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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Summer Might Be Winding Down, But the Co-op is Just Getting Warmed Up

There are so many fun things going on with the co-op this month it’s cRaZy!! As I’m sure you read in our newsletter already, we are transforming our business partner of the month program into our business partner program to include the many businesses that have opted to partner with us for different lengths of time. As we round out 2015, we’ll still have a few monthly offerings.

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From the Board President

Back in April, I wrote that the Cedar Falls Food Co-op had begun making preparations to hire our first position. Well, our work is complete, and we are now accepting applications for the Outreach Coordinator. This is a part-time contracted position that will focus on membership recruitment for the Co-op. We are very excited!

As we near the 250-member mark, the Cedar Falls Food Co-op is now poised to begin our next phase of growth, a phase marked by key milestones. In addition to the first hire, we’ll be working with a consultant to help us complete our market and site analysis. Very exciting times indeed!

Please help us spread the word. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for the Co-op’s Outreach Coordinator position, please pass along the details!

In cooperation,

Tom Wickersham

Snacking On the Go

While packing your bags for an end of summer vacation, healthy eating may not be at the forefront of your mind. But long travels don’t mean that you have to give up smart snacking. With a little planning and a few tricks you can eat well all the way to your destination.

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