Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Say What?

Joseph Erhard-Hudson, Internet technology manager at the Moscow Food Co-op, said the store could have pretty bare shelves by Monday if the bad weather continues through the weekend.

The Co-op's biggest shipment arrives Saturday.

"Our main warehouse and main supplier is on the west side of (Washington)," Erhard-Hudson said. "One shipment from them was supposed to come (Wednesday) but didn't show up until (Thursday)."

The Saturday delivery could be delayed because of the closure of Snoqualmie Pass.

"(The truck) will probably reroute through Portland, which will add six hours to their travel time," Erhard-Hudson said. "I don't know what their ETA is."

He said the warehouse in Washington ships three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and provides the "lion's share" of the grocery items and about half of the store's wellness products.

A meat shipment from Portland to Spokane on Monday took 12-13 hours, and that was before the truck rolled into Moscow to drop a shipment off at the Co-op.
- "Businesses adjust to delivery delays caused by heavy snow," Moscow-Pullman Daily News, February 2, 2008
Our owners save money every time they shop and at the same time help build the local economy. Every dollar spent at the Co-op has roughly three times as much local economic impact as a dollar spent elsewhere...

The Co-op buys from local vendors whenever possible. In fact we buy from almost 100 different local growers and producers; including items like eggs, meat, salsa, chocolate, honey, lentils and produce.
- Moscow Food Co-Op Web Site



Michael said...

Good catch Tom! I believe that one of the best things about the internet is that it makes it so easy to find these sorts of contradictions and catch these sanctimonious plastic bananas in the act.

Mattwi said...

They get beef from Eaton Beef here in Colton, funny thing is... the roads out of here have been shut down for 4 days now.. no roads = no beef

Tom Forbes said...

According to a Moscow-Pullman Daily News story from April 14, 2007, Eaton Natural Beef harvests about two cows a month.

The beef the Co-Op gets from Eaton is not a substantial portion of their sales. As the article stated, most of the Co-Op's groceries come from the Seattle area.