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Co-op Summer Hours are now in effect!  We're open 9am - 9 pm everyday.

  Co-op Cafe NOW OPEN!

The still unnamed Co-op Cafe is now open for business!  Thanks to so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, our skillful carpenters and our Head Chef/Cafe Manager, Kali, we have a super sweet and beautiful community cafe. Its positive energy will have you smiling ear-to-ear as soon as you enter the door.  

Come enjoy all organic deli style cuisine, pizza, salads, fresh juices, espressos and more during Co-op hours 9am-9pm, everyday.  

All of our staff are volunteers, so many thanks for your patience and appreciation for these folks who are making it all possible.  And last but not least, many thanks to you, our loyal members, for your patronage and support. We hope you're as thrilled as we are!  

Specials on NOW!

Wholesome Light Brown Sugar - Only $4.65 (reg.$5.80)! Organic and fair-trade, this light brown sugar is perfect for baking and cooking. Soft and moist with a wonderful creamy flavor. Use as a 1-for-1 organic replacement for refined light sugar.

Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with roasted Garlic & Onions - Only $4.55 (reg.$5.70)! These perfectly ripened, crushed Roma tomatoes are grown on a midwestern family farm and are perfect for making homemade spaghetti sauce, soups, stews, and casseroles.

Eden Organic Apple Sauce - Only $4.15 (reg. $5.75)! While you're waiting for your next apple harvest, enjoy this blend of certified organically grown apples from family-owned midwestern farms. Pure apple goodness, nothing else added.

LOCAL Produce Available NOW!

Baby Zuchinni
Spanish Garlic
Salad Mix
& many other fresh offerings

If you have any surplus produce for your community, please call Tanya @935-8577 for info about selling at the Co-op.

Congratulations CORTES FOODBANK!

The Cortes Foodbank won our monthly member draw and a gift certificate 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!

Local Profile:  Cortes Island Wild Harvest!

By Andrea Block

Cortes Island Wild Harvest is proud to provide our community and beyond with sustainably caught wild salmon from the Salish Sea.  Our wild salmon are individually caught on a barbless hook and line, cleaned and dressed by hand and double-iced.  Gary then brings them fresh to a locally owned and operated cannery and smokehouse committed to top quality where they are expertly cured and packed by hand, never having been previously frozen.

Gary began fishing when he was twelve as a deckhand. Now Thea and Megan, his teenage daughters, have both fished as deckhands aboard his 38' wooden troller: the Stacey Rock.  The troll fishery Gary is part of is selective, with next to no incidental by catch. Gary also sells roe to fresh buyers and whenever possible brings home the guts for our garden.

Gary has always brought home fresh salmon to Manson's dock and when company prices continued to be poor, he decided to become independent of the companies, thus Cortes Island Wild Harvest was created.  CIWH is a chance for what is now a limited quota fishery to support boat upkeep, ice, wharfage, fuel, deckhands and his time.  

The wild salmon troll fishery is in decline.  There are few left.  He is committed to a sustainable future for wild salmon and providing our community access to top quality wild salmon.

Cortes Wild Harvest Salmon is available at the Co-op.

Pallets for the taking!

The Co-op has a surplus of wooden pallets. If you're in need of one or two, come and get 'em!

RAW Recipe: Summer beverages!

By Tanya Krahn

Green Dive Juice

3 stalks celery
1/2  peeled cucumber 
1& 1/2 apple
1/2 peeled lime 
1/2 peeled lemon
handful of spinach
handful of parsley

juice together and dive in...

Fuzzy Navel Smoothie

2 peeled oranges
1/2 peeled peach
1/2 banana
1 tbls hemp seeds
2 soaked dates
1 cup almond hemp milk

blend smooth or just come to the juice bar and i'll make you one...

Get to know our staff - Tanya Krahn :)

How long have you been working at the Co-op?  I was sitting in Co-op meetings from the beginning with my son Solomon when he was 4 months old. That's about 8 years and 10 months, 13 days. Something like that.

What are your roles at the Co-op?
I'm on the Board. I order and manage the produce, receive local goods and fresh produce, and order from an array of companies for good quality products that are from  BC, raw, wildcrafted, or just plain special.

What does the Co-op mean to you?
 So much...I love reclaiming the costs of buying food, connecting with growers and local businesses,  giving big juicy raspberries to corporate structure and mean bosses, commitment, service, good food for my kids, employment, hundreds of String Cheese posters on the walls, hand painted signs that knock you in the head, and feeling like a hundred hands are under me. 

What is your favorite part of working at the Co-op?
Working in an environment that works hard towards positive growth for ourselves. Everyone here is not only committed to the business but to working together and that's a rare rare find.

What are your other interests or hobbies or work?
Yoga, raw food, love, friends, and once in a while...a leap of faith.  

DVDs @ the Co-op!

Never Let Me Go:
Excellent British drama starring Carey Mulligan. Irene's pick this month

: Spanish drama nominated for Best Film Academy Award and Best Actor (Javier Bardem)

Eclipse: Irish drama takes place during a writers' conference. A touch of the supernatural.

Comedy set in USA suburbia.

True Grit:
Directed by the Coen brothers, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld & Josh Brolin

Another Year:
Drama directed by Mike Leigh

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky:
Speculative historical drama

If the DVD won't play or freezes
The first thing to check for is fingerprints on the shiny side of the disc. Wipe it with a non-abrasive cloth or apply dishsoap and hot water. Another solution is to play it in a different device, if you have access to one. Computer DVD drives are often finicky - they will play some discs but not others. If it still won't play to the end, please report it when you drop it off, and you may have a free movie rental to make up for your inconvenience. If the problem is fixable, you may rent it later at no charge.

If you are having problems turning on subtitles, phone Irene 935-6712 while you've got the disc playing.

Articles of Interest

Send us an Indian summer
Elaine O'Connor, The Province
All Rod Swenson wants is an Indian summer. The Delta potato farmer was one of dozens in the Lower Mainland who had crops wiped out last fall as record-setting rains soaked their spuds, leaving them rotting in the fields. Read more: Read More>>>

Food Prices Will Have 'Grave' Consequences: Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post, Matthew Lee
ROME — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday that global shortages of food and spiraling prices threaten widespread destabilization and is urging immediate action to forestall a repeat of the 2007 and 2008 crisis that led to riots in dozens of countries around the developing world.   Read More>>>