Sunday, April 19, 2015

Earth Day Coming Up

Earth Day, near and dear to our hearts, will be this Wednesday, the 22nd. There are typically good specials on things like natural cleaning products, TP and the like at our local grocery stores, but Sprouts did basically a blowout on those last week. I haven't been back yet to see it they might be continuing them, since they're not in their ad, but there's always a possibility. And Vitamin Cottage has a long history of giving a free excellent reusable bag with purchase on Earth Day, but there's no mention of it in the current Hotline like they've done in the past. Whole Foods used to give those great grocery bags on Earth Day, but stopped that practice several years ago. Possibly wise, given how many of us have bags in the car, stored in the house, maybe even at work as they continue to proliferate. Regardless, celebrate Earth Day.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

It might not be sunshine-y and bright, but it's still a good day to check out the Boulder Farmers' Market, in its third week of the 2015 season. Pea shoots alone, with their short season, are worth the trip! Here's what they say:
Oh snap! It's pea shoot season. You'll be surprised at the versatility of these fragile leaves, twirling tendrils and crunchy stems. Bonus: Grilled Pea Shoots with Hazelnuts recipe from The Kitchen Upstairs.
photo: Cure Organic Farm greens display
Pea shoots a precursor of beautiful spring peas to come

Friday, April 17, 2015

Current Sale At Vitamin Cottage

So I finally found a decent parking space at the Boulder Vitamin Cottage (aka Natural Grocers), and discovered they have returned to their long-lasting Hotline sales. The current one runs through May 30 and includes great stuff as usual. Organic broccoli is $1.79 a pound, and organic mixed mini peppers (great on the grill) are $3 a pint (I love that Vitamin Cottage only sells organic produce). Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips are low at $1.79 a 5.5 ounce bag, Santa Cruz organic light or dark roasted peanut butters are $4.49 a 16 ounce jar, Rumiano organic cheese blocks are $3.49 a half pound package, Annie's Naturals has organic ketchup for $2.49 and organic mustards or bbq sauces for $2.99 each, and my favorite Blue Diamond Nut-Thins are decent at $2.29 a box, although I'm well stocked up from a recent sale elsewhere at an even better $2 a box. Newman-O's organic cookies are $3.29 a 13 ounce package, although you'll find some of those at Sprouts for $2.50 this week, and some Cascadian Farm organic cereals and granola are $2.99 each, although again, Sprouts has some of those this week for $1.99, the advantage to Vitamin Cottage being that its sale runs a month and a half longer.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend Sales At Whole Foods

This weekend before Earth Day, our local Whole Foods stores will offer us a quintet of special sales for tomorrow through Sunday. Four types of raw milk cheese will be 20% off, Dr. Bronner's 32 ounce castile soap will be $6 off at $9.99 each, London broil and top round steaks will be $5.99 a pound ($3 off), 90/10 ground beef will be $7.99 a pound, just $1 off, and see the store for details on pollinator-friendly products on sale.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

Happy tax day, which means it's time for new sales at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores. Here's what's looking good to me now, IMHO as always.

At Sprouts through April 22nd, fresh chicken breast tenders are low at $1.99 a pound, boneless center-cut pork loin chops (roast also) are $2.99 a pound, all fresh chicken sausage types are $3.99 a pound, fresh ground chicken, pork or chicken breast are all $3.99 a pound, whole Rosie organic chickens are $2.99 a pound, tilapia is $6.99 a pound, and previously frozen stuffed clams, scallops or crab are $1.50 each.

Sprouts' big emphasis this week is on organic, with sales on organic products throughout the store. In organic produce, their own five ounce salad blends are $1.98 each, one pound containers of strawberries are just $1.98 each (yup, that's for organic), bananas are 59 cents a pound, Gala or red delicious apples are both 99 cents a pound, five pounds of table carrots or three packs of romaine hearts are both $2.50 each, and four pound bags of Valencia oranges or grapefruit are also $2.50 each.

Elsewhere in the store at Sprouts, I'm liking Muir Glen organic pasta sauce just $1.99 a jar, R.W. Knudsen organic juice half off, some Cascadian Farm organic cereals or granola $1.99 each (and those things are expensive), some organic Newman-O's $2.50 a 13 ounce package, Sprouts own organic beans $1 a 15 ounce can, Annie's organic mac & cheese $1 a six ounce box (throw a can of tuna and defrosted peas into it and you have instant classic tuna casserole), Spectrum organic extra virgin olive oil $8.99 a liter, and Sprouts' own organic English muffins $1.99 a package (I haven't tried them so I must be getting hungry, as the picture looks really appealing).

At Whole Foods through April 28th, organic asparagus looks good at $3.98 a pound (one of the few veggies I usually buy in conventional because the organic is usually just so expensive), but for organic strawberries I'd get the $1.98 deal at Sprouts instead of Whole Foods' $2.98 for the same size. Their delicious fresh Icelandic cod fillets are $13.99 a pound, sea scallops are $14.99 a pound, and all varieties of their salmon burgers are $3.99 each. Brown Cow yogurts are $1 each, their own fresh mozzarella balls are $3 a half pound, Back to Nature cookies are $3 a box, and while it's only $1 off, buttermilk brined fried chicken is dangerously tempting at $7.99 a pound.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Call For $2 Broth

It's no secret that I think Imagine organic broth is the best broth out there (aside from something you actually make yourself), and that using it instead of water enhances everything from rice to chowders. Today's the last day of Whole Foods' current sale that includes Imagine broth for just $2 a box. Past experience has been that, with Easter now over, this will be the end of the big sales all the way until the competition starts cranking up again around Thanksgiving, although you never know. Regular pricing across that wasteland tends to be about $3.50 a box. It stores well, and the boxes I stocked up on yesterday have a "best before" date of July 25th this summer.

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone

Something to be said for April 14th, the day before tax day. Today's the day to get a free ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry's from noon to 8 pm. Details available here. The shop on the Pearl Street Mall is participating, and with temps expected to get up to 75 today, it's a great day for ice cream.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sprouts' Laundry Room Contest

Perhaps I shouldn't mention this, as I need to win this one myself. Sprouts is doing a Clean Sweeps contest, co-sponsored by Seventh Generation, for a laundry room overhauls with a high-efficiency washer, dryer, and a $1,000 home improvement gift card. You can enter here through the 22nd, and there are also 10 runner-up prizes of laundry baskets filled with Seventh Generation products. Plus don't forget the great prices Sprouts is doing this week on Seventh Generation, including TP nearly half price at $5.99 for a 12-pack.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boulder Farmers' Market Today

So it's a beautiful day for the second Boulder Farmers' Market today, starting at 8 am in both downtown Boulder and at the fairgrounds in Longmont. In addition to special kids' activities (a baby goat meet and greet at the downtown market from 10:30 to 1:30!) and the inaugural Artisan Show, with 16 vendors showcasing their artwork downtown, here's what the market says to expect. Pea shoots! Green garlic!

In Season This Week: 

arugula, mizuna, spinach, lettuce, herbs, carrots, turnips, parsnips, pea shoots, green garlic, greenhouse tomatoes, and greenhouse cucumbers. Throughout the spring, vendors will have locally-raised garden starts, ready to be planted in your home garden, as well as flowers and succulents. In addition, all season long, you will find eggs, beef, lamb, goat, pork, locally-made cheeses, and mushrooms. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sprouts' Corn Is Domestic!

As previously noted, one of the items in Sprouts' 72-hour sale that starts today is fresh sweet corn at four ears for $1. I'd thought it probably would have come from further afield, but the corn I found today was in fact from the USA. Undoubtedly California or Florida at this point, as we'll need to wait until July for our fabulous local corn from Munson's Farm, but I've been so corn-deprived across the winter, I'll happily eat what's available now.