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It's apple season! Come on down to the co-op and celebrate with us! 15% off all apple varieties each Tuesday in October!

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OWNER DEAL ALERT: Every Day Dal are inspired by the lentil dishes (called dals) cooked in a variety of ways by Indians worldwide. Enjoy them on their own or with your favorite grain. These plant-based proteins are so satisfying you’ll want to eat them Everyday! On sales for Owners ($3.49/ea) through 10/15!

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Are you a super cooperator? Are you looking for a job in a business that has a direct impact on people, planet, and the community every single day? We are searching to find dedicated staff members to fulfill several full-time food service clerk positions. We look for applicants who understand the importance of giving great customer service to every person who chooses to shop with us. To our staff, we offer a workplace that is not only positive and respectful, but also can teach you valuable skills to carry on throughout your career, either at the Co-op or in another endeavor.

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Dear Open Harvest Owners and Patrons,

What an awesome thing Open Harvest has going!

This is my first reflection since I’ve been on the board, so I’d like to express a few points.

First, we are in the black. It’s not been easy for co-ops to weather the current storm of chain grocery stores entering new markets, but we have done that, and the board has consistently voiced faith in our current General Manager. Amy has worked tirelessly to keep the co-op afloat since we’ve had increased local and online competition over the last five or so years; not only that but we are now starting ... See more

Dear Open Harvest Owners and Patrons, What an awesome thing Open Harvest has going! This is my first reflection since I’ve been on the board, so I’d like to express a few points. First, we are in the black. It’s not been easy for co-ops to weather the current storm of chain grocery stores e

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Have you tried our deli's own mini cheddar meatloaf? Pair with some fresh made deli sides and you have yourself an easy & delicious dinner for two ! 🤤🥰

30% off while supplies last! Ends Tuesday!

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Eating for Two: The Pregnancy Diet

If you’re pregnant (congrats!), you’ve never had a better reason to eat healthy. The food you eat now provides the foundation for your baby’s growth and development. While experts used to think that any nutritional deficiencies would be made up for by mom’s body (if short on calcium, baby would take it from mom’s bones, for example), current thinking is that a baby suffers or thrives based on what mom provides via her diet.

Eating for two doesn’t mean eating twice as much, though. Most women need only about 300-450 extra calories each day in the second and third trimesters—and no extra calories in the first. If you’re very under- or overweight, you may need more or less; your doctor will be able to advise you.

If you’re the type who likes to keep close track of your diet, you might find the USDA’s Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women or Harvard University’s Healthy Eating Pyramid helpful (even though it’s not pregnancy specific).

Otherwise, simply aim to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of foods:

  • various whole grains, which will provide carbohydrates for energy, fiber, iron, B vitamins, minerals, and protein
  • plenty of fruits and veggies of different types/colors to provide an array of vitamins and minerals and help with digestion
  • good protein sources–essential for growth–such as eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts
  • low-fat dairy products, which also provide calcium and vitamins
  • healthy fats, which are crucial for your baby’s brain and eye development as well as growth of the placenta and other tissues. Read more about which fats are healthy.

One of the best ways to ensure that you eat well during pregnancy is to stock up on snack foods that pack plenty of nutrition. Then, when a craving strikes, you’re able to respond with healthful foods rather than the sometimes overly-tempting empty calorie snacks. Got a hankering for ice cream? Low-fat ice creams or frozen yogurts topped with fresh strawberries can fill the bill. Chips calling out to you? A handful of walnuts or whole grains crackers with a slice of cheese instead can satisfy with crunch, healthier fats, and protein.

To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need in adequate amounts, you’ll also want to take a prenatal multivitamin. This is not a substitute for eating well, but helps make up for any vitamin or mineral shortfalls you may have.

There are some specific foods to avoid while you’re pregnant as they can pose possible risks to your baby. These include: raw or undercooked fish/shellfish and meat; undercooked eggs; unpasteurized juices and milk; cheeses made with unpasteurized milk (such as brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela); raw sprouts; fish that are high in mercury* (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish); hot dogs; and refrigerated pates, meat spreads, or smoked seafood. You’ll also want to avoid foods that contain pesticides, as these cross the placenta. Learn more about pesticides in foods.

You may want to check out the healthful recipes—including many for tasty snacks and quick meals—on this site.

What’s your favorite go-to pregnancy food?

*Note: find more information on mercury in fish, including tuna recommendations, on the FDA’s website.