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Thank you, Scott.

As you may know, Scott Mercs is moving on from his long role as local business owner and lease holder of the property in the heart of Manson’s Landing on which sits the Co-op, Sunset Restaurant, Marnie’s Bookstore, & Monkey Wrench Bikes. 

On behalf of the Co-op, I’d like to express deep and sincere gratitude to Scott for stewarding this property with great community spirit and generosity. Scott played an important role in facilitating the birth of the Co-op in which he has always been a believer and supporter. In 2003 he vacated his little apartment on the South side of the Tak Restaurant so that the fledgling Co-op could move in. A year later, once the Co-op had proved itself viable and urgently needed to expand, he surrendered half of the physical space of his restaurant to accommodate us - all the while asking for rent well below market value in order to help us get on our feet.

Scott has consistently demonstrated that his priorities favour the enrichment of the Cortes community by going to great lengths so that businesses on this land can keep their doors open. He continues to be very generous during this transition, contributing time and materials to help things go smoothly.

Best wishes in your new endeavors, Scott. And, once again, thank you.

Alex Hornby

Congratulations Samantha Moore!

Samantha is the winner of our members-only draw and a gift basket valuing almost $100. You could win too! Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name 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!

Organic Dark Maple Syrup - 1 liter - $26.50 (reg $33.75). Maple syrup was never sweeter. Only 2 more cases available.    

Organic Greek God's Yogourt in Plain & Honey flavors - 20% off - now $5.20.  You'll never believe just how thick and creamy yogurt can be.  Get it while it lasts!

For a healthy treat, try the maple syrup atop your plain Greek God's Yogourt - YUM!

Be Prepared: No More Plastic Bags

CNFC is proud to join the world-wide movement to eliminate the use of plastic bags at check-out.
 The ban will go into effect in September, 2010.  Customers are welcome to use our left-over shipping boxes and to bring your own reusable bags to the till.  Beautiful, multi-colored, reuasable silk shopping bags are for sale for $8 each.   Please also consider bringing your own jars and bags for bulk food and produce.  Thank you for joining us in our efforts to lighten our ecological footprint.  

Moonhill Garden: "Picked By Hand - Delivered by Bike"  

By Romina Wendall

Moonhill is a bicycle powered farm where organic fruits and vegetables are grown through natural gardening techniques. Practicing low impact, hand-worked cultivation and carbon free farming, Moonhill delivers fresh produce by bicycle to the Cortes Natural Food Co-op.

Moonhill specializes in greens. Red Russian and Curly Dock Kale, Cilantro, Arugula and Romain Lettuce are garden staples. For the 2010 growing season we have doubled our garden beds and are expanding into potatoes for our new Hugelkultur beds.

Happy Valley Farm 

By Amber Sprungman & Family

Happy Valley is our lush and abundant home, teaming with bird song, cool spring water, and the vibrant green glow of happy plants. We grow to sell -  seasonal organic cut flowers and produce. Custom bouquets, weddings and special events, or regular business deliveries are our specialty. Get lost in our hundreds of lilies; meander your way down the bean trellis ….. bask in the golden pollen with the bees! You can find our flowers and veggies at the Friday Manson's Market, June through September, or in the local stores, and restaurants. We are happy to have farm visits with a prior phone call, 250-935-8587. Happy Valley Family Farm is our mantra….

Raw World

By Tanya Krahn

Use last month's left-over pulp from making Almond Hemp Milk to make Lemon Poppy Cake

New DVDs at the Coop!

Click here to check out an extensive list of recently added movies including short descriptions. This list will be updated regularly, so you may want to bookmark it.

Click here to download a printable pdf of the list. 

Articles of Interest

Marigold Pharmacy closed by Health Canada
By Cortes Resident Lovena Harvey
Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy in Courtenay, BC is the first of its kind. It is one of the most progressive pharmacies in North America as far as the scope and the mode of its operation.  Read more>>>.

The March of the Haitian Peasants (Against Monsanto Seeds)
By Sam Smith, Food First
On June 4th eight thousand Haitian farmers marched against USAID's donation of seeds bought from Monsanto and symbolically burned a small amount in protest. "We didn't burn the whole lot because it would have put poison in the air," said Doudou Pierre Festile, the coordinator of Mouvement paysan Acul-du Nord. Read more>>>.