The Vine Newsletter

October/November 2015 Features

​Co-ops tackle pricing with Field Day low price organic brand —
look for new “Everyday Value” tags
BriarPatch and co-ops around the country are having a field day with lowering prices! In September we lowered prices even more on a slew of already low-priced organic products from the Field Day brand (see list at right), and brought in even more Field Day products. Read more

Leaf fungus threatens organic coffee, Equal Exchange helps
Growing coffee on far-flung mountain slopes in ways that respect the earth and build rural communities is quite an accomplishment. Though it involves significant challenges that must regularly be overcome, an unusual new threat is hitting many communities hard, all at once. Read more

New wines from Argentina co-op have it all:  fair trade, low price, delicious taste
It’s a perfect environment for growing grapes. La Riojana Co-op is located in northwestern Argentina, with its arid climate, warm days and cool nights, and alluvial type soil. Read more 

Commemorative wine label celebrates BriarPatch’s 40th
In celebration of the Patch’s upcoming 40th anniversary, in November the store will be releasing a red and a white wine, made and bottled at Montoliva Vineyard and Winery, and sporting BriarPatch’s anniversary label, designed by local artist Cru Dorsey. Read more

Action alert: GMO laws in U.S. Senate / Avoiding GMOs #1:  Know at-risk ingredients
Both of California’s Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, support mandatory GMO labeling. Senator Boxer has introduced the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act,” which would require foods made with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such, using international standards. Read more

Tending the nasal passage, gateway to winter wellness
For thousands of years the yogis of India have placed a great emphasis on the virtues of maintaining healthy nasal and sinus passages to achieve optimal health. Read more

It’s time to return to root vegetables
Fall is here, and so is the autumn harvest. Fall vegetables are packed with nutrients, easy to prepare, hearty, and rich in flavor. Read more

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Farm-to-school program benefits when you round up at the register
by Erika Kosina
This October and November we can all make a big difference with our spare change. If you round up to the next dollar as you check out at BriarPatch, you can support Sierra Harvest, a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Read more

Co-op makes decision to remain at Sierra College Drive
There’s no place like home. Sometimes a long journey makes you glad to get back to where you started. This is the moral of the story, now, for BriarPatch Co-op’s two years of research into options for the store’s future. Read more

Making our store the best it can be
As you’ve read on the front page, after long considering how to respond to our unprecedented growth, we’ve decided to stay right where we are — and make this store the very best it can be. Read more

Home Sweet Home: a look back at how cooperation got us to this beautiful, thriving store
by Alan Weisberg, Board President
In late August, the BriarPatch Board approved our General Manager’s recommendation that we stay at our current site for at least the next ten years, and develop and implement a plan to improve it. Read more

Free health care clinic at GV Vets Hall Nov. 14-15
A group of local residents has been working with a Roseville non-profit called California Care Force to bring free health care to our community. Read more

Scenes from August Filaki Farm tour
Juan Jose Domingo of Filaki Farm in Brown’s Valley gave a tour of his farm to an interested crowd on a hot, but lovely, Sunday in August. Read more

“Bounty of the County” event serves local fare
You are invited to a festive evening of food and wine – a Farm to Table celebration in historic downtown Grass Valley. Read more