Six representatives from the Cedar Falls Food Co-op began March with an exciting start by attending the Up & Coming Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And just like the burst of spring we are experiencing in the Cedar Valley, the conference left us feeling energized and excited for the future!Continue reading→
I’ve written numerous times before about the stages of development for start-up co-ops like ours. I’ve pointed out that we’re on the cusp of Stage 3—the final exciting stage where we begin working on the physical store itself. Of course we can’t begin Stage 3 until we have a site secured (more on that later), but that doesn’t mean we’re not busy. Here are some quick updates on what’s happening with the board:
April 22 is Earth Day and your Co-op is honoring the earth all month long! Become a new co-op member in April and chances are you’ll end up with one of these fabulous environmentally-sustainable gifts.
Starting April 1, we’ll offer an earth-friendly gift to the first member-owner who joins that week. We’ll continue these offers through the month until we give them all away. So, what are you waiting for?! Support sustainability by supporting the Co-op. If you are already a member-owner, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. We’re closing in on 1000 member-owners, so help us get there soon!
With 940 member-owners already supporting the Co-op, quadruple membership digits are in sight! And here’s what 1000 (and beyond) member-owners means for our timeline and the opening of your locally-sourced, community-owned grocery store.
Member-owners, Kris Klinehart and LeAnn Sprau toast to the Co-op!
Where were you the afternoon of January 27? If you were a part of the more than 70 people who came to The Brass Tap in Cedar Falls, you experienced the amazing community spirit that permeated the room! Member-owners invited friends, family and neighbors to join them at our fifth annual Plus One Member Mixer, creating a lively crowd.
Co-op volunteer, Melanie Wirtz assists a new member
February 6 is fast approaching – grab some friends, and come
celebrate local producers while enjoying a delicious meal made from local
ingredients. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited, so purchase your
tickets soon! We’d love to see many of our co-op friends there.
It’s hard to escape all the pundits and opinion writers putting
together their predictions for 2019. Cars, politics, science, tech – all fair
game for prognosticating. (Here is an assortment of food
predictions, in case you’re interested.) So, despite repeated reminders
that predictions are mostly exercises
in futility, I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen with your Cedar
Falls Food Co-op in 2019.
Thanks to many generous local businesses, your Co-op ended
2018 with a fabulous group of new member-owners! Our 12 Days of Co-op Ownership occurred throughout December with a
different business each day offering a gift valued around $50 to the first new
co-op member-owner or person giving the gift of a membership that day.
Gift offers included $50
gift cards, a Chiroflow pillow, coffee, a travel mug, acupuncture, a gift
basket of Rifle Paper products, a one-hour massage, a local farm basket of
goodies, and a yoga class pass. New member-owners joined or had gift
memberships purchased for them almost every day of the 12 Days campaign,
receiving many of these items. We are
now 926 member-owners strong!
Food co-ops are local businesses that keep money in the
local economy. As we focus on opening our store doors, we are grateful to the
numerous local businesses already supporting our efforts. Special thanks and a
shout-out to the following for supporting this latest member-raising effort
through the 12 Days of Co-op Campaign:
Freezer Meal Club or Freezer Club is a small group of friends (anywhere from 2-8 people) who commit to cooking freezer-friendly meals (Casseroles, certain soups, marinated meat, etc.) for one another each month. Three of my friends and I formed a Freezer Meal Club in August this year and let me tell you: We are LOVING it! I should point out that two of the friends had been in different Freezer Meal Clubs for years before they moved to CF a few years ago.Continue reading→
A recent encounter I had with a community member about the Cedar Falls Food Co-op reminded me that no matter how many conversations you have, how many social media posts are created, and how many presentations are made in front of civic groups, the idea of what the Co-op will be is still not clearly understood by many. So even though “Joe” knew about the Co-op, including what the cost of a membership is and that we were searching for a location, I could tell he was still uncertain about many of the details. When you get to the core of his questioning, it was basically this: How is the Co-op different than any other business that might operate in Cedar Falls? Continue reading→