Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Independents Week 6/27 – 7/5

Repost from Local First Arizona

Get ready for the 10th Annual Local First Arizona Independents Week celebration June 27th – July 5th, because this year’s will be the best yet! During Independents Week we want all Arizona residents to declare their independence by supporting our independent businesses!  When we choose locally owned businesses we keep more jobs and dollars right here in our community, and during those hot summer months, our local businesses need our support!  Add your name to our online pledge to show your support.  On June 27th, you can download the Golden Coupon, good for 20% off at participating local businesses.

During this week, we encourage you to “go local” by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible. Join the thousands of consumers and hundreds of businesses who participate in this statewide celebration of the local and independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy.

Download as many Golden Coupons as you like and Buy Local all week long! The Golden Coupons can also be found in the Arizona Jewish Post and at any one of 20 Passport stops around Southern Arizona. passportPassport stops include Yikes Toys, Antigone BooksThe Running Shop, Deco Proper and many more! Pick up your free Passport to Local Success on June 27th and tour 20 of Southern Arizona’s favorite Indies. Get at least 5 stamps from passport businesses just for stopping by and be entered to win lots of great prizes including gift certificates for local restaurants, breweries and the grand prize – a VIP Summer Staycation package from Hotel Congress. The staycation package includes a room for the night, admission for two for a show at Club Congress and breakfast for two at The Cup Cafe (home of the award winning Cast Iron Baked Eggs).

 Read more about Tucson’s Independents Week celebration of Passports to Local Success

Download your golden coupon for 20% off at participating businesses

Eat, Drink and Be Local with the Eat Local Challenge

Each July, Food Conspiracy Co-op showcases local with an Eat Local Challenge. The Challenge is in July because it is the time when local farmers grow an abundance of tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, basil, okra, garlic, chilies, onions and more.  It is the season we celebrate our local farmers and what they grow.  For the first two weeks of July, all local produce, grocery, prepared foods, beer and wine, and wellness items are 10% off for everyone.  Last year, $1,883.14 in Eat Local Challenge discounts was subsidized by the Co-op. We want to support more this year and we need your participation! Come enjoy and celebrate the abundance of the season.

Eating local at the Co-op not only includes locally grown vegetables from Forever Yong Farm, Sleeping Frog Farm and Sonoran Hydroponics, citrus from Desert Treasures, but locally roasted coffees and cold brew by Exo Roast. Co., Yellow Brick Coffee, and Presta Coffee Roasters.  Food Conspiracy Co-op carries products from as many as 65 different local businesses.   Local beers on tap from Borderlands Brewing Co., Dragoon Brewing Co. and local wines from Dos Cabezas and Lawrence Dunham Vineyard.  Ice cream made locally by Isabella’s Ice Cream. Local grains and bans from San Xavier Co-op Farm mesquite and Pima wheat flours and BKW Farms Sonoran White wheat berries. Oh!Ganics OhBars and R Bars. Local beef Sky Island beef, ReZoNation pork and eggs, and of course many brands of local honey, salsas, and corn and flour tortillas and bread.  Discounts apply to locally made wellness items from Kuumba Made, Kate’s Magik, and Desert Tortoise Botanicals. Additionally, each day one menu item from Conspiracy Kitchen will be 10% off.

Get an Eat Local shopping list at the co-op to discover new items.  After purchasing any three products, get entered to win a $50 gift card and new Co-op t-shirt.   Or, you can participate virtually by sharing your purchases, local finds and creations on Instagram tagging the Co-op @Foodconspiracy using the hashtag #TusonEatsLocal.  At the end of two weeks, two winners will be randomly chosen from the Shopping List drawing and from the Instagram photo entries.  Enjoy and challenge yourself to eat and drink local, have fun!

When is the Eat Local Challenge?

July 1-14th 10% off all local for everyone! Additionally First Friday Summer Sale is Friday, July 3rd is 10% off for everyone! First Friday Summer Sale is a fun festive sale event with wine and food tastings, live music and community. Friday July 3rd live music is by Leila Lopez.

Summer in the City is for Saving While Supporting Local!

Food Conspiracy Co-op together with 140 local businesses is participating in Summer in the City all summer long. Purchase a $5 Summer in the City saver card and start saving on all of your favorite local businesses in Tucson in six different downtown districts: University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown Tucson, Mercado District, and the Sunshine Mile.

Food Conspiracy Co-op, where you can also purchase your saver card, is offering great added value for the purchases you want to make all summer long.   Purchase a gift card and get 10% of the value added through August. Food Conspiracy wants you to save and be able to choose whatever you wish at the co-op with the purchase of a co-op gift card. For example, if you purchase a $100 gift card, you pay $100 and we will add $10 for a total $110.

For more information on the Summer in the City program and for a listing of all of the participating businesses and their discounts and deals visit www.tucsonsummer.com 

Read about Food Conspiracy Co-op as a participating business in Tucson Summer Saver program.

Menu – May 11

Kale & Mushroom Quinoa Bake (Vegetarian & Wheat Free), Kale & Sausage Quinoa Bake (All-Natural & Wheat Free), Herby Mashed Cauliflower (Vegan & Wheat Free) and a Forever Yong Farms Squash Saute (Vegan & Wheat Free).  Cream of Cauliflower & Conspiracy Kale (Vegan) and Italian Chicken and Vegetable (Wheat Free).

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New! Supplement Spotlight: Astaxanthin

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As we head into the summer swelter that is the Tucson summer all of us are concerned about getting too much sun and all that is associated with it (cancer, sunburns, heat exhaustion, etc…).  Some of us slather ourselves with sunscreen, while others just get out of town altogether.  What if there was magical little pill that prevented the need for sunblock, and also helped prevent heat exhaustion?  Oh wait, there is!  A super potent antioxidant called “astaxanthin.”

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I can tell you from personal experience from taking this antioxidant daily it definitely seemed to mitigate some of the ill effects of sun exposure. In fact, when I’m taking it daily, I don’t get sunburnt at all.  I just get a nice tan and a daily dose of vitamin d.  Which is a vitamin (or more correctly a hormone) that is getting a lot more attention and a vitamin we won’t be getting any of while covering ourselves with sunblock and long clothing.

So what exactly is “astaxanthin”? “Astaxanthin is a powerful, naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that’s found in certain marine plants and animals. Often called “the king of the carotenoids,” astaxanthin is recognized as being one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. It is of particular significance, because unlike some other types of antioxidants, astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant in the body so it can never cause harmful oxidation.”  This is according to Nutrex-Hawaii, a manufacturer of natural astaxanthin.  And how does it work? (Again, an excerpt from Nutrex-Hawaii) “The body is reliant on antioxidants to deliver healthful balance, and healing power to damaged cellular structures. Simply defined, antioxidants fight the process of oxidation, which leads to cellular breakdown over time.  Antioxidants sacrifice their structure to repair free radical development, slowing and potentially healing the process of oxidation, thus allowing for stabilized health at the cellular level. Healthy cellular function equates to better overall health, and is a prerequisite for reaching optimal health and peak physical performance.

Astaxanthin is a unique antioxidant, as it is bioavailable throughout the body. The skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, eyes, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and internal organs are all receptive of Astaxanthin. These soft tissues appreciate, and are able to perform better, due to the presence of the active antioxidant power of Astaxanthin.”

So, from this buildup of astaxanthin in the body it seems to work as an “internal sunscreen” in addition to a myriad of other health benefits.

Co-op Election Results are in!

Sunday, March 1st was the last day to vote in Co-op Elections. That evening, Board of Directors president Rob McLane announced the winners of this year’s elections at the co-op’s Annual Meeting.  All three people running for the Board of Directors were elected.   Of the eight Cooperative Community Fund candidates, three were elected to receive Cooperative Community Fund grants.  Thank you to all of the owners that voted and to the people who volunteered at the Annual Meeting.

Here are the detailed election results:

Total valid ballots cast: 169

Board Candidates: 

Shefali Milczarek-Desai: 112

Guru Das Bock:  96

David Miller:  91

Cooperative Community Fund Grant Winners:

Farm Resource Education Network (FERN): 74

Youth Outdoor Experience dba Ironwood Tree Experience: 63

Sonoran Permaculture Guild: 61

 

Conspiracy IPA Just in time for April BikeFest!

Coming this April! When you’re out celebrating the beautiful spring weather and Bikefest month, pedal on down and get your growler filled at the Food Conspiracy Co-op with our latest batch of Conspiracy Beer.   Conspiracy IPA is brewed by local brewery 1055 Brewing.  According to co-owner and general manager Chris Squires, Conspiracy IPA description is as follows: “hop heads, this beer is your jam. Brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, we also used fresh citrus zest from various citrus from Desert Treasures available at the Food Conspiracy Co-op.”  ABV: 7.2% IBUs: 70

What is Conspiracy Beer? It’s a special brew made locally at a Tucson microbrewery for the Food Conspiracy Co-op.  The style of beer changes every two months.  Profits from the beer is donated to a local nonprofit.  This year the proceeds are benefiting El Grupo Youth Cycling club empowering youth through bicycles.

We celebrated Arizona Beer Week with the brewing of Conspiracy IPA. Photos of the brew date by Mamta Popat at Ten 55 Brewery, 3810 East 44th Street.  John Paul Vyborny, head brewer and co-owner of Ten 55 brews Conspiracy IPA for the Food Conspiracy Co-op with Grocery Manager Eric Lauterbach-Colby.

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Vote in Co-op Elections!

Co-op owners can vote for Board of Directors and Cooperative Community Fund Candidates beginning February 1st and through February 28th, 2015.

You’ll also be able to vote by paper ballot at the computer kiosk available in the store or during the voting period and lastly by paper ballot at this year’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 1 at Maker House.  Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and published in the May/June edition of the Community News as well as on the Food Conspiracy Co-op website.

On Sunday, February 1st voting starts online at the following address: www.foodconspiracy.coop/food-conspiracy-co-op-elections/ Online voting will close at midnight on Saturday, February 28th.

Birthday Sale!

The Food Conspiracy Co-op is celebrating our 44th Birthday on Saturday, February 21st.  All owners receive 10% off purchases up to $74.99, 15% off purchases of $75-$149.99 and 20% off $150 and up.

All owners who made purchases between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 will receive patronage rebate this year.  The primary on the account can pick up patronage rebate during the Birthday Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the following Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or at the Annual Meeting check in table on Sunday, March 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conspiracy Beer is a collaboration of Tucson's brewers and bikers

The lastest batch of Conspiracy beer was brewed especially for BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) by Dragoon Brewing Co.  An English-style Brown Ale, BICAS Bent Axle Brown is pale brown in color with a nutty bread-like flavor.  It has a hint of English hop aroma, and subtle caramel and fruit flavors.  Proceeds from Bent Axle Brown Ale will benefit BICAS.

Pairings:
BICAS Brown is a great way to replenish your depleted body after a long ride, and pairs perfectly with comforty foods like chicken pot pie, or an open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy. Or anything with gravy.

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About BICAS:

BICAS is celebrating 25 years of serving the Tucson with community education and a bicycle recycling center for bicycles that welcomes people of all ages and walks of life! BICAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in the heart of downtown Tucson.  Through advocacy and salvaging bicycles, the BICAS mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for those in need.  BICAS is an education center, not a traditional bike shop.  At the center one can find classes on how to build and maintain your bicycle to bike camping, refurbished bicycles for sale, community tools for rent at an hourly and used parts, art gallery, earn a bike program, bike scrap parts for art and a metalworks program.

About Dragoon Brewing Company:

Origins of Dragoon Brewing Co. go back to the mid- 1990’s of In 2009, when company founder Bruce Greene brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen. Right then he decided to start saving to open his own brewery.  Within a few years, his son Eric had been bitten by the brewing bug, helped found a homebrew club (Northern Arizona Homebrewers), become a BJCP certified beer judge, and wandered off to Vermont to study at the American Brewer’s Guild. After an internship in Boston at Mass Bay Brewing Co (a.k.a. Harpoon), he returned to Tucson to brew professionally.  The Tucson Homebrew Club brought father & son together with Tristan White–a like-minded home brewer and craft beer evangelist who’d been entertaining similar fantasies. After working together on a few creative brew sessions, the beginnings of a brewery began to percolate.  Just recently, Dragoon Brewing Co. expanded their Tap Room at 1859 W. Grant Road, Suite 111.

 

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