For the past four years I’ve been happy to write that we Wheatsville product procurers have been able to source Kosher for Passover items in the Grocery Department. We’ve received some great feedback from owners and other customers about the past selections, which help us make our decisions for planning this year’s Passover offerings. The theme that’s emerging is a dedication to tradition, with some updates to include organic and gluten free.
For instance, classic Streit’s Matzo Crackers are popular as well as Streit’s Organic Matzos, Whole Wheat Matzos and Yehuda Gluten Free Matzo Style Crackers. Classic Streit’s Matzo Ball Soup Mix is complimented by a gluten free option as well. Traditional favorites such as Streit’s Coconut Macaroons, Manischewitz Premium Gefilte Fish and Kedem Organic Grape Juice round out the selection.
All items are certified Kosher for Passover and will be located independently on their own display apart from other items. The shelves will be wrapped with white paper, as is the custom. We will have some nice sales and discounts on many of the Passover foods. Look for this display starting Wednesday March 18th through the end of Passover. All items are available while supplies last, since we are only able to get one large order from our distributor. I hope you enjoy this year’s Passover foods and if there’s anything you would like to see next year, let us know on the Wheatsville Wish List, located at the front Hospitality Desk and online wheatsville.coop/shop/request-a-product
Chag Pesach Sameach!
by Jordana Hoffman, Guadalupe Operations Lead
Passover has always been my favorite holiday of the year. Even as a child, I preferred Passover matza to Hanukkah gelt, and I was always happy to help rid the house of Chametz, or leavened bread, which is forbidden during the holiday, even though that meant cleaning the whole house from top to bottom. I have always loved how different it is, a week like no other week of the year, that tells of an event unlike any other in Jewish history.
Perhaps another reason for my love of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, comes from the story of the exodus itself. Every year at the Passover seder, we recall the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and their escape from slavery under Pharaoh. We talk about the ten plagues, Moses and Pharaoh, and of course, the parting of the Red Sea.
There is a story from a biblical commentator, about two men, freshly emancipated from Egyptian slavery, who were present at the splitting of the sea. They witnessed this amazing miracle and yet as they crossed the ocean floor to freedom, all they could do was complain about the mud in their sandals. These men were so blessed, yet so unaware of it because of a little mud.
It’s so easy to get caught up these days, there’s work or school, cellphones and Facebook; there are a million things to distract us from the beauty, to be the mud in our sandals. But when Passover comes, we get to step back. This Passover, celebrate the holiday by stopping the distractions and embracing all of your blessings. Have a Chag Pesach Sameach!