Co-op Blog

Apr 16, 2013
Earth Day was first recognized and celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Nelson from Wisconsin spearheaded the idea after witnessing the destruction from a massive oil spill in 1969 that happened in Santa Barbara, California. He gathered a political crew of 85 members and got it on the national agenda. That year 20 million Americans hit the streets and parks and our capital... [read more]
Apr 11, 2013
The 2013 Community Grants application cycle has closed. We received 35 proposals. Our committee is currently reviewing all the proposals and will make the award decisions by the end of April. Award notices will go out the second week of May. Successful organizations will be invited to a Grant Award Celebration on May 22nd where grants will be given out. For more information... [read more]
Apr 11, 2013
Ashland Food Co-op is very pleased to announce the hiring of our new General Manager, Emile Amarotico. He will replace our current GM Richard Katz who will retire on June 30th. Emile Amarotico is the general manager of Medford Food Co-op. He has a diverse business background including experience as a CPA and business consultant. Amarotico is a long-time Ashland resident... [read more]
Apr 04, 2013
My daughter has been asking all winter long when we are going to get to go on another hike, and I can finally tell her “SOON!” Her favorite hike is Grizzly Peak. It is just long enough that we bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the top. The view is spectacular and we both marvel at how small we feel way up there on top of the world. Stella’s favorite hiking snack is... [read more]
Mar 26, 2013
Co-op owners, employees and community members, About every 3 years it becomes necessary for me to evaluate the constant increase in food and fuel costs, and the price that we charge for our food in the Deli Department. As of Monday, March 25th, 2013 we will be raising the price of our hot bar, cold bar and salad bar from $8.45/lb to $8.95/lb. With this price increase we will... [read more]
Mar 21, 2013
In honor of April Fool’s Day, here is a strawberry fool recipe. A fool is an English dessert and the earliest written recipe showed up in the mid 17th century! You can make a fool with any fruit and add any flavoring you want, so use this recipe as a base and experiment to find your own foolish creation. Wash and chop a pint of strawberries, mix with ¼ cup sugar or... [read more]
Mar 13, 2013
Update your information here June is just around the corner and we'l soon prepare to send out patronage refund checks, Annual Reports and board election materials by postal mail. We'll also be conducting an Owner Survey by email this year. As Co-op owners, it's important to keep your contact information current. If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions,... [read more]
Mar 12, 2013
We still have 2 weeks to go until winter is officially over, but it’s not too early to start thinking about getting a garden started. Peas are a very easy plant to grow, but they have an extremely short growing season, so you have to be ready to plant them soon. Traditionally I plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day. Planting peas is such a great project to do with children as the... [read more]
Jan 09, 2013
Are you a non-profit, tax exempt organization in Jackson or Josephine counties? Do you have an upcoming project that could use a little extra funding? Our Co-op Community Grant Program might be just what you need to get your project off the ground!In existence since the early 1980’s, the program awards grants of up to $1500 to regional tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. Our... [read more]
Dec 23, 2012
Beating Back the Straw ManCharlotte Vallaeys, The Cornucopia InstituteAs Americans become increasingly aware of the story behind conventional foods-ecologically destructive monoculture fields, petrochemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and dangerous fumigants-agribusiness has launched an all-out media offensive against the booming organic food movement.... [read more]