- Five Fab Facts About Co-ops
- October 1st, 2014
We think co-ops are fabulous. Cooperation is, after all, a word that implies people working together towards the same end, mutually benefitting one another and the larger community. Both economically beneficial and socially responsible, these community-minded businesses make the world a better place—and that’s a beautiful thing. Here are five fab reasons to celebrate co-ops:
1. October is National Co-op Month. The cooperative model is unique. A co-op exists to serve its members, but the members are also the owners. With ownership comes an opportunity to participate in some co-op decision-making and to reap economic rewards for ownership, often in the form of patronage dividends.
Globally, there are nearly one billion people who are cooperative member-owners. And in the United States, there are more than 29,000 co-ops, including—but not limited to—retail food co-ops, like the grocers that are members of NCGA, the organization that brings you this website. Beyond your neighborhood food co-op, cooperatives exist in other areas such as brew-pubs, coffee, dairy farms, credit unions, electric, hardware stores, crafts, housing and chocolate to name a few.
2. The Magnificent 7. Cooperative businesses proudly operate with seven principles. One of those principles is concern for community, working towards more sustainable communities through initiatives undertaken by management under Ends approved by a democratically elected Board.
Co-ops are positioned to respond directly to community needs and collaborate with other organizations, setting goals that extend beyond financial growth. By shopping at a co-op, you might be helping to support your community with hunger relief, nutrition education or environmental conservation. Steve McQueen would most definitely approve of these magnificent seven principles.
3. DOTcoop. Look up to the top of your browser. Find that familiar address bar and the notice DOTcoop at the end of our URL. As co-op fans, we like to brag about this little badge of honor that demonstrates major credibility. The .coop puts co-ops on par with the web domains like .org, .edu and .gov. Co-ops have their own domain so that when you’re on .coop you can trust that you’re working with a verifiable cooperatively owned business.
4. Employees Are Some of Our Favorite People. Beyond offering awesome products and services, cooperatives are committed to the health and happiness of the people that fuel them. So it’s no surprise they treat their hard-working employees right. According to a recent study, the average food co-op earning $10 million per year in revenue provides jobs for 90+ workers. And, on average, 68 percent of those workers are eligible for health insurance, compared to 56 percent of employees at conventional grocers. Food co-op employees also earn an average of nearly $1.00 more per hour than conventional grocery workers when bonuses and profit sharing are taken into account.
5. Everyone is Welcome. Are you ready for this final fabulous “did you know” moment? Okay, here it is: at co-ops, everyone is welcome. At food co-ops, you don’t need to be a member to shop or participate. Although membership is encouraged and often provides additional rewards, your local co-op is democratically owned and operated, and all consumers are welcome. So check out the fresh, delicious food that food co-ops have to offer and, if you want, get involved, no matter your capacity for commitment right now. Anyone can go co-op.
How do you like those local apples? These are just five of the many fab facts about co-ops. If you are ready to become a smooth cooperator, drop in to the St. Peter Food Co-op. Everyone is welcome, everyday.
- Wellness Wednesday, this week!
- September 22nd, 2014
By Klea Brewton-Fitzgerald
The fall equinox is a great reminder that cooler weather is on the way. With the kids, young and old, back in school sharing pens, books, and germs of various sorts, it’s prime time for stuffy noses and coughs. And the germs don’t stay as school, they get carried home to share with the family. Fortify your kids and yourself with immunity boosters from the Co-op Wellness Aisle such as: Vitamin C, Elderberry, Colloidal Silver, Rescue Remedy, Multivitamins, Mushrooms, Probiotics, Omegas, Herbal Tinctures, Essential Oils, and other supplements. Wellness staff, or any Co-op staff, are happy to help you find the best product for keeping you and your family feeling fine. The next Wellness Wednesday is September 24; all Wellness Products are 10% off (excluding items already on sale). We wish you a wonderful, healthy new school year!
- Upcoming Events
- August 29th, 2014
Minnesota on Mulberry, the 2nd Season
Friday, September 12
Join us on the patio for the final Minnesota on Mulberry of the season. The meal will showcase an abundance of local fare, featuring a pork tenderloin from Mrs. Pork (Glencoe, MN).
Nestled in the small farming community of Glencoe, MN, Mrs. Pork is locally owned and operated by Dave and Terry Theis. Dave has been in the pork business for a long time, starting out as a farmer and herdsman, eventually earning the recognition as one of the top 10 best-managed farms in America by Top Farmer Magazine. He and Terry have since transitioned to processing pork, rather than raising it. However, they retain quality relationships with their area producers, all five of which are located within 50 miles of the Glencoe processing facility.
Mrs. Pork products are all Certified Duroc Pork – raised on a purely vegetarian diet and with strict growing guidelines to ensure healthy animals. Minimally processed without added chemicals, artificial ingredients, or coloring ingredients, Mrs. Pork is a delicious all-natural local pork option.
Kids @ the Co-op
Tuesday, September 16
Come celebrate Farm-to-School month and get new ideas for back to school lunch and snack ideas at the St. Peter Food Co-op’s “Kids @ the Co-op” on Tuesday, September 16 from 5-7pm. A free event, geared for kids under 12 and their families, complete with live music by Gallimaufry, activities by Community Education and the St. Peter Art Center, free samples, and a chance to meet several of the Co-op’s local farmers and vendors.
Kids @ the Co-op is an opportunity to celebrate good-for-you foods and encourage kids to experiment with their taste buds. It also gives the whole family a chance to learn where their food comes from, especially during Minnesota’s peak harvest season. Complete with free samples, great giveaways, and a chance to meet Mulberry Moo, our Co-op Kids Club mascot.
- Thousand Hills Cattle Company Beef Sale!
- July 25th, 2014
Starts today! Only while supplies last.
If you were to take a trip to Todd Churchill’s ranch in Cannon Falls, MN, you would see a herd of cattle idly grazing on pasture rich with grasses and legumes growing in fertile soil. Picturesque, no? If you were to make your way to this small piece of Minnesotan pasture, you would not just be looking at any herd of cattle, but home base for Thousand Hills Cattle Company. Started back in 2003, THCC was the brainchild of Todd Churchill, whose main goal was to grow and market superior tasting beef. His solution: carefully selected cattle that thrive on a 100% grassfed diet without any added hormones or antibiotics getting in the way of flavor and quality. With time, Todd’s 500 acre farm could not stand up to the nation-wide demand for Thousand Hills beef all on its own, so he has developed a network of independent farmers throughout the Midwest committed to raising beef following THCC’s established protocols. Through the rapid growth of the THCC brand, Todd has remained true to the founding principles of humanely raised beef that is truly a cut above the rest.