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Holiday Hours

December 24: 9am-4pm
December 25: Closed
December 26: 12pm-6pm
December 31: 9am-8pm
January 1: Closed

Land Update: Making Progress

Miracles do happen. It appears that all parties directly involved in the potential purchase/sale of the land have agreed to move forward. School District 72, the Ministry of Education, the newly formed Ministry of Natural Resource Operations (formerly Integrated Land Management Branch of the Ministry of Lands) and your Co-op will be mapping out specific next steps leading to a sale of the property to the Co-op. Many important and critical details still need to be sorted out, but we are all working towards what is best for the Cortes community!

In the next 2-4 months, the Co-op will be asking our members to approve the borrowing of funds for this land purchase. Most likely we will be paying fair market value that will be determined by a commercial appraisal, the estimate is very roughly $200,000. Both Vancity and the Coastal Community Credit Union have agreed to give the Co-op mortgages. On their terms, we are fully capable of supporting the monthly mortgage payments. Members should be very proud of the solid financial foundation of their Co-op.

There will be opportunities for members to get more information, ask questions, present ideas and come up with creative ways to move forward. At a not too distant date, we will be asking for your vote of approval, which will likely be in a member's general meeting or voting online. Stay tuned for developments in January 2011. In the meantime, feel free to call Krista at 250-935-0128 or by email at ma.krista14@gmail.com.

Local Fresh Produce Available NOW!

Butternut Squash

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

OmGym Pre-Orders before Christmas!

A multi-purpose portable inversion therapy device with all the benefits of Yoga, Om Gym is the most fun, versatile, effective yoga swing available.  

Practicing supported inversions with your Om Gym will help relieve back pain, improve brain power, stimulate lymphatic drainage, elevate mood and relieve depression, among other great benefits. 

Flow with supported postures and alleviate joint pressure. Experience a heightened level of asana practice.  

Pre-Order your Om Gym at the Co-op before December 25 for $110 + import taxes + 20% mark-up:).   After Dec 25 orders will include our usual 36% mark-up.  We expect our first shipment of 25 Om Gyms via fed-ex within the next 10 days.


Congratulations Sage Junco!

Sage 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!

New Chapter Wholemega Fish Oil 500mg. $20.00+tax (reg.$27.20)
Great for the whole family, kids included.  From pristine, protected Alaskan waters, Wholemega® is 100% wild-caught salmon oil; rigorously tested to ensure each capsule delivers Nature’s whole basket of vital fatty acids and beneficial nutrients.

Vitasoy Chocolate Peppermint Soy Milk $2.55. T'is the season to be jolly.  Enjoy this tasty seasonal drink at a special price while supplies last.

New Vegan Meat/Dairy-free Alternatives!

Yves Bavarian Sausages -
From summer grilling to Oktoberfest, these sausages are made with traditional Bavarian flavours. Raise a glass to no cholesterol and 85% less fat than meat.

Mozzarella Style Sheese - Textured and flavoured like true mozzarella cheese.  Ideal with pasta, bread, fresh salad and fruit, sheese melts in your mouth and feels luxurious. Egg & dairy-free, gluten-free & free from hydrogenated fats.

Hemp Bliss - In 3 great flavours: Original, Vanilla, & Chocolate. Made by blending raw organic hemp seeds with other quality organic ingredients, Hemp Bliss is packed full of nutrients.  It's an excellent source of calcium, and contains all 10 essential amino acids (Protein) and is also full of the good omega fats needed for healthy body functioning. Free from common allergens and 100% vegetarian, feel good about feeding your family a beverage as healthy as Hemp Bliss.

Recipe: Raw Nog

By Tanya Krahn

2 cups almond hemp seed milk
1/2 cup chopped dates
2 tsp hemp seeds
1/3 cup raw cashews soaked for 1 hour
touch of vanilla
cinnamon, nutmeg and a thin slice of fresh ginger

blend until frothy


Local Profile: Izzy's Beeswax Candles

For 30 years Izzy has lived on water-access property just outside Gorge Harbour and she’s been making beeswax candles for the past 10. With three hives, she is involved with many facets of bee magic: propolis, honey, pollination, wax and the incredible experience working with the bees creating new hives. She encourages people to visit her studio in the basement of Trude’s Café (by appointment) and learn how to make candles. She is always coming up with new shapes and products. The latest: Coloured Birthday Candles 100% Beeswax

The Cortes Bee Club has recently started up. New members are welcome. Contact Izzy (Isolde Ruthenberg) 250-202-0079  isolderut@yahoo.com

A great variety of Izzy's 100% beeswax candles are available at the Co-op and make excellent holiday gifts!

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. 

Several new DVDs are added every week. To the left of the movie rack is a suggestion list that you may contribute to. Here are few recent highlights:


Eat Pray Love

Inception: Mind-bending sci-fi thriller
The Kids Are All Right: Comedy/Drama starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore
You Don't Know Jack
: Al Pacino stars as Kevorkian in this bio-pic about assisted suicide
Winters Bone: Winner: Best Picture at Sundance. Excellent drama/thriller
Glee Season 1: There is a buzz around this new TV series about a high school glee club
Ondine: Fantasy/Romance: Simple fisherman catches beautiful mysterious woman in his nets.
Lemon Tree: Palestinian widow defends her lemontree grove when Israeli Defense Minister moves in next door
White Ribbon: Dark German drama nominated for best foreign film Oscar
I am Love: Italian drama starring Tilda Swinton
Tetro: Directed by Francis Ford Coppola - 17-year-old arrives in Buenos Aires searching for his older brother
Ramona and Beezus: for the kids

Articles of Interest

EWG Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides
By Environmental Working Group
When you're away from Cortes and can't find or afford organic, refer to this Shopper's Guide to avoid those conventional fruits and vegetables found to be highest in pesticides.  Here is the top purchased 49 fruits & veggies in order of pesticide use. Read More>>>