Friday’s Hot Bar 09/30/11

SOUPS: lentil stew, chilled melon soup, cream of mushroom soup, spicy chicken and vegetable, miso soup

RAW FOODS: raw kale salad, living cole slaw, Italian pickled zucchini

VEGAN FOODS: local coconut curried tofu, mujadara, vegan loaded mashed potatoes, vegan bolognese, taco shells, whole wheat tortillas, spanish rice, TVP, refried beans, basmati rice, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, vegan cheese, ancho lime pinto beans, yucatan veggies, steamed broccoli

MEAT: blackened talapia, shredded chicken, seasoned ground turkey, pork carnitas, carne asada, ranchero casserole, poblano chicken, roasted corn and jalapeno polenta

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Gerber Daises are more than just pretty

NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in closed spaces.  They found 15 plants that can filter out common volatile organic compounds in the home. Click here for a full list.

What are the real benefits and risks of drinking raw milk?

People are talking about raw milk. What are the real benefits and risks? Click on the link below to find out the answers to commonly asked questions about raw (unpasteurized, unprocessed) milk benefits, safety, and how risks from raw milk compare with other foods like pasteurized milk, fresh fruits and vegetables and meat/poultry/fish. click here

Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak

You may not want to eat the cantaloupe in your refrigerator if you are not sure where it came from.  While the FDA has not announced a recall on cantaloupe, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned of the multi-state outbreak that health officials believe originated from the popular Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are produced in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado.  The cases were reported in five states: Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Click here for full story.

Good for Bikes, Good for Business

Minneapolis’ Midtown Greenway: Good for Biz, Good for Bikes. from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The GMO Right2Know March Oct. 1-16th

Most Americans agree we have a right to know what’s in our food, and a right to choose safe, healthy food for our families.   However, 80% of the packaged foods in America contain Genetically Engineered ingredients that have not been proven safe, and are not labeled. Between October 1st and October 16th of this year, marchers from all across the country will be walking from New York City to the White House, in Washington DC, demanding labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know march. Click here for more information.

October is Non-GMO Month

Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue. Citizens and organizations across North America are discovering the risk GMOs pose to our health, our families, and our planet.

Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate voices and actions, to make a unified stand for everyone’s right to know what’s in our food, and to choose non-GMO.

You might decide to celebrate Non-GMO Month by hosting a film screening in your living room and inviting the neighbors over, or maybe you’re ready to join in the historic Right2Know March from NYC to DC!  Another way to get involved is to make a pledge to choose Non-GMO Project Verified foods.  If you have another idea? Make it happen, and register your event here.

Thursday’s Hot Bar 09/29/11

SOUPS: lentil stew, chilled melon soup

RAW FOODS: Italian pickled zucchini, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: seitan with peppers and onions, vegan bolognese, stewed kale with chickpeas and sundried tomatoes, curried cabbage, basmati rice, black beans, pimento-jalapeno corn, roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN: green bean almondine, homestyle mashed potatoes, roasted yellow tomato and blue cheese pasta, roasted butternut squash, homestyle mac-n-cheese

MEAT: coconut curried chicken, cider braised chicken, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, cajun pork loin, lemon/asparagus cream trout, chicken pot pie

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Mushroom Burgers With Almonds and Spinach

Take a new twist on your standard veggie burger and throw in some seasonal mushrooms that are bursting with flavor this time of year. The ground almonds and bulgar add some great texture that you normally don’t find. Try adding in some extra goodies such as chia seeds.

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Virginia Apples are In!

It’s that time of the year again! As the weather starts to cool down, fresh & delicious Virginia apples start to come in and orchards all over the state are bursting with color. If you haven’t had a chance yet to head west of Richmond and go apple picking, then what are you waiting for?

Until then, come by the store for some of Virginia’s finest apples from Crown Orchard, Fred Glaize Farm and more. We have some beautiful local Red and Golden Delicious apples on sale $4.99 for a 5lb bag.

Wednesday’s Hot Bar 09/28/11

SOUPS: Miso Soup, Chilled Melon Soup, Spicy Chicken Vegetable, Spicy Onion Soup, Lentil Stew

RAW FOODS: Italian Pickled Zucchini, Raw Cole Slaw, Raw Kale Salad

VEGAN FOODS: black beans, basmati rice, vegetable curried rice, lemon rice, chole saag, vegetable korma, aloo gobhi, curried cabbage, steamed broccoli, vegan loaded mashed potatoes, totally vegan bolognese, local coconut curried tofu, lentils with kale

VEGETARIAN: Tandoori naan, homesytle mashed potatoes, green bean almondine

MEAT: curried chicken, chicken tikka masala, chicken samosas, pulled pork BBQ

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry

We’re proud to introduce the 5th Microlot from our friends over at Blanchard’s Coffee in Forest Hill, Richmond. This one in particular is very special for the simple reason that Blanchard’s has the entire 2011 harvest of it.

Pronounced mar-uh-go-heap-ay, known for being the largest bean in the coffee world. The Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry is an extremely rare find and Blanchard’s Coffee Co. is excited to have purchased this year’s entire crop, which was limited to a little over 300 pounds.

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Tuesday’s Hot Bar 09/27/11

SOUPS: lentil stew, cream of mushroom, creamy tomato bisque

RAW FOODS: marinated tomato salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOOS: black beans, basmati rice, steamed broccoli, roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, mixed steamed veggies, bedelijan, gomen, ater kik alicha, vegan lentils with kale, coconut curried local tofu, cous cous paella, mujadara

VEGETARIAN: roasted butternut squash, homestyle mashed potatoes

MEAT: collard greens with ham, braised red cabbage with pork, chicken pot pie, cajun pork loin, chicken and broccoli alfredo, talapia with black bean and corn salsa, italian artichoke braised chicken

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Ask President Obama to Protect Organic and Stop Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa

The USDA approved Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa. One of the biggest impacts of allowing the use of GE alfalfa is contamination of other crops, including organic alfalfa, which is used by most organic dairies. The USDA actually acknowledges the problem of contamination, but is moving forward anyway.

We need to let the USDA and President Obama know that consumers don’t want genetically engineered foods, and don’t want organic foods to be contaminated.  To take action by sending a letter click here.

Study Shows Eating Fish Can Lower Your Risk of Strokes

A recent study shows that eating fish rich in omega-3 several times a week has considerable health benefits, including a lower risk of stroke. Click here for full story.