Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stress Release Recipe, Totally Tuna!

Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak

serves 2

2 albacore tuna steaks
1 clove garlic, grated
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 scallion, chopped

-Mix all ingredients except the tuna steaks together in a medium bowl
-Rinse the tuna steak with water, pat dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides
-Add tuna steak to marinade, turning once or twice with tongs to coat all sides
-Marinate for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, turning once (TIP: don't marinate too long or the acid in the lemon juice will start to "cook" the fish)
-Heat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates
-Grill tuna steak for 3 minutes on each side and serve

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day!

If your in the Corvallis, OR area there are some great ways to celebrate Earth Day! We recommend visiting the Corvallis Wednesday Farmer's Market, which opens for the season today! The market is open today from 9 am to 1 pm. Check out their blog here!

We also recommend coming out to the First Alternative Co-Op Earth Day Vendor Fair. This event is going on at both of First Alternatives locations (South & North). We will be at the South Store location (1007 SE 3rd St.) from 12pm to 1:30pm. Then we will move over to the North Store Location (2855 NW Grant Ave.) and will be there from 2pm to 3:30pm. 

We will have our products with us and have sample available! YUM!

Check out our Facebook event for the South Store & North Store

We hope everyone has a fantastic Earth Day and we hope to bump into some of you!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Mother's Day Special for 2015

This Mother's Day give a Healthy Living Choice with this great gift pack! This special is available for a limited time so get yours today! This special includes 1- Chocolate Blueberry Cluster and 1- 4oz Dried Blueberry. 
This product's price also includes shipping! 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stress Release Recipe, Blueberry Antioxidants

Blueberry & Raspberry Baked Oatmeal inspired from So How's it Taste?


  • 1 Cup Old- Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts, Divided
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (sugar free is a great option!)
  • 1 Cup Milk (of your choice)
  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries*, divided
  • 1/2 cup raspberries*, divided
*the berries can be fresh or frozen


1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
3. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries. Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.
4. Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Up & Coming Announcement From SVO!

A while back we announced that in the year 2016 we would be having Black Raspberries for sale. Well we haven't added just one crop, but in fact two. At this time we would like to announce that in the harvest of 2016 we will also have Aronia berries. 

Aronia Berries are also know as "chokeberry" but have been rebranded into the Aronia. Native to North America, and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps. Places in Europe and Russia have been growing Aronia berries since the early 20th century. Uses for this berry include wines, syrups, juices, soft spreads, teas, salsas, chili starters, extracts, beer, ice cream, and gummies. Here in the United States, Iowa has been at this super foods heart. 

We are excited to start offering this along with all of our other berries and we think it will complement what we are already offering. Aronia berries are thought to be higher in antioxidants than all of our common super foods that we already know and love. While studies are still being conducted as to what exactly they can do, there are strong theories and reports that suggest these health benefits:
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol levels
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce the chance of a heart attack
  • Reduce recovery time following a heart attack
  • Reduce weight gain
  • Reduce eye inflammation
  • Reduce muscle recovery time after workouts 
  • Regulate Blood sugar
  • Reduce the chance of developing cancer
We are excited to include Aronia berries as a new flavor to be included in our spreads, powders, dried, and frozen. We will keep everyone updated as we develop our new products and approach 2016's harvest. Who knows we might even sell them fresh at our farm stand!

For even more information (health benefits and such) please check out these links:

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Events For SVO

We sometimes do events in our local area. This month we will be attending two events that we are very excited to share with you, and invite you to come out and see us! 

April 22, 2015

Earth Day Vendor Fair Hosted by First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op

This event is going on at both of First Alternatives locations (South & North). We will be at the South Store location (1007 SE 3rd St.) from 12pm to 1:30pm. Then we will move over to the North Store Location (2855 NW Grant Ave.) and will be there from 2pm to 3:30pm. 

We will have our products with us and have sample available! YUM!

Check Out Our Facebook Event for the South Store Location

Check Out Our Facebook Event for the North Store Location

April 25, 2015

Step Into My Parlor Tyee Open House Hosted by Tyee Wine Cellers

You are cordially invited to join Tyee Wine Cellars (26335 Greenberry Rd) on the Buchanan Family Century Farm. Celebrating Tyee's 30th Annual ReOpening, the Buchanan Family will be hosting a "meet and greet" in Tyee's historic Milking Parlor turned Wine Parlor. Come see how we've aged! 

In addition to tasting new release 2012 Tyee Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir, 2013 Tyee Estate Pinot Gris, 2013 Tyee Gewurztamier and 2011 Tyee Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir, we will be featuring Winemaker's choice Tyee Library Wines and Tyee New Releases for tasting and purchase. 

Featuring: Marshall Adams on flamenco & classical guitar

Product Demos & Sales from:
Sunset Valley Organics (We will be there from 3:30 to 6pm)
Willamette Valley Cheese Company

Admission: $10 {waived for Tyee Wine Club Members + 1 guest}

Check Out Our Facebook Event For Tyee's Open House

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