Owner Appreciation Week

It’s a great time to be a co-op owner! Owner Appreciation Week is September 16-22, 2018 and we’re trying out a new discount structure that allows co-op owners to save up to 20% on a shopping trip.

Here’s what the new discount structure includes:

  • 10% off on purchases under $100
  • 15% off on purchases of $100 or more
  • 20% off on purchases of $150 or more

Please note: equity payments must be up-to-date to receive the discount. Discount applies to items in stock and does not stack with case discounts.

Not a co-op owner? No problem. You’re always welcome to shop! If you’d like to learn more about how you can sign up and save during owner appreciation week and the good that comes from being an owner of our consumer-owned cooperative, click here to learn more about co-op ownership.

See the food and drink sampling schedule.

Yes You Can!

Organic Produce Case Specials for Canning

Click here for the order form. Orders must be submitted by Thursday September 6 for pickup at the store anytime on Saturday September 8.

Savor summer throughout the year by preserving organic fruit and veggies from your co-op! We’ve got specials on cases of organic peaches, green beans, tomatoes, and pickling cukes. Simply fill it out the order form and bring it by the co-op or email your order information to our produce manager Danny at danny@astoria.coop.

Sale prices are final (no additional case discounts).

Articles:

Preserving Your Organic Harvest
Pickle in the Nickel (of Time)

Annual Meeting 2018

Our annual meeting for co-op owners is happening on Sunday September 30 at 5-7 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building (20 Basin St.) in Astoria.

There will be dinner by Chef Andrew Catalano, music by the Brownsmead Flats, an annual report and election including new Board members and proposed updates to our bylaws. No need to RSVP this year.

Bylaws Change Proposal

It is considered best practice in cooperative governance to review and amend bylaws from time-to-time to ensure they continue to meet legal requirements, reflect best practices, and serve the best interest of the co-op. We’ll be asking you to vote at the annual meeting to adopt these new bylaws. Here’s the information you need:

Bylaws Change Memo
Proposed Bylaws of Astoria Co+op 2018
Redline Changes to Astoria Co+op Bylaws (see the proposed edits)

Board Election

The Board candidates up for election/re-election are: Norma Hernandez, Angela Sidlo, and Emily Geddes. You can read there bios by clicking here.

If you have questions, please contact our general manager, Matt Stanley at matt@astoria.coop. We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting!

New Fall Coupons

The most recent issue of the Disco+ver coupon book is brimming with brands that support organic farming, fair-trade supply chains and ingredients and cooperative business models. That means your co-op purchases make a difference and help local, national and global communities thrive. Check your mailbox in early September or stop by the co-op to pick up your free copy, and save over $60 on products like Organic Valley, VitaCoco, Organic India and Cascadian Farm. You’ll be doing good, while getting great deals from companies that share co-op values.

Look for coupon books beginning in September. We try to keep individual coupons at the shelves by the products as well. Coupons are valid through October 31, 2018.

 

Co-op deli salad dressing recipes revealed!

Having a batch of good homemade dressing on hand can be just the ticket to convenience when it comes to whipping up a salad for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast! Our deli gets a lot of requests for our popular salad dressing recipes. We aim to promote health and wellness and these simple dressings make healthy food extra delicious. They work for salads, wraps, and dips for veggies. We hope our recipes will help increase your consumption of healthy salads!

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep time: 10 min

2   cloves garlic
½   teaspoon salt
½   teaspoon pepper
¼   cup balsamic vinegar
½   cup sunflower oil

Peel garlic and put the cloves in a blender.  Add seasoning and blend until the garlic is all diced up. Pour oil and vinegar into blender and blend until it’s the consistency of mayonnaise (about 30 seconds). Store in a glass jar with a lid in your refrigerator for about a week. Shake it up if it separates.

Lemon-Cumin Dressing
Prep time: 10 min

1   clove garlic
1   teaspoons cumin
½  teaspoon salt
½  teaspoon pepper
1/3  cup lemon juice
½  cup sunflower oil

Peel garlic and put the cloves in a blender.  Add seasoning and blend until the garlic is all diced up. Pour oil and vinegar into blender and blend until it’s the consistency of mayonnaise (about 30 seconds). Store in a glass jar with a lid in your refrigerator for about a week. Shake it up if it separates.

Appeal Denied

Following a grueling three-hour city council meeting, a tentative ruling came in our favor. Astoria City Councilors voted to uphold the city design review committee’s approval of our project, and reject three Mill Pond resident’s appeal.

The crux of the controversy is over plans to access our new store off of a street called Steam Whistle Way. Unfortunately the co-op has not been able to find another configuration that would meet all government standards while providing the amenities that we need to operate a grocery store, including a dedicated receiving area and plenty of parking. We have attempted to go above and beyond to address the neighbor’s concerns, including widening a portion of Steam Whistle Way.

The city council will make a final vote on the appeal at a future meeting. We are hopeful and working diligently to bring our much-needed expansion to fruition and will keep you up-to-date as this complicated process progresses.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our general manager, Matt Stanley at matt@astoria.coop.

Read more about the meeting in the Daily Astorian article.