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No price increase on local eggs | 06.04.2015
We are happy to say that we haven’t seen any increase in price in our local eggs, even with egg prices recently doubling due to a bird flu outbreak. As our Grocery Manager, Pam Kemmick, says, “Just one more great reason to buy local!”
Between May 1 and 21, 1% (minimum donation of $5,000) of your purchase of Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and Equal Exchange products at your Co-op will be donated to Root Capital. These companies are strong supporters of Fair Trade principles, including stable and fair prices for farmers, organic and sustainable agriculture practices, and community-led development projects.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Learn more about Root Capital at www.rootcapital.org.
World Fair Trade Day
Join us this May 11 as we celebrate World Fair Trade Day. When you choose a product from a committed fair trade brand like Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s, Equal Exchange, Farmer Direct and Maggie’s Organics, each fair trade product you choose supports:
- Long-term direct trading relationships
- Prompt payment of fair prices and wages
- No child, forced or otherwise exploited labor
- Workplace non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom
- of association
- Safe working conditions and reasonable work hours
- Investment in community development projects
- Environmental sustainability
- Traceability and transparency
Your purchase has power. Learn which of your favorite products are fair trade. Choose them with pride on World Fair Trade Day, and throughout the year.
What is World Fair Trade Day?
World Fair Trade Day is an annual global celebration occurring each May. Celebrations bring consumers and businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, student groups, and advocates together to host thousands of events worldwide. This year, World Fair Trade Day is May 11.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair trade is a social movement and market model that aims to empower small-scale farmers and workers in underdeveloped countries to create an alternative trading system that supports equitable trading, sustainable development and long-term trading relationships. Fair trade supports fair prices and wages for producers, safe working conditions, investment in community development projects, and the elimination of child labor, workplace discrimination and exploitation.
Solar Cooking | 04.10.2013
Nature has provided no better way to cook our food than with sunlight. That may sound like a pretty sweeping statement, but for almost everyone I know who has done a bit of solar cooking over time, the agreement would be nearly unanimous. Generally, the food just tastes better! A simple pot of brown rice or a chicken, for example, receive a unique transformation with a dash of sunlight added. You have to taste it to believe it.
I have solar cooked for twenty-three years and taught and demonstrated it nearly as long. I enjoyed it from the first time I did it.
I believe it is a gift literally “from on high” waiting to come into our experience to transform life. It already is doing just that in many parts of the world where countless daily lives are so much better for the entry of solar cooking.
There’s a touch of fun in taking a pot of food and putting it in a homemade or manufactured solar cooker and knowing that the only “fuel” involved for cooking is sunlight. Plus there’s no heat added to the kitchen, nothing added to the utility bill, no toxins for the environment, and delicious food added to the table!
There are very simple homemade cookers that can be constructed in 30 minutes with a dollar’s worth of materials and a Reynolds oven bag to insulate your pot while it’s in the cooker. You can see the easiest-to-make, the Box-Corner Cooker.
While this particular homemade cooker works well in mild to warm weather, there are more sophisticated designs which can provide for cooking even in freezing weather. I have done a lot of cooking in Minnesota and Montana in temperatures hovering around zero.
Generally speaking, if I have bright sunshine, I can solar cook.
A number of manufactured units are on the market, at least three made domestically. The “Sun Oven” is the most widely known followed by the Solar Oven Society “Sport“. Solarcooking.org is a vast resource to help you find your way into the world of solar cooking is. Almost every facet of solar cooking is covered in detail:
– endless ideas for constructing your own unit
– learning many of the finer points of cooking by sunlight
– seeing how this cooking method is transforming lives in many developing nations
– how you can help make the solar revolution real in the lives of others you may never see.
Youtube.com provides hundreds of videos related to solar cooking, to give you another huge resource. Many other online information resources are just a few clicks away when you plug “solar cooking” into a search engine.
Solar cooking is, I believe, a step into the future of food preparation that is available today. Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to taste the future of food right now. Happy cooking!
Gregory Lynch believes every person should know the value of self-sufficiency. He will be demonstrating solar cooking techniques (weather permitting) at our Earth Day event on Friday, April 22 from 11am-2pm.
Are rising global food prices affecting your Co-op? | 04.12.2012
Global food prices rose in March for the third straight month this year, after coming down from a February 2011 record peak, the UN’s food agency recently said. The rise in prices is mostly due to rising gas prices and global weather fluctuations. So what does this mean for your local Co-op?
Good news! Your food Co-op hasn’t raised prices on products purchased through our primary distributor, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) since August 2011! These products make up almost half of all the products that we carry. Since joining the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), we have seen a decreased cost of goods, which we are passing on to our members by not raising prices for the past eight months. Also, Co+op Deals, another NCGA program, has offered an additional assortment of competitively priced sale items. It’s becoming easier to save at your local co-op!
Local products have also seen very little fluctuation in price. Buying fresh local food is the easiest step to take in securing our food future. As we build a sustainable regional food system, we become less dependent on food supplied from other regions, and less subject to rising gas prices affecting cost of food.
What steps have you taken to save money on your groceries?