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Co-op News | Summer Quarterly 2018

Locally Inspired

Ellie Christensen, Demo Coordinator

What’s for dinner? What should I have for lunch? Even though we, as Co-op employees, are surrounded by food all day long, we sometimes find ourselves coming up short on ideas for delicious, nutritious and locally sustainable lunch and dinner ideas. That’s why I developed the Co-op Inspirations program: To share unique and easy recipes using our most seasonal produce paired with our favorite proteins, cheeses, sauces and grains.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays in Arcata and Thursdays in Eureka, you can find our Demo Clerks sampling yummy Co-op Inspirations made from scratch, like Sweet Potato Hummus or Pomegranate Salsa. When a Co-op Inspiration is being sampled, you can walk away with the recipe to gather the ingredients for yourself in the moment or in the future. Did you try something amazing that we made but forgot to grab the recipe card? You can find each recipe in the Co-op Inspirations binder at Customer Service any time you visit the stores. 

Every September, our community celebrates the local food bounty of our region during Humboldt Local Food Month. In addition to encouraging our members and shoppers to attend featured events across the community, the Co-op hosts the Eat Local Challenge, where our community pledges to eat local foods the entire month. This year, we’re taking it a step further with a recipe competition.

Our challenge to you during Local Food Month is to share your most clever recipe using local produce and products. Test your ability to create something locally inspired, meaning some or all of the ingredients are sourced within Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. Sweet, savory, vegan, paleo—it’s up to you. Submit your recipe via email to info@northcoast.coop or in-person at Customer Service. Look for the select winning recipes as a Co-op Inspiration, an online recipe, or in the winter edition of Co-op News.  


Whether you regularly eat local foods, or you are interested in learning more about how to find and cook fresh and local new-to-you ingredients, we want to know what’s cookin’! Create something locally inspired, meaning some or all of the ingredients are sourced within Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. 

Recipes must include: Title • Author • Ingredients • Instructions

Submit your recipe via email to info@northcoast.coop or drop it off at Customer Service by October 1. One winner  will receive a $50 Co-op gift card! Select recipes can be  featured as a Co-op Inspiration, an online recipe, or  in the winter edition of Co-op News!

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