In Season: The Blog
It is with much sadness we say that we have lost our dear friend, Tim Smith. Always thoughtful, Tim creatively decorated the co-op throughout the season’s change. When music played through a speaker box at the registers, he knew how to put a spring in our steps. Tim’s green thumb spread lush beautiful foliage throughout the store, and we can only hope to keep his garden green. Generous, charismatic, and kind are only a few words that capture your light, Tim.
We will love and cherish you forever. Thank you.
Your Co-op Family & Friends
A note from the Board
Celebrate Sno-Isle Food Co-op’s 20th Anniversary!
Saturday, June 24 from 12 to 6pm at the Wetmore Plaza
In 1996, faced with the closing of the S. Everett Puget Sound Consumers Co-op (PCC) store, some concerned Everett citizens were faced with having to travel many miles north or south to purchase natural, organic groceries.
Sad to lose PCC, a group of five citizens concerned with their health and well-being, began meeting to put together a proposal to develop a natural foods co-op. Soon, the word spread. that there might be a natural foods market in town. More people began to show up at meetings; financing discussions were begun; a location (at the time a flea market) was identified on the ground floor of the Public Market Building.
Coastal Community Bank and PCC (yes, PCC!) stepped in to encourage building a store at what is the present Grand Avenue location. PCC donated shelving and bulk bins from its former
S. Everett store. Several PCC personnel helped to oversee the interior design and marketing plan of the co-op. Coastal Community Bank promised a substantial loan if enough Everett area residents could be enticed to become member/owners of the store before it opened.
Seeing the possibilities, a couple dozen people came forward to volunteer, doing the painting, carpentry and all the other jobs that needed to be done to get the store opened. While this was going on, the membership grew from five to about 200. But that wasn’t enough! The bank wanted each of 2000 people to invest $100 in the store before it would make the loan needed to finance the store’s opening and initial operation.
The new Board of Trustees realized that if they could just get the store open and operating, despite the low number of new members, people initially reluctant to become members could thereby be encouraged to sign up. That is how it happened! When the store actually opened in March of 1997, there were only a few hundred members. But the numbers, once the store opened, grew and fairly quickly hit the 2000 mark. Membership has climbed steadily over the years to about 5600 today.
We thank the pioneers, those who had faith that even Everett could support a store selling healthy, vital foods. We thank the farmers who began to supply locally-grown produce. We thank the companies large and small, who for years had been supplying bread, meat and packaged food to PCC in Seattle but now began to stop in Everett to supply products for the new Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op.
On Saturday, June 24 from noon to 6pm, we celebrate and honor twenty years of the Co-op offering only the best quality food to its member/owners and the community at large. Congratulations and thank you to the staff of the Co-op, the General Managers, the various members of the Board of Trustees, and the many volunteers over the years, many of whom have been with the Co-op from the beginning.
The Anniversary Celebration takes place on Saturday, June 24 from noon to 6pm at the Wetmore Plaza between Village Theater’s Second Stage kids’ theater and the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore Avenue. Live music, food trucks, entertainment for the kids, beverages for young and old, yoga and tai chi will be on the menu. Member/owners, and the general public too, are cordially invited. Come and help us celebrate!
Written by Bruce MacCracken, Board of Trustees President
For more information on the co-op’s Birthday Party Celebration, visit snoislefoods.coop/party
Welcome, Roots & Shoots!
This Thursday was our first delivery from Snohomish’s Roots and Shoots Organics! Our staff at the co-op loves to support our local farms and with this one only 6 miles away, this produce is the freshest ever.
The co-op is also a drop off spot for Roots and Shoots CSA boxes! What’s CSA stand for? Community Supported Agrictulture! For a one time fee, for 16 weeks, Roots and Shoots CSA members can come to the co-op and pick up a box of fresh produce once a week!
Owner and operator Curt Krause deliveries to the co-op about twice a week during the spring and summer months. On Tuesday, we asked this easy goin’ fella a bit about his farm life.
What got you started farming and how long have you been at it?
I’ve been tinkering with gardening my whole life. It wasn’t until 5 years ago I made a plunge into farming as Roots And Shoots. I had a passion for plant life and growth, along with a passion for food and thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be nice to grow my own food and share it with others?” Food gives us a very intimate way to connect with others. Many cultures are defined by their food.
Farming is so much work! You must have some help, right?
I do the majority of the farm work with a little help from some friends and some part time help when harvesting gets intense.
Tell us about a typical day for you…
There are really no typical days, that’s what is so nice about it, everyday is different. Almost everyday I am planting something during the growing season. Most days I weed a little and I harvest about 4 days a week when late spring/summer hits.
Do you have any advice for someone who may want to try their own hand at farming?
Don’t chew off more than you can handle (Pun intended, Curt?!). Although I believe in great diversification, I also believe you should start small and succeed with what you start with. It’s a lot of work and it’s easy to get excited and fall behind because you be put too much on your plate.
To kick off the season, this first delivery includes rhubarb, arugula, and green garlic! Check out this recipe for Green Garlic Pesto!
To learn more about Roots and Shoots or sign up for their CSA boxes, visit their website!