After what seemed like an endless winter and a blip of spring, we’re already into the heat of summer. Cool off with items from Community Foods producers.
Local, Small-Scale, Sustainable, Cooperative
Invigorate your taste buds with a fresh Seward-made smoothie. Made with organic fruits and vegetables, smoothies from the Deli counter can be customized with add-ons like spinach, peanut butter, bee pollen, ginger, spirulina, protein powder, and more. Cool off this summer with a Fuchsia Fixation–made with pineapple, raspberries, peaches, and orange juice–or an Avo Omega–made with avocado, blueberries, banana, soy milk, flaxseed oil, spirulina, and honey.
Blakesville Creamery Goat Cheese
Local, Small-Scale, Sustainable, Inclusive
August is National Goat Cheese Month! Try Blakesville Creamery goat cheese with honey, apple, and a slice of baguette for a sweet and tangy snack. Blakesville, which began producing cheeses in Port Washington, Wisc. in the summer of 2020, is a farmstead creamery. This means that their cheeses are handmade on the same farm where their animals are raised and milked. Their top priority is raising goats humanely to produce the best possible milk. A woman-owned small-scale business, Blakesville is a prime example of practicable dairy farming from a founder who holds a long and sincere commitment to mindful land use and environmental considerations.
All Good Sunscreen
Small-Scale, Sustainable, Inclusive
This sunny summer, keep your skin cool and safe with sunscreen from All Good, a woman-owned wellness business that views its success not only in terms of economics but also by its environmental and social impacts. All Good is committed to thoughtful actions that keep their business in line with ecosystem health, and they even grow their own organic herbs for their products at a farm near their headquarters. You can find a variety of All Good sunscreens at Seward Co-op, from adult and kid’s sprays and sport sunscreens to tinted sunscreen.
Equal Exchange Frozen Bananas
Small-Scale, Cooperative, Inclusive
When you purchase an Equal Exchange banana at Seward Co-op, you’re supporting small-scale farms and farmer cooperatives in Ecuador and Peru. Equal Exchange’s fair trade practices focus on developing human relationships, sharing risk, building democratic trade networks, and paying farmers well. Their chocolate, produced through an adherence to the same principles, makes a perfect pairing for the bananas. To turn these into a tasty frozen treat for a warm day, halve your bananas, and place them on wooden popsicle sticks. Melt your favorite Equal Exchange chocolate bars in a double boiler along with a tablespoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening, and dip! Roll them in toppings like granola, dried fruit, crushed nuts, shaved coconut, or sprinkles. Place them in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until the bananas are firm and enjoy!