Jan. & Feb. 2016 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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Nick Meurett and his son Owen (left), with help from AJ Neumann (right), made mozzarella cheese for the pizza served at the HGC House Party.

HGC House Party

The Hudson Grocery Cooperative held its first house party on February 28. The House Parties are a way to help grow the Co-op by convincing our family and friends to join the Co-op.

At the party HGC Board member Nick Meurett demonstrated how to make mozzarella cheese. It was awesome! Obviously, homemade food and local drinks sustained us through the lesson, too. And then we made pizza with the homemade mozzarella!
HGC believes 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 house party (with a gathering of friends and neighbors) is something you can do to help grow the Co-op.
A member of the 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.
Also, Nick Meurett has offered to do a food demonstration at your house party. Maybe making some mozzarella cheese or share some new recipes and/or cooking tips.
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.

HGC Owner Drive - March 29th

Hold the date! It's a late St. Patrick's Day celebration! We are holding an Owner Drive on March 29, 2016 at Paddy Ryan's at 709 Rodeo Drive in Hudson. If you want to find out more about the Hudson Grocery Cooperative and how to become an owner, please come!

We are planning on eating on our own around 6:30, although there will be opportunities to meet other owners, board members, and others (maybe we'll all sit at one table!), and then there will be a presentation at 7 p.m. so you can find out how to JOIN! We need 1,000 owners to open our doors and we need your help to do this!

Introducing Liane Juhl Hoier
HGC owner Liane Juhl Hoier is one of the new contributors to the HGC website blog and the Beet newsletter. Liane is passionate about educating and supporting a healthy lifestyle. She is a Holistic Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach. If you are interested in learning more about Liane and holistic healthy lifestyle, please visit her website

Clean Eating 101

By Liane Juhl Hoier
So what’s the point of eating clean? Besides the moral and mental boost the words evoke, many advocates are seeking clearer skin, weight loss, increased energy, stronger hair and nails, improved mental health, and better sleep.
Rather than simply going on diets, these individuals, myself included, are often making sustainable lifestyle shifts when they choose to eat clean.
Here are some of the principles of eating clean:
  1. KEEP IT WHOLE (foods that has not gone through “manufacturing”)
  2. GET IN THE KITCHEN (restaurant food is generally more processed and over-seasoned)
  4. MAINTAIN BLOOD SUGAR (eat whole foods every 3-4 hours)
  5. COMBINATION OF PROTEIN FAT AND COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES (aim for a serving of each group at every meal)
Not all calories are equal. It’s easy to eat an entire bag of potato chips but more than one or two apples would be laborious. The difference is that whole foods actually fill you up and fuel you, whereas empty calories like those found in candy, chips, and sodas fill a mental craving but don’t physically fill you up.
Remember this: There are no confusing ingredient labels on whole food.
The way you do one thing is the way you do everything. If you take care of yourself by eating beautiful whole food you are more likely to be engaging in self-care such as exercise, meditation, baths, massages, and other techniques that enrich your life. When you feel great you are more able to move through your days with joy and ease, you are also creating nurturing, supportive relationships. How you define it personally is up to you. We are all individuals so listen to your body and make good choices.
Each year those involved in co-ops from around the country converge on Bloomington, Indiana to meet, confer and learn.  The Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference is a three-day event and is being held March 10-12 this year.  This conference offers a number of sessions intended to help start-ups, like HGC, and established co-op owners, directors, and general managers learn more about the business of successfully managing and growing a grocery co-op.  Over the years HGC Directors have attended and this year is no different.  Directors Katie Nelson-Heil and Carol Zempel will attend this year’s conference.  The full board will then participate in a retreat later in March to learn from Katie and Carol.  This will be exciting work as we move into our spring and summer ownership drive activities.

Mozzarella & Orzo Salad

1 cup orzo

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

kosher salt and black pepper to taste

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

8 ounces mozzarella cheese balls, halved

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and let cool.
Whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the cherry tomatoes, snap peas, mozzarella cheese, basil, and orzo and toss to combine.

Optional: 1 cup of snap peas, mushrooms or other vegetable of choice may be added.
Your Co-op needs you! Please consider volunteering some time to the co-op, whether it is just one time for an hour or two, or on a routine basis. Here are a few of HGC’s current needs:
We need volunteers to “work the co-op booth” at Hudson’s Spring Showcase April 24. Please contact Jacki Bradham at or 715-386-3826, if you are available to volunteer for an hour or two during the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a really fun event. If you have never been to the Showcase, you really should come!
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.

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