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Fresh Berries – More Than Just Pretty Colors

posted on April 28th, 2011 by John Savidan

If you have ever had the pleasure of picking berries right from a garden or gathering wild berries in the woods, you already know how wonderful fresh berries are. While mom always recommended getting those extra servings of fruits and vegetables, she probably wasn't aware of all the health benefits which are packed into these nutrient-dense pieces of fruit. She might likewise be stunned at the impact delivered by these smallest of fruits. The pigments that give berries their beautiful blue and red hues are also great for your health. Fresh berries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids that may help to prevent some forms of cancer. While all Fresh berries are considered “Super Fruits” blueberries are amongst one of the best and contain a substance that may prevent bladder infections. Eating a diet rich in blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries may help to reduce your risk of several types of cancers. Blueberries and raspberries also contain lutein… Read More

Get Your Skinny On with Nut Butters

posted on April 25th, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Expand your sandwich horizons with delicious – and – nutritious varieties… Peanut butter and jelly: In the United States, it’s in more brown bags than any other sandwich.  Nut butters, in general, are packed with heart – healthy nutrients and they’re often a good source of protein, so it’s worth exploring all your options. At Bristol Farms you can find our ‘no added salt, oil, or sugar’ Almond, Cashew and Peanut Butters ground daily in our Coffee Department. Natural Peanut Butter made fresh from just peanuts!  Make sure and store it in the fridge when you get home to help keep it fresh and tasty. Natural Almond Butter is a nutrient powerhouse!  Loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, plus almonds have been shown to help lower cholesterol. Cashew Butter- if you like the idea of munching a handful of cashews, you’re going to love cashew butter.  This spread, which tastes exactly like its main ingredient, is also an abundant… Read More

Coffee Grounds for Earth Day and a 10 Cent Savings

posted on April 22nd, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

For over 40 years, Earth Day—April 22—has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. Last year, The Coffee Department at Bristol Farms started  a new eco-friendly program to give back to our customers…our Complimentary Grounds Program has been such a huge success that in most of our stores, customers actually call in or check in the day before to ‘schedule’ their pick up of free nutrient-packed used coffee grounds!  The grounds are great for your planting gardens and to amend your compost for gardening purposes. So, in keeping with becoming more earth-friendly, we introduce this year’s commitment to our environment by offering our loyal customers a ‘win-win’ deal.  Bring in your re-usable, sustainable commuter mug (up to 20 oz.) and we’ll give you 10 cents off every drink purchase!  This ‘win-win’ deal is another way we are committing to reduce our impact on… Read More

A Solution to your Last Minute Easter Meal Plans

posted on April 21st, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Have last minute Easter plans?  Don’t fret, here at Bristol Farms we have everything you need for your Easter Brunch or dinner! Come and stop by our Service Deli and we will help you plan and pick out the perfect foods for you, your friends and family. Get started with our succulent Spiral Slice ham; sliced and glazed to a golden perfection. This ham is ready to eat; all you need to do is heat and serve! Pair this up with a few of our wonderful side dishes: Steamed Asparagus- Bristol quality asparagus steamed to perfection.  Jazz it up by adding crumbled Roquefort blue cheese, or shaved parmesan. Sweet potato Medley- Sweet potatoes roasted to perfection with butter, almonds and dried cranberries. Scalloped potatoes- Made with potatoes, Swiss cheese, cream, eggs and nutmeg. Cornbread stuffing- Granny Smith apples, corn, celery, onion, carrots, herbs and vegetable stock make up this stuffing. Great with ham or turkey. (On sale from April 20th- April 26th) Honey Glazed… Read More

Festive Easter Baskets

posted on April 20th, 2011 by Michael Cristillo

It has been estimated that around 90% of children in the US receive some form of a bountiful, gift-filled Easter basket during the holiday season, a tradition that has existed for quite some time.  Spring is a period of blessing and rebirth - the fertility goddess Eostre (a Germanic entity whose Anglo-Saxon month, Ēostur-monath, is the namesake for the festival we call Easter) was sometimes depicted carrying a basket of eggs. And it was traditional to take baskets of early seedlings to temples to increase the chance of a good harvest. The Easter basket was especially popular in the countries of central and Eastern Europe and was most likely imported to America in the 18th century by the same German settlers who introduced the Easter bunny.  As such, we have two Easter baskets that should tickle the cockles of your children’s heart for this festive occasion. Tiskat, Tasket Yellow Easter Basket ~  filled with Easter lollipops, jelly beans, lemon head chews, Easter Kit Kat bunny… Read More

Squeezed to Please – Perricone Tangerine Juice

posted on April 19th, 2011 by John Savidan

For more than 60 Years, the Perricone name and quality citrus have been synonymous. Today, the Perricone Juice Company is known nationwide for their commitment to safety, quality; and to squeezing and bottling the very finest premium citrus juice products available. Every year around early Spring we are proud to offer the first of the season, fresh squeezed tangerine juice produced under the Perricone Label. This special tangerine juice is made with “fresh” in mind and only the best tasting fruit makes it into each bottle. When it comes to this wonderful tasting tangerine juice our mission is simple; Fresh Fruit, Fresh Juice, Fresh Flavor Read More

Meet the Experts in Westchester

posted on April 15th, 2011 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

In the Fall of 2010 we introduced a new twist on an old concept. From time to time in years past we would hold an “Open House” type event at our various stores. This would be an opportunity for our valued customers to come in for an even more enjoyable shopping experience. We took the core concept of the “Open House” and have now turned it into our “Meet the Experts” event. This event is held roughly every other month and rotates amongst our stores. Here are a few of the cool concepts associated with this event: • Our customers meet face-to-face with our vendor partners, our own internal buyers and the leaders in our stores. The experts at this event are truly just that – experts. These are not third party participants but literally the owners, managers or other folks who truly are passionate about the products they produce or buy on our customer’s behalf. This event gives our customers the opportunity to ask questions, provide suggestions or engage in any… Read More

Spring has Sprung with Pecorino Cheese

posted on April 14th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Nothing says Spring time like Italian Pecorino Cheese! Isn't that the saying?  It is in my world of cheese.  This week we are featuring three different Pecorino cheeses from Tuscany, Italy.  Made with Sheep’s milk, these beautiful Pecorino’s are slightly salty and sharp and are perfect for shaving over creamy risotto, or grilled spring vegetables. Our Basil Pecorino (Pecorino Basilio) has been rubbed with extra virgin olive oil and basil as it ages to create a perfect balance of sweet and salty. The Walnut Pecorino (Pecorino Sottoilnoce) is wrapped and aged in walnut leaves giving this cheese a unique flavor. Pecorino Re Nero is aged for at least 3 months.  This Pecorino is slightly sharper and has more crystallization than the other two. The flavor is straight forward as it does not have any flavor enhancers standing in its way. All three cheeses cook beautifully and will enhance any recipe.  Of course, if you are a purist, you can enjoy these on their own with some… Read More

First Of the Season Locally Grown Blueberries

posted on April 7th, 2011 by John Savidan

Fresh blueberries are a naturally blue food item and are one of the few known fruits native to North America. When ripe, our local blueberries are a deep indigo blue color with a gray natural waxy coating called bloom. The bloom is preferred by many and is nature’s way of protecting the blueberries from external moisture keeping them larger, juicier, and more plump than other berries. Our locally grown blueberries are grown in a special location within the central valley which is known for producing some of the first U.S. grown blueberries available each spring. When it comes to blueberries, the health benefits are never ending. Our fresh blueberries are best known for their high antioxidant properties as well as preventing cancer, heart disease, urinary tract infections, and age related loss of memory and motor skills. We believe that with one taste of our locally grown blueberries you’ll agree that they may be the very best that you have ever tasted Read More

Bristol Farms receives "Best Specialty Food Store" and "Best Florist" Honors

posted on April 5th, 2011 by Bristol Farms

Thanks to MyDesert.com for voting Bristol Farms as one of the "Best Specialty Food Stores" and "Best Florists" in the valley. Congratulations to our Palm Desert Florist, Beto, and staff for receiving the honors. Visit any of our floral shops to see the most artistic and breathtaking floral arrangements available. http://palm.mydesert.com/bestof/11results_shopping.php Read More

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