August 2018 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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 HGV volunteers Beck Peters (center) and Tracy Yndestad (right).

National Night Out

We had a great turnout on August 7th for the National Night Out at Lakefront Park. Thanks to everyone who stopped out! Thank you to local businesses Croix Valley Foods and Rodewald Honey for provided samples at our Co-op booth.
Also, a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers, you are so appreciated! Thank you to: Melanie Herberg, Mike Graham, Buck Malik, Pam Brokaw, Beck Peters, Tracy Yndestad, Joan Schoenoff, Andy Brokaw and Laura Butler.
The board is working on a survey for our owners which will provide us insight into the current level of community engagement, shopping practices and help us assess overall feasibility. We are planning to have the results back in time for our Annual Meeting in November, so that we can speak to where we should position ourselves for the upcoming year. Please watch your inboxes for this in early October. 

In parallel, we are actively searching/recruiting for new board members. You need not have prior experience to do this. We will provide training and orientation - we simply ask that you come with a passion to learn and help steer the future direction of the co-op. For more information, please reach out at

The date for our Hudson Grocery Cooperative Annual Meeting has been set for November 15, 2018. Mark it on your calendars! Have a great month and thank you for your continued support! 

Katie Nelson-Heil
HGC Board President

HGC Owner Survey

The HGC Board is currently working to develop an owner survey. The co-op grocery industry has seen a lot of changes in the past five years since HGC started. From new nation grocery chains to online shopping, where and how consumers shop has changed. The survey is intended to give the Board a better understanding of what our owners want and how to best meet their shopping needs.
Please watch for the survey coming in October. Your input is needed.
(Left to right) Ida-Ellen Sansom and Jen DeSanctis help out at the Sheepdog Competition.

HGC at the Sheepdog Competition

HGC had a booth at the annual Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association (WWSDA) Sheepdog Competition at Badlands Sno-Park. We had some light rain but that didn’t stop the competition as the trainers and dogs took to the beautiful rolling hills to put the sheep through their paces.
Thank you to the HGC volunteers for manning the HGC booth: Jacki Bradham, Melanie Herberg, Buck Malick Ida-Ellen Sansom and Jen DeSanctis.

HGC Seeks Directors

It is almost time to elect new members to your co-op’s Board of Directors! In 2018, we are seeking five Directors to fill vacancies on the board.
Directors are asked to attend monthly board meetings, participate on a committee and commit to ongoing education in order to stay current with industry trends. Orientation sessions are provided, as well as ongoing educational opportunities throughout the year. 
The Board of Directors election will occur at the Hudson Grocery Cooperative Annual Meeting on November 15, 2018. If you are an Owner interested in pursuing a Director seat or have additional questions, please contact us at or 715-690-1043. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Spirit Art Festival
The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival at Lakefront Park is set for the weekend of September 22 and 23. We need numerous volunteers for a variety of shifts on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p m.
We will be making vegetables prints with the children for our art activity. This event is an opportunity for families to volunteer together, older children can help demonstrating the crafts and parents can talk with guests about the co-op. 
If you are interested in helping at the booth during the Art Festival weekend, please contact Melanie at or 715-222-3032.
Volunteers Needed for Marketing Communications

HGC needs your help with our marketing and communications efforts. We are looking for volunteers to write articles for the Beet newsletter, update the website blog, provide content and post updates on Facebook, and re-stock brochures at various business locations. If you enjoy event planning, we can use your help with set-up for our table displays at various community events. Any of these opportunities can be done on an ad-hoc basis that works with your schedule.  We'd love to hear from you!  Please contact Carol Zempel at


553  Judy Meincke 
554  Brenda Hart &
         Laura Utke  
Hudson Grocery Co-op
554 Owners
as of 8/21/18

Additional owners who joined in August, will be approved at the next board meeting
Grilled Veggies with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Recipe from: Co+op, stronger together
Topped with a paprika, fresh basil and Dijon vinaigrette, this grilled veggie salad is bursting with flavor.

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup green olives
1 tablespoon Dijon
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
1 1/2 cups halved button mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion sliced into
1/2-inch thick slices
2 zucchini, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise
1-pound bag washed mixed salad greens

Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in a blender or food processor. Blend until emulsified and set aside.

Heat the grill over medium-high heat. Drizzle all the vegetables with the vegetable oil. Place the carrots on the grill, turning every 4 to 5 minutes, until you can pierce them with a fork (15 to 20 minutes total). Make a foil packet for the mushrooms and tomatoes and place on the grill, or use a grilling basket to cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until cooked through. Next, grill the onion and zucchini until tender, approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side. Arrange salad greens on a serving platter, place grilled vegetables atop the greens and drizzle with the vinaigrette to taste. Leftover dressing will keep refrigerated for a week or more.

Serving Suggestion
A grilled vegetable salad is a colorful accompaniment for grilled pork, chicken or burgers. For a vegetarian main dish, scoop warm quinoa pilaf onto the salad greens, and arrange the grilled veggies on top.

Nutritional Information
340 calories, 18 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 870 mg. sodium, 43 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 8 g. protein

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4
Hudson Grocery Co-op is legally responsible for keeping track of the address of each of its shareholders. Please help us with this commitment by emailing us any address change since you became an owner.  Also, we would love to have you update phone numbers and email addresses as needed.

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