PT Food Co-op

Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Open Every Day 8am-9pm
Phone: (360) 385-2883

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Did You Know? Cool Co-op Facts from Your Co-op Board

December 1st, 2015 by Rachel Williams

Board icon cool coop factsLocal Sales Increase

At our November meeting, the board was very excited to learn that the Co-op’s purchases from local farms increased by 21% in the last year!
We added new local products, plus some of our farmers were able to extend the season for a few fruits and veggies—for instance, raspberries. Plus, we now have more local egg producers (Finnriver and Lamb Farm), so now you don’t have to rush to the Co-op on Monday to get local eggs before they are all gone. (Although, of course, egg production slows down in the winter, so we still might run out.)

Our efforts in organic sales have also been paying off, as we saw a 5% increase in organic sales.

Thank you, Member-Owners, for supporting your local farmers, producers, and food co-op!

Centsibles Helps with Our Food Budgets

The board also learned that the new Centsibles program—which makes a whole range of products as affordable as possible—has been a success. Sales of Centsibles products have increased 14% since the program began early this year—black beans and coconut milk increased 100%!—which means a lot of us are taking advantage of these prices.
The Co-op recently added another program to help us stretch our food dollar—Co-op Basics—which will result in lower prices on the Field Day brand. This opportunity comes to us through the efforts of the National Cooperative Grocers, which is a co-op of around 150 food co-ops, including ours. By standing together, we get better prices.

Centsibles Goes Local and Organic

We are now able to offer local Yukon Gold potatoes, Delicata squash, and carrots, as well as Washington onions, as part of the Centsibles program! How cool is that?

EPA Award

You can read about this award in full here, but I just have to mention this amazing statistic: The typical grocery store leaks about 1000 pounds of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere per year, but the Co-op only leaks 12 pounds.
Yes, just twelve.

Great New Distributor for Bulk—Hummingbird Wholesale

Hummingbird is a smallish distributor from Eugene, Oregon, that focuses on organic foods sourced with integrity. They consider the sustainability of the farming practices along with the nutritional value of the foods. Among other new bulk items, look for organic pumpkin seeds grown in Canby, Oregon.

Cooperatively Yours,

Lisa Barclay

Board Secretary

Strategic Planning Update – 9/2012

September 16th, 2012 by foodcoop

We are in the home stretch of our strategic planning process.  The plan is really coming together and it is exciting to see all the work put in by everyone.

As our General Manager, Kenna, has said, the plan builds upon our successes and still takes us into bold (but not necessarily radical) territory. One sure outcome of this planning process is for The Food Co-op to claim its place as the retailer of choice for local and regional products. While ‘eating local’ may seem somewhat common place nowadays – it is still a courageous idea that reverberates across our community and region. We are truly re-building our local food systems one step at a time.

The Board of Directors will be considering the draft strategic plan at our October 16th meeting. We will offer feedback to our consultant and make changes. If all goes well, we hope to approve the final plan at our November meeting. These meetings are, of course, open to the membership. So please come and join us as we put the finishing touches on our strategic plan.

Check out our updated version of the strategic planning process poster in the store and online. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions  by contacting us via email at or you can call Kenna, General Manager, at the Co-op [360-385-2831 ext. 303]

How Does Your Grocery Store Check Out?

August 8th, 2012 by foodcoop

To read the full report, click here.

Local Raw Sheep Cheese Arrives at the Co-op!

July 22nd, 2012 by Lauren

Some of you may know that finding a good raw sheep’s milk cheese is difficult- if we are looking domestically in the U.S.. Spain has a long history of raising mountain sheep and creating beautiful cheeses, and this is where we usually go to look for Manchego, Idiazabal, Petit Basque and others. So when we found the Black Sheep Creamery in Adna, Washington, we were delighted to find many different types of raw aged sheep’s milk cheese! Not only is the farm a small family run business, but the cheese is unbelieveable.

Last week we received a wheel of the Fresh Pecorino, aged only 6 months, this cheese is robust in flavor with a silky smooth texture. Aged Pecorino’s have a strong sharp bite that makes it ideal for cooking pastas, pestos, etc. The Fresh Pecorino cheese can be eated raw with fresh fruits or grated and used the same way as an aged cheese.  Somewhat sweet, somewhat salty, if you love sheep cheese you must try.

This week we will try another raw sheep called Mopsy’s Best. Come to the cheese department for a sample and help support our amazing local farmers in Washington State!




It’s Time for The Taste of PT!

June 6th, 2012 by foodcoop

Taste of Port Townsend is an event sponsored by Port Townsend Food Co-op. Thursday, June 14 from 4-7:30pm you can help raise funds for P.T. Main Street Association while enjoying a sampling of our local restaurant fare from 12 local restaurants, including the Food Co-op. Tickets on sale at P.T. Food Co-op. Adults $30, Kids $20, (12 and under). Click here to purchase on-line where you can save $5 per ticket through June 12 (some restrictions apply). For details about the event, go to

The 2012 Food & Farm Bill: What’s going on this week?

May 13th, 2012 by foodcoop

Speak out for a better 2012 Food & Farm Bill!

The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is at work on its version of the 2012 Food & Farm Bill right now. (The Senate passed its version just a few weeks back)  Now is a crucial time for Congress to hear from you on what needs to be in the farm bill! The Committee on Agriculture has set up a comment box for constituents to submit their feedback – and it’s open to everyone! To submit a comment (due by May 20) go to this link:Farm Bill Info

PT Shorts & PT Co-op – May 5!

April 24th, 2012 by foodcoop

The Port Townsend Food Co-op joins KCPT for FREE Appetizing Literature!
PT Shorts on May 5 will be “KITCHEN: Literature You Can Taste” at the Cotton Building at 7:30pm in Port Townsend. For more info click here.

PT Shorts features short stories, essays, and poems on the theme of “The Kitchen,” presented by Jan Tobin, Wellness Department Manager for Port Townsend Food Co-op. Pieces to be read include stories by authors Denise Gess, Bill Bryson, Edward Espe Brown and Anthony Bourdain among others.

The kitchen is often the center of a home, or a community, where much more happens than simply preparing food. Inside or outside, small and large, in homes and in restaurants, on the streets – in offices – the place where food is prepared and eaten is more than just a backdrop to our human drama.

This is the 3rd-annual reading by staff of The Food Co-op. Each reader brings their unique viewpoint of “The Kitchen.” PT Shorts is held at the Cotton Building every first Saturday of the month at 7:30 pm, during Gallery Walk. PT Shorts is sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission and produced by Key City Public Theatre. This program is also funded in part by a generous grant from Humanities WA.

For more info on P.T. Library’s Community Read program click



Sidonie’s Asian Festival Cooking

April 23rd, 2012 by foodcoop

Here at Port Townsend Food Co-op we’re lucky to have great teachers in our Co-op Classes program. One such teacher with a warm and cozy studio called F.E.A.S.T. is Sidonie Wilson. At F.E.A.S.T. Studio, Sidonie teaches a variety of cooking classes. For a full listing, download our 2012 class schedule.

According to Sidonie, food is a privilege, a pleasure, something to share with each other and savor. Here’s an opportunity to join Sidonie on Saturdays, beginning April 28, on a culinary trek t0 honor Korea with Kalbi, which means ribs, and learn to make traditional kimchees. Be an kitchen armchair tourist to Burma’s Thingyan, or water festival, and its celebratory foods. Spend an afternoon cooking Chef Nicole Routhier’s Vietnamese dishes. Enter the Japanese home kitchen and create the everyday treasurers of the family table. Master an array of party sushi. Prepare the food for the ritual feast of Slametan in Indonesia and partake in an extensive sampling of the traditional dishes of Indonesia. The best part of Sidonie’s classes is when everyone sits down and eats what they have prepared together. For more information about how to sign up for this series of classes, or one class, click here.

Midori Organic Veggie Starts!

April 9th, 2012 by foodcoop

Begin your garden with organic plant starts! Midori Farms, located in Port Townsend, has given you a head start on your veggies. Many options to choose from available at the Co-op just outside the north entrance. Plant today to harvest early.

Also available are lovely rosemary plants. Ummmmmmm, smells so good!

Cape Cleare Salmon Cart Returns!

April 9th, 2012 by foodcoop

InSeason Catering will once again be bringing the Cape Cleare Salmon Cart to the store for the enjoyment of our community. Grilled Cape Cleare salmon plates and sandwiches with Beth’s special sorrel sauce and Midori Farms salad. Yummy! A sign of summer in Port Townsend! Every Thursday beginning May 17 from 11am – 7pm. Look for the cart near the south entrance.