Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eating for Your Microbiome

By Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), Registered Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Coordinator

Fermenting krauts
Forget about eating for yourself. Did you know that your body is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria, and the standard American diet is starving them out? These good bugs are part of your microbiome, a newly coined phrase that refers to your body's ecosystem - both the human part of you and the microbial part of you. Did you know that microbial cells outnumber human cells in your body 10 to 1? Before you go reaching for the antiseptic spray, know that the majority of these bugs are good for you. Very good for you. In fact, hundreds of scientists throughout the world are currently studying the human microbiome, and this research is changing the way we think about health and the  human body. Click here to learn more about how your microbiome improves your health and vitality and the things you can do to cultivate these good guys in your gut...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - Easy Ways to Reduce Waste While Shopping at the Co-op

by Maria Noël Groves, Co-op Wellness Educator

Imagine doing your shopping, bringing groceries home, and eating them without throwing a single thing in the trash can. While it's difficult to be 100% perfect, in honor of Earth Day, here are some easy ways to reduce your grocery waste... (read more)

Monday, April 20, 2015

First Harvest for 2015

by Stacey Cooper, Co-op Organic Garden Manager

We have transplanted our first seeded flats into the hoop house raised beds at the Shaker Organic Gardens, in addition to the direct seeded crops. I have utilized floating row cover to help conserve moisture in the beds as well as buffer the plants from extreme heat during the day and cold at night. The spinach is finally germinating.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

We Want YOU to Run for Our Board of Directors

From Our Board of Directors

One of the coolest things about food co-ops is that we are equally owned by our members and that our members have a voice in what the Co-op does. If you’ve ever thought about being more involved in your community and the Co-op, consider running in this year’s Board elections. This is an exciting time to be involved in the Co-op! With increased products and services, and more than 7,000 Member-Owners, the Co-op is a thriving, important part of this community.

This election will fill three seats, each for a three-year term. The deadline to apply is coming up quickly on 5 pm on Friday, May 29. Elections take place later this year.

The Board of Directors plays a critical role in ensuring the continued success and health of this vital organization. We represent our member-owners in determining appropriate organizational performance. We are engaged primarily in developing the vision and long-term viability of the Co-op. We do not run the store, nor do we have direct control over its daily operations.

Board expectations include:

  • A solid three-year commitment to the Board of Directors
  • To be a member and regular shopper of the Co-op
  • Preparation for and attendance at monthly board meetings
  • Attendance at Board training sessions and annual retreat, annual meetings and select Co-op events.
  • Active participation in the Board’s meetings, committee work, training sessions, and recruiting activities
  • Ability to understand financial statements
  • A genuine interest in cooperative issues and our community and a willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and work together with understanding, mutual support, and respect to make decisions that will enhance the viability of the Co-op

Download the application at and email to ask questions.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Supporting The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness

Last September, our members voted to support the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness in our annual elections. Over the years, our Community Partner program has shifted, and this year we’re pleased to support our Community Partners with free tickets to an exclusive high-end dinner to treat their biggest donors. We’re also supporting our six 2015 nonprofit Community Partners on a one-on-one level for various events... (read more)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Food & Mood ~ The Missing Link

By Kelly Lang, Holistic Health Coach & Co-op Wellness Educator

In the age of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, most people are making food choices based on how it will impact their physical health. Sadly, it may not be until one of these conditions surfaces that someone will even think of focusing on healthier eating. A person who is thin and physically healthy might feel like their food choices don’t make a whole lot of difference or they might believe that they can eat “whatever they want” since there is no weight gain or obvious affect on health.The missing consideration is that food affects more than just our physical health, and it is, in fact, a key influence on mood and mental capacity as well. Our brains, like any other organ, require nutrients for proper functioning... (Learn more and register for one of the two FREE classes)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Why You May or May Not Have "Gluten Issues"

by Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator

Gluten - the sticky, glue-like protein in wheat and its relatives as well as barley and rye (and hidden in many other foods) - is the "in" thing to avoid right now. The number of American households seeking gluten-free foods has increased dramatically over the past ten years, with 30 percent of U.S. adults currently trying to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets. Why? Most shoppers believe GF products are healthier. For people who embark on the personal experiment of going GF without any particular diagnosis, those who stick with it say they feel remarkably better. Digestive complaints, skin issues, mood, inflammation, autoimmune disease... gone or dramatically reduced. Why do so many people have "gluten issues" nowadays? While some of it might be more trend than reality, there are several key reasons why an individual might do better ditching the gluten... (read more)