Weekly News & Updates

Dear Members and Friends,

We'll see you Saturday, on the march or on the curb.  

In the Store this Week

Welcome Maggie!  
We're very excited to welcome Maggie Olsen to the co-op team as our new produce coordinator.

Maggie has a background in farming, non-profits, restaurants, & cooking school administration. She's looking forward to getting Co-op customers excited about cooking up delicious, wholesome meals and connecting us better to local food sources. Please give her a warm welcome next time you're in the store!



Aurora Farms:   arugula, zucchini and beets

Blue Moon:  red & yellow onion, leeks, green bell & Anaheim peppers, garlic and shallots

Dog Island:  shiitake mushrooms

The Farm @ Roche Harbor:  bagged kale & patty pan squash

Hardy kiwis at Mitchell Bay Farm
Federico Farm:  micro-greens, delicata squash, sugar pie pumpkins

Horse Drawn:  cilantro, parsley, chard, purple & amarosa fingerling potatoes, cabbage, golden beets, broccoli and eggplant

Landscape Farmer:   beefsteak tomatoes

Mama Bird:  greens and tomatoes

Maple Rock Farm:  delicata squash

Mitchell Bay Farm:  Asian pears & hardy Anna kiwis

Nootka Rose:  carrots, lettuce mix, gailon, red, yukon gold and fingerling potatoes, arugula and spinach, purple bell peppers & sunshine squash

Apples at Sweet Earth Farm
Old Copper Farm:  garlic, broccoli, cabbage

Pear Point Farm:  "candy corn" pumpkins

Snowberry Farm:  Orcas pears

Sweet Earth:  cherry tomatoes, Macintosh, Jonathan, Mutsu, and Royal Court apples

Zach Chan:   jalapeƱo, poblano &
Italian peppers, kale, head & romaine
lettuce, eggplant, a variety of bell
peppers, and parsley

Maria writes,  "The grapes here are still green. I hope I will have some ready to  
bring the first week of November!" 

Andersen Organics, Othello, WA:  acorn squash

All Seasons, Langley, BC:  crimini & portobello mushrooms

Evergreen Gardens:  scallions

Lakeside Organics, various farms & parcels in CA:  brussels sprouts

Maria Dennis:  Bartlett pears

Maywood Farm, Corning, CA:  Black Mission figs
Osprey Hill, Acme, WA:  collard greens & fennel bulbs

Ralph's Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon, WA:  carrots

Top Hat, Salem & Scio, OR:  shiitake mushrooms




Wine & Beer

Rolling into fall with our beers, here's what's new this week:
Green Magic Fresh Hop IPA from Mazama Brewing in Corvallis, OR
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Brewing on the Oregon Coast 
Boundary Bay Scotch Ale from Bellingham
New wines:
Memaloose 2015 Trevitt's White :  an organic, Columbia Valley Rhone-style white, with nice subtle stone fruit, fresh flowers, white peach, honeysuckle, good acidity, richness and minerality, and great balance.

Idiot's Grace 2014 Dolcetto :  Same winery as Memaloose with a different name, this organic Washington Dolcetto pulls off one of the rarest of feats for a new world vineyard growing Italian grapes: it actually tastes right. Sure, it has some extra Washington richness, but it has all the leather and tobacco and cola notes with the bright fruit, food-friendly acidity and hints of spice that make the Italian originals a hit.

La Re Nommee 2016 Syrah:  Dark fruit and bramble and garrique. Organic.

Sasquatch Mesa Eggs from Silvana, WA:  They're selling at $4.99 a dozen .


Get them while they last -- Chocolate Paradise Chunks of Energy on sale now!  Save 15% until they're gone.


Remember, no Barn Owl bread deliveries this week.

Home & Kitchen

Aunt Fannie's vinegar cleaners in Lavender and Eucalyptus fragrances

Biokleen Soy Toilet Scrub


Finally we have supplements!  We welcome KAL to our HABA shelves this week. Please look for Adrienne's article below.

Our 'Oil of the Month' will be included in next weeks newsletter, rather than the first of the month as usual.

HABA: Supplements  

Many of you have been asking, wondering, waiting, worrying and asking again:  when will we have supplements at the Co-op? Why is it taking so long?  What is so hard about getting some supplements on the shelves?
Trust me, I understand the confusion and frustration.  I too thought it would be a fairly straightforward process to get a high quality, responsibly sourced, appropriately packaged line of supplements going at the Co-op.  Wow, was I wrong!

Entering the direct-to-consumer supplement world is like entering into a game of shadows. Nothing is as it seems. The industry is fraught with low quality ingredients, environmentally harmful practices, unspeakable fillers, and yes, big pharma is around every corner.  It was devastating to find that so many of our "trusted" natural supplement lines have recently been sold to large corporations such as Nestle and -- ugh -- Proctor and Gamble.  This happens all the time, and consumers are unaware. And there are many other issues in choosing appropriate lines to carry, but I'll spare you the details of the struggle. In a word, it was a task.

Last month, I was excited to bring in Host Defense, a responsible Washington based mushroom supplement company in Olympia. We hope to offer an education event this fall to help those interested understand how mushroom support can add to or replace supplements that may be a part of one's regimen.
And I am thrilled to say, that as of this week, other supplements are finally beginning to arrive.

We begin by welcoming KAL to the Co-op shelves this week.  KAL was founded in 1932 and has maintained high standards in the supplement industry for over 80 years. It is necessary to be choosy as to which products make it to our shelves, and the KAL products we are carrying meet the  
Co-op's high standards.
Over the next couple weeks I will be introducing a few more lines, so keep an eye out as our supplements bloom!   I would also love to hear from you about what types (not necessarily brand specific) of supplements you would like to see on our shelves. This does not mean I will be able to meet all needs, of course, but it is important to me to know what our membership finds useful. You can either email me ATTN: ADRIENNE at or put your suggestions into the basket that is located up front by the register.   
Be Well,
-- Adrienne    

Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop

It's that time again -- we Master Gardeners are gearing up for our annual gardening workshop, coming up on Saturday, October 20th at the Middle School in Friday Harbor.  So I'm putting in a plug, encouraging you to attend.  It's a spectacular day of talks and conversation on a variety of garden related subjects featuring the tops in their fields.

This year our keynote speaker is Lorene Edwards Forkner, author and editor, including "Handmade Garden Projects" and "Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest."  And she's the editor of Pacific Horticulture, one of the best valued magazines on West Coast gardening.  Our theme this year is "A Garden That Fits You," and along with Lorene we'll present a menu of lecture sessions covering topics such as garden soil, pests and diseases, pruning, drought tolerance, eating seasonally, ornamentals, and more.

In addition to Lorene Edwards Forkner, our presenters include Craig Cogger, speaking on soils; Linda Gilkeson, speaking on fruit growing issues, growing cabbages, and diagnostic questions; Christina Pfieffer, on pruning basics; Everett Chu on drought tolerance; Kristen Rezabek, on eating seasonally; and a group of our own local master gardeners enlightening us on ornamentals for the PNW.

It's a mouthful for me to tell you right here, so go to the workshop website for full details on the classes and presenters and to learn how to register for the event, at  You'll be glad you did.  We master gardeners here in San Juan County are proud of the success of our workshop and hope you can join us, and reap the rewards.

-- Alice Deane    

National Co-op Month

Thursday, October 4th, we will be celebrating National Co-op Month with an open house. Our other local co-ops, OPALCO and the Orcas Co-op, will also hold receptions that day.

Co-op Month has been an annual celebration in the month of October since 1968. It's a month of reflection and education on the values of being part of a cooperative business, and to celebrate, we will have some of our local vendors in the store demonstrating their products and offering samples for shoppers to try:

Doug MacInnis of Mountain Wave Coffee Roasters will be back from Lopez Island, this time with his espresso machine to make samples of cappuccinos and macchiatos.

Tyler Ryan from San Juan Sea Salt will be here to offer samplings of salt & honey. 

Brooke Budner, owner of Landsea Gomasio, will come from Orcas Island with samples of her spice blend of sesame seeds, dried nettles, and kelp.

Annual Farm Parade

Be on hand for the eighth annual Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade this Saturday, October 6th.  Join us for a short march or cheer us on from the curb -- we love to see you and hear your support! 

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.  Not quite the shortest parade ever, but almost.


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

First Annual Fall Fling

Membership Appreciation and Seasonal Celebration
at Bakery San Juan
Thursday, October 11th 5:30 pm

Join our Co-op at Bakery San Juan for a night of complimentary pizza as we say thank you to our members, volunteers, and staff, and celebrate the abundance of the season. In addition to complimentary pizza and salad, Bakery San Juan will have
beer and wine for sale that evening.

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

October is also Fair Trade Month

Take a moment to pause and check out the Fair Trade product display at the end of the first aisle.

San Juan County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018

Our county is working to make sure we are all prepared:

"We cannot prevent the infrequent disastrous acts of nature, but we can implement strategies designed to reduce the property damage, disruption of services, devastation to the local economy, and the long-term risks to people that typically follow a natural disaster. This is hazard mitigation." Read more:

D isaster Preparedness  

October is our tenth month of  continuing preparations following the Department of Emergency Management's yearlong calendars beginning in January.  Here's what to do this month:


Take the month off from purchases.
But if you've fallen behind, or if your supplies need to be reorganized or replenished, this would be a good opportunity.

* Secure shelves, cabinets, and drawers to prevent them from falling over and/or opening during earthquakes.
* Imagine your house with no electricity.  What more do you need?

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 this Saturday, October 6. The parade is always 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.  Or come line up at the fairgrounds at 2 pm if at the last minute you decide to walk with us -- or jump off the curb as we march past and come along for the fun!  
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
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.
Current order in transit: Pickup October 5
Next order deadline:  Midnight October 13
Pickup:   After 10am Friday October 19


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, Horse Drawn Farm, UNFI, Coffelt Farm Raw Milk.
(Barn Owl Bakery is taking this week off.) 
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.  
Late afternoon  Fairhaven Mills, Pablito's Salsa, Jack Mountain Meats & Acme Cheeses,  5b's Gluten Free Bakery , Organically Grown Company (OGC).

Daytime : Coffelt Farm Raw Milk.  (No Barn Owl bread this week.)
:  Puget Sound Food Hub, Bakery San Juan, etc.

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

Blue Moon Farm on Waldron Island.


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

Monthly Meetings

October 15, November 19, December 17
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, Derek Angevine, Adrienne Brooks, Maggie Olsen
Thank you for supporting your San Juan Island Food Co-op 
Mission Statement
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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