PEEL ME ONE, PLEASE

MAY 26. . . .AN ORGANIC RED seedless grape, that is!  The first of this year’s organic grapes will be coming on Thursday.  And who am I kidding?  We buy organic so peeling’s totally unnecessary.  Do, however, peel your cantaloupes, mangos, and avocados.  And be sure to show up every day at Rabbit Food for organic summer delicacies.

WEDNESDAY: Sami’s bread (we only buy the products made without gluten), Granola Naturals, CSA and Renee’s Girls’ eggs. The latter two items are not Rabbit Food goods, so be sure to get in asap if you have ordered to get your goods in prime condition.

THURSDAY:

Albert’s Organics produce–avocados, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, seedless red grapes, romaine, limes, ataulfo mangos, cantaloupe, mushrooms, red potatoes, baby spinach, grape tomatoes.

UNFI highlights–Spry gum and mints, ALO drinks, Andalou shampoo and conditioner, Atlanta Fresh yogurt and Brown Cow yogurt, organic currants, organic coconut aminos, organic taco shells, Hilary’s organic hemp and greens burgers, One Degree organic sprouted whole wheat flour, and more.

FRIDAY:  I’m hoping the NOW order will arrive by Friday to replenish our nutritional yeast, Xyliwhite toothpaste, almond flour, pine nuts, and other NOW Foods requests.

ALREADY ALMOST JUNE: If you’re interested, the local beekeepers’ association meets the first Monday of the month (that’s this coming Monday) at the King Family Library at 7PM.  First Tuesdays are the days tht Gluten Free Spoken Here has their monthly lunch meeting at Outback Steakhouse at 11AM.

See you at the burrow this week!

BYE BYE

MAY 18. . . .BYE to the Harwood family, who came here numbering two, but are leaving with the addition of young Mr. Nicholas, for their next adventure in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Rabbit Food regulars will remember Gretchen (some of you came to the baby shower almost two years ago.) Anyway, we’ll miss them and send our love with them on their way.  And now we know someone to go visit at Crater Lake National Park!

EARLY?  Yes, the blog is a day early today because I’m going up for a couple of days to Le Conte.  Lisa and Nancy have Rabbit Food in hand, and here’s what’s expected this week:

WEDNESDAY:  As usual, Sami’s order, CSA delivery, and Granola Naturals all show up on Wednesday. Take advantage of the quieter shopping day to see what’s in the organic produce corner.  Sweet onions came last Friday, and there are sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, Yukon golds, fresh green cabbage and red cabbage, bananas, blueberries, oranges, lemons, limes, and more.

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: gala apples (imported), strawberries, grapefruit, romaine, mangos, nectarines, green bell peppers, baby spinach, beefsteak tomatoes, and yams.

GROCERIES THURSDAY: a whole truckload that includes black bean spaghetti, grapeseed Vegenaise, Fruitables dog treats, grapefruit kombucha by Kevita, gluten-free “graham” crackers, vanilla extract, dark chocolate coated cashews, plus all of your orders.  Come and get ’em!

WE’RE SKIPPING the Destiny order this week because between CSA, farmers’ markets, and backyard gardens, fresh local organic rabbit food is sprouting everywhere!  Grab a copy of the Nourish Knoxville Local Food Guide now available at Rabbit Food. Find out when your nearest farmers’ market gets started.

Bring a bag and do your foraging at Rabbit Food.

SO YOU KNOW:

MAY 12. . . .SO. KNO FOOD COOP recently opened on Chapman Highway, in the same shopping center that houses Kay’s Icecream.  This opening is significant for lots of reasons, not the least being the otherwise remarkable lack of establishments that sell real food on the south side of Knoxville.  But the concept of So. Kno is quite cutting edge in the East Tennessee community.  An article from The Knox Mercury aptly describes it.  Read the article, and then check out So. Kno’s Facebook page. Rabbit Food supports this business, and I hope that if you’re heading to Knoxville with a grocery list, you’ll stop on your way in and check it out first!

http://www.knoxmercury.com/2015/04/29/the-so-kno-food-co-op-is-open-for-business/

KNOCKOUT GOOD GREENS have been jumping out of the CSA bags of late.  If you’re a member, pick up your bag between 1 and 5 on Wednesday. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, call Lisa and let her know, and please understand that your produce will not be refrigerated due to limited refrigerator space.

PICK UP THIS YEAR’S edition of Nourish Knoxville’s East Tennessee Local Food Guide at Rabbit Food. The answers to a lot of questions are in there.  Someone asked me last week where she might find a U-Pick farm that has organic berries.  There’s a “U-Picks” section in the Guide.  Someone else wanted to know where she might find fresh rhubarb; there are sections on farmers’ markets, farms, grocers and farm stores. Speaking of which, Gatlinburg Farmers’ Market begins this weekend–and I’ll be there with a market bag to fill!

BACK TO BUSINESS. . . .Wednesday is the CSA delivery day, Sami’s delivery day, and often the day that Mary of Granola Naturals delivers. Thursday sees the UNFI truck, and this week, an Albert’s Organics delivery along with it.  Fresh organic produce from Albert’s this week includes avocados, bananas, Florida blueberries, strawberries, carrots, garlic, limes, ataulfo mangos (pay attention if you missed out on them last time), cantaloupes, baby spinach, sunflower greens, tomatoes on the vine, and cress. Friday is the day for Destiny Organics to deliver, and I will be ordering organic cabbage, celery, lemons, and more. Saturday, of course, you get rock star parking and a nice selection of food to complement your farmers’ market purchase.

Support good eating and other good business at Rabbit Food.

AIR AND GRASS

MAY 5. . . .BUCHI AIR kombucha, and Organic Valley raw cheddar from grass fed cows’ milk, are just a couple of items due in this week. Lisa also ordered us some more Good Stuff Cacao. That should be here soon.  And have you seen the cacao bean pod she found?  It’s worth a look–the raw material! It’s next to the Good Stuff on the coffee and tea hutch.

We have natto coming in from Megumi in California, Against the Grain rolls and baguettes from UNFI on Thursday’s truck, cashew butter, golden raisins, walnuts, lentils, sunflower oil, frozen corn–all organic, all great raw materials for fabulously healthy meals.  Line it up with our organic produce and life is complete:

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: Lady Alice apples (Google them; they look good), avocados, Florida blueberries, strawberries, ginger, bagged valencias, red bell peppers, russet potatoes, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes.

ORGANIC PRODUCE FRIDAY:  fresh green stuff, like lettuce, kale or chard and celery; other good things to have, like mushrooms, maybe camparis, and perhaps some cucumbers if fresh and available.

SAMI’S, OF COURSE, comes on Wednesdays.  In order for Sami’s to bake and ship so that we get our bread on Wednesdays, I have to order on the Friday before.  If you find you are missing out on the kind of bread you want, be sure to let us know what you want so we can order and save it for you.

And remember to pick up your CSA bag on Wednesdays too. What unbelievably good garden truck that is!

Get your essentials at Rabbit Food.

MAYDAY

APRIL 28 . . . .NOT A DISTRESS call; on the contrary, just a reminder (as if you need it) that the rabbitest month of the year is almost here!  We’re out of danger of a hard frost.  The weather is so kind to the growing things.  The CSA offerings list is getting longer.  And Rabbit Food is staying stocked with year ’round great offerings.

NOT TOO LATE to grab up the leftover Earth Day deals:  organic carrots, oranges, grapefruit, avocados, at terrific prices.

NOW AND THEN, I catch up on the extra orders.  This week, we’ll have a freshly roasted batch of Three Bears Coffee here on Thursday, and the NOW Foods order should also arrive then.  NOW is where we get our almond flour, nutritional yeast, some organic teas, pine nuts, and the Xyliwhite brand of toothpaste.

WEDNESDAY is CSA day, Sami’s day, and Granola Naturals day.  If you are a member or fan, get on in.  Lisa will fix you right up!

THURSDAY’S UNFI truck will deliver orders for individuals, product to fill up the gaps on the shelves, and this week a couple of special  items including Cascadian Farms frozen organic harvest berry mix, fruit leathers, honey roasted sesame sticks, Simple Mills almond flour banana muffin mix, Namaste Spice Cake Mix on sale, and One Degree sprouted flours also on sale.

FRIDAY  is our Destiny delivery day, so we’ll get some fresh greens to add to the stack!

Catch spring fever at Rabbit Food.

A DAY LATE, A DOLLAR LESS!

APRIL 23. . . .AMAZING Earth Day specials in the organic produce section–includes strawberries, sunflower sprouts, carrots, bananas, spinach, mangos, tomatoes, apples, more! Organic means no GMOs, no pesticides, great flavor, lots of vitamins and minerals.

Eat fearlessly at Rabbit Food.

EARTH DAY

APRIL 21. . . .THE BEST SUGGESTION I found for celebrating Earth Day was, why, eating of course!  On a list of Earth Day things to do that Albert’s sent out, I found this item:  “Cook a Special Earth Day Meal: Plan a menu that uses locally produced foods, is healthy, and has minimal impact on the environment.  Cook with as much organic food as possible.” Easy peasy when you shop at Rabbit Food–

WEDNESDAY: Pick up your CSA bag between 1 and 5.  You’re going to need your delivery of locally-grown, fresh organic food to fix your Earth Day special meal. If you aren’t a member yet, make Earth Day the day that you sign up by emailing gardendelivery@gmail.com

Sami’s arrives on Wednesday, and Mary often delivers freshly baked Granola Naturals products too.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY–CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY BEGINS AT SEVIERVILLE CITY PARK AT 4PM WITH LOTS OF KID-FRIENDLY, EARTH-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES.  DON’T MISS IT!

THURSDAY: After last week’s missed truck, I’m certain Albert’s Organics will make sure that our organic produce delivery arrives in time for the store’s opening this Thursday.  Our sales person has confirmed avocados, bananas, strawberries, broccoli crowns, carrots, garlic, ginger, limes, mangos, baby spinach, sunflower sprouts, tomatoes, cress. That’s enough to create a great organic menu!  The UNFI truck brings our Albert’s pallet, and also a storeload of our regular organic and natural foods ‘n’ things.  This week, the Himalayan pink salt in a shaker is listed as in stock.  I am also trying some organic frozen blueberries as well as our wild blueberries.

FRIDAY:  hoo-ray for more organic produce.  I will be asking Destiny Organics to deliver green cabbage, cauliflower, kale or chard, greenleaf or romaine, campari tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine.

Celebrate organics, celebrate Earth Day at Rabbit Food.

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