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Go Green for Black Friday!

giftcard_06_18Pssst… Can you keep a secret? We can’t, so we’re sharing our Black Friday sale with you! Friday, November 29th, we will be offering a super sweet savings on Greenling Gift Cards. Getting this special deal is so much easier than waiting in line at the mall, and eco-friendly, too!

For every $100 of Greenling gift cards you give that day, we’ll send you a $20 gift card back! For every $50 of Greenling gift cards you give, we’ll send you a $10 gift card back! That means you can send your friends the gift of Greenling delivery, and get your own gift cards to buy healthy and delicious food for your family, too!

We’ll include a link to buy the gift cards in next Friday’s newsletter. This special savings is available only for gift cards purchased Friday, November 29th. We’re not offering any refunds from this special deal, and the cards are not redeemable for cash. Other than that, there are no string (beans) attached! Just some sweet savings for our sweet customers.

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A Thanksgiving Tempeh?

Image from The Hearty Vegan.

Image from The Hearty Vegan.

Thanksgiving sans turkey may sound blasphemous to some, but for many Americans, a plant-based holiday is the way to go! Whether you’re a die-hard vegan or an occasional vegetarian, it’s worth including at least a few meat-free options in your Thanksgiving menu. After all, at most holiday gatherings, there are a variety of special diets and food preferences. Here are a few of our favorite resources for planning a Turkey Day without the turkey.

The New York Times publishes a comprehensive recipe database of meat-free Thanksgiving dishes each year. Most of the options are drool-worthy and surprisingly easy.

Our friends at The Hearty Vegan not only make the best GMO-free tempeh in town, they’ll also teach you how to use it! We’ve had their recipe for Thanksgiving Tempeh and it’s hands down the best vegan main dish we’ve tried for the holidays.

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3 Thanskgiving Shortcuts You Won’t Find at the Grocery Store

gbcasserole_06_25Ready or not, Thanksgiving is just four days away. That means the grocery store will be 100% crazy, with traffic jams, turkey haggling, and that horrible feeling when you have to push a cold, wet cart all the way in from the edge of the parking lot. Skip all that and relax! We’ve got you covered with Thanksgiving shortcuts you’d never find at the supermarket. Best part? We’ll bring them right to you with free delivery!

1. Meal Kits – there’s so much to prepare for the Big Dinner. Cut yourself some slack the rest of the week and enjoy a few Meal Kits for suppers. These super easy kits arrive with all the ingredients prepped and portioned, and the instructions are easy enough for teens or a partner to follow independently. You can handle Thanksgiving prep while they cook an a homemade meal with all local or organic ingredients!

2. Organic and Local  Thanksgiving Side Kits & Kitchen Starters – Our prep kitchen has your back with a lineup of holiday sides and kitchen starters for Turkey Day. Raw, prepped ingredients like cubed butternut squash or chopped onions are huge time savers for your own recipes, plus they’re organic. If you’d like even more help, try one of our classic holiday side kits instead. These include all the prepped, portioned organic and local ingredients you need along with simple instructions.

3. Local Bakery Standouts - Our local bakeries deliver to Greenling on the same day your order is packed, so your breads and dinner rolls will be even fresher from Greenling than the ones you could buy this weekend at the supermarket.  We have a huge selection of pies and other desserts from local bakeries, including vegan and gluten-free choices.

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10 Reasons to Try a Meal Kit

5mealkits_06_18If you’ve never tried one of our meal kits, now is the time! Here are 10 reasons to lettuce wow you with a Meal Kit this week.

1. All the local and organic ingredients for each meal arrive to you, prepped, portioned, and ready to cook.

2. Recipes are included, with step by step instructions.

3. Since the ingredients are pre-portioned, there’s no wasted food.

4. Did we mention, everything is local or certified organic? No mystery foods here!

5. They taste delicious.

6. The instructions make meals easy to prepare, even for older kids.

7. Hundreds of recipes to choose from.

8. Food restrictions? No problem. We offer vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free kits. The ingredients for each kit are listed clearly on the website and the packaging.

9. All the packaging is compostable or recyclable.

10. This week, our Vegetarian 5-Meal Kit #2 is on sale! 5 complete meals with organic ingredients, for $7.49 per serving. It doesn’t get better than that!

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Action Alert: Speak up for Small Farms!

actionalert_06_20This update is from our friends at the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. We are proud to support their efforts, and hope that you will consider contacting the FDA on behalf of small farms and food artisans.

The FDA recently proposed food safety regulations which pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country. Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations. They will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices like composting. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of local and sustainable foods.

CLICK HERE to read more about the regulations and how they hurt small farms, and then let the FDA know that you oppose these regulations.

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Thanksgiving Shortcuts from Real Simple

cranberries_06_29Looking for some shortcuts for Turkey Day? Real Simple magazine recently featured a few items from our shelves in its round up of Thanksgiving time savers!

  • Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Shells were named “Best Pie Crust” for Thanksgiving. According to Real Simple, “Experienced bakers dubbed this crust “amazing―it’s super flaky and soft, with a hint of butter.” Not too sugary, it is suited to sweet or savory fillings.
  • Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin Puree was named “Best Pumpkin.” Real Simple, readers “like that it’s thick and creamy, not runny, like the other purees…and the amber color is gorgeous.”
  • Grown Right Organic Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce was named “Best Cranberry Sauce.” The magazine said “The full, plump cranberries delivered the “taste and consistency of juicy, fresh fruit, and it isn’t at all watery.”

You can see the entire list of Real Simple picks on their website. And if you’re looking for even more Thanksgiving short-cuts, check out our holiday side kits. These all-organic and local meal kits contain all the prepped ingredients for favorite sides like stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, and more!

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