November 19, 2017
In one year alone, 600 million rotisserie chickens were sold in the United States.  That’s 1.6 million every day.  That’s almost 2 chickens for every person in the country, including babies.  Its popularity goes back to the 1930s.  Pre and post war Americans were beginning the trend of going out for dinner, and grocery stores needed something quick, easy, and inexpensive to bring them back in.  Without lifting a finger, you could have chicken that had been slow cooked through the day, and ready to eat when you got home.  Add in a couple of side dishes, and you have a meal in minutes.  But,
warm food
October 29, 2017
That first bite in the air each winter is a reminder that we’ve got a few months of cold ahead of us.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite warm-you-up recipes.  We hope it will take just a bit of the chill out of your toes this winter. Our first selection was recently featured on the Today Show.  It’s a turkey chili you make in your slow cooker.  Here’s what you need: 1 pound ground turkey meat 1 smokey sausage (chourico or linguica) 1 large red bell pepper
the story of pizza
October 29, 2017
The story of Pep’s Pizza is one of those that goes back to a time when everybody had their own favorite pizza joint.  It was one that was right in the neighborhood, and people would argue for hours on end about whose tavern had the best pizza.  Not many of those places survived, probably because they may not have been quite as good as the legend that preceded them.  But, Pep’s Pizza was a stand out.  It was the kind of place that made people say “next time I’m in town, we’re getting Pep’s.”  The original tavern that served the original Pep’s is long gone… but, the pizza is still in high dem
October 22, 2017
September’s Hurricane Irma has done some dramatic damage to citrus crops.  Predictions now are showing 22 million fewer boxes of citrus than originally estimated by the USDA.  Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Michael W. Sparks likens Irma to the devastation that hit Florida in 2004 and 2005.  Mr.
October 22, 2017
The bottle of maple syrup on your table went through an amazing journey.  In fact, it took almost 40 gallons of maple tree sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.  That math is even more amazing when you consider each tree only gives out about 5 to 15 gallons of sap in a year.  And you have to wait to get it.  40 years, in fact.  A maple tree has to be 40 years old before it’s ready to tap its sap!  A favorite of ours is Trainor’s Maple Syrup from Trainor’s Maple Essence Farms in Wisconsin.
new job
October 15, 2017
You have a smile that immediately makes you a friend.  You think rainy days are a-ok.  And you don’t cry over spilled milk… or a clean-up in aisle 8.
October 15, 2017
This week we’d like you to try Marin French Cheese.  You can pick some up for just $6.99 with a $17 purchase.  Grab a couple other items and you can make these amazing cheese, corn, and bacon-stuffed tomatoes.  Here’s what you’ll need:
October 9, 2017
Local and federal authorities have been surveying Florida farmland for damage to crops.  It’s estimated that the damage will be in the billions.  Hurricane Irma pulled oranges from trees, flattened sugar cane fields, and soaked vegetable beds.  This level of destruction in one state will surely be felt across the United States.  Florida Citrus Mutual spokesman Andrew Meadows reports he is hearing anecdotal reports of “up to 50 percent fruit loss.  Some growers are below that.  Some are above that, obviously.”  Meadows said that it’s not just citrus crops, it’s affecting virtually everyone. 
October 2, 2017
You know we insist that the food we bring to you at [Fresh City Market][Madison Fresh Market] is fresh.  It’s not good enough to “almost” get there and hope that “nobody will notice.”  We start with carefully choosing our partner farms and products.  One product that really impressed us was Prima Gattie peaches.  Peaches are delicate, and one simple bruise can ruin a peach.  Prima beaches are never dumped into a giant bulk bins.  Instead, they use small buckets so the peaches don’t bang around and get bruised and blemished.  They are hand packed right next to the orchard by experts who stan
Organic Food
October 2, 2017
You’re seeing the word “organic” appear on food, and people who are very aware of what they are putting in their bodies will usually prefer organic over conventionally grown products.  But, it goes beyond health benefits for you.  Organic food is better for our community.   When you choose organic, you are supporting farms that conserve water, reduce energy, and put fewer pesticides on the ground and water.  Animals that are raised for organic food are not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal byproducts.  It’s been shown that organic milk and meat have levels of certain nutrients u