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February 2015 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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Join HGC at Seasons Tavern 

This Tuesday - Non-owners and owners with guests are invite to this event!

HGC will hold an informational Happy Hour on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. in North Hudson at Seasons Tavern, 501 6th Street. Light munchies will be served and a cash bar is available.
 
The meeting is for anyone interested in learning about HGC’s efforts to open a community-owned, full-service grocery store which offers diverse food and product choices including organic, sustainable and regionally sourced products.
 
HGC is very close to reaching the 300-ownership mark, which is needed to move on to the next vital step, which is a market study. Please consider attending the meeting. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available.
 
If you cannot attend, please consider ownership by signing up on our website at www.hudsongrocerycoop.org.
 
For a one-time investment of just $80, you are purchasing four shares of ownership in the Hudson Grocery Cooperative and will become part of a community of member-owners who know that the quality of the food we eat matters. Our owners care about where their food is grown and under what conditions. Like you, we want to have a say in the selection and quality of what we shop for. HGC will provide stress-free shopping that not only saves us money, but also improves the health of our environment, our community and our families.

Sarah, Joe, Jake, Caleb, Brian, and Luke Bruch

Meet HGC Owners: 
     Sarah Bruch and Family

Local businesswoman Sarah Bruch is a co-owner of The Purple Tree  in historic downtown Hudson. A family owned and operated store, selling things that are good for the people and good for the planet.
 
Sarah says, “I feel so blessed that I love my work. Our customers have become our friends…and they inspire me by all that they are doing to make the world a better place. It is such a warm and caring community and each day that I go to the shop, I am touched by the people that come through our doors. They make me want to be a better person.”
 
When not at the store, Sarah enjoys hanging out with her husband Brian and their four sons. Sarah added, “Whether I am watching a son play golf, sitting at a baseball game, or grabbing a bite out to eat, they are all good times and an absolute gift.”
 
Why did you choose to become an HGC owner?

My family and I value local and family farms. We are excited to have the opportunity to eat fresh produces, meats, and dairy products that have been produced ethically and haven’t been shipped from far away.
 
Why do you think the community of Hudson should support a grocery co-op?

Our family is part of a small and local business; daily we see that our community values businesses that add to our town’s uniqueness.   Our community works diligently to support the local business culture.  We are in need of a local co-op to provide easy access so people have the opportunity to enjoy farm-to-table foods.
 
Some people are waiting to become an owner after the store is built - what would you say to encourage them to make the investment now vs. later?

The co-op can only move forward by folks committing now. This is a grassroots effort that requires people to take a leap of faith.  Personally, our family fully supports taking giant leaps because somehow they have always turned out AMAZING


More than Food: What a local co-op means to Hudson

There has been a great deal of buzz and support regarding the future Hudson Grocery Cooperative. Questions such as “Where will it be? When will it open? What will it carry?” can be heard every day. At the same time, there are a number of people who wonder why Hudson is exploring a co-op and what needs, if any it fulfills. The following “food for thought” is offered to those who are still wondering whether or not to become an owner of Hudson Grocery Cooperative:
 
A co-op is a food store that takes on the character of its community. It has a local focus as it carries goods from local farms and producers. Given that it is owned by consumers, not investors, there is no conflict between shareholders and customers—they are one and the same. Owners decide how socially conscious, sustainable and healthy the co-op’s products will be. Furthermore, the revenue raised at the local co-op stays local and is put back into its own community.
 
A co-op is not designed to replace other types of food stores. More often, a co-op is a complement to the foods available in a community. Co-ops add a “flavor” and dimension all of their own. In many ways they augment the area grocery stores by introducing unique or niche varieties of foods and by attracting co-op shoppers from other communities. Often, they become a favored destination of tourists.
 
A co-op ties a community together. Because of the way in which a co-op is owned, organized and managed, it has the ability to connect, educate and support a variety of people in many ways. Local board members collaborate with one another on the future of the co-op. Family members have a means of finding jobs close to home. Charities have a sponsor that is committed to giving back locally. Local farmers and producers have a way to put their products in the hands of their neighbors and friends.
 
There is no one-size co-op that fits all. Just as no one community is exactly alike, no one co-op matches the features and characteristics of another. There is simply no blueprint from which to build the perfect co-op for any one community. That is why the current and vital function of the Hudson Grocery Cooperative is to conduct a market study so that it can proceed with the location and construction of its building.
 
The market study will focus on five main areas:
 
Market - It will include a market study that evaluates the potential sales in the Hudson trade area;

Location - It will consider the physical needs and amenities of the co-op such as parking, access and surrounding businesses;

Financial - It will analyze the co-op’s potential to cash flow, especially within the first few years;

Design - It will look into design practicality, scalability and aesthetics; and

Organizational capacity - The study will also evaluate the co-op organization’s current skill sets and education.
 
The Hudson Grocery Cooperative is excitingly close to having the owners necessary to proceed with its market study. In fact, to date, there are fewer than fifty ownerships outstanding before the study initiates. Once the study is complete, Hudson Grocery Cooperative can proceed with confidence that it is moving forward with the interests and needs of the Hudson Community in clear view.
 
The owners of the Hudson Grocery Cooperative welcome your participation. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please apply here.

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Welcome New HGC Owners:
 
February:

James & Peg Shoemaker
Mary Hirsch
Josh Bergstrom &
     Brittney Gainey
Brittany Bryant & Jon Geiger
Susan Kattas
 
Hudson Grocery Co-op
251 Owners
as of 2/10/15

Author Jerry Apps at Chapter 2 Books


HGC will partner with Chapter 2 Books to present guest author Jerry Apps on Wednesday, February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chapter 2 Book Store, located in the lower level of 226 Locust Street in downtown Hudson.
 
Jerry will be promoting his books The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County and The Quiet Season. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet Jerry. Chapter 2 Books will also have many of Jerry’s other beloved books available for purchase and signing.
 
Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life, and has won numerous awards for his writing. You can view Jerry’s bio and list of books at http://www.jerryapps.com/bio.shtml.

Hot Air Affair


Elizabeth and Emily Olson stopped by the HGC booth to make a balloon crafts during the Hudson Hot Air Affair’s farmers market on February 7th. HGC volunteers Josh Bergstrom, Jacki Bradham, Don Kirkpatrick and Marina Onken were on hand to share information about the Grocery Co-op and help kids make balloon themed crafts. 
Volunteers are needed to work at the Hudson Spring Showcase on March 29th.  The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with setup and take down, running a half hour before ad after the event. Volunteers will hand out brochures and talk visitors about the Co-op. Please let us know if you are available to volunteer for a few hours during the event. 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jacki Bradham at 715-386-3826 or rbradham@pressenter.com

Pumpkin Spice Granola


1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup flax meal
2 tesp. cinnamon
1/2 tesp. nutmeg
1 tesp. ginger
2 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
10 dried dates, diced small
1 cup raisins
 
Preheat oven to 250° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
 
In a large bowl mix together pumpkin, maple syrup, flax and spices. Blend in oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds and almonds. Spread mixture loosely onto the baking sheet.
 
Bake for 1 hour; stirring mixture every 15 minutes to prevent scorching. If needed, bake granola longer, until it is fairly dried. Remove from oven and blend in dates and raisins. 
 
Cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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