicator of what will be at the Boulder Farmers' Market as well. Nice to see that kale, collards, and bok choi persist among the hard squash and root veggie choices.

This week we hope to bring you the following:

Regular Share
  • Winter squash
  • Choice: Brussels Sprouts OR Large Winter Squash
  • Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Bok Choi
  • Choice: Lettuce OR Braising Mix OR Arugula OR Spinach
  • Choice: Eggplant OR Sunchokes
  • Choice: Carrots OR Celery

    Large Share Additions

      • Extra Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Bok Choi
      • Carrots AND Celery
      • Cauliflower

      Weekend Sale At Whole Foods

      This weekend, our local Whole Foods stores will offer us a nice one-day salmon sale for tomorrow only, plus several sales lasting all the way through Sunday. For tomorrow only, the 17th, Norwegian salmon will be $4 off at $8.99 a pound (it's farmed, but Whole Foods always has superior fish, and my understanding is that Norwegian is the best of the farmed). From tomorrow through Sunday, there will be two specials on local Justin's yummy peanut butter cups, singles at four for $5 and 10-packs $4.99 each. You could make some trick or treaters or maybe just yourself very happy with those. Also through the weekend, smoked gouda will be $5 off at $9.99 a pound, four types of Dr. Bronner's castile soaps (32 ounces) will be $9.99 each, and organic Fuji apples will be half off at $1.48 a pound.