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Food for Life Almond Bread

Food For Life Rice Almond Bread - Now $6.95! (Reg. $8.10) This is a delicious alternative to traditional bread for all those who are avoiding gluten and wheat. Yes, this bread can be eaten by people with celiac disease. It's great for toasting or using for French toast and has a nutty flavour because of the almond meal with which it's made. It's sweetened with peach, pear and pineapple juice.
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Amy's Refried Beans

Amy's Refried Beans - Now $2.85! (Reg. $3.30) This month all three flavours of Amy's are on sale: traditional, chili and black. These are organic pinto beans prepared in the traditional way. Amy's beans contain no trans fats, no MSG, and no preservatives.
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Lakewood Cranberry Lemonade - Now $2.90! (Reg. $3.65)
Lakewood is helping make juices healthier and more accessible to those who don't consume sugar. That's right! There is no evaporated cane juice and no high fructose corn syrup in this lemonade. It is sweetened with pure fruit juice and made with fresh pressed organic lemons.  Learn more >>>

Tidbits for May

New BasketsBy the end of May, you can expect to be able to rest your backsides while devouring Amy and Lisa Jo's delectable bakery treats. We plan on opening the inside seating within the month. Yay! 

We also have new baskets. As our wonderful African baskets slowly started disappearing, we decided to go with space-saving stackables. They're light and easier to navigate around other shoppers in the tight squeezes between shelves.

New Spring Hours: In April, we extended our hours to accommodate the longer, more active days.

Monday to Saturday 9 - 8 and Sunday 10 - 7

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Congratulations to Stephanie Milne and Richard & Terry!! 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!

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New Products!

Harvest Sun Tomatoes

Harvest Sun Canned Organic Tomatoes - Get them crushed, diced or whole in a 796ml sized can. This is a Canadian product packaged in a BPA-free can.

Maca Spirit

Maca Spirit - This is a fair trade Bolivian product from the high Andes. Cultivated since pre-Incan times, it is prized by indigenous peoples for its nutritional and medicinal properties along with its power as an aphrodisiac, energy enhancer and hormonal balancer. Learn more >>>

Numi Tea

Numi Aged Earl Grey Tea - Numi ages organic Assam black tea with real Italian Bergamot for several weeks so the tea absorbs the orange scent. Enjoy a robust, flavourings-free Earl Grey with subtle citrus notes. It's organic, fair trade and steeped in Yum!
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Prawns: The prawns are coming! The prawns are coming! Watch our freezer section...

Local Profile: Judy Khemchand

Seeds from Green SpaceJudy was born in Trinidad, one of the beautiful, tropical, Caribbean Islands. She and her partner Richard came to Cortes almost 20 years ago. Judy’s interest in gardening grew from a hobby, to food production and landscaping. While growing food for her family and working in many gardens on Cortes, Judy turned her boundless energy to study.

Her increasing knowledge enabled Judy to start and manage a successful “seed saving” and distribution business, offering a wide selection of organically-grown flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds, available locally and online since 2004. You can view her catalogue on her website.

Judy has been providing produce for the Co-op for several years, most notably her “salad mix,” a combination over 12 different seasonally available leafy greens from her large garden in the Manson’s Landing area. Seeds from Green Space

Even as she operates her landscaping company Green Space Designs, caring for many local vegetable gardens and landscapes, Judy has continued with her studies and has become a Certified Horticulturist and is nearing the completion of her Landscape Design courses.

Judy is a strong supporter of the Cortes Natural Food Co-op and is proud to make her seeds and produce available to the Cortes community. She is very grateful for our continued support. 

Recipes for Locavores

Thin-Crust Pizza with Nettle Pesto & Roasted Yams, Asparagus and Chevre 
       (And How a Baking Stone Changed My World)

Makes two 12” pizzas.Nettle


1 cup warm water (approx. 115f) 
2 tsp honey
3 tsp active dry yeast
olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup (approx.) unbleached white flour

Chopping Nettle

Stinging Nettle Pesto:

lb fresh nettles
6 med garlic cloves
⅔ cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
tsp pepper
a pinch of chili flakes is optional



3 cups yam, chopped into " cubes (no need to peel)
2 cups asparagus, VERY thin sliced at an angle
140g chevre (soft goat’s cheese)
A little extra flour or cornmeal and coarse salt.

To read and follow along with the directions, click here.

Re-reading over this recipe now, even I would be a little overwhelmed by the list of ingredients and stages.

All I can say is this: take the afternoon to find your local nettle patch, revel in the time and precision necessary to harvest these first Spring buds all the while dreaming on the perfect balance of salty dough, sweet roasted yams and spicy wild-crafted pesto topped with creamy chevre. You’ll be glad you took the time. ICooks Cooperative.jpg was.

This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Staff Profile: Coreen

CoreenHow long have you been working at the Co-op?  
I think I began in 2004, working as a clerk and then also on the Board. I went away for 3 years; when I returned, I worked a stocking shift for one summer.

What are your roles at the Co-op? 
Since last November, I've been producing the monthly newsletters and tinkering with the website. 

What do you like most about the Co-op?
That it exists.

What are your other interests or hobbies or work?
I enjoy reading poetry and writing poetry & short fiction. Part of this is about encouraging others in their writing, especially youth. I love long, slow walks in the woods. My other jobs on the island include tutoring, editing, writing, teaching computer tutorials, literacy outreach and offering traditional Thai massage. 

What does your ideal Co-op look like?
If I had never seen our Co-op and I came here for the first time, I would say, "This is it! This is the ideal Co-op." I'm realistic, I know there are areas of growth to come. However, I'm so grateful for all those who have built it up to what it is, who have contributed time, love and sweat to create what we now have. The Co-op offers so many healthy choices. I really don't think I'd be on Cortes if it the Co-op didn't exist.

Small Business

DVDs at the Co-op

Please return your movies on time; our 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.

A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method
: In Zurich, a young psychoanalyst named Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a gifted but neurotic young woman (Keira Knightley), as a patient and eventually their relationship takes a turn for intimacy. Meanwhile, we follow Jung's friendship with mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), whose enthusiasm is waning about Jung being his successor. Directed by Canadian David Cronenberg, based on true events.

Sir No Sir

Sir No Sir: This 2006 documentary examines the resistance to the Vietnam War within the US military forces in the 60s and 70s. Cortesian Lindy Blake was one of the Presidio 27 mentioned in this film, locked in an army prison for passive resistance. (Check out this tribute to Lindy.)

New Waterford Girl

New Waterford Girl: Teen oddball Moonie just wants to get the hell out of her small Nova Scotia town and become an artist.
Iron Lady

Iron Lady: Meryl Streep won the Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher.


Melancholia: Kirsten Dunst plays a bride whose lavish wedding descends into chaos as a new planet called Melancholia is getting dangerously close to Earth. Directed by Lars Van Trier.

3 Backyards

3 Backyards: Three residents of Long Island over the course of one seemingly perfect Autumn day.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: Joy Luck Club director Wayne Wang contrasts the lives of two women in the present with two women in the past.


Carnage: After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. Directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet.

Family Films

We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo: A family film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

Articles and Links of Interest


Will Organic Food Fail to Feed the World?
David Biello, Scientific American
A new meta-analysis suggests farmers should take a hybrid approach to producing enough food for humans while preserving the environment  Learn more >>>


Cancer-killing Dandelion Tea Gets $157K Research Grant, CBC News
The "weed" that has had a bad rep for so long may finally be fully redeemed! It turns out that dandelion root extract forces a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell to essentially commit suicide. Meet Mr. DiCarlo who claims he has been in remission for 3 years due to dandelion tea. Learn more >>>

Health Benefits of Oysters
Jill Corleone, RD,
Here on Cortes Island, we're surrounded by oysters. We even have a festival celebrating them. Not only are they a culinary delicacy, but they have many health benefits as well. How much do we actually know about these beautiful bivalves? Learn more >>>


A Better Way to Grow Cilantro
Sharon Cohoon & Lauren Bonar Swezey, Sunset
Some tips on how to have a continuous crop with this fast-bolting tasty herb. Learn more >>>

The Benefits of Breathing

Tip of the Day, Andrew Weil
Why not tap into the potential of our breath rather than spend money on supplements or drugs to reduce stress and anxiety? There are numerous benefits to working with the breath; it's good for overall health, takes very little time and is free!  Learn more >>>