Learn about Circulatory Health

We’re really hoping to get your blood pumping with our next monthly food and wellness talk in March. The circulatory system is important to everybody and a local naturopath will teach why. Dr. Tracy Erfling’s talk is titled, “Head to Toes Circulatory Health”.

erfling“This is a great time of year for a circulatory review since we’re moving out of the cold and dark; we can plan ways to boost things we’re doing for our circulatory system. People might not be moving as much, and with the passing of that sedentary heavy-food time of year, we want to start a clearing process. This should be a refreshing talk to get people excited about movement, activity, and health,” Dr. Erfling said.

All cells in the body need oxygen and nutrients as well as waste removal. This is an important role of the circulatory system. The heart, blood vessels, lymphatic system and blood itself work together to service the cells of the body. Using the network of arteries, veins and capillaries, blood carries carbon dioxide to the lungs (for exhalation) and picks up oxygen. From the small intestine, the blood gathers food nutrients and delivers them to our cells.

Dr. Erfling will review this system, problems that can affect its function and therapeutic ideas for health and healing. There are many ways to naturally boost your circulatory system and exercise is one example.

“When we move our muscles it assists the pumping of blood around the body. Generally we rely on the heart to do the work, but when we exercise it helps the whole circulatory system function more smoothly,” Dr. Erfling said.

Dr. Erfling graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2000. She has been practicing natural medicine in Astoria for 15 years (at a shared office with Astoria Chiropractic) and works at the health department doing family planning. Outside of medicine Dr. Erfling enjoys yoga, swimming, dog walking, the occasional “delicious” beer, and shopping at the Co-op (she served on our board for many years).

You can attend Dr. Erfling’s presentation on circulatory health on Thursday March 10 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Fort George Lovell Showroom on 14th and Duane Street in Astoria. The talk is free and open to all ages.

Special Meeting of Owners

March 2 at 6 p.m. at Street 14 Cafe (1410 Commercial St. Astoria)

To approve amendments to the Co-op’s articles of incorporation to establish a class of preferred shares (an important step in our expansion).

The Co-op’s expansion plans require significant capital and fortunately we can raise money via our owners.  It’s a great opportunity for local people to invest in our locally-owned grocery store. Food co-ops are successfully using preferred shares as a means to generate funds for expansion.

Co-op owners would purchase shares and receive annual dividends.  In order to offer these preferred shares, we would need to amend the Co-op’s articles of incorporation.

Our board of directors approved the amendment at its October meeting and we need a certain amount of Co-op owners to vote as well.  Read the fine print by clicking here.

We’ll explain in greater detail and hold an election at a special meeting of owners on March 2 at 6 p.m. at Street 14 Cafe in Astoria.  It should be a fun evening full of tasty treats and a video showing another co-op’s success in raising funds for expansion.

If you have any questions you can chat with our general manager matt@astoria.coop or call the store (503) 325-0027.  You can also check out Matt’s article in our newsletter. We hope to see you at the meeting!


Food & Drink Tastings

Co-op owner appreciation week is a time to celebrate being a community-owned store with special food and drink tastings for you.  Our owners also enjoy 10% off a shopping trip.  Not an owner?  It’s easy to join and your $200 share can be paid in annual $25 increments.  Ownership can pay for itself with the savings of just one shopping trip during owner appreciation week!

Tastings planned at Co-op for owner appreciation week February 7-13:

guacamoleDeli Dips Tasting on Sunday February 7 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Guacamole, hummus and more… sample what we’ve been cooking and save.  All our dips are 15% off in our Fresh Deals flyer through Super Bowl Sunday.  Add that to your 10% discount for significant savings on these fresh and healthy snacks!


Cara-Cara-OrangesSeasonal Produce Tasting on Monday February 8 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come enjoy fresh samples from our produce crew.  It’s citrus season and we’ve got organic heirloom navels and cara cara navels on sale.  Learn more about our different varieties of citrus in our winter newsletter.


bennett milkLocal Milk Tasting on Tuesday February 9 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come meet the farmers from Bennett Family Farm.  This is a new product we are pleased only has to travel a short way from the green pastures of Tillamook, OR.  Now you can have milk from local cows delivered within 24 hours of bottling.  Chocolate milk also available; and farm-fresh eggs, too.


peggyLocal Chocolate Bar Tasting on Tuesday February 9 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Come meet Peggy Bondurant from the Blue Scorcher.  Peggy learned to make chocolate in Ecuador where she met cooperative organic chocolate farmers and sourced nibs for her cooperatively-owned bakery in Astoria.  Enjoy samples of this superior-tasting chocolate bar!

Josh and Bubbly

Wine Tasting on Wednesday February 10 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Josh Guse our grocery manager selects the wine we carry and he’ll be opening some of his favorites for you to try.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Josh also plans to of course be sampling out some bubbly.  If there are wines you’ve always wondered about or have feedback and suggestions on our selections, this is a great time to visit with Josh while enjoying samples.


Walnut City Wineworks Tasting on Thursday February 11 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Come enjoy samples of some great Oregon wines with Dave Butler.

Stuck on Honey Fudge Tasting on Friday February 12 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  With no dairy, gluten, corn, egg, or cholesterol, Stuck on Honey believes they have the healthiest version of fudge available. The company uses quality ingredients including local raw honey from sustainable beekeepers and other top quality ingredients to create this silky-smooth, “melt in your mouth” texture paired with unmatched flavor. It’s all part of the fun for Co-op owner appreciation week!

Josephson’s Smoked Fish Tasting on Saturday February 13 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come enjoy samples of this local fish from a local business.

Stuck on Honey Fudge Tasting on Saturday February 13 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The good people from Stuck on Honey will be back in the store for a second tasting in case you missed the first one (or just want to come back for another sample).