home.grown. Produce Is In The House!

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Fresh news from our Produce Team – our home.grown. farming partners are delivering local, fresh, delicious produce and we are so Produce Proud to share it with you and your family.

Reeves Farms, in central New York, is offering many organic options, like local green and yellow squash.  The Gurda family, from A. Gurda Produce, are growing premium greens in the unique Black Dirt Region of New York State. These farms are New York State Grown and Certified, meaning they have passed third party audits and are growing delicious, nutritious food with strong food safety and environmental standards in place. They are passionate about their family farms and helping you feed your family well.  

In our stores, fresh greens include organic and conventional red and green leaf romaine, Swiss Chard, spinach, escarole, Boston lettuce and endive, collards and kale. Scallions, bunch radishes, and cucumbers are rolling out, ready to dress up your favorite salads and wrap recipes. Northeast-grown beets and bunch carrots are also in our stores – so many choices! Some fresh, fun ideas for enjoying the summer bounty include:

  • ·         Roll up Market 32 Rotisserie Chicken Salad from the Deli in fresh red and green Romaine leaves for lunch or a snack

    ·         Sub Swiss Chard for romaine in a Caesar salad: https://bit.ly/2XZJDto

    ·         Spinach and Swiss Chard are great additions to a salad, sandwich or wrap

    ·         Make salads with several types of greens for flavor, nutrition and beautiful presentation. Add some Rotisserie chicken, fresh berries and PICS walnuts. Enjoy with your favorite PICS salad dressing!

    ·         Find some new recipes like Grilled Lemon Spinach Pork Chops with Shaved Summer Squash and Tomato salad: https://bit.ly/2LP665W 


July Hot Sauce of the Month: High River Sauces Rattler BBQ Sauce

Hot sauce junkies, heat connoisseurs, and spiciness fanatics. We’re comin’ in hot with our next monthly feature. Warm weather is finally here to stay, but we’ve been staying hot all year with our served-fresh Hot Sauce of the Month features!

Each month we’re bringing you fresh stories on a different sauce brand, sharing some flavor insights, stories behind the brand and more. Travel with us on an adventure consisting of varying degrees of heat each month!

June’s Feature: High River Sauces Rattler BBQ Sauce

Rattler BBQ Sauce is a bite above your average hot sauce. This smoky sauce is infused with the flavors of coffee, rich molasses, the sweetness of honey, and mustard, creating a powerful blend of heat. If a dynamic jolt of flavor is what you’re seeking, your search will end with High River’s Rattler BBQ. 

Much like its hot sauces, High River itself is a powerful blend. Steve Seabury started the brand to combine his love of music and good food. Before High River, Seabury wrote a cookbook titled “Mosh Potatoes” featuring recipes from his favorite heavy metal and hard rock superstars. Realizing he shared his appreciation for food with many of his musical icons, Seabury made it his mission to combine these passions and share them with the masses. Thus, High River Sauces was born.

Learn more about the brand and discover some other fiery flavors here.

Turn up the BBQ heat with High River Sauces this month, and tune in next month for our August Hot Sauce of the Month!

We love all things local, and one of our favorite sectors of local food is local beer. There are so many different brews, flavors, and styles, and so many stories to tell! That’s why we’re embarking on a new home.grown. adventure: to bring you fresh craft beer stories each month from our Northeast region; the best region in the United States if you ask us!

Up next: Saranac Brewery!

In 1985, Saranac 1888, named after the iconic Saranac Railroad, was the first concoction to don the brewery name. The Saranac Railroad line connected Utica to the Adirondacks. Similarly, Saranac’s Utica location connects with the Adirondacks through the tastes and experiences provided by their brews.

In fact, back in 1991, Saranac’s Adirondack Lager was awarded the top premium lager at the Great American Beer Festival, chalking the Lager up as Saranac’s first brewing home run.  Naturally, the brewery focused in on making this beer their main priority for the time being.

Today, Saranac Brewery has a plethora of beverages showcasing their name. Tropical Storm, an unfiltered, hazy IPA with wheat, oats, and fruity notes is a fan favorite. Their new IPA 100 is an easy-drinking brew with half the calories, yet full-flavor and smooth taste of a standard American IPA. Finally, Strawberry Tart is a wheat ale with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. The drinks hazy-gold flow comes from the use of real strawberries, creating an inviting, fruity aroma.

Interested in trying some Saranac brews?

Check out our in-store tasting schedule below to sample Genesee craft beef, take home some brewery swag and more.

Saturday 7/6, 11am – 2pm at our North Utica Price Chopper

Saturday 7/13, 11am – 2pm at our Clifton Shoppers World Market 32

Saturday 7/20, 11am – 2pm at our Glenville Market 32

Saturday 7/27, 11am – 2pm at our Wilton Market 32

Interested in visiting the brewery?

Make the most of everything Saranac Brewery has to offer! Visit https://www.saranac.com/ for taproom hours and menu, get info on brewery tours and more.

Brewery House Address: 830 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502