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Christine 

Dreamfarm Goat Cheese

This is the best soft goat cheese I’ve had. It doesn’t have a goaty flavor and is very creamy. I like it with Potter’s Crackers. What a great taste combo! Their goat cheese season ends mid-December.


Josh

Barbasol Shaving Cream

While full of chemicals and dirt-cheap, nothing else works as well. I’m glad we carry it. While we do carry wonderful, more natural shaving creams and soaps, I keep returning to what works best for me.


Lacey 

Willy Street Co-op Cold Brew

When you don’t want to wait in line and need coffee. Strong and delicious. 

Four Elements Tea Joy, Love & Passion

This tea is magical! 


Evan

Gardein Meatless Meatloaf

These are awesomely good, and quick and easy. I love to make sandwiches with them.


Brooke

Raw Rev Glo Mixed Nuts Caramel & Sea Salt Protein Bar

Low sugar, super satisfying, like a candy bar but no guilt! (West)


Anna 

Willy Street Co-op Chai Latte 

I love our chai here, it’s somewhat spicy and super comforting on a cooler morning as we approach fall. It’s unsweetened so I just ask them to add a little bit of maple syrup ($1 extra) to the latte and it’s perfect!


Caitlyn

Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips

Bubbies’ bread and butter pickle recipe is so good; perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunchy. I like adding them to my egg salad and coleslaw but usually just eat them out of the jar. 


Philip

Tapuat Brewing Co. Lemuria Kombucha

We just got this brand in and it is amazing! It’s not as intense as your normal kombucha. It has a lightly sweet and delicious flavor brought to you by the addition of currant, rose hips and hibiscus.


 

Sarah

Willy Street Co-op Oatmeal

On cold mornings, there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal with all the fixins to get your day off to a great start. My favorite combination is coconut milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and just a pinch of salt. So good!


 

Amy

Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Nuts

These are a huge treat to just have a few of. I love these nuts!!

Miso Master® Organic Kosher Traditional Red Miso 

Great staple product in winter. On its own in a cup to sip on while cozy in your jimjams; or in a soup as a broth with added veggies, tofu, meat or noodles to make a comforting meal.


Jamie

Bulk NessAlla Seasonal Lavender & Mint Kombucha

I’m a kombucha fanatic and I LOVE all of the NessAlla flavors, but this one is special. For those who have had bad experiences with lavender and/or mint in food, this bouch is the reset! It’s fresh and cool, with a light note of both the lavender and mint—perfectly blended to tantalize the palate! 


 

Zelda

Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot

Spicy! Tangy! Full of friendly probiotics! Strangely refreshing!!! This delightful concoction is MY NEW FAVORITE THING. Really delicious on its own—or perhaps, use it to jazz up your Bloody Mary game (props to Brendan in Produce for this idea). The possibilities are endless. YUM.


Dustin

Bulk Unsweetened Sliced Mango

They’re so sweet, and tasty, and they are a great snack to keep in your car! 


 

Stephanie

Willy Street Co-op Creole Sweet Potatoes

They are so flavorful hot or cold. I love the Creole flavor... feels like Mardi Gras in my mouth! 


Amanda 

Bambeco Recycled Tumbler Glasses

The glasses are super beautiful and make such great gifts. They are heavy-duty, and since they are recycled, they are given another chance at life. 

Orchard Street Sweatshirts

They are so soft, and stay soft after many washings. This is the coziest sweatshirt you will own. 


 

Jack

Yogurt Almonds

An act of justifiable civil disobedience at every movie screening.


Kelsey

Raw Rev Glo Creamy Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Protein Bar

It’s small, affordable, and tasty. A good way to help me power through early-morning shifts.

Willow Creek Farms Sweet Italian Sausage Links

This is some of the best Italian sausage I have ever had. It’s perfectly seasoned. Just slicing into it releases the most amazing, mouth-watering smell. Try this out with pasta and peppers. You will not be disappointed.


 

Joe

EPIC bars

Good alternative to granola bars, or other protein bars, for snacks, travel, lunch boxes... Good, simple ingredients. Paleo-friendly. 


Ali

Barlean’s Omega Swirl Fish Oil (Key Lime)

A tablespoon of Key Lime is my favorite way to take this supplement! (The other flavors are great as well.) I always have problems forgetting to take capsules but with such a great tasting product I can keep right in the refrigerator, I never forget! Barlean’s is a very trustworthy and consistent company, I’m happy they make something I enjoy so much.


 

Daniel

So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip

CocoWhip is the absolute best non-dairy alternative to whipped cream. It makes anything you put it on delicious. Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful if I feel like living on the edge.


Angela

WishGarden Kick-It Immune for Kids

This is a great blend of herbs known for activating the immune system, with a strength and dose that is appropriate for children. It has a great taste; my son happily takes it mixed with a little bit of fruit juice or honey and water. 


Katie

King Estate Pinot Gris

This is a lovely clean, crisp glass of wine from the beautiful Lorane valley in Oregon. At this time of year when food and beverages can tend to feel “heavy,” a glass of this just feels right. This beauty also pairs well with birds like turkey and pheasant for your holiday table. Available at West and North.


 

Jade

Natural Factors Whey Factors 100% Natural Whey Protein, French Vanilla

I spend a lot of time planning meals throughout the week, and this is my go-to when I need to pump up my protein! It’s rBGH and BSE free, NO GMOs, no added sugar, non-denatured, and adds great flavor to any smoothie. I use it in smoothies for meals and as an easy post-workout snack that’s fast and affordable, since it’s one of the Co-op IDEALS. This is a staple in my house and will be for a long time. Whether you’re increasing your protein intake for energy, weight loss, or muscle gain, this stuff rocks.


 

Steve

Uplands Cheese Rush Creek Reserve

I look forward every year to the release of Rush Creek Reserve, by the guys at Uplands Cheese in
Dodgeville, Wisconsin. This raw milk cheese, wrapped in spruce bark, is made to be shared. It’s runny enough to cut the top rind off and scoop out the rich liquid goodness, like a ready-made fondue. Based on an alpine tradition, it is always made at the end of the annual milking cycle. Although we are short of mountains here in Wisconsin, this cheese follows the traditional cycle, and is only here for a very short time. Rush Creek is the way to top off any holiday event, or if you’re traveling, it’s the way to show your friends in other parts of the country how world-class food comes from right here.


 

Marnie

Ruesch Century Farm Organic Cranberries

Cranberries come into season at a perfect time—Fall! These fresh, local, antioxidant-rich berries show up just in time for apple pies and holiday meals. I mix 1 cup of cranberries into my apple pies for a burst of color and a tart contrast. I make a simple cranberry sauce with orange juice, zest, cloves, and a touch of sugar and save the leftovers to mix into my yogurt—it’s better than jam! I even throw a handful into my morning smoothie. I load up on them this time of year and toss a few containers in my freezer for later. 


Andy

Concorde Pears

The smooth vanilla sweetness of the Concorde makes it my favorite pear of the year by far. Perfect as an appetizer or dessert, still a little crisp, sliced and served with a local cheese (try the Carr Valley Mobay or the Rush Creek Reserve). 

Hachiya Persimmons

Sweet and luscious enough to make for a decadent dessert all on its own. Also great on ice cream, or in a baked pudding. Just be sure to wait until it’s very, very ripe; it should feel like a ball of liquid, have no astringency, and taste like someone transported brown sugar to paradise and summoned it back to earth.

 

 

 

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