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Five Great New Local Items at Your Co-op

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By Melissa Reiss, Purchasing Assistant

It’s September again, and that means Eat Local Month here at the Co-op! Be sure to check out the sales and demos all month long from our local makers and farmers. Let’s take a look at some of the more recent arrivals from our local maker community to land on the shelves.


New from our friends at Yumbutter—single serve nut butter pouches! They made their best-selling Superfood Almond and Superfood Cashew nut butters (or “potions,” as they call them) pocket-sized and ready for adventure! Formulated with chia, hemp seeds, goji berry powder, and lucuma powder—all certified organic—for a superfood boost. Rounding out the line-up is the all-new “Inergy” Almond— almond butter blended with organic maca, guarana powder, and L-Theanine for sustained energy. Squeeze some on a banana, apple, energy bar, or right into your mouth for a power-packed convenient snack on the go. For every Yumbutter product you buy, they donate to nourish a child in need with their Buy One Feed One program.


In our Produce department, we brought in Olden Produce earlier this year as a line of value-added produce products. The fourth generation farmers at Olden Organics Farm supply us with a rainbow of fresh, spiralized veggie “noodles,” cauliflower rice, and a slaw mix of red and white cabbages with shredded carrots grown on a MOSA-certified organic farm in Ripon, Wisconsin. Choose from butternut squash, red beet, zucchini, sweet potato, and seasonal veggie noodles. All grown and processed on the farm, and ready for your culinary imagination!


Another refreshing local beverage that recently landed at the Co-op is Wisco Pop’s new Certified Organic grapefruit soda. Pleasantly tart and sweetened with a tad of organic cane sugar—perfect for mixing with tequila or with a squeeze of fresh lime! Made in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Be sure to check out their other organic, small-batch craft-brewed sodas if you haven’t yet!


Earlier this year, local creamery Sassy Cow set out to create their version of a ready-to-drink mocha—a creamy, smooth beverage with less sugar than others out there. This delicious combination is a blend of their 1% chocolate milk and locally made Cadence Cold Brew and will hit the spot on warm, late summer days. Available in single-serve pint or multiple-serving bottle.


We have seen more food items using plantain as an ingredient lately, but this one is the most innovative—plantain linguini! Grain-free and paleo-friendly, this fresh pasta is ready for sauces of all kinds. Toss with halved cherry tomatoes and a light drizzle of olive oil for a perfect summertime dinner! Taste Republic is a new name for RP’s Pasta Company’s gluten-free line. Still made here in Madison!

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