Happy Earth Year! (Earth "Day" isn't enough for us...)
At your Co-op, we pride ourselves on making it easy to do the earth-friendly thing, every single time you shop for groceries. From the most delicious foods from local and organic farmers and producers to enticing vegan and vegetarian fare, to composting both customer waste and ours, we do groceries in a different kind of way. Hop on in and we'll make your celebrations – including that everyday one we call "dinner" – both amazing and easy-on-the earth!
Want to make those gorgeous naturally-dyed eggs, above? How-to here >
Passover Goods & FREE Seder Bones!
Stop by your Co-op for FREE bone shards for your Passover Seder plate (one per person, no purchase necessary!), and, after Weds., April 5, we'll have a display of everything you need for a delicious Charoset & Hillel's Sandwich – including the recipe!
Please note our Kosher for Passover shipments are limited – while supplies last.
A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Fill Your Easter Basket!
Pick out one of our beautiful Alaffia Fair Trade Easter Baskets and and stuff it with our great new organic jelly beans, fruit bears, and delish fish, vegan and GMO-free candy bars, local Mount Vernon Chocolate bunnies, plus Chocolove peanut butter and almond butter cups!
Our bakers and pastry decorators are prepping their natural colors for fun, delicious Easter-decorated versions of our famous House-Made Carrot Cakes. (If possible, please let us know how much to prep by placing cake orders in advance. We'll have small Easter "baby cakes" on hand, but it never hurts to order!) As always, we bake our pastries from scratch with organic flour, local cage-free eggs, organic Fair Trade sugar, and non-GMO oil for treats that are naturally delicious!
We're your connection with local farmers for local, humanely-raised ham (of every variety – boneless, bone-in, or spiral cut) & fresh – never frozen – local lamb (we're the only source in the area for fresh, local lamb, and our skilled butchers do 100% of the work in-house!). Our scratch-made quiches and sustainable Troller Point Coho Salmon Lox make brunch easy, plus our house-made Hot Cross Buns will be available in 2- or 6-packs Friday-Sunday of Easter weekend!
Fresh Strawberry Pavlova
Gluten free, irresistible for everyone! In a pavlova, layered textures – crunchy meringue exterior, gooey meringue interior, soft clouds of whipped cream, and fresh, juicy fruit – combine for an absolutely irresistible dessert. Get the recipe >
Earth Day is What We're All About
Well over 80% of your Co-op's produce is organic – for you, and for the planet! Stop by your Co-op to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, and enjoy 20% off all fresh produce, plus we'll send you home with a FREE packet of local Seed Savers "Bee Food" Wildflower Seeds to feed the bees & their pollinator friends!
"You are not Atlas, carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember
that the planet is carrying you."
– Author and Environmental Activist Vandana Shiva
Pollinator’s Paradise: Establishing a Pollinator Garden Class
Earth Day, Sat., April 22, 10AM-noon
Pollinators have been in the news a lot lately – they're an incredibly important part of a healthy ecosystem and are responsible for much of our food production. We all have a role to play in ensuring their success. Join Master Naturalist and New Pi staffer Eric Miller in learning how to establish your own pollinator garden at home. Eric will walk us through the processes of choosing the right plants for our ecosystem and discuss strategies to plan for visual impact. We will join Eric outside the Coralville Co-op and break ground, taking an active part in establishing a new pollinator bed at the store. Participants will receive seeds to carry home and create their own pollinator paradise! Please register in advance >
If you've been loving your Co-op's private label collaboration brews, we've got another for you: Aloha Iowa is your Co-op's 6th private label beer, a Belgian Blonde Ale locally-brewed with pineapple for a refreshing taste of the islands right here in the Midwest! This special beer is only available at your Co-op, and quantities are limited.
Aloha Iowa is brewed by the local beer wizards at Kalona Brewing Co. in Kalona, Iowa, in collaboration with your Co-op. More than just a greeting, Aloha also means affection, peace, mercy, and compassion. Aloha! from your friends at New Pi and Kalona Brewing Co.!
We're excited to partner with local Lion Bridge Brewing Co. for a fantastic local beer & cheese pairing event! 5 Lion Bridge beer samples + 5 locally sourced cheese samples from your Co-op, plus accoutrements prepared by Chef Stacia Dougherty. Experience new flavor combinations while learning about the goods made in our own backyards. Cheese + Beers = "Cheers"!! Please purchase tickets in advance here >
Order Local, Organic Starter Plants By April 15
Certified Organic Starter Plants – Oak Hill Acres, Atalissa, Iowa
The time is ripe to sow the seeds of your garden plan! Give our local farmers in Atalissa a leg-up by letting them know what to plant in advance, and we'll give you a boost with 10% off online pre-orders placed through our website through April 15.
Why the Co-op's Different:
We walk the sustainable talk.
When you shop the Co-op, you’re supporting a whole new way of doing business. From composting to prevent methane gas creation to protecting our seafood population by only carrying sustainable seafood, to fully backing organic producers and reducing harmful chemicals for our environment (and our pollinators and our people), all our practices come together to make your Co-op the greenest business you can support.
The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life
Tues., May 2, 6:00-7:30PM, New Pi Cedar Rapids
Join us for this class by Dr. Terry Wahls, discussing how cooking at home is the single most powerful strategy for reducing pain, increasing energy, and joy, and reducing our need for prescription medication. Dr. Wahls will review new research on the impact of our gut bacteria on our mood, our thinking abilities, and our health. She’ll discuss constructing diets that optimize your health – whether you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, or on a paleo-ketogenic diet – and how to make these changes manageable for both your schedule and your pocketbook. After the talk, Dr. Wahls will sign copies of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions and her new companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life! Please register in advance >
Words from Our Community
"My journey to healthy, organic living wasn’t a clear cut one. Like most Americans, I was raised on canned veggies, shelf-stable processed food, and TV dinners. I never assumed that purchasing from mass-appeal chains eroded our local economy and the planet. I knew buying local was important, but I didn’t quite understand the why behind it." Read >
Edible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting, and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors, exploring the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Their mission is to connect people to people, land, and our resources in a way that benefits nature. Their summer classes>
April 3 is Senior Monday!
Stock up, and mark your calendar for your Co-op owner discount days the rest of the year! Plus for ALL Co-op Owners: Every first Tuesday of the month (that'd be April 4) – get 10% off supplements and body care products at your Co-op!