Latest Co-op News & Events


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We are pleased to once again work with Mary’s Free Range Turkey, a third-generation family farm operated by the Pitman family in California’s Central Valley since 1954. Turkeys from Mary’s Turkey Ranch are raised in a humane manner with plenty of open space to roam in a stress-free environment. No need to pre-order, simply come in and select your turkey.

Choose from: free range, certified organic, or air-chilled heritage breed. All our turkeys will be Non-GMO Project Verified, raised without added hormones, gluten free, preservative free, receive no antibiotics, and fed an all-vegetarian diet. Learn more about the turkeys, get cooking tips, and see a video of the farm at www.marysturkeys.com.


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We are closed on Thanksgiving Day

Enjoy your holiday celebration.

We’ll reopen on Friday to kick off our annual 3-day mercantile sale.

See you then!

 

 

 

 

 


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Application period closes Friday, January 23, 2015.

The Farm Fund grant program is designed to support projects that strengthen local, sustainable agriculture at large in Whatcom County (for single farm projects please look at our secured, low interest loan program on the Farm Fund page). Skagit County applicants must either supply Whatcom County or serve Whatcom County farms as part of their program. Detailed information about the program, application, and contact information are included in the Farm Fund Grant application.


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 boycottsakumaberries.com.


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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, 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, 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—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. Completed by early 2015.
Read the FAQs about the expansion project. Read a summary of community input on the project.
Phase II—In 2015 we will be sprucing up the Downtown store with a remodeled deli to include expanded deli offerings and mezzanine seating. Completed by fall 2015.
Phase III—Expand and reconfigure the parking lot—dependent on approval of zoning changes—to add a minimum of 15 parking spaces and improve the traffic flow. Completion in summer of 2015 or 2016.


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.

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