Hello Co-op friends and fans!
June is a full month for sure and it all comes together this weekend! Juneteenth on Saturday, Father’s Day and Pride on Sunday, wow! So much to celebrate and honor. I really want to see Juneteenth as a national holiday that we all celebrate with the same reverence and joy that black folks have since its inception on June 19,
in 1865 when Emancipation was finally declared in Texas. Juneteenth is a chance for us to recognize the day when all people at last became legally free but it’s also important to reflect on how far we still have to go in ensuring true equality and equity for people of color in the US. Here is a video describing Juneteenth Celebrate Juneteenth 2021 in Greenbelt! - YouTube
and a flyer letting us know what’s happening this weekend in Greenbelt. showdocument (greenbeltmd.gov)
. My daughter and I will definitely see you at the showing of Black Panther on Friday night! What are you doing to celebrate Juneteenth?
Pride gives us a chance to celebrate and reflect as well on progress made in inclusivity for LGBTQ+ people in our communities. Our Co-op has its doors wide open for all people and we stand with our LGBTQ+ friends, neighbors, coworkers, and customers in support of equality and the idea that Love is Love. This year we’ve got a sweet way to celebrate as we’re featuring the cutest pride cupcakes ever at Co-op made for us by Wilma Bakes. We’ll have single chocolate or vanilla cupcakes and 4 packs beginning Thursday afternoon. (We got some last week and they sold out fast and while we’ve like tripled our order, you should jump on these while you can! They are TASTY and SO CUTE!!)
Father's Day-grill, stay chill
Father’s Day can be a great day for grilling, enjoying a cold beer and just hanging out in the backyard, the park, or the beach. We’ve got food and gift ideas for dads and other important father figures. Get your grilling on with regionally produced beef from J. W. Treuth and don’t forget how good grilled asparagus and Vidalia onions can be! We’ve also got a new high end local meat item from Meat Crafters in Landover, Md. Duck breast prosciutto, Rosemary lamb salami, and Lomo are now available. Make up a cool charcuterie tray for pops. Stay chilled with cool brews, maybe try a Flying Dog variety pack or a local favorite from Union Craft brewing or Peabody Heights brewery.
You could also really impress him with a new item: Flying Embers Hard Kombucha! This hard kombucha is actually shelf stable. "This makes Flying Embers the ideal hard kombucha to take on-the-go for outdoor activities such as hikes, camping, and beach days. This is for consumers that want a live, unpasteurized kombucha," says Fermented Sciences' Founder and CEO Bill Moses.
Dads like treats, too so don’t forget cookies, chocolate or even a cake for dear ol’ dad!
Deeper dive on the local beer front
We have such a cool selection of local beer, I wanted to dive a little deeper on some of the cool stuff that you may be overlooking!
Wine tasting returns!
- Denizens Georgia Avenue Sour. This beer is a traditional Berliner Weisse with white peach puree added into the brite tank. Clean lactic acid sourness from the bacteria used in fermentation is balanced by doughy wheat and subtle peach sweetness. Tangy and refreshing, this beer is perfect for the hot beer garden weather. (From Beer Advocate https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35987/242205/ )
- Divine from Union Craft Brewing is a Defiantly Hoppy IPA and a good summer refreshment.
- Thirst Monster Kolsch might be just what your dad needs to conquer a hot summer day of grilling. The Kölsch is a crisp, refreshing, and easy-drinking German-style ale. Light on its feet with subtly sweet crackery malts and a light sprinkling of herbal and spicy hops, it’s a beer that can take on even the mightiest of thirsts.
- Maybe you want to do good with the beer you drink? Try Peabody Brewing’s Mr. Trash Wheel’s Lost Python Ale! Mr. Trash Wheel is a sustainably powered, garbage-guzzling engineering marvel. He's eaten hundreds of tons of trash from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and once nearly ate a friendly but disoriented python. Lost Python Ale is a tribute to the unexpected friends who can wiggle into our hearts when we filter through the garbage that life sends us. "A portion of proceeds from every beer sold are donated to the Healthy Harbor Initiative."
- And finally, our silliest beer perfect for Dad humor and for Pride fest glitter times. Unicorn Farts is a limited sour ale brewed with cherries, tangerines, and limes. Fruity Pebbles cereal is added into the mash, and it’s finished off with a sprinkle of a natural, mineral-based edible glitter... yes, glitter! FUN! And made in Rosedale Maryland!
Mark your calendar! Jeremy will be back hosting regular Friday afternoon wine tasting beginning on Friday, July 2! From 4-7 p.m., anyone 21-years old and up are welcome to try a sampling of wines (and sometimes beers), that Jeremy and Dave have picked out for you. More details next week, but we’re excited to begin heading back to normalcy with you!
Deli is cooking so you don't have to!
It's hot, let our Deli team take the heat off your kitchen by serving you dinner three nights a week!
Meatless Monday on June 21, is Asian Night with Macro Vegetarian's Shanghai dumplings and sesame noodles with steamed broccoli for $7.99.
Ultimate Chicken Dinner Wednesday has two size options- Dinner for 2: 4-pieces of our delicious roasted chicken, and a choice of 2-small sides, plus 2-soft rolls for only $4.99. Family Dinner for 4: 8-pieces of roasted chicken, 4-soft rolls, and 2-large sides: mac 'n cheese and coleslaw or potato salad for an amazing $6.99!
Fish Friday at the Co-op continues to be the favorite dinner night of the week with a generous portion of Salmon baked in Himalayan pink sea salt and garlic butter, whole grain brown rice and steamed broccoli for just $7.99.
All of these are available at the Deli from 4-7 p.m. Pre-order if you like by calling 301-474-0522, before 1 pm on the day of the meal.
July 4th hours
The store will be open on Sunday, July 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Pharmacy will be closed.
On Monday, July 5 (observed), the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:00 pm. The Pharmacy will be closed, and no Meatless Monday offering from the Deli.
Have a festive and safe week!
Greenbelt Co-op GM and E-mail Guy