Grilling Season Officially Begins this Week! The storm clouds will part for some great grilling ahead, and we're your partner in ensuring it's delicious.
Pizza on the Grill
Snag our house-made pizza dough from our freezer case for super easy pizzas on the grill: "The good news is that grilled pizza is so incredibly good – the high heat of the grill creates the perfect conditions for the finest pie you can imagine. The other good news is that we will tell you exactly what you need to make it happen." Get the recipe >
New House-made Sausages!
You've got to try our new house-made Berbere sausages – they're seriously good! A little sweetness, a little spice, local, humanely raised pork.
We've also just rolled out our new house-made gyro sausage blend: local lamb, local beef, entirely free of wheat (we hear gyro meat in restaurants often contains gluten). Make it into meatballs and load them into a pita with cucumber & tomato, local Oasis hummus, maybe with a little lemon juice, yogurt, & fresh mint. Or make it into meatballs and toss them with pasta, olive oil, and Parmesan. Yeah, dinner just got easier! #whyinewpi
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us this Friday!
Stop by your Co-op for a delicious hot table (a pop-up hot table at New Pi Iowa City!) of Red Mole Chicken Enchiladas (made with humanely raised Bell & Evans chicken), Vegan Spinach & Local Organic Tofu Enchiladas (made with local, organic Old Capitol Food Co. Iowa City tofu!), Pinto Beans, & Spanish Rice.
New at Your Co-op: Local Maestro Empanadas!
When Christian Bejarano and Marta Hamity moved to Iowa from Argentina, they had trouble finding their favorite food: the empanada, a turnover-style pastry stuffed with a variety of savory fillings. They got cooking and brought empanadas to the Iowa City Farmer’s Market in 2011, quickly earning a cult following. In 2015 they opened a storefront in Coralville – less than a block from the Coralville Co-op – and recently won third place in Top Chef Iowa City!
Stop by your Co-op's freezer case for their delicious handmade empanadas in savory flavors like Cheese, Quinoa, Zucchini, or Humita (sweet corn, onion, red bell pepper, and Gouda cheese), each closed with a unique fold to designate their filling.
Why the Co-op's Different:
Your Purchases Support Real People – Your Neighbors
Here at your Co-op, we have a long history of supporting local producers when they're just getting started. From new vegetable growers to new dairies (Kalona SuperNatural started with us and now they're in groceries as far away as Hawaii!), green coffee energy drinks like Cobra Verde made by Jarrett Mitchell and special pastas handmade by Julie Parisi of Zaza's Pastas (now both found in co-ops country-wide), to new-to-our-shelves Maestro Empanadas made by Christian Bejarano and Marta Hamity, when you shop the Co-op, you're supporting real people in your very own community growing their small businesses.
Support Fair Trade Practices with the Co-op
Fair Trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade, designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets, and the injustices of conventional trade.
Choosing Fair Trade is a powerful way to reduce poverty through your everyday shopping, giving farmers all over the world the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. With over 122 Fair Trade items on Co-op shelves – from coffee and tea to chocolate, bananas (ALL our bananas are Fair Trade!), woven baskets, and shampoos – we make it easy to support fair labor practices year round, but especially for International Fair Trade Day May 13! Stop by later this week for our special display.
And yes, we have heartier local greens like organic kale (above), Swiss chard, baby bok choy, spinach, arugula, and lettuce from the greenhouse at Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organics (Fairfield, IA) – cucumbers and zucchini should be in from them soon too – and we have local grape tomatoes and mini cucumbers from the greenhouse at J & J Produce (Hawkeye, IA)!
Keep your eyes peeled for local rhubarb on our shelves soon too.
“Despite all our [human] achievements, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”
– Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota
Co-op to Co-op Ride!
Weds., May 17, 5:30-7:30PM (Rain date May 18) - FREE
Please join us for the Annual Bike to Work Week Co-op to Co-op Ride!
Meet at College Green Park (Johnson and College, a block east of New Pi Iowa City) at 5:30PM for a Family-Friendly Bike Ride to New Pi Coralville for food, drinks, live music by Cedar County Cobras, and fun! FREE and everyone is welcome!
More Bike to Work MONTH events (yes, events all month long!) here >
Dr. Terry Wahls's New Cookbook is in!
Tues., May 2, at New Pi Cedar Rapids: Dr. Terry Wahls will give a talk 6-7:30PM (selling out quickly – please register in advance for the talk) and sign books at 7:30PM – get The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions and her new companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life!
Become a Master River Steward!
Learn about "watershed awareness, paddling and navigating skills, river and stream dynamics, aquatic habitat, water quality and water monitoring, and policies related to floodplains, river protection and restoration" with courses across Iowa this summer! Johnson County's starts May 9 >
Join instructors Mandy Dickerson (of Moon in June Herbs) and Pete Flynn in hands-on foraging of edible and medicinal goods from urban landscapes in our area and explore options of preservation! The class will highlight the underappreciated mighty dandelion. May 13 – Urban Food Foraging class >
TODAY – May 1 – 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 May 2) – get 10% off supplements and body care products at your Co-op!