Turkey Talk

A limited number of local Blackberry Bog turkeys are available and starting November 18, we’ll also have Mary’s non-GMO Turkeys will be priced to sell at 2.99/lb. Organic turkeys and bone-in breasts will be available too. All turkeys are first come, first served.

Owner Appreciation

It’s a great time to stock up for the holidays! Co-op owners save up to 20% on a shopping trip. Here’s how it works:

  • Spend less than $100, get 10% off
  • Spend $100-$149, get 15% off
  • Spend $150 or more, get 20% off

Enjoy special food and drink tastings with local producers and vendors. See our calendar for tastings times.

Not a current co-op owner? It’s easy to join! Learn more.

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

Fall Bulk Sale

In honor of bulk foods week we’re having a sale! Save 20% on bulk foods, coffee, tea, spices and soap Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20.

This is a great opportunity to re-stock your pantries before the holidays and there are many benefits to buying in bulk. It’s great for your budget and the environment, since there’s less packaging required and you can buy just the amount you need.

Your co-op has plenty of bags and containers available, but you can also bring your own reusable containers. Just ask a cashier to weigh them and note the tare weight prior to filling.

Read more about the benefits of shopping in bulk.

Fall Update

As we write this, it’s a big day at the construction site! Refrigeration units arrived today and workers are installing them. Soon, they’ll hold the things you love like fresh produce, deli food, cheese and craft beer.

You’ve probably noticed that the exterior of our new co-op is receiving finishing touches. On the inside, a lot is happening! The basic interior infrastructure is in – wall framing, plumbing and electrical, and painting are complete. All of our refrigeration displays showed up and lighting is going in too. The building should get energized by Pacific Power this week!

The last week of October all of our equipment and furniture arrives. It will be a very busy couple weeks installing all of our kitchen equipment, office furniture, and store shelving. The entire Bogh Electric company staff will be working on our project to bring us to the finish line on time. Terry’s Plumbing and P&L Johnson have done an outstanding job keeping us on schedule too.

By mid-November we’ll be initiating our merchandising and stocking non-perishable products. At the same time, more finishing touches will be happening as we lead up to our December soft-opening.

We can’t wait to share our new co-op with you!

Join the Board

Your co-op, your community!

Astoria Co+op was started by a group of people who care about healthy food, and care about our community.  We are all carrying on that legacy, as consumer-owners – the members of the co-op.  Members determine bylaws, democratically elect the Board of Directors, and get involved in all sorts of ways. And unlike other grocery stores, our profits go directly back into our store or to the community we serve.

Would you like to consider serving on the board of directors?  Our nine-member Board of Directors, provides strategic direction for our co-op. Each board member serves a three-year term, with three positions generally open for election each year. The board can also appoint individuals to fill vacancies.

Interested in serving on the Board?

If you’d like to be considered for placement on the 2020 Ballot for election to the Board of Directors, we’d like to meet you!  The first step is to attend a board meeting and see what it is all about.  To attend an upcoming board meeting, please email board@astoria.coop. Prospective board members must attend three (3) regular meetings before submitting an Application for Nomination.

Upcoming dates for Board Meetings:

  • October 24, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • December, January and February meeting dates TBA.

Other important dates:

  • Application for Nomination deadline: March 1, 2020 (check back here for application materials in December 2019)
  • The Board will recommend and approve a slate of nominees to be published in April, 2020.
  • Elections will be held for a period of 30 days (in store and electronically), leading up to the Astoria Co+op Annual Meeting in May, 2020.
  • Election Results announced at Annual Meeting in May 2020.

To review the Bylaws of the Astoria Co+op pertaining to Board Members, Article IV: Board of Directors please click here.

Thank you for being a part of our co-op!

Job Fair

We’re in the final stages of constructing an expanded new store and are gearing up to nearly double our workforce. We will host a job fair in late October to hire employees for the new store, which is projected to open mid-December. We are recruiting for entry and mid-level positions in our grocery, deli and front-end departments.

The co-op offers competitive wages starting at $13 an hour with an average wage of $17. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, a store discount and opportunities for advancement.

“One way the co-op sets itself apart is by providing outstanding customer service and that starts with our employees; therefore, we are committed to creating a workplace that is constantly improving” General Manager Matt Stanley said.

The job fair happens Wednesday, October 30 at the Fort George Lovell Showroom at 14th and Duane Street in Astoria (near our current location). There will be two sessions; at 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.

Anyone interested in a job should bring a current resume. Department managers will be on site to conduct interviews for qualified candidates as time allows. To apply early, please see our ads on Indeed.com. Once you apply on Indeed please visit us at our job fair as well so we can meet you face to face and answer any further questions you may have.

Coffee and cookies will be served and all job-seekers who stop by will get a free co-op tote bag. If you have any questions, you can contact our HR Manager, Mari-Anna at jobs@astoria.coop.

The co-op currently has 30 employees and plans to have 55 when the new store opens.

Owner Appreciation Week

September 15-21, 2019
Save up to 20% on a shopping trip

It’s a great time to stock up on your favorite seasonal items! Co-op owners save up to 20% on a shopping trip.

Here’s how it works:

  • Spend less than $100, get 10% off
  • Spend $100-$149, get 15% off
  • Spend $150 or more, get 20% off

Enjoy special food and drink tastings with local producers and vendors. See our calendar for tastings times.

Not a current co-op owner? It’s easy to join! Learn more…

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

Double Up Food Bucks

More fresh fruit and vegetables for low income Oregonians

Astoria Co+op is first grocery store in the state to pilot Double Up Food Bucks

Shoppers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) will soon be able to load up on more healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. In September, for every $5 spent on fresh produce using an Oregon Trail Card, Astoria Co+op will give a $5 voucher to spend on more produce; up to $10 per visit.

This is a grant-funded pilot, made possible by Oregon Food Bank, to work through the logistics of offering Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) more long-term at grocery stores. DUFB is a nutrition incentive program that matches SNAP benefits to enable shoppers to buy more fruits and vegetables.

After running at more than 60 farmers’ markets around the state from 2015 to 2018 using federal grant funding and other sources, DUFB will be expanded to select Oregon grocery stores for the first time thanks to an investment from the state. In July, the Oregon Legislature approved $1.5 million in the 2019-2021 biennium budget to continue and expand the program.

 “Double Up Food Bucks has proven to be a hit among SNAP customers, farmers, and market managers, not just in Oregon, but around the country. Expanding the program to retail outlets like the co-op will further support local businesses and growers, while providing low-income community members with year-round access to quality fruits and vegetables,” said Kelly Fraser, Oregon Food Bank’s Statewide Network Developer.

Astoria Co+op will be the first grocery store to pilot Double Up Food Bucks under the program’s expansion. The co-op is a community-owned grocery store, but you don’t need to be an owner or have a membership to shop. Any beneficiary of SNAP via the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to take part in this program.

“I am excited to increase access to the unique produce offering we have at the co-op. More folks purchasing local and organic fresh fruit and veggies is a win for the entire community,” said Matt Stanley, Astoria Co+op’s General Manager.

According to Double Up Food Bucks Oregon, only 11% of Oregonians consume enough fruit and vegetables for a healthy life. For the one in six Oregonians experiencing food insecurity, eating the recommended servings of produce isn’t affordable. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of many serious and chronic conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Progress Inside

The inside of our new building is coming to life! There are electricians, heating/cooling techs, framers, and more working away as we write this update. Outside, the last of the concrete work has occurred including the new landscaping bays that hold our light-posts. Next week our parking lot will transform from gravel to asphalt. It’s so amazing to see our vision and local investment turn into a real thing; a beautiful grocery store where we will all love to shop!

Farm Microloan

Your co-op launched a farm microloan program aimed at getting more local products to market. The co-op recognizes one of its niches is providing local food, including that produced from small farms in our coastal region. As we prepare to open a bigger store later this year, we’ve been seeking ways to support an anticipated increase in demand.

“As we grow into a bigger space there’s going to be even more demand for local food and we want to help support our farmer’s ability to increase their capacity,” Produce Manager Danny Rasmussen said.

The co-op is piloting this new program with 46 North Farm in Olney. The co-op has invested $1,500 in the farm, essentially pre-paying for goods the farm will be selling to the co-op. The money will cover the cost to build four caterpillar tunnels, a type of cover for keeping plants warm. This will help the farm expand cut flower and produce production.

Farmer Teresa Retzlaff says she’s wanted to do this for a long time but doesn’t have that kind of money, especially this time of year when the farm is investing in supplies for the growing season.

“Sometimes it’s just these key pieces of infrastructure that can make such a huge difference in what we do, so I’m super excited,” Retzlaff said. 

If this pilot microloan is a success, the co-op hopes to continue investing in other small local producers. The farm has agreed to pay the loan back over the summer in produce, flower bouquets and plant starts so keep an eye out for these at the co-op.

Astoria Co+op offers farmers loans for produce July 26, 2019