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MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER


Hello Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:
 
Another month indoors, but work continues on Fredericksburg’s Community-Owned Grocery Store.  The team is hard at work finalizing store layout and equipment while our architect, John Burger, is working with his professionals getting our store drawings ready for permitting and general contractors.  We’ll be breaking ground very soon on our remodel and then the real excitement begins!  We’ll probably have our first store sign up on the Lee Plaza marquee before the next newsletter comes out!  It’s getting more and more real every day!

Some of the other work we’re doing is connecting with our local farmers and producers and seeing how they are doing during this unprecedented time.  We’ve interviewed Lawrence Latané from Blenheim Farm, Robert Greenlaw from Earth’s Echo Farm, and Emmett Snead from Snead’s Farm to see how they are managing.  With many farmer’s markets on hold and many restaurants closed or doing less volume, we were worried that our local farmer’s jobs, which were already some of the hardest on the planet, were getting even harder with less avenues to sell.

We are very happy to report the one consistent thing we’ve heard from them all is that demand is as high as folks can ever remember it!  How cool is that!?!   It seems that while grocery stores were struggling to keep shelves stocked, and both international and national supply chains showed weakness, consumers remembered that, when in doubt, GO LOCAL!  Our local farmers are being flooded with calls, direct orders, and CSA signups.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten more local asparagus this month than I ever have and it’s great!  Our local growers are growing tons (literally) of fresh, local produce for us to eat and we get to skip all the middle people ... even if we have to look a little harder for it. 
 
As an eternal optimist, I see this as one upside of this whole virus mess ... a return to eating locally.  It’s time local farmers came out on the winning end.  Let’s support our local growers, rather than foreign-owned supermarkets (Giant, Food Lion, Aldi, Lidl) and national produce suppliers.  This doesn’t mean eating asparagus for dinner every night in the spring, but it does mean checking in with what’s local and incorporating it into your week’s meals.  Sometimes it means trying something new.  With so much quarantine cooking and baking going on, let’s experiment!   I know I’m trying some sweet potato bread this week to finish off my local sweet potatoes. 
 
Check out the farmer videos on Facebook if you’d like to see those interviews and let us know if you have other folks you’d like us to talk with.  It’s been a lot of fun and we want to do a lot more.  We’ll also keep updating with local market info and ways to reach out to farmers directly.  Hope everyone is staying safe, happy, healthy, and full of local food. 

OWNER GROWTH IS STRONG IN APRIL

Your Food Co-op surpassed our April goal of 1400 owners, bringing our total to 1415 households or businesses who have invested in bringing a sustainable, community-owned grocery store to Fredericksburg.  Stay tuned for a special ownership incentive this month.  Our strong ownership base helps ensure that our store will be successful when it opens in 2020.  Now is the perfect time to join if you are able. 

BECOME A CO-OP OWNER TODAY!
2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

Three directors will be elected to the Board of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op this September, to serve three year terms from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2023.  All owners are eligible to serve on the Board.  Volunteer directors devote substantial time and effort to making the Food Co-op a reality.  Co-op owners who would like to learn more about the Board of Directors can contact us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:  LINDA VINNEDGE

How did you hear about the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and why did you become a Co-op owner?
A co-worker told me about the Co-op and I joined because of the strong connections it will have with our community.
What volunteer work do you do with the Co-op and what do you like most about volunteering?
The Co-op community has been growing for a number of years and to do my part I have become a volunteer. I make reusable grocery bags from t-shirts that are passed out at community events. Recently I have been involved with the 2020 Owner Loan Campaign. It will provide the money the Co-op needs to be fully capitalized when it opens this fall.
What are you most looking forward to about the Co-op?
I am looking forward to shopping at a store with local roots and products which are local and healthy.

Read more about Linda on our Blog!

MAY EVENTS


Let's all take the best care of ourselves and our community by observing the Governor's stay at home order and following the guidelines for our health and safety.

Please support the Farmers Markets listed below and look for others near you.

We'll be scheduling more virtual events this month -- watch your inbox for updates!


SATURDAY, MAY 9, 7 am-2 pm, Scheduled Opening Day. FREDERICKSBURG FARMERS MARKET, Hurkamp Park, 900 Prince Edward St, Fredericksburg VA. For information on how to contact your favorite vendor for possible pre-orders, please visit Shop: Our Vendors.

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 8 am-1 pm, SPOTSYLVANIA FARMERS MARKET, 12150 Gordon Rd, Fredericksburg VA (Commuter Lot at Route 3 & Gordon Rd).  With 50 vendors, Spotsylvania Farmers Market is proud to support the many farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers and specialty-food producers this region has to offer.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 & SUNDAY, MAY 24, 6-8 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOARD MEETINGS, VIA ZOOM. You are welcome to attend our board meetings to learn more about the Food Co-op.  Please email us if you would like to attend a board meeting.

SATURDAY, MAY 16, DOWNTOWN GREENS ONLINE FORK IT OVER CELEBRATION.  Join friends old and new, near and far for an online version of the beloved annual Fork It Over Festival.  Like always, there will be:  Music! Silent Auction! Plants for Sale! Friends! Fun!  This year's special online edition will also feature the unveiling of the new Youth Farm Program Garden.


The Food Co-op continues to build community and support our friends and neighbors.   Please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!
GM Chris Roland was delighted to deliver Earth's Echo Farm eggs and a yard sign to our new owner Patty (and her dog Cassidy)!  To request your own snazzy Fredericksburg Food Co-op yard sign, email Chris at gm@fxbgfood.coop.
Co-op owner Joni Wilson has delivered more than 100 cloth face masks made by Co-op volunteers. If you need a mask please email us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com.
Food Co-op apparel is perfect to coordinate with your face mask.  Click here to place your order.
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Fredericksburg, VA 22402

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