Cheese curds are back! After a long hiatus, we have cheese curds from local farm Marcoot Jersey Creamery! We have the perfect summer recipe using local ingredients. This tomato, cucumber, and cheese curd panzanella salad is topped off with a simple red wine vinaigrette making it the perfect blend of light vegetables and decadent cheese curds.
We recently hosted our 3rd virtual cooking class with meal kit! Co-op teacher Huan shared her recipes with us to create a fully home-cooked Chinese meal. Tomato Egg Drop Soup, Sichuan Style Blistered Green Beans, Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Fish Fragrant Eggplant came together with cooked white rice for a delectible Chinese dinner. We've gathered the recipes and a recording of the class for you here in case you missed the class!
Our grocery department recently brought in a new brand of tofu - Pumfu! Pumfu is a remarkable, protein rich tofu alternative made using only pumpkin seeds and water that's organic, GMO-free, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free. Pumfu marinates well and is very versatile, and can be used for sandwiches, stir-frys, scrambles and even desserts - anywhere you'd normally use tofu, Pumfu is the perfect replacement. We used the Chorizo variety to create a delicious vegan breakfast scramble!
We have a LOT going on in September! Labor Day, Owner Appreciation Days, the Meeting of Owners, the launch of our new Website, Back to School promotions, the list goes on and you can see it all when you read the rest of the newsletter!
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS NOMINATED FOR FOR 2022 ROUND UP FOR GOOD GRANT
The central Illinois landscape is synonymous with farming. Drive in any direction from Champaign-Urbana, and you will be surrounded by rows and rows of corn and soybean crops. Dig a little deeper and you can also find a variety of small scale organic vegetable farms. What you don’t expect to find is a flower farm. But tucked away on the west side of Champaign you will find just that - Delight Flower Farm. A group of Common Ground staff was lucky enough to get a tour of the farm!
Growing up, there was no shortage of fresh vegetables in my home. A California native, my mother quickly adapated to growing vegetables in Illinois and our backyard was complete with an enormous vegetable garden. One of my fondest childhood memories is harvesting vegetables with my mother. Some, like green beans or pea pods, never made it inside the house and rather were used as snacks to keep us satisfied while we worked in the garden. As I grew up and moved out on my own, finding space to grow a garden became increasingly difficult.
Hi, I’m Saylay and I am the Wellness Manager. I am now back from maternity leave and have a beautiful, healthy 4 month old at home. Having been through pregnancy and post-partum rather recently, I thought I’d like to provide a series detailing the items that got me through the tough times! The first in the series will be my must-haves DURING pregnancy. Below you will find a list of 7 items from the Co-op that were indispensable to me.
We have received some questions concerning our COVID-19 policies. Please let this message serve as our official position.
We are not making any changes to our COVID-19 safety policies at this time.
We realize this is a controversial topic but our response needs to take the safety of our staff, as front-line workers, into greatest consideration.