Helpful Cooking Videos

When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one. In the NCGA’s new video series, Co+op Kitchen, shoppers will find handy hints from chefs and food enthusiasts who love sharing their passion for great food, plus easy recipes for delicious homemade meals.

The series includes 44 videos—from learning about alternative sweeteners and how to grow your own sprouts to making a delicious Mixed Vegetable Indian Curry and cooking the perfect steak, you’ll want to see what’s cooking in the Co+op Kitchen! Co+op Kitchen is available online at or in a FREE iPad® app for iOs6 compatible devices (iPad2 and higher). The app will be featured in the Food & Drink and Lifestyle categories in the App Store.

Co-op Election Results

The 2013 Annual Meeting featured lots of great food (catered by the Conspiracy Kitchen), fun and finances. Thank you to everyone who helped make our Annual Meeting a terrific success. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the hours put in by our dedicated board and staff. Thanks also to our local vendors, including Borderlands Brewing Co., La Tauna Tortillas, Isabella’s Ice Cream, Queso Superior Cheese, Rex’s Perogies, Tuscon Tamale Co., and Forever Yong and Sleeping Frog farms, for generously donating their product and time. And thanks to the local businesses that donated raffle prizes to the event, including Local First Arizona, Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, Tucson Acupuncture Co-op, Double Check Ranch, and Antigone Books.

At the Annual Meeting, we announced the winners of this year’s Co-op Elections. Three nonprofits received Cooperative Community Fund grants. They are:

  • The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Tucson Village Farm
  • Watershed Management Group

Three people were elected to new terms on the Food Conspiracy Board of Directors. They are:

  • Fiore Iannacone (109 votes) — three year term
  • David Miller (107 votes) — two year term
  • Nicolas Siemsen (109 votes) — three year term

Recipe: Lentil Vegetable Soup

Here’s a recipe, courtesy of our friends at Co+Op Stronger Together, for a rocking lentil and vegetable soup that will keep you warm on those chilly winter evenings.

What’s up with the bulk peanut butter?

The FDA shut down the factory that produces 90% of the country’s organic peanuts, and now it’s hard for us (or any other store) to get the organic peanuts we used to get. Fortunately, it looks like the factory will be up and running again soon. In the meantime, you might notice the disappearance of some products that contain organic peanuts. Hopefully this won’t last.

A list of local companies we hired to help with our renovations

At the Food Conspiracy Co-op we believe buying local is important, and not just where food is concerned. Here’s a list of local companies that we hired to help with our renovation project. All the workers employed by these companies who worked on the renovations are residents of Tucson.

  • Hidden Hollow Construction
  • VVC Architecture
  • Powers Electric
  • Albert’s Plumbing
  • Glass Unlimited
  • Ridgemont Painting, LLC
  • Jannings Acoustical Design
  • Cimaco Floor Service
  • Quick Custom Metals
  • Arizona Hometown Hauling
  • Custom Saw Cutting
  • Ace Pumping and Portables
  • Ornamental Iron Company
  • Accurate Backflow
  • Oracle Road Rent-ALL
  • A-United Restaurant Equipment
  • Reproductions Inc.
  • Daniel’s Refrigeration
  • Armor Shield
  • Cook and Company Sign Makers

Our next First Friday Summer Sale is August 3

The next First Friday Summer Sale is August 3. All shoppers will save 10% on purchases (excluding special orders, Basic Buys and gift cards). If you join the co-op during a First Friday sale, you get a $10 gift card. Moreover, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy free food from the Conspiracy Kitchen and live music by Michael P. See you at the co-op!

Our next Construction Craziness Sale is Saturday, Aug. 18

The more you shop, the more you save. Food Conspiracy owners get 10% off purchases up to $74.99; 15% off purchases of $75 – $149.99; 20% off purchases of $150 and up. Not a co-op owner? Join the co-op during our construction craziness sale and get a $10 gift card and a reusable Food Conspiracy tote bag.


Co-op parking: We have lots of options!

This is going to be an eventful year for the Food Conspiracy Co-op. Already, the city has started construction on the modern streetcar, and we’ve begun work on a co-op improvement project that will add more retail space, as well a hot bar, salad bar, and new cases for produce, meat and cheese. We’ll also be refreshing the store’s color scheme and adding new signage. It’s going to be great!

We know that, due to the streetcar construction, getting to the co-op will be more challenging than usual. That’s why we’re doing the following to make it easier for our customers:

  • We’ve dedicated our back lot to customer parking. Starting immediately, you can park your car in the gravel lot at the back of the co-op. You can access the lot by heading north on Hoff Avenue from Seventh Street. Hoff Avenue is one block east of Fourth Avenue. (Note: you won’t be able to enter the co-op from the rear, so you’ll have to walk around the corner to the front entrance. But, as always, our staff will be happy to carry your groceries to your car when you’re done shopping.)
  • We’re opening up the front lot at the Hoff Building (at the corner of Seventh Street and Hoff Ave.) to co-op shoppers.
  • We’ve gotten permission for our customers to park in the large lot on Seventh Street, between Fifth Avenue and Herbert Street, across from Ordinary Bikes.
  • Street parking is available on Third Avenue and Seventh Street.

Thanks for your continued support of the co-op during this time of transition. We’re excited about what the future holds, and grateful for our loyal customers.

For a detailed schedule of street closures related to the modern streetcar, click here.

Driving directions:

From the north: From Sixth Street, head south on Third Avenue. Turn right on Seventh Street. Then turn right into the Hoff Building’s front parking lot, at the corner of Seventh Street and Hoff Ave., or turn right on Hoff Avenue and park in the lot at the rear of the co-op (the third lot on your left).

From the south: From Broadway, head north on Euclid Avenue. Turn left on Ninth Street (at the Ace Hardware). Turn Right on Third Avenue. Turn left on Seventh Street. Then turn right into the Hoff Building’s front parking lot, at the corner of Seventh Street and Hoff Ave., or turn right on Hoff Avenue and park in the lot at the rear of the co-op (the third lot on your left).

First Friday Summer Sales music lineup

Here’s the schedule of performers for this summer’s First Friday Summer Sales at the Food Conspiracy Co-op. Just a reminder, at our First Friday sales, all shoppers save 10% on purchases, and from 6-8 p.m. there’s live music and free food by Conspiracy Kitchen.

First Fridays 2012
June 1: The Dusty Buskers
July 6: Small Townes
August 3: Michael P.
September 7: Out of Kilters