Membership Has Its Privileges

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Are you taking advantage of the savings that our local business partner program provides Cedar Falls Food Co-op Members?

If not, you should DEFINITELY check it out because you could EASILY earn back your investment into the co-op just by sharing your membership card with well over a dozen local businesses that have shared specials to all of our card-carrying members.

We are adding new businesses as often as we’re able to. And this month we’re excited to welcome Laughing Tree Café, Mulligan’s & Singlespeed Brewing Co. to our list of growing partners.

We are SO thankful for all the local business owners that believe in us, our business model & our mission enough to partner with us & pass along savings to our amazing family of owners!! Yes, that would be YOU! Not only do you get to own a grocery store with your friends, but you get to save money at many local area businesses that you’re most likely already shopping at…and if you’re not shopping there, please check out these places because these people believe in the culture & community of our wonderful town!

Click here to go to the entire listing of Business Partner Specials on our website.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Its time to start planning your Thanksgiving menu. If you are looking to try some new recipes to spice up your repertoire, we have tasty options featuring new flavors for you! Keep scrolling below to check out recipes for pumpkin cornbread and lentil stuffing. 

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A Co-op To Be Thankful For

Co-ops are valuable additions to the communities they belong to. Watch this quick video to learn what your Cedar Falls Food Co-op can bring to our town!

Win a Winter Getaway Package in October!

Winter Getaway Package:

If you are considering joining the Cedar Falls Food Co-op, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. October is National Co-op Month, so what better time to join? In preparation for the upcoming winter months, if you become a new member this month, either with full payment or by starting our monthly partial payment plan, we will enter you into a drawing for a Weekend Winter Getaway Package. You and up to five others can escape to the Big Woods Lake Cabin in Cedar Falls. This two-bedroom cabin comes with a kitchenette, living room, and bathroom with hot and cold running water. Head to the cabin on a snowy winter weekend and enjoy free ski and snowshoe rental for your whole crew. In addition, you will have a package of goodies to help keep your tummies warm and filled including hot chocolate, red wine, and some healthy snacks. Special thanks to Black Hawk County Parks, Europa Cycle & Ski, and the Runners Flat for their generous donations to make this package possible.



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From the Board President: What Does Cooperate Mean to You?

As I began writing my article for this month’s edition of The Garlic Press, I knew I wanted to talk about October being National Co-op Month. It’s a time to remind ourselves that co-ops enable people to work together to build businesses that are rooted in and accountable to their communities. And so I would, I had assumed, provide the litany of reasons why the Cedar Falls Food Co-op will be, once the doors are open, a great asset to the community.

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The Teal Pumpkin Project


If you’re excitement for fall and Halloween is dampened by concerns over the amount of processed candy handed out to kids, join in the Teal Pumpkin Project to help provide safe and healthy alternatives on Halloween night.

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Sweet Corn Meet Recipe Winners and Cooking with Herbs Recipe

Did you join us for the Sweet Corn Meet? Kara from Three Pines Farm featured a caramel corn ice cream with sweet corn brittle & it was to die for! 100% of the non-members in attendance joined at the event & we are excited to welcome them to our family!

Check out the winning recipes below, as well as the herb dip Luann Alemao made during her Cooking with Herbs class.

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From the Board President: What does P2 mean to you?

During the day, I have the privilege of working at a local nonprofit. I love what I do. Don’t get me started talking about it! But I also love volunteering as president of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op. As one of a growing legion of Founding Owners, I’m just one voice, so I rely on hearing from other member-owners for perspective. (Seriously, send me an email ( or give me a call (319-830-3742) whenever you have questions, ideas or suggestions.) Beyond hearing from other member-owners, I also rely heavily on my fellow Co-op Board members. They are an amazing group!

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