Shake that Tomato-Bank-point-maker in the End Zone

Only seconds left on the clock. Inches from the goal. All eyes are on the Cleveland Tomatoes. Will they pull it off? YES! They execute an AMAZING End Zone celebration, and the crowd goes wild!!

Forget scoring 6 points for a touchdown, this week (1/28/13 – 2/3/13) Tomato Bankers can score 50 points for an End Zone celebration! It doesn’t matter if you go with the age-old ball spike, dance the Dirty Bird, the Ickey Shuffle, the Squirrel, the Worm, or just go totally free-style, when you show a little score-board spirit either at the register or in our stores’ End Zones, you make bank!

Help inspire some smooth moves by sharing a link to your favorite End Zone dance video on our Facebook page.

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Story Winner: Dinner Swimmer

In December’s Flyer we asked, “What’s the most unusual holiday dinner you’ve ever eaten?”

Congrats to Ania W. from Cleveland, whose story gives new meaning to that ol’ “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub” saying:

The most unusual dinner I ever had was when I lived in Eastern Europe as a child.

The country I lived in was poor, and the food was hard to get. We used to stand in lines for hours to get basic foods. So to get the traditional carp for Christmas Eve you had to jump some hoops, use your friendships and connections.

This meant that often the fish would have to be purchased days ahead. That is fine, the only problem was that the fish was sold alive!

So my family purchase two carps, a week before Christmas and …. put them in a bathtub to keep them fresh! I know what you are thinking. Yes, we did get them out and scrub the tub before bathing!!!  But our only bathroom became home for our Christmas Eve dinner for the whole 7 days. Being kids, we played with the fish, fed it and grew quite attached to it. It came as a shock when it was time to get the supper started and my dad came out of the bathroom with the fish on a plate.

That was the most bizarre and unusual dinner I ever had since. The oddest thing was that as much as we were traumatized (being just children) my sister and I still enjoyed the fish as it was a rare treat.

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Tomato Bank Points! How you spending ‘em?

Tomato Bank is officially open for business! Tons of people have joined, opening accounts stocked with 1000 free BONUS points. (Join by Jan. 20 to get 1000 points. The bonus is 500 points, thereafter.)

A lot of y’all are saving up the points for a big purchase down the line. Maybe a whole holiday dinner, who knows? Others, and who can blame them, felt those points burning a whole in their digital pockets, cashing them in for store credit on the spot.

So we asked on Facebook:
What are you buying with your Tomato Bank points?And y’all came correct with the answers:

Ahhh, the proverbial “free lunch.” Nice job!

Gluten-free cake

The beauty of Tomato Bank, you can spend your points on foods that meet any diet.

Almonds

Going for that crave-able snack that’s also healthy… commendable!

Peppermint

Holding out on the kids, aye? We won’t tell, if you don’t.

Avocado

Frozen avocados?? It works! Freeze a puree in an air-tight container.

New Car

Ha! A tomato red hybrid, maybe? If you get a car with Tomato Bank points, we call shotgun!

Have something to add to the conversation? Join us on Facebook.

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Realistic Resolutions

We asked you on Facebook and Twitter what kind of realistic resolutions you’re making in 2013. The responses were inspiring…beach cart wheels

“Volunteering once a month at least for the less fortunate…”

“…spend more time with those who make me happy…”

“Accept the power and necessity of rest.”

“Commit a random act of kindness every week…”

A common theme was to surround yourselves with happy, positive people – to look on the brighter side of things, not take people for granted, and to be a kinder person. You also wanted to eat healthier and exercise more – a very common resolution. We’d like to suggest:

Try to eat at least one completely organic meal each week.

Go meat-free at least one day a week. Explore your veggies!

Start slow – add one hour per week to your exercise routine.

Shop at Earth Fare! :)

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2013!

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Merry Christmas from Santa Jack!

There is no getting without giving. There is no “me” without “we.” There is no Earth Fare without you. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Bonus: Check out these fun shots of Santa visiting Family Dinner Night. To be fair, most of these were Santa’s helpers, but we’re pretty sure one of the them was THE real Santa. Can you spot him? Point him out in the comments.

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Holiday Party Hit: Baked Brie

Ingredients:
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries                  1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots                       1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds                                  1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/4 cup local honey                                       1 wheel (8oz) Brie
1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme              1 egg white

Holiday Baked Brie

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cranberries, apricots, almonds, honey, thyme, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Roll puff pastry to 12 inch square. Trim top rind off Brie and center cheese on pastry. Top with fruit mixture.
Beat egg white and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Brush egg wash along pastry edges. Gather dough up around Brie, twisting into a topknot. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
Brush pastry lightly with egg wash and place on a parchment-lined baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes.

Serve with crostini, pita chips or crackers. Enjoy!

 

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Merry Christmas from Earth Fare, baby!

Santa is understandably busy this time of year. Who does he trust to bring you FREE stocking stuffers? Earth Fare, baby!

Watch for Earth Fare emails Dec. 10-18, 2012. Over 10 days we’re bringing 5 cool, FREE items to your stocking, including Zum Soaps, Broo Shampoo, Pacifica Candles, Badger Hand Balm and Vita Rocks supplements.

Sign up at Welcome Home today to make sure you don’t miss any of these giveaways.

 

Special thanks to our singer Kristi Westphal of Earth Fare’s Charlotte, NC (Ballantyne) store.

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Santa Claus is coming to Earth Fare!

He’s making a list
and checking it twice.
Bring your kids to Family Dinner Night,
and they’ll think you’re real nice.

They’ll sit on Santa’s lap
and smile with glee,
and you will too,
because pictures are FREE!

So join us Thursday night
for healthy holiday fun.
When you spend $5,
meals are FREE for your l’il ones!

Family Dinner Night with Santa

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Mystery Coupon Week – Food Demystified

Mystery CouponThis week in stores, when you spend $60, you’ll receive a Mystery Coupon for a free brie, $10, $25, or $50. NOT BAD! But you won’t know what you win until you open the envelope. Hence, the mystery.

In the spirit of mystery, we made a Facebook post of the Great Food Mysteries that have been nagging us for many a meal. These were real curiosities of ours, for which we had no answers.

Food Mysteries

Well wouldn’t you know it, Lou Cypher, a customer of our Birmingham, Alabama store, went through and demystified each and every comestible conundrum. Thanks, Lou! Here are those amazing answers in full:

1. Cocoa solids contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain.

2. Yeast converts the fermentable sugars present in dough into the gas carbon dioxide. This causes the dough to expand or rise as gas forms pockets or bubbles.

3. The bacterium Proteus on the dog’s paws.

4. Agitating the milk damages membranes surrounding the globules of fat, allowing them to conjoin, producing butter. Adding acidity to milk in combination with the enzyme rennet cause it to coagulate, producing cheese.

5. Sulfur compounds contribute to the smell and taste of garlic. Allicin has been found to be the compound most responsible for the “hot” sensation of raw garlic. The process of cooking garlic removes allicin, thus mellowing its spiciness. Allicin, along with its decomposition products diallyl disulfide and diallyl trisulfide, are major contributors to the characteristic odor of garlic. When eaten in quantity, garlic may be strongly evident in the diner’s sweat and garlic breath the following day. This is because garlic’s strong-smelling sulfur compounds are metabolized, forming allyl methyl sulfide.

6. SGLT1 receptors on the tongue transport sugars into cells only when sodium is present.

7. Honey can spoil if exposed to excess humidity. The key to preservation is limiting access to humidity. In its cured state, honey has a sufficiently high sugar content to inhibit fermentation. If exposed to moist air, its hydrophilic properties will pull moisture into the honey, eventually diluting it to the point that fermentation can begin.

8. You poop it out the next day.

9. As onions are sliced or eaten, cells are broken, allowing enzymes called alliinases to break down amino acid sulfoxides and generate sulfenic acids. A specific sulfenic acid, 1-propenesulfenic acid, formed when onions are cut, is rapidly rearranged by a second enzyme, called the lachrymatory factor synthase or LFS, giving syn-propanethial-S-oxide, a volatile gas known as the onion lachrymatory factor or LF. The LF gas diffuses through the air and eventually reaches the eye, where it activates sensory neurons, creating a stinging sensation. Tear glands produce tears to dilute and flush out the irritant.

10. Certain compounds in asparagus are metabolized, giving urine a distinctive smell due to ammonia and various sulfur-containing degradation products, including various thiols and thioesters. These compounds originate in the asparagus as asparagusic acid and its derivatives, as these are the only sulfur-containing compounds unique to asparagus.

And because you read this far, follow this link back over to Facebook, like our page and get a $5 off coupon!

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Turkey, You So Funny

Two weeks ago we challenged you to tell us your funniest turkey joke in honor of Turkey Day. Honestly we were surprised that no one just sent us a photo of a turkey itself, because, well, just look at that thing. They’re HILARIOUS!

The 42 entries that we received were pretty dang funny, too. We giggled, chortled, snorted, and guffawed all the way through them.

Some of your gobbler jokes took the form of the classic dad-joke, like these:

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
A: I’ll let you know next week!

Q: What did the turkey say the day after Thanksgiving?
A: Curses! Foiled again…

And then there were more complex jokes that were funny, dry, and clever, but honestly a little on the macabre side and not-so-Earth-Fare-ish, like these:

A man buys a parrot, only to have it constantly insult him. He tries everything to make the parrot stop, but nothing works. Frustrated, the man puts the parrot in the freezer. After a few minutes the insults stop. The man opens the freezer and takes out the shivering parrot, who stammers, “S-s-sorry for being r-r-rude. Please f-f-forgive me.” Then, after a moment, the parrot softly asks, “W-w-what exactly d-d-did the turkey do?”

A man takes his turkey to the vet.
“My turkey is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?”
“Well,” said the vet, “let’s have a look at him.” So he picks the turkey up and examines his eyes, his waddle and beak.
Finally, he says, “I’m going to have to put him down.”
“What!? Just because he’s cross-eyed?”
“No, because he’s really heavy.”

But the joke that we’ll be telling our friends and families as we gather over great food and shared thanks, is this one:

Q: What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter?
A: “Quack! Quack!”

Our thanks to Tameka T. for submitting a joke that lets the turkey have the last laugh! The vegan dinner that you requested will be waiting for you at your Centerville, OH store. Gobble it up!

 

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