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Ypsilanti Food Co-op Weekly Newsletter

Dear Staff, Volunteers, Members and Customers
   While challenging, and even life changing for many, this year of Covid has forced us all to
re-evaluate what is important, and even necessary, in our lives. Offering local and organic groceries since 1975, has been our motto but this year sourcing groceries was a challenge, but we have never been prouder to be your local grocery store. Your support and kind words have carried us through and we would like to say a big thank you! 

As we head into 2021 with an optimistic outlook, our goal is to be able to continue to
provide excellent customer service, delicious food and a
community store you are proud to support!

From our staff to you and your family, Happy Healthy New Year!   
Holiday Hours

Dedicated Shopping hours continue
Thursdays and Saturdays

Curbside orders also continue and are encouraged!
Celebrate New Years Eve at Home

with a Charcuterie Board!
New Years Eve at home can still be fun with help from your co-op!

Charcuterie is taken from the French word for “cooked meat”.   Charcuterie  boards are an artistically plated spread of slow aged salami paired with cheese, crackers and various pickled, sweet, spicy, and savory accompaniments. The fabulous thing about preparing a charcuterie board is that there are no rules! You can keep it as simple as you like (just the cured meats) or dress it up with fresh or dried fruits, a variety of artisan breads and crackers, olives, spreads like honey, preserves or jams! You can also keep it budget friendly by setting out a small plate or go all out with a huge platter! The best part, it fills you up with out hardly any dishes to wash afterwards!

  Here is everything you need to know to easily build an awesome charcuterie and cheese board including meats, cheeses and extras sold here at your Co-op!

1. The Meats

Start with the proteins (cold cuts or cured meats, lox, Italian delicacies salami, prosciutto) as the centerpiece of your board

Have fun with your meat choices! Try something familiar and mild, something spicy (or with a hint of pepper) and a salami you’ve never heard of before. In general, 2 ounces of meat per person should be enough!

2. The Cheeses

Add a variety of complementary soft, creamy and/or hard cheeses to elevate the flavors of your meat.

• Hard Italian cheeses are great with all our salami selections.

• Fresh and soft cheeses pair perfectly with a lox or smoked trout

• Well aged Italian and Spanish cheeses highlight the spices in a
peppered Salami or Sausage

3. The Color + Crunch

A great charcuterie board creates an experience for ALL the senses – color for a visual showstopper and crunch texture for an exciting bite.

• Color (think fresh herbs, bright peppers, fruits(fresh berries, sliced kiwi, grapes)).

• Crunch/texture (thin crackers, nuts, bread, sliced baguettes).

4.The Tart/Pickled

Peppers, pickled vegetables, tomatoes, olives, pickles all pairs well with spicy meats and will cut through any richness to cleanse your palate for the next bite.

5. The Sweet

Sweet will compliment creamy cheeses and mild salami and enhance the flavors on the board.Try sliced fresh fruit(pears, apples, oranges), dried fruits( mango, apricot, golden raisins, pineapple ) dark chocolate, fig jams,
apricot or orange marmalade, local honey.

Find all the meats, cheeses, spreads, fruits, nuts and crackers/breads you'll need for your board
here at your Co-op!

YFC Bread Baking Schedule

New Years Week


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Black-Eyed “Peacadillo” Salad

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes; 15 minutes active



This zingy bean salad makes a delicious accompaniment to bean and rice burgers, fried green tomatoes or cornbread.  Southern tradition holds that the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day should be black-eyed peas for luck and prosperity -- specifically, one pea for each day of the year. To really ensure a good year, add a mess o' greens for wealth!


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, drained (The Co-op carries both canned and dried)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup corn kernels, cooked
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup green olives, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Serving Suggestion

Serve this zingy bean salad with vegetarian bean and rice burgers, fried green tomatoes or cornbread studded with jalapeño peppers and cheese.

Nutritional Information

211 calories, 8 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 532 mg. sodium, 32 g. carbohydrate,2 g. fiber, 7 g. protein

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