Bulk Shopping Sale

Everything in our bulk aisle–food, coffee, soap, etc.–will be 25% on October 14-15, 2017! Your co-op wants to expose more shoppers to the savings, convenience and variety that bulk shopping has to offer, in conjunction with National Bulk Foods Week (October 14-20).

Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center studied the benefits of buying natural and organic food in bulk. Researchers found the foods on average cost 89% less than packaged goods. They also found bulk foods reduce packaging going into landfills and the ability to purchase from the bins just the quantity needed, cuts down on food waste.

As a retailer we want to do our part by providing you with quality bulk items everyday and offering you this great weekend deal so you can save green while going green with zero waste shopping!

New Holiday Products

You know what’s great? When companies make the holiday things all the kids want, with great ingredients! Check out these new products we got in for the holidays:

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Check the back of the peppermint marshmallow bag for a recipe for all natural crispy rice cereal bars. Happy holidays from the Co-op!

Holiday Pie

The wonderful cooks in our deli are making holiday pies this year.  Pumpkin and apple are available.  They’re made with high quality organic ingredients.  Got a special diet?  No problem!  Gluten free options are available for both types of pie and our apple pies are vegan.  Just talk to a cashier to order your pie and we’ll have it ready to pickup the day before Thanksgiving.

Prices: $19.99 each ($20.99 for gluten free)

 

Recipe Contest

The most common question our produce team hears this time a year is “what is that?” Nine times out of ten the question refers to a knobby, scraggly, pale-green vegetable known as celeriac or celery root. While it can be intimidating to first reach for celeriac, the rewards of getting to know this flavorful root are well worth the time.

Got a great celeriac recipe for our newsletter?  Email zetty@astoria.coop.  $25 prize for the recipe we select.  Deadline for submitting recipes: November 4, 2016.  Please make sure it is your own original recipe.  (If it’s adapted from another recipe, please let us know.)

Co-op Annual Meeting

Co-op owners, we hope you can join us on Wednesday September 14 at 6 p.m. for our annual meeting.  It takes place at the beautiful Red Building located at 20 Basin Street Astoria, OR.  The meeting will include an annual report presentation by our general manager Matt Stanley, a board of directors election and fabulous food catered by North Coast Food Web.

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Wine Tasting

IMG_7783LaVieille Ferme Rose, Blanc and Rouge are some popular wines at the Co-op.  They’re solid drinks at a very good price.  Lisa Parks from Galaxy Wine Co.  will be at the store with samples on Saturday May 14 at 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  It’s all part of the fun for the last day of owner appreciation week.

Here is some information that Lisa provided on the wines:

Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers. He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions to those planted at the family’s Château de Beaucastel, in a similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success in France, a wine of character and style in keeping with its Beaucastel heritage.Initially, Jean Pierre made only Côtes du Rhône, but steeply rising grape prices in 1976 caused him to switch to Côtes du Ventoux and eventually to produce a white wine from the mountainous Côtes du Luberon. La Vieille Ferme was introduced to the United States in 1970. The response was an immediate, overwhelming acceptance and an outpouring of critical acclaim from eminently knowledgeable critics who recognized La Vieille Ferme for its consistently fine quality and value.

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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.

Breast Cancer Awareness from a Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient’s Perspective

Astoria Co-op Grocery Lecture Series Season Kick-off

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and an upcoming talk sponsored by Astoria Co-op Grocery brings the issue into focus with a different take “pink ribbon” messages you typically hear. Speaker Laura Snyder says there are pervasive myths surrounding breast cancer. With data and statistics Snyder will suggest much different action plans for individuals and groups concerned about breast cancer.

laura snyderSnyder is a 52-year-old proud mother of two teenagers. She is a former bookseller and Astoria school board member. These days, she is a full-time metastatic breast cancer patient. This includes medical appointments, medication, scans, waiting for results; the usual for the estimated 155,000 metastatic breast cancer patients living in the U.S. today. Part of it is educating herself and others and advocating for action to channel public and private money to scientific research that can make a difference in patients’ lives.

“The goal of this talk is to change the entire paradigm of breast cancer awareness in our community to a new awareness of what is actually needed to end breast cancer. No one dies of early stage breast cancer. It is only when it spreads, or metastasizes beyond the primary site to bones, the lymphatic system, and vital organs, that it becomes a terminal illness,” Snyder said.

Snyder says awareness has taken on an iconic tone, when in fact it does not save lives.
“I would like to debunk these myths and challenge the sexualization and commercialization of the breast cancer cause. I hope that the talk will give people tools and ideas to change awareness to action,” Snyder said.

Snyder’s lecture is on Thursday October 8 at the Fort George Lovell Showroom at 426 14th Street in Astoria. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and food and drinks are available for purchase from the Taproom. There will be time for questions and answers. The event is free and open to all ages. It is part of Astoria Co-op Grocery’s food and wellness lecture series, Beers to Your Health, ever second Thursday of the month at Fort George.

Co-op Lecture: the Growing local Farm to Table Movement

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Chef Marco Davis

For the second year in a row, we’re joining forces with the smart ladies from American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host a lecture called “Food Culture of the Lower Columbia: the growing Farm to Table Movement” in February. Farmers and chefs will make up a panel that will discuss the opportunities and challenges of sourcing fresh local food on a commercial scale. The panel includes Eric Bechard of Albatross, Marco Davis of the Columbian Café, Johnny Besch of Pickled Fish, Fred Johnson of Fred’s Homegrown and Teresa Retzlaff of 46 North Farm.

AAUW will lead the discussion in a question and answer format that the group traditionally uses at its candidate forums. Meredith Payton of AAUW came up with the concept of featuring local food culture in an educational way and asked if the Co-op would like to be involved. Last year the duo teamed up to do a lecture on local food culture, and this year’s theme places an emphasis on the growing farm to table movement.

“When Meredith Payton from AAUW and I talked about a theme for this year’s lecture, the farm to table movement made a lot of sense because there has been an increased interest regarding local sourcing at restaurants in the area, and we at the Co-op are lovers of local food,” our marketing director, Zetty Nemlowill said.

The Co-op offers monthly food and wellness lectures at Fort George Brewery called “Beers to Your Health”.  Every second Thursday of the month the good folks at the brewery let us use their events space in the showroom (a former Cadillac dealership located in the Lovell Building) on 14th and Duane Street, which is less than a block away from the Co-op. We join the ranks of the Maritime Museum, Clatsop Community College, and Lewis & Clark National Historical Park in organizing these Thursday evening talks for the community. These are fun and casual events where you can order a craft beer and food to munch on from the taproom.

When: Thursday February 12, Doors open at 6 p.m. (food and drinks available for purchase) Presentation 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fort George Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane St. Astoria