YUM. YUM. YUM. Peach-a-licious!

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Look for delicious organic peaches fresh from Palisade, Colorado, in stores now! Rancho Durazno organic peaches come from a Colorado valley famous for its fruit.

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FoodShed Harvest: Rancho Durazno Peaches

By Robin Seydel

Again this year we are pleased to be working with Rancho Durazno Farm to bring you the very best certified organic peaches. Last year, Thomas was happy to announce that his daughter Gwen was coming back to help run the farm. In late June, Gwen said, “I’ve only been here full-time for three months and every day I am learning new things—like how not to drive over the sprinkler system! I immerse myself in the new work. It’s different; I had been working on a computer everyday—now I get to work with my hands, outside, on a variety of interesting projects.”

Over the years, the Co-op has grown its sales of Rancho Durazno peaches. The Cameron father-and-daughter team agree this is another great peach year and their trees are on track for a full crop of the tastiest peaches you will ever eat.

Located in Palisade, Colorado, Rancho Durazno’s orchards are surrounded by wild lands, desert cliffs and slopes. The warm sunny days, cool nights and just the right amount of precipitation make their farm one of the best sites in a valley famous for its peaches.

Rancho Durazno means “peach farm” in Spanish and as a mature orchardist, the importance of sustainability is not lost on Thomas. He has been building his orchards on his 40 acres for 33 years with care and dedication, and the joy of passing that labor of love onto his daughter is evident in his voice as he says, “It just keeps growing and growing and getting better and better each year. It’s really wonderful!”

Just as each field is passing onto the next generation of trees, so too is this sustainable family farm, with daughters involved and a skilled staff, who, as Thomas says “are the next wave of farm leaders.”

The Co-op Distribution Center (CDC) has been purchasing pallet loads of Rancho Durazno peaches since 2007; this year and for many years to come, the Distribution Center is looking forward to having some 60,000 pounds of Rancho Durazno peaches pass through the warehouse and out into the community.

The CDC will be purchasing all the varieties as they ripen from earliest to latest, including: Redhaven, a historically predominant variety, and the earliest-ripening peach worth putting up; Newhaven, a variant of Redhaven that ripens three days later; Regina with its outstanding flavor and eating qualities; the classic and delicious Elberta; Cresthaven, a great eating, canning and freezing peach; and close to a dozen other varieties that ensure the longest and tastiest harvest.

Gwen again: “I am learning what the farm is doing now—learning what to expect next year and five years down the road. It was really great to visit La Montañita as part of the Wallace Center Food-Hub educational day. I had heard about La Montañita but really didn’t know that much about all you are doing. I was pleasantly surprised that you are doing such wonderful work on a lot of levels. I am so glad we have been working with you and I look forward to working together for a long time.”

Share in a celebration of sustainable regional farming and food.  Look for Rancho Durazno peaches throughout August and hopefully well into September at all Co-op locations.

NOW ROASTING!

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Seco Spice Organic Chile
Fresh from Hatch, New Mexico

Hot. Medium. Mild. Now roasting at your favorite Co-op location.

Since 1935, the hallmark of Seco Spice’s Ogaz family has been their unwavering commitment to quality. Taking utmost care in every step of the growing and harvesting process, Seco Spice has consistently delivered outstanding chile peppers for the past three generations. The family-farm traditions continue to be at the forefront of the chile industry. Now Roasting!

Santa Fe Co-op BBQ

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Join us this Friday, August 14 from 11:30am-2pm for a delicious summer barbeque! We’ll be firing up the grill to serve tender grass-fed beef burgers (veggie options also available), and all proceeds will go toward the Santa Fe Horse Shelter: a sanctuary for New Mexico’s abandoned, abused, and neglected horses that are rehabilitated and adopted out whenever possible. So come on out, grab some grub, and support a great cause!

Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Girls on the Run

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Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

Girls on the Run: Empowering Girls to Activate Their Limitless Potential

By Alice Temple and Dana Beyal

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national non-profit with affiliates in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a New Mexico where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Academic assessments of Girls on the Run participants indicate a significant positive impact on program participants. Evaluations have found that our curricula improve girls’ self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity behaviors.

Girls on the Run Santa Fe (GOTRSF) is entering our 10th year of business with a recent expansion to Rio Arriba County! We had our biggest season ever with more than 185 girls showing up at the Santa Fe Plaza, on May 16th, to run their first 5 kilometer race, in spite of a rainy and cold day. A locally operated non-profit GOTRSF serves girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Over the years, over 1400 girls have participated in this volunteer organization. We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. To participate or for more information for GOTR in Santa Fe or Rio Arriba counties please contact Alice Temple at Alice Temple abtemple@hotmail.com or call her at 505-660-2972.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande (GOTRRD) offers a 10-week after school curriculum for 3rd-5th grade girls that innovatively weaves training for a 5k run with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their gifts. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. This culminating celebratory event is the moment when the girls realize that the seemingly impossible is possible. Girls on the Run inspires girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande has been serving Bernalillo and Valencia Counties for four years. Last season we had programs at three schools in Belen and one school in Albuquerque. We hope to expand to someday serve every elementary school in our counties.

We fundraise year-round to give our girls scholarships to participate in our program. GOTRG also sponsors an adult running program, Solemates, to help raise money for our program. We strive never to turn any girl away due to inability to pay.

We can always use donations or volunteerscoaches, board members, and event staff. If you’d like more information, please visit our website girlsontherunriogrande.org or contact Dana Beyal at 916-9073; email: volunteers@girlsontherun.org or danabeyal@gmail.com.

In August, your Donate the Dime Bag Credit will be shared between Girls on the Run Santa Fe and Girls on the Run Rio Grande: Empowering Girls to stay true to themselves and activate their limitless potential.

Veteran Farmer Project on the News!

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The Veteran Farmer Project was on KRQE News 13! Click here to watch if you missed it.

Come see our beautiful produce at the VA Growers’ Market every Wednesday from 9am to 12pm. And join us at the farm on the Rio Grande Community Farm Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-10am for gardening fun, education and camaraderie. While the project is geared towards veterans, everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Robin at 217-2027 or robins@lamontanita.coop.

Time’s Running Out

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If you haven’t voted for La Montañita Co-op in Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City 2015, for Best Health Food Store, at abqthemag.com, do it today! Voting closes Aug. 1.

Last year, we were in the Top Five for Best Health Food Store. Let’s go for NUMBER ONE! After all, we are New Mexico’s largest community-owned natural and organic food market. Tell everyone, “we’re Best of the City!”

http://abqthemag.com/events/best-of-the-city/

Summer Specials and Route 66 Summerfest

Nob Hill July Summer Special: 3 Santa Cruz organic Lemonade for $5

Route 66 Summerfest is almost here! On July 18 from 2-10pm, the Co-op will be one of many awesome retailers participating in the largest street festival in New Mexico. We’ll have a table loaded with Veggie and Meat Wraps, Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, chips, baked goods, frozen treats and drinks. Music all day until 10:30 pm, Car Show and Neon Cruise, Kid Zone, arts and crafts, good food and fun! Also, stop in the Nob Hill Co-op to pick up this sweet deal of 50% off certified organic and non-GMO Santa Cruz Lemonade. On sale during July while supplies last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Cherries Are Here! $3.99 / lb.

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For the past seven years, La Montañita Co-op has been proud to bring delicious bing cherries from Sage Creations Organic Farm, Palisade, CO, to our stores for you to enjoy. Paola Legarre grows stone fruit, lavender and herbs on their five-acre certified organic family farm at the base of Grande Mesa, which provides for cool nights and warm days — an ideal climate for producing these sweet and delicious cherries. Look for them at your favorite Produce Department today!

Santa Fe’s New Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe's 10 cent fee for new paper bags is now in effect.

Santa Fe’s new City Reusable Bag Ordinance went into effect on June 28. Established to encourage the practice of reusing durable bags made of cloth or recycled materials, the ordinance requires that we now charge 10¢ at our Santa Fe location for every new paper bag. This fee will not be charged for paper bags that you bring in to reuse, and it will not be charged to any person using WIC, EBT, TEFAP, or TANF.

You can still donate or keep a dime by reusing bags through our Donate a Dime program, but bags must now be made cloth or recycled materials to be eligible for the program. You’ll no longer be able to donate or keep a dime when reusing paper bags.

When you shop at the Santa Fe Co-op, don’t forget your paperless bags to avoid the new fee and donate or keep a dime!

Run for the Board of Directors

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Help guide New Mexico’s cooperative economy — run for La Montañita Co-op’s Board of Directors and help lead one of the nation’s largest natural food cooperatives!

Board of Directors 2016 candidate application packets are now available — click here to download a copy. If becoming a Board member is not your cup of tea, ask around and see if your Co-op friends, family, and neighbors might be interested. Having a diverse Board of Directors is important to the democratic nature of our cooperative, and for that we need a diverse pool of candidates. We hope you’ll consider contributing your own unique opinions, ideas, and perspectives on today’s challenges to the Board’s discussions!

If you’re interested in running for the Board of Directors, download the application packet, fill it out, and drop it off at your favorite Co-op location’s Information Desk.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email bod@lamontanita.coop, or call (505) 217-2027.