October 2014 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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HGC Annual Meeting on November 11th

The Third Annual HGC Owners Meeting is scheduled for November 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Seasons Tavern in North Hudson. Mingle with other HGC owners and hear an HGC update. Appetizers will be served, cash bar and additional food is available for purchase.
Owners will be asked to approve revisions to the bylaws and vote for two new directors to serve on the Board of Directors.

Atina Diffley Speaks at HGC Book Club

The Hudson Grocery Cooperative and Chapter2Books will co-hosting the first in a series of great talks and relevant workshops that explore what we eat and where our food comes from with topics like organic, locally sources, and much more.
Please join us on Thursday evening November 20 at 7 p.m. at Chapter2Books, 226 Locust Street, as we welcome Atina Diffley to Hudson. It will be an evening of lively discussion about food, just before our biggest food-eating day of the year –Thanksgiving!
Atina Diffley, author of “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” is an organic vegetable farmer who now educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming through the consulting business Organic Farming Works LLC, owned by Atina and her husband, Martin. From 1973 to 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. Learn more or to contact Atina or Martin Diffley, visit
For more information about the Hudson Grocery Co-op or to learn about become an owner, please visit us at, or follow us on Facebook at
Lily O’Brien (left) and Katie Olson (right) were having fun making vegetable stamped pictures at the HGC booth during Sprit of St. Croix River Festival

HGC at Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

The Hudson Grocery Cooperative enjoyed a warm weekend in Lakefront Park for the Hudson’s Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival on September 27 and 28. Many festival goers chatted with co-op volunteers about the growing movement to open a locally-owned grocery store in Hudson. The co-op welcomes new owners Kim and Mark Poppe, Gregory Chermack and Alisa Baskin, Hugh Gwin, and Buck and Linda Malick all who joined as a result of seeing the co-op at the art Fest. Children, as well as some of the adults, who stopped by the booth enjoyed “The Art of Painting with Vegetables.”  It was a very positive experience for everyone involved!
Two young guests stopped by the HGC booth to color some Halloween coloring sheets.

HGC at Hilltop Pumpkin Patch Party

HGC had a booth at the Hudson Hilltop Pumpkin Patch Party on October 25th at the YMCA Camp St. Croix. It was a very windy day, but that didn't stop this fun filled family event. There were plenty of young costumed trick-or-treaters (and parents) ready to enjoy the day. It was a great opportunity for sharing HGC's goal of opening a grocery co-op in downtown Hudson. We had some HGC owners stop by to chat, as well as many people who were interested in learning about HGC. 

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Soup

Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 medium butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced
1 cup diced leeks (or onion)
1 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet, toss together chicken, squash, leeks, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer and roast until squash and chicken are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool. Transfer squash and leeks to a medium pot and add broth and spices. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. Mash some of the squash until soup is thick and chunky. Discard skin and bones from chicken; cut meat into small pieces and add to soup. Stir in lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 4. 

Crystal Stone
Kim & Mark Poppe
Gregory Chermack &
     Acisa Baskin
Hugh H. Gwin
Clarence & Linda Malick
Whole Earth Grocery
Lennie L. & Henry M. Wells III

Hudson Grocery Co-op
has 233 Members
as of 10/14/14

Consider Running for the HGC Board of Directors

The HGC Board of Directors election will be held at the Annual Owner Meeting on November 11th and there is still time to run for a board position.
If you are considering applying to be a candidate, have questions, or would like more information, please contact Don Kirkpatrick at
To learn more please view the Board Candidate Application Packet and view Board of Director Application.

On October 8th HGC directors Jacki Bradham, Dietmar Schlei, and Suzanne Hambleton had an opportunity to meet with Mead Stone, General Manager of River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater, MN. Mead first led a tour of the newly remodeled store and shared some of the upgrade and changes that were made. One big change is the expansion of their deli to meet the growing local traffic.
Following the tour HGC Directors had a question and answer session with Mead on a host of topics. With his many years of experience, Mead’s insights were most helpful.

HGC – Join Now!

HGC still needs more owners and we need your help recruiting those new owners. You can help open the doors Hudson Grocery Cooperative by sharing information about this exciting project with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Do you belong to a club or group that would be interested in learning about HGC? HGC can provide a HGC ambassador to meet in a group setting to spread the word about HGC and sign up new owners. Schedule a group meeting by calling (715) 690­1043 or emailing
Become an owner today, learn more at http://hudsongrocerycoop.
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