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Member Specials October 9 - October 22

Native Forest Coconut Milk (398ml or by the case) -
Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.69)

This is a smooth and creamy, not to mention tasty, organic coconut milk in BPA-free cans. A case is $34.99.

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Farmer's Market Pumpkin Puree (397g) -
Now $2.49! (Reg. $3.29)

Organic Pumpkin in a BPA-free can that is smooth, rich and delicious! It's the pumpkin pie time of year!

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Granola King (750g) -
Now $9.59 (Reg. $11.79)

Baked fresh weekly, with no wheat, no sugar, and no dairy! There are also no GMO foods or Canola oil. No preservatives and no sneaky additives. On sale, Gourmet Granola Classic and Hazelnut Hemp Granola.

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Habibi's Hummus (200g) -
Now $2.99! (Reg. $3.49)

Gourmet and delicious! Birthed in the Habibi Middle Eastern restaurants around the world. Lebanese Style and Basil & Garlic flavours on sale. 

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Cocoa Camino (100g) -
Now $3.69! (Reg. $4.69)
All Camino food products are made from quality ingredients, grown by family farmers in Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. All Camino products are certified to the highest standards and fairly traded.

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BioBag Compostable Kitchen Bags (10ea & 20ea) -
Now $3.79 & $5.19 (Reg. $4.79 & $6.59)

Established in 1999, BioBag Canada Inc. is a Canadian company and was the first company to successfully introduce certified compostable/biodegradable films into the Canadian market. BioBags and films are an environmental solution to paper and polyethylene bags.

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GT's Kombucha (480ml) -
Now $3.49! (Reg. $4.19)

Organic, raw and filled with enzymes and probiotics. Multi-green is part of GT's Enlightened™ line of Kombucha, an ancient elixir. With a lighter and smoother personality than the original, it still has a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants. On sale: Kombucha Gingerade, Kombucha Multi-green, and Triology Kombucha.

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Napa Valley Naturals Oils (750ml) -
Now $2 - $3 Off

A family-owned business dedicated to bringing organic and all natural oils to the market. They donate a percentage of their profits to groups that support "environmental preservation, sustainable agricultural practices, hunger prevention or community-based health initiatives." Therefore, when you use their delicious oils, you "support a system of agriculture committed to leaving a legacy of clean foods and a healthy soil and Earth." On sale: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Expeller Pressed Grapeseed Oil.

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Dr. Bronner's Soaps -
Now $7.99! (Reg. $9.70)

"A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed."

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Locally Produced Food

Hannes Grosse - spinach
Jill Milton - tomatoes
Mario and Alanah -plums
Debbie Thompson - garlic
Scott Knutson - tomatoes
Josea Crossley - chanterelles
Judy Kemchand - seeds, apples
Blue Jay Lake - purple onions, apples, spinach, eggs, beans, cucumbers, corn
Fairhaven Farm - sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers, spinach, celery, rhubarb, apples, eggplant, asian pears

Curious Farm - salad mix, beans, kale, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, peppers
Cortes Gardens - beans, cucumbers, corn, strawberries
Reef Point Farm - bunch beets, eggs, elephant garlic
Samantha Moore - cucumbers, corn, zucchini
Graeme and Tam - chard, kale, zucchini
Tom & Marion Bennet - pumpkins, beans
Linnaea Farm - zucchini, beans
Elizabeth Anderson - tomatoes
Myann Woolley - kale

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! We had 2 winners! Congratulations to Rebekah Carpenter and Mary Lavelle! 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 October:

Thursday, October 10th: Pre-order period opens – members can start placing pre-orders.
Thursday, October 17th: Pre-order period stops – all orders must be in by then.
Thursday, October 24th: Members can pick up the bread and take it home.

Click here for the bread menu.

New Product: MegaFood

This past week, the Co-op brought in a new line of supplements; MegaFood's motto is "Fresh from Farm to Tablet." Come in to check out what we are carrying and visit their website for more information.

New Store Hours

Come shop at the Co-op between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On Sunday, we are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Café & Bakery Events This Month

Even NEWER Cafe Hours:

The Co-op Cafe & Espresso Bar is now open on
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night - Only Once This Month!

This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic on Saturday, October 19th. Come and play or enjoy some live music and poetry! Eat some pizza, dessert or have a coffee! Come at 6:00 p.m. The mic opens up at 7:00 p.m.

PizzaPizza Nights - Every 2nd Friday Night in October!

This month, enjoy our hot and tasty pizzas on Friday, October 11th and Friday, October 25th. 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

The Cafe Has Its Own Number

Want to know today's soup? Maybe place your pizza order? You can now call the cafe directly!


Updates from Your Board & Committees

The Land Purchase Lowdown

It's been a great busy summer season at the Co-op! Now it's time to look ahead towards ongoing growth and development - not only for the Co-op but also for the community as a whole. We will give updates on what's going on with the Co-op land on Friday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Manson's Hall.

So what's going on with the land, you may ask? We are actively working on the land purchase - including fundraising and mortgage options. This island is also blessed with great grant-writers, and they are helping to make the vision of the co-op as the "Heart of the Village" a reality. These include a grant from CMHC to update the community housing survey and possible grant funding for a state-of-the-art "green" waste water treatment system. We will also have a special guest: Kim Rink, Canada's leading Solar Aquatics waste water treatment designer, who can answer your questions about this kind of treatment system.

Join us on October the 18th to hear about the progress on the land purchase, fundraising and development options. We look forward to your participation!

Many Thanks...

Thanks to Alden and Mae Sherwood for donating a beautiful office chair!
Thanks to Steve Ringwood for donating his time to modify our vegetable sink!
Thanks to all our local tradespeople - Christian, Max, Eli, Eddie, Mark, and Madhurima - who keep our store together and looking great!
And thanks to our great staff who make it happen every day!

You Can Help with the Land Purchase: Less than 90 Days Left!

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"!

Local Producers: Curious Farm

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

At Curious Farm, we are currently focussing on salad mixes, tomatoes, strawberries, kale, peas, beans, herbs, and we will try a few other things over the next few seasons. We grow organically and sustainably and will not use industrial fertilizers or chemical pesticides. We also raise free range chickens, both for meat and eggs.

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Recipes for Locavores

Honey Yogurt Pear Cake
Makes 1 Loaf

After the circus act of picking fruit from the tall trees around here (picture truck parked on uneven ground and 8ft ladder precariously balanced in the back of said truck), we are so grateful for the pears. Pears, it seems, simply FALL when they are perfectly ripe. And a bed of lily of the valley at the base of this particular tree breaks their fall. Then, as if the whole thing is in some kind of odd symbiosis, the dog barks at the sound of something in the bush, and we go out to collect the fallen pears before the deer, horses and bears get them. The ravens are getting their fair share.

This cake celebrates this particular harmony, all the while humming, “Gimme spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees …”

Honey-Spice Butter
¼ cup honey
¼ cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

⅓ cup soft butter
¼ cup cane sugar
¼ cup honey
2 eggs
¾ cup whole milk yogurt
zest of one orange
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 small pears (1½ cups chopped)

Combine the ingredients for the honey-spice butter and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.

Cut a single large piece of parchment and line a loaf pan with it. Cut a single large piece of parchment and line a loaf pan with it.

In a mixer or bowl with a wooden spoon, cream together the butter, sugar and honey. Add the two eggs and continue to cream. Add the yogurt, zest and extracts and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Quarter the unpeeled pears lengthwise. Core and dice. Cut the last remaining pear quarter into long wedges for garnish.

Add the pear to the wet mixture and then fold in the dry mix. Fold just until any bits of flour disappear. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Drizzle half the honey-spice butter onto this. Pour the remaining batter on top and then the remaining honey-spice butter. Arrange a few long wedges of pear on top.

Bake for 50-60 minute, until a testing stick comes out clean.

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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

The Mysterious Invisible Beings

No, this is not the name of a new movie, it is happening at your very own Co-op. These invisible beings leave overdue DVDs on the counter and then disappear. They never come back to pay their fines. Once in a while, you can catch a glimpse of one out of the corner of your eye and they say, "I'm just dropping this off for a friend." The collection of fines has always partially relied on the honour system, and 99% of our wonderful customers return movies on time or pay.

Due to this shadowy 1%, however, things may need to get much stricter: computerized, keeping track of exactly how much is owed, banning delinquent renters from taking home more movies until they are caught up. Setting up such a system would be expensive and time-consuming. Let's give this current system one more chance. There is a jar for late fees; let's hope the Invisibles will quietly offer a few loonies and then change their ways. Thank you!

Samsara: Irene's pick of the month. Immerse yourself in these unbelievable images from around the world, brilliantly edited and musically scored by the people who made Baraka. You will definitely want to watch this more than once.

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Irene's other recommendation, if you missed it last month, is Amour.

At Any Price: Farmer's son defies his father's wishes to take over the family business by choosing to become a professional race-car driver in this earnest family drama from director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo). Starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.

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Ginger and Rosa: Set in the early 1960s, tender yet intense coming-of-age drama about teenage best friends who are worrying about the threat of nuclear war as well as their dysfunctional family problems.

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The Company You Keep: Robert Redford both stars and directs this thriller. His world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder.

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Bletchly Circle: British suspense thriller about the women who worked to decrypt secret codes during World War 2.

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Epic: Family adventure flick--a teen in a magical world must help save existence from evil warriors.

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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. 

More women finding passion as farmers
Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press
Women are gravitating to small-scale farming, so small that is going right from farm to farmers market. Very fresh!

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New Research Confirms ADHD Caused By Food
Kristen, Food Renegade
A study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, shared their research findings, which indicated that in at least 2/3 of all so-called "ADHD" cases, food sensitivities were the cause. What do you think?

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Try Amaranth: A High Protein Complex Carb Seed that Cooks like a Grain!
Heidi Lescanec, ND
Heidi talks about amaranth as quinoa's "unassuming protein-rich cousin from pre-Hispanic Mexico."

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Growing Cities: A Film about Urban Farming in America
Elmwood Motion Picture Company
Want some inspiration? Here's a trailer for an award-winning documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

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