May 17 is National Bike-to-Work Day and the Co-op is showing its support for this healthy mode of transportation by hosting a “refreshment station”in our parking lot. Stop by on your bike from 7:30-9am and enjoy FREE Organic Bananas and Coffee. Come back between 4:30-6pm to pick up your coupon for a FREE Organic Ice Cream Cone.
Co-sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks Foundation and Mount Vernon Downtown Association. For more Bike Week Events, visit mountvernondowntown.org.
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Visit the Co-op during the month of May and enter to win a Gift Basket. You don’t have to be a Mom to enter, but we think your Mom would appreciate receiving it as a gift (hint, hint)!
Raffle runs May 1-13, 2013. Winner will be announced by the first week of June. Co-op staff are not eligible. No purchase necessary.
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One of our Heroes,longtime Skagit Food Co-op Board member Frances Ambrose,will be inducted into the Washington State Recycling Hall of Fame at this year’s upcoming WSRA awards dinner. Frances was the Skagit County Recycling Educator for 18 years,and retired in 2009. Frances’friends and colleagues in Skagit County honored her with a Bleeding Heart plant and a yellow sash saying “Recycling Hall of Fame”earlier this month.
Frances –we love you. Thank you for all your hard work,sung and un-sung.
Sometimes this Valley is so bursting-with-loveliness that I find myself taking haphazard photos out my car window. My drive in to work,from La Conner to Mount Vernon along McLean Rd,has been a consistent delight. All winter the snow geese and trumpeter swans held court in the clodden soggy fields. All spring the fields have been peeking, then popping with color. The farm workers are out there in the morning fields,reminding me that no dream of color and light and harvest in particular, can happen without the labor and effort of many hands. Thanks be to all of you who are tending the soil in this magnificent place. And remember show up to support the various Farmworker Solidarity marches that happen on May 5th. Also –send in your favorite tulip photos and we’ll keep sharing them…jodie(at)skagitfoodcoop.com Read more Photos from the Morning Commute …
Two great opportunities to be Earth Day warriors, or just civic minded…
#1:Saturday April 27 Co-op Day with the Mount Vernon Trail Builders -10am on Little Mountain
Come join us for a day’s worth of work on Bonnie &Clyde,one of the original trails on Little Mountain, (called so because of the old Model T that rolled down the mountain and crashed into a tree. It’s still there, you can visit it!)
The Trail Builders will have coffee and they’ll feed you lunch. Plus, everyone who signs up for Co-op Trail Day ahead of time will receive a Co-op 40th anniversary thank you gift. It’s hard to beat them apples….
#2: Sunday April 28 2pm Mount Vernon Clean Up Session with Ian. Meet outside Co-op front doors
Join us for a satisfying couple of hours cleaning “house” in Mount Vernon – for 2 hours we’ll excavate and beautify public space for the benefit of all of us… Ian in our bulk department has been a diligent steward of Mount Vernon’s parks and trails and underpasses, and we think you are just the crew to help support his efforts. Bring gloves, water, and sturdy shoes, meet outside the Co-op in the Garden Center. Read more Giving Back to the Places We Enjoy:Earth Day Weekend Activities …
Welcome to May workshops! We’ve got more great offerings in the mix. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER –this means you,yes you…
Sign up for classes with Jill by phone:360-336-5087×139 or email:Jill(at)skagitfoodcoop.com
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In honor or Earth Day and the Co-op’s 40th Anniversary, local Beekeeper, Bruce Vilders, will be visiting the Co-op to answer your questions about bees, pollination, and honey.
Look for Bruce and his bees in our parking lot from 9am-noon, April 22, Earth Day 2013!
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In honor of our beautiful planet and our 40th Anniversary, we’re giving away Free Trees and Seeds on Earth Day, April 22,2013!
Salmonberry Community Landtrust will be in the store passing out Open-Pollinated, Heirloom Seeds from 2-6 pm.
Free Tree Saplings will be available starting at 10 am until we run out.
Share the love: One per Customer, please. Stock is limited.
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It’s Spring and your Co-op is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary with a Garden Giveaway.
Visit the display near the front registers April 5-29, 2013 to ENTER TO WIN one of 4 Gardening Gift Packs.
Raffle runs April 5-29, 2013. One entry per person, please. Co-op staff are not eligible.
Winners will be notified the first week of May.
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We’ve got a great Earth Day planned on Monday April 22nd, plus some Garden-Happy workshops this Spring!
Please visit our website for more information
Please pre-register for these classes with Jill via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 360-336-5087×139
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The Co-op is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and we want to recognize all the dedicated Moms who have made the Co-op part of caring for their families.
Moms, please send us your story, 500 words or less, by Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013. We would love to hear how the Co-op has contributed to your family’s good health, great meals, or community involvement.
1st Place Wins $250 Co-op Gift Card!
Two Runners up will each receive a $50 Co-op Gift Card.
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About the Artist in April: Linda White
I have MS degrees in education and recreation therapy,but art and the outdoors are my passion. I have always enjoyed art and have dabbled in various media over the years:drawing,colored pencil,watercolor,pottery,Sumi-e,and most recently collage. I am intrigued by the way the patterns of the papers blend together to create a watercolor effect. Often I am surprised at the way a paper actually behaves. The textures and brilliant colors found in the various papers lend themselves to the creation of super-realistic landscapes. Some of the papers “talk” to me;I see a tree trunk,fall foliage,mountains,sand dunes,a field of flowers,sky or water in the qualities of a sheet of paper. Sometimes the reverse side of a paper provides an entirely different effect. The inspiration for my work comes from my love of nature that I enjoy while I’m hiking and backpacking here in Washington and all over the world.
Our hearty congratulations to Kyp Bisagna, Anne Basye and Anna Ferdinand –the winners of the 2013 Winter Stomp Poetry Contest.
You can hear them read their poems on the radio in April on Skagit By Hand on Skagit Talks, which airs Thursdays at 5pm on KSVR,KSVU,KSJI Community Radio for the Skagit.
The poetry contest subject this year: Germinate
here are their winning poems, Enjoy!! Read more Winter Stomp Germinate Winners Announced! …
Please pre-register for these classes in-store by the front registers,by phone:360-336-5087×139,or by email:Jill(at)skagitfoodcoop(dot)com.
April 2103 Workshops List Read more April 2013 Workshops …
Come learn and try some of our favorite Wellness brands!
The practitioner fair and presentations on the 3rd floor will be amazing, but we’ve also got some great treats in-store for you during our Wellness Fair: Saturday March 23rd from 11-3pm. Look for giveaways, free samples and in person representatives from these Wellness companies throughout the Co-op!
We’ve added demos from Green Genes (just soap),Surya (henna-based hair color), New Chapter, Flora, Sibu (products made with Sea Buckthorn), EuroPharma (Curamin supplements for pain and inflammation), and Barleans Swirls! Read on for even more demos in store with features on Ascenta, Doctor’s Best,Vitamer, Indigo Wild, Mega Food, Nordic Naturals, HerbPharm, and Country Life. Whahooo!
Read more Wellness Fair Samples In Store Saturday March 23 …