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.

Yes, Hydrangeas in Utah

May 16, 2011
Kristie in Floral

Kristie, Floral Manager

Hydrangeas come in many shapes and are fascinating in their color, and very beautiful in their foliage. The different personalities and color combinations are captivating and vibrant as they develop to their fully opened color which can range from lapis blue, to fiery pinks, light lavender and rich toned magenta. Many comments pass and I often hear, “Are those real?”

They transition from a vibrant green into these rich colors, which is most fascinating to watch. “Hmmm, which one to choose?” Originally, these prosper in the South, beachy sort of areas with coastal climates, and can reach sizes up to 6 feet tall and several feet wide framing the most lush of gardens. However, it is possible to enjoy these vintage looking beauties here in our unique, unpredictable climate of Utah. So fear not! Create that cottage garden and enjoy these multifaceted “mopheads” indoors for many months and get the most helpful tips in planting these outdoors through these included links. www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com and www.usna.usda.gov/gardens.com

Date Night at The Park – First Time Experience

May 14, 2011
Jessica

Jessica, Registered Dietitian

For those of you who have visited our new Station Park store in Farmington, you may have noticed the Date Night at The Park signs throughout the store. You even may have thought, “Date night at a grocery store? That seems odd.” Well, I assure you, it is deliciously unique! My husband and I had the pleasure of enjoying Date Night last Friday, and we’ll be back for more in the future.

Every Friday evening at 6:30 pm the Station Park mezzanine is transformed into a restaurant setting with white table clothes, candlelight, light live music, and beautiful fresh flowers. Our cooking school chefs cook up a fine dining experience of four courses, all prepared from Harmons’ fine products. While you relax and savor your dinner, Chef J and our cooking school coordinator, DJ, provide details about the foods you are enjoying.

Last week was exceptional, as I know future Date Night’s will be! The evening started with our hand-crafted artisan sourdough bread, followed by a mushroom and Creminelli pancetta salad. Next came a cream of asparagus soup . . . the table was quiet, so I know everyone enjoyed that as much as I did! We had a choice between two entrees — I chose the seared salmon, while my husband opted for the sundried tomato stuffed chicken breast. Both included a potato latke and roasted squash (which pleased the dietitian in me!) We were both blown away — the quality and flavor were unbelievable. The evening ended with a decadent chocolate mousse cake prepared by our talented pastry chefs. This meal rivaled some our favorite Salt Lake City and Ogden restaurants . . . at a fraction of the cost!

If you are looking for a great Davis County dining experience, check out Date Night at The Park on Friday nights. You can view upcoming menus and register online at http://www.harmonsgrocery.com/cooking-school/.  Follow the link to the Cooking School, and you’ll be on your way to an incredible culinary experience.  Hope to see you there.

Star Parties at Harmons

May 13, 2011

Throughout the summer the Salt Lake Astronomical Society organizes Star Parties at various Harmons locations. These parties are held on Friday evenings and are free to the public.

May 13 – Seventh Street
June 10 – Brickyard
July 8 – Seventh Street
August 5 – Bangerter Crossing
September 2 – Seventh Street
October 7 – Cougar

“The Salt Lake Astronomical Society has been in existence since 1972. Our society is a group of amateur astronomers that enjoy looking at the night sky and showing the general public the beautiful object found in the night sky. Because we like to share our passion with the public, we have approximately 35 public star parties each year between March and October. At the public star parties, we have member volunteers set up their personal telescopes and make them available for the public to look through.

Harmons has been a valued supporter of our public outreach program for many years. We have one public star party each month at one of the Harmons grocery stores throughout the valley. The advantage of having the star parties at the grocery store is that we get people that are just there shopping to stop by our telescope group in the parking lot and look at the night sky. Often times, we have people take advantage of this opportunity when they normally may not have made a special trip to a location just to attend a star party. Often times, we then find the same individual attending our star parties elsewhere because they have an enriching experience at their first star party.

At a star party, the attendees look at planets, the moon, stars, nebulae and galaxies through the telescopes provided. When we hold star parties in the Harmons parking lots, the lighting in the parking lots make seeing the dimmer objects such as the nebulae and galaxies very difficult so on those star parties, we look at the moon, planets and bright stars. The Harmons star parties are always scheduled on the Friday in the month that is closest to the first quarter moon. This insures that the moon will be in the western part of the sky at sunset and is the best time to look at the moon through a telescope.”

If you cannot attend a Star Party on a Friday night, you can visit the Harmons Observatory at the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex.

Tropical Treats

May 13, 2011

Derick in Produce

Derick, Produce Manager

Mangos are the known as the king of fruit. Mangos have been cultivated and eaten for thousands of years in India and South East Asia. They are sacred in many cultures and it is believed that even Buddha himself used to meditate under a mango tree. With more than 1,000 different cultivars, mangos are the worlds most consumed fruit! Mangos are packed with Vitamin A and C, as well as a great source of dietary fiber. Most of the world’s mangos are produced and consumed in India. In America, we grow a small amount of mangos in Hawaii, California and Florida, however the bulk of our mangos come from Mexico and South America. The most popular variety is the Tommy Atkins, which has a beautiful green and red skin and a sweet fragrant orange flesh. The peak season for mangos in North America is NOW! We have beautiful Tommy Atkins and Ataulfo, or the “Champagne Mango”, known for being super sweet and super smooth. I recommend the Ataulfo to anyone who thinks they don’t like mangos, they are truly amazing. Don’t miss out on this Tropical Treat.