Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Well, it's the early morning of Halloween, so if you are still thinking about culinary inspiration for this evening, here's a reminder of the guide post I did a week or so ago. Don't let any vampires get you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last Call For Current Vitamin Cottage Sale

Just a heads up that the current sale at Vitamin Cottage runs through this Saturday, which will already be November 1st. You can read my original report about it here, and bear in mind that stocks of the most popular sale items tend to run low at the end, no rainchecks. But who knows what the next sale might bring. And apologies there might be news about Whole Foods sales just for this weekend, but I'm afraid I'm not going to have a chance to check those out this week.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

No Time For Grocery Deals

We have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current one continues at Vitamin Cottage just through this Saturday, November 1st (check the list of posts at the lower left for that one). I usually go over my favorite sale items on Wednesdays when the sales start, but I'm afraid this week, or at least today, is just too busy for that, with apologies to those wonderful people I know have come to like checking that post! In any case, you can check out the new sale flyers yourself by following these links.

Lucky's Market (click Colorado then your location of interest - the flyers differ considerably between the Boulder and Longmont stores)

Sprouts on Arapahoe (click View Flyer)

Whole Foods Pearl Street store (click the Download Featured Sales box at the top to see it in flyer form, and the sales at Pearl generally represent those at the other Boulder Whole Foods as well)

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Whole Foods' Beer Sale Tomorrow

The Whole Foods store on Pearl Street has a sandwich board outside proclaiming that for tomorrow only, the 29th, all beer in its wine and spirits store next door will be 20% off. I've generally found that for everyday prices, you'll find better ones elsewhere, but you can't beat the Whole Foods location for convenience (although Hazel's is only a couple of blocks away) and now with an across the board beer sale for temptation.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Fun Events Coming Up

The Boulder Farmers' Market is giving us a heads up on two fun events coming up at the end of this week, and it makes you proud to be a Boulderite when you read that Halloween treats are locally sourced. Here's the news from the Market:

Friday, October 31: 3-6pm
BCFM at the Munchkin Masquerade, Pearl Street Mall 
Come visit us on Halloween on Pearl Street Mall, where we'll have a booth for the Munchkin Masquerade. We'll be dressed up and handing out locally-sourced treats! 

Saturday, November 1: 11am-3pm
Goat-o-Ween at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, Boulder
Mountain Flower presents their most popular farm event of the year, Goat-o-Ween. Ticket price includes all farm activities for the day including farm tours, meet-and-greet with the goats and llamas, milking demonstrations, costume contests (animal and human!), face painting, gourd decorating, fiber arts demonstrations, goat milk lotion making, kids' crafts and activities, goat-and-you photo booth, Angelic Acrobatic Arts acrobatic show and Hen Scratch bluegrass band! Kids under 2 enter free. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chef Skokan's Book Launch Party

So cool that local chef Eric Skokan of the amazing Black Cat restaurant has his own new cookbook, Farm Fork Food, that he will launch during a party at his Black Cat restaurant (1964 13th Street) at 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday according to the Daily Camera.

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.