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Anita's White Spelt Flour 500g - Now $5.20! (Reg. $5.95) Although Spelt has been cultivated since 5000 B.C., there has been very little breeding of the grain. AsAnita's Spelt Flour such, it has carried with it the wonderful characteristics that allow some wheat intolerant people the ability to eat it. The gluten strength in spelt is much lower than wheat and, therefore, easier to digest. Spelt is an excellent source of manganese. It is also a good source of niacin, copper, phosphorus, protein, and fiber. This product is also new to the Co-op. Learn more >>>

Ridgeway Tea - Now $4.85! (Reg. $5.80) Thomas Ridgway Tea Ridgway opened his first London tea shop in 1836 and Ridgways tea was founded. It is a high quality tea, sourced from some of the finest quality organically grown teas from around the world. Only the freshest leaves are used from tea bushes that are allowed to grow slowly and naturally. It has become renowned by discerning tea drinkers all over the world.World Foods
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World Foods Thai Basil Curry 340g - Now $3.45! (Reg. $4.10) This is an authentic ethnic experience - in a jar! It's a not-too-hot, more like medium, creamy stir-fry sauce flavoured with red chilies and Thai basil. Ideal stir-fry sauce for meat, seafood (Alain's prawns!) or vegetables. Learn more >>>

Bakery News

Baked DelightsCongratulations to Julian Ayers, Amy Bockner, and Lisa-Jo Osland for making a huge success of the new instore bakery. Thank you!

CNFC members now have a great daily selection of FRESH baked goods - a great addition to the store.

The new CNFC Bakery has entered its 3rd month of operations, turning out wonderful breads, pastries, lunch items, cookies, fruit bars, muffins, and other delicious goodies. A weekly baking schedule has been posted so that you can count on your favourite breads being available on specific days. We have invested in a HUGE new mixer, so that we can ramp up production for the summer months.

This isn't just a way of improving the quality and variety of what the CNFC offers its members, it helps us all in other ways, too:

1. It displaces products that we used to ship in, which keeps more money on the island and reduces waste and transport costs - believe it or not, fresh bread is very expensive to transport.

2. It provides good jobs on the island, as well as better quality food.

Thanks to a detailed cost accounting system implemented by Jason Andrews (CNFC Finance Director), we are able to monitor the performance of the bakery on a weekly basis and can confirm that it is more than paying its way. In fact, it is actually contributing new, additional revenues to the CNFC -- even in the quiet months. This means we can confidently keep food prices lower and guarantee sustainable, year-round employment for bakery staff.

Message from the Board

Welcome to our New General Manager: The board is pleased to announce that Eric Hargrave will soon be taking up the position of General Manager at the Co-op. Eric has lived on Cortes before and will be moving with his family from Bellingham, WA, where he has worked for several years at a large and successful Community Food Co-op. Eric has extensive family on the island and understands many of the challenges of life on Cortes (how to operate a generator, etc.). He brings valuable experience, such as with pricing and POSIM systems, from his work on the CFC management team.

Eric will start work in June. Please take time to introduce yourself and welcome him to our community.

New Leaves Good-bye and Thank You to our Outgoing General Manager: The board and staff would like to extend a huge "thank you" to Julian Ayers, who leaves his general manager's position at the CNFC, to take paid employment elsewhere.

For the past 4 months, Julian has worked full-time and without pay, managing the CNFC store and bakery. He has made a huge and selfless contribution to the survival of the Co-op. This involved early mornings, late nights and lots of difficult and dirty jobs in between. He has worked tirelessly with the board and staff to improve the store layout, organization and efficiency. He has built shelving and storage, and devised baking solutions himself!

Without his experience, energy, and volunteer contribution, it would not have been possible to start the instore bakery, to deliver the POSIM project, or to follow up on the hundreds of loose-ends that desperately needed attention.

A huge debt of gratitude to you, Julian. Thank you for all you have done and for your continued contribution on the CNFC Board.

Also, the board and staff would like to thank Jason Andrews for his immense contributions on virtually all aspects at CNFC. He has worked tirelessly on the finances and the POSIM system saving us lots in the process. We are lucky to have his experience and guidance volunteered for almost a year now.

Lastly, we will soon have more news about the land purchase, which is in a much more active stage at the moment. More to come in July's newsletter.

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Congratulations to Mags and Madhurima!! They were both 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!

New Products

King Island Coco Water Juice Box - Unwrap a refreshing "King Island" 100% coconut juice from qualified, clean, luscious, and delicious coconuts from Thailand.

Wilderness Family Coconut Oil - Their Virgin Centrifuged Coconut Oil is made from fresh coconuts, which are opened within 48 hours of being picked from the trees. The freshly shelled and chopped coconut flesh is then pressed and centrifuged. The oil is not heated above room temperature.
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Herdez Salsas

Herdez Salsas - The Co-op now has a reliable supply of HERDEZ® salsas in Mexico! The Herdez tradition begins with Salsa Casera, which contains nothing more than the traditional Mexican salsa ingredients. You heard it here first: they are the best!  Learn more >>>

Locally Produced Food

Katie Babb - kale & new potatoes
Judy Khemchand - salad mix
Henry Verschuur at Blue Jay Lake Farm - eggs, lettuce
Ian Disney - eggs
Romina - parsley
Liz Richardson at Linnaea Farm - beef

Kale Flowers

The POSIM Is Here!

The project to implement a POSIM solution at the CNFC is on budget and on schedule! We have new cash lanes that use scanners instead of push-button cash registers. In the coming months, we will be able to offer seasonal discounts, membership rewards programs, pre-paid accounts, pre-approved credit accounts and many other innovations to help the CNFC respond to membership needs. It will also mean faster check-out times.
POSIM Installation
The CNFC Project Team has made substantial cost savings from buying warrantied, used equipment and from using world-class and FREE resources, i.e. the CNFC IT Committee (Jason Andrews, De Clarke, David Jones and Adam McKenty)! Thank you to everybody who has contributed, especially staff, Richard Andrews and Max Lee who continue to work on improving the store layout and check-out areas, and Julian Ayers who continues to spend a lot of volunteer time both in the store and off-island picking up all kinds of materials.

This project will make a huge difference to the CNFC's ability to operate efficiently and be financially sound. The new POSIM will show daily information about what we sell, how much stock we have, and what we will need for the following weeks. This information allows us to reduce costs, to make sure we don't run out of things, to reduce waste, and to be much more responsive to membership needs and requests for specialty items.

Local Profile: Green Mountain Medicinals

Green Mountain MedicinalsGreen Mountain Medicinals grew out of a love for plants and their healing qualities. Karen has studied herbal medicine for many years and loves creating tinctures, muscle rubs, tea, and bath products.

Her bath salt are all made with organic essential oils that are hand blended to relax and nourish our hardworking bodies. The salts she uses are from The Gathering Place right here on Cortes Island. Bath therapy ... to soothe the soul.

Karen likes to use the plants that grow in abundance on our island - there is so much food and medicine right outside our door. Over the years, she has played around with different herbal formulas until she came up with a really amazing Bronchial Tea. It is really strong tasting - but it works - it will get rid of your cough sooner! She uses all organic plants either from her garden or wildcrafted from a small local provider.

As Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."

Recipes for Locavores

Rhubarb Shortcakes
Serves 6 - 8

Picking Rhubarb We can’t seem to get enough rhubarb lately. It’s just that time of year. And as the “due-date” for the final manuscript of another Hollyhock cookbook is fast approaching, we’re absconding with all the neighbors’ Spring harvests so as to play with as many recipe ideas as possible (see our website for more teasers).

These are lightly sweet, and they pack a flavour punch that only rhubarb can boast. The stone-ground flour gives these shortcakes a beautiful, crumbly texture with a rich nutty taste. The rhubarb and cream ... well, I needn’t say more.

Rhubarb Shortcakes
2½ cups chopped rhubarb
⅓ cup agave


1½ cups stone ground flour (spelt or whole wheat)
¼ cup cane sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup cold butter
½ cup light cream
a little turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top


1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp sweetener

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

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This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Bulk Purchasing of BPA-free Canning Lids

Reusable BPA-free LidsDelia Becker has volunteered to coordinate the bulk purchase of BPA (Bisphenol-A) free reusable canning lids for the Skookum Food Provisioner's Co-operative.

In 2010 the lids ranged from 66¢/regular lid to 77¢ for the wide mouth lids. This included shipping and handling.

Learn more about TATTLER Reusable Canning Jar Lids.

She is also considering a bulk purchase of the regular Bernardin canning lids. Please email her if you want to put in an order or for more information.

Another reason to buy organic and local:

Food Fact

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.

Cafe de Flore

Café de Flore: Irene's pick for this month is this Québec film from the director of Crazy. An epic shape-shifting love story with intertwining destinies, reincarnation, a single mother raising a Down Syndrome child in 1960s Paris and a hip modern-day Montreal DJ and his family. Official trailer > > >

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: This is Irene's second pick of the month. Young Oskar is convinced that his father has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in New York City. His father (Tom Hanks) died at the World Trade Centre in 9/11. Official trailer > > >


Bridesmaids: Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids on a wild ride down the road to the big event (comedy).
Official trailer > > >

My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn: Michelle Williams was nominated for Best Acress for her depiction of Marilyn Monroe, based on the memoir of a young man who befriended her while working on a film in London. Official trailer > > >

Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs: Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Glenn Close gives a powerhouse performance as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Official trailer > > >

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood: Based on Haruki Murakami's acclaimed coming-of-age novel. "The movie's cinematography paints each frame in rapture." - Roger Ebert Official trailer > > >

The Swell Season

The Swell Season: Documentary about the Irish musician couple who won an Oscar for Best Song in their low-budget film, Once, about how the sudden fame affected their relationship.
Official Trailer > > >


Hop: Animated family film from the makers of Despicable Me. He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock and roll! Official Trailer > > >

Articles and Links of Interest

Sugar Infographic

14 Mind-blowing Facts About Sugar
Jason Wachob, MindBodyGreen
Sugar is in the headlines a lot lately, with some experts even calling it toxic. Did you know that the average (American) child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a day?! This is just one of the many mind-blowing facts in this infographic from TotalHealth. Learn more >>>

Dr. Warren Bell

Bias in BC's Pesticide Decision?
R. Warren Bell, The Tyee
A physician's perspective on how the science of pesticides in the environment is being ignored in favour of the "scientific evidence" produced by manufacturers of these pesticides.
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Making a Difference

One Man Creates 1,360 Acre Forest
Jordan and Kyla, Natural News
An incredible tale about making a difference!
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99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)
Dr. Mercola,
New research in the Journal of Applied Toxicology indicates that parabens, not aluminum, in antiperspirants may be a cause of breast cancer. Parabens are showing up in higher concentrations in breast tumours. Learn more >>>

How to Properly Use Manuka Honey
Jonathan Benson, Natural News
Throughout history, honey has played an important role in cultures around the world not only as a food, but also as a medicine. And manuka honey in particular, which is derived from the nectar collected by honey bees that forage the manuka bushes. Learn more >>>