Food Co-op Election Results

On September 11, Food Co-op owners elected three outstanding candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to our Co-op and their willingness to serve.

Your three newly elected board directors are:  Caroline Gayler, Rich Larochelle, and Toni Lipe. They will represent Co-op owners on the Board of Directors for the next three years, October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.
Caroline Gayler
Rich Larochelle
Toni Lipe
Congratulations to Caroline, Rich, and Toni!

Learn more about Caroline, Rich, and Toni.  Read their candidate biographies here.

One of the benefits of being a Co-op owner is having a voice in the Co-op.  Owners are represented by the Co-op board.  To let the board know your thoughts about your Co-op, email them at

Thank you to all Co-op owners who voted in this important election!


The Poseys are dedicated to eating plant-based and appreciate all the choices they have found at the Co-op.

Bobby & Barbara love the fresh produce!
Please tell us a bit about yourself.

We are a retired couple in our 70s who eat plant-based whole foods as recommended by Drs. Esselstyn, Campbell, Greger, and others, after experiencing the film Forks over Knives and subsequently completing an online nutrition course from Cornell University. We have meditated twice a day using the Transcendental Meditation technique for over fifty years.  We met in high school and married just after college. Bobby retired from a career in software engineering; his last position was at a digital forensics lab. He is a long-time musician as well, having played electric bass in many bands throughout our years together and even before. He keeps and plays several guitars and basses at home and also enjoys piano. Barbara had a checkered career in graphic design, morphing to webpage creation, but since 2011 has been a full-time artist and a member of Artful Dimensions Gallery on Caroline Street.  She also appreciates music and has a small skill with the violin, though a much-neglected one. 

When did you first hear about the Co-op?

Soon after our first viewing of Forks over Knives in 2011, we stumbled onto the Fredericksburg Vegetarian Group, which at the time met monthly for a potluck lunch — the best lunch in town, we were told, and oh yes, it was! Through that group we met Rich Larochelle, and later his wife Linda, a fellow artist, and gradually became involved in a small way in the growth and creation of the Co-op. 

What are your favorite products at the Co-op?

We have been delighted to see the lush organic and local produce; Barbara is especially fond of the cocktail tomatoes on a cardboard tray. For years, we have bought Wegman’s Campari tomatoes, which come in a plastic clamshell box; the Co-op’s version is at least as delicious and produces much less waste. Bobby is particularly fond of the baby kale. Treeline vegan cheese — it’s oil free, a Boursin-type spreadable cheese, and utterly delicious. Also the English smokehouse style vegan cheese. Fermented seaweed salads — we’ve bought the unfermented version, too, but the Co-op is the only place we’ve ever seen the fermented kind. Bobby appreciates the great selection of craft beers and the Co-op’s beer and wine curator has a keen understanding with excellent experience. She offers great advice on choosing beers for specific tastes as well as providing such a well-chosen selection. 

What do you love most about the Co-op?

I don’t think we can reduce what we love to one thing. We love the location, which is a big improvement for us on previous stores. We love that it’s compact, but it has almost everything we need or want, and it’s not stuffed with products we consider non-foods, so that we’d be forced to wander aisles and think, who eats this stuff? We love that the staff is friendly and cheerful, that we meet friends (hi, Rich!) almost every time we shop. We enjoy eating and shopping (a favorite to order is the Rio Grande bowl). 

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

Barbara has made several suggestions and each one was met with a prompt response. I asked for Amy’s Rice Mac and (vegan) Cheeze, and wow, the next time we arrived, there it was in the freezer! I asked about the So Delicious almond ice cream sandwiches; sadly, they are not currently available, but the next time we shopped, Chris had found a substitute. I have mentioned that more vegan and oil-free options would be lovely and I see more appearing on the shelves. 

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

Do it! Join! Invest! Come shop — you don’t have to join for that! — check out the website, talk to anyone you know who shops here and/or is an owner. This Co-op is a community resource; anyone can choose to become an owner by joining. That means the company is responsible to us, the community, instead of some corporate office off in Somewhere Land. Providing jobs here, buying from local farmers, producing dividends for us, setting prices, pay scales, and employee benefits that do not have to allow for a $4 million dollar Ferrari and multiple palatial homes for some CEO — all those benefits come from our Co-op. Which is your Co-op as well if you choose. 


All are Warmly Welcome




Every Saturday, 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, September 16, LIVE MUSIC AT THE CO-OP WITH BECKY Y SLAM, 5:30-7:30 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg. Come enjoy popular husband and wife duo Becky and Slam Stewart playing Latin jazz, R&B, and originals. Their focus is on sharing their musical gifts to bring happiness and healing, and to bring people together!

Monday, September 20, 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.

Wednesday, September 22, ZERO WASTE - ZERO HOUR!, 6-7 pm, Food Co-op, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Co-op owner and volunteer Selma Kossol will share her secrets for zero waste shopping at the Co-op. Learn about all the programs the Co-op offers to make it fun and easy to be better stewards of our earth.

Tuesday, September 28, CHANGING HABITS, 6-7 pm, Food Co-op, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Piper Foresman, Nurse Practitioner and Health Coach, will lead a discussion of simple techniques to adopt new habits. Changing habits is hard, but being stuck is harder. Whatever your goal, these strategies will help set you on the right course to positive change. 

Thursday, September 30, LIVE MUSIC AT THE CO-OP WITH LAURIE ROSE GRIFFITH AND PETE MEALY, 5:30-7:30 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg. We'll have an enjoyable evening with singer/songwriters Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy as they entertain us with folk, Celtic, rock, jazz, Americana and original musical selections.


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

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