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Meet Our New Manager….

Ian Crosby joins us from the Ashland Food Co-op where he has worked for over 8 years. He worked as a Staff Director at Ashland Food Co-op as well as served on the Co-op Board of Directors, where he was involved with strategic planning committees.

Becoming manager of our Real Food Co-op seems to be a natural progression in his career.

Ian wants to live in a world where safe food is available to everyone. He strongly supports a sustainable food system in every community, meaning he supports local farms and producers, making him a wonderful fit for our co-op!

Ian and his family are looking forward to living on the coast (and they don’t mind the wind)! They enjoy harvesting wild mushrooms, gardening, and raising chickens and goats.

Come on down to the store and welcome Ian to our community! And while you’re there, check the calendar for cashier openings….Thanks!

Monday, August 3                12p-3p

Tuesday, August 4                10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Wednesday, August 5           10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thursday, August 6               10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Friday, August 7                    12p-3p

Saturday, August 8                10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

We  appreciate all your hard work.  It’s what makes a co-op strong.

Sincerely, Rene


Real Food Co-op


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You Can Be a working Member!

Support your Real Food Co-op by cooperating! Working Members are a vital part of our success as a co-op.  Please come in or call and find out how you can support your co-op and your community! There are lots of different opportunities. Find one that works for you. Times and days can be flexible.

Additionally, working members earn store discounts!

Contact Laurie, our Working Member Coordinator, for more information.

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Roots & Shoots ~ elsan

Maize (Zea mays)~ that which sustains life ~

The Corn Belt.

Though I’ve driven across corn country dozens of times in my life, I’m still amazed and aghast by the acres and acres of cornfields growing in the states that make up the Corn Belt. A vast, monotonous landscape of a single cultivar. Rows and rows of genetically identical crops reflecting our outdated and unsustainable farming practices. As Michael Pollan stated, I still feel that the great evil of American agriculture is monoculture.

We are by far the largest producers of corn with China in second place. There are over 400,000 farms in the US growing corn on more than 91 million acres of land. Valued at 52 billion, US corn is mainly used for bio fuels (40%) and animal feed (36%). Much of the rest is exported. And as of 2014, 89% of corn grown in the US is from genetically modified seed.



Meet the wild ancestor of present-day corn. Teosinte, a bushy grass plant native to central Mexico. A scant 5-12 kernels lined up in a single file on a 5″ ear. A hard shell encloses each kernel and inside a dry, starchy food. Hardly recognizable as the great American corn-on-the-cob. Yet, for its small size, the nutritional reward was 2x more protein than today’s corn and significantly less starch.

It took several thousand years and a handful of natural key mutations to reach something we would recognize as corn. Health writer and food activist, Jo Robinson writes, Each mutation involved a single gene. These seemingly minor alterations combined to produce spectacular changes. Teosinte was transformed into a tall plant with one or two stalks, much larger ears, and a hundred or more kernels per cob-all without human interventions.


Well, we eventually intervened. Hundreds of generations of human selection and more recently, genetic manipulation, followed nature’s spontaneous mutations. Presto! Only 7,000 years for teosinte to become the huge, sweet corn we eat today. And sweet it is. Today corn contains about 40% sugar. We also paid a price nutritionally with lower phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Blue corn, which has been sacred to the Hopi and other southwestern American Indian nations for several thousand years, is extremely high in anthocyanin’s, giving it thirty times more antioxidant value than our modern white corn. (Jo Robinson)

About 5,000 yrs ago farmers in Mexico grew so much of a mutated variety that it became their staple crop, replacing nuts, roots, greens and even wild game. So much for diversity in their diet.

Now, comes the scary part of corn’s history. In the 1930s, plant geneticists wanting to learn more about genetics, experimented with manipulating corn genes. They exposed corn seeds to a variety of things including X-rays, UV light, toxic chemicals, and cobalt radiation. Results were weird.


Then in the mid-40s a bizarre series of tests were done. Unbelievably, corn seeds were blasted with an atomic bomb. Attempting to determine if large military ships could survive atomic warfare and the effects of intense radiation on plants and animals, goats, pigs and sacks of corn seeds were bombarded with radiation. (Where was the Humane Society?)

As you might guess most of the corn grew into freakish, short-lived plants. The seeds of this crazy corn were collected and stored in a central seed maize bank and were used for continued experimentation.

Thanks to a geneticist, John Laughnan, our supermarkets carry bushel baskets of super sweet varieties. As often happens, he discovered a sweeter corn by accident. Original seeds for his research were ordered from the maize bank mentioned above. This particular mutated seed, named sh2, altered genetic material enough to turn the plant into a sugar factory. Ten times sweeter than the corn of that time. Laughnan went into business. In 1961, writes Jo Robinson, Laughnan began to market the first of his supersweet corn varieties. Consumers fell head over heels for the sugary corn.

And that’s not the end of this corny story. Research continued and numerous geneticists developed sweeter and sweeter varieties. Over 90% of today’s sweet corn contains Laughnan’s sh2 mutation. How sweet it is.


How can you make sure you’re eating healthy, nutritious corn? Choose the most colorful varieties. And, of course, choose organic. It would be great if conventional markets carried red, blue and purple corn. Most don’t. So, look for deep yellow kernels that contain more beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin than white corn. According to Dr. Weil, Beta-carotene is considered an antioxidant and is also a precursor to vitamin A. This compound helps maintain healthy skin and also plays a vital role in eye health. Individuals who consume the necessary levels of beta-carotene can lower their risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, macular degeneration, and other age-related diseases.


Corn may not be readily available in colors but it is possible to find colorful cornmeal thereby providing more phytonutrients. When using yellow cornmeal look for the whole-grain kind but remember whole-grain includes the oily germ so it turns rancid faster. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Whole-grain cornmeal contains more fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, choline, and betaine. Add more nutrition to your food ~ try blue, red or purple cornmeal.

In Guatemala corn flour, sugar and water are combined to make a drink, ‘pinolate'; Costa Rica mixes corn flour and cocoa for ‘pinolillo'; Mexican atole is corn flour, water, milk and sugar.

Corn Recipes

Corn on the menu? Here are some tasty recipes for you to enjoy.








Eat my Chia Pet?

By Laurie Stone, C.H.N.

Stonehaven Center of Balance and Well Being 

Many people know about Chia seeds from the infamous commercial selling the “Ch-ch-ch chia” Pet in the 1980’s. What we’re discovering now is the many health benefits of Chia seeds.

The Chia seed is a member of the mint family. It was used as a source of concentrated fuel by the Aztec and Mayan cultures for centuries. It was originally grown in the Southwestern United States and Mexico between 1500-910 B.C.

Today Chia is making a comeback as a super food. It has the highest known Omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic-acid, ALA) content of any other plant source. 1 tablespoon contains 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Chia is a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

Unlike flax seed, Chia does not need to be ground to get the full benefit of it. Because of it’s high fiber and Omega-3 content, Chia can be beneficial in improving your cardiovascular health. It can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

There are many different ways you can include Chia seeds in your diet. You can add them to your smoothies, oatmeal or baked goods. You can even make Chia pudding. My family’s favorite way to enjoy Chia is in a Chia drink. It has the consistency of liquid jello. My kids love it!


Strawberry-Lemonade Chia Drink

Yield: 1/2 gallon

1/4-1/2 cup of honey

2 cups of lukewarm water

2 tsp. of vanilla

8 tablespoons of chia seeds

2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 cups of strawberry puree (I blend frozen strawberries that have defrosted but you can use fresh ones)

2 cups of cool water

Dissolve the honey in the lukewarm water. Add the vanilla and Chia seeds and stir well. Add the lemon juice and strawberry puree, stir well.

Add the last 2 cups of cool water and let it sit so that the Chia can become ‘jello’ like. I like to let mine sit in the refrigerator overnight but it could be ready in about 30 min.

You can change out the lemon juice for any citrus juice and the strawberry puree for any other fruit puree you would like. Here are a few other ideas; Orange-pineapple, Lime-cherry and blueberry lemonade, but the possibilities are endless!


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At the Store Right Now…

Local Produce:

Greens, NZ Spinach

Peaches, Plums, Berries, Apples, (and Figs are coming..)

Peppers, Tomatoes, Basil

Carrots, Broccoli

Green Beans

Regional Produce:

Corn, Beets

Cantaloupe, Watermelon


Call the store to check for availability of bulk produce for canning and freezing.

You can always check the posted produce price list to see what is grown regionally!

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The School Garden Needs Volunteers


Interested in volunteering to help with the school garden? It is a great opportunity to support our kids and community! Contact the new School Garden Coordinator Lyza at

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Come and Meet our New Manager

Ian Crosby, the Co-Op’s new General Manager, hails from Ashland, and is apparently very experienced. He will be orienting at the Co-Op this week (except for Wednesday).  Let’s get to know him….This would be a great time to come in and meet him.

And, it would be a great week to cashier!

Monday, August 3                12p-3p

Tuesday, August 4                10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Wednesday, August 5           10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thursday, August 6               10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Friday, August 7                    12p-3p

Saturday, August 8                10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

We  appreciate all your hard work.  It’s what makes a co-op strong.


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Please call your Senator


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You Don’t Matter to Congress. But Monsanto Does.

Dear Organic Consumer,

Today, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.

They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

They voted against you.

Please help us raise $100,000 to prevent this bill from moving forward. Your donation today will go directly to fund additional lobbyists and grassroots organizers so this bill never becomes law. You can donate online now, or by mail or phone. Details here.

Now that the DARK Act has been approved by the House, we’ll have to stop it in the Senate. We have to move fast—because Monsanto is desperate to pass a bill that preempts mandatory GMO labeling laws at the state and federal levels, before Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect next year.

H.R. 1599 was sold to Congress via multi-million dollar public relations and lobbying campaigns built on lies and deception. The bill’s sole purpose is to support an industry—Monsanto’s poison-peddling industry—that was founded on lies and deception from the get-go.

Were the Congress members who voted against you fooled by Monsanto’s slick, deceitful packaging of this so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”? Or did they simply vote with their wallets, stuffed full of biotech and junk food industry cash?

We don’t know. But we know this: We can’t let this bill get through the U.S. Senate.

Please help us raise $100,000 to prevent this bill from moving forward. Your donation today will go directly to fund additional lobbyists and grassroots organizers so this bill never becomes law. You can donate online now, or by mail or phone. Details here.

Less than 24 hours before the House vote, the industry-funded front group behind H.R. 1599 was still pushing out the lies. The “Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food,” feigning concern for consumers, emailed members urging them to support the DARK Act because if we require mandatory labeling, it will increase the cost of your food by $500/year. That lie has been debunked over and over, by legitimate independent studies. It’s a lie based on a study funded by, and which remains the intellectual property of, the Council for Biotech Information—of which Monsanto is a member.

Less than 24 hours before the House vote, a staffer in the office of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Pompeo, told a caller that the DARK Act gives consumers what they want: the means to know whether or not their food contains GMOs. “Consumers can choose to presume that all foods have GMO contents unless they are labeled or otherwise presented as non-GMO.  Meaning that it is knowable and it is known by the public which products have GMO and which don’t,” claimed a Pompeo minion.

More lies. The DARK Act creates a voluntary, government-run non-GMO certification program. Unless every producer of non-GMO products pays to have those products certified non-GMO, consumers will still have no way of knowing which products contain GMOs, and which don’t. And why should the burden of labeling fall on the producers of non-GMO foods, when the risk factor is associated with those foods that do contain GMOs?

H.R. 1599 would repeal existing state GMO labeling laws, such as Vermont’s Act 120, and would preempt any future state or federal laws requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods or foods containing GMOs. That’s unconstitutional, according to the Campaign for Liberty, which said this in a statement yesterday:

Whatever your views on GMOs, there is no Constitutional justification for the federal government to preempt state laws in this area. There certainly is no justification for Congress to preempt private sector efforts to meet consumer demands for non-GMO foods, while allowing those who support the use of GMOs to do so.

Yet 275 members of the U.S. House today voted against the U.S. Constitution. And if we don’t stop them, a majority of U.S. Senators could do the same.

You are part of a growing movement, informed by science and motivated by concern for your health and the health of the planet. Ours is a powerful movement. But we are up against powerful industries with bottomless pockets.

If we are going to stop the federal government from taking away our right to demand truth and transparency in labeling, we will have to double or triple our size and our impact. And we have to do it now.

Please help us raise $100,000 to prevent this bill from moving forward. Your donation today will go directly to fund additional lobbyists and grassroots organizers so this bill never becomes law. You can donate online now, or by mail or phone. Details here.

Thank you!

Ronnie Cummins
National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

P.S. Don’t let the U.S. Senate kill the GMO labeling movement! Donations made to the Organic Consumers Fund, our 501(c) 4 lobbying arm, are not tax-deductible. If you want to support our grassroots advocacy and education campaigns to defeat the DARK Act, you can make a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)3 here.


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Join Us Monday July 20th for Our Petition Drive Kick-Off


poster-screenshot*Please click on the poster on the left to see details about our latest Community Rights Action.  Finally! We have petitions to sign…..  Join Us!

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Your Co-op Needs You!

Dear Real Food Co-op owners,


Every business works at its best when the owner is active in its function. In becoming a member of Real Food Co-op, you have become an owner of this business. The Real Food Co-op has been seeing a building of energy recently and now requires more involvement from its owners in order to function.

Real Food Co-op, your store, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill the General Manager and Assistant Manager positions. Jen Nelson, who has been our general manager, has left our employment. Laurie and Liat are carrying the load, manning the store on their own, while down two employees. It is imperative to have more owner contribution to maintain the current store hours.

We see that our co-op needs both a physical commitment through owner action and a financial commitment through dedicated shopping and donations. The fundraiser was a success, but did not cover the needs that we currently face.

If every owner shopped at the store 1-2 times per week, rather than supporting corporate businesses, we would see a difference financially.

It is up to all of us to keep the co-op going. Your owner contribution is significant. Every dollar and every hour count!

Looking forward to seeing you in the store, 

Laurie, Liat and your Board of Directors

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Community Rights Lane County

Community Rights For Lane County has finally won its place on the ballot.  After three years of hard work, our ballot title has been cleared, and we are ready to collect signatures to protect our right to safeguard our food.  Please join us in this effort. We will be kicking-off the ballot effort Monday night at Charnel Mulligan City Park, corner of Charnelton and 17th, on Monday night from 6-8 PM.  Please join us!

We just saw this great video on the issues involved with GMOs and Monsanto’s corporate tactics and wanted to share it with you! It’s humorous, entertaining, chilling, and just 5 minutes! Check it out!

And once you’ve watched that, you can head over to The Local Food Rights Campaign Kickoff on Monday and do something about it!

Monday July 20th 


Charnel Mulligan City Park (On the corner of Charnelton and 17th)

Bring your picnic basket, blanket, and join us in the park!

•Learn about the Local Food System Charter Amendment and the campaign

•Volunteer for the campaign

•Get trained to collect signatures

•Meet new people, have some food, and enjoy a little music

We hope to see you there!

Thanks for your support! 

Want to donate to the cause?     Click here!

Want to volunteer?     Click here!

Community Rights Lane County

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