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Member Specials October 23 - November 5

Nature’s Path Organic Love Crunch Granola (325g) -
Now $3.99! (Reg. $5.99)

Strawberries and raspberries covered in organic Italian chocolate! “It’s the ultimate feel good way to put some love in your day.” For every bag that is bought, this company puts the equivalent, in cash or granola, into the food bank!

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CocoLibre Coconut Water (1L) -
Now $3.99! (Reg. $5.39)

100% organic coconut water that tastes so fresh, it's like you just cut open a tender, green coconut!

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Choice Organic Teas (16 bags) -
Now $3.99 (Reg. $5.49)

Choice teas are organic, fair-trade certified, and non-GMO in unbleached natural fiber tea bags that are staple free. They meet the highest standards in both quality and social responsibility. Your purchase of Choice teas directly makes a difference in the lives of the tea workers.

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Crofter's Organic Just Fruit Spreads (235ml) -
Now $3.59! (Reg. $4.59)

All of Crofter's Just Fruit Spreads are sweetened with grape juice concentrate, which comes from Italian winemakers.  

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Wolfgang Puck 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.

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Felicitti Gluten-Free Pasta (340g) -
Now $3.29 (Reg. $3.89)

These products were created by a Calgary woman who was diagnosed with Celiac disease. She knows the importance of keeping her pasta gluten free...and organic!

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Knudsen Spritzers (311ml) - Now $1.29! (Reg. $1.59)

Over 20 years ago, Bill Knudsen made the first fruit juice Spritzers for his family. He wanted to create a refreshing alternative to sodas sweetened with refined sugar and corn syrup. Knudsen Spritzers are made with real fruit juices and sparkling water. Nine different flavours on sale!

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Coconut Bliss Tubs (473ml) -
Now $5.99 (Reg. $7.89)

They call this "Bliss" for a reason! Dairy-free and sweetened with agave.

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Updates from Your Board & Committees

Financial Update by Eric Hargrave

On October 18th, we held a member meeting at which we discussed land issues including the land purchase and potential waste-water systems. I gave an update about the Co-op's finances and the land purchase process, and here I'll give a brief summary from that presentation.

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Land Meeting Summary by Maria McKenty

Thanks to all those who braved the thick fog to join us at Manson's hall on October 18th for the Co-op land update. We heard three informative presentations: Eric Hargrave, the Co-op's General Manager, addressed the store's improving finances and the status of the land purchase; Sandra Wood spoke about the grant writing and fund-raising efforts in process; and special guest Kim Rink gave an overview of Solar Aquatics systems and how it could address the Co-op's need for on-site waste-water treatment.

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You Can Help with the Land Purchase: Less than 59 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"!

Locally Produced Food

Jocelan Coty - kale
Judy Kemchand - pears
Debbie Thompson - garlic
Lore Mack-Mumford - eggs
Mario De Rose - chanterelles
Josea Crossley - chanterelles
Fairhaven Farm - acorn squash, hot and sweet peppers
Blue Jay Lake - onions, potatoes, eggs, apples, celery, chard

Reef Point Farm - elephant garlic, bunch beets, eggs
Curious Farm - kale bunches, salad mix
Fred Savage - jack-o-lantern pumpkins
Leo Tempelaar - chanterelles
Myann Woolley - kale, chard
Tom Bennet - pumpkins
Linnaea Farm - kale

Our Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

Our bi-monthly draw continues! We had 2 winners! Congratulations to Mark Christian and Catriona Vega! 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, November 7th: Pre-order period opens – members can start placing pre-orders.
Thursday, November 14th: Pre-order period stops – all orders must be in by then.
Thursday, November 21st: Members can pick up the bread and take it home.

Click here for the bread menu.

Café & Bakery Events This Month

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night

This month, the Co-op Bakery & Espresso Bar will host an open mic on Saturday, November 16th. 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.

PizzaEagerly Awaiting Pizza Night?

This month, enjoy our hot and tasty pizzas on Friday, November 8th and Friday, November 22th. 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

Local Business Profile: Little Creek Dressing

Little Creek creates delicious artisan dressings developed by Donna Denison. These dressings complement the organic gourmet salad greens grown on their organic farm by her husband, Dale Ziech.

The couple first moved to their property on the west shores of Okanagan Lake in 1984, cleared the most arable four acres of the property and built their pioneer-like home. The land, purchased in 1947 by Donna’s great aunt and uncle, was appropriately named “Little Creek” thanks to a small creek that runs through the property.

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Recipes for Locavores

Tamara Ginger Oysters!
Serves 2 or 3

If there's one thing Cortes has plenty of it's oysters, and the Co-op has plenty of tamari and ginger. A quick marinade and a quick pickle (aka Quickle) make this a fast, fresh appetizer. Finely diced and slightly sweet cucumber pickle tops off these spicy ginger-fried oyster. All you need now is a low tide.

8 oz oyster meat (about 6 medium-sized oysters)
2 tbsp tamara
˝ lime, juiced
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
˝ tsp chili flaked (optional) sunflower or grapeseed oil for frying

Teeny Tiny Cucumber-Chili Quickle
makes ⅓ cup
⅓ cup finely diced cucumber
2 tsp white wine vinegar
pinch of chili flakes
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar

Rinse the oysters thoroughly. Combine remaining ingredients and marinate the oysters for 10 minutes in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine all the ingredients for the Quickle and chill.

In a small skillet (just big enough to fit 3 oysters at a time), heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, on medium-high heat. Use a pair of metal tongs to place 3 oysters at a time in the skillet. Fry each side for 1-1 ˝ minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and repeat with remaining oysters. Serve immediately, topped with a spoonful of the Quickle.

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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!

The Kings of Summer: Coming of age black comedy

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Unfinished Song: Uplifting comedy about a singing group starring Vanessa Redgrave & Terrence Stamp.

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This is the End: Goofy comedy.

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The Croods: Family film.

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Hot Links: Feed Your Mind!

Your “Healthy” Diet Could Be Quietly Killing Your Brain
Max Lugavere, Psychology Today
A great article about the importance of cholesterol and saturated fats for your brain! Yes--cholesterol!

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Garlic You Only Plant Once
Larry Korn, The One-Straw Revolution
It's true--garlic can be grown as a perennial. A Washington farmer doesn’t plant it butharvests hundreds of pounds from his backyard every year. This article explains how.

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Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly
Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times
No wonder these little critters love my kitchen!

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