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November's Member Specials!


October 24 - November 6 Que Pasa Tortilla Chips

Que Pasa Tortilla Chips (425g) - Now $3.49! (Reg. $3.89)
Salted, Blue, & Red: You won't find any chips like these. Made from real thin home-style tortillas that are hand cut and cooked as they should be. These chips are a wholesome food - not just a snack! Cooked in non-GMO canola oil.
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Que Pasa SalsaQue Pasa Salsas (500ml) - Now $4.29! (Reg. $4.69)
Que Pasa distinctly flavourful salsas have no artificial preservatives. They are made with organic tomatoes, unique ingredients and special cooking techniques giving it a fresh homemade flavour. Three flavours on sale!
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So Nice

So Nice Vanilla and Original (397g) 
Now $4.89! (Reg. $5.39)
So Nice is a beverage made with certified organic soy beans. It is enriched with calcium and provided 12 essential vitamins and minerals. It's great for smoothies, cereal or on its own. Learn more >>>


Prana Nuts and Nut Mixes (150g) - Various prices!
Big discounts!
The Go Nuts Maple Mix, Samadhi Wheat-free Tamari Almonds, Sumsuma Sesame Squares, and the Annapurna Trail Mix are all on sale. Delicious and nutritious snacks! Learn more >>>

Ridgways Teas (40 bags) - Now $5.49! (Reg. $5.89)
The Ridgways Earl Grey and Black teas are high quality teas and are some of the finest quality organically grown teas from around the world. They only use the freshest leaves from tea bushes that are allowed to grow slowly and naturally.
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Photo by Coreen Boucher

Wild Country Grain Gourmet: Instant Coffee Substitute (100g) - Now $5.49! (Reg. $6.89)
Photo by Coreen Boucher

Venus Mediterranean Delite Crackers (142g) - Now $4.29!
(Reg. $4.99)

November 7 - November 20

Cocoa CaminoCocoa Camino Chocolate Bars (All flavours) -
Now $3.79! (Reg. $4.79)

All Camino food products are made from quality ingredients, grown by family farmers in Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. All Camino products are certified to the highest standards and fairly traded. Cocoa Camino is also a Co-op and is a finalist in the National Co-op Challenge in the Ottawa region. Visit their website to watch their video and vote! Learn more >>>

 Annie's Homegrown Baked Snacks (213g) -Annie's Snacks
Now $4.29! (Reg. $4.99)
 Three flavours on sale now: Cheddar Bunnies, Chocolate Bunny Grahams, and Honey Bunny Grahams. All products are made with organic ingredients and no hydrogenated oils or preservatives. Perfect for toddler-sized hands.  
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Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey Coconut Water with Juices (473ml) -
Now $2.49! (Reg. $2.89)

With mango juice or with acai & pomegranate juice, Blue Monkey coconut water still bursts with health: a natural isotonic beverage high in natural minerals and electrolytes; and a natural balance of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Coconut water also naturally assists the body in replenishing lost vitamins and minerals.  Learn more >>>


Kettle Natural Gourmet Potato Chips (220g) -
Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.59)

Four delicious flavours now on sale: sea salt & vinegar, honey dijon, yogurt & green onion, and backyard barbeque! "Behold, the perfect chip." Kettle Chips are cooked in the finest oils and gently seasoned with the freshest, all natural ingredients and spices. Learn more >>>

L'Ancetre Cheese

L'Ancêtre Organic Cheese (750ml) -
Now $4.79! (Reg. $7.19)

On sale again! Apparently you haven't had enough - of the flavour nor the great deal! Learn more >>>


Napa Valley Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (750ml) -
Now $11.79! (Reg. $14.79)

This is 100% cold-pressed and is their best-selling oil. No wonder! It has a delicious, medium-bodied flavour that goes well with any food. And best of all, it's organic! Learn more >>>

7th Generation

7th Generation Free & Clear 4X Laundry Detergent (750ml) -
Now $16.99! (Reg. $22.39)

Their new bottle is made of lightweight, compostable, recycled fiber shell. The bottle uses 66% less plastic than a typical 100oz 2X laundry bottle. Plus, it is an advanced, plant-based, multiple-enzyme formula that fights the toughest stains. Learn more >>>

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! This month, congratulations to Melanie Milkie and Lara Sawyer!! 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!

Check Out Our Winter Schedule

It's time for winter hours! Beginning on Sunday, November 4th, the Co-op store will be open during the following hours:

Monday - Saturday 10am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 6pm

The Co-op Bakery and Espresso Bar will be open two days a week:

Friday & Saturday 10am to 4pm

However, despite the reduced café hours, the bakery is still happening! There will still be drip coffee, baked goods, and lunch specials in the store every day (except Monday).

Some Thank Yous!

Thank youThanks to Ginny Ellingsen for volunteering in the store every week!

Thanks to Jim Murphy for volunteering his time and skill in remodeling our till stations!

Thanks to the Land Committee for continuing to look for the right ways for the Co-op to purchase and use the land!

Thanks to Richard Andrews for continuing to work as the liaison for the land purchase!

Thanks to all who contributed to the land visioning session last Sunday!

Thanks to all who helped make the video for the National Co-op Challenge, especially Leah and Jamal!

Many of you have noticed Bianca behind the counters at the Credit Union these days, and not behind the counters at the Co-op. We'd like to say a big "thank you" to her years of service at the Co-op and her role as assistant manager. We wish her fulfillment and happiness in her new community role!

Vote & Help the Co-op Win $30,000!

As one of 24 finalists, the Cortes Natural Food Heart of the VillageCo-op has a great chance at winning a significant sum of money to assist in the land purchase and to create a co-operative vision for the land and the greater common good of our island community. Learn more about our vision.

Help CNFC and the island win by voting on the 90 second video we made. Here's how to vote: click this link, which will take you to Facebook. Before you can vote, you have to accept an "app."

Unfortunately, because of the way the contest is set up, we can't get around this "app" business, not to mention, "It's worth it!" We could win $10,000 to $30,000!! When you think about our vision and the fact that we're a Co-op, this isn't just CNFC money, this is community money.

Once you're on the app page, scroll down to the "vote" button. Just liking the video the way we normally "like" things on FB doesn't count. You actually need to hit the VOTE button.

We need your votes to win the National Co-op Challenge and the moola to see our vision come to fruition! Once you've voted, encourage friends and family to vote by sharing why Cortes and the Co-op mean so much to you!

New Products

MilkOrganic Meadow Milk (2L): 2% and Whole, $7.29 and $7.69

Cottage Cheese
Organic Meadow Organic Cottage Cheese (500g): $7.69


Island Farms Butter (454g): Salted and Unsalted, $6.39 

Open Mic Night at the Co-op

Back by popular demand, another open mic night at the Co-op! We're planning to have one on the third Saturday of each month. This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic night on Saturday, November 17th. Come at 6:00pm for some food and drink, and the mic opens up at 7:00pm. Food and drinks available throughout the evening.

Update from the Board

Greetings from the Board!

Harvest Shot November is here and the rains have begun. It seems to be the beginning of the season of cold, dark, and wet, but inside the Co-op and Co-op Bakery there is light, laughter, and opportunity. In the last month, we've had live music, standing-room only attendance at Open Mic Night, 3 days of community involvement and hard work that produced a video for the National Co-op Challenge, and an enthusiastic and creative Visioning Process for the Co-op Land.

There are new member-only specials every few weeks, plans in the works to return the local consignment products to the shelves in time for the holiday season and upcoming work bees, Take-Out Pizza Night, and more. The Co-op is abuzz with possibility and potential. We have the winter to get through, but around each corner, there seems to be new energy and ideas for how to do it and do it well. We are continually inspired by the creativity, enthusiasm, and heart of our members. Thanks for all that you do for our Co-op and Cortes Island.

On behalf of the Board,

in service,

Theresa Hargrave, Member Liaison

Land Committee - Visioning Session

On Sunday, October 28, some 30 plus people attended an enthusiastic and inspiring Visioning Session for the Co-op Land in the Co-op Bakery. Richard Andrews gave a brief history of the ownership of the land, as well as where we stand right now in the process of the purchase.

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Pizza Night!

The Co-op Bakery will have a “Pizza Night” on Saturday, November 10th.

We will offer the following kinds of pizzas:

Cheese: $12.00 – feta, mozarella, and parmesan
Vegetarian: $15.00 – pesto, caramelized onion, red    pepper, olives, feta, and mozzarella
Hawaiian: $15.00 – mozarella, ham, and pineapple
Meat: $18.00 – mozarella, caramelized onions, mushrooms,    ground beef, and bacon

Call or stop by the Co-op and place your order anytime on Friday or Saturday before 4:00pm. Then come and pick it up between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night, and take home a hot tasty pizza! We'll also have drinks and desserts, too.

Call us at 250-935-8577 if you have any questions.

Supplement Revival!

The supplement section at the Co-op has been revived! Come in and take a look at what we have in stock. We have brought back many of the products youSupplements know and love.

If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know what product you would like to purchase regularly, and we will do our best to bring it in. We can also do special orders on products that you might need just occasionally. Just email us.

Also, cold and flu season is just around the corner, and we have stocked up on some of the most popular products for the season.

Cash Helps the Co-op

Bank cards are so convenient! As customers, we tend to forget that the financial sector does charge a fee for all that convenience. When I use my Mastercard while shopping, for example, the vendor may lose as much as 3% of the sales receipt -- the bank claims its cut.
LoonieIn reviewing the Co-op's finances for the summer months, I was startled when I saw those bank fees adding up; in a busy month, we might pay $1500 or more in bank charges for the use of ATM and credit cards, and even in the off season, we're paying the bank $500 or so. Every month!

That's a very small percentage of our overall revenue, so what's the big deal? Well, our margins are still very slender. The store is still struggling to achieve financial security; there are months in the off season when our net profit is less than the bank fees -- or even negative. At this moment in our story, those few hundred bucks a month do matter.

So ... we'd like to encourage any customers who feel like doing something nice for the Co-op to use cash, if you can. It's an easy way to show support for the Co-op and help us make it through the off season. And to those who already pay with cash -- thanks so much, we appreciate it!

De Clarke, Treasurer

Our Wish List!

Madhurima Braaten, our Volunteer Coordinator, is hoping for some donations for the bakery. Can someone help?

We need:

• an MP3 player for playing music
• a bookcase
• a sliding door

Also we are hoping to put together a work bee sometime soon for the Co-op. Anyone interested in participating please contact Madhurima at -6308.

Kelly also hoping for some donated items:

• books
• good quality toys
• complete puzzles
• plants

Please email her if you can offer any of these things.

Thanks to all for your support!

Locally Produced Food

Monika Beal - kale
Loon Ranch - apples
Katie Babb - peppers
Cortes Fruit - apples
Steph Asbeck - garlic
Filipe Figueira - salad mix, spinach
Reef Point - kale, eggs, squash, garlic
Donna at Cortes Gardens - tomatoes, peppers,garlic

Local Garlic
Linnaea Farm - cilantro, pumpkins, salad mix, squash, bunch beets
Fairhaven Farm - celery, peppers, squash, spinach, bunch beets
Blue Jay Lake Farm - apples, kale, squash
Freya and Oliver Savage - pumpkins
Lesley Mensink - peppers
Scott Knutson - tomatoes
Myann Woolly - kale

Recipes for Locavores

Soft Polenta with ...
Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions, Peas and Smoked Cheddar

Serves 4

Polenta: there’s just something about it. We imagine it to be the elixir to mend all psychic wounds, the healing balm of the masses. Here, creamy polenta is topped with sweet onions and squash, tender peas and smoky cheese (cheddar can be omitted to make this dish vegan). Whatever it is about polenta, it feels good.

1 lb butternut squash (4 cups cubed) Salt, pepper and olive oil to drizzle
4 cups onion cut in half-moon slices
3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tsp minced fresh thyme
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
4 cups Vegetable Stock or water
1 cup fine corn meal
½ heaping cup grated smoked cheddar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Preheat the oven to 450°

Using a standard peeler, peel and de-seed the butternut squash. Cut the squash into large scrabble-like pieces. This should amount to about 4 cups. Toss the squash pieces in a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper. Lay out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium-low heat. Cook onions with garlic, thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper for 20 minutes. Refrain from stirring too often -- let the onions slowly turn the colour of butterscotch and then deepen to caramel.

If the peas are frozen, run them under hot water for a minute, drain and add to the onions. Cover and remove from heat.

In a medium saucepan, bring stock or water to a boil. Slowly add the cornmeal while whisking vigorously to avoid clumping. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 15 minutes. Add grated cheese and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.

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This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Board Profile: Theresa

How long have you been with the Co-op? I was elected to the board in August, 2012.

What are your roles at the Co-op? I am the Member Liaison, which means I am involved in community outreach. My job is to be available to Co-op members, and members of the community alike, to hear ideas and suggestions (and critiques), and also to notify people about what is happening at the Co-op. I write the monthly "Board Update" for the e-news and am also working on setting up the "Member Hub" in the Co-op. I am also the board representative on the Land Committee.

What do you like most about being a board member at the Co-op? Nearly everyone says the same thing -- the people. It's true for me as well. I think we have a great, committed and inspired Board of Directors. We find reasons to laugh together at every meeting. Even though we have many challenges to meet this year, none of it seems insurmountable because of the positive attitude and dedication to this group of people. I haven't been here that long, but I can see that the essence of community involvement that permeates the Co-op is essential. To me, it is the foundation on which the Co-op was built, and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to help and to be a part of it.

What are your other interests or hobbies? I am a full-time homeschooling mother of two, and so thankful for my children and husband. They are some of my best teachers. We like to do things together as a family outdoors -- hiking, soccer, walking in the woods, canoeing, and camping. I have a BA in music, and I sing whenever I can, especially choral or classical music. I enjoy spending time my extended family and friends, reading thought-provoking and spiritual books, quilting, gardening, and doing yoga.

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. 

Where Do We Go Now

Where Do We Go Now?: A comedy set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, which follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Official trailer > > >

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two twelve-year olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. Highly recommended. Official trailer > > >

Monsieur Lazhar

Turn Me On Dammit: Fifteen-year old Alma, in a little town in Norway, is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies. Official trailer > > >

The Way Back

The Way Back: Inspired by an incredible true story, The Way Back begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberan gulag. Adventure, survival, and a prestigious cast: Jim Stugess (Across the Universe), Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and directed by Peter Weir. Official trailer > > >

Seeking a Friend

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: Romantic comedy about two misfits who connect while a big asteroid is heading toward the earth. Official trailer > > >

le Havre

le Havre : In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismaki, fate throws a young African refugee/illegal immigrant into the path of Marcel Marx, a kindly bohemian who shines shoes for a living, in the French harbour city Le Havre. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past. Official trailer > > >


Prometheus: A prequel, in a sideways sort of fashion, to Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien original, beginning with a space mission that could reveal the extraterrestrial roots of Earth.
Official trailer > > >

Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan: A fascinating documentary of the complexities of Donovan's life, full of great music and history. Irene's pick of the month.
Official trailer > > >

Mad Men

Mad Men Season 5

Many of us were too busy to watch movies during the summer, so here is a list of some highlights from the last few months:

A Separation: a superb Iranian film
Albert Nobbs: Glen Close plays a woman passing as a man in 19th century UK
Café de Flore: from Québec director of CRAZY
Pina: if you like performance art and dance
Monsieur Lazhar: about a Québec schoolteacher
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: a comedy of British seniors in India
Take This Waltz
The Hunger Games
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Hot Links: Feed Your Mind!

Not quite the same as "hot cakes" and with less syrup, here are links that are suggested by members each month. 

If you find articles about co-ops, food politics & food security, local food & economies, etc., please share and email them in. 

United Nations Co-op LogoCo-ops: Why People Form and Join Them
Carl Etnier, Energy Bulletin
The United Nations has declared 2012 the year of the Co-op and October was Co-op month. This is an audio file of two people discussing why people form and join co-ops and what the main barrier is to forming more. (Thank you De Clarke for suggesting this link.) Learn more >>>

Photo by Coreen Boucher Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Official Trailer, Documentary
This a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." The documentary takes you on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. Learn more >>>
Wayne Ellwood

Can Co-operatives Crowd Out Capitalism?
Wayne Ellwood, New Internationalist Magazine
This writer argues that co-ops -- democratic, community-focussed -- offer an egalitarian way out of our current mess. (Thank you, Jude Marentette, for the lead on this article.) Learn more >>>

LaraBarFriends and Enemies of Your Right to Know
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Large food and beverage corporations, which profit from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and "natural" food brands, are funneling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the GMO labeling ballot initiative in California. What do you think? Let us know. (Thank you, Ron Bazar, for this article.)

What's in Your Rice? A Lot of Arsenic, Says Consumer ReportsRice
Danielle Gould, Forbes
Wait, now rice is bad for you, too? Eating rice once a day can increase arsenic levels in the body by up to 44%, according to new research from Consumer Reports.
Learn more >>>

Food MythBuster
Food Mythbusters: Do We Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World?
Are you tired of hearing claims that chemical-intensive monocultures are the only way to feed the planet’s growing population? Check out the first in the series of Anna Lappé's "mythbusting" videos. Learn more >>>