Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Matthew Harbison, who has been working at the Co-op as a Produce Stocker for just two weeks. For his pick this month Matthew chose the cheddar brats made in the Co-op meat department. Matthew chose this product because he said he had recently had the Co-op sausages for lunch, and found them to be a hearty and satisfying lunch choice. He felt like they hit the spot on a cold day, and he would highly recommend having one on a Co-op bun, served alongside some roasted potatoes and sliced red D’Anjou pears.

In case you are not familiar with the Co-op’s amazing selection of sausages, you should be. There are 23 varieties of sausage that that the Co-op makes in house, which includes varieties of basic sausages, breakfast sausages, mettwurst, rindwurst, and bratwurst. Some of these are seasonal and may only be featured a couple of months out of the year; however, all of them are made from regional or local pork and/or beef and are free from nasty preservatives and other mystery ingredients that seem to be found in many of the commercial sausage products on the market.

The Co-op began making their own sausages just a couple of years ago, and they have gained significant popularity in that time. In the early years of Co-op sausage-making, the meat department needed to order approximately 100 pounds of pork shoulder each week to keep up with the demand. The sausages have become such a local staple, that they now grind between 500-1,000 pounds of pork shoulder each week to be used in the variety of sausage products the Co-op sells. Each night the meat department preps at least two different kinds of sausages in order to keep a wide fresh selection stocked and available for sale.

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Heather Nelson. She has worked at the Co-op as the HR Manager for five months. Her pick this month is the That’s It dehydrated fruit bars. Heather chose this product because she believes in a philosophy of consuming whole, plant-based foods, and was excited to find a product that met with the approval of her kids, that she also felt was healthy and made from simple ingredients. These bars are simply made from fruit, with no added preservatives, other ingredients, or sugar. They are also reasonably priced, and make a great snack on the go.

This relatively new upstart in the US nutrition bar market has made its mark by selling a new type of partially dehydrated fruit that is tasty and textured. Each bar consists of only two ingredients, both of which are fruit. The company was founded by a medical doctor who also had an MBA and recognized that there was an opening in the market for a clean, simple, fruit-focused bar that would provide an easy way for people to get their daily servings of fruit in a convenient package. With no added sugar, no preservatives, no binders, flavors, or colors, unlike many of the fruit leathers that target children in grocery stores, you can feel good about serving these as a nutritious snack. The idea for That’s It was that nature knows best, and their belief is that “adding extra stuff to natural fruit only takes away from the purity and balance that nature intended” (That's It, 2017) These bars are available in select locations nationwide including: Starbucks, Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, 7-11, and the Moscow Food Co-op.

References

That's It. (2017). About. Retrieved from That's It: http://www.thatsitfruit.com/about/