Dana Bursk

What do you love about BriarPatch Food Co-Op? What don’t I love about Briarpatch? I moved to Grass Valley in September 2019 and when asking locals where to go for good organic food I was [...]

Tiana Rockwell

What do you love about BriarPatch Food Co-Op? I love that BriarPatch is owned by members who actually have a voice with the management team. I appreciate that Chris and his team have made it a [...]

Jonathan Collier

What do you love about BriarPatch Food Co-Op? What I love about the Briarpatch, and feel that friends and others love too, is that it embodies a sense of community so important in these wild [...]

Kali Feiereisel

What do you love about BriarPatch Food Co-Op? I love that BriarPatch Food Co-op provides healthy, delicious food, is a major supporter and contributor to our local economy, and serves as a [...]

Alana Lucia

What do you love about BriarPatch Food Co-Op? I love that BriarPatch continues to be a place of connection for our community. As time moves forward, many of us have gotten caught up in work that [...]

Almond Milk

By Carly Davenport 1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic 2 cups water, plus more for soaking Sweetener of choice – optional (honey, sugar, agave syrup or maple syrup) Directions: Soak the [...]

Pork Carnitas

Recipe for Instant Pot by Randi Pratini Any boneless cut of pork will do, shoulder or butt are great! I leave it in one piece but it can be cut into chunks.  Ingredients are up to you, depending [...]

Sautéed Collard Greens

Editor’s Recipes from 2019 Winter Vine Make this recipe with or without the bacon. Either way, big, green collard greens are like large quantities of folded paper money, another New Year’s [...]

Bechamel Butternut Squash Rigatoni Bake

Butternut squash never tasted so good…together with mushrooms, spinach, pasta and a creamy béchamel sauce. This is a great weeknight dinner or a fantastic potluck dish that’s homey and cozy with [...]

Cinnamon Bacon Brioche Rolls

This is a wonderful treat to enjoy on a holiday morning, or as a centerpiece for a Valentine’s Day breakfast-in-bed. Dough 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided 1 ½ tsp. instant yeast ¼ cup cool [...]

Chile Oil

Makes 2 cups This oil is a wonderful gift for those heat-lovers in your life! It’s great to add at the last minute to dishes, to swirl with a little balsamic vinegar for dipping bread, or mixed [...]

Golden Milk Spice Blend

Makes about 3 ½ cups ~ about 120 servings 1 ½ cup ground turmeric ½ cup ground ginger ¼ cup ground cinnamon 2 ½ Tbsp. ground black pepper 2 Tbsp. ground cardamom 3 Tbsp. ground cloves 2 Tbsp. [...]

Herbal Gomasio

1 cup raw unhulled sesame seeds ½ cup dulse flakes 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 2 Tbsp. milk thistle seeds 1 Tbsp. Himalayan pink salt Optional Additional Ingredients – use 2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. according to [...]

Homemade Spice Mix

There’s no better way to say “Season’s Greetings” than with gifts of homemade spice mixes. Use the BriarPatch bulk section as your palette for creative, customized combinations that’ll be [...]

Popcorn Flavor Mixes

Each of these recipes makes enough to sprinkle over the popped popcorn from 1 cup unpopped popcorn. Add warm oil of your choice to popped popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle on seasoning and toss [...]

Preserved Lemons with Spices

2 lemons (between ½ to ¾ pound total)  3 Tbsp. kosher salt  2 whole cloves  1 dried bay leaf  1 cinnamon stick (3 in.)  2 ½ tsp. coriander seeds  2 tsp. black peppercorns Rinse lemons and score [...]

Custom Tea Blends

Rose Breakfast Blend Makes about ½ cup Breakfast blends are usually a mix of stronger and lighter teas in the ratio that gives a recognizable breakfast tea flavor. The most common teas in [...]

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade sugar scrub is so easy to make! All you need is sugar, coconut oil and whatever essential oil(s) you’d like to use. Turn your bathroom into a spa and use it 2-3 times a week on your [...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

This gift is easy to put together and looks great, and your friends will be that much closer to freshly-baked cookies! 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate [...]

Keto Paleo Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are a super impressive dish that will wow and delight your guests, and are surprisingly not that difficult to make. Serves 6 6 boiled eggs 1 lb ground pork, beef or lamb, or a [...]

Chef Chris Fagan’s Prime Rib

“This is my all-time favorite prime rib recipe,” shared Chef Chris Fagan, Hospitality House Culinary Instructor. “It’s always a hit—especially at holiday gatherings—and I’m happy to share my [...]

Homemade Keto Paleo Eggnog

Homemade Keto Paleo Eggnog Serves 6 Eggnog translates nicely to the Paleo-Keto lifestyle. You won’t miss the real thing for a moment with its creamy, lusciousness and incredible smoothness. 2 [...]

Winter Wellness

By Angela Ingendaay, MD Winter—the season of longer nights and frosty weather…When it draws nigh, it’s time to winterize, not only our homes but ourselves as well. Some of us may grow weary [...]

Heirloom Produce

By Richard Munroe, Produce Department When I think of the word “heirloom,” I think of tradition, of precious things handed down from generations past. Heirloom fruits, vegetables, and grains, [...]

From the General Manager

Chris Maher, General Manager I’m happy to report that our current delivery yard and access pathway remodel project is nearly finished. The project was initiated as part of our 2017 remodeling [...]

What to Plant in Your Fall Garden

By Laurie Meyerpeter, Placer County Master Gardener For your cool-season garden, many vegetables are best planted in late summer or early fall. The same vegetables can also be planted in early [...]

Get the Grill Started

Get set for great grilling with these grilling tips. Start your grill about 30 minutes before you begin cooking. It’s a good idea to have a hot side for grilling meat and a cooler side for [...]

Wild Plants, Wild Places

  Summer is an incredible time to step outside and have an adventure that reminds us how fortunate we are to live in this incredibly beautiful landscape. Manzanita Cider is a traditional [...]

Know your farmer: Flying V Farm

Flying V Farm, a new worker-owned organic farm in Placerville, took its name from the V-shaped flight pattern of migrating birds. And, like birds that fly together with a single mind, the four [...]

A toast to milk

A toast to milk: in all its nutritious forms Excerpts by Co+op, stronger together Do you know where your milk comes from (besides cows, of course, if you’re a typical milk drinker)? More [...]