This article was published in the April/May 2011 Wedge newsletter. The following information may be outdated.

News from Around the Store

From the Deli — Parties, Catering and Introducing Coconut Soft Serve

Wow your guests at spring and summer parties with food from the Wedge. The Deli cases are full of seasonal and special occasion items if you need something on a moment's notice. The catering menu is in the store and at www.wedge.coop along with information for ordering customized cakes and the popular Eco-Party Pack, which is especially nice for outdoor events.

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the Grilling Season and the Deli will be ready with potato and pasta salads, slaws, baked beans and chicken wings. The dessert case will be filled with cakes, pies, angel food cakes and strawberry shortcake.

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new Juice Bar treat to replace Oatscream. A determined hunt for alternatives left us empty-handed, so we finally launched a team effort to make our own product. After three months, our ideas came together.

Coconut Soft Serve is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free/vegan and made with organic ingredients in the Wedge Deli kitchen. (We are in the process of having it certified organic). Most importantly, it is delicious! Come and try a new coconut twist on your favorite shakes and cones. We have a special size for kids or you can grab it by the cup.

Coconut Soft Serve is made with So Delicious organic coconut beverage, organic Thai coconut milk, organic cane sugar, organic tapioca and a splash of organic lemon. The chocolate version uses organic agave and organic chocolate syrup.

From the Meat Department

Can you think of a better way to celebrate spring than with a succulent lamb feast? Whether you're just making a stew or going all out with a whole roasted rack, lamb will inevitably add opulence to your celebration.

Our lamb comes from the Lamb Shoppe, a 180-acre farm in Hutchinson MN. Here, Doug Rathke and Connie Karstens raise white-faced Dorset sheep using a holistic farming method that includes growing their own feed of prairie grasses. But what really sets the Lamb Shoppe apart is their wet hay baling technique. Here the grass is baled almost immediately after it is cut and wrapped in an airtight package retaining 4060% of its moisture. The grass actually ferments and provides a higher protein and nutrient rich feed than traditional dried hay. Since Minnesota has long cold winters where the sheep are limited in their foraging abilities, it is of the utmost importance that they are provided healthful nurturing feed during those months.

We believe the Lamb Shoppe's model for raising lamb on homegrown wet baleage is the pinnacle of the grass-fed industry. So next time you are contemplating your next meal at the meat counter, consider lamb.

From the Bakehouse

Every year as the month of April approaches, my mouth starts watering when I realize it's time to make Hot Cross Buns. Unfortunately, Easter is late this year, so we all have to wait longer than usual. Hold on people — they are worth the wait!

Our Hot Cross Buns are made from a rich dough (meaning that they contain eggs, butter and sugar), they have a touch of spice and are dotted with raisins and candied orange peel. Then of course there's the white icing 'cross' on top to add just a bit of sweetness. Get them while you can.

The month of May brings another special holiday — Mother's Day. Show your mom how much you love her — buy her a bunch of pastries! Our pastries will make the perfect addition to your brunch menu — the miniature croissants and mini chocolate croissants are great for feeding groups.

If mom has special favorites, be sure to special order them to guarantee that we don't sell out. We ask for at least forty-eight hours notice, and will have them boxed up and waiting for you. All of our pastries are fresh every morning, and still warm when the store opens at nine.