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.
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
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!
You can see photos of the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s renovations here.
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.
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.
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).
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
The first First Friday sale of the summer is scheduled for June 1. 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 the Dusty Buskers. See you at the co-op!
Check out this super cool movie starring the Food Conspiracy’s power veggies, by local animator Jon Rustad (running time: 2 minutes). Then vote for the movie in the My Co-op Rocks competition. Just click the stars under the movie to cast your vote. We think it deserves five stars, and we think you will too. Enjoy!
As the height of the local growing season spreads across the country, co-op grocers nationwide are celebrating the freshest, best, and most delicious local foods with the “Eat Local, America!” initiative. During Eat Local, America! (and beyond), co-ops offer unique, helpful ways to explore and enjoy the bounty and benefits of eating locally sourced foods.
Most co-ops hold their Eat Local, America! initiatives in late summer, but Tucson’s peak harvesting season arrives a little earlier. At the Food Conspiracy, we expect to have local greens, carrots, zucchini, collards, beets and more in stock in early May.
Eat Local, America! participants are asked to set a goal for themselves. Whether it’s eating one meal a week made with local foods or trying to source a specific percentage of meals locally, participants are encouraged to set a goal that fits their lifestyle. With all the local food choices available, eating local is much easier than one might think. Finding a local in-season substitute for your breakfast banana or re-doing a family favorite recipe with local ingredients, for example, are easy ways to get started. The point is to recognize and celebrate the joys of fresh-picked flavors while supporting local foods and farms.
We’re going to help with your challenge by discounting all of our local items during Eat Local, America! From May 2-15, all locally-produced foods at the co-op will be 10% off. During that time, Conspiracy Kitchen will pick a different dish each day to discount by 25%.
The Food Conspiracy will also sponsor a series of Eat Local events, as part of Eat Local America!, including the Hoff Building Open House, Forever Yong’s Garlic Harvest, and a tour of Local Roots Aquaponics.
Here’s a list of the Conspiracy Kitchen grab-and-go foods that will be on sale for 25% during Eat Local, America!:
- Pesto Pasta (5/4)
- Parfaits (5/5)
- Small Planet Gluten Free Banana Bread (5/6)
- Chocolate Tofu Pudding (5/7)
- Breakfast Burritos (5/8)
- Small Planet Cookies (5/9)
- Ginger Peanut Rice Noodles (5/10)
- Curried Tempeh Salad (5/11)
- Tempeh BLT (5/12)
- Queso Superior Menonita Cheese (5/13)
- Hummus Wrap (5/14)
- Cranberry Cashew Quinoa (5/15)