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Enjoy Fair-Trade Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand, and our friends at Equal Exchange Co-op have some great ideas to celebrate the fair-trade way! The cacao Equal Exchange uses in their chocolate is monitored by independent, nonprofit, certifying organizations that guarantee it was produced and traded in a socially responsible…

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The Best Oils for Cooking

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Not all cooking oils are created equal. They vary in performance, flavor, and nutrition! Some oils are ideal for cooking at high temperatures, and others are better for imparting flavor and depth to your dish. One of the most important things to consider is how an oil has been processed…

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Beat the Heat with Plant-Based Treats

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Long gone are the days when being vegan or lactose intolerant meant you had to miss out on ice cream. Now, there are plenty of delicious plant-based options for everyone to enjoy! Here are some of our favorites to help you cool off this summer. Jolly Llama Vanilla Fudge Sundae…

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Expanded Conventional Offerings at Our East 7th Store

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As a community-owned grocery store, we exist to serve our community — which means providing more options to fit every budget. To expand food access and be more inclusive to everyone in our store neighborhoods, we are bringing in a small variety of competitively priced conventional products. We know everyone…

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Build Your Own Bagel Board

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This enticing smorgasbord offers something for everyone and is easy to adjust based on the number of people. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch or spring celebration! Board Ingredients Bagels from St. Paul Bagelry or Rise Bagel Co. (two local, women-owned bagelries featured at the co-op!) Vegetables like sliced cucumbers,…

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Beyond Hydration

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Good hydration is key to maintaining a healthy immune system, and functional beverages are a fun way to sip on something that is both tasty and beneficial to your mind or body. Functional drinks are beverages with health benefits beyond their nutritional value, such as probiotics to aid in digestion…

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Staff Review: Plant-Based Yogurts

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At the co-op, we carry items for everyone. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or lactose intolerant, you’ll find plenty of plant-based burgers, sausages, cheeses, yogurts, milks, ice creams and more throughout our stores. Need help deciding which options to try? Our staff weighed in! We looked at the plant-based yogurt brands…

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As Sweet as Can Bee

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Honey is available in various textures, colors and flavors, but all kinds share the same general ingredients. Honey is primarily glucose and fructose and contains natural substances from nectar, which influences its color and flavor. The texture, sweetness and therapeutic properties are mainly dependent on the flower source. Bees create…

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Portable Power Snacks

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From hiking, biking and camping to hectic schedules of work and errands, these wholesome snacks will help keep you full, focused and energized. Many of these are available in bulk, so you can buy only the amount you want, put it in your preferred packaging for on-the-go, and mix and…

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