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  • Post #31 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:35 am
    Post #31 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:35 am Post #31 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:35 am
    HarvesTime is now carrying Sassy Cow Creamery organic milk for about $6/gallon. Sassy Cow is located in Columbus, Wisconsin, which is northeast of Madison.

    From what I can tell after doing a bit of internet research, Sassy Cow's operation is at least pretty good. The cows spend time on pasture: "The organic cows eat a considerable part of their diet from grass on the organic pastures located on this farm." Sassy Cow has organic and conventional dairy operations. Their organic herd is just 100 cows. With the conventional herd, they're at 500 cows, and are a family-owned operation.

    At $6/gallon, this milk is the same price as what Costco gets for organic milk. Unlike the milk at Costco, we know the milk comes from a farm a few hours away, and there's info on the web about the dairy and its practices.

    We've been struggling with which milk and eggs to buy lately - - how to get products from humanely-raised, local animals without breaking the bank. I'm not sure if Sassy Cow is the ideal option for organic milk - - but I don't think I can do better for $6/gallon (and especially not a three-minute drive from my house).

    I'm hoping others will like Sassy Cow (despite the silly name) and that HarvesTime sells enough to keep stocking the shelves.

    Ronna
  • Post #32 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:40 am
    Post #32 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:40 am Post #32 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:40 am
    REB wrote:We've been struggling with which milk and eggs to buy lately - - how to get products from humanely-raised, local animals without breaking the bank. I'm not sure if Sassy Cow is the ideal option for organic milk - - but I don't think I can do better for $6/gallon (and especially not a three-minute drive from my house).


    I'm with you, and wiill be especially conflicted about the price of "good" milk as my little one moves into her cow milk era. Unfortunately, having tried Sassy Cow, Kilgus and every other localish milk available in our area, I just can't get past the fact that Traderspoint simply tastes better than all the rest. It's not even close, imo, so for now I continue forking over a small fortune to Whole Foods every week.
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  • Post #33 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:46 am
    Post #33 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:46 am Post #33 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:46 am
    Kennyz wrote:
    REB wrote:We've been struggling with which milk and eggs to buy lately - - how to get products from humanely-raised, local animals without breaking the bank. I'm not sure if Sassy Cow is the ideal option for organic milk - - but I don't think I can do better for $6/gallon (and especially not a three-minute drive from my house).


    I'm with you, and wiill be especially conflicted about the price of "good" milk as my little one moves into her cow milk era. Unfortunately, having tried Sassy Cow, Kilgus and every other localish milk available in our area, I just can't get past the fact that Traderspoint simply tastes better than all the rest. It's not even close, imo, so for now I continue forking over a small fortune to Whole Foods every week.
    Yep. We don't buy Sassy Cow because it tastes awesome. If we know we're going to drink the milk straight, we're likely to splurge. But, considering I'm mostly using skim milk in my coffee and Cinnamon Harvest cereal (when it's so early that I'm barely conscious anyway), I'm ok with milk that doesn't taste the best.

    Ronna
  • Post #34 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:54 am
    Post #34 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:54 am Post #34 - March 22nd, 2011, 10:54 am
    Very good to hear this. When I was a frequent Harvestime shopper, the lack of good milk and eggs was the main thing I was disappointed with. In fact, milk (along with coffee beans) is the main thing I find myself making special trips for, yet it is the one thing that I would have to travel the furthest to find.
  • Post #35 - March 19th, 2015, 4:18 pm
    Post #35 - March 19th, 2015, 4:18 pm Post #35 - March 19th, 2015, 4:18 pm
    Darren72 wrote:Very good to hear this. When I was a frequent Harvestime shopper, the lack of good milk and eggs was the main thing I was disappointed with. In fact, milk (along with coffee beans) is the main thing I find myself making special trips for, yet it is the one thing that I would have to travel the furthest to find.


    Old thread, but wanted to say that they're now carrying Metropolitan beans at a reasonable price, $10.99/12 oz bag. Like Darren, good coffee was one of my only frustrations with HT. Now, well, it's almost perfect. (Perfect would have organic citrus, but that's just quibbling.)
  • Post #36 - March 19th, 2015, 9:56 pm
    Post #36 - March 19th, 2015, 9:56 pm Post #36 - March 19th, 2015, 9:56 pm
    REB wrote:
    Kennyz wrote:
    REB wrote:We've been struggling with which milk and eggs to buy lately - - how to get products from humanely-raised, local animals without breaking the bank. I'm not sure if Sassy Cow is the ideal option for organic milk - - but I don't think I can do better for $6/gallon (and especially not a three-minute drive from my house).


    I'm with you, and wiill be especially conflicted about the price of "good" milk as my little one moves into her cow milk era. Unfortunately, having tried Sassy Cow, Kilgus and every other localish milk available in our area, I just can't get past the fact that Traderspoint simply tastes better than all the rest. It's not even close, imo, so for now I continue forking over a small fortune to Whole Foods every week.
    Yep. We don't buy Sassy Cow because it tastes awesome. If we know we're going to drink the milk straight, we're likely to splurge. But, considering I'm mostly using skim milk in my coffee and Cinnamon Harvest cereal (when it's so early that I'm barely conscious anyway), I'm ok with milk that doesn't taste the best.

    Ronna


    Traderspoint remains delicious. It is the only milk I can drink.
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  • Post #37 - August 19th, 2015, 7:55 am
    Post #37 - August 19th, 2015, 7:55 am Post #37 - August 19th, 2015, 7:55 am
    Hopefully not off topic, but I'm putting out a request for help from the LTH commentariat.

    It appears that we will be leaving Lincoln Square in the next couple of months, and moving south to Bucktown/Logan Square. Can folks more familiar with the grocery scene in these neighborhoods propose a suitable alternative to our beloved Harvestime? I'm especially interested in finding places that have similar offerings of Greek pantry staples (3l tins of good olive oil, feta, olives, dried fruits) and tortillas (can't beat 39 cents for fresh el milagro tortillas).

    Thanks.
  • Post #38 - August 19th, 2015, 9:17 am
    Post #38 - August 19th, 2015, 9:17 am Post #38 - August 19th, 2015, 9:17 am
    edit: can't read, harvestime remains harvestime.
    Last edited by dudefella on August 19th, 2015, 1:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #39 - August 19th, 2015, 9:26 am
    Post #39 - August 19th, 2015, 9:26 am Post #39 - August 19th, 2015, 9:26 am
    dudefella wrote:how do you know they're leaving, they're my local grocer and i hadn't heard anything about that.


    Sorry, I mean that we're leaving Lincoln Square, and can't take Harvestime with us. Would like to find some alternative.
  • Post #40 - August 19th, 2015, 1:30 pm
    Post #40 - August 19th, 2015, 1:30 pm Post #40 - August 19th, 2015, 1:30 pm
    rtb178 wrote:Sorry, I mean that we're leaving Lincoln Square, and can't take Harvestime with us. Would like to find some alternative.


    whoops, i read (and reread) your original post too fast. i'll remove my original to avoid confusion.

    you might want to try posting in shopping/cooking for grocer ideas. good luck!
  • Post #41 - August 19th, 2015, 1:52 pm
    Post #41 - August 19th, 2015, 1:52 pm Post #41 - August 19th, 2015, 1:52 pm
    FYI, their tzatziki is one of the better store bought versions I've found.
  • Post #42 - August 19th, 2015, 2:35 pm
    Post #42 - August 19th, 2015, 2:35 pm Post #42 - August 19th, 2015, 2:35 pm
    rtb178 wrote:Hopefully not off topic, but I'm putting out a request for help from the LTH commentariat.

    It appears that we will be leaving Lincoln Square in the next couple of months, and moving south to Bucktown/Logan Square. Can folks more familiar with the grocery scene in these neighborhoods propose a suitable alternative to our beloved Harvestime? I'm especially interested in finding places that have similar offerings of Greek pantry staples (3l tins of good olive oil, feta, olives, dried fruits) and tortillas (can't beat 39 cents for fresh el milagro tortillas).

    Thanks.
    i'm guessing you don't have a car? if you do, it's not that far, i live in logan square and go there regulalry (and usually pick up a bahn mi next door at nhu lan-an extra incentive to shop) .. do check out the dill pickle food co-op when you're settled. lots of the things you mention are available there. (i'm a member/owner). 3039 w. fullerton
  • Post #43 - December 23rd, 2018, 3:49 pm
    Post #43 - December 23rd, 2018, 3:49 pm Post #43 - December 23rd, 2018, 3:49 pm
    HarvesTime has started carrying Illinois-grown chestnuts in the fall. These are not the little Chinese chestnuts that crop up in some farmers' markets but rather are comparable in size to the Italian chestnuts that are pretty widely available. This week their e-mail newsletter has the story behind these chestnuts.
    Meet Jim and Martha Dallmeyer of Thistle Creek Orchard

    We receive a lot of solicitations for business throughout our days and it was not unusual to get a call from Jim Dallmeyer asking about us purchasing his homegrown chestnuts.

    What was a surprise was that these were grown in Illinois. Jim, it turns out, is part of a group of chestnut growers in Illinois and Missouri that have started actively producing some of the best Chestnuts in the United States. American chestnut trees are susceptible to a virus called, Chestnut Blight, that eventually kills all of the trees. Millions of trees were destroyed but now with new hybrids that are resistant to the virus that Jim and his partners have planted that produce our wonderful Chestnuts. Now, a few years later, our chestnuts are sought after for their sweetness. As for Jim and his wife Marti, they are happy to farm their 65-acre farm and produce a great product that is not our typical corn or soybeans.

    From Jim...

    "This is the third profession for both my wife and I. We are retired and this is a great opportunity for people in our situation. This is a great thing to do to use our land, we can plant the bare root trees and it takes about 10 years to mature. Our oldest trees are 11 years old, in 2017 we harvested about 125 lbs. of chestnuts and in 2018 we harvested 500 lbs. We are projected to harvest about 700 lbs. In 2019."

    Harvestime has been great customers, my wife and I went into Chicago representing this co-op we are a part of, you know, selling our chestnuts… We knew we had good chestnuts, [Harvestime] were not exclusively interested in cost. They put emphasis on quality... you can't pull the wool over their eyes you know, they know quality.
    When asked about what he thinks about farming chestnuts...

    "It’s wonderful!"
    –Jim Dallmeyer


    I bought some a few weeks ago but haven't had time to roast any yet. I plan to fire up the Smoky Joe Christmas afternoon and roast a few over charcoal. I have a sheltered area outside the basement door, so a little precipitation will not be a problem.
  • Post #44 - September 7th, 2020, 11:00 am
    Post #44 - September 7th, 2020, 11:00 am Post #44 - September 7th, 2020, 11:00 am
    Whenever a post begins, "Has anyone seen...?", I try to remember to check HarvesTime on my next visit. Sure enough, today I scored both Limoncello LaCroix and Mexican Fanta with cane sugar. In produce, they had heirloom tomatoes and fresh figs, which are welcome but intermittent finds there. While I am fortunate to have it a couple of blocks away, their selection would get me there as an occasional destination trip even if we were to move.
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  • Post #45 - September 7th, 2020, 11:44 am
    Post #45 - September 7th, 2020, 11:44 am Post #45 - September 7th, 2020, 11:44 am
    This place has become my go to grocery store. Produce is top notch and the selection of other staples is pretty solid. Very happy to have it nearby.

    One random thing that they usually carry is mars bars. They call my name whenever I see it near the checkout counters
  • Post #46 - September 7th, 2020, 1:57 pm
    Post #46 - September 7th, 2020, 1:57 pm Post #46 - September 7th, 2020, 1:57 pm
    Smassey wrote:Whenever a post begins, "Has anyone seen...?", I try to remember to check HarvesTime on my next visit. Sure enough, today I scored both Limoncello LaCroix and Mexican Fanta with cane sugar. In produce, they had heirloom tomatoes and fresh figs, which are welcome but intermittent finds there. While I am fortunate to have it a couple of blocks away, their selection would get me there as an occasional destination trip even if we were to move.


    Pre-C-19, I drove to Chi from our now-not-so-new home in Valpo once a month to pick up necessities and Harvestime was a must stop along with our favorite Thai, Mexican, Chinese, etc. takeout places. I don’t get in as often now, and I miss all the things I can’t get anywhere else.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #47 - September 7th, 2020, 5:56 pm
    Post #47 - September 7th, 2020, 5:56 pm Post #47 - September 7th, 2020, 5:56 pm
    They'll also cut a t-bone to order. Bought a 3 lb one for $9.99 lb for a Tuscan steak I cooked for my sister. Not Joseph's but very respectable and only a few mins away from our house.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata

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