You can park in back

Just a reminder that customers are always invited to park in the gravel lot at the rear of the co-op.map

Recipe: Quick and Easy Pasta with Mushrooms and Leeks

Here’s a great recipe from Yong, co-owner of Forever Yong Farms. Enjoy!

 

Quick and Easy Pasta with Mushrooms and Leeks

8 oz Farfalle pasta

8-12 oz mushrooms

8-10 oz leeks – white and pale green parts only

2-3 TB olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Thyme and/or oregano leaves  (optional)

More olive oil

Parmesan cheese

 

Halve and wash the leek under running water to rid of any dirt. Slice thinly crosswise.

Finely chop mushrooms.

Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.

Add oil, leek, pinch of salt, pepper; sauté, stirring often. 3-4 minutes.

Add chopped mushrooms and cook until tender. Stir and shake the pan often.13-14 minutes.

Meanwhile bring salted water to boil.

Add about 2 TB of the hot water into mushrooms and leeks pan and stir while it is cooking. Repeat one more time.

Add thyme and/or chopped oregano leaves.

Cook pasta according to your taste.

Drain pasta and reserve ½ cup of pasta water.

Transfer drained pasta into the skillet.

Add olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. If it seems too dry, add the hot pasta water.

Mix well to combine.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

 

Serves 2-3.

Introducing Sunizona greens

We’re proud to introduce three new locally-grown products to our produce department, courtesy of Sunizona Family Farms, located in Cochise County: bagged organic micro greens, petite heirloom lettuce, and organic petite power greens. Check ’em out!

Helpful Cooking Videos

When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one. In the NCGA’s new video series, Co+op Kitchen, shoppers will find handy hints from chefs and food enthusiasts who love sharing their passion for great food, plus easy recipes for delicious homemade meals.

The series includes 44 videos—from learning about alternative sweeteners and how to grow your own sprouts to making a delicious Mixed Vegetable Indian Curry and cooking the perfect steak, you’ll want to see what’s cooking in the Co+op Kitchen! Co+op Kitchen is available online at www.strongertogether.coop or in a FREE iPad® app for iOs6 compatible devices (iPad2 and higher). The app will be featured in the Food & Drink and Lifestyle categories in the App Store.

Co-op Election Results

The 2013 Annual Meeting featured lots of great food (catered by the Conspiracy Kitchen), fun and finances. Thank you to everyone who helped make our Annual Meeting a terrific success. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the hours put in by our dedicated board and staff. Thanks also to our local vendors, including Borderlands Brewing Co., La Tauna Tortillas, Isabella’s Ice Cream, Queso Superior Cheese, Rex’s Perogies, Tuscon Tamale Co., and Forever Yong and Sleeping Frog farms, for generously donating their product and time. And thanks to the local businesses that donated raffle prizes to the event, including Local First Arizona, Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, Tucson Acupuncture Co-op, Double Check Ranch, and Antigone Books.

At the Annual Meeting, we announced the winners of this year’s Co-op Elections. Three nonprofits received Cooperative Community Fund grants. They are:

  • The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Tucson Village Farm
  • Watershed Management Group

Three people were elected to new terms on the Food Conspiracy Board of Directors. They are:

  • Fiore Iannacone (109 votes) — three year term
  • David Miller (107 votes) — two year term
  • Nicolas Siemsen (109 votes) — three year term

Recipe: Lentil Vegetable Soup

Here’s a recipe, courtesy of our friends at Co+Op Stronger Together, for a rocking lentil and vegetable soup that will keep you warm on those chilly winter evenings.

What’s up with the bulk peanut butter?

The FDA shut down the factory that produces 90% of the country’s organic peanuts, and now it’s hard for us (or any other store) to get the organic peanuts we used to get. Fortunately, it looks like the factory will be up and running again soon. In the meantime, you might notice the disappearance of some products that contain organic peanuts. Hopefully this won’t last.

A list of local companies we hired to help with our renovations

At the Food Conspiracy Co-op we believe buying local is important, and not just where food is concerned. Here’s a list of local companies that we hired to help with our renovation project. All the workers employed by these companies who worked on the renovations are residents of Tucson.

  • Hidden Hollow Construction
  • VVC Architecture
  • Powers Electric
  • Albert’s Plumbing
  • Glass Unlimited
  • Ridgemont Painting, LLC
  • Jannings Acoustical Design
  • Cimaco Floor Service
  • Quick Custom Metals
  • Arizona Hometown Hauling
  • Custom Saw Cutting
  • Ace Pumping and Portables
  • Ornamental Iron Company
  • Accurate Backflow
  • Oracle Road Rent-ALL
  • A-United Restaurant Equipment
  • Reproductions Inc.
  • Daniel’s Refrigeration
  • Armor Shield
  • Cook and Company Sign Makers

Our next First Friday Summer Sale is August 3

The next First Friday Summer Sale is August 3. All shoppers will save 10% on purchases (excluding special orders, Basic Buys and gift cards). If you join the co-op during a First Friday sale, you get a $10 gift card. Moreover, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy free food from the Conspiracy Kitchen and live music by Michael P. See you at the co-op!