Food co-op offers local goods service

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A new service at Walla Walla's food cooperative brings an array of local goods to consumers in one box.

The Daily Market Cooperative is accepting signups for its "Made in Walla Walla Box," a selection of grocery staples that are all grown, raised or made locally.

Customers can "subscribe" for the fall season, which runs 12 weeks beginning Sept. 28, according to an announcement.

Subscribers can select their offerings from a menu of items that includes local eggs, salad greens, seasonal vegetables from Westend Farm and Welcome Table Farm, milk from Pure Eire Dairy, bread from Walla Walla Bread Company, grains, tree fruit from Edwards Family Farm and meat from Thundering Hooves.

The cost of a standard share is $360, which breaks down to $30 a week. The "meat addition" includes another $140, or $11.67 per week. The contents are flexible to meet consumers' needs. Weekly e-mail newsletters are sent with box contents and cooking suggestions.

Boxes are available for pickup every Tuesday after 4 p.m. at the co-op, 508 E. Main St. The sign-up deadline is Sept. 14. For more information call 529-7348, or visit www.dailymarket.coop/box.html.

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A new agricultural lender has joined the team at Banner Bank.

Jeremy Wiersma has been hired in the Commercial Banking Center at the Walla Walla bank's main branch downtown.

In his new role as vice president, relationship manager, he will manage commercial loans with an emphasis on agricultural lending for the Southeastern and Central Washington areas.

In an announcement on the hire, Matt Tucker, Banner's senior vice president/Walla Walla Division manager, said Wiersma's more than five years of commercial and ag lending experience in the Columbia Basin region will benefit Banner and its area customers.

Before joining Banner, he was vice president, commercial loan officer for Columbia River Bank; assistant vice president, commercial loan officer for AmericanWest Bank; and a commercial loan officer with Wheatland Bank.

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Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is suping up its senior discount in September.

The Southgate grocery store will increase its regular Tuesday discounts for seniors from 5 to 10 percent, said store owners Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood.

The bigger discount -- billed as "September Savings for Seniors" -- is god for all purchases except featured ad items and tobacco products.

To claim the discount, customers at least 60 years old must notify a cashier that they qualify for the 10 percent reward on Tuesdays.

The bump in savings is a gesture of thanks to the store's long-standing customers and an enticement for those who haven't made the business at 905 S. Second Ave. a regular stop. For more information, call 525-7900.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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