Spoonful - March/April 2022

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Hello Spring! CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH WITH THE CO-OP

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MAR | APR NEWSLETTER 2022

Crops to Grow From Seeds Our Sustainability Report Cooking with Legumes


HELLO SPOONFUL READERS! With March and April upon us, spring planting season is almost here. It is a time where we not only plant our favorite flora, but also a time where we reevaluate our relationship with, and commitments to our local community, and how we can grow both. Our support for local is stronger than ever! Partnering with companies that make their products with integrity, pride, and care - we have grown to over 190 local suppliers - some of which we have seen grow since their inception much like you do with those special plants you sow every spring. We love seeing local brands establish themselves and grow across the region and nationally! Some of the new vendors that we have partnered with are Hummii, Happy Being, Route 11 Chips, Kombucha Lady, Wagging Tails, Key City Compost, South Mountain Creamery, Meat the Mushroom, Naranti Granola - and so many others. You can look for the full local vendors list on our website!

As we do every year, we are planning on partnering with local vendors to host classes and other events throughout the year – and while we are still a few months out, I thought it important to mention that we are planning to host our Loco for Local event again this July – more details on this in the coming months. Our support for local goes beyond increasing our selection of local products and hosting events with local vendors. Through the Bring a Bag for Change program, more than $200,000 has been donated to local charities since the program’s inception in 2007. More information on this program can be found on our website. This coming spring, please support your local vendors by visiting us and getting their products in our store and don’t forget to bring your bag to support local charities.

Thank you for your continued support,

Román Diaz, General Manager

Editor & Ad Sales - Susan Schulman | Design & Layout - Kayleigh Montgomery-Morris, Yumi Redifer Classes & Education - Libby Nuss | Owner Services - Sue Leveille | Contributors - Annie Gunnell, Jen Young, welcometothetable.coop Contact marketing@commonmarket.coop with contributions. Contact sschulman@commonmarket.coop for advertising rates. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Board, management, staff, or consumer-Owners of the Common Market. Nutrition and health information are given for informational purposes only and are not meant as a substitute for a consultation with a licensed health or dietary practitioner.


BOARD OF

DIRECTORS Megan Schneebaum President

Mary McKelvie Vice President

John Clarke Secretary

Gislene Tasayco John Beutler Alecks Moss Directors

Joe Asim Staff Liaison

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The Common Market Board of Directors meets monthly via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. To receive the Zoom link, RSVP on our events page by 12PM on the day of the meeting.

At every level and in every sector of life, growth is necessary. Change is necessary. And that change should be celebrated! We are constantly growing, evolving, changing. As individuals, family units, societies, and of course, as Cooperatives! Our Co+op - YOUR Co+op - has seen its fair share of changes. We have new Employees, new Owners, new Board Directors, and new insights. But the one thing that always remains the same, the thing that keeps us grounded and connected, is our Cooperative spirit: we are in this together. And after a season of uncertainty, we need this unity and cooperation more than ever.

As we come together, how might we cooperatively envision spring? What thoughts are blooming for you? What feelings are nesting? Perhaps we could gain insight and inspiration from Mary Oliver (1935-2019), a queer poet who had a gift of storytelling, of seeing the natural beauty of life, and of helping her readers acknowledge (and accept) the inevitable transitions of life. Below is her poem, “Why I Wake Early” Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and crotchety–

We have emerged from a frostcovered winter; spring has finally arrived! Bringing with it a host of best preacher that ever was, welcomed changes: steady wind, dear star, that just happens Robins crisscrossing in the blue sky, to be where you are in the universe budding flowers below, and the to keep us from ever-darkness, warm touch of sun. There is hope to ease us with warm touching, in the changing of seasons. Here at to hold us in the great hands of light– the Common Market, we can find good morning, good hope this spring by connecting morning, good morning. with others and beautifying our community through upcoming Watch, now, how I start the day volunteer opportunities with the in happiness, in kindness. StreamLink Tree Planting event and our Adopt-A-Road program. Part of our Cooperative spirit allows us to join How might we start this new spring together and support each other, our season in happiness, in kindness? communities, and our ecosystems. We hope that this transitional Our upcoming Employee Artisan Fair time finds you reaching out to gives us the opportunity to harness each other, building bridges, and that Cooperative spirit - to celebrate planting the seeds of change. the artistic expression of our amazing employees, support local artisans, and get to know the friendly faces you In Solidarity, see working to support our Co+op. Whether you find time to volunteer and give back to the community, support our employee artisans, or attend any of the upcoming Mary McKelvie, classes offered by the Common Market, we hope to plant inclusive Board Vice President, and hopeful seeds for thought. The Common Market Board of Directors


In Our Community

Celebrating Black Owned Businesses Market In honor of Black History Month in February, The Common Market wanted to celebrate some of the Black Owned Businesses that keep our community strong!

Our February 23 evening event saw 9 awesome chefs, sellers, makers, and bakers who brought unbelievable energy to the 7th Street store, including Naranti Natural Granola, Cajou Creamery, Meat the Mushroom, Artisan Wellness Project, Chappelle Candle Co., Easy N Tasty Jollof, Little Wild Herbs, Glossy Girlz, and Wachter Wellness. Thank you to everyone who joined us to support these amazing businesses. Let's continue to support our neighbors, celebrate diversity, and help each other thrive!

Be Kind Frederick Event

February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day and the Women in Business Committee of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce issued a #BeKindFrederick challenge to the community! As business leaders, community members, and human beings, they believe there is no better time than now to embrace the concept of kindness! Challenging the community to make kindness their personal mission, on Random Acts of Kindness Day and beyond! The Common Market agrees with this sentiment and participated in a donation drive to benefit the families of the Judy Centers in Frederick County offering diapers, wipes, and healthy snacks. Event take away: Let's all try to do one kind thing per day!

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Lovettsville Co-op

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market recently held an interactive and fun groundbreaking event on the future site of their community owned grocery store set in downtown Lovettsville. Scores of visitors from far and near came to celebrate this exciting event including team members from the Common Market Co-op. Following Co-operative Principle #6: Cooperation Among Cooperatives, we invite you to check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/LovettsvilleGroceryCoop, lovettsville-grocery.com/join-us/ or contact their Vice Chair, Julie Harner at julieharner75@gmail.com.

Healthcare Heroes Donation Bin

After a successful Healthcare Heroes donation drive in December, Frederick Health Hospital now has a permanent donation bin at the Common Market on 7th St. Your local healthcare workers continue to work tirelessly to keep Frederick healthy, so please donate if you can! Nutritious and healthy foods are needed, so think protein bars, fresh fruit and veggie platters, hummus, charcuterie trays and hard boiled eggs. The bin will be distributed regularly based on donations. They are also accepting gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops, and The Common Market, as well as bottled/canned drinks, and K-cups.

Food Trucks at the Co-op

The Common Market recently began inviting local food trucks to serve hot food at our Route 85 location. Trucks like Three Daughters, The Garage, and Grilled Cheese Please have visited us during lunch hours, providing opportunities for our customers to try some delicious local fare! Visit our online events calendar and our social media pages to keep up with our food truck schedule.


COMMUNITY PARTNER Spotlight!

Techno Rescue

Certified Electronic Recycling Services www.technorescue.com

Bobby

Perishable Buyer, 7th Street What is your current position and how long have you worked at the Co-op?

Perishables Buyer (AKA: The One Who Expires). Been thinking about milks going on 4 months now. What brought you to the Co-op?

Tales of fortune were spoken to me by my peers. We're still friends though.

Techno Rescue (formerly e-End) is a team of hard working individuals who care about your security, our community, and the environment. They are a great hybrid of the environmentally conscious and tech geeks. They work with anybody who owns technology, whether it’s in your home or your business.

RECYCLE THESE ITEMS

What do you like best about your job?

My coworkers. They are lovely people. Yes, even you. How has working at the Co-op affected your life?

I definitely notice my dreams are dairy-based. Sure, we had the occasional talking cow, but now it's every udder night. What are some of your favorite products at the Co-op?

Olipops. They work hard and play harder.

COMPUTERS Desktops/Laptops Servers & Networking Hard Drives Phones

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS Televisions & LCDs Cameras & Video Equipment Home & Car Audio

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Monitors Laboratory Equipment Testing Equipment Pheripheral Devices

MISCELLANEOUS Microwaves & Cables DVD's & Media Printers & Copiers Metal & Plastic

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

Listening to music or proofreading.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

The Himbo Chronicles

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Learn to squat on one leg. In German.

What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?

"Bark!"

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Regretting my answers to this questionnaire. Just kidding, probably stocking something.

Our Community Partners Program continues to grow, offering our Owners many options to save and support local business! Visit our website to learn about all of our Community Partners.

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As a Co-op regular, you’ve probably seen the racks filled with beautiful seed packets gracing our stores at the end of February, signaling the start of gardening season. If you’re intimidated by the thought of growing plants from seed, here are a few easy ones to start with!

Peas

Plant peas early and support with a trellis or plant along a fence. You can eat the shoots and flowers, too!

Turnips

This versatile root vegetable germinates in only a few days! Within a month, you can eat the greens, and in two months, the root is ready to be harvested.

Seeds at the Market

Radishes

Great for salads, some radish varieties can be harvested in as little as 24 days after planting.

Greens

Chard, kale, and spinach can be grown from seed and tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

Squash

Pumpkins and their cousins are fast growing plants. You can cook and eat the leaves and flowers from your plants,too.

Local Plants, too!

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange They emphasize crops that do well in the midAtlantic and southeastern U.S. Heirloom and organic seeds are available. Earthbeat Seeds New at the Market! This seed company specializes in sustainably grown medicinal herb and pollinator-friendly varieties.

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This spring and summer, keep an eye out for tomato seedlings from House in the Woods Farm, vegetable and herb plants from Smith’s Organic Farm, and perennials and annuals from White House Nursery. We can’t wait to get planting!

Source: www.southernexposure.com/easy-crops-to-grow-from-seed/



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What's New at the Market?

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4. Mother Raw Japanese Dressing Bring out your umami side with sweet and tangy plant-based Japanese dressing. Made with toasted sesame oil, ginger root and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, this smooth and decadent dressing is organic and always will be. 5. Fair Anita - Brass Pronoun Pins Brass pronoun pins that are ethically-made from recycled brass. Fair Anita believes accessories should be stylish, affordable, and thoughtfully-sourced. 6. RW Garcia Crackers These crackers combine ingredients like root vegetables and lentils with stone-ground white corn, and a sprinkling of seeds to create a delicious, crunchy cracker.


A quick look at the exciting new items gracing our shelves!

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10 7. Wonderful Pistachios Nuts that are heart-healthy and a good source of fiber are something we love at the Common Market! Wonderful Pistachios are naturally cholesterol free, nutrient dense and one of the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nuts. 8. Icelandic Provisions A provision of Icelanders! Proudly made in the USA with Certified Icelandic Heirloom Cultures. Find them in the yogurt aisle at the Common Market. 9. Vital Farms - Breakfast Bar Comfort food, now in a snack-sized bar! Warm, high protein egg-based bars perfect for an on-the-go meal.

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We're always on the lookout for new items! If you have suggestion for us, visit www.commonmarket.coop/connect/new-item-suggestion/ and fill out the form.

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CLASSES & EVENTS COOKING Learn more about cooking techniques and experiment with fresh, new ingredients.

ENVIRONMENT Cultivate awareness and engage in the topics of local and global preservation.

BACKYARD AGRICULTURE For the first-time gardener or avid green thumb to explore the potential in one's own backyard.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Obtain the knowledge that can help restore balance to your body & mind.

KIDS Fun, interactive experiences for kids to learn about food and its source.

EVENT Exciting happenings at the co-op and around town.

Board Meetings Virtual Board Meeting and Food for Thought Presentation Thursday, March 24

Food for Thought | 6 - 6:30PM, Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30PM

Virtual Board Meeting and Food for Thought Presentation Thursday, April 28

Food for Thought | 6 - 6:30PM, Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30PM

Events Employee Artisan Fair

Thursday, March 31 | 4 - 7PM @7th Street Location

Electronics Recycling at the Market with TechnoRescue Wednesday, April 20 | 4 - 6PM @Route 85 Parking Lot $5 per vehicle (some items require extra payment to recycle)

Have some old electronics you want to dispose of, but aren't sure how? Bring them to the Co-op for responsible recycling. Some items will require additional fees. See the full list of accepted items on our events page. TechnoRescue provides electronics recycling of endof-life equipment and performs 100% data destruction on media stored on your recycled electronics.

Tree Planting with Streamlink Education Saturday, April 23 | 9 - 11AM FREE | RSVP

Get out of the house and into the dirt with this fun, educational experience! Participants will be provided with tools and trees to plant in an effort to fortify our stream and river beds against erosion. This event is open to tree lovers of all ages! Please dress for the weather. Gardening gloves are recommended. Location will be finalized closer to the event.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate and explore the creative talents of Common Market employees! Art and handmade items will be available for sale and your viewing pleasure. Light snacks will be available as you peruse. This is a great way to support local artisans and get to know the folks you love to see at the Market!

SAVE THE DATE: Frederick County Watershed Cleanup Saturday, April 16 | 9AM - 1PM Save the date for the Frederick County Watershed Clean-Up! We hope you can join us as we work together to beautify the Frederick Watershed! More details and a registration link to come!

Register for our classes from the comfort of your own home! We aim to provide an educational and inspiring environment in which to explore with our community natural approaches to health and sustainability.

www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events

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Classes Green Burials and Home Funerals [HYBRID] with Michael Judd Thursday, March 10 | 6:30 - 8PM $10

Are you curious about Home Funeral and Green Burial practices/options in Maryland? Caring for loved ones in the dying time at home, even a generation ago, was the way families traditionally made their farewells. This age-old wisdom is available to us today. The recognition that families may care for their loved ones at their time of transition offers great comfort and solace. Join Michael Judd as he invites you to consider choices for end-of-life care, home funeral, home burial, and green burial practices. Michael will share information, resources, and personal experiences as he honors the wise traditions of past home funeral care and the relevance of these choices for us today.

Garden Planning and Seed Starting with Don Ludke Thursday, March 17 | 6:30 - 8:30PM $20, 50% off for Owners

Whether you are an experienced vegetable gardener or just getting started, it’s never too early to start planning your garden! It takes just a bit of knowledge and intentionality (and sometimes a bit of luck!) to produce your own food. This course will help participants gain an appreciation for planning, preparing, and participating in a gardening experience in addition to some seed starting basics! Don will also guide us through what we may need to consider before getting started, including the costs of growing in our space, suggested tools, and commitment required to maintaining your own garden.

Paint Your Pet's Portrait with Wagging Tail Portraits

Sunday, April 3 | 12 - 4PM @ 7th Street Sunday, May 1 |12 - 4PM @ Rt. 85 $60 Paint Your Pet’s Portrait events are a great way to hang out with friends and unleash your creativity. If you haven’t painted before- never fear! Founding artist of Wagging Tail Studios, Sherry Kendall, and founding artist of Wet Nose Greetings, Natalie Kendall, will lead us through this creative, hands-on experience! After registering for class below, you will receive an email to send a close-up photo of your pet. The Wagging Tail artists will then sketch each pet’s likeness onto your canvas. When you arrive, your canvas will be ready to paint your pet’s portrait! You can get extra creative by adding your own special touches to your pet’s portrait masterpiece! Ticket sales will close one week before each event to give artists time to create the sketched canvases. Register ASAP, space is limited!!

Grow Your Own Mushrooms! [OFFSITE] with Michael Judd Sunday, April 3 | 10:30AM - 12:30PM $65

Grow your own mushrooms! It is easier to grow mushrooms at home than you think. You can grow delicious and nutritious culinary and medicinal mushrooms in your own garden or home (in apartments, on rooftops and patios, too!) In the workshop we will cover how to inoculate stumps, logs, wood chips, and burlap sacks while improving your garden ecology. In this interactive class you will learn the types of outdoor mushrooms that we can easily grow in our area, the conditions required and the tools you will need. The class will also cover the basics of mushroom science, how fungi functions in nature and how to work with fungi to help restore our local ecologies. The best part is the hands-on experience of inoculating a mushroom log that you get to take home

Spring Seasonal Eating

Thursday, April 7 | 6 -7 PM $30, 50% off for Owners We hope you can join us as we “dig in” to seasonal eating with Farm Girl Fuel’s Kim Wilson. In this class participants will learn how to incorporate seasonal foods, spring detox practices, and self-care tools into their daily routines! You will leave with new, nutritious recipes to add to your collection, along with tips and tricks to live in step with the Spring season.

Introduction to Backyard Chickens with Don Ludke Thursday, April 14 | 6:30 - 8:30PM $20, 50% off for Owners

We hope you can join us as we take an introductory look at raising chickens in your backyard! We will explore the basics of chicken care and the materials needed to raise and maintain chickens. Bring any questions you may have! This class is part of a series led by Don Ludke that is designed to prepare you to “practically” provide sufficient food from a medium sized suburban home garden, a not-for-profit homestead, or a small farm. The series includes elements of composting, food preservation, caring for small animals, reducing energy consumption, and living in a more responsible and sustainable way.

DEMOS ARE BACK! We're getting our in-store demo program back on track! Check our calendar for cooking demos, samplings, and meetand-greets with your favorite vendors. www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events

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International Women's Day Join the IWD Community in celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) - a global day recognizing and acknowledging the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Locally, you can support Women Owned Businesses by shopping both Common Market locations - look for these tags in the aisles!

Hippy Chick Hummus

Durango Dog Company

Glory Doughnuts

The Kombucha Lady

Dublin Roasters

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The Common Market is proud to feature these bold local Women Entrepreneurs on our shelves every day: • Mas Panadas

• Michele's Granola

• Shea Radiance

• Wagging Tail Portraits

• Durango Dog Company

• Good Molly's

• Veggie Confetti

• Ignite

• Whisked

• Mama Faith's

• Catoctin Coffee Company

• Mama Bear's Elderberry

• Dublin Roasters

• Bare Bites

• The Kombucha Lady

• Navy Hill

• Glory Doughnuts

• Mason Dixie Biscuits

• Hippy Chick Hummus

• Naranti Natural Foods

• Amazi Foods

• Chappelle Candle Co.

Naranti Natural Foods

visit www.commonmarket.coop/inclusive-trade/ for a full list of women-owned businesses

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Hygge HOW TO

IN THE SPRINGTIME... Hygge – pronounced hoo-gah or huegah – is a Danish word that according to Merriam-Webster, has no direct English translation but conveys a quality of coziness and is often used as an adjective meaning content or comfortable. Scandinavians across Norway, Finland and Sweden associate hygge with creating an atmosphere of warmth, light, comfort and connection, and an awareness of the beauty, joy, and simple pleasures around us. In the winter, hygge often involves lighting candles, enjoying a warm hearty meal, and reading a book by the fire. This tradition is likely connected to the endlessly dark Nordic winters, during which people in the past found comfort and relaxation in watching a flame’s flickering dance. But there’s no reason that we can’t hygge in the Spring as well. Let’s face it, Springtime in the DelMarVa region can have some downright damp and cold spells mixed in with the highly anticipated sunshine and blue skies. SPRINGTIME HYGGE RITUALS: Open the windows What better way to experience the simple pleasures around us than opening the windows, circulating stale winter air with fresh sights, smells, and sounds! Even the smell of rain can invoke feelings of connection and nostalgia.

Get Outside As John Denver sang, sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy! After the dark days of winter, a dose of sunshine and natural vitamin D can go a long way in sparking joy. Walking bundled up on a chilly or rainy day still offers the opportunity to fill your lungs with some fresh air Enjoy nature Whether you are bringing fresh cut stems indoors or are enjoying blossoms outside during a walk in a park, mother nature offers much beauty, joy, and simple pleasure in the spring season, as baby animals are born, birds return to chirp, and blossoms begin to grow. Declutter The traditions of spring cleaning can expand from the typical dusting and sweeping to clearing out things that you no longer use or that no longer serve you. Making space physically and mentally creates a place of comfort, contentment, and possibility. Keep Reading Cozy reading can happen anywhere and can become a great year round habit! In the spring, try a sunny window, in your yard, on a park bench, or still cuddled in a blanket by the fireplace.


Lighten Up with Legumes Legumes lend protein to these satisfying, low-fat main dish recipes.

Reprinted by permission from grocery.coop. Find these and other recipes, plus information about your food and where it comes from at grocery.coop.

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Lemony Lentil Spinach Soup Serves: 4. Prep time: 50 minutes; 15 minutes active.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 large carrots, chopped 1 cup lentils 4 cups water 1 ⁄2 large lemon, seeds removed 1 teaspoon oregano 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped 1 ⁄2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1. In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat for a few seconds, then add the carrots. When they start to sizzle, lower the heat to medium-low. Stir often for about 5 minutes. 2. Add the lentils, water, lemon half and oregano. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low and place the lid on the pot, slightly ajar. 3. Cook until the lentils are tender and starting to fall apart, about 40 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the lemon, and let cool, then squeeze the soft flesh into the stew. 4. Stir in the salt, pepper, spinach and parsley, and simmer until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot.


Red Beans and Rice

Split Pea Soup with Spinach

Serves: 4 – 6. Prep time: 50 minutes; 15 minutes active.

By: Robin Asbell Serves: 4 – 6. Prep time: 2 hours; 30 minutes active.

1 cup water 1 ⁄2 cup long grain brown rice 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 bunch collard greens, chopped 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, including the liquid 1. In a 2-quart pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and add the brown rice, red bell pepper, carrot, Cajun seasoning and salt. Return to boil and cover tightly, reduce to low, and cook for 40 minutes. 2. When all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, stir in the collard greens and kidney beans with liquid. Re-cover the pan and leave over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to cook the greens and heat the beans. (Times vary depending on how you like your greens.) Serve hot.

This New Orleans classic is incredibly satisfying. Try it as a side dish to roasted chicken, or as an entrée with a slice of cornbread.

1 1⁄2 cups split peas 7 cups water 1 medium potato, cubed 3 ribs celery, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium carrot, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces baby spinach, chopped 1 ⁄2 teaspoon black pepper 1. Pick over the peas for any stones or twigs, if necessary, then put in a large pot with the water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and add the potato, celery, onion, carrot, bay leaf, thyme and salt. Simmer for an hour and a half, checking occasionally to stir and add water if needed. 2. When the split peas are falling apart, stir in the spinach and simmer just until the spinach is wilted. Add black pepper. Serve hot.

Paired with a hunk of crusty bread, creamy split pea soup is comfort food that will warm you from the inside out.

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ZERO WASTE Wellness Reducing plastic consumption can be challenging, but the Common Market helps make it easier!

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Reducing the amount of waste we generate has become a growing concern for both companies and customers. Businesses are getting creative with ways to help reduce the amount of waste they generate by:

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Packaging in cardboard or plant based plastics that are biodegradable and/or compostable.

Using packaging that is reusable, such as glass or metal. These containers are also recyclable.

Eliminating packaging all together!

Dessert Shadow

Mount Royal Soap Co.

Wild Rose

Schmud is a plastic free shampoo powder. The powder is packaged in a cardboard tube and contains a wooden scoop for use. The cardboard is compostable, as is the scoop.

Mount Royal Soap is a local company based in Baltimore. Their bulk soaps are package free as is their bulk shampoo and conditioner bars. Their lotions and body scrubs are packaged in glass which is both reusable and recyclable.

This company has a line of deodorants that are packaged in cardboard tubes. These tubes are compostable as well as recyclable.

Me Mother Earth

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JR Liggett's

All of their items are biodegradable and plastic free. The konjac sponges are plant based and biodegradable.

Sunscreen that's packaged in a tin is a great option! It's biodegradable and reef safe, and the tin is reusable and recyclable.

Their shampoo and conditioner bars are packaged in paper that is both compostable and recyclable.

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Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle! Vowing to reduce, reuse, and recycle is a resolution we can get behind at any time of the year. With Earth Month upon us in April, the Common Market shows you how to support companies who embrace sustainability and make your move toward a zero-waste lifestyle less daunting:

The 5 R's of Recycling Refuse Don’t take a bag - bring your own, select unpackaged items when possible.

Reduce Opt for packaging that is more easily reusable or recyclable such as glass, tin or cardboard.

Reuse Opt for containers that can be washed and reused or repurposed.

Recycle Don’t put those plastics in the trash can, rinse them out and recycle.

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Compost food scraps and paper products such as cardboard, newspaper and paper towels.

Bulk The beauty here is that one can purchase as much or as little as is needed. We’ve all purchased that unique spice for a recipe and used only 1 teaspoon leaving the remainder in the pantry for eternity. Bring your own clean containers to the Common Market, or purchase a variety of mason-style jars, get the tare weight at the service desk, and then fill away…coffee, tea, grains, flours, spices, sugars, salts, nuts & seeds, dried fruits, candy, crackers, soup mixes, nut butters, honey, soy sauce, liquid cleaners, laundry detergent, shampoo, body lotion the list goes on! Can any other store in Frederick even come close to this list of bulk options? We don’t think so!

Household Think about how you can avoid single use items in your everyday life; don’t forget that each individual small change makes a big overall difference! Shuki metal straws and To-Go Ware bamboo utensils can easily be stashed in a purse or pocket. Reusable food storage such as Bee’s Wrap or Stasher bags can be used for years, plus they are much prettier and easier to deal with than plastic wrap! Felted Wool dryer balls add a pop of color to your laundry routine…for added excitement, splash on a few drops of your favorite essential oil before use Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths are a delightful addition to your cleaning toolbox, washing dishes, wiping up spills, cleaning mirrors, and scrubbing counters. Replacing paper towels and sponges, they absorb up to 20x their weight, last over 6 months, and are 100% compostable. Plus, this family-owned business donates to 1% for the planet for each dishcloth sold! Composting at home is easy with the Full Circle counter-top compost collector…or reach out to our friends at Key City Compost for at-home pick up!

Wellness The Humble Co.: Fluoride-free toothpaste tablets in cardboard packaging and plant based floss picks…developed by dentists, loved by nature! Solaray: One of the original vitamin and supplement brands, Solaray is announcing its new postconsumer recycled bottle and new comprehensive sustainability commitments, true to the brand's innovative spirit and Utah-based natural roots. Indian Meadow Herbals: All lotions are packaged in glass and no plastic seals on their lids.

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Celebrate Spring Holidays The spring season brings three important cultural holidays: St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter. Regardless of how your celebrations look, food traditionally plays a signif icant role. Read on to see how Common Market can be part of your holiday table!

St. Patrick's Day March 17th brings the annual Feast Day of St. Patrick along with some traditional holiday treats made in house! We'll be serving up vegan shepherd's pie, reubens, corned beef and cabbage, and soda bread; so swing by the Co-op to celebrate with us.

Passover This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 15 and concludes on Saturday, April 23. During this period, the most observed Passover custom is the Seder, an abundant meal eaten in a specific “order”. Seder means “order” in Hebrew. Common Market will have a variety of Kosher for Passover staples including matzo, grape juice, gefilte fish, macaroons, and more. Traditional cuts of meats and seafood will be available, but not Kosher for Passover.

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Charoset Recipe 3 medium apples peeled and finely chopped – chose your favorite variety or mix ½ c finely chopped walnuts 2 T grape juice 2 T honey 1 t ground cinnamon Mix all ingredients and serve with matzo for serving during the Seder, or as an oatmeal or yogurt topping for leftovers.


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Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 17 this year, is celebrated in a variety of ways, but has become synonymous with candy filled baskets and dyed eggs.

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5. African Market Baskets Handcrafted from Africa, fairtrade, and stunning designs.

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6. Dreamimals Just write or draw your sweetest dreams on a Dream Wish note and tuck it inside Lamby's pocket, cuddle up

1. Easter Gnome Add this adorable Easter gnome to your tabletop decor for a bright and colorful compliment to your springtime centerpieces.

7. Green Toys - Watering Can Perfect for the garden and made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs!

2. Chocolove Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Filled Eggs These chocolates are delicious and add a sweet surprise to any holiday basket!

8. Smashmallow - Egg Hunt Pack This Egg Hunt Pack is full of treats made with simple, and naturally gluten free goodies!

3. Klean Kanteen Klean colors and fun designs, great for kids and those young at heart!

9. Create Magic - Coloring Book Spark childlike wonder as you color your way through a journey of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds, from illustrator Katie Daisy. Not just for kids!

4. Prarie Dance - Peep Chick This tiny tabletop chick sculpture is perfect for a little rustic touch of spring!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs:

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Place uncooked eggs in a stainless steel stock pan. Add water 2-3 inches above eggs. (When using bottled juice, fill 2-3 inches above eggs. Do not add water.) Add natural dye ingredients and 1-2 tablespoons vinegar per quart of water.

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Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes Carefully remove eggs with a slotted spoon and air dry. NOTE: The longer the eggs stay in the dye, the deeper the color will be; leaving the eggs in the dye for several hours or overnight (in the refrigerator) is recommended for achieving deep colors.

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MORE THAN JUST PROTEIN These delicious MD Proteins are designed with all the benefits one would expect from a Mediterranean diet that supports heart health and immune health.† Along with plant-based proteins, we offer a plant and salmon protein derived from the most sustainable sources on earth.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Support your immune system with the power of Elderberry. Our Elderberry Honey immune drink is packed with juice from an impressive 300 elderberries!

A Dinosaur a Day... A great-tasting blend of highquality nutrients to help keep your little one active, healthy and happy.

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