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Real Food. Real People. It’s the truth.

Hi I’m Michael Moody and these are my daughters Cristiana and Alessandra. I started working at Oliver’s 15 years ago as a dishwasher while I was attending Sonoma State University. Over the years I grew with the company and I’ve managed the Natural Foods Departments for several years now.
I wear many hats in our company. I manage our reusable bag program which has saved thousands of paper and plastic bags from reaching our landfills. I coordinate our quarterly Family Values Flyer that features hundreds of items at everyday prices that can’t be beat. I’ve even been a delegate for Oliver’s and have met with our State Legislators to help pass laws that protect our food supply. Overall I feel that Oliver’s allows me to be a part of the solution to our planet’s problems.

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Meet Our Meat

Oliver's Market Meat Departments is a cross over Market offering a wide variety of fresh items that would interest the hard core natural food shopper as well as staple items for the more conventionally minded shopper. Every section in our Meat Case has something for almost every kind of meat or seafood consumer.
One particular category that offers a large selection of highest quality meat is our ground meat program. All our ground meats meet our core standards and beliefs. We achieve this by procuring meats from the finest producers available that share the same values. Antibiotic and Hormone Free, Minimally Processed, Residue Free, Cage Free, Free Range, Grade A, Grass Fed and USDA Choice or Higher.

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Keeping Your Card Information Safe

In this day and age, for every advance in technology, there is someone out there trying to exploit it.

Since the recent card skimming incident at Lucky's, we here at Oliver's Market have spent the aftermath revisiting our security measures, to ensure that we are keeping our customer's information safe.

Card skimming can take many forms but essentially involves attaching a device that will intercept and store information such as credit/debit card numbers and PINs. The device can then be physically retrieved, or as was the case with Lucky's Supermarkets, the information can be transmitted wirelessly to the thieves.  The important thing to take away here, is that the perpetrators need physical access to the machine at some point in time. In this instance, the skimmers targeted Self-Service Checkout machines, because they were relatively unattended/unmonitored.

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Mis-adventures of the Neophyte Baker Part 3

Even though I'm not a skilled baker, I really enjoy it.  My mother bakes a lot and has since I was a child.  I don't know why her baking genes didn't get passed down to me, but as I get older, I sure wish they had.  She has cookbooks older than me with grease-stained pages and dog-eared corners, reminding us of our favorite recipes.  How many of my childhood memories are connected to those yellowed and torn pages!  Each time I see oatmeal cookies it reminds me of sneaking the dough from the freezer before my mom had time to bake it.  Or how no one knows who Tommy's Mommy is, but our favorite cookie recipe is called "Tommy's Mommy's Chocolate Chip Cookies."

This weekend we celebrated our second annual cookie party at my mom's house.  It's a new tradition I have started to continue her cookie-baking legacy.  On Sunday, the women in my family gathered at Mom's house for a full day of baking, laughing and mimosa-drinking.  This newly-founded custom includes each of us picking our favorite cookie recipe, bringing the ingredients and sharing the bounty.  This year we chose to make Gingerbread, Double Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Kisses and Sugar Cookies.  Though we are new at this, we learned to make the sugar and gingerbread doughs ahead of time to avoid sitting on the couch for hours waiting for the dough to chill.  On the day of, we only had to make the Kisses and Chocolate Mint cookies, and then roll out, bake and decorate the others.

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Green Efforts: Dry Creek Vineyards

Dry Creek Vineyards, Fume Blanc, has been selected as Oliver’s Green Item of the Month, for December. Dry creek has proven themselves a leader in the sustainable wine making community. We are proud to partner with a business that shows a high level of commitment to making the best product and stewarding the land.

Just recently, Dry Creek received an award from The Leadership Institute of Economy and Ecology for their Leadership in Sustainability. There are many reasons Dry Creek received this award, including their commitment to considering the 3 E’s of sustainability (Environment, Economy, Social Equity), in the decisions they make.

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Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

Tasting Notes

Matt Rice

Sophisticated Summertime Spritzs

The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail that is extremely popular as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. It is typically made with Prosecco, a bitter liqueur (such as Aperol or Campari), and sparkling mineral water, served over ice.

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Let’s Hear it for Dad!

This Sunday is Father's Day, a day to celebrate and honor dear old Dad. That means it's time to pick out a gift to show him how much you appreciate all that he has done for you throughout your life. Here at Oliver's Market, we have the perfect gift for him, and any other father figure in your life - American Whiskey!

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Sensational Stone Fruits are Here!

This week we're offering Fitzgerald Kelly peaches and nectarines. Fitzgerald Kelly is a sustainable peach and nectarine grower from Kingsburg, which is just south of Fresno. His fruit is lovingly farmed through the growing season, and then hand-picked and hand-packaged at the peak of ripeness, resulting in outstanding quality season after season. 

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