Time to Celebrate

Thank you for voting La Montañita Co-op People’s Choice Best Local Brand Award/Commercial Category at the 8th Annual B2B Expo on June 9. The Co-op competed against several other local companies to receive this honor. We appreciate all the community support!

Westside Rockin’ BBQ

Join La Montañita Co-op at our Westside location on Saturday, June 20, for a Rockin’ BBQ, with delicious summer foods, live music and raffle giveaways.

The event will take place from 11am–4pm. Entertainment includes a live radio remote with 100.3 The PEAK and Ryan (11am-1pm) and musical performances from the students at Rock 101, New Mexico’s premiere music academy (2-4pm).

Our rockin’ menu will include grass-fed beef burgers, steaks, veggie options, chips and drinks for purchase and a wide variety of in-store samples.

Listen to The PEAK the week of June 15-19, during the JTD Show (mornings), to have a chance to win a $25 La Montañita Co-op gift card. The Co-op will also be holding a few special raffles at the Rockin’ BBQ event.

La Montañita is excited to partner with the student musicians from Rock 101 and feature their performances at our event. In the Rock 101 program, students receive personalized instruction, and learn what it takes to be in a band during their one-week sessions. For more information on the program or to sign up your children for the summer sessions, visit rock101nm.com.


You Donated $100,000: Congrats to all Co-op Shoppers!

1,034,080 bags reused = $103,408 donated and counting

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate a Dime program. When you bring your own bag, you reduce your carbon footprint, and we’ll donate a dime to a worthy organization! It all adds up.

By Robin Seydel

Over the four and a half years since the inception of La Montanita’s Donate a Dime bag credit donation program, you, our devoted and generous Co-op shoppers, have together reused over 1 million bags, and thus have donated over $100,000 to worthy organizations throughout New Mexico.

In Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup, members and shoppers have brought their re-useable shopping bags and donated their dimes in support of dozens of dedicated non-profit organizations who work to make all our lives better. A dime may not seem like a lot, but $100,000 is a lot of dimes, and clearly shows how when we cooperate and pool our resources, we can have a tremendous impact. It takes a lot of re-useable shopping bags saving a lot of trees and a lot of generous shoppers cooperating by donating their dimes to make it happen.

Bravo! Thanks! Congratulations to all our shoppers and members for reaching this wonderful milestone in generosity and community support for a better world for us all.

Our non-profit recipients encompass a wide swath of community development work including organizations that work in the areas of homelessness, ecological restoration and protection, economic justice, social justice, child welfare, animal welfare and so many more. See a few recipients of your bag credit donations below, or click here for the full list.

So popular has our bag credit donation program been that we currently have nearly a 5 year waiting list for organizations to have their month. If your organization would like to participate in this program, please send the following information to Robin Seydel at robins@lamontanita.coop: proof of 501c3 status, a short description of your organization’s mission and work, a short description of how the money will be used, and complete contact information for the organization. Selected organizations are placed on a waiting list for future months. At this time we do not accept schools or religious organizations, due to the fact that there are hundreds of them throughout the state and our waiting list is already five years long. We already also have a waiting list of organizations who would like to have second month as our bag donation recipient.

For more information, please visit http://lamontanita.coop/dime/ or contact Robin Seydel at robins@lamontanita.coop.

Bag Credit Organizations that have received a bag credit donation include:

Amigos Bravos, Rio Grande Community Farm, Walk in Beauty, N.M. Autism Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Metropolitan Homeless Shelter /AOC, Cuidando los Ninos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, New Energy Economy, S.A N. E., Wild Earth Guardians, Santa Fe Animal Humane/Shelter, Community Bike Program, N.M. Environmental Law Center, Earth Care International, Peacecraft, St Elizabeth’s Homeless Shelter, ABQ Health Care for the Homeless, Keshet Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe Watershed Association, Youth Works Gardens, Quivira Coalition, Shelter for Domestic Violence, Friends of Whitfield Conservation Area, Interfaith Power and Light, Warehouse 21, Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust, Road Runner Food Bank, Project Share, Pegasus Children’s Legal Center, Dismas House New Mexico, Our Endangered Aquifer, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Crossroads for Women, Think New Mexico, Animal Protection New Mexico, Theater in Making Spectrum Project, Youth Works Santa Fe, CARMA, Rio Grande Food Project, Project PeacePal, Off Center Arts, Erda Gardens and Learning Center, National Institute of Flamenco, N.M. Native Plant Society, N.M. Rape Crisis Center, PB&J’s Futures for Fathers, Cancer Services of N.M., Campfire of N.M., N.M. Humane Association, Conservation Voters of N.M. Education Fund, N.M. Veteran Integration Center, Habitat for Humanity, National Dance Institute, Explora Museum, Open Space Alliance, Water Groups.

Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Friends of Bandelier

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

Bandelier National Monument is located in north-central New Mexico near Santa Fe. The park was established in 1916 as an archaeological preserve for pueblo ruins dating from the 1100s AD. The non-profit organization Friends of Bandelier is a group of people who love the monument. A Board of Trustees governs their activities under a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the National Park Service. Park rangers request their help on special projects and the Friends of Bandelier try to meet their needs. They work to provide activities and information on key issues affecting the monument through letters, field trips, and media announcements.

Only a small area of the 32,000-acre National Monument Park is developed. The remainder is wild backcountry, much of which is included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is a beautiful land of high, level mesas cut by straight-walled canyons, some over 500 feet deep. Within this rugged landscape are the remains of a thriving culture that populated the area between approximately 1150 and 1550. Ruins range in size from small field houses and houses of a few rooms to large pueblos of several hundred rooms.

Management at Bandelier concentrates on protecting and interpreting the ancient cultural remains and the landscape itself. Rangers offer a wide range of interpretive activities at the Visitor Center. During the summer, artisans from local pueblos demonstrate the ancient crafts of the pueblo peoples. The Friends of Bandelier try to help where they can do the most good. We provide support for: archaeology, education, handicap access, Native crafts, visitor amenities and scientific research. The main function of the Friends of Bandelier is to provide funding for activities and projects in the park for which the National Park Service does not or cannot provide.

The year 2013 was not a good one for Bandelier. New Mexico was in the midst of a severe drought, then deluged with a wicked series of storms that severely affected the park. Los Alamos received over 7 inches in three days. (Yearly average is 18 inches!) Frijoles Canyon had one flood that July that destroyed newly restored trails in the canyon. The September storms closed the park for a week and did structural damage to roads and trails. Fortunately, the rangers and crews had fortified the Jersey Bounce barriers with sandbags around the Visitor Center. They had the foresight to put in two floodgates where the trail from the Visitor Center to the ruins crosses the sandbag barrier. They managed to close the floodgates before the waters struck; the gates held and the Visitor Center escaped any damage.

With no federal funding for seasonal employees because of the sequester, the $10,000 raised by Friends of Bandelier provided relief for the busy summer season sponsoring two seasonal workers for a total of three months; otherwise, it was all Friends of Bandelier volunteers.

Board of Trustee’s President Dorothy Hoard writes:

“2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. In commemoration, the Monument staff and Friends of Bandelier hoped to relocate two trailheads on State Road 4 that lead into the Bandelier Wilderness. Unfortunately, the new trailheads are in habitat of the Jemez Mountains salamander, recently added to the national endangered species list and before any work could start areas have to be proven clear of salamanders. Once again, Mother Nature had her say. Salamanders must keep their skin moist in order to breathe, so they only come to the surface during the monsoon season. But in 2014 the entire West was in the midst of a severe drought. When the rains did come, they were initially spotty. Friends of Bandelier volunteers scratched the ground and turned over rocks and logs. The good news is that they found nothing, so work on the trailheads was done. The bad news is that there were several herpetology buffs on the hunt who would really like to have seen a Jemez Mountain salamander.”

The Friends of Bandelier will continue to work to sustain the Bandelier Monument Park for us all to enjoy. This month your bag donation will go to The Friends of Bandelier. Your bag credit donations are also in recognition of Board of Trustees President, Dorothy Hoard, who, for decades, until her recent passing, spearheaded the organization and its work on behalf of this national treasure. While her loss is deeply felt, the Friends of Bandelier continues its work. In one of her last blogs on the Friends of Bandelier website she wrote: “For 26 years with the Friends, I’ve had to reference the old Chinese curse ‘May we live in interesting times.’ The times don’t seem to be getting less interesting.”

Bring a bag, donate the dime and help Friends of Bandelier so that we all can enjoy the ecology and culture of Bandelier.

Vote La Montañita Co-op Best Local Brand

Click here and vote for La Montañita Co-op!

EXHIB-IT! has partnered with Albuquerque Business First, Streaming NM, the American Marketing Association, Albuquerque AlphaGraphics and Awards Etc. to add an exciting element and opportunity to the 8th Annual B2B Expo. This year the B2B Expo will feature the first ever People’s Choice Best Local Brand Award. There will be two first place winners in two different categories, one Commercial Company & one Nonprofit Organization.
The top 3 Best Local Brands in each category (Commercial and Nonprofit) have been selected by an impartial judging system graded by NM AMA. Now it’s up to you to pick La Montañita Co-op as the #1 Best Local Brand in the Commercial Category.

Vote TODAY for La Montañita Co-op as New Mexico’s Best Local Brand in the Commercial Category. Voting ends 6:30pm, June 9, so hurry to get your vote in!

Click on this LINK and SHARE THIS LINK For the Voting Process: https://www.facebook.com/TradeShowExperts/app_343236642414878

Vegan Goat Cheese Pesto Dip

From Adrienne Weiss

The combination of vegan goat cheese and fresh basil pesto gives this dip a most unusual and tasty flavor. Served with fresh, steamed artichoke halves, it makes a beautiful, seasonal presentation. Equally delicious, try it with an assortment of crudités (cut up raw veggies) and/or cracker and bread choices.

Serves: 4
Time: 30 Minutes


For Vegan Goat Cheese:

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 to 3 hours
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Basil Pesto Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (more if desired for a smokier taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. For cheese, in bowl or food processor/blender, combine cashews, lime juice, vinegar and salt. Purée until smooth and well-blended. This could take up to 2 to 3 minutes, adding water only if necessary.
  2. For pesto, in bowl or food processor/blender, combine basil leaves, garlic, almonds, liquid smoke, water and salt. Purée until smooth, adding water only if or as needed.
  3. Combine pesto and vegan goat cheese in small bowl, mixing thoroughly. Can be served immediately, but flavors blend better if refrigerated for at least 2 hours.

We’re Going Phenol-Free

La Montañita Co-op is switching to phenol-free register receipt paper.

As a leader in the local foods movement, La Montañita Co-op will be switching to this phenol-free receipt paper at its six locations on June 15. This new receipt paper is free of BPA (Bisphenol-A) and BPS (Bisphenol-S), which have been linked to a variety of health concerns, including hormone disruption.

The phenol-free paper is manufactured using a Vitamin C-based thermal coating, which allows images to be produced when exposed to heat. The tape is yellow in color and the image is lighter, but will remain legible for at least five years if the receipt is properly stored under normal filing conditions.

La Montañita’s Distribution Center is selling the phenol-free receipt paper in New Mexico. For ordering information, contact Distribution Center Customer Service, 505-217-2010. Switching to phenol-free register receipt paper continues La Montañita’s dedication to cultivating a sustainable future for our community and our planet.

Corrales Annual Garden Tour

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Corrales Garden Tour on Sunday, June 7. Sponsored by Corrales MainStreet in cooperation with the Sandoval County Master Gardeners, the self-guided tour includes six outstanding gardens scattered throughout Corrales.

The homeowners have been intimately involved in the creation or revitalization of their gardens. Each garden is unique and adapted to the garden’s physical location, reflecting the homeowner’s personal interests. Waterwise xeric plantings are integrated in the gardens.

There’s something for everyone. A colorful little oasis in the sand dunes describes a delightful garden where native plants provide a stunning background for the artist homeowners’ handsome metal work. A shaded property near the bosque features an extraordinary labyrinth, seating designed to optimize views, and raised beds cultivated as square-foot vegetable gardens.

Still another, once the place to pick wild asparagus, has been rejuvenated with a variety of areas using drip, sprinklers, and traditional flood irrigation to accommodate the different microclimates from sunny to full shade. Homeowners who started with a barren sandhill property achieved their goal of integrating the inside and outside living spaces with an attached free-flight greenhouse, a rose garden, vineyard, an outdoor kitchen, and a native plant area providing food for wildlife.

Intimate, quiet spaces in a garden near the bosque have evolved through 40 years of tender nurturing. Serene living spaces are bordered by blossoms humming with bees and butterflies. A wealth of ideas includes a rainwater catchment system, a compost bin, and a pond with a variety of water plants, which together invite you to walk around or to dawdle and meditate.

Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be at each garden to answer questions. Two lovely quilts will be raffled to benefit SCMG. Plein air artists wil be painting in the gardens. The tickets are $10, available beginning May 1, from the Frontier Mart and Village Mercantile in Corrales, at local garden centers throughout the area, and online at www.corrales-gardentour.com. Tickets can be purchased on June 7 at tents on Corrales Road. Funds raised from the tour will be used for a landscaping project in Corrales.

Information: contact MainStreet at 350-3955 or info@corrales-gardentour.com. Pictures of gardens and gardening tips are available on the Corrales Garden Tour website, www.corrales-gardentour.com.

Cleaning Up Our Act: Avoiding Endocrine Disruptors

By Katherine Mullé

Let’s be honest—as women, we all have moments where we fuss over our appearance. Whether it’s over frizzy fly-away hairs, dark under-eye circles, or some inevitable skin imperfection, we stare at the mirror with feelings of discontent as we pick and prod. While there are a plethora of beauty products out there readily available to us, the reality is this: by the time we walk out the door in the morning, after carefully applying moisturizer, makeup, hair spray, and all our other favorite products, while we may have helped our appearance (at least, according to society’s standards), the amount of chemicals we’ve likely applied to our bodies can be disastrous for our health.

Among the most lethal of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors, chemicals that interfere with the body’s endocrine (or hormone) system, and can have catastrophic effects on one’s health. Phthalates, for instance, a group of chemicals commonly found in nail polish and fragrances, have been linked to breast cancer and early puberty in girls as they directly affect hormone receptors.

According the Breast Cancer Fund, “In the U.S., major loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects. At the same time as untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, breast cancer incidence has risen dramatically.” There are approximately 80,000 chemicals in commercial use, many of which have not been tested, and there have been few if any tests on the synergistic effects as we experience a diversity of multiple exposures.

Unfortunately, the cosmetic industry is not the only industry taking full advantage of these loopholes, which means that endocrine disruptors are not only found in cosmetics; they’re found in common household products including detergents, disinfectants, and plastics, and also appear in much of America’s food from pesticide and herbicide usage. But no matter their source, they can all be detrimental when they come into contact with the body.

Beth Greer, an award-winning journalist, green holistic health educator, and impassioned champion of toxin-free living, learned of this truth the hard way in 2002 when she discovered, after three unsuccessful sessions with a chiropractor, that the pain she was feeling in her shoulder was caused by a tennis-ball-sized tumor in her chest.

“I thought I was healthy. I was also exercising and eating right [mostly organic foods]. I had a successful business, a great marriage, and a meditation practice. It came as a complete shock,” Greer said in an interview with Awareness Magazine. Rather than undergoing surgery—a surgery that three different surgeons insisted upon—she opted for a different method: undergoing a serious detox.

“I began my cleanse with raw vegetable juices and wheatgrass. Within three days, the pain started going away. So I decided to stay on the path of cleansing and simplifying. I ate raw, pure whole foods that had no labels. I also bought a juicer and a dehydrator.”

But Greer knew that her cleanse wouldn’t be complete if she only addressed what was going in her body, so she also looked at the products going on and surrounding her body. As she became more aware of the staggering number of unpronounceable chemicals found in the ingredient lists of many of her household and cosmetic products, she began working to find natural replacements.

“For example, instead of using deodorant, I took a glass salt shaker—the kind found in restaurants—and filled it with baking soda. After my shower, I sprinkled baking soda in my hand and applied it. Right after a shower, your armpits are slightly moist, so it sticks. It works great.”

As for household products, Greer questions, “Why use the toxic stuff? I switched to hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda—things my grandmother used.” After six months, not only was Greer’s pain was completely gone, but an MRI scan showed that her tumor had remarkably disappeared.

So what’s the takeaway from all this? Being aware of what’s in the products you use every day and taking steps to avoid harmful chemicals is key. Greer’s story also teaches us that it’s never too late to turn your health around. She states, “This experience convinced me that the tumor came from environmental exposure, since I had no genetic predisposition for it. Our bodies are magnificent self-healing organisms if we treat them right and are as natural as possible! When I cleaned up my home environment, I healed myself.”

To find out more about using safe products, visit: www.safecosmetics.org and www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners. You can also find natural cosmetics, safe household products, and (of course) awesome food at your favorite Co-op location.

Raw Coconut Curry Soup

Adapted by Adrienne Weiss from Café Gratitude

This refreshing, rich golden soup combines a variety of flavors. The melding of sweet, spicy and salty ingredients creates a unique and distinct taste. These can be adjusted to one’s liking since some coconuts are sweeter than others and jalapeños can vary in heat. This soup pairs well with a seasonal crisp green salad for a light dinner or lunch. It can easily be brought along to a picnic or other outdoor gathering as well.

Serves: 4
Time: 30 minutes


For Soup:

  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large dates, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (remove seeds for less heat)

For Garnish: (Choose all or some of the following plus cilantro)

  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/3 cup diced tomato
  • 1/3 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves



Add all but garnish ingredients to blender and purée until smooth. Result should be a nice, rich golden soup. Taste and adjust flavors (see introduction). When soup is to liking, divide among four bowls. Add chosen garnish ingredients and top with cilantro leaves. Serve room temperature or chilled.