Urgent Whole Fennel Seed Recall

Mountain Rose Herbs is voluntarily recalling whole fennel seeds from lot #25031 due to a secondary test indicating the presence of salmonella. If you bought whole fennel seeds after May, you may have purchased a portion of the recalled lot. You can return the whole fennel seeds at the coop for a refund. Please bring a receipt if you have it.

Consequently, we will be out of fennel seeds for awhile. Thank you for your cooperation.

A Fun Way to Use Plantains

Ripe Plantains

I was so excited to see plantains at the co-op a couple of weeks ago because I finally got the chance to try out this recipe from The Kitchenista Diaries for plantains stuffed with black beans and cheese. 

One of my favorite things about shopping at the co-op is the high quality seasonal produce. These plantains were grown in Mexico and sold through Organics Unlimited, an organization known for its strong commitment to social responsibility. Their Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers (GROW) program helps provide clean drinking water and educational, dental and vision services for farm workers and their communities.

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Seasonal treasures from both near and far

Ramps
Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are sustainably harvested for the co-op by a forager we’ve worked with since 2012. He and his team forage in Ulster County, NY, and the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. They take only a small amount from each patch and hike high into the mountains to ensure that easily accessible fields aren’t overharvested. This is the last week of the season — ramps will return in spring 2020. Looking forward, there will be locally grown garlic scapes in June and cured cloves of garlic by mid-August.

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Lavva Yogurt

Lavva Yogurt

One of our newest products is Lavva yogurt. It’s a delicious vegan and gluten-free yogurt made with coconut, lime, plantain, cassava, and the southeast Asian Pili nut. See the Lavva website for more information.