Twin Cities Local Food
February 2015 Newsletter
                                   
WHAT'S NEW AT TCLF:

THE TUESDAY ORDER PAGES ARE OPEN FOR ALL TUESDAY LOCATIONS FOR DELIVERY ON FEBRUARY 24!

This order period will make up for canceling last week's delivery (We appreciate your understanding!).  We will also have order pages open for Tuesday locations February 26 - March 3, which will put us back on our regular biweekly schedule.


THE THURSDAY ORDER PAGES ARE OPEN FOR 
EDINA, PLYMOUTH AND SAVAGE!  

     
NEW PRODUCTS THIS WEEK:

My Minnesota Farmer:  Delicious Carrots, but not perfectly shaped, Dried Anaheim Chili Peppers.
Sunny Road: Raw Milk Gruyere and Raw Milk Havarti Cheeses.
Sunshine Harvest Farm: Lamb Kabob Cubes.

KNOW YOUR LOCAL PRODUCER: 
Two Redheads and a Wolf

   Two Redheads and a Wolf is a small business started by Tasia and Quint Ashton (the two redheads) along with their dog Ishi (half-wolf, half-German Shepherd).  Tasia, a stylist and former salon owner, is the driving force behind the products they sell.  The couple owns a second small business, a farm outside River Falls, WI, called Ashton Estate. Here they raise alpacas and sheep for wool, and enjoy a quality of life they weren't able to find for themselves in the city.

    Tasia had always wanted to own her own business.  She graduated from cosmetology school and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to train under some of the best in the beauty industry.   After 2 years, she returned to the Twin Cities to open her own salon in Brooklyn Park with two business partners, and later opened a second salon in Minneapolis.  During this time, she realized that the natural products that she used in her salon were not really as natural as they could be.   After an aunt showed her how to make shampoo bars, she became so intrigued she started making her own.  The bars were such a success at her salon that she decided to develop her own product line.  By 2013, she had sold her share of the salons so she could focus her entrepreneurial energy on Two Redheads and a Wolf (TRW).

    TRW uses only plant based ingredients in their shampoo and body bars.  Tasia researches all the ingredients she uses, to be sure they are safe and natural.  The ingredients are biodegradable as well, so they are even environmentally safe for use when camping.  The bars contain only "real soap" mild surfactants that do not strip your hair and body of natural oils, unlike standard commercial brands of soaps and shampoos.  Not only are the bars great for cleansing hair and body, but they are great for shaving too.  TRW has 5 kinds of their shampoo and body bars available on TCLF: Mellow (for sensitive skin), Ishi (their original bar, named after the Wolf), Moroccan Red (deep cleaning and light exfoliation with extra nutrients for skin and hair), Cocobunga (to moisturize and exfoliate), and the Pack Leader (a.k.a. The "Man's Bar" for ultimate cleaning and exfoliation).  

    Along with their commitment to healthy and sustainable ingredients in their bars, TRW also has a strong commitment to the community.  They only use environmentally friendly packaging.  The cosmetics industry is a great polluter of plastics in our environment and TRW is devoted to leading the way in finding better alternatives to package body products. Their soap, in a 100% biodegradable and recycled-paper box , can replace bottles of shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, and shaving products that are usually packaged in plastic.  Along with their responsibility towards the environment, they also strongly support small businesses.  As Tasia says, "If you don't support small businesses, there won't be any."  They only sell their products through local small businesses, and through franchises that are 100% independently owned. 

    The Ashtons are living their passions of an authentic life that promotes a healthy environment and a strong healthy community.  Since it isn't possible to meet all people to spread their philosophy of living, they can use their products to reach the world with better ideas for body products, packaging, and connecting to the community.  They have new products coming out this year: perfumes and environmental sprays that are alcohol-free, and a product line for children called TRW for the Cubs. They have a lingerie wash that will be coming to TCLF soon.  To learn more about Two Redheads and a Wolf, check out their website or find them on Facebook.  For those of you not so sure about using a bar of soap on your hair, shampooing with a bar is simple: just rub the bar along your wet hair, lather and rinse.  Then once a week, give your hair an apple cider vinegar rinse to maintain the pH balance on your hair and scalp (And yes, the vinegar smell goes away after your hair dries!).  Tasia has an awesome demonstration video on her website, which she produced herself: click here to see it, then give a shampoo bar a try!

 

 

 

Tasia Ashton of Two Redheads and a Wolf 

RECIPE:  GLAZED CARROTS WITH CORIANDER

Source: Vegetable of the Day by Kate McMillan

Serves 4.     


 

2 lb carrots (My Minnesota Farmer)

1 tsp coriander seeds

4 Tbsp unsalted butter (Farmhouse Kitchens Cooperative)

1/2 lemon

3 Tbsp honey (Sapsucker Farm)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

 

Peel the carrots, and then cut them on the diagonal into slices 1/4 inch thick.

 

In a small, dry frying pan, toast the coriander seeds over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the seeds are a shade or two darker and fragrant, about 1 minute.  Let cool slightly, then transfer the seeds to a spice grinder or a mortar and grind to a fine powder.

 

In a frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the ground coriander and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Squeeze the juice from the lemon half into the pan, add the honey and 2/3 cup water, and saute for 1 minute.  Add the carrots and a pinch each of salt and pepper, and stir well.  Raise  the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are just tender and the liquid is reduced to a glaze, 12 - 15 minutes. If the carrots are still not tender after the liquid has reduced, add a bit more water to the pan and continue to cook.  


 
Stir the cilantro into the carrots, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve. 

TUESDAY
CUSTOMER PICK-UP LOCATIONS

Order pages open Thursday at 6 a.m. through Monday at 9am for 1st and 3rd Tuesday

 pick-ups.


 

BROOKLYN CENTER

4pm - 6pm at

Cross of Glory Lutheran 


 

OAKDALE

4pm - 6pm at

Holy Cross Lutheran Church


 

VADNAIS HEIGHTS
4pm - 6pm at
 
WAYZATA
4pm - 6pm at 
 
THURSDAY
CUSTOMER PICK-UP LOCATIONS
Order pages open Friday at 6 a.m. through Wednesday 
at 9am for Thursday pick-up.

EAGAN
1st and 3rd Thursdays
3:30pm - 6pm at
 
EDINA
2nd and 4th Thursdays
4pm - 6pm at
Chapel Hills United Church of Christ


 PLYMOUTH

2nd and 4th Thursdays 

4pm - 6pm at
 
ST PAUL
1st and 3rd Thursdays
3:30pm - 6pm at
SAVAGE
2nd and 4th Thursdays

SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS
1st and 3rd Thursdays
3:30pm - 6:30pm at 

Contact Us
Natalie and Josh Kelly
Twin Cities Local Food
or 612-723-3186