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Local Produce

from our state to your plate

At our store, we partner with numerous local farmers and producers to bring you the freshest, most delicious fruits and veggies. These farmers and their families work hard to bring you corn, squash, beets, peas, apples, tomatoes and more. 

Click here to meet some of the farmers you help support when you shop with us.

Be sure to check out our blog that includes in-season produce guides, recipes highlighting produce, as well as fresh produce hacks and more.

cajun fried corn on the cob

Cajun Fried Corn on the Cob

two pieces of cajun fried corn on the cob

Make this recipe with cornfidence! Spice up your corn on the cob with some Cajun flavor. Visit our Saturday tent sales from 9am-2pm to get local corn at 12 for just $5.00! Learn more by visiting our Weekly Ad.

Watch the full recipe video here!

Ingredients:

6 cups vegetable oil

12 (6-inch) wooden skewers

6 medium ears fresh white corn, silks and husks removed, cut crosswise in half

1 large egg

½ cup whole milk

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

1/3 cup buttermilk ranch dressing

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

Attach deep fryer thermometer to side of large saucepan; add oil and heat over medium heat 10 minutes or until oil temperature reaches 325°. Insert skewers halfway into 1 end of each piece of corn.

In wide, shallow dish, whisk egg, milk, salt and pepper. In separate wide, shallow dish, whisk flour and Cajun seasoning.

In 4 batches, roll corn in egg mixture, then in flour mixture to coat, shaking off excess; carefully add to hot oil and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Transfer corn to paper towel-lined rimmed baking pan; cool 5 minutes.

Drizzle corn with dressing; sprinkle with onions.

Chef Tip

Use caution when frying corn, some kernels may pop while in hot oil.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 corn skewer): 167 Calories, 13g Fat (2g Saturated), 11mg Cholesterol, 194mg Sodium, 11g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 2g Sugars, 2g Protein

chilled cherry dessert in a martini glass with cherries spread around the bottom

Chilled Cherry Dessert

chilled cherry dessert in a martini glass with cherries spread around the bottom

This chilled dessert is the cherry on top of a week of sweet cherry savings! Celebrate our very cherry week with $1.77lb Northwest Sweet Cherries and local produce from some of our favorite family farms. Visit the full Weekly Ad to see more deals!

Click here to visit our YouTube page and watch the full recipe video.

Ingredients:

4 cups pitted fresh sweet cherries

1cup vanilla yogurt plus additional for garnish

½ cup white grape juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 pinch cinnamon

Toasted slivered almonds (optional)

Instructions:

In blender or bowl of food processor with knife blade attached, purée cherries 5 to 10 seconds or until cherries are coarsely chopped. Scrape down bowl, and add yogurt, juice, honey and cinnamon. Purée 5 to 10 seconds or just until combined (mixture will be slightly chunky).

Transfer mixture to large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

To serve, pour into glasses or bowls. Garnish each with yogurt and almond slivers, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 173 Calories, 3g Fat (1g Saturated), 8mg Cholesterol, 31mg Sodium, 35g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 4g Protein

Seven Steaks of Summer

Certified Angus Beef’s Seven Steaks of Summer

Summer is here—there’s no better time to celebrate grilling a delicious Certified Angus Beef steak on the barbecue!

For each purchase of Select 7 steaks of Summer packages get one entry to win groceries for a year. The promotion runs for 7 weeks with a different type of  steak each week:

Week 1- May 29 T-Bone

Week 2 – June 5 New York Strip

Week 3 – June 12 Boneless Ribeye

Week 4 – June 19  Top Sirloin Steak

Week 5- June 26 Bone-In Ribeye

Week 6 -July 3 Petite Sirloin

Week 7- July 10  Tri Tip 

Use your rewards phone number during checkout to be entered!  Click here for no purchase necessary and see official rules for details.

Nerds Painting

watercolor painting with nerds candy in cups with colors

Release your inner artist with this super unique watercolor technique! A delicious snack and your watercolor palette, the beloved candy Nerds is the base to your craft.

All you need is few basic supplies and you have yourself a fun afternoon full of sweets, pretty pictures and sunshine.

Supplies:

  • Nerds (preferably the small individual color boxes)
  • Cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

Pour each color of Nerds into a separate cup. Pour water in each cup until Nerds are covered. The more water the more diluted the watercolor will be. Mix water and Nerds so the color candy coating is released into water. Grab a piece of paper and paintbrush and start creating your Nerd masterpiece. Have fun!

Yogurt-Marinated Petite Sirloin Steak & Potato Salad

wooden table with steak and a potato salad on a plate

This fool proof yogurt marinated steak recipe is sure to become one of your favorites. Pick up petite sirloins steaks on sale this week and throw together a meal fit for royalty! Visit our Weekly Ad to get the deal and follow the recipe video here.

Ingredients:

4 petite sirloin steaks (about 6 ounces each)

¾ cup lemon garlic Greek yogurt dressing

8 (10-inch) wooden skewers

1 pound red potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 refrigerated hard-cooked eggs, chopped

1 Roma tomato, chopped

¼ cup quartered radishes

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

1tablespoon chopped fresh basil

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ cup loosely packed baby arugula

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

Place steaks in large zip-top plastic bag; pour ½ cup dressing over steaks. Seal bag, pressing out any excess air; refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

Soak skewers in water 30 minutes. Heat large saucepot of salted water to a boil over high heat; add potatoes and cook 10 minutes; drain and let cool.

Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Cut potatoes into quarters; toss with oil in large bowl. Thread potatoes onto skewers. Place skewers on hot grill rack; cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are crisp, turning once; let cool.

Turn off burners on 1 side of grill. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on hot grill rack over lit side of grill; cover and cook 6 minutes, turning once. Transfer steaks to unlit side of grill; cover and cook 4 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140° for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to cutting board; tent with aluminum foil and let stand 5 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise 5 to 10° upon standing.)

Remove potatoes from skewers. In large bowl, toss eggs, tomato, radishes, onion, basil, salt, pepper, remaining ¼ cup dressing and potatoes until combined; fold in arugula and cheese. Serve steaks with potato salad.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 715 Calories, 44g Fat (14g Saturated), 329mg Cholesterol, 742mg Sodium, 30g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 6g Sugars, 3g Added Sugars, 49g Protein

strawberry arugula and quinoa salad with asparagus in a bowl

Strawberry, Arugula & Quinoa Salad

strawberry arugula and quinoa salad in a white bowl with a side bowl of fresh strawberries

Enjoy celebrating the fresh produce of summer with this delicious strawberry, arugula, and quinoa salad.

Shop our Weekly Ad to get a deal on strawberries and throw together this delicious meal! For the recipe video click here.

Ingredients:

½ bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 package (8.8 ounces) ready to serve white & red quinoa

2 cups loosely packed arugula

2 cups halved fresh strawberries

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

Heat large saucepot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add asparagus; cook 1½ minutes. Transfer asparagus to bowl filled with ice water; once cooled, drain and pat dry.

In large bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper; whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil until emulsified. Add quinoa, arugula and asparagus; toss to combine. Fold in strawberries and cheese. Makes about 7 cups.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 185 Calories, 12g Fat (4g Saturated), 17mg Cholesterol, 517mg Sodium, 18g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 7g Sugars, 4g Added Sugars, 5g Protein

Corn on the Cob 5 Ways

Grilled corn on the cob is a staple side dish for every summertime barbecue. The classic grilled corn smothered in butter, salt and pepper is always a hit but kick up the flavor a notch with these five ways to dress up your corn on the cob.

Bacon Cheddar: Spread low fat mayonnaise on warm corn. Roll in grated cheddar cheese and chopped cooked bacon.

Mexican Style: Spread low fat mayonnaise on warm corn. Roll in crumbed cotija or feta cheese. Sprinkle with chile powder. Top with fresh lime juice if desired.

Garlic Old Bay Butter: Mix together 4 tablespoons butter, softened, 1 small garlic clove, pressed, and 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning. Spread on corn and sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning.

Italian Style: Spread pesto on corn and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan.

Buffalo Grilled Corn: Top corn with butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

Camping & Summer Travel with Augason Farms

AS THEY SAY “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” 

Carefree traveling doesn’t mean caution-free traveling. Emergencies can, and often do, occur while you are on the road and far away from home. Taking a small amount of time to do your homework before you set out may pay off in a big way if you encounter an emergency situation. Below are a handful great tips as well as links to go-to experts in the field of having fun…safely.

Going Camping?

Proper preparation and planning is half the battle when facing an emergency situation in the great outdoors. The US Forest Service lists “traveling with a companion” at the top of their list of outdoor safety tips. And, it’s a critical one. Emergencies can be as simple as spraining an ankle which can render a hiker immobile, especially on rough terrain.  Be sure to visit https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/safety/safety.shtml to brush up on all of their excellent tips for outdoor adventures.

Heading to the Beach?  

Take time to scan the beach for critical safety information before staking a claim on your beach space. Most public beaches post beach rules, safety and warning signs, and/or color-coded warning flags.  Visit https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/12814-the-complete-list-of-beach-flags-and-warning-signals to become familiar with the color coding warning flags, as they are not accompanied with explanatory text. On this site you will also find examples of safety and warning signs, many of which are universally recognized.

Traveling Overseas?

Here’s a tip that you may not have thought of: always take a business card from the front desk of your hotel. That way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language.  Great advice. It’s what Travel & Leisure listed at the top of their “12 Tips to Make International Travel Easier” blog. They also suggest checking the State Department’s travel warnings and alerts as well as printing out the address and contact information of the local embassy (don’t rely on having access to the internet). Check out their remaining tips here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/12-tips-to-make-international-travel-easier.  It’s well worth your time if you’re internationally bound.

Whether you travel far and wide, or a few hours away, take into consideration these additional tips:

Medical Services. Review your insurance policy ahead of time so you are familiar with service providers and medical facilities that are covered out of state or out of country. Be sure to find out where they are located, phone numbers, and hours of operation. It’s a good idea to write these down just in case internet service is compromised.

Water. This is arguably the most important commodity in an emergency. No matter where you travel, pack an empty, lightweight water filtration bottle in each of your family member’s travel bag. They’re easy to pack and are a wise alternative to plastic water bottles which, as you know, won’t make it past security checkpoints. Also keep in mind that drinking fountains are highly regulated in most places and can provide safe, clean sources of water. (Mobile apps have even been developed to assist you in finding nearby drinking fountains.)

Food.  This is tricky, especially if you’re traveling a significant distance or internationally. If you’re traveling in a vehicle, don’t leave home without an emergency food supply [link to 72-hour emergency pail]. This will keep you nourished if you have a breakdown or make a wrong turn.  If you are traveling by air, you can easily pack freeze dried fruits [link to freeze dried strawberry slices] and granola in airtight snack bags. You’ll have great tasting nutrition whether you get stuck in the airport, on the tarmac, or circling to land. These snack bags are also good to have once you’re on the ground and waiting for a taxi or trying to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city.

Staying Connected.  Since communication is all-important during emergencies, mobile phones are likely the best life-saving device you can own. Not only can they serve as radios and sources of information, you can load them up with apps from alert-services to shelter maps. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if you’ll have service in the country you’re traveling to. Roaming charges can be expensive, but a high phone bill is worth it if it keeps you safe. Don’t forget an extra phone charger.

Radio Access: Take a minute to go online and search for local radio frequencies that will provide critical emergency notifications and updates. Again, it’s wise to make a written note…just in case.

Documentation. Take written lists of your prescription medications, jot down insurance company contacts, and take copies of important documents such as passports and birth certificates.  Alternatively, upload them to your own secure cloud server as backup. Whether digitally or electronically, always keep these within close reach no matter where in the world you are. Don’t forget that an easy way to digitally store important documents is to simply take a picture.

We think it’s worth repeating the “Know Before You Go” adage as we wrap up this blog because…it just can’t be emphasized enough.

Happy and safe travels this summer!

Summer Planning with Augason Farms

THIS SUMMER ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS…WITH A BACK-UP PLAN

One of the most critical skills our ancestors mastered is one that most of us rarely think about; much less know how to do – building an adequate shelter in an emergency situation. You’ve likely heard in the news, situations that have cropped up when a simple afternoon adventure turned in to a serious emergency. As you plan your summer outings this year, keep in mind some of the situations that can—and do—arise when least expected:

  • Hiking – flash floods, sudden blizzards and becoming lost are just a few surprises that can turn a day hike into a serious overnight adventure.
  • Off-Road Vehicles – if it has an engine, it will eventually breakdown. Your ability to construct a safe shelter could make a prolonged breakdown a bearable—if not survivable—situation.
  • Hunting & Fishing Trips – many a hunter and fisherman or woman have found themselves stranded and lost after the adrenaline of maneuvering through the backcountry to pursue their game leaves them well off the beaten path.
  • Sightseeing – it’s easy to wonder away from your group when taking in the sights of an unfamiliar locale. Knowing how to construct a temporary shelter can buy you valuable time for rescue teams to locate you.

Constructing a survival shelter is an easy-to-learn and invaluable way to help you survive an emergency situation that arises even in the most unexpected situations.

Shelter Location

There are a few crucial points to remember when considering where to build. First, consider a location that will help you conserve energy. For example, if you are going to need natural materials like sticks and leaves for your shelter, make sure you choose a location near those materials. Also, try to position yourself near a water source but not directly on it (so you can avoid any possibly flooding issues). If you choose to set up under a large tree, make sure you avoid setting up under trees with dead branches. They can come down in the slightest of wind. Finally, consider factors like what direction the wind blows in your shelter site so you can avoid having smoke engulf your shelter. Following these few simple tips can improve your emergency survival situation. For more tips on choosing a survival shelter location, check out www.thesurvivalmom.com.

Shelter Materials

The good news is that there are many different types of survival shelters, so you can determine which type will offer the best protection to you based on your surroundings, the weather, and the materials available to you. Here are a few shelters to become familiar with:

  • Lean-To: A lean-to is one of the simplest and most frequently constructed primitive shelters. Meant to protect against wind and rain, it can be set up in less than an hour with a variety of materials. It’s a great option as a temporary shelter while you take the time to build a sturdier shelter.
  • Round Lodge: Part tipi and part wicki-up, a round lodge can block wind, rain, cold, and sun. It can also accommodate a small fire for light and heat, since it typically has a small hole at the top.
  • Ramada: A ramada is made with four posts, some lightweight beams, and some type of canopy to block out the sun. This type of shelter is most suitable for dry, hot climates, since it won’t protect against rain.
  • Wedge Tarp: With its 5 tie down points, the wedge tarp provides an aerodynamic shape that should resist even the most biting wind and driving rain. As an added bonus, this shelter can also serve as a water collector at the same time!
  • Tarp Wing: This unconventional tarp configuration is a great shelter solution that can, depending on the size of the tarp, give you great rain/sun protection over a large area.
  • Tarp Tipi: A tarp tipi only requires a bit of rope, some poles, and a tarp, and is one of the most versatile and mobile shelters. It’s so versatile and easy to put together that you may want to keep all of the supplies in a kit next to all of your other survival emergencies supplies.
  • A-Frame Tarp Shelter: A-frame shelters are a tarp design that go up fast and give great coverage against rain and wind, when built close to the ground.
  • Wickiup: A wickiup is similar to a tipi, but is made from poles, brush and vegetation, and is best used in climates with occasional rain or hot, dry climates.
  • Leaf Hut: A leaf hut is a two-sided, wedge-shaped lean-to with much better weatherproofing and insulating qualities.

Depending on the climate and environment you live in, it might be best to have some shelter materials assembled into a type of shelter kit that is easy to travel with, so you know you always have a way to construct a shelter, if necessary.

Shelter PLUS Food & Water

Knowing how to build a shelter to protect you and your family from the elements is invaluable in the face of an emergency. This summer, don’t take food and water for granted and make sure you are well prepared. Here are two light weight, compact, and easy-to-carry solutions: Augason Farms 72 Hour 1 Person Emergency Food Pail (weighs just 4 pounds, available at select Macey’s) and the Survival Spring Compact Water Filter (only 2 ounces, available through Augason Farms).

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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!