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On Being Cooperative

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In my previous post, I recounted my evolutionary steps through varying grocery store aisles. Today let’s continue on the black-cobra road (you know, reality’s version of the yellow-brick road) and if you’ll lend me your attention for a moment, I’ll tell you how the Fort Collins Food Co-op feeds me, with plenty to share.

I remember being virtually introduced to the Food Co-op through its seemingly simple, yet dense website. The signature blue-green, earthly hues of this vibrant brand immediately registered and resonated with me, which compelled me to dig in and read through the embedded pages.

“The Co-op is a place where people can reconnect with their food. This is a place built on understanding what we are consuming and why. These ideas grew out of a buying club started by CSU students and community members in the early 1970’s.”

Upon visiting the historic store front on 250 East Mountain Avenue (est. 1978) for the first time, I experienced a subtle inner knowing that this was an authentic place I genuinely wanted to be a part of, a local business I would happily support with my personal— admittedly limited, albeit significant—buying power.

That day I left handsomely, with a backpack full of provisions for a week and a heartfelt, longer-lasting impression, as if a tiny seed of a mighty tree had been planted within the food desert of my mind, body, and soul.

Frequent, returning visits to this shop for staples and splurges allowed me to not only begin to recognize friendly, familiar faces, but also to further develop the intrinsic kinship that interweaves each of us as singular, scrappy threads into a more reliable, more resilient fabric that is part-and-parcel of any co-operative true to its roots, true to its word.

“The Co-op seeks to serve all those in our community who want to support their local circle of profit through buying locally sourced grocery items. Anyone can shop at the Co-op, the member-owner structure simply exists to reinforce a local circle of profit by sharing the profits of the Co-op amongst its member-owners.”

I became informed of its not-for-profit business model—guided by the internationally recognized Seven Cooperative Principles—supported for 44+ years, sourcing primarily from the well-spring of the “community, volunteers, the people who shop once to those who are in every day, farmers and producers, local businesses and restaurants who buy from us, and from the greater need to create a more positive connection between people and their local community.”

So one day I decided to jump into the deep end of the community pool by becoming a fully invested member-owner because in doing so I acknowledged and honored the privilege of having an “alternative, eco-centric” business that exists to balance the triple bottom line, with potential for kick-backs for the ‘pillar’ people it caters to, consists of.

And while profit-sharing is indeed a welcomed, beneficial boost to anyone’s budget in theory, I soon realized for myself that this rare fruit can only be fully enjoyed through considerate cultivation of the crop, which honestly requires the kind of hard work and dedication that is not always convenient and seldom expedient, although I strongly believe in my experience thus far: It is well-worth the time, money, and energy invested.

One of the most common remarks our attentive ears receive is about expensive prices.

Trust me, we understand because we feel the pinch as much as you do.

Consider this: You are getting what you pay for. You are also giving when you pay for it.

When you shop our Co-op, you are helping contribute to 12 individual’s livelihoods—your fellow friends, neighbors, community member-owners, who are in the laborious service industry not simply because of its decent pay and modest benefits, but more truly because it is a labor of love.

When you select our Co-op, you are voting with your dollar—with each purchase—every time you choose local, chemical-free, certified organic, non GMO, humanely raised, and so forth.

When you support our Co-op, you are joining a global movement that engages each other’s awareness of the undeniable impact we are all having on our only inhabitable planet, on our fellow human people, all-too-often at the expense of profit.

The Co-op is one small part of a much greater whole, where those “some day…” ideas are put into practice every day, one day at a time.

Because to be a member-owner of our food co-operative is to be a catalyst of world change.

Inquire within.

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March Coffee Madness with Peritus Coffee Roasters

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Hello Co-op Friends! Come check out what we have in store this Spring Season!

This month is the inception of a new vendor appreciation promo! We will be featuring a different Fort Collins coffee roaster each month to showcase their amazing handcrafted coffees.

Member Owners will receive 10% off each bag!

This month we have the pleasure of offering 12oz bags of Peritus Coffee Roasters .

“Peritus Coffee Roasters was founded in Fort Collins from a deep-rooted love of home roasting and a lifetime of conscious sourcing. After nearly a decade of home-roasting, we knew we had to share our love of craft coffee with others to bring you a delightful cup of coffee each and every day.

We love to celebrate the nuances of each region we source from, celebrate the methods used for farming and processing there, and, even more, thank the farmers who grew the beautiful beans through proper and fair sourcing methods and, of course, roasting the beans to highlight the beautiful features they bring to the table.

What does “peritus” mean? In Latin, it  is defined as skillful and practicedthe skill and practice to bring you an excellent cup goes through many hands from the farmer, to the processor, distributor, roaster and coffee preparerwe celebrate all those clever hands!”

Try their “Rwanda Karongi Gitesi”, “Sumatra Toba Batak Perry” or “Espresso Blend” in store for just $14.00 for a 12oz or $12.49 with Member Owner’s 10% savings!

Don’t forget to check back in April for our next featured roaster!

Happy sipping!

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November Sales, Turkey Time, and Board of Directors Applications

Sales_Turkeys_BODNovember Sales begin Monday November 1st, but here’s a little sneak peak of your favorite sales items happening in every department:

Once again, the Bulk department is offering a bounty of savings! Save a $1.00 off peanut butter pretzels and Fair Trade, Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips.

Also, save $2.00 dollars off whole raw cashews and roasted salted pistachios.

 Not to be out done by Bulk’s bounty, the Grocery department is offering quiet the selection of savings, especially when it comes to holiday baking. Save $2.40 on parchment paper and don’t forget to use spectrum naturals extra virgin olive oil now $7 dollars off the regular price.

The Refrigerated section is offering limited edition Silk Almond Nog with a dash of Pumpkin Spice; a tasty holiday treat and a $1.00 off the retail price.

Amy’s Burritos are also on sale in the Frozen food department in November. They can indeed be a wonderful day or nighttime snack, 50 cents off!

Lets not forget about the full color spectrum of Dr. Bronners 32 oz castile soap! It’s $4 dollars off its regular price in the Body Care section for the entire month of November!

For more sales offers visit our website or stop by the Food Co-op for more store wide saving offers.

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Gobble! Gobble! Its that turkey time of year again at the Food Co-op!

Pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey now with your cashier or over the phone [970]484-7448 .   All of the turkeys offered have never been caged or given hormones or antibiotics.

We offer a wide variety of size selections ranging from 8-12, 12-16, 16-20, and 20-24/per pound. Only $3.35/per pound!

All turkeys are delivered Monday, November 23rd and pre-ordering is based on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limited supply so order yours now!

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Only a few days remain for Member-Owners to turn in their Board of Directors applications. There are 3 seats available in this upcoming B.O.D election. Applications are due this coming Saturday and voting will begin on November 4th through November 24th. Applications are at the front register of the Food Co-op or on our website.

Your completed application, your picture, and your ballot statement will all be posted in the store by the ballot box during the voting period.

Three B.O.D positions are available and a single B.O.D term is three years.

2015 Election Timeline:

  • November 4 – Voting begins at 8:30am
  • November 24   –   Voting closes by 8pm
  • November 25  – Votes counted
  • November 27  –  Election results announced
  • January 1, 2016  – Term begins

For more information regarding the Food Co-op Board of Directors and the upcoming election please visit the Fort Collins Food Cooperative website.

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Savings! Sales! And a New Fall Deli Menu!

Did you know? Have you heard? Food Co-op Member-Owners are now receiving 10% off all day, everyday. This offers excludes Produce, Deli, already discounted items and other sale offers. Last August, Member-Owners received a total of $82.50 dollars worth of savings for the entire month. Thanks to our new 10% savings Member-Owners received a total of $3805 dollars worth of savings in August of 2015. Member-Ownership is always encouraged and are all welcome to shop Co-op.

Hey guess what? It’s September and that means new sales! Bulk is still beautiful with over 20 different items on sale including; Golden Temple Low Fat Granola, Roasted and Salted Pistachios, and Penne Pasta.

Grocery sales are getting sassy with $1.60 off Blue Sky Organic Cola, $2.00 dollars off Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn Chips, and $2.30 off Barbara’s Bakery Shredded Wheat Cereal.

Refrigerated has $1.30 off on Straus Family Creamery yogurt and Body Care has Tom’s Of Maine Mouthwash on sale for a $1.40 off its retail price.

Our Fall Deli menu is in full swing with some new sandwich choices. Also, it’s cloudy with a chance of soup will take affect when our Colorado weather becomes more brisk.

Swing into the Food Co-op for more additional in-store savings, more information on Member-Ownership, and a hand out of our Fall deli menu. All of these are also available online at fcfood.coop

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Changing of the Sales Tag guard, Monthly Sales, and Member-Owner savings

Can you believe it? It’s August already! August is indeed here and that means new monthly sales. Stop in and…

Save $5.00 on bulk cashews, only $7.99 per pound

Save $3.00 on Izzes’ soda, only $3.99 for a 4 pack

Save $9.20 on organic olive oil, only $10.99 for 25.4 fl oz container.

Save $10.26 on Seventh Generation laundry detergent, only $10.99 for a 2.95 Liter container and many more items throughout the entire store.

Not only did August bring new monthly sales, but it also introduced two new Co-op features.

We’ve replaced our red monthly sales tags with neon orange shelf tags. Keep your eyes peeled for the orange, traffic cone like, rectangle sales sign throughout the store and save big your favorite items.

Our other Co-op improvement features up to date Member-Owners receiving 10% off everyday, all day, on every full priced item, throughout the entire store. This offer does exclude monthly sales and already discounted items. We do ask our wonderful Co-op Member-Owners to be up to date on their monthly Member-Owner dues beginning  in September 2015.

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Food Co-op and Member-Ownership is always encouraged. It only takes a few minutes to join the Food Co-op and the investment in your community is priceless.

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