Train Your Tastebuds

December 31, 2010

Harmons Cooking School @ Bangerter Crossing
Jan 7, 6:30pm
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New Years Eve – Stores open until 9pm

December 31, 2010

All Harmons store locations will stay open until 9pm on New Years Eve.

The Baguette

December 30, 2010
Jason in Bakery

Jason, Artisan Baker

Definition: “A long narrow loaf of french bread.” The baguette is a derivative of the bread developed in Vienna in the middle of the 19th century. At that time steam ovens had just been brought into use, enabling loaves to be made with a crisp crust and a soft white interior, similar to today’s baguettes. Then, in 1920 a law was passed preventing bakers from working before 4am. This made it impossible to make the traditional loaf in time for customers’ breakfasts. The longer, thinner baguette solved the problem because it could be prepared and baked much more rapidly. The baguette is a staple food, and is a veritable symbol of France! Baguettes are perfect for sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres and so much more.

Harmons has your baguettes, and of course they are made from scratch and are fresh every day.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

December 29, 2010
Phil in Pharmacy

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

The Pneumococcal vaccine is available at Harmons.  This vaccine covers 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria that cause pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the leading cause of vaccine preventable illness and death in the United States.  This vaccine is recommended for ALL adults 65 and older, ages 2 through 64 with a long-term health condition (like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, alcoholism) or taking a medication or treatment that lowers their ability to fight infection (like long-term steroids, certain cancer drugs, radiation therapy), and ages 19 through 64 who smoke or have asthma.  A second dose of the vaccine is recommended for people over the age of 65 who received their first dose more than five years ago and the first dose was given at an age younger than 65.  Please call your local Harmons pharmacist for more information about this important vaccine.

Transitioning into the New Year

December 27, 2010
Kristie in Floral

Kristie, Floral Manager

What inspires you? Inspiration can come from several different sources. During the cold months, and especially after the holidays, it is refreshing to clear out clutter and start clean for the new year. 

NEW YEAR TIPS: Freshen your interiors by introducing new plants to add to your decor. Change pots, switch their locations, and trim clean for a fresh new look. Doing this will make your home feel clean and rejuvenated for the months into Spring. 

Succulents are a great way to clean up with a new feel in your current decor if you have not ever had them. They are minimal in appearance and take minimal care, but they will add a “new” feel to your space that’s clean and modern. Try planting them in glass containers for a new twist.

Green foliage and white blooms with pops of color from other blooming plant varieties are also a great way to add freshness. Try grouping them together on a coffee table for a focal point of freshness. Breathe…. It’s a New Year!

Christmas Day – All stores closed

December 25, 2010

Christmas Day is the only day of the entire year that Harmons stores close. We will be closed all day Christmas Day, reopening at 6am on December 26.

Need last minute gifts?

December 24, 2010
Derick in Produce

Derick, Produce Manager

Need some fresh last minute gifts for your neighbor or coworkers?  Over in the Produce department we have a huge selection Fresh Pack nut and candy gift trays.  We also feature premium fruit baskets made in store with the best fruit around. So come on over to your Harmons Produce Department and let us help you spread Holiday Cheer.  Merry Christmas!

Let your tree give a little longer

December 23, 2010
Carrie

Carrie, Green Team Member

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, more than 28 Million U.S. households will purchase a real Christmas tree this holiday season. An average of almost 12 Million households have purchased fake trees each of the past couple years. Did you know? . . . Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and are replanted at an average rate of 3 to 1. According to the U.S. Environmental Association, 93% of Christmas trees are recycled each year. Instead of your tree ending up in the landfill, let your tree live on a bit longer by participating in a tree recycling program in your community. No matter where you live, there are opportunities through your local city or county services to recycle your tree and other green holiday decorations by way of free curbside pickup or community drop off locations.  The best way to find out what options are available in your area is to check out your city’s web site. Most local newspapers will also provide a guide, on or after Christmas, of what to do or places to take your tree. Almost all tree recycling programs are free, but be sure to check the dates because some programs only accept trees until the second week of January. Help make the recycling efforts easier by ensuring sure your tree is clean of lights, ornaments, tinsel and all decorations.

Staying healthy at holiday parties

December 22, 2010
Dave, Gluten Free Advisor

Dave, Gluten Free Advisor

The time for holiday parties is here again, and with that said, it doesn’t have to be a time when you take unnecessary risks which could adversely affect your health and well being. Here are a few tips that I use and would like to share to help get you through all your dinner parties and holiday gatherings this year.

1. Find out what is being served and plan accordingly. If they are doing a roast, find out what seasonings they are using. If they are cooking a ham, find out what brand it is – Hormel is gluten free.
2. Who is preparing the food? Have they been properly educated on what gluten is and what effect it could have on you if you are even accidentally contaminated?
3. Always have a backup plan. Even if it is someone you trust, it is always a good idea to bring some sort of food with you. There is nothing worse than being around people who are eating, when you yourself are hungry and have nothing to eat.
4. Eat something before you go. I have found that I am much less likely to take a risk on food I am unsure about if I have something in my stomach already.
5. Be safe and have a Happy Holiday.

Feeling the Christmas Spirit at Harmons The District

December 21, 2010

The holiday season tends to bring out the best in people and is a time to highlight the true meaning of giving and acts of selflessness. Without prompting, people are called to show compassion and caring towards neighbors and strangers through gifts of good will. The following is a letter from The District Team detailing a gift of Christmas cheer to a local family.

“It’s that time again where everybody can finish the end of the year with the spirit of giving, laughter, and love with family and friends. And here at Harmons The District, our Team came together and wanted to spread that holiday cheer by donating a lovely Christmas tree and holiday meal to a deserving family in a time of need. Continue Reading »