5 Fresh Ways to Save at the Co-op

We’ve all been there: your bank account is looking thin after a month of celebrations, but you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to save up for a big purchase later in the year

Now’s the time to make some changes to your spending - but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality goods at the Ashland Food Co-op.

These are some lesser known ways to save at the Co-op. Think of them like ordering off the secret menu. 

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Shop smart with Co+op Basics and special markdowns. The Co-op works with a nationwide collective to secure great prices on staple items, known as the Co+op Basics. Look for the Co+op Basics sign throughout the store to save.
Also keep your eyes peeled for extra savings: look out for bright “$1/2/3 off” stickers on select products!

 

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If you’re not signed up yet, join the Weekly Sales Flyer email list. Every Wednesday, you can plan your shopping list around a new selection of items on sale, from in-season produce and high-quality meats, to wellness products and sweet treats.

 

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Too busy and don’t have time to cook? Stop by for the Hot Bar Happy Hour from 8pm until close and enjoy a $2 / lb discount. Dine in and save an extra $0.15 by using a Deli plate, bowl or cup. (Added bonus: you’ll be helping to reduce waste.)

 

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The best way to save on produce is to buy in-season. Ask our produce employees what’s at peak ripeness and for the best deals in the house. To save you money (and reduce food waste), we also have a produce markdown section where everything is $0.25 per pound.

 

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Biking around Ashland is already good for your fitness, but did you know it’s good for your wallet, too? Get a Bicycle Benefits sticker for $5, slap it on your helmet, and you’ll receive 5% off every time you bike to the Co-op. (If you’re a Co-op owner, you can combine this discount with the 10% discount three times a year for a full 15% off!)

 

It feels good to eat and be well while saving money, doesn’t it? From staple goods to specialty items, the Ashland Food Co-op is always working to save you money without sacrificing the high quality standards you’ve come to expect.

If you have any personal tips for saving, send us an email and we’ll pass your ideas on to your fellow Co-op shoppers.

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Check out a quick tour below:

Film festival giveaway

Enter your name and email below to be entered to win two film vouchers for the 2019 Ashland Independent Film Festival.

No purchase necessary. Giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by AIFF. US residents only. Entry will be closed at 5pm PT on Monday, April 15.


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Many Co-op owners and shoppers have shared their interest in reducing plastic usage in the store. From bioplastics, to compostable plastics to recycling options, the Ashland Food Co-op continues to research what works best as we move towards our goal of being a zero waste store. Here is where we stand.

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By Rianna Koppel, Sustainability Coordinator

How many times in the past month have you reached back in the fridge to snack on some fresh strawberries only to discover… mold?! In the United States, 40% of food is wasted every year. Luckily, how we address food waste can have a major impact. According to Paul Hawkin’s Drawdown, reducing food waste is #3 on the list of best ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. At the Co-op, we use the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy as a guide to bettering our own practices.

Wellness Secret Weapons

There are still plenty of colds and viruses making their rounds, and we want to help you better defend against them!

In January, we asked on social media what kind of secret weapons you use in the winter to stay healthy. We had a lot of responses, so we'll start with the All-Stars.

With your initial recommendations, our Wellness team reviewed the suggestions and picked the products with the highest quality standards and best feedback. Check those out below.

 

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You may have heard about the fascinating discovery that trees can communicate with each other. What’s the secret? The mycelia - tiny strands of fungus - in the soil form a vast underground network through which trees send chemical signals to their neighbors.

The mycelia differs from the fruiting body of the mushroom, which is the reproductive component that contains spores and is thought to be higher in Beta Glucans.

What to do with all this citrus?!

So you grabbed a few too many extra oranges and grapefruits and lemons (and some finger limes, and some satsumas…), and rather than watch them go bad, we want to provide you with some ideas on how to reduce waste. You’ll also get to enjoy citrus in a lot of new ways!

There are many guides and recipes across the internet (like this one by our friends at Grow Forage Cook Ferment), so here are a few ideas to get your creative and citrus juices flowing.

Update from the General Manager: "Food for Paradise" campaign

Ashland Food Co-op's General Manager, Emile Amarotico, ends 2018 on a very uplifting note with a report back on the "Food for Paradise" donation campaign. Watch the video below, or read on for an extended written update.

Hello, this is Emile Amarotico, the general manager of Ashland Food Co-op with an update on the Co-op’s Food for Paradise initiative.

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How is CBD different from what I might find in a dispensary?