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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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Fall 2015 Co-op Commons

October 15th, 2015 by Kathie

COMMONS Fall 2015 coverIn this issue, we introduce you to our new produce manager, Laura Llewellyn, give you the low-down on the best herbs for relaxation, tell you about our Bicycle Benefits program, and much more!

Sweet Cherry Pie — Yum!

July 14th, 2015 by Kathie

Valentis-Cherry-Pie-735x380As you may have noticed, fruits and berries are all early this year because of the dry, hot weather. What that means for Washington farmers is an early harvest, especially for organic sweet cherries. For us that means we need to move them out of the store….fast! For you, our customer, that means a SALE! Now, until supplies last, organic sweet cherries are $2.99 lb. Buy as much or as little as you like and freeze some for later! One pound of cherries is approximately two cups. You do want to buy cherries with their stems attached as they keep longer and are fresher.

Let’s say you love cherry pie. But let’s also say that you think you need sour pie cherries for that. Untrue! A lot of people think only the sour pie cherries are suitable for pie, however you CAN make cherry pie with sweet cherries. It might have a different flavor than sour cherry pie, but it’s still cherry pie with less added sugar. And less sugar is a good thing.

Try this recipe for Sweet Cherry Pie from the Smitten Kitchen blog, and see for yourself!

Some folks cook the cherries on the stove before assembling the pie. This recipe for Cherry Pie-in-a-Jar does exactly that. Pie-in-a-Jar makes a great gift when you have run out of ideas or are short on cash, especially if you already have frozen cherries on hand.

One other thing about cherries in general is that they can be a real pain to process for freezing. The trick to making it easier, it has been said, is to de-stem the cherries, but leave the pit in, and freeze. When you decide to use the cherries, let them defrost about halfway and the pits will just pop out. You can also freeze the cherries halfway, pit them, and then stick them in the freezer. It’s six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Here’s another way to pit cherries that looks pretty easy. All you need is a chopstick and an empty bottle.

Cherries are a lot more versatile than you might think, so load up, freeze them, and explore the possibilities!



Summer 2015 Co-op Commons

June 30th, 2015 by Kathie

COMMONS-Summer-2015-coverIn this issue, we introduce our new Jar Saver program, learn about wild edibles, discuss why B vitamins are important for our health, and give you some alternative refreshing drink recipes.

Clean Green & Save

April 21st, 2015 by Mindy

cleaning green flowersYou can save money this week on cleaning products in the store. We have several clean, green products to choose from.

To make your own and save even more, see the recipes below made with household ingredients. A nice touch is to add essential oils for fragrance.


All-purpose Cleaner

• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/2 gallon water

Floor Cleaner

To clean linoleum or vinyl, combine:
• 1 cup vinegar
• 3 drops of baby oil
• 1 gallon of warm water

Apply using a mop or sponge.

To clean wooden floors, combine:

• 3 cups vinegar
• 3 cups vegetable oil

Natural Disinfectant

• 4 tablespoons vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap
• 3 cups hot water

Pour into a mist bottle and apply as needed.

Bathroom Cleaners

• To clean a toilet, add 10 drops tea tree oil and 3 cups white vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

• To clean a shower, fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Add liquid detergent for extra strength. Leave the spray for 30 minutes before rinsing off. (Vinegar is an excellent ingredient for homemade cleaners used in bathtubs and showers because unlike soap, vinegar does not leave a residue.)

• A spray bottle filled with club soda makes a perfectly efficient glass cleaner.
• Remove rust stains with a paste made from water and cream of tartar.

Kitchen Cleaners

For a natural, borax-free dishwasher soap, you will need:
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/4 c. citric acid
• 1/4 c. coarse salt
• 10-15 drops of citrus essential oil (optional)

Mix first 3 ingredients well in an air tight container. Add essential oil. Mix again.
• To hand wash dishes, use a liquid soap and add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the soapy water.

Oven Cleaner

To make a natural oven cleaner, you will need:
• 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
• 1/4 organic white vinegar
• 1.5 cups baking soda
• water, as needed to make a thick, but spreadable, paste
• 2-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Remove the racks from your oven. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Paint the paste over the entire surface of the oven (using an actual paint brush works well). Let the paste sit for 6-8 hours, or overnight. The paste should foam slightly. Fill a bowl with clean water and, using a sponge or scrubber, wipe away the paste. Repeat until there is no white residue and all the grime is wiped away.

CHEMICALS TO AVOID (from National Geographic’s Green Guide):

Ammonia: cuts grease Why Avoid It: derived from petroleum and known to cause asthma Green Alternative: vinegar

Chlorine: disinfects

Why Avoid It: lung and skin irritant, lethal if ingested, releases mercury
Green Alternative: vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil

Monoethanolamine: helps cleaners penetrate grime

Why Avoid It: derived from petroleum, irritates respiratory system
Green Alternative: soy, corn, or coconut-based surfactants

Glycol Ethers: dissolve soil

Why Avoid It: causes nerve damage and infertility, air contaminant
Green Alternative: eucalyptus oil

Alkylphenol Ethoxylates: helps cleaners penetrate grime

Why Avoid It: hormone disruptor, damages fish in US streams
Green Alternative: soy, corn, or coconut-based surfactants

Phthalates: synthetic fragrances

Why Avoid It: hormone disruptor, damages fish in US streams
Green Alternative: essential oils, baking soda deodorizers

Triclosan: disinfectant in antibacterial cleaners

Why Avoid It: forms possible carcinogen, builds up in soil and fish
Green Alternative: hot soapy water, vinegar


Spring 2015 Co-op Commons

April 14th, 2015 by Kathie

COMMONS Spring 2015 coverIn this issue, we introduce one of our cashiers, Sierra; talk about the Co-op’s next direction; and tell you how the Co-op makes a difference out in our community. Also, as is usual in the spring issue, we introduce candidates for the Board of Directors.

Winter 2015 Co-op Commons

January 20th, 2015 by Mindy

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COMMONS Winter 2015 cover ocean teapotIn this issue of the Co-op Commons Winter 2015, get the latest from the Co-op Board: new study groups, elections, and our path of evolution — exploring the long-range needs for our Co-op’s facility. Learn about the versatility and nutrition of mung beans, beets, how to make soup, and what makes our register receipts better than ever. Read about Beans for Bags, laugh at bean jokes, and enter to win a $25 Co-op store card by guessing the number of beans in the jar located at the front of the store. 

Autumn 2014 Co-op Commons

October 22nd, 2014 by Mindy

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COMMONS Autumn 2014 coverIn this issue, we show you how to make seven dinners out of one chicken, update our members on our GMO product research, and impart some great recipes for relaxing tea and soothing bath salts.

Summer 2014 CO-OP COMMONS

July 1st, 2014 by Mindy

COMMONS-2014-SummerCoverMake homemade summer sodas, read about the Co-op’s expansion planning stages and the buzz on bees!

Spring 2014 Co-op Commons

April 16th, 2014 by Kathie

COMMONS Spring 2014_Page_01Spring is here! Are you ready to garden? Check out our garden planting guide inside!

Winter 2014 Co-op Commons

January 20th, 2014 by Kathie

Commons cover 2014JanFebMarIn this issue we make gluten-free sourdough crepes with Sidonie, meet our Grocery Team Leader Rodney, check out our citrus producers, and give you the low-down on chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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