Congratulations Graduates

May 30, 2011

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the Harmons associates who graduated this year from local high schools, colleges and universities. Check out the list of 80 associates from all 14 stores and Harmons Support Office.

Beauty. Functionality. Versatility.

May 30, 2011

Kristie in Floral

Kristie, Floral Manager

ESPALIER: The ancient technique of training a plant against a trellis or wall. Trees are pruned and trained to be on one plane.

I first learned about espaliered trees many years ago when designing windows for a large speciality fashion retailer in the Northwest. We, as designers, were set out to create a spring setting in each of the 20 windows that would depict a minimal outdoor garden setting, showing the current spring fashions on mannequins. I was planning on using real slate tiles and also created fiberglass garden walls as a backdrop to the setting. Can you picture it? Continue Reading »

Grilling Season is Here

May 27, 2011

Derick in Produce

Derick, Produce Manager

Memorial Day is the kick of to the grilling season. Most start with boring burgers and has-been hotdogs. I believe in starting out right with VEGETABLES! The possibilities are endless from Artichokes to Zucchini and everything in between. Grilling vegetables is fun and healthy. We have any easy solution for you over in the Produce department, Vegetable Kabobs. Our kabobs are made fresh daily with the very best hand selected produce. They are loaded with summers squash, sweet bell peppers, red onions and crimini mushrooms. So do your grill and your body right and go for the vegetables.

Successful E-Scrap Event

May 26, 2011

Carrie, Green Team Member

A big thank you to all of the customers who participated in the recent E-scrap collection event. Harmons partnered with Sims Metal Management, Swift Transportation and Special Olympics Utah to offer electronic and scrap metal recycling opportunities to residents at Harmons locations from Roy to St. George. More than 70 volunteers gave of their time and energy to help collect and transport everything dropped off during the one day event. Through great community support and awareness, 58,392 pounds (or 29.2 tons) of electronic waste and scrap metal was diverted from the landfill. Most items were free to drop off with a charge for only old tube TVs and CRT monitors. The proceeds from the event were donated to Special Olympics Utah and Harmons customers helped to raise $6,775.

Thank you to all who participated or volunteered for making this a successful recycling and diversion event. Thank you also to our recycling partners, like the Recycling Coalition of Utah and Momentum Recycling, for helping to get the word out. Continue Reading »

Gluten Free Granola

May 25, 2011
Dave for Gluten Free

Dave, Gluten Free Advocate

I had the opportunity to try Bakery on Main’s granola a few days ago, and I am very excited to tell you that if you are a granola fan that we now sell a great tasting gluten free granola. We currently carry five different varieties; Apple Raisin Walnut, Nutty Cranberry Maple, Extreme Fruit and Nut, Cinnamon Raisin, and Triple Berry. My personal favorite was the Apple Raisin Walnut, but they all have a very distinct flavor and were all very tasty. The best part is that they won’t break the bank costing only $5.99 each, which I don’t have to tell you is very reasonable for a high quality granola, let alone a gluten free one. You can find Bakery on Main, and many other great gluten free products, in our gluten free section which is located on the cereal isle in most of our store locations.

Bakery On Main - Gluten Free Granola

Get moving AND learn about nutrition

May 23, 2011
Jessica

Jessica, Registered Dietitian

Have you been thinking lately that with warm, sunny weather hopefully in our future, it may be time to recommit yourself to daily exercise? Or are you bored with your current solitary exercise program? Want to also learn about healthy nutrition? If you answered yes to these questions and you live near our Station Park store, join me for twice weekly jogs where I’ll discuss a nutrition topic as we make our way down the paved Legacy trail! This is a great opportunity to enjoy some physical activity in a fun, social, non-competitive environment and have all of your nutrition questions and concerns answered. We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 weeks from 10-11 am. Jogging strollers are allowed, and even encouraged (what a great challenge!) At the end of the six weeks, consider running or walking the Farmington Festival Days 5K, 10K, or half marathon on July 9. Please call me at 801-928-2634 if you are interested in joining our Team Nutrition group.

Just a quick disclaimer — I am a Registered Dietitian, not a personal trainer or certified running coach. I enjoy running and nutrition, and I’d love to share my nutrition insights as we exercise together. However, this is not intended to be a “coached” running group. As always, please get clearance from your physician before engaging in physical activity.

The impossible question?

May 20, 2011
Shauna in Cheese

Shauna, Cheese Monger

This whole week I have had a lot of people ask the hardest question you could ever ask a cheese monger, “What is your favorite cheese?” There are so many cheeses out there that you can’t pick just one. Now, I am a cheddar girl right from the start. From the mild and creamy, sharp and crumbly, and the musty bandage wrapped. I also love a good aged gran type like Piave and Parmigiano Reggiano. Then there is the washed rinds like Taleggio and the soft ripened like Explorateur. The list goes on and on.

I do have to say that the local cheeses have a piece of my heart. Beehive Cheese makes a unpasteurized cheddar called Full Moon that brings tears to my eyes and Rockhills makes some of the best raw milk cheeses out there.

Try a little experiment. Come to the cheese counter and pick out your favorite cheese and then pick out one more. Try at  least one cheese a week and I bet you that in a month you will have the same problem I have. Just one favorite? Not going to happen.

My 1st time riding the Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride for MS

May 19, 2011

Last year was my first time riding in the Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride for MS. I actually was really nervous to participate in the ride. I am not very athletic and was nervous that I would be too tired to ride more than 5 miles!

I was also just very intimidated by the ride because I knew it was a huge event with lots of experienced riders.

I was also really nervous because when doing a few practice rides to get used to my bike, I ended up with flat tires. At the MS ride, they actually have a bike crew that will help you if you run into any problems with your bike. There are thousands of riders who also are more than willing to help people out. I just carried extra bike tubes with me so that if I did get a flat, I would be able to get it fixed fast. Continue Reading »

Multigrain Bread

May 19, 2011
Jason in Bakery

Jason, Artisan Baker

I can’t believe that I have been blogging for this long and have never disscussed our Multigrain Bread. Maybe it’s because Multigrain is one of, if not the favorite, bread of our customers and associates alike. Let’s start off by saying that it’s made with a preferment dough, a dough that is mixed the day before. The preferment will age approximately 18 hours, then will be added to the final dough which consists of mostly whole wheat flour, white flour, rye flour, water, sea salt and yeast. Once those ingredients are mixed to full development, the soaker can be incorporated. Soaker is a mixture of flax seed, sesame seed, rolled oats, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed. Those ingredients are mixed with water the day before and are allowed to soften and ferment. As i have previously talked about, fermentation means a deeper flavor profile. So with its earthy flavor and multiple different grains, it’s a great bread to enjoy all by itself, toasted, or made into a sandwich. No matter what you use it for, flavor will definatley play a big part. So, if you have not tried Multigrain Bread before, do so. You owe it to your taste buds.

Medication Spring Cleaning

May 18, 2011
Phil in Pharmacy

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Last month the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Literally tons of medications were dropped off across the country. This is very important to prevent abuse, poisoning, and pollution. If you didn’t get a chance to get rid of expired or unneeded medications you can still use disposal sites that are set up across the state. Please see my previous post about the proper disposal of medications and locations near you at http://www.harmonsgrocery.com/blog/2010/11/what-should-i-do-with-my-unused-medications/. Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in our state. At www.useonlyasdirected.org helpful information is given about the prescription drug problem and the proper use, safe storage, and safe disposal of these medications. It is crucial that we use these medications only as directed and dispose of them properly when they are not needed anymore. Make sure to add this to your spring-cleaning list.