By: Halle On: March 30, 2018
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s owner drive time again. Cultivate your co-op this April! If you're already a co-op owner, tell your friends: the first 75 new owners to join in April will receive a FREE reusable canvas tote full of products, samples, or swag from 14 of our favorite companies.
Alter Eco is based on the premise that food is fundamental to life – and whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. By working directly with the small-scale farmers who grow their quinoa, rice, sugar and cacao, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices and assisting them in improving both quality of food and quality of life, they’re creating a system that benefits everyone involved. For more information, visit www.alterecofoods.com.
Bob’s Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill specializes in unique whole grains, stone ground flours, cereals and baking mixes and they also produce a wide variety of high-quality gluten free flours, cereals and baking mixes. Bob’s offers the widest variety of whole grains available anywhere - from amaranth to teff - along with cereals and flour made from each of them. They also offer myriad hot cereal and oatmeal choices along with a well-balanced blend of gluten free and organic products. For more information, visit www.bobsredmill.com.
Genesis Organic Juice
Genesis Organic Juice Cooperative began producing juice in the early 1970s the way it was meant to be served and enjoyed: raw and organic. Today, they’re still owned and operated in Eugene, Oregon. They offer a full selection of raw and organic juices, smoothies, teas, and lemonades. Genesis Organic Juice is the sister company of Toby's Family Foods. For more information, visit www.genesisorganicjuice.com.
Glee Gum is delicious, natural chewing gum. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Aspartame-free. Non-GMO Project Verified. Made with chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably to help conserve the rainforest. It’s the best-selling alternative to conventional, synthetic gum in the country. So, change what you chew! Glee could be the natural choice for YOU. For more information, visit www.gleegum.com.
GloryBee started in the family garage of Dick and Pat Turanski in 1975 with a dream of providing natural, healthy ingredients for the people of their town. Dick describes those early days as “a simple family honey stand, farming honey in the backyard and processing it in the back of the garage--the deep freeze even doubled as the sales counter.” Over forty years later, they are providing the highest quality organic and natural ingredients with the same spirit as those first years of business. For more information, visit glorybee.com.
MegaFood® is committed to real because they like the way real makes you feel. Thinking about what goes into their supplements is not something many people do. But fortunately for you, that’s all they think about. MegaFood’s mission is to feed your body and nourish your soul so that you feel your absolute best self: prepared for the day, fueled with energy, filled with confidence. For more information, visit megafood.com.
Some culture never dies and the culture of Springfield Creamery and the Kesey family has been growing strong since the Creamery’s inception in 1960. Today the Creamery remains solely family owned with 2nd and 3rd generation family members joining Chuck and Sue Kesey, the Creamery’s founders, in the day-to-day operation. And the family of dedicated employees remains the same as well - many of them, including yogurt namesake Nancy Hamren, have been with the Creamery for over 30 years. For more information, visit nancysyogurt.com.
New Chapter is committed to using ingredients you can trust—like whole fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms. They source sustainably whenever possible, nourishing body and soul with the healing intelligence of pure whole foods and herbs. They’re also leading advocates of the non-GMO movement, with all of their multivitamins and many other supplements Non-GMO Project Verified. For more information, visit www.newchapter.com.
Oshala Farm is certified organic family-run farm in the beautiful Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. Located among the Siskiyou Mountains with clean water and fertile soils, they grow a variety of medicinal and culinary crops. Oshala Farm is passionate about experiences. Whether it's that recipe that's been handed down for generations, or that cup of tea that soothes you when you need it most, they know that experiences can be grown. They grow them everyday as they cultivate their crops and nurture their relationships with their customers. For more information, visit www.oshalafarm.com.
Organic Prairie meats are produced by an independent cooperative of organic family farms. Organic Prairie farmers are committed to providing your family with the healthiest, most wholesome meat, raised humanely in accordance with organic principles and practices—respecting the dignity and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil and global life. Organic Prairie knows that meat produced organically is the safest, best choice for their families, and they’re proud to make it available for yours to enjoy! For more information, visit www.organicprairie.com.
Organic Valley a cooperative of more than 2,000 small family farms. Organic Valley isn’t a giant corporation. They’re a cooperative of farmers across the country who share the same commitment to growing food the right way. They’re not driven by profits; they’re driven by principles. For more information, visit organicvalley.coop.
Tecumseh Poultry was founded in 1998, based on the simple notion that the poultry processing industry in this country had consolidated and integrated to the point that it had taken the taste out of store-bought chicken. They never use any antibiotics when raising Smart Chicken, whether by injection or in their feed or water. For more information, visit www.smartchicken.com.
Wild Carrot Herbals
Wild Carrot manufactures everything themselves with the exception of their organic castile soap & bar soaps. They try to grow as many of the botanical ingredients as they use in their products or they wild craft them themselves in the surrounding area. They source organic ingredients whenever possible. For more information, visit www.wildcarrotherbals.com.
Like many of the medicinal plants they use in their blends, Wishgarden's roots run deep. Woman-owned and family-run since 1979, WishGarden is one of the original herbal renaissance companies. They maintain a deep respect for community, tradition, and plant power. Nationally-known herbalist, educator, and activist, Catherine Hunziker transformed WishGarden from a small start-up to a nationally-recognized company, making herbalism a natural choice for all. For more information, visit www.wishgardenherbs.com.
Still not sure about joining the co-op? Read on to find out how your owner share gives as much as you get:
- monthly owner-only paperless coupons
- an invitation to the Annual Meeting
- to vote for the Board of Directors
- to vote on bylaw amendments
- the ability to run for a seat on the Board of Directors
- patronage dividends in profitable years as determined by the Board or Directors
- valuable discounts from our community partners
- to the local economy via purchase of local growers and vendors products
- to the local community via community donation programs and volunteer opportunities
- support for the sustainability of the Rogue Valley via support of sustainable agriculture
- support for the growth of the co-op and its efforts
Payment plans are available for those that want to budget for the purchase of a $100 owner share. Cultivate your co-op and join today!