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Holiday Tips you can Really Use
Monday November 25th 2013, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Grocery,Plum Bakehouse,Produce

Let’s be honest, getting ready for Thanksgiving is always a challenge. Certain celebrities try to sugarcoat by suggesting you play fun music while you prep the bird, have a few drinks while you’re cooking, or maybe even start a few days early by chopping up vegetables and setting out silverware. Who has the time for that?!

Plum Market does. It’s why we are here. And while we enjoy listening to good music around the holidays (we recommend a heavy dose of Motown classics) and having a few drinks with friends and family (responsibly, of course), we have a few tips for the holidays that you can actually use.

First, use good ingredients! The better your ingredients, the less you have to do to them. We pride ourselves on our selection of natural and organic foods not only because we believe they are better for you, but also because they need less preparation. When you eat pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, for example, top it with fresh whipped cream made with Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream. Just whip it by hand or in a mixer, adding only a few sprinkles of powdered sugar and a drop of organic vanilla extract, and add a dollop right on top of your pie. 16oz containers are 25% OFF through December 31st, so you can enjoy delicious whipped cream all season long.

How about cranberry sauce? For fans of the canned variety, it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than Woodstock Organic Whole Cranberry Sauce. 15oz cans are 2 for $7, so you’ll have another for the holidays in December!

Here’s another tip: buy local. The holidays are a time for friends and family, but they also mean a lot of traveling. When people come home, they want to be home, so buy them treats that remind them where they are. For our Michigan guests, we recommend Germack pistachios, which is as local and delicious as it gets. The pistachios are the most iconic treat, but we have other Germack items on sale in our Holiday Guide that everyone will enjoy. For our Illinois guests, indulge your friends and yourself on Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores. Six packs of these delicious confections made in Highland Park are on sale for $15.99, a savings of 20% off our regular price.

One last tip: If you want to host a holiday event, but don’t want the stress of preparing all the food, consider hiring Plum Market Catering to handle your event. Our team will work with you to create a custom menu that will be as delicious as it will be unforgettable. Please take a look at our reheating instructions for catered holiday events. For everyone else, please check our Holiday Guide for more great deals!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Grab the Germack for a Great Holiday
Friday November 22nd 2013, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Whether you’re at the bar, celebrating with friends and family, or just loafing around the house, one thing will always hold true: sooner or later you’ll want a salty snack. And when that craving hits, The Germack Pistachio Company has exactly what you need. This Detroit-based company has been roasting pistachios and other nuts since 1924, making them the oldest roaster of pistachios in the United States. Germack continues to thrive because they only use the highest quality ingredients, they roast everything in small batches, and they consistently put out the freshest products on the market.

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Germack has come a long way since 1924–they now make dried fruits and coffee, too–but they still use the same iconic paper-bag packaging and logo. “Paper bag?” you ask. “Yes!” we say. Similar to a sack of flour, the legendary Germack bag allows them to package up to three pounds of nuts at a time, which comes in handy around the holidays because these tasty snacks tend to go quickly!

If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying Germack products, please let us invite you the party. 3lb bags of Germack Mixed Nuts are currently on sale for $35.99/ea (20% off the regular price); 2.5lb bags of Pistachios are on sale for $19.99/ea (30% off the regular price); Assorted Nut Party Trays are on sale for $14.99 (25% off and a great way to try everything!); and 11-13oz bags of Germack Mixed Nuts, Cashews and Pistachios are on sale for $7.99/ea (saving you over 35%). These products can be seen on Page 8 of our Holiday Guide, just be sure to select the right guide for your state. Sale prices are good through December 31, 2013.

We also want to recommend Germack’s Motown Mix. A delicious blend of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips, The Motown Mix is a definite crowd pleaser! Part of the proceeds from this product will also go to charity. Be sure to watch the new television ad for the Motown Mix online, too.

For our guests with nut allergies, please take a look through our Holiday Guide for your state. We have tons of other great foods, beverages and gift ideas on sale for you to enjoy.



Deep and Delicious Brown Rice Vinegar
Wednesday November 06th 2013, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Please allow us to introduce you to our new favorite organic grocery product: Eden Foods Organic Brown Rice Vinegar.

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This vinegar is unlike anything we have ever had before. It is sweet and sharp, tangy and complex, crisp and bright. It works perfectly as a finishing touch on all of our favorite Asian foods to give them added zip and depth—everything from plain rice to beef and veggie stir fries.  We also use it in place of balsamic vinegar for a lighter, less sugary variation of oil and vinegar, or in this quick vinaigrette recipe:

In a medium bowl, combine 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey, 3 Tablespoons brown rice vinegar, and one-third to one-half  Cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, plus a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Whisk ingredients until combined, then pour it over your salad just before eating.

Brown rice vinegar is believed to promote healthy liver function, aid in colon health, and improve blood sugar control for diabetics. It’s also less acidic than other vinegars and made using a centuries-old natural process. We’re confident that once you try this product from our international foods aisle, you’ll add it to your list of everyday grocery staples. And did we mention it’s organic? That’s right, this vinegar will definitely help you Live Well, with Taste.



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Ch…Ch…Ch…Chia
Monday October 28th 2013, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Did you know…

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Chia Pods contain one full serving of sun ripened Chia seeds, mixed with coconut milk, and real fruit. Each Chia Pod provides 100% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3 and 25% of your fiber.  The lid, cup and spoon are all recyclable and are made from 30% recycled content.  Plum Market carries all four Chia Pod flavors, Blueberry, Mango, Vanilla Bean and Banana.



What’s on Tap
Friday October 11th 2013, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

Now on Tap in the WineBar at Plum Market Old Town:

Imperial Red – Beer Camp #65, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California  8.1% ABV
10oz – 4  16oz – 6
This imperial red ale takes the intense hop profile found in traditional double ipa and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon–balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body. 

Dragon’s Milk, New Holland Brewing
Holland, MI  10.0%
10oz – 4   16oz – 6
A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.

Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey-Cerdon Rosé, Savoie (France)
9 glass 4.5 half glass 21.99 btl
Gorgeous sparkling rosé with a touch of sweetness. Made by the oldest method of sparkling winemaking, Méthode Ancestrale; wine is bottled before the sole fermentation is complete. 90% Gamay, 10% Poulsard

Mauro Molino Barolo 2009, Piedmont (Italy)
12 glass 6 half glass 34.97 btl
Madeline’s Unreal Deal- A Piedmontese Stunner! The nose will put a smile on your face, with both ripe and dried berries and a waft of violets.  Welcoming and generous, yet an intriguing Nebbilolo.



Berry Serious
Wednesday October 09th 2013, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Apothecary

The change of seasons can be challenging on our immune systems as the Midwest summer-to-fall transition can feel as though it happens overnight. One way to keep your immune health going strong is with Gaia Herb’s Black Elderberry Syrup. These berries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties. The certified organic syrup includes natural vitamin c from Acerola cherries and provides the equivalent of 14,500 fresh elderberries AND it tastes good! You can find the traceability of these Black Elderberries including their cultivation, harvesting, extraction and validation at the Gaia Herbs website.  Now that’s a “berry” serious product!

Save 25% on any of Gaia’s Elderberry products starting October 7, 2013 – December 1, 2013.

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Taste Me, Do Good*
Thursday September 19th 2013, 5:10 pm
Filed under: Produce

A banana’s a banana right? Wrong! We’re proud to introduce Organic AND Fair Trade bananas to our produce selection. We promise these are the best tasting bananas you’ll ever have and you’ll feel great about supporting the sustainable and fair trade farmers who pick them.

Interrupcion* works with family farmers to ensure the protection of our earth, employing sustainable agricultural practices and organic and biodynamic farming methods.  All of our products are all produced with the highest levels of food-safety.  We eliminate the use of harmful chemicals and GMOs, and we safeguard our land and water resources for future harvests and generations.  

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TASTE ME*: Enjoy the flavors of fresh, nutritious produce grown the way Mother Nature intended.  Our hand-selected fruits and vegetables come to you directly from family farms and cooperatives throughout the America’s. 

DO GOOD*: Make a difference in the lives of families, communities, and our environment.  We guarantee fair wages and safe, dignified working conditions.  Every time you buy a Taste Me Do Good* product, you generate a small social premium that goes directly back to farm-workers and their communities to invest in much needed health, education, and other urgent community projects.  
 
When you buy a Taste Me Do Good* product you’re:
          choosing a healthy and nutritious option  
          participating positively with farmers, workers, and communities  
          supporting sustainable agriculture
          growing a healthy and nutritious food system.

Pick up a bunch next time you’re in Plum Market and let us know what you think of Taste Me Do Good bananas!



Choose Organic. Here’s Why…
Friday September 06th 2013, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Apothecary,Grocery,Meat & Seafood,Plum Bakehouse,Produce

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Happy Trails!
Wednesday August 28th 2013, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Apothecary,Grocery

Today is National Trail Mix Day, which is awesome because it’s nearly impossible to mess up Trail Mix! Summer is nearing an end, but there is still plenty of time to get out there and enjoy nature and hit the trails with your favorite mix! Trail Mix is perfect for a boost of energy, and keeps you energized for the long haul. Bonus – it’s delicious!  We’ve got a couple of great recipes for you, but don’t be afraid to get creative within our YouScoop bulk section.  Of course, if you want animal crackers in your Trail Mix, who are we to stop you!?

Paleo Trail Mix

Ingredients:
1 Cup Whole Almonds
½ Cup Whole Cashews
½ Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
½ Cup Raisins
½ Cup Dried Currants
½ Cup Dried Blueberries
½ Cup Coconut Flakes

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the nuts for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let the nuts cool and then combine all ingredients.  Store in an air tight container.

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Back To School Trail Mix

Ingredients:
1 Cup Granola
1 Cup Crispy Rice Cereal
½ Cup Pecan Halves
½ Cup Banana Chips
¼ Cup Raisins
Handful of Diced Dried Fruit
Chocolate Chips (if it needs some sweetening)

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container. Seriously. That’s it.

Now, go take a hike!