Once you try our produce you won’t go back. Why? It’s fresh, colorful, flavorful, almost always certified organic and often local. During Iowa’s growing season, expect to find local vegetables and fruit from asparagus to zucchini grown by local producers. When sourcing locally isn’t an option, we offer a diverse array of organic and fair trade produce. Our selection changes throughout the seasons to offer the freshest in-season products.
Our grocery buyers carefully select every food item we carry. They look over every ingredient, so you don’t have to. We carry large-scale organic and natural food brands as well as products from local food producers. Rest assured that each product on our shelves has been carefully selected to provide maximum whole food nutrition without any artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup.
Vegan and Vegetarian
Our grocery, dairy and freezer aisles offer a wide selection if vegan and vegetarian foods. Look for an entire cooler section (in aisle 1) devoted to tofu of all flavors and sizes, non-dairy cheeses, seitan, tempeh, other vegetarian meat substitutes…and more. Also make sure to try out our Deli Hot Bar for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each day there is a different vegan and/or vegetarian main dish offered.
Most of the gluten-free products throughout the store are labeled with an orange “Gluten Free” shelf tag.
Sustainable Cleaning Products
We stock an entire aisle of sustainable cleaning products. Many of our “green” cleaning products are made without synthetic fragrances, dyes or artificial brighteners. Look for trusted brands including Biokleen, Ecover, Seventh Generation and many more.
Purchase a Pound or a Pinch
Any long time shopper and co-op knowledge buffs will know that the Bulk Department was the founding cornerstone of many co-ops. Wheatsfield, formed as a buying club in 1974, is no different. Today our bulk section offers over 400 food products, including; nuts, whole grains, pastas, cereals, granolas, beans, seeds, nut butters, coffee… the list goes on. We even stock non-food items like bulk liquids including maple syrup, local honey, oils, soaps, shampoo and laundry detergent. And, you have the opportunity to reduce packaging waste while saving money.
Bulk Spices, Herbs, and Teas
Our bulk spices, herbs, and teas offer over 200 options, many products from local Frontier Co-op located in Norway, Iowa. Buying herbs and spices in bulk allows you to purchase smaller or larger amounts to suit your needs, keeping your spice cabinet well stocked and your dishes enhanced with the freshest spices. You also get to try that new dish without committing to a full jar of an herb or a spice that you might not use again.
Most of our dairy products and eggs are produced by free-range, cage-free, pasture-raised and/or humanely treated animals, you’ll be able to taste the difference. In addition, many of the products in our dairy aisle are sourced from local and regional producers. You will not find rBGH products on our shelves and many of our dairy products are organic. You’ll find yogurts full of live cultures, Greek varieties, and low-fat to cream-on-top options.
Vegan or Allergen-Free
For dietary needs and allergies we carry many goat, coconut, soy, and lactose-free products.
MEAT & SEAFOOD
We cut most of our meat fresh, grind our own beef, and make our own brats and sausages at the Co-op. We focus on providing chicken, beef, pork, bison and lamb that secures animal welfare, is antibiotic-free, is sourced locally and is organic when possible. The Co-op has a strong relationship with Story City Locker – a local artisan butchery. This relationship allows us access to high quality, incredibly fresh meats at an affordable price.
We work hard to find you the most eco, wild or farmed, low-mercury and non overfished varieties of seafood available. Sometimes our seafood selection varieties will change, reflecting availability in the sustainable fish market. Monterey Bay’s rating system guides our seafood purchasing decisions.
Cow, Sheep, Goat, Raw, Local, Artisan… cheeses galore! Our cheese department features cheeses from around the world and everyday favorites from Iowa. Look for cheeses that are organic, rBGH-free, raw, aged, artisan and local. In addition to cow milk, there is a large selection of sheep and goat milk cheeses for those that prefer the different tastes or have dietary restrictions. With hundreds of cheeses to choose from, you can create the perfect party platter, the cheesiest pizza, a unique grilled cheese or your famous mac-and-cheese. Look in aisle one for vegan cheese alternatives.
Co-op Made Cheeses
Our Cheese Buyer, Connie, previously produced flavored chevres at an operation named Northern Prairie Chevre in Woodward, Iowa. If you have a question, she is sure to know the answer! During the summer months, when raw curd is available, Connie hand-makes the most delicious fresh mozzarella in-house at the Co-op.
Order a special cheese tray for an upcoming family event, graduation, shower, holiday party and more. You pick the size of the tray and the cheeses. Plus, enjoy dried fruit, olives and nuts as accompaniments. Fill out this cheese catering form and send it to our cheese department by email, call in your order by phone, or stop into the Co-op and talk with our cheese staff.
BEER & WINE
We carry special high-end products to everyday affordable options from every corner of the globe, including right here in Iowa. Most of our sulfite-free, vegan, fair trade, organic or organically grown wines are labeled with shelf tags. Enjoy a large selection of local and regionally produced craft beers.
Mix & Match Local Six Packs
Most of our local beers can be purchased by the each or combined to create a unique six pack! The local sticker on the cap signifies beers that are okay to mix & match. We hope this allows you to try as many local brews as possible and please all the taste buds in your group!
SUPPLEMENTS & BODY CARE
Wheatsfield’s Wellness Department is a leader in providing natural and alternative health products and information in central Iowa. Our Wellness Staff is knowledgeable, understanding, enthusiastic and they care about your well-being and your path to wellness. They have heard it all, so don’t be afraid to ask that seemingly embarrassing question!
Like the food we sell and prepare, our vitamins and supplements are chosen with care to provide you with the highest standards for purity and integrity in labeling. You work hard to eat healthy, so why take a supplement that doesn’t complement your diet? We offer many vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and hypoallergenic options to suit everyone’s dietary needs from kids to adults.
Our high-quality body care products consist of natural ingredients. We feature a wide range of organic and paraben-free items and we take great care in choosing the cleanest products available. The items you put on your skin, the largest organ of your body, should be as great as the items you put in your body. Enjoy a wide selection of shampoos, lotions, lip-balms, essential oils and more. We also carry special products that keep mom’s and baby’s bodies feeling great and well nourished. Our body care selection also features fair-trade and bulk products.