Closed on Easter

The Food Conspiracy Co-op will be closed on Sunday, April 8, for Easter. We will reopen on Monday, April 9, at 8 a.m.

The Solar Potluck is Saturday, April 28

Bummed you missed out on this year’s Solar Rock festival (which was cancelled due to rain)? Got questions about solar power — how it works, how much it costs, whether it makes sense for your home or office? Check out the Solar Potluck, which is organized by local advocacy group Citizens for Solar.

Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Catalina State Park and Arizona State Parks.

There will be speakers and musicians throughout the day on a stage with a PA system powered by solar energy. The Potluck itself is at 5 p.m. Bring your own oven and join in the cooking (oven set-up by 9:30 a.m., event opens to the public at 10:00 a.m.), or if you do not cook, feel free to bring some “solar” food to share: salad, watermelon, berries, etc. Ice is always welcome.

Bring your own eating utensils (plate/bowl and fork/spoon) and help make Tucson’s Solar Potluck a waste-free event. Make sure you wear comfy shoes, a brimmed hat and sunscreen. The festival will be held come sun, rain or wind!

The cost of the Solar Potluck is free; $7/car to get into the Park.

More info: http://citizensforsolar.org

Spring Sale is Wednesday, March 21

All shoppers save 10% on Wednesday, March 21 (except on Basic Buys, special orders and gift cards). This is a great chance to get your shopping done before this weekend’s Spring Street Fair closes Fourth Avenue to cars.

Rainy weather forces cancellation of Solar Rock

Rock bands can’t perform in the rain, and that’s why we’ve decided to cancel this year’s Solar Rock event. Also, we didn’t want to put our food vendors in a position to lose money and, most importantly, we were worried the strong winds (45 mph gusts are predicted) would present a safety hazard with all the tents our vendors would set up in the park.

If you’re bummed that you missed a chance to learn about the many benefits of solar power, we’d suggest attending the Solar Potluck organized by Citizens for Solar in April. More on that event here: http://citizensforsolar.org

Cyclovia and the Water Festival will still go on as planned.

Modern Streetcar Open Houses

You can learn about the construction of the modern streetcar – including when construction is coming to your area – at meetings next week.

Three open-house meetings are planned for:

• 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St.
• 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tucson High School, 400 N. Second Ave.
• 2 p.m. Thursday at Fire Central, 300 S. Fire Central Place, near the Tucson Convention Center.

Construction schedule details have not yet been made public because the city is still developing the schedule with the contractor, Old Pueblo Trackworks, said Shellie Ginn, the city’s project manager for the streetcar.

However, the details will be available at the meetings, she said.
Attendees can ask questions of the construction team, see plans, get information about detours and get help for your business.

Ginn said the city plans to mail postcards announcing next week’s meetings.

Streetcar construction projects are expected to begin in a couple of weeks and wrap up in June 2013. The completed 3.9-mile streetcar line will connect the university, the Fourth Avenue district, the downtown area and west side.

The Annual Meeting is Saturday, March 3

This year’s Annual Meeting has the potential to be the best one yet. The El Camino Royales will play their signature mix of rockabilly, soul and roots music. And we’ll give a brief presentation on the financial health of the co-op.

Most exciting of all, our fabulous local vendors are getting in on the act. There will be Borderlands Beer. Exo Roast Co. will be on hand to serve both medium and dark roast Conspiracy Coffee. We’ll serve tacos made with beef from Sky Island (or beans for vegetarians), Queso Superior cheese, La Tauna tortillas, and greens from Sleeping Frog Farms and Forever Yong Farms. Conspiracy Kitchen will serve a variety of delicious sides. And Isabella’s Ice Cream will park their solar-powered ice cream truck in Borderlands’ lot.

We’ll also have activities for kids, including face painting and coloring. And we’ll raffle off a ceramic tile mural by local artist (and co-op owner) Carly Quinn in the first hour of the meeting.

Mark your calendars!

 

The Annual Meeting
When: 5-9 p.m., Saturday, March 3
Where: Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave.
Cost: Free!

Co-op Elections, Feb. 1-March 3

It’s finally time! Vote for candidates for the Food Conspiracy Co-op Board of Directors online or in the store between Feb. 1 and March 2. Or vote at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 3.

This is also the time to vote for local nonprofits that are nominated to receive Cooperative Community Fund grants.

When you vote online, you’ll be asked to enter your login and password information.

Your login is the last 7 digits of your owner number.*

 

 

 

 

Your password is your first name (provided you are the primary member).**

Ready to vote? Click here.

If you would prefer to vote a paper ballot, we have them available at the co-op, along with instructions for how to vote a paper ballot.

If you have any questions about this year’s co-op elections, feel free to email Marketing + Membership Manager Coley Ward at marketing [at] foodconspiracy.coop or call him at 624-4821.

*Note: In the Jan/Feb newsletter, we said that your login would be your owner number. Sorry if the addition of the extra zeros is confusing. We’re still figuring out this online voting stuff.

**Note: In the Jan/Feb newsletter, we said that passwords would be the first letter of your first name and your last name. That is no longer the case. Again, sorry for any confusion.

Tell the FDA we need to know what’s in our food!

This time of year is filled with lit up trees, big red bows, festive carols, and holiday treats – and lots of them. But what you might not know is that many of the holiday favorites our kids are eating in school, at home, and at parties – innocent treats like candy canes – are likely made with genetically engineered ingredients.

Don’t we have a right to know what foods our kids are eating?

Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t think so: there’s no requirement for products that use genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. The government estimates that a jaw-dropping 2/3 of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients. And the majority of the livestock we consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains. But you’d never know by looking at food labels.

That’s why the Food Conspiracy Co-op supports the Just Label It! Campaign, and why hundreds of thousands of people like you – from moms and teachers to farmers and small-business owners – have contacted the FDA. Over 400,000 people decided to speak out about why labeling is important. Will you join them?

Click here to contact the FDA and ask them to support the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

You won’t be alone in your support. Not only have over 400,000 people already contacted the FDA, but a recent study shows that 93% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. It isn’t the FDA’s job to know how much public support there is for an issue – it’s our job to show them how many of us care about labeling genetically engineered foods.

For this campaign to be successful, we need your help. Unless the FDA hears from more people like us, they’ll think we don’t care about what’s in our food. Please do not be silent – submit your comment today. Together, we can reach our December 31 goal of 500,000 comments.

Most other developed countries – such as the 27 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and even China mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Now is our chance to change that.

Let’s make this the last holiday season when we don’t know what’s in our food. It’s time to speak out and ask the FDA to label genetically engineered foods.

Thank you for supporting the Food Conspiracy Co-op and the right to know what we eat.