Amy Fouks, bakery category manager
Thursday, February 13, 2014
February is National Cherry Month! Seems strange that a winter month would get such notoriety from a summer fruit, so I went to the internet to find out why…
Different sources have different theories, but the primary one seems that National Cherry Month is associated with the month of February because George Washington’s birthday is celebrated in February. He, of course, is known for the famous phrase “I cannot tell a lie father, it was I who cut down the cherry tree.” So cherries are forever associated with the ex-president and February is as good a month as any to celebrate this delicious fruit.
by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Local. Sustainable. Organic. As a produce buyer in Minnesota, these three adjectives are most often used to describe tomatoes grown only in the middle of August when it is 95 degrees and sunny. So why, in the dead of winter, am I talking about sustainable, organic and local tomatoes?
Just a few miles across the border in Lake Mills, Iowa, sits the Perfect Circle greenhouse. Since March 2008, Perfect Circle has been growing organic greenhouse tomatoes and distributing them to local retail outlets.
Heather Wicklander, category analyst - chocolate & confections
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Chocolate and love - they just seem to go together so naturally! Especially for Chocolove, a premium chocolate company based in Boulder, CO. Their dream began in a cocoa field in Indonesia and grew into a business that’s now a pioneer in the chocolate industry.
Chocolove chocolate bars are distinctly flavored bars made with all-natural ingredients. Flavors range from a sweet, creamy milk chocolate with 33% cocoa content, to an extra strong dark with an impressively strong yet smooth 77% cocoa content. Other Chocolove bars are married with flavors and ingredients like almonds, raspberries, ginger and sea salt.
Sarah Lukemire (Miss CandiQuik), Log House Foods, Inc.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day where you feel pressured to spend a small fortune on dining out! I’ll tell you first hand that I'd rather spend my Valentine’s Day enjoying the simple things in life and maybe munching on a cookie (or two).
Below are several cute and fun homemade ideas that can be made with the special people in your lives or given as a Valentine gift!
Helga Radio, marketing/communications manager, Children’s HeartLink
Thursday, February 6, 2014
February is American Heart Month and at Children’s HeartLink, hearts are what we’re all about.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Lunds and Byerly’s to bring you Tiramisu for Two, an event that supports hearts all over the world. Now through February 14, 2014, all proceeds from your purchase of a delicious Tiramisu for Two at any Lunds or Byerly’s will benefit our organization and the children we help.