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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Supporting local business is good for local economies and communities. It keeps artisan craftsmanship alive and thriving, helps provide jobs, and strengthens local culture, inspiring education, mentorship, and the passing on of unique age old crafts and processes. Buying locally made, sustainably sourced products helps us to continue to cultivate a long lasting and enduring community.

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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: