May 9, 2015
Join us on Saturday morning, May 9, for a free composting workshop for the home gardener with the Center for EcoTechnology. Find out how easy it is to compost, and start turning your organic waste into a rich, toxic-free fertilizer for your garden and lawn. Meet in the Wild Oats cafe at 10 am. If the weather is good we will hold the workshop outdoors. Space is limited and preregistration is recommended. To register, please call (413) 458-8060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A signup sheet will go out around May 1. Compostable refreshments will be served! This workshop is free and open to all.
April 22, 2015
April 22 at 1 pm. Our friends from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will provide information and practical advice on renewable energy sources, including wind and solar sources, for homeowners and businesses. They will also discuss the incentives available through MassSave to Massachusetts residents who are interested in purchasing renewable energy. Wild Oats will research incentives that might be available to residents of Vermont and New York, so this workshop will be relevant to any of our customers who are interested in learning more about renewable energy sources. This workshop is free and open to all.
April 10, 2015
It’s our third annual Grilled Cheese Day, this year on Friday, April 10. We will have details to come – but for now just plan on scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches made with local artisan cheeses and our own breads, and our house-made creamy tomato soup. MMM!! On the hot bar all day 11:30 am-7:30 pm.
April 9, 2015
Eating with the Season: Ayurvedic Recipes, Herbs and Spices to Support the Transition into Spring
Ayurveda offers many gentle healing techniques for improving health and well-being, and for detoxifying your body and getting it ready for the warmer months. This hour-long free workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the history and philosophy of Ayurveda. Participants will sample and learn how to make a number of seasonal (spring) Ayurvedic dishes, and the instructor will discuss common kitchen herbs that can be made into delicious teas and spice blends to aid in our transition out of the long winter. The instructor, Emily Celeste Watts, is currently completing her certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. In addition to foods for the spring season, Emily will talk about daily Ayurvedic routines and practices that can help our bodies get read for spring.
Plan to join us for this free class, and take away a host of recipes and techniques to celebrate the spring season!
Emily Celeste Watts
Here are some spring Ayurvedic tips from Yogi Times. http://www.yogitimes.com/article/change-of-season-spring-ayurveda-tips-vikruti
And a pinterest page on the topic https://www.pinterest.com/IYAE/i-practice-ayurveda/
March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2-4 pm. Are you looking for a fun indoor activity to share with your kids, that’s also healthy and educational? Come to our cooking class for children and their parents, led by Heather Mumford, Wild Oats kitchen staffer and head of the Healthy School Lunch Program at Pine Cobble School. In this class we will create our very own recipe for Stone Soup, using lots of yummy ingredients from the co-op. We’ll learn how to shop for and prepare ingredients for a delicious, easy-to-make soup that we will sample in class. Each child will take home a container of ingredients that they have helped prepare, to make their own “Stone Soup” at home. This hands-on class is recommended for ages 6-11 (other ages are welcome, but the class is most suitable for 6-11 years old). Children will participate in age-appropriate food preparation tasks, while parents relax, ask questions, and receive tips from Heather on how to get their child excited about eating foods that are good for them. Class size limited – sign up today! For more information or to sign up, please contact email@example.com or call Robin at 413-458-5317.
March 21, 2015 – March 22, 2015
Maple Weekend is coming, March 21-22! Sugarhouses will be open to visitors, and restaurants around Massachusetts will feature menu items made with 100% pure Massachusetts maple syrup. Our bakery participates with some amazing bakery products using 100% pure maple products from Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, MA and Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown, MA. For more information on March Maple Weekend, visit the Massachusetts Maple Producers web site.
March 13, 2015
Our Winter Quarter Member Appreciation Day falls on Friday the 13th and just one week short of spring. If we’re lucky we’ll avoid a snowstorm like the one we had last year! Wild Oats member-owners save 5% on most products store-wide on Member Appreciation Day, and everyone, member and non-member alike, can take advantage of our wine & beer one-day-only special. We will have plenty of samples for you to try, from Wild Oats and from local suppliers, making Member Day a great to shop!
March 12, 2015
March 12, 7-9 pm, at MCLA’s Murdock Hall (Sammer Dennis Room), 375 Church Street, North Adams, Mass. There will be a showing of the movie Genetic Roulette, a film by Jeffrey Smith which documents the potential health risks of genetically engineered foods. The film will be followed by a short question-and-answer session with Ed Stockman, an organic farmer, GMO educator and activist, and co-founder of Mass Right to Know GMOs. Ed will also update the audience on the status GMO labeling legislation in Massachusetts. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
Sammer Dennis Room
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA
March 8, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 10:30 am. Join us for a tour of the maple sugaring operation at Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, Mass. We’ll be treated to a tasting of the different grades of maple syrup, each one slightly different in taste and sweetness, but all of them delicious. We’ll see the process of sap being turned into maple syrup – and for those who have the time and the appetite for a farmhouse breakfast, we will be offering 40% off coupon for brunch in the Ioka Calf-A that morning. Also – coupons for $2 off any local product at Wild Oats Market (and that, of course, includes Ioka Valley Farm 100% pure maple syrup).
February 27, 2015 – March 1, 2015
February 27-March 1, Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, Mass. Fresh Fest 2015 is sponsored by the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market. Admission is free. (Donations to benefit Images Cinema accepted.)
Fresh Fest concludes on March 1 with a showing of Food for Change, a documentary about food co-ops produced and directed by Steve Alves, a resident of Western Massachusetts and a member of the Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Mass. Food For Change tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. It is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security.
As Williamstown’s local food co-op, Wild Oats Market will be on hand for the screening of Food for Change (and we will have food with us).