Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Betty Jo Bouvier & the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mount Vernon Washington
A few weeks ago I verbalized the sad lament that in my current location in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, with around 6 million people, there is nothing quite like the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is located in Mount Vernon, in the Skagit Valley of Washington.
There are Whole Foods Markets here in the D/FW zone. And Central Markets. And a lame "health food" store or two.
But nothing like the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
I don't remember, exactly, when the Skagit Valley Food Co-op first opened. I know it was in the early 1970s. I do remember the location, near the County Courthouse. At that point in time the Co-op was a totally hippie affected, counter culture, very granola, Mother Jones, Mother Earth type of place.
The original Skagit Valley Food Co-op was the first place I ever saw a baby being breast fed.
Over the years the Co-op became more and more mainstream. At some point in time the Co-op moved to a new, big location in the old J.C. Penney's building. Modern cash registers showed up. You could use your debit card.
In the new location a restaurant was added to the Co-op. I remember Friday's Spaghetti Night as a real good thing. I wonder if they still have Spaghetti Night.
It is at least 11 years since I set foot in the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
After I lamented the lack of such a store here in my zone of Texas, Betty Jo Bouvier, she being one of the Wild Women of Woolley (that's Sedro Woolley to you unfamiliar with the Skagit Valley), mailed me the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's November advertisement.
So, the Skagit Valley Food Co-op has gone even more mainstream since I moved. I don't recollect seeing Co-op ads when I lived in the Valley.
The Skagit Valley Food Co-op also now has a very well-done website. That also did not exist when I lived in the Valley.
The Co-op also has a blog. Blogs had not yet been invented when I still lived in Washington.