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OCTOBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

YOUR OPINION MATTERS!


We're conducting a shopper satisfaction survey and your input is very important.  At the end of the survey, you will receive a COUPON to use the next time you shop at the Fredericksubrg Food Co-op!

Thank you so much for your help in making the Food Co-op the best it can be. If you have already completed the survey, we are very appreciative!

Click the button below to start the survey.
 
BEGIN SURVEY

WHY I SHOP AT THE CO-OP


Anna Griffin appreciates the great produce and bulk bin selection at the Co-op and urges everyone to check it out.

Anna finds new products in the Deals flyer.   
Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I have been a resident of the City of Fredericksburg for over 25 years. Having lived in rural North Carolina as a child, I wanted my young children to have the experience of a family-oriented town, their own backyard to play in with plenty of trees and grass. Let’s not forget the bonus of a shorter commute to work at the Quantico Marine Base. Growing up in North Carolina with my grandmother, we always had a huge garden and many fruit trees. I retired after 31 years of service with the Federal Government. My husband Stephen and I are active members of Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) in Fredericksburg. We have been married over 14 years and have three adult children and 1 grandchild.

When did you first hear about the Co-op?

My husband and I became interested in learning more about the Co-op in late 2019. We got on the mailing list and had the pleasure on several occasions to speak with various Co-op members, especially at the Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market. In July 2020, we decided it was a wonderful opportunity to become Co-op owners.

What are your favorite products at the Co-op?
 
My two favorite areas at the store are the produce section and the bulk items in the bins. As soon as you walk in, the beautiful array of fresh fruit and vegetables catch your eye. We like being able to get just the amount of grains and nuts that we need from the bins. I also enjoy trying new products advertised in the Co+op Deals sales flyer. 

What do you love most about the Co-op?

We enjoy being a part of a community-owned grocery store that not only provides shoppers with healthy food choices from local growers, but also promotes continuous learning about ways to protect our environment. 

Have you ever made a suggestion to the Co-op and what was it?

I have not made a suggestion about a product, but I am a part of our recently formed Community Outreach Committee. We aim to ensure the entire community knows we are here, that everyone is welcome to shop here and how the Co-op is active in the community. During the summer we hosted a cooking demonstration at the Mayfield Community Center and the Co-op also set up a table at the Mayfield Juneteenth Celebration to share about the new grocery store and our new Snap Match program.

What advice would you have for someone thinking about checking out the Co-op?

For anyone who has not shopped in or even stopped by to take look inside the store, I highly recommend you come on in and check us out. The Fredericksburg Food Cooperative is open to all!
 

OCTOBER IS CO-OP MONTH!


Your Fredericksburg Food Co-op is joining over 65,000 cooperatives and credit unions across the United States in recognizing October as Co-op Month. This year we are celebrating with the theme BUILD BACK FOR IMPACT to highlight how co-ops and their owners are working together to build stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities during the pandemic.



Food co-ops are not alone in contributing to more inclusive and resilient local communities. From farmer co-ops to worker co-ops, credit unions to mutual insurance, and housing co-ops to energy co-ops, cooperative businesses thrive across the U.S. economy, where one in three people are co-op owners.

Around the world, around 1 billion people are members of about 3 million cooperatives and 10% of the world’s population are employed by co-ops. Cooperatives are rooted in their communities and governed by the people who use them to meet their needs.

Be sure to shop at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op during Co-op Month to learn more about what makes cooperatives different and to find many products on our shelves produced by other cooperatives, including spices and herbs from Frontier Co-op, dairy products from Cabot Creamery Co-op and Organic Valley, fairly traded coffee, tea, and chocolate from Equal Exchange, and many others.

This month is also a great time to become a Fredericksburg Food Co-op owner and begin enjoying all the benefits of ownership, including an extra 10% discount when you shop for Co+op Deals.
 
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!

 UPCOMING EVENTS

EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Saturdays, FREDERICKSBURG FARMERS MARKET, 8 am - 1 pm, Hurkamp Park, Prince Edward & George Streets.  Come by the Food Co-op table at the market to see how we're helping reduce plastic use with re-usable shopping bags.  Get a free re-usable t-shirt bag.  Bring your extra bags and used t-shirts to be turned into bags. You can also become an owner of the Co-op!

Thursday, October 14, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, 1 pm or 7 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need. Co-authors Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, Michael Hoffmann, and Danielle Eiseman explain the complex ties between your next meal and a warming planet. Email Linda to participate.

Sunday, October 17, COMPOSTING FOR NON-COMPOSTERS, 2-3 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Discover which food waste and other materials make excellent compost and how to effectively store those wastes for later composting. You’ll also learn about a convenient means for getting your waste to a composting facility.

Tuesday, October 19, AUTHOR TALK: OUR CHANGING MENU, 6-7 pm, ONLINE. Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, co-author of Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need, explores the complex ties between your next meal and a warming planet. Learn about climate change’s impact on the global food system, and what you can do to help.  Click here to register.

Tuesday, October 19, CO-OP BOARD MEETING, 7-9 pm.  All are welcome to attend our board meetings. These are a good opportunity for you to learn about our process and to have input. Please email us if you plan to attend an upcoming board meeting.

Thursday, October 21, LIVE MUSIC AT THE CO-OP, 5:30-7:30 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Join us as Steve Hickman and his brother Bruce entertain us with their vocals, marimbas, and “goofy, family-friendly fun.”

Thursday, October 28, DA KITCHEN IS MY LAB, 6-7 pm ONLINE.  Chef and culinary educator Lisa Harris will show you how to make your kitchen a lab for making delicious vegan meals you and your family will love! Click here to register.

Thursday, November 4, LIVE MUSIC AT THE CO-OP, 5:30-7:30 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg. Join us for an enjoyable evening with Steven Gellman, a quintessential folk singer-songwriter whose songs tell stories of everyday life wrapped in notes that will have you humming along. 

MORE IN-STORE EVENTS ARE FEATURED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Fredericksburg Food Co-op
320 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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