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DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

UPDATE FROM GM CHRIS ROLAND


Hello Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:

Things are picking up steam at the Co-op as we head into winter.  The housing for our walk-in coolers out back is completed.  Steel work is being finished and the new roof is on.  Our store front is awaiting new windows and doors.  Drywall is up and wiring for all our electric and technology needs is being installed.  New duct work and coolers are going in.  HVAC units will get installed next and lighting and flooring will follow.

As with any project there have been some hiccups and delays, but we’re handling them and keeping things moving.  

We’ve started interviewing for management positions and we will have an announcement of our first hire very shortly! We’re going to build a great team to take care of our great owners and customers.

A big chunk of my time will be spent signing up with the 100+ vendors and distributors along with picking out the thousands of products that we will open our doors with.  You’ll always have a say on what’s on the shelf at the Co-op, so don’t worry if your favorite isn’t available on day one.  

CHRIS MEETS HIS FIRST GIANT COLLARD-CABBAGE AT G. FLORES PRODUCE IN HAGUE, VA

We’re meeting with local farmers every week and connecting with the local producers in our area. 

To learn more, and see more fun pictures, register here for my December update ONLINE TONIGHT at 6 pm.  

It’s an honor to be doing this work for our Food Co-op and this community.  I look forward to sharing more with you throughout this build-out process and serving you for years after we get our doors open ... which will be right around the corner.

Cooperatively Yours,

Chris Roland
General Manager
Fredericksburg Food Co-op

WHAT'S YOUR REASON?


The Food Co-op has welcomed 345 new owners in 2020, bringing us to 1629 amazing owners as of November 30. 

Here are some of the reasons given by November new owners for joining the Food Co-op:

Jacy joined with her husband Jerry “to support the local community.”

Jarvis joined because “it’s the right thing to do” and because of his commitment to supporting healthy food access for all in our community.

Ann joined because she “wants to support local farmers.”


If you're already an owner, think about what the Co-op means to you and how you can share it with family and friends (ownerships make a perfect gift).  If you're ready to join, you'll be welcomed and will be a founding owner, with recognition on our Founding Owners Wall in the store!
 
BECOME A FOUNDING OWNER!

GIVE A GIFT OWNERSHIP!


Co-op ownership makes a planet-friendly gift that keeps your dollars local and will pay dividends for years.  It's easy to give your gift online or print out a gift ownership form and mail it with payment to Fredericksburg Food Co-op, PO Box 1398, Fredericksburg VA 22402.  We'll acknowledge your gift by email!

Thank you for supporting local this holiday season!
 
GIVE A GIFT OWNERSHIP!

Special Online Event!
 

FAMILY HEIRLOOM SEEDS

 
DECEMBER 15, 6:30-7:30 PM

ONLINE - REGISTER HERE



Ira Wallace from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will explore how tradition, taste, place, and storytelling work to preserve biodiversity, regional food traditions, and seed saving.
 
REGISTER FOR HEIRLOOM SEEDS

OYSTERS FOR CHRISTMAS!

 

ROGUE OYSTER POP-UP

 
DECEMBER 23, 3:00-4:30 PM

320 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY, FREDERICKSBURG

For your Christmas celebration, amazing local oysters from the Rappahannock River.  Pre-order your Rogue oysters to pick up at our store site.  Select "Fredericksburg Pick-Up" for your fulfillment option. 

PRE-ORDER ROGUE OYSTERS

DECEMBER EVENTS


ALL ARE WELCOME!
 

Friday, December 4, 6-7 pm, MOVING TOWARD OPENING DAY online eventJoin General Manager Chris Roland to find out the latest update on construction and more as our Food Co-op gets closer to Opening Day!  Click here to register.

Monday, December 7 & 21, 7:00 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOARD MEETING.  You are welcome to attend our board meetings to learn more about the Food Co-op.  Please email us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com if you plan to attend a meeting.

Wednesday, December 9, 6:00-7:00 pm, HEALTHY COMFORT FOODS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, online event.  Sharon Bivins, a plant-based chef and nutritional consultant, will demonstrate favorite seasonal recipes. Your holiday celebrations may look different this year, but those at your table will enjoy Sharon’s fresh take on familiar comfort foods.  Click here to register.

Thursday, December 10, 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, online event.  In December, the book group will read Food Rules by Michael Pollan.  Please email Linda at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com for information about participating.

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30-7:30 pm, FAMILY HEIRLOOM SEEDS - SAVING STORIES; PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY, online event Interest in growing organic and sustainable gardens has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Join Ira Wallace as she shares stories of seeds and the gardeners who save them for traditional heirloom varieties.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, December 16, 3:00-6:00 pm, WALKTHROUGH WEDNESDAY, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Food Co-op GM Chris Roland will lead three tours of the store, at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm.  For social distancing, the number of participants is limited.  Email fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com to reserve your time. 

Wednesday, December 23, 3:00-4:30 pm, ROGUE OYSTER POP-UP, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.   Pick up delicious local oysters for your holiday celebrations!  Click here to pre-order.

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

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Watch the video of RE-IMAGINING OUR GREEN HOLIDAYS 2020 from December 2.  Joni Wilson and Carmela Southers shared amazing ideas for re-imagining our green holidays with a focus on green gifts and celebrating together while apart.
MORE GIFTS!
Food Co-op swag makes a perfect holiday gift.  Get your Co-op hoodies, tee shirts, and caps at Creative Color!
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!
Our mailing address is:
Fredericksburg Food Co-op
PO Box 1398
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

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