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

As harvest season enters into full bloom, we have wonderful local produce and a variety of events to help you enjoy food, support your health, and enjoy the benefits of membership. We have expanded our TerraCycle program and we will be closing early on September 26th to make time for staff enrichment.  The Health and Wellness Fair and Beer Dinner are some of the fun events happening at the Co-op. Thank you for your time. Enjoy!
Co-op Health and Wellness Fair
Saturday, September 22nd

    

Join us for our second Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am to 3pm. We will have more than twenty health and wellness practitioners as well as vendors and samples.  This free event also falls on our chile roasting day, so you can enjoy the smells of fall and the knowledge of massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, mental balance coaches, Krav Maga & Z-Health instructors, local artists, and other wellness vendors. Come by and pick up some tips and samples for staying health this fall and winter.

TerraCycle Collection Update
 

The first TerraCycle shipment raised $15.50 to be donated to a local non-profit. In October, you will have the opportunity to vote for which local non-profit will get the current funds.  Over time, we hope to donate to many local non-profits. 

 

We have expanded our TerraCycle Program and the Kashi collection has been discontinued.  Here are the items you can keep out of the landfill by dropping them in our TerraCycle bins:

 

    1.   All Chip Bags
        Including: chip bags, tortilla chip bags, pretzel bags, pita chip bags, bagel chip bags, soy crisp bags, and salty snack bags.
    2.   All Cereal Box Liners
        Including: any brand cereal box liners (the plastic bags, which preserve the cereal freshness and are inside the cereal boxes)
        We do NOT accept cereal boxes.
    3.   All Bagged Cereal Bags
        Including: Nature's Path, Malt-O-Meal, and any other bagged cereal.
    4.   All packaging from Bear Naked Products
        Accepted Bear Naked packaging includes: Bear Naked brand granola bags, trail mix bags, and granola cookie boxes.
   NEW!  5.   All Energy Bar & Candy Wrappers
        Including: foil lined wrappers, clif brand wrappers, individual candy wrappers, large candy bags, and multi-pack candy bags.

 

Please see our sustainability website page for more information. 

Cooperation, Collaboration and Local Beer

Photo: Cullen Dwyer, Santa Fe Brewing Co.'s brewmaster, presents one of the beers at our last Beer Dinner (May 2012) 

 

September and October are traditional months for beer festivals and beer dinners and our neck of the woods is no exception. Many may know that I volunteer as the festival coordinator for Pajarito Mountain as well as being a board member for your Co-op. I mention this because festivals like UllrFest on September 29 (shameless promotion) are a collaboration of many entities benefiting the community at large. Proceeds benefit your local non-profit ski hill and local businesses as well as educating people about beer. Not unlike the Co-op, our local craft brewers (1) use locally grown ingredients when available - Bosque Farms hops, (2) care about recycling - those new cool cans, and (3) utilize alternate energy - solar panels at Santa Fe Brewing. Your Co-op is also involved in collaboration with local Brewers. On October 4, we will host our third beer dinner. Dinners with Blue Corn and Santa Fe Brewing have been very popular and we plan to continue at them Spring and Fall. Coming up, Second Street head brewer Rod Tweet will present his version of OctoberFest complete with his own sausage. (full article) 

 

-Thad Hahn, Treasurer of the Co-op Board  

Co-op Principal #5: Education, training, and information

 

Cooperative Principal #5:
"Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of cooperation."
 
We offer Shop with the Chef classes to share local knowledge about food preparation and enjoyment. Beer Dinners offer a palatable adventure where you can learn about beer pairing from local brewmasters and chefs. Co-op Conversations offers a venue for people to share knowledge on food, nutrition, environment, and health with the community. We also offer field trips for all ages.
 
The Co-op reaches beyond the store walls to empower the community through presentations to community groups, participating in community events, partnering with local organizations, going into the schools to share food knowledge, and learning about the interests, needs, and concerns of our community. 
 
Co-op staff have access to training through the National Cooperative Grocer's Association (NCGA) as well as other local and regional resources. As we implement open book management, we will be teaching all our staff how to read our financials and how they make a difference. We value education in and out of the store. 
 

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

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co-op 
Wednesday,
September 26
4pm 

The Co-op is Closing Early! (4pm)

We will be spending time building our team, so we are closing at 4pm on Wednesday, September 26, so all our staff can attend our annual meeting.

 

Thank you for supporting our team-building time. We will open at 7am and close at 4pm on Wednesday, September 26.

 

Hour regular store hours are Mon. through Sat. 7am to 9pm and Sun. 8am to 8pm.

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Saturday,
September 22nd
11am to 3pm


Co-op Health and Wellness Fair 

Join us for this outdoor event to meet people dedicated to supporting our health and well-being. 

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Department News:

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Thursday,
October 4th
6 to 8pm 

Beer Dinner 
Join us for 5 courses of flavor and fun. The full menu is on our events page.

Tickets will be available in the store starting Monday, September 17th.
$40 for member
$50 for non-members
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October is
Co-op Month!
Here are some of the fun things coming in October:
+Beer Dinner
+Art Show Opening
+Member Drive  
+Shop with the Chef
+Member Appreciation
Day (10% off)
+Keep It Co-op!

We will have more information about these events and more in a special October Month newsletter, and you can find more information on our website (events page, and calendar)

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Tuesday,
October 9th
6 to 8pm


Raw Cuisine with Jesse & Johanna Boudreau

Share in the splendor of preparing and tasting raw cuisine on Tuesday, October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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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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