Latest Co-op News & Events

Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op Farm Fund

FF facebook events imageSunday, September 6, 6 to 9:30 pm
Boundary Bay Brewery

The Hootenanny is back! Come on down, kick up your heels, and enjoy some rollicking live music, square dancing, farmer recognition and awards, and Boundary Bay Brewery beer and barbecue—all to benefit the Community Food Co-op Farm Fund. 100% of proceeds directly benefit sustainable, organic food and farming projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Co-hosted by Sustainable Connections.

$5 to $20 donation at the door.
All ages, everyone welcome.

6 p.m.: Doors open
6:30–7:30 p.m.: Square dance with caller John Hatten and “The Great Big Taters,” an ensemble of some of Bellingham’s best old-timey musicians. Join in or enjoy from the sidelines (this was a huge hit the last two years; beginners and all ages welcome).
7:30–8 pm: Farmer recognition and awards.
8–9:30 pm: Dance to The Penny Stinkers!

2014 Patronage Dividend Declared

The patronage dividend is how the Co-op shares profits with its member-owners. Learn more by reading our FAQs.

Dividend notifications were mailed in early August. Member-owners needed to have spent $739 or more at the Co-op in 2014 to qualify for the minimum $4 patronage dividend. If you believe you were eligible to receive a dividend but a notification was not delivered to your mailing address, ask at any register or at the service desk to verify your eligibility. If you were eligible but did not receive a notification in the mail, please update your mailing address at the service desk.

Member-owners’ dividends are redeemable at any Co-op register for merchandise, or you can request a check. If you do not want to use your dividend, consider donating it to the Co-op’s Farm Fund, the Round Up at the Register campaign to benefit the Community Shopping Day organization of the month, or to one of the other groups we are collecting money for at our registers.

Changes in the Downtown Store Deli

2015Aug05 ViewFromStairsPlease be aware of the following temporary changes in the Downtown store deli during renovation (August through October).

To enjoy daily hot specials, see what’s on the Hot Bar at our Cordata store!

The Downtown store deli will continue to offer:

  • coffee, tea, espresso, and smoothies
  • hot cereal (in the morning)
  • a choice of two hot soups
  • made-to-order sandwiches
  • cold salads, sides, sandwiches and entrees to-go from the deli and grab-n-go cases

There will be:

  • no daily hot specials
  • no seating area
  • no microwave
  • no indoor restrooms (porta potty will be located outside the store, we also have restrooms across the street at the bakery cafe)

Co-op customers are welcome to bring their deli food across the street to sit down and enjoy at the Co-op Bakery Cafe, or join us at the Cordata store for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Thank you for your cooperation while we continue to improve our co-op!

Apply for a 2016 Community Shopping Day

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 1

Download the 2016 Community Shopping Day instructions and application and follow directions. Questions? Contact Kris Buettner at 360-734-8158 ext. 309 or

The Yew Tree at the Co-op

Please read our FAQs to learn the accurate history of our process on making decisions about the yew tree and the improvements to our parking lot.

FAQs: The Yew Tree at the Co-op

Changes to our Parking Lot

Current proposed parking lot design: This design has been updated from the design shared in our April 2015 newsletter. It allows for 85 total public parking spaces and adds several trees and other landscape elements to accommodate the requests for additional greenery received from shoppers, staff, Board of Directors, and the Member Affairs Committee.

Existing parking lot design: Accommodates 52 total public parking spaces.

Survey Results

See the results of the Transportation and Program Planning survey completed in April 2015.


Update on the Downtown Expansion and Store Remodel

During the design process for the new Co-op Connections Building, at 405 E. Holly St., we received helpful feedback from staff and shoppers that ultimately shaped the use and design of the building. Then, during the summer of 2014, we canvassed the Co-op Summer Party and Downtown store asking for ideas to improve our deli and the Downtown store overall. Co-op member-owners and shoppers continued to share ideas on the Downtown store remodel through the end of October 2014, using paper surveys at the service desk and an online survey.

The feedback and ideas we collected were presented to the Co-op Board and member-owners at the Dining with Directors forum on October 30. We will blend this feedback with operational store needs to develop the remodel plan.

Read monthly updates on the Downtown expansion and remodel projects in our newsletter.

The project will proceed in three phases:
Phase I—COMPLETED Remodel the new Co-op Connections Building to accommodate administration offices, the Healthy Connections classroom, a community meeting space, and a bakery production facility with a small retail storefront.
Read the FAQs about the expansion project. Read a summary of community input on the project.
Phase II—Spruce up the Downtown store generally and remodel the deli to include a salad and hot food bar and mezzanine seating. Completed by November 2015.
Phase III—Expand and reconfigure the parking lot to add a minimum of 30 parking spaces and improve the traffic flow. Majority of the work to be completed by winter 2015. The current Connection Building will be relocated in spring 2016, after permitting is approved.

Co-op Board Supports Boycott of Driscoll’s Products

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), a local independent farmworker union, asked the Co-op to discontinue purchasing products from Driscoll’s. The FUJ is organizing at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit Valley for fair pay, regular breaks, and the elimination of wage theft. Sakuma packs blackberries and blueberries under the Driscoll’s label. In the Board’s view, Sakuma has not been negotiating in good faith with FUJ and has taken retaliatory and anti-union actions.

The Board does not take this step lightly. It is our strongly held belief that shoppers should be free to make their own purchasing decisions. In this case, however, the Board felt that agreeing to the FUJ request was the best way to support their good faith efforts to improve working conditions for farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. We support FUJ and we are encouraging other food cooperatives to join in solidarity with the farmworkers, as we have.

Read a fact sheet and the Board’s letter to Driscoll’s, or pick up copies of these materials at the service desk. More information is also available at

Message to Members on Eden Foods

In our view, Eden Foods’ federal lawsuit seeking the right to opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide contraceptive coverage is contrary to the fundamental cooperative values of fairness, equal access, and democracy. We also see this action as fundamentally at odds with Eden’s stated goal, “To maintain a healthy, respectful…environment for employees.” –Co-op Board of Directors

To learn more, read the complete Board of Directors’ letter to Eden Foods CEO and FAQs about Eden Foods.

Downtown Co-op • Map • 1220 N. Forest St. at Holly St. • Open Daily • Store: 7 am to 10 pm • Deli: 7 am to 9 pm
Cordata Co-op • Map • 315 Westerly Road at Cordata Pkwy. • Open Daily • Store: 7 am to 9 pm • Deli: 7 am to 9 pm
Co-op Bakery Café • Map • 405 E. Holly St. at Forest St. • Open Daily: 7 am to 8 pm
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