From the GM — July 2017

Dear Karma Members,

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate our 45th anniversary; it was an uplifting and energizing day filled with great company, food, and drink. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

I would like to say a very big thank you to the sponsors who made our day extra special. Thanks to: Acropolis Organics, AllYum Onion Chips, Auggie’s Pops, Black River Juices, Dale Wilson, Laneway Project, Montforte Dairy, Neal Brothers, ONFC, Pfennings Organics, Southbrook Vineyards, Sunflower Kitchen, Sweets From the Earth, TWB Brewing Co-operative, Urbane Cyclist, and Zara’s Kitchen. Our connections with all of our suppliers have very deep roots, and we’re so grateful for your work and for sharing your products with us over the years.

Also a very big thank you to the Planning Committee and all of the members and staff who helped on the day of. Our 45th anniversary celebration would not have been possible without all of you and your devotion.

I also want to acknowledge Richard Haney, Karma’s founding President, for making the trek to Toronto from Ottawa. It was wonderful to hear his stories of our early years as an organization. It was such a pleasure to have you Richard!

For those of you who weren’t able to join us, don’t worry, we’ll see you at the 50th, if not before!

Yours co-operatively,

Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op
manager@karmacoop.org

From the GM — June 2017

Dear Karma Members,

It’s time to celebrate! If you haven’t already heard, Karma turned 45 on May 16 and we’re having a party to mark our co-op’s milestone! The big day is set for Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 6 pm in our parking lot and along Karma Lane. There are lots of fun activities scheduled and lots of great food and drink to be enjoyed. It is sure to be a great time! We hope you can join us to celebrate 45 years of co-operative action and sustainable food in our community!

In addition to the 45th celebrations, there are lots of other events happening around the store in June. Please see the events listings for more details on the 45th and other events.

Later this month we will be saying a temporary goodbye to Health and Beauty Buyer, Kat Camfield as she embarks on a one-year journey to Victoria, BC. We will miss Kat’s unwavering positivity, compassion, and cheery self. Best of luck to you Kat! We hope the year ahead has many great things in store for you. We look forward to having you back!

Yours co-operatively,
Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op
manager@karmacoop.org

From the GM – May 2017

Dear Karma Members,

It has begun! The local spring produce is starting to roll in. Wild leeks have arrived and we are getting more phone calls from farmers with the first of the season’s harvest. A lot of fresh greens at this point, but we can expect more and more variety from here on out!

If you are a home canner, Karma will have lots of options for you this spring. We are happy to take pre-orders for any crop you want to preserve: asparagus, wild leeks, fiddleheads, or strawberries! It’s going to happen fast, so we want to make sure you can plan ahead for your canning needs and source your produce from Karma.

May is Fairtrade Month, and Karma will be showcasing Fairtrade certified items and offering great deals throughout the month. Fairtrade is more than fairly compensating producers for their goods. Fairtrade has strict standards for worker’s rights, gender equality, protection of the environment and prohibiting child labour. In addition to the usual Fairtrade items of chocolate, coffee, and tea, Karma also carries Fairtrade tamari, spices, soda, and tahini! If there’s a Fairtrade item you would like to see on our shelves, let us know! We’re always happy to expand our selection of Fairtrade items. To help support suppliers of Fairtrade certified items, Karma will be hosting a Fairtrade Market on Saturday, June 10. Here you will have the opportunity to talk to the suppliers of, and taste Fairtrade products carried at Karma.

Happy Birthday Karma! May 16 is Karma’s official 45th anniversary! We will be having a very special day to celebrate our achievement of 45 years as a non profit, member owned and operated food store! Please help us celebrate

Yours co-operatively,

Talia McGuire

General Manager

Karma Co-op

manager@karmacoop.org