Win a Kayak while helping us hit 1000 Member-Owners in June!

We are ready to hit quadruple digits in our member growth and thank all of you who are supporting your Cedar Falls Food Co-op. With almost 950 member-owners, we need just over 50 more to get to this goal. During the month of June, your Co-op is doing another fabulous membership giveaway: a current or new member could soon be paddling around in a new Heron 9XT kayak courtesy of the Co-op. New members who join the Co-op in June (and current members whose name is written on the membership form as the referrer) will be entered into the drawing at the month’s end. Special thanks to business partner, Crawdaddy Outdoors in Waverly for providing a great deal on this sweet ride. And if you want to see the kayak, you’ll find it hanging up in Second State Brewing – stop by, grab a brew (use your Co-op discount if you are a member-owner) and check out what you could win – help us float past 1000 member-owners soon!

Sturgis Falls Parade

Let’s pack the streets with Co-op peeps at this year’s Sturgis Falls Parade on Saturday morning, June 29.

Bring your energy and join your Co-op friends (including Rooty the Co-op Carrot) in the Cedar Falls Food Co-op Parade entry. We’ll gather at a to-be-specified location by 10 a.m. and start marching – we are typically done by noon. All are welcome – bring friends and family (and water!), wear your Co-op t-shirt, sunscreen and good walking shoes. We always have tons of fun! If you plan to join us, please let us know by emailing outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop so we have an accurate head count. Thank you for supporting your co-op in this important way!

Yard Sign Reminder

Have you seen them? Co-op yard signs are popping up all over!

Are you a proud owner of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op? Let your neighbors know by displaying a yard sign. Hurry, they are going fast – email outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop if you would like one placed in your yard this summer. Not yet a member-owner? Join today and let us know you want a sign. We’ll bring it to you along with your founding member tote bag and member-owner card for your business partner discounts! And don’t forget, if you join in June or as a member-owner encourage a new member (who list you as the referrer), you’ll be in the drawing for a new kayak!

From the Board President: What’s in a Name?

In late May, the board sent a letter to every member of the Co-op family that announced the Co-op is changing its name. If you haven’t seen that letter or read the Frequently Asked Questions about the name change, please be sure to take a look.

 

And if you have an idea for a new name, please submit it via our online survey. You can submit as many ideas as you like!

 

Before sharing with you some of the opinions from our members about the name change, I wanted to share with you one of my personal reflections on this.

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Potluck in the Park

Potluck in the Park is back! Join us in July.

Last summer, your co-op hosted a potluck at Washington Park in Cedar Falls. Many of you requested another outdoor potluck, so we are doing just that on Monday, July 8. Please join us from 5 – 8 p.m. again in Washington Park (at the east end of 9th Street). Bring a dish to share as well as your own picnic/table ware. If you want a blanket or chairs to sit on, please bring those as well. We’ll have water and lemonade available for you (please bring your own beverage container to help reduce landfill waste).

Everyone is welcome. There is a great playground and we hope to have kickball and other games available. If you are a member-owner or if you have questions about joining the Co-op, please come. Co-ops are all about community gathering – so help us make this another potluck to remember!

Where you There? The Co-op’s Second Annual Trivia Night

Trivia Night with the Cedar Falls Food Co-op is a yearly event many look forward to enjoying. On April 10, twenty people showed up to eat, drink, play, and support the Co-op at Lark Brewing. The participants split into four teams: 3 Peas in a Pod, Jacks, CF Golden Stars, and Strongest Avenger. Could you have answered the questions correctly if you were there?

Round one was about Iowa. “What is Iowa’s oldest city?” “What name is this famous Iowan best known as: Robert Morrison, born in Winterset?” “What is Iowa’s only island city?” Round two was about beer. “To whom did the Anheuser-Busch company send the first case of Budweiser beer produced after the repeal of prohibition in 1933?” “What ancient people are credited with having brewed the first beer?” “What are the four main ingredients in beer?”

Before heading into round three, a game of “Dead or Alive” was played, allowing everyone to join in whether they were a part of a team or not. The last round consisted of pictures of Rooty, the Co-op’s carrot mascot, visiting various local attractions, such as: Bike Tech, Oster Regent Theatre, the Ice House, Maid-Rite, the Imaginarium, and the Hearst Center for the Arts.

While the judges added up the various scores from each team, everyone was guessing which team would get to pose with the coveted golden carrot trophy. In fourth place was the Strongest Avenger, while third place belonged to 3 Peas in a Pod. Finishing in second place was Jacks. That left the CF Golden Stars with bragging rights for a year as the 2019 winners of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op Trivia Night!

We are grateful for the volunteers who created questions, took Rooty photos, and ran the event as well as Lark Brewing who hosted. Hope to see you all at next year’s event!

 

Let’s Revisit Co-op Plans through your FAQ’s!

We’ve had so many great questions about our Co-op, and in particular about the physical store. As we continue on this journey as a community, we are eager to provide as much behind-the-scenes details as we can with you. With this information, you can inform yourself and also answer any of these questions coming your way.

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Have you reserved your Proud Owner co-op yard sign for display in 2019?

Show your Co-op Pride! Member-owners have the opportunity to sport a Proud Owner yard sign starting late May through July. If you are a member-owner living in Cedar Falls or Waterloo, you may sign up for a Cedar Falls Food Co-op yard sign, so don’t delay! If you haven’t yet reserved yours, contact outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop. Please provide your current address, and we’ll be happy to have one of our volunteers* deliver and place the sign.

*Would you be interested in helping with sign delivery and placement or pick up later in the summer? Let our outreach coordinator know at the email above. We still have room for a few more volunteers. Thank you for your continued support of YOUR community-owned co-op!

Let’s Celebrate YOU this May!

Cedar Falls Food Co-op has so much to celebrate. We have reached 945 member-owners! We are actively looking for a suitable site for the future store. Most businesses starting up do not have to announce their behind-the-scenes work at every step of the way. However, because our co-op is equally owned by everyone, we share our process with the public from incorporation through opening AND we need people to invest as member-owners early on to support this process.

 

Those who have invested as member-owners since that year of incorporation have been following our ride, helping us with the work, and cheering us on every step of the way. We would not have gotten this far without every single Co-op member-owner and the community support at large!

 

To that end we are inviting you to share with us the things in your life that you find worth celebrating, big or small. Please email us or send us a message via social media with news of what you are celebrating this month. Share a photo to go with it too so we can post to our social media.

 

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the Co-op and all who support it!

945 and growing! Onward to 1000!

Wow! Your community co-op is almost 1000 member-owners strong and we want to thank all of you for what you continue to do to help us grow! From our incorporation in 2014, member-owners started investing with 42 individuals purchasing member shares that first month (October). The following October (2015), we had a total of 252 member-owners, and this amazing growth has continued. Last April, we hit 760 member-owners and grew almost 200 more this past year! Whether you invested in October of 2014 or just last week, we welcome and honor all 945 of you. We also encourage you to continue to spread the word as the more who invest, the sooner we can get our storefront.

 

If you have not yet invested, please consider doing so. For a $200 investment, you have an equal voice and a say in how our co-op is run through electing our board. The cooperative is a democratically-run business meaning that no one member-owner has more of a say than any other. Ahead of our doors opening, each member-owner receives discounts and deals when they show their member card at one of these 75+ local businesses. This is truly an investment in your community. Help us get to 1000 member-owners soon! http://cedarfallsfood.coop/join-today/