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Spice Up Your Fall Cooking

As the season changes and the holidays approach, many of us begin to think about cooking and baking, about sharing food and drink with loved ones. Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor and depth to your favorite holiday meals without adding calories. This month at Common Ground we are featuring seasonal favorites like cinnamon sticks, rosemary, and rubbed sage from Frontier Co-op in Norway, Iowa. Look for sales on these and other herbs and spices throughout the month to make your holiday bulk spice buying an even better value.

Fall's Harvest: Winter Squash

Winter squash is so named because it matures in late summer and early fall, and most varieties can be stored throughout the winter. In fact, some don't really come into their own until they've been in storage for a few months. Originating in South America, winter squashes are incredibly versatile and nutritious. In addition to the butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash you usually see, we've worked with several growers to procure a wide variety of winter squash for CGFC.

We Love Local Tomatoes

We are absolutely, completely head-over-heels in love with local tomatoes! For us, late summer is a great time of year. We've got all sorts of tomatoes coming in from many of our local farms. We've got gorgeous green, yellow, purple, and orange heirloom tomatoes, pints and pints of all varieties of cherry, grape, and other miniature tomatoes, firm and flavorful roma and paste tomatoes, and good ol' red slicing tomatoes. 

Fresh in the Deli: BLTs

In our minds, August is a time to really celebrate delicious, vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes. We can't get enough of them in salads, cold soups, pizzas, and more. One of our absolute favorite ways to enjoy a juicy heirloom tomato is the classic BLT, which we are happy to announce we'll be featuring in our deli for the whole month of August!

Responding to Eden Foods

On Monday, June 30th, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that some closely-held companies with religious objections may opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement to pay for contraception coverage for their employees. Eden Foods, the oldest independent organic food producer in the United States, has a similar case, Eden Foods v. Burwell, pending in court at this time. Michael Potter, Eden Foods’ CEO, has been outspoken in opposition to the ACA requirement.

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