Artichokes

Like lobster, artichokes are labor intensive, but well worth the effort. To prepare, first remove the top inch of the artichoke, then cut the stem level with the artichoke’s base. Steep in one inch of boiling water with the juice of one lemon. Cover and let steam for 25-40 minutes or until the center leaves pull out easily. Enjoy.

Arugula

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Arugula ranks among the healthiest of salad greens. Arugula contains more than 8 times the calcium as iceberg lettuce, as well as beta-carotene, cancer-fighting indoles, and more Vitamin C than any other salad green. An added bonus, arugula has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the 1st century AD.

Asparagus

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All hail the local asparagus season! Local asparagus is consistently more tender and sweeter than those woody spears shipped from afar in the dead of winter. We sell asparagus by the pound – not by the bunch, so feel free to select just a few spears for tonight’s dinner. We’ll have more fresh asparagus waiting for you on your next trip to the co-op. If you need to store your asparagus for more than a day, treat them similiar to a bouquet of flowers; trim off the ends, place the spears upright in a glass of water and refrigerate.

Satsumas and Spinach

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With only 13 calories per 2 cup serving, spinach will fill you up without weighing you down. For a refreshing winter salad, toss spinach with red onion and Satsuma mandarin sections. Make the dressing by combining red wine vinegar, Satsuma juice, and honey. Indulge with a wee bit of blue cheese and toasted walnuts.

Super Radishes

Spicy, low-carb, and low-cal, Black Spanish Radishes make a superb Super Bowl snack. Slice the radishes into thin rounds to display their striking black and white color contrast. Because a radish’s heat lurks in its skin, slicing them thinly will also ensure that none of your guests receive an overly spicy bite.

Balance Better with Blueberries

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Spending your day on a snowboard? Start your day with a blueberry muffin. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that blueberries improve balance and coordination. Before adding them to muffin mix, dust the berries with flour. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of your muffin tin.

Low-Carb Cauliflower

Counting your carbs and missing your mashed potatoes? With only 3 grams of carbohydrates per 1/2 cup, cauliflower makes a tasty, low-carb substitute for potatoes. Steam cauliflower with lemon juice to preserve its color. Then puree it and add butter, cream, or low-fat vegan alternatives.

Pesticides and Potatoes

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Who would have guessed? The humble potato ranks among the worst offenders for pesticide contamination. Potatoes are routinely treated with fungicide to prevent blight, and again after harvest, to discourage sprouting. Now, Monsanto is pushing a GM potato, marketed under the—cynical—label “Naturemark.” Linden Hills Co-op offers only organically grown, non-GMO, potatoes.

Del Cabo Cooperative

Del Cabo Cooperative links a network of 250 small family farms located on the Baja Peninsula. Del Cabo taught farmers to grow tomatoes organically and then connected those farmers to the global market. Del Cabo has raised farmers’ income from $3,000/year to over $20,000/year. Just one more reason to enjoy Del Cabo’s super sweet grape and cherry tomatoes.

Buy Organic to Protect Farmworkers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pesticides harm 300,000 farmworkers annually in the US. A study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reports that farmworker families exhibit unusually high occurrences of childhood leukemia, and cancers of the stomach, uterus, cervix, and brain. When you buy organic, you protect yourself and your family as well as farmworkers and their families.