Archives for March 2016

  • Earth Day Membership Drive | 03.18.2016

    Our last membership drive was so successful, we’ve decided to do it again! From now until Earth Day, anyone who becomes a GEM member or who renews their membership before Earth Day (April 22) will have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 GEM gift card.

    Membership is a great value for only $10! Benefits include a once-a-month 5% discount, member specials, and a vote and voice at GEM’s meetings, among others. Plus, your commitment supports a locally-controlled food system.

    Gift_CardOn Earth Day, April 22 at 3pm we will draw for the gift card, and you don’t even have to be present to win. To enter the drawing, your cashier will ask you to fill out a raffle ticket (name & phone) when you renew or join, and it will be entered into the drawing box on the spot.

    Thank you for renewing your membership or joining the Co-op for the first time! GEM is the ONLY cooperative, locally owned, full service grocery store in Yellowstone County. GEM offers sustainably grown and organic food and products and its profits are returned to the Billings Community!


  • Order your organic, heirloom tomato plants! | 03.17.2016

    Spring is in the air!  Are you anxious to get your fingers in the soil?

    Pre-order your tomato plants from

    Kate’s Garden!

    • Locally grown in Billings Heights
    • Grown from organic seeds
    • Grown in organic soil
    • No pesticides
    • No chemicals
    • Large heirloom variety!! See our list below.

    $6.99 each

    Limited number of plants available – order yours before it’s too late!

    Available for pick-up May 1.

    Order yours in the produce department, give us a call, or drop us an email.

    Only four varieties are left! Get them while you can.

    SLICING TOMATOES

     

    Indian StripeIndian Stripe

    (Indeterminate)
    79 days

    Considered to be a strain of “Cherokee Purple”. The fruits of “Indian Stripe” are slightly smaller, lighter in color, and yield more fruits. The original seed came to Carolyn Male (who named this tomato) of NY from Donna Nelson, TX, who found this tomato growing in the garden of Clyde Burson, who has been growing this as long as he can remember. Big regular-leaf tomato plant produces big crops of 10-12 oz., dusky-purple, irregular shaped, slightly flattened beefsteak tomatoes with a big, complex flavors. Produces well in late season coolness. A wonderful sauce tomato, or sandwich tomato.


    PineapplePineapple
    (Indeterminate)
    85 days

    “Pineapple” is an heirloom garden favorite that grows to up to 2 lbs. Indeterminate, regular leaf plant produces huge, slightly flattened, yellow beefsteak tomatoes with a red blushing and streaks on the outside. It’s yellow interior contains few seeds and a red star-burst in the center. Taste is wonderfully mild with tropical fruity-sweet flavors. Great old-fashioned full , complex flavors. A good choice for slicing into sandwiches or salads. This is a show stopper!


    PASTE TOMATOES

    Amish PasteAmish Paste
    (Indeterminate)
    85 days

    A very productive leafy plant that produces up to 12 oz, deep-red, oxheart-shaped, meaty fruit. (Probably one of the largest paste tomatoes) Lots of sweet, delicious tomatoey flavors from this coreless meaty fruit. A great slicing tomato, canning tomato and sauce tomato.


    CHERRY TOMATOES

    Gardener's DelightGardeners Delight
    (Indeterminate)
    65 days

    (AKA “Sugar Lump”) Heirloom from Germany. Indeterminate, regular leaf plants produce 3/4 to 1-1/2 inch red cherry tomatoes borne in clusters of 6-12, loaded with sugary sweetness.

     


    What’s the difference between indeterminate and determinate?

    Indeterminate:  Ripens over a long period of time, climbing type, needs to be staked

    Determinate:  Ripens over a short period of time, bush type, stays short, good for pots


  • Membership Drive Results | 03.11.2016

    Our membership drive was a success! In January & February, we ran a membership drive to encourage people to join or renew their memberships with the opportunity to win a $50 GEM gift card.

    Over the course of a month, 283 people joined or renewed! Thank you to everyone who renewed or began their commitment to the co-op, and congratulations to Cassandra Amos, winner of the $50 GEM gift card!

    Stay tuned for our Earth Day Membership Drive!


  • Join our Juried Art Exhibit |

    Members in good standing (dues are only $10 a year!) are invited to submit original artworks for the May 2016 Art Walk event in the Apple Gallery at the Good Earth Market.

    Work must be original, completed by the member submitting the work, framed for hanging (no glass & clips), and available for sale to the public. Our juror, Richard Clawson, will choose a first, second and third place work and the artist will receive a $50, $25 or $15 gift certificate to the Market.

    Please sign up as an interested artist at our customer service desk as soon as possible so we can get a feel for the scope of the show. Artwork will be due on Friday, April 1, with the judging to take place on Saturday, April 9. The show will hang in the Apple Gallery from May 6 until July 30.

    We are looking forward to displaying our members’ incredible talent!