Saturday, June 4, 2011

Grand Opening - St. Peter Co-op

Join us in St. Peter, Minnesota on Saturday, June 11, to celebrate the grand opening of the St. Peter Food Co-op's new store. St. Peter is located in the Minnesota River Valley, about seventy miles southwest of the Twin Cities  on US 169, and twenty minutes northwest of Mankato. The new store is on the right at the intersection of 169 (Minnesota Avenue) and Mulberry Street, across from the Nicollet County Courthouse.

The St. Peter Co-op has been supplying the scenic home of Gustavus Adolphus College with healthy and delicious food since a handful of residents organized to supply themselves with better nutrition in 1979. The spacious new store is the Co-op's third location, and can supply a food-conscious household with everything it needs. The staff prides itself on "personalized customer service," "product expertise," and "customer advocacy." Store personnel have shopped for housebound patrons, and will special-order the odd item you don't find on the shelves.  There are free in-store classes, and Brand Development Manager Jennifer Luhmann says that members and staff "are passionate about food, about its look, smell, and taste. They know where it comes from and the people who supply it."

In addition to groceries (and nutritional supplements and body-care products), the Co-op includes a delicatessen with hot bar, sandwich- salad- and build-your-own-burrito bars. On the day I'm writing this, the hot bar features Teriyaki Chicken, Ma’sMashed Potatoes, Baked Penne, Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Vegetarian Sloppy Joes, Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Veggie Pizza, and Brown Rice.  Today's soups are Tomato Basil Feta and Cream of Spinach. Seating is airy and inviting. The day I visited, it was full of people enjoying tasty lunches with friends.

St. Peter carries all five Barsy's flavors -- Smokies, Sweeties, Naughties, Hotties, and Stuffies -- in bulk. We will be at the Grand Opening on the tenth to tempt you with free samples. Other local food suppliers with be on hand, too, showing off their wares.

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