Cassie Stratton

How long have you been cooperating?
I’ve been working at the co-op for just over a year.

What do you do at the co-op?
I work in the Bulk department doing refilling and packaging. I also work in the Front End as a cashier.

What brought you to the co-op?
I was looking for a job within biking distance from my home. Since I was already an avid shopper, and so passionate about health, cooking, and the environment – it was a great fit!

What do you like best about your job?
I like the great people I get to interact with. I love being able to help customers with their health and cooking questions, as well as finding out about their lives. The employees are also some of my closest friends.

Tell us your co-op favorites:
The large variety of fresh, organic, local produce and the Bulk department, which allows me to buy food without the wasted packaging.

How has working at the co-op affected your life?
I’ve made a lot of connections with people of all walks of life and I’ve become even better informed on nutrition during this past year at the co-op.

Tell us something we don’t know! (Tell us something about yourself others might not know):
I just started my own cooking business called Real. Delicious. I sell organic, gluten free, soy free, dairy free pre-made meals at the Medford Saturday Grower’s Market. It is an eco-conscious business with goals toward zero waste. I’ve been so happy to put my passions into reality.

What do you like to do outside of work?
When I’m not riding my bike, I love to west coast swing dance, blues dance, and play recreational volleyball and tennis. I also enjoy going on hikes, swimming in the river, and spending time with family and friends.

Where did you grow up/where have you lived in your life?
I grew up in the Rogue Valley. Southern Oregon feels the most like home. I was born in Los Angeles county, and went to college in Spokane, Washington. But I just had to move back home to great weather and beautiful nature.