Recipe: Orange, Choco, Coco, Cran Irish oats

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Steel cut oats with cranberries, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and orange zest.

 

Warm up with a delicious sweet and zesty Irish breakfast.

A sweet and zesty twist on a warm traditional Irish dish is the perfect way to start your mornings in March. Try adding a sprig of mint on St. Patrick’s day to get your green in too!

Orange, Choco, Coco, Cran Irish oats

Prep time: 30 min

 

Ingredients:

1 c. Irish Steel Cut Oats

3 c. water

Zest from 1 organic orange

Handful of coconut flakes

Handful of chocolate chips

Handful of dried unsweetened cranberries

1 tsp. Agave, honey, or raw sugar

 

Directions:

Boil water. Add oats. Bring back to boil, then down to a low simmer. Stir often for 20 minutes or until oats are desired tenderness.  Add orange zest, sweetener, and cranberries, mix in.

Serve with chocolate chips and coconut flakes on top.

Enjoy!

 

Avocado Salsa and Egg Toast

Serves: 1

2 slices bread

1 avocado

Pinch salt

3 Tomatoes

1/2 Red onion

Small bunch cilantro

Juice from 1/2 lime

Eggs

Prepare salsa with chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt.

Fry eggs and toast bread.

Smash avocado on each slice of toast, add salsa, and top with eggs (and hot sauce for a kick).

Enjoy!

New Business Partners: February

Our business partner program continues to expand and the savings keep adding up for all the members of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op! We are thankful to our membership & all of the local businesses that have found value in supporting our grassroots effort to bring a grocery store to the area that is owned by the community & seeks to provide a space for area grower’s to bring their products to the marketplace on a daily & on-going basis. Let’s continue to share that message with our friends, neighbors & colleagues!

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For those of you interested in taking your valentine out for a cultural dining experience this February 14th, you’ll be excited to learn that we’ve partnered with Ginger Thai & The Thai Bowl this month! These two authentically-delicious Thai cuisine establishments are offering 10% off of your purchase. Now that is a sweet & not sour, deal!

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Looking to get charged up & add a little light to your life? Batteries Plus Bulbs is now offering our card-carrying members 15% off their entire purchase at the Waterloo store. Pop on over there for all of your battery & light bulb needs. It’s truly an enlightening experience!

From the Board President: Exercise Your Right…Vote!

With political candidates frantically darting across our region these days, my thoughts inescapably turn to the concept of voting, and the power it has. Certainly the vote is important to cooperatives, as I’ve written about before. Yet the power of voting is significant if we think about all the ways we can vote. If we consider voting restricted to what we do on caucus night or for the school board elections, then voting has limited powers. We need to think about voting in a greater context.

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Member Spotlight: Sasha Wohlpart

Wohlpart 1Food is essential. It sustains us, it comforts us, and it brings us together in community. Our bodies crave it, our days are punctuated by it and yet, for many, our relationship with it is fractured. As someone who grew up in an urban environment, food, as I knew it, came from the grocery store. Much of it was sold in boxes, bags or cans that advertised how quickly and easily it could be prepared – Just pop it in the microwave and, presto, dinner!

 

As a teenager, I started questioning my diet. What was this food that I was eating? Why were there so many ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce? Where did it all come from? I began to minimize my consumption of packaged and fast foods and turn more to fruits and vegetables and other foods that I could readily identify. My curiosity intensified as an adult. I read books, watched documentaries, taught courses on sustainability with a focus on food, and participated in activities that expanded my understanding of agricultural practices. All of this has led me to the belief that our personal, communal, economic, and environmental health is best when we have a more intimate connection with our food and its source.

 

This past summer, my husband, Jim, and I relocated to the Cedar Valley. I was confident that our new home in the heartland of this country would provide me with great opportunities to continue my education about modern food practices and production. Shortly after we arrived, I was excited to learn about the efforts happening here to build a food co-op, exactly what I have been craving since those early days of questioning. Although a food co-op provides a place to buy fresh, healthy, ethically sourced food, it is not just a grocery store in the traditional sense. It is also a community space for the exchange of ideas and information, it is a place where we can learn from and be inspired by our neighbors, and it is an opportunity to gather around practices that promote a happy, healthy lifestyle.

 

My family has felt the warm embrace of the Cedar Valley community from the moment we arrived, which has inspired me to want to give back in meaningful ways. My eagerness to participate as an active member of the food co-op is a direct result of that inspiration. I believe in the power of a food co-op to bring people together in celebration of food, rekindling a relationship with the very stuff that sustains us, to heal the fracture that separates us from what nourishes us.

 

 

Business Partner Spotlight: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – the day of love, romance and all things sentimental. Before reaching for the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates, consider the benefits of your Cedar Falls Food Co-op membership.

For instance, how about having dinner with the one you love at Cafe Due or Montage? Not only will the two of you enjoy a wonderfully prepared meal, but with your membership you’ll save 10% off of your entire bill.

If your significant other is a fitness buff, think about buying a class package at Balance Hot Yoga or making a purchase for him or her at The Runner’s Flat.

For the coffee lover in your life, there are definitely perks to having your membership at Cup of Joe, Sidecar Coffee and Cottonwood Canyon.

If you want to spend some quality time together, you could enjoy a workshop at Three Pines Farm or relax with a Brew Debut at Singlespeed Brewing.

There are many opportunities available with your Cedar Falls Food Co-op membership. For a complete list of business partners and the benefits offered for each one, check out all of our Business Partner Specials.

Recipe: Winter Vegetable Pot Pie

With each winter brings some predictable patterns. Whether it’s more time dedicated to football or to finding a warm place to curl up with a book, we all have our winter habits. When the snow comes, my wife can’t wait to break out the cross country skis. Me? I look forward to making this yummy meal. It can be the centerpiece for a Christmas dinner or part of a simple evening with friends. The crust recipe is easy and delicious, so use it for other savory recipes.

In cooperation,

Tom Wickersham

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Business Partner Spotlight: Sidecar Coffee Roasters

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We are very excited to share with you a little bit more information about a business partner that has been an integral part of our growth from fairly early on in our grassroots effort to bring a food co-op to Cedar Falls. Sidecar Coffee Roasters, owned by CFFC founding member-owner Jed VanderZanden, roasts their high-quality coffee beans right here in Cedar Falls!

This month, Jed is roasting up one of thee finest quality coffees out there. Once roasted to perfection, this single-origin coffee boasts a nice, bright, lemony character with floral notes. If you’ve never tried Kenyan coffee now is the time to check it out. Be sure to use your coupon code to get 10% off, type CFCOOP10 & your member # into the notes section when placing your online order. Subscription service is available too. If you live in Cedar Falls, you’ll receive your coffee on your doorstep within 2 days!! Fast & fresh. However, try to make sure you take time to sip & savor the delicious coffee that Sidecar Coffee Roasters crafts.

Finally, Jed wanted me to share with you all that he REALLY wants you to take advantage of not just his offer, but ALL of the offers provided by business owners throughout our area. Want to learn more about who’s on our killer list? Check out our business partner program listing by clicking here

New Business Partner Program Members

It’s a new year and the co-op has some new business partnerships to announce! Eagle Peak Healing Arts Center & Cup of Joe coffeehouse have joined the line-up of an already killer list of local area businesses that are flocking to help us get the word out about the Cedar Falls Food Co-op!! These businesses believe in our mission enough to offer all of you, our beloved founding membership, wonderful deals from their already established businesses. Please be sure to use your membership card and take advantage of all of the awesome savings provided by businesses like Eagle Peak Healing Arts Center & Cup of Joe.

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The next time you head into Cup of Joe for a medium sized drip coffee be sure to bring your membership card & get a FREE upgrade to a large!! Oh, and of course, if you plan to get a large in the first place, bring your card to save some coin!! Cha-ching! Cup of Joe is offering all CFFC member-owners a large drip coffee for the price of a medium. 

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Are you feeling out of sorts? Pain, fatigue, anxious, congested? Try acupuncture! If you have never received acupuncture before you owe it to yourself to check it out and Eagle Peak Healing Arts Center is offering a HUGE savings on your first treatment (only $45!) plus 10% off of any salves or patches you may choose to purchase.

The other really awesome part of the businesses that joined our Business Partner Program this month is that both decision makers also joined as Cedar Falls Food Co-op founding member-owners!! 2016 is off to a great start!

From the Board President

Contrary to public sentiment—and against everything Garfield the Cat stands for—I actually like Mondays. When the week starts anew, I’m excited for all that is possible…what I can learn…what I can experience. The possibilities are endless and I’m looking directly into the eyes of opportunity. Carpe diem!

 

Given my perspective on Mondays, imagine how I feel about New Year’s Day. It is through this lens of excitement for what the future holds that I am filled with optimism for what 2016 holds for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op. And I have good reason to be optimistic for continued growth and success. Here are just some of the reasons:

  • We are nearing 300 members.

This is a huge milestone, putting us nearly one-third of the way towards our goal. But more importantly, it gives of the power of leverage. If each member recruits just two friends or family members to join, then we’re at 900 members. We can accomplish this in a matter of days, not years!

 

  • We have new energy behind the Co-op’s efforts.

The number of key people behind our efforts keeps growing, both on the board and in our committees. And our new outreach coordinator Amy Andrews is adding a lot of energy to the Co-op.

 

  • We’ve accomplished a lot of infrastructure work.

The simplest gauge of how well we’re progressing is our member count, but there are many other ways to measure growth and progress. One gauge is our “systems,” the behind-the-scenes accomplishments, of which we’ve made many this past year, from establishing insurance to conducting our first board elections to creating a style guide. With these behind us, we can focus our efforts on new projects for 2016.

 

So, what does 2016 hold for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op? We hope to see member growth increase significantly this year. We are looking forward to hiring a consultant to conduct our market analysis and develop our financial pro forma. And we’re looking to start deciding on a location. Yes, big things for the Co-op will be happening this year.

Let’s do this!