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Local Fresh Produce Available NOW!

Jerusalem Artichokes
Spaghetti Squash

If you have any surplus produce, consider selling at the Co-op. Call Tanya at 935-8577 for info.

Congratulations Nori Fletcher!

Nori is the winner of our members-only draw and a gift basket valuing $100. You could win too! Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name & phone number on the receipt and into the box and we'll draw a name at the end of each month. Thanks Cortes!

Member SPECIALS on now!

Udder Guy Ice Cream - $5.15 (reg. $6.45) - Enjoy this creamy, BC made ice-cream in front of the fire with your favorite people and multiple spoons.

Diva Cup - $24.80+tax (reg. $31.00+tax) - Your truly eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Read more in the article below.

New at the Co-op!

So Delicious Coconut Milk
- Introducing everything you like in coconut cream, in a non-dairy, soy-free milk you can enjoy on cereal or in a cold glass.  Yum.

Macro Greens Energy Bar - Natures Perfect Super Food - The exceptional taste of these MacroLife Bars is derived from fresh, raw, certified organic, vegan, whole food ingredients that do not contain preservatives, or artificial flavors/ingredients and promote health and wellness.

Blue Mountain Cashew Creamer Non-Dairy Ice cream - The first nutritious and delicious, raw and organic non-dairy superfood frozen dessert. These gourmet cashew creams taste as rich and creamy as premium dairy ice cream, and they're good for you too.

Echinacea Junior Cold & Flu Tablets - A traditional herbal medicinal product used to boost your child's immune system to prevent and fight off colds and influenza type infections.

Raw World:  Sprouted Pumpkin Doo-nut  Holes

By Tanya Krahn

1 cup pumpkin seed butter (you can use the pumpkin seed butter from the co-op but for sprouted butter order from me)
1/2 cup coconut butter (not the oil but the raw butter)
1/2 cup madjool dates
cinnamon, nutmeg and a little grated ginger
1/4 cup cacao butter
4 tbls maple syrup
1/4 cup cacao powder

Puree the dates, coconut butter and spices in a processor.
Add pumpkin seed butter and mix to make a dough.
Roll into balls and harden in the fridge.

Warm cacao butter gently until liquid (105 degrees) then add maple syrup and cacao and mix into a sauce. Roll balls in the chocolate to form a coating and keep in the fridge. First in a pan until they have firmed, then you can store them in a jar.

Read the rest of this recipe here>>>

WildStands: Protecting Cortes Forests

WildStands is an alliance of community members which has been working to protect Cortes Island’s ecosystems from the threat of industrial logging for the past 3 years.  

The Vancouver Island logging company, Island Timberlands, intends to clear-cut over 2700 acres of ecologically significant eco-systems on Cortes, often provincially designated sensitive with many rare species and plant communities.  The lands are also culturally significant as a landscape steeped in local history and currently used for wildcrafting, foraging, trail use, and ecological education.

You can help save the Cortes forests this holiday season by purchasing WildStands T-Shirts and CDs from the Co-op or online for your friends and family.

“In Our Hands” is the graphic on these beautiful fair-trade, organic ts, in 2 earthy colors - Terra Cotta and Grass Green. 

CD: Wild We Stand is a compilation of music from local Cortes and BC performers who have dedicated this collection of songs to help raise funds to protect the forest.  

Support the forest. Buy your T-shirts and CDs today!

Don't forget to tune into The Buried Life on MTV on November 15th at 10:30 pm PST to watch Cortes's own, Zoe Miles, as she journeys to Toronto to confront Brookfield Asset Management Company, owner of the Island Timberlands logging company.  This is not to be missed!

Hey Ladies!

By Elinor Bazar

Did you know that there's another way to manage your moon without continually spending money, creating tons of landfill and energy waste (an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year (1998)), and without depending long-term on products made off-island? 

I'd like to share with you my enthusiasm about the Diva Cup. Made of silicon in Canada, the Diva Cup will last forever in the same durable state you buy it in. The most low maintenance way to go, you can feel great knowing that it's best for the planet as well. Simply insert the cup and empty/clean every 12-24 hours. No waste, no fumbling, no leaks, no rushing to the store and paying 10 to 20 dollars for disposable hygiene products. Give it a try. Once you get used to the Diva Cup you'll never go back! 

Find your Diva Cup at the Co-op on special 20% off for the month of November.

New DVDs at the Coop!

Click here to check out an extensive list of recently added movies including short descriptions. Click here to download a printable pdf of the list. 

Several new DVDs are added every week. To the left of the movie rack is a suggestion list that you may contribute to. Here are few recent highlights:

What a Way to Go life at the end of empire:
Facing difficult times with courage and integrity
What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? World-renowned scientists in the field of cannabinoid research illustrate their mind-blowing discoveries
The Maid:
Chilean dark comedy about domestic help
MicMacs: French comedy. Bazil gets a bullet in his head and is taken in by a ragtag crew that lives in a scrap heap. They form an outlandish plan to humiliate the gun manufacturers
The Syrian Bride: Arabic comedy. Mona's wedding day is sad because once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Syrian TV star Tallel, she will never be allowed back to visit her beloved family in the Golan Heights.
The Girl Who Played with Fire: sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
The Secret of Kells:
Irish animation nominated for an Academy Award

Articles of Interest

Who Owns Organic
By The Cornucopia Institute
The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. Read More>>>

Taking the lead: Women drawn by organic farming focus on healthy food, healthy communities
Montreal Gazette - Mary Teresa Bitti
Robin Tunnicliffe, Heather Stretch and Rachel Fisher operate Saanich Organics, a co-operative farm on Vancouver Island near Victoria. The women grow about 30 different kinds of vegetables and are part of a community-supported agriculture program in which community members own shares of the yield.  Read More>>>