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DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

COMMUNITY PARTNERS PROGRAM


We are very excited to launch our Community Partners program at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op ahead of the holidays! We believe in community and are happy to help ensure our downtown + local businesses keep thriving! We have some incredible businesses lined up for our owners to enjoy some partner perks!  Show your Food Co-op owner fob to receive your perk when you shop at our partners. No fob yet, ask for one when you check out at the Co-op. JOIN THE CO-OP TODAY to take advantage of all the amazing savings!
 
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!

GIVE THE GIFT OF SHOPPING AT THE CO-OP!

 
FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP
320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg
OPEN DAILY 7 AM - 9 PM


Buy $50 in gift cards, get an additional $10 free. Use for an extra gift or keep it for yourself!  Gift cards are available at checkout in the store. What a perfect present for a relative, friend, or neighbor who hasn't discovered the Co-op yet, or for one who shops every week!

WHY I SHOP AT THE CO-OP

 
Sarah Perry treasures the community focus of the Food Co-op.

Sarah finds products she loves at the Co-op. 
Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born and raised on farmland near Tappahannock, Virginia. We always had a garden when I was growing up, so I had the opportunity to eat food straight from the ground. That was a very meaningful part of my upbringing. During my first year at Mary Washington College, I began volunteering at Downtown Greens. While in college, I spent a summer at an organic farm in France, where I first learned about permaculture, biodynamic farming and natural water filtration systems. After graduating with a studio art degree, I returned to France and worked as an artist and clown in a circus troupe in the Toulouse and Bordeaux areas for six years. Shortly after I returned home in 2013, I was lucky enough to be selected as Downtown Greens' Executive Director and I have been there ever since. I have two beautiful children – a 3-year old and a 6-year old. My partner Troy and I love to shop at the Food Co-op and feed healthy foods to our children. We eat primarily organic food which is really important not just for my family’s health, but also for the health of farmers and neighbors of farmers. 

When did you first hear about the Co-op?

I heard about the Co-op when it was first getting started. I joined in July 2016 – less than a year after the Co-op was incorporated when there were only about 200 owners. During the pre-opening days, I loved telling everyone about the Co-op and encouraging them to join. I really loved it when the Co-op had a special contest, as when all new owners who joined that month and those who encouraged them to join had their names placed in a hat and one lucky person would win $200 – the cost of an ownership investment!  I really worked on signing up new owners and every time there was a contest, I brought in new owners. It was lots of fun and it was for a great cause.

What are your favorite products at the Co-op?

I love the Palermo Eggplant sandwich from the kitchen. It’s so good. I always get a slice of cheese on it. If you haven’t had it, you have to try it.  Another product I really like is the Rebbl Chocolate Reishi drink -- it gives me an extra kick when I need it. Right now, the product that our children enjoy the most is Soynog. Since my family is mostly vegan, I just love the variety of plant-based protein that the Co-op carries. I like trying new types. I’m pretty frugal and love the sales. I appreciate that as a Co-op owner I get an additional 10% off on Co+op Deals

What do you love most about the Co-op?

I love how easy it is to get in and out. We do almost all of our grocery shopping at the Co-op. Another thing I love is that when I shop at the Co-op, I’m supporting a community-owned business as compared to supporting a millionaire-run business. And I appreciate that from the very beginning the Co-op has been very supportive of Downtown Greens. For two months the Co-op has run a roundup program to help us raise funds to purchase 56 acres of greenspace here in Fredericksburg.
  
Have you ever made a suggestion to the Co-op and what was it?

I’ve asked the Co-op to carry Westsoy soy milk in the larger 64-ounce size. Our kids love it. It's a really good source of protein and it's organic. I also asked the Co-op to carry a certain kind of chocolate chips and a certain ice cream cone. I’ve requested maybe 10 different items and never gotten a "no." It’s great to be able to suggest anything and it always shows up. That’s a unique benefit of our community-owned grocery store.  

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

My advice is to leave your assumptions at the door. People assume that the Co-op’s products are more expensive because it’s a smaller grocery store, but that’s not always the case – especially when you look around for deals like I do. Also, EVERYONE should know that you don’t need to be an owner to shop at the Co-op. Take the plunge. Give the Co-op a try. The friendly Co-op staff and ambiance make everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. 

CO-OP WELLNESS CORNER


 
December is a month of celebration and often a month of excess and overloaded schedules. Taking supplements to support us over the holiday season is a holistic approach to staying healthy both physically and mentally.
  • Too many cocktails & cookies at all those parties?
  • Too many helpings of mashed potatoes & gravy?
  • Too many family obligations?
We have a few suggestions for your holiday survival kit:
  • Milk Thistle maintains a healthy liver;
  • Digestive Enzymes help break down fats and carbohydrates;
  • Ashwagandha eases anxiety and stress;
  • B-12 boosts energy;
  • Valerian Root improves sleep quality.
Find all these products and get personalized advice when you shop the Wellness Department at the Food Co-op.  Every Wednesday, owners save 15% and other shoppers save 10% in Wellness.
 

HOLIDAY CHEER TASTING NOTES


Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose -- he got a little carried away with the Glühwein. Who can blame him?  Glühwein translates as "glow wine" and the name may originate from the glowing of hot irons traditionally used to heat this delicious concoction. Served in a ceramic or glass mug, this spiced mulled wine is as much a part of a German Christmas as lebkuchen and Advent calendars. Red wine is infused with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, blueberries, cardamom and a hint of aniseed.  Gerstacker Nürnberger Christkindles Markt-Glühwein is available in a liter bottle for under $10. Be like Rudolph and add this to your holiday traditions!  

EVENTS FOR DECEMBER

EVERYONE IS WELCOME


Thursday, December 9, FXBG WINTER DRIVE, 12-3 pm, Downtown Greens Upper Garden. Click here for details about this special community event to help our neighbors in need.

Thursday, December 9, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, 1 pm or 7 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  Share a favorite cookbook with the group. Tell us why you like it and what recipes you enjoy. We’ll learn about different foodways and remember beloved classic chefs.  Email Linda to participate.

Friday, December 10, ALLEVIATING FOOD WASTE, 6-7 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg. What causes food waste and how can you reduce waste at home? Kashef Majid, Professor of Marketing at UMW, has partnered with the Food Co-op to teach students and the community about the challenges and opportunities for solving the problem of food waste.

Thursday, December 16, LIVE MUSIC AT THE CO-OP, 5:30-7:30 pm, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg. Get in the holiday spirit with the wonderful music of Sound Fusion. These amazing local musicians will entertain and enchant us with live jazz, including Christmas tunes. All are welcome!

Monday. December 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.

ART EXHIBIT IN THE CO-OP CAFE, 320 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Brush Strokes Gallery is presenting an exhibit of works by their participating artists in the Food Co-op Cafe. Beautiful paintings and photographs will be available for viewing and purchase through the end of December. Click here for a full list with prices and artist contact information.
 

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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