Order Peaches by the Bushel

Time: 
August 19, 2014 - 10:15am - August 29, 2014 - 10:15am
Location: 
Potsdam Co-op- 24 Elm St. Potsdam

It's that time of the year again to order fresh regional peaches by the bushel! This year, peach orders will be made through our Buying Club, which is open to Member-Owners only. The price per bushel will be $31.99. Because of the special pricing on Buying Club items, no additional discounts will apply. One bushel is approximately 40 lbs and requires a $10.00 deposit at the time of sign up.  The sign up sheet is located near the registers in the store, simply ask a staff member if you need help finding it!  The deadline to order is August 29, and the peaches are scheduled to arrive on September 3. Stop in and sign up today!

Third Thursday Tasting - New Items

Time: 
August 21, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Potsdam Co-op - 24 Elm St. Potsdam

Everyone is invited to enjoy samples of some of our great new products on Thursday, August 21 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

  • From Vermont Smoke and Cure comes Real Sticks snack sticks...made with beef and pork humanely raised in Vermont and Northern New York without the use of antibiotics or animal byproducts.  Real Sticks are made without preservatives, gluten, MSG, artificial colors, flavors, or smoke.  Come in and sample these low fat, low salt, low carb, and low sugar, full-of-flavor snacks in three varieties: BBQ BeefChipotle Beef & Pork, and Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork.  Taste the difference that real spices and real ingredients make without the additives, preservatives, nitrates, and nitrites that are usually found in other products of their kind. 
  • Adding super-nutritious kale to your diet has been shown to provide significant health benefits including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.  At this tasting you will have a chance to sample two varieties of Brad's Raw Crunchy Kale Chips.  Organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free, these super tasty chips are never baked or fried and are dehydrated at or below 115 degrees to preserve essential nutrients and enzymes that enhance digestion and dramatically increase energy levels.  Garlic is the word for Brad's Vampire Killer and Nacho will satisfy your cheese craving…without the cheese.
  • Another new great tasting snack is Honey Stinger Organic Honey Waffles that are made by sandwiching honey between two thin waffle wafers.  For years, similar waffles have been sold on street corners throughout Europe and consumed by professional cyclists.
  • Also from Honey Stinger is a caffeinated Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Protein Bar.  These bars are a perfect blend of mocha, cherry, and almonds surrounded by a coating of dark chocolate.  They contain gluten-free ingredients and no trans fats, with 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium and antioxidants.

Please stop in and let us know what you think!

August Sales

Great News: In addition to exclusive Member-Owner Sales, we are now publishing monthly sales flyers featuring discounts for Everybody, meaning Member-Owners and Non-Member-Owners alike! These flyers are available in a couple of locations in the store, as well as online. Simply click on the attachments below to view our sales flyers for this month!

Member-Owner Help to Scrape, Prime, and Paint the Store

Time: 
July 29, 2014 - 8:00am - August 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location: 
24 Elm St. Potsdam

Member-Owners: We're currently prepping to paint the outside of the store; It has already been pressure washed, but now we need your help scraping and priming it before we paint on August 9.

We will also need people to help with the painting on that day. Painting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until it has been completed. You are not required to stay for the duration of the day, any time, small or large, that you are able to help  will be greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in helping out, then please stop by the store and ask to speak with Eric, or contact him by phone (#265-4630). All time spent here will be applied to your account as working credit!

1st Annual Summer Baking Fest and Silent Auction Raises $624 for GardenShare

Over 100 people attended the final event of the Potsdam Summer Festival on Sunday afternoon, July 13th, in the Potsdam Food Co-op's Carriage House. The Co-op sponsored a Summer Baking Fest and Silent Auction as a fundraiser for GardenShare.

For three hours GardenShare staff and board members, and Co-op working-owners served up sample sized portions of a luscious array of treats, all prepared by community members. Children and adults alike filled their plates with tidbits of such things as Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Raspberry Clafoutis, and Tomato Pie. Folks voted for their favorites and also made bids, hoping to take those favorites home with them. $624 was raised for GardenShare through the bidding process and cash donations.

The winning cooks with the most votes in their respective categories were; Rose Rivezzi, whose Lemon Mousse with Raspberries won the “Simply Wonderful” category (no more than five ingredients); Janet Learned's entry of a mouth-watering assortment of beautifully labeled preserves, won in the “Local is Best” field; Maliah Wright took top honors with her Gluten-free Vanilla Macaroons submitted under “Special Diet”; and Linda Myers was the winner for having black beans as “The Secret” healthy ingredient in her Amazing Brownies. Pam Maurer was the hands down winner for having the highest number of local ingredients (30) in her dish - Local Bounty Crustless Quiché.

Each of the winners receives a $25 Good Food Gift Card from the Potsdam Food Co-op. Heartfelt thanks goes to the many generous people who gave their time and culinary talents to make this first time event the success that it was.

“We were thrilled to see the variety and quality of entries received and delighted to have been able to both raise money and highlight the important work that GardenShare does for the North Country, “said Co-op General Manager, Eric Jesner. “We look forward to building on this success and hosting this event again next year.”

GardenShare is a nonprofit community organization that works to build a North Country where all of us have enough to eat and enough to share. Their efforts vary from spearheading a food policy council, creating the opportunity for shoppers to use EBT and Debit cards at the farmers' markets, and events such as the Food Day Youth Summit, food assistance programs for low income families including CSA Bonus Bucks, and publishing the Local Food Guide, an annual and ever-growing database of where to find local foods.

 

Kathleen Fitzgerald - Marketing & Outreach Committee Member

 

Buying Club Online Ordering

Take advantage of our Buying Club from home by using our online service! Member/Owners can sign up for a Buying Club account online at http://foodclub.org/potsdamcoop/login, or by using the link under the Buying Club heading in the left sidebar. It may take up to three days for an account to be activated. Once there, you can search UNFI's catalog and add items to your cart. The order will be locked from Monday at 6 a.m. until Tuesday at 4 p.m. so that we may place and process the order. We will email you an invoice for your records and have a printed copy in the store that you can use to purchase your goods. If you have any questions about how the system works, please do not hesitate to call and ask. You may also visit the "Information" link in the left sidebar for more details.

About the Potsdam Food Co-op

 

The Potsdam Co-op is a member-owned and operated natural foods cooperative where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone can join.

The Co-op was established in 1973 and has been dedicated to meeting the community's need for specialty and whole foods at the lowest possible cost ever since. Now in its fifth location, the Co-op remains a locally-owned business whose members volunteer to work alongside paid staff to keep the shelves stocked and the store running.

 As a member of the local community interested in its well being, we attempt to use local sources whenever feasible. We strive to provide a pleasant shopping experience and working environment, with an emphasis on education shared information, and developing our relationship with the community. We encourage environmental respect through the manner in which we conduct our daily operations.

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