Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores. Still don't know what's happening at Vitamin Cottage since last week's failed attempt to park there (wonder if they are still considering a move). Here's what's looking good to me now.

At Sprouts through April 8th, bone-in country style pork ribs are excellent at $1.69 a pound (although we'll already be dealing with lots of Easter ham), all varieties of chicken sausage (pork also) are $2.99 a pound for bulk and $3.99 a pound for the links, their "Presidential Cut" standing rib roast is $7.99 a pound, boneless ribeye steaks are $10.99 a pound, fresh turkeys are $1.99 a pound, Rosie organic chicken grill packs are $3.49 a pound, and their very good stuffed chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound. They also have specials on lamb and spiral sliced ham, but my ham will be from either Whole Foods or Lucky's. In fish, previously frozen wild Alaskan coho salmon fillets are just $5.99 a pound, and they have fresh wild caught Alaskan halibut, but do the math with six ounce portions $9.99 each and you'll find it pretty pricey.

In organic produce at Sprouts, heirloom tomatoes are absolutely dynamite at 98 cents a pound (how can they do that?), Gala or Fuji apples are $1.48 a pound, and one pound containers of strawberries are $2.98 each. Elsewhere in the store, I'm thrilled to see some of my favorite Imagine organic broths for just $2 a box (they store well with long expiration dates and improve everything from chowders to rice, but also see below for another great option), bulk mild cheddar is just $1.99 a pound, Chobani Greek yogurts are $1 each, some Simply Organic spices are 40% off, some Near East rice or couscous are $1.50 a box (makes a nice side on its own or the basis of a superfast main when sauteed chicken or shrimp are added), Cedar's hommus is $3 a container, and my favorite almond Nut-Thins are great at $2 a box.

In Whole Foods' new sale through April 14th, I'm loving the competition on my favorite Imagine organic broths, as they are $2 a box there also! Responsibly caught coho is $13.99 a pound, way higher than Sprouts, but Whole Foods never fails to have fabulous fish. Boneless pork shoulder roasts, steaks and country style ribs are $3.99 a pound, and that's for very fine American Homestead pork. Organic strawberries are $3.98 a one pound container, so you'd do $1 better if Sprouts is also in your itinerary. La Croix sparkling waters are $3.99 a 12-pack, my favorite organic sprouted Seeduction bread is $4.99 a loaf in the bakehouse, two pound bags of organic Lundberg rice are 25% off, my fave Cotswold cheese is $13.99 a pound, $4 off, Method dish soaps are $2.99 each, and fans of Toms of Maine toothpaste will be pleased to see some at $3.99 each.

One-Day Sale At Whole Foods Today

Happy April 1st, but this isn't an April Fool's joke. For today only, our local Whole Foods will have their spicy shrimp avocado roll for $3.99 each, a full $4 off.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Superior Egg Hunt Saturday

Today's expected high of 80 should put you in the mood for an Egg Hunt (guess Easter Egg Hunt has gone the way of wishing people a Merry Christmas), since Saturday should be beautiful again, once we get past some rain and snow Thursday and Friday. The Whole Foods store in Superior will host an egg hunt that includes a particularly golden one, worth $100. Here are the details from them:

Kids and parents join us for our Egg Hunt at the Superior Whole Foods Market on Saturday, 4/5 from 10am-12pm. Come hunt for the Golden Egg. $100.00 Gift Card is yours if you find it!

Local Food Shift Magazine

We have a new magazine on the horizon for lovers of local food in Colorado. Check out Local Food Shift, expected to launch May 1st. I don't know anything other than what they have on the website, but a magazine promoting local food production and consumption (the even better part) is looking good to me.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Seeds Cafe Getting Closer

As previously reported, the new cafe under construction at the Boulder Public Library is to be operated by the Boulder Farmers' Market, and therefore so appropriately to be named Seeds Library Cafe, the fortunate winner by public vote. They are looking to open sometime next month, and sponsored a kids' taste test focus group recently to ensure their farm-fresh offerings are also kid-friendly. How great a confluence is it when farmers' market meets library??? Here's the news from the Farmers' Market:


Construction has started on the bridge of the Boulder Public Library, and we're so excited to watch the cafe space come to life in the next few weeks. Seeds has a brand-spankin'-new logo, designed by Anthem Branding in Boulder. 

The Seeds team hosted a kids menu tasting in the library yesterday and got some wonderful feedback from community members and library patrons. 

Seeds  will be participating in the Boulder Public Library's celebration weekend on Saturday, April 11, when they will show off the library's new renovations, including the cafe. You can stop by the bridge to meet the Seeds staff and enjoy refreshments. 

We're so excited to be working with Seeds and can't wait to partner with the cafe and library on a few very exciting events this summer. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cured Adds Fish

Let the halibut competition begin. The wonderful one and only local store Cured is getting into fish deliveries, in addition to offering charcuterie, fine cheeses, select wines, cooked dinners for pre-ordered pickup, and who knows what else. As previously noted, I was excited about the opening of the fresh halibut season with Whole Foods offering it this week at $19.99 a pound. Cured appears to be upping the ante by specifying the size and cut of halibut for $10 more, but please note I didn't get to this in time for Cured's delivery this past Friday. Best to check with them directly about the schedule for the next fish offering in a week and a half. Here's what they say (and can I ever second the lament about landlocked Colorado):

Fresh Fish Friday’sOne of Will and my biggest laments living here in Colorado is the relative lack of access to good quality, fresh fish. While meat and cheese always and forever hold a space at the center of our hearts, we miss the fish markets of Spain, and the light, bright freshness of a piece of fish caught earlier that day. Sadly living in a land locked state, fresh fish isn’t necessarily always on the menu. Until now that is! While working with the Chef’s Collaborative Summit last September, we had the honor of meeting Chad from Seattle Fish Co, one of the finest purveyors of fish across the good ol US of ASeattle Fish Co is on the forefront of the sustainable fish movement, focusing on fish that are fresh and seasonal, but also sustainably caught and sourced. Chances are that if you’ve had great fish at any of the finest halibut
restaurants in Boulder, Chad and his team had something to do with putting it to your plate. Starting Friday, every other Friday (Holden’s been searching for an alternative feast whenever we don’t have Rebecca making us a Cured Friday Night Dinner) we will be bringing in one fresh cut of fish, fresh off the boat, er, plane the day prior.  The fish will be brought in off the boat on Thursday, then shipped straight to us and into to your hands, and mouths, on FridayGiven our relative distance from the nearest ocean (Boulder Res just isn’t cutting it these days….) it doesn’t get much fresher than this! Many of you fellow fish loving friends may already know that Halibut season opened last week and we couldn’t be more excited to kick off our Fresh Fish Fridays with Wild Halibut from the icy cold waters of Alaska. We’re pulling out all the stops and bringing in fillets from the larger, 20-40# fish, giving you the richest and finest fillets that the ocean has to offer. These beautiful center cuts from the larger halibut we’ve selected are coming in at $30/lb.  All you have to do is let us know how many pounds you desire by 3 pm on Thursdayand we’ll have it iced and waiting for you by 5pm on Friday evening. It’ll be ready for you to take home and cook up, however your little heart desires. Plus, as always, you’ll find Will tucked in the wine shop with a suggested bottle of wine to pair with that week’s catch, all ready and chilled in the fridge. Does it get much better than that?!?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Farmers' Market In One Week

Just a reminder to get psyched for the opening of the Boulder Farmers' Market, in both downtown Boulder and at the fairgrounds in Longmont one week from today. The weather this weekend should put you in the mood for it!

Friday, March 27, 2015

NYT Lauds Corison Wines

Thrilling to see that my classmate from so long ago, Cathy Corison, is continuing to garner accolades for her fine cabernet wines, this time from a New York Times article published in this week's food section. You can read the NYT blog post that preceded the article here. Nearly a full page in the New York Times to praise a particular vintner is mighty darned good. Major congrats to Cathy, although we've always known her wines deserved this.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

For the weekend, our Boulder Whole Foods stores will offer us a one-day sale for tomorrow only, plus a trio of sales lasting tomorrow through Sunday. For tomorrow only, all those Friday fish eaters will appreciate turbot (doesn't specify fresh or frozen) $6 off at $10.99 a pound. For tomorrow through Sunday, red field peppers are 50 cents each (I'd imagine those would be conventional), coho salmon fillets are $11.99 a pound (those would have to be previously frozen), $4 off, and a new line of Whole Foods Market cheese dips are $3.99 each, $2 off what will be their regular price.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Week Sale At Whole Foods

Here's a craze I have yet to join, but probably should try. For today through March 31st, Ataulfo mangos are $1 each, 50 cents off, at Whole Foods.