[March 27, 2013 – Mount Vernon, WA] The Skagit Valley Food Co-op, an anchor store in downtown Mount Vernon, is fresher than ever on the eve of our 40th Anniversary season. We’ve added organic juice and smoothies, Co-op –made sausages and ice cream, fresh baked cakes and catering to our Deli’s repertoire of fresh roasted coffee, fresh made soups, salads, dips, dressings and bakery goodies. We’re celebrating 40 with a Co-op IPA and a red wine, as well as monthly giveaways throughout the store. The celebration will last throughout the year, with more special events in October for Co-op Month before we enjoy the holiday season.
We kick off with a Garden Giveaway in April, and a special Earth Day Celebration on Monday April 22nd. Visitors can talk bees with local beekeeper Bruce Vilders outside the store at our Garden Department, talk seeds with Jenny Goforth from Salmonberry CLT, learn about their Seed Distribution Project and take home some new varieties to plant. Customers can choose a Giant Sequioa, Red Osier Dogwood, Vine Maple, or Noble Fir tree start from Brooks Tree Farm in Salem, OR, and bring home their groceries in a special Earth Day shopping bag, decorated by the students at Westview Elementary.
The Co-op is also announcing our Mother’s Day Essay Contest, free and open to all moms who’ve got a story to tell us about raising their kids and the Co-op. 1st Place wins a $250 Co-op Gift Card. Two runners up each receive a $50 Co-op Gift Card. Winning essays will be published in our June newsletter, posted in store, and on our website. Submit entries by Mother’s Day, May 12th, 500 words or less, to: COOPMOMSDAY@gmail.com or by mail: Skagit Valley Food Co-op Mom’s Day Contest 202 South First Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273. More information is up on our website: www.skagitfoodcoop.com
The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is member-owned. Our founders had fresh ideas about food back then, and worked cooperatively to build a strong foundation in Co-op Principles. From a small Buyer’s Club, we’ve grown to fill out the whole Co-op Building – 3 floors worth of good food and ideas. Our Board of Directors recently unveiled their Vision 2020 statement to staff, and our future is bright. Right now, we’re excited to be right here at the start of another beautiful growing season, sharing the local color and the bounty of the Valley, celebrating life and hard work and connections. We love being part of this community; it continues to feel fresh, every day.