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Member Specials August 28 - September 10

Earth’s Own Almond Fresh (946ml) -
Now $4.79! (Reg. $5.39)

Original and vanilla on sale! The sweet almond-y smoothness of Almond Fresh is high in vitamins and antioxidants and has a rich, nutty flavour! Extreme deliciousness and highly nutritious.

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Dry Soda (355ml) -
Now $1.49! (Reg. $1.99)

Dry Soda is a less sweet soda. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of other sodas, and the sugar that is used is pure cane sugar. Dry Soda is also gluten free, caffeine free, sodium free and kosher. Four flavours on sale for the next two weeks: Vanilla Bean, Lavender, Rhubarb and Cucumber. Yummy yum!!

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Santa Cruz Apple Juice (2.84L) -
Now $9.99 (Reg. $12.19)

Juice made from ripe, whole, organic apples. Goodness to the core!

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Nuts To You Peanut Butter (500g) -
Now $3.99! (Reg. $4.99)

Nuts to You is a proudly Canadian company and has been since 1989. The ingredients are simple: nothing but organic, dry-roasted nuts and organic sunflower oil. Hearty and flavourful! Four varieties: smooth, crunchy, organic smooth, organic crunchy.

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Amaya Mango & Mint Chutney (375ml) -
Now $4.19! (Reg. $5.19)

Amaya Gourmet has mastered the art of Indian spicing. They offer four delicious sauces and chutneys. Sophisticated and complex flavours, they make Indian cooking that much simpler and more authentic.

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Kettle Brand 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 backyard barbeque, salt & pepper, honey dijon, and salted!

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Luna Bar (48g) -
Now $1.29! (Reg. $1.69)

Delicious and nutritious, this is “the power of positive snacking!” Three flavours to try this month: Nutz Over Chocolate, Lemon Zest, S’mores.

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Clif Bar (68g) -
Now $1.69! (Reg. $2.19)

These are organic snacks and are a good source of protein and fiber. They have 23 minerals and vitamins, so they are great energy boosters. And…no trans fat! Two builder bars on sale: chocolate and peanut butter!

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Locally Produced Food

Steph & Ester - garlic
Tanya Henck - cherry tomatoes
Judy Kemchand - salad mix, apples, seeds
Scott Knutson - tomatoes, jalapeno peppers
Blue Jay Lake - eggs, green beans, fresh corn
Mario and Alanah - radishes, prune plums, basil
Fairhaven Farm - hot, spicy and sweet peppers, cucumbers
Hannes Grosse - green beans, figs, tromboncini squash, cucumbers
Curious Farm - tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, beans

Graeme and Tam - chard, kale, tomatoes, parsley, celery, beans, beets, lettuce, collards, cilantro, radicchio
Linnaea Farm - cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, zucchini, basil, eggplant, dill, beans, salad mix
Reef Point Farm - prune plums, cherry tomatoes, eggs, elephant garlic, strawberries
Peter Wharry - chanterelle mushrooms
Lore Mack-Mumford - yellow plums
Samantha Moore - cucumbers
Cortes Gardens - beans, peas
Donna Manson - blueberries
Cortes Fruits - Shiro plums
Myann Woolley - figs, kale
Marion Bennet - peaches

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! We had 2 winners! Congratulations to the Mnik Miskolzie and Mark Vonesch! Yay! They were both winners of last month's draws for a $25 gift certificate, a free movie and a basket of assorted gifts. Haven't won yet?

Members, don't forget to write your name and phone number on your receipt of over $25 then put it into the beautiful and colourful box with happy faces all over it. Every second Friday, we draw names. 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 September:

Thursday, September 5th: Pre-order period opens – members can start placing pre-orders.
Thursday, September 12th: Pre-order period stops – all orders must be in by then.
Thursday, September 19th: Members can pick up the bread and take it home.

Click here for the bread menu.

Café & Bakery Events This Month

NEW Cafe Hours:

The Co-op Café & Espresso Bar is now open on
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Clever Composting: A Fall "Dirtshop"

Saturday, September 7th
1pm in the Co-op Cafe.

Next year's garden starts with this year's compost pile!

Come and learn about our low-tech, high-output organic compost system. We'll look at balancing the green and the brown; managing moisture, air and heat; and using your nose. You may be growing disease organisms in your compost and then infecting next year's plants or even yourself—we have simple techniques to build healthy dirt.

We'll meet at the cafe and, after discussing some general ideas, we'll head out to the garden for a hands-on look.

The Clever Composting "Dirtshop" is presented by the Co-op Gardens, and it's FREE to attend!

PizzaPizza Nights - Every 2nd Friday Night in September!

This month, enjoy our hot and tasty pizzas on Friday, September 13th and Friday, September 27th. Pre-order by 4pm and pick up after 6pm.

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

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night - Only Once This Month! Be there or be ...

This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic on Saturday, September 21st. Come and play or enjoy some live music and poetry! Eat some pizza, dessert or have a coffee! The music will happen outside and the cafe will stay open. Come at 6:00 p.m. The mic opens up at 7:00 p.m.

Chinese Take-out Night!

We will host one Chinese Take-out Night this month:  Saturday, September 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We're the only place on Cortes offering you the mouthwatering flavours of China!

Blackout Art Installation

At the Co-op Cafe, on the evening of September 7th at 7:00 p.m., there will be a celebration of the Blackout. Everyone is invited to come enjoy music by the unpredictable Del Riveria and beer by Townsite Brewing from Powell River to view a solo art show by Laura Balducci.

Updates from Your Board & Committees

Press Release: CNFC Awarded CMHC Seed Funding Grant!

CORTES ISLAND, August 19, 2013 – The Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s Land Committee is pleased to announce that the Co-op has been awarded a $10,000 Seed Funding Grant from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

CMHC Seed Funding provides financial assistance to carry out the initial activities required to develop a proposal for an affordable housing project on the Co-op Land including: a needs and demand study, a business plan, financial feasibility analysis, and a preliminary design for the housing project.

Many thanks to Karen Ungerson and her team at CMHC for helping the Co-op with the fund process. This opportunity allows us to continue moving forward with our vision for the Co-op Land. Special thanks to Sandra Wood, our grant writer, for all her efforts on our behalf. For more information about the Co-op Housing project please contact Sandra Wood or phone (250) 935-6676.

You Can Help with the Land Purchase

Our members have already been invaluable in contributing ideas, skills, energy and funds toward the purchase and vision of the land. If you would like an easy to way to contribute, we have set up a secure online fundraising page for donations. You can donate any amount that fits your pocketbook, and you don't need an account to donate.

Your donations will help with the next exciting steps in creating our vision: purchasing the land by securing a mortgage and building a new state-of-the-art waste water treatment system.

You can donate and learn more about our land purchase at this page.

Thank you for helping keep the vision alive and for creating the "heart of the village"!

Recipes for Locavores

Dilly Beans
Makes 6 pints

So, if you happen to be part of the canning persuasion, I suggest adding these dilly beans to your repertoire.  Crisp and garlicky, and let’s face it, just another way to find a place for all those beans before they land themselves in the compost.

3 lbs beans, washed, topped and tailed
12 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 cup fresh dill weed
6 tsp dill seed
3 tsp black peppercorns
3 tsp mustard seeds
3 tsp celery seed
Chili flakes, optional
4 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp salt

Sterilize 6 pint jars and lids and set your canning pot to boil.

Cut beans into lengths 1 inch shorter than the pint jars. Pack the beans vertically in each clean, hot jar, somewhat tightly. Divide the garlic, dill weed, dill seed, peppercorns, celery seed, mustard seed and chili flakes (I put a pinch in each jar) among the jars.

Combine the vinegar, water, salt and sugar in a nonreactive saucepan, and bring to a boil.  Pour the hot brine over the beans to cover by 1/2 inch, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace between the top of the liquid and the lid.

Release trapped air and wipe the rims clean.  Center lids on the jars and screw on the jar bands.  Process for 15 minutes in boiling water and remove jars from pot.  Set aside for 24 hours and check seals.  Store in a cool place for up to 1 year.

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

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.

Amour: Winner of 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, director Michael Haneke brings a performance tour-de-force to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all. In French with subtitles, this is an intense film about old age and long-time marriage.

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The Gatekeepers: Winner of 2013 Academy Award Best Documentary which features candid interviews with former leaders of the Israeli intelligence agency sharing their changing views on the Palestinian-Israeli dilemma (in Hebrew with subtitles).

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Boy: Indie coming-of-age drama set in the Maori community in New Zealand, about an 11 year old boy. Grand Prix winner at the Berlin Film Festival and Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival.

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Mud: An adventure about two boys who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him, and the boys agree to help him.

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices: Japanese anime (with English soundtrack). When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives.

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On the Road: Based on Jack Kerouac's iconic novel, this film is directed by Walter Salles who did The Motorcycle Diaries. A writer sets out on a road trip in the 1950s and the beatnik era begins.

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The Sapphires: Inspired by a true story, this film follows four vivacious young talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship, music and war when their all-girl Motown group entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968.

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The Place Beyond the Pines: "Epic, riveting crime drama about the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons," starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes, and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine).

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What Maisie Knew: Six-year-old Maisie struggles with her parents' divorce. Julianne Moore is her aging rock star mother and Steve Coogan, her Manhattan art dealer father.

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Monsters Inc: Animated family film.

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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. 

The spring 2013 issue of Yes! magazine focussed on how co-operatives are driving the new economy. Thanks to Eric for these articles:

Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
Brooke Jarvis, Yes!
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?

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From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy
Claudia Rowe, Yes!
How manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and others are doing business the cooperative way.

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Survival of the ... Nicest? Check Out the Other Theory of Evolution
Eric Michael Johnson, Yes!
A new theory of human origins says cooperation—not competition—is instinctive.

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6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover
Sven Eberlein, Yes!
From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps is going to be, “There’s a co-op for that.” But co-ops need customers, money, and training. How do we shift from business as usual to the work of cooperation?

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