• Football and Food—America’s Timeless Tradition

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    We’re happy to feature a post by Lynnda Kalk from Heart and Harvest with some great tips on how to use products you can find at NUCMC!

    Picture1Sunday, Feb. 1 is Super Bowl Sunday. In that one day, 8 million pounds of popcorn, 28 million pounds of potato chips and 53.5 million pounds of avocados will be consumed. Holy guacamole!

    Looking for a healthier alternative? Let’s break out of the shell. Deviled eggs are a favorite of nearly everybody, and honestly, when is the last time you had a good, tasty deviled egg?

    While shopping at the New Ulm Community Market & Coop last week, I found so many great locally produced products to create super fabulous appetizers that would make anybody the star of their super bowl party.

    Let’s start with a basic deviled egg. Did you know there is a right way to boil an egg? You won’t want to make these with anything other than free range, fresh from the farm eggs. I found mine at the Co-op from Dennis Jeske of Windjammer Farms in Hanska, MN.Picture2

    * Eggs that are too fresh are difficult to peel, so always keep eggs in the refrigerator for a week or two before making boiled eggs.

    * For best results, take eggs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before cooking.

    * Put one dozen eggs in a pan large enough to hold all the eggs in a single layer, with water to cover eggs by at least an inch.

    Picture3* Bring water to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off heat and cover eggs. Set timer for 12 minutes.

    * After 12 minutes, drain eggs, and add cold water with a couple of ice cubes.

    * Let eggs cool at least 10 minutes in cold water, then drain and store in refrigerator.

     

     

     

    Picture4Notice the beautiful yellow of the yolk. That’s a fresh, farm raised chicken egg. And you can actually taste the difference! This cooking method will eliminate the dark green tinges of yolk.

     

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    Cut the egg in half lengthwise. Separate the yolk from the whites, placing the yolks in a bowl and mash them well.

     

     

    Picture6Add ½ c. mayo, 1 T. prepared mustard, a pinch of salt. I like a little tang in my deviled eggs. My secret ingredient is vinegar. Onion and Dill Herbed Vinegar from Heart & Harvest is available at the Co-op. Just a teaspoon will give the mixture a great depth and burst of flavor! I chose the onion and dill variety because both herbs work well with eggs, but Tarragon or Dill, Chive & Peppercorn herb vinegar can be just as successful.

    Picture7Mix it all up well until smooth.

    Spoon a dollop into each egg white well , sprinkle with paprika. Heart & Harvest’s All Purpose Seasoning Blend contains flavorful smoked paprika along with six other spices. Just the right touch to add color and a subtle hint of exotic flavor.

    You can find Heart & Harvest’s All Purpose Seasoning at our New Ulm Community  Market & Coop as well!Picture8

    For the more adventurous pallet, try a little Sriracha Rooster Sauce or wasabi mayo in the yolk mixture. The flavors will explode in your mouth!

    And the last step will by the hardest. Try to resist eating  them before game day.

    Picture9Stop in and see us at the New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative.

    526 South Minnesota StreetPicture11

    New Ulm MN 56073

    Open January 31 from 9 a.m.—1 p.m.

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  • Knowing your Farmer

    By Katie VanDerPol Dorschner

    Some of you may be familiar with the farmer who recently came forward to reveal what being a contract farmer for Perdue Chicken looks like. If you’re not squeamish I recommend watching it here:

    http://www.upworthy.com/perdue-execs-are-probably-terrified-that-this-video-exists-too-bad

    And here is an interview done following the release of the video: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/10/perdues_monumental_chicken_hoodwink_meet_the_farmer_exposing_big_poultrys_dirty_laundry/

    To summarize,  contract farmer Craig Watts was fed up with Perdue Chicken’s labeling of their product as cage free and humanely raised. He allowed cameras in his buildings to view typical living conditions for these birds. The birds were often delivered to him sick. Once they grow they have little room to move, nor little ability. See, these birds have been bred to have enormous breasts. They are not capable of moving well. They lie in their own feces and develop awful sores on their bellies. The farmer’s contract prevented him from opening up the building and providing air to the chickens.

    After reading about Watts, I felt compelled to write something. This seemed as good a place as any. I am saddened by what this farmer has gone through. I hope for the best for him. I am glad to see that he is fed up and ready to explore other options. I wish Craig Watts success in his journey. Unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised by the video. I just wasn’t. Labels can be deceiving. Marketing can be deceiving. This is why it is so important to know your farmers! I would be suspicious of buying anything from a farm that wasn’t willing to let you come have a visit to see how things are done. There is better out there. I’ve seen it.

    A good friend of mine gave me a name for myself a few years ago. It’s a humaneitarian. A humaneitarian is a person who eats meat from humanely raised animals. At the New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative we welcome gluten-free, GMO-free, humaneitarians, vegans, vegetarians, and those that are just starting to learn about making better food choices. We know that you will find something you can be proud of buying. If you have questions, we welcome them. If we don’t have the answer, we will get it for you.

  • Visit from the NU Journal

    We had the pleasure of meeting with Peyton Lewis from the New Ulm Journal at our last market. It’s always a good day when we can get the word out about our mission for food, education, and community and Peyton wrote a great article about us. Share the link with your friends and don’t forget that there’s only 7 more days on our kickstarter campaign!

    NU Journal – New Ulm Community Market promotes healthy food options

  • Support Your Local Coop! – Kickstarter Edition

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    New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative is excited to announce our very own Kickstarter campaign!

    KickstarterpageWhat is a Kickstarter campaign? Kickstarter is a crowdsource funding site where projects, inventors, artists, and many other sorts of people with great ideas and worthy causes can offer an opportunity for people to fund their efforts. Many great ideas never get off the ground simply because there’s a lack of funds available. Crowdfunding is a way to let many people put up a some money to make these dreams and good ideas come to fruition.

    As NUCMC reaches the halfway mark on our membership goals we get to start the fun jobs of preparing our building and getting the equipment we need as a full-time grocery. There’s a few small construction projects that need to be completed to meet requirements and we’ll need coolers, freezers, and shelving of course! The money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will help us complete those projects.

    Please visit our Kickstarter page! We’d love to have your support!

    New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/528509143/new-ulm-community-market-and-cooperative

     

  • 4 Ingredients — Radish Soup

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    This is my favorite spring-time recipe when not very much is ready way up here in Minnesota. I’m talking four ingredients: radishes, green onions, and your choice of broth and fat (butter or oil).Radish-1

    • Get a bunch of each vegetable for every two adults and put the pan on between med and med low (on our stove that’s #4).
    • Wash the radishes and save any greens.
    • Halve (quarters are better for soup) the radishes. If your using butter start it melting.
    • When your fat is liquified add the radishes. Start chopping the green onions and radish greens and add them to the radishes.
    • Add the broth. (If you want some juicy veg on the side just cover the bottom of the pan. If you want a soup 1c. per person is good.)
    • Cover the pan for a few minutes (no more than 5min) and it’s ready to serve.

    The radishes will lose their bite and be tender and rosy, the greens will be bright and you’ll have a warm but light dish that we like to serve with cream cheese and tarragon omelettes. WARNING: Anyone tempted to puree this simple side dish/soup will be rewarded with an off-putting bowl of fleshy liquid.

  • Gluten-Free Gab Event

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    Gluten-free diets are a hot topic lately and awareness of diagnosable illnesses such as Celiac disease is becoming much more wide-spread. Perhaps you’ve discovered gluten intolerance yourself or someone you cook for needs a gluten-free diet. Keeping your menu fresh and interesting can be hard enough when you don’t have gluten limitations, GF compounds the problem.

    NUCMC is hosting a Gluten-Free Gab and Potluck May 19th. It’s an opportunity to get some new recipes, learn how other people are living with Gluten-Free, and share some good food. For those with gluten intolerance it’s also a great chance to enjoy a potluck where they can eat everything offered (a rare opportunity for sure!).

    Please join us! Register by visiting our Facebook page and sending NUCMC a message or leaving a comment on our Facebook Gluten-Free Gab post. Bring a non-member friend to introduce them to the benefits of being a NUCMC member. A food coop can be a huge help in finding gluten-free foods by bringing a larger selection to your community.

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  • What Will Your Coop Be?

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    One of the most frequent questions I get when talking to potential members (and even from some members) is “I like the Indoor Markets but will NUCMC ever be anything more?” The answer to that is YES!

    The Indoor Market was an idea the NUCMC board came up with to make good use of our building while we build the capital to open the food coop. It was a great chance to get some exposure for local vendors AND bring people into our space to learn more about NUCMC and maybe even become a member. It’s been a real pleasure to work with the vendors that have participated in our Markets!

    But the plan is to be more than the Indoor Market. The board’s plan for NUCMC is to be a grocerystorefull time grocery store. There is still a lot of work going on planning for being open full time. There’s decisions like:

    • What products will we stock?
    • What hours will we be open?
    • What equipment is needed?
    • How will we staff a full time grocery?

    Once we have these decisions made we still need members and volunteers to help spread the word about NUCMC to bring in as many memberships as possible. Our goal for membership is fairly small – only 300. We know that there’s a lot of need for a Coop food experience in the greater New Ulm area. We need everyone’s help to spread the word and talk to potential members about how a Coop can help meet their food needs! Together we can reach that goal and get closer to opening our Cooperative as a grocery store full time!

  • May Storytimes Coming to the Co-op!

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  • River Valley Woman Magazine

    If you’re a reader of River Valley Woman magazine you may have noticed us making appearances from time to time. Sharp-eyed readers may have seen an article written by NUCMC member Brooke Knisley in this month’s issue (pg 53) that mentions our Co-op. Thanks Brooke for plugging our winter Indoor Markets! Our next Indoor Market will be Saturday, March 22 9am-2pm. We’d love to have everyone stop by and check out the local vendors we’re proud to feature.

    In case you missed our previous River Valley Woman magazine coverage, check us out on page 16 of the January 2014 issue! http://www.rivervalleywoman.com/?p=118

  • Welcome New Members!

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    The best part of the Indoor Markets is seeing all the support from so many of our members and FB_IMG_13930809238740123community. During Feb 22nd market there were 6 new memberships! Thank you and welcome to the Co-op!

    There were quite a few folks who stopped in for the first time and we handed out a lot of brochures and membership applications. If you’re on the fence about joining and finances are a barrier we do offer the opportunity to make payments toward your membership. For more information take a look at the NUCMC Membership Application.

    Your support is what makes the Co-op a cooperative. Members are what NUCMC exists to serve and it’s exiting to be making plans for being open full time.

    Our next market dates will be March 8th and 22nd. We hope you can put those dates on your calendar and join us!

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