Annual Member-Owner Survey

Every year we at La Montañita Co-op like to stop for a moment and ask you, the Co-op owners, how we’re doing. The annual survey is a place for you to tell us what you think, to help us improve your shopping experience, and to influence the direction of our community-building efforts. What sets us apart is the fact that our members own the Co-op, and that’s something to celebrate. If you’re not a member-owner yet, this is a great chance to join, share your thoughts with us, and get a 15% discount all at the same time! To become a member-owner, just drop by any of our stores and we’ll get you set up.

Please complete the member-owner survey by July 31, 2017 to receive a one-time 15% discount on a shopping trip on or before July 31. We’ve tried to keep the survey brief, so it shouldn’t take more than ten or fifteen minutes.

While we hope you’ll take the survey online (it’s easy!), you are more than welcome to fill out a paper copy instead. If that’s your preference, just ask any one of us in the store and we’ll get you a copy to complete at your leisure.

As our thanks for completing the survey, you’ll receive a 15% discount on a one-time shop in July. Make sure you use your survey discount by July 31!

 

If you have questions or comments that you would like a direct response to, please use our Contact Us form.

Thank you very much for taking the time to help us understand how we can better serve all of our member-owners and customers!

Vote Us
Best of the City

Vote Us Best of the City

You have until August 1 this year to cast your ballot and choose who you think is truly the best of the best in Albuquerque through Albuquerque the Magazine‘s annual Best of the City contest.

Please take a moment and vote
La Montañita Co-op Food Market
in these categories:

 

BEST LOCAL PRODUCE
&
BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE

 

If you think we’re the best in any other category, please write us in there too!

Local Spotlight: Camino de Paz

 

Now through July 31, 2017, all flavored
chévres from Camino de Paz are $1 off!

 

Local Spotlight: Camino de Paz

Camino de Paz School and Farm offers a unique variety of goat milk products, ranging from yogurt to feta cheese. Locally established in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, Camino de Paz is made up of a farm, goat dairy and secondary school.

Their USDA Grade A certified goat dairy revolves around the “cycle of nature,” and produces an assortment of products. The goats are fed organic grain, can graze freely, and are treated with all natural products to keep them as healthy as possible.

As winner of Edible Santa Fe’s Local Hero Award in 2014, the farm’s natural practices do not stop there. In addition to the dairy and farm, Camino de Paz operates a secondary school teaching youth healthy farming and business practices. Students engage in curriculum that meets New Mexico standards, while contributing to and learning about the daily operations of the farm.

You can expect to see Camino de Paz goat milk products on shelves during most spring and summer months. To ensure that goats maintain heath and strength for each milking season, they are given ample resting time during other seasons throughout the year.

Local Farmer Spotlight: Sage Creations

Local Farmer Spotlight: Sage Creations

Sage Creations is a diversified, certified organic and family-run farm located in Palisade, Colorado. Palisade is on the Rocky Mountains’ western slope, in an area famous for its high-quality fruit due to an ideal dry climate of hot days and cool nights.

Owner Paola Legarre has worked in organic farming and marketing for the last 20 years. Her strong beliefs in conserving the environment and maintaining a healthy place for her family and future generations has always been her priority. Her day-to-day decisions on her farm reflect these beliefs.

Paola and her husband Bobby manage the farm and maintain their cherry orchard and lavender fields using sustainable farming practices, nourishing soil life free of herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and encouraging beneficial insects through diverse plant hedgerows, beekeeping, companion planting and insect releases.

Sage Creations seasonally grows and sells sweet cherries, heirloom tomatoes, potted culinary herbs, lavender plants and array of lavender products ranging from lotions and essential oils to neck wraps, eye pillows and wreaths.

Although growing all these crops while maintaining USDA Organic Certification can be costly, the long-term perspective on organic practices shows us that it is actually less costly and more advantageous overall because of the positive impacts on the environment and our health.

 

Sage Creations Organic Basics

Sage Creations is focused on their commitment to organic practices through:
• Building healthy soils, the cornerstone of organic farming practices.
• No damaging tilling; cover cropping; intercropping between rows, planting grasses and legumes whenever possible; use of farm-made compost rotating annual crops; use of organic fertilizers which come from plants, animals and minerals.
• Controlling weeds through mechanical and biological methods: natural and biodegradable mulches, cover crop to outcompete weeds; hoe by hand; use woven weed barriers.
• Controlling pests & disease through non-synthetic pesticides and biological methods: crop rotation; use of pheromone disrupters; natural biological controls; introduce beneficial insects; maintaining beneficial insects and pollinators by maintaining barrier plantings that attract them.

LOCAL Picuris Pueblo Charcoal

Pick up a bag of LOCAL Picuris Pueblo natural charcoal for grilling season, $12.99 for an 8lb bag while supplies last. Support local and make your grilling extra tasty while you’re at it!

 

Nestled in a setting of serene beauty in what is known as the “Hidden Valley” of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Picuris Pueblo is one of the oldest American Indian villages, consistently inhabited since about 1000 C.E. Once one of the largest northern pueblos, today the Picuris population has shrunk to just 350. Largely responsible for this decline is the period of revolt from 1680-1696, when all of the Pueblos fought the Spanish conquerors for their land and their autonomy. Picuris remains one of the most isolated of the Rio Grande villages.

Abiding by the Tribal principle of giving back to Mother Nature before you receive, the Pueblo’s Forestry Department is currently focused on sustainable forests, restoration and working towards a better quality of life for all species. By cutting invasive plants and hazardous growth and utilizing all slash and biomass for restoration, the Forestry Department is greatly decreasing the threat of catastrophic wild fires. Picuris charcoal is a product of the Pueblo’s commitment to forest restoration. Made from natural wood, it burns hotter and cleaner than briquette charcoal. Because there are no chemical additives, it enhances the natural flavors in your food while adding no chemical flavor of its own.

Now the Tribe is positioned as the premier source for all-natural wood charcoal in north-central New Mexico. Picuris will continue to focus on forest restoration to preserve the environment and benefit local residents and communities.

More info: https://picurischarcoal.com/

27th Annual EarthFest

2017 EarthFest  •  Sunday, April 23  •  10am–5:30pm  •  Behind our Nob Hill store

La Montañita Co-op Food Market is proud to announce EarthFest 2017! Join the tradition of celebrating the Earth behind La Montañita’s Nob Hill store (3500 Central Blvd.) on Sunday, April 23 from 10a – 5:30p. Admission is free and the whole family (yup, even your furry friends) are welcome!

Each year La Montañita takes over Silver Ave. between Carlisle Blvd. and Tulane Ave. and makes room for hundreds of local vendors, social and economic justice organizations, environmental advocacy groups, performers and, of course, La Montañita’s delicious deli foods.

The two-block party has a large stage front and center where attendees can enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day while walking about to purchase starter plants early in the spring season and receive gardening and farming information from experts in their field. You may even run across a petting zoo filled with baby goats from one of La Montañita’s local vendors, The Old Windmill Dairy. With so much going on, be sure to come early and enjoy all that La Montañita Co-op EarthFest has to offer as it celebrates our local community and planet.

For more information and questions about La Montañita Co-op’s EarthFest, check out page 1 of April’s Co-op Connection newsletter or contact Robin Seydel, Community Advocacy, at robins@lamontanita.coop.

Santa Fe Earth Day BBQ  •  Saturday, April 22  •  11:30am–2:30pm  •  Santa Fe Store

Santa Fe: Celebrate Earth Day with your Co-op on Saturday, April 22, from 11:30am–2:30pm. Enjoy delicious grass-fed or veggie burgers, hot dogs and all the BBQ fixin’s you’ve been dreaming of all winter. While you eat, tap your toes to the great sounds of the Shiners Club Swing/Jazz Band. All profits from this BBQ will go to the Santa Fe Watershed Association.

Gallup: Join us on Saturday, April 22, from 1:30–4:00pm in the Gallup location’s parking lot for live music, free fruit & lemonade, a dance performance by the Foundations of Freedom Performing Arts Center, educational booths featuring local environmental organizations and more.

Westside: On Saturday, April 22, we’re giving away reusable shopping bags with a little Earth Day surprise inside when you spend $10 or more. Use them when you’re shopping in the future to save resources and to make a difference through our Donate-a-Dime program! April bag credit donations will go to the Friends of Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge.

For location addresses or contact information, visit our website: http://lamontanita.coop/locations

Get Fresh! Buy Local

Our farmers pride themselves with same-to-next-day delivery of field-fresh produce that is full of flavor and powerfully rich in nutrients. Our ranchers’ dairy and meat products are sustainably and naturally raised with care and great regard for their environmental impact.

Through the La Montañita Cooperative Distribution Center, we deliver hundreds of local products to our stores, area restaurants, commercial kitchens and other grocers. By providing business development, marketing services and on-farm consultation, we help producers in New Mexico and the surrounding region increase their productivity, distribution and consumer awareness.

La Montañita Co-op is a leader in the local foods movement, carrying more than 1,000 local products from over 200 farmers, ranchers and producers by way of our regional foodshed — approximately 350 miles from around ABQ. We have been growing a food revolution since 1976 through our support of and commitment to small farmers and ranchers in New Mexico and the wider La Montañita foodshed. You can taste the difference!

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Congratulations to Our First Scholarship Recipients!

Thanks to the Sustainability Studies Program matching La Montañita’s donation and the support from our generous community, we were able to award four outstanding UNM students with the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Carly Anderson, Christina Hoberg, Pam Quintana and Amy Sedillo. The Co-op is proud to be able to support your aspirations of positively impacting our planet through sustainable farming and ecological conservation.

Here’s a brief bio from each of the first four recipients of the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship:

Carly-Anderson Carly Anderson is an International Relations Major at the University of New Mexico.

I’m minoring in sustainability studies and traveling abroad to Italy this summer with a program that focuses on local food systems. I am hoping to further develop my knowledge in regards to sustainable and productive food supply that I’ll apply to my research on National City resilience and self-sufficiency. I’m thrilled to have discovered the Sustainable Studies program here at UNM and am looking forward to being a part of such an amazing opportunity in regards to local food shed, growth, and environmentally beneficial issues.

Christina Hoberg is a UNM student pursuing a B.S. in Geography and a minor in Sustainability studies.

Her main interests are focusing on human-environmental interactions through restorative ecosystems and sustainable agriculture. She is a graduate of the Las Huertas Farmer Training program and is currently in the process of creating the Firewheel Women’s Collective at Rio Grande Community Farm, a group that will allow women to grow food abundantly while giving their children an outdoor experience. Christina also enjoys exploring new places and thoughts, having great conversations and eating delicious food.

Carly-Anderson
Carly-Anderson Pam Quintana is originally from northern California.

I spent a lot of time at the ocean and in the mountains and have always had a reverence for our beautiful planet and a passion for sustainability. As a returning student to UNM after an extended break, I am majoring in Environmental Communication and minoring in Sustainability Studies. My specific area of interest in terms of sustainability is food waste – from the toxic impact it has on the environment to the other end of the spectrum, which is food insecurity. I currently work as an APS reading intervention teacher for grades K-2nd and refugee students, I have two amazing kids and I love bike riding, hiking, growers markets, traveling and swimming.

Amy Sedillo was born and raised in Northern New Mexico among the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains.

All the fishing trips I took with my father and brothers helped to develop my deep love for nature. My passion for food grew while I was attending high at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO. The foundations of my education provided me the tools for engaging in the world as a steward of the environment. I am currently a student at UNM, studying sustainability and social sciences as a means for creating change in the world. I am a ‘foodie’ who loves exploring the local food scene and sharing my discoveries with family and friends. I have a strong belief that access to healthy, tasty food should be a basic human right, and yet New Mexico is one of the most food insecure states. My mission is to help others develop a love for fresh, local food and encourage the younger generations to learn about where their food comes from.

Carly-Anderson

Want to learn more?

Check out our announcement of the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship for more information. If you’re interested in supporting UNM Sustainability Studies students by making a donation to the scholarship, you can do so here.

Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship

We are excited to announce that La Montañita Co-op is teaming up with the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program to offer the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.

Named for La Montañita founding owner and board member Marshall Kovitz, the scholarship benefits students who have declared Sustainability Studies as their interdisciplinary minor at UNM. Preference is given to those choosing Food Systems as their area of concentration. If you’re interested in making a donation to help this scholarship grow and support more UNM Sustainability Studies students, visit unmfund.org/fund/la-montanita-marshall-kovitz.

“The Sustainability program actually has a long and wonderful history with La Montañita and our students learn about the role of Co-ops and markets in our communities. Students then plan and operate a one-day market on campus,” UNM Sustainability Studies Program Director Professor Bruce Milne said.

Students can pair the Sustainability Studies minor with a wide variety of majors to create an integrated course of study rooted in the principles of ecological conservation, Milne explained.

According to the program website, the Sustainability Studies minor degree provides students from most disciplines with sustainability knowledge, skills and experiences that complement their major, thereby preparing them to bring sustainable practices to many sectors.

The Food Systems concentration within the Sustainability Studies program is vital for continuing to enhance and grow New Mexico’s local foodshed. “Foodshed” is a term describing the regional food economy.

“Local food is among the top reasons students get into sustainability, and we’re thrilled to be on the hunt for the first recipients of the scholarship. In fact, we are matching the money to ensure that deserving students have the critical resources to stay enrolled and progress to graduation. Thanks to La Montañita we’ve seen tremendous growth and innovation around local food in the last 10 years,” Milne added.

Kovitz, who died in March 2016 at age 68, was a champion of preservation and environmental sustainability.  Kovitz was a beloved and active member of the La Montañita community, and his legacy lives on through this memorial scholarship.

“Marshall gave 40 years to La Montañita and is an example of dedication to education and his commitment to our community. It’s our honor to name this scholarship after him,” said Dennis Hanley, La Montañita Co-op General Manager.

The Co-op already has its GRABnGO location on UNM’s main campus, and La Montañita is continuing to look for more ways to partner with the University to develop programs and initiatives that further enhance civic and environmental responsibility.

Supporters wishing to make year-end contributions are encouraged to consider a gift to the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.