Produce

Seward Co-op’s Produce Department is a seasonally focused, information-based department. Our goal is to present a wide variety of fresh, healthful produce at reasonable prices. The vibrancy of the Produce Department attests to Seward Co-op’s overall quality and commitment to freshness.

We receive multiple deliveries daily and support our local growers as long as the season allows. When availability permits, we strive to offer a consistent yet varied supply of staples; including several kales, various hot peppers, a wide selection of winter squash, gourmet mushrooms, fresh herbs and assorted grapes and berries. When available, we also carry seasonal, specialty items, such as passion fruit, stevia, Hakurei turnips, fingerling potatoes and many kinds of root crops.

Produce staff are always available for questions, comments or requests. At 6 a.m., we begin receiving orders, assessing quality and refurbishing displays. Throughout the afternoon and evening, we thrive on talking shop and helping plan meals, menus and inspiring, delectable produce choices. The appearance of the department changes daily. Combined, our Produce staff offers more than 175 years in produce, grocery retail and farming experience.

A delightful part of our job is meeting and developing relationships with local growers. We are in contact with more than 30 local providers, many of whom deliver directly to the co-op. It’s also not unusual for growers to make appearances in the store, getting to know the people who support them — Seward Co-op shoppers!

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  • Produce at its Peak: Growing Conditions

    by Hannah B., Produce staff

    This week a customer asked me if the local spinach we have right now is a different variety than the kind we had last week, because the leaves are so much thinner and flatter, and also somewhat pointed.

    Meanwhile, I spent some time researching Vidalia sweet...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Signs of Spring

    If it were a “normal” year, by now we’d have lots of local produce: ramps, radishes, a wide selection of tender herbs, watercress, spring mix, etc., etc., etc. But it is gloomy and chilly yet, the trees in Powderhorn Park just barely showing evidence that leaves will exist again. One hundred years or so ago, we’d have been subsisting on sprouting potatoes and sad...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    The Produce department wetrack


    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --Today, it is 70 degrees outside and sunny, and there is no snow in the ten-day forecast.

    Surely, that means that it really is early Spring, which is one of the most challenging and interesting times of the year to work in a produce department like...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    It’s citrus and citrus and citrus these days - the Produce department virtually glows orange. The varieties change so quickly it’s hard to keep track, but they are, in general, superlatively good. An unusual...

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  • Produce at its Peak

    With the cold, the snow and the somewhat arbitrary marker of the start of a New Year, it’s a good time to try new things, and to make soup. Therefore, I have recently tried to recreate my favorite Thai soup, Tom Yum. It’s fortunate that Seward Co-op has nearly all the exotic ingredients for it right now: organic lemongrass, kaffir limes (an extravagantly fragrant and wrinkled, but...

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  • Produce at its Peak: Colorful Picks

    It’s definitely apple season in Minnesota. A coworker and I were reflecting on how lucky we are to have Hoch Orchard with its nearly infinite number of organic apple varieties. They change by the week, and sometimes we only have the more unusual kinds, like Akane and Golden Russet, for a few days. So if you’re an apple fan, it makes sense to pay close attention to that part of the...

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