Monthly Archives: February 2009

NEW: Volpi Wine Salami


We’re excited to offer a new local product at Local Harvest Grocery–Volpi Wine Salamis.  These salamis are minimally processed and do not have nitrites.  We are currently selling them for $5.29 which is cheaper than you can order them on-line.  This is a high quality salami with a very unique flavor.  We carry Chianti and Pinot Grigio. 

Below is a description straight from Volpi.

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Two great Italian loves – Wine and Salami – come together resulting in one of the most authentic and innovative products in today’s world of charcuterie. Experience the unique, old world style of Volpi’s Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Rose Wine Salami.  These mouth-watering salami are infused with high quality wines, dry cured and aged to perfection.  Volpi wine salami are made with all natural fresh pork, minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients or nitrites.  Like any good wine, Volpi wine salami are meant to be shared with family and friends and are best accompanied by soft, fresh cheese and crusty breads. 

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High Tea-Tea Tasting March 15, 3:30


We’re excited to offer a “High Tea-Tea Tasting” class at Local Harvest Cafe on March 15.  Kateri Meyer, owner of Traveling Tea will share her knowledge of teas and talk about the nutritional benefits of tea.

You will sample six varieties of tea and have a mug of your favorite.  The fantastic chefs at our cafe will be making sweet and savory treats to accompany the teas.  And all of this for the bargain price of $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Come by the store or cafe to sign up.  Payment reserves your spot and we only have openings for 30 people.

Can’t wait to see you there.


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Mushroom, Tempeh Burrito

It’s true that I am a big fan of wrapping my food–I love burritos, spring rolls, sandwiches, crepes, tacos……So, it is no surprise that when I don’t know what else to  make I fall back on one of these.  Last night it was time for burritos. Here is a super easy, tasty, and pretty healthy dinner that you can make in about 20 minutes.

2 Portobello Mushrooms

1/2 package tempeh (I used LightLife Three grain tempeh)

1 small yellow onion

2 TBLS olive oil

3 cloves fresh garlic minced

1/2 tsp thyme


1/2-1 cup cooked brown rice (optional)

Kale (steamed)

Whole Wheat tortillas ( I used San Luis 10 inch)


cheddar cheese ( I used Morningland Medium Cheddar)

sour cream ( I used Organic Valley 2%)

(And of couse all products are available at Local Harvest Grocery.)


I almost always have cooked brown rice in my fridge so that’s why this meal was only 20 minutes. If you need to cook brown rice you’ll need to allow a good 35 minutes for the rice.  I also am a big fan of the pressure cooker and was able to make the Kale in the pressure cooker in less than five minutes.  You can also just steam the kale and this can be cooking/steaming while you make the other items.

Saute chopped onion and garlic until onions have started to wilt and soften.  Add sliced mushrooms (my pieces were about an inch long and 1/2 inch thick) and cook for a few more minutes.  Add  crumbled tempeh and then add tamari. I use tamari to taste. Not sure how much I actually used–maybe 2 TBLS?  Cook all together for a few minutes and then add thyme, salt and pepper if you’d like and finally rice if you want a little fiber and filler.

I warmed tortillas, spooned in tempeh mixture and then topped with cooked Kale. If you are  a vegan or prefer dairy free for a nigh,t stop here and enjoy. If you need a hit of dairy as I did, add grated cheese and a small dollop of sour cream.  Wrap and enjoy.


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First Farmer Dinner–Greenwood Farms

Italian Wedding soup

Italian Wedding soup


Claverach sprouts, Greenwood farms bacon, yellow onions, with housemade blue cheese dressing









February 6th, Local Harvest Cafe hosted its first Farmer Dinner. Greenwood Farms was the featured farm and Holly and Steve Atkinson gave a wonderful, goosebump producing talk about their farm and why they do it.

Here are a few photos highlighting the food from the night. Clara and Pat truly outdid themselves. Of course, as both of them said over and over, when you have great food to work with it makes it easy.  The meal featured pork, lamb, and chicken from Greenwood Farms as well as free samples of raw milk. 

We’re planning another Farmer dinner in March featuring Claverach Farms.  The date will be announced soon!



A very juicky roasted chicken was the main course.




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Cheryl’s Shampoo and Soap-review

Here’s a recent product review from one of our customers.  I’m so glad she chose this vendor because I think many people overlook the Cheryl’s Herbs products in the store.  Hope this encourages more folks to try her wonderful goods…..

Hello there!  My name is Barb. I teach organic nutrition and whole body
health.  Additionally, I’m constantly searching for products to put in me or on me
that will prove to be a fountain of youth (you know, make me younger,
smarter and better looking lol).  Well, recently I found just such a
product!  I’m 46 and I color my hair for the sake of my vanity.  It was
just beginning to get that dry, over-cooked look when I discovered this
amazing product by Cheryl’s Herbs.  Its her Dry Skin Soap and Shampoo.
Now I must say, I’ve never used a combo product like this that delivered
well for both purposes.  But Cheryl’s is awesome!  In fact, now I have
soft, silky, shiny hair like a teenager (or like I never had when I was a
teenager). And my skin is looking and feeling so great, too. 

I’m not from the mid-west, so this winter, when my skin got so dry, red and flaky, I
thought it must be terminal!  But Cheryl’s cleared that up in a matter of
days.  Best of all, it delivers all this without making me oily at all,
which I also had trouble with. What a curse to be dry, red, flaky and oily
all at once!  But Cheryl’s changed all that for the better!  What an
awesome product.

Local Harvest carries several varieties of her soap/shampoo combinations and her lip balm.  Cheryl’s Herbs is located in Maplewood and she makes all of her products.  Check them out.

Keep it local,


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SCREAM for ice-cream cakes!

blog-ice-cream-cakeA DECADENT TREAT

Even if you believe that Valentine’s Day is nothing but a made up Hallmark Holiday, please don’t make the mistake of passing up this amazing heart-shaped ice cream cake. That would be a sad day indeed.

A new product at Local Harvest Grocery, this 90% organic, locally-made ice cream cake is worth the calories and the price. The cakes are very moist and the homemade ice creams and sorbets are light and rich at the same time. 

Flavors are unique–of course there is a triple chocolate, but you’ll also find Blackberry and Mango as well as a peanut butter and chocolate cake.   The cakes will easily serve four and possibly six. The price is $24.99 and worth every penny. Supplies are limited.

And sorry about the lousy photo.


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