Co-op News & Events

 

Events

 


September 21-23
Big 10 Owner Appreciation Discount Days

 

October 21
Annual Meeting 

 

 

 

Co+opportunity Santa Monica & Culver City
Big 10 Owner Discount Days
June 21-23, 2019

 

Main Street, Santa Monica 
Co-op Pop-up @ Summer SOULstice
June 23, 2019: 1pm - 7pm

 

Co+opportunity Culver City 
LA Local Fest
June 29, 2019: 11am - 3pm

 

Co+opportunity Santa Monica & Culver City
Co-op's 45th Anniversary Bash
August 15, 2019

 

Produce Notes: June 12, 2019

As we greet the heat of summer (it’s what makes melons sweet, after all!) it’s easy to forget the wet weather of spring, but those unseasonable rains continue to affect California-grown crops: cherry supply remains volatile as the rain causes the fruit to split, while asparagus season is ending earlier than usual. Fortunately we still have blueberries in steady supply, which is why we’ve extended our Super Fresh Deal this week! California-grown red and green seedless grapes should land in the next week or so after long delays due to the cool and wet weather, while most stone fruit is still going strong: yellow and white nectarines are sugaring up nicely, plums are juicy, and yellow, white, and donut peaches are tasting great. Have you ever tried grilling yellow peaches? Halve the peach, remove the stone, and set it cut-side down for some nice grill marks. Whether you go sophisticated by serving your grilled peaches with a balsamic reduction drizzle or embrace simplicity with a dollop of whipped cream they’re sure to be a hit!

 

With Father’s Day just around the corner, grill-friendly produce is on our minds and in our Fresh Deals! Hearty Portobello mushroom caps (rich in potassium and B vitamins!) and white cauliflower steaks are great plant-based additions to your grill. Heads up - orange and purple cauliflower are expected in mid- to late-June! Orange bell peppers - very high in vitamin C - make a sweet raw snack on hot days or can add a pop of color to your kebabs. And no cookout would be complete without yellow sweet corn - steamed, boiled, or grilled and served elote-style, it’s always a tasty summer treat!

 

Just thinking about standing over a grill makes us sweat, which is why we’re reaching for young Thai coconuts - the best coconut water comes straight from a coconut, afterall! The balance of sodium and potassium in young coconuts make them a great way to hydrate, and younger coconuts have more water than older coconuts, as the water is replaced by coconut flesh as it matures.  Ask a member of our Produce team to knock a hole in your coconut for hydration on-the-go, and don’t forget to eat the coconut meat when you’re done slurping - the flesh is a great source of both dietary fiber and medium chain fatty acids (aka MCTs) as well as being delicious!

 

Looking ahead to the first official weeks of summer, we anticipate seeing multiple varieties of squash (another good one for the grill!) and eggplant, provided the warmer weather inland cooperates. Larger sizes of artichoke are gapping because warm weather is causing this perennial thistle to open earlier than expected, but smaller sizes are steady. Celery prices remain high for both domestic and imported, as Mexican production winds down and California-grown supply is limited. Baby broccoli is in good production and mature broccoli supply should improve this month.

Produce Notes: June 5, 2019

While we may be deep in June gloom, summer is coming, and your body will thank you for feeding it free radical-fighting antioxidants while you’re enjoying the beautiful outdoors! When being kind to yourself is as easy as munching on some antioxidant-rich blueberries, why not stock up? Organic California blueberries are our Super Fresh Deal this week in 6oz and 18oz containers (while supplies last!) and any that don’t immediately go into your granola (or pancakes) will freeze beautifully. Heads up: blueberries were impacted by the unseasonal rain but supplies remain steady, and warmer weather is expected to have berry production back at full swing!

 

Speaking of antioxidants, kale is packed with them, as well as being rich in vitamins A, K, and C and a great source of plant-based calcium, and is also a Fresh Deal this week - so many reasons to eat your greens! Zucchini is another antioxidant-rich Fresh Deal in strong supply, great for making raw noodles or throwing on the grill. Did you know that zucchini is rich in vitamin C when raw and in vitamin A when cooked?  

 

Stone fruit is looking good and we hope the it stays abundant through the season, though this abundance may be an indication that supply is peaking early - fingers crossed! Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are in strong supply while cherries - which have suffered because of the unseasonably late rains - are getting a little bigger but continue to be volatile in supply and price. Plums are looking strong, and Spring Splendor black plums (aka Flavorosa pluots) have landed right in our Fresh Deals! Look for deep purple skin with juicy red flesh.

 

We have more variety of melons from California’s southern desert regions, including that most succulent of muskmelons the cantaloupe! Rich in beta carotene (one study found orange-fleshed melons have the same amount of beta carotene as carrots!) and great for hydration, try cantaloupe in sweet or savory preparations - try roasting it for an unexpected treat! The sugars caramelize while the flesh relaxes, making it a great topping for everything from oatmeal to ice cream.

Produce Notes: May 29, 2019

 

As the weather (finally!) starts to warm up, we’re reaching for fruit - specifically, we’re reaching for slices of sweet orange and green honeydew, our Super Fresh Deal through June 4th!  Did you know that orange-fleshed honeydew is a hybrid variety created by crossing green-fleshed honeydew with an orange fleshed muskmelon? Orange-fleshed honeydew is closer to a cantaloupe in terms of its firm-yet-juicy flesh, but its skin is pale yellow-green just like green-fleshed honeydew!

 

Also coming in juicy are green grapes and stone fruits perfect for snacking. Green grapes - while tasty on their own - can also be frozen and used as ice cubes for your summer beverages; they won’t water down your drink and they make a nice snack at the end, just be careful while you sip!

 

Apricots, pluots, white nectarines, and donut peaches are looking especially tempting - the donut peach (originally grown in China as an ornamental tree) is a particularly delicate and aromatic fruit, so don't be put off by their petite size! Like cherries, other stone fruit may be challenged by the stormy weather of the last few weeks, so make sure to stock up! Any extras are perfect tucked into an easy galette or jam.

 

On the vegetable front we have California-grown bi-color sweet corn at a sweet deal that won’t last and vibrant heirloom tomatoes from just over the border in Baja; remember that tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer, so get them while they’re here! California romaine lettuce heads are ready for your salad and snacking needs and everyone’s favorite versatile veggie cauliflower remains in steady supply.

Produce Notes: May 23, 2019

While the wet weather is impacting some locally grown crops, we are looking forward to a summer rich in organic produce, and nothing says summer like a slice of juicy watermelon! It’s still pretty early in the season, but we have seeded and seedless varieties available for you at a Super Fresh Deal price!

Portabella mushrooms are in steady supply and are a great grilling option for the long weekend! Throw some local green cabbage on the grill too for a tasty, low-fuss veggie dish that is packed with flavor. Red potatoes are perfect for holiday potlucks, as are the local Persian cucumbers that have arrived to take your salads to the next level!

Local zucchini is starting to become available and straightneck squash (aka yellow zucchini) is plentiful. Corn is beginning to make an appearance, with beautiful bi-color corn available in the next week or so.

Heirloom tomatoes are plentiful, but organic tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer; we’ll keep you posted. Celery availability has improved but is still limited.

Supply of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries remains steady. Local strawberry and cherry production has been disrupted by the rain, but other stone fruit are coming in beautifully - apricot season just started and nectarines (both white and yellow!) are coming in sweet.   

Produce Notes: May 16, 2019

Over the past couple of months, our awesome produce team has been doing their best to find the balance between bringing you local, seasonal organic produce and bringing you variety. We’re thrilled to report that all signs are pointing to an abundant local summer and you should continue to see an increase in our local produce selection.

California stone fruit season kicks off with peaches! Though running just a few days later than last year, growers are expecting a normal peach and nectarine season with volume picking up at the end of June and into July.

Local organic cantaloupes are on Fresh Deals and are what we’re grabbing this week! Cantaloupe's bright orange flesh is rich in beta carotene - the precursor to vitamin A - and is an excellent source of vitamin C.


We have cherries! These bites of goodness usually land a bit earlier in the month, but the cooler weather is again to blame for the late start. Mid-may rain may damage some of the crop, but growers won’t no more until the rain stops and they can assess.

Supply of organic celery continues to remain tight and high priced. Expect light volumes and high priced product until at least June. We’ll keep you posted.

Watermelon season is heating up. You'll be all set for Memorial Day with increasing supplies expected through the summer months. 

Santa Monica has a limited supply of organic mulberries from local grower Morning Song Farm. Did you know that you can go to their farm in Rainbow, California, and pick your own? 

Produce Notes: May 8, 2019

We’re continuing to see a turnaround in local organic produce availability on many of our favorites, and we’re in very good shape for Mother’s Day!

Local organic strawberries (Givens/Something Good) and blueberries are plentiful and currently at an amazing price at $3.99 each. Local lemons, plump sugar snap peas and asparagus are standouts and ready for your weekend brunch or dinner dishes.

Melons are here! Find organic mini seedless watermelons, as well as Honeydew and Harper melons - all from Mexico. Current Mexican availability means that local melons are not too far away. We'll bring them in as soon as available, and meeting our standards.

Because there's still some lag on local California spring crops, we’re hearing more and more questions and concerns from shoppers related to the higher than usual amount of Mexican organic fruits and veggies in our produce aisles. No, we haven’t changed our sourcing or standards. We always prefer local too, but we can’t pull what’s not available. During months when regional farms are inactive, but demand for an item is still high, we naturally turn to Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the safety and standards of organic Mexican grown produce. Organic imports from Mexico must meet USDA organic standards. To sell a certified organic item of food in the United States, grown in the United States, Mexico, or anywhere else in the world, it must meet all the strict requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program: produced without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or irradiation. After meeting those standards, it must then be certified by a USDA-accredited agency which includes: 1) inspection of farm fields and processing facilities 2) detailed record keeping of what inputs were applied to the land, and 3) if determined a need for – soil and water testing. On-farm audits and regular border inspections are also important parts of organic certification and food safety testing process.

Mexico is estimated to have more than 110,000 organic farmers, with the majority growing for the export market out of necessity, as there is a lack of demand for domestic organics in Mexico. By importing food from Mexican growers who receive a living wage, particularly those who sell products recognized as Fair Trade, we're allowing farmers to remain in their own communities rather than leave home to find employment. It’s about far more than just having our favorite organic fruit and vegetables available during gap months. Organic food production in Mexico has been a very healthy development for farmers and the people of the Mexican farming communities. 

Produce Notes: May 1, 2019

With a Fresh Deals focus on Cinco de Mayo, you’ll discover a wide variety of organic produce essentials you’ll need for putting together the perfect fiesta. Colorful peppers are poppin with jalapeño (hot), serrano (hotter), habanero (hottest), and sweet peppers are all on sale. Stock up and experiment with them all before the big day.

Both avocados and roma tomato availability has been unsteady with high prices, but we secured a super deal for this week, so enjoy!. 

Mangoes are plentiful and at a super price. Ataulfos mangoes are oval-shaped and slightly crook-necked with a golden yellow exterior and bright yellow flesh.  Ataulfos have skin that is tough with flesh that’s soft, sweet, and juicy. Mangoes are best stored at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, keep refrigerated up to one week.

Tomatillos are in strong supply. Commonly known as husk tomatoes, they have a characteristic papery outer skin and very tart flavor. The slightly sticky husk encloses a firm, green fruit. These “little tomatoes,” are perfect to use raw or cooked, in salsas, sauces, or even jams. For an easy organic tomatillo sauce, boil 8 peeled tomatillos, ½;;;;;;;;; onion, bunch of cilantro, salt, 1 tspn. of granulated garlic in 2 cups of water for 5 min. After cooling for 5 minutes, pour everything from the pan into a blender and blend well.

It’s May and Salad Month! A great occasion to celebrate all greens from spinach and kale to butter lettuce. Our organic red kale really caught our eye this morning. Known as the “greens your kids will eat,” these greens have frilly leaves with contrasting centers and green edges. It has a sweet taste, so not as bitter as most kale varieties.

We’ve been wanting to put artichokes on special for awhile. Take advantage of the special pricing this week, at $3.49 each from local, family-owned Ocean Mist Farms.

Nothing beats fresh, local berries - now in steady supply. This week, Coke Farm's strawberries are a must buy. 

And with strawberry season, comes rhubarb! We mentioned it last week, and it's still around. The taste of rhubarb is somewhat similar to that of green apples - tart! Add sugar to make it sweeter and then bake or cook it. Eat stalks only as the roots and leaves are poisonous.

We’re busy snatching up some great Mother’s Day organic produce deals for next week. This is one of our favorite times of year!

Produce Notes: April 24, 2019


Friday Flash Sale
Local Organic Strawberries! 2 for $5 (1 lb. each) 
Something Good/ Givens (Goleta, CA); Valid Friday 4/26 – Sunday 4/28 

We’re now a few weeks into spring, and it shows! Crops of spring vegetables and berries are emerging after a rainy and chilly winter, and local growers are expecting major activity in the coming weeks.

Carpinteria’s Frecker Farms’ strawberries just arrived and we couldn’t be happier. This top notch, local organic farm run by Alex Frecker grows a ton of organics, but is best known for their sweet berries. Awesome on their own, or pair with mascarpone for a special treat. 

Local blueberries are peaking with this week's supply coming to us from California’s Central Coast region.

Despite the colder weather this past winter, the stone fruit season is looking strong and growers are expecting a great season on most items. Check out what we already have in. 

Treat yourself to the most gorgeous organic purple carrots you’ve ever seen. Fresh from the fields of Capay Valley’s Full Belly Farm, these are a delicious variety called Nantes, grown in fields with loose, sandy soil. Carrots are an exceptional source of carotenes and vitamin A, as well as a great source for beta carotene, an important antioxidant that helps to protect the liver. Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for 1- 2 weeks  (remove the greens first), though they are most nutritious when eaten right away or juiced.

Gorgeous bunches of organic herbs from Kenter Canyon caught our eye. Oh the possiblities.

Avocado supply is still volatile. We keep mentioning the wet winter, but part of the issue in this season’s California avocado crop has to do with extensive damage resulting from last summer’s heat wave, especially in Ventura County and other parts of the state that grow a lot of avocados. Not only did the heat damage the fruit that was on the tree at the time, but it affected the fruit that was forming and would be picked now. FYI - California avocados are only available now through late summer, but we're on it and will keep you updated.

We've scored organic yellow corn and no doubt summer garden parties and barbecues are on our mind. But first, Cinco de Mayo.  



Earth Day at Co+opportunity

Co+opportunity is the place to be on Earth Day. We have tons of plant-based and eco-friendly products in our Co+op Deals flyer, in addition to a bonus 10% off bulk foods and herbs sale that is open to all shoppers.

 

10% off Bulk Food and Herbs

Save money and reduce packaging waste. Shopping bulk is simple. Purchase reusable containers or bags, or better yet, bring your own! Need assistance? Bulk is our specialty and co-op staff is happy to help!
*10% off bulk food and herbs valid on Earth Day only and open to all shoppers. Excludes bulk Wellness products and nut butters. While supplies last. No rain checks.

Bike, Walk, Ride the Bus or Metro to the Co-op & Lunch is on Us!

Do your part to help fight climate change. Show us your ride by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook and when you arrive, we'll set you up with a *$5 co-op gift card!
*Offer valid on Earth Day only. Limit one per person. Must show us your ride by tagging @coopportunitymarketdeli on Facebook or Instagram. To receive gift card, show cashier your tagged post.

15% off All Reusable Bags

BYOB (bring your own bag). Changing to 100% reusable bags is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference. *Don't miss our new produce bags by ECOBAGS, Co+opportunity branded canvas tote bags, and new to-go reusable utensil sets - available at both locations.
*15% off offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Reusable Gifts for Joining the Co-op on Earth Day

Become an Owner on Earth Day and receive a $10 co-op gift card, a Co+opportunity branded canvas bag ($8.99 value) and a Co+opportunity branded to-go reusable utensil set ($10.99 value).

From sourcing and buying practices to recycling, composting, and supporting sustainability in the community, food co-ops have been looking for ways to reduce impact for decades. Support your local co-op and Become an Owner online or in store.
*Tote bag and utensil set offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Support Local Organic Farming

Organic agriculture supports the health of our planet. Receive a free Co+opportunity branded canvas tote with purchase of $10 or more of produce from our 100% organic produce department.
*Tote bag ($8.99 value) offer valid on Earth Day only.

 

Biodynamic Wine Tasting in Culver City

Featuring Lunaria Winery. More than organic...biodynamic. The biodynamic agricultural processes are subject to a double control: one coming from the Organic certifying body and the other coming from the Demeter Italy certifying body. Learn more during this Earth Day tasting.
Co+opportunity Culver City / 4/22/19, 4pm - 6pm

 

5 for $5 Botanical Interests Garden Seeds

Cultivate your own food! Plant organic seeds and watch your garden grow. At Botanical Interests, they’ve meticulously sourced a huge selection of non-GMO Certified Organic seed varieties. The quality of their seeds is only matched by the quality of their packaging – each with a signature watercolor image and enough information to guarantee success for even the most novice grower.
*Santa Monica location only. While supplies last.

 

Produce Notes: April 17, 2019

Spruce up your spring, and your holiday tables with selections from this week’s Fresh Deals.


Fuji apples are this week’s Super Fresh Deal. Always a favorite, Fujis offer the color, juice and firmness of a Red Delicious and the heirloom flavor of a Ralls Janet. Excellent for eating, but also perfect for a farm to table Charoset for your Passover seder plate.


Madera, California’s Road 20 Organic Farm brought us gorgeous red spring onions. These long-stem onions are harvested before they reach maturity and resemble scallions but have small onion bulbs at the base. Sweeter and mellower than regular onions, they’re great when eaten raw in a salad or grilled on top of a burger!


Nothing pops more on a plate than purple asparagus. But get it while you can. We’re hearing it’s a short season this year - and purple is the “it” color. For all you purple artichoke lovers, we’re working on it and hoping to have it in by the weekend.


Rhubarb on our minds, and available now. Rhubarb is often considered the darling of the spring season. While it’s technically a vegetable, it’s often prepared as a fruit in culinary practices. Cheers to your rhubarb tart that’s sure to be the stunner of your Easter table!


Over the next couple of weeks to a month, local spring/summer produce should be close to it’s peak. We’re seeing organic watermelon and peaches from Mexico, which tells us California’s bounty is still about 2-3 weeks away.

Produce Notes: April 10, 2019

The transition from winter to summer crops is one of the most difficult times to be sourcing produce, even in California. And this year has proved to be even more challenging with a wetter than usual winter. Weather combined with increased consumer demand has driven up prices and lowered supply - what we’re still seeing with celery. Mexico produce is generally strong and our go-to during these seasonal gaps, but border closures have complicated things even further.

Rest assured, we’re moving to the bright side and not only will you start to see more summer veggies and fruits, you’ll notice that we’re getting back to the majority of it being local!


California blueberries are here and looking gorgeous. Though blackberries are gapping due to lower production yields, we were able to scoop up some gorgeous ones and add them to our Fresh Deals again this week.

 

Though off to a slow start, sugar snap peas are in steady supply. Sugar snap peas are a group of edible podded peas that were developed by breeding a Chinese snow pea with a mutant pea plant. The end result is a snappy sweet pea with thicker walls and plump pods. English peas are in tight supply due to decreased production and sharp increase in demand, but we hope to have them later this week.


Organic yellow corn from Mexico has arrived - a good sign that California crops are not far behind. Pear supplies are steady from Washington and Oregon, with D’Anjou glowing and worthy of a spotlight on this week’s Fresh Deals. D’Anjous are perfect for snacking, baking or adding into salads.


Looking forward, we see sweet red seedless grapes, apricots and cherry season on the horizon. Word is rhubarb is coming later in the season this year, but we’ll be the first to bring it in - only when ready.

Produce Notes: April 3, 2019

Organic asparagus is here, gorgeous, and the co-op’s Super Fresh Deal of the week at $2.99! Add to your favorite spring vegetable risotto dish, or simply coat in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast in a 400°F oven for 8-10 minutes. It’s what we’ll be eating all week and into the weekend.!

 

It’s peak blackberry season in Mexico and we’re loving the organic blackberries that just came in! At $2.99 per pack we likely have the best (always organic!) deal in town.

 

There is nothing better than biting into a raw, ripe tomato and Hans Wilgenburg’s organic tomatoes won’t disappoint. Tomatoes that taste like tomatoes! Be sure to read our feature story.

 

We have a couple of mango varieties featured on this week’s Fresh Deals. Check out the small, kidney-shaped Ataúlfo mangos and let a member of the Produce team know if you’d like to try one in-store! Ataúlfos have a vibrant yellow golden color, delicious flavor, and no stringy fibers in their rich flesh. Like all mangos, Ataúlfos should be left at room temperature until they are ready to eat.  


Looking ahead, we’re excited to be going into the season where the majority of items are California grown. Our local farmers are recovering from low yields due to the recent rains and cold temperatures. Green kale, black kale, and celery, while available at the co-op, are noticeably not as abundant. We’ll keep you posted.

Produce Notes: March 27, 2019


A voluntary recall was announced by Escondido-based Henry Avocados due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. Avocados affected by this recall were packed at this company’s California packing house only. The organic avocados available at the co-op are not affected and are safe for human consumption.


With all the recent rain, wild mushrooms are thriving and we have a wide variety of fresh organic mushrooms and mushroom supplements on our shelves! Mushrooms, like many fresh items, are best used within a couple of days. To maximize shelf life, store them in a paper bag in a refrigerated area to allow them to breathe.  


We’re transitioning into tomato season! Look for the first local tomatoes of the season coming in from Wilgenburg Greenhouses in next week’s Fresh Deals (starting April 3rd).


Spring has sprung and supply of California-grown asparagus is steady! We also welcomed the first grapes of the season this week. Grape availability will be picking up as more growers come on in the next few weeks.

 

Avocado Recall Update

A voluntary recall was announced by Escondido-based Henry Avocados due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. Avocados affected by this recall are both conventional and organic packed at this company’s CA packing house only.

 

Organic avocados at the co-op are not affected by this recall and are safe for human consumption.

 

We will keep you updated as information is released by the FDA.

Food Packaging Update

An article published this week by Bloomberg Press, titled “Whole Foods Ranked Worst on Cancer-Linked Package Chemicals” highlights per- or poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of industrial chemicals used to repel grease, water and stains in consumer products. According to the EPA, PFAS have been linked to cancer, can harm the immune system, and can accumulate in humans and the environment.

The co-op is aware of the issue and working to get more information. We have already determined that the majority of co-op packaging is not impacted, and have contacted manufacturers of the potentially-affected items. Our goals are to identify which, if any, packaging products may be impacted, and to identify alternatives. 

We will post an update with additional information as soon as possible.
The co-op welcomes your feedback.

KPFK’s Uncle Ruthie Performing at the Co-op

KPFK’s Uncle Ruthie, host of Halfway Down the Stairs, will be performing holiday music on her 120 year old pump organ at both co-op locations. Her collection of musical instruments will be in tow so that her audience can join in the playing fun.

Ruthie “Uncle Ruthie” Buell is a poet, a songwriter, a music teacher and has been a radio broadcaster on KPFK 90.7 FM for over 50 years. She’s the host of the children’s show “Halfway Down the Stairs” on KPFK. From both Chicago and a farm in Wisconsin, Ruthie has been the creator of art and song and artistic experiences for as long as anyone has known her. She often performs at Beyond Baroque and the Workman’s Circle in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, makes delicious meals for friends and neighbors with lots of butter and cream, and can play every instrument hanging on a wall or placed on a tabletop of her home. Her most recent inspired projects have been a book of poems and the creation of The Poet Tree, her front yard Chinese Elm that invites passersby to sit under its shade, write a verse and pin it to the tree.

Co+opportunity Santa Monica

Saturday, Dec 15 - 11am - 3pm

 

Co+opportunity Culver City

Sunday, Dec. 16 - 11am - 3pm 


Click here to read the LA Times story about Uncle Ruthie's Poet Tree

Register Round Up Benefitting Kaliko Farms in December

Co-op Owners and shoppers are a community centered on kindness and generosity. And, we come together to help members of our community who need an extra hand.

This month, we’re proud to re-introduce the Register Round Up Program at our stores – giving shoppers the opportunity to make a BIG difference by contributing SMALL change at the register. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, and 100% of the difference will be donated to a local organization or community member in need.


This month, we’re raising disaster relief funds for Kaliko Farms, who lost a portion of their Malibu flock in the Woolsey fire. Despite the devastation in which the Orians also lost their home located right across the street from their chickens, Kaliko continues to persevere – bringing their Non-GMO free range eggs to markets in our community.

Click here to read more about Kaliko Farms.

Aisle 1 & Deli Fresh to Go Product Reset

As part of the co-op's effort to provide you the best shopping experience, we have re-merchandised and regrouped several products on the west wall (near deli and produce) and aisle 1. During the reset process, we dicontinued several items. Please note that these items can still be special ordered. The lines effected include: Follow Your Heart Dressings, Rejuvenative (Salsas, Kim Chee, Krauts), Rawkin Raw, Desserts, South River Miso, Ulimana Truffels.


Produce Notes: June 12, 2019

As we greet the heat of summer (it’s what makes melons sweet, after all!) it’s easy to forget the wet weather of spring, but those unseasonable rains continue to affect California-grown crops: cherry supply remains volatile as the rain causes the fruit to split, while asparagus season is ending earlier than usual. Fortunately we still have blueberries in steady supply, which is why we’ve extended our Super Fresh Deal this week! California-grown red and green seedless grapes should land in the next week or so after long delays due to the cool and wet weather, while most stone fruit is still going strong: yellow and white nectarines are sugaring up nicely, plums are juicy, and yellow, white, and donut peaches are tasting great. Have you ever tried grilling yellow peaches? Halve the peach, remove the stone, and set it cut-side down for some nice grill marks. Whether you go sophisticated by serving your grilled peaches with a balsamic reduction drizzle or embrace simplicity with a dollop of whipped cream they’re sure to be a hit!

 

With Father’s Day just around the corner, grill-friendly produce is on our minds and in our Fresh Deals! Hearty Portobello mushroom caps (rich in potassium and B vitamins!) and white cauliflower steaks are great plant-based additions to your grill. Heads up - orange and purple cauliflower are expected in mid- to late-June! Orange bell peppers - very high in vitamin C - make a sweet raw snack on hot days or can add a pop of color to your kebabs. And no cookout would be complete without yellow sweet corn - steamed, boiled, or grilled and served elote-style, it’s always a tasty summer treat!

 

Just thinking about standing over a grill makes us sweat, which is why we’re reaching for young Thai coconuts - the best coconut water comes straight from a coconut, afterall! The balance of sodium and potassium in young coconuts make them a great way to hydrate, and younger coconuts have more water than older coconuts, as the water is replaced by coconut flesh as it matures.  Ask a member of our Produce team to knock a hole in your coconut for hydration on-the-go, and don’t forget to eat the coconut meat when you’re done slurping - the flesh is a great source of both dietary fiber and medium chain fatty acids (aka MCTs) as well as being delicious!

 

Looking ahead to the first official weeks of summer, we anticipate seeing multiple varieties of squash (another good one for the grill!) and eggplant, provided the warmer weather inland cooperates. Larger sizes of artichoke are gapping because warm weather is causing this perennial thistle to open earlier than expected, but smaller sizes are steady. Celery prices remain high for both domestic and imported, as Mexican production winds down and California-grown supply is limited. Baby broccoli is in good production and mature broccoli supply should improve this month.

Produce Notes: June 5, 2019

While we may be deep in June gloom, summer is coming, and your body will thank you for feeding it free radical-fighting antioxidants while you’re enjoying the beautiful outdoors! When being kind to yourself is as easy as munching on some antioxidant-rich blueberries, why not stock up? Organic California blueberries are our Super Fresh Deal this week in 6oz and 18oz containers (while supplies last!) and any that don’t immediately go into your granola (or pancakes) will freeze beautifully. Heads up: blueberries were impacted by the unseasonal rain but supplies remain steady, and warmer weather is expected to have berry production back at full swing!

 

Speaking of antioxidants, kale is packed with them, as well as being rich in vitamins A, K, and C and a great source of plant-based calcium, and is also a Fresh Deal this week - so many reasons to eat your greens! Zucchini is another antioxidant-rich Fresh Deal in strong supply, great for making raw noodles or throwing on the grill. Did you know that zucchini is rich in vitamin C when raw and in vitamin A when cooked?  

 

Stone fruit is looking good and we hope the it stays abundant through the season, though this abundance may be an indication that supply is peaking early - fingers crossed! Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are in strong supply while cherries - which have suffered because of the unseasonably late rains - are getting a little bigger but continue to be volatile in supply and price. Plums are looking strong, and Spring Splendor black plums (aka Flavorosa pluots) have landed right in our Fresh Deals! Look for deep purple skin with juicy red flesh.

 

We have more variety of melons from California’s southern desert regions, including that most succulent of muskmelons the cantaloupe! Rich in beta carotene (one study found orange-fleshed melons have the same amount of beta carotene as carrots!) and great for hydration, try cantaloupe in sweet or savory preparations - try roasting it for an unexpected treat! The sugars caramelize while the flesh relaxes, making it a great topping for everything from oatmeal to ice cream.

Produce Notes: May 29, 2019

 

As the weather (finally!) starts to warm up, we’re reaching for fruit - specifically, we’re reaching for slices of sweet orange and green honeydew, our Super Fresh Deal through June 4th!  Did you know that orange-fleshed honeydew is a hybrid variety created by crossing green-fleshed honeydew with an orange fleshed muskmelon? Orange-fleshed honeydew is closer to a cantaloupe in terms of its firm-yet-juicy flesh, but its skin is pale yellow-green just like green-fleshed honeydew!

 

Also coming in juicy are green grapes and stone fruits perfect for snacking. Green grapes - while tasty on their own - can also be frozen and used as ice cubes for your summer beverages; they won’t water down your drink and they make a nice snack at the end, just be careful while you sip!

 

Apricots, pluots, white nectarines, and donut peaches are looking especially tempting - the donut peach (originally grown in China as an ornamental tree) is a particularly delicate and aromatic fruit, so don't be put off by their petite size! Like cherries, other stone fruit may be challenged by the stormy weather of the last few weeks, so make sure to stock up! Any extras are perfect tucked into an easy galette or jam.

 

On the vegetable front we have California-grown bi-color sweet corn at a sweet deal that won’t last and vibrant heirloom tomatoes from just over the border in Baja; remember that tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer, so get them while they’re here! California romaine lettuce heads are ready for your salad and snacking needs and everyone’s favorite versatile veggie cauliflower remains in steady supply.

Produce Notes: May 23, 2019

While the wet weather is impacting some locally grown crops, we are looking forward to a summer rich in organic produce, and nothing says summer like a slice of juicy watermelon! It’s still pretty early in the season, but we have seeded and seedless varieties available for you at a Super Fresh Deal price!

Portabella mushrooms are in steady supply and are a great grilling option for the long weekend! Throw some local green cabbage on the grill too for a tasty, low-fuss veggie dish that is packed with flavor. Red potatoes are perfect for holiday potlucks, as are the local Persian cucumbers that have arrived to take your salads to the next level!

Local zucchini is starting to become available and straightneck squash (aka yellow zucchini) is plentiful. Corn is beginning to make an appearance, with beautiful bi-color corn available in the next week or so.

Heirloom tomatoes are plentiful, but organic tomato supplies and pricing are expected to be volatile as we enter summer; we’ll keep you posted. Celery availability has improved but is still limited.

Supply of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries remains steady. Local strawberry and cherry production has been disrupted by the rain, but other stone fruit are coming in beautifully - apricot season just started and nectarines (both white and yellow!) are coming in sweet.   

Produce Notes: May 16, 2019

Over the past couple of months, our awesome produce team has been doing their best to find the balance between bringing you local, seasonal organic produce and bringing you variety. We’re thrilled to report that all signs are pointing to an abundant local summer and you should continue to see an increase in our local produce selection.

California stone fruit season kicks off with peaches! Though running just a few days later than last year, growers are expecting a normal peach and nectarine season with volume picking up at the end of June and into July.

Local organic cantaloupes are on Fresh Deals and are what we’re grabbing this week! Cantaloupe's bright orange flesh is rich in beta carotene - the precursor to vitamin A - and is an excellent source of vitamin C.


We have cherries! These bites of goodness usually land a bit earlier in the month, but the cooler weather is again to blame for the late start. Mid-may rain may damage some of the crop, but growers won’t no more until the rain stops and they can assess.

Supply of organic celery continues to remain tight and high priced. Expect light volumes and high priced product until at least June. We’ll keep you posted.

Watermelon season is heating up. You'll be all set for Memorial Day with increasing supplies expected through the summer months. 

Santa Monica has a limited supply of organic mulberries from local grower Morning Song Farm. Did you know that you can go to their farm in Rainbow, California, and pick your own? 

Produce Notes: May 8, 2019

We’re continuing to see a turnaround in local organic produce availability on many of our favorites, and we’re in very good shape for Mother’s Day!

Local organic strawberries (Givens/Something Good) and blueberries are plentiful and currently at an amazing price at $3.99 each. Local lemons, plump sugar snap peas and asparagus are standouts and ready for your weekend brunch or dinner dishes.

Melons are here! Find organic mini seedless watermelons, as well as Honeydew and Harper melons - all from Mexico. Current Mexican availability means that local melons are not too far away. We'll bring them in as soon as available, and meeting our standards.

Because there's still some lag on local California spring crops, we’re hearing more and more questions and concerns from shoppers related to the higher than usual amount of Mexican organic fruits and veggies in our produce aisles. No, we haven’t changed our sourcing or standards. We always prefer local too, but we can’t pull what’s not available. During months when regional farms are inactive, but demand for an item is still high, we naturally turn to Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the safety and standards of organic Mexican grown produce. Organic imports from Mexico must meet USDA organic standards. To sell a certified organic item of food in the United States, grown in the United States, Mexico, or anywhere else in the world, it must meet all the strict requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program: produced without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or irradiation. After meeting those standards, it must then be certified by a USDA-accredited agency which includes: 1) inspection of farm fields and processing facilities 2) detailed record keeping of what inputs were applied to the land, and 3) if determined a need for – soil and water testing. On-farm audits and regular border inspections are also important parts of organic certification and food safety testing process.

Mexico is estimated to have more than 110,000 organic farmers, with the majority growing for the export market out of necessity, as there is a lack of demand for domestic organics in Mexico. By importing food from Mexican growers who receive a living wage, particularly those who sell products recognized as Fair Trade, we're allowing farmers to remain in their own communities rather than leave home to find employment. It’s about far more than just having our favorite organic fruit and vegetables available during gap months. Organic food production in Mexico has been a very healthy development for farmers and the people of the Mexican farming communities. 

Produce Notes: May 1, 2019

With a Fresh Deals focus on Cinco de Mayo, you’ll discover a wide variety of organic produce essentials you’ll need for putting together the perfect fiesta. Colorful peppers are poppin with jalapeño (hot), serrano (hotter), habanero (hottest), and sweet peppers are all on sale. Stock up and experiment with them all before the big day.

Both avocados and roma tomato availability has been unsteady with high prices, but we secured a super deal for this week, so enjoy!. 

Mangoes are plentiful and at a super price. Ataulfos mangoes are oval-shaped and slightly crook-necked with a golden yellow exterior and bright yellow flesh.  Ataulfos have skin that is tough with flesh that’s soft, sweet, and juicy. Mangoes are best stored at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, keep refrigerated up to one week.

Tomatillos are in strong supply. Commonly known as husk tomatoes, they have a characteristic papery outer skin and very tart flavor. The slightly sticky husk encloses a firm, green fruit. These “little tomatoes,” are perfect to use raw or cooked, in salsas, sauces, or even jams. For an easy organic tomatillo sauce, boil 8 peeled tomatillos, ½;;;;;;;;; onion, bunch of cilantro, salt, 1 tspn. of granulated garlic in 2 cups of water for 5 min. After cooling for 5 minutes, pour everything from the pan into a blender and blend well.

It’s May and Salad Month! A great occasion to celebrate all greens from spinach and kale to butter lettuce. Our organic red kale really caught our eye this morning. Known as the “greens your kids will eat,” these greens have frilly leaves with contrasting centers and green edges. It has a sweet taste, so not as bitter as most kale varieties.

We’ve been wanting to put artichokes on special for awhile. Take advantage of the special pricing this week, at $3.49 each from local, family-owned Ocean Mist Farms.

Nothing beats fresh, local berries - now in steady supply. This week, Coke Farm's strawberries are a must buy. 

And with strawberry season, comes rhubarb! We mentioned it last week, and it's still around. The taste of rhubarb is somewhat similar to that of green apples - tart! Add sugar to make it sweeter and then bake or cook it. Eat stalks only as the roots and leaves are poisonous.

We’re busy snatching up some great Mother’s Day organic produce deals for next week. This is one of our favorite times of year!

Produce Notes: April 24, 2019


Friday Flash Sale
Local Organic Strawberries! 2 for $5 (1 lb. each) 
Something Good/ Givens (Goleta, CA); Valid Friday 4/26 – Sunday 4/28 

We’re now a few weeks into spring, and it shows! Crops of spring vegetables and berries are emerging after a rainy and chilly winter, and local growers are expecting major activity in the coming weeks.

Carpinteria’s Frecker Farms’ strawberries just arrived and we couldn’t be happier. This top notch, local organic farm run by Alex Frecker grows a ton of organics, but is best known for their sweet berries. Awesome on their own, or pair with mascarpone for a special treat. 

Local blueberries are peaking with this week's supply coming to us from California’s Central Coast region.

Despite the colder weather this past winter, the stone fruit season is looking strong and growers are expecting a great season on most items. Check out what we already have in. 

Treat yourself to the most gorgeous organic purple carrots you’ve ever seen. Fresh from the fields of Capay Valley’s Full Belly Farm, these are a delicious variety called Nantes, grown in fields with loose, sandy soil. Carrots are an exceptional source of carotenes and vitamin A, as well as a great source for beta carotene, an important antioxidant that helps to protect the liver. Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for 1- 2 weeks  (remove the greens first), though they are most nutritious when eaten right away or juiced.

Gorgeous bunches of organic herbs from Kenter Canyon caught our eye. Oh the possiblities.

Avocado supply is still volatile. We keep mentioning the wet winter, but part of the issue in this season’s California avocado crop has to do with extensive damage resulting from last summer’s heat wave, especially in Ventura County and other parts of the state that grow a lot of avocados. Not only did the heat damage the fruit that was on the tree at the time, but it affected the fruit that was forming and would be picked now. FYI - California avocados are only available now through late summer, but we're on it and will keep you updated.

We've scored organic yellow corn and no doubt summer garden parties and barbecues are on our mind. But first, Cinco de Mayo.  



Earth Day at Co+opportunity

Co+opportunity is the place to be on Earth Day. We have tons of plant-based and eco-friendly products in our Co+op Deals flyer, in addition to a bonus 10% off bulk foods and herbs sale that is open to all shoppers.

 

10% off Bulk Food and Herbs

Save money and reduce packaging waste. Shopping bulk is simple. Purchase reusable containers or bags, or better yet, bring your own! Need assistance? Bulk is our specialty and co-op staff is happy to help!
*10% off bulk food and herbs valid on Earth Day only and open to all shoppers. Excludes bulk Wellness products and nut butters. While supplies last. No rain checks.

Bike, Walk, Ride the Bus or Metro to the Co-op & Lunch is on Us!

Do your part to help fight climate change. Show us your ride by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook and when you arrive, we'll set you up with a *$5 co-op gift card!
*Offer valid on Earth Day only. Limit one per person. Must show us your ride by tagging @coopportunitymarketdeli on Facebook or Instagram. To receive gift card, show cashier your tagged post.

15% off All Reusable Bags

BYOB (bring your own bag). Changing to 100% reusable bags is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference. *Don't miss our new produce bags by ECOBAGS, Co+opportunity branded canvas tote bags, and new to-go reusable utensil sets - available at both locations.
*15% off offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Reusable Gifts for Joining the Co-op on Earth Day

Become an Owner on Earth Day and receive a $10 co-op gift card, a Co+opportunity branded canvas bag ($8.99 value) and a Co+opportunity branded to-go reusable utensil set ($10.99 value).

From sourcing and buying practices to recycling, composting, and supporting sustainability in the community, food co-ops have been looking for ways to reduce impact for decades. Support your local co-op and Become an Owner online or in store.
*Tote bag and utensil set offer valid on Earth Day only. While supplies last.

 

Support Local Organic Farming

Organic agriculture supports the health of our planet. Receive a free Co+opportunity branded canvas tote with purchase of $10 or more of produce from our 100% organic produce department.
*Tote bag ($8.99 value) offer valid on Earth Day only.

 

Biodynamic Wine Tasting in Culver City

Featuring Lunaria Winery. More than organic...biodynamic. The biodynamic agricultural processes are subject to a double control: one coming from the Organic certifying body and the other coming from the Demeter Italy certifying body. Learn more during this Earth Day tasting.
Co+opportunity Culver City / 4/22/19, 4pm - 6pm

 

5 for $5 Botanical Interests Garden Seeds

Cultivate your own food! Plant organic seeds and watch your garden grow. At Botanical Interests, they’ve meticulously sourced a huge selection of non-GMO Certified Organic seed varieties. The quality of their seeds is only matched by the quality of their packaging – each with a signature watercolor image and enough information to guarantee success for even the most novice grower.
*Santa Monica location only. While supplies last.

 

Produce Notes: April 17, 2019

Spruce up your spring, and your holiday tables with selections from this week’s Fresh Deals.


Fuji apples are this week’s Super Fresh Deal. Always a favorite, Fujis offer the color, juice and firmness of a Red Delicious and the heirloom flavor of a Ralls Janet. Excellent for eating, but also perfect for a farm to table Charoset for your Passover seder plate.


Madera, California’s Road 20 Organic Farm brought us gorgeous red spring onions. These long-stem onions are harvested before they reach maturity and resemble scallions but have small onion bulbs at the base. Sweeter and mellower than regular onions, they’re great when eaten raw in a salad or grilled on top of a burger!


Nothing pops more on a plate than purple asparagus. But get it while you can. We’re hearing it’s a short season this year - and purple is the “it” color. For all you purple artichoke lovers, we’re working on it and hoping to have it in by the weekend.


Rhubarb on our minds, and available now. Rhubarb is often considered the darling of the spring season. While it’s technically a vegetable, it’s often prepared as a fruit in culinary practices. Cheers to your rhubarb tart that’s sure to be the stunner of your Easter table!


Over the next couple of weeks to a month, local spring/summer produce should be close to it’s peak. We’re seeing organic watermelon and peaches from Mexico, which tells us California’s bounty is still about 2-3 weeks away.

Produce Notes: April 10, 2019

The transition from winter to summer crops is one of the most difficult times to be sourcing produce, even in California. And this year has proved to be even more challenging with a wetter than usual winter. Weather combined with increased consumer demand has driven up prices and lowered supply - what we’re still seeing with celery. Mexico produce is generally strong and our go-to during these seasonal gaps, but border closures have complicated things even further.

Rest assured, we’re moving to the bright side and not only will you start to see more summer veggies and fruits, you’ll notice that we’re getting back to the majority of it being local!


California blueberries are here and looking gorgeous. Though blackberries are gapping due to lower production yields, we were able to scoop up some gorgeous ones and add them to our Fresh Deals again this week.

 

Though off to a slow start, sugar snap peas are in steady supply. Sugar snap peas are a group of edible podded peas that were developed by breeding a Chinese snow pea with a mutant pea plant. The end result is a snappy sweet pea with thicker walls and plump pods. English peas are in tight supply due to decreased production and sharp increase in demand, but we hope to have them later this week.


Organic yellow corn from Mexico has arrived - a good sign that California crops are not far behind. Pear supplies are steady from Washington and Oregon, with D’Anjou glowing and worthy of a spotlight on this week’s Fresh Deals. D’Anjous are perfect for snacking, baking or adding into salads.


Looking forward, we see sweet red seedless grapes, apricots and cherry season on the horizon. Word is rhubarb is coming later in the season this year, but we’ll be the first to bring it in - only when ready.

Produce Notes: April 3, 2019

Organic asparagus is here, gorgeous, and the co-op’s Super Fresh Deal of the week at $2.99! Add to your favorite spring vegetable risotto dish, or simply coat in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast in a 400°F oven for 8-10 minutes. It’s what we’ll be eating all week and into the weekend.!

 

It’s peak blackberry season in Mexico and we’re loving the organic blackberries that just came in! At $2.99 per pack we likely have the best (always organic!) deal in town.

 

There is nothing better than biting into a raw, ripe tomato and Hans Wilgenburg’s organic tomatoes won’t disappoint. Tomatoes that taste like tomatoes! Be sure to read our feature story.

 

We have a couple of mango varieties featured on this week’s Fresh Deals. Check out the small, kidney-shaped Ataúlfo mangos and let a member of the Produce team know if you’d like to try one in-store! Ataúlfos have a vibrant yellow golden color, delicious flavor, and no stringy fibers in their rich flesh. Like all mangos, Ataúlfos should be left at room temperature until they are ready to eat.  


Looking ahead, we’re excited to be going into the season where the majority of items are California grown. Our local farmers are recovering from low yields due to the recent rains and cold temperatures. Green kale, black kale, and celery, while available at the co-op, are noticeably not as abundant. We’ll keep you posted.

Produce Notes: March 27, 2019


A voluntary recall was announced by Escondido-based Henry Avocados due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. Avocados affected by this recall were packed at this company’s California packing house only. The organic avocados available at the co-op are not affected and are safe for human consumption.


With all the recent rain, wild mushrooms are thriving and we have a wide variety of fresh organic mushrooms and mushroom supplements on our shelves! Mushrooms, like many fresh items, are best used within a couple of days. To maximize shelf life, store them in a paper bag in a refrigerated area to allow them to breathe.  


We’re transitioning into tomato season! Look for the first local tomatoes of the season coming in from Wilgenburg Greenhouses in next week’s Fresh Deals (starting April 3rd).


Spring has sprung and supply of California-grown asparagus is steady! We also welcomed the first grapes of the season this week. Grape availability will be picking up as more growers come on in the next few weeks.

 

Avocado Recall Update

A voluntary recall was announced by Escondido-based Henry Avocados due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. Avocados affected by this recall are both conventional and organic packed at this company’s CA packing house only.

 

Organic avocados at the co-op are not affected by this recall and are safe for human consumption.

 

We will keep you updated as information is released by the FDA.

Food Packaging Update

An article published this week by Bloomberg Press, titled “Whole Foods Ranked Worst on Cancer-Linked Package Chemicals” highlights per- or poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of industrial chemicals used to repel grease, water and stains in consumer products. According to the EPA, PFAS have been linked to cancer, can harm the immune system, and can accumulate in humans and the environment.

The co-op is aware of the issue and working to get more information. We have already determined that the majority of co-op packaging is not impacted, and have contacted manufacturers of the potentially-affected items. Our goals are to identify which, if any, packaging products may be impacted, and to identify alternatives. 

We will post an update with additional information as soon as possible.
The co-op welcomes your feedback.

KPFK’s Uncle Ruthie Performing at the Co-op

KPFK’s Uncle Ruthie, host of Halfway Down the Stairs, will be performing holiday music on her 120 year old pump organ at both co-op locations. Her collection of musical instruments will be in tow so that her audience can join in the playing fun.

Ruthie “Uncle Ruthie” Buell is a poet, a songwriter, a music teacher and has been a radio broadcaster on KPFK 90.7 FM for over 50 years. She’s the host of the children’s show “Halfway Down the Stairs” on KPFK. From both Chicago and a farm in Wisconsin, Ruthie has been the creator of art and song and artistic experiences for as long as anyone has known her. She often performs at Beyond Baroque and the Workman’s Circle in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, makes delicious meals for friends and neighbors with lots of butter and cream, and can play every instrument hanging on a wall or placed on a tabletop of her home. Her most recent inspired projects have been a book of poems and the creation of The Poet Tree, her front yard Chinese Elm that invites passersby to sit under its shade, write a verse and pin it to the tree.

Co+opportunity Santa Monica

Saturday, Dec 15 - 11am - 3pm

 

Co+opportunity Culver City

Sunday, Dec. 16 - 11am - 3pm 


Click here to read the LA Times story about Uncle Ruthie's Poet Tree

Register Round Up Benefitting Kaliko Farms in December

Co-op Owners and shoppers are a community centered on kindness and generosity. And, we come together to help members of our community who need an extra hand.

This month, we’re proud to re-introduce the Register Round Up Program at our stores – giving shoppers the opportunity to make a BIG difference by contributing SMALL change at the register. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, and 100% of the difference will be donated to a local organization or community member in need.


This month, we’re raising disaster relief funds for Kaliko Farms, who lost a portion of their Malibu flock in the Woolsey fire. Despite the devastation in which the Orians also lost their home located right across the street from their chickens, Kaliko continues to persevere – bringing their Non-GMO free range eggs to markets in our community.

Click here to read more about Kaliko Farms.

Aisle 1 & Deli Fresh to Go Product Reset

As part of the co-op's effort to provide you the best shopping experience, we have re-merchandised and regrouped several products on the west wall (near deli and produce) and aisle 1. During the reset process, we dicontinued several items. Please note that these items can still be special ordered. The lines effected include: Follow Your Heart Dressings, Rejuvenative (Salsas, Kim Chee, Krauts), Rawkin Raw, Desserts, South River Miso, Ulimana Truffels.

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