Journey to South Africa—Wild Proteas

At the southern tip of Africa lies a landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. Jagged mountains rise up from ragged coastlines. A milk Mediterranean climate and ancient volcanic soil produce unique growing conditions. It’s here that a huge group of plants collectively known as the Cape Floral Kingdom grow. Many of these plants are found nowhere else.

The most widely known of these endemic plants in the Queen Protea, a dinner-plate size Protea that’s been adopted as the South African national flower and is all the rage on social media for bridal bouquets. In addition to the many Protea varieties, there’s a huge number of lesser known but stunning wildflower species.

I’ve wanted to see the wild Proteas and other Cape species for decades. My late August trip to South Africa was timed to coincide with the late-winter Protea blooming season. For the better part of two weeks, I hiked with a local naturalist and experienced the amazing diversity of the wild Cape Floral Kingdom. I wanted to see the local flower-growing industry firsthand. I was fortunate to meet Bryan Michell. Growing up, his family had a vacation farm about 50 miles outside of Cape Town in the stunningly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

It’s one of the most scenic wine regions of the world with rolling, fertile hills surrounded by towering mountains with sheer granite cliffs. Many years ago, Bryan’s mother decided she wanted to start breeding and raising Proteas. She became very good, and after several years was commercially growing and selling her cut Protea to local floral exporters. Her farm grew as did many of the other flower farms in the valley. The Franschhoek Valley is now a mix of world-class vineyards and flower farms.

While the Proteas are cultivated, i.e., planted, maintained, and harvested, for years, many of the other fowers grow wild. Large areas of natural vegetation are then selectively harvested. This is completely organic and completely sustainable. These wild flower fields are as they have been for centuries. It’s sustainable agriculture at its very best.

We’re very excited to reveal that Cape Mountain Flora, which is operated by Bryan and exports native South African cut flowers mainly to Asia and Europe, will now add DLM to its network starting in mid-December. The quality of Cape Mountain Flora is the best of the best, so get ready!

7 Days of DLM

We all realize how important it is to sit down with your loved ones and share a meal. In fact, it’s so important that the Food Marketing Institute Foundation has called attention to it by declaring September National Family Meals Month™ in an effort to bring families together at the table not only to share good food, but to make connections with one another. We see it as a good time to focus on what DLM and you do best together—feeding your family with foods that we are all proud of. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together meal ideas for “7 Days of DLM” to offer easy ways to bring breakfast, lunch, and dinner to your table so that you can enjoy more time with your crew.FamilyMealsMonth

Share What’s on Your Plate!

With National Family Meals Month™, a nationwide movement encouraging families to eat one more meal together at home each week, in full swing, we want to see how you bring your family together at the table with food from DLM. What are some of your favorite DLM tips and tricks to ease meal prep so you can juggle it all? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use #FamilyMealsMonth.

 

 


Monday

Breakfast: Start off the week with the best intentions. Top whole grain oatmeal with some seasonal fruit or a touch of brown sugar. In the mornings, you’ll find hot oatmeal in place of our Soup Station. You can also grab pre-made Overnight Oats and Chia Bowls from our Grab ‘n Go.
Lunch: We’ve done all the salad prep with an assortment of ready-made salads pre-packed with even the dressing included, such as Sal

mon Niçoise and Classic Cobb.
Dinner: Back to work and after school activities with no time to prep dinner? No worries! Skip the drive-thru and grab a pre-assembled What’s for Dinner bag (available at DLM Washington Square & Oakwood) featuring fresh-cooked veggies, an entrée, and a side dish.

Tuesday

Breakfast: Grab a Frittata made at our Naples-Style Pizza station (at DLM Springboro and Washington Square only).
Lunch: Get a sandwich hot off our press at the DLM Sandwich Station. Try our best selling Little Ed’s Big Reuben. For the kids, grab our pre-assembled lunch box featuring a sandwich, apple, string cheese, raisins, and snack crackers.
Dinner: Racing to get it all done? Have Jack’s Grill do the cooking while you shop for other things. Pick your protein from the Meat or Seafood case, and we’ll grill it at no extra charge.

Wednesday

Breakfast: For a quick morning treat, indulge in an almond croissant with your favorite yogurt.
Lunch: Eat like a Parisan with a French-style Ficelle sandwich. Round it out with our Snack Packs, featuring pre-portioned cups with things like cut vegetables and hummus, cubed meat and cheese, and more.
Dinner: Craving a healthy dinner in less than 30 minutes? Grab a Crispy Dijon Tilapia Fillet from our Seafood department and simply sauté or bake. Skip the chopping and pick up prepped veggies from our Produce department, like shredded Brussels sprouts.

Thursday

Breakfast: Steve Evans Country Breakfast Sausage and a few of Dale Filbrun’s Morning Sun Organic Farm Organic Eggs with a side of toasted Farmhouse Bread.
Lunch: Every day, we cut the fresh fruit and vegetables found on the DLM Salad Bar, so come bring your salad creation to life.
Dinner: It’s pasta night! Simmer some of our pre-cooked Momma Mia Meatballs, located in Gourmet Takeaway, in DLM Pasta or Original Marinara Sauce. Top with a little shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano and grab our ready-to-bake DLM Garlic Bread from our Bakery.

Friday

Breakfast: Pop a slice or two of DLM Classic 10-Grain Bread into the toaster and slather with DLM Organic Peanut Butter and a drizzle of local DLM 100% Pure Honey.
Lunch: A steaming bowl of Made Right Here soup from the DLM Soup Station is just the ticket, like fan favorite Curry Turkey.
Dinner: Fire up the grill and head over to our Meat department where you’ll find Gourmet Burgers like the Palmer Burger, Buffalo Blue Chicken Burger, and even a Black Bean Burger for a flavorful twist.

Saturday

Breakfast: Enjoy a nice breakfast at home. Grab a DLM Quiche, such as Quiche Lorraine, and serve with fresh fruit and yogurt.
Lunch: Download our Dorothy Lane Market Naples-Style Pizza app and scroll through our menu. Make your pick and order a pizza to pick up at your specified time (from DLM Washington Square and Springboro only). Try the Rocket Ham, a Margherita pizza with prosciutto and arugula.
Dinner: Always fresh and ready, a DLM Rotisserie Chicken is a perfect ready-now choice with so
many ways to enjoy it, whether you shred and add it to a robust salad or make into BBQ chicken sandwiches topped with our Homestyle Coleslaw.

Sunday

Breakfast: Ease into the morning with pre-made breakfast sandwiches and quesadillas, which you can get from the Grab ‘n Go case or at the DLM Coffee Bar.
Lunch” You’ll be on a roll today with a creation from our Sushi Station. It’s restaurant-quality sushi that you can grab and go!
Dinner: Roast off a pre-marinated Flat Chicken™ on a sheet pan along with some new potatoes and rainbow mini carrots for a nice, easy one-pan Sunday supper.

Get Nutty This Winter!

Every one that is familiar with Marcona almonds already know how good they are. If you aren’t familiar – Marcona Almonds, also sometimes referred to as the Queen of Almonds, are imported from Spain. They have a distinctive shape that are flatter, rounder, and a little sweeter than the Californian variety. First they are blanched, than roasted in olive oil, and finished with a good dosing of sea salt resulting in a crispy texture that is just plain delicious.

A couple of years ago we tossed them in our blend of Herbes de Provence and knew we had a hit on our hands. Truffle flavored Marcona almonds are here just in time for the holidays! They’re so perfect as-is with a glass of Champagne. Or, pile a handful onto a charcuterie platter or as a pairing with a wedge of your favorite cheese. Stop by and try our newest addition to the lineup.