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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

1 day ago

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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Shopping with Food Allergies in Mind

For many shoppers, checking food labels for nutritional content, dietary value, and health-conscious ingredients has become a routine. But for the estimated 12 million Americans who suffer from food allergies, reading labels to distinguish “good foods” from “bad foods” can be a frustrating experience.

Not to worry—though the different types of food allergies are many, the most common are surprisingly easy to accommodate by shopping at the co-op:

  • Wheat allergy sufferers should steer clear of ingredients like flour, bran, wheat germ, and modified food starch. But bread isn’t off the menu altogether—breads baked with spelt or kamut are okay. And substitutions like rye crackers, puffed rice cereals, and quinoa pastas are all readily available at the co-op.
  • Corn allergy sufferers might be the most worthy of sympathy—it can be extremely difficult to avoid the ubiquitous ingredient on today’s market shelves. Keep an eye out for maltodextrose, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as cornmeal and corn oil, and look for substitutions like vegetable oil, rice syrup, honey, and wheat-based tortillas and chips.
  • A gluten allergy, also known as celiac disease, is a reaction to the proteins found in high levels of wheat. Gluten-free eaters will find a variety of allergy-friendly foods at the co-op, including gluten-free cookies, cereals, snack chips, and baking mixes. White and brown rice, corn, and potato are also gluten-free staples.
  • Those with dairy allergies find that the proteins in milk and whey cause respiratory symptoms and even skin irritation. Digestive disturbances often indicate intolerance to lactose, or milk sugars. Look for dairy-free alternatives to yogurt, cheese, beverages, and other foods at your co-op, and pass up anything that contains caseinate, lactose, lactalbumin, nonfat dry milk, milk solids, or whey.
  • Nut allergy sufferers should read labels carefully for the presence of peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut oil (which often sneaks into processed foods), as well as any specific nut to which they are allergic.

Luckily, the FDA requires food producers to clearly state on food labels the sources of allergy-triggering ingredients, either in parentheses after the ingredient name (“flour (wheat)”) or in a disclaimer next to the ingredient list (“Contains wheat”).

By keeping a close eye on your food labels and experimenting with creative substitutions, you’re sure to create a diet that’s less about avoiding the source of your allergy and more about enjoying all its delicious alternatives.