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September's Member Specials!

Blue Sky Soda

August 29 - September 11 

Blue Sky Soda (6-Pack) Now $4.59! (Reg. $5.89)

Blue Sky Soda (354mL) Now $0.79! (Reg. $0.99)

Established in 1980, Blue Sky Beverage Company continues its commitment to make only natural, great tasting and purely refreshing beverages. There are no preservatives, no artificial colours and only natural flavours. Learn more >>>

Popcorn Indiana Popcorn Indiana Kettle Corn or Popcorn (297g) -
Now $4.99! (Reg. $5.49)
Popcorn Indiana is wildly fanatical about healthier, whole grain snacking. Their mission is to make the best tasting better-for-you snacks on the planet. They have their own facility, filled with honest-to-goodness corn that is specifically grown for popping. They have special kettles that are filled, by hand, one scoop at a time, by real people, who are carefully producing, oh-so-lovingly, the greatest popcorn you’ve ever had. Learn more >>>

Silk True Almond Beverages (1.89L) - Now $5.49! (Reg. $5.99) Smooth and refreshing with the flavour of lightly roasted almonds, Silk True Almond Original almond beverage is deliciously easy to love… and it may become your body’s best friend.

Each glass provides as much calcium and vitamin D as dairy milk, with absolutely no cholesterol, saturated fat, dairy or soy. And best of all, a serving of Silk True Almond Original almond beverage is only 60 calories. Learn more >>>

Happy Planet Foods

Happy Planet Juices (1.89L) - Now $5.29! (Reg. $5.79) Happy Planet Foods, located in Richmond, BC, has been around since 1994. They support sustainable family farming: over 70% of the fruit and vegetables they use are organic, and over 85% are family farmed. The original and raspberry flavours are on sale this month, certified organic and just in time for summer! Learn more >>>

Level Ground

Level Ground Coffees (300g) - Now $11.29! (Reg. $13.29) Level Ground Trading was founded by four Canadian families for the purpose of improving the lives of disadvantaged producers through trade. Their mission is to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, offering our customers ethical choices. Learn more >>>

L'Ancetre Cheese

L'Ancêtre Extra Sharp Cheddar (325g) - Now $5.89! (Reg. $11.89) Have you had enough cheese yet?! Back by popular demand, L'Ancêtre's cheese is on sale again at an amazing 50% off!

Earths Own

September 12 - September 25 

Earth's Own Original Almond Beverage (1.89L) - 15% Off

Now $4.59! (Reg. $5.39)
Since the first century BC, when travelers on the silk road brought them from Asia to the Mediterranean, almonds have been prized as one of nature’s most nutritious foods. Almonds are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, are one of the leading food sources of vitamin E, and contains one of the most easily absorbed antioxidants known. Learn more >>>

Clif Bar
Clif Bar - 20% Off!

Now $1.29! (Reg. $1.65)
Seven different flavours on sale starting mid-September. These are organic snacks that are a good source of protein and fiber. They have 23 minerals and vitamins, so they are great energy boosters. trans fat! Learn more >>>

Simply Natural

Simply Natural Salsas - Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.59) Try one of these amazing salsas: chunky mild, chunky medium, chunky pineapple, or the savoury black bean corn. These are fresh and lively tasting salsas produced with the finest quality natural and organic products. Learn more >>>

Clif Bar
Kettle Baked Chips - Now $2.69! (Reg. $3.39) Real potatoes, sliced and seasoned with fresh, all-natural ingredients. Then baked to crunchy perfection - without any trans fats, GMO ingredients or oils, or any other artificial whatchamacallits. The Co-op has salt & vinegar, salt & fresh ground pepper, salted and BBQ! Learn more >>>

Rudis 7 Grain Bread

Rudi's 7 Grain with Flax Bread - 20% Off!

Now $4.19! (Reg. $5.19)
Paired with 7 amazing grains, the flax and sunflower seeds brighten up your day. Just a couple of slices will keep you powered through anything that comes your way. Learn more >>>

Rudis 7 Grain BreadFour O'Clock Teas - 25% Off!

Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.99)
This is the best sale we've ever had on these! Have your tried these teas yet?

Four O'Clock offers a delicious assortment of herb and spice teas, organic and fair trade. Take your palate on an adventure with these high-quality ingredients. This is also a Canadian company - de Québec! Learn more >>>

Welcoming the New Board!

Island Light PhotographA hearty greeting to all members from the newly elected 2012-13 Board of Directors.

On August 14, 2012, at the Annual General Meeting, six members were nominated and elected by the approximately 50 members present. At our first Board meeting last week, we unanimously agreed upon the following executives and directors: 

♦ Terri Storey – Chair:
♦ Kelly Wand – Secretary:
♦ De Clarke – Treasurer:
♦ Bob Osleeb – Lands Committee:
♦ Theresa Hargrave – Communications/Member Liaison:
♦ Josée Gagnon – Staff Liaison/Director at Large:

The Co-op is still recovering from the economic challenges of the last few years and is in need of our attention and support. Many opportunities lie ahead of us that can stretch our capacities for growth and understanding, such as the upcoming land purchase, the challenge of installing a working septic system and finding balance in regard to the Café's hours of operation.  

What remains constant, however, is that the essence of the Co-op is rooted in its members. You, the members, are the heart of the CNFC and everything flowsCo-op Sign and Garden from you. This living organization was created and is maintained by the workers, volunteers, farmers, builders, craftspeople and members. Your support, energy and dedication nourish, enrich and inspire the connections which converge in this space. We, the Board, exist to maintain and further the mission and values of the Co-op which were built by the members:
The Co-op's Mission Statement is
to provide high quality wholesome food at fair prices supporting environmental and economic sustainability. We support organic and local industries and goods that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Vision & Goals

♦ Foster individual and group empowerment
♦ Participate in shared decision-making process and goodwill
♦ Encourage community involvement and volunteering
♦ Create income opportunities
♦ Nurture meaningful social interaction
♦ Establish a forum for information and resource sharing
♦ Source only non-genetically modified foods
♦ Stock high quality products emphasizing local, organic, and sustainable wild crafted goods
♦ Use cooperative buying power to reduce cost to the consumer and the environment
♦ Lower transportation impact
♦ Minimize packaging
♦ Connect local producers, workers and consumers
♦ Expand market for local products and keep dollars local

In the coming months, we hope to meet the expectations of a growing and diverse membership. The Co-op helps to create a sense of community ownership and, as our membership grows, so does our diversity. As a result, there are different views and strategies for achieving prosperity and defining success. With so many different opinions and points of view, we have the challenge to find a way that can meet the needs of all. When we honour and respect each other, we can work together towards a common vision for the Co-op.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, opinions, feedback and points of view. Feel free to email me or all of the Board.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Theresa Hargrave, Member Liaison

Change of Hours & A Big Thank You

Autumn Hours for the Co-op, starting September 10:

♦ Monday thru Saturday 9am to 8pm
♦ Sundays 10am to 7pm

Autumn Hours for the Bakery:
♦ Wednesday thru Saturday, 9am to 4pm

♦ Thanks to Ron for donating the wood to repair our loading deck!
♦ Thanks to Alma and Fairahn for volunteering in the Bakery and Espresso Bar!
♦ Thanks to Luke and Richard for repairing the stairs that come down from the road!
♦ Thanks to all the staff for working so hard this summer!
♦ Thanks to the outgoing Board for all of their efforts!
♦ Thanks to the incoming Board for volunteering their time! 
♦ Thanks to the McKenty family for playing a contra dance in the courtyard!
♦ Thanks for everyone's continued patronage of our own homegrown Co-op!!

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! This month, congratulations to Garvin Morris and to Kelly Wand!! They were both winners of last month's 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. If you're a member, 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!

Locally Produced Food

Steph Asbeck - garlic
Fred Savage - cucumbers
Scott Knutson - vine tomatoes
Donna at Cortes Gardens - garlic
Bill and Mary Claire - plums now, apples coming soon
Filipe Figueira - vine tomatoes now, salad mix coming soon
Reef Point - kale, cherry tomatoes, yellow wax beans, eggs

Local Zucchini
Laura Ellingsen - sweet and hot peppers, long English cucumbers
Blue Jay Lake Farm - tomatoes, eggs, and more corn to come!
Linnaea Farm - cucumbers, green beans, patty pan zucchini
Myann Woolly - kale and figs
Monika Beal - kale
Jocelan Coty - kale
Alanah - radishes
Jess Towers - figs

Recipes for Locavores

Steamed Clams in Spicy Tomato Broth
Serves 4-6

After careful watch for red tides, we dig and eat clams ALL times of year. (There are clam snobs who won’t eat them during the more “meaty” seasons – I know you’re out there.) With the tomatoes in full swing now and the garlic hung to cure, this is the ideal way to enjoy all of August’s fruits. And speaking of enjoying our fruits, the cookbook cover is finalized and the manuscript will go to layout this week! Whew!

Cooks Cooperative
3 lbs clams in the shell, scrubbed

3 tbsp olive oil
5 large cloves garlic, minced
½-1 tsp chili flakes
½ cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
½ tsp pepper
2 lbs fresh tomatoes, finely diced
salt to taste
½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
crusty bread

Heat oil, garlic and chili flakes in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté until garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Add the wine, bay leaf, pepper and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer until tomatoes begin to break down, about 5 minutes. Stir in the clams, cover and cook until the clams open, about 5-10 minutes. Taste broth and season with salt if necessary.

Transfer to a large serving bowl and garnish with fresh basil. Discard any clams that have not opened. Serve with crusty bread — that’s an order!

Heidi Scheifley

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This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Local Profile: Harmony Herbals

Harmony Herbals

Harmony Herbals is a small business dedicated to the health and harmony of its customers. Founded by herbalist Nikki Smorodin, Harmony Herbals is an interactive mobile herbal shop that blends traditional knowledge and cutting edge science to offer:

♦ Natural botanicals for mood, energy, sex drive and natural vitality
♦ Sensual experiences such as artisan herbal cocktails, botanically infused chocolates and aphrodisiacs
♦ Sacred herbs and entheogens for ritual/ceremonial use and healthy highs
♦ 100% natural, tobacco-free smoking mixes

Nikki puts great importance in running an ethical, honest Harmony Herbalsand sustainable practice that puts people and the environment over profit. Her belief is that by using natural alternatives and plant medicines in our daily  lives and by also becoming educated on the wellness philosophies of different cultures, we can lead happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.

Harmony Herbals is based on the philosophy that a focus on health need not be defined as something that is restrictive and inhibits a free, fun-loving lifestyle. Nikki's belief is that when used in a respectful, intentional and balanced way, most things that nature provides can be thought of as medicine. Harmony Herbals aims to promote this in an easy to understand, user-friendly way that can be integrated by all demographics, thereby increasing “healthy” knowledge and practices, and can inspire a more harmonious society.

Harmony Herbals Thank you for supporting big dreams, ethical small business, sustainable practices and holistic health education!

Do your research, read the label, use herbs responsibly, educate yourself and have fun!

Contact for more information, private sessions or questions.

DVDs at the Co-op

Everybody loves movie nights, so 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. 


Footnote: This Israeli film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film last year. Father and son are both Talmudic scholars in academic competion with each other. Official trailer > > >

A Separation

A Separation: From Iran, this is last year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. The spiral of complications begins when Nader and Simin separate because she wants to give their 11-year-old daughter a better life abroad, and he wants to stay in Tehran to care for his father. Official trailer > > >

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' powerful young adult novel stays true to the spirit of the story about courage and human dignity while facing the all powerful totalitarian tyranny. Set in a dystopian future, it is also a disturbing parody of reality TV survivor shows. Official trailer > > >

Magic Trip

Magic Trip: A documentary about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' 1964 trip in their bus called "Further," incorporating the film footage they shot. Official trailer > > >

The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax": An animated family film.
Official trailer > > >

Articles and Links of Interest

The Great Organic Deceivers
Alliance for Natural Health
Which organic brands really believe in organic—and which are working behind the scenes to betray natural health consumers? Many natural and organic brands are actually owned by huge conglomerates that don’t support sustainable, organic, non-GMO, non-toxic agriculture. It’s time for a boycott. Learn more >>>

Co-op Infographic
How Co-ops Are Building a Better World - The Facts
Wayne Ellwood, New Internationalist Magazine
"This is the UN International Year of Co-operatives. It couldn't have come at a better time. Co-ops offer an alternative way of doing business where profits are enjoyed collectively, not just by a small group of shareholders. They can be small, local businesses (like OUR Co-op!) or huge, global companies." This is an infographic that illustrates why co-ops are a force to be reckoned with. Learn more >>>

Stamp of Organic Approval
It's Getting Easier for Organic Farms to Get Certified
Rachel Cernansky, Grist
Think mergers are only for big corporations? Not so these days. Two of the USA’s largest third-party organic certifiers, announced plans last week to join forces. Much of the organic food in Canadian supermarkets comes from our southern neighbours, so keeping up on what's happening there is important if you're a concious consumer and eater. Learn more >>>


Ten Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in DIY Remedies
Willow Tohi, Natural News University
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a nutritional beverage for thousands of years. Yes, thousands! It has been time-tested for disease prevention. The benefits are numerous! A gander in the search engines will bring up more than you could read in one sitting. Learn more >>>