UFCW Announces Intentions to Form Union at Just Food Co-op

Just Food Co-op - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:47pm

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1189 (UFCW) have announced their intentions to form a union at Just Food Co-op. On Wednesday, January 17, Just Food Co-op Management was presented with a petition from the UFCW 1189. To ensure all members of Just Food’s staff have a voice in this decision and in the spirit of Cooperative Principle 2, Democratic Member Control, there will be an election for all eligible staff to determine if the majority wish to be represented by a labor organization.

Just Food Co-op recognizes the right of any group of people to form legal associations to meet their collective needs. This includes the right of our employees to choose to organize or join a union in the workplace. The decision to associate, or not, is up to each employee.  This is an important employee decision, not a Co-op decision, and we want to make sure that all employees have an opportunity to voice their opinion on unionization.

Just Food Co-op Management will ensure that the decision to unionize is an employee decision and the Co-op takes a neutral position toward any legal efforts to organize. As this process moves forward, including the election and vote for a Union at Just Food, we will keep our membership and shoppers informed.


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Purge Your Pantry

Just Food Co-op - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:45pm

We put a lot of pressure on starting things right away with the new year. However, you have 365 days to accomplish your goals, and goals need to be addressed in small bites and little steps. Before we are able to bring in all of these new ideas and big aspirations, we have to take a look at what we already have. What is already going well? Where is there clutter? How can you make space for all of the new things that you are going to usher in during the new year? Whether you are trying to create time, earn more money, or make better decisions, all of these things require space both physically and mentally.

During the first week of the new year, think about all of the things that have built up during 2017. Are you going to do 2017 laundry this week? Are you still eating 2017 food? Will the 2018 you thank you for making some changes right away that create space for new growth?

Purge your Pantry

Here we are talking about your literal pantry, but you can apply these principles to any area that you are trying to clean up and make ready for new possibilities. Grab the trash can & a box or bag that you plan to use for donations.

1 – Open the pantry all the way up. Can the doors open? Is there anything blocking you from your food stores? Remove that first.

2 – Take everything out. If this sounds scary to you, you need to lean into that discomfort. You could be scared because there is a lot there or you could be scared because you feel like this will take you a long time. If you are worried about time, just take out a laundry basket and put everything in there – the floor and the counter work too, use whatever is easiest for you. Make it fast and painless on yourself.

3 – Clean. Once everything is out, you have the opportunity to chase down those stray noodles, those dust bunnies that are hiding, and that spider that you have an agreement with. Evict the spider, capture and re-house the dust bunnies, and thank the noodle for its services and see it off. As a side note – all of the things mentioned above are compostable. If you don’t have a composting bin, the trash works.

4 – Keep your dust cloth handy, and start reshelving things. The order doesn’t matter, but if your brain craves organization, start with the stuff that you know you are keeping and the things that have a particular spot in the pantry. Dust them off, check the expiration date, and reshelve them.

  1. Things that are expired, use your best judgment. If you know you are going to use it, and it is a canned item, it is probably safe. If it is 6 years old, please toss it. You weren’t going to eat it when you bought it, chances are you’ll never eat it and, at this point, you should be starting to worry that the food has gone rancid.
  2. Things that are not expired, but you do not intend to eat, go in the donation pile. If it is a sealed container it can go to the food shelf or your favorite charitable organization. If it is opened, or a bulk item you’ll have to decide later. Some opened packages you may be able to give to family and friends who will use them. But, likely you will have to put some of these items in the trash.
    1. Tips for the trash.
      1. Recycle cans, cardboard, and plastic where you can. This makes your process take more time, but it does reduce the guilt when you are heading out to the trash can during step 5.
      2. Compost where you can. Maybe this is the one time that you make a compost container and you drive it out to your local compost pile. Maybe you already have a compost service set up or you are an at home composter.
      3. Terracycle where you can. Certain chip bags can be saved and terracycled. This is an added prep. Step, but if reducing your waste is important to you, it is worth a look.
      4. If it is difficult or cost prohibitive to take these steps. Forgive yourself. Needing to use trash services is okay.
    2. Tips for composting
      1. Stainless steel, ceramic, and glass receptacles work best because these receptacles won’t be stained or damaged in the process. If you don’t have any of these, just choose something that you don’t mind becoming tomato stained.
      2. Check your local composting rules. If you have a service that can take paper towels, tissues, and bones, everything can go in one big bowl together. If not, compost where you can.
      3. Get it out of your house ASAP. If you have a big bucket full of compost, drive it out to your local site that same day. If you compost in the backyard, bring it out there right away. Or, if you have a service, plan your pantry purge the day before a compost day.
    3. Tips for giving stuff away
      1. Know the gift recipient. Will they actually want or use what you are giving them? If you don’t want smoked oysters, ask yourself if they would.
      2. Make arrangements to give it to them right away. Start texting them while you are making your piles of stuff to donate.
      3. Don’t try to give away something that is garbage. Dented or destroyed items, out of date items, and open items should be judged on an individual basis. When in doubt – ask the potential recipient and be okay with them telling you no.
      4. Maybe this can even be a trade. If your friends are all doing this on the same day, you can set up a grocery swap with all of the things that you would like to trade out. Just make sure you have a plan for the leftover, unwanted items. Donate or dispose of those as well.
    4. Tips for donating.
      1. Most donation places only accept non-perishable, in-date items. And some places only accept food products. So check your local place learn what their rules are.
      2. Make sure that you are able to donate the day of your project. You want these things out of your house, so pick a day that your donation center is open.
      3. Learn what items are in high demand. This changes throughout the year. This could allow you to purge a few extra items that you may or may not use and get them to people who do need them.


5 – Now that you have your pantry filled with only the things that you know you want to keep, make all of your trips. Take a trip to the garbage can with the things that couldn’t find a better home. Bring your recycling to the bin. Compost your compost.

6 – Then take your bigger trips. Bring all of the donations to their drop off points. Meet up with the person or friends that you are trading with or gifting to. Drive the composting to the drop-off point.

7 – You should take a day or two to enjoy your new, clean pantry.

8 – Make a list. It is likely that you will start feeling like you have no food in the house and you can’t make anything if you wait too long to restock your pantry. But, I would suggest taking a clear inventory of what you still have and what you need before you go to the store.

  1. Consider your eating patterns and goals for the year. If you cut out processed foods, don’t put those on your shopping list. If you are low on coconut oil, and you use that everyday, put that on the list.
  2. Can any of your things be purchased in bulk or with less packaging? Set up your grocery kit with jars that fit in your pantry and will work well for those items. You can actually set your jars in the pantry and see where everything is going to fit before you shop. Then, remember to put them all back into your car or grocery bag so that they make it to the store with you.
  3. Are there new recipes that require ingredients that you don’t have? This is the time to add those items to the list.

9 – After you shop put everything away in their intended spots. You may want to snap a picture of your pantry so that you can remember what goes where and what you have for the next time you shop or are meal planning.

10 – Enjoy and Assess. New plans and habits take time to mature. Does this layout work for you? Do you feel like you keep running out of flour? Keep changing things and adjusting until it is working well for your lifestyle. A fresh start is just that, a start, a place to begin and build from.

Written by Vicki Scott, Social Media and Creative Coordinator

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Growing in the New Year!

Daffodil Bulbs being forced in a vase.

Oh! It’s cold! The brief respite from the deep freeze last week, while welcomed, has just made its return that much harder! So, to soften the blow of that drifting snow, I pulled out all the stops! I paged through my favorite seed catalog, read the latest edition of Northern Gardener Magazine, drooled over all the new and exciting perennials, (stay tuned for more about those), and pulled the daffodil bulbs out of the crisper drawer of my refrigerator. I must admit I was feeling quite pleased with myself for squirreling them away indoors to be forced this winter. So begins the 2018 growing season. Not out in the yard, not in the greenhouse. But quietly and simply, with snow falling out the window, at my warm kitchen table, in lists and notes, seed orders, and daffodil bulbs.

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Welcome, Lindy Wifler to the Brand Yourself team!

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:52pm

As our client’s businesses expand and grow – so does the Brand Yourself team! We are excited to share that we are bringing Lindy Wifler on as our much needed, Digital Wrangler (a.k.a. – Project Manager). This is a great addition to the team for us as Lindy will help manage details and timing for our client’s marketing campaigns as well as keep the team accountable to their ever expanding to-do lists.

Lindy’s last position before coming to Brand Yourself was a full-time mommy role, her daughter is 3 years old now and she’s excited about getting back into the creative/marketing world. She brings experience in advertising and marketing to the table, along with a heart for details, timelines, strategic thinking & creative brainstorming.

Lindy says, “I love taking on new creative challenges, not only does it allow me to use my design side but I also enjoy problem solving and determining the most efficient, cost effective way to complete them.”

Lindy lives in Farmington, MN with her husband and their adorable little girl.  She has a passion for photography and enjoys taking photos of family and friends when she can. Lindy also loves DIY projects and digging through Pinterest for her next conquest! Past projects have included painting her kitchen cabinets, making decor shelves with a matching frame for the mirror and sewing a pink flamingo costume this Halloween for her daughter (you’ll have to follow her on Facebook for a picture!).

Lindy is a leader of a children’s classroom at her local Bible Study Fellowship class (BSF) and LOVES the opportunity to pour into two year old little boys and girls. She gets a lot of the catchy jingles stuck in her head as she continues her day. So if you ever catch her at Hyvee in Lakeville (her favorite spot!) don’t be surprised if she’s jamming out to a little “B.I.B.L.E.” or “Wheels on the Bus”.

Lindy and her family love to go for walks, watch movies and discover the next best place for pepperoni pizza. Lindy love-love-loves coffee, fall weather and cozying up on the couch with one of the many throw blankets she has an addiction to buying.

Lindy is excited to be a part of the Brand Yourself team and use her eye for detail to support the team,  and add value to every project she touches.

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Community Discount Program at Just Food Co-op

Just Food Co-op - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:44am

Just Food Nourishes a Just, Healthy and Sustainable Community.


Just Food Co-op believes that all individuals and families in our community should have access to high quality food that fits their budget. To ensure accessibility for everyone, or, minimally, to ease the financial burden on families that might be struggling to put nutritious foods on the table, we have created a program that allows Just Food shoppers the ability the help feed the community.

Starting in February, individuals and families will be able to apply for, and obtain a Community Discount card. This card will entitle the holder to 10% off their purchases, every day, through 2018. They will need to reapply annually. Recipients need to show financial need to participate in the program, including but not limited to: WIC, SNAP, and free/reduced lunches. The Marketing Manager will determine eligibility of individuals that have special circumstances and they ask for assistance. There will also be a google form put on our website allowing individuals to apply for the program without having to ask for or fill out a form in store.

Starting in January, customers will be asked to Round Up for the Community Discount Program.   This program is being funded through the Round Up program which now allow our community to donate directly to those that are in need. As we work through the financials and expansion, we have plans to incorporate a “Community Coin” program that will replace the Planet Patches.

The Community Coin program is designed to be the conduit for the Co-op to donate to the local non-profits. Much like the current Round Up program, local non-profits will apply for the Community Coin program via a simple application asking how the funds would be used along with a few pertinent questions about the organization. A small team of employees will make decisions on which organizations will be assigned to each month based on theming and the organization’s use of the donation. Two to three non-profits will have a jar at the front of the store and shoppers will drop their Community Coin in the jar that they’d like to vote for to win that month. The ‘winning’ organization will receive $200 and 2nd place will receive $100. Just Food will donate $300 monthly. (a little higher dollar amount than the current Planet Patch program). The goal will be to increase this donation in fiscal year 2019 to $500 total with $300 to the first-place organization and $200 to the second-place organization. Preference will be given to organizations that are using their funds to directly impact the food systems or have a food program in place, but we need to be open to being part of the larger community, and that these dollars may go to support community events that better where we live.

Individuals do not need to be a member of Just Food to receive the discount card, but the card may not be shared with others. If there is abuse, the card will be revoked.

I’m excited to announce and launch the new Community Discount Program at Just Food!

By Stephanie Aman, Marketing and Community Relations Manager

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The Gift of Story

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:09pm

Every year over the holidays I like to make an appearance at the offices of our clients with a treat of some sort. In the past, it has been beer from one of the breweries we work with or a retail product from one client to gift to others. This year, while trying to get into the spirit of the season, realizing that nobody really NEEDS a damn thing and stressing about how I can tie in what I do at Brand Yourself with a gift that would relate to everyone — I came to the conclusion that if I really looked at what was most important about what I do for my clients and tried to encompass that into a gift, I would be gifting STORY.

Story is what I am lucky enough to tell for each and every one of my clients. I tell stories in lots of ways. Visually, using (new) logos, photos, and videos. Through written word, with website copy and blog posts. I share lots of stories on social media. Behind the scenes stuff has been pretty popular (take a peek at our award-winning campaign for CCB). Story is what I do.

I am also realizing through the process of telling everyone else’s story that I lack the consistency and confidence to share my own. This year, I’m committing to reclaiming MY story. I am excited to continue to inspire you on how you all can share your stories on social media and through other digital methods while working to let everyone in on my own. As many people have said to me — 2018 is going to be my year.

Anyhoo — back to my holiday gifts. This year, I partnered with Content Bookstore, to donate stories to children in the Northfield area through the Northfield Promise Community Book Drive. I hustled myself over to Bridgewater Elementary School to drop off a few loads of new books just in time for the winter break deadline. I’m looking forward to seeing the final numbers — I hear it is over 3,000 books collected this year!

I’m sure all of my generous clients who didn’t receive a crowler this year will forgive me and be grateful for the donation in their names. I’m sure all of the kiddos who get to read “Falling Up” at the doctor’s office will be delighted at some new stories to share when they aren’t feeling so hot. And I sure am grateful for the stories I get to tell and those that I haven’t learned about yet. Thank you everyone, and Happy New Year!

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How To Assemble a Winning Party Platter

Just Food Co-op - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 1:50pm

It’s easier than you think to create a showstopper.

1 – Choose a Board. This is an important step to do first because the size of the board determines how many items you should buy. Wooden cutting boards, marble slabs, ceramic platters, or glass plates are all great options.

2 – The Meats. The meat is usually the star of the plate. Don’t forget about this when you are making a vegetarian or vegan plate. There are many delicious meat replacement sausages that you can include. They can be cut into cubes or sliced – and deli slices can be laid out as well.

If you’re a meat eater, choose a few types of salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto. But, don’t neglect the pâté. Things like braunschweiger, duck pâté, and salmon cream cheese are easy to spread on a cracker.

3 – The Cheeses. Choose two more cheeses than you have chosen meats. If you are pairing them together, it is nice to have a cheese that stands alone. Variety is key here. Select cheeses that differ from one another. You should have some hard cheese for making cubes, some soft cheese for dipping, some that are mild and some that are strong.

4 – Pickles. These include cured olives, peppers, garlic, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, etc. Think more savory for the pickles that you choose since both the meat and cheese are going to have a nice saltiness. This is also a time to think about pre-assembled bites like prosciutto and provolone roll-ups or stuffed dates.

5 – Fruits. Mixed berries or slices of lemon are a nice way to add color to the plate. But, before adding too many things that you don’t intend people to eat, consider adding some items that add to what you’re serving. Pomegranate arils can be sprinkled around the plate, and the other half of a pomegranate can be used as decoration. Figs are also a pretty and delicious addition. Grapes or grape tomatoes help fill in spaces and add a bit of sweet to the plate. Dried fruit like dried apricots, banana chips, or golden raisins are also welcome additions.

6 – Nuts. Crunch is important with all of these soft foods. Pistachios, walnuts, and pecans are all charcuterie standards. Macadamia nuts can help elevate the plate, or if you have no preference, you could buy some bulk mixed nuts to create variety.  If you’re staying nut-free consider some crispy bread sticks or rye crackers.

7 – Spreads. Don’t forget that decadent element with some spreads, jellies, and honey. Try to compliment the fruit that you are already serving and fill in where there are gaps. If fresh figs aren’t available, consider a fig spread. If you feel like your honey should be the star of the show, choose a spicy mustard or tart chutney. Hummus is also a welcome addition to your selection of spreads.

8 – Crackers. Your delicious foods need a vehicle for getting to the plate. Plain crackers are always the best, the important part is that they are large enough to hold something, but still bite sized, and sturdy. Water crackers, rice crackers, and pita chips are great!

At this point you’re ready to assemble Decorate your plate with all of the delicious things you have gathered together. Remember, you can use small cups or bowls for dividers, cut large slices smaller, and lay things out decoratively to make the whole plate look appealing.

9 – Finishing Touches. By now your plate is nice and full and you may not need anything else. However, you can bring the visual to the next level by adding a bit of green. Sprigs of rosemary, mint, parsley, or dill can be a nice flourish. It can also help to hint at what type of foods you are serving. If you have an herbed cheese, you can signal what types of herbs were used.

10 – Markers. If you have a lot of items, you may consider putting flags on your plate. This is also nice if you have three distinct types of cheddar and you want to call them out.

The most important thing to remember is that this should be fun, and you should choose things that you like. Pair things together that you know compliment each other and you can’t go wrong!

Other considerations: Party size, allergies, personal preferences, and what you are willing to take home as leftovers.

Under $20 Board

  • Serves 4-6 Guests
  • Applegate Genoa Salami – $5.69
  • Eiffel Tour Brie – $3.99
  • Montchevre Goat Cheese Medallion – $1.09
  • 1/2 Pound Castelvetrano Green Olives – $6.99/lb.
  • Field Day Traditional Water Crackers – $2.69
  • 1/4 Pound Antioxidant Superstar Granola- $12.99/lb.

Total: $19.81

This can be arranged on any cutting board or large plate. Fold the slami so that they stand up or lay them around the outside. Tip: Letting your cheese come to room temp. helps bring out the flavors.

Vegan Plate

Serves 10-12 Guests

  • Tofurky Deli Slices, cut into quarters
  • Tofurky Italian Sausages, cut into medallions and fried in a pan until brown.
  • Punk Rawk Labs Herb Nutmilk Cheese
  • Grlk Spread
  • Holy Land Baba Ganoush
  • Stacy’s Everything Bagel Chips or Pita Chips
  • Black Olives
  • Whole Pomegranate, cut in half, arils removed from one half

Arrange this on your favorite ceramic plate, placing the Baba Ganoush in the center and working your way out. You can contain the olives with a small bowl if desired. Sprinkle the plate with arils and place the other half of the pomegranate on the plate as decoration.

The Classic

Serves 10-15 Guests

  • Whole Olli salami
  • 1000 Hills Summer Sausage
  • Loki Smoked Filet or your favorite pâté

Cheese Basics: Choose one of each type.

Aged: Aged Cheddar or Fini from Caves of Faribault or an Aged Gouda like Jeff’s Select

Firm: Parmigiano-Reggiano or Sartori Montamore

Creamy: Delice Brie or Shepherd’s Way Hidden Falls

Crumbly: Chèvre like Singing Hills

Blue: Gorgonzola or St. Pete’s Select Blue Cheese

  • Kalamata Olives
  • Grapes & Figs
  • Dried Apricots
  • Honey
  • Pecans
  • Raspberry Preserves
  • Water Crackers & Bagel Chips

This plate usually has 3 meats, 5 cheeses, and some type of cracker or bread. The rest is up to you!

Tropical Board

Serves 8-12

  • Prosciutto
  • Salmon & Cream Cheese Spread
  • Shepherd’s Way Big Woods Blue
  • Montchevre Chevrette Goat Milk Camembert
  • Kindred Forage Mushroom and Scallion Jack Cheese
  • Banana Chips
  • Dried Papaya
  • Dried or Fresh Mango
  • Dried Pineapple Rings or Fresh Pineapple
  • Sicilian Style Olives
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Maple Syrup in Lieu of Honey

Pretend you’re on a tropical island by arranging it on a banana leaf or an Elvis commemorative plate.

For One

Serves 1

  • Niman Ranch Canadian Bacon
  • Blue Earth Brie
  • Cannon Belles Cheese Curds
  • Chocolove Toffee & Almond Chocolate Bar broken into squares.
  • Sesmark Savory Rice Thins
  • Ames Farm Honey
  • 2-3 Figs

Serve on a nice crystal or cut glass plate. Great with wine.

Written by Vicki Scott, Social Media and Creative Coordinator

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Complete Custom Modern Minimalist Home

Northfield Construction Company - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:17pm

Remember that really cool modern minimalist custom-build we were doing in in Northfield, MN? Well, it is now complete and we’re excited to share the images! We posted on our blog back in August some in-progress photos of  Matthew and Christine’s dream home, now their family is enjoying their beautiful view through their large windows. Check […]

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Custom Build Forever Home Complete

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:03pm

Brian and Kay Doughty are now enjoying their completed space in their custom built new home in Northfield, MN. You probably remember us talking about this one when they started their project last year as they were planning the inclusion of a beautiful theatre room in their plans. Well, those plans have come to life and we’re […]

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