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December's Member Specials!


December 5 - December 19  

Oysterman Smoked Oysters (70g) - Now $6.99! (Reg. $7.99)Oysterman Oysters
By now, most -- if not all -- of you are well acquainted with this gourmet smoked oyster. Don't miss this great opportunity to fill stockings and your belly for the holiday season!
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Kombucha Wonder Drink

Kombucha Wonder Drink, Niagara Grape (414ml) - Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.99)
Kombucha Wonder Drink a certified organic, sparkling fermented tea. Kombucah was discovered in Eastern Europe and Asia thousands of years ago and is valued by many cultures for promoting wellness. This variety is a wonderfully aromatic combination of grape from Canada's Niagara region and jasmine tea.
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Amy's PizzaAmy's Pizza Italiano (425g) 
Now $9.99! (Reg. $10.99)
Possibly the best of all of Amy's pizzas? Tender crust, delicious sauce, cheeses, mushrooms ... and meatless sausage that has been soaked in a special blend of Italian spices. Learn more >>>

iChoc Organic Chocolate Bars (40 grams) -
Now $1.49! (Reg. $1.89)
Four mouthwatering flavours on sale: Chillout Caramel (milk chocolate with caramel crisps), Electric Licorice (white chocolate with licorice), Go Go Mango (white chocolate with mango), and Wild Milk (milk chocolate).
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Native Forest

Native Forest Coconut Milk (398ml) -
Now $3.49! (Reg. $4.29)

This is a smooth and creamy, not to mention tasty, organic coconut milk in BPA-free cans. Learn more >>> 


December 19 - January 1

Oysterman OystersOysterman Smoked Oysters (70g) -
Now $6.99! (Reg.$7.99)

By now, most -- if not all -- of you are well acquainted with this gourmet smoked oyster. Don't miss this great opportunity to fill stockings and your belly for the holiday season!
Learn more >>>

Blue Monkey

Fall Leaves 

Blue Monkey Coconut Water
with or without pulp (300ml) -
Now $1.89! (Reg. $2.89)

Sustainably sourced and harvested in SE Asia, Blue Monkey coconut water is a natural 'isotonic' -- high in natural mineral and electrolytes. Sold in glass bottles.
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Herdez Salsas

Herdez Mexican and Herdez Green Salsas (210g) -
Now $0.99! (Reg. $1.99)

If you haven’t yet tried the authentic, delicious flavours of HERDEZ® salsas of Mexico, try them now that they’re on sale! The Herdez tradition begins with Salsa Casera, containing nothing more than traditional Mexican salsa ingredients. You heard it here first: they are the best!  Learn more >>>


Ecover All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate (1L) 
Now $5.39! (Reg. $6.39)

A concentrated cleaner that goes a long way!
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Ecover Cream Scrub

Ecover Cream Scrub (500ml) - Now $3.89! (Reg. $4.59)
Great for grimier surfaces because of its gentle abrasiveness.
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Ecover Floor Soap

Ecover Floor Soap (1L) -
Now $5.79! (Reg. $6.79)

With linseed oil, the soap is perfect for porous surfaces such as tiles and natural stone. Learn more >>>

Ecover Toilet Cleaner

Ecover Toilet Cleaner (750ml) -
Now $4.19! (Reg. $4.99)

Clean without chemicals! This has a multi-action decalcifying agent and a scrub that keeps your toilet clean and fresh. Learn more >>>


Glace Orange & Lemon Peel (Bulk) -
Now $1.69! (Reg. $2.29)

These candied peels can be used in a variety of ways for holiday baking. Their sweet, zesty flavour goes great with chocolate!


Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! This month, congratulations to Justice Schanfarber and Jamie LaGrandeur!! 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!

Some Big Thank Yous!

Thanks to Ginnie Ellingsen and Madhurima Braaten for organizing a volunteer cleaning crew for the Co-op!

Along with them, Bruce Ellingsen, Deva Braaten, Shantima Braaten, Barbara Buffington, Elinor and Gary Cork, Ieva McKenty, and Eli McKenty all shared a helping hand in the tasks.

We swept and cleaned the entire building, including the bathrooms, sinks, and windows. We also gave special attention to the produce areas and the bulk bins. We are grateful for such wonderful volunteers who are willing to give their time for our community endeavor.

Thanks to Discovery Organics for their donation of produce for our staff party!

Thanks to Mike Manson for donating his time for a survey of the Co-op land.

Thanks to Maria McKenty for bringing plants for our store and café.

Thanks to Richard Andrews for coordinating our grant from the Co-operative Development Institute.

Thanks to Jim Kearney for fixing our sliding glass door.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who made our Work Bee at the Co-op on November 10th such a terrific success. Nearly 40 people, including lots of children, weeded, raked, pruned, mulched, moved compost, removed wobbly railings, fixed rickety staircases, reinforced fencing, rebuilt the "Sun and Moon" table, installed security lights, bagged up recycling, picked up garbage, and had a great time. We are so glad to have so many dedicated people willing to share the time with us to help make our Co-op shine:

 Marnie Andrews, Richard Andrews, Connie Atkinson, Andrew Baskin, Govind Baskin-Brussell, Teyo Baskin-Brussell, Deva Braaten, Madhurima Braaten, Mark Braaten, Mira Braaten, Samuel Braaten, Shantima Braaten, Diane Brussell, Coreen Boucher, Eric Hargrave, Esiana Hargrave, Nathaniel Hargrave, Theresa Hargrave, Jim Kearney, Paul Khan, Mary Lavelle, Alma Lavelle, Adam McKenty, Eli McKenty, Immanuel McKenty, Isa McKenty, Maria McKenty, Melanie Milkie, Jenn Nelson, Merlin Nelson, Claudia Raaen, Elisa Raturi, Divyanii Raturi, Narayan Raturi, Radhika Raturi, Jackie Ruffell, Fred Savage

A special thanks to Madhurima Braaten and Eric Hargrave for organising and coordinating this event!

Messages from CNFC Staff

What We Need for the Café to be Open for Community Use

Many people have asked for the café space to be open when the coffee bar and bakery is closed. It's a great space for people to hang out, play games, read books, etc., and we recognize that. However, in order for the space to be open, we need a "supervisor" who will be responsible while people are in there.

So we are looking for volunteer supervisors who are willing to commit to be in the space for a certain amount of time. We're going to try this on Thursdays to start. We will make the Internet available, and we'll turn on the heat in the cafe. If you're interested in volunteering, please let Eric know.

Annual Operations Fee

As we’ve explained in previous newsletters, the annual operations fee was reinstated at a Special Resolution meeting in July. The operations fee is a $20 fee that gives you access to additional member benefits (such as member special prices), and it cannot be refunded.

Many members paid their fees in July, and many others waited until October when the other benefits took full effect. This fee was supposed to coincide with the calendar year; however, since so many people paid in October and November, it seemed that they shouldn’t have to pay again so soon (in January).

The Board has therefore decided that the fee will coincide with our fiscal year, which runs from the beginning of March to the end of February. So, for those who have already paid, thank you! And we’ll start asking for your fees again in March.

We Won $15,000!

Heart of the Village That's right - we took second place in the West region of The Co-operators' National Co-op Challenge! We spread the word about this contest far and wide, so hopefully you know about it and you saw our video. If not, click here for the overview.

We thank all of you for your support - for your votes, for sharing the video, for encouraging other people to vote, and everything else. We could not have done it without you. And we also thank the rest of the co-ops who were involved - we affirm and support all that they do for their communities.

We will use the money to fund our process for deciding what to do with the land after we purchase it. We'll start with strategic planning that involves the whole community and then we'll work on a feasibility study and business plan from there. There are many possibilities - the solar aquatics system as both an educational and tourist attraction, affordable housing, community gardens, more businesses, and more co-ops - and we intend to explore all of them. In the end, we intend to do what's best for our community, and a thorough process will help us figure that out.

Of course, we will do our best to keep this money "local" as much as possible by relying on the expertise and experience of our local talent. We brought the money home to Cortes, and that's where we intend to keep it!

So thanks for your enthusiasm and your energy. The contest money will help us keep that momentum going - and we hope that you'll stay involved. Look for more ways to participate after the first of the year.

Café Events This Month

Pizza Night - Friday, December 7th

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 Thursday or Friday before 4:00pm. Then come and pick it up between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Friday 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.

Island Tour - Tuesday, December 11th OK Vancouver

Three bands from the greater Vancouver area playing at the Co-op Café! Show opens at 7:00pm, and music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets $10 at the door. Cafe open for snacks and drinks, so come check it out!

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Nam Shub

Open Mic Night Postponed

We decided to skip the open mic night this month because there are so many other events during the holiday season. But it will definitely be back in January, so watch for the announcement!

Update from the Board

Seasons Greetings from the Board!

Photo by Coreen Boucher Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the CNFC Board. We are grateful for the upcoming Season of Light and and grateful to you, our members, who continue to maintain, sustain, and inspire our Co-op. We rejoice in the gift of this community, which provides welcome to those new and old, help to those in need and warmth, kindness and generosity.

I would like to quote Lovena, who said it so beautifully, "The power we have as a community is infinite. While there are differences between us the real magic is how we support each other, how we come together in times of challenge and hold each other up. This is how we are the same and it is for this reason, so many of us live on this remote island."

Our thanks to you for your dedication, persistence, and perseverance. May the Season of Light shine brightly upon you all,

In service,

Theresa Hargrave, Member Liaison

Land Committee - Details & Dreams

On October 28th, about 40 of us gathered in the Co-op Café to discuss our soon-to-be purchased land and what we might want to do with it. We had presentations and discussion about the land deal and solar aquatic wastewater treatment systems, also known as living machines.

Before lunch, we walked the property to get a sense of all the spaces and, in the afternoon, Kathy Smail facilitated our brainstorm on land uses and dreams. At the end of the day, we prioritized the projects that we were most excited about seeing on the property.

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Locally Produced Food

Steph Asbeck - garlic
Hannes Grosse - apples
Filipe Figueira - salad mix
Reef Point - kale, eggs, squash, garlic
Patty Pan
Blue Jay Lake Farm - apples, leeks, kale
Linnaea Farm - sugar pie pumpkins, kale
Fairhaven Farm - squash
Jill Milton - squash

Recipes for Locavores

Shaved Beet & Arugula Salad with ...
Pomegranate Seeds and Baked Hazelnut Goat Cheese

Serves 4

The garden is to bed, the potatoes and squash are in storage. Summer wedding catering is booking up fast and Cookbook Pre-sales are on now! See here for more details. Support the authors! And order in time to get gift certificates for the Holidays!

Paper thin wisps of beets, peppery arugula, sweet vinaigrette and warm creamy goat cheese dotted with burst of tart pomegranates ... We’re pretty sure we’ve found the holy grail of salads here.

If you can get your hands on some really good balsamic vinegar, the kind that is thick like syrup, use it in this dressing and omit the honey.

Shaved Beet & Arugula Salad
Baked Hazelnut Goat Cheese:
75g goat cheese, cut into four ½” rounds
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted, finely chopped

Balsamic-Hazelnut Vinaigrette:
¼ tsp dijon mustard
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp hazelnut oil

8 cups arugula
1 medium unpeeled beet, scrubbed and cut into        paper-thin rounds*
½ cup pomegranate seeds

Preheat the oven to 350°

Combine olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Coat each round of goat cheese in the oil and then dredge in toasted hazelnuts. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes (do this JUST before serving so that the cheese is slightly warm and creamy).

In a large bowl, mix together the vinaigrette. Add the arugula and beets and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper if desired and top with pomegranate seeds and warm goat cheese. Serve immediately.

* A mandolin is best

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This recipe was provided by Cook's Cooperative.

Board Profile: Madhurima

How long have you been with the Co-op? I have been a member of the Co-op since the very beginning. I was accepted as a new member of the board in September 2012.

What are your roles at the Co-op? I am the volunteer coordinator for the Co-op; I organize volunteer work when needed. Volunteer work is such a wonderful way for the community to come together and be of service to something bigger than ourselves. I am also the board representative for the café committee.

What do you like most about being a board member at the Co-op? I like serving our community and being a board member at the Co-op gives me that opportunity. I really like and enjoy each board members, for the way they are and their unique way to serve the Co-op. I look forward to meetings, and to work out the challenges harmoniously together and making the Co-op a better place. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Co-op in this way and our community.

What are your other interests or hobbies? I am a mother of 4 children, we have been homeschooling since the beginning and now my 2 older daughters are finishing their high school online. We own a sailboat and have been on many great adventures up and down this beautiful coast together as a family. I love gardening, spending time in nature observing and journaling. I enjoy doing yoga, swimming, hiking, sailing, cycling, and reading spiritual books. One of my favourite hobbies is to do watercolour painting.

What does your ideal Co-op look like? The ideal Co-op for me is a place that extends the feeling of home. It is a place where we support each other, our local growers and artisans. It is a place where we can find good quality food that supports our healthy lifestyles.

Local Profile: The Oysterman

The name Smoked Oysters "Picado" stems from the Spanish word, to finely mince or chop. Folks, it's not rocket science to pull off this extremely tasty party trick. The most beautiful things in life are often very simple to experience and produce.

Using a fork, chop and mash smoked oysters and with a sharp knife, finely chop bacon and scallions. Mix with other ingredients and stuff back into oyster tin for a quirky presentation. Serve with thinly sliced and toasted baguette (but crackers will also do). Bon appetit!

Yields: Enough for 2 people.

Cook Time: 10 minutes

• 2 tbsp cooked bacon finely diced (cooked medium so that the bacon is still tender)
• 1 tsp sambal oelek (garlic chili sauce)
• juice ¼ lemon or lime
• 2 tbsp finely minced scallions

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. 

Your Sister's Sister

Your Sister's Sister: This comedy/drama is a moving and bracingly romantic refute to the pressures imposed by conventional notions of emotional fulfillment, deceptively meandering, and unexpectedly complex. Official trailer > > >

Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks: From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, this is a romantic comedy about a blocked writer who writes about his fantasy dream girl, and then she shows up, just like the one in his imagination. Official trailer > > >

Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed: A light-hearted tale about a would-be time traveller that deftly mixes absurdist humour with touching moments and a real feeling of loneliness. Official trailer > > >


Brave: A Pixar animated film, Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a twist and surprising depth. Official trailer > > >

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas: Computer animation that reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" Official trailer > > >

Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted: Dreamworks Studio PG animated family film. Official trailer > > >

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. 

Big Thinkers on Co-operation
Wayne Ellwood, New Internationalist
From 1771 to the present day, six people who saw the potential of co-ops for the benefit of all. (Thanks to Jude for this series on co-ops.) Learn more >>>

Photo by Coreen Boucher

How to Keep Food Fresh Longer
Tabitha Alterman, Mother Earth Living
Here are 23 simple tips to keep produce fresh and crisp.
Learn more >>>

Salmon Clip Art
Wild Salmon Advocates Cheer Cohen Commission Report
Crawford Killian, The Tyee
Those in favour of additional protection for B.C.'s wild salmon were more than happy when the Cohen Commission report was released on October 31. However, it's now up to citizens to ensure that Cohen's recommendations are carried out by putting pressure on politicians. Learn more >>>

The anti-aging effects of cucumbers
Dr. David Jockers, Natural News
Cucumber Clip ArtEven if you're not one to stave off the effects of aging, or even if you are still so young you're not even thinking about aging, cucumbers have many properties that are great for skin. Read this long list of amazing properties and benefits of eating cucumber. I mean, really, isn't all "real" food SUPER food?
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