January 2015 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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Are YOU "On the Fence" or
Are YOU an HGC Owner?

Either way – we need YOU!

Not an owner?  Now is the time to jump onto the Hudson Grocery Co-op (HGC) side of the fence and become an owner today!
Currently an owner?  Now is the time to recruit just one person to join you in HGC ownership – let’s make this happen!
We are at a critical point – and are in need of new owners NOW.  HGC is very close to having the number of owners needed to move on to the next vital step… a Feasibility Study.  The study answers questions like: Where is the best location? and How big should the store be?  It will guide the HGC Board with the specific data needed to make informed decisions and contribute to the development of HGC’s business plan.
The 300 ownership mark is the beginning of the Feasibility Study, which becomes part of our business plan, and will propel us to our end goal! We only need 51 more owners – please be one of them – or recruit one of them.
A onetime ownership commitment of just $80.00 supports the grocery cooperative and will assist in moving it on to this next important step.  Now that we are enjoying the lowest gasoline prices we’ve seen in many years – why not put just a little bit of these savings into investing in a Hudson Grocery Cooperative ownership?
Become an owner today by visiting
Current owners - recruit just one new owner and you'll get a (gentle but enthusiastic) slap on the back.

HGC owners Jill and Alan Burchill

Meet HGC Owners: Jill & Alan Burchill

The Burchills have lived in Hudson since 1989; they have two adult children, one granddaughter and they are happily awaiting the arrival of their second grandchild who will be born in April.  In addition to founding St. Croix Valley Insurance Agency, Alan has proudly served the City of Hudson as Mayor since 2010.  Jill is a CFO and a Financial Executive Consultant for companies throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.  The Alan and Jill enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and traveling.  Signing up for a family membership in 2012, the Burchills became the 53rd owners in the Hudson Grocery Cooperative.
Why did you choose to become an HGC owner?

  • We believe that it is important to have choices in our community as to where to shop.  And, we practice and strongly support that residents should purchase locally.

Why is it of value to have a grocery cooperative in our community?

  • We support organizations that give local farmers/businesses a local option to distribute their produce and products.  And in addition, we believe it is important to have a grocery store option closer to downtown and the residents in North Hudson. 

If people are "on the fence" as to whether to join or not - what would you say to encourage them to make the investment now? 

  • The investment in HGC ownership is a small cost to pay to help develop/explore this option for our community.

Join HGC Now!

Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution Involving Healthy Living and/or Losing Weight?  Bravo (insert loud applause)!

By: HGC Owner - Mellissa Dahl
I venture to say millions of people across the world make resolutions to lose weight and/or eat better every single year. reported the number one resolution for 2014 was to lose weight and the fifth most popular resolution was to stay fit and be healthier.  Great news!  Sadly, spending more time with family weighed in at 10th place (10 of 10 – sorry family), while falling in love landed in ninth place. Can number nine really be a resolution? Hmmmm.  Moving on…
Here’s the bad news… according to a research study by the University of Scranton just 8% of us reach our New Year’s resolution goals. Why?  Because we are setting our goals and expectations too darn high (especially number nine).
I have a friend who I’ve known for a very long time, Dr. Donald (Don) Hensrud, who’s with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester; he’s an expert in nutrition and preventative medicine and really knows his stuff… appearances on the national morning shows, editor of Mayo Clinic cookbooks, etc. etc. Anyway, I celebrated New Year’s Eve this year with him and his lovely, smart wife – my BFF since college – Dr. Natasha Matt-Hensrud – and this exact topic came up. Why the failure rate? 
According to Don (aka Dr. Hensrud), the simple answer is people make unrealistic goals and set unrealistic expectations, which equals frustration and ultimately they simply give up on their resolution (therefore the 8% success rate). The best way to actually be successful (part of the 8%) is to start small and set very attainable goals. For example, make a resolution to eat one more serving of vegetables and/or fruit a day – that’s pretty easy. Instead of pledging to exercise for an hour or more every day – start at 15 or 30 minutes three times a week. Then, work your way up, and on, to that healthier lifestyle you made a resolution to achieve in 2015 (hey, you have over 11 months left to pull it off – you CAN do it).
Also, seek guidance and educate yourself. There’s a ton of helpful information on the internet – as in “Google it.” You can also visit and search health topics, such as losing weight and healthy living, on When our HGC store comes to fruition – we will have an abundance of educational opportunities focusing on healthy living and a plethora of fruits and vegetables to choose from… can't wait!
In the meantime… be strong in your 2015 healthy living resolution(s) but be realistic! As for number nine – you are on your own… but good luck with that…

February 25th Author Event 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, The Quiet Season, and Rural Wit & Wisdom. Attendees can meet and greet Jerry, and Chapter 2 Books will also have many of his 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

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party?

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the TimesCenter in New York City, and HGC is wondering if there is interest in organizing a viewing party for this event. Thanks to the excellent organizational skills of volunteer Meghan Likes we were able to host a viewing party last year. Last year’s event included live webcast viewing, lunch, and excellent conversation.
If you are interested in the possibility of a viewing party please contact Jacki at 715-386-3826 or
About TEDxManhattan:
The TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the TimesCenter in New York City.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual the TEDx viewing parties are self-organized.
TEDxManhattan viewing parties are a great way to bring people together to mingle, eat and learn.  To learn more about hosting a TEDxManhattan viewing party, or to find one near you, view:
Volunteers Needed:
HGC will have a table at Hot Air Affair’s farmers market in the EP Rock School cafeteria on Saturday, February 7 from 8 – 11:30 a.m.  HGC will provide a simple craft for kids as well as build awareness of HGC by talking to adults and handing out brochures and flyers for the upcoming HGC Happy Hour at Seasons.
We will need a few volunteers to work at the table and help with setup/takedown. If you are available to work a couple hours, please contact Jacki at 715-386-3826 or We could also use help prepping the craft before the event (cutting out paper shapes).

A "Fowl" Vegetable Dish

4 chicken breasts
salt and pepper to season
Flour to gently dust the breasts
2 Vidalia (or yellow) onions
2-3 tsp. fresh minced garlic - to taste
2 yellow or red bell peppers - chopped
2 cups thinly sliced carrots
8 Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
3 dried bay leaves
Fresh diced Anaheim peppers (optional)
2 T. fresh lime juice
Chicken or vegetable broth
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, dust with flour.  Place two tablespoons of olive, or canola oil, in a large skillet over medium heat.  Lightly brown the chicken, on both sides, then remove them from skillet and set aside.  Next, add the onions, garlic, peppers and cooked carrots to the skillet.  Sauté ingredients and stir until lightly caramelized.  Place the chicken breasts back into the skillet.  Add remaining ingredients, covering with the broth.  Cover skillet and simmer until the chicken breast's internal temperature is 165 degrees.  When done, remove the chicken and set aside.  Remove the bay leaves and throw them away.  Blend in a bender what's left in the skillet creating the puree sauce - add salt and/or pepper to taste.
Plate the chicken, add your choice of rice or pasta and add as much of the vegetable puree sauce as desired over the chicken and rice or pasta.
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