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DEC Newsletter 2016
DEC Newsletter 2016
LETTER FROM THE BOARD
Congratulations to newly elected Board members Peter Ratner and Lauren Kennedy and welcome to the Board. The Board would like to thank all six candidates for their participation in this year’s election. Participation in the Board, as a candidate, voter, and director, is one of the most profound and impactful benefits of being an owner and it was great to see so many take advantage of it. With only three seats open this year, we were unable to award a position to all of the six highly qualified candidates. 

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to get together with family, friends or both to spend some quality time and have a fantastic meal. From the looks of the recent financial report, it appears you’re all doing your shopping for that meal at the Co-op. Our profits for the year have just passed the $100,000 mark! That’s a huge improvement over last year, and we still have the holiday season to add to the totals. 

We wish you all happy holidays and a very happy new year.

Phil Weintraub 
Board of Directors 
I first joined the Board back in 2013 because I felt the Co-op need to move to a larger store or a least expand the current location. After being appointed, I learned we were planning a rather extensive remodel. Unfortunately, those plans fell through and, as they say, when one door closes another opens up. This gave us the opportunity to move to a new location with a larger store and also a larger parking area.  The reason I would like to serve a 2nd term is to continue working on this very important project and see it through to completion. I have been serving as a member of the Board for the last 3 1/2 years. I held the office of Secretary for 3 years and when our Vice President stepped down earlier this year, I was elected to fill the position for the remainder of the term.
I love the Co-op and am passionate about the cooperative model of business. I feel more secure knowing there is a community owned food retailer and want to do my part to ensure its success. I, and so many people I know, have benefited from the health of the Co-op and the support of its board. I would like to do my part to pass that benefit on to others. I have experience on City of Chico committees, local volunteer efforts, and 4+ years living in intentional community property projects. I am consistent, committed, and prepared.
I have been a member of CNFC for the past 12 years, and have helped to start a food co-op in Little Rock, Arkansas, and buying clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. I think that the Co-op model is an important component of a free and egalitarian society. I have served on the BOD of CNFC in the past, and feel that I have valuable experience and knowledge to contribute. I have previously served on the CNFC BOD from 2007 to 2012, was a proponent of the Policy Governance model of Board direction, and helped write and adapt the policies and current bylaws of the Co-op. I have also served on the KZFR BOD from 2007 to 2011.

The Bacon avocado, you may be surprised to learn, tastes nothing like bacon. Its name comes from farmer James Bacon, who created his eponymous avocado in Orange County, California in 1954. Bacon’s hope was to grow an avocado bigger than the Mexicola variety and with more cold weather resistance than the Hass. Bacon succeeded! His avocado can withstand temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit and is ready for harvest when no other variety is ready in California: In the early winter months of November and December. The Bacon avocado can even be grown as far north as our very own Sacramento Valley!

Compared to the iconic Hass avocado, the Bacon is slightly less oily with a slightly larger pit, and a has a more yellowish tint to its green flesh.  Although not as fatty as the Hass, the Bacon avocado actually works superbly in smoothies and desserts since it is slightly sweeter and more water soluble.  It makes for great guacamole and is good on salads and burgers.

The Bacon, like all avocados, is rich in omega 3 fatty-acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and protein as well as healthy fats. Avocados are good for the skin and great for blood sugar.
 
The Bacon avocado is California raised and helps keep the stateside avocado market strong during the months when Hass avocados come from Mexico or Chile until the Spring.

Kevin Durkin
Produce
OWNER-ONLY SALES
FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
GROCERY

Chosen Foods Avocado Oil, Avocado Oil Spray & Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oils
Kettle Foods Party-Size Potato Chips 13 oz
Mary’s Gone Crackers Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks 7 oz
Nature’s Path Organic Qi’a Superflake Cereals
Numi Tea Select Turmeric & Puerh Teas
Pacific Natural Foods Organic Soups & Chowders 17 fl oz
Sambazon Organic Energy Drinks 12 fl oz
Cascadian Farms Organic Frozen Berries 10 oz
Straus Organic Ice Cream 1 quart

SUPPLEMENTS
Rainbow Light Prenatal Multi-vitamins
WELLNESS
Naturtint Permanent Hair Colors

PRODUCE 
Organic Produce Carrots in 5 lb Bag
Organic Produce Bacon Avocados


CO-OP KITCHEN

Co-op Kitchen Pearl Couscous with Lentils
Co-op Bakery Spiced Chocolate Mousse

BULK 
Dried Fruit Bulk Organic Flame Raisins
Lundberg Farms Bulk Organic Short & Long Grain Brown Rice

DAIRY

Califia Unsweetened Almond Milk & Coconut Almond Milk 48 fl oz
So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurts 24 oz

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