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Member Specials June 5 - 18


Kiju Juices (1L) -
Now $2.69! (Reg. $3.69)

Kiju juices are 100% organic juice blends with no sugar added. They are healthy, delicious and not too sweet! Three flavours on sale: lemonade, mango juice, pomegranate cherry juice.
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Simply Natural

Simply Natural Salad Dressings (354ml) -
Now $2.49! (Reg. $3.79)

Three tasty flavours to top your salads, all organic and gluten free: goddess, caesar, honey mustard. Learn more >>>


Tonica Sparkling Kombucha (355ml) -
Now $2.99! (Reg. $4.19)

Tonica is a Canadian company and produces a healthy, raw and organic ancient beverage with a modern twist. Flavours on sale this month are Original Tea and Ginger Rapture; both sold in glass bottles.
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Blue Monkey
Blue Monkey (1L) - Now $3.99! (Reg. $5.39)
Blue Monkey in the tetra-paks on sale. The Vancouver-based, Canadian-owned Blue Monkey Coconut Water company  produces a diverse and healthful line of coconut beverages.
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Kettle Chips (220g) - Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.59)
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 gourmet honey dijon, krinkle cut salt & fresh ground pepper, and gourmet backyard BBQ! Learn more >>>

Locally Produced Food

Romina - parsley
Nora Disney - eggs
Myann Woolley - kale
Hannes Grosse - bok choy
Judy Kemchand - salad mix
Hollyhock - red sails lettuce
Reef Point Farm - eggs, beets
Max and Heidi - oyster mushrooms
Linnaea Farm - salad mix, little gem romaine
Blue Jay Lake - lettuce, chives, tarragon, mizuna
Graeme and Tam - arugula, cilantro, salad mix, baby beets, komatsuna, bok choy, kale
Local Beets - photo by Coreen B.

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! We had 3 winners! Congratulations to the Heather McKenzieGarvin Morris and Jed Duyf. 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

La Boulange Bread Pre-orders

La 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 June:

Thursday, June 13th: Pre-order period opens – members can start placing pre-orders.
Thursday, June 20th: Pre-order period stops – all orders must be in by then.
Thursday, June  27th: Members can pick up the bread and take it home.

Click here for the bread menu.


Worldwide March Against Monsanto Comes to Cortes Island!

On May 25th, 2013, millions of people rallied to protest genetically modified (GM) foods and their primary developer, Monsanto Company, Inc.

Cortes Natural Food Co-op joined the protest against biotech giant Monsanto in a demonstration which mobilized sixty-five countries on six continents. Read more > > > 

Buycott App!

BuycottAs consumers, we are increasingly empowered to vote with our dollars:

iPhone is promoting a new app this month called “Buycott,” which enables users to scan an item and learn about its corporate family tree: for example, Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox and Tom’s of Maine by Colgate-Palmolive. (Surprise!)

Buycott also lets consumers know where companies stand on various social debates, by tracking those companies’ financial contributions. Read more > > >

Gratefully Accepting Donations! 

Got our hopes set on:

• a ladder
• an office chair
• a drill (corded or cordless)

Café & Bakery Events This Month

Pizza Nights - Every Friday Night!

We are bringing out some types of pizzas such as:

Spring Greens with Goat Cheese: with arugula, zucchini, and other greens

Italian Sausage: with sausage and sundried tomatoes
gluten-free crust ($2.00 more per pizza).

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 - Thursday, June 20th Open Mic Night

Open mics are switching to Thursday for the summer! This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic on Thursday, June 20.

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.

Land Committee Update

World CafeSaturday, May 25th, a dozen enthusiastic Co-op members joined forces on a sunny afternoon for the Co-op Land Visioning, Part 2, World Cafe. The World Cafe format allowed small groups to discuss a theme and then switch tables to delve into another. The ensuing conversations on the themes of Social SpaceBusiness SpaceGreen Systems and Housing Space were an engaging way to carry on with our list of 18 “dot prioritized” topics from the October event. At the end of the discussions, each group reported to the whole on two questions for each theme: "What ideas where they most excited by?" and "Which ideas are most actionable and achievable?" Out of that we have a list for each theme plus a list of suggested principles.
Read more > > >

Updates from Your Board & Committees

Photo by Coreen Boucher
AGM reminder!

Save the date to celebrate 10 years! 

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

Financial Update

We have completed our financial statements for the past fiscal year (ended in February 2013), and the good news is that our books showed a profit after two years of losses! Click here for the highlights.

Land Purchase Update

We are taking further steps forward with the land purchase. In April, we obtained an update to the appraisal for the property. The original appraisal was performed in February of 2011, and obviously the real estate market on the island has changed since then. The appraiser looked at comparable properties – both those that have sold and those that have been on the market for multiple months – and concluded that the value of the land for the property (excluding buildings) has gone down by more than 10%. The appraisal brought the value of the land down from $203,000 to $180,000. Read more > > >

Septic System Update

SepticAs some of you may have noticed, there was digging going on in the field below the Co-op building last week! We were having two new septic holding tanks installed. We are now using the new tanks, and this is the first step towards a new septic system – these tanks are compatible with a number of different systems we might use in the future. Read more > > >

Local Business Profile: Tree Island Yogurt

Tree IslandTree Island Gourmet Yogurt is a small-batch dairy processor based in the Comox Valley. The family-run business makes artisan yogurt from the non-homogenized whole milk of grass-fed cows milk and local honey.

Tree Island was founded by microbiologist Scott DiGuistini, PhD, and his wife Merissa Myles, a whole foods advocate, who are both passionate about building a strong local food system and sustainable, green economy. Merissa explains, "Inspiration for Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt came when we witnessed appreciation for the origins of food in France and tasted yogurt that was not industrialy prepared. We love yogurt and believed that Vancouver Island had all the right ingredients for a top quailty, artisan product, but nothing existed, so we decided to create something ourselves."

Scott took his passion for microbiology to the kitchen, made yogurt for friends and family, connected with local farmers and ... Tree Island was born! "We searched all over Vancouver Island looking at farms and their practices," says Scott. "We conducted a blind taste test and Birkdale Farm was the winner for flavour and nutrients." (For more info onTree Island Birkdale farm and the ingredients in the yogurt, click here.) Grass-fed cows milk has a more earthy flavour and is higher in Omega-3s and Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which are good for your brain and heart."

Each batch of their signature Cream Top yogurt is made in a traditional batch pasteurizer. They do not separate or homogenize the milk. They use a slow cooking process, and they culture with selected lactic acid bacteria. The result is a delightful yogurt with an old-fashioned layer of cream on top. "This is real, live food," explains Merissa. "Our flavour is quiet creamy, and there is no added sugar, just enough local honey to balance the tanginess."

Scott and Merissa were awarded Top 40 Under 40 Foodies for their work by Western Living Magazine this spring. Try their yogurt at the Cortes Co-op or meet them in person at the Comox Valley Farmers' market on Saturdays. Learn more > > >

Recipes for Locavores

Kale & Sweet Potato Frittata with Chives & Asiago
Serves 4

In honour of the sweet fluffy little chirping creatures that have become a new addition at the farm, we threw together a frittata this morning with kale and chives from the garden. A quickie for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

1 tbsp butter
pinch of chili flakes
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 small unpeeled sweet potatoes, small diced
1 cup finely chopped kale
6 eggs
2 tbsp milk or cream
˝ cup grated asiago
⅓ cup finely diced chives
˝ tsp salt and pepper

ChivesPreheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add chili and onions and sauté until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute. Add sweet potatoes and a splash of water. Put a lid on and let the potatoes steam, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add more water as needed, but be sure to cook until all water has evaporated.

Remove the lid and stir in the kale, cook for about 30 seconds and spread all the ingredients out flat in the pan. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs with the remaining ingredients and pour evenly into the pan. Remove from the heat and transfer to the oven just until set, about 7-10 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.


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

Local Producers Max n' Heidi

Please tell us about the food you provide to the Co-op, and the foraging or farming methods you use.Oyster Mushrooms

Heidi and I pick mushrooms in the forest. Oyster mushrooms are among our favourites. They're also incredibly abundant. We walk with back packs that have boxes in them. We usually pull off the mushrooms then trim and wipe. Sometimes, though, we cut them right off the tree.

This year, I made myself a picking pole. It has a little edge on the end of a 10 foot stick, and just behind that is a little mesh bag on a wire that catches the mushrooms. Works like a charm except that they tend to get a little dirtier piling on top each other before they get cleaned.

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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. 

Silver Linings

Silver Linings Playbook: Irene's pick of the month: Sensitive nuanced romantic comedy about mental illness. Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for Best Actress. This film received many nominations: Best Picture, Director, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro). Official trailer > > >


Django Unchained: This QuentinTarantino film set in the U.S. South before the Civil War received a bunch of Academy Award nominations. Jamie Foxx stars as a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz. Official trailer > > >

Late Quartet

A Late Quartet : Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener. On the eve of an important classical concert, the lead cellist of a string quartet receives some disturbing news. When he announces his pending retirement, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration within this tightly knit group. Official trailer > > >

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas: Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess. Future, present, past, everything is connected. From the creators of the Matrix trilogy, a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Official trailer > > >

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell: Engrossing documentary by Canadian Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley. She discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets within her own family.
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. 

Monsanto5 million Farms Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion
Why Don't You Try This
"Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros."
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BC's Fish Farm Falling out, Explained
Crawford Kilian, The Tyee
Did you know that when fish farms first appeared on the coast, Alexandra Morton supported them. Until she learned differently.
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Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease
April McCarthybby Scher, True Activist
"The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema."
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Who Owns Organic Brands and Why You Should Care
Beth Hoffman, Forbes
Coca-Cola (owner of Honest Tea and Odwalla), Pepsi-Co (Naked Juice), and General Mills (owner of Lara Bar and Food Should Taste Good) each contributed more than a million dollars to oppose Proposition 37.
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