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Member Specials on Now!

Nuts to You Hazelnut Butter 250g - Now $5.35! (Reg. $6.40) Hazelnut ButterDid you know  that this delicious, nutrititious organic nut butter is made in Paris, Ontario? The organic nuts are sourced from all over the world, but Sam Abrams roasts, grinds and caps them in glass jars in his small factory in Ontario. Nuts are a surprisingly good-for-you whole food, loaded with natural protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, minus saturated fats (the bad kind). In fact, nuts can lower your risk of heart disease by as much as 35 per cent. Nuts to You is only sold in Canada. How lucky we are!

Crofter's Jelly

Crofter's Concord Grape Jelly - Now $3.75! (Reg. $4.50) Did you know that the Concord grape was developed in Concord, Massachusets, 160 years ago? As a superfruit, Concord grape juice has nearly as much of the antioxidant activity as blueberry juice. It has a robust sweetness that makes excellent PB&J sandwiches - or why not try Hazelnut Butter? I hear the Co-op has it on special this month!  Learn more >>>


iChoc Bars: All 3 Flavours - Now $1.50tx! (Reg. $1.80tx)
Organic chocolate - pure sensual pleasure. Melt-in-the-mouth chocolate made from the finest recipes. Selected ingredients from 100% organically controlled suppliers. No emulsifiers. Chocolate at its best.  Learn more >>>

Attention Local Artists & Crafters

Please join us on Monday, April 16th, 7pm, at the Co-op to explore ways we can better serve the community and help foster a stronger market for locally-made goods. At the gathering, we will ask you to consider two potential ways to build our island’s economy and support local artisans:

• first, by forming a Craft Co-op and building a new craft store/art gallery on the blue platform. In the summer months, the location would have increased activity in the courtyard due to the winning combination of bookstore, food store, bakery and craft store. In the winter, it could function as an art gallery, providing a focus for social activity.

• second, by providing the outdoor space for a Wednesday Summer Craft Market (no food vendors) in the courtyard. This would be a temporary facility until the new Craft Store is constructed.

We regret that our store is no longer able to serve local crafters, authors and artists by providing shelf space on a consignment basis. The Co-op is first and foremost a grocery store. While we have tried to give support through consignment, our store is small and space is limited.

See you at the meeting. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

With thanks from the Co-op

What's Rising at the Co-op Bakery?

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We want your recipes for folks with dietary restrictions: low-sugar; wheat-free; dairy-free; gluten-free; rice, corn, kamut and spelt recipes; vegan; and, raw!

5 Categories! 6 Prizes!

• bread
• cookies
• bars/brownies/squares
• scones/muffins
• cakes

Five $25 Gift Certificates
One Overall Prize of $50!

Submissions deadline: April 30th!

We are listening to your requests for more 100% organic baking. We will soon begin offering treats that are not only organic, but also wheat-free, vegan, low-gluten, rice, corn, spelt, and kamut specialties, low-sugar, naturally–sweetened and non-dairy.

Organic BaguettesComing Soon!In the coming weeks, Lisa-Jo Osland and Amy Bockner will be testing new recipes and developing a selection of lunch savories, low-sugar mini treats for your kids, and more breads, including sourdough.

You can help us serve you better by contributing your proven recipes to the contest above.

We will try to keep costs low by finding delicious recipes that aren't made exclusively from super-expensive ingredients. Our goal is to offer affordable treats, not just delectable luxuries!

We have been able to use only butter, instead of “fat products” (used by most bakeries) and give our members honest food value at a relatively low price. 

We want to make food that tastes good, food you can afford, food available right here, right now, and real food that is good for you.

New Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Congratulations to Laura Balducci and Karen & Gabe!! They were winners of our bi-monthly draws for a $25 gift certificate, a free movie and a basket of assorted gifts. You could win, too!

Every second Friday, we draw names. Write your name and phone number on your receipt of over $25 and put it into the beautiful and colourful box with happy faces all over it. Thanks Cortes!

New Products!

Lundberg Spicy Black Bean ChipsLundberg Rice Chips: Cracked Pepper and Spicy Black Bean - Now made with 70% organic ingredients and all organic grains, plus the Whole Grain Stamp and the Non-GMO Verified logo, you know you're getting a wholesome, healthy-for-you snack. They're also wheat-free and gluten-free. And did we mention crunchy with over-the-top flavour?  Learn more >>>


BioBio Cheeses

BioBio Cheeses: Cheddar and Parmesan - BioBio Cheeses are high-quality, organic products made from thermalized (unpasteurized) milk from cows that are raised naturally (no growth hormones or antibiotics) on family-operated farms. They do not contain any chemical dyes, artificial flavours or additives. You couldn't ask for more flavour!  Learn more >>>

Amy's Veggie Burger

Amy's California Veggie Burgers - This burger is a non-soy, non-dairy, lactose-free meal made with a savory blend of grains, organic vegetables, mushrooms, and walnuts.
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Awesome POSIM!

The Board recently approved a project to procure and install a Point of Sale and Inventory Management (POSIM) system for the Coop.

What does a POSIM do? Why is it needed? Briefly, the POSIM system tracks everything we sell, from the minute we receive it to the minute we sell it. It will provide Josée with a huge amount of current information about what sold last week, last month, last year and what she needs to order each week.

We will be able to always order what we need, no more, no less. It reduces waste and losses from expired product and excess stock. It also provides 'real-time' information about how the Co-op is performing, where we make money, where we lose money, allowing us to quickly address losses and problems with sales. POSIM will help us keep ahead of the wild seasonal swings in demand - a constant challenge on Cortes!

Another huge benefit of the POSIM is that it will enable us to support our membership better by offering credit and prepay, membership rewards, local vendor accounts and many other programs.

You will see quicker check out times, less expired product, more choice, improved local vendor purchasing and membership offers that really recognize the unique needs of local, year-round membership.

Most importantly, the Board hopes that the increase in efficiencies will translate into lower food prices all year.

The POSIM project is made possible by generous loans and donation as well as the careful management of current cash flows. It is an significant investment that will project us even closer to financial recovery and repayment of last year’s loans.

Local Profile: Cortes Nori (Irene Blueth)

Cortes NoriI am a more of a gatherer than a gardener. It puzzles me why people collect huge amounts of seaweed, compost it, plant, water, weed, fence, and wait months for their veggies when they could just eat the seaweed itself.

Nori is more nutritious than most vegetables. It has more protein than any other seaweed and contains calcium, iodine, iron, phosphorus,  manganese and vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K. Did you know that nori grows on Cortes, but only in the late winter and early spring? It does not grow in rectangular flat sheets. The Asian versionNori Underwater is cultured on rafts, then pulverized and dried. 

I am harvesting this seaweed sustainably: I cut it, making sure to leave the holdfast (the spot where it attaches to the rock) and some of the blade. It just keeps growing, like when you mow the lawn.

Thin and translucent, texture similar to sea lettuce (the bright green seaweed that also appears in the spring), nori can be Nori When the Tide is Outfound here and there in the intertidal zone. When the tide is out, it resembles bits of garbage bags hanging from the rocks. Underwater, it is reddish brown. When the tide has been out for a while, it is darker with an irridescent blue sheen.

Collecting seaweed is a nice change from my normal sedentary activities (making jewelry and researching DVDs for the rental collection at the Co-op). It gets me outside and makes me pay attention to the tides and the day-to-day nuances.

Nori Recipes

by Irene BluethNori Chips in a Kelp Basket

Crunchy Nori Chips: 

Cut up nori with scissors, toast in 300°F oven for 1 or 2 minutes on a cookie sheet, until it turns a dull green. Be careful - it is thin and burns if left a few seconds too long. In a frying pan, heat up oil or butter & garlic (optional). Toss in the nori and mix while frying for 2 more minutes. Eat right away or store in an airtight jar. If they lose their crunch, reheat briefly.

Nori Gomasio:

Toast nori in 300°F oven for 1 or 2 minutes on a cookie sheet, watching vigilantly, until it turns a dull green. Break it up and grind in a coffee grinder: An easy way to clean the coffee grounds out of the grinder is to grind a bit of rice. Gomasio

Toast sesame seeds in a heavy frying pan until they turn light brown. Grind them in the coffee grinder, too, and mix with the nori. 

This can be sprinkled on almost anything: rice, soup, veggies, fish etc. Vary proportions of nori and sesame to taste, or add kelp, dulse and salt. If you don't have a coffee grinder, the toasted seaweed crumples easily in your hands and the sesame seeds can be whole.

Staff Profile: Amy

How long have you been working at the Co-op?  Baking with Amy
I have been working at the Co-op since the beginning of March.

What are your roles at the Co-op? 
My role at the Co-op is primarily baking, with a little bit of administrative work.

What do you like most about working at the Co-op?
What I like most about working at the Co-op... all of my lovely and entertaining co-workers as well as the space to create and play with food.

What are your other interests or hobbies or work?
In my spare time I love to sing, garden, ride my bike, practice yoga, and, and, and. My other jobs on the island include teaching yoga and cooking.

What does your ideal Co-op look like?
My ideal Co-op is a community gathering place overflowing with vibrant fresh foods to nourish body and soul, as much local produce and meat as possible, good music filling the air, happy staff and customers, and continued growth and sustainability.

DVDs at the Co-op

Please return your movies on time; your fellow Co-op members are waiting for them, especially the new releases. You owe $1.00 per day per DVD for every late day. If you are not sure, ask the staff to check whether it's overdue.

Game of Thrones Season 1
: There is quite a buzz about this HBO medieval fantasy series based on the saga A Song of Fire and Ice.

Dragon Tattoo

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Hollywood version): The Swedish version was great, but this new version is supposed to be even better.


The Descendants: Dramedy about searching for truth, but finding something more important, starring George Clooney and set in Hawaii.
Like Crazy

Like Crazy: Your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is fragile.

The Way

The Way: From father-and-son team Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and facing life’s challenges.
Entry Level

Entry Level: A light, funny look at the world of unemployment along with a bit of romantic comedy.

Family Films


Hugo: Martin Scorcese's first family film - it's a delightful fantasy about an orphan who lives in the Paris train station in the 1930's and looks after the big clock in the tower.


The Adventures of Tintin: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's (director of Lord of the Rings) epic adventure is based on the original "Tintin" comics.


The Muppets: New revival of Jim Henson's beloved characters.

Articles and Links of Interest

How Plants Warn Each Other of Danger
BBC, Science and Environment
Plant WarningFor the first time, scientists at Exeter University have captured on film the process by which plants alert each other to possible dangers. When a plant is under attack it releases a gas which warns neighbouring plants to protect themselves.  Learn more >>>

Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease
Dr. Dwight Lundell, Sign of the Times
For many years, the opinion makers in the medical establishment insisted that heart disease was the result of elevated blood cholesterol. Doctors prescribed medications to lower the blood cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. Dr. Lundell says, "It's not working!" Inflammation is the real cause. He goes on to outline the best foods for anti-inflammation.  Learn more >>>

Jamie Oliver
Teach Every Child About Food 
Jamie Oliver, TED Talks
Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project, TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food. Jamie Oliver is a chef and activist who is transforming the way we feed ourselves and our children.  Learn more >>>

BPA in Cans
Organic Grace
Foods in #7 plastic containers and the majority of canned BPA Free Eden Cansfoods are exposed to this toxic chemical. Even at low doses, Bisphenol A has been linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, obesity, and insulin resistance, which can lead to Type II diabetes. Find out which brands are safe and which ones still lag behind.
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