Co-op Blog

Nov 06, 2013
Halloween is a mixed bag of candy in my book. On the one hand, I love all the kiddos dressed up having fun, and on the other hand, the candy chock full of GMO ingredients that makes its way into our home is absolutely frightening! I want my daughter to dress up and enjoy the ritual of this holiday, but I don’t want her to eat anything that comes home in the pumpkin. Wouldn’... [read more]
Oct 24, 2013
Continuing with the lunchbox theme and heading quickly into Halloween, I thought a good pumpkin recipe was in order. This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but the finished product is wheat free and sweetened with maple syrup. Baked into little loaf pans or muffin pans, it will easily pack into your child’s lunch for a homemade bite of deliciousness to warm them with love from... [read more]
Oct 24, 2013
Last October over 1500 retailers across the country participated in the third annual Non-GMO Month and all experienced an average sales increase of 11.3% for Non-GMO Project Verified items. Nearly 700 new products were verified during the month making this one of the fastest growing sectors in the natural foods industry. This October watch for special promotions on verified... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
It seems that Rice Crispy Treats are synonymous with Halloween, why is that? Every magazine that I have thumbed through for the last month has had a Halloween theme with a ghost or pumpkin or witch shaped rice crispy treat at the center, and to make matters even more sugary, these treats are then dipped in chocolate. The fact that you can cut them into shapes makes them easy... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
In addition to the no meat or shellfish rule at my daughter’s school, there is also a no sugar rule for lunchboxes. So, Stella and I did some baking last weekend to come up with some yummy refined sugar free treats that we could pack into her lunch for the entire week. The recipe is a collage of many different recipes that were all close, but not quite. We had such a nice time... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
Packing a lunch for your child to take to school requires proper planning to avoid the lunches you pack ending up in the garbage or traded away. As we approached the school year, I purchased all of the required lunch box reusable paraphernalia required, and got to work packing lunches. Now only 30 days into the school year, my daughter has exclaimed “if I have to eat another... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
As we come to the conclusion of our boozy fruit series, I want to give you some other ideas to try. I have been having so much fun with this idea and have come up with some pretty exciting combinations that I cannot wait to taste! So far, I have preserved blackberries in bourbon, apples in brandy, plums in brandy, figs in rum, figs in gin and peaches in gin. I am looking... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
AFC has been recognized for our efforts to determine GMOs in the products we sell. We were selected from a field of more than 150 stores that were nominated by hundreds of consumers from around the country.“As demand grows for organic, locally and sustainably grown, truthfully labeled non-GMO foods, hundreds of food retailers are rising to the occasion,” said Ronnie Cummins,... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
This October, one billion cooperators around the globe will celebrate all the ways cooperative enterprise builds a better world. There are 30,000 co-ops in the United States, with Americans holding 350 million co-op memberships. In nearly every part of the economy, people have joined together to do business more effectively, or to get the products and services they need – from... [read more]
Oct 15, 2013
Jackson Co. Plastic Round-up, Oct 25-26, 9:00 – 4:00Nursery pots, bubble wrap, baling twine, snack food bags, cassettes, discs, irrigation components, lawn chairs and toys are among the long list of plastics accepted for recycling at the Jackson County Plastic Round-up. Gather plastic from your home, garden, garage and business to keep it out of the landfill, and have it... [read more]

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