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Turning the Page - Land Purchase Update

Since our August newsletter when we told you about our hopes to purchase the land we reside on to secure the Co-op’s future, the Integrated Land Management Branch (ILMB) of the Ministry of Lands has now said they are willing to work with the Co-op to move forward in our potential purchase. This is a very exciting new development and marks the first of many steps, the final outcome of which is by no means guaranteed.

Short History
Previously Crown Land, the property was granted to the School Board for educational purposes in 1915 and 2 subsequent strips were acquired by the School District shortly thereafter. This now constitutes one piece of property. Years after the school closed, in 1986, Benny Beaulieu started leasing the land from the School District and various restaurants and businesses have operated here since, the most recent being us, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op and Marnie’s Books.

The Potential Sale
The School Board has agreed to dispose of the land to the Co-op because it is no longer needed for school use and because they see the benefit to the community. We want to thank Lyle Boyce, the Secretary Treasurer of School District 72 (recently retired) for his years of effort and hard work that paved the way for our progress today, and for his support of our community endeavour.

In order to sell the land, its title has to revert back to Crown. Thereafter, ILMB will be handling the fairly complex process of selling Crown land, including consulting with our local communities and various agencies. Your Co-op representatives are working closely with both the Ministry of Lands and Ministry of Education to facilitate this process. Stay tuned for further developments.

Feel free to post your comments or questions at our website, to send them to ma.krista14@gmail.com, or to phone 250-935-0128.

Local Fresh Produce Available NOW!

Cherry Tomatoes
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Spaghetti Squash

If you have any surplus produce, consider selling at the Co-op. Call Tanya at 935-8577 for info.

Congratulations Corry Dow!

Corry is the winner of our members-only draw and a gift basket valuing $100. You could win too! Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name & phone number 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!

Nut Thins - $2.90 (reg. $3.45) - This is a gluten-free cracker that anyone can enjoy.  Delicious Nut Thins in Pecan and Almond flavours are great as a snack or with your favorite dip or cheese.  

Pacific Soups - $4.00 (reg. $5.00) - Easy, wholesome and warm for those cool Autumn nights when ya just don't feel like cookin'. 

New at the Co-op!

Banana Mango Amasake
- This tradional sweet Japanese drink made from fermented rice tastes like a lasse and is dairy free. 

Sokeye Salmon - Freshly caught and recently frozen from Cortes's own, Wild Harvest.  Filets, Lox, Candied.  Yum.

SnowPac Frozen Concentrated Juice - Just add water and voila, cold sweet juice in 2 flavours - Grape and Orange.

Raw World:  Pumpkin Pie

By Tanya Krahn

Raw What? There are many health benefits from eating live fresh fruits and vegetables that we are now aware of more than ever.  But also as important is the impact on packaging, waste, and fuel energy. Even as we try to stay healthy by buying the newest packaged health product, consider making your own almond or coconut milk to avoid the many levels of costs hidden in processing, packaging and transporting. Many products have hidden processed sugars or oils as well, that disturb your body's natural vibration. Stick with natural oils from olives, avocados, coconuts, or soaked nuts. 

This month's recipe: Raw Pumpkin Pie

Puree 1 peeled pie pumpkin with two peeled apples, thumbnail of fresh ginger, and 3/4 cup soaked dried apricots.

A champion juicer works well or any masticating juicer with a flat screen

Add cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamon.( 1 tsp yaccon syrup ads a rich molasses flavor)

Pour into a simple crust of blended pecans, macadamia nuts and dried coconut. Soaking the nuts for an hour in fresh water softens them and moistens the crust. The coconut turns creamy when processed long enough.

Read the rest of this recipe here>>>

Local Profile: Sambe Designs

Sambe clothing is individually hand-dyed and hand-printed on Cortes Island by Co-op staff member Amiti Melnyk, using pressed ferns and plants from our local rain forests.  Special dyes allow the images of the foliage to appear on the fabric in silhouette.  The clothing is then heat treated to set the dyes and thereby become colourfast.  

"I enjoy so many parts of the creative process," shares Amiti.  "I love gathering the plants in the Rain Forest and working with so much color. Above all else, I love that I can include my son Sacha in the business.  From creation to sale it becomes an educational and creative tool for his development as well."  

Sambe clothing - nature-inspired colorful clothing for babies to adults.  Now making aprons as well.  Find them in the local section of the Co-op.  

Power Outages - No Problem!

During our first power outage of the season last week, several of our customers wondered if we were still open and what happens to our refrigeration.  Rest assured - the  Co-op's generators start automatically during a power-outage, ensuring that all our food is well refrigerated or frozen.  We remain open during outages and continue to serve coffee as well!

New DVDs at the Coop!

Click here to check out an extensive list of recently added movies including short descriptions. Click here to download a printable pdf of the list. 

Some new and recommended DVDs available for rent:
Temple Grandin: winner of 5 Emmy Awards: Best Actress Claire Danes, Best Made-for-TV Movie, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor & Actress
The Runaways: starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in bio-pic about a 1970s all-girl teen rock and roll band.
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo: Swedish adaptation of the book. Choice of subtitles or a good English dubbed soundtrack. Some disturbing scenes.
The Last Station: Tolstoy's tumultuous relationship with his wife and his devotees towards the end of his life, starring Christopher Plummer
Creation: Paul Bettany plays Charles Darwin who is conflicted about whether to publish On the Origin of Species, caught between the scientists who insist that he has "killed God" and the religious conservatives, including his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly).
Lost Season 6 The Final Season

Articles of Interest

Monbiot - I was wrong about eating meat.  Let them eat meat - but farm it properly.
By George Monbiot, Guardian
In the Guardian in 2002 I discussed the sharp rise in the number of the world's livestock, and the connection between their consumption of grain and human malnutrition. After reviewing the figures, I concluded that veganism "is the only ethical response to what is arguably the world's most urgent social justice issue". I still believe that the diversion of ever wider tracts of arable land from feeding people to feeding livestock is iniquitous and grotesque. So does the book I'm about to discuss. I no longer believe that the only ethical response is to stop eating meat. Read More>>>

US Delays Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon
The salmon, owned by biotech company AquaBounty Technologies, has been genetically altered to grow faster than conventionally farmed salmon and would be the first GM animal allowed to be sold to and eaten by consumers. The fish would be bred in Canada with their eggs being shipped to Panama to be reared.  Read more>>>