October/November 2008


  • Roger and Michelle Benrud, PastureLand Co-op members and graduates of the Farm Beginnings Program
  • Co-op member and marathon runner Lauren Weschler
  • Miss Larousse’s applesauce cake
  • great Co-op Month/Fair Trade Month specials, holiday ordering information, and lots more.

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August/September 2008


  • Allie Mentzer and co-op shoppers Linda Nelson amd Lorry Alexander encourage you to take the “Eat Local Challenge”
  • CSA shareholder Robin Elias is this month’s member spotlight subject
  • Midwest Food Connection teaches kids about local foods
  • August-September events, specials, and more

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June/July 2008


  • Member services manager Jeanne Lakso’s Fair Trade expedition to Peru
  • Allie Mentzer’s suggestions for celebrating a truly Local Independence Day
  • changes to the co-op’s senior discount policy, which went into effect July 1, 2008
  • nominating a “Green Patch” group
  • Miss Larousse’s suggestions for summertime salads
  • June-July specials and events

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Preserving the Local Harvest


This great article, reprinted by permission from “The Mix,” is by Susan Jane Cheney, St. Paul resident and former member of the Moosewood Restaurant Collective in Ithaca, NY. As the local growing season kicks into high gear, we thought it was a perfect way to prepare co-op shoppers, farmers’ market mavens, and CSA shareholders for the challenge of eating local, longer. Enjoy!

Eat locally” is an old idea making a comeback as the costs to individuals and the environment of long- distance shipping, packaging, and processing of foods are reevaluated.

April/May 2008


  • “Think Outside the Bag” offers information on the paper, plastic, cloth bag dilemma
  • Member Spotlight on Molly O’Brien’s cool clothing company, Sassy Knitwear
  • Produce manager Marshall Wright III envisions the future of local farming
  • April-May specials, classes and events

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Eastside Co-op Hosts Pilot Plastics Recycling Program


Previously non-recyclable items are now being collected at Eastside Food Co-op Thursdays and Fridays through Labor Day.

Safety in Body Care Products

Our health & body care staff is committed to supporting good health for our members and customers. In that spirit, we have decided to remove any products from our shelves that contain 3 or more parts per million of the potential carcinogen,1,4-Dioxane. The number of products we carry that exceed this number was minimal. In addition, we are working with the National Cooperative Grocers Association and our suppliers to ensure that the natural products we carry are safe and will only be safer in the future.

Need a Neti?


Allergies getting you down? It’s time to start thinking about your nasal health.

Try using a neti pot, an ancient ayurvedic method of cleaning your sinuses. We offer neti pots and neti salt, which you mix with warm water to use in irrigating your nasal passages..

Think this sounds weird? “Dr.

February/March 2008


  • Local Fair Trade Network supports fairness in local food chain
  • The hidden costs of credit cards
  • Reports on the member benefits survey results from board and staff
  • Kerry Devoy-Elwood’s top chocolate picks
  • Miss Larousse’s version of the Bryant-Lake Bowl’s Sleeper Nachos
  • February-March classes, specials and events

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Help local farmers continue to produce award-winning cheese


UPDATE: Thank you, co-op shoppers! With your help, we raised $1,600 in just one month to assist Shepherd’s Way Farms in their rebuilding process. You can still make a donation; scroll down for details!

Shepherd’s Way Farms’artisan cheeses, including their flagship Friesago and delectable Big Woods Blue, are sold at most Twin Cities co-ops. Shepherd’s Way tasty, aromatic cheeses have repeatedly won a number of awards and – in 2004 – earned the Reads an invitation to represent Minnesota at the International Slow Food Convention in Italy.