February 11, 2019

Citrus, Love & Salmon
to Chase the Cold Away

Copywriter Chris Allen

As I poured another cup of piping-hot earl grey tea to finish defrosting my eyebrows Monday morning, I realized I’m somewhat relieved we live in a part of the world where February is actually the height of citrus season! It’s reminds me of warmer climates. It’s somewhere…

Combat Gray with These Sunny Colors

Melogold grapefruits

Melogold grapefruits

Need a dose of sunshine? I’m not sure we can help you there, but we’ve got plenty of vitamin C! This month truly is a great time to sample the large variety of traditional and unique flavors overflowing in our produce markets.

Pink and Melogold (a cross between the pomelo and the grapefruit) grapefruits are available for those of you still sticking strong to your New Year’s resolutions, plus we’re still stocked with those juicy Sumo mandarins we talked about two weeks ago.

A fresh crop of Cara Cara navel oranges just arrived, too. They’re on Market Buys for just $1.48 lb. We’re also keeping things interesting with plenty of champagne mangos and “MAGnificent” variety cantaloupes.

Champagne Mangos

Champagne Mangos

The sticky-sweet flavor of a perfectly ripe mango takes me somewhere much brighter than winter in the Puget Sound, and the cantaloupes, well, I have to appreciate whoever decided to name them “MAGnificent.” It takes guts to set the bar that high for a winter fruit and these don’t disappoint.

Lastly, I know it’s not citrus, but we’ve also got plump and juicy WellPict strawberries on our Big Board Buys, 2 lbs. for $5.98. Just one more way to chase away the winter blues. Get ‘em while they last.

Ready for Valentine’s Day? We are!

Potted tulips with pink poka dot cellophane

Potted tulips – for Valentine’s Day perhaps?

Oh, brother. You really screwed up this time. You spent all day watching the Super Bowl. You polished off two entire trays of Our Own delicious hot wings from our Deli. Then you went out all night with your friends, stumbled through the door late and woke the kids up.

You’re really in trouble now. You know how much he hates the Super Bowl.

Well, don’t stress. It’s a good thing he loves flowers. You can visit any of our Flower Shops to make a beautiful, custom-designed bouquet with a little help from our experts. They’ll get you out of the dog house and back in your hubby’s good graces. Or, potted tulips from our partner DeGoede Brothers in Sumnerare now on Big Board for two for $12 (save $4) – just another option.

All jokes aside, though, we really do have the fresh, beautiful flowers and the expertise to let that someone special know just how you feel. We’ve got plenty of staff to help you put together something special for that someone special. We LOVE this time of year – and why not? It is, after all, all about LOVE!

Time to Try Bruce Gore King Salmon

Fisherman at stack of flash-frozen salmon

A Triad fisherman at sea, near a stack of flash-frozen salmon.

One thing we take seriously around here is seafood sustainability. In fact, our Sustainability Director worked with experts and organizations to form our policies and practices –all of which are laid out on our website.

These practices are consistently reevaluated in the face of new scientific discoveries.

We studied the impact local king salmon fishing has on our local orca population and stopped selling Kings caught from the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts. We only sold a very small amount of it anyway, but we knew it was the right thing to do.  So no more salmon from anywhere from the well-managed and sustainable Alaskan and Canadian fisheries up north, where the northern pod of Orcas is thriving (their numbers have more than doubled since 1974). Our southern residents need all the help they can get – water quality and human noise and interference, along with a dwindling King salmon population, all contributes.

With their troll-caught, wild Alaskan salmon, Bruce Gore and Triad Fisherieshave been setting the standard for sustainable fishing practices since 1978. We’re proud that our relationship with Bruce Gore and Triad Fisheries goes back so long. (Read more about Bruce Gore’s pioneering fishing methods here.)

Their fish is flash frozen right on the boat to at least -30˚F — we’re talking deep freeze here, people —within 90 minutes of catching, which means incredible quality and flavor any time of year. And we’ve got their decadent and delicious wild Alaskan king salmon on Big Board Buys today for $27.98 lb., for a savings of $7.01 lb.

And we’ve done the searching for our salmon recipes for you – here are 63 recipes having to do with salmon.




Cheese Corner

Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.

SARTORI MONTAMORÉ CHEDDAR:When I get a hankering for snack cheese, I pick this cheese. When I get a craving for a grilled cheese I pick MontAmoré, too. With a smear of fig jam.

And for sure every time I’m making mac ‘n’ cheese, this is the first ingredient.  With its nutty creaminess, I guess you’d say this cheddar is one of the most versatile cheeses on our shelf and a staple in my chilled pantry.

Made in Wisconsin in a creamery with Italian root, I can confidently say it’s one of the most approachable cheddars on the market and yet has that little something extra in flavor that makes it appealing to everyone. A real crowd pleaser. Best of all it’s our Cheese of Choice this month so you can get it on a great deal! Try it in our monthly grilled cheese or scoop up Our Own Mac ‘n’ Cheese, both featuring MontAmoré.

Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.

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