Bring your soups, bring your stews, and bring in your friends. This time of year is all about good food and good company, so gather it all in!
New Pi Cedar Rapids Turns 2!
Can you believe it? Our Cedar Rapids store is growing up! Over 2,800 new owners have joined our Co-op in Cedar Rapids since opening, and we're happy to announce our CR store is exceeding sales projections! When Cedar Rapidians shop at the Co-op, they appear to do all their shopping at the Co-op, and we couldn't be more flattered. What a warm embrace. We are glad we're meeting your needs and you're choosing to put your support behind us. Thank you!
Winter Squash & Sweet Potato Flavor Awards!
You're sure to love these winners:
If you missed our tasting of over a dozen varieties of our local and organic winter squash and sweet potatoes in November, here are the absolutely delicious winners!
Clockwise from top left above: Buttercup Squash, Butternut Squash, Japanese Sweet Potatoes (purple skin, white interior), and Kabocha Winter Squash. Not pictured: Red Kuri/Potimarron, also a favorite. All sweet, complex, and delicious.
To prepare: Slice in half, scoop out the seeds, & roast in the oven at 350°F
(sweet potatoes can stay whole); mash or serve as is with butter or oil, S & P –
simple as can be.
Whatever Your Holiday Tradition,
We've Got You Covered
We're here to make your holiday feasts easy, beautiful, and delicious. For our beautiful, top-notch Holiday Cookie and Appetizer Party Platters (like the one above!), you're welcome to order online >
We cook and bake from scratch so you can enjoy the best with out all the mess!
To place an order for holiday desserts and side dishes, please call or stop by your Co-op – for the week of Christmas, please order by Sun., Dec. 18.
Look for holiday prime rib, ham, and seafood deals starting Dec. 14!
Food gifts are excellent gifts (at least in my family's book!) and perfect for that person who doesn't need any more things.
Stay tuned to your Co-op emails for upcoming Co-op gift baskets with all Iowa goods and more! And at your Co-op we're setting up a display with all-things-giftable (no, the entire wine dept. isn't in the display, but it should be!). Get started with local Great River Maple Bourbon Aged Iowa Maple Syrup (you read that right), Chocolove bars, silicone-protected glass bottles (silicone made in Racine, Wisconsin!) from Lifefactory, local Wake Up Iowa coffee, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, essential oils and bath goods from local Aura Cacia, and we're just getting started!
Thank you to Theresa Carbrey
For nearly 40 years of commitment to New Pioneer Food Co-op!
Theresa was a founding member of the Cooperative and has been on staff for 39 years. We wish Theresa the absolute best in her retirement at the close of 2016! Read her Reflections from a Departing Pioneer on our blog >
Help Others Enjoy a Holiday Meal!
To remember those less fortunate than you, consider gifting a socially-conscious beloved with a dinner for those in need at the Crisis Center! Choose an amount starting at $25.
Choose a holiday card from our ‘Project Holiday Tree’ at New Pi Iowa City or Coralville, follow the card's directions to make a donation online in your giftee's name, and record it on the card to present as a gift.
Holiday Specialty: Grandma Davis's Date Nut Bread
Our pastry chef Elizabeth brought her Grandma Davis's recipe with her to the Co-op's baking team
and says: "This excellent sweet bread is high in fiber and low in fat, something you don't get to say much in pastryland! :)"
It's only available during the month of December at your Co-op, so stop by and snag a mini-loaf! Psst: It's on sale for $1.49 until Dec. 14!
A New Pi Gift Card is...
an excuse to buy the treat I can never justify buying.
a coffee boost on the way to work. a way to support my community – my Co-op! quick gift shopping. I'll take ten. the gift of good health.
Co-op gift cards available at your Co-op or online >
Want to gift a Co-op ownership?
Pick up a $60 Co-op gift card (the lifetime cost of an ownership)
and inscribe it for your friend!
Why the Co-op's Different:
We're a unique creation of YOUR community.
Unlike chain stores, we offer uniquely local groceries. We enthusiastically work with over 137 local farmers and producers year-round. Your everyday decision to shop at the Co-op means a great deal to our staff and our local farmers!
A Few Moment with Your Local Producers
Couldn't make it to our holiday sample fair at New Pi Coralville?
Here's a visit, starting with our squash and sweet potato sampling, and a few moments apiece with some of the 137 local farmers and producers we work with throughout the year. Video >