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July brings the heat, we bring the drinks!
We are proud to host a diverse beverage selection from organic raw juices, to unsweetened teas, to zero-calorie sodas.  Our beer and wine selection features local, sustainable, and delicious varieties.  We also know that with summer comes camping, park-outings, and music festivals, so we make sure to stock our shelves with as many awesome canned beers as possible. We are certain we have something for every beer lover to take their favorite beer conveniently beyond where glass is allowed.
 We are excited to be stocking Kind Organics multivitamins from Garden of Life.These  whole-food supplements use only Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified foods, and their packaging is made from recycled materials.
Also they're on sale through July 16th!
Lactose-free milk!  You asked for it, and we've got it. Available in half gallons for $4.99.
From Passione Pizza located in Berkely, CA. For only $2.69 a pop, it's a great foundation for an inexpensive family dinner!  You'll find it in the freezer section near the frozen pizzas.
These almonds have to be tasted to be believed! They are bright, snappy, crunchy, and just a tad salty.  Also, they generally have more nutritional value than non-sprouted almonds.  They're available in our Bulk Department; ask a staff member for a sample!
Located just 20 miles North at the stunning Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA, these vineyards are producing some of the best-selling wine that we curently sell at the Co-op.  Information about the vineyard from the New Clairvaux website:

Half of the ten different varietals were planted at the Abbey in what was blessed and named the St. James Block. This vineyard was originally planted with Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Graciano and Albarino. It is located in Vina’s most famous soil, the Vina Loam. The soil here is so extraordinary that once the vineyard was established, there has been no need for irrigation. 

The other half of vines were planted in what we call our sister vineyard, which is about 5 miles from the Abbey. It was chosen for its unique rocky and sandy soils, with a hint of that wonderful Vina Loam. Several different varietals were chosen for this site, including Petite Sirah, Barbera, Zinfandel, Trebbiano, Viognier and Muscat Blanc. This vineyard was blessed and named the Poor Souls Block
 because of the difficulty and struggle of getting the vineyard planted and established. Irrigation practices have continued to be a necessity on this site"

Want to try it? Their t
asting room is open 7 Days a week from 11am-5pm.  You can also tour the monastery while you are there.  The impressive architecture is worth the trip alone!
Introducing new Owner-only sales tags! In addition to our regular sales for all shoppers, we will offer special discounts just for our owners! Every month we will choose 20 brands to go on sale for 20% off.  What really makes this plan great is that our buyers will have more control over what they would like to put on sale, so get ready to see local products, produce, and even deli items on sale for owners only.  Keep your eye out for the new blue shelf tags to start saving locally!
Summertime, and the living is easy…because anything requiring effort might just make our heads explode. July is a time when those of us who try to hold off on air conditioning might crumble in our resolve. When days are hot as blazes and nights don’t bring significant relief, air conditioning is truly a magical thing. 
Yet holding out for as long as possible is a noble goal. Cranking up the A/C in the car, at home, and at work creates islands of cool that, while refreshing, may tax your body to the point of illness.
There is some evidence to suggest that A/C increases the incidence of “mucous membrane irritation, breathing difficulties, irritated skin, and constitutional/neurological symptoms such as headache and fatigue.” The “thermal shock” (sudden temperature change of >10* Fahrenheit) is one possible reason; the drying effect of A/C may play a role; and A/C filters may have mold or other microbiological contaminants that affect respiration can also be the culprit.
Comments from a New York Times article on the topic include readers who cite the extreme temperature variation as a factor in their discomfort and illness.
“It's one thing to step in from the heat and be pleasantly cooled, and it's another thing entirely to get chilled to the bones by a 30-degree difference. I feel like nowadays commercial indoor spaces, as well as buses and trains are chilled brutally, way more than needed. That's what gives me a runny nose and makes me sneeze - the excessive cold, not the A/C per se.”
So if you use A/C, remember that “Enough is as good as a feast.” 
A brief note in favor of A/C: it is definitely recommended for people with asthma and other respiratory challenges when fires are prevalent and the air quality is bad, as in the fires of 2008. Small window units set up in whatever room is most frequently occupied are helpful in keeping breathing problems due to smoke and particulates in check.
As well as the glory or challenge of prolific heat, July brings the Fourth of July celebration we know as “Independence Day.” America’s emancipation from its status as a colony of Britain is celebrated enthusiastically by many citizens, and is an important historical event. We can hold in our understanding the pride and accomplishment of that liberation, and also recognize that it came with a heavy price for America’s First People, the indigenous communities that suffered under our colonization, even as we vehemently fought for our own freedom. In the spirit of recognizing that “independence” as a policy or value can create harmful divisions, let us perhaps consider an “Interdependence Day.”
We are not independent from the natural world we live in, and pretending that we are by (for example) attempting to negate our environment’s climate by controlling our own can cause problems, both on a personal and on a larger scale. We are interdependent with other people—we are connected by the fact that we all rely on the same things to sustain life, and we all share the land, air, and water that our lives are literally built from. We are interdependent as our families link and conjoin and grow. We are interdependent in our quest to live with meaning and purpose. And as a cooperative, we recognize and celebrate this interdependence; it is delineated in our most fundamental policies, it is encoded in our operations and aspirations.
  So while we celebrate the value of Independence and the historical significance of the holiday, let us also give honor to Interdependence: the spirit of Co-operation and mutual aid. 

Julia Murphy
Vice President, Board of Directors
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