New Member Incentive Program

How would you like to treat your friends (and yourself) with a coffee break, baked goods, or even an epic living room dance party? This November, your Cedar Falls Food Co-op Board members and committee members want to THANK YOU for supporting the Co-op by offering their time and talents. The offerings range from landscaping advice to knitting lessons to live dinner music, and many, many more! Your co-op board is a talented bunch, and you won’t want to miss out on seeing some of their passions as well as a chance to experience one firsthand. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so you see these special incentives as they are posted. 

Here’s how it works: a couple times per week, the Co-op will post a new incentive on social media. The first person to join online after the incentive is posted wins it. Of course, all members who join, whether they win a giveaway or not, will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of membership. If you aren’t a member, this is a great time to join. If you are already a member, please help us out by sharing these posts and tagging friends who might be interested. 

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Meet Amy Andrews

The Cedar Falls Food Co-op is pleased to announce its first hire: Amy Andrews. Amy is the new Outreach Coordinator and she’s already proven to be a great addition to the Co-op’s team. “I’m really excited to join the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in supplying a readily available source of fresh and local food to the Cedar Valley,” said Amy, a recent graduate of Central College with a degree in environmental science and communications. “As a farm kid my interest in local food goes way back, and I’m still living on the family farm raising laying hens and dairy goats.” If you didn’t get a chance to meet Amy at the Fall Food Fest, you’ll be able to meet her at other upcoming events, including the Annual Member Meeting on November 10. Be sure to ask Amy about her international experiences in Wales, Romania and in Central America.


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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