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RECIPE: Grilled Fish Tacos PDF Print E-mail

from Co+op Stronger Together & Eating Well (

Adobo-Rubbed Fish
4 teaspoons chili powder, preferably made with New Mexico or ancho chiles
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 pounds mahi-mahi or Pacific halibut (see Note), 1/2-3/4 inch thick, skinned and cut into 4 portions

Letter to the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Published in the BFC's Food for Thought, May 2014

This is a letter that I've been wanting to write for years. My message is short.

To my fellow Co-op members and others who shop at the Co-op: please don't steal from the Co-op. Namely, I am referring to those of you who dip your hands into the bulk bins and munch away. It's not sampling, it's stealing and unsanitary to boot. I've even seen parents encourage their children to "sample." There are plenty of opportunities to sample products at the Co-op and I'm sure if you asked an employee/owner to give you a sample of a bulk item they would gladly accomodate you.

I ask that the Co-op put up signage and challenge you to make the wording strong and direct. In addition, I think it would be helpful if employee/owners call out shoppers who steal in this manner and tell them to stop. I know such an interaction is awkward but unfortunately it needs to be part of the territory.

Thank you,
Susan Odegard

From the Board: Democratic Member Control PDF Print E-mail

by Tom Franks
May 2014

The Brattleboro Food Co-op subscribes to the seven co-operative principles, the second of which is Democratic Member Control. This principle is described as follows by the International Co-operative Alliance:
“Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.”

Supplements PDF Print E-mail

by Chris Ellis, Staff Nutritionist
May 2014

Should I take a vitamin or mineral supplement? This is a question that I get asked very frequently as a nutritionist/dietitian. I have to look at each case individually–reviewing each person’s diet, lifestyle, and medical history carefully–because there are many factors to consider before I recommend one or several supplements. Everyone has their own unique body and their own special needs. In this day and age we have a lot of stressors and environmental toxins around us so that makes it different than 50 years ago. Our lifestyles are much faster and fuller than they were 50 years ago too and these all play a role in our nutrient needs. This article is a brief general introduction into the field of nutrient supplementation. It is a completely individual decision and I do not say supplements are for everyone. The world of supplementation is a wide topic and ever changing. It is impossible to cover all aspects but I will give you some basic information to reflect on and then you can pursue the idea and work with a medical/health practitioner/nutritionist to decide if this is the path you want to take.

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