PT Food Co-op

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

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Lapin Cherries for 2012

May 2nd, 2012 by

Word has gotten out in our small town. Where will the PT Food Co-op get our Lapin cherries this summer?  YES… the Burgesses of Burgess Orchard in Tonasket, WA have taken their Lapin cherry trees out … yes, ripped from the ground, gone, burned to ashes and returned to the earth!

Years ago, Peter & Mary moved to the Okanogan Valley to retire from the work on boats that they loved so much in Port Townsend. Well, a Gala apples orchard (removed in the fall of 2010) is now gone and the cherry trees have followed. They still have their famous Artic Jay white nectarines; those will show their faces in the Co-op around the end of August, so we can look forward to them.

So, where are we going to get cherries? Will we replace the Burgess’ cherries with another Eastern WA grower/orchardist?  YES, we will be moving down-valley a few miles (about 500 feet down in elevation) to River Valley Organics (RVO). Apple & George Otte have been growing Lapin cherries along with other delicious apple & pear varieties that we have purchased over the past 2 years.

RVO, due to its elevation, has cherries a week to 10 days earlier than the Burgess crop began. Last year we were able to get a few cases of their Lapins and they were GREAT! Yes, the Burgess Lapins have a following and people feel they are (were) the best cherries EVER! I would have to agree, BUT things do change … including people and their preferences … and I feel that as the distant memory of the Burgess’ Lapins begins to fade over time, the Otte’s Lapins will leave a new, lasting impression in our customer’s minds. Any questions, feel free to email me at!

Bring on Cherry season!

P.S. Thank you to Peter & Mary Burgess for their YEARS of hard work and for bringing the fruits of their labor to our store!

May Cheese Sales and New Exciting Items!

April 25th, 2012 by

Good news! May is a month for Tillamook cheese sales, deep discounts and tasty choices! When browsing your cheese department, you will see five of your favorite cheddars on sale. Sharp, medium, baby loaf, 3 year vintage and 2 year vintage sharp cheddars.

Two great new items just arrived today from Wisconsin and New York! We received two cases of fresh mozzarella from the Crave Brothers in Wisconsin. This company uses 100% green energy produced directly on the farm and supports the surrounding communities with its state of the art bio digester. The mozzarella balls are delicious and on sale for the next month!


You will also see the new Coach Farm Aged Goat cheese Grating Stick. This cheese is hand made using milk from their French Alpine herd, in the small Hudson Valley village outside of New York City. It is a perfect size for holding and grating directly onto pasta or salads, and a great alternative for those who love the taste of aged hard cheese, made with goat milk  instead of cow or sheep.

We are always adding new cheeses to the case! Stop by and share your interests with your cheese department, we love to talk cheese!

Stone Fruit Season and Hailstorms

April 20th, 2012 by

As we turned the corner on Easter weekend, Spring was rolling right along in California. Sunny skies, warming temps., trees putting on green tender foliage, fruit size increasing, and all was well. THEN, the skies opened and unleashed a hail storm like no other (well, Texas might have had it worse …4 FEET of hail!). Falling from the sky, hail the size of nickels bruised trees, ripped off new shoots and leaves, and pummeled new green fruit to the ground!

Stone fruit season in CA is going to be quite interesting. Not ALL stone fruit was affected in CA, but with this kind of an isolated impact the entire industry will be affected; Organic and Conventional.

Check out the link below for further information.



Midori Organic Veggie Starts!

April 9th, 2012 by

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!

NEW – Nash’s Organics Pork

March 26th, 2012 by

New expanded selection of Nash’s Organics pork in the meat case. The price is nice too! Locally grown in Sequim, WA.

New! Brother Bru Bru’s Hot Sauces

March 6th, 2012 by

Fiery condiments you can find on aisle 5

New IPA: Ninkasi Total Domination

March 6th, 2012 by

The popular 22 oz. size is one of our Grocery Manager, Peter’s favorites!

In the beer cooler.

New Whiskey Hill Cheese

March 5th, 2012 by

Derby One from Whiskey Hill Dairy

Try our new LOCAL cheese from Whiskey Hill Dairy. “Derby with Jalapeno” and  also without jalapeno known as “Derby One.”

Locally made derby style cheddar from Diana’s farm, but not made with goat milk. Instead, Diana’s making this cheese from raw jersey cow’s milk from Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, WA.

Two local companies supporting each other and one amazing derby!

Produce Buyer on WSDA advisory board

February 14th, 2012 by

We’re proud to announce that our Produce Buyer, Brendon O’Shea, has recently been elected to the WSDA Organic Advisory Board. Congratulations to Brendon, and good news for the Food Co-op. Brendon will now be able to bring back news from the “front” of the ag department, he will also be able to bring feedback to the advisory board from us! We need to keep organic standards strong, and now Brendon can be a part of that on behalf of our community.

Alpenfire Pirate’s Plank

February 4th, 2012 by

Wildfire-Cider-web.jpgAlpenfire Pirate’s Plank
Alpenfire Organic Cider’s “Pirate’s Plank Bone Dry” cider –bone dry no apologies certified organic cider made by Nancy and Bear Bishop in Port Townsend. Their Organic Ember bitter-sweet and Spark! semi-sweet cider is certified organic, too! Find in the Produce section at the fruit island. More about this cidery at