Vote in 2016 Co-op Elections February 1-29

Food Conspiracy owners can begin voting in 2016 C-op Elections on Monday, February 1st through February 29th at midnight.  Last chance for voting will be at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 6th at Borderlands.  In addition from voting online, you can vote on the computer provided in the store for voting or with a paper ballot in the store.  What ever is most convenient for you–just vote!

Remember, one per household.  You will need your member number in order to vote.  To read about Cooperative Community Fund candidate organizations click here, and Board of Director candidates personal statements and questions click here.

2016 Elections Form

  • This is used to verify your identity and for auditing purposes; your name and your vote will be kept confidential. Please use the name on file at the co-op.
  • Please enter the member number you give to the cashier when checking out, i.e. the 4 or 5 digit number. This would be the 4 or 5 digits after the zeros and not counting the last digit. Remember, one vote per household. If you have any trouble logging in, please email outreach@foodconspiracy.coop and let us know.
  • You can learn more about each of the candidate organizations by clicking here (opens in new window).
  • You may read the candidates personal statements by clicking here (opens in a new window).
    There are four candidates running for four positions. The three candidates with the most votes will be seated for a three year term, a one year term is given to the candidate with the least votes.
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Start the New Year Fresh at the Co-op

The New Year is a chance for a fresh start getting back into balance and taking care yourself after what can be a stressful and overindulging holiday season.  All week long there are opportunities to get back into balance at the co-op.  We’ve also put all probiotics on sale for at least 10% off!

Holistic Happy Hours – Mondays

Starting in January come and hear different topics weekly on Monday afternoons from Tucson’s wellness community of practitioners and educators.  This is a free weekly “Happy Hour” with time for socializing and visiting as well as learning about a specific topic.  Come at 4:00 p.m. to meet like minded people.  All presentations will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 5th – Native Diets and Vibrant Health with Jeanne Bjorn, MS

Monday, January 12th – Sugar-What’s So Bad About It? with Kariman Pierce, NTP

Monday, January 18th – Digestion and Digestive Health with Robin Schuett-Hames, NTP

Monday, January 25th – The Benefits of Womb Massage with Traci Hamilton Faith

Yoga with Neutopia – Tuesdays 

Doctress Neutopia leads weekly yoga session every Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m (with the exception of Tuesday, January 11th).  Participants will engage in Kripalu Yoga, a yoga of compassion.  Experimenting with visualizations for ecological awareness, chakra cleansing techniques (subtle energy centers of the body), come to a place of inner sanctuary during our meditation.

Garden Fresh Fridays will feature Conspiracy Grown greens in the produce department.  Dino kale, green curly kale, curly roja, asian greens (han tsai tai) and red chard.

‘Tis the Season for Turkeys!

Mary’s Turkeys (antibiotic-free) $1.99/lb (frozen)

Mary’s turkeys are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in areas four times the size of the average turkey ranch.  Their high protein diets provides the optimum amount of nutrients. (These birds are currently frozen and will be thawed and sold fresh as thanksgiving approaches.) First come-first served.

Mary’s Turkeys (organic) $3.49/lb (frozen)

Mary’s Free-Range Organic Turkeys are an additional step up the ladder in humane farming practices; with freedom to move about and a premium diet void of any chemical stimulators. Certified Organic feeds must be Certified by the USDA and everything that goes in them must be certified as well. Mary’s Organic Turkey feed does not contain any of the following:

NO Animal By-Products
•   NO Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
•   NO Antibiotics Ever
•   NO Pesticide Treated Grains
•   NO Grains Grown with Chemical Fertilizers
•   NO Synthetic Amino Acids

See Mary’s website for thawing instructions and more

Local ReZoNation Heritage Turkeys ($8.99/lb) (frozen)

ReZoNation Farm turkeys are hatched and raised in Avra Valley Arizona. They are fed grasses, insects, natural turkey grower feed, and locally grown vegetables and greens.  They will have a higher percentage of dark meat and leaner portions of breast meat.  Sign up for email notification on price and arrival of local heritage birds.  Email outreach@foodconspiracy.coop

Special Order from the Conspiracy Kitchen

Don’t have time to make sides or pie for your Thanksgiving dinner?  Let us help! Conspiracy Kitchen features healthy options, organic,  and local ingredients whenever possible.  Fill out this special order form with the amount of each a la carte side you want, bring it in to the co-op to a cashier or call it in to the kitchen.  Be sure to give us your number. You will be called to confirm your order.  Conspiracy Kitchen Special Order Form

Special Order Thanksgiving Menu

Buy One, Get One FREE this Weekend Only!

Buy One, Get One FREE* this weekend on these and other great deals!

Saturday & Sunday only.  No other discounts apply*

Cathedral Cellars Wine………………..$4.99

Field Day Cereals (select)…………….$2.99

Organic Field Day Peanut Butter….$4.99

Field Day Italian Sparkling Water…$1.39

Field Day Organic Maple Syrup……$4.99

Local Bushido Whole Chickens

 

 

October 11- 17th is National Bulk Week

Celebrate National Bulk Week! Bring in your jars and bags for a bulk sale Friday and Saturday October 16th & 17th.  20% off bulk foods, teas, spices and herbs for everyone.  Enjoy classes and in store demos throughout the week!

–Tuesday October 13th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.- Great Grains presented by UA Garden Kitchen

–Thursday, October 15th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Make Your Own Soft Drinks or Alcoholic Wines and Ciders with Dan Dorsey (Demo) $8.  Click here for information about the class.

–Friday October 16th & Saturday October 17th – 20% off bulk foods, teas, herbs and spices.

–Saturday, October 17th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sprouting: the Art of Gardening in A Jar with Wanda Poindexter (Hands-on) $7.  Click here for more information about the class.

Read about how bulk can turn a culture of waste into a culture of awareness in our Community  Newsletter Sept/Oct edition.

BULK FOOD FACTS

Bulk is Green Council (BIG) is an organization dedicated to helping consumers, food makers and grocers learn about the many environmental and economic benefits of bulk food source: wwwbulkisgreen.org FACT: Organic bulk foods on average cost 89% less than their packaged counterparts. Bulk foods also prevent a significant amount of packaging from entering landfills.  Visit www.facebook.com/lovethebulk for a chance to win a bulk starter kit.

FACT: Bulk goods require less overall transportation to deliver to consumers. Bulk foods do not require the packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. And the transportation of bulk product to retailers is efficient because it can be packed more densely on a truck.

FACT: The manufacture of paper and cardboard pulls trees from our forests, dumps contaminated water into our streams and uses enormous amounts of energy resulting in grotesque levels of CO2 emissions pumped into our atmosphere.

FACT: Food packaging may limit a consumer’s ability to buy in quantities desired which can result in food surplus and ultimately waste.

FACT: Although most natural food companies sell their food products in recyclable packaging, there are still some food companies that use non-recyclable materials. And some consumers choose not to recycle which creates additional burden in our country’s landfills.

FACT: Packaging often limits a consumer’s ability to actually see the product they are buying.

FACT: With bulk, product density at the store level can be significantly higher. So stores can provide a wider variety of foods in the same space.

More Ways to Save with Co+op Basics!

Looking to stretch your grocery budget? So are we! That’s why we’re pleased to introduce our new Co+op Basics program. Co+op Basics offer everyday low prices on many popular grocery and household items. From milk to beef to cereal, you’ll find (both new value-priced brands as well as) new low prices on some old favorites.

Don’t worry, we aren’t paying our farmers or employees any less. We’re simply committed to improving our selection so that everyone can find more value when shopping the co-op.

Just look for this sign:

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In addition to the new Co+op Basics program, we will be simplifying sales programs to make shopping at the Food Conspiracy fun, easy, and accessible for all.  Instead of having Member Sales and Basic Buys we will be rolling two programs into one called Owner Extras.  From the name it will be clear to everyone, one hopes, that Owner Extras are for owners of the co-op!

Owner Extras will essentially replace Basic Buys and Member Sales.  Owner Extras will feature items throughout the store that are on sale for members-owners only.  Items that will be featured will include new, seasonal, local, and/or staple products.  This cycle ending September 29th will be the last Basic Buys and Member Sales and introduction of Owner Extras.

Don’t forget to take advantage of these other great ways to save:

Weekly Produce Specials

Co+op Deals – our biweekly flyer focused on great national and regional brands on packaged grocery:

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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.

New! Supplement Spotlight: Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin

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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Mark, Food Conspiracy Co-op’s Wellness Buyer

 

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.