Capella Market has a growing selection of gluten-free products throughout the store. To aid you in identifying these products, we have placed a small blue dot on shelf tags for gluten-free products. (We also maintain a list of gluten-free products that we carry in the grocery department. Download the PDF here.)
is a locally owned and operated natural foods supermarket located in the original Oasis Fine Foods Marketplace building in south Eugene.
At Capella Market you will find:
A wide array of natural, organic, gourmet & local packaged foods.
Over 500 bulk items.
Fresh high-quality produce, emphasizing local & organically grown.
Chemical-free meats & seafoods. Full-service counter.
Deli kitchen serving sand- wiches, soups, entrees, side dishes & food for events!
Quality nutritional supplements, vitamins, tinctures, homeopathics and natural body care items.
Over 550 wines from the Northwest, California, & around the world.
Over 150 beers, from worldwide imports to regional microbrews.
Friendly, knowledgeable, & experienced staff.
10% SENIOR DISCOUNT
10% DISCOUNT ON MOST FULL CASES
SPECIAL ORDERS WELCOME
STORE GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE
OREGON TRAIL CARD WELCOME
Our Bulk Foods Sale continues this week, with 15% off everything in our Bulk Foods Department. In 2012, Portland State University conducted a study on behalf of the Bulk is Green Council. They found concrete evidence of what many of us have known for a long time. Two of the biggest advantages to buying in bulk are a decreased environmental impact and a significant savings. The PSU study confirmed that, on average, consumers who shopped in bulk for organic items enjoyed an 89% savings over those who did not. Because manufacturers don't have to pay for packaging on bulk items, they are generally significantly cheaper than packaged goods.
In addition, the PSU study found that, if coffee drinking Americans purchased their coffee in bulk for one month, they would save 20 million pounds of foil packaging from the landfill. If Americans purchased all of their almonds by bulk for one month, six million pounds of waste would be saved from landfills.
Another benefit of purchasing in bulk is that customers can get the exact quantity that they need, which saves space in kitchens and usually means fresher ingredients because they are replenished more frequently. In addition, customers might feel free to try new things if they aren't concerned about having large packages of items they didn't like cluttering up the cupboard.
Our sale goes through April 28th. Come save the planet and your money at the same time!
On Earth Day, which is Wednesday, April 22, we'll be giving away a free reusable Capella Market shopping bag to customers who spend $25 or more. Also, Eugene Friends of Trees will be here 4-6pm with information about their neighborhood tree-planting programs.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 Annual Bulk Food Sale!
Our Annual Bulk Foods sale begins today, April 15th and goes through Tuesday, April 28th. During that time we offer 15% off all bulk foods. Our Bulk Department is full of magical deliciousness, from ready made granolas to dried fruit, pasta and grains, to coffees, teas, nuts and flours. When thinking about recipes that would highlight the advantages of bulk foods, Granola was an automatic go to. Here's Mark Bittman's Granola recipe. Every single item in the main recipe and most of the items in the variations are available in our bulk foods department.
Mark Bittman's Granola
Yield: About 8 cups Time: 30 minutes
6 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking or instant)
2 cups mixed nuts and seeds: a combination of sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, etc.
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 /2 to 1 cup honey or maple syrup, or to taste
1 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds, the coconut if you're using it, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or a little longer, stirring occasionally. The mixture should brown evenly; the browner it gets without burning, the crunchier the granola will be.
Remove the pan from the oven and add the raisins. Cool on a rack, stirring once in a while until the granola reaches room temperature. Transfer to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator; it will keep indefinitely.
Peanut Butter Granola. Any nut butter or tahini will work nicely here; toss in some chocolate chips if you like very sweet granola: Add one half cup peanut butter and mix with the half cup honey or maple syrup until blended. Proceed with the recipe; stir the granola every few minutes while it's baking to prevent the peanut butter from burning.
Spiced Granola. Add another teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, half teaspoon each ground anise and cardamom, quarter teaspoon each freshly grated nutmeg and ground cloves, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Ginger-Molasses Granola. Crumbled gingersnaps are a great addition to this: Substitute molasses for half of the sweetener and add a 1- to 2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated into the sweetener. Add quarter cup chopped crystallized ginger along with the raisins.
Monday, 30 March 2015 Charoset for Passover
The Jewish festival of Passover begins at Sundown on April 3rd. Among those who observe the holiday, debates rage over traditional foods and whether they are beloved or reviled. Matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, brisket and chopped liver are all hotly contested for being delicious or gross. One Passover food that appears to be less controversial is Charoset.
This mixture of fruit and nuts comes in a few different forms, depending on whether the recipe is from Eastern European (Ashkenazi) or Middle Eastern (Sephardi) Jews. Sephardi Charoset is made with dates, raisins, almonds, pistachios and walnuts. It is sweetened with sweet red wine and honey or date syrup. Ashkenazi Charoset is made with apples and walnuts, cinnamon and sweet wine. The disparity between these two versions makes sense when you consider that different parts of the world had different ingredients available.
On the Seder table, Charoset symbolizes the mortar used by the Jews when enslaved and forced to build in Egypt. When paired with other parts of the Passover meal, it can be seen as a symbol of oppression and of hope, with its sweetness balancing the bitterness of slavery.
Here are four different versions of Charoset: www.wikihow.com/Prepare-Charoset
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 Weeknight Dinner
Even though the days are supposed to be getting longer, it really doesn't feel like there's enough time when it's time to make dinner. As we struggle to eat healthier food, we also struggle to find the time in which to do it. There are all kinds of options to speed up meals, from eating out to buying processed foods to expedite home meal prep. We have run across some great quick and healthy meal ideas that bring a healthier home-cooked meal closer to a reality.
Cookbooks are great and we do love them. Food blogs can do a great job at sparking a quick meal, too. I Am A Food Blog is packed with good variety, including this recipe for Sesame Chicken Thighs. This recipe is largely hands off, and will cook in the time that it would take to cook some rice and make a salad.
Smitten Kitchen offers this take on Shakshuka that qualifies as a quick weeknight dinner with ingredients that you might have around the house. Shakshuka is an easy vegetarian dinner that pairs well with pita bread, hummus, and salad.
Dinner: A Love Story offers many great speedy recipes, but this one for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs looked irresistible. Served with a loaf of crusty bread and your favorite vegetable, it should hit a lighter note with the lemon zest and the nutty cheese.
And finally, for the least adventurous eaters, here's a healthier chicken nugget recipe that can be on the table within an hour. Tradition demands that these be served with some kind of potatoes and broccoli.
The world moves quickly, and so, by necessity, do we. To keep up, we need good fuel. Eat hearty.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 Birthday Recap
We had a nice time on Saturday, celebrating our 10th Birthday. It was great to see so many old and new friends. Thanks to Metropol Bakery and Sweet Life Patisserie for the beautiful and delicious cakes, and thanks to all of you for helping us reach this milestone!
Our musicians, Chris & Joseph
Chocolate Cake by Metropol Bakery
Carrot Cake by Sweet Life Patisserie
Rex (store director) & Mark (owner)
Dottie (our former long-time Demo Lady) with Mark
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 It's Our 10th Birthday (Party on Saturday!)
On Saturday, March 14th, Capella Market will celebrate its 10th birthday! We'll be cutting cake and enjoying live music from 1 to 3 pm. In addition, we'll give away a commemorative 10th Anniversary T-Shirt and a reusable Capella Market handle shopping bag with every $50 purchase (limit 1 shirt per customer).
Our annual Wine Sale will be going on (15% off all wines in stock, while supplies last, no further discount), and there will be tons of free wine tastings, as well as cheese and charcuterie tastings.
Also, we'll be drawing the winners of our benefit raffle for McKenzie River Trust. Prizes include an overnight stay at Foris Vineyards, an executive wine tasting at Oregon Wine Lab, a progressive wine tasting at Territorial and Capitello wineries and a gift certificate to Rye. Also balloons. Did we mention the balloons? It's going to be fun. See you Saturday!
A sneak peek at our special commemorative 10th Anniversary T-Shirts, free with a $50 purchase on Saturday, March 14 (limit 1)
Monday, 9 March 2015 Annual Wine Sale!
Our annual Wine Sale happens March 13 & 14 (Friday & Saturday)! We will take 15% off all wines in stock (no further discount) during those two days, and we have a packed tasting schedule. While tastings will go all weekend, we do have some special things planned for Saturday, our 10th Birthday! We'll be giving away a commemorative 10th Anniversary T-Shirt and a reusable Capella Market handle shopping bag with a purchase of $50 or more (limit: 1 shirt), and we'll have birthday cakes and live music from 1 to 3 pm. Birthday and Wine Sale: the perfect pairing!
Friday, March 13
12-2 pm: Stanton Vineyards
2-4 pm: Sweet Cheeks
2-4 pm: Fractal Cellars
2-4 pm: Cheese & Charcuterie
3-6 pm: Foris Vineyards
4-6 pm: Mazama Brewing
4-6 pm: Vinum
4-6 pm: William Rose
Saturday, March 14
1-3 pm: Cakes and Live Music
2-4 pm: Cheese & Charcuterie
2-4 pm: Chateau Ste. Michelle
4-6 pm: Mitchell Wines
4-6 pm: Chateau Lorane
4-6 pm: Young's Market--Italian wines
Monday, 2 March 2015 Comparing Apples to Apples
This fall Oregonians almost passed a measure that would have required the labeling of all genetically modified food. The final outcome was within 900 votes, and a tremendous amount of money flooded into our state from all over the country. While GMO labeling didn't pass here in Oregon, the amount of money spent on the campaign and the closeness of the vote indicate that genetically modified foods and their labeling is an important issue to both sides.
This is the climate in which the FDA gave approval to the first genetically modified apple this year. The Arctic apple has been approved for two different varieties, a Golden Delicious and a Granny Smith. What is the quality that was so important that it had to have scientific help to make it happen? The answer might surprise you. The Arctic apples have been engineered to not turn brown. When browsing the Arctic Apple website, it's clear that apple browning is a far more serious issue than you might have realized. It seems that, rather than cutting off the thin slice of exposed brown area, or sprinkling sliced apples with a little lemon juice, brown apples get thrown away. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, a small laboratory in British Columbia, appears to feel certain that a non-browning apple will lead to less obesity, less trash in the landfill, and overall improved health simply by addressing the browning issue.
What is more startling than the idea that browning is a major problem leading to less apple consumption is that there is already a naturally occurring variety of apple that resists browning naturally. The Opal apple was discovered in 1999 in Europe. This cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz apple naturally resists browning. This claim seemed so amazing to us that we tried it ourselves, and indeed, even after eight hours, the Opal apple slice had not browned (see photo below). The Opal has the sweet flavor that one would expect, along with a soft texture. It's a very good apple.
Opal apple after 8 hours in open air
To Okanagan's credit, they intend to label all Arctic apples as GMO when they come to market in 2017. The intriguing question is, if this company is smart enough to engineer an apple to not brown, which of the world's real problems could they have solved?
Monday, 24 February 2015 Benefit Raffle for McKenzie River Trust
In our part of the Willamette Valley, the McKenzie River rules. We drink McKenzie River water, and many of us turn to that area when we want to get out into nature. For the last 26 years, the McKenzie River Trust has taken on the role of "protecting and caring for special lands and the rivers that run through them in Western Oregon." We are excited about this mission, and in support of it, we have put together a benefit raffle with a number of truly exceptional prizes.
One of the prizes is an overnight stay at Foris Vineyards in Cave Junction. Foris has been a family owned vineyard in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon since 1974. They have a diverse offering, including Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet. At Foris, winemaker Bryan Wilson focuses on high quality fruit and works hard to make sure that the end result allows the qualities of the grape to shine through.
It's clear that the growing of grapes is as much of a passion for Foris as the processing of those grapes. The vineyard section of their website is a mini lesson in what soils each grape needs to thrive. It's this passion for all parts of the process that makes Foris an excellent example of Oregon wine. The wine industry here is young, and was created in the '70s and '80s by people who studied wine because of their love for and fascination with the art and science of winemaking.
Raffle tickets are on sale now. They are $1.00 each and you must be 21 or older to enter. We'll be drawing prizes on March 13 and 14 during our annual Wine Sale and 10th birthday celebration.
Monday, 16 February 2015 Salt, Salt & Salt!
Over the last few years much has been written about salt and its many and varied varieties. Upon counting we had thirty different options. From pink Himalayan salt to Celtic sea salt to salt blended with herbs, we have the perfect salt for any application.
One of the most significant differences between table salt, kosher salt and specialty salts is texture. Table salt has a small grain, which means that you would get a larger amount of salt in each teaspoon used. Table salt does usually include iodine, which many cooks feel gives off a bitter flavor. Kosher salt has a larger grain and a flake like shape, which allows it to adhere to meats better. Sea salt and Himalayan pink salt come in a few different grades of coarseness, and are considered to have a mild and mellower flavor.
Bulk Pink Salt
The point where the differences in salt become most relevant is when we consider how it will be used. When baking, table salt blends in with doughs and batters most smoothly. If you are salting dishes in which the salt will dissolve, kosher salt is a good choice. If salting meats to grill or roast, kosher salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt will add both flavor and a crusty texture to the finished dish. When finishing a prepared dish such as vegetables, meats or sides, sea salt or Himalayan Salt will add a pleasing crunch along with a mellow flavor.
Should you wish to try some different options without buying a large quantity, in addition to our packaged options we carry both Himalayan pink salt and gray sea salt in bulk. It's amazing how one ingredient can intensify and amplify a dish. Salt seems like a great place to experiment.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 Valentine's Day 2015
Our Valentine's Day display is packed with flowers, wine, candles, candy and much more! On Saturday, February 14, our wine department will be having a free wine tasting from 4pm to 6pm, featuring Season Cellars. Also, we are a stop on the 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk. Staff member Kella Hanna-Wayne's poetry is on display in our deli seating area.
Monday, 9 February 2015 Local Food Connection
The Local Food Connection Conference was held at Lane Community College on February 2nd, and for anyone who loves food and calls Lane County home, it was the right place to be. The conference is a way for Oregon Growers and Food Processors to get together with restaurant owners, grocers and other food industry professionals and talk about many things, including how to grow the Willamette Valley as a destination for food growth and production.
Capella Market was asked to send someone to be on a panel discussing "Navigating the Dietary Restrictions Market." This is a subject near and dear to us. The Natural Foods industry is one that has a history of thinking carefully about food. It's not uncommon for a person to consider how and where a product is grown, and what impact it will have on one's body or on the environment. These are important questions that deserve consideration, yet we as a society have less time in which to consider such questions. In an effort to help our customers stay well informed about their food options while respecting time constraints, we began calling out information about products on the shelves. Anything dotted with a blue dot in our store is gluten free. Anything dotted with a green dot is a non GMO product. In our produce department all organics are marked with green signs, and conventional produce is marked with yellow signs. Throughout the store we draw attention to local and regional products. We believe that this work is worth it in order to give customers the information that they need to make informed decisions about what they feed themselves and their families.
Food can be delicious, comforting, and healthy. It can help us to strengthen our bodies, our communities and our minds. The best way to enjoy food to its fullest potential is to have all of the information that we need close at hand. Knowledge is power, and it can be delicious.
Thursday, 4 February 2015 KLCC Microbrew Festival
It's time again for the KLCC Microbrew Festival! Capella Market has long been a proud sponsor. This long standing event and benefit for KLCC hosts 75 brewers, music, a collaboration brew and a homebrewer's competition. With so much going on, it might be a little hard to focus. Our Beer and wine manager offers this short list of breweries that shouldn't be missed.
Ecliptic Brewing- This Portland brewery is the project of John Harris, the creator the Deschutes Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout. He spent 20 years at Full Sail creating the brewmaster's reserve line. With this kind of history, it's clear that Ecliptic Brewing knows how to bring it. We carry both their Filament Winter IPA (malty and with a honey like flavor) and their Spica Hefepils (herbal hop character, unfiltered, with a nice spicy finish).
Sunriver Brewing- Sunriver Brewing uses pure water from the base of Mt. Bachelor to craft some fine Northwest beers. Their brewmaster Brett Thomas has won both a silver and a bronze medal at the North American Beet Awards and consecutive gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival. We carry their Vicious Mosquito IPA (You like hops? This beer's got 'em.) and their seasonal, Shred Head Winter Ale (a warming winter ale using British and American hops and brown sugar.).
Mazama Brewing-This family owned Corvallis brewery shares their love of Historical brewing styles and Belgian ales through their selection. We carry Hop Eruption IPA, a heavily hopped Northwestern IPA, and two seasonals. Mazamanator is a doppelbock, which features a bit sweet toasty malt flavors and a roasty finish with a touch of Noble hops. White Wedding is a combination of two styles, a Belgian Wit and a Northwest IPA. This beer is light in color and body, with citrusy and spicy accents.
Plank town Brewing Company-Our neighbors over at Plank Town know their stuff. We have had the pleasure of drinking brewmaster Steve van Rossem's beer over the years at High Street, West Brother's and Block 15. We are proud to carry their Blue Pool Pilsner, a Bohemian Pilsner brewed with traditional Saaz hops. This malty beer still offers a crisp and refreshing quality with a spicy finish. We also carry the gutsy Riptooth IPA. This hoppy, malty IPA is not for the lilly livered. Drink it with gusto!
Thursday, 29 January 2015 Monday Morning: Health Screenings
On Monday, February 2, 9am - 1pm, Northwest Wellness staff will be here at the store conducting low-cost health screenings. This is a good option for people who are uninsured or underinsured. A variety of tests are available, some requiring fasting. Please visit their website (http://www.nwwellness.com/public_index.html) for a complete list of tests and costs. If you have any questions about Monday's screenings, please check the FAQ. You can also call Northwest Wellness at 888-837-8567 or email them: email@example.com.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 Sunday, February 1st (12-3pm): Citrus Fest 2015!
There's something lovely about the timing of citrus season. When it is cloudy and cold here, the oranges and grapefruit and tangerines come into our produce department and they seem like edible sunshine. Not only are they delicious when eaten out of hand, they can also punch up a recipe, become an amazing dessert, and they are rich in Vitamin C.
Last Year's Citrus Fest with Sarah and Tanja
Our produce department carries an inspiring selection of citrus. On last count, we had 17 different varieties of oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and pummelos. Some of our favorites are blood oranges, which are delicious out of hand, and lovely in a salad. Sweet limes are excellent for juicing and have a lower acid content than many citrus fruits. We also are excited about the cocktail grapefruit (Mandelo) which is a lesser known variety due to its tenderness, which can make it tricky to ship.
Whether using lemon as an accent for seafood or as a way to brighten up the flavors of greens or broccoli, citrus adds a spark to most dishes. If you haven't ever tried making your own citrus curd to use in a tart or to put on toast, you might be surprised at how easy it is:
With all of the options and ways to use citrus, it can be hard to know which variety is right for what use. Fear not, friends! The Capella Market Produce Department is coming to your rescue on Sunday, February 1st, noon-3pm, with our annual citrus tasting. We'll have tons of samples of sunny deliciousness for you to try so that you can pick your favorites.
Monday, 19 January 2015 Probiotics at Capella Market
One of the keys to staying healthy is a strong immune system. Most of us are aware that we need sleep and a healthy diet to keep us feeling good, but strong immunity also comes from a place you might not think of: the gut. Our gut is home to a variety of bacterias, many of which work to keep us healthy. When "good" bacteria and "bad" bacteria are in balance, it allows the gut to more efficiently absorb the nutrients from food and to filter out harmful bacteria and toxins. In a variety of different studies, some probiotics have been found to be helpful with treating and preventing allergies, diarrhea, common infectious diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other health concerns.
Our Natural Health Department carries a variety of probiotics, both for children and adults. When looking for a quality probiotic supplement, it's important to be sure that the supplement includes several different bacteria, because our body needs more than one kind. We carry a selection of products from Garden of Life, Jarrow Formula, Solaray, Enzymedia and others. Our Natural Health team can help you find the supplement that's just right for you.
In addition to supplements, many foods carry probiotics. Yogurt, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and kombucha are all rich in healthy bacteria.
Monday, 12 January 2015 Winter Skin Care
One might think that winter in the Northwest is all about moisture, and there's a lot of truth to that. Cold weather, wind and rain work together to dry out and crack skin. Our Natural Health Department carries many different kinds of moisturizes. For hands and body, the most effective in combating winter weather will include shea, cocoa or mango butter. These ingredients are rich in fatty acids that help to form a barrier between skin and the elements. We carry a large number of moisturizers, both for everyday use and for times when you need a more intensive treatment for chapped and damaged skin. Some of our favorites are Alba Botanica's Papaya Mango Body Cream and Everyday Shea's Body Moisturizing Body Lotion.
Delicate facial skin has different needs. Moisture is still a major need, but it needs to be heavy enough to protect and light enough to allow for absorption and let skin breathe. We carry a variety of brands at different price points. Some of our favorite ingredients for facial moisturizers are argan oil, which is rich in nutrients and vitamin E, and Marula oil, another all natural antioxidant and nutrient rich product. Our Natural Health department is always happy to help you find the perfect product for you.
Finally, we carry a variety of excellent lip balms to keep lips from splitting and cracking. Beeswax, jojoba, avocado, coconut, almond and hemp oils are a few of the ingredients used in our selection. Our lip balm brands include Singing Dog, Montana Emu Ranch, Dr. Bronner's, Alba Botanica and Booda Butter, among others.
The last word from our Natural Health experts is "drink water!" Keeping your body hydrated helps your skin to hold moisture and to keep your whole body healthier.
Friday, 9 January 2015 Wine Tasting and Art Walk
On Saturday afternoon, January 10, 4-6pm, we're holding our weekly free wine tasting, this week with Doyle Hinman of Five H and Henry Estate. Also, we're a stop on the 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk, this month featuring photos by staff member Mike McFadden and his wife Clara, in the deli seating area.
Friday, 2 January 2015 Natural Health During Cold & Flu Season
As many of you know, it's cold and flu season. Our Natural Health Department carries a variety of products that can help to keep you healthy. Many people have found that Vitamins C and D and the mineral Zinc can either ward off or decrease the severity of colds if taken when the first symptoms appear. Elderberry syrup and lozenges can help to boost your immune system to keep colds from taking hold. Should the flu hit, some people have had great success with Oscillococcinum as a way to decrease symptoms and feel better faster.
A delicious way to beef up your immune system is by eating fruits and vegetables that naturally have antioxidants. Oranges, red grapes, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, beets onions and eggplants will all help increase immunity and give your body the tools that it needs to fight off the cold and flu.
If all else fails, we have a wide selection of juices, teas, and soup ingredients to restore you to good health.
Monday, 29 December 2014 Sparkling Wines
When ringing out the old and ushering in the new, you really have to have bubbles. Sparkling wine and Champagne are a key ingredient of many a New Year's celebration, and we carry several choices. To help you pick the right one, we will host a free sparkling wine and mimosa tasting on Tuesday, December 30th from 4 to 6pm. We asked our Beer and Wine manager to name his top three New Year's Eve options, and he came up with these:
Marrugat Organic Nature Brut:
This Organic sparkling wine is a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. It pairs beautifully with almost any celebratory menu from seafood to prime rib. This fine, fresh wine would be the perfect way to add sparkle to your New Year's meal.
Moutard Brut Grande Cuvee:
This Pinot Noir blend has subtle lemon, tart apple and yellow pear overtones and a generous and rich palate. This is a rare opportunity to get a true French champagne at the remarkable price of 29.99. Celebrate!
Valdivieso NVY Sparkling Wine:
This unusual Passion Fruit sparkling wine is made with Semillon and Sauvignon grapes, and infused with natural fruit pulp. The refreshing blend of sweet and sour would put a new spin on a New Year's Day mimosa.
Monday, 22 December 2014 Seasonal Beers
Winter in the North West can sometimes mean rainy, cloudy cold weather, but it always means excellent seasonal beer. We carry a large variety of seasonal offerings from local and regional breweries. Many winter seasonals will be darker, porter styles, but we do have some that appeal to the medium to lighter beer crowd. We are particularly excited about Winter Warmer from Spokane brewery No-Li. This ruby red ale has a rich malty flavor with a spicy hop finish. Crystal malt gives the beer a carmely, toffee-like character, balanced by dry hopping that imbues a grassy-ness. Winter Warmer is a nice balance, not too light, not too dark, just right for holiday drinking.
This season Deschutes released their ever popular Jubelale in August, and have now run out for the season. We comfort ourselves with the wide selection of good offerings from other breweries both near and far. We are carrying the following seasonals:
- Ninkasi Sleigher
- Sierra Nevada Celebration
- New Belgium Accumulation--a white IPA, great for those who like lighter beers.
- Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome
- Hope Valley Festeroo
- 2 Towns Nice and Naughty--a cider spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
- Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale
- No-Li Winter Warmer
- Planktown Hobbit's Little Helper
- Elysian Bifrost
- Full Sail Wassail
- Hop Works Brewery Abominable Winter Ale
- Fire Mountain Hangman Winter Ale
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 Gift Items in Our Mercantile Department
The Capella Market mercantile is overflowing with great gift items right now. We are carrying a wide variety of scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, bags, pouches and a select group of purses, African baskets, water bottles, yoga mats and food storage containers.
Our mercantile carries high quality, domestically produced or fair trade products. In many cases, the purchase of a fair trade item allows the artisans and their communities better access to food, clean water and education. In giving fair trade gifts, you are able to make a difference not just to your loved one, but to people halfway around the world.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 Holidays in the Capella Meat Department
Among the many specialty meats that we carry for the holidays, prime rib is a consistent favorite. Our meat department is always happy to talk with you about the best way to prepare these special meals so that you can be sure of a delicious result every time. Here's how our meat manager Barry ensures a perfect prime rib.
Perfect Prime Rib of Beef
One Oregon Country Natural Prime Rib Roast
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons rosemary leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the roast in a shallow roasting pan and allow it to rest out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes to bring the meat to just about room temperature.
2) Combine olive oil, lemon juice, crushed rosemary, garlic and pepper. Rub the meat all over with this mixture, patting it into the meat, particularly on top.
3) Place the roast in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the meat has begun to brown (the high heat will sear the roast to seal in the juices.). Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue to cook 12-15 minutes per pound, depending on the desired degree of doneness.
4) Remove the roast from the oven and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes. Before carving, slice a piece of the exterior rosemary scented fat from the meat and rub it into the carving board to further season the roast.
5) For a gravy, thicken the pan juices with enough flour to make a paste. Cook over moderate heat for ten minutes, stirring constantly until the flour has browned and thinned slightly. Whisk in enough stock to give you a smooth sauce (about 2 cups for the average roast.). Continue to simmer for ten minutes, adjust the seasonings with salt, pepper, rosemary, and or parsley.
Thursday, 4 December 2014 Annual Neighbors in Need Food Drive
We are kicking off our fourth annual Neighbors in Need Food Drive! In 2011 one of our regular customers approached us with a great idea that she had seen in another state. We liked the idea of getting healthy food into the hands of people in need in our community. With the help of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Neighbors in Need has become our Capella Market holiday tradition.
We offer two sizes of healthy food packs, priced at ten and twenty dollars. Choose one or more gift packs on display at the front of the store to donate to the food drive, pay for your gift packs at the register, and then put them in the collection barrel at the front of the store.
The Protein Power Pack is a $15.58 retail value that we sell for $10.00. It includes:
Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter
Back to Nature Classic Round Crackers
Field Day Organic Pinto Beans
Natural Sea Tuna
The Pantry Stuffer Food Pack is a $25.74 retail value that we sell for $20.00. It includes:
Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter
Back to Nature Classic Round Crackers
Field Day Organic Pinto Beans
Cadia Organic Green Beans
Field Day Organic Pasta Sauce
Natural Sea Tuna
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Order your Turkey and Thanksgiving Side Dishes!
Our Meat Department is now accepting pre-orders for fresh, vegetarian-fed, range-grown Thanksgiving turkeys from Diestel Turkey Ranch. Never given hormones or growth stimulants, these birds are delivered direct to us by one of the last small, family-owned turkey farms in the United States. Stop by our Meat counter or call 541-345-1014 and ask for the Meat Department.
Also, our Deli Kitchen is taking pre-orders for ready-to-heat take-home Thanksgiving side dishes. Order forms are available at the Deli counter. Dishes include: Stuffed Delicata Squash, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans & Chanterelles, Cornbread & Chestnut Stuffing, Sourdough & Sausage Stuffing, Cranberry Chutney, Mushroom Gravy, and Poultry Gravy.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 Capella Market Nutritionist Talk on Oct. 22
On Wednesday (10/22) at 5:30pm, our nutritionist Kathe Forrest (CNC, MH) will be giving a talk at Tsunami Books (2585 Willamette). Titled "Miracles, Hormones, and the Ever-changing Bones" Kathe's talk will cover the following:
- What are bones made of and how do you help them stay strong.
- How to fine-tune your bones with hormones.
- Discover the amount of calcium that your individual body needs.
- How to choose calcium supplements.
- Find out about the latest bone maintenance drugs and side effects.
- Find out why Vitamin K is important for bone health.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 October 19: Harvest Festival and Raffle Drawing
Join us on Sunday, October 19, Noon-4pm, for our annual Harvest Festival! We'll be offering samples of Brats, Hot Spiced Apple Cider, Heirloom Apples, Pears, and Squash. Also we will be drawing the winner of our Garden Wagon Raffle, a benefit for Nearby Nature.
Friday, 10 October 2014 2nd Saturday Art Walk and Wine Tasting
October 11 is 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk, and Capella Market is participating with a free wine tasting (featuring Frey organic non-GMO wines) from 4 to 6 pm. Also, we're featuring the art of staff member Maureen Smith in the deli seating area.
Friday, 3 October 2014 Garden Wagon Raffle for Nearby Nature
We're selling $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a classic wooden "Radio Flyer" style garden wagon with removable sides. All proceeds will go to Nearby Nature, a local non-profit organization founded in 1992, dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, October 19, during our Fall Tasting Fair.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 Gluten Free Fair!
On Saturday, Sept. 27, Capella Market will present a Gluten Free Fair.
From 11am to Noon, at Tsunami Books (2585 Willamette), our nutritionist Kathe Forrest, CNC, will explain 1) what gluten is, 2) the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance (and how they can be tested for), and 3) what it means to adopt a gluten free diet. Learn how to convert any recipe to gluten free, and what types of flours are gluten free.
From Noon to 3pm: Back at the store, we'll be serving up tasty samples of gluten free foods, and several of our favorite gluten free food makers will be here giving demos and answering your questions. Be sure to enter the drawing for free gift bags full of gluten free foods, supplements and body care products.
Friday, 19 September 2014 SEPT. 22-25: MEAT SHOP WILL BE CLOSED FOR REMODELING
Heads up! We will be remodeling our Meat Department during the week of September 22, replacing display cases, adding a new oven, adding a "grab and go" case, replacing the floor, replacing ceiling tiles, painting, and taking care of many other details. The Meat Shop will close at 8 p.m. Monday night and re-open Thursday morning at 8 a.m. You might think about buying extra this weekend and putting some in the freezer.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 ANNUAL SUPPLEMENTS SALE!
Through September 30, all Supplements Department products are 20% off! This applies to stock on hand, while supplies last, no further discount. Supplements are mainly located on Aisle 4, and include Herbal Tinctures & Capsules, Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Omega-3 Oils, Homeopathics, Antioxidants, Green Foods, Amino Acids, Protein Powders, Chinese Formulas, and many other remedies for internal use.
Friday, 12 September 2014 Art Walk / Wine Tasting
Join us on Saturday, September 13, 4-6 pm, for a free wine tasting. This week we'll be featuring Silvan Ridge Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Malbec. Also, we're a stop on the 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk, and we'll be featuring art by staff member Patty Barr in our deli seating area.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 Cascades Raptor Center Benefit Bike Raffle
We are currently selling $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a Motobecane 300HT mountain bike. All proceeds benefit Cascades Raptor Center.
On Saturday, August 30, Dmitri Eagle-Owl and Raptor Center staff will visit the store from noon to 4 pm. We will draw the winner of the bike at 4 pm.
Cascades Raptor Center is a non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital. They work with up to 200 orphaned, sick & injured raptors (hawks, owls, eagles, etc.) each year.
"Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest."
Thursday, 31 July 2014 YES ON 92
We at Capella Market are passionately in favor of the passage of ballot measure 92.
- The natural foods industry was built on the desire to eat and serve our families the healthiest, most nourishing food possible.
- In order to do this, we must know what is in the foods that we are consuming. Sixty four other countries, including Japan and the countries of the European Union already require the labelling of all genetically modified foods.
- GMO crops are often engineered to withstand more pesticide use, which is damaging to the environment, including to bees, water, soil and nearby non GMO crops.
- By labelling locally produced foods, we can increase the ability for foods manufactured in Oregon to be welcome in other markets across the globe.
- By bringing the state of Oregon up to the standard already in practice in other parts of the world, we are renewing our commitment to healthful eating and a healthy planet.
For more information about ballot measure 92 and genetically modified foods, please go to oregonrighttoknow.org
Thursday, 17 July 2014 20% Off Beer Sale! BBQ & Tastings!
Our annual Beer Sale is happening Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19. All beers, hard ciders and meads in stock will be 20% off regular price on those two days (while supplies last, no further discount). Also, there will be free tastings both days. See the right sidebar for details. On Saturday, noon-3pm, our Meat Department will be barbecuing free samples in the parking lot!
If you haven't bought your raffle tickets for a chance to win a Yuba Cargo Bike, you've only got until Monday, July 21. It's a benefit for Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (lchay.org). Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, and 10 for $20. We'll draw the winner here at 4pm on Monday, 7/21.
We are on Facebook, and we would love it if you liked us! facebook.com/capellamarket.
Thursday, 10 July 2014 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk and Wine Tasting
Join us during the 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk 4-6pm on July 12, for a free wine tasting featuring Foris Vineyards! Also, check out our micro art gallery (aka the deli seating area) where we're displaying paintings by staff member Kasey Lee.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014 Cargo Bike Benefit Raffle for LCHAY
We're helping Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY) raffle a great-looking cargo bike to benefit their awesome programs for kids and families. Laura from LCHAY will be here on Monday, July 7, 2pm to 7pm, to answer questions about her organization. The bicycle is being provided by Arriving By Bike. You can take a look at it here in the store at our front end (look up!). Raffle tickets are on sale now at our checkstands: $5 each, 3 for $10, or 10 for $20. The winner will be drawn here at Capella on Monday, July 21.
Thursday, 26 June 2014 Thanks!
Thanks to those who participated in our Facebook Buzz Away contest, and congratulations to the winners! We'll try more of these types of contests in the near future. Meanwhile, we have a new 2-week ad flyer out, with prices good through July 8. You can access it at www.capellamarket.com/flyer.html.
Friday, 13 June 2014 Facebook Contest: Buzz Away Extreme!
We're trying a little Facebook contest! It's basically a drawing, and the three winners will get a 2, 4, or 8 oz. bottle of Buzz Away Extreme insect repellent. If you want to participate, log into Facebook, go to this post, and follow the instructions there. Good luck and thanks for participating!
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 New ad, 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Wine Tasting
Heads up! We just started a new 2-week ad today, available here. Also, stop in and visit during the 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk on June 14. From 4pm to 6pm, we'll be tasting Purloined Pinot 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and we're showing off photographs by our bulk manager, Graham, in the deli seating area.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 ANNUAL BULK SALE
Today through April 29, you get 15% OFF all Bulk Department products, while supplies last, no further discount.
April 15-28: Annual Bulk Foods Sale (15% off all bulk foods department products, while supplies last, no further discount).
April 22 (Wednesday, 4-6pm): Happy Earth Day! Spend $25 today and get a free reuseable Capella Market shopping bag! Also, Eugene Friends of Trees will be here with information on their neighborhood tree-planting programs (www.friendsoftrees.org).
April 24 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free beer tasting, featuring Pelican Brewing.
May 1 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free braggot tasting, featuring Viking Braggot Co.
May 2 (Saturday, 4-6pm): Free wine tasting, featuring Owen Roe.
May 8 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free beer tasting, featuring Goodlife Brewing.
May 15 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free beer tasting, featuring McKenzie River Brewing.
May 16 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free wine tasting, featuring Season Cellars.
May 22 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free hard cider tasting, featuring 2 Towns Cider.
May 23 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free wine tasting, featuring Estelle Wine Distributors.
May 29 (Friday, 4-6pm): Free beer tasting, featuring New Belgium.