From the Outreach Coordinator: October 2017

The energy was palpable on Tuesday night as more than two dozen volunteers cheerfully set up for the 4th annual Fall Food Fest. Then local growers and producers began showing up with goodies to share. Doors opened, the music started, and people of all ages began streaming in. With local food samples from apples (Blueridge Orchard) and tomatoes (Kaiser Farms), to yogurt (Country View Dairy) and cheese (Hansen’s Dairy), to pork (Joia Food Farm) and Thai food (Chotto House/Ginger Thai), to pie (the Pie Lady) and spice demonstrations (Luann Alemao and Assoc./Frontier Co-op), to microgreens (CC Greens) and corn (Kerns Homegrown and Fitkin Popcorn), guests had plenty of opportunities to taste as well as talk to local producers and business people about their quality products. Good Neighbor and the UNI Local Foods Program also added to the education that evening. Children greeted (or sometimes hid from) Rooty the Co-op Carrot while waiting in line to have their faces painted (thanks, Hearst Center!). The musical duo, Fuzzy Logic, entertained the crowd. Lucky attendees walked away with fabulous door prizes including gift cards from many of the Co-op’s business partners plus knife sets from Rada Cutlery. Candidates in the upcoming Board elections mingled with guests, and people stopped by the membership table to pick up their Co-op bags, buy a T-shirt or sign up to become a member-owner. This year, two food trucks (La Calle and Kubo) added to the ambience by offering more delectable local treats outdoors. When the fun concluded, the volunteers who stayed after to clean up basked in the glow of what good community embodies.Continue reading


The Cedar Falls Food Co-op is combining the very popular monthly potluck with the annual owners meeting. It’s a great opportunity to meet other Co-op owners and find out more about plans for the Co-op:

Tuesday, October 24, 6-8pm

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October Co-op Connections – Mark Your Calendar

Are you a new member-owner or a member-owner who wants to connect with others? Then join us this month for one of our Co-op Connections. These informal gatherings take place at local business partners who offer discounts to card-carrying Co-op member-owners. These events are for members to meet one another, ask Co-op questions as well as get updates about the Co-op from where we’ve been to where we are headed. Stop in during one of times below, patronize a local business and join us for great conversation!
October Co-op Connections – Mark Your Calendar
Friday, October 13 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Cottonwood Canyon, Cedar Falls
Monday, October 16 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. – Second State Brewing, Cedar Falls

We Invite You…

As a teacher, fall always becomes a time of new beginnings: meeting new students, planning new courses, and a time to engage a little differently than I have before.


As co-chair of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op membership committee, our awesome summer of growth makes me think about how fall can be a time of new beginnings for new members and commitments to re-engage with our long-time members.


With that, we want to invite you to engage with your co-op in a new way this month:

  • We invite you to gather for community at our potluck on September 12th.
  • We invite you to celebrate local food at our Fall Food Fest on September 26th.
  • We invite you to invite a friend to either event!
  • We invite you to schedule a coffee date ( with our outreach coordinator to learn more about how you can help the co-op open our doors sooner!
  • We invite you to share our events and posts on social media.
  • We invite you to attend a committee meeting to see what we’re up to.
  • We invite you to join our volunteer mailing list.
  • We invite you to dance in the Rooty costume and have the time of your life.
  • We invite you to tell one friend about why you joined the co-op. Personal conversations matter.


I am so proud of the community we are building together. This fall, I invite you to take one action to re-engage and help our efforts reach even more people. Happy Fall!


In Cooperation,

Brenna Griffin

Day of Service Saturday, September 30, 2017 with Heartland Habitat for Humanity

Please join us at our first annual Day of Service event on Saturday, September 30, 2017! Here’s your opportunity to practice Co-op Principle 7: Concern for Community as we assist with a current building project of Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

We’ll fill two shifts at the build site – 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. Habitat will provide all the tools and materials necessary for the workday, but volunteers should wear work boots or tennis shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Can’t participate that day? Please consider helping us with lunch preparations! We’ll be providing a brown bag lunch for volunteers at the build site.

To sign up for a shift at the build, please click the link below (includes a volunteer waiver):



Thank you for helping your co-op live Principle 7: Concern for Community!


Save the Date: Annual Member-Owner Potluck and Meeting

Tuesday, October 24


Location: TBD


This year’s annual meeting of the Co-op ownership will start with a potluck. The monthly potlucks have been lots of fun, so for the month of October, we’ll combine the social gathering of Co-op owners with the annual “state of the Co-op” address.


Bring the whole family for the yummy food and even more nourishing company, and then stick around for the latest updates and reports from your Co-op board. It’s your chance to ask all the questions you have about your Co-op.


Stay tuned for more details.






Are You Board Material? Help Lead the Co-op During the Most Exciting Stage of Development

As the terms of the Board of Directors are staggered, this summer we will once again have an opportunity for Co-op members to run for election to the Board. Every year 3 seats are open, and each term is 3 years. Full details about how to become a candidate for the Board of Directors are on the Co-op’s website. The deadline to submit an application for candidacy is September 9.


I invite you to consider joining in this effort. It is demanding, but extremely rewarding work. As we get closer to opening our doors, you be part of the leadership that oversees the transition from our development stage to an actual, physical grocery store. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Join Us for the Fourth Annual Fall Food Fest

Tuesday, September 26


Cedar Falls Community Center


Door prizes, live music, and hands-on activities for kids. Plus tasty food. And new this year will be two food trucks. The Fall Food Fest keeps growing each you – you won’t want to miss it!


We’ll have food demonstrations, and free food samples from local growers, live music from Fuzzy Logic, and other goodies. Learn about the Co-op, purchase a T-shirt, and for all members, pick up your NEW founding member tote bag! See you at the Fest!

Board Happenings: August 2017

Take a minute to see what your Board has been up to lately!

– We now have over 650 member-owners! This has been an amazing summer, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our amazing volunteers.
– If you’re interested in serving on the Board, you still have time to turn in your application. Mailed packets need to be postmarked by September 7th, and those that are emailed need to arrive before midnight on September 9th.
– Be sure to join us for the Fall Food Fest on September 26th. This will be our fourth (!!) year hosting this event, and it’s a great chance to sample foods from vendors that we hope to have at the co-op. See you there!