Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Here comes May! Coffee with the board, new specials and more!

Hi Wheatsville friends!

This week, we'll chat about:
Coffee with the board
Expansion/ Renovation update
Save the date for the Tecolote Farm tour!
Product news and sales
Board is seeking interested owners to run for the board

Coffee with the board!
This Saturday from 10-Noon, join some of your favorite board members for coffee and treats under the awning on the patio. 
Talk about the weather, the project, board vision and the transformation of society!

Tecolote Farm Tour
Sunday, May 25th 11am - 2pm

Wheatsville owners and organic farmers, Katie Kraemer and David Pitre invite Wheatsville owners to visit their farm.

Tecolote Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in operation since 1994. Sundays are harvest days. They harvest for Monday basket deliveries in the morning, then clean, sort, and pack vegetables in the shady wash area after lunch.
Coop members are welcome to join the Wheatsville tour and should bring wide-brimmed hats, closed shoes, and water. Please leave your pups at home.

Expansion-asana: week 3!
The work continues on the retaining wall and some other stuff. We've got some video on-line of the back hoe doing some of its work.
Having a huge piece of power equipment in our parking lot has made parking  a little trickier than we're used to and we've had some traffic jams at certain times of the day. We appreciate your patience in this process. I do have some suggestions, though for better times to shop. 
If you can adjust your shopping, you might find that the auto parking is easier during the the following times: 
Early mornings from open until about 11 or 11:30am. 
Mid-afternoon from 2:30-4
Evenings after 8pm.

After 5pm and on weekends, there is potentially parking to the north side of Wheatsville that you could also try.

All staff are parking off premises or finding alternative transport to get to work to free up as much space as possible for you to shop, but it will still be a squeeze during the busiest times. Once again, I thank you for your patience during our project.

We had a nice ceremony to celebrate the start or our project on Tuesday. We even got some news coverage. We'll post links to pictures and video as soon as we get them!

May specials and other product action!

We're heading quickly into May, so starting on Thursday, our new Co-op Advantage sales will begin! You can download the flyer on-line at
This week in the Beer department!
Samuel Smith ORGANIC Cider now available in the singles cooler!
Also, look for various singles on clearance sale at amazing prices (while supplies last)!
Fresh in the Deli
Say hello to Tomatillo Fire, Wheatsville's latest salsa of the month! Packed with roasted tomatillos, tomatoes, poblanos, onions, garlic, jalapenos and serranos, this complex salsa packs a sweet and spicy
The Deli's new smoothie of the month, Peach Cobbler will tame that heat with a cold and delicious cinnamon-laced blend of peaches and bananas. But, if you'd rather save that smoothie for dessert, our black,
green and hibiscus mint iced teas are in stock and on sale this month with member coupons to help keep you cool! 

For the next two weeks, we'll be featuring these two recipes from the Community Food Co-op in Belligham, WA
Shepherd's salad, a light delicious salad featuring spelt berries, cranberries, feta and walnuts!
Cucumber Kalamata Salad, a great spring salad with the nice flavors of mint, feta, cucumbers, kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes.
Here's the latest from Mike Crissey in the Perishables Department:
Brown Cow whole milk Yogurt Cups, the red tops, go on sale for 30 cents off (reg. $.99, sale $.69) starting Thursday for the entire month of May. This is my favorite yogurt because of the layer of sweet cream that sits on the top of the cup. Some people like to spoon the rich cream off the top, but I like to mix in it. Brown Cow is made with milk from Jersey cows, known for producing higher butterfat milk, which are not given artificial hormones. The yogurt is also naturally sweetened, has no artificial preservatives and has live cultures like the rest of the yogurt we sell here at the co-op.
Fire up your barbeque! Lightlife Smart Dogs and Tofu Pups are going on sale to usher in the grilling season. Save 20 cents all month (reg. $3.49, sale $3.29). These veggie dogs are also ideal for a camping trip. They heat up in minutes in a pot of boiling water.
Burgers! Buffalo Wings! French Fries! The freezer is chocked full of savings on summertime fare. Almost every Boca product we carry is on sale in May. Boca Burgers and Meatless Ground Burger are $1.20 off (reg. $4.49, sale $3.29). Save $1.30 on Boca Chicken Patties, Spicy Chicken Patties, Buffalo Wings and Meatless Nuggets (reg. $4.59, sale  $3.29). Boca Italian Sausage and Bratwurst will be on sale for $3.49 (reg. $4.59).
Alexia Oven Crinkles are on sale for 70 cents off (reg. $2.69, sale $1.99), while Alexia Waffle Fries are $1 off (reg. $3.69, sale $2.69). Cascadian Farms Wedge Cut Fries, Hash Browns, French Fries, Spud Puppies and Country Potatoes are also on sale ($1.99, reg., $2.49 to $2.89).
And don't forget dessert. Pints of Stonyfield ice-cream and frozen yogurt will be 90 cents off for the month of May (reg. $3.89, sale $2.99).

Have you or someone you know wondered what more you could do for our cooperative? Then the Nominations Committee of the Wheatsville Board of Directors wants to talk to you. We have four general seats open in the upcoming September election. If you have a gold card (investment ownership) you are eligible to run for the board. Typically, directors spend an an average of one to three hours per week between board meetings and committees they may serve on. If you'd like more information, please contact the Nominations Committee or contact board member Bob Kinney ( or Mike Crissey (

I hope that you enjoy this exquisite weather and have a great week!

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy

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