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Member Love

In honour of the month of LOVE, we want to show you OUR LOVE by aiming to serve you BETTER. To do that, we need to hear from you. Please spend a few minutes to fill out this member survey to let us know how we're doing.  It can be filled out online or as a hard-copy available at the Co-op.  Many thanks, as always, for your patronage and support.  

Warmly ~ Your Co-op Staff Members

What's the Plan for Next Door?

By Alex Hornby

It’s an oft-posed question around here lately. Obviously, all of us in the Cortes community are invested in the fate of the island’s only year-round restaurant. 

You may know that CNFC inherited the entirety of the building at 800 Sutil Point Rd. last year from Scott Mercs, purchasing it from him for one dollar while assuming the burden of responsibility for a planned major septic upgrade on the property. We then purchased some of the Sunset’s assets from Marc and Dina and so now fully own the store and the restaurant space. The timing of all this was not our first choice and comes while we are otherwise distracted by very complicated and expensive endeavors surrounding the land acquisition. But now here it is in our lap and we are moving slowly forward to fulfilling what feels like an urgent responsibility to provide the Manson’s community with a warm inviting and comfortable social gathering and drop-in space that will be open every day to meet our needs for interaction and belonging.

Secondarily, we’d like to try to provide some wholesome organic prepared food and drink. Whilst the creation of a snazzy vibrant whole-foods full menu bakery and restaurant that is everything you could ever want it to be is also our obvious and ultimate long-term ambition, there are some annoyingly persuasive factors currently present, such as a stark septic reality, an under-built piecemeal building that needs shoring up, and an already meager cash flow that is allocated elsewhere, etc. These factors have encouraged us to scale the dream way back in the short-term.

Even describing it as a café may be an exaggeration of the scope of what we hope to have open and operating this late Spring. Perhaps, Juice Bar or Tea Room might serve better. Extrapolating the concept of our current coffee and muffin table onto the larger stage with a greater capacity to display and promote locally made organic offerings is what we have in mind. Add to that fresh juices, lattes, daily soups and a perhaps a very small made to order menu served up by an alert fastidious mostly volunteer staff in a cozy, colourful and very welcoming atmosphere.

Remember how the Coop store started a few years ago in that tiny room at the top of the stairs with almost no money or infrastructure and how quickly we grew thanks to your support, encouragement, volunteerism and loyal patronage. If we approach this new endeavor with the same spirit of enthusiasm and giving-ness, perhaps it won’t be long before you have the fabulous organic bakery and restaurant you always wanted?

Local Fresh Produce Available NOW!

From Blue Jay Lake:

Spaghetti Squash

If you have any surplus produce, consider selling at the Co-op. Call Tanya at 935-8577 for info.

Congratulations Alex Bernier!

Alex is the winner of our members-only draw and a gift basket valuing $100. You could win too! Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name & phone number on the receipt and into the box and we'll draw a name at the end of each month. Thanks Cortes!

Member SPECIALS on now!

Gathering Place Honeybush Tea - loose leaf & tea bags -   
Now $4.30! (reg. $6.00) -
Enjoy this sweet, nurturing tea from Cortes' own, Gathering Place Trading Company.  Read more about their recent adventures below. 

Simply Natural Pasta Sauce - Vodka Cream & Red Wine Flavours - These newish flavours are organic, gluten-free and organi too.  Enjoy them both for only $3.50 this month for big savings.

New Products - Nature's Path & GoGo Quinoa

GoGo Quinoa - Spagetti & Macaroni.  Spagetti and Macaroni made from fair-trade Quinoa, so gluten free, rich in nutrition, and people-empowering - how cool!

Nature's Path Cereals - New Flavours: Mesa Sunrise w/Raisins & Flax Plus Cinnamon - Diversify your breakfast cereal with these new flavours.  

Recipe: Chocolate Hearts

By Tanya Krahn

1 cup coconut oil warmed to liquid
1/2 cup frozen goji berries ground in a coffee grinder
2 tbls maca
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup ground cacao beans
1/4 cup heirloom chia seeds
 mix together until smooth
you can ad hemp hearts for a more milky flavor.

pour into heart shaped molds or other and freeze till firm
keep cool but with warm thoughts for your Valentine.

Adventures of Gathering Place Trading Company

By Lovena Harvey

Our family journeyed to South Africa this winter where we worked, played and visited family for three wonderful months. Traveling as a family was a special time; seeing the landscape through five pairs of eyes, rather than just my own. My mind and my heart were opened to so much, I could fill many pages, but for now I will tell you about one of our many great farm visit experiences.

One of our main missions in traveling was to meet, in person, our Honeybush tea farmer, inspect the farm and understand the process that the Honeybush goes through from “field to cup”. Previously, our Rooibos farmer was sourcing our Honeybush for us, sometimes from this farmer, as we now know, and occasionally from other farmers. One of our most valued company mandates is “knowing the farmer” or more accurately “shaking the hand of the farmer”. We feel this is crucially important and what is lacking in the global food movement. Knowing our products intimately, seeing first hand that they are 100% organic, ethically sound and always the freshest harvest is the most rewarding part of our business. We can deliver to you the absolute highest quality product and if there is ever a question about it, we can pick up the phone and call the farmer. This farmer-direct relationship is the backbone of our business.

With Honeybush as a main pursuit on the trip, the Langkloof Valley was one of our first travel destinations. After touring and meeting numerous Honeybush farmers, we can say that the farm that impressed us the most and is now our permanent supplier is Nooitgedacht Farm owned by Quinton and Eunice Nortje.  Read more >>>>

DVDs @ the Co-op!

2011 Oscar Nominations have been announced and some of the films are already available for rent at the Co-op:

Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Kids are All Right
Toy Story 3
Winter's Bone
Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
I am Love

Clif Bar: In their own words

Yes, we admit it.... we're a company that loves food. We love learning about food, cooking food, talking about food, and especially eating and sharing food. Good food provides health, joy, and energy, and is a delight to the senses. And food, makde right, can make the world a better place. That's why we use organic ingredients in all our products. Food grown organically – without the use of toxic pesticides or synthetic chemicals – is better for the planet, the body and the soul. And all our food is gree of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup. We recognize that food matters to our families, our communities, and our planet – as our food choices affect the physical, social, and environmental fabric of our lives. We can't invite you all into our kitchen to join us for a meal, but we're excited to have a way to share our food with you. Clif bars – for a healthy, tasty snack on the go – available at your Co-op. 

 Learn more about Clif at their website>>>

Articles of Interest

What Canada must do to help stop looming food crisis
By The Vancouver Sun - John Kennelly & Douglas Hedley
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's recent announcement regarding the world food price index raises serious concerns about the ability of the world to feed itself over the next several years.  Read More>>>

GMO Alfalfa stalls at the Canadian Border
BetterFarming.Com - Kristian Partington
The commercialization of glyphosate tolerant alfalfa received a green light from U.S. officials last week but it could take a lot longer for the product to be offered for sale in Canada.   Read More>>>