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Utah’s 2017 Best Bagger

We are so proud to announce that Kaylee Hudson, a Spanish Fork Macey’s team member, was named “Best Bagger” at the Utah Food Industry Association’s state Best Bagger competition yesterday. The contest was held at Thanksgiving Point and brought the top baggers from 24 stores face to face to claim the title of Utah’s Best Bagger. Kaylee will have several months to prepare before they head to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to represent Utah in the National Best Bagger Competition.

“It’s great being able to represent my store and show how important baggers are for our guests. It’s important to make sure everything is bagged correctly so guests receive their items undamaged and in great condition,” said Kaylee Hudson.

The Best Bagger competition is sponsored by the National Grocers Association. The competition evaluates baggers on speed, how heavy each bag is, and how products are grouped and organized inside each sack. Baggers of any age can compete. The national winner is selected during a contest at the National Grocer Associations annual conference and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

“We are so proud of Kaylee and can’t wait to have her represent us and Utah at the National competition,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Macey’s. “Our teams really care about our guests and I think the way our baggers pack their groceries shows that too.”

Make Dreams Come True

Make Dreams Come True for Utah Children August 1-31!

Starting August 1, we have the opportunity to help grant wishes for Utah children facing life-threatening and debilitating illnesses through our annual star icon drive for Make-A-Wish Utah. Every time you shop at our stores, you’ll be able to purchase a star and help grant a Utah child’s wish. Because of your generous support over the last ten years, we have been able to grant more than 115 wishes and make a difference for numerous children by providing experiences and adventures they otherwise might not get to participate in.

Wishes can range from travel opportunities to once in a lifetime experiences, but regardless of the nature of the wish, each one provides hope and smiles to children and their families. Most often, wishes are granted at a time that the child and their family need an extra boost to get through a difficult time.

We appreciate your support and can’t wait to help even more Utah children this year.

Happy July from Augason Farms

Happy July! It’s time for firecrackers and fireworks, gatherings with family and friends and delicious pancake breakfasts parties. To help you with all of your fun functions this month, Augason Farms is here to help you with all the food you’ll need to prepare.

For Your Breakfast Events

Pancake breakfasts are a popular event in Utah for both the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day. These are commonly bigger community gatherings, which means a lot of food is needed! Augason Farms has a number of delicious bakery mixes that can make your prep much easier. Here are a few of our most popular items and variations on how to prepare them.

  • Buttermilk Pancake Mix- Augason Farms Buttermilk Pancake Mix is made from high quality flours that are blended to perfection. All you need to do is add water to prepare them. Full of wholesome goodness and irresistible flavor, a plate of steaming hot buttermilk pancakes with your favorite fruit or syrup generously poured over the top makes a perfect breakfast.

Variations: Substitute water for sour cream to make a thick, tangy variation. Keep bowls of cut up fruit, like bananas, strawberries and blueberries, next to your griddles so anyone can easily customize their pancakes. Mix to easily and quickly make waffles, biscuits, muffins and scones. The possibilities are abundant!

  • Honey White Bread, Scone & Roll Mix- Augason Farms Honey White Bread, Scone and Roll Mix is a delicious, nourishing mix that can be used in a variety of ways. It is simple to make—just add water, oil and yeast. Their satisfying flavor and texture is filling and nourishing.

Variations: Scones are a favorite breakfast dish! Simply deep-fry the dough in vegetable or canola oil and top with honey butter and powdered sugar. Follow the instructions for honey white bread, and add cinnamon chips to the dough for a spicy twist to your favorite French toast.

  • Blueberry Muffin Mix- Augason Farms Blueberry Muffin Mix is simple to make and full of flavorful blueberry bits. A baking classic with a touch of homemade goodness, these muffins are a welcome treat with the sweet taste of just picked blueberries.

Variations: For a zesty and tasty breakfast treat, bake the muffin mix in a doughnut pan. Mix up a glaze of powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and a splash of milk and top with the doughnuts once they’re out of the oven.

Augason Farms is offering a special promotion this month only: Buy peanut butter and eggs and get buttermilk pancakes for free!

Keep Grains in Your Diet

Wheat and gluten have been getting a bad reputation lately, but unless you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of whole grains. Here are a few benefits to including oats, wheat products and granola in your daily diet.

  1. Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, particularly oats. Because fiber digests slowly, fiber helps you feel fuller for longer. It can also help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  2. Whole grains promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. Not only can whole grains like wheat, oats and brown rice lower your “bad” cholesterol, it can also help lower triglycerides—both of which are major contributors to heart disease. It can also help lower your blood pressure.
  3. Whole grains can help you control your weight. One study revealed that women who consumed whole grains, versus refined grains, had a 49% lower risk of weight gain over a period of time.

It doesn’t have to be hard to find grains and oats to use in your meal planning. Augason Farms has a variety of delicious grain products that you can keep stocked in your pantry and food storage for your everyday and emergency needs, including:

  • Augason Farms Regular Rolled Oats– these make for a good hot or cold cereal that gives long lasting energy and can be added to many recipes, including protein bites, granola and smoothies.
  • Augason Farms Long Grain Brown Rice- Brown rice bran and germ layers contain more nutrients than white rice, making it a naturally healthy choice for your food storage supply and everyday use. And because it stays fluffy after cooking, it’s ideal for use in salads, casseroles and stir-fry dishes.
  • Augason Farms Hard White Wheat- When ground, hard white wheat produces light colored flour, while retaining its whole grain goodness and nutrition. It’s perfect for bread making, especially French bread and pizza crusts.

The best part is, when you buy Augason Farms’ products, you are choosing to purchase high quality products that you can feel good about. We are proud to provide our customers with solutions for long-term storage and short-term emergency preparedness.

 

Celebrate Mom

How are you celebrating mom this Mother’s Day?

Every mother likes to be reminded that she is loved and her hard work is appreciated. This Mother’s Day show your mother how much you care in a different and simple way. We have put together a list of creative ways to do that; whether with a beauty basket or her favorite treat.

  • Beauty Basket: A beauty basket for my beautiful mother. Happy Mother’s Day!
  • Fruit Basket: You are one in a melon and a grape mom. Orange you glad you are the apple of my eye?  Thanks for being the berry best mom ever!
  • Baked Goods Basket: I “donut” know what I would do without you Mom. So here is a little yummy for your tummy to say thanks! Happy Mother’s Day!
  • Oreo’s: Thanks to you mom I am one smart cookie.
  • Reese’s: There are a million “Reese’s” why I love you Mom!
  • LifeSavers: You are a LifeSaver Mom!
  • Extra gum: I hope this Mother’s Day is “Extra” special just like you.
  • Almond Joy: It is a joy to have you as my Mom!
  • Nuts: I am totally “nuts” about how amazing you are!
  • Popcorn: “POP, POP, POP, POP, oh what a great mom we’ve got!”
  • M&M’s: You are a Magnificent & Marvelous MOM!

Whether you decide to get mom a beauty basket or her favorite treat, Macey’s has some great savings for the month of May that are perfect for any mom.

  • Save $1.00 on any Dove Women’s products.
  • Save $1.50 on any Bleve makeup item valued at $1.99 or more.
  • Save $4.00 on any Bleve Skin Care item.
  • Save $4.00 with purchase of two Bleve Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion or Body Wash.
  • Save $2.00 on fresh strawberries with purchase of two Ghirardelli Melting Wafers.

Don’t Forget! Your local grocery store has all the products listed above, cards, gift cards and flowers to impress mom this Mother’s Day.

 

All things vegetables with Augason Farms

This month’s newsletter is dedicated to all things vegetables! With winter finally behind us and spring in full swing, it’s a good time to start thinking about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits offers many benefits:

  • Having a diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke and protect against certain types of cancer
  • Vegetables and fruits high in fiber may reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • Vegetables and fruits rich in potassium may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and decrease bone loss
  • Switch out vegetables that are lower in calories per cup, instead of some higher-calorie food may be helpful to lower calorie intake

In this newsletter, you’ll find some of Augason Farm’s most popular vegetable products, tips and tricks to get your kids to eat more veggies and helpful information on starting your own spring garden.

Augason Farms Vegetables

When people think about emergency food storage, most tend to think about flour, sugar, potato gems and dehydrated meat, or lots of carbohydrate and protein products. But when you are building your food storage for a stockpile or your pantry, it’s important that you have fruits and vegetables for vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. However, storing fruits and vegetables can be difficult, and this is why Augason Farms offers freeze-dried and dehydrated vegetables, along with vegetable seeds, to ensure you can have healthy foods on hand at all times!

Our dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables function as a great snack, can be a cheaper option for using veggies when they’re out of season and serve as an excellent source of nutrition following a major emergency. Plus, it’s a quick alternative to canning and freezing. Our team works to ensure that every vegetable we provide offers the highest nutritional benefit, with top-of-the-line flavor and quality. Here are some popular veggies products our customers love to have on hand:

Augason Farms Dehydrated Diced Carrots – With all the same vitamins as fresh carrots, these are peeled and diced and ready to add to your favorite soups, salads or side dishes.

Augason Farms Dehydrated Cut Onions – A simple no-prep, no-tears way to add full-bodied flavor to soups, gravies and sauces. Just add water to make a rich, flavorful chicken broth.

Augason Farms Dehydrated Potato Slices– Skip the prep work and add these hassle-free sliced potatoes to casseroles, soups, or potato salads.

Kids and Vegetables

Tips and tricks to get them to eat their greens

The biggest battle around the family dinner table usually centers on getting kids to eat—especially their vegetables. While the thought of getting children to try peas, Brussels sprouts or red bell peppers can seem daunting and nearly impossible, there are a few things that you can do to help your kids cultivate a positive experience with their food.

  • Be a good role model. Research shows that many kids tend to model their eating habits after their parents.
  • Enforce the one bite rule. Encourage your children to at least try any vegetables that are on their plate. They don’t have to like it, but they do have to try it.
  • Sneak the vegetables in. Children are more willing to eat their veggies if they’re found in a cheesy casserole or blended in a smoothie (fruit will always dominate the veggie flavors).
  • Feed them what they will eat. If your kids like tomatoes and baby carrots, always have some on hand. Serve them new vegetables with more familiar ones, so that even if they don’t like the new ones, you know that they will still eat something.

Spring Garden Tips and Tricks

The cold weather behind us, and summer is knocking on our door. Now is a great time to plant your spring garden with Augason Farms’ Vegetable Garden Seeds. These 13 hardy seed varieties are specially selected for their storage capability, first-rate flavor, and high yields and proven adaptable to almost any region. As you get prepped to plant your garden this year, here are a few suggestions to help you maximize your harvest:

  • Clear your garden and remove any debris from winter
  • Revitalize the soil by adding organic material like compost
  • Trim old plants so they’ll grow anew

As a special offer in May, our customers can buy 3 Augason Farms Vegetables and get $3 off! Be sure to check out all of the delicious vegetable products that Augason Farms has to offer. We only offer high-quality products, so you never have to be concerned over nutritional benefits. It’s our top priority to our customers.