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New Cashier Openings

Good Morning,

Was at the Saturday Market in Eugene yesterday – wonderful.  I hope our Farmer’s Market will open soon.

There are a few cashier spots to choose from this week…

Monday, April 21
3p-6p

Tuesday, April 22
10a-12p
Wednesday, April 23
10a-12p; 3p-6p

Thursday, April 24
10a-12p; 3p-6p

Friday, April 25

3p-6p

Saturday, April 26
10a-12p; 12p-3p

Thank you for all the help you give!
Rene

 

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Monsanto Invades Jackson County

From our friend Rick North, who has been fighting this battle for many years:

For the last 10 years, I’ve battled Monsanto, their buddies in the biotech industry and Big Ag. I knew they’d be dropping a ton of money into Jackson County to stop the ballot initiative banning the growing of GMO crops (also known as GE – genetically engineered).

But even I never thought it was going to be this much. According to a Jefferson Public Radio story (http://ijpr.org/post/ag-industry-rallies-defeat-jackson-county-anti-gmo-measure), they’ve flooded the county with over $750,000, an incredible amount of money for a small county measure.

Monsanto itself has dumped over $180,000, DuPont Pioneer almost $130,000 and Syngenta, which has dozens of GM sugar beets plots there, $75,000. The Nebraska Non-Stock Sugarbeet Growers Association chipped in $15,000, the Wyoming Sugar Company $10,000 and the Texas Farm Bureau $5,000. According to initiative proponents, over 99% of the money opposing the measure is coming from outside the county, much of it outside Oregon.

Jackson County has now become Ground Zero in a nationwide battle over GMO’s. Big Ag and biotech are pulling out all the stops to stem the anti-GMO tide rising throughout the country. There have been dozens of state bills or initiatives introduced in the past two years to require labeling of GMO foods. Meanwhile, nearly two million people have written to the FDA asking that GE salmon not be approved. More than 60 retailers, including grocery giants Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Giant Eagle, have refused to sell them (http://www.foe.org/news/archives/2014-03-kroger-safeway-join-trend-away-from-gmo-food). In the last six months, iconic cereals Cheerios and Grape-Nuts have gone GMO-free and more products are expected to follow.

Monsanto and friends wouldn’t be dumping this much money if they didn’t think initiative advocates actually had a chance to winAnd they do, thanks to a huge local coalition of family farmers, small businesses and citizens of all stripes fed up with having their crops contaminated and seeing local, state and federal governments doing absolutely nothing to help them (for a quick background, see my earlier Blue Oregon column at http://www.blueoregon.com/2013/09/grand-bargain-aint-so-grand-anymore/).

Our Family Farm Coalition, leading the initiative, has done a remarkable job, raising over $112,000, and generating terrific TV and radio ads (see attachment), but THEY NEED A LOT MORE. David doesn’t need to match Goliath, but he sure needs enough money for a slingshot.  SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY – RIGHT NOW! The election is May 20 and ballots will be sent out in about three weeks.

To get more information and GIVE GENEROUSLY, go to their website at

 Our Family Farms Coalition to make a donation in the Jackson County GMO ban initiative:

and click on the yellow DONATE button on the right side of their home page. I made my donation this way and it’s easy and quick.

Please join me - Thank you!

P.S. Please forward this newsletter to your friends and I’ll also post it on Facebook. It’s us against the corporate takeover of our food supply and you better believe we can actually do something about it!

Rick North

503-968-1520

hrnorth@hevanet.com

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Label GMO’s

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Friends-

It’s official.

We just launched our campaign website and are already talking to voters about why Oregonians deserve the right to know what they eat and feed their families.

Are you excited to get this campaign to label GMOs off to a strong start?

Help us kick off strong! Forward this email to 5 friends and ask them to endorse Oregon Right to Know.

Click here to endorse Oregon Right to Know.

-OR Right to Know

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Tuesday Afternoon Greens

Our Spring Newsletter

Tuesday afternoon is the delivery time for fresh, yummy and nutritious spring greens from Greenfield Farms.

Stinging Nettle is high in vitamins and minerals, good for your allergies as well as many other things. You can use it in stir fries, soups, lasagna, teas.

(I have personally experienced cream of nettle soup for the first time, and was amazed at how delicious it was…and so simple to make.  Potatoes can be the thickener, and besides salt and pepper, just a small pinch of nutmeg is about the only spice you will need.~ ed.)

Miners lettuce is a wild green that is great in salads.

(If you can’t find Miner’s Lettuce, come to the Community Garden on Second Street behind the Methodist Church, with your scissors.  It is growing in abundance in boxes that have not yet been registered with anyone.  We have it in our salads…it’s high in vitamins and minerals.~ed)

Chickweed is another wild green that is easy to cultivate in your garden and is wonderful in salads. It is full of good stuff, a gentle blood cleanser, great as a poultice for hot, itchy rashes and good for healing skin wounds. It is great for use in salves.

Mache (aka Corn Salad) that is commonly grown in Europe, is a salad green that grows great here, too. It is known for its nutty flavor.

(Mache will proliferate if  you plant it, going to seed willy nilly, and takes up a lot of garden space.  If you don’t have room for it, it’s good to have it available through thee Co-op.~ed)

Thanks to John and Maria of Greenfield Farms for bringing these special greens to our store.

New – Streaker Barley Flakes!

The co-op now carries Streaker Barley Flakes from Hunton’s Farm in Willamette Valley. Grown with organic practices, they are yummy, sweet and a great alternative to oats. They are available in 1.5 lb. bags.

Notes from Camas Country Mill/Hunton Farm’s regarding their Streaker Barley Flakes: “Developed by the OSU Barley Project, grown on our farm, and rolled by Grain Millers, Inc., this is a product that links together our local grain economy all in one package. A high-fiber, tasty replacement for rolled oats alone or in recipes.”

Streaker Barley Flakes are on sale during the Month of April for $4.95 (reg. $5.25).

New – Organic Emmer Flour!

Our Organic Emmer Flour is stone-ground by Camas Country Mill in small batches to retain maximum freshness. The slow milling process does not heat the grain or the flour. These Emmer berries are grown on Huntons’ Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

What is Emmer Farro? Emmer is a highly nutritious heirloom grain that has been used in Europe for thousands of years. High in protein, low in gluten, Emmer wheat has a very simple structure, with 28 chromosomes as compared with over 200 chromosomes in modern wheat. Some folks think that as the human digestive system has evolved with Emmer, so are we genetically equipped to handle it better.

In the last 50 years, modern wheat has been hybridized over 1,000 times, not for nutritional value, but for ease of production, resistance to disease, and high gluten content (so we can make big fluffy breads and pastries). Some people with moderate gluten, wheat, or grain issues can tolerate Emmer well.

Farro is an Italian term for ancient grains. Emmer is considered the original farro which is why we refer to our Emmer as Emmer Farro.

Emmer flours’ sweet nutty flavor is a natural fit for pancakes & waffles…Serve with local fresh fruit & yogurt…You may be surprised how far these high protein hot cakes will take you!

Organic Emmer Farro Flour is on sale during April for $14.70 (reg. price: $15.50).

New Cheeses

We are pleased to announce that we have some new cheeses in at the store, including cheese from Willamette Valley Cheese Company and Rogue Creamery. They are local and contain no antibiotics or growth hormones. Flavors include Gouda, Cranberry Havarti, Pepper Jack, French Brie, Lavender, Smokey Blue, and more.

In addition, we have a new flavor of Greenbank Farms raw milk cheese: Jalapeño Monterey Jack!

New Wave Enviro Products:

New Wave Enviro products are now available through Real Food Co-op. New Wave offers 10-stage water filters, shower filters, BpA free water bottles and more. Click the link below to see the full line of their products or stop in to see the catalog at our store. Contact Jen at the store to order New Wave Enviro products.

Back Porch Enclosure Needed

We are looking for someone to help us close in our back porch. It is partially closed in, just the upper few feet need covering of some kind…perhaps corrugated plastic? The store will pay for materials; hours spent will go toward a discount at the store. If you are interested, please contact Jen at the store by phone or email. Thank you!

Needs at the Store

We are looking for a cabinet for our restroom that can be used to store/hide our cleaning materials, including our vacuum, mop and broom. Donations earn a store discount. In addition, we are looking for someone interested in earning a volunteer discount by helping clean our windows. Email Jen at the store for more information about how you can help with these opportunities.

Thank You Farmers and Volunteers

A wonderful display has appeared above our refrigerated section at the store to thank our local farmers and volunteers for all they do to help our store and members. Thank you all! Our apologies in advance if we missed anyone…if we did, let us know so we can be sure to include them!

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Co-op Calendar

April 25, 10:00       AM Store Operations Workgroup Committee Meeting at  Real Food Co-op. Open to all members.  Held the last Friday of every month.

April 28, 6:30 PM      Board Meeting at Real Food Co-op. Open to all members. Held the last Monday of every month.

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Current Delivery Schedule…

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.

* Herb Jar Artisan Sourdough breads arrive on Monday and Wednesday mornings by 11:00 AM.

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Our Spring Recipe

Emmer Flour Coffee Cake    (From Bluebird Grain Farms Online)

 INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups Emmer flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups apple sauce

TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×9-inch baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl:

  • Beat the eggs, gradually stir in oil and applesauce.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture and blend until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour into a greased pan.
  • Melt butter and add the brown sugar and walnuts; spoon the mixture over the batter.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Enjoy!

 

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Organic Farmers Win Big in Farm Bill

This press release from February 7th, outlines benefits to organic farmers in the Farm bill which was signed into law that day.~ed

WASHINGTON, DC — Marking a significant shift in American agriculture practices, the Farm Bill signed into law today included new provisions to promote organic farming, bringing much of the industry in line with conventional farming.

Co-chairs of the bipartisan House Organic Caucus, including Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), applauded the provisions, which include:

*New crop insurance provision: Under the bill, organic producers will be able to insure crops at prices consistent with their retail value. Currently, organic crops prices are set at a level with non-organic counterparts. This will ensure organic farmers are not disproportionately affected in case of a crop failure or other problem.

*Cost-share measure for farmers transitioning to organic agriculture: The Cost-Share Program assists small farmers and handlers in offsetting a portion of the costs of annual certification. Obtaining organic certification can be expensive for small producers and without this assistance, being certified organic would be unattainable for many farmers and handlers. The House Farm Bill had repealed this provision but fortunately the final bill signed into law included renewal of this key program.

*Money for research, technological upgrades and market reporting: Organic farmers face many challenges that can’t be addressed through research geared towards conventional crops. Organic farming is a unique system that requires different solutions to pest and weed management, seeds, and production. Increased funding for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will help meet the growing needs of the organic community. Additionally, the Organic Production Market and Data Initiative (ODI) collects information vital to maintaining stable markets, creating risk management tools, and increasing exports.

The new Farm Bill also includes funding for new programs that incentivize local agriculture, including farmers markets.

“I first began work on an organic labeling standard in the early 1990s,” said Caucus Co-chair Rep. Peter DeFazio. “It’s amazing how far we have come, from a backyard enterprise championed by a few farmers in my district, all the way to today, where the President just signed a bill that finally puts organic agriculture on par with conventional agriculture. This legislation reflects the recognition that organic farming, a multi-billion dollar industry, is an increasingly important part of our nation’s food supply and the economy.”

“The organic industry is growing exponentially each year, making it one of the most profitable in the country,” said Caucus Co-chair Rep. Sam Farr. “The Farm Bill’s investments in organics will support that growth, leading to continued job creation while providing increased access to the healthy foods that consumers want.”

“Thanks to the bipartisan efforts of the Organic Caucus, this Farm Bill includes funding for a number of important programs for the fast-growing organic farming sector,” said Caucus Co-chair Rep. Ron Kind. “I’m pleased we were able to reach bipartisan agreement on the importance of investing in the promise of organic agriculture and helping to meet the specific needs of our organic farmers.”

In addition, the National Organic Coalition praised the House Organic Caucus for its work.

“The House Organic Caucus has been an absolutely essential tool under the leadership of Representatives Defazio, Kind, Farr, and Hanna in educating members of Congress about the importance of organic policies and programs,” said Steve Etka, Legislative Director for the National Organic Coalition. “Without the caucus, these positive Farm Bill outcomes would not have been possible.”

The House Organic Caucus was formed in 2003 to promote the fast-growing organic industry.

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Spring is Here…Where are the Bees?

 

Grab Your Camera…Bumble Bee Watch is Here!
New web site is launched to help identify and protect bumble bees
PORTLAND, Ore—A new web site launched today allows people to be directly involved in protecting bumble bees throughout North America. BumbleBeeWatch.org enables people to connect with experts and other enthusiasts, and help build a comprehensive picture of where bumble bees are thriving and where they need help.
Furry, hardworking bumble bees are essential to wildlands, gardens, and farms, helping to deliver food security for both people and wildlife alike. Alarmingly, many recent reports suggest that we may be losing their familiar buzz from our summer landscapes due to habitat loss, insecticide use, disease, and climate change. More information is needed to determine their conservation status, and that process demands a continent-wide collaborative effort.
“We have an amazing community of citizen scientists who have helped us follow a handful of bee species,” said Rich Hatfield, the Xerces Society conservation biologist who coordinated creation of Bumble Bee Watch. “Hopefully this new web site will generate greater awareness and allow us to draw more people into this community.”
A smartphone or simple digital camera (and a computer) is all that’s needed to start exploring BumbleBeeWatch.org. In addition to uploading photos of bumble bees, individuals can identify the bumble bees, learn about their ecology, and connect with bumble bee experts and other citizen scientists engaged in pollinator conservation.
The information gathered will help locate rare or endangered populations, as well as track species whose status is less well known. “Bumble Bee Watch will greatly benefit our at-risk pollinator conservation program,” said Sheila Colla, project leader for Wildlife Preservation Canada’s At-Risk Pollinator Project, a partner in Bumble Bee Watch. “By locating rare bumble bee populations and collecting information on their ecological requirements, citizen scientists can help conserve these important insects.”
Bumble Bee Watch is a partnership between the Xerces Society, Wildlife Preservation Canada, the University of Ottawa, theMontreal Insectarium, the Natural History Museum in London, and BeeSpotter.
“Bumble Bee Watch unites scientists and conservation organizations in Canada and the United States in the study and protection of North America’s bumble bees,” said Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society. “We are grateful for the hard work and commitment that our partners have made. This web site will transform the way bumble bees are viewed and protected.”
 
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For More Information
Learn more about BumbleBeeWatch.org:
·         Watch this video to learn how to contribute your photos, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Kp3Awf2MQ
·         Learn how to take helpful photos of bumble bees, www.bumblebeewatch.org/contents/photo-tips/
·         Meet the Bumble Bee Watch partners, http://bumblebeewatch.org/contents/about/
Watch the Bumble Bee Watch trailer video on YouTube, http://youtu.be/vTLKMAtXGnA
Read more about bumble bees at risk on Xerces’ Project Bumble Bee web page, http://www.xerces.org/bumblebees/
 

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How “Extreme Levels” of Monsanto’s Herbicide Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm.

 

Posted on the UKIAH BLOG
As some of you know, Mendocino County has been active in opposing GMO’s for many years, and were able to legislate a ban, which is still in effect.
The following is from the Ukiah Blog:
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News and Sales

 

Field Roast LogoField Roast (vegan) Smoked Apple Sage Sausages are new at the co-op. Field Roast sausages are made using traditional, old-country, sausage making practices. They begin where all sausage lovers begin, with a grind, but their grind is of grain meat. They chop their own fresh vegetables; eggplant, Yukon Gold potatoes, onions and garlic, add some liquids (such as zesty lemon juice, rich red wine from a local winery, and organic apple cider vinegar), and finally add the seasonings: fennel seed, sweet red pepper, rubbed sage, ginger, and Chipotle and Chili de Arbol peppers. And, voila!! They have created an artisan vegan sausage with sizzle, texture and personality. Smoked Apple Sage Sausages are a savory combination of apples and sage, anchored with Yukon Gold potatoes; they include a subtle hint of hickory smoke.

See the recipe in the side bar for a tasty way to enjoy these sausages.

Field Roast (vegan) Smoked Apple Sage Sausages are on sale this month. Since this is a new item, the sale price was not available at time of printing, but the item will be on sale in February.

Bread-Gluten FreeAlso on sale this month is Happy Campers Gluten Free Bread (all varieties). Yummy, healthy, allergy-friendly! The bread of your dreams! These scrumptious loaves make everyone a happy camper! They bake them for you by hand in their dedicated gluten-free bakery in Portland, Oregon. Their quality ingredients come from non-GMO, gluten-free sources and almost all of them are organic. Check out their Health Page to learn all about what makes Happy Campers breads good for you!

Happy Campers breads (all varieties) are on sale this month for $6.95 (reg. price: $7.30).

Reducing Disposable Bag Use
Grocery BagsWe would like to reduce the amount of disposable bags we are using at the co-op, especially plastic bags.Please try to remember to bring your own bags with you when you shop. In addition, if you have any reusable bags that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the co-op (this includes clean cloth bags as well as the reusable bags sold at other grocery stores in our area). All donated bags should be clean and in good shape.

Important Reminders for February
The start of a new year brings with it important reminders for our membership.Annual AssessmentsPlease note that your membership is no longer active if your assessment was not paid by January 31. You can reactivate your membership by paying your 2014 assessment. Email Jen if you need assistance with paying your annual assessment.

Thank you for helping support the Real Food Co-op.

Notes From Your Board – Looking Ahead!

The Board is set to begin 2014 with a very positive outlook. We will see new faces on the Board this year and are looking forward to new ideas and views being shared towards our ongoing goal of a better co-op for our Member/Owners!

Annual assessment statements were mailed on Friday January 24. If you have not received your statement by now please let Jen know right away so that we can get it processed.

 

Co-op bulk wall and freezers
Refrigeration units on north wall.

On January 13, the Real Food Co-op opened with a new floor plan designed to make your shopping experience easier and more efficient. ALL refrigeration units are now together on the north wall; produce is now on the west wall, easily visible from the entrance; bulk has been more efficiently located; and an additional benefit of the re-arranging is that we have opened up quite a bit of space for more products! We are looking to add more bulk bins and containers along with better lighting in the near future, but the store is already so much more pleasing to customers (as evidenced by the rave reviews we have received). Come and see for yourself!

Co-op Produce Location
Produce visible upon entering the store.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting and Potluck Celebration on February 16; please remember to bring a sign listing the ingredients for the dish(es) you bring to share.

Thanks to all,

Randy Curtola

President, Real Food Co-op Board of Directors

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The Environmental Working Group/ Please take Action

When you hear the name “Coalition for Safe Affordable Food” you probably think it’s a coalition spearheaded by EWG or one of our allies. Think again. It’s a newly formed industry front group trying to push legislation through Congress t

nat·u·ral

adjective \ˈna-chə-rəl, ˈnach-rəl\
: existing in nature and not made or caused by people : coming from nature
: not having any extra substances or chemicals added : not containing anything artificial
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Stand up to the CSAF's misinformation campaign!

Dear Joann,

When you hear the name “Coalition for Safe Affordable Food” you probably think it’s a coalition spearheaded by EWG or one of our allies.

Think again.

It’s a newly formed industry front group trying to push legislation through Congress that would let companies label foods with genetically engineered ingredients as “natural.”

That doesn’t sound like the definition of natural to me.

You’ve already told your members of Congress to oppose Big Food’s bad bill – thank you. But we need to expose the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food for what it really is today, before it can gain any traction in Congress.

Please help us spread the word:

Thank you for standing up for your right to know!

Sincerely,

Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group

 

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