By: Halle On: March 27, 2017
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s owner drive time again! Plant your seed by purchasing an owner share, and grow your co-op this April! The first 75 new owners to join in April will receive a FREE reusable canvas tote full of products and samples from the following 16 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.
Brew Dr. Kombucha
Townshend’s Tea Company started in 2006 with the idea of serving great teas in a casual teahouse setting. Over the years, the effort of presenting the wide world of tea expanded the Townshend’s collection to over 120 tea offerings. In 2008 they began making kombucha in the kitchens of their teahouses, giving it the name Brew Dr. Kombucha. It was only natural for them to choose some of the same great tea blends they had developed for service at their teahouses and ferment those into kombucha. It turns out that approach is unique, as the majority of commercially available kombucha is flavored with juice at the time of bottling. Their flavor profiles come from their attention to the quality and formulation of the organic tea and botanicals they use, creating a difference you can taste. For more information, visit brewdrkombucha.com.
Dancing Rooster Superior Sriracha is the creation of local chef Cherie Thompson. In search of a clean version of the famously spicy chili sauce from Thailand, Thompson decided to make her own. A lot of hot sauces rely on vinegar, sugar and excessive heat, but Dancing Rooster delivers more of the pepper's flavor, plus citrus notes. Dancing Rooster’s Non-GMO All Natural Sriracha and Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Mixed Nuts are made with fresno peppers seasonally grown in Oregon. Fore more information, visit www.dancingroostersriracha.com.
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through their success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Equal Exchange is organized as a democratic worker cooperative, now one of the largest in the country. A worker cooperative is an alternative for-profit structure based upon standard democratic principles. It is not designed to maximize profits, nor returns to investors, but rather to bring to the workplace many of the rights and responsibilities that we hold as citizens in our communities. For more information, visit equalexchange.coop.
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.
Humm set out to make the tastiest kombucha ever, to offer it in bulk to minimize environmental impact, and to make it affordable to everyone. From the early days of brewing in the kitchen and delivering gallon jugs door-to-door, to their newest automated brewery and now one of the largest producers of draft kombucha in the US, they have stayed true to that promise. For more information, visit hummkombucha.com.
Hummingbird Wholesale is a full service wholesale distributor that incorporates humanity into the business relationship. They choose their products carefully, considering the sustainability of farming practices, nutritional value, and special dietary needs. They buy local and directly from the farmers whenever possible. Like the Hummingbird, they seek to sip the nectar of the earth without harming the flower. For more information, visit www.hummingbirdwholesale.com.
Mickelberry Gardens is the vision of beekeeper, Matt and herbalist, Madelyn. They craft a variety of different healing remedies with raw honey, propolis, beeswax, and bee pollen. They raise bees in Troutdale, Oregon and concoct tonics, salves, and tinctures in their commercial kitchen space in Gresham. Mickelberry Gardens keeps their bees organically, and source bee products from other local beekeepers with similar values. For more information, visit www.mickelberrygardens.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.
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.
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood (POSS) was formed in 2009 as a way to keep power in the hands of local fishermen. POSS fish have a compelling story that is worth hearing, and the folks at POSS know that there are people who care about the story of their food. POSS also knows that keeping their catch here and processing it themselves adds value to their fish and benefits the community. It also allows them to keep track of when, where, and by whom their fish is caught, adding depth and texture to the story of the fish on your dinner plate. For more information, visit www.posustainableseafood.com.
Sappo Hill is a family-owned business in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. For over 40 years, Sappo Hill has been making exclusively plant-based soaps according to traditional cold-process methods. First from a kitchen, later from a garage and today in a workshop in Ashland, Oregon; every batch and every bar is still kettle-made and cut by hand. For more information, visit www.sappohill.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.
Xlear is simply pronounced “clear.” Xlear Inc. is recognized as the leading manufacturer of xylitol-based products in North America. Xlear Inc. was founded in June of 2000 to launch the company’s first commercially available product, Xlear Sinus Care Nasal Spray. Since that time, Xlear has grown to be recognized as an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality, natural xylitol products. For more information, visit www.xlear.com.
Still not sure why you should join 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 By-Law Amendments
- the ability to run for a seat on the Board of Directors
- patronage dividends in profitable years as determined by the Board of Directors
- valuable discounts from our local 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
Help us grow and flourish by planting your seed of ownership this April! Payment plans are available for those that want to budget for the purchase of a $100 owner share. Plant your seed and help us grow the co-op and the local economy!