Suggestion Page

Please use the comment section below to propose ideas for products or changes.

56 responses to “Suggestion Page”

  1. rob mclane says:

    This is my periodic reminder for fair trade bananas. For a brief time you had them, and it was so great!

  2. Natanya says:

    What do I need to do to read all the other comments?

    • admin says:

      Hi Natanya, all comments should show up here. Thanks for trying it out! Kelly

      • Natanya Siegel says:

        I do not see my earlier comment about having this advertised (use of this section) in the newsletter verses the store.

        I realized that there were other comments that are not here. How long do you keep comments, how long does a response take (2 weeks, 1 month or etc.) in general?

        • Natanya Siegel says:

          Oh, also, why not advertise and let people know about this in the web newsletter? Unless you want to give it time to see that it is up and running correctly prior to letting the owners know about it?

        • admin says:

          When you (or anybody else) makes a comment, we review it and approve it if it’s appropriate. This helps us weed out spam. So if you don’t see your comment right away, it usually means we haven’t had a chance to approve it yet.

  3. Natanya says:

    Miso comes in a plastic container. When can we change to glass? South River, certified organic sells it. When we buy from our buyers and they can’t provide glass why can’t we go outside. After awhile if other co-ops does it then they will have glass holders.

    • admin says:

      Great idea. We used to carry South River and had issues with quality because it is a refrigerated product shipped by UPS. We had to stop carrying the product because it spoiled in transit; Tucson is too hot for most of the year. I’ll try to persuade our distributor to stock them. Thanks!

  4. Melissa says:

    A while back (months ago) I got a sandwich from you that was AMAZING and it was marked as a ‘cali veggie ciabatta’ and I’ve never seen it again. I know you guys have ‘cali turkey ciabattas’ all the time. I figured that you were just out of turkey that day or something. But I really liked the veggie version and I would love it if you guys made them once in a while!

  5. Lucy Almasy says:

    Just wondered if there will be “First Friday” sales this year?

  6. Alexandra Berger says:

    Can you please carry at least one variety of Good Belly that is gluten free? They have 4 GF flavors: Carrot Ginger, Coconut Water, Pink Grapefruit, Tropical Orange. I noticed that all the varieties at the co-op aren’t GF, so I had to go to Sprouts…

  7. Heidi says:

    Do you sell whole kernel sprouted grains? My brother recently purchased a grain mill for me to start grinding my own sprouted flours. Problem is, I cannot find a place in town that actually carries the whole seeds/grains. Was told this would be the place to check, but I don’t see anything in your bulk foods section of this website that indicated you carry it. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      We have sprouted quinoa in the bulk section. Unfortunately, when we have carried sprouted grains in the past they didn’t sell. If you are looking to purchase in quantity we can special order a case or bulk bag – just call the store and any grocery clerk can get a quote for you! Thanks! –Eric

  8. Natanya Siegel says:

    I see you have something about Suggestions, Questions, comments in the newsletter but nothing about informing co-op owners that they can do it on line instead of the store. Why not? I also asked previously about this on ths web site and never received a response.

    • admin says:

      Natanya, we did inform owners that they can comment online. There’s a whole paragraph about this online comment board in the Board Report. Here’s what it says:

      We’ve got a new online community bulletin board. It
      works just like our in-store bulletin board: you submit a
      question, comment or suggestion and a staff member
      will reply. The only difference is you can use this without
      leaving the house. You don’t even have to wear pants!
      Visit our e-bulletin board at

      Thanks for supporting the co-op. — Coley, marketing

  9. Richard Bergsma says:

    I’m glad that we now carry some fish in our freezer section (salmon). Can we add a white fish (either cod, talapia, mahi mahi) and maybe a shellfish like mussels or a frozen seafood mix? I’m a bigger fan of the fresh frozen stuff than the boxed, preprepared fish sticks, etc. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hello Richard,
      I found a seafood mix and cod fillets from our distributor. We should have them on the shelf in the next week or two.
      Thank you for the suggestion!

  10. Marie says:

    Hi, I am wondering if you ever sell Organic fruit by the case and if you have a price list. I was ordering through Sterns Produce on Grant but they don’t carry a lot of Organic and when they do its really high priced. I would be base an order off of a price list if you have one.
    Thanks. Marie

  11. Marie says:

    I am wondering if you carry any raw cheeses, raw butter and raw milk? Preferably organic.
    Thanks Marie

    • admin says:

      Hello Marie,
      We carry a wide selection of raw cheeses some of which are organic, and a small selection of raw milk non of which are certified organic. We do not currently have a source for raw butter.

  12. simone says:

    I’d like management to tell me why I forked out $180 when, after paying for the items i buy at your store, I get no return. I get organic food where it’s easy to park, trader joe’s and the farmers market. Rarely do i go now to your store because i quickly discovered that your items on sale are very few. I live alone so buy very little. What can you do so that I don’t feel that $180 are lost.

    • admin says:

      Hi Simone,

      Sorry to hear that you are not finding your membership of value. We realize that this investment is not for everyone. Your owner share is refundable. We do have sales programs, Basic Buys for owners as well as sale says for owners. This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th are Owner Sale days where you can save 10% on all purchases both days. The next opportunity is December 10th for the Street Fair Sale and again for Co-op’s birthday in February.

      We do have parking behind the store and offer carry out assistance. I hope that I was able to answer your concerns. And know that this investment is not for everyone.

  13. Lauren says:

    A quick question – any plans on how the Co-op will respond to the $1/parking that will be installed all over 4th Ave come January? I went down this Saturday and realized that a great deal of bike parking had been removed. Any plans to install another bike rack/parking area (as I assume more people will be biking down the Co-op than ever now!)? Thanks,
    Happy New Member with the Co-op
    Less Happy with the City parking plan (wish they’d focus on the potholes that are death traps for bikers instead!!)

    • admin says:

      This is a great question that we are working on right now. We do have free parking behind the co-op on Hoff Avenue. You can park while you shop the co-op. The bike corral will be returning with some improvements as it has been damaged by cars. How about a little promotion where you present your parking receipt while in the co-op and get a $1 off your groceries? We are open to your ideas. Thanks!

  14. Natanya Siegel says:

    Synder’s pretzels have gluten free. Will the co-op buy them?

    • admin says:

      Great to hear, will let the buyers know there are out there. Now if they are available from the distributor that would be great!


  15. Natanya Siegel says:

    When I read that someone is unhappy with the co-op and I can respect that view. But if that person does not bring up that the produce is the best in Tucson I am sad. Sometimes I am busy and other then farmer’s markets there is nothing in any store even Whole Foods that can compare to the freshness of the veggies in the co-op. I really try to buy from the local farmers and the co-op has the produce at times but not the other stores.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for supporting and appreciating the produce department at the Co-op. All of us take great pride in what we offer the community.

  16. Natanya Siegel says:

    I understand by the article that the 2nd Saturday of the month you are supporting movies at the library but outdoors. I think it is great but I do think December, January and February are to be indoors due to the cold. Just food for thought since other group have cancelled their outdoor events for consideration.

    • admin says:

      This was the Co-op responding to an invitation. We did not plan the event. It was a bit cold, but we brought hot water and tea!

  17. Natanya Siegel says:

    It would be great to have the annual meeting at the Hoff building or near-by.

    • admin says:

      Hi Natanya, We typically have the annual meeting nearby. The Hoff building is too small for this purpose, but having it nearby is criteria for selection of the venue.


  18. Natanya Siegel says:

    Why are member’s advertisments for on-going activities placed in the back of the magazine and not part of the on-going activities?

    • admin says:

      Hi Natanya,

      We do not put ongoing activities in the published newsletter anymore. It seemed to be the same repeated content from issue to issue and the solution is to move the community events to the website. You can go to “News & Events” and event submit you own.

  19. Natanya Siegel says:

    Celebrate Sugar Awareness Week Jan 19th-23rd

    Sugar is addictive! (check out this resource)
    Sign up for the Challenge, Rate yourself on the sugar awareness scale. Take the Sugar Blues class next Thursday. Health Coach Phoebe Jenkins will teach you the tricks and tools you need to develop a healthy relationship with sweets. Participants will make and taste a naturally sweet treat to help satisfy cravings in a healthy delicious way and take away a recipe they can make at home. $8. Thursday, January 22nd 6-7:30 p.m.sign up

    Why is this not clear above to what it is? I did not not know why anyone would pay $8 and why must a recipe be announced? Having a workshop, class that has a demo is clear. If people are paying then it is automatic you are receiving recipes.

  20. Jennifer says:

    I just have a few ? I just became Vegan I’m looking for a place that is locally owned for fresh organic fruits and veggies also ver important organic medical grade 100 pure essential oils is your store open to the public and what days do u get fresh food in or is that daily ,do u carry essential oils or no who does ? Thank you so very much Jennifer pollard

    • admin says:

      We have lots of different essential oils. We have 100% organic produce if not organic it’s Certified Naturally Grown and local which is a certification that is judged by peer farmers and an alternative to USDA National Organic standards. We are open to the public and we get produce deliveries 3-4 times a week. Hope to see you soon!

  21. Natanya Siegel says:

    Have plastic bags for the new fresh chickens. The chicken leaked all over the bag and if it was not insulated bag it would be all over my car seat.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your suggestion and for calling attention to the leaky fresh chickens. We can send people with fresh chickens home with a box. We do not carry plastic bags.

  22. Rob says:

    I’d like to offer one or two alternatives to the selling of bottled water at the street fair. While I am glad that people spent money with the Co-op this weekend, I am not happy that it involved hundreds of plastic water bottles. The Co-op, especially in relation to its size, does a lot to uphold environmental ideals and access to quality foods. Unfortunately, this kind of thing pulls us backward in those efforts, and does nothing to set us apart from the other grocery stores people can shop at. It merely produces short term income for the store, along with all the negatives of hundreds of plastic bottles being thrown away.(maybe some are recycled, but still, recycling plastic is only a bandaid.) Here are two of my ideas for doing it differently next time:

    1) Have a large water dispenser(refillable in the store) in the booth, giving water away to people with their own containers, and charging a small fee for those who need a compostable paper cup. Prominently display why it is better for the earth, animals, and people in other places to bring a reusable drinking vessel, and highlight that the co-op is the place where these better ideas thrive.

    2) If for some reason health codes do not allow the previous idea, then don’t sell water in the booth, and tell people why, as stated above. Sell Co-op water bottles instead, and say that people can go into the store and fill Co-op water bottles for free during the street fair. Yes, we aren’t selling water, but instead it turns the street fair into a strong venue for showing people what our Ends Statement means, and how we live it at the Co-op.


    • admin says:

      Thank you for offering some alternatives and suggestions to selling bottled water at the Street Fair. I understand your concern about the plastic waste it generates. For us, it is a complex issue. The production of any disposable product has its cost. The aim of offering water was a way to engage people at the Street Fair. People were most likely going to purchase water somewhere and we are happy to say that the co-op offered the best economic value anywhere on the Avenue that weekend. In order to engage people, at the level of something like the Street Fair, selling something that people want was our entry point. This was the first year back after many years not participating in the Street Fair and we were happy to interact with people who may not know about us or may not shop at the co-op. We will take these suggestions and brainstorm some more before the next Street Fair. Thank you for contacting the co-op about your concerns and offering an alternative!

  23. Susan Rohrbach says:

    Would like to see instructions for special orders on the web site. Even if one cannot order electronically, it would be good to explain the procedure


    • admin says:

      Good idea! We need to visit our special order guidelines for all departments to possibly streamline the process. Look for at least some instructions and possibly a way to order via the website as well! –Kelly

  24. Shahed says:

    Can you consider purchasing Joia All Natural Soda brand? Best is Lime & Grapefruit in my opinion. Thanks!

  25. Melissa says:

    How do we recommend a local nonprofit for Round Up at the registers? I’d like to recommend Advocates for Snake Preservation.

  26. Bruce Hermes says:

    We receive avocados on a refrigerated truck and we stage them to ripen as best we can and that may mean refrigeration. We do not refrigerate and also stage the bananas to stage the ripeness for shoppers. The produce department is not doing anything differently than they have, unfortunately this particular batch you are speaking of might not have been the best batch. Thank for you contacting us and thanks for the compliment! –Kelly

    As a member for a very long time. I make every effort to
    buy all my produce at the coop.I focus on raw foods and fats and oils and try to eat 2 avocados a day. You have the best avocados until you refrigerate them then like bananas
    they are all bad. My last 4 were all bad. The only way around that is DON’T refrigerate avocados or bananas.
    You took my advice last time and all was well for 6 months or so and we are back there again.
    Thanks otherwise awesomeness is your middle name.

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