—by Anna Dains

(Reprinted from the July 1988 issue of the SAP Foods newsletter.)

There are two distinct advantages to preparing a fresh supper salad in the morning or even the night before. First, early preparation allows flavors to “marry” and all ingredients to chill evenly. Second, you’ll be out of the kitchen at the hottest time of the day, smiling enigmatically at the question, “What’s for supper?”

The following recipes are meant to be skeletons—fill them in with additional fresh herbs and vegetables as they come into season.

Our co-op regularly donates to Midway Food Shelf, which is part of Keystone Community Services. You can help. Particular needs at the food shelf include culturally specific foods such as rice, pinto beans, and cooking oil. Canned meats and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable meals are always welcome. Most-needed non-food items include diapers, laundry detergent, paper products, tooth brushes, dental floss, and shampoo.

Co-op shoppers always receive a 28% discount for anything they purchase for the food shelf. Tell the cashier that your purchase is for the food shelf, and then leave your purchase with the cashier to place in our donation box.

—by Monica Rojas

Cornichon (pronounced kor-nee'-sho(n) is a French word literally translating to “little horn.” The assumed first use of the word was in 1928. They are a crisp, tart gherkin cucumber usually flavored with tarragon. In England they are simply called gherkins. These small pickles, usually only a couple of inches long, originate from French cuisine, though they can now be found all over the world. Though you can grow them here, seeds are hard to get, and the gherkins must be watched and picked quickly before they mature, otherwise their nubs grow into spikes.

Mayfest Mini Fair

SATURDAY, MAY 11th, 10 AM – 2 PM

In-store sales, face painting, free food samples, music and more!

Volunteers needed! Sign up in the co-op entryway for:

This year we are again selling garden seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. SSE is located in Decorah, Iowa, and is committed to preserving agricultural diversity. All of their seeds are heirloom and/or open-pollinated varieties. Our co-op is offering over 120 varieties of SSE vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Seed savers from around the world have donated rare seed varieties to SSE, which makes every effort to preserve and share these seeds. This year SSE is featuring ground cherry seeds donated by HPC volunteer Ann Bernstein. A limited number of these seeds will be available for purchase at the co-op.

Honey bees are the only pollinators that can provide us with honey. A frequent problem people have with locally-produced honey is that it crystallizes.