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APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER

From the Co-op Board:

 

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!


What an eventful April Fool’s Day.  The Fredericksburg Food Co-op officially opened its doors to the public at 1 PM on April 1st 2021.  And the weather cooperated in the most cooperative fashion.

Throughout the day, I saw both long-time and recent owners come to appreciate the result of five years and seven months of effort.  On the front of the building they saw our bright orange carrot proudly displayed on two levels in 3D.  And they saw our outdoor dining area, an awesome addition with its red brick pillars and black enamel fence.



Inside the front door, the names of 1800+ founding owners are proudly on display for all to see.  Once inside the store, the produce section beckons with fresh asparagus, Brussel sprouts, red leaf kale, baby spinach, blueberries, artichokes, collard greens, oranges, lemons, and even micro-greens from local producer Thompson’s Trading Post.


The bulk section has large bins filled with all kinds of granola, nuts, rice, and beans, including several varieties of lentils … one of my favorites.  There are also smaller bins containing all types of flours and grains such as couscous, barley and farro.

Right across from the bulk bins are machines to make your own fresh peanut butter and almond butter … and spice jars filled with spices from around the world.

I can hardly wait to get back to explore more of the healthy and unique offerings.  It will take many, many trips to comprehend all the fantastic products the store has to offer.  I was particularly pleased to find so many local items in the store, including offerings from local food purveyors Juan More Taco, Foode, and Alpine Chef; fresh roasted coffee beans from 25/30 Espresso; and personal care products from Walnut Hollow.  These are just a few of the full range of grocery, household, and personal care items available.

Everything about the store far exceeds my wildest expectations.  And the comments I have received from our owners, future owners, and shoppers have been overwhelmingly positive.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to shop at the store, you are warmly invited to come in as soon as you can.  You will not be disappointed.
 
Sincerely,
Gerald L. Anderson, Board Chair

FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP - COME & SHOP!


320 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY, FREDERICKSBURG VA 222401

(Lee Plaza, near the Falmouth Bridge)
 

HOURS DAILY 7 AM - 9 PM

SURGE BRINGS CO-OP TO OVER 2000 OWNERS!

March was an exceptional month!  We added 145 new owners – more than any previous month --  to end March with 1,915 owners. The anticipation leading up to our Co-op store opening fueled this massive surge in new owner growth.
 
On April 1, the Co-op opened and we experienced another even more powerful surge. By April 4 we were already over 2,000 owners!

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op, whether or not you are an owner. The Fredericksburg Food Co-op is OPEN FOR ALL

As a community-owned grocery store, Food Co-op owners get certain benefits, including a say in the governance of the Co-op by electing the board from among themselves.  Plus, when our Co-op store becomes profitable, those profits are allocated to owners based on their shopping.  Owners are also eligible for certain discounts when shopping. Let’s get to 3,000 owners!  Joining is easy!

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN AS EQUAL OWNERS 
 
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP

DONATE TO A GOOD CAUSE


Help Us Reduce Food Insecurity


Learn more about Food Insecurity In Fredericksburg online today at 6 pm
Click here to register.
 
All proceeds from our 2021 Co-op Food for All 5K will be used to REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY – by providing a discount on groceries purchased at the Co-op using SNAP/EBT.
Thanks to the many Individuals and Companies who have already become Sponsors or Donors, including our corporate sponsors:

Gold Carrot:  Spavia and Mason-Dixon Café

Silver Carrot:  Kristin Bishop Allstate Insurance, Heppe Chiropractic, Lewis InsuranceVirginia Community Food Connections

Bronze Carrots:  Topside Federal Credit Union, Rappahannock Electric Co-op, Magdalena’s Garden, The Doctor Yum Project, Organic Valley, Sophiola, Cary Street Partners
BECOME A 5K SPONSOR OR DONOR

FOOD FOR ALL CO-OP 5K WALK/RUN

This year the annual Co-op 5K includes virtual and in-person options!

 

IN-PERSON 5K WALK/RUN
SATURDAY, MAY 8, 8:00-11:00 AM

MEET AT THE STORE
320 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY, FREDERICKSBURG

Packet pickup starts at 8 am, race begins at 9 am

VIRTUAL 5K:   MAY 1 - 8
Do the 5K walk/run anywhere!
You can submit your time on the race website or just enjoy your walk or run!


The in-person 5K will start at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and follow the Rappahannock Heritage Trail and Canal Path. This is a great place for some May exercise!  All proceeds will go toward our Food for All program which provides an additional discount on purchases made with SNAP/EBT benefits. Hope to see you there at the 2021 Co-op 5K!
 
REGISTER FOR THE 5K

INTRODUCING CO-OP TEAM MEMBERS


CAMILLE CASSAL
Camille Cassal is our Front End Manager and Customer Service leader.

Camille says: Born and raised in New Jersey, with diversity of food at my fingertips, food was a part of my culture, my upbringing. I first moved to Fredericksburg in 2006. Fredericksburg gave me roots, a sense of community. My grown children consider Fredericksburg home. My life experiences and careers have finely honed my customer service and organizational skills. I’ve always chosen small, locally-owned businesses for employment because I believe in shopping local. Community is so very important to me which is why I am extremely excited to be a part of the Fredericksburg Food Cooperative Team!

LINDA VINNEDGE
Long-time volunteer Linda Vinnedge joins the Food Co-op staff as point-of-sale coordinator. For about 7 months now Linda has been leading book group discussions about food, the environment, and many other topics. We’re happy that Linda has decided to put her talents and dedication to work for our community owned grocery. Her calming presence is exactly what our hectic start up needs to stay focused and grounded.

Linda says: I’ve lived in Fredericksburg for 16 years, enjoy the outdoors, music, socializing and travel. I have thoroughly enjoyed the volunteer projects I have been involved in with the Food Co-op. These activities have made me realize just how special our owner/members are. So when you see me at the store be sure to say “Hi!”.

SUZIE GRUMKO
Suzie Grumko comes to the Food Co-op with many years of experience in wine buying. 

Suzie says:  I moved to Spotsylvania County in 1998. I was born and raised in England and got my start in the wine business over 30 years ago.  Wine became a passion. I studied hard and passed my WSET exams. I currently hold a WSET Level 3 Certification and am actively studying towards the Level 4 Diploma. I  am also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. I have taught wine classes ranging from Wine 101 to classes based on specific regions and styles. I’m excited to be bringing you many local wines, along with a great selection of organic, biodynamic, sustainable and vegan wines. We will also be featuring some fantastic local brews and ciders.  Cheers!

APRIL EVENTS

 
ALL ARE WELCOME!
 

Wednesday, April 7, FOOD INSECURITY IN FREDERICKSBURG, 6-7 pm ONLINE.  Learn what is being done to address food insecurity locally and how each of us can help. The discussion will be led by three local experts, Dan Maher of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Meghann Cotter of Micah, and Elizabeth Borst of Virginia Community Food Connections. Click here to register.
 
Thursday, April 8, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, 1 pm or 7 pm ONLINE.  The Food Co-op book group will discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Email Linda at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com to participate.
 
Monday, April 12,  CO-OP BOARD MEETING, 7-9 pm ONLINE.  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.
 
Friday, April 16, TAKE TWO: HEALTHY HOME COOKING, 6-7 pm ONLINE. Join Co-op owners Paul and Debbie Simpson as they share some of their favorite plant-based recipes. Click here to register.

Saturday, April 17 & 24, FREDERICKSBURG FARMERS MARKET, 7 am - 2 pm, Hurkamp Park, Prince Edward & George Streets.  Come by the Food Co-op booth at the market for good conversation, information, and the opportunity to become an owner of the Co-op!
 
Wednesday, April 21, THE STORY OF PLASTIC,  6-7 pm ONLINE.  The Story of Plastic is a new feature-length documentary from @storyofstuff about the real causes of the plastic pollution crisis and the actions we can take today to address this pressing environmental issue. All who register for this online discussion will be sent a link to view the movie. Click here to register.
 
Sunday, April 25, MOSS FREE CLINIC 5K WALK/RUN, In-Person, 1301 Sam Perry Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virtual 5K, April 24-May 1.  Join us in supporting the 11th annual Moss Free Clinic 5K Walk/Run for a Healthier Community, a family-friendly event for a great cause.  MossFreeClinic.org for information and registration.

Visit the Food Co-op YouTube channel to see videos of past events.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Dr. Christine Thompson of Whole Health Solutions gives an informative guided tour of Michael Pollan's pathbreaking Food Rules.
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Fredericksburg Food Co-op
320 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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