Make Someone’s Morning

Written by admin on December 6th, 2012

Over the last few years, Country Choice Organic has hosted a holiday giving campaign where in exchange for one Facebook page Like, we give five bowls of oatmeal to Hope for the City to help fight hunger around the country.

Through these campaigns, our community of oatmeal-eating holiday givers has grown significantly, as have our donations. In fact, last winter you helped us give more than 35,000 bowls of oatmeal to those who need it most. This year we’re hoping give just as much, or even more.

So please share our message or our Facebook page with your friends and family before January 4, 2013. We’d love for them to be a part of the giving, too.

Happy Holidays,

Your Friends at Country Choice Organic

 

In Loving Memory of Mame

Written by admin on November 1st, 2012

Mamie “Mame” Eilertson passed away Oct. 19 on her 98th birthday. Mame was a longtime friend of Country Choice Organic and her Oat Roll recipe graced our Old Fashioned Oats canister for nearly a decade. In tribute to this special woman, we offer excerpts from the eulogy delivered by granddaughter Emily:

“My grandmother Mame was an incredible woman…oldest of eight siblings…devoted wife…doting mother…adoring grandmother…and most recently, an amazing great-grandmother. Those who had the pleasure to meet her know Mame exuded grace, charm, and wit. She had many talents she readily shared, including teaching us how to bake her famous oat rolls.

In saying goodbye, there is much to celebrate about this beautiful woman and her long and significant life. Mame left us on her 98th birthday. We’re convinced that her husband and family were in Heaven impatiently waiting for her to join their planned birthday party. October 19th, 1914 was Mame’s birth day. 98 years later it has become what we will dub her re-birth day. Welcome to the party Mame. Welcome to your new life. May it be filled with North Dakota sunflowers and wild horses. And may it be as meaningful and wondrous as the life you’ve shared here with all of us.”

Beloved by all who knew her, Mame passed through the world with grace, charm and humor. Anyone who ever sat at her table will remember what she served, especially the bread she baked.

Rest in Peace.

Mame’s Oatmeal Rolls

Combine oatmeal, margarine, brown sugar, and salt into large mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over ingredients and mix lightly. Allow to cool to warm temperature. Stir in yeast. Add flour until fairly stiff. Knead dough on floured board until fairly smooth (about 5 minutes). Put dough in greased bowl and cover. Let rise until double in bulk. Shape into rolls, dip in melted margarine and place on cookie sheet. Let rise until double in bulk. Bake at 375° F for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes 3 dozen rolls

 

Valentine’s Day for the Heart

Written by John on February 3rd, 2011

This Valentine’s Day surprise your sweetheart with the gift of a healthy heart…in a bowl of oatmeal.

No doubt, your valentine will appreciate the flowers, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and romantic dinner.  However, nothing shows your love like waking up your special someone with a steaming bowl of oats.  Add a little flax or fresh fruit and you’ll jumpstart your morning, as well as fuel your passion throughout the day.

So, surprise your loved one with oatmeal this Valentine’s Day.  It’s a positive step to a longer lasting love.

 

Happy Holidays!

Written by John on December 23rd, 2010

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by John on November 24th, 2010

Remember to take time to give thanks for all the joys of your life this weekend.  And if you’re looking for a few extra calories, try our recipe for Marble Pumpkin Cheesecake.  It’s a tasty addition to any gathering.   

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Country Choice Organic!

 

Fueling the Flying Fin

Written by John on October 27th, 2010

It’s well documented that oatmeal is good for your heart due to its unique ability to whisk away cholesterol from our blood.  And especially this time of year, as thoughts turn to warming comfort foods, the airways are filled with grandfatherly characters touting the grammatically-challenged fact that “oats is good food”.

More recently, we’ve discovered that oats is also good fuel through our support of Roger Aspholm, a.k.a. The Flying Fin.  Roger, who is dominating his class of the 2010 NE Cyclocross season, fuels his days with Country Choice Organic Oats.   “I cannot emphasize enough how well Country Choice products nourish us as endurance sports athletes,” said Aspholm after a recent victory. 

Cyclocross is a fast-growing and physically demanding sport that combines elements from road, mountain and BMX biking into a single grueling race.  Think steeplechase on a bike…including the barriers.  A pack of riders race around a fixed course over hill and dale.  And according to Roger, it’s a lot of fun (although I’ll take him at his word).  You can check out The Flying Fin and the sport of Cyclocross here.

So we figure if oats can fuel Roger’s day, they can boost anyone’s performance, endurance athlete or not.  Find out for yourself by downloading a coupon here and visiting your local store.  Maybe you could ride your bike.

 

How Do You Sow Your Wild Oats?

Written by John on August 9th, 2010

At Country Choice Organic we try to live healthy, active lifestyles.  And like many of our customers, we’re always looking for new ways to stay motivated.  So this summer, we are hosting a Facebook photo contest to find out how our fans keep fit and eat right.

To participate (and earn a chance to win a year’s supply of Country Choice Organic products), oat fans can submit a picture that shows how oats fuel their active lifestyle.  Whether it’s a photo of a power-packed recipe or a pic of you and your friends refueling with an Oatmeal on the Run bar after a long run, we want to know how oats help you stay active and healthy. 

Submit your photo before September 10 for a chance to win. A panel of Country Choice Organic employees will select the winning entry.  To enter, visit: http://www.facebook.com/CountryChoiceOrganic

 

It’s CSA Season!

Written by John on June 9th, 2010

I received wonderful news yesterday…our CSA starts on Friday!  What’s a CSA?  Short for Community Supported Agriculture, some people refer to CSA as a produce subscription, a garden share, or a vegetable-of-the-week program.  No matter what you call it, each week throughout the growing season you receive a box of whatever’s ripe for market.  

Okay…so it starts out a little slow in the spring, with lots of green, leafy things that end up in the salad bowl.  But, as we move in to summer, each week blossoms into a rainbow of color (including the perfect tomato in August) and ultimately reaches a zenith of earthy goodness with bulbous root vegetables in the fall.

CSA’s exist to help small farmers plan better and capture more value for their labor.  By becoming a member, you share in the bounty (as well as the risk) of the farm.  I remember a few skimpy “harvests” some years back when summer floods ravaged southern Minnesota.  However, in any weather, a CSA is a great way to connect with your food.

To learn about CSAs operating in your areas, check out your local natural food co-op or go to www.localharvest.org/csa/.

 

An Ad for Earth Day

Written by John on April 20th, 2010

Earth Day is coming.  You can tell by all the commercials peddling ways to save the environment…buy a car and plant a tree…save box tops to protect the rain forest.  The possibilities are endless.  Unfortunately, what isn’t endless is a commitment to the environment and soon the marketing mix will shift to the Memorial Day selling season.

It’s a shame that Earth Day has been relegated, along with Christmas and Back to School, to an annual sales event.  Earth Day is a secular, multi-generational opportunity for everyone to contribute to a greater good.  The message for Earth Day is simple: the little contributions we all make add up to big changes for the environment. 

Here’s the ad I’d like to see:  “Happy Earth Day…Buy Less Stuff”.  I know there’s a recession and we’re a consumer-driven economy, but do we really need a new phone every two years or a 4WD Bushwhacker for our 3-mile paved drive to the mall?  Here’s another thought: align yourself with companies that do the right thing every day, not as a marketing gimmick once a year.  Chipotle, Patagonia and 7th Generation are all examples of mission-driven organizations having built sustainable, low-impact businesses.

So happy Earth Day.  Celebrate.  Eat a burrito or plant a tree.  Just don’t buy the car.

 

Look…Down in Your Bowl…It’s Super-Oats!

Written by John on January 26th, 2010

Health magazine recently named oats one of the healthiest super foods for women.  This should come as no surprise since we’ve known for a long time that oats can help lower cholesterol.  Now scientists say oats, rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, are also good for helping you feel full so you can control your weight.  This may explain why January is National Oatmeal Month. 

Whether eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack, oatmeal provides a warming, nutritious meal for everyone…male or female, children and adults alike.  Everyday, millions of Americans start their day with some variety of oats: creamy instant oatmeal, traditional old fashioned oats, nutty steel cut oats.  There are even “on the run” options for those who prefer their oats to go.

 You can check out other super foods at Health magazine.  Then download a money saving coupon for Country Choice Organic Oats to help you keep your New Year resolutions.