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Kirsten

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
I don’t like to buy cleaning stuff over and over again and I like to keep my cleaning supplies to a minimum. I’ve found this product to be long lasting (a little bit will do), it cleans dishes great, and we are able to use it for other household purposes, like mopping the floors, or keeping in a spray bottle to wipe counters. It also plays well with vinegar and together they make a great degreaser.

Tofu Cuban Sandwich
I wouldn’t call this a “good for you” lunch, but it is excellent when you’re in the mood for cozy comfort food (not to mention I’m a total sucker for pickles and gooey melted cheese). As a former vegetarian, I still choose the vegetarian version of this sandwich every time. I like it best with the Southern Fried Tofu, though I’m sure it’s tasty with any of our tofu options. West only.


Katie

If You Care Household Gloves
These fabulous gloves are made from natural rubber from responsibly managed plantations. Unlike other rubber gloves, these get the job done, they last and last. Your hands will love you for donning these when you have to be in and out of water lots.


Amanda

FEED Kitchens Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake 
This is the most delicious coffee cake I have ever eaten. I want to eat it every single day! It is moist, and not too sweet. This would be perfect for brunch or a gathering or just every day for breakfast. Willy North only.


Robert

Hook’s Sheep Milk Gouda
This aged gouda seems to surprise everyone that tries it. There’s not the usual tang associated with sheep milk, and it’s incredibly creamy. Less fruity than the MontAmoré, but a touch sweeter than the average gouda. The calcium lactate crystals provide a fun, delicate crunch that will put a smile on any cheese lover’s face. And oh yeah, it’s LOCAL!


Jack

Bunky´s Hummus
I like to make a kind of Middle Eastern taco, replacing salsa with this perfect hummus, and with grilled steak or eggplant and slaw, in wheat tortillas. Delicious!


Caitlyn

Di Salvo’s Sicilian Black Olives & Capers Pasta Sauce
The Di Salvo’s Sicilian sauce is rich and flavorful. I use it in many dishes beyond pasta. The recipe is from Di Salvo’s Spaghetti House, an Italian restaurant that opened in Madison’s Greenbush neighborhood in the 1940s. Extra local bonus points! 


Katherine 

Almond CheezeBalls
These cheeze balls are deceptively delicious for people of any diet and are great to share with friends. The product itself is also very unique because it is utilizing a waste product from the production of almond milk in the Juice Bar. Available at East and West.


Julia

Creole Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I love to bake or pan-fry them off a little more at home to get them just a little caramelized, then pair them up with eggs for an amazingly filling breakfast or brunch.

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato or Alphonso Mango Sorbetto
It’s amazingly delicious and worth every penny.


Anna

Cesar’s Queso Fresco
So good! Great flavor, really crumbly, really delicious.

GoMacro Protein Pleasure Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Macrobar
It’s delicious and sustaining!


Amy

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Muscle Relax
I often a hard time falling asleep (probably due to my Yerba Mate obsession) and sometimes when my mind is just going too fast I turn to Muscle Relax by Oregon’s Wild Harvest. I find it just to help me calm down and get settled enough to sleep. Plus I don’t feel groggy or still sleepy in the morning. This has been a real lifesaver for me!

Just Coffee Cooperative Runner’s High
A delicious blend of two medium roasts. It’s SO good!


Summer 

Hyland’s Nerve Tonic® 
I finally found something that tastes good AND calms me down when my nerves get the best of me.


Jamie

Willy Street Co-op Red Curry Tofu
Exciting tofu? It’s real, folks! Lightly seasoned with Indian spices to givethe dish an irresistible flavor. The tofu is prepared to the texture of perfectly hard-boiled egg white—not rubbery! The flavor of this dish will turn any tofu skeptic into a tofu lover!


Sara

Acure Coconut + Argan Oil cleansing towelettes
These are great for taking make-up off at the end of the day, or even for if you’re in the middle of a crazy day and just want a little something to refresh your tired self. I wear contacts, and I’m always getting cleaning stuff in my eyes; these little towels don’t sting and they don’t make my contacts get all grody either. As an added bonus, they smell good and don’t dry out my skin. So they’re an all-around win in my book!


Sarah

Willy Street Co-op Vegan Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
This dish is so savory, creamy, and satisfying. The broccoli complements the flavors of the vegan cheese sauce perfectly. It’s my go-to comfort food on the hot bar!

Boody Organic Bamboo Eco Wear
This bamboo-based apparel is soft, breathable, and so, so comfortable. It’s very practical and versatile, but also stylish. It’s great for working out, or just wearing out and about. Bamboo fabric is also really sustainable, so that’s another huge plus!

So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative
One of my favorite breakfasts is this yogurt with some nuts and fresh berries, a handful of oats, and a hearty dash of cinnamon. It may taste like dessert, but it’s a delicious and nutritious way to start the day! 


Kathy

Evan Healy Argan Intensive Facial Serum
The argan oil in this serum is wild harvested by 22 Berber Moroccan Women’s Cooperatives employing over 1000 indigenous women. Subtle sandalwood, jasmine and frankincense are delightful. Very nourishing and replenishing due to a high percentage of tocopherols. 


Amy

Willy Street Mushroom, & Leek Chicken Sausages
Pass the cranberries, these are Thanksgiving in a wiener! Available intermittently.

Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Nuts
I am so addicted to these. How do I know? I will not share them. I hide them at home. I cry when I have to pry myself away from eating too many. 

Four Elements Peace, Harmony & Tranquility Tea
A pleasant nighttime tea my kids and I enjoy in our jimjams. Featuring lemon balm, chamomile, and roses, it does well with milk or honey, or on its own. Herbalist Jane’s been in the biz for decades in our very own Wisconsin!

Jewel Sweet Potatoes
The sweetest of the sweet potatoes, it’s nature’s Perfect Food, according to me. Obviously sweet potato fries with spice and mashed are solid, but do you know what is amazing? Baked sweet potato halved with almond butter, coconut oil and coconut flakes. That’s dessert, friend. 


Stephanie

Renard’s Morel and Leek Monterey Jack Cheese
This cheese is creamy and flavorful. All the flavors come through in a perfect way. 

Pretzilla Soft Pretzel Burger Buns
PERFECT for veggie burgers, gyro burgers, or regular burgers. They are soft and tasty!!


Matt 

Frontier Bulk Fine Ground Himalayan Pink Salt
I never really thought about salt much until I tried the Frontier Pink Himalayan salt we sell in the bulk aisle . It really brings anydish to life. The flavor is head and shoulders above any other salt I’ve tried. I especially enjoy it on popcorn! 


Evan 

Coconut Date Rolls
Quick and easy filling snack for the whole family.


Anna 

Twisted Oaks Farms Whole Muscle Beef Strips
Hands down the best beef jerky I have ever had. It’s so flavorful and super tender. It’s a little pricey, but it’s a good treat to pick up for yourself every now and then 


James 

Sartori BellaVitano®
Really flavorful, great with olives and white wine.


Zelda

Cadence Cold Brew
Nitro cold brew coffee! I really shouldn’t have to say anything else, but if you need more motivation to try this product, it’s smooth, delicious, caffeinated, cold, refreshing, and portable. Also, it’s made in Madison, WI. YAAAS!


Philip

Halo Top Ice Cream - Vanilla Bean
This ice cream is low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar. You can have one pint to yourself; all the deliciousness with none of the guilt! It’s so light and creamy you may want to get two :)


Ansley

Batch Bakehouse Gruyère Croissant
These croissants are sooo delicious! Some seriously awesome bakers make them right in my neighborhood. I like to open them up and stuff them with scrambled eggs for a decadent breakfast sandwich!


 

Dean

Jackson’s Honest® Purple Heirloom Potato Chips
These are made with coconut oil and heirloom purple potatoes, which were first cultivated by the Incas. Purple potatoes are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and potassium. Really amazing flavor!!


Megan

Ruesch Century Farm Organic Cranberries
Ruesch Century Farm is (no joke) the smallest organic cranberry bog in the world. The Ruesch family has been farming cranberries on this land since 1879, and they really know what they’re doing! The quality of these berries is outstanding! I use them in everything I can, from baked goods, to savory meat dishes, and so much more. 

Fuyu Persimmons
One of my all-time favorite winter fruits! Unlike Hachiya persimmons, Fuyus can be eaten crunchy (like an apple) or soft. Both options are so sweet and delicious you’ll be asking yourself where these amazing fruits have been all your life. 

Satsuma Mandarins
There’s so much to love about satsumas! Super-juicy, so easy to peel, and great citrus flavor. They start their season in early November on the tart side, and get sweeter and sweeter until the season ends sometime in January. My kids love them and have been known to eat a five pound box in less than two days -- a great way to jump start their immune systems at the beginning of cold and flu season!

3 lb. Bag Mixed Red and Yellow Onions
I always have a hard time choosing between yellow and red onions - with these mixed bags, I don’t have to! Robert Schulz and his family at New Traditions Homestead grow amazingly high-quality onions for us every year. The three-pound bags provide the farmers with a good outlet for smaller onions that won’t work in a bulk display. This eliminates waste while giving Willy Street Co-op Ownersa more affordable local organic onion option. It’s a win-win!


Pygn 

Bass Exfoliating Shower Towel
All tucked in through the winter months, my skin tends to get dry. I like to keep it exfoliated with the bass shower towel. It makes it easy to get your whole back, makes your soap last longer, and preps your skin to soak up all the lotion you can slather on it when you’re done!


 

Lindsey 

Willy Street Co-op Banana Bread
Soft and sweet with so much banana flavor. It’s a great pick-me-up in the afternoon and lovely with coffee for a light breakfast. It’s better than Mom makes.....but don’t tell her I said that. 


Sharon 

The Funky Monkey with Espresso Shot
What could be better--A jolt of espresso (49¢ extra) combined with PB protein, fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Try it made with Willy Street Co-op’s own almond milk. This can’t be legal, it tastes so good. East and West only.


Juniper

Divina Dolmas
They are imported from Greece! Authentic and so flavorful!! Full of fantastic mint and herbs and packed in very good olive oil (making them moist and mouth-watering) 

Coconut Herb Chao Slices
This is a stellar dairy-free cheese! Out of this world. Heavy on the coconut notes, but it sings in perfect harmony with the herbs and pepper in it. This slightly sweet cheese is my favorite to put in wraps with some greens and stone fruit. Pairs perfectly with peaches and plums.

Lotus Foods Jade Rice (Bulk)
Floral, soft and sticky, just the way I love my rice -- beautiful scent while cooking and the color adds a special pop to your plate.

Andes Gifts knit items
Cozy, beautiful and fair trade! They make great presents for yourself or loved ones. I’ve given them as gifts and then had the receiver request some for them to gift!

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