Turtle Island will hold first ‘Tofurky Trot’

HOOD RIVER — Turtle Island Foods, home of the famous Tofurky, announced today that it would sponsor the first annual “Tofurky Trot” at Oaks Bottom Natural Area in Portland, Oregon, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable vegan food or donate $20 to an organization serving vegan food in New York City to those residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Runners will receive a free Tofurky Roast and Tofurky T-shirt at the completion of their 3.9 mile run/walk. President and founder Seth Tibbott plans to run the course wearing a large rendition of the iconic Tofurky Roast packaging.

“This is a great morning to get some exercise and support some great causes. Next year we hope to expand the Tofurky Trot to other US cities across the United States and Canada.”

The Tofurky Trot will start from the Refuge Parking lot just off the Milwaukie exit from SE Mclaughlin Avenue.

This year, the company sold the 3 millionth Tofurky Roast. And it’s not just vegetarians who are driving up Tofurky Roast sales so swiftly. According to the USDA, Americans will consume 12.5 percent less turkey meat than they did in 2008 and a 2011 Harris Poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group of Baltimore, MD., concluded that 17 percent of Americans now eat 50 percent of all their meals without meat.

Turtle Island also produces a variety of everyday Tofurky products including deli slices, gourmet sausages and a new line of vegan pizzas which can be found at over 12,000 natural food and grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

It is the largest producer of refrigerated deli slices and sausages in the world, according to industry sales reports. To keep up with this demand the company is nearing completion of a new LEED Certified, environmentally efficient Tofurky factory in Hood River which will come on line in the spring of 2013.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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