Bulk Sale, Thursday, Oct. 19

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Seward Co-op opened in 1972 on the corner of 22nd and Franklin avenues. In the beginning, the co-op was run by a core group of volunteers and had a modest selection of products with a heavy emphasis on bulk goods. Today, we have an abundant selection of bulk foods and wellness products to inspire both meal times and self-care routines, all while helping you save money and reduce packaging. In addition to pantry staples, scoop up our teas, medicinal herbs, dried fruits, local honey, cooking liquids, fair-trade coffee and household cleaning products. Did you know you can grind your own fresh peanut and almond butters?

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Whether you are simply looking for festive Halloween snacks or want to stock up your pantry for fall baking, we have a treat for you: a 10-percent-off Bulk Sale* on Thursday, Oct. 19. All day — for one day only — everything in the Bulk department (even sale items and Wellness bulk items) is 10 percent off. In 1972, when the co-op took shape, few people imagined it would grow to be the thriving community center and source of healthful food it is today. What’s most important is that amidst its growth, the co-op has remained true to its Ends, never losing sight of its commitment to its owners and the greater community.

*The Oct. 19 bulk sale does not include reusable glass and plastic containers; items sold per pound in other departments, such as Produce and Meat & Seafood.

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DIY Trail Mix

At Seward Co-op, our bulk aisles offers all the raw, salted or roasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and other tasty morsels you need in order to create an economical, nourishing snack that allows you to control the salt and sugar content. The basic formula for designing your own trail mix is to combine 50-percent nuts, 30-percent dried fruit, 10-percent seeds, and 10-percent any other bulk goodie of your choosing. Proportions are not an exact science, and quantities can be easily altered and tailored to your unique preferences or dietary restrictions.

Most conventional, premixed trail mixes are loaded with sugar and salt, but you can avoid that by making your own. It’s the perfect family-friendly activity that teaches healthful eating habits and serves as a nice introduction to the co-op. Here’s one of our favorite recipes to get you started.

Everyday Trail Mix

Ingredients
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dried bananas
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup chocolate-covered ginger

Directions
Toast the nuts and seeds in the oven at 350° F. until fragrant and lightly browned. Let cool. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.