Early Summertime Savings

The May-June edition of the Co+op Deals coupon book is full of savings on products that will help you enjoy summer to its fullest! Stop by the co-op to pick up your copy today, and save big on brands like Annie’s Homegrown, Clif Bar, Vita Coco and Blue Diamond. In this coupon book, you’ll find great deals on favorite brands to help you beat the heat with a cool treat, fuel up after some fun in the sun or prepare lunches for a family picnic.

Look for coupon books beginning in May. Coupons are valid through June 30, 2017.

In the Bulk Section

More and more shoppers are being enticed into the bulk aisles of their food stores—and for good reason! Buying in bulk is great for your budget (buy just the amount you need, at the best prices) and the environment, since there’s less packaging required. With the opportunity to see and smell a product outside the package before you buy, it’s a fun way to shop too.

Start by stocking up on staples: the bulk section is full of great buys for your pantry, like beans, nuts, cereals, flours, and grains. You can take advantage of the bulk section to sample small amounts of nut butters (many stores even offer the option to grind your own), pastas, and teas and coffees before committing to a large quantity.

Whatever your recipe, herbs and spices can be bought in just the amount you need for a fraction of the price of whole jars. It makes it easy and cheap to explore new cuisines that call for small amounts of herbs and spices you don’t stock in your pantry. Also look for pet food and household and toiletry items, such as laundry detergent and soaps.

Besides being more cost-effective, buying bulk allows you to experiment with new foods. Bring home just enough quinoa for one meal, for example, or enough currants to substitute for raisins in your oatmeal one morning, and then come back for more when you know it’s a winner. No section of your co-op is more fun to browse!

If you’re new to bulk buying, don’t be shy; co-op staff will be happy to help you get started with weighing and marking your items.

What are your favorite bulk buys? Join the conversation with other shoppers by commenting below, and get more tips and advice for making the best choices in the aisles of your co-op.

BOGO Kombucha

We love Humm Kombucha for several reasons. For starters it’s made in Oregon, in the beautiful city of Bend. It is organic, GMO-free, and gluten free. Have we mentioned it’s delicious? That’s not the best part though. The best part is, it’s ALIVE! That means this refreshing drink is full of live cultures, beneficial bacteria and B vitamins.

So how could this get any better, right?! What if we gave it to you for FREE? You might think this is too good to be true! But seriously, hurry on down to your local Co-op the weekend of April 8-9 for our BOGO kombucha flash sale. Buy one Humm Kombucha (lemon-ginger or coconut-lime) and get one free until we run out.

Co+op Basics

Same Great Co-op. Better Prices.

How does our little store compete with the big guys?  We join forces with other community-owned grocers to boost our purchasing power and bring you everyday low prices on everyday groceries; what we call Co+op Basics. Throughout the store you’ll find low prices on many popular natural and organic grocery items marked with purple signs.

Don’t worry, we aren’t paying our farmers or employees any less. We’re simply committed to improving our selection so that everyone can find more value when shopping the Co-op.

More ways to save with Co+op Basics!

Looking to stretch your grocery budget? So are we! That’s why we’re pleased to introduce our new Co+op Basics program. Co+op Basics offers everyday low prices on many popular grocery and household items. You’ll find (both new value-priced brands as well as) new low prices on some old favorites.

Don’t worry, we aren’t paying our farmers or employees any less. We’re simply committed to improving our selection so that everyone can find more value when shopping the Co-op. Starting in September, you’ll find many new Co+op Basics items in the store. Just look for this sign.

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Don’t forget to take advantage of these other great ways to save:

 
Co+op Deals – our biweekly flyer focused on packaged grocery

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Produce Deals – our weekly flyer focused on fresh organic produce

• Owner Deals – ownership has its perks; look for owner deal signs throughout the store and owner appreciation weeks.

• Bulk – save when buying just what you need; buy a pinch or a pound

 

Woodstock Wagon Giveway

Woodstock, Astoria Co-op Grocery and You:
Learn, Share, Grow TEAM NON-GMO!

In the United States, 80% of processed food is likely to be genetically modified, and not everyone is sure how to identify which foods are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and which are not. It’s up to us to LEARN the facts, SHARE information, and help GROW Non-GMO!

This May, our co-op is teaming up with Woodstock to help raise awareness about GMOs. Stop in anytime this month and enter to win a Woodstock wagon and receive a dollar off coupon for any Woodstock product. You can also visit Woodstock’s website: www.Woodstock-Foods.com/TeamNonGMO, to win additional prizes, LEARN about GMOs, SHARE information, and help GROW Team Non-GMO!

Concerned about GMOs?
• Choose organic – USDA organic products may not contain GMOs
• Look for third party verifications such as the Non-GMO Project verified logo
• Visit www.justlabelit.org
• Contact your federal legislators and ask them to support mandatory national labeling of GMOs
About Woodstock – Eat Because it’s Good!®
Woodstock is dedicated to providing consumers with high-quality, delectable foods farmed from sources you can trust. For 25 years, they’ve been committed to providing foods that are both good for you and the land. They are proud supporters of the American Farmland Trust & the Non-GMO Project. Over 70% of Woodstock products are domestically sourced and over 145 products are verified by the Non-GMO Project with the rest on their way. To learn more about Woodstock, go to www.woodstock-foods.com or visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Art of Selling Groceries

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You may have noticed the beautiful changing chalk art adoring our endcaps in the front of the store.  Various artists from around the community have been lending their talents, creating graphical interpretations of the current theme for the products on sale.  Miki Souza designed the above “salad” board.  And Renya Ydstie is to thank for the below “breakfast” board

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Jennifer Rasmussen drew this “Spaghetti” board.

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Astoria Artist Roger McKay designed and built our chalkboards and hand-painted the “Co+op Deals, On Sale Now” signs that hang under them.

We are always looking for more creative people willing to lend a hand with our chalkboards as they change to coincide with new sales every two weeks.  If you would like to sign up to do the boards, contact zetty@astoria.coop.

 

Sweet Summertime Deals at Co-op

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Stop by the Co-op soon and get your copy of the July-August Co+op Deals coupon book! There are plenty of great new products to try and delicious deals on your favorites, like Rudi’s Organic Bakery breads, Organic Valley cheese, Muir Glen salsas and so much more. It’s a great time to stock up on picnic supplies like spritzers, juice, nut butters and chips, too. Get great recipes and ideas for celebrating summer at www.strongertogether.coop.

 Look for the coupon books at the Co-op beginning in July.  This is a national program through our membership with National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA).  We carry most of the items in the coupon book, but not all, so check the store or ask one of our friendly workers.  Your potential savings if you were to use all the coupons in the book on items we carry would total nearly $20.  We will have coupons available at the shelf on many items as well.  Coupons are valid through August 31, 2013.  To see a sample of the coupon book, click here.