March 2015 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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New HGC Owners Brad and Julie Niekamp

HGC February 24 Happy Hour Successful

HGC’s Happy Hour on February 24th at North Hudson at Seasons Tavern was a very successful event – resulting in many new owners!
Thank you to all the volunteers who organized this great event and thank you to all the attendees who made the decision to support HGC by becoming an owner.
After an informative presentation and some great discussion, there was a drawing for a gift certificate for an HGC ownership (generously donated by HGC owner Sue Kattas).
And the winners were... Brad and Julie Niekamp from Spring Valley! The Niekamps are looking forward to getting involved as HGC volunteers and are very excited to be new owners!
Plans are already underway another happy hour at the Stone Tap on May 5th, so please share the date with your friends, neighbors and co-workers who aren’t an HGC member yet… there will be raffle prized too!

Meet HGC Owners:
     Buck & Linda Malick

New HGC owner Clarence “Buck” Malick introduces himself and his wife Linda and shares why they support HGC and became owners.
“Linda and I moved to Hudson with our young son in 1979.  We have been in the same house ever since. Our daughter was born here. Linda grew up in Menomonie and I in Stevens Point.  I was out of the area for many years.  We met in Chippewa Falls.  Linda is a teacher, for many years at Trinity Academy and now supervising student teachers for UWRF.  I was a finance lawyer until 1989 when I hung my shingle at home and concentrated on wills.  We have adopted several dogs and a few cats over the years.  I have hunted since my youth and took up fishing right after six years as county board chair. Since the 90's I have done a lot of volunteering, more for conservation-type organizations than any other single cause.  I have been instrumental in a lot of start-ups.”
“We joined HGC as part of our commitment to this community.  HGC is a way to live locally and minimize our carbon footprint.  It makes sense to eat local food.  We all want our locale to be self-sufficient and to be attractive for our children to stay or return.  I held off joining for a while, until I felt comfortable that HGC would have the community support to advance to the next stage.  There has to be a critical mass of owners and it would not be prudent to lock into a detailed plan prematurely.  Latecomers should have a voice.  But as we hit that next milestone, probably in a few months, the study can be performed to define the market, the suppliers, the site, the stock and such.  After those parameters are sketched in I predict prompt movement to store opening day.  Presumably local farmers will be ready by then with desired crops."

8 Reasons Why Now is a Good Time to Invest in Hudson Grocery Cooperative

When hearing about the Hudson Grocery Cooperative for the first time it’s not unusual to ask, “Why should I invest in a co-op that doesn’t yet exist?” True, it might be easier to make a decision about the investment if you could walk up to the co-op, open its doors and look inside. Yet, there are a number of compelling reasons why you should consider becoming a founding owner of Hudson Grocery Cooperative today. For starters, consider these:
1. Have an active role in designing the cooperative.
Founding owners are active owners who take an interest in how the cooperative will look, where it will be located and how it will function.
2. Do something good for your community.
Reasons for ownership are not exclusively financial. The grocery cooperative will add a new dimension in food choices and add to the cultural tastes of the community.
3. Make it happen.
When you become a founding owner of the Hudson Grocery Cooperative, you will have earned your “bragging rights.” It isn’t every day that you have an affordable opportunity to build something that promises to bring enduring quality and value to your neighborhood.
4. Set an example.
Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without leadership. With your investment in the cooperative you take a stand for others to follow. Your investment demonstrates your belief and expectation that good that will come from it.
5. Build momentum.
The enthusiasm that set the idea for a grocery cooperative in Hudson on fire grows stronger with every new owner. Your investment keeps the fire burning.
6. Speed up the process.
With every new owner, the days until Hudson Grocery Cooperative opens its doors grow shorter. Your action transforms anticipation into expectation.
7. Spend your money at home.
The sooner you invest in Hudson’s cooperative, the sooner that more of your money and your neighbors’ money will remain local, where it will return more value to your community.
8. Plant a seed and watch it grow.
When you take an active ownership in the Hudson Grocery Cooperative now, you are providing seed capital that is crucial to its successful development. You have the opportunity to take pride in seeing the cooperative flourish and feed others in the same way that you once nourished it.
Thank you for your interest in the Hudson Grocery Cooperative and in sharing the news about it with your friends and neighbors. Your participation is greatly appreciated and supports the co-op in many important ways.

Go Ahead, Make Our Day!

By Becoming a HGC Owner (or Recruiting a New Owner) TODAY!
There is really no time like the present to support our effort to open a grocery co-op right here in our community!
A one-time investment of $80 is all it takes for you to become an HGC owner.  Perhaps you’ve heard, we are at the critical phase of moving forward with a market study — which will help us determine where the co-op should be located and become a vital part of our business plan. But we need a few more new owners before we can commit to the study.
Let’s do this!  Just click on this link to become our next new owner TODAY – come on – go ahead, make our day!

Aioli with Roasted Vegetables

(Shared HGC Director Marina Onken from the New York Times Cooking)

Roasted Vegetables:
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets and the stem cut into bite-size pieces
1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
3 medium beets, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
3 medium turnips, peeled and cut into3/4-inch wedges
1 acorn squash, halved, seeded and cut into 1-inch wedges
2 bunches scallions, trimmed and halved lengthwise
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pomegranate seeds, for serving (optional)
1 to 3 garlic cloves, grated or mashed to a paste
1 teaspoon lemon juice, more to taste
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
1 large egg (at room temperature)
1 large egg yolk (at room temperature)
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Vegetables Preparation:
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place broccoli and cauliflower together on one large rimmed baking sheet or pan, and beets and turnips on another. Place squash and 1 bunch scallions on individual pans. Toss all vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper until well coated. Roast scallions 12 to 15 minutes; broccoli and cauliflower 20 to 30 minutes; squash 30 to 40 minutes; and beets and turnips 40 to 50 minutes. Toss all periodically while roasting.
To Make the Aioli:
Combine garlic, lemon juice and salt in a blender or food processor and let sit a minute or two. Add eggs and blend until combined. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream. You can use a mortar and pestle if you prefer. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and lemon juice if needed. Tip: for a good emulsion, all of the ingredients need to be at room temperature.
Arrange roasted vegetables on platter and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds if using. Serve with the aioli on the side.

Welcome New HGC Owners:

Dawn & Thomas Carlsgaard
Brooke Soldan
Jill Luepke
Emily Brooks & Kevin Sommers
Caroline & Bob Barker
Michelle & Einar Hanson
Amy & Michael Emmons
Brad & Julie Niekamp
Judith Butler
Kris and Dan Tjornehoj
Sherra & Darren Duket
Charlene & Tim Sackett
Mary & Stan Wekkin
Lis Hoier
Jynn Vorvick Londo &
     Jim Londo
Carol & Brant Worrell
Nicole & Todd Michaels
Serving Hands
Hudson Grocery Co-op
269 Members
as of 3/10/15

HGC Seeks Groups for Presentations

If you are part of a group or know of an organization that would be interested in learning more about the co-op, let us know. Help HGC share its vision of opening a community owned, locally source grocery store.
Any group is perfect for this – your book club, wine club, bike club or even your workplace colleagues. HGC has ambassadors ready to come and talk to your group about the co-op and share a brief presentation followed by Q&A time.
If you have a group interested in hearing about HGC, please contact Jacki Bradham at 715-386-3826 or

It’s Party Time for HGC

We believe that gathering people together around a common table to discuss an important issue in a comfortable environment is a great way to grow sustainable and durable support for the
Hudson Grocery Co-op — and we need your help!
As owners of the co-op, we all have a real stake in the progress and success of this project, and YOU are an important and powerful tool in the goal to build our ownership base. There are many reasons to support a retail grocery store co-op, but your friends who have not yet done so will most likely be swayed by what you have to say about why you joined HGC.
Let us know if the idea of hosting a gathering of friends and neighbors is something you can do to help grow the co-op. We suggest a potluck for minimal stress to the host, but you are free to make this event yours – however you wish – perhaps a wine & cheese tasting, afternoon tea, farmer’s market dinner, or a meatless Monday?
A  co-op ambassador will attend your party to make a brief presentation, answer questions and handle the registration process for anyone interested in joining the co-op at your party. HGC will send you a party-planning guide to help make your event easy and fun.
Please contact Jacki Bradham at 715-386-3826 or to schedule your HGC House Party.
Thank you for helping to grow our community! The more quickly we can grow HGC’s ownership base, the faster we’ll be able to open our doors.

Volunteers Needed

Your co-op needs you!  Please consider volunteering some time to the co-op, whether just one time for an hour or two or on a routine basis. Here are a few of our current needs:
On the second Saturday of each month (next date April 11), we need folks to meet at 701 Second Street at 10:00 a.m. to distribute brochures to the downtown businesses. Most of them already have the brochures, so it means refilling the holders and having a few chats with the shop-keepers.
We could still use another volunteer to “work the co-op booth” at Hudson’s Spring Showcase.  Please contact Jacki Bradham at or 715-386-3826, if you are available to volunteer for an hour or two on March 29 during the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a really fun event. If you have never been to it, you really should come!  Click here to view Spring Showcase info.
We ALWAYS have a need for active committee members. Please consider helping out by joining one of our committees.  If you are interested please get in touch with Sarah Atkins at or call her at her office at 715-381-5773.

Soul Food

Think for a moment of a food from your past, one that makes you feel great after you eat it for no specific reason. Maybe it is macaroni and cheese, slow-simmered tomato sauce, ice cream cones or potato pancakes. Eating comfort foods (every now and then) can be incredibly healing, even though your rational brain might not consider it highly nutritious.
Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood playtimes, first dates, holidays, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level. Eating this food connects us to our roots and has youthening and nurturing effects that go far beyond the food’s biochemical make-up.
Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship with food. It’s important to notice that we each have a relationship with food. What would your life be like if you treated food and your body as you would treat your beloved — with gentleness, playfulness, communication, honesty, respect and love? The next time you eat your soul food, do so with awareness and without guilt, and enjoy all the healing and nourishment it brings you.
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