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Co-op Future, Community Future

By Krista Ma

Some of us might have smelled something brewing in the air around the Co-op. It is the scent of heightened potential, as if something long awaited and monumental might finally be possible. The final brew is still uncertain, completely open and dependent on what ingredients are added and how current conditions unfold. It also depends on our collective vision for the property on which the Co-op sits.

In March 2010, after decades of staggering along, the septic system on the property that serves the Co-op, the restaurant, bookstore and campground received a bill of ill health from the authorities. New septic rules enacted by the government in 2005 mean that no quick fixes are allowed and a fully engineered commercial grade system, roughly estimated at $175,000, is necessary. All parties involved put their heads together and after some months of churning our minds, agreed that Scott Mercs (owner Cortes Spirit Restaurants, CSR) will reassign the lease with the School Board to the Co-op and grant the Co-op all buildings and improvements on the land. The Co-op will attempt to purchase the land and fix the septic system if at all possible - in order to secure the store’s future, keep the restaurant open and make the land available for future community needs. The specifics of future community needs depend on our collective vision.

It is impossible to overstate the amount of trust, goodwill and co-operation so far between Scott Mercs, Renewal Land Partners (a minority shareholder of Cortes Spirit Restaurants Ltd), Cortes Natural Food Co-op, the Sunset Restaurant and other tenants on the property. We are encouraged by the joining of intention and effort. We are not so encouraged, however, by the government who at this point, despite full co-operation from the School Board, is not yet willing to entertain the idea of taking back crown land and selling it at market value to the Co-op. Every effort is and will be made to persuade them that a centrally located piece of community use property should not be left fallow on the basis of technicalities and policy recently enacted. We may need your help in the near future to do some more persuading.

Should the Co-op succeed in getting a chance to purchase this piece of property, our members will be asked to vote to give permission for the board of directors to secure a mortgage. We believe that it is entirely within the store’s ability to finance a ‘market value’ land sale. During our Annual General Meeting on 5 July 2010, graphs, charts and business plans were presented to the apparent satisfaction of those present. 

These are exciting times indeed. If you have any questions, please be in touch by writing alex@cortescoop.ca, and stay tuned to our E-News for future updates.

Congratulations Leslie Mack-Mumford!

Leslie is the winner of our members-only draw and a gift basket valuing almost $100. You could win too! Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name on the receipt and into the box and we'll draw a name at the end of each month. Thanks Cortes!

Member SPECIALS on now!

Arbutus Arts - 2 for 1 special!  2 spreading knives hand-made by Ron Bazar can be purchased at the price of 1.  These knives can spread cold-hardened butter like you wouldn't believe. They also make elegant gifts or serving knives with your cheese platter.  

Bulk Ordering Online - Oh My!

CNFC is getting more techy then we ever believed possible!  You can now do your bulk-ordering from the comfort of your home computer. This is a community service provided to members only.  Visit our website here to get started. 

Local Profile:  BlueJay Lake Farm

By Scott Lemkay

Henry has decided to keep the vegetable garden alive with the help of eager and keen business partners this year.
Sarah and Josh are from Windsor, Ontario. They wwoofed at BlueJay for a few months last summer and found the experience so fulfulling that they decided to move back to the farm in December.  They have since played an integral role in designing, planting and growing all the delicious food we have to offer this year.
Scott and Liz are ex-tree planters turned farmers in the wake of the declining forest industry. They've moved all over the province together for the last few years, and find that they have really found a connection to Cortes and her community. First time farmers, Liz and Scott help in the garden and assist in overall farm operations.
We'd like to send a huge 'Thank You' to the Co-op who helps to pass on our fresh produce to you at little cost to us, and always makes our drop-offs easy and stress-free. And another big 'Thanks' to all the participants, wwoofers, farm shares and eaters that help make BlueJay the fun and abundant place it is today!

New: Vitamineral Green & Fentiman's

HealthForce SuperFoods Vitamineral Green
contains an extremely potent & comprehensive array of nature's most nutritive and cleansing superfoods, grown and processed to maximize their benefits.  

Fentiman's Botanically Brewed Beverages are naturally fermented and contain 1/2% of alcohol.  Quench your summer thirst with three refreshing flavours - Dandelion & Burdock, Ginger Beer, and Victorian Lemonade. 

Raw World: Zucchini Noodle Pesto Salad

By Tanya Krahn

2 zucchinis, spiraled through a spiroli noodle maker (for sale at the co-op) or shaved into thin noodles.
2 red peppers cut julienne.
1 bunch green onion chopped
1 bunch fresh broccoli chopped

1 cup pistacios processed fine
1 cup fresh basil (can add cilantro)
2 tbs dried kelp seaweed
2 cloves fresh garlic
a dash of cayenne pepper and black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
a squeeze of half an orange (or lime)

Roll the pesto through the veggies
Add herbed olives and sprinkle hemp seeds on it for garnish.

Make a big mound an slurp away!

New DVDs at the Coop!

Click here to check out an extensive list of recently added movies including short descriptions. This list will be updated regularly, so you may want to bookmark it.  Click here to download a printable pdf of the list. 

Some DVDs cases have a little star stuck onto them. This means that Irene especially recommends the film.  A little yellow rectangle on the spine of the box indicates that a film has been recently added (within the last 2 months).

Pure & Purifying EdenSoy

The Co-op would like to especially recognise EDENSOY as the first and only soymilk to be verified compliant with Non-GMO Project Standards for avoiding GMOs. (check out www.nongmoproject.org/). Made of cream of the crop 100% U.S.A. family farm organic whole soybeans and whole grain, Edensoy provides you with all 18 amino acids. They use reverse osmosis purified water, and to ensure product safety, there are 240 continuous quality control checks. Smooth, delicious, organic soymilk, never any chemical additives or processed sugars, only organic unrefined gentle sweeteners. We invite you to read EDENSOY's list of ingredients and try it for yourself.  Also try EdenBlend - EDENSOY combined with organic short grain brown rice amazake. Delicious.