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Ultimate Fall Pumpkin & Squash Guide

It is officially fall which means it is pumpkin & squash season. There are so many varieties to choose from and they each serve different purposes with baking, carving or décor. We have put together the ultimate pumpkin and squash guide to help you know what pumpkin or squash will work best for your fall festivities.

Apple Gourds This unique gourd has a nearly perfect apple shape. They are most often used in crafts and fall displays and can be painted red or made into birdhouses.
Mini Pumpkin The apprentice mini pumpkin is not quite a full-sized pumpkin which makes it great for the crafters and school classrooms.
Australian Blue Squash   Australian Blue Squash is a great treat from regular green and yellow squashes. This squash is quite large with a grayish blue, almost forest green exterior. The interior is a bright and tender orange, pumpkin tasting flesh.
Australian Green Squash   The Australian Green Squash is dark green with light colored dots. It also has small patches and faint stripes. The flesh is tender and delicious so perfect for baking.
Big Mac Big Mac pumpkins are extremely large, weighing anywhere between fifty and two hundred pounds. Big Mac pumpkins are not often used for cooking or baking due to their size the flesh becomes dry and fibrous. Most commonly the Big Mac pumpkin is used as a carving pumpkin.
Birdhouse Gourds   Birdhouse or bottle gourds are one of the thick-skinned gourds that are mainly used for crafts or decoration. Gourd birdhouses are attractive to many species of birds including wrens, chickadees, swallows, bluebirds, titmice, and nuthatches.
Blue Pumpkin Blue pumpkins aren’t sad. They’re supposed to be blue. These pumpkins are great for decorative usage and can be carved into blue Jack-O-Lanterns. They can also be used for baking; just peel and cut into pieces before baking.
Cinderella Pumpkins Cinderella Pumpkins feature an exotic blue color and an almost square appearance with deep ribbing. The inside has a deep orange, sweet flesh that can be used for pies, soup, and gourmet culinary delights.
Corn Stalks Dried Corn stalks are the perfect fall decorations. They are great for displaying on your porch with pumpkins and gourds.
Cushaw Squash The green-striped cushaw is technically a winter squash though it also produces a spring harvest. It has a tender, pale orange or yellow flesh and is most often pureed and used for baking. It has a very mild flavor that can be overpowered if not careful.
Jack-be-little Pumpkin These pumpkins can be orange or white, and are great for kids. Use them to decorate or they can be baked. Roasting with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and butter is a popular form of preparing these little gems.
Knucklehead Pumpkin   Knucklehead pumpkins are bright to deep orange in color and covered in varying amounts of warts, scabs or bumps. As the pumpkin matures the skin and warts will change from a dark green to completely orange although some warts will may display slight scabbing or green coloring. Similar to other varieties of pumpkins, Knuckleheads, have a hard, vertically ridged, thick rind and have many culinary and decorative uses.
Local Pumpkins   These pumpkins are perfect for carving a scary Jack-O-Lantern.
One Too Many Squash This well named, unique variety has pale red veins which become a darker red with time, giving it an unusual and attractive bloodshot-eye appearance. They are great for decorative use, carving, or making tasty pumpkin pies.
Ornamental Gourds Ornamental gourds are decorative on their own as natural birdhouses or in craft projects. The oddly-shaped colorful gourds often seen in autumn decorations and can be dried and saved for future years.
Sweet Lightning Pumpkin This unique white ornamental mini pumpkin feautures orange or green stripes.  These little treasures are fun to decorate with and great for kids.
Red Warty Thing Squash   Aptly named, this Red Warty Thing looks like an overgrown ornamental gourd. But don’t be fooled by its peculiar looks; not only is it a super fall decoration, the stringless, fine-grained flesh is of excellent eating quality.
Swan Gourds This gourd is dark green with cream flecks and is shaped just like a swan with a long, elegant neck. With their graceful form and alluring color, they are naturally ornamental and most often used as décor.
Turk Turban Squash   These come in bizarre shapes with extravagant coloration that vary from bright orange, to green or white. It has golden-yellow flesh and its taste is reminiscent to hazelnut. It is popular for centerpieces but can be sliced and hollowed to be filled with soup.
Uncle Fester Squash   This pink to orange Pumpkin has markings that grow to look like peanuts. You may not want to take it out to the ball park, but it will fit in nicely when decorating for fall. It can also be used for baking, just peel and cut it into pieces before baking.
White Ghost Pumpkin This pumpkin has a white skin and white flesh. It’s not good for eating, but perfect for a Jack-O-Lantern.

 

40% Off Meat Sale

Enjoy incredible savings this week at Macey’s with our 40% off meat sale! Juicy steaks from Certified Angus Beef, salmon fillets from Fog River and more are available in-store right now. Click the link below to access our Weekly Ad to view all of our meat items on sale. 

Since the 1970’s Certified Angus Beef Brand has been known for providing top quality cuts of beef that are renowned for their tenderness, flavor and marbling. You can rest assured that each bite of their delicious beef will be as great as the last. Enjoy exceptional savings on CAB beef products during our 40% off meat sale!

Rog River products provide a unique blend of quality and freshness that any seafood lover will appreciate. Their story beings 30 years ago with one commercial Salmon boat fishing out of Kenai, Alaska and transporting their small hand-picked percentage of each day’s catch overnight to Salt Lake City. Select Fog River products are available on our 40% off meat sale. 

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Quick & Easy Neighbor Gifts

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Spread the joy of the holiday season to your neighbor and friends with simple and delicious gifts you can buy while shopping at Macey’s. We have some amazing deals right now that are sure to delight your wallet and your neighbors.

Here are some great ideas:

Oranges:

  • Give a beautifully packaged gift box.
  • Create a orange wreath with cellophane  and bows.
  • Happy Holidays! Orange you glad we are neighbors? We are!

Hot Cocoa:

  • Simply place a bow on top of the canister or packaging and tada!
  • Warmest wishes this holiday season!
  • Baby it’s cold outside! So stay warm this holiday season!

Sparkling Cider:

  • Wishing you a sparkling holiday season!
  • We wish you a “sparkly” Christmas!

Baked goods:

  • You’re the best thing since sliced bread! Merry Christmas!
  • Wrap gift with “Baked with Love” tag.
  • We made this sweet treat for you to eat! Happy Holidays!

These are just a few simple ideas for your neighbor gifts.

Celebrate Kong’s 6th Birthday!

Its Kong’s birthday, time to celebrate!!

Come celebrate Kong’s birthday at Macey’s from August 15-18. There will be fun activities daily, doughnut walks, birthday cake samples and a Kong Kone eating contest.

Schedule

Saturday, August 18

  • 11:00-noon: Enjoy Kong birthday cake samples.
  • 2:00 pm: Kong Kone eating contest in the deli-win free Kong Kones for a year!

August 15-18

  • Doughnut walks at 3:00, 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Kong stickers and coloring pages for kids.

We hope to see you there!

Happy Shopping Spotlight: Ceilla

If you’ve recently stopped by the Macey’s in Logan for a Kong Kone or salad you’ve probably seen Ceilla, our service deli manager. Over the last 15 years, Cellia has worked in the butcher block, meat-deli department, and currently manages the service deli. Her dedication to great service has made her a guest favorite.

“I love helping customers and getting to know them,” Ceilla said when asked about her favorite part of working at Macey’s.

Celila is instrumental in creating the Happy Shopping experience Macey’s is known for. She goes above and beyond simply getting guests the deli items they need and makes an effort to get to know them. This has resulted in many lasting friendships with shoppers and her team. One of Ceilla’s favorite memories is when she and the other managers traveled to San Francisco to visit the Columbus meat factory to learn about the products. The trip helped the team bond and work better together.

“Ceilla is a great team member with a passion for our store and the service deli,” said Jordan Resch, the Logan store director. “She has a great selling mentality and cares a great deal for her team.”

Her passion for people goes beyond her customers and coworkers. Ceilla has six beautiful grandchildren. Each week on her day off she baby-sits two of them. She loves the time she gets to spend with her family.

Ask Ceilla what her favorite Macey’s product is and she’ll tell you Kong Kones. “It’s the best ice cream in town!” She also recommends trying the fresh-made doughnuts and smoked ribs.

We’re proud to have Ceilla on the Macey’s team in Logan. Next time you’re in the store, make sure to stop by and say hello.

 Macey’s Logan

The entire team at Macey’s in Logan embodies Happy Shopping in their commitment to helping each other out whenever and wherever someone needs help. The desire to help goes beyond the store walls. Macey’s is an active part of the Logan community and happily supports many local schools, charities, and participates in multiple community events. They’re also very proud of Cache Valley and our Utah State Aggies! Keep up the great work, team!

Redeem your wallet credits with Macey’s Anywhere

We are excited to announce Macey’s Anywhere® guests can now redeem their Macey’s Perks while shopping online!

If your Macey’s Perks card has already been added to your online Rosie account then there is no need to make adjustment. You’ll be able to use your wallet credits on your next order.

If your Macey’s Perks account is not set up with your Macey’s Anywhere account, click here for instructions. 

How to Redeem:

  • Your wallet credits can be redeemed during the third step of checkout.
  • Rosie will present you with your wallet credit balance and you can choose whether you would like to apply your entire balance, or wait to redeem the credits at another time.
  • To add your wallet credit balance, click the green ‘Add’ button.

Keep in mind…Wallet credits will be applied only to grocery items in your order. Credits will not be applied to taxes, convenience fees, bottle deposits, SNAP products or alcohol.

Shop now!

 

Macey’s Tooele Hosts Annual Kids Safety Fair

Macey’s Tooele recently hosted the annual Kids Safety Fair. The event brought together volunteers from Air Med, Tooele Fire Department, Highway Patrol, Tooele City Police Department, Tooele County Sheriff and the Mobile Command Center and Special Operations Division, Utah Poison Control, University of Utah Health Care, Tooele County Health Department, and Tooele County Emergency Management. Volunteers from each organization taught store guests and community members important safety tips and practices. The event, held at Macey’s Tooele, featured a DJ, hotdog and soda stand, fresh smoked ribs, and Macey’s Seafood Road Show.

A special thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event!

      

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, we have some great savings for the month of May that are perfect for any mom.

Check out our fresh floral department for beautiful bouquets and hanging baskets all moms will adore.

Your local grocery store has all the products listed above, cards, gift cards and flowers to impress mom this Mother’s Day.

 

Healthy Food Sampling at Macey’s Tooele

Saturday April 14th, Utah State University Extension Food $ense will be sampling veggies with a healthy ranch dip. Stop by the Tooele Macey’s between 10:00 am and noon to try this delicious recipe and discover how easy it is to make a healthy veggie dip.

This is part of a monthly healthy food sampling program that occurs the second Saturday of each month. The program is a partnership with Utah State University Food $ense and Live Fit Tooele County, a program of the Tooele County Health Department.

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Water & Food Guidelines with Augason Farms

HOW MUCH WATER & CALORIES DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE?

Late winter blizzards remind us that weather only teases the prospect of more temperate times through spring. In fact, wicked storms can creep well into spring and catch you by surprise. That may mean you have to shelter in your home for an extended period or it may mean you’re caught out in unexpected conditions. Transitioning seasons are times of year when you should be ready for temperature highs and lows. Whichever the scenario, it’s important to know how much food and water you need to survive.

There is no one answer to this question because of all the factors that go into survival. For example, if you are in a hot environment, you may dehydrate more quickly than in more temperate zones, whereas if you are in a cold environment, your body may metabolize more slowly, etc. Also important to consider is your fitness status, your height and weight (body mass) and your age.

Humans have been known to survive for as long as 21 days without either food or water, and as long as two months with water but no food. These are frighteningly long durations of time that no family should have to endure without food and water.

Calorie Guidelines 

The rule of thumb to maintain a healthy diet is 2,500 calories per day for a man, and 2,000 calories per day for a woman. There are lots of issues with these sums that go back to the many factors already mentioned. Without overcomplicating things, you may need more calories than that, but those are ballpark averages. It’s generally accepted that consuming less than 1,200 calories per day is unhealthy.

To dive deeper into the number of calories you and your adult family members may need, the “Mifflin-St Jeor Equation” is another tool to consider:

MEN: (9.99 x weight) + (6.25 x height) – (4.92 x age) + 5

WOMEN: (9.99 x weight) + (6.25 x height) – (4.92 x age) – 161

Note that in this equation, weight is in kilograms, height is in centimeters and age is in years. This calculation will inform you how many calories your body consumes when it is at rest. (To convert pounds to kilograms, multiply pounds by .45359. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.)

When it comes to building your family’s emergency food supply, always check the calorie counts and the source of those calories. Some manufacturers of emergency food kits tend to boost their calorie counts by including empty calories such as sugary drinks. Take the time to read the labels to help ensure a healthy outcome when faced with an emergency situation.

Water Guidelines

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related emergency preparedness and outbreak response has become one of the most significant and crucial public health issues in recent history. Having clean and safe water in an emergency situation to meet drinking, sanitation, and hygiene needs is essential for every person.

When building your family’s emergency water supply, experts recommend that you plan for a minimum of 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet. On a daily basis, that provides each person with 2 quarts for drinking and 2 quarts for cooking and personal hygiene. In survival situations it’s important to remember not to skimp on water; drink when you are thirsty.

Experts also recommend that you store enough water for at least three days. As the 2017 disasters have reminded us, it may take several hours if not days for emergency relief services to arrive at your home. Use the Emergency Water Supply Guide to calculate the minimum* amount of water your family will need for emergency durations up to 30 days.

*NOTE:  You’ll want to store more water for hot climates, pregnant or nursing women, and people who are ill.

Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

Live prepared!