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Member Specials March 27 - April 9

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Organic Sparkling Beverages (311ml) -
Now $1.29! (Reg. $1.59)

Santa Cruz drinks contain no artificial ingredients. They come in classic flavours of ginger ale and lemon lime. There’s also pomegranate limeade, raspberry lemonade, root beer and orange mango! Learn more >>>

Happy Planet
Happy Planet Juices (1.89L) -
Now $5.19! (Reg. $5.79)

Wonderful blends of organic fruits, surprising vegetable juices and super fruits that are refreshing, delicious and healthy. Flavours that are on sale this month are Acai Berry, Mango Peach, Pomegranate Blueberry and Happiest Orange. Learn more >>>

Nature's Path

Nature’s Path Granola Bars (35g) –
Now $3.29 (Reg. $4.89)

This is a fantastic price for these 3 flavours: peanut chocolate, maple pecan and chococonut. They are a wonderful midday treat and an energy bar. Learn more >>>

Organic, Aluminum-free Baking Powder (210g) -
Now $4.69! (Reg. $2.69)

Yes, traditional baking powder and baking soda contain aluminum. Baker’s Supply House’s baking powder is aluminum free. Some things you just don’t need in your muffins. This month’s sale offers a whole $2 off!


Newman’s Own Salad Dressing (350ml) -
Now $3.89! (Reg. $5.89)

Newman’s Own is an atypical kind of business. All their profits go to charity! Since 1982, over $350 million has been given to thousands of charities. This month, you can feel great for purchasing either their Family Italian or Parmesan & Roasted Garlic for two reasons: you save $2 and part of your purchase goes to charity.
Learn more >>> 

Puppy Mix Castor & Pollux Ultramix Puppy Food (2.49kg) -
Now $16.35! (Reg. $21.35)

Nutritional dog food for puppies being weaned, lactating dogs and pregnant dogs. Learn more >>>

Member Specials April 10 - April 23

Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups (398ml) -
Now $2.35! (Reg. $2.85)

These are restaurant quality soups made with organic and all-natural ingredients. Three belly-warming flavours are on sale this month: thick hearty vegetable, chicken with wild rice and chicken with egg noodles. Learn more >>>

Cocoa Camino
Cocoa Camino Bars - all flavours (100g) -
Now $3.79! (Reg. $4.79)

Twelve mouth-watering flavours on sale this month. These are Canadian-made, fairtrade and organic chocolate bars. The farmers from which they source their chocolate are environmentally responsible family farmers. "Chocoholics beware!" Learn more >>>

Almond Fresh

Earth's Own Fresh Almond Beverages (1.89L) -
Now $4.59!! (Reg. $5.39)

Earth's Own is a food company whose mission is to pioneer healthy food and beverages and to be dedicated to nutritional innovation and sustainability. Almonds are a great source of vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium and antioxidants. Delicious alternative to dairy.
Learn more >>>

Kettle Krinkle Cut Chips (397g) -
Now $4.49!! (Reg. $5.49)

These thick Kettle chips come with a satisfying crunch. Their thickness makes them great with dips! Three flavours on sale this month: salted, salt & pepper and cheddar & sour cream. Learn more >>>

7th Generation

Seventh Generation Lavender & Mint
Dishwashing Liquid (739ml) - Now $3.69! (Reg. $4.69)

Made with pure essential oils and botanical extracts, this dish soap is a non-toxic, synthetic-free, biodegradable plant-derived grease cutter. Learn more >>>

Bombay Dine
Bombay Dine Black Bean Soup (540ml) -
Now $3.09!! (Reg. $4.09)

Organic, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free! Learn more >>>

Locally Produced Food

Judy Kemchand - seeds
Marnie Andrews - eggs
Fairhaven Farm - leeks
Curious Farm - salad mix
Lore Mack-Mumford - eggs
Nora and Ian Disney - eggs
Reef Point Farm - garlic, eggs
Jocelan Coty - Jerusalem artichokes
Blue Jay Lake Farm - kale, red potatoes, carrots, eggs
Local Kale - photo by Coreen B.

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! We had 2 winners! Congratulations to the Food Bank and Marion Cragg!! 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!

Store Happenings

Working with Worms

This is a workshop sponsored by the Co-op and presented by Mario.

Saturday, May 11th
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Meet in the Co-op Café.
Learn about using worms in your compost for the benefit of your garden.

La Boulange Bread Pre-ordersLa Boulange Bakery

Stop by the member centre and pick up a pre-order form for La Boulange bread. Fill out your form, take it to the till, and pay for it. Then pick it up when it's delivered to the Co-op.

Here's the schedule for the month of April:

Thursday, April 4th: Pre-order period opens – members can start placing pre-orders.
Thursday, April 11th: Pre-order period stops – all orders must be in by then.
Thursday, April 18th: Members can pick up the bread and take it home.

French (Pan/Baguette/Rustic - $6.90)
unbleached, whole wheat & rye flour, filtered water, wheat bacterial culture & sea salt

Kamut ($7.50)
kamut flour, filtered water, kamut bacterial culture & sea salt

Kamut/Spelt Multigrain ($7.50)
spelt & kamut flour, cracked kamut & spelt, hulled millet, flax seed, filtered water, spelt/kamut bacterial culture & sea salt

100% Rye ($6.50)
rye flour, filtered water, rye bacterial culture & sea salt

Light Rye ($6.30)
rye, whole wheat, & unbleached flours, filtered water, wheat bacterial culture & sea salt

Spelt ($7.50)
spelt flour, filtered water, spelt bacterial culture & sea salt

Seven Grain Flax ($6.90)
whole wheat flour, 7-grain cereal (wheat, rye, barley, millet, flax, oats & kamut), filtered water, wheat bacterial culture & sea salt

Seven Grain Raisin & Nut ($7.55)
same as 7-grain plus almonds or hazelnuts, & organic raisins

Work BeeWork Bee!

Spring is here and it is time for another Work Bee to spruce up the Co-op.

Please contact Madhurima at -6308 if you would like to participate or come on Saturday, April 27th, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Café & Bakery Events This Month

TWO Pizza Nights! Friday, April 12th & Friday, April 26th

We will offer the following kinds of pizzas:

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

Call or stop by the Co-op and place your order any time on Thursday or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 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.

Open Mic Night - Saturday, April 20th Open Mic Night

Another open mic night at the Co-op! This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic on Saturday, March 16th.

Come at 6:00 p.m. for some food and drink, and the mic opens up at 7:00 p.m. Food and drinks available throughout the evening.

Bakery & Espresso Bar RentalArt Work

The café space in the Co-op Bakery and Espresso Bar is now available for event rental to Co-op members!

We are excited to be able to offer this space for events such as book clubs, group meetings, classes, parties, receptions and more.

The CNFC Rental Policy is available at this link.

To make a reservation or scheduling inquiry, please contact Eric Hargrave at (250) 935-8577 or email him.

Invitation to Submit Your Art
Art Work
The café committee is inviting artists to submit their art for exhibit in the Co-op bakery & café for a period of 3 weeks at a time. The busy season is just around the corner, and this is a great opportunity to show your creations.

Please call Jasmine at -8577 if you are interested, or leave your name and number with the café staff.  

Artwork by Tess Kashetsky.

The Co-op Bakery's First Year

CookiesThe café space has been a hot topic of discussion at several of the last Board meetings. But our update became an article that was too long for easy reading. So this month we'll be bringing you a financial summary of the last year, written by our General Manager. Next month, we intend to bring you an update on the summer plans for the café.

To read the article, please click here.

Updates from Your Board & Committees

Happy Spring!

We have a lot going on at the Co-op! Members of the Land Committee have been actively involved in various facets of the Land Purchase process. Among other things, we have been exploring the Co-op's eligibility for grants that can help with things such as a new septic system, affordable housing options, infrastructure, etc. We are excited about the possibility of this funding and expect to hear the results of our applications in the late spring and early summer. Many thanks to Sandra Wood, our grant writer on the Land Committee, for all of her incredible work on behalf of the Co-op.

A big thank you to all the members who submitted ideas for the Logo Contest and to all of you who voted for your favourite logo. And the winner is...
New logo
Thanks to Immanuel McKenty for his winning logo!

After several years of energetic and generous services to the Land Purchase project, Richard Andrews' professional activities are leaving him less time for volunteer work. The Board thanks him for his dedication. The Board has appointed Eric Hargrave to shepherd the purchase process.

In other Land Purchase news, we are getting a reappraisal of the property because the market has changed since the first appraisal in February 2011.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you, our members and the larger island community of which we are a part. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

In service, on behalf of the board,
Theresa Hargrave

Magnolia Photo by Coreen Boucher The AGM is coming!

The Co-op has been serving Cortes Island for 10 years, and we are ready to celebrate!

Save the date: Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. in Mansons Hall. Stay tuned for more details!

Staff Profile: Kristina

KristinaHow long have you been working at the Co-op? I've only been working at the Co-op for the last two weeks.

What are your roles at the Co-op? My role at the Co-op is as a baker. I get to make all that delicious bread and those tasty treats everyone is tempted by. :)

What do you like most about working at the Co-op? My favourite thing about working in the Co-op is that I get to sneak in early, turn up the music and make a huge mess while no one is looking! I also love that I have the opportunity to nourish fellow community members with hearty breads, warming soups and sweet treats throughout the week.

What are your other interests or hobbies or work? When I'm not at work I spend my time enjoying the many good things life has to offer: the beach, the forest, the company of great friends, bonfires, swimming, taking the time to swing in a hammock all day, reading, painting, laughing, sharing meals, enjoying music, bike riding, berry picking ... you get the picture.

What does your ideal Co-op look like? I'm not sure what my ideal Co-op looks like but coming into the Co-op and being greeted by a lot of friendly faces means a lot to me.

Local Business Profile: Who's Next?


How many of you are supplying the Cortes Natural Food Co-op with your product but have yet to be featured?

How many of you were featured a long time ago but have made changes to your product or your process?

We want to hear from you! Local businesses are a big part of the Co-op, and we want to help you promote your business and all that you do in our community. The creation of a local profile for the enews is easy and quick—even easier if you have promotional material already written up and a digital photo ready to go.

Send us an email so we can help you market your business. Your participation is a huge boost to the local economy. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Recipes for Locavores

Soba Noodle Salad with Kale, Leeks, Peas & Mint
Serves 4

Soba Noodle Salada
We’re not concerned with how long the guest list is for this noodle dish — we just knew we didn’t want to leave anyone out. So they’re all here . . . Leeks, kale, peas and mint — and they’re all getting along famously.

Our new cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks Garden to Table (with over 200 spankin’ new recipes) is now available! See here for more details and contact us for local pick-up.


1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili-garlic or other hot sauce
4 tbsp toasted sesame oil
3 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp olive or flax oil
2 tsp honey
1 lime, zested and juiced

8 oz soba noodles
3 large leeks, white part only — thinly sliced rounds
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint, coarsely chopped
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
4 cups thinly sliced kale

In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.

Steam leeks for 3-5 minutes until tender. Add to bowl of dressing.

Cook soba noodles according to package instructions. In last minute of cooking, add the peas. Strain and rinse well. Add to the bowl of dressing with remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Cooks Cooperative.jpg
Cook's Cooperative is Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley on Quadra Island. Follow the cooks at Ripple Rock Cooks.

Organic Memorabilia!

Send us your tiny "flash" stories of quirky, heartwarming, or shocking (etc.) scenes from the Co-op! We're looking for personal stories of 200 words or less. Mail them to Coreen.

From Dhar Booth

Summer time on Cortes is a very special time. People head to the bay, the beach and the lagoon; in different places around the island, clothing optional is a common theme. My time at the Co-op is laced with a dozen or so wonder-filled moments, but my favourite one happened on a particularly hot summer day ...

I was busy stocking shelves and running around in my usual Co-op daze when I turned a corner and was greeted by a most curious sight. A young preschooler, naked as the day he was born, stood in front of me sporting a smile as big as his heart. He briefly acknowledged my presence and then set off to find his Mom, who was busy filling her basket with delectable treats.

I rested in this moment knowing that this was a unique event. Only on Cortes Island could I picture shopping in the nude to be so natural and relaxed ... it was just another day in paradise.

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. 


The Intouchables: Irene's pick - upbeat and heartwarming. Based on a true story about a quadriplegic aristocrat whose world is turned upside down when he hires a good-humored young black street guy as his caretaker ... because he was the only job applicant who doesn't show pity. In French with English subtitles. 
Official trailer > > >


Searching for Sugar Man: Academy Award for Best Documentary about a Detroit singer-songwriter who quickly faded into obscurity in the US but became a legend in South Africa.
Official trailer > > >

The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The first chapter in Peter Jackson’s new epic trilogy set in Middle-Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga; this one is almost three hours long. Official trailer > > >

Life of Pi

Life of Pi: Nominated for Oscar for Best Film, winner for Cinematography, Visual Effects and Music. Ang Lee has done a beautiful job with Yann Martel's story. Official trailer > > >

Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass: The title, referring to both Walt Whitman and marijuana, is indicative of this film's hybridity in regards to genre – half comedy and half crime drama – and tone, which is both irreverent and highly philosophical. Official trailer > > >

Now is Good

Now is Good: A powerful vision of young love. Dakota Fanning plays the heroine who has a terminal illness. Official trailer > > >

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph: Animated, Disney family flick about a group of video arcade characters has a with a subversive quality to it.
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. 

Food Addictions

Food cravings engineered by industry

Kelly Crowe, CBC News 
This article is about the Big Food industry and its use of science and marketing to keep people eating...and eating the worst kind of "food" if it can be called that. Learn more >>>

Sweet PotatoNine reasons to eat more sweet potatoes
Elizabeth Walling, Natural News
Sweet potatoes are more than just sweet! They are packed with nutrition and they are a great source of fibre. The darker variety are even more nutritious. Learn more >>>

Detoxing Is No Joke! 5 Tips To Rock Your Next Cleanse
Sara Seinberg, MindBodyGreen
Spring is here. Possibly the most significant season for cleansing as according to traditional Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the liver. Learn more >>>