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January 2020 Newsletter

Winter way to Staying Connected!
As getting out and about can be a challenge, in our newsletter, we come to you!  We are happy to share the local wealth of food and friends from farms to your tables with all the warmth of Summer. 

As Cabin Fever begins to settle in how about getting out to some events that could connect you with your next new friend! 

As Cabin Fever begins to settle in how about getting out to some venues that could connect you with your next new friend! 

SENS event in Vernon Thursday January 23rd at Schubert Centre from 7 - 9 pm. Eating Local in Winter? Although we'd like to, it's hard to do! Or is it?  Come see menus and dishes based on local foods that are healthy, tasty, and easy.  
Bridging Gaps. What does food access mean in our region? How might we work together to increase access to healthy local food for all? Join us at the Bridging Gaps: Exploring local food access in the North Okanagan forum as we build our understanding of the complex issue of improving access to healthy local food in our region. February 8 9:00 - 3:30 pm Splatsin Centre, 5767 Old Vernon Road, Enderby, BC V0E 1V0
Sharing MCC in our Communities 

WHAT'S NEW AT THE CO-OP? ...Could it be you?

Stop in and see January new items to keep you warm and well.

Let us know how our new hours are working for you!

Monday - Friday  10 - 5 pm
      Thursday              10 - 7 pm
      Saturday              10 - 2 pm  

Looking to share your gifts, talents and passion for supporting local, making a sustainable difference in your community? Perhaps you may consider joining us as a Volunteer!  and 250.858.4211. 

We need baggers!
Particularly for the next month as Mike Takahashi, Jo Anne and Paul Fisher, who do a lot of bagging for our co-op, are not available. The best days to come in to learn about good food handling practices is Monday or Wednesday. Once you are trained, we can arrange for you to come in at times and days that suit you for the amount of time that works best for you. Even an hour of your time means more products get on the shelves for people to buy. For more information, contact Chris at
Quick Health Facts-Did you know water kefir helps support immunity? One of our newest products to help support your wellness. Find out how:

At MCC we celebrate Culture!

Sharon has done it again! She is super excited about sharing her newest product from Culture Kefir Co. from Vancouver. Handcrafted in small batches, their water kefir is sure to be a hit at your table too. 

Many of us are already familiar with kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut. This is the latest popular wave of ferments to help support our healthy digestive tract. 
With more and more studies surfacing on the importance of health gut flora we can hail this as a welcome addition to line up. Many doctors and grandmothers alike share the same thought that 'it all begins in the gut'! From our immune system, healthy heart to our happy hormone serotonin all have their origins, you guessed it, in our gut! For more information, check out their link to learn more!

We currently carry their 250ml size of the Strawberry Rosehip and Lemon, Turmeric, Ginger and the 1L size of the Strawberry Rosehip.

Mom wasn't kidding when she said 'Go with your gut!'

DID YOU KNOW...that you can order bulk and caselots at our Coop? 

To enquire on how to order your favourite foods, please email. Our bulk and caselot email address is:

What does that mean?...for case lot or bulk sales, other wise known as grocery case lot, there is a savings of approximately 13% over regular price and for bulk sales! Our items like beans, flour, rice the savings is about 16%.

It pays to buy bulk and cash in on case lot. Grab a friend and make a list


Customer Highlight: Lovalinda Beliveau

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  —Jim Rohn

Customer Highlight
Lovalinda Beliveau has been a member since our we first opened its doors. She loves that MCC is supports local, offers organic products and is community based. She is happy that we are member group that supports ethically sourced products. Her favourite product is Bella Stella Cheese, so tasty and local too. Lovalinda enjoys shopping stress-free with our competitive prices and saving time not driving to Vernon. She also enjoys seeing friendly faces in the store with the personal touch our many volunteers provide.

Thank you for being a member Lovalinda and supporting our co-op.

Sharon's Gifts

A Note From Your Purchaser:

Wow…2020!  Quite a start to a new decade!  It is exciting times at the co-op…our member numbers are growing which is so great.  Watch for more local products coming into the co-op this year.  And if anyone is interested in learning more about growing produce to sell at the co-op for this upcoming season please come talk to me at the store. I can tell you what we were short of last season and what kind of growing practices are required, for us to be able to sell your produce. You don’t have to be certified organic but you do have to follow the same “Bee Safe” growing practices. 

Has everyone noticed the signup sheet at the store that lets me know what produce you would like brought in? As soon as several people request the same item I can bring it in, such as zucchini, leeks, swiss chard, green onions, etc.  As always, you can suggest other grocery/bulk items you would like to see us carry too.

What are my thoughts on New Year’s resolutions?  I think any motivation for change is good but start small so you can be consistent and achieve success…and once it has become a habit then add another small change.

Wishing you all success in whatever intentions you set for this new year!

Shovel out and Save!

Have you stopped in to see what is new? From your favourite winter comfort foods to movie night munchies we've got you covered!
  • We now carry Hardbite Black Sea Salt

They are cooked in 100% Avocado Oil, a clean oil for those avoiding canola, and are delicious! 

  • We sell whole grain flours and sprouted flours for all your baking needs. 

Stoneground whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour, 7 grain flour, Einkorn, Buckwheat, corn flour...all organic. We have sprouted flours too: sprouted quick and rolled oats, sprouted whole grain spelt flour, sprouted pancake mixes, sprouted whole grain kamut flour, sprouted whole grain rye flour and sprouted rice flour too!


Congratulations to Danielle Anderson and Vicki Wood 
Each won our Customer Appreciation $50 store gift card!

Thank you everyone who participated in our Customer Appreciation Contest in December.

Honourable Mention in the Oasis Awards!

OASIS AWARDS: It's not every year someone gets to visit 130 food co-ops across the continent so it only feels appropriate to celebrate some of the most memorable - as Author Jon Steinman does in his 2019 book release tour.

Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants


The Oasis Award goes to wholesome, ethically-sourced food in an area with very few options. Monashee Community Co-op was the ONLY Canadian contender amongst hundreds of American ones - and we won honourable mention! 

Woohoo! Well done MCC!

The winner is Isla Vista Food Co-op neighbouring Santa Barbara, California. With a population of 23,000, 85% of residents are between 18-24. Of the student population, 48 percent of undergrads are at some level of food insecurity, 6 percent of them are homeless, and 400 of them are undocumented. In all of IV, only one other full-service grocer (a small independent) is within easy walking/cycling distance.


#whoownsyourgrocerystore #foodcoopawards #foodcoop #eatlocal #buylocal


Next Board Meeting

NEXT BOARD MEETING: January  21st , 2020 at 5 pm. Location TBA. Guaranteed you will not be bored! 
 Best wishes for the most amazing new year! Encouraging you to set your intentions for health and happiness. What are your health wishes for the new year? As a Certified Natural Products Advisor, I am happy to dig in with you to explore your most burning healthy questions to share with our community! 

Choose your intention carefully and then practice holding your consciousness to it, so it becomes the guiding light in your life.     

John Roger

Thank you for reading the January edition of our Newsletter.
Stay warm and well shoveled with all the snow, but just think.....
we haven't seen a mosquito in weeks!
All our best,
Monashee Community Co-op Team
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