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JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

FROM OUR GENERAL MANAGER


Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:

The New Year came in with a bang!  Or more like a silent white-out.  The Fredericksburg Food Co-op spent our first week of the year like many of you, looking for our flashlights and digging cars out of snow. Unfortunately, we lost power intermittently for the better part of two days at the Co-op and lost most of the perishable food in our coolers and freezers.  I'm happy to say we gave away tons of food for free and did everything we could to help as many people as possible and to put as few things as possible into the landfill.  I'm really proud of that effort and our staff deserves a huge round of applause.  They worked their tails off, kept the store open when we had power and did an amazing job of finding the positive in every situation.  

I came out of the storm remembering what a unifying effect these kinds of events have on our community.  As a relative newcomer to the area, I had more conversations with strangers and met more of my neighbors after the storm than I have in almost two years. Throughout last week, we met so many of our neighbors without power who came to the Co-op each morning just to warm up, get breakfast, and charge their devices.  Many folks came into the Co-op and zoomed into work meetings, charged kids' iPods, and brought back supplies to the family.  As a new store, seeing folks use the Co-op for these basic but really important things felt so great.  That's the kind of resource our founders envisioned that the Co-op could be for Fredericksburg and it was heart-warming to watch it come to fruition, albeit in the wake of a pretty historic storm. 

The store is still getting restocked and we're making great progress despite holiday shortages, storm-related delays and the general supply chain issues facing so many retailers.  Thank you to our awesome owners and customers for bearing with us while we navigate all these factors to get our coolers and freezers stocked back up with your favorites.  There will be lots of new items in the store, so let us know if we forget one of your favorites, but also, don't be scared to try something new.  

We look forward to 2022 with big dreams for the Co-op and a lot more of those community-filled moments that made last week so memorable.  This store and community are very special places and personally, I feel very lucky to be here.  I can't wait to see all that this Cooperative can do and what this year will entail for us all.  

Thank you FXBG and I'll see you in the aisles! 
 
Cooperatively Yours,

Chris Roland
General Manager
Fredericksburg Food Co-op
 

WHY I SHOP AT THE CO-OP

 
Jamie Smith finds support for healthy eating at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op

Jamie loves the bulk section. 
Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Florida and my husband Clayton is from Chesapeake Virginia. We met at the University of Florida. We have two sons, Brad, who lives here in Fredericksburg, and Chris, who lives in North Carolina with his wife Rachel and their two children, Rita and Asher. We enjoy visiting them in North Carolina and we love spending time with our wonderful grandchildren. Clayton and I have lived in Stafford County for 26 years. I’m a retired social worker. Now I work part time in an office. Clayton served in the Marine Corp for over 20 years and we travelled all over the world. We still love to travel. We enjoy giving give back to our community. Clayton is the board chair of the United Way. I served on the board of the Food Bank for many years. I continue to do volunteer work, including with our local CSA. And both my husband and I are very involved with our local church.

When did you first hear about the Co-op?

I first heard about the Co-op through the people I met at the Fredericksburg Area CSA where I volunteer. And I saw the Co-op table many times at the Farmers Market at Hurkamp Park. We finally became Co-op owners in 2019 when my son Brad gifted us a Co-op membership.

What are your favorite products at the Co-op?

I love the bulk items. We especially enjoy the bulk rice and beans. We are also really pleased with the Late July brand of snacks that the Co-op carries. We love the Late July chips and sauces. I love to buy the bok choy and the local oyster mushrooms that are grown by Francis, a local farmer I’ve known for years. I sauté the bok choy along with the mushrooms in sesame oil that I buy at the Co-op. It’s delicious! Buying local foods is really important to me. The Co-op carries products from so many of the local farmers who I know -- Botanical Bites, Francis and so many more. I’ve seen many of these farmers at the CSA for years. It’s nice to know who the farmers are and that adds a special value to the products I buy at the Co-op. 

What do you love most about the Co-op?

I like that the Co-op caters to the community and the Co-op listens to the dietary needs of the community. I think that’s awesome! When you go to a corporate grocery store, it’s all about the dollars and not necessarily about the community. Both Clayton and I have significant health issues. We are able to manage those through diet and the Food Co-op is a big part of that. For more than 15 years, we’ve been focused on improving our health through better food choices. We both feel better.  At our recent doctors’ appointments, the doctors couldn’t believe how good our numbers are. They said, “Whatever you are doing, just keep doing it.” For us, it's more than a diet; it has become a way of life. I cook sometimes three times a day, but at least twice a day. The Co-op carries the products that we need to stay healthy. 

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

Very recently I suggested a few specific organic, non-GMO products. It’s wonderful that we can make a product suggestion and the Co-op will carry the item if at all possible.

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

Definitely give the Co-op a try and do as much of your shopping there as possible. The Co-op is local and we get to shop for local products and our dollars stay local with the local community. You are part of those dollars. You have an investment in this. You belong at the Food Co-op.
 

CO-OP WELLNESS CORNER


 
The new year has a lot of us thinking about how we can detoxify and be more healthy. Cleanses help us undo imbalances caused by toxin buildup in our bodies. Signs of toxin build up can include headaches, cravings for sugar, acne, irritability, constipation, and a weak immune system. Flushing our bodies of toxins can improve our energy levels, sleep, skin, and digestion. 
 
The simplest way to start is by adding healthy habits into our daily routine: 
  • hydrate - drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day;
  • limit caffeine - the Co-op sells caffeine-free teas and coffee substitutes;
  • limit alcohol - check out the non-alcoholic adaptogen beverages in the supplement cooler;
  • eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and skip sugar and processed foods;
  • eat more fiber: make a daily colon-cleansing drink by mixing 1 Tbsp bentonite with 1 tsp psyllium, 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice, and 1 cup of distilled water; 
  • sleep 7-9 hours a night.
The Co-op sells cleansing kits and also herbs and supplements to help with the detox process. Burdock, milk thistle, and licorice detoxify the blood and liver. Barberry, cascara, flaxseed, and red raspberry assist in flushing the colon. Fennel and marshmallow help restore the acid/alkaline balance. Slippery elm soothes inflammation in the colon.

Come by and let us help you kick off a healthy new year!
 

WINES FOR VEGANUARY


But it’s just grapes, right? I’m sorry to say I’ve upset many vegans throughout my career. It’s not deliberate, I promise. But there is more to wine than meets the eye. So why is wine NOT vegan?

To start with, many wines are traditionally filtered with animal products.  Gelatin, albumen, isinglass and casein are just a few.  These agents are added to the juice to absorb the particles (colloids) suspended in the juice and stabilize the wine.  Fining also removes heat-unstable proteins, tannins, bitterness, and makes the wine less cloudy. Thankfully many winemakers are opting to use bentonite (clay deposits) and charcoal instead of these animal products.  Sadly, these options are more expensive and that cost is generally passed on to the consumer. The good news is that there is a huge movement in the wine industry to find alternatives, or even stop the fining process altogether.  It is not always necessary as many wines will reach the same stage, but it is faster.

At the Co-op we have a large selection of vegan wines.  They can all be identified by a pale purple circle on the shelf tag.  Check out the Lapis Luna range, or Twenty Acres, for which we are the only retailer in the Fredericksburg area.
Suzie, Food Co-op Wine Buyer

OWNERSHIP IS FOR EVERYONE!


Everyone in our community is welcome to shop at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op, your community-owned grocery store providing affordable, healthy foods and sustainable household goods.  Being an owner of the Food Co-op  gives you many additional benefits, including:
  • Community Partner Perks
  • An additional 10% off Co+op Deals
  • Owner exclusive discounts and programs
  • A vote for our Board of Directors
  • 10% discount on Owner Appreciation Day each quarter
  • 15% off supplements on first Wednesday of each month
  • A dividend in profitable years
  • 15% off special order cases (excluding wine & beer + sale items)
Food Co-op owners, thank you for making our store possible! Why not share the benefits with a friend or family member outside your household by giving them the gift of ownership? They will thank you!  Give a gift online or in the store today!
 
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!

GREAT OWNERSHIP GROWTH IN 2021


Fredericksburg Food Co-op ownership grew at a phenomenal rate in 2021, thanks to the store opening on April 1, the ongoing efforts of the volunteers and staff to educate and engage shoppers, and the amazing outpouring of support from you, the Fredericksburg community.  In 2021 we gained more new owners than in 2019 and 2020 combined, at a rate of over 2 new owners per day. That brings our total ownership to over 2500 investors in Fredericksburg's only locally-owned grocery store. Each new owner investment contributes to the financial health of your Food Co-op. Help keep us growing and thriving -- give a gift ownership today!

EVENTS

FREE FOR ALL TO ATTEND


Saturdays, January 15 + 22, SPAVIA CHAIR MASSAGES, 11 am - 2 pm, Fredericksburg Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, Fredericksburg. Enjoy a complimentary chair massage from locally-owned Spavia day spa while you shop at the Food Co-op.

Sunday, January 16, BAG BEE, 2-3:30 pm, Fredericksburg Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, Fredericksburg. Join our team of volunteers who turn t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. Bring scissors and new or gently used t-shirts you have. We will also provide shirts. Shirts should be cotton in adult sizes small, medium or large. It’s a fun way to make friends and help the planet!

Tuesday, January 18, We the Readers Civic Book Group: How to Eat, 7-8 pm ONLINE. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Faye Krause, a Co-op owner & volunteer, will lead a discussion sponsored by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on How to Eat by Mark Bittman and David Katz. Bittman and Katz filter the science of diet and nutrition through a lens of common sense, delivering straightforward advice with a healthy dose of wit. Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/rqi-vmmp-cjj or join by phone: 904-416-0832,‬ PIN: ‪618 493 143‬.

Thursday, January 20, LIVE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE CO-OP, 6-7:30 pm, Fredericksburg Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, Fredericksburg. The Wellbillies - local musicians Scott Buchanan, Gary Lee Gimble, Nate Green, Stephen Hu, and Chase Gilbert - play classic country music from the 1950's to the 70's. Come & listen!

Monday, January 24, 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, January 26, NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH, 6-7 pm, IN PERSON at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, Fredericksburg AND ONLINE.  Dr. Christine Thompson of Whole Health Solutions will provide an overview of how nutrition and specific nutrients are known to play a critical role in mental/emotional health and well-being. Co-sponsored by NAMI Rappahannock. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is donating four $25 Co-op gift cards for a drawing open to all participants! REGISTER HERE to attend online.


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

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