September 2017 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
View this email in your browser

HGC Annual Owner's Meeting 

Save the date. The Hudson Grocery Cooperative annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at Woodland Hill starting at 6 p.m.Watch for an invitation and more information in October.

HGC Seeks Board Candidates

We are currently seeking candidates for the Hudson Grocery Co-op Board of Directors. 

We are closing in on the Annual Owner Meeting and we are still taking applications for our Board of Directors. As a Director, you will have the satisfaction of serving a growing organization which will cultivate and sustain the local economy here in the St. Croix Valley! 

Our volunteer Board is made up of 5 to 9 co-op owners who each serve a specified term. Directors commit to attending meetings, sharing ideas and pursuing educational opportunities. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Board Member - please reach out at We will be happy to talk you through the process and give you a better idea of what being on the Board entails.

The links below will provide you with more information about becoming a board member, as well as the application which needs to be completed by October 27, 2017. Thank you for your interest in the Hudson Grocery Cooperative Board of Director’s!

Board Application Packet 2017

Board of Director Application 2017

Val Aune: Owner #223

Val is the owner of two shops in downtown Hudson, La Rue Marche and The Bees Knees. She is grateful for the incredible local support her shops receive and believes a Hudson Grocery Co-op would be embraced by many of those very supporters. Val loves the idea of a grocery co-op providing a year-round farmers market to our community.

Val is an active member in the Hudson Independent Business Association.

Her fondest food memory - cooking with her grandma in a true farm to table experience. Coupling her grandpa's incredible gift to garden and her grandma's recipes, there was so much goodness to enjoy.

Left: Not just for kids, Larry White has fun with veggie prints. Center: HGC volunteers Michelle Sjobeck and Ann Peck. Right: Sherry Venies joined HGC at the art Festival.

HGC at Spirit Art Festival

HGC had a successful weekend at the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival; we had two new owners sign up on the spot. There were about 40 people who signed up to receive The Beet newsletter and three who were interested in volunteering. These numbers are impressive! 
Our volunteers did an incredible job and we want to thank them for taking time out of their weekend to share their enthusiasm for growing our Co-op.

Our event volunteers were: Deb Beaudway, Jacki Bradham, Jacqueline Dahlstrom, Melanie Herberg, Steph McCormack, Annie Peck, Bec Peters, Michelle Sjobeck, Tracy Yndestad and Carol Zempel.

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. 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. Co-ops are for everyone. At nearly all food co-ops, you don’t need to be a member to shop. Your local co-op is democratically owned and operated, and everyone is welcome. 


  • Minnesota was the first state to declare an official Co-op Month proclamation in 1948.
  • Co-op Month has been a nationally recognized celebration since 1964, when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, a former Minnesota governor, proclaimed October Co-op Month.
  • The first national theme in 1964 was “Cooperatives: USDA Helps Build a Better America.”

Sheepdog Competition

Dogs, sheep and beautiful weather made for a pleasant weekend at the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association (WWSDA) Sheepdog Competition at Badlands Sno-Park. It is amazing to watch the dogs at work and the beautiful rolling hills make an picturesque setting.
Thank you to the event volunteers Jacki Bradham, Melanie Herberg, Buck Malick and Bec Peters.


514 Laura Johnston
Hudson Grocery Co-op
514 Owners

Additional owners who join in September, will be approved at the next board meeting.
Fall is here and we are up and running with our Fall campaign; "700 in '17"! As the title states, the goal is to have at least 700 owners by year-end. 
As we started planning, we knew that we wanted this campaign to be bigger-and-better than the last, so we reached out to local businesses to see if they would be able to help. Everyone has been very supportive and many have graciously donated items to be used as incentives during the campaign! We can't thank the community enough for all that they are doing to keep us moving forward. 
Stay tuned on Facebook for more announcements about the campaign and to see all of the new owners that are have coming in! As I write this we have already brought in four new owners - but we continue to need your help! Please remember to like us on FB and share the posts to continue to bring more visibility to our mission and overall goal. 
I hope you enjoy the start of the fall season!

Katie Nelson-Heil
HGC Board President
Volunteers are needed to help at the annual meeting on November 14. Some of the tasks include arranging the snack/beverage buffets, checking people in, nametag assistance, and clean-up. It would also be fun if someone made the room a little festive, perhaps center pieces or some decorations for the tables. If you would like to volunteer for any of these roles, contact Melanie Herberg at 715-222-3032.

How to Make Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Makes just over 4 cups
6 large apples, any variety (approximately 3 pounds)
2 cinnamon sticks, optional
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Peel the apples with the vegetable peeler, then cut them into quarters and slice out the cores. Roughly chop apples into 1- to 2-inch pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce.
Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker, and close the lid.

Cook the applesauce on high for 4 hours, stirring twice during cooking.

Puree the applesauce (optional). If you like chunky applesauce, you can skip this step altogether. But it you prefer a smoother texture, remove the cinnamon stick, then use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce until it reaches the consistency you like.

Cool the applesauce, then divide between several containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Copyright © 2017 Hudson Grocery Cooperative, All rights reserved.

update your subscription preferences    unsubscribe from all HGC distribution lists

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp