Remington Quality Food’s right here in Manawa is celebrating their 5 year anniversary, starting next week. These are the moments to celebrate in our community, Dean and Wendy brought a grocery store back to Manawa after we had not had one for almost a year. Such a monumental task at the time, and they really are such a cornerstone of our community and work to preserve this small town way of life that we all appreciate and cherish. So to celebrate there will be free cake, coffee and kool-aid offered all week long, along with many other tasty samples. On Wednesday May 2nd, there will be a chicken brat demo and a visit from Cooper the Gold n Plump chicken. On Friday May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Kornucopia popcorn demonstration, and at 5 p.m. Dave & John will be there with Flavor 8 soda, you may remember we did a blog post a few weeks ago about them and their sodas. On Saturday May 5th, the American Legion Manawa Post 226 will be passing out free flags while they last, there will also be a Brat Fry from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and in Wisconsin, there isn’t just about anything more American than the Flag and a Brat Fry. For Sunday May 6th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. our neighbors from Dupont cheese will be at Remington’s offering samples of their fine cheese, and let me just say fresh Colby cheese from Dupont is a very fine thing indeed, you can check out more about their cheese at www.duponcheeseinc.com. So come on out next week and help Dean and Wendy and the friendly staff at Remington’s Quality Foods celebrate 5 years in our community, stop by and let them know how much we appreciate them!
I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, and fizzy beverages were a treat, not the every day occurrence they are now. I mean to tell you, that was a treat to go into Jack’s Grocery in the small town in Washington state where I grew up and go into the walk in cooler and grab a Coke in a glass bottle. Still one of my most vivid memories is when I walked into a store on a road trip and they had the old glass bottles, in a wash tub on ice, in the heat of the summer, oh yeah…it was awesome! Now some of you may be thinking to your self….really? How can anyone be excited about soda, or soda pop, or pop, however and whatever you grew up calling it, there are people out there who feel pretty strongly about their preference. We have a soda maker in New London, they have been there for a year, Dave Talo and John Mathison, the proud owners of Flavor 8 Soda Pop. There are as the name suggests 8 flavors, all caffeine free and made with real sugar, no high fructose corn syrup in their soda. You can choose from orange, grape, cherry, lime, black cherry, fruit punch, blue raspberry, cream soda. I was able to have a tour one evening, a couple of my friends and I were out for a walk and we passed by, my friend Ann had met John already and was able to get Diana & I “in the door” for a tour, they currently offer tours of their facility. We met both John and Dave, and John gave us a tour of their facility and we were able to sample the soda as well, very delicious. One thing that John shared with us, was that because they use real sugar, they don’t have to heavily carbonate their soda to bring out the flavor. So if your looking for some “local flavor”, don’t hesitate to pick up some Flavor 8 Soda Pop at any one of the stores currently carrying it. Check out their website at http://flavor8bottling.com/index.html for a list of stores near you.