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Local Vendor Spotlight: Big Swig Sparkling Water

Crisp & Clean Sparkling Water from Deep in the Heart of Austin,Texas

Big Swig balances thirst-quenching bubbles and fresh flavor for a crushable beverage enjoyed any time of day. The can is bold but the bubbles are refreshing, not overwhelming. It’s perfect for hydrating during a weekend at Zilker Park, a weekday lunch, a night out, and everything in between. Anywhere around Austin, Big Swig sparkling water brings a bubbly zip and burst of flavor, delivering Texas-Sized refreshment. Crack one open!

Big Swig Sparkling Water is available in 12-packs of 12oz can.

Original Sparkling Water — A timeless classic. Like a good pair of blue jeans, our Original Sparkling Water always feels right and goes with just about anything.

Key Lime — Sparkling water with a refreshing zip to get you up and running. Light, bubbly, and delicious without any calories, sugar, or worries.

Ruby Red Grapefruit — A sparkling citrus explosion, with a hint of sweetness. Made with no sweeteners, no calories, and no bull—but plenty of love and care.

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Black Eyed Peas and Greens: a New Year’s Tradition

It is a long-standing Southern custom to eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day to bring good fortune in the coming year. Origin stories vary somewhat, but it is generally agreed that the ritual began during the Civil War, when Union soldiers pillaged the food supplies of their Confederate opponents, leaving behind only the peas and greens as food for livestock. However, Southerners were able to survive the lean years of the war by eating these nutrient-dense foods themselves. Some claim that the black-eyed peas symbolize coins and the greens folding money, so eating them on the first day of the year means  financial success in the coming year. We’ll have an array of dishes featuring these traditional ingredients to help you get your good luck on for 2018:


Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Tender peas and a whole array of fresh vegetables and herbs simmered in a tasty tomato-based broth. This soup goes wonderfully with our own Bakehouse-made cornbread (in spicy Southwestern or vegan  varieties), yet another traditional New Year’s dish in the South.


Braised Greens and Black-Eyed Peas

Organic lacinato kale combined with garlic-infused black-eyed peas, caramelized onions, and vegan Bac’un Bits to add that classic smoky flavor.


Texas Caviar

A black-eyed pea salad with crisp colorful peppers and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.


Plain Jane Black-Eyed Peas

Simply cooked and recipe-ready! Try them in this super-easy and tasty hash for the first breakfast of the year:

www.veganricha.com/2016/12/black-eyed-pea-sweet-potato-hash.html

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2018 Board of Directors and Community Action Election Results

The election results are in! Wheatsville has two new Directors and two returning incumbent Directors. We’ve also chosen ten non-profit organizations to benefit from our Community Action program. Thanks to all of our Owners who voted and congratulations to all four of our election winners: Jason Bourgeois, Lyz Nagan, MeriJayd O'Connor, and Don Jackson.

As with any properly functioning democracy, elections are a required and critical part of the process. Most co-ops today are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles laid out by International Co-operatives Alliance, the basic statement of which were set out by the Rochdale Pioneers in the mid-1800s. The second cooperative principle, and arguably the defining characteristic of a cooperative, is Democratic Member Control requiring cooperatives to be “democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.” For Wheatsville, this means that we depend on those Owners who are willing to give the time and energy required in order to participate in this important way.

Less than a thousand owners voted this year. There are now over 21,000 Wheatsville owners and we know we can do better! Remember, as an owner, you have a voice and every year we need to hear from you when it’s time to choose the owners you want to lead Wheatsville!

2018 Wheatsville Election Results 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS  (top 4 in blue have been elected)

Jason Bourgeois

643

elected for 3 year term

Lyz Nagan

596

elected for 3 year term

MeriJade O'Connor

527

elected for 3 year term

Don Jackson

493

elected for 3 year term
Brian Mikulencak 404 not elected
Brandon Hines 323 not elected

   
COMMUNITY ACTION ( the top 10 in blue have been selected)

SAFE

627

People's Community Clinic

592

Meals on Wheels Central Texas

589

Central Texas Food Bank

557

Hospice Austin

534

Urban Roots

522

Austin Pets Alive!

495

Workers Defense Project

483

Sustainable Food Center

477

Caritas of Austin

475

Ecology Action 415
Save Our Springs 401
Farmshare 350
Austin Clubhouse 324
Farm 1-1 251
Colorado River Alliance 212
Austin Cooperative Business Association 195
We Viva 185

*Honey Bee Protection Agency received 577 votes, but did not meet the requirements for Community Action Groups. Caritas, the next group with the most votes will therefore be included in the 2018 Community Action Calendar schedule.



Votes received by:   
   mail 15
   email 328
   in-store 563 (Guadalupe 169, S. Lamar 394)
   Total Valid Ballots 813
    
   invalid ballots 9

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Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes

Total Time: 30-40 minutes        

Servings: 12 (12 latkes)

This tasty latke variation can be enjoyed with applesauce, chipotle sour cream, horseradish sauce, smoked fish and more!

Ingredients

2 cups shredded sweet potatoes
1 cup shredded parsnips
3 scallions, sliced
2 eggs, beaten
1⁄3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Topping

1/2 cup light sour cream
1 cup apple, peeled and minced

Preparation

Peel the sweet potato and parsnip and shred using a grater or food processor. Wrap the shredded sweet potato and parsnip in a few paper towels and squeeze to remove excess liquid.

In a large bowl, mix the sweet potato and parsnip with the scallions, eggs, flour, salt and pepper.

Heat a large iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom and come up the sides at least a quarter of an inch. When the oil is hot, scoop about 1/4 cup of latke mixture into the pan and slightly flatten. Repeat until the pan is full but not crowded. Brown the latkes on each side 3-4 minutes.

Set aside on a plate lined with paper towels when done. While the latkes are cooking, stir together the sour cream and minced apple.

Serve the apple sour cream on top of the warm latkes.

from StrongerTogether.coop

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Local Vendor Spotlight: Cuvée Coffee

Who started Cuvée Coffee, when and why?

Mike McKim started roasting coffee as a hobby in 1998 and immediately knew
that it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.


What makes Cuvée Coffee different from other coffee on the market?

Cuvée Coffee pioneered the specialty coffee movement in Texas and is considered one of the best roasters in the country.

How has your business evolved?

The business has gone from a part time, garage enterprise to a coffee roastery, cold brewery and coffee bar. It has also become a place where passionate coffee people have an opportunity to build a career in the coffee industry.


Anything new being developed?

Cuvée pioneered specialty coffee in Texas, was part of the Direct Trade coffee sourcing movement and introduced the world to nitro cold brew, so it’s safe to say that the company is constantly considering what’s next.


What is your favorite thing about Wheatsville?

That you carry Cuvée Coffee, of course :)

OUR PROCESS SEED TO CUP:


SEEKING OUT EXCELLENCE
Through diligent tasting, communication, and good old fashioned searching, Cuvée has sought out the very best in quality coffees. Beyond just the beans, we’re honored to have surrounded ourselves with grower-partners who see the same in us, and strive to be the very best.


CULTIVATING SUSTAINABILITY
Through open discussion, and mutually fair agreements, we ensure that the people behind our coffees are able to sustain themselves, their families, and grow their businesses. Allowing for their return year  after year, producing your favorite coffees!


BUSINESS THROUGH CONTINUED TRUST
With such amazing partners working alongside Cuvée, and the trust in our continued connection, growers have the confidence and assurance to improve, test, experiment, and evolve themselves to produce  unique coffees, which we proudly share unto you.

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Beer, Wine & Cheese Top Five For the Holidays

Wine: La Riojana Pinot Noir Reserve

The key to pairing wine with the wide variety of foods on the holiday table is to find wines that are softer, fruity, bright and less tannic. This medium bodied Pinot Noir is packed with delicious strawberry, cherry and blueberry aromas, as well as spicy notes due to the aging in oak barrels. La Riojana has invested more than $11 million Argentinean pesos for various projects aimed at improve living conditions for its growers and workers in the Famatina Valley, a historically poor area of Argentina.
FAIR TRADE. CO-OP MADE

Sparkling Wine: Stellar Organics Extra Dry

Stellar Organics make some really fantastic Fair Trade wines that are certified organic and vegan friendly. This extra dry sparkling wine has grapefruit and lime on the nose. It is crisp and fresh tasting with a smooth nutty finish. Perfect for holiday gatherings as well as ringing in the New Year!
FAIR TRADE

Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration

Brewed especially for the holidays, Sierra Nevada Celebration is perfect for a festive gathering or for a cozy evening at home. Celebration is a dry-hopped, slightly strong ale that pours a beautiful rosy amber color with a nice full head. It features a big blast of Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and a not-too-heavy mouthfeel. Supply is limited since this is a seasonal release so be sure to stock up while you can.

Cheese: Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche Goat Cheese

This is a sublimely delicious aged goat cheese with a beautiful geotrichum rind that is lightly sprinkled with ash. Geotrichum is a mold/yeast that produces a distinctive wrinkled rind that looks like coral. This creamy goat cheese features layers of rich flavor and it would make an elegant addition to your Holiday Table.

Vegan Cheese: Miyoko’s Aged English Sharp Farmhouse

This vegan cheese is so good that a non vegan like me loves it! Miyoko’s is made with nuts instead of milk, but it is a real cheese that is cultured and aged just like dairy cheese. The result is a hard, aged, sharp round with complex flavors and a long finish that will continue to deepen in flavor and texture as it ages. Serve this at your holiday party for a real crowd pleaser that everyone can enjoy!

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