Local Starts at the Co-op

When we say local, we mean local. We source our local goods from within 200 miles of the store. By purchasing goods from local producers, we aim to create and maintain a healthy local economy and support family farms. What could be better than helping your community by buying local goods?

With all the local products that we offer, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But that’s exactly what we asked our staff to do. Here are some of their go-to local eats.

The local pears that come in September through October are fantastic. The Bartlett, Bosc and Seckel pears are wonderful but the Comice is my favorite. To find the perfect local sweet treat, lightly press on the neck for a bit of softness. Serve alongside some local Fromage Blanc from By George Farm for a decadent snack. Joe Reyes - Assistant Produce Manager

Adorned with colorful patterns and shades of fall, nothing signals the beginning of autumn like the arrival of local, organic winter squash. With its high nutrition content and adaptability to a number of diverse recipes, winter squash is a necessity in your seasonal pantry. Savory or sweet, you won’t run out of different ways to prepare this wonderful local treat. Stuffed and baked, roasted with root veggies, squash lasagna, pureed in a soup, made into bread, baked in a pie, cookies, pancakes, and more! My favorites are the Delicata and Sugarloaf varieties. Don’t forget that you can roast the seeds for a healthy snack. Barry Haynes - Produce Manager

ELAA Skin Care is handmade right here in Ashland. This is a wonderful line of environmentally conscious and good for you skincare. Jill Stacey is the founder and her goal is to create products that are beneficial for your skin while fostering a holistic sense of well being. Two of my favorites include Starlight Eye Cream and the Pineapple Illuminating Polisher. Courtney Greensill - Wellness Manager 

I love the locally made Pie and Vine Pizza Crust. It’s delivered fresh from the restaurant and is delicious topped with caramelized onions and Yumm! Sauce. Yumm! Sauce is a dairy free, nut based sauce used for dipping, spreading, or saucing. Highly addictive. Kelly McNamara - Specialties Manager

One of my favorite local products is the Emerald Hills 100% Grass Fed and Finished Bone-in Ribeye Steak. These cows are raised exclusively for the Co-op in Riddle, near Canyonville. They live on lush pastures next to Cow Creek where they have almost year round access to green grass. The cows are never given antibiotics or growth hormones.  The ribeye is delicious on the grill, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. I love my ribeye grilled medium rare, served with grilled asparagus and a butter and garlic cauliflower mash. Derek Shilts - Meat Department Manager

More Co-op News

2018 Board Election Results

The AFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board Election. There were three excellent candidates running for two Board positions. In total, 905 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve three-year terms on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Thank you for voting!



Beat the Heat

When the heat of summer takes over, it can be hard on our bodies and moods. Don’t let the scorching temps get you down, cool off with one of these refreshing Staff recommendations.

Report from the Board of Directors: Strategic Plan Update

By Jeff Golden, External Relations Committee Chair

Ashland Food Co-op is striding into the future with careful intention. We’re especially focused on the three top priorities of our strategic planning process, a collaboration of our board and management team. A quick update:

Riding off into the Sunset


By Annie Hoy, Retiring Marketing Manager

Since I was born and raised in far West Texas, I cannot help but use some imagery from what is so familiar to me.

Staff Picks: Summer Hikes and Trail Snacks

Our staff loves to head outside and enjoy the gorgeous Oregon outdoors. Here's a few of their favorite trails and the Co-op snacks they like to take with them.



Be a Zero Waste Hero in Four Easy Steps

By Stephanie Koerella, Education Coordinator

Reducing our waste has continued to be of greater concern for Rogue Valley residents, especially since January, when options for recycling became even more limited. While the Ashland Food Co-op is ramping up our efforts to reduce waste as a business, there is a lot that our community can do at home to help the cause.

Staff Picks: Earth Friendly Products

In celebration of Sustainability Month in April, we asked our Sustainability Committee to share their favorite eco-friendly product.

2018 Kids Summer Camps

We’ve teamed up with Rogue Valley Farm to School to offer three different camps this summer. Each week campers will dive into food production, preparation and exploration, with a mix of farm and kitchen experiences that delight the senses and inspire the soul. Join Rogue Valley Farm to School staff as they cultivate the ability to grow and cook delicious, healthy, seasonal meals. Monday - Wednesday at the Co-op Community Classroom, Thursday & Friday at the Farm at SOU.

Update on our Strategic Initiatives

By Ed Claassen, Board President

Your Board and Management Team invested a significant amount of time in 2014 developing a set of strategic initiatives that we believe are vital in shaping the future of our business and furthering our mission. We formed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee consisting of 3 Board members and 3 Management Team members to guide the implementation of these initiatives.

2018 Electronic Coupon Schedule

To further our sustainability efforts and to serve you better, we began offering Electronic Owner Coupons in January 2017 at the register.

No more forgetting to bring your owner coupons. No more waiting for your newsletter to arrive. Cashiers simply ask if you want to use your owner coupons when you check out.

As we enter our second year of Electronic Coupons we wanted to share a couple of friendly reminders and the 2018 month by month schedule.

Please note:

Co+op Basics: High Integrity, Low Price

Looking to stretch your grocery budget? So are we! We've lowered the price on over three hundred items to create a set of high integrity staples for every shopper. Welcome to Co+op Basics.

Co+op Basics includes over 300 pantry and household staples. From beef to milk to cereal, we’ve lowered the margin and price on all those items to make organic, healthy food accessible to every shopper.

Proposals Sought for the 2018 Community Grants

The funding cycle for the 2018 Co-op Community Grants for nonprofit organizations is now open.

Every spring, for more than 20 years, we’ve been donating to area nonprofits through our Community Grant program. We are committed to creating healthy, sustainable communities and this program helps us fulfill that commitment by supporting the amazing work of local nonprofits. The Community Grant program is also the highlight of Cooperative Principle 7, Concern for Community, and is something we take to heart.