Spotlight on Tanto Latte Cheese

We are purchasing Tanto Latte cheeses via Cioffi Deli in Vancouver, who are also making us fresh chicken sausages as well as Italian skinny sausage. It is so great to have such high quality fresh organic Italian style cheese available for purchase on Cortes.

Nuts To You Gift Card Draw

Nuts To You, a Canadian co-op, is sponsoring a draw at the Co-op! Submit your name to win one of two baskets, both including their finest nut butters and $50 gift cards to the Co-op. Put your name in the box by Tuesday, April 27th (only one entry per membership, please) and the draw will take place on Wednesday, April 28th.

Staff Profile: Bronson

How long have you been working at the Co-op? Since February 1st 2021. What are your roles at the co-op? Till Supervisor and any other role that can use support. What do you like most about working at the Co-op? Being of service to the community. What are your other interests or hobbies or work? […]

Now Hiring: Cook

Are you passionate about creating and serving locally grown, organic, and healthy food to our community? So are we! We are looking for a cook to start immediately. Previous experience is necessary.

Masks at the Co-op

As the number of COVID cases in BC continues to rise, we must continue to be vigilant against the virus. We are proceeding with all of the precautions laid out in our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan, including the provincial mandate that people must wear masks indoors in public spaces like the Co-op.

Pork Noodle Soup With Ginger & Toasted Garlic from Chef Rebeka

I have had the pleasure of working and preparing food at the Co-op since the fall of 2018. In my personal life I also enjoy cooking daily for my husband Don and I. He and I feel that sitting down to a well-prepared and healthy supper is one of the most important times of our day. It is our opportunity to be together and share a meal and the news of our day. This is a delicious and easy meal. Substitutions are easy and any time we eat this supper we enjoy it immensely.

Treat your skin with kindness: Wellness products for your self-care routine

For many, having a skincare routine can be a grounding self-care ritual this time of year. It also helps to prevent any discomfort felt from increased exposure to sun and wind. Our new skin care products include Badger Damascus Rose Beauty Balm, Saltspring Soapworks Avocado Rosehip Day Cream, Province Apothecary Protecting and Restoring Face Balm, and St. Francis Night Oil.

We want to hear from you! Website & e-news survey…

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Local arts & crafts section has moved to the deli

The local artisan items have moved to the Deli! Look for an assortment of cards, magnets, books, bracelets, jewelry, wood-working, CDs, wristies, and so much more! Browse while you’re waiting for your order. Thanks to our local vendors for their positive support for this change. And thanks to you for your continued support of our […]

Operation Fees

Beginning March 1st, annual operation fees are due for all memberships. All members continue to receive benefits through March 31st. After that, your benefits won’t be available until your $20 fee is all paid up.

Looking for a Meeting Room or Office Space?

The Co-op has a meeting room located at the back of the building. We decided to offer this room for rent to other community organizations and events looking for a professional space for meetings and presentations.

Springtime Pizza Nights

Pizza night has been a great success during the pandemic, and we’re ready to make it even better. Along with pizza, you can pick from our selection of beer, wine, and cider to go with your order.

The Lungs: Microcosm of the Dao

A profound privilege exists in living in a place resembling a natural Eden, as it offers the opportunity to go out and reorient ourselves by its chaotic order when we feel full. The ephemeral beauty in the crystalline lattice of a single snowflake as it falls before our eyes, and dissolves seconds after touching the body, evokes Metal’s message of reduction into a state of pure simplicity, and awakens an ancestral memory of Winter’s complete embrace.

Deli Drinks!

The new year has brought new offerings in the newly stocked Cortes Co-op Deli and Espresso Bar. Our focus has been on natural and delicious products from local/regional sources. I hope you will enjoy our selection of BC-made beverages.

St. Valentine’s Day Bakery Menu & Pre-orders

Click the button to find our Valentine’s Day menu. Fill out the form to submit your orders by Wednesday, February 10th. Pick-up is available on Saturday, February 13th at noon.

Another update about our COVID-19 protocols

Read our detailed Health & Safety plan here. As COVID-19 continues to dominate our lives, we continue to adapt. We are changing some of our policies and procedures at the Co-op because of the new deli opening and because of updated pandemic restrictions. First, as with all interior public spaces in BC, we require everyone to wear […]

10% off coupon for members February 1st-14th

Roses are red, violets are blue. We love our members, so here’s a coupon for you! Get 10% off an entire shopping trip between February 1st-14th.

New things to buy at the Co-op Store

Here’s what’s hot and fresh at the Co-op Store. Nuts for Butter Zazubean Slinky Chocolate without Cane Sugar Cultured Nut Treenut Cheeses Big Mountain Foods Mama Mia Veggie Links Annie’s Deluxe Shells and Cheddar Rawcology Raw Crunch Granola Wildbrine Korean Kimchi Que Pasa Tortilla Chips Grain Free Maison Orphee Pepper and Turmeric Vinaigrette Amy’s Frozen […]

The new deli is open!

The espresso bar is open four days a week – Tuesday to Friday – from 9 AM to 2 PM. The deli may be open even though the espresso bar is closed. From Tuesday to Friday, we will have someone available to serve you from 2 PM to 6 PM; on the weekends and Mondays, we have someone available from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Holiday Hours

Tl;dr Closing early on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, Closed on Christmas & New Years.

Turkeys for Christmas

The Co-op will have fresh natural turkeys and frozen organic turkeys available for Christmas! Sign up for one in the store as soon as you can. The Co-op receives the turkeys on Wednesday, December 23rd. We expect customers to pick them up by Thursday afternoon because we will be closing early for Christmas Eve. Happy […]

Holiday menu from the Bakery

The bakery is pleased to be offering this special menu to help you keep warm and cozy this festive season. Email your orders to Carly@cortescoop.ca by Friday December 18th. Pick up on December 23rd and 24th.

Holiday shopping in our Wellness Department

We are featuring new brands and products in the wellness department at the Co-op that could make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Nuts To You Gift Card Draw

During our December monthly specials, Nuts To You Cashew Butter (both sizes) is on sale.

Nov 16-30 / 10% off shopping trip coupon

Our Member-Owner coupon is back! Get 10% off an entire shopping trip between November 16th-30th. Ask your cashier to apply the discount when you are ready!

Ruminations on the Spleen

Eventually, the farmed and forested acres became the setting on which the island, in its many elusive charms, would come to hold my heart in its clutches.

Staff Profile: Tommaso

Introducing Tommaso who works in the Co-op kitchen serving up delicious food, including the mouthwatering pizza that keeps so many of you coming back every week!

Deli Survey

Our updated plan calls for a reopening in January after the holidays. With this extra time, we decided that we could ask you some questions about what you would like to see in our new model.

Pick-up Pizza Fridays now with BEER

Now you can take home pizza and beer – what combination could be better than that?

The Co-op gives back to our Staff

With gratitude, our Supervisor Team and Board came up with a plan for a bonus. Each staff member received an extra $2 per hour for all the hours they worked in June, July, and August of this year.

Re-imagining the Co-op Cafe

Conditions created by the pandemic call for another re-imagining of the Cafe. For the past summer, we modified our previous model to accommodate the protocols necessitated by COVID-19. However, it’s clear that the pandemic is significantly changing the food scene for the long term. The industry expects 40% of restaurants in BC to go out […]

Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Yes, the Co-op does have turkeys for Thanksgiving! We expect a selection of fresh, natural turkeys from StoneCroft Farm (Black Creek, BC) to be delivered this Friday, October 9th. These birds are fed a non-antibiotic, non-GMO feed; are raised on a pasture; and are processed right there at the farm. Most of them are approximately […]

AGM Download

Our first Virtual Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday, September 15 th via Zoom. Thanks to the 32 people who joined the call. We tried recording the session but, unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. However, the meeting went smoothly overall and we were pleased with the results. Amy called the meeting to order, and Eric […]

Ready-made food availability & fall hours

With summer winding down, the Cafe is returning to two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 AM to 3 PM. We will have baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee available daily in the store even when the cafe is closed. This fall, pick-up pizza nights will continue to be held on Fridays. Starting September 12th & […]

New! Island Comeback Gift Certificates available

“No one is an island, no island is resilient alone. Together we can make a comeback.” islandcomeback.ca The Cortes Natural Food Co-op has joined the Island Comeback initiative, calling on islanders and friends from our global communities to support British Columbia’s rural island farms, businesses, artisans, and services impacted by COVID-19. By purchasing an Island COMEBACK Gift Certificate, […]

Staff Profile: Jolaine

How long have you been working at the Co-op? 3 exciting months! What are your roles at the co-op? You’ll find me working the till in the store as well as stocking shelves. What do you like most about working at the Co-op? I absolutely love the connection to the community. Meeting new folks and […]

AGM 7pm, Sept 15th via ZOOM

We are scheduled for Tuesday, September 15th at 5 PM at Mansons Hall. We intend to host it in person; however, if circumstances change because of the pandemic, we may need to hold a virtual AGM or postpone it again.

Wearing masks while visiting the Co-op

At this time, the Co-op does not have a policy making the wearing of masks mandatory while shopping at the store or visiting the cafe. However, we would like to remind our customers that wearing a face mask is a kind and effective way to help keep everyone safe! Scientists and doctors are now encouraging the widespread […]

Matters of the Heart

In TCM, the power of assimilation is associated with the individual’s power of discernment and differentiation, not only through the body’s metabolic functions, which sorts our food matter from the crude to the finite, but also in finding a balance between a sense of self and a sense of other. As in all forms of holistic medicine, balance is key. But how is this balance achieved?

Summertime Pizza Nights every Wednesday & Friday

This summer we’re serving up hot delicious pizza pies every Wednesday and Friday night. Order your pizzas by calling the cafe at 935-6505 or dropping by between 9am – 3pm. Pick up your hot pizza in the store between 5 – 7pm. Margherita Pizza – $22 Pesto Veggie Pizza – $26 Pepperoni Pizza – $27 […]

Nuts to You Nut Butter Gift Card Draw

Nuts To You, a Canadian-owned company, is sponsoring a draw at the Co-op! Submit your name to win one of two $50 gift cards. Put your name in the box by Thursday, July 24th (only one entry per membership, please) and the draw will take place on Friday, July 24th.  During our July monthly specials, Nuts To […]

Help us stay safe & stay open this summer

As we posted in our last update about the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer is going to look different than summers past. All of the protocols in that article – like limiting the number of people in the building at once, seating outside only, and separate entrances and exits – will be with us all summer. […]

We are opening an online store!

In order to support our new pickup and delivery service, we are making our store available to browse and order from directly on our website. Although we can’t make every item available, more than 90% of our items can be ordered online right away – including produce, dairy, and grocery. We’re still working on a […]

Summer Plans & Protocols

Summer is just about here, and we’re setting the scene for the sunny months to come. Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and all of the measures we have to follow, the summer scene will look and feel different than usual, but you’re still doing the right thing by supporting local, supporting our staff, […]

The Cafe is now open every day!

The cafe is now open every day from 9am to 3pm! Check here before coming to get familiar with our new safety & space use protocols.

Pizza night every Friday in June

We’re doing pizza night every Friday again this month. We’re expanding our capacity up to 48 pizzas per evening to keep up with demand! We’ll be taking orders between 10 AM and 3 PM and pickup will be between 4 PM and 6:30 PM. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto […]

AGM Postponed to Fall

We would normally announce the AGM in our June e-news, but the Board has decided to postpone the AGM because health regulations do now allow large gatherings of people during this time. The Province has given all organizations a six-month extension for their annual meetings. We considered holding a virtual AGM but who needs one […]

Brand new things to buy at the Co-op this month!

Earth’s Own Culinary Oat CreamTMRW Plant Based BurgerMaison Orphee White Balsamic VinegarNutiva Coconut MannaRXBar Peanut Butter ChocolateCharras Original TostadasSavor Tomato KetchupGlutino Chocolate Chip CookiesKarthein’s Carrot Ginger SauerkrautCha’s Tom Yum Soup MixSweets from the Earth Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Some good news! We’re re-opening the Cafe!

We’re excited to announce that the Co-op Cafe will be open for the last two Fridays in May from 10 AM to 3 PM. Because of the precautions required by COVID-19, expect a modified experience but the same great food and drink! We will have two distinct lines inside – one for ordering and one […]

The Story of the Liver

Living in a tiny community, we influence each other by the power of example to a much greater degree than the urban norm of anonymity. Instead of just passing by another Cortesian who’s not part of your circles of association, the choice exists to take a more conscious appreciation of the teachers all around us.

May is Fairtrade Month!

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals intended to transform our world to protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. These goals align with the vision of Fairtrade Canada: a world where trade justice and sustainable development principles are practiced globally, thereby moving world farmers and workers from a position of vulnerability to […]

COVID-19: Ongoing impacts and changes for the Co-op

Eric Hargrave | General Manager The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a tremendous amount of change in an incredibly short time to our Co-op. Of course, it has been a similar experience for all grocery stores throughout the world as we look for a balance of safety, service, and sanity. Consider the changes for our store […]

We’re serving pizza every Friday night in May

You heard right! We’ll be dishing out pizza EVERY FRIDAY! Call 250-935-6505 to place your order between 10 am – 2 pm or drop by the store. Pick up will be between 4-6 pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, […]

Plans to re-open the Co-op Cafe

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a serious challenge to our cafe and bakery. As with all restaurants, we switched to take-out service only in the middle of March. This meant all food was to-go only with no inside seating. However, because of the fear surrounding the virus, that week proved to be the lowest sales we’ve seen in […]

The Latest About COVID

The pandemic continues to reverberate throughout the world, and yet BC has shown signs of flattening the curve through actions taken thus far.  Physical distancing and the suspension of gatherings are making a difference and provincial health officials are cautiously optimistic about the trajectory of the virus in BC. In previous articles, we’ve outlined the […]

Updated: New Co-op Grocery Delivery Service

We continue to work on our protocol for taking grocery orders. Here’sthe plan we’re working with right now: We will take orders via our website at cortescoop.ca/shop This is our new online storefront and it’s in “beta” (as the developers say) — Pick your items and pay via credit card right away. We’ll let you […]

The Fool’s Path: Coming Home to Ourselves

With so many diverse expressions of seasoned knowledge, from alternative counsellors, healers, artists of all makes, and farmers, to inspiring examples of families simply carving out a life here, the challenge of meeting with life’s difficult transitions could be viewed as a profoundly intricate, multifaceted puzzle that begs to be solved.

Raffle for Blender sponsored by Nuts To You!

Nuts To You, a Canadian-owned company, is sponsoring a raffle at the Co-op!  Submit your name to win a Hamilton Beach Elite Blender. Put your name in the box by April 29th (only one entry per membership, please) and the draw will take place on Thursday, April 30th.  Nuts To You is currently sponsoring community […]

Pizza Nights will be every Friday in April!

You heard right! This month, to keep spirits up, we’ll be dishing out pizza EVERY FRIDAY! Call 250-935-6505 to place your order between 10 am – 2 pm or drop by the store. Pick up will be between 4-6 pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, […]

Grab-and-Go for You

Our bakery and kitchen are still working hard preparing delicious ready-to-eat options available every day. Fresh from the Co-op deli and bakery!

Further steps with COVID-19

As the pandemic continues in Canada and around the world, it has become necessary for the Co-op to take further steps in the effort to limit its spread. As a critical service provider to our community, we need to ensure that the Co-op remains as safe and as accessible as possible for our staff and […]

Our Co-op’s Response to COVID-19

As the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 as a pandemic, we have a responsibility to reduce the spread of the virus as a community gathering place and as a critical service provider to the island. We are taking the recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada, […]

Looking for a Meeting Room?

The Co-op has a new meeting room located at the back of the building. We decided to offer this room for rent to other community organizations and events looking for a professional space for meetings and presentations. Consider the following amenities: Convenient location – Mansons Landing Easy access – no key required – just a […]

New! Rose Mocha at the Cafe

It’s only March, but roses are already blooming at the Cortes Co-op Cafe in the Rose Mocha. Bittersweet house-made chocolate syrup infused with organic rose petals and rose water is blended with locally-roasted espresso and your choice of milk. Topped with whipped cream, if desired, and a sprinkle of rose petal sugar, the rose mocha […]

Salt Spring Seeds Now Available at the Co-op!

We’re proud to partner with Salt Spring Seeds this year to bring you non-GMO heritage and heirloom seeds for your home garden.

Pizza Nights are on Friday March 6th & 20th

Call 250-935-6505 to place your order or drop by the cafe. Pick up between 5:30-7pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, mozzarella, pizza sauce Add a side of chipotle mayo for $3 more.Gluten-free pizza crusts […]

Psst… Secret Member Agents, your special Ops fees are due

Beginning March 1st, annual operation fees are due for all memberships. Paying the fee allows you to access the following benefits: Pre-Orders. Discounts on bulk or case quantities ordered ahead of time. Member Specials. We have great specials just for members every month. Charge Account. Receive a $50 credit on your account so you don’t […]

Hey Members, enter to win $50

March is membership month! This year, we’re holding a draw to encourage you to update your contact information with us. All you have to do is look at your receipt and either confirm (or change) your address, phone number, and e-mail address. Put the receipt in the box and that’s it! At the end of […]

North Indian Thali Dream Cuisine March 12th

Join us on Thursday March 12th for our second Dream Cuisine of the season! Chef Fenella Baptista is preparing a mouthwatering meal inspired by North Indian Thali. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Call or drop by the Co-op to reserve your table by Wednesday March 11th. Vegetarian options are available. We will […]

Herbal Spotlight: Calendula

Calendula is an edible and medicinal plant with strong healing benefits. It is antifungal and antimicrobial, speeds healing, and can be very beneficial to the digestive system. We have a variety of calendula products here at the Co-op.  Our dried calendula flowers in our bulk herb collection can be used in teas, oils, salves, and […]

Friday Pizza Nights Feb 7 and 21st!

Call 250-935-6505 to place your order or drop by the cafe. Pick up between 5:30-7pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, mozzarella, pizza sauce Add a side of chipotle mayo for $3 more.Gluten-free pizza crusts […]

Calling All Local Growers!

We are planning an open house for local growers on Thursday, February 20th between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM in the Co-op Cafe. We are trying an open house format this year instead of the usual meeting, so stop by for a few minutes, eat a pastry, and see what’s going on. We’ll have posters […]

Finding your Farm Legs: Embracing the mental challenges of growing your own food

Food Security Reporting by Hazel Appaqaq 20 min read Every so often you get wind of the latest predicament besetting our food supply, in the form of a shock-worthy story, or dour update, as served up by the news stream that reaches your personal antennae. The past few Discovery reports have centred around the havoc […]

Member Coupon “10% off a shopping trip” is back!

We know it can be a blue and blah time of year, so we’re offering our member-owners another “10% of an entire shopping trip” coupon to lighten your spirits! Swing by the Co-op between now and February 15th and load up on your favourite comfort foods. We can’t make the rain stop but we can […]

Dream Cuisine 2020 starts Feb 13th with French Bistro

Take your sweeties out for an evening of romantic fine dining as we unveil our 2020 Dream Cuisine Series. Chef Rebeka Carpenter will be creating a divine three course meal inspired by French Bistro. Book your spot before Wednesday Feb 12th. Prix Fixe: $35/Adult or $22.50/Child Note: A vegetarian option will be available but not […]

Staff Profile: Nela

How long have you been working at the Co-op? Since September, I came from Refuge Cove where I was working last summer.  What are your roles at the co-op? I work at the bakery, bread baking shifts, and the cafe kitchen, kitchen prep. What do you like most about working at the Co-op? I love […]

BYOC – Bring your own bulk food container

Did you know that you can bring your own empty containers from home to fill up with bulk items? Follow these four simple steps.

Wages and Food Prices at the Co-op

In 2017, the government of BC created a commission to establish a fair wage for the province. Based on the plan outlined in their report, the minimum wage has gone up from $10.85 to $13.85 since then. Another increase to $14.60 is slated for June 2020, and the plan calls for a final increase to $15.20 in […]

Our Co-op continues to grow

The calendar year has just finished up, and so we have an idea about how the year has gone in terms of finances. Our fiscal year doesn’t end until the end of February, but we can still compare calendar years and give a winter update on the Co-op’s social enterprise.

Friday Night Pizza on January 3rd & 17th & 31st

We have three Friday Night Pick Up Yer Pizzas this month! Call 250-935-6505 to place your order or drop by the cafe. Pick up between 5:30-7pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, mozzarella, […]

Happy New Year from your Co-op Team

Wishing all of our members and supporters a Happy New Year. May this year be full of abundance, sunshine, rain, delicious food, opportunities to grow and learn, kindness and good cheer.

Turkeys for Christmas

The Co-op will have fresh, natural turkeys available for Christmas! About the Turkeys: they have been fed no antibiotics and non-GMO feed. They have been raised on pasture and processed onsite at StoneCroft Farm in Black Creek. Sign up for one (or two!) in the store. Dates for pick-up will be posted soon.

What’s New in Wellness

We are now carrying Chickadee Farms organic herbal teas and culinary herbs! Look for them in the bulk herb section – both in bulk and in 100% recycled paperboard boxes with a cellophane liner (these packaged herbs make great gifts for the holidays and they’re on sale this month). Chickadee Farm Organic Herbs is a […]

Co-op Holiday Hours

Holiday Store HoursTuesday, Dec. 24:  9 AM – 5 PMWednesday, Dec. 25:  ClosedThursday, Dec. 26:  12 PM – 5 PMFriday, Dec. 27:  9 AM – 7 PMSaturday, Dec. 28:  10 AM – 6 PMSunday, Dec. 29:  10 AM – 6 PMMonday, Dec. 30:  9 AM – 7 PMTuesday, Dec. 31:  9 AM – 5 PMWednesday, […]

Order your holiday baking by December 20th

Apple pies! Pear and hazelnut tarts! Sourdough brioche rolls or loaves!  Butter tarts! Spice cake!  The bakery offers lovingly made bread and pastries for your holiday festivities. Croissants and cinnamon buns can baked fresh or frozen for you to bake at home.  Please submit orders to carly@cortescoop.ca by Friday, December 20th. 

Pastry Workshop December 14th

Come and learn to make your own beautifully layered croissants and puff pastry! Saturday, December 14th, 12:00 – 3:00 in the Co-op BakeryCost: $65.00 We will make each dough by hand: mixing, pounding butter, rolling and turning (and rolling and turning), and shaping pastries. Each participant can expect to bring home a dozen (unbaked) croissants […]

Friday Night Pizza on December 6th & 20th

December’s Friday Pizza Nights are on the 6th and the 20th. Call 250-935-6505 to place your order or drop by the cafe. Pick up between 5:30-7pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, mozzarella, […]

Freezers full of Local Fruit

The Co-op bakery would like to extend a giant thank-you to the fruit and vegetable growers of Cortes. We were able to purchase and process enough of your beautiful produce to satisfy our summer needs and see us through until the New Year; our berry-bursting freezers are a sight to behold! We look forward to our […]

Alone in the Forest, a Call to Collaboration

And now for another inspirational, eye-opening glimpse at the seasons travails in the hallowed Food System (or our corner of it), as recounted by our Discovery informant.

Raffle for Gift Basket sponsored by Nuts To You!

Nuts To You, a Canadian-owned company, is providing a gift basket for a draw at the Co-op! Submit your name to win a beautiful basket handmade in Ghana by a community-based women’s group – and it has some great nut butters in it too! Put your name in the box (only one entry per membership, […]

New Things to buy at the Co-op Fall Edition

Yum. New & delicious things to buy at your very own Cortes Island Natural Food Co-op. Fun for the whole fam. Vij’s Maharaja PaneerTheo Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsOne Degree Sprouted Oat Honey O’s RW Knudsen Concord Grape JuiceNumi TeasKrisda Chocolatey ChipsAroma Specialty Coffee Roasters Maldon Sea Salt Dumet Moroccan OlivesSunflower Kitchen Organic Turmeric Masala […]

New Fall Weekend Hours

We have new store hours on Saturdays! Starting on Saturday, November 2nd, the store will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM. So to recap, we’ll have weekday hours (Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 7 PM) and weekend hours (Saturdays & Sundays, 10 AM to 6 PM). And, the cafe is still open […]

Nov-MEMBER 10% off Coupon!

Our Member-Owner coupon is back! Get 10% off an entire shopping trip between November 1st-15th. Ask your cashier to apply the discount when you are ready!

Co-op Price Comparison

As part of our mission, we strive to make healthy and clean food more accessible and more affordable, and one way to ensure that we’re fulfilling that goal is to compare our prices to our competitors. This year, for the first time, we attempted a systematic price comparison with other local grocery stores, and we’d […]

A Hard Goodbye

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the sudden death of our beloved Charles Crossland. We were blessed to work side by side with Charles at the Co-op for almost two years, and the hole that he leaves in our lives is very painful. He touched so many of us on the island with […]

Thanksgiving + Bakery

The Bakery offers lovingly handmade desserts for your upcoming Thanksgiving feasts.  Pumpkin Pie / $25 / made with local pumpkins Apple Pie / $25 / made with local apples Apple Galette / $20 / made with local apples and spiced apple butter Individual Apple Galette / $3.95 Puff Pastry / $18/kg E-mail your order to carly@cortescoop.ca by […]

Let’s Avoid Card Fees!

It’s that time of year again… the days get shorter, the apples get riper, the tourist season winds down, and local businesses review their financial position and prepare for the leaner winter months. As we review the Co-op’s books this Fall, we’re reminded that we’re still paying between 22 and 24 thousand dollars every year […]

Celebrate Non-GMO Month 2019

Now in its tenth year, Non-GMO Month is North America’s largest celebration of the consumer’s right to choose non-GMO. Over 14,000 retailers – including the Co-op – have registered to support the Non-GMO Project’s mission of preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Did you know that there […]

Turkeys for Thanksgiving

The Co-op will have fresh natural turkeys available for Thanksgiving! They have been fed no antibiotics and non-GMO feed. They have been raised on pasture and processed onsite at StoneCroft Farm in Black Creek. Sign up for one in the store by Monday, October 7th. The Co-op receives the turkeys fresh on Friday, October 11th and we expect customers […]

Made on Cortes: Nature’s Medicine

By Elke Finley If you like natural skin and healing products, you may want to check out Nature’s Medicine Made by Yulia salves and oils next time you come into the Co-op. Yulia Kochubievsky is the maker of these products.  Wanting to leave the rat race and the big city to live instead in a quiet community in nature, Yulia and her husband came […]

Fall Hours

As the days grow shorter, so too do our hours! Starting on Monday, September 3rd, the store will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 AM to 8 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM. The cafe will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Staff Profile: Heather

How long have you been working at the Co-op? I started working at the Cafe this May and the Store soon after. I had applied back in February because I was coming to Cortes and had worked in organic/health foods and cafes for years. At least I have not had my old nightmares about boxes […]

Celebrate Organic Week Sept 9—15th

Canada’s National Organic Week runs from September 9th to the 15th and is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Organized by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), events across the country showcase the growing organic sector in […]

Dried Pineapple & Figs from Gathering Place

On sale this month at the Co-op are the perfect healthy snacks: all natural dried pineapple and sun dried figs. The pineapple and figs come from Gathering Place Trading Company – one of the Co-op’s longest-running locally owned partners. Of course, they are grown without the use of chemicals, hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness, […]

Friday Pizza Nights Sept 13 & 27

September’s Friday Night Pizza are on the 13th (spooooky!) and the 27th. Call 250-935-6505 to place your order or drop by the cafe. Pick up between 5:30-7pm. $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, […]

The Merry McKentys at the Co-op July 23rd

We are delighted to have this wonderful local family back on the island and playing their fabulous music at the Co-op. Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd at 8 PM for an unforgettable night of singing and dancing. Read all about their recent activities over at Cortes Currents.

Pizza Nights Every Friday

Pizza Nights are on every friday of the summer. Enjoy our new flavours! $20 / Margherita: mozzarella, pizza sauce, fresh basil, basil oil $24 / Pesto Roasted Vegetable: pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, red onion, feta, basil oil $25 / Pepperoni: pepperoni, garlic sausage, mozzarella, pizza sauce Add a side of chipotle mayo for $3 more.Gluten-free pizza crusts cost only […]

Our Climate Smart Certification

The Co-op went through a Climate Smart Certification process this spring. The process has three main parts: to complete an inventory of our business’ greenhouse gas emissions, to create a reduction plan for our emissions, and to communicate our plan to the community. I’m happy to report we completed the process and we’re now Climate […]

The AGM

The Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday, June 11th at Manson’s Hall. We shared pizza, salad, and cookies before the meeting. Eric called the meeting to order, and Eric gave reports on operations, Climate Smart certification, and finances and Fred shared the Board report. Directors Amy Robertson, Lara Sawyer, and Isabel Steigemann continue the […]

Thank you from the Bakery

Having settled comfortably into our beautiful new bakery, I would like to extend an enormous thank-you to everyone who helped us in our expansion. Thank you to our mystery donor; to Johann and John for readying the floors and walls; to Chris for installing all of our plumbing and equipment; to Aaron and Greg for […]

Staff Profile: Jo

How long have you been working at the Co-op? I’m one of the newbies – as I have only been working at the Co-op for 4 months. What are your roles at the co-op? Primarily I entertain the customers whilst checking them through at the till.  What do you like most about working at the […]

New Things To Buy in Store / Summer Edition

Yummy new things you can buy in our food market. Stock up and get your picnic on!

Bulk Soaps Now Available

We are thrilled to announce that the bulk soap station is ready! We’ve got shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from Saltspring Soapworks and laundry and dish soap from Gentle Earth/Island Essentials. Look for them next to the ice cream freezers and bring your own container!

Bring EV to Cortes

As part of our work with Climate Smart, we recently learned about some great incentives that are currently available in BC for electric vehicles. We’d like to share with you some of the information they sent to us, in case anyone wants to take advantage of the offers! Benefits of electric vehicles / EVs cost as […]

Co-op & Climate Smart

In our latest strategic plan, the Co-op Board committed to the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Over the past few years, we have continued making our best efforts towards the financial health of the Co-op as well as our staff (e.g., raising wages and making health/dental benefits available). We felt that we needed […]

Come One Come All: Announcing our AGM

Join us at 5pm on Tuesday June 11th at Manson’s Hall for snacks, stats, and climate check-ups.

May Day Celebration & Bakery Opening

A big thank you to everyone who came out on May 1st to help us celebrate our Bakery Opening and take part in May Day festivities. Yummy snacks, flower garlands, and may pole dancing were some of the highlights. Special thanks to our lead organizer, Isabel Steigemann, and to Elke Finley for these beautiful portraits. […]

Climate Change and the Power of Local Food

“Normally,” it only takes small weather fluctuations to provoke a significant effect on the availability and pricing of our distantly acquired foods. All the more reason then, to not leave the food business to the farmers anymore, but to make ourselves into the new sources of nourishment and earth-based knowledge. The global food system is as mind-boggling of a creature to fathom as it ever was, now only increasingly so in the context of climate change.

Call for Artists

We are organizing the gallery shows in the cafe for the summer and beyond. The cafe gallery is a great way to show your work to our community. We still have a couple two-week sessions available in the prime sales season of July and August.  If you’d like to be included, send Eric a message […]

Pizza Nights are on Friday May 10th & May 24th

Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at 250-935-6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized onion, pineapple & mozzarella● Meat: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, […]

May Member Coupon 10% off

On from May 1st-14th, 2019. Limited to one coupon per member-owner (who has paid this year’s operations fee). May not be combined with other coupons or discounts, and can be used in the store only (not cafe). Does not apply to special orders or pre-orders. No need to print this coupon; just ask your cashier to apply the discount when you are ready.

Spring Edition: New Things to Buy at the Co-op!

Introducing the newest products we’re selling at the Co-op! Many of them are on special too…

Flavours of Southern Vietnam Dream Cuisine

Join us on Thursday April 18th for our final Dream Cuisine of the 2019 season! We have Chef Xuan Ly Betz back by popular demand with more of her divine Southern Vietnamese flavours. Reservations must be made by Wednesday April 17th. Seatings are at 5:30pm and 7:30pm and tickets are $30/Adult and $20/Child. Fill out […]

May Day at the Co-op

Finger food and baked goodies for everyone! Join on the back lawn at the Co-op / May 1st from 3-6pm / Bakery Opening & Maypole dance

Member Survey

What do you think about membership? Should it be shared with others, and if so, with whom? We’ve created a members survey to help us find our your answers to these questions!

Best payment options at the till

You can help during cash crunch season by using your charge account. If you’re not using your charge account, we encourage you to use cash or a debit card instead of a credit card.

Pre-order catalogs on the computer

We are happy to announce that we are making the catalogs from our main suppliers available on the public computer in the store. We have posted instructions for using the catalogs in a binder next to the computer, and you can always ask the store clerk for assistance. You can definitely find what you’re looking for much faster this way!

The new bakery is almost ready!

We received the specialized freezer and refrigerator, and they work flawlessly.  We also received the oven – a behemoth with a proofer and two ovens – and it barely fit through the door.  Thanks to Aaron, Carly, Charles, Elke, Greg, Sheena, and Stephen for the help. Soon we’ll have the oven hooked up (it takes […]

Pizza Nights are Friday April 12th & 26th

Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at 250-935-6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm.

Summer Employment

In order to serve our community and those visiting us in the summer month well, we are now accepting applications for the upcoming summer season.

Spring Feast Dream Cuisine March 28th

Heidi Gerrard brings us our next mouth watering Dream Cuisine, featuring locavore fare sourced largely from her own garden. Book your seats before March 27th.

Pizza Nights are Friday March 15th & 29th

Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at 250-935-6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm.

Annual Member Operation Fees

Beginning March 1st, all members are asked to pay their annual operation fee in order to continue accessing the following member benefits: Pre-Orders: Discounts on bulk or case quantities ordered ahead of time. Member Specials: We have great specials just for members every two weeks. Charge Account: Receive a $50 credit on your account so […]

Store Re-Org is Underway

We rearranged so that we didn’t have to get rid of any products and we’re adding something new and exciting in the next couple months!

True Grain comes to the Co-op

Over the past few months, the bakery has had the pleasure of baking with beautiful heritage grains from Vancouver Island miller True Grain. Their flours are organic, grown in BC, non-hybridized, and stone milled at low temperatures to preserve the flavour and nutrition of each kernel; it is a process which respects the food and […]

Mediterranean Dream Cuisine March 7th

Mediterranean in March prepared by Chef Kirsten Vidulich Thursday March 7 – Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 pm – $33/Adult $20/Child Appetizer // Avgolemono: a rich lemon, rice, and chicken soupBaked blue cheesecakes with pickled beets, honey, and pita crisps Main // Lamb meatballs with warm yoghurt sauce, sorrel, and mint; Rosemary lemon hasselback potatoes; Red capsicum and eggplant roll Dessert // Cardamon yoghurt […]

Staff Profile: Rebeka

Introducing Rebeka Carpenter, a wonderful member of our Co-op team. How long have you been working at the Co-op? I have been working at the Co-op since Nov. 5th, 2018. My last day as Executive Chef at Hollyhock was Nov 2nd. It was such a gift to be able to start a new job at the Co-op, […]

New Art Exhibit `The Goats of Cortes`

On from February 3 – March 2, 2019 in the Co-op Cafe Gallery “Nothing photographs better than a goat – they have sass, all the qualities of a top model.”  Nadya Rezansoff 2019   Featuring glamourous goat portraiture by Nadya Rezansoff with photos from Rik Oschenbein, Xuan Betz, Chandra James and Kristina Purcell. “Goats were the […]

New on the Menu!

The Co-op bakery has developed some delicious new savoury items this winter.  Now available most cafe days: Potato & Pea Samosas with built-in apple chutney (no plastic packaging needed!), and bakery sandwiches on freshly baked walnut bread, baguette or croissant with house-made pickles, and a rotation of tasty fillings. Coming Soon: Chana Masala Samosas

Made On Cortes: Chrysopoeia Candles

Making Golden / Written by Elke Finley In the spring of 2016 the Hargrave family decided to get into the candle making business, thinking it would be something fun they could do together. Buying most of the moulds and other supplies from Izzywicks, a beeswax candle business owned by Izzy Ruthenberg from Cortes Island, Theresa […]

Bakery Expansion Underway

We’re off to a quick start with the bakery expansion. In January, we asked Johann – who happens to be our baker Rochelle’s husband – to install new vinyl tile flooring, and he did a fine job! We also asked Paul from Island Hopper Electrical to prepare the electrical service in the room, and he ended up cleaning up […]

Local Growers Meetup

Calling All Local Growers! We are planning an organizational meeting for local growers on Thursday, February 21st at 4:00 PM in the Co-op Cafe. Each year, we hold a meeting to review the last season and plan for the upcoming summer. We’ll talk about existing policies and procedures as well as big-picture visions about opportunities for more […]

Pizza nights on Friday February 15th & March 1st

Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at 250-935-6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized onion, pineapple & mozzarella● Meat: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, […]

Dream Cuisine February 14th Valentine Dinner

Take your sweetie(s) out for a romantic dinner at the Co-op this Valentines’ Day. Chef Rebeka Carpenter will be preparing this romantic menu. Thursday, February 14th with seatings at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. $33 – Adult / $20 – Child. Reservations should be made by Wednesday, February 13th.   MENU // Valentine Dinner  APPETIZER / Onion Tarts with Gorgonzola, […]

Dream Cuisine January 24th French Bistro

Our Dream Cuisine season is kicking off with Chef Carly Mersereau’s French Bistro. Thursday, January 24th with seatings at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. $33 – Adult / $20 – Child. Reservations should be made by Wednesday, January 23rd.   MENU // BISTRO DU NORD-OUEST // Warming French fare, seasonal BC foods  APPETIZER / savoury cheddar gougères and homemade lacto-fermented […]

Staff Profile: Carolyn

Introducing Carolyn Howson, one of our beloved Co-op Staff Members. How long have you been working at the Co-op? I have been working at the Co Op three months now. What are your roles at the co-op? I am a cashier most of the time and sometimes help with stocking. What do you like most […]

Pizza nights on Friday January 18th and February 1st.

Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at 250-935-6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized onion, pineapple & mozzarella● Meat: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, […]

New Year, New Co-op

Change is afoot for the CNFC in 2019.

At the Cusp of “What’s Possible”

We loved this interview with Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story – The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. He will be swinging by Cortes in September on his book tour. Here are some of our favourite excerpts. It’s like the famous quote from Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a […]

Holiday Hours

Store Holiday Hours Monday, Dec. 24: 9 AM – 6 PMTuesday, Dec. 25: ClosedWednesday, Dec. 26: 12 – 6 PMThursday, Dec. 27: 9 AM – 7 PMFriday, Dec. 28: 9 AM – 7 PMSaturday, Dec. 29: 9 AM – 7 PMSunday, Dec. 30: 10 AM – 6 PMMonday, Dec. 31: 9 AM – 6 PMTuesday, […]

Big Announcement: Bakery Expansion!

The Bakery is growing! For the sixth year in a row, the cafe and bakery showed incredible sales growth last summer. Of course, the more food we produce, the more space we need! Even now – at the beginning of winter – we don’t have enough room for the needs of both the cafe kitchen […]

Dream Cuisine Dinner Series Returns

The Co-op Cafe’s Dream Cuisine Dinner series will kick off again next January! Experienced chefs will showcase their expertise for Cortes diners by preparing delicious, abundant, and nutritious cuisine. Each meal will include an appetizer, main course, and dessert for $33 plus tax (gratuities not included). Since the Co-op Cafe has acquired a liquor license, […]

Made on Cortes: Becca’s Beans

A Serendipitous Beginning | Written by Elke Finley While talking to Becky Knutson who owns and operates Becca’s Beans with her husband Scott, I was delighted to hear how serendipity played a big part in the beginning of their business. It was in 1997 while their daughter attended a Power of Hope camp that Becky’s […]

Turkeys for Christmas

The Co-op will have fresh, natural turkeys available for Christmas! About the Turkeys: they have been fed no antibiotics and non-GMO feed. They have been raised on pasture and processed onsite at StoneCroft Farm in Black Creek. Sign up for one (or two!) in the store by Monday, December 10th; the Co-op receives the turkeys […]

Mama and the Boys w/Louis Belcourt at the Co-op

On Saturday December 8th, come join your local musicians for a night of jazz, blues, smoky country, pizza, beer and cider! Doors @ 7:30. Suggested donation of $5 – 10. MAMA AND THE BOYS Known to incite crowds into dancing in the rain in parking lots, this heart-melting five-piece band delivers infectious grooves and sweet, […]

Queer Movie Night: Cloudburst on Dec 6th

Join us Thursday December 6th / Doors at 6pm / Film at 6:30pm. Serving up Popcorn, Pizza, and drinks. Showing: Cloudburst

Spice Up Your Life Lattes

We have added two seasonal drinks to our menu at the Cafe. Get snuggly with these spicy and delicious wintery concoctions. Pumpkin Spice Latte (8oz – $3.25, 12oz – $4.00, 16oz – $4.75) Organic pumpkin puree combines with pumpkin pie spices and vanilla in this sweet treat. Choose milk, regular or organic, or a milk […]

Pizza Party Fridays are November 9th & 23rd

Make it a party: treat your sweeties to an old fashioned Pizza Pie on Friday November 9th (that’s tomorrow!!) and Friday November 23rd. Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at /6505, or dropping by. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● […]

Baking with our delicious local food

Written by Bakery Supervisor | Carly Mersereau In an effort to use more (delicious!) local produce, the bakery has purchased and processed an abundance of fruits and vegetables from island growers.  Squash and tomatoes have been roasted and stuffed into our savoury galettes, fruits cooked and spiced for our sweet muffins and pies. Keep watch […]

Tales From Abroad: Heritage Apple farming on Salt Spring

Written by Hazel Appaqaq | Cortes Co-op Produce Buyer  Before taking up the produce torch at the co-op, I went on a woofing journey around central and coastal BC. One farm on the journey was a heritage apple orchard on Salt Spring: Apple Luscious Organic Orchard, owned by Harry Burton, the main organizer of Salt Spring’s […]

10% off for Members

Celebrate Co-op Week with us!

Being a member of a cooperative means being a part of something larger. The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is celebrating National Co-op Week along with the nearly 50,000 other co-operative businesses serving more than 135 million people across North America. Co-op Week takes place from October 14th to 20th in Canada and October is Co-op […]

Job Posting: Cook & Office Coordinator

The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking to fill two new positions: Cook: Part-time, year-round position. A minimum of one year professional cooking experience is necessary. Office Coordinator: Part-time, year-round position. A minimum of one year administrative experience, including intermediate to advanced computer skills, is necessary. Compensation includes competitive pay, a 10% discount on store & […]

Pizza Fridays are October 5 & 19

Pizza Nights this month are on Friday October 5th and Friday October 19th. Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: […]

Cafe & Kitchen Supervisor Updates

Cafe / Bunches of roses to Sheena for all of her hard work as our Cafe Supervisor over the past year and a half. During her time as Supervisor, we experienced our busiest seasons ever in the history of the cafe. Thanks to the efficient systems that Sheena helped create, we were able to gracefully […]

Made On Cortes: Piggy Soap bars

Sweet smelling soaps | Written by Elke Finley Have you noticed the Piggy Soap bars that are for sale at the Coop? The beautiful wooden display, featuring six different soap bars, is located in the consignment area of the store. Two of the bars can also be found in the soap section in the middle […]

Store & Cafe Autumn Hours

Store Autumn Hours: As of October 1st, the store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9am – 7pm & Sundays from 10am – 6pm. Cafe Autumn Hours: After the Thanksgiving weekend, the Cafe will be open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 9am – 3pm. Enjoy the last cafe Saturday on October […]

Celebrate Non-GMO Month 2018

Now in its eighth year, Non-GMO Month has more than quadrupled in size. Almost 13,000 retailers have registered to support the Non-GMO Project’s mission of preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Cortes Natural Food Co-op, along with thousands of stores across North America, are helping the […]

Turkeys for Thanksgiving – Oct 5th

Yes, the Co-op does have turkeys for Thanksgiving! We expect a selection of natural turkeys from StoneCroft Farm (Black Creek, BC) to be delivered on Friday, October 5th. These birds eat a non-antibiotic, non-GMO feed, are raised on a pasture, and are processed there at the farm. Stop by and pick one up Friday or on the weekend. Happy […]

Job Openings: Cook, Barista, Barista Supervisor

Are you passionate about serving locally grown, organic, and healthy food to our community? So are we! The Cortes Natural Food Co-op Cafe is looking for a Cook and a Barista/Barista Supervisor. These are part-time, year-round positions. Cooks: Our cooks are responsible for preparing and displaying quality food products for the Co-op Store and/or Cafe; […]

Staff Profile: Nadya

  How long have you been working at the Co-op? Four months What are your roles at the co-op? Cashier and Barista. What do you like most about working at the Co-op? Interacting with customers and the espresso. What are your other interests or hobbies or work? I do landscaping at the Gorge. I am […]

Friday Pizza Nights in September

Pizza night is back to every second Friday. Phew! Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized […]

Thank you to our local growers

Abounding gratitude and many thanks go out to the island producers who’ve had a hand in filling the baskets and bins in the produce section with local delights! Many Cortesian farms and gardens contributed to the store’s fresh selections, which, in addition to supporting the co-op, has helped in spreading out our true local wealth, […]

Fall Hours on now

As the days grow shorter, so do our hours! Starting on Monday, September 3rd, the store will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 AM to 8 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM. And the cafe will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Have […]

Heat of the Summer Savings

From August 1-15th, member-owners get 10% off one shopping trip at the Co-op! The more you spend the more you save 🙂

Jobs available at the Co-op

The Co-op is looking for a PIZZA COOK, a DISHWASHER, and a KITCHEN SUPERVISOR. Previous experience necessary. These are part-time year-round positions. Compensation includes tips, competitive pay, a 10% discount on store & cafe purchases, and medical/dental benefits for those working more than 20 hours per week. Bring your resume to the store or send […]

Stay Cool Ponyboy with our newest drinks in the Cafe!

This summer we have introduced two new seasonal drinks to our menu! We are now serving cold brew coffee and lavender lemonade. Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground beans over night.  This method extracts the caffeine in the beans without extracting other constituents.  This results in a smooth coffee flavour that is less […]

New Things to Buy in Store Summer Edition

Another thrilling instalment!! Brew Dr. Kombucha http://brewdrkombucha.com/raw-organic-kombucha/ Nature’s Path Golden Turmeric Cereal https://www.naturespath.com/en-ca/products/natures-path-foods/golden-turmeric-cereal/ Natur-a Unsweetened Soy Milk http://natura.ca/boissonSoya.php Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple Cereal https://www.naturespath.com/en-ca/products/natures-path-foods/sunrise-crunchy-maple-cereal/ Neal Brothers Organic Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce https://www.nealbrothersfoods.com/products/organic-roasted-garlic-pasta-sauce/ Wedderspoon Gold Kfactor16 Manuka Honey https://shop.wedderspoon.ca/wedderspoon-gold-raw-manuka-honey-kfactor-16-325g-11-5oz/

Cortes Day Pizza at the Co-op

Not sure what to do after the festivities at Smelt Bay end and before the dance at Manson’s Hall begins? Come have pizza and beer at the Co-op Cafe! Saturday, July 21st 4 PM – 8 PM Order pizza and enjoy a BC beer or cider while you’re waiting. Sit down in the cafe or […]

Men’s World Cup 2018

Straight from Russia to our cafe!  Many have enjoyed the games we’ve shown so far, and here’s the rest of the schedule. Semi-final match on Tuesday, July 10th at 11 AM Semi-final match on Wednesday, July 11th at 11 AM Third-place match on Saturday, July 14th at 7 AM** Final match on Sunday, July 15th […]

July & August Friday Pizza Nights

For the summer months, we’re doing pizza SUH! nights every week. Pick up some ‘suh and meet your pals at the beach to kick off the weekend with cheese. Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta […]

Summer Hours are in Full Effect

Our cafe is now open every day from 9 AM to 3 PM for all of July and August. Our new menu includes the favourites we have been developing since last summer – burritos, breakfast sandwiches, butter chicken wraps, roast beef sandwiches, spanakopita, and pizza – plus some new salads, wraps, and parfaits. Our food market is open […]

Price Increases

On May 31, 2018, the United States announced that they would impose tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported from Canada. In response, the Government of Canada released a list of countermeasures to these tariffs, and these include the intent to impose a 10% surtax on a variety of foods and household products imported […]

2018 AGM Success!

Our Annual General Meeting was a success! About 45 people gathered for pizza, salad, and cookies. The current Board members were introduced, and Eric gave reports on the store and cafe operations as well as a financial report. Amy also reported on the Board’s activities around strategic planning and the courtyard improvement projects. Six of […]

New Item: Fruit Parfait!

Shrek, “Ogres are like onions!… onions have layers. Ogres have layers.” Donkey, “You know, not everybody like onions… You know what… everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, ‘Let’s get some parfait,’ they say, ‘Hell no, I don’t like no parfait.’? Parfaits are delicious!” Shrek (the motion picture film) 2001. Come […]

Relaxing Together

Our staff enjoyed a casual get-together on Sunday, June 3rd, closing the store a bit earlier to give every one the chance to attend.  Originally we had planned an outdoor party at Smelt Bay, where we could play volley ball and other fun outdoor games. But Sunday’s weather was not as inviting as we had […]

Dream Cuisine Wrap Up

  The Dream Cuisine dinner series this spring was a huge success! Overall, we served over 325 exquisite meals drawing from a range of inspiration spanning Europe to Asia.  We want to thank all of our chefs who prepared such fine food: Amy Bockner, Valerie Wernet, Carly Mersereau, Lucy Robinson, Thea Block, and Xuan Ly-Betz.  […]

Pizza Nights are June 8th and June 22nd

June Pizza nights are on Friday June 8th and 22nd. Order between 9am-3pm (Cafe open hours) by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, […]

AGM Notice – Tuesday June 19th, 2018

It’s AGM season, Islanders, and we’ve got a good one for you this year! The CNFC Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Manson’s Hall.  We’ll have pizza, salad, and cookies at 5:00 PM and the meeting will follow at 5:30 PM.  The agenda includes a Financial Report, a Store […]

Cafe is now open on Saturdays

As the summer season approaches, we have added another day for our cafe.  We are now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Stop by for an espresso drink, a baked treat, and breakfast or lunch – we have a wide selection available and ready to go.  We intend […]

Welcome, laminoire!

Keeping pace with our members’ ever-growing love of pastries, the bakery is pleased to announce the arrival our our newest sidekick: the dough sheeter.  A dough sheeter, or laminoire, functions as a mechanized rolling pin that allows us to produce many more pastries and far fewer aching backs.  We wouldn’t dare change our croissant recipe, but […]

New Things to Buy in Store!

Brand new things to buy at the Co-op this month! Nature’s Path Golden Turmeric Cereal  So Fresh Oat Unsweetened Original (946ml)  So Fresh Cashew Unsweetened Original (946ml)  Pressed by Kind Fruit and Seed bars  Naam Sauces Spread ‘Em Kitchen Co. Cashew Cream Cheese Style Spreads & Dips  Cape Herb and Spice Exotic Spice Boxes  Field […]

CIBATA Learning Lunch @ Cafe

The Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) will be hosting their monthly Learning Lunch  at the Cortes Natural Food Co-op Café  – Tuesday May 29th from noon to 1:30 pm.  Learning Lunches are monthly presentations and lively conversations with invited guests discussing a full-range of topics of interest to Cortes residents; also a great opportunity to meet and network with Cortes locals […]

Final Dream Cuisine May 31 Mexican Fiesta

Another wonderful season of delicious food created by some of Cortes Island’s finest chefs is drawing to a close. But don’t worry! We have one last meal to serve up before you start your summertime noshing on food truck and picnic fare. Presenting Mexican Fiesta with Chef Lucy Robinson. Tickets are $33 (Adult) or $20 […]

Jobs Available: Baker & Cook

Are you looking for cafe work experience?  And are you passionate about serving locally grown, organic, and healthy food to our community? The Cortes Natural Food Co-op Cafe is looking for a Baker and a Cook for the summer season.  Experience is preferred but we are willing to train the right people.  Your compensation includes […]

New Hours

As the days grow longer, so do our hours! Starting on Monday, May 7th, the store will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 AM to 8 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM. And, starting on May 26th, the cafe will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And look for more open cafe days in […]

Pizza Nights are May 11th and 25th

[CW: Rick and Morty reference] Unlike in some dimensions, our Pizza Hotline is anything but fake! Order by 3pm each Friday by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm that day. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella […]

Our May Discount Coupon is hitting the Co-op!

Scandinavian Feast Dream Cuisine May 10th

Thursday May 10th / 5:30pm / 7:30pm Adults $33 / Kids $20 Reservations are required. Book your spot before Wed May 9th.

Thanks to Xuan for delicious Vietnamese Dream Cuisine

Huge thank you to Xuan and the Co-op team for yet another mouthwatering Vietnamese flavoured Dream Cuisine. Here is a photo of the exquisite dessert, sesame seeds over gelati with a sweet avocado puree and a wee crepe, yummmy: Next up: Chef Valerie Wernet is presenting a Scandinavian Feast on May 10th Chef Lucy Robinson is […]

Unwrapped Wraps

We are changing the beat in the Coop cafe/kitchen. Coming by for a wrap to stay? Want a plate? Want to avoid the foil wrapping? We have started leaving some wraps unwrapped so you can enjoy your wrap, wrap-less. Tired of reading the word wrap? Don’t worry we can explore what is inside the wrap! […]

Spring Inklings

The weather has been quite unpredictable in the last little while here on Cortes Island, never knowing what we might get from one day to another: sunshine, rain or another storm moving through. It has felt a bit like this at our store since the beginning of Spring with more than half of our staff […]

Tourism Learning Lunch with CIBATA April 24

CIBATA will be back at the Co-op Cafe on the last Tuesday of this month (April 24th) for a delicious catered lunch and a presentation from Denice Regnier from Island Coastal Economic Trust. Everyone is welcome – a great networking opportunity for anyone involved in tourism, service, or community organizing on the island. 12pm – […]

Featured Fancy Drink: Turmeric Lattes

We are using a new and improved recipe for our turmeric lattes! Our turmeric paste is now made with ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, a touch of olive oil, and (of course) turmeric powder. We mix this in with steamed milk and add a bit of maple syrup. If milk isn’t your thing, we have almond, […]

Pizza Nights April 13, April 27

Pizza Nights on April 13th and 27th!  Order by 3pm each Friday by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm that day. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized onion, pineapple & mozzarella […]

Flavours of Saigon Dream Cuisine April 19

Thursday April 19th / 5:30pm / 7:30pm Adults $33 / Kids $20 Reservations are required. Book your spot before Wed April 18th.

Open Mic Sat April 21

Saturday April 21st  Doors at 7pm / Mic at 7:30pm No liquor service at this event!

Flavours of Morocco Dream Cuisine March 29th

Seeking Produce Buyer

The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking to hire a Produce Buyer.  This is a year-round position and applicants must commit to working through the summer.  Hours vary with the seasons (22-30 hours per week).  Duties include ordering, receiving, pricing, training, accounting, stock management, and working with local vendors.  Retail experience required; ordering experience preferred.  […]

Courtyard Improvements: Next Stage

The CNFC Board is getting ready to finalize the plans for the next stage of improvements to the courtyard.  Back in the fall, we were offered a matching funds donation by Twin Island Holdings for $5,000.  And I am happy to announce that we are only $300 awayfrom raising our share.  If you or anyone you […]

French Dream Cuisine Dinner March 8th

A Small Washroom Renovation

You may have noticed how much brighter our washrooms became over a weekend earlier this month.  We give a special thanks for Isabel and Clio for leading the effort – it took a lot of paint to cover those dark green walls!  And thanks to the other friends and staff who stepped in to help […]

Pizza Nights in March

Mark your calendars! We have THREE Pizza Nights in March! March 2nd, 16th, and 30th!  Order by 3pm each Friday by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm that day. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: […]

New Bulk Bins in Cooler

At the Co-op, we’re always trying to improve, and one project that’s been in the works for years has come to be! At the far end of the produce display cooler, we had a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit available in little plastic bags; we called this “repack” because the products were repacked […]

Positive People Apply!

The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking for positive people who have a passion for customer service, have fun while working hard, and want to contribute to our community enterprise.  We are looking for a part-time clerk in the store, and duties may include cashiering, customer service, stocking, and opening and closing the store. Benefits […]

Liquor Service Has Begun!

After a process that took more than a year, the Co-op Cafe has acquired its liquor license and we now have a small selection of alcohol available for sale while the cafe is open.  We give a special thanks to the current Board of Directors, who had to jump through a lot of hoops (including […]

New Fish Freezer

We have a new fish freezer in the store! Thanks to Craigslist, we picked up this used one for about one-quarter of the price of a new one, and it works great! Now you can see what’s available without keeping the top open. And we still have lots of local fish available from last summer […]

Staff Profile: Sam

How long have you been working at the Co-op?  I have been working at the Co-op since mid-October. What are your roles at the Co-op?  As a till staff member, my role at the Co-op is to make sure those who come into the store feel welcomed and safe and are able to find the things they […]

German Dream Cuisine: Thank You to the Board!

The Board of Directors hosted the first Dream Cuisine dinner of the 2018 season — a delicious and beautiful German meal. It was entirely planned, prepared, and served by the Co-op’s Board as a volunteer project, and all proceeds from the evening will go towards the courtyard improvement fund. Our Board deserves a big thank […]

Mexican Dream Cuisine with Amy Bockner

Calling All Local Growers!

We are planning an organizational meeting for local growers on Tuesday, February 20th at 4:00 pm in the Co-op Cafe. Each year, we hold a meeting to review what took place last season and to plan for the upcoming summer. We’ll talk about existing policies and procedures as well as big-picture visions about opportunities for more collaboration and communication. […]

Open Mic—January 20th

Bring your humour, creativity and performance to the stage! Musicians, poets, storytellers, and troubadours ― the friendliest audience is found at the Co-op Cafe’s Open Mic nights. Love entertainment? Have some stage fright? Don’t worry! Just sit back and enjoy the show. Doors open at 6:45pm, and the mic opens at 7pm. Admission is FREE!

Dream Cuisine Dinners—2018

The Dream Cuisine dinner series is back! The first dinner is Thursday, January 25, and hosted by the Co-op Board of Directors as a fundraiser for courtyard improvements. The meal will include an appetizer, main course, and dessert for $33 plus tax (gratuities not included), and you can expect a fine pairing of wine and/or beer […]

Pizza Nights: January 5th & 13th

Order by 3pm each Pizza Friday by calling the Co-op Cafe at -6505. Pizzas can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:00pm that day. ● Cheese: mozzarella, feta & cheddar ● Vegetarian: spinach, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, zucchini, olives, feta & mozzarella ● Hawaiian: ham, bacon, mushroom, caramelized onion, pineapple & mozzarella ● Meat: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, ham, caramelized […]

Bring Your Own Mug vs. Paper Cups

  Starting on Wednesday, January 3, the Co-op will charge for paper cups used for coffee and espresso drinks.  This extra 25-cent charge will apply to all three cup sizes in both the cafe and the store. We encourage our members to use our ceramic cups (while the cafe is open) or to bring their […]