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Cashier Openings 10/27 – 11/1


Don’t forget to check the Cashier Notebook by the cash register each time you work.

It’s a new week with new openings for Cashiers.  Perhaps there is a spot for you.

Monday, October 27                      3p-6p

Tuesday, October 28                     10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Wednesday, October 29              10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thursday, October 30                  12p-3p; 3p-6p

Friday, October 31                         3p-6p

Saturday, November 1                 10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thanks for all your help,        Rene

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Don’t Forget To Vote

Please remember to vote before November 4th.  Find your ballot box locations well in advance.  And be sure you have a valid registration.  If you don’t you can still fill out a voter card, available at the library.

It is so important to vote yes on Measure 92, the Right To Know What’s in Your Food. Our food industry has been slowly taken over by the chemical giants, and we are subject to ever more toxic substances put on and into our food.  Graphs of causality show a significant rise in all health issues at the same time that GMO’s and their subsequent mega-toxic pesticides  have been used in agribusiness.

We eat whole corn and soy which is also in most packaged foods. We don’t know if we’re eating corn and soy with pesticide DNA in them.  According to independent studies,  if we eat them, they replicate in our digestive system, and are the potential cause of an increase in allergies and auto immune diseases, as well as diabetes, obesity,  stroke and other increasingly common health risks.

So please tell the chemical giants who are pouring millions and  millions into defeating this measure, that we have The Right To Know what’s in our food,  just as we label for other chemicals and food additives.


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Real Food Coop Mushroom Celebration


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Discuss Measure 92/ the Oregon labeling law/ at the Library

 Do you have questions about Measure 92, the GMO Labeli on the upcoming ballot?
An information session is being held this Sunday, October 5th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Bromley Room at the Siuslaw Public Library.  Stop by to find out about this measure. This event is being sponsored by Oregon Right To Know

Find out more about Oregon Right to Know and this measure at their website.
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Co-op Newsletter for October

New Ways to Save at Real Food Co-op

checkbook-pen.jpgStarting in October, there are three more ways to save money at the Real Food Co-op! These offers apply to both members and non-members.


Senior Savings Day - the FIRST TUESDAY of every month: 10% discount on all grocery purchases for seniors!

Bulk Savings Day - The SECOND THURSDAY of every month: 10% discount on all grocery purchases for seniors!

Produce Savings Day - EVERY SATURDAY from 1:00 to 6:00 PM: 10% discount on all produce in the store!

Please note that discounts do not apply to special orders or consignment items. Discounts may not be combined with volunteer discounts.

October Locals

PeppersThe sunny season may be winding down, but there is still plenty of local produce at the co-op.


In October, be on the look out for Local Apples, Pears, Grapes, Greens, Peppers (many varieties), Tomatoes and lots of Winter Squash varieties.
Local applesNot sure what to do with all of the apples that are available this time of year? Click here for 50 things to make with apples!


Looking for a way to make use of winter squash and peppers? See this month’s recipe (left column) for a tasty way to combine them.

Current Delivery Schedule

Co-op Produce

Just a reminder of our current delivery schedule:

* Our big produce orders come in on Mondays and Fridays after 2:00 PM.

* A small produce order comes in on Tuesday evenings.

* Greenfields Farm and Whiskey Creek Organics deliver produce on Tuesdays, late afternoon.

* Bread Stop bread arrives on Mondays after 2:00 PM.

* Farmhouse Bakery bread is available on Wednesday mornings.

Get to Know Your Farmer by Mindy Stone -
This week: Deck Family Farm
Deck Family Farm Owners
John & Christine Deck

Located about 60 miles northeast of Florence, just west of Junction City, isDeck Family Farm. Christine and John Deck moved onto their small farm in 2004 and opened for business three years later. Deck Family Farm raises beef, pork, lamb and poultry (for eggs and meat) on pastured land with all certified organic standards.

Deck Family Farm CoolersI sat down with Christine outside the office among 25 or more coolers filled with ice and scattered packages of pork chops, summer sausages, whole poultry broilers, and various cuts of beef. I asked Christine about the farmers markets and she responded, “About 50 percent of our sales come from farmers markets. Although these are very good ways to get to meet people in communities, the profit margin is very slim. It takes one full day to prep for 7 farmers markets in Portland on both Saturday and Sunday and then we have to factor in all the costs incurred by transportation, staffing, paying vendor fees and incidentals.

Our preferred markets are the cooperatives we serve. Grocery stores are not a good fit for us, but we love the co-op food stores. The shoppers tend to be more knowledgeable about food and interested in the farms providing their products. These shoppers also tend to be more politically aligned with the small scale, sustainable farmers and some of the cooperatives even send a few of their employees to our farm for a paid full day of observation to get to know the farm and animals better. This helps to convey the farm’s information to the customers.”

Deck Family Farms Farmer marketThe smallest revenue source is their CSA program. They have a meat/egg box program and the Creamy Cow program which is their raw milk, cream and butter share. You also can special order a half/whole pig, and/or a quarter/half/whole beef cow if you desire.

Both Christine and John come from a long line of small family owned/operated farms in northern CA and they both focus on their areas of expertise in maintaining their lovely farm. Christine explains “I was raised on a walnut and beef farm like this, but smaller, in the San Joaquin Valley. We lost the farm when former Pres. Nixon’s appointed USDA Director, Earl Butts, famously said ‘Get big or get out.’ We were not going to turn our farm into the agribusiness model so my grandfather sold most of the property and became a gentleman farmer.”

Deck Family Farm ViewChristine said she always knew she wanted to be a farmer, but thought a college degree would help her generate a good income to be able to afford to farm. John also was raised on a family farm in the former Santa Clara Valley, now known as Silicon Valley. John and Christine met while in school at UC Davis where Christine was seeking a degree as an animal science major. In order to pay for her education, one of Christine’s jobs was to feed chicken poop to the beef cows in the experimental labs to find out how much weight beef cows could gain eating chicken poop. It was at that point that Christine knew this was not the kind of farming she wanted to be part of. She dropped out of school and married John and started a family.

Deck Family Farm ChickensJohn graduated with an agricultural degree and, being unable to afford to buy a farm in northern CA, they moved to Oregon and found their current farm which was owned by a cattle farmer. The set-up was already in place and rather than focus on one type of ranch animal to sell they decided to raise a variety which is actually better for the farmland and provides more choice in the marketplace. John’s passion for supporting the soil structure and Christine’s passion for animals is a great combination.

I asked Christine where she saw the organic food movement going. “It is hard to comment on this because when you are in it you really can’t see what is going on around you in an unbiased way. I’m surrounded by like-minds and we are all hoping that it succeeds. A positive sign that things are going forward is seeing more and more young people wanting to become farmers.” Deck Family Farm has interns on the farm who get first-hand experience (as well as room/board and a few positions for pay) on all operations of the family farm. Not only does Deck provide quality food and hands-on work experience, but they offer opportunities to learn about Cobb building, thanks to theCobb Cottage Company who comes out to the farm to give workshops in the summertime.

Deck Family Farm has an open-gate policy. Anytime you want to come out to watch the cows being milked (6 a.m. or 4 p.m.) or just check out the farm, the gate will be unlocked. They have a website, a Facebook page and a blog so you can keep up with the doings on the farm and please be sure to check out their lovely products in our freezer case at the co-op (and fresh eggs in the refrigerator section).

Master Recycler’s Durable Goods Program

Master Recycler LogoDid you know that 27% of landfill material consists of paper products and 13% is made up of plastic?


The FREE Durable Goods Program allows people to rent (at no cost) durable dishes, utensils and cloth napkins for any indoor/outdoor event up to 125 servings. The free rental program includes: Plastic plates, metal silverware, cloth napkins, plastic cups, dishwashing station and cleaning instructions for return. Contact:  541-590-0506.
In addition, the Master Recyclers are looking for donations of ceramic mugs to replace the plastic cups.

Notes from the Board

The Staff has created exciting events for the month of October at the co-op, including a Senior Discount Day. Please take full advantage of these money-saving discount days and educational events – and shop accordingly!
This month we will move all of our noisy heat-generating refrigeration compressors to the outside of the building. This will accomplish two important goals:

1. To lower the temperature in the store which will benefit all of our products.

2. This also will significantly lower the overall noise level everywhere in the store, including at the Check-out area!

Additional benefits include less wear on the equipment and greater energy savings for the co-op! We will be sending out a detailed letter in this regard to all of our members asking for donations to help offset the cost. Look for it mid-month; we greatly appreciate your support in this endeavor!

The vote on Measure 92 is looming. If you have not done so, please take the time necessary to study this issue closely – your right to know what is in the food you eat is at stake.

Your co-op is growing. If you would like to play an active role in directing the current and future operation of your co-op, consider becoming a Member of the Board of Directors. Contact any Board member personally to find out more.

Thank you,

Randy Curtola, Vice-President


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That we update our Facebook page a few times each week with information about products, new arrivals, special sales, etc.? 

Like us on Facebook to remain up to date on what’s happening at the store.

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Open House at the Library..Learn About GMO’s



Learn about   Measure 92 / Oregon Right to Know

Sunday, October 5th

From 1 – 4 PM

Siuslaw Public Library’s Bromley Room

1460 9th Street  Florence, ORegon

By labeling raw and packaged foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, we, as shoppers, can make informed decisions. It’s about transparency ~ giving us choices

Non-GMO snacks provided


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Jeffrey Smith Talks Around the State/ Yes on 92


Jeffrey Smith Oregon GMO Education Tour
Portland, Eugene, Bend, Medford, and Ashland with GMO Free Oregon
It’s In Your Food!
What you can do to get GMOs labeled in Oregon!
Invite a friend who does not know about GMOs!

Portland Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00pm in Portland, Oregon

Location:  First Unitarian Church, 1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR


Eugene Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00pm in Eugene, Oregon

Location: First Christian Church, 1166 Oak Street, Eugene, OR

More Info:Facebook:

Bend Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00pm in Bend, Oregon

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th, Bend, OR

More Info:

Medford/Ashland Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 – 9:00pm Activist Strategy Session and Dinner


More Info: TBA

These events are an educational benefit for the Oregon Right to Know – Yes on 92 Campaign.

FREE! All Welcome! Suggested donation $5 – $25 to raise funds for Yes on 92 – GMO Labeling. Help us match our goal of raising $2500 to be matched by SoDelicious to raise a total of $5,000! No one turned away for lack of funds. 

To volunteer or get involved in these events contact:  Ariane

Sponsor the events:

More info on the GMO Labeling Initiative:

Safe eating begins with INFORMED eating!
-The small but mighty IRT team!

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GMO Labeling Does NOT Increase Food Costs

Everyone – The column below was first posted on Blue Oregon (  earlier tonight…(Aug 28, 2014) , and is also posted on Rick North’s Facebook page at

The Myth of GMO Labels Increasing Food Prices

In the weeks ahead, you’ll be inundated with ads sounding the alarm that if Oregon Measure 92 passes, GMO labeling will significantly raise your grocery bills.

The ads will be paid for by biotech giants like Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow Chemical, plus the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and their corporate members like Coke and Pepsi. They’ll cite some study, invariably funded by industry, claiming GMO labeling will cause family food prices to skyrocket, as much as $400-$500 a year.

Let’s do a reality check.

Consumer food prices are based on multiple factors, including costs for raw materials, production, transportation, advertising, brand competition and retailers’ competition. They’re complex, making exact predictions impossible. But we can say with certainty that past experience shows no evidence that GMO labeling would increase prices.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Take Scott Faber’s ( For five years, he was vice president for federal affairs for the very same GMA and is currently director of Just Label It, which supports GMO labeling. He asserts that “What I learned is that adding a few words to a label has no impact on the price of making or selling food.” (See: New! Improved!)

He adds that you don’t have to take his word for it either. In 1990, GMA president C. Manly Molpus (I swear I’m not making this name up) supported the now familiar nutrition labels then being introduced.  The New York Times article covering the issue ( reported “Industry officials said that labels are changed frequently and if the rule is phased in as planned, little cost would be added.”

There’s also no evidence that GMO labeling increased food prices in the 64 countries that have adopted it. Indeed, David Byrne, then European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, declared (  that “It did not result in increased costs, despite the horrifying (double-digit) prediction of some interests.” American food companies are already labeling their GMO products for export without increasing consumer costs.

Several industry-funded reports argue that more costs will be incurred because there will be a sudden massive switch in consumer buying habits to conventional non-GMO and organic, which is non-GMO by definition. Although anti-GMO activists would cheer the prospect of such a transformation, don’t bet the organic farm on it. Why?

Consumers can mostly be divided into three groups, the largest those that usually don’t read labels – 52%, according to a recent survey( The other two are those who will see the GMO labels but won’t care, and those who see them and decide to buy non-GMO products. The market segment concerned with GMO’s is certainly growing, but the math just doesn’t add up to an immediate across-the-board change. Whether the shift to non-GMO is large or small, farmers will change crops to meet the demand, just as they always have.

If there was a major conversion over time, it’s accurate that there would need to be expansion of growing and processing of non-GMO crops that can add costs. But separate tracks for conventional non-GMO and organic already exist, as a glance at the variety of breakfast cereals in any grocery store will show. Both Cheerios and Grape-Nuts have gone non-GMO in the past year without raising prices and Ben & Jerry’s(file:///C:/Users/Rick/Documents/GMO%27s%20-%20OR%202014%20Campaign/USA%20Today%20article%20on%20Ben%20and%20Jerry%27s%20going%20gmo-free%206-15-14.htm), which is in the process of going non-GMO, will do the same.

Finally, consider that the cost of the crops is only a very small part of the finished product. One example: According to food writer Tom Philpott (, using USDA figures, the cost of the corn going into Kellogg’s Corn Flakes selling for $3.79 a box at Fred Meyer’s is only five cents.

As a trade association, the purpose of GMA is to protect the profits of its member corporations. In contrast, the purpose of Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, is to inform and protect US, the citizens. Consumers Union determined ( that I-522, Washington state’s 2013 initiative to label GMO foods, would not significantly raise consumer costs. It says the same about Oregon and also endorses Measure 92.

Last year, the Washington state attorney general sued GMA ( for soliciting millions of dollars from its corporate members to fight I-522 and keeping their donations secret from voters, violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws. GMA is also suing Vermont to block its recently-passed GMO labeling bill. It also petitioned the FDA this year to allow GMO foods to be labeled “natural.”

Somehow it seems perfectly appropriate that GMA is only one letter away from GMO.

Transparency is the heart of Measure 92 – your right to know what’s in your food. The bottom line is simple: Your vote is a choice between disclosing information or concealing it.

Rick North


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Fine Print of the Food Wars

 Monsanto and Biotech Industry Pushing for World Food Monopoly Through Seed Supply

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