Coronavirus Preparedness at the Co-op

The Ashland Food Co-op acknowledges and shares our community’s concerns about protecting against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The safety and health of staff and customers is a top priority for the Co-op. We are taking proactive steps throughout our store to maintain a clean atmosphere to work and shop.

March 30 update

Since March 1, staff are receiving a 'hero' differential pay as an acknowledgment of their essential service to the community.

In compliance with the State of Oregon's "Stay at Home" executive order, please do not hang out or otherwise loiter in the Co-op courtyard or store.

The parking ambassador service has been postponed for the time being.

March 27 update

Plexiglass barriers have been installed to help protect cashiers and shoppers where social distancing isn't possible. Thanks to the many shoppers who encouraged this addition.
Plexiglass barrier for cashiers and shoppers

 

You'll find social distancing reminder stickers at checkout stands and throughout the store. Thanks for helping to share your space.
Social distance reminder

March 19 update

We have consolidated the last week’s changes below.
 

Starting March 20, 7am-8am daily, the Co-op will give priority to vulnerable community members (seniors, immunocompromised individuals, etc.). Thank you for adjusting your shopping hours to accommodate your neighbors in need.

Special orders & returns:

  • The Co-op cannot accept any special orders until further notice.
  • To reduce potential contamination, all sales are final and no returns will be accepted.

Before entering the store:

  • Operating hours are 7am-9pm. 7am-8am is prioritized for vulnerable populations, and we ask those with good health and flexible schedules to please shop at a different time.
  • Please leave your reusable bags, containers, and mugs at home. With the public’s health in mind, the Co-op wishes to minimize outside sources of potential infection. Paper grocery bags and plastic produce bags are available free of charge.
  • Sanitizing wipes are available at all cart stations.
  • A portable hand washing station is also available outside of the store.

In the store:

  • A no-touch hand sanitizer dispenser is located at the Information Desk.
  • Plastic gloves must be used in the “high-touch” areas throughout our store (bulk department, bulk greens, and fresh mushroom case).
  • For your safety we can no longer breakdown or re-wrap any meat or seafood that has entered our selling floor. Other special requests can not be accommodated until further notice.
  • Bulk nut butters are being individually packaged and stored in the bulk cooler.Please help protect cashiers and yourself by bagging your own groceries, if you are able.

Co-op Kitchen:

  • No outside mugs or containers are permitted until further notice.
  • All indoor and outdoor seating has been removed, in accordance with state directives.
  • The hot bar, salad bar and soup bar are no longer self-service; Co-op employees will help to box your meal to-go.
  • Self-serve coffee is no longer available.
  • The Co-op has increased the number of items available as “Grab & Go” selections.

Overall sanitation:

  • Cleaning frequency has been increased, especially of door handles, work surfaces, checkstands, phones and other common “high-touch” items in our facilities - and particularly before the 7am-8am priority shopping hour.

Classes, events and sales:

More Co-op News

Sustainability Update: Building on a Strong Foundation

Sustainability Update

Our team has been working on many different projects throughout the year, taking great steps to fulfill our four sustainability goals. Our four goals to achieve by 2030 are: carbon neutrality, zero waste, eliminating toxic chemicals, and being a leader in our sustainable community. We look forward to our sustainable success in the upcoming decade! 

2020: A vision for the future through Co-ops and local food

As the 2010s come to a close, the “20/20” eyesight analogy couldn’t be more appropriate for the new decade. With our eye on the future, there’s clearly a sense of urgency and awareness of the unique times we’re living in: a changing climate, increases in costs of living, and the shared pressures of a globalized world. 

5 Items to Try: Spreads, Condiments & Snacks

It's fun trying new things! Here are five items you can find at the Co-op with a distinctly international flavor. Whether you're spreading them on some bread or naan, mixing up a salad dressing, or just want something salty and crunchy to snack on, try these out next time you want to elevate your dishes.

10 Ways to Enjoy: Ginger Spread

Sometimes you might come across a product at the Co-op and ask, "That looks good, but how in the heck can I use it in my cooking?" To answer that question, we picked this Ginger Spread made by The Ginger People (famous for their Gin-Gin candies). Grab a jar and try some of these unique applications in your own kitchen - or get inspired to utilize it in another way.

Meet Your Board: Melina Barker

Hello, Co-op members! My name is Melina Barker, and I joined the AFC Board of Directors this July. Since then, I have been busy learning about all the work the previous members have done to craft strategic goals to support the success of the AFC.

Melina Barker

 

Smart Chicken® Holiday Giving in 2019

During the month of November, Co-op shoppers can nourish their own families and help fight hunger in the Rogue Valley.

Over the years, Smart Chicken® and Ashland Food Co-op have teamed up to donate thousands of pounds of chicken to ACCESS. Smart Chicken® will once again donate Smart Chicken® products based on the total volume that shoppers purchase at Ashland Food Co-op to ACCESS.

Henry in the Garden: Already Preparing for the Spring

The bane of all gardeners is powdery mildew - that white substance that collects both on the tops and bottoms of the leaves of your healthiest vegetable plants. Cucumbers and zucchini seem to be more easily affected by this scourge than many others.

GM Report: Gratitude for a Great 2019 at the Co-op

It’s the season of gratitude and reflection on the year that has passed, and there is so much to be thankful for as a Co-op owner. 

2019 started off with the news that over $13,000 in emergency donations had been raised from Co-op owners and shoppers for support and relief efforts after Paradise, CA was leveled by a wildfire. This outpouring of our support was critical in the months after the fire, after the news trucks had left and the work of rebuilding began. I know how grateful we all are for the much calmer smoke season that our region experienced this summer. 

Rounding Up in October

Part of what makes co-ops unique are the guiding 7 Principles of Cooperation. One of the seven that is felt strongly in Ashland is "Concern for the community" - and that's why the Co-op is offering a new way to give back to our community for the month of October. When you pay at the register, you can round up your total to the nearest dollar. For example, $11.68 becomes $12, and $0.32 is donated.

Donations in October will go to the Ashland Food Co-op Community Fund, which funds the Community Grant program (over $29,000 was provided last year to local non-profits).

Fall Staff Picks

Thanks to alpine trails and shaded valley creeks, outdoor recreation is year-round in the Rogue Valley. But fall usually makes for more frisky feet, so we asked Co-op employees for their favorite fall activities and recommendations for what they grab before they head out. 

 

Applegate products joining Co-op Basics

Just in time for the school year, Applegate products are being added to the Co-op Basics program! The Co-op carries a variety of Applegate products, like sliced deli meat, cheeses, bacon, and sausages. Now as part of the Co-op Basics program, you’ll be saving up to $2 on Applegate products across the store, every day. 

Applegate sandiwhc

2019 Farm Tour Recap

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Visitors of all ages enjoying Goodwin Creek Gardens
Visitors of all ages enjoying Goodwin Creek Gardens

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