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Food For Thought 
NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET  (JUNE 2013)  
Greetings!

This summer you can find classes, local food, and more at your local Co-op!

Our regular hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Summer Gordon Concert at the Co-op July 5th!

 

If you are in Los Alamos on Friday, July 5, then don't miss the Gordon's Concert at the Co-op featuring Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. Yes, that is their actual band name, and no, they aren't robots.

Co-op Fun: Beer Dinner, Bike Swap & ChamberFest

 

  

The outreach team at the co-op has been quite busy this past month. The co-op hosted our fifth beer dinner, co-sponsored our 2nd Annual Bike Swap and participated in the LA Chamberfest.

 

The beer dinner, selling out in just 5 days, was a huge hit. Held inside due to wind, it featured a four course dinner prepared by Chef Chris McLean of Bishops Lodge Resort and five beers paired by Ted Rice, brewmaster from Marble Brewery. Forty-four people had a great time listening to the Chef and Brewmaster as they learned about the intricacies of beer and food pairing. 

 

The following week the co-op cosponsored our 2nd Annual Bike Swap-a fundraising event for the local non-profit Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA). LASA is a chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association and was founded to assure that access, maintenance and development of local trails is a priority for our community. Dozens of folks brought in their bikes and bicycling accessories to sell and total sales for the day exceeded $11,000. This year 15% of the selling price went to fund LASA trail projects. After some expenses were paid, LASA received a check for $1450-a 54% increase over last year! Next year will be even better as we'll move the Bike Swap back to the second weekend in June and not opposite LAHS graduation.

 

Sandra, Sammie and four Board members had a lot of fun talking to the community at ChamberFest. We again made sure we had plenty of tasty ice cream (local, non-dairy, or the real deal) to sell. We sold nearly $150 of ice cream and made some new friends on a hot summer day in Northern New Mexico..

 

 
-Steve Watts, General Manager 
New Local Produce!

 


The last few weeks brought about big changes in the Co-op's produce department. The fruit rack is overflowing with all kinds of new offerings - apricots, nectarines, plums, pluots (a plum/apricot hybrid), peaches, watermelons, honeydew, cantaloupe, cherries, and grapes - all arrived and are quite tasty.

 

On the veggie side of things, California corn is here and ready for your summer cookout. The white, orange, and purple cauliflower are battling to find out what color Co-op shoppers like best, and new crops of potatoes and onions are starting to become available.

 

Slowly but surely more local produce is making it's way from the valley to our shelves. Lettuce and root vegetables such as radishes, turnips, and beets should be plentiful in the coming weeks and we're hopeful local berries won't be too far behind.

 

Thanks for shopping local and buying organic!

~Matt, Produce Manager

2013 Board of Directors Election Results

 

The 2013 Board Elections ran from April 14 through May 8. The vote total for each candidate was as follows:

- Melinda Fuller: 130

- Kathy Gursky: 142

- Maureen McGuire: 133

- Ed Santiago: 134

Please join us in welcoming Melinda and Kathy as new board members, and welcome Ed back! Maureen was unexpectedly offered an exciting job opportunity out of state; we wish her the best in her new projects.

The new board members will be officially installed at the June board meeting on Wednesday, June 19 in the conference room of the Holiday Inn. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and member-owners are encouraged to attend.

 

We want to take this opportunity to express how pleased and grateful we are that member-owners are willing to serve on the Co-op board.  By stepping up, they contribute to the continuing success of the store. We hold elections each year and hope to see more members run for board positions in the coming years. Please feel free to inquire about how you, too, can become part of this great team.

 

Finally, and most importantly, the Board would like to thank Andy Erickson and Thad Hahn for their service, and is especially grateful to Andy for his two terms and for acting as Secretary, Vice President and President. 

 

by Cecile Hemez for the LACM Board

Contact the board at board@losalamos.coop.

Summer Volunteer Orientation Dates

  

Hello Co-op Members,
 
The summer is a great time to sign up to volunteer at the Co-op. Volunteering helps our community, our Co-op and you! For every hour of volunteer work, you receive an 18% discount card for use on a single shopping trip.  Discounts are transferable and even non-members can use them once you've earned them.  
 
I enjoyed meeting many of you at recent orientations. Thank you for joining me. If you have not yet come to an orientation, attending a co-op volunteer orientation is now a requirement for volunteering and is a one-time requirement. Your time in the orientation counts as volunteer time.  The orientation takes 1 hour (30 min orientation and 30 min volunteering at the Co-op), and you receive one hour credit (one 18% discount card) for attending. Orientations take place in the cafe at the Co-op. 

Here are the volunteer orientation dates for the summer!
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 20 @ 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
 
If I haven't already, I hope to see you.
Thank you,
Terra, Volunteer Coordinator
 
Coming Soon: New Website and Newsletter Format   
         

 

As member of a cooperative business that links over 100 food co-ops (the National Cooperative Grocer's Association, NCGA), we will be the first co-op to implement a new co+brand. This change will allow us to further utilize the resources available from NCGA as well as set a standard for the "co-op experience," which will help give a clear message for food co-ops and bring awareness to the cooperative business model. 

 

The new website and newsletter will roll out this summer!

 

Thank you for supporting your local co-op!

The Power of Membership           

 

Ownership is an important part of cooperative businesses, and two (out of seven) cooperative principles focus on ownership: 

1. Voluntary and open membership

2. Democratic member control

 

1: Voluntary and Open Membership 

Los Alamos Co-op Market is a voluntary, non-discriminatory organization. Member-Ownership is open to everyone who wants to use our services and who is willing to accept the responsibilities of member-ownership.

 

In other words: Anyone who is willing to pay membership fees can own the Co-op.

2: Democratic Member Control 

The Los Alamos Co-op Market, a consumer co-op, is a democratic business controlled by our Members (Owners) through equal voting rights. One Member (Owner) = one share = one vote. Members (Owners) can vote on bylaw changes and elect Members (Owners) to serve on the Board of Directors, who governs the co-op on their behalf. 

 

In other words: We are a Co-op of the people, created by the people (members), working for the people (members). We are stronger together.

 

Get Involved!

Members (Owners) are encouraged to attend the Board of Director meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month 6:30-8 p.m.) to give direct in feedback, voice comments and suggestions, as well as learn more about the Board and their goals.

 

In return, we have many member specials throughout the store, we offer discount days for members, and members are eligible to volunteer and receive a discount card for each hour of service.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Verbage for Cooperative Principles adopted from International Cooperative Alliance and People's Co-op.

Upcoming Events
 

  

Jun. 18  Shop with the Chef: Ceviche 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members Registration Required)   
Jun. 25  Shop with the Chef: Raw Foods 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members Registration Required) 
Jul. 5  Gordon's Concert at the Co-op:
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band 7 - 10 p.m.
Jul. 16  Shop with the Chef: Fermentation 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members plus an additional $5 equipment fee.
Registration Required)  
Jul. 23  Shop with the Chef: Vegan Baking 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members
Registration Required)  

  

Thank you for support.
 
Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co-op Market
Free Organic Soil!
 
We have soil left over from building the educational hoop house raised beds, and we need someone to take it and put it to use. If you would like some free organic soil, please help yourself. Also, please leave the landscaping rocks and the tarps. Thank you!
 
Questions: email Sandra at
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Tuesday,
June 18
6 to 8 PM

Peruvian Ceviche with
Justin Smith
Learn how to use acid to cook fish and other delicious Peruvian dishes on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
June 25
6 to 8 PM

Raw Foods
with
Jesse & Johanna Boudreau
Keep your house cool and your oven clean this summer. Share in the splendor of preparing and enjoying raw foods on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
July 16
6 to 8 PM

Fermentation
with
Ray Joggerst
Join us for an evening of mouth watering food and fermentation science on Tuesday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
July 23
6 to 8 PM

Vegan Baking
with
Liz Miller
Learn to make delicious dairy-free and egg-free baked goods on Tuesday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co-op today!

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Co-op Coloring Contest
Entries Due June 18 

There is still time to enter the Co-op's endangered species coloring contest! The whole family can participate. Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

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Garden Coordinator Position Open  
 
We are currently looking for a Hoop House Coordinator for the working raised beds located in the Co-op parking lot. This a part-time paid position for 6 hours per week during the growing season. The Hoop House Coordinator will work with Co-op volunteers to grow herbs and other vegetables for use in the Co-op deli and for the Co-op's educational programs.  Help us cultivate this super local resource. You do not need to have a green thumb. Our gardening volunteers are happy to help. If you are interested, please email Sandra (outreach@losalamos.coop) and fill out a job application.

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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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Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town.
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