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Nugget Markets “Fresh to Market” April 15, 2011

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Earth & Vine – Marinades and Vinaigrettes

Earth N Vine

Made locally in Loomis, all Earth & Vine products are made from 100 percent natural ingredients (utilizing as many California-grown ingredients as possible.) Try the Pineapple-Sake Marinade with our featured recipe.

JR Watkins – Home and Body Care

Jr Watkins

J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary line of personal care contains only natural, environmentally friendly ingredients from renewable resources, avoiding chemicals like parabens, sulfates, phthalates and more. We also love their natural cleaning products, made with pure vegetable oils and no animal bi-products, fillers or colors.

Capay Valley Viognier

Capay Valley Viognier

This wine is local and sustainably grown with a low carbon footprint. Viognier is a white variety originally from the Rhone Valley in France: a big, rich, viscous wine with beautiful floral and stone fruit (think peaches and nectarines) aromas and flavors, and a long finish.

OrganicGirl Organic Greens

Organic Girl Organic Greens

Some of our favorite organic greens come from our friends at OrganicGirl: a small group in Salinas Valley with a commitment to producing organic produce. They grow their products in harmony with the earth and cultivate them with a keen eye for superior quality. Plus, they use only 100 percent recycled plastic clamshells as packaging.

Upcoming Events

MIND Institute Matching Fund Drive—April 15 through April 30

In support of Autism Awareness Month, we’re extending our matching fund drive through April 30. Guests are invited to stop by any Nugget Markets to make a tax-deductible check-stand donation, benefiting the MIND Institute and its ongoing efforts in autism research. Nugget Markets will also donate a matching contribution up to $2,000.

Nugget Markets/American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Matching Fund Drive

Nugget Japan Relief

From 3/15 through 4/01, our generous guests contributed $4,105.46 and we matched that amount for a total donation of $8,210.92 to the Red Cross and its efforts to aid those affected by the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami. Red Cross reps Vicki Faye and Dawn Lindblom receive our fund drive donation from Harley Cantrell, store director of Nugget Market Woodland.

For more information on upcoming events in your community, please visit the events section of our Web site.

Fresh to Market
April 15, 2011
Volume 5, Issue 7

We hope you enjoyed reading this issue of Fresh to Market. Fresh to Market is a free, bi-weekly email publication of Nugget Market, Inc.

Prices valid 4/13/2011 – 4/19/2011.

Earth Day: Celebrating all things local, organic and California-grown!

Support Your Local Producers

Support Your Local Producers

As a locally owned company since 1926, Nugget Markets understands the value of supporting local products. With our new labeling system, now it’s easier for our guests to spot local, California-grown and organic products in our stores.

Find Out About FishWise


As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, Nugget Markets is engaged in an ongoing partnership with FishWise, a sustainable seafood non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California. We are excited to announce that this year Greenpeace International has given our stores a score of 83 on their annual sustainable seafood report.

Organic Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup Organic

This soup has only seven ingredients, but the caramelized onions and chicken stock add deep flavor to the dish without overwhelming the delicate carrots.  This soup works chilled or at room temperature, which makes it a great springtime starter.

Pineapple-Sake Glazed Fresh to Market Chicken

Pineapple Sake Glazed Ftm Chicken

This dish is incredibly easy, and made entirely with local ingredients. It's a whole roasted bird with a delicious glaze from our friends at Earth & Vine.

It’s Picnic Weather!

Cheese Picnic

Now that things have warmed up a bit, try packing a local, sustainable picnic featuring some of our favorite products from our specialty cheese department:

  • Goat Cheddar, Feta and Chevre from Redwoodhill Farms Goat Cheeses: All-natural, certified humane and produced locally and sustainably in Sebastopol, California.
  • Meyer Lemon & Garlic Olives from Orchard Maid: All-natural, produced sustainably and locally in San Francisco
  • Renaissance Toscano Salame from Columbus Renaissance Salame: All-natural and produced locally in San Francisco
  • Parmesan Breadsticks from United Bakery Breadsticks: All-natural, produced locally in West Sacramento

Health Notes with Dr. LizDr Liz

Primer on Buying Organic, Local and Sustainable Products

What is considered local?

Nugget Markets considers a product to be local if it is produced within 100 miles of our corporate headquarters in Woodland, California.

What is considered California-grown?

Nugget Markets considers any product that is produced or grown in the state of California to be California-grown.

Why buy local or California-grown?

Buying locally produced foods has many advantages, such as reducing gas emissions by keeping delivery routes shorter. Buying local also means supporting your local economy in working with nearby farmers and ranchers in addition to preserving local agricultural heritage. Most locally grown produce is picked at the height of its ripeness and this translates into excellent flavor.

What does "certified" organic mean?

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service National Organic Program (NOP) oversees the certification of producers and handlers of agricultural products according to specific organic regulations. These regulations include growing and producing foods without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Some farmers may farm organically but cannot pay the cost to become certified organic.

Is organic food more nutritious than conventional food?

The jury is still out on this question. There have been many scientific studies that found that there was no appreciable difference in nutrient content in organically grown vs. conventionally grown produce. But other studies show that organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain more health-boosting compounds. A recent study from Washington State University did find that organic strawberries not only had better taste but higher nutrient content.

Is organic food safe?

Certified organic means no pesticide use, but it does not mean you don’t have to thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables to free them of dirt and other debris.

How do I find organically, locally or California-grown products in Nugget Markets?

We have created lists of products sold in Nugget Markets that are grown and produced organically, locally or within California. You can download the lists at home at These items are flagged on the aisles with icons to make searching for these products easy. Please remember, it is still important to read the labels, as ingredients and manufacturers can change.

What makes something sustainable?

Sustainable agriculture refers to farming or food production that takes into consideration natural and human resources, such as ecological preservation, humane treatment of animals, fair treatment of the farm labor force and support for rural communities. The food producer has stewardship of these resources for the present and the future as an important consideration in its business plan.

How do I know if the seafood I purchase is sustainable?

Here at Nugget Markets, we understand the importance of transparency and are proud to provide the necessary tools for our guests to make educated choices. In our fresh seafood cases, you will notice that all of the seafood labels list the catch method, as well as a color-coded sustainability ranking:

  • Green – Best Choice
    These species are from sources that are well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.
  • Yellow – Good Alternative
    These species are from fisheries or farms with good qualities, but some associated environmental concerns.
  • Red – Unsustainable
    These species are caught or farmed in ways that can cause harm to the environment.

These rankings take into account many factors, such as species’ abundance and the management practices of the fishery and farm. We take great care in labeling our seafood so you can make informed and environmentally responsible purchases at our seafood cases. As a company, we also support environmental causes and policies with an emphasis on ocean conservation. Please visit for more on this ranking system.

Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

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