Eating healthy must be a lifestyle choice for you and your family. This choice includes constant education on how to incorporate whole, fresh foods into your diet, especially natural and organic items that you can find at our store. Eating healthy also involves knowing where your food comes from and being knowledgeable of sustainable growing practices. Let Valley Natural Foods' demo and educational programs be your guide to making better food choices that are not only healthy, but taste good too. We can also be your primary resource for special dietary needs including anything allergen-free. Our Garden Classroom also creates the perfect opportunity to learn about sustainable growing systems that you can easily incorporate into your own backyard.
We invite you to become familiar with our two learning programs "Education at the Co-op" and "Demos at the Co-op". See more information on both below.
For more in-depth education we offer personalized wellness consultations with Eileen Johnson, our RN on staff. These 20 minute consultations can address your specific health questions or goals Eileen and Naomi Johnson, BS, DTR, have also developed a new program called "Let's Cooperate to Prevent Diabetes". This program is for those that have prediabetes or a family history of Type 2 diabetes, or anyone who is interested in committing to a healthy lifestyle, This 4-week program focuses on developing healthy diet, exercise and stress relief techniques. To contact Eileen Johnson, RN, CCN or to inquire about the "Let's Cooperate to Prevent Diabetes" program, e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call customer service at 952-891-1212, #221 to sign up for a for free 20 minute consultation.
From your garden, to shopping in our store, to dinner at your kitchen table, we want you to feel empowered to make healthy choices for your family. Education at our store is not just about reading books or even labels, instead it is focused on an interactive, engaging experience that inspires you to want to learn more about food, cooking, special diets such as gluten-free, or even gardening. Our gardening classes also have a unique focus on different organic growing systems, practices and design that you can utilize in your very own backyard. We hope these classes empower you to grow your own organic food in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner.
Our classes are open to anybody in the community. Twin Cities co-op members receive a discounted rate. All classes require pre-registration and payment if applicable. Registration is now available online. You can also register in-store at customer service or by calling 952-891-1212 ext. 221.
You are invited to the Valley Natural Foods kitchen! A beautiful rounded granite countertop complimented with honey-brown finished cupboards welcomes you as you enter our store. This is our education kiosk that is your free resource to food education at the co-op. We can help you define what healthy eating looks like on a daily basis. For example, what if you are on a budget, a special diet or need to get your kids to eat more vegetables?
Our weekly, free in-store cooking and tasting demonstrations not only address these concerns, but provide the guidance and recipes you are seeking to place your family on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Our experienced demo staff truly cares about helping you make the right choices along with answering any questions you might have.
Demo Calendar Listings
Be sure to visit our demo calendar for a full listing of all the tasting and learning experiences at our store. Indications are made to our in-house demos.
Visit our store each month for the following regular demos:
Juicing Demo: First Saturday, noon-3pm
Budget Meal: First Monday, 3pm-6pm
Raw Food Demo: Second Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Gluten-Free Day: Third Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Online Education Kiosk Scheduling System (For Outside Vendors):
If you are an outside vendor, who sells product in our store, we invite you to schedule a free demo at our co-op! Demonstrations are excellent ways to increase sales and knowledge about your product amongst our customers. Click here for directions on how to use our online demo scheduling function. Here you can review our guidelines, the available demo time slots, and actually schedule a demo.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Erin Edholm, Promotions & Education Coordinator at 952-891-1212, x236 or email her at email@example.com
What is the best day/time to schedule a demo? Everyday is a good day! We are often asked this question but it is really quite subjective dependent upon various issues including weather, holidays and sometimes area school calendars. Generally every weekday from 11-3pm, or 3pm-6pm generate a decent amount of traffic. Saturdays and Sundays are always the busiest days for us. However, only two Saturdays a month are available to outside vendors due to in-store demos.