Weekly News & Updates

Dear Members and Friends,

Fall is in the air and on the ground. Put on your jacket and boots and enjoy the beautiful season! 
In the Store This Week

This month to honor all of our hardworking, local farmers and producers we invite you to Savor the San Juans courtesy of your local Cooperative.  Each week during the month of September, we will be offering discounts on the best of what this county has to offer.  Keep your eyes and ears open as we will release each week's SALE in the Newsletter, on our blackboard in the entry, and on our social media accounts.  

Week 2

This week we will be featuring all of our local value-added food products at 10% off all week.  When you choose local, you choose a sustainable local economy.  Thank you for supporting all of our Island producers.

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Local Farms 
Aurora Farms:   arugula, tomatoes, beans (green & speckled), beets and zucchini  
Blue Moon:   red & yellow onion, scallions,  
green bell peppers, garlic and shallots   
Dog Island:  shiitake mushrooms   
Federico Farm:  micro-greens, kale, zucchini & patty pan  
Forage Farmstead:  wilt and lettuce mixes, garlic   
Horse Drawn:  honeydew, cantaloupe,  
cilantro, parsley, purple potatoes, basil
and eggplant  
Landscape Farmer:  beefsteak tomatoes   
Mama Bird:  greens and tomatoes    
Maple Rock:  beets, caraflex cabbage, carrots    
Nootka Rose:  cauliflower, lettuce mix, broccoli, gailon, napa cabbage, red, yukon gold, & fingerling potatoes, green beans, arugula and spinach   
Old Copper Farm:   garlic, kale   
Pear Point Farm:  strawberries   
Snowberry Farm:   Orcas Pears  
Sweet Earth:  cherry tomatoes, padron peppers and strawberries

Zach Chan:  shishito, jalapeno & italian peppers, cabbage, kale, head  
lettuce, chard, eggplant and a variety of bell peppers
Photo by Zach Chan

"Yummy!" Photo by Desiree 
Regional :

All Seasons:  Crimini Mushrooms   
Maria Dennis:  sunglow nectarines, gala & sansa apples, bartlett pears, dino-egg & flavor king pluots, white flesh peaches (right)    
Hedlin Farms:  snap peas   
Ralph's Greenhouse:  carrots   
Top Hat:  shiitake mushrooms



Beer & Wine

Matchless Spudman IPA:  brewed with hashbrowns in Tumwater for their friends at Spud's produce market in Olympia, for a slightly lighter, brighter IPA with lightly earthy notes.

pFriem Jammy Pale Ale:  notes of marionberries, watermelon, peaches and more, all from the malt and hops, but with less bitterness than you'd get out of an IPA. Enjoy this one last glass of summer as fall approaches.

Ellephant Seven 2017 Cosmic Reflection:  So a bunch of musicians start a winery in Walla Walla, dedicated to low intervention, honest, beautiful wines. This Mouvedre/Syrah blend starts meaty and gamy with black raspberry and licorice and goes into dried flowers, desert herbs, white pepper and minerality. Good acidity and smooth tannins and a great example of just how great Washington Rhone-style wines can be.

You Can Have It All... Sauvignon Blanc:  You still can, but only for a bit. This wine was made for one year only and we have one of the last cases in the state (or anywhere else). If you liked this wine come get it now, because it won't last forever and there isn't anymore.

Host Defense Mushrooms Have Arrived

Host Defense, of Olympia Washington, was founded by one of the foremost experts in the classification and cultivation of mushrooms, Paul Stamets.  Unknown to many, mushrooms can benefit every system of the body.  Humans share more DNA with mushrooms than with plants and because of this connection, we can easily utilize compounds found in mushrooms. They are known as the "original superfood" and science continues to recognize the array of supportive compounds found in mushrooms.
Host Defense offers single mushroom capsules and extracts, mushroom blends to support immunity, blends that can be taken daily as whole body support, and synergistic blends of herbs and mushrooms designed to support specific bodily systems. The products are gluten free, organic, sustainably cultivated, harvested at peak efficiency, NON GMO verified, and Bee Friendly!
Come check out our selection and keep an eye out for information on an upcoming community event in which Host Defense will present information on mushrooms and how they can be used to support humans & bees and help the planet.


Double Your Dollars

This month we want our members to join us in supporting our local farmers for all their hard work by taking advantage of the "Double Your Dollars" campaign.

To all of our EBT/SNAP eligible customers:  When you shop at the Co-op, we will provide a 50% discount on all of your fresh fruits and vegetables -- up to $20 per visit. 

With all of our great, local producers, this means that all families and households can maximize their access to healthy food choices.  Simply provide your EBT card or SNAP eligible equivalent card to the cashier when checking out, and you will receive the discount automatically.


Maria's Fruit

Suddenly it's over for the summer season. Maria will make one last trip in November to deliver variety apples and her outstanding dried fruits which she will be preparing for us over the next two months.

Maria's friend who processes her honey hives lives on San Juan Island will bring some of the fall apples from Orondo for our co-op to sell by the pound in a couple of weeks when she returns with the hives.

Last year's
Elephant Heart Plums
A few of us are disappointed that Maria's three Elephant Heart Plum trees didn't produce this year.  This is what she wrote: "They are a very fickle plum. They don't set every year. We have tried to figure out why.  Even with the bees being right there during pollination there are scant amounts on the tree. I even put cross pollinator branches in the trees.  Last year there were the most plums those trees have ever set -- broke out branches the crop was so heavy!  Two buckets on three trees were all we got this year, only enough for me to dry...." 

We'll be patient and hope for a better crop next year.
     -- Eleanor     

Powdery Mildew Redux

Some leaves are still just fine.  The photo was taken Wednesday in the Demo Garden
so maybe not so fine after the rain.
Last year at about this time I wrote about powdery mildew on squash and some other plants, with advice from Linda Gilkeson.  Well, it's that season again and since I'm being asked about it a lot again I figure it wouldn't hurt to reprise last year's advice.  I'm going to quote here from what I wrote a year ago:  
"It's a white dusty coating or blotches on leaves, usually on squashes and cucumbers."

Here's the good news.  New leaves resist the infection (that I didn't know) so keep plants growing as vigorously as possible with plenty of watering and some fish fertilizer.

Growing new leaves allows an infected squash to keep ripening fruit even if the old leaves are covered in the fungus.  Picking off the infected leaves won't control the disease since the spores are everywhere, so probably don't bother.  If the leaves are still green under the coating they are still good, yellow or brown ones can be cut of for appearance if you like.  Overhead irrigation and spraying with water can slow the speed on squash and cucumbers.  That's a new one to me too; it seems counter-intuitive.  But I trust Linda, although I don't think I'm courageous enough to do that!  

The plant can still produce in spite of the mildew.

N one of my squashes have it, and others report the same.  So I guess the word is, don't trash them yet; there's still life left in the old gals!  If you want to hear this straight from the horse's mouth go to where there's a link to "Linda's List" which comes to your inbox when you sign up, which you should do.

This cucumber is in my hoop house.
There you have it.  The mildew has already shown up and with the rain we are getting now it will increase.  It's taken hold on the squashes in the demonstration garden, and some of mine here at home.  Eleanor says she's got it on her cucumbers, and whereas my cukes are in the hoop house and less vulnerable, those leaves are looking pretty funky and it's probably just a matter of time.  The leaves on many veggies are starting to look sorry and ragged, that's what happens at this time of year.

Only one more comment for the week.  Did you get a chance to put the plastic tunnels up on your tomatoes before the rain started yesterday?  Teddy and I rushed home from town just at the last minute.  You might want to consider that for the future, it does protect against late blight.  I might write about late blight next week. 

  But it's great that we are finally getting some rain, isn't it?

-- Alice Deane  

Annual Farm Parade

The Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade is coming up on October 6th, and we are seeking volunteers to represent the Co-op by marching or riding with our float in the parade. The parade will depart from the county fairgrounds at 2:30 pm, make its way through town, and end at the Grange Hall for an after-parade celebration.


If you are interested and available to participate please contact Sarah at or 360-370-5170.

D isaster Preparedness  

Last week I published here our County Council's proclamation of September 2018 as National Preparedness Month, concluding:

"We urge our fellow citizens to make sure that you and your family are prepared for at least two weeks and have taken steps to understand and prepare for the risks they face."

"Individual preparedness is the first step to being ready for a natural disaster. If you're doing nothing to prepare, it means you're counting on others to take care of you."

It's September, and if you are continuing your preparations following the Department of Emergency Management's yearlong calendars beginning in January, this is your ninth month. Here's what to add to your emergency supplies and what to do this month:


Extra batteries for flashlights, radio, and hearing aids (if needed)
Duct tape
Add an additional 2 days of water to your supply per person & pet
Large bag of rice (10lb+). Check periodically for spoilage.


Follow up on efforts to organize your neighborhood.
Conduct an earthquake drill at home: stop drop & hold, then go outside. Think tsunami.
Replace prescription medicines as required by expiration dates.
Starting Now?

If this is your first month, find DEM's three handouts at the Co-op:  

1. 12 month Household Preparation Calendar
2. Neighborhood Preparation Calendar
3. Immediate Response -- "Disaster! Now what?"


Annual Farm Parade
Join your Co-op friends and staff to march in the Annual Fall Farm Parade Saturday, October 6. This parade is lots of fun and it's so short you probably won't get very wet even if it rains! 
To participate, please contact Sarah at  
or 360-370-5170. 
Shopkeeper Openings:
Monday 12-2
Tuesday 10-12, 12-2
Thursday 10-12, 2-4
Friday 10-12, 2-4
Saturday 2-4
Sunday 2-4

Other Opportunities: 
We are also looking for volunteers for the following:  
  • Produce department
  • Meat/cheese department 
  • Help with farmers markets and other events 
Volunteer Benefit:

Volunteers earn co-op cash to spend in the store at the rate of $4.60 for every two hours of work. Any hours worked within the quarter will count towards co-op cash. All cash earned during the quarter is to be used during the following quarter, with transactions recorded at the check stand.

Contact Information:

If you would like to volunteer, please email Sarah at the co-op with "VOLUNTEER" in the subject line:

Or phone the co-op at  360-370-5170.  You can also leave a message with the cashier.  

Thank you!       
 -- Sarah  

Information about special ordering
Special Ordering is a Member Benefit. Save on items you use often--bathroom tissue, pet food, canned goods, pasta, bulk beans, and even chill or frozen items. The markup on member special orders is 20% over wholesale for taxable and non-taxable items. You can request a special order information sheet at the store or via email:



UNFI orders are every week.
Order deadline is Midnight Saturday
Pickup: after 3pm on Tuesday
Please be prompt for chill and frozen items.

Azure Standard orders are every other week.
Next order deadline:  Midnight September 15
Pickup:   After 10am Friday September 21


Mama Bird salad greens, Zach's Fresh Sheet, Federico Farms, The Farm at Roche Harbor, Organically Grown Company (OGC).

Daytime :  Blue Moon Farm, Mama Bird tomatoes & cucumbers, Dancing Seeds, Horse Drawn Farm, Barn Owl Bakery, Jones Family Farm, UNFI. 
Evening:  Jim's Jerseys and Old Silvana Raw Milk, Samish Bay Cheese, Puget Sound Food Hub.

Maple Rock Farm, Sweet Earth Farm, Fresh Breeze Milk, Lopez    Island Creamery, Grace Harbor Farms,  

Daytim e:  Aurora Farms, Local Goods, Mama Bird salad greens, Nootka Rose Farm, Federico Farms, Forage Farmstead, Maria's Fruit.  
Late afternoon  Fairhaven Mills, Sujin's Kimchi, Pablito's Salsa, Jack Mountain Meats & Acme Cheeses,  5b's Gluten Free Bakery , Organically Grown Company (OGC).

Daytime : Barn Owl Bakery, Jones Family Farm.  
:  Puget Sound Food Hub, Bakery San Juan, etc.

Sweet Earth Farm, Sunnyfield Farm on Lopez, Twin Brook Milk, Maple Rock Farm, Dancing Seeds Farm.

Blue Moon Farm, Waldron Island.

Monday - Friday: 10 - 7       //      Saturday & Sunday: 10 - 5
Phone:  360-370-5170


Monthly Meetings

September 17, October 15, November 19
Heritage Bank meeting room at 6:30 pm.
All members are welcome to attend meetings.

Any member is welcome to speak at the beginning of Board meetings.  Please contact the Chair or any Board member at about the topic of interest, with the understanding that due to the amount of business the Board has to attend to, brevity is appreciated.


Editor: Eleanor Hartmann

Contributors:  Paul Richards, Sarah Benson, Alice Deane, Bethery von Dassow, Jeremy Jennings, Adrienne Brooks, Desiree Nabong
Thank you for supporting your San Juan Island Food Co-op 
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The San Juan Island Food Co-op strives to provide access to local and regional food and goods that are organic, sustainable, and fairly produced, with the smallest carbon footprint.
The Co-op encourages conscientious consumption
and nurtures community connections.
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