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Food For Thought 
NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET  (NOVEMBER 2012)  
Greetings!

Holiday season is here, and we expanded our holiday food selection to meet your needs this holiday season. We have one more Shop with the Chef class this year, Vegetable Fermentation (12/11), and we will soon be rolling out classes for January through May. Turkeys are here, and we are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner sampling this Saturday (11/17) from noon to 2 p.m. Happy Holidays!
Holiday Hours for 2012

Wednesday 11/21: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(Thanksgiving) 

Thursday 11/22: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday 11/23: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

(Christmas Eve)

Monday 12/24: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Christmas Day)

Tuesday 12/22: CLOSED

 

(New Year's Eve)

Monday 12/31: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(New Year' Day)

Tuesday 1/1: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Camino de Paz y Cooperación
Art Show at the Co-op 

    

by Minesh Bacrania  

       
As part of National Co-op Month, we held an art show opening and invited Camino de Paz staff and students to meet the community at our Co-op on October 18thCamino de Paz, a working farm and experiential Montessori school, teaches middle school students the value of food, agriculture, business and community. We carry their goat-based dairy products (yogurt, milk, and cheese) in the store.
 
These images, taken by Minesh Bacrania, are on display in our cafe, which are accompanied by a story depicting the connection between Camino de Paz, the Co-op and our community. The next time you are in the Co-op, please stop by our cafe to learn more about Camino de Paz.
National Cooperative Month


 

October was National Co-op Month, and the Los Alamos Co-op Market (LACM) participated in several ways. We cooperated with two other co-ops in town-Del Norte Credit Union and Little Forest Playschool-to help raise awareness of the cooperative business model. The "Keep It Co-op!" slogan and logo we developed together was one way we demonstrated our solidarity. T-shirts with the logo were worn by staff of the three co-ops during normal business hours and at special events, such as the Los Alamos Co-op Market's Member Appreciation Day, Del Norte's International Credit Union Day and the Little Forest Playschool's Fall Fiesta.

 

I want to also thank Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) for their incredible support of our Co-op. They purchased a LACM annual membership for folks who opened a Del Norte account during the month of October! As part of our celebration of National Co-op Month, we held a member drive with a goal of 100 new/renewing members. With Del Norte's assistance, we obliterated that goal with DNCU supplying 81 memberships and we added 46 for a total of 127 members! Thank you Del Norte...you have an awesome team working for you.

 

-Steve Watts, General Manager 

Another Successful 
Shop with the Chef Class:

Photo:Attendees for the High Altitude Cooking and Baking Class by Liz Thomson

 

Liz Thomson, who owned Cook'n Style for eight years, returned to teach her second Shop with the Chef class at the Co-op on Tuesday November, 15th. The High Altitude Cooking and Baking class sold out, and included hands-on experience making soup, cookies, and corn bread.

Shop with the Chef classes use ingredients found in the Co-op, and participants learn where to get the ingredients, how to cook the dishes, and taste the final product. Participants also keep the recipes for the dishes made during class.

Our next Shop with the Chef class is Vegetable Fermentation on Dec. 11th by Ray Joggerst and Teo Insogna. We also have two classes scheduled for January and one per month for February through May.

 

Co-op Principal #7: Concern for Community (Part 1)

 

Cooperative Principal #7:
"While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members." 

  

As a cooperative business, we operate under the principle that we work to support our members and our community, because we are stronger together.
 
Local Economic Impact: On average, for every $1,000 a shopper spends at the Co-op, $1,604 in economic activity is generated in our local economy-$239 more than if they spent that same $1,000 at a conventional grocer. The economic activity is generated from money that recirculates in the community through co-op transactions. This includes money our staff spends in the community and money spent on local products we purchase from local farmers who, in turn, buy supplies from local sources, hire local technicians to repair equipment, and purchase goods and services from local retailers.
 
To read more about how co-op and conventional stores ad-up, check out "How does your grocery store check out?" and the Healthy Food, Healthy Community report.
 
Local Products: Support your community by purchasing products from local vendors. We currently carry products from two vendors in the Los Alamos area, and we are looking to expand this selection.
 
Rose Chocolatier: Hand crafted rich dark chocolates made with care in Los Alamos County.
 
Second Bloom Farm: Soaps and lotion bars made from healthy and happy Nigerian goats.
 
"Keep It Co-op:" We work with other Los Alamos cooperative businesses.

Little Forest Playschool: As a cooperatively-managed preschool, Little Forest Playschool and the Co-op share ideas and support each other during events such as Little Forest's Fall Fiesta. Founded in 1951, Little Forest Playschool is the oldest cooperative business in Los Alamos. They  give children the opportunity to learn through exploration and play.
 
Del Norte Credit Union: Del Norte Credit Union helped us meet our member drive goal by paying for a one year membership to the Co-op for 81 of their members. This generous donation is one of the ways cooperatives support each other and our community. In turn, we donate a portion of the food for their classes. Del Norte Credit Union provides financial education programs for all ages.
 
Community Events/Partnerships: 
So far this year, we participated in or hosted in the following community events:
Earth Day; Skiesta; Heart Council Health Fair; Clean Up Los Alamos Day; SummerFest; ChamberFest; Bike Swap; Co-op Health and Wellness Fair; School of Rock; and PEEC Hoop House Class.
 
Youth Environmental Clubs: The Co-op supports the Los Alamos Middle School and High School Environmental Clubs. Last year we sent produce to the Wildlife Center to feed the Bears, attended club meetings to help brainstorm project ideas, provided taste test opportunities for the students, and encouraged service learning.
 
Co-op Hoop House: The Middle School Environmental Club helped decorate worms and dirt to raise funds to build an educational hoop house at the Co-op. The hoop house frame is up and painted.  Soon we will be finishing the structure and start planting!

Youth Food Project: 
We are a community partner for the Youth Food Project. The last check signing presentation was held at the Co-op on October 23rd. Check out more about this project through the following links: LAYFP home and Facebook.
 
Donations: So far, we supported the following organizations through our donations program: Los Alamos High School; Rotary Club; Self Help (Empty Bowls Project); Mexico Mission; Atomic Man Duathlon; Friends of the Shelter (Los Alamos Dog Jog), Pajarito Environment Education Center (Earth Day Festival); the Family YMCA (Chamisa Recycle Art Show; Annual Fundraiser; Firecracker Family Fun Run); Pinon Elementary School Social Committee; LA Derby Dames; Jemez Mountain Run; New Mexico Conservation of Voters; VYCE Community Projects/Young Life (skateboarding event); House of Hope, LA Junior Golf Association; Pajarito Trail Fest; and PAC 8.
 
Please see our Donation Policy and Donation Request Form for more information. Our donation budget is based on a first come, first served basis. 
 

Would you like more information on cooperative principles?  Click Here! 

Thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co-op 
Free Turkey Tasting 

Saturday November 17th
12 to 2 PM 
Are you still planning your Thanksgiving dinner? Come by the Co-op to taste a Thanksgiving dinner from turkey to dessert this Saturday, November 17th from noon to 2 p.m.
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Turkeys are here! 
Organic and Free Range  
Come by the Co-op to pick up your turkey.
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Tuesday,
December 11th
6 to 8 PM


Vegetable Fermentation
with
Ray Joggerst & Teo Insogna 

Learn to make pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut using lactic acid fermentation using common household equipment. Join us for an evening of mouth watering food and fermentation science on Tuesday, December 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
January 22nd
6 to 8 PM


The Basics of Antipasto
with
Edwin Theodore 

Antipasto, the Italian version of tapas or hors d'oevres, make a great light meal at home, for entertaining guests, or pot lucks.  Learn to master this Italian specialty and savor the evenings with this Shop with  on Tuesday, January 22nd 6 to 8 p.m. 

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
January 31st
6 to 8 PM

Raw Cuisine
with
Jesse & Johanna Boudreau  

Share in the splendor of preparing and tasting raw cuisine on Tuesday, January 31st from 6 to 8 p.m.  

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Youth Activity at the Co-op!
Can you find the raven?

Now the Co-op can be fun for all ages. Youth (12 and under) can search for the raven in the Co-op while you shop. When they find the raven, they can bring him to the front desk to get a prize.

 

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Co-op Cookbook:  
Pear Gallette Recipe

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Co-op Cookbook:  
Spiced Squash
Pancakes

Recipe

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What does our website offer?

Meet our Raven. He gives you information and/or specials (found no where else).

The raven is back from summer fun and has a number of specials lined up for you this fall.

When you visit our website, check in on our raven to see what he has for you.  He changes frequently and his specials are not available anywhere else.
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Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town.
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