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

News from the Board Nov 2014

November 21st, 2014 by Cindy


PATRONAGE DIVIDEND VOTE graphicMembers Approve Patronage Dividends

The results are in from the member vote on adopting a Patronage Dividend System. Members had the opportunity to vote, during a 25 day period beginning October 25 and ending November 19th, whether or not to adopt changes to The Food Co-op’s Articles of Incorporation that would allow for Patronage Dividends. We are pleased to announce that the initiative passed with 94% in favor. A total of 973 votes were recorded, with 915 Yes votes and 58 No votes.

Board Vote December 2 on By-Law Amendment

The next step in the process of establishing a Patronage Dividend system is for the board to approve changes to The Food Co-op’s bylaws. These changes will bring the bylaws into alignment with the new Articles of Incorporation, and further specify how Patronage Dividends will be implemented. The Board will vote on adopting these By-Law changes at the December 2nd 2014 regular meeting. The By-Law Amendment can be downloaded below and is also posted on the Board’s Board in the store.

By-Law Amendment 12.2.14

Thanks for taking the time to be an engaged member of The Food Co-op!


October 22nd, 2014 by Mindy

COMMONS Autumn 2014 cover

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Food Co-op Supplements

October 22nd, 2014 by Mindy

NEW Vitamer Food Coop labels

NEW Vitamer Food Coop labelsOur own in-house line of supplements is made by Vitamer, a fourth-generation family-owned company. After many years, we updated our old golden labels with a fresh green color and new design featuring our heron.

Look for the new green labels – and, until October 31, you can buy two of any sized bottles of Vitamin D and save $5.
New Look – Same High Quality
• Amber colored recyclable glass bottles preserve freshness
• Labels list all ingredients to avoid consumer allergic reactions to unnamed ingredients
• Best By dates guarantee freshness
• Full body, tamper-evident sleeves ensure consumer safety

News from the Board Oct 2014

October 20th, 2014 by Cindy





The Board is proposing to implement a patronage dividend system for The Coop. The system would allow us to re-allocate some of our end of year profits—money that otherwise would be paid as taxes! This option is a benefit open only to cooperatives, as a way of redistributing profits back to the membership. Though the amount any member owner might receive is small, the cumulative effect of bringing thousands of dollars back into our community is significant. In order to make this change, a quorum of the membership must vote whether to amend our Articles of Incorporation to include provisions governing how the system would be implemented. And because our original articles were actually filed under the wrong statute 42 years ago, this also gives us the opportunity to resolve that old history.

A 25 day voting period will begin October 25, 2014. Members should look for an email with instructions for voting online. Alternatively, members may vote by paper ballot in the store during the voting period.


Download and read the full text of the proposed and existing Articles of Incorporation.



Find answers to frequently asked questions about Patronage Dividends:


Attend a Special General Meeting on October 25, 2:15pm-4pm at the Senior Center/Rec Center in uptown Port Townsend. All members are invited to come and learn more about the proposal.

Talk with members of the Board and/or the GM in the Store Alcove during the following days/times: Friday Oct 24, 11am-2pm, Monday Oct 27 2:30-5:30pm, Saturday Nov 8 2:30-5:30pm, Monday Nov 10 2:30-5:30pm & Monday Nov 17 2:30-5:30pm.

Review an article on Patronage Dividends from Board Secretary Lisa Barclay (originally published in the Spring 2014 Commons):

A Patronage Dividend System: Keeping Our Money in Our Community

Read an “opposing view” submitted by a concerned co-op member:

An Opposing View


At the Board Meeting Tuesday October 7, 2014 the board voted to adopt an amendment to Article II Membership and Article VII Capital of the By-Laws. The amendment updates and clarifies the definition of “Active Member” status, which determines eligibility to vote in co-op elections. These changes will be in effect for the upcoming Patronage Dividend vote beginning October 25th.

  • Voter eligibility will be determined at the end of the day before voting begins. This is the biggest change from our previous policy.  Members will no longer be able to pay CI during the voting period to become eligible.
  • Members will need to have shopped at The Food Co-op at least one time during the previous 12 months in order to be eligible to vote.

Summary: Active Member By-law Change

Active Member Bylaws change approved 10.7.14

Thank you for taking the time to be an informed and engaged member of the Food Co-op!

Members may contact the board at

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!

Beans for Bags – Dec. 2013 to Jan. 2014

February 5th, 2014 by Kathie

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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.

Click on the cover at the left to read the whole issue online.

Beans for Bags – Nov. 2013

December 3rd, 2013 by Kathie

We thank our customers for supporting this program which serves the needs of so many in our community.


Beans for Bags – Oct. 2013

November 6th, 2013 by Kathie

Thank you for donating! Those nickels add up!


Fall 2013 Co-op Commons

October 2nd, 2013 by Mindy

FALL COMMONS 2013 coverIn this issue, we write about balance, crock up some slow-cooked beans, celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Organic Seed Alliance, get ready for holiday cooking, remember our old friend Scow Chow and an update on I-522 with the gutsy grandma!

Join our book group, play games in our dining room, talk to your Board over coffee, and have a wonderful fall!

Click on the cover to read more…