Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bringing in the New Year Beverage Recipe!

By: Katie Grandy; Beverage Buyer

This New Year I thought it might be fun to play around with the sparkling wine flavors that we have. We have a ton of good options, From Cava to Extra Dry Champagne. With the recipe below you can use lemon zest, or Key lime zest, even orange zest!! Play around with the flavors and let us know what works best for you. I am going to try the Terra Savia Brut Rouge with lemon zest and rose hips… How are you ringing in 2016?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chemex Brewer Demo with Northbound Coffee Solstice Blend

By: Allison Carpenter; Community Outreach

Hello everyone!

As you may already know, we did a coffee demo this morning demonstrating how to brew coffee using a Chemex brewing system. We used Northbound's coffee Solstice for this demonstration.

In the video our Bulk Buyer, Caleb Gress, goes into details about the steps involved in brewing using this method.

Caleb swears by this method, explaining that hands down it brews the best cup of coffee you will ever taste.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We sell the Chemex brewing system on the Housewares shelves next to our coffee section. Come on in and speak with Caleb for more information.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Recipes, Food & Wine

By: Katie Grandy; Beverage Buyer

As the holidays approach, I have been looking into different recipes using wine that are sure to impress your guests. This first one was my favorite, I can’t wait to try it for a Christmas treat!!

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Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Filling

6 firm in season pears
1 bottle red wine
1 vanilla bean, whole
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
2 cups sugar
2 (8 ounce) containers mascarpone cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Peel pears and leave stem intact. In a large saucepan, bring wine and an equal amount of cold water to a simmer. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and add to wine and water mixture. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and sugar, to taste. Add pears to liquid and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Cool pears in wine mixture to room temperature. You can refrigerate them in the poaching liquid until you're ready to fill them.

Remove stems from pears and set stems aside. Core pears with an apple corer, leaving pear whole.

Whisk together mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, pinch cinnamon and powdered sugar until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag, or if you do not have one, use wax paper tightly wrapped into a cone with the corner snipped off. Pipe filling into cored pears and finish by putting the stems gently into the mascarpone filling on top of the pears.

Bring sauce up to a simmer and reduce by half. Add butter to reduced sauce and stir until combined. Spoon generously over pears. Cool to room temperature before serving.

This next recipe is a good way to stay warm in the cold months. It’s also a good excuse to enjoy a buttery Chardonnay, as they pair perfectly. I recommend coming in and trying our Wente “Morning Fog” Chardonnay. The Wente Family was the first family to bring the Chardonnay vine over to America, and almost all other Chardonnay’s grown in CA come from them! If Chardonnay is not your favorite, we also have a Riesling by them.

Vegetarian Pot Pie

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 small heads fennel, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
12 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced (about 5 cups)
1 small russet potato, peeled and diced small (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium mushroom broth
1 cup whole milk
1 cup frozen baby green peas
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives
1/4 cup parsley
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 large egg yolk
7 ounces store-bought puff pastry or pie dough, defrosted if frozen

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Melt butter over medium heat in a 3- to 4-quart Dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan. When it foams, add fennel, onions, and carrots, and cook until just soft and onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and potato, season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and stir to coat. Cook, stirring rarely, until mushrooms have let off water and are shrunken, about 6 minutes.

Sprinkle flour over vegetables, stir to coat, and cook until raw flavor is gone, about 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully add broth and milk, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, add peas, herbs, and vinegar, and stir to coat. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Turn filling into an 8 by 8-inch baking dish.

Whisk egg together with 2 teaspoons water and a pinch of salt until evenly mixed. Set aside.
With kitchen shears, cut dough to fit over the baking dish. Place dough over filling and tuck into the edges of the dish. Brush dough with egg wash and cut slits in the top to vent. Place on a baking sheet and bake until crust is golden brown and mixture is bubbling, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit at least 5 minutes before serving.

Well, I hope these Recipes help to inspire you all through this cold season! I am keeping my eyes peeled for more yummy recipes that pair well with our wines here. Please feel free to let me know if you’ve tried any of these and how they turn out, also looking for your favorite recipes using wine!

Have a great holiday!!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays from Berryvale Grocery!

Happy Holidays from Berryvale Grocery!

Berryvale has some great things planned for the Holidays!

On December 23 from 8-10am, Northbound Coffee will be running a demo on their Solstice Holiday blend using the Chemex brewer. This is a great opportunity to learn how to properly brew coffee to extract the best flavors without making your coffee too bitter.

Also on the 23rd, we will have live music playing in the Café Dining Room for your enjoyment.

A beautiful tree is on display in our Café dining room. Guests can write their wishes on special tags we have prepared, and hang them on the tree as a decoration. 

We have great gift wrapping items and accessories with the stocking stuffers near our customer dressing room that will make buying and wrapping the perfect gift even easier. We have lovely unique gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, and tags.

Throughout the store, you may have noticed the assortment of holiday wreaths. These gorgeous wreaths are alive and smell delicious. Best of all, they can be dried and reused next year, making them a great gift or centerpiece in your home.

These Wreaths are:
·        Beautiful, fresh 20”
·        Hand crafted
·        Will dry for use year round

Herbal Essence $24.99
·        Rosemary
·        Baby Eucalyptus
·        Seeded Eucalyptus
Exotic Flair $39.99
·        Woolybush & Heather
·         Seeded Eucalyptus, Safari & Pepperberry
·        Safari & Pink Ice

Our Housewares department has stocked up on small gifts, perfect for stocking stuffers, and other unique items. There is something for everyone on your list. Come into the store to find unique handmade items, ornaments, and natural beeswax candles.

We are offering lots of great sales on holiday items and special seasonal products located on our end caps. These also make great holiday gifts for the food lover in your life.

Be sure to sign up for our local goodies gift basket giveaway, which is a promotion designed to encourage shopping locally and to help raise awareness of our local vendors. Check out the blog here, with directions on how to enter. Rules and restrictions apply.

Just a friendly reminder that Berryvale will be closing at 6pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed all day Christmas day, with normal business hours resuming on the 26th.

We would like to offer our deepest gratitude for your continued support and patronage, and we wish you the very best and most Happy of Holidays.

--The Berryvale Staff

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Local Goodies Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway

We're doing it again! This time we are giving away a beautiful bread basket stuffed with some scrumptious local goodies and gifts, perfect for the holidays!

Like all of our previous giveaways, to enter for your chance to win, you can either like AND comment on our Giveaway Facebook post, pinned to the top of our Facebook page...
you can enter in store! Ask a cashier for assistance.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Niman Ranch Holiday Ham

By: Taylor Silva; Chill Buyer

Hello All!

The Holidays have always been one of my favorite times of the year, filled with fun snowy activities, family and friendly get-togethers, and an abundance of my favorite thing, food! I love to cook and bake (I really don’t even mind the clean-up), and this year I am going to be serving a Niman Ranch Uncured Spiral Ham!

We have been selling these hams for a few years now and they are delightful! The hams are brined in a salt-and-maple sugar solution that closes in the natural flavor, and then are slowly smoked over apple wood chips for up to 12 hours. Niman Ranch hogs are raised on small, family farms throughout the mid-west and mid-Atlantic. They are fed a 100% vegetarian feed and never treated with antibiotics or hormones.

Now comes the biggest question surrounding Niman Ranch Hams: Does Niman Ranch use Genetically Modified (GMO) feeds? The answer straight from the Niman Ranch is:

“Unfortunately the use of GMOs is now prevalent in the U.S. Cross-contamination of non-GMO fields due to wind drift from genetically modified crops does sometimes occur. While we make every effort to keep GMO material out of our feeds, we cannot guarantee that our feeds are 100% free of GMOs.”  

You can read more about their farms and practices at:

Find our holiday hams in the refrigeration section next to the Smart Chicken! And don’t be afraid to provide us feedback on this product.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wylie of Wylie's Sodas Passes Away

By: Katie Grandy, Beverage Buyer

As many of you already know the maker of Wylies Soda’s has passed away.

Wylie Bettinger was 29 years old. He was a native of Kansas City, and He came to Ashland seven years ago because of its oaks, acorns, clean water and community. Because he had health issues he left home at an early age, and had more life experiences than most of us would at that age. He was passionate about what he did.

He will be missed.

We are having a Tribute Sale for Wylie. Come in and show your support. We are not sure what is going to happen with this company. We hope we will be able to keep these Jun Sodas on the shelf. We will keep you all posted about what is happening.

In the meantime, here is a good article about Wylie’s life:  WylieBettinger, 29, founder of Wylie's HoneyBrew, Dies 

Also a link to the Wylie’s website:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Sales Flyer

Here are the sales flyers for December. *Please note that not every item on sale is listed in the flyers, and we may not carry certain items listed in the flyer.

INFRA Flyer. Click on the image to view the entire flyer.

Natural Connections Flyer. Click on the image to view the entire flyer:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Seasonal Produce for the Holidays

By: Heather Collier, Produce 

Come check out our wide selection of locally grown organic winter squash and other produce for your Thanksgiving meals!

From Mountain View Organics farm in Grenada, CA, we have Butternut, Acorn, and Red Kuri squash. Mountain View Organics is a family-owned farm that has been operating for about 10 years. The owner Jeff, his wife and two sons do almost all of the farming. They grow summer and winter squash, melons, tomatoes, and cucumbers which they sell at Berryvale throughout the year and at the Mount Shasta farmer's market in the summers. 

From Hunter's Orchard farm in Grenada, CA, we have Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Heirloom Apples, as well as Kabocha, Carnival, and Buttercup squash. Hunter's Orchard is under new ownership, and this has been their second season. The land at Hunter's Orchard has been Certified Organic for 20 years and the farm is now owned by a couple who purchased the farm in January, 2015. Berryvale carried many of their items this year and will continue to support them and carry their produce next year.

Some of the produce items we are carrying from the Rogue Valley, OR, area include Delicata squash, Garlic, Red Kale, Turnips, Celery Root, and Bosc Pears.
We are also carrying Fuyu Persimmons from Chico, CA and local Chestnuts grown here in Mount Shasta.

On top of all of the beautifully colored, locally grown Fall produce, we have an assortment of root vegetables, greens, lettuces, apples and fruits, mushrooms, grapes, cherries, and more! Seasonal, fresh holiday are herbs are in as well and are perfect flavorful complements to any holiday dish; we have sage, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, majoram, chives, and a holiday mix. See for yourself our wide range of select organic produce and transform your holiday table into an abundant, colorful, and healthful center piece this Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Seasonal Beverage: Pumpkin Beers!

By: Katie Grandy; Beverage Buyer

This weekend I learned a new trick that really helped enhance my pumpkin beer experience. I simply chilled a pint glass, and then rolled the rim in a cinnamon and brown sugar mix.  It was so good! I already love pumpkin beer this time of year, but this tasted like a little bit of pumpkin pie in every sip.

For this occasion, we have several really good pumpkin beers in stock through November. They are located on the end cap, with other seasonal items. The Rogue farms Pumpkin beer, Pumpkin Patch Ale—in its cheerfully orange bottle—is just one of our selections. I always taste a slight sourness to good pumpkin beers—similar to a flavor profile I get in pumpkin pie—and this profile is slightly evident here, with lots of spice in the flavor. This beer holds up to the Rogue standards, and you will not be disappointed.

The next kind of pumpkin beer we have is by The American River Brewing Company; Pumpkin Falls. This one, I must admit, is my favorite. It is light to medium in body with a sharp, lively bite from the carbonation, and goes down crisp and clean.  There are strong notes of pumpkin and cinnamon spice upfront and throughout. Nutmeg and earth hit moderately toward the finish. An ever so distant spice bite, like Red Hots, lingers in the finish.

Lastly we have the Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale. This is a full on, simultaneous assault of all the flavors: strong pumpkin and nutmeg flavors, with mild flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar, and subtle caramel flavors (these are a pleasant addition that weren't detected in the smell). As the flavors begin to fade, cinnamon lingers, leaving a nice aftertaste. This is an award winning pumpkin beer, and it is not hard to see why when you try it!

Please enjoy, and try different flavor combos on the rim of your glass and let me know what your favorite one is!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Floral Bouquets and Center Pieces for Thanksgiving!

By: Allison Carpenter, Community Outreach

Starting November 24th, we’ll be selling some very special Thanksgiving holiday center pieces and a grand Thanksgiving bouquet. The center pieces are beautiful, simple floral arrangements that will give any table that wow factor! The center pieces are made with all live plants in gorgeous fall hues and topped with special pieces that give them an added touch; from a gorgeous tall candle to an adorable turkey vase.

Meanwhile, the Grand Thanksgiving bouquet is a large bouquet loaded with beautiful fall florals and foliage in colors that inspire feelings of warmth and gratitude, making it the perfect bouquet to grace your home this Thanksgiving or as a gift to a friend or relative for the November holidays.

Come in and see for yourself these beautiful arrangements. They will be available for purchase November 24th-25th only and quantities are limited. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Item in Grocery: Field Day Organic Peanut Butters!

Written By: Allison Carpenter, Community Outreach

We have a new item in grocery that will hopefully make peanut butter sandwiches a little less worrisome for all you parents out there: Field Day Organic Peanut Butters. These Peanut Butters are pure with no added oils or sweeteners; no hydrogenated oils and no preservatives! We are selling four varieties: creamy unsalted and crunchy unsalted (nothing but organic peanuts), and creamy salted and crunchy salted(organic peanuts and sea salt). These peanut butters have great texture and flavor, and are best of all organic. The containers are great for traveling and make on the go snack time simple and convenient. 

So Parents and peanut butter lovers, check these out and give them a try and let us know what you think! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trimmer’s Delight: Northbound Coffee Roasters Seasonal Dark Roast

By: Caleb Gress, Bulk Buyer

Northbound Coffee Roasters recently brought us their seasonal dark roast, Trimmer’s Delight. This single-origin coffee is comprised of a naturally processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and makes a cup that is bold and rich with hints of dark chocolate.

The seasonal dark roasts offered by Northbound, Trimmer’s Delight and Happy Camper, are made with one kind of bean (single-origin).  Trimmer’s Delight is available October through March and Happy Camper is available April through September.

“We just keep finding really nice individual coffees that taste really good at that darker roast profile,” Keith Hamrick of Northbound shared with us. 

This fall, the beans from Trimmer’s Delight are sourced  from Halo Bariti, one of the newest cooperatives in Ethiopia, where this indigenous, heirloom variety is grown above 5,200 feet in elevation. The 225 farmers who contribute to the cooperative grow in a remote, undeveloped area of Ethiopia.

For this naturally processed bean, the ripe, red cherry is delivered by co-op members to their drying tables, where it is then hand sorted and raked for even drying over the course of 10-15 days. 

Keith told us that this natural process makes for a heavy bodied and fruity coffee, especially with a dark roast where it is caramelized to bring out the notes of chocolate and blackberry. 

You’ll find Trimmer’s Delight in 12 ounce bags and the  bulk bins in our coffee section.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Non-GMO Verified Tote Bag Prize Giveaway!

By: Allison Carpenter; Community Outreach

Hello everyone! We recently had a Non-GMO Verified Giveaway promotion in our store and on our Facebook page. Many people entered, and 3 of those entries were winners!

We had two Facebook winners, and one in-store entry winner! Our winners each received a lovely Berryvale tote bag stuffed with a slew of Non-GMO Project Verified goodies!

And our winners were.....................................

Jeremy Price

Amber Butler

and Cheryl Devine

A big thank you to those who participated! Congratulations to our winners and stay tuned for more opportunities to win!

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Sales Flyers

Hi everyone!

Here are the sales flyers for November. *Please note that not every item on sale is listed in the flyers, and we may not carry certain items listed in the flyer.

INFRA Flyer. Click on the image to view the entire flyer.

Natural Connections Flyer. Click on the image to view the entire flyer:

Friday, October 23, 2015

What’s Coming in Produce

By: Allison Carpenter; Community Outreach

Hello everyone!

The holidays are coming up, and Berryvale has got you covered with yummy seasonal organic produce!

During the holiday season, warming soups, pies, and casseroles become a regular hit. The warmth and smells from a pot simmering on the stove for several hours or a casserole or pie baking makes this time of year joyful, nostalgic, and heartwarming. It's the perfect time to include more fall seasonal fruits ad vegetables in your diet through hearty, home cooked, delicious recipes that deliver the recommended daily serving of produce.

To be prepared for the natural influx of cooking and baking, we’ll be stocking up on varieties of winter squash, hana sweet potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes, garnet yams, purple sweet potatoes, and, very soon, jewel yams. For potatoes we are carrying reds, russets, yukons, and purple potatoes. After Halloween, we’ll have sugar pie pumpkins for making pumpkin pie from scratch! Currently, though, we have gorgeous pumpkins in different colors, including small decorative pumpkins and carving pumpkins!

For fruit we have fall items, which include persimmons, pomegranates, kiwis, citrus, apples, pears, and grapes. It’s a wonderful time to prepare jams and pie fillings made from these delectable fruits.

We all know the importance of maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of veggies and fruits. So be sure to stop by and check out our produce section as the seasons changes and the fall and winter holidays come upon us. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Beverage News: Zevia Now Non-GMO Verified and New Beverages!

By: Katie Grandy; Beverage Buyer

As we make our way through October’s Non-GMO month, I want to Highlight some of our Non-GMO beverage selections. Today I will talk about our Zevia sodas. These sodas recently received their Non-GMO Project Verification!! The liquid in these sodas is crisp and clear, so you are not getting any artificial color either!  This is a nice refreshing soda that has zero calories, and zero dye, for a truly guilt free treat.

There will also be some new items entering the drink case this month, keeping with the Non-GMO theme, we will have a dairy and soy free probiotic beverage that is called Goodbelly, there will be 2 yummy flavors to try. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, and remember I am always open to both feedback and suggestions; you can reach me through here or Monday through Friday in the store from 9-5pm.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Going Back to Our Roots: Tiger Nuts, the Original Root Vegetable

By: Allison Carpenter, Community Outreach

Great news for all you Paleo fans! We just got in some great new Paleo products! Organic Gemini’s Tiger Nut products!

In case you’ve never heard of a Tiger Nut, don’t be fooled by their name! Tiger Nuts are not actually a nut, but a tuber—a small root vegetable. Tiger Nuts are found at the end of the root system of Cyperus grass (Cyperus  esculentus L.) and originate from Niger, Africa. According to an Oxford University study, these tubers comprised up to 80% of our Paleo ancestor’s diet around 2 million years ago, and since then have been used in ancient Egypt, Spain (Horchata, a Spanish beverage, was originally crafted from tiger nuts, not rice, seeds, or nuts), and are now grown in the modern world for a wide variety of purposes. These tasty little tubers are packed with nutrients, including tons of resistant starch, a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion and becomes fuel for probiotic bacteria in the gut (one serving contains 10 g of dietary fiber). Not only that, but they have as much iron as red meat and as much potassium as coconut water!

Berryvale is now carrying Tiger Nut Raw Snack, Tiger Nut Flour, and Tiger Nut oil. The nuts themselves have a sweet nutty taste, and the flour is great for baking paleo or allergen friendly baked goods with a similar texture to almond meal. The Tiger Nut oil is cold pressed with a 460 degree smoke point, has a neutral flavor, and is rich in vitamin E. Tiger Nut oil was first used 4,000 years ago by the Egyptians for medicinal purposes and is now known to have higher Oleic Acid content than Olive Oil. All Tiger Nut products produced by Organic Gemini are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, raw, kosher, and vegan and paleo friendly.

So come on in and grab some today!

To find out more information about Organic Gemini Tiger Nut products, visit their website,