October 16, 2019

Seattle Granola
and Dungeness Crab
Steal the Spotlight

Copywriter Chris Allen

We had a rare opportunity last year to get a great deal on fresh Dungeness crab and it looks like the sea gods have favored us once again!

Sweet, tender crab freshly caught from the Straits of Juan de Fuca is only $11.98 lb. this week through Oct. 22. That’s a savings of more than $4 a lb.

They’re wild and pre-cooked for your convenience, too, which means steaming a 2-lb. crab only takes about 3-5 minutes before it’s ready for dinner. Don’t hesitate to ask our fishmongers for preparation tips!

Dungeness Crab on the scale at Ballard Market.

Dungeness Crab on the scale at Ballard Market.

“These days, you just never know when you’ll have the chance to get deals like this on fresh crab this time of year,” says David Levy, our Seafood Category Manager. We only buy mature crabs that are at least 2 lbs. or larger, but there’s not always enough crabs that large in a catch to buy at an affordable price. “But there was a big opening and catch early this season and we jumped all over it to pass the savings on,” David said.

Of course, it’s not as simple as just buying seafood to sell. We are committed to living up to our core value of sustainability – in all areas. When it comes to seafood, we long ago documented our principles, practices and, for each species, where we will purchase them for our markets. You can learn more on our website.

When you’re talking about eating fresh crab, most seafood lovers would probably say simpler is better. I think the best way to eat Dungeness crab involves constant cracking, a dip into warm butter, and a giant bowl for all the empty shells. “Don’t crack the shell until right before you eat it!” says David. “You’ll let all the juice out and the meat will dry out.”

Our Central Market locations in Mill Creek, Shoreline and Poulsbo also have live Dungeness crab available for just $9.99 lb. Check out our guide for cooking and cleaning live Dungeness crab.

But if you’re no stranger to fresh crab and looking for something unique and flavorful alternatives, this Dungeness Crab and Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bites recipe from our culinary team might inspire you.  Skeptical of crab in your cheesecake? Understandable. So maybe a Crab, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad is more your style. We’ve got Crab and Artichoke Stuffed Sole for the truly motivated, and Crab Rangoon Dip for the party goers/givers. In fact if you type “crab” into our Recipe Search you will get 30 options to peruse. Time to get cracking!

Big Savings on Local, Gluten-Free Granola

If you’ve ever grabbed some granola for a quick snack and found yourself pouring crumbs from the bag directly into your mouth, there’s a decent chance that irresistible snack-turned-meal was from Seattle Granola Company. Fans already know: this granola is impossibly good. And at just $7.98 lb., this is the perfect opportunity to explore all their varieties.

A cup of granola, a few dired apricots and a small bowl of plain yogurt.

Seattle Granola, dried apricots and Greek yogurt. That’s a great breakfast!

Seattle Granola uses organic, gluten-free oats and organic, extra-virgin coconut oil to make all their batches. They’re certified vegan, too. With its delicious dried cranberries, almonds, vanilla and a hearty mix of pumpkin, flax, hemp and sunflower seeds, their “Original” variety is what made believers out of all of us here at Town & Country Markets (many of us developed what could probably be called dependencies involving Seattle Granola’s Original variety and Ellenos yogurt – another amazing local product).

“I’m a huge fan and I’m not really a huge granola eater,” says Nita Wills, our Bulk Foods Category Manager.

“You can actually taste the freshness. Their high-quality fruits, nuts and spices are all locally cooked and shipped fresh instead of sitting in a warehouse. You can definitely taste the difference. It’s such a great snack, too.”

The Original variety is our top-selling granola by far, with nearly 35,000 lbs. sold in 2018 alone.

In addition to original, they’ve developed a “No BS” flavor that cuts the brown sugar for those looking for a lighter touch of sweetness (P.S. it’s still really good!). They also have a “Coffee,” version – it cuts the cranberries and adds a dash of coffee for a fun, unique nod to Seattle’s most signature culinary tradition.

They believe “that when food tastes good and is good for you, then you’ll feel good about eating more of it.” Makes sense to us ‘cause we can’t get enough of it. We put it on our Big Board Buys every chance we get.

We also appreciate the giving nature of the company itself –the list of recipients is extensive, and runs the gamut from “Feeding America” and “Mary’s Place” to schools and the Northwest Rabbit Rescue – and that makes us so hoppy (apologies)!


Cheese Corner

Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.

MARIEKE SMOKED CUMIN GOUDA: This smoked cumin gouda is made in Wisconsin but you can certainly taste the Dutch influence.
Marieke Penterman immigrated to Wisconsin to marry her dairy-farmer husband and later went back to Holland to study cheesemaking to bring the authentic taste of Dutch cheese to America. Marieke imports cumin directly from Holland for this cheese — she’s very finicky about her flavors. The smoke on the cumin makes the cheese irresistible for snacking, but once the rind is removed, I suggest grating it over chili, soup or a Caesar salad with toasted pepitas.

Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.

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