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The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Archive for the ‘Food News’ Category

How to Shop GMO-Free at the Co-op

October 26th, 2012 by

Member/Owner Jack Olmsted made this video of the Food Co-op’s SIPS Manager Deb Shortess explaining how to make sure the products you buy at the Food Co-op are GMO-free.

Recall: Natural Vines Black Licorice

October 11th, 2012 by

American Licorice has announced a voluntary recall at the retail level for all lots of Natural Vines® Black Licorice with date codes of 010413 through 041913.

We have pulled product from our shelves with these date codes.

Reason: Potential of elevated levels of lead.

Recall: Sunland products and Popcorn Indiana

October 3rd, 2012 by

There have been several recalls in the last few days relating to Sunland roasted and nut butter products. 

The products we stock that we have gotten notice about are Justin’s peanut butters, Late July mini peanut butter crackers, Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato, and Peanut Butter Newman-O’s.  The dates we have for Justin’s and Late July are outside of the recall dates.  We have pulled the Peanut Butter Newman-O’s and Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato which were on our shelves.

We do stock Sunland raw organic peanuts in produce.  They are not on the recall list of Sunland products.

Other companies have voluntarily recalled their products in relation to the Sunland recall.

Jer’s Chocolates has voluntarily recalled Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer’s Squares produced from July 9, 2012 to September 24, 2012. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.

Naturally More has voluntarily recalled their peanut butter, almond butter, and peanut butter with flax with Best By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. Again, we do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.

Oregon Ice Cream Co. has also voluntarily recalled Alden’s Organic Peanut Butter n’ Chip, 48 oz. bearing the following code dates: 12195, 12208, and 12261. We do carry this line, but we do not carry this flavor of ice cream.

Arrowhead Mills has voluntarily recalled Organic Sesame Tahini with Best By Dates between March 1, 2011 and September 24, 2013. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.

Nutzo has voluntarily recalled its nut and seed butter with Best By Dates between Oct. 7, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.

General Mills has voluntarily recalled Peanut Butter Chip Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars with a Best By Date between Nov. 1, 2012 and Nov. 2, 2012. We do not stock this line.

Clemmy’s Ice Cream of Rancho Mirage, CA, is initiating a voluntary recall of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip 16 ounce containers of ice cream with Best By Dates between Feb. 13 and Aug. 14, 2012.

Bliss Unlimited, LLC; Eugene, Oregon; is voluntarily recalling Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with codes dates Nov 11, 2012 through Oct 24, 2013 only. We stock this item but did not have these dates on our shelf.

PureFit Inc.; Irvine, CA; is voluntarily recalling PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch nutrition bars manufactured on March 1 and July 12 and sold between March 9th and August 31. The Food Co-op does not stock this item.

Creative Energy Foods, Inc. (CEF) is voluntarily recalling Crunch thinkThin nutrition bars. The Food Co-op does not stock this product line. 

For a complete list of recalled Sunland products nationwide, click here.

Reason: possible salmonella contamination

Popcorn Indiana has also recalled 14 of their products.

We stock only the original and bacon ranch kettlecorn varieties on the recall list, and the dates on our shelf are outside the date range of the recall. For a complete list of recalled Popcorn Indiana products, click here.

Reason: possible listeria contamination

Fall 2012 Co-op Commons

September 27th, 2012 by

Available in the store and in The Port Townsend Leader on September 26. Look for articles on the local tasting trail, vintage photos from our 40th Anniversary timeline, how antioxidants protect you, plastic bag ban, holistic remedies for your pet, building a cider culture and the upcoming class offerings.CommonsOctNovDec2012

Free Co-op Classes

September 19th, 2012 by

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 23 we start up the free Natural Foods Co-op classes taught by Brwyn Griffin. The first class of this section is on Oils. Learn more about the difference between how conventional oils are produced, why natural oils are healthier for your body, and find out why functional oils such as flax seed oil, is so good for you. Every class will offer a sampling of examples at the end of class. No reservations required. For more information about this first class, click here.

Sunday, Sept. 30 class topic is Why Organic Matters, Produce, Meat, Poultry, Fish and eggs.

Sunday, Oct. 7 topic  is Sweeteners

Sunday, Oct. 14 topic is Labels: How to read them and what the words legally mean

Sunday, Oct. 28 topic is Grains

Sunday, Nov. 4 topic is Beans

Oils, Produce, Sweeteners will be offered again on Nov. 11, 25, and Dec. 2.

For more information, call Brwyn Griffin at 379-1127

GMO Quiz & Quiz Key

September 16th, 2012 by

In our upcoming newsletter, Food Co-op Commons, we have invited you to take a quick quiz to check your knowledge about genetically modified foods. Here is the pdf of the quiz and if you want to know the answers, here is a pdf copy of the quiz with the answers attached. Good luck, and for more info on GMOs, check out our kiosk in the store!

Local Mystery Bay Chevre Wins Second Best in North America!

August 12th, 2012 by


This week marks an incredible moment for Mystery Bay Farm, winner of the silver medal in the American Cheese Society’s 2012 North American Best Cheese Competition.

If you have not tasted this ultra creamy, mild and delicious chevre you must! Considering that there are thousands of chevre producers in North America, Rachael’s cheese shines in the spotlight.

Not only is taste and consistency why this cheese is preferred, the ecological methodology of Mystery Bay’s farming practices makes all of her products superb.

The cheese case at the Co-op has been rearranged to host Mystery Bay’s products at the bottom level in the center. Come and check out the four flavors of fresh chevre (made every week) and the exquisite chevre in basil infused olive oil.

Further Reading and Mystery Bay in the Press

How Does Your Grocery Store Check Out?

August 8th, 2012 by

To read the full report, click here.

Non-GMO Project Shelf Labels Are Here!

August 5th, 2012 by

You asked for it, and we’ve done it. Using the Non-GMO Project’s verification certification list of products, we’ve labeled our shelves with signage that shows you which products are certified by the Non-GMO Project. Learn how to avoid genetically modified foods by looking for this certification seal on our shelves, and on various product labels. We also have shopping guides available in the store to help you avoid GMO products. You can also read GMO Myth’s and Truths on the Non-GMO Project website.

Concerned about GMO’s? Download our pdf.

Local Raw Sheep Cheese Arrives at the Co-op!

July 22nd, 2012 by

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!