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NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET  (MARCH 2013)  
Greetings!

The Co-op has been serving you for just over two years now, and we are doing well thanks to your support. In this newsletter, you will find information about expanded recycling programs, classes, reviews of recent past events, and a list of upcoming events.
Enjoy!

Our regular hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Annual Member & Customer Survey is Complete

  

 

The Annual Member & Customer Survey was administered in February and we had record participation. We had 361 respondents and they redeemed nearly 250 coupons. The coupons this year were progressive in their discounts according to the amount purchased. Members, and for this year non-member customers, could save anywhere from 10 to 20% on regularly priced items. We used this progressive savings coupon as an incentive for participation because we need to understand what our members value in our operation and where we have opportunities for growth and improvement. The management team will be reviewing the survey over the next several weeks and I'll announce findings and our response to them in future newsletters. Thank you everyone for your participation.

~Steve, GM

TerraCycle Update & Congratulations PEEC!

 

Now Accepting... 

We recently expanded our TerraCycle program to include dairy and hummus tubs as well as foil lined energy bar wrappers. 

Click here for a detailed list of the items we collect. Would you like a list of accepted items for your fridge or home collection bin? If so, you can pick up a small TerraCycle collection flyer in the store at the register.

 

Congratulations PEEC: 

TerraCycle has been a great program for us and the community. In addition to covering the cost of shipping items to TerraCycle, they give us credit for our shipments, which translates to money we can donate to local non-profits. This year we decided to use our Annual Survey to let you, our customers, vote for the local non-profit to receive the funds we collected since the start of this program in September 2012. The data is in and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will receive $114 from our TerraCycle program. PEEC is a great resource for this community, and it continues to connect our community with nature.

 

Our TerraCycle program remains possible through the help of Co-op volunteers who separate and package the items from our TerraCycle bins.

 

From our volunteers to you: Please only put accepted TerraCycle items in the TerraCycle bins. Thank you!

Here is a list of accepted items: (Basic list)

1. NEW: All Dairy Tub Packaging

2. NEW: All Humus Containers

3. NEW: All Energy Bar Wrappers

4. All Chip Bags

5. All Cereal Box Liners & Bagged Cereal Bags

6. All packaging from Bear Naked Products

 

For more information on these items, please see the Sustainability page on our website.

Wine Pairing Classes Featuring Vivác Winery!

 Saturday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. 

 

Our beer pairing events have been well received, and we think it is time to open our pairing view to include wine. Vivác Winery is a wonderful local source of knowledge and great wine. On Saturday, April 6 we will host 2 wine pairing classes featuring local wine from Vivác Winery. Michele Padberg, Vivác's Marketing Director and Executive Sommelier, will introduce 5 Vivác wines and 5 Co-op food pairings. Class participants will learn about optimal pairing combinations as well as experiment with the pairing combinations presented.

 

Learn more about Vivác Winery.
Registration: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; Registration is Required.

(Only 20 spots available per class.) 

Heart of the Community: Co-op Celebrates It's 2nd Anniversary                 

 

  

Your community owned co-op celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday March 2nd. Many events took place that day including, face painting, live music, tasty food sampling, smoking sale prices, a marching band and, of course, cake! This year we set an all-time sales record for the week with sales of over $75,000. The second year of our brick and mortar existence was fraught with challenges, but our professional team of staff, volunteers and Board were instrumental in overcoming these. Whether we encountered issues of equipment failures, LANL layoffs, the ever present threat of fires and smoke, staff turnover, or construction impacts, as a team we never lost sight of our mission to deliver the highest quality food, at the best value and with focus on "small town" customer service. That is something we can all be proud of. I truly believe that keeping sight of our mission is what made our celebration even more satisfying. I look forward to our third anniversary-see you next year on Saturday March 1st!!!

~Steve, GM

Glass Recycling at the Co-op!

   

We are thrilled to report that the Los Alamos County glass recycle program has been expanded to include a drop-off location on the far west side of our parking lot. You can now combine your shopping trip with your TerraCycle and glass recycling trips. If you are dining at the Co-op, you can also drop off glass from your meal in the yellow glass recycle box located in our café. The addition of glass strengthens the "Planet" portion of our bottom line (People, Planet, Performance), and is another way we work to meet the needs of our community and environment.

 

Learn more about the County Glass Recycling Program and other County Eco Station Programs.

Co-opROCKS! Summary

 

    

On February 16, the Los Alamos Co-op Market partnered with La Montanita and Warehouse 21 to put on the second Northern New Mexico Co-opROCKS! event for teens and young adults. This event, free for teens and young adults, was made possible with additional support from local organizations such as the Los Alamos Teen Center.

 

With the help of Warehouse 21, this event consisted of 10 hours of music and 10 musical acts from local teens and young adults from Santa Fe and Los Alamos. In addition to music, Cornerstones, The Los Alamos Historical Society, and Village Arts offered an adobe brick making workshop. Los Alamos High School art teachers Brittany Felton and Mary Grace ran a stencil workshop. Warehouse 21 opened their screen printing space and theater to hold additional workshops.

 

This Co-opROCKS! was held in Santa Fe to bring the two communities together to share ideas and talent. In the future, we are looking to bring this annual event back to Los Alamos and increase youth and community involvement.

 

As part of our goal to make Co-opROCKS! for and by teens, we held a logo design contest at this year's event. Attendees voted on the Co-opROCKS! logo, entries included students from Brittany Felton's graphic design class at the Los Alamos High School. The winning design was created by David Hawes, who did a great job of incorporating aspects of the partnering business logos. His design has become the official Los Alamos Co-opROCKS! logo, and will be featured on the website, flyers, and other Co-opROCKS! media.

Upcoming Events
 

  

Mar. 20  Co-op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
(at the Holiday Inn Express)
noon and 7 p.m.
(Free; Fuller Lodge; Chamber Event)
Mar. 23  Shark Themed Art & Cooking Contest 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 23  Live Music: Roaring Jelly Band 1 p.m.
(at the Co-op)
Mar. 26  Shop with the Chef: Vegetable & Dairy
Fermentation 6 - 8 p.m.
($18 for members; $23 for non-members Registration Required)
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 5  Save 5% on the 5th 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
(Members save 5% on all regular priced items.)
Apr. 6  Two Wine Pairing Classes: Vivác Winery
1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
($25 for members; $35 for non-members Registration Required)
Apr. 11  UNMLA Class: Growing Herbs 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 15  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!)
Apr. 16  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!)
Apr. 16  Shop with the Chef: Tempura 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members Registration Required)
Apr. 17  Co-op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
(at the Holiday Inn Express)
Apr. 18  Traditional Green Building Talk 7 p.m.
(FREE; See more "We Who Are Clay" events)
Apr. 23  YOUTH* Shop with the Chef: Lasagna 6 - 8 p.m.
*Grades 7-12
($5 for members; $10 for non-members Registration Required)
Apr. 28  Co-op Annual Membership Meeting 7 - 8 p.m.
Includes a raffle and Co-op desserts.
(Open to members)

  

Happy Holidays!

 

Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co-op Market
Department News:
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Tuesday,
March 26
6 to 8 PM

Vegetable & Dairy Fermenation
with
Ray Joggerst 

Learn to make beet pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, Caspian Sea Yogurt, buttermilk, and Piima using common household equipment. Join us for an evening of mouth watering food and fermentation science on Tuesday, March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Saturday,
April 6
1:30 & 3 PM

Two Wine Pairing Classes Featuring
Vivác Winery

Wine and food are natural partners, each with complex flavor profiles that yield different flavors and aromas when they are paired. Join us for an exploration of wine and food pairing. This class features 5 wines and 5 Co-op foods.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

 

(This class is not Vegetarian or Gluten-Free.)  

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Tuesday,
April 16
6 to 8 PM

Tempura & Sauces
with
Edwin Theodore 

Join us for an evening of art and flavor on Tuesday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
April 23
6 to 8 PM

YOUTH*
Veggie Lasagna Class
with
Nicole Kliebert 

This is our first Shop with the Chef class designed for youth grades 7-12. Join Nicole Kliebert to learn how to make a delicious meal and get your daily serving of veggies.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

 

*Grades 7-12

This class is Gluten-Free. 

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Sunday,
April 28
7 to 8 PM
 
Annual Membership Meeting
 (at the Holiday Inn Express)

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting to meet the Board, enter a raffle, enjoy free Co-op desserts, and ensure good governance of the Co-op. This meeting is open to all current co-op members.


Additional Resources:

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NEW:
FREE Co+op Kitchen App  
 
The Co+op Kitchen app is a convenient way to bring delicious Co+op Kitchen recipes (videos and written versions) and handy techniques directly into your kitchen. This resource is provided by the National Cooperative Grocer's Association, which helps individual co-op be stronger together.
 

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Co-op Cookbook:  
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pizza

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Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town.
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