Monday, August 31, 2015

Another Advertising Snafu?

First there was the issue of Sprouts this week claiming fresh Copper River salmon at a great price, which we all knew couldn't be true, and now it's fresh local corn at Whole Foods. Whole Foods' online flyer still said four ears of corn for $1 when I last checked yesterday, but when I was in the Pearl Street store yesterday, what I found was signage for five for $2 for both Olathe and beloved local Munson corn. No complaints here, as that's actually better than 50 cents an ear at the Munson farmstand, although it's probably not just a few hours from the field like at the farmstand. Update - looking at my receipt, I was charged four ears for $1 for Munson's, deal of the year!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

Enjoy your chance to visit the Boulder Farmers' Market, newly minted by USA Today as the best in the country, from 8 to 2 today. (Also out at the fairgrounds in Longmont, slightly shorter hours there.) Maybe better to get there earlier than later, before the temperatures top 90 degrees. Here's what the Farmers' Market says to expect in these glorious days of late summer produce:

In Season Now 

watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, carrots, summer squash, beets, potatoes, raspberries, kale, chard, green beans, garlic, basil, and more

Friday, August 28, 2015

Red Wagon CSA Distribution

Here's what Red Wagon Organic Farm has been distributing in its CSA pickup this week. Edamame! Shishito peppers! Shishitos are my new fave, having been first introduced to them via last year's CSA. Here's what Red Wagon says, complete with pretty pictures:

Here’s what we hope to bring you this week:
Regular Share
-Choice: Tomatoes OR Beans
-Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Chard
-Choice: Lettuce OR Arugula
Large Share Additions
-Choice: Bell Peppers OR Shishito
-Extra Choice: Kale OR Collards OR Chard
Tuscan Kale
Tuscan Kale

Green Curly Kale
Green Curly Kale

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Taste Of Tomato" Saturday

That rite of late summer that appeals to gourmands, gardeners, and fans of tomatoes in general will be held this Saturday, the 29th, from 10 am to 1 pm in Gateway Park, 4800 N. 28th Street. People bring all kinds of tomatoes they've grown, from cherry to beefsteaks, and with lots and lots of varieties therein. Admission is free if you bring three or more large ones of one variety or ten cherry tomatoes, also within a variety (bring a card to identify). Otherwise it's $5 to get your tomato fix and possibly open some new tomato horizons for your garden.

Weekend Sale At Whole Foods

I'm not familiar with this product, but Whole Foods is offering a special sale on Garden of Life organic plant protein powders, select varieties at $19.99 each, for tomorrow through Sunday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sprouts' Copper River Typo

This doesn't surprise me at all. The fresh Copper River coho salmon fillets advertised in today's new Sprouts flyer ("famous...among the best in the world!") for $8.99 a pound aren't Copper River, but in fact basic coho, per my visit to the Baseline Sprouts this morning. Still a very good price.

One-Day Sale At Whole Foods Today

For today only, the 26th, Whole Foods has NY strip steaks for $13.99 a pound. That's a very good price and their steaks are excellent, but I've already indulged too much recently in the brief sales Alfalfa's ran on organic boneless ribeyes for the ridiculous price of $9.99 a pound.

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, and I need to check out what new might be happening at Vitamin Cottage. For the first two, here's what's looking good to me now.

Sprouts will be doing another of its 72 hour sales this Friday through Sunday, when avocado fans will be pleased to see Hass ones at three for $1. I'm also liking the 26/30 count previously frozen ez peel raw shrimp at just $4.99 a pound, limit 10 pounds (maybe get some that are still frozen and stock up).

In Sprouts regular sale today through September 2nd (September already!), I'm liking bone-in country style ribs (great on the grill) or shoulder roast for just $1.99 a pound, whole or split fresh chickens $1.69 a pound, Rosie organic chicken grill packs $3.49 a pound, chicken Italian sausage (pork also) $3.99 a pound, and chicken breast tenders are $2.49 a pound. In fish, fresh Copper River coho salmon fillets are $8.99 a pound, and we must be nearing the end of the fresh wild salmon season, so get it while you can UPDATE - see the post a couple above regarding Sprouts' typo on this one. It's basic coho, not Copper River, which make a whole lot more sense.  Back to the ad, huge 13/15 count previously frozen raw ez peel shrimp are $9.99 a pound, previously frozen wild Alaskan cod fillets are $8.49 a pound, and I'd be curious to check out the previously frozen wild swordfish at $5.99 a pound, as the last time I saw it there, it was domestic instead of the usual Indonesia or Singapore.

In produce, I usually only cover organic produce, but I have to mention Olathe corn at six ears for $1. Back to the organic produce, grape tomatoes are $2.50 a pint, Pink Lady apples are 98 cents a pound, red or green seedless grapes are $2.50 a pound, and three-packs of romaine hearts are $1.98 each. Elsewhere in the store, the focus is on a Sprouts brand sale, with lots of products on sale throughout grocery, dairy and frozen. I might just try Sprouts' own brand of extra virgin olive oil at just $6.99 for a liter (plus it's non-gmo certified), as Whole Foods yesterday was out of stock on the 365 brand I usually buy.

Whole Foods new sale lasts through September 15th, but this week's sale flyer pdf online is in a different format than they used to do, and it looks like fewer products are listed (looks might be deceptive though). I'm liking their great in-house brined pork loin chops at $5.99 a pound, Pine Manor's air-chilled split chicken breasts at $3.99 a pound, and made in house sriricha fried chicken looks dangerously tempting at $7.99 a pound. If the fresh Copper River coho at Sprouts doesn't grab you, Whole Foods is offering wild coho salmon fillets at $12.99 a pound (river not specified in the flyer, nor is fresh/frozen, but presumably fresh). Once Sprouts' one week sale on sweet corn is done, it's good to know that sweet corn will still be available for another two weeks at Whole Foods at the slightly higher but still excellent price of four ears for $1. This new flyer format doesn't show a whole lot else around the store, but made in house heirloom tomato and corn salad appeals at $7.99 a pound.

One-Day Sale At Lucky's Today

Lucky's Markets in both Boulder and Longmont are doing a one-day sale for today only on private label grocery department items. Here's what they say:

Food Glorious Food

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Classes At Louisville Alfalfa's

The Alfalfa's store in Louisville has a couple of pretty interesting classes coming up, for which you can sign up on their website or at customer service. Tomorrow evening from 7 to 8:30 pm, there will be a free Nutrition 101 class focusing on metabolism. On Friday, their calendar has a Plant Based Cooking Class from 6 to 8:30 pm with Lailina Wisoff, at a very reasonable $5 charge. Friday is also the start of a three day back to school sale.