I was on a mission. I needed more Green Scene No-Bake Energy Bites. I had been to the cozy organic market and deli just the week before. The half dozen Energy Bites I grabbed from the Green Scene deli lasted only minutes in the car on my way home. I did save a couple for the peanut butter monster I live with. Now, I was on the road to Walker for more of those addictive Energy Bites.
The sweet fragrance of onions and garlic cooking together in a pan hit my nose when I walked into Green Scene. I could see Chef Kristin Melby working at the stove in the open stainless steel kitchen situated in a corner of the small organic market in Walker, Minnesota. The owner of Green Scene, Erin Andrus, was visiting with a customer. It was Thursday, and this customer had come to pick up one of the weekly organic produce boxes Andrus has been offering to people in her community way before she opened her store on June 1, 2011.
Green Scene was started by a woman with a mission. In 2007, when her local grocery store stopped carrying organic produce, Andrus got a special permit from the city and with her friend, Theresa Bilben, started a business in her garage. Her customers would drop their coolers off at her house on Wednesdays. She would pack them with organic and local produce she sourced from farmers in the area and from the Twin Cities. Her customers came back on Thursdays to pick up their loaded coolers as well as recipes Andrus supplied so that people would know how to prepare the fresh vegetables and fruit they took home.
“I grew up in a food-obsessed family,” said Andrus. “My grandpa had a large vegetable garden. I would pick green peppers and eat them like apples. When my family ate meals together, we’d talk about what we’d eat for our next meal.”
It was this appreciation for good-tasting food and her desire to educate people about good food that brought the energetic young mother from one garage to another. Green Scene is housed in a building that was once a body shop garage.
I browsed the few short aisles of gourmet organic groceries. Sun semi-dried tomatoes from Italy and a bag of dried sprouted mung beans went into my sack. I couldn’t pass up a bag of granola made of sprouted organic buckwheat groats, organic dates, sprouted flax seeds and organic raisins. I had to add a loaf of the locally-made artisan bread to my stash on the counter. Strolling through Green Scene is a food-lover’s delight.
When Andrus looked over my purchases, she immediately kicked into her excited good-food educator mode. “Oh, mince up these sun semi-dried tomatoes and put them on a dish along with the oil the tomatoes are packed in. Dip thick slices of that bread into it. It’s amazing.”
I was offered a taste of the Balsamic Green Beans with Kale that Chef Kristin was working on when I arrived. Turns out the aroma of onion and garlic that drifted to my nose was shallots she had sautéed for the green bean dish. Delicious.
I left the store with a bag full of groceries, a box of fresh organic produce, some spinach hummus with the recipe and No-Bake Energy Bites with the recipe. Mission accomplished. Oh, happy day!
Use a strong spoon to blend the ingredients for Green Scene No-Bake Energy Bites. Honey sweetens the mixture of peanut butter, oats, ground flax seeds, chocolate chips and coconut. Children will have fun rolling the no-bake dough into balls. It’s best to keep the Energy Bites in the refrigerator. The two dozen peanut buttery balls did not last long in my refrigerator. The peanut butter monster in my house ate them right up.
These Bites are a good snack to have in the refrigerator for children this summer. Runners can get a burst of energy after popping a couple of Energy Bites. Anyone can satisfy a sweet tooth just by eating one or two or six Green Scene Energy Bites.
The recipe for Green Scene Spinach Hummus is in my column this week. Click here to get to that recipe.
Green Scene is located at 617 Michigan Avenue in Walker, Minnesota, right next to Super One Foods and the Sanford Clinic. It’s just a block or two off of the bike trail, making it a convenient stop for weary bikers to grab a snack from the deli.
Learn more about Green Scene’s weekly produce boxes, their deli and catering and their cooking classes by visiting their web site. Click here.
Green Scene No-Bake Energy BitesRecipe provided by the kind people at Green Scene, Walker, MN
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Let mixture chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll into 24 balls and enjoy. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.