From the Board President: Finding a Home for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you need a team.” – John Wooden

 

Last month, at an event I attended for my nonprofit day job, I was approached by someone who told me that he heard where the Cedar Falls Food Co-op will be located. “That’s news to me!” I exclaimed. Perhaps you’ve heard a rumor (or two?) as well.

 

Over the years, the Cedar Falls Food Co-op’s board has worked diligently, guiding our development towards the opening of a store much like this one. At each step in the Co-op’s growth, we’ve wrestled with countless issues and have made significant decisions including the name of the Co-op, the amount of a membership, and the qualifications we’ll require from potential general managers.

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July 2018 Co-op Events

Co-op Connections and Kayak Drawing

Thursday, July 12; 5 – 6:45 p.m. at Second State Brewing Co. (Cedar Falls)

Which member-owner will win the kayak from our June campaign? Find out by joining us at this casual event where the drawing will take place. Join the Co-op outreach coordinator and others to hear about Co-op updates, get your questions answered, and just enjoy the community vibe. Second State Brewing offers a discount to co-op member-owners, so bring your card. Not yet a member-owner? Join there. Questions? Contact outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop.

 

Co-op Book Club

Monday, July 23; 4:45 p.m. at Overman Park 

Our popular book club continues. This month, the book is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Check it out and come join the lively discussion! Questions? Contact info@cedarfallsfood.coop.

Co-op Potluck and Kickball

Tuesday, July 31; 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Washington Park

We’re combining our potluck with some kickball fun. Co-op members, bring a friend who would enjoy learning more about our efforts to bring a full-service grocery to Cedar Falls. This event is family-friendly and all are welcome. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware if possible so we can reduce landfill waste. We’ll have water and iced tea for everyone, but feel free to bring your own beverage if you prefer. Let’s finish the month together with some friendly competition and delicious food!

 

 

 

From the Coordinator: July 2018

Wow! This community really wants a food co-op. Here are just some of the ways we worked together for another record-breaking June, getting us closer to opening the doors…

 

 

There was a virtual revolving door at 250 State Street at a co-op party hosted by member-owners Jim and LeAnne Sprau. The buzz over the future food co-op around downtown Cedar Falls was electric. “Sign me up!” became the mantra that evening, which ended with 9 new member-owners! Huge thanks to Jim and LeAnne as well as other house-party hosts in June: Dianna LaPole Geiger, Glenn Keith and Michelle Jungers, and Ethan Wiechmann. More member-hosted gatherings, which are a great way to introduce new people to the Co-op, are in the works – let me know if you have an event planned or want help planning one.

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Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Nothing says summer like a fresh cut watermelon. It’s fun to try new recipes and perfect when you find one and have all the ingredients on hand. So, the new tasty side dish was a yummy mixture of flavors and textures– sweet watermelon, juicy cucumbers, crisp red onions, salty feta cheese, raw honey, and tart lime juice. The blend of characters danced on the tongue after each bite of the sweet-savory salad. This dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Find the recipe at https://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/watermelon-cucumber-feta-salad/. The photo is of the actual dish made using this recipe. It was delicious! Continue reading

Events – June 2018

Upcoming Events

 

Coffee, The Co-op, and Cottonwood Canyon
Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Canyon “The House” (Cedar Falls)

All are welcome at this casual event. This is a Plus-one mixer, so we encourage member-owners to bring a friend who would benefit from discovering more about the Co-op. While you’re there, enjoy a beverage and one of the many delicious meal selections off of the Cottonwood Canyon menu. Don’t forget your membership card, as this business gives 10% off of your order if you are a member-owner. If you join that night, we’ll sweeten the deal for you with a complimentary gift. We hope to see you there!

Contact outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop.

 

Co-op Field Trip to Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah Iowa

Tuesday, June 12, departure time: 8:30 a.m. – Estimated return time: 2:00 p.m.

Do you want to see a cooperative grocery store in action? Join us on this trip to visit a store that is around the size and scope that we are looking for in our own co-op. We’ll get a tour of the store, have a chance to shop there and grab lunch there or elsewhere downtown Decorah, Iowa. If you are interested in attending, we’ll need a headcount to determine the number of cars for our carpool. Please RSVP by June 10 to outreach@cedarfallsfood.coop.

 

Sturgis Falls Parade

Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to noonish

Bring your energy and join your Co-op friends (including Rooty the Co-op Carrot) to march in the Cedar Falls Food Co-op Parade entry. We’ll gather at a to-be-specified location around 9:30 a.m. for the parade start at 10 a.m. Bring the family, and wear your Co-op t-shirt 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.

 

Co-op Book Club

Monday June 25, 4:45 p.m. Location TBA. Join the Facebook Group for details.

We are excited to continue our book club this month with How not to Die by Michael Greger, MD. Check it out and come join our lively discussion! Questions? Contact info@cedarfallsfood.coop.

 

Co-op Potluck

Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 8 p.m. at Second State Brewing (Cedar Falls)

Want to sample a variety of dishes while engaging in good conversation? All are welcome! Bring a dish to share and if possible, your own table ware. Our potlucks are family-friendly, and we encourage you to bring guests as well. Second State is a business partner, so don’t forget your card if you are a member-owner to get a discount on beer draws. Questions? Contact info@cedarfallsfood.coop.

 

 

From the Board President: What Does Maddie Poppe Have to do with the Cedar Falls Food Co-op?

Even someone like me who doesn’t watch a lot of TV couldn’t escape the Maddie Poppe news – Clarksville’s own won this year’s American Idol competition. There were celebrations everywhere. Tons of coverage in the papers and local news stations. “Maddie Poppe Fever” was a thing. And signs everywhere. Clarksville hosted a parade and declared May 15 as Maddie Poppe Day. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds attended Maddie’s concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds.

So, what’s the big deal? Why all the attention? The answer is simple: local pride. As one concert-goer noted, “We may not have any stoplights in Butler Co., but we do have a shining star.” Note the possessive quality of this statement. People in northeast Iowa, and across the state, are taking pride in “one of our own” winning a national contest.

What are YOU proud of about the place you live? Folks in Dyserville are proud of their Field of Dreams. Waterloo is proud of Dan Gable and the Sullivan Brothers. Iowans are proud of the Bridges of Madison County and RAGBRAI. If you’re from Decorah, you’re proud of one of the best breweries in the world.Continue reading

From the Coordinator – June 2018

Save money today through store and other business discounts: Your $200 member-owner investment comes back to you and then some when you take advantage of our Business Partner Specials.

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This is the number of area businesses offering deals and discounts to Co-op member-owners, so don’t forget to carry your member-owner card. From New Dawn Yoga in Cedar Falls to the Shinehouse in Evansdale to Wild Carrot in Waverly to Jameson’s in Waterloo, businesses throughout the Cedar Valley partner with the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in this important way.

 

Member-owners who are already taking advantage of these business partner deals often marvel that they have gained back most of their member share cost with the money they’ve saved at these establishments. I’ve certainly done so via classes at Three Pines Farm, my free sheet set from Fosters Mattress, many trips to Cottonwood Canyon, Cup of Joe, and Sidecar for my coffee fix, dining out at various business partners including Ginger Thai and SingleSpeed, grabbing a brew with friends at Lark or Second State, getting running shoes at the Runner’s Flat, and purchasing gifts at Miss Wonderful, Mohair Pear and Purse-N-ality. My list of savings goes on, but you get the point.

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Member Spotlight: Andrew Stephenson

Andrew and Molly Stephenson met while in the same graduate program at Iowa State University. Andrew hails from Madison, while Molly grew up in Edina. Both completed their undergraduate degrees, and have also successfully completed a master degree program in Wildlife Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture. Andrew had previously completed his undergraduate degrees in French and Anthropology at Grinnell College, while Molly studied Animal Science at the University of Minnesota.Continue reading

Broccoli Slaw and Top Sirloin Marinade Recipes

Easy, yummy side dish with a kick and an aromatic marinade…
It’s always nice to find new ways to incorporate more vegetables and fresh organic ingredients. It’s a bonus when people love new attempts. The new endeavor was a fresh broccoli slaw mix with a kick paired with an aromatic marinade for some top sirloin. Use the basic recipe on the back of the broccoli slaw mix package to start and then add a honey chipotle dressing for the added kick, and use two apples instead of one. This recipe went well with sloppy joes one night and some marinated thin top sirloins another night. The marinade had such a wonderful aroma so, give it a try. There is nothing like the smell and taste of fresh organic garlic! Is there? The ingredients blended so well together while the flavors danced on the tongue. A fabulous mingling of tasty goodness. Enjoy!

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Board Happenings: May 2018

Take a minute to see what your Board has been up to!
So far this year, our volunteer have contributed more than 1,200 to helping build our store! This amounts to over $30,500 is wages! This shows how our co-op is truly a community effort! Thanks for all your hard work, and we couldn’t be prouder to share this effort with our amazing community!
– Budgets and legal and consultants, oh my! With the end of the fiscal year upon us, and getting closer to launching our capital campaign, our meetings have been dominated by the development of next years budget. We’ve also been working on hiring legal, site selection, and design consultants to make sure that we’re making the absolute best decisions when creating your store!
– It’s almost time for Board elections! We’ll start accepting applications in July, so if you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board keep an eye out for updates.