Are you interested in a locally-sourced grocery store?! One that not only sources from your local farms and producers, but also is a place where you can fulfill your whole shopping list. We are working to create a grocery store in the town of Maynard following the cooperative business model. This means that our store will be owned by those in the community, and will offer up programs for the community, and keep money in the local economy. There are many reasons to join a food co-op – access to fresh food, ability to shop in bulk, having your voice matter – and we invite you to check out more about why we are working to open the areas only store-front food cooperative. Find out more by checking out our menu of options above, or scroll down to read some of our most recent posts.
In the 10 years or so since I’ve had a place of my own to garden, but I haven’t been very successful. Over the years I’ve tried
tomatoes, pepper, pumpkins, even eggplant which people said you can’t seem to kill. I killed it. One year I planted some peppers from the nursery, I even had a tiny little hint of a pepper forming – in this case one of my resident (evil) hedge bunnies took it out at it’s knees. My pepper never had a chance. And despite the lack of success, I even tried an artichoke last year, seeing as they are my favorite vegetable ever. But I think you can guess what happened.
September 17th kicked off our Co-op Cornucopia membership drive. We fell a little short of our goal of reaching 500 owners, but we were excited by the new Owners we received (welcome!), and incredibly thankful to our current Owners who referred them to our community. Dawn Olcott (Owner #10) was the winner of our Co-op Cornucopia drawing for a full winter CSA share from First Root Farm in Concord. We were excited to have the drawing for this contest held at our Second Annual Meeting on Oct 17th (which also was the end of our Co-op Cornucopia membership drive). We also want to remind our current Owners that a benefit of ownership in the Co-op is a reduced rate on these winter CSAs – read more about this here.
October is co-op month – let us celebrate what makes cooperatives so great!
The theme of this year’s co-op month is “Building a Better World with Businesses You Trust.” This message is a reminder of the many ways that co-ops enable people to work together to build businesses that are rooted in, and accountable to, their communities. Co-ops are businesses that are for community profit and they exist in all sectors of the economy. Co-ops are created by the people of the community, to meet the needs of the community. They stay with a community through rough times and good times because co-ops are made up of people from the community. You can join our community and help bring a locally-sourced, community-minded, store-front, grocery store to our area of Massachusetts! Continue reading
Owners we have a fun challenge for you – let’s make our Co-op more abundant! We want to see how many new Owners we can get in one month by having our current Owners go out and talk with those they know.
Do you have friends who are on the fence about the Co-op? Talk with them about why, or bring them with you to one of our
Do you have a colleague who has never heard about the Co-op? Send them our webpage and Facebook links (Twitter too) and point out an interesting page or blog you read that might be of interest to them (we have a whole series of blogs you can look through).
With over 450 Owners from 25 different towns we have an exuberant community of people who can grow our cooperative by having conversations with those you know. It just takes one conversation – share why you joined and think a food cooperative in the Metrowest/Assabet Valley region is a great idea. Continue reading