January newsletter

January 4, 2012

Notes From Betty:

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We had a great month at the store and are looking forward to 2012!

I want to take this time to invite all the board members and volunteers to The Plum Creek Food Co Ops Holiday party on January 21st. at 6:00 p.m. at The River City Eatery. Please RSVP back to me and let me know if you will be able to make it. Hope to see you all there!

We gave all of our members an extra 10% off their entire purchases during the month of December and many were very appreciative.

We have been blessed with good weather so far this winter and hope it continues, however nothing ends a day quite as well as a hot bowl of soup for dinner and I encourage you all to stop in and try our soup mixes. We have a great tasting nine bean soup mix and a delicious hearty soup mix. These take all the guessing and work out of dinner.

Now I would like to leave you with this from Lord Alfred Tennyson: “ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: This year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.”


50 ways to go green (and save money) in the new year

It’s the start of a new year and there are hundreds of ways to make some green changes to save a little money, help the environment and improve your family’s health at the same time.

Here are some simple ways…

  1. Start washing your laundry in cold water, or at least most loads.
  2. Plant a garden.
  3. Make friends with local farm families and ask about buying their surplus crops for preserving.
  4. Pick your own strawberries, apples, grapes and other local goodies, then freeze them to enjoy later.
  5. Join a coop like the Plum Creek Coop.
  6. Plant some edible landscaping like fruit and nut trees, raspberry bushes or even rose bushes.
  7. Learn about foraging.  There are free, organic foods all over the community through sources like walnut trees, crab apple trees, blueberry bushes and even wild mushrooms.  Just be sure to follow rules about harvesting, get permission if necessary and make certain you know what you’re gathering.
  8. Start baking your own bread.  If you’re intimidated by baking by hand, pick up a used bread maker for a few dollars at a local thrift store and find the manual online.
  9. Learn to can.  Ask a friend or relative to show you how, look it up online or take a class in the community. 
  10. Go vegetarian at least one day a week.  If you’re already vegetarian, go vegan for at least one day a week (more meal ideas are here).
  11. Start clippings of friends’ houseplants and create some free houseplants of your own to clean your indoor air.
  12. Pack your kids’ school lunches in reusable containers.
  13. Start keeping some healthy snacks in the car for travel-time munchies so you don’t have to rely on drive-thru stops or other unhealthy choices.
  14. Buy often-used products like oatmeal, dried beans and rice in bulk and then store them in repurposed jars.
  15. Purchase a pressure cooker to drastically cut cooking time and allow you to quickly and easily cook items like beans, roasts and vegetables…

Read the full list of 50 here: http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/50-ways-to-go-green-and-save-money-the-new-year


January Specials:


Whole Foods Market 365

Apricot Fruit Spread

100% Natural – 100% Fruit

Wt. 10 oz.

Reg. $4.49                    Now $3.99


Kettle Brand Chips

Backyard Barbeque

Wt. 8.5 oz.

Reg. $3.99                    Now $3.49 


Lundberg California White Jasmine Rice

Wt. 32 oz.

Reg. $4.99                    Now $4.49


R.W. Knudsen Very Veggie Juice

Wt. 32 oz.

Reg. $4.59                    Now $4.09


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