Co-op Election Results are in!

Sunday, March 1st was the last day to vote in Co-op Elections. That evening, Board of Directors president Rob McLane announced the winners of this year’s elections at the co-op’s Annual Meeting.  All three people running for the Board of Directors were elected.   Of the eight Cooperative Community Fund candidates, three were elected to receive Cooperative Community Fund grants.  Thank you to all of the owners that voted and to the people who volunteered at the Annual Meeting.

Here are the detailed election results:

Total valid ballots cast: 169

Board Candidates: 

Shefali Milczarek-Desai: 112

Guru Das Bock:  96

David Miller:  91

Cooperative Community Fund Grant Winners:

Farm Resource Education Network (FERN): 74

Youth Outdoor Experience dba Ironwood Tree Experience: 63

Sonoran Permaculture Guild: 61

 

Conspiracy IPA Just in time for April BikeFest!

Coming this April! When you’re out celebrating the beautiful spring weather and Bikefest month, pedal on down and get your growler filled at the Food Conspiracy Co-op with our latest batch of Conspiracy Beer.   Conspiracy IPA is brewed by local brewery 1055 Brewing.  According to co-owner and general manager Chris Squires, Conspiracy IPA description is as follows: “hop heads, this beer is your jam. Brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, we also used fresh citrus zest from various citrus from Desert Treasures available at the Food Conspiracy Co-op.”  ABV: 7.2% IBUs: 70

What is Conspiracy Beer? It’s a special brew made locally at a Tucson microbrewery for the Food Conspiracy Co-op.  The style of beer changes every two months.  Profits from the beer is donated to a local nonprofit.  This year the proceeds are benefiting El Grupo Youth Cycling club empowering youth through bicycles.

We celebrated Arizona Beer Week with the brewing of Conspiracy IPA. Photos of the brew date by Mamta Popat at Ten 55 Brewery, 3810 East 44th Street.  John Paul Vyborny, head brewer and co-owner of Ten 55 brews Conspiracy IPA for the Food Conspiracy Co-op with Grocery Manager Eric Lauterbach-Colby.

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Vote in Co-op Elections!

Co-op owners can vote for Board of Directors and Cooperative Community Fund Candidates beginning February 1st and through February 28th, 2015.

You’ll also be able to vote by paper ballot at the computer kiosk available in the store or during the voting period and lastly by paper ballot at this year’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 1 at Maker House.  Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and published in the May/June edition of the Community News as well as on the Food Conspiracy Co-op website.

On Sunday, February 1st voting starts online at the following address: www.foodconspiracy.coop/food-conspiracy-co-op-elections/ Online voting will close at midnight on Saturday, February 28th.

Birthday Sale!

The Food Conspiracy Co-op is celebrating our 44th Birthday on Saturday, February 21st.  All owners receive 10% off purchases up to $74.99, 15% off purchases of $75-$149.99 and 20% off $150 and up.

All owners who made purchases between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 will receive patronage rebate this year.  The primary on the account can pick up patronage rebate during the Birthday Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the following Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or at the Annual Meeting check in table on Sunday, March 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conspiracy Beer is a collaboration of Tucson's brewers and bikers

The lastest batch of Conspiracy beer was brewed especially for BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) by Dragoon Brewing Co.  An English-style Brown Ale, BICAS Bent Axle Brown is pale brown in color with a nutty bread-like flavor.  It has a hint of English hop aroma, and subtle caramel and fruit flavors.  Proceeds from Bent Axle Brown Ale will benefit BICAS.

Pairings:
BICAS Brown is a great way to replenish your depleted body after a long ride, and pairs perfectly with comforty foods like chicken pot pie, or an open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy. Or anything with gravy.

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About BICAS:

BICAS is celebrating 25 years of serving the Tucson with community education and a bicycle recycling center for bicycles that welcomes people of all ages and walks of life! BICAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in the heart of downtown Tucson.  Through advocacy and salvaging bicycles, the BICAS mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for those in need.  BICAS is an education center, not a traditional bike shop.  At the center one can find classes on how to build and maintain your bicycle to bike camping, refurbished bicycles for sale, community tools for rent at an hourly and used parts, art gallery, earn a bike program, bike scrap parts for art and a metalworks program.

About Dragoon Brewing Company:

Origins of Dragoon Brewing Co. go back to the mid- 1990’s of In 2009, when company founder Bruce Greene brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen. Right then he decided to start saving to open his own brewery.  Within a few years, his son Eric had been bitten by the brewing bug, helped found a homebrew club (Northern Arizona Homebrewers), become a BJCP certified beer judge, and wandered off to Vermont to study at the American Brewer’s Guild. After an internship in Boston at Mass Bay Brewing Co (a.k.a. Harpoon), he returned to Tucson to brew professionally.  The Tucson Homebrew Club brought father & son together with Tristan White–a like-minded home brewer and craft beer evangelist who’d been entertaining similar fantasies. After working together on a few creative brew sessions, the beginnings of a brewery began to percolate.  Just recently, Dragoon Brewing Co. expanded their Tap Room at 1859 W. Grant Road, Suite 111.

 

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Fall Harvest

Fall really is a lovely time to garden here in Tucson.  We had a few nights in the low 3o’s that scared us into getting out the row cover, but since then, we’ve been enjoying days in the mid 70’s and nights in the mid 40’s.  This fall we are growing spring mix, spinach, beets, carrots, green kale, purple kale, dino kale, red chard, bok choy, watermelon daikon radish, parsley, and dill.  We also still have some eggplant and peppers hanging on from summer.   Quantities are limited, but when available you can find our produce on the Conspiracy Kitchen salad bar in some of their prepared dishes, and on the produce department shelves.

 

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Measuring and cutting pieces of row cover (frost protection).

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Heirloom Chantenay carrots

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Dino kale and baby bok choy.

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Beet and carrot harvest.

 

Water Harvesting and Native Tree Workshop

As part of the co-op’s partnership with Desert Harvesters we hosted a workshop on November 1st in which local rainwater harvesting expert, Brad Lancaster, taught us how to harvest rainwater, air-conditioning condensate, and stormwater to irrigate native perennial food plants. 

We learned how to use bunyips-simple water levels, and how to shape earthworks-landscaping features that direct and capture the flow of water. We also learned where to place trees to maximize summer shade and winter sun. Finally, we applied our knowledge by constructing the earthworks for and planting eight native trees at the entrance to our garden, alongside our kitchen’s walk in cooler, and between the staff parking lot and Hoff building.  They may be tiny now, but one day they will grow to provide glorious shade as well as edible pods. 

We are grateful to Trees for Tucson whose team worked against a tight deadline and came through with eight great quality trees for us, 3 Velvet Mesquites, 2 Desert Ironwoods, 2 Foothills Palo Verde and 1 Blue Palo Verde.  When you are ready to plant in your own yard, Trees for Tucson is a great resource for low cost shade trees!

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Today we got our first rain since the planting.  Look how the earthworks are directing and holding the rain right where the trees can use it!  It’s hard to see in the photos, but the basins are full of rainwater!IMG_0498IMG_0499IMG_0501IMG_0500

Fresh and Frozen Turkeys available!

We have fresh organic, and frozen antibiotic-free, and local heritage turkeys

Coastal Range Organics $2.99/lb (fresh)

Coastal Range Organics chickens and turkeys are raised on a fully-organic diet with all-natural, 100% vegetarian grain feed, free of any animal by-products and synthetic additives. That’s why they are naturally great tasting.

Coastal Range Organics chickens and turkeys are free-range. They are raised on pesticide-free land with plenty of room to grow.

Each package of Coastal Range Organics carries the USDA Organic seal and is certified organic by Quality Assurance International, a third party certifying agency. You can be assured that our facilities handling Coastal Range Organics fresh chicken products adhere to stringent organic production requirements.

Mary’s Turkeys $1.99/lb (frozen)

Mary’s turkeys are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in areas four times the size of the average turkey ranch.  Their high protein diets provides the optimum amount of nutrients.

ReZoNation Farm Turkeys $8.59/lb (frozen)

ReZoNation Farm turkeys are hatched and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona. They are fed grasses, insects, natural turkey grower feed, and locally grown vegetables and greens.  They will have a higher percentage of dark meat and leaner portions of breast meat.

Conspiracy Kitchen Thanksgiving Menu for Special Orders

all sides $8.99/lb

(Thanksgiving Order Form)

Let Conspiracy Kitchen make delicious Thanksgiving sides for your table this year.

raw cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, rustic sourdough stuffing, classic and vegan mashed potatoes, vegan and classic gravy, roasted veggies and fresh herbs and pumpkin pie with whole wheat crust.

 

Conspiracy Beer

Our latest batch of Conspiracy Beer is courtesy of the fine folks at Barrio Brewing Co. It’s a hefeweizen with hand-zested orange peel and vanilla beans. Please enjoy and remember, proceeds from the sale of growlers of Conspiracy Beer go to El Grupo Youth Cycling. 5.2% ABV. 20 IBU. $12/fill.

Beginning in December, Conspiracy beer will be brewed by Dragoon Brewing Co. It’s a Northern English Style Brown  Ale.  Proceeds from
this batch will benefit BICAS, now celebrating 25 years as Tucson’s bicycle recycling and education center!