February & March Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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Some of the Winter Market vendors were: (top left) Cincotta Family Farms; (top right) Sweet Top Farm; (bottom left) Nick Meurett, with food demonstration; and (bottom right) 10th Street Farm & Market.

HGC Hosts Winter Market

HGC hosted its first Winter Market on February 25 at EP Rock elementary school. There were 13 vendors who participated, and over 80 people attended the event. This was a great venue to meet local farmers and talk with vendors. Attendees could purchase a variety of local products and services, and Nick Meurett, former chef and current HGC board member, conducted a food demonstration. HGC had six new owners join and 21 people signed up for the newsletter. It was a successful event for everyone, and we look forward to hosting another market in the future.
Vendors included the following: BitMad Bakery, 10th Street Farm & Market, Cincotta Family Farms, Cedar Lake Teas, Community Homestead, Eener’s Farm, Klasen Apiaries, Mirasol Farm Organics, Plantables, Shady Lane Farm, Sweet Top Farm, Star Prairie Trout Farm, and Turtle Hare Farm. We greatly appreciate their participation.

Conference Attendees were: (left to right) Michelle Sjobeck, Nick Meurett, Carol Zempel, Melanie Herberg and Katie Nelson-Heil.

Up & Coming Conference

Live Long and Co-op was the theme of the 2017 Up and Coming Conference. The focus of this conference is to provide information to start-up co-ops so they can grow and succeed. There were great opportunities to learn from the experts and to network with other co-ops, many of which are located in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With the conference being in Milwaukee, we could carpool so HGC was able to send 5 Board and committee members and attend 45 workshops. The Board has already started to implement new ideas from the workshops and we will continue to do so throughout 2017.

On the left: Dietmar Schlei and Carol Zempel at the HGC booth. Right: Max Meurett with the Mascot Dance-Off trophy.

HGC at Spring Showcase

Again, HGC hosted a table at the Spring Showcase on March 19. We enjoyed meeting our neighbors in the community and talking about the co-op. We gave away seed packets and recipe cards which were a hit with gardeners, plus we added 37 people to the roster for the Beet newsletter.

This year HGC also had a mascot, Max the Sharkinator, participate in the dance-off, and he won the competition! Max is the son of Nick Meurett, who’s a director on the HGC Board. Look for the trophy, which we will proudly display at all of the events we attend this year.

You can check out a video of Max dancing at

HGC board of directors: (seated in front) Sarah Atkins & Carol Zempel; (in the back) Nick Meurett, Michelle Sjobeck, Katie Nelson-Heil, and JoAnna Demulling.

Introducing HGC Director Michelle Sjobeck

New HGC Director Michelle Sjobeck is a Clinical Quality Supervisor at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater MN. She has also served in the Minnesota Air National Guard for 23 years as a Flight Medic and Flight Nurse for the majority of her career and currently serves as an Inspector General for the 133rd AW. Michelle received her BSN in Nursing from St. Catherine University and she holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.

Michelle lives in St. Joseph Township, WI with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Michelle loves to run, stay active outdoors, read, ride motorcycle and spend precious time with family. She is passionate about holistic healthcare and the healing power that comes with consuming quality food that nature provides us. She feels honored to have the opportunity to work with her community members to bring a cooperative grocery store to Hudson that people can feel a sense of pride, belonging and ownership in.


435  Sandy Schoenecker
         & Kevin Caldwell
436  Candy Murphy
437  Kelly Rabe
438  JoAnna Demulling


439  Jyoti Mukerji
440  Beth & Mike Deneen
442  Betsy Ganz
443  Dan & Olivia Halvorson
444  Adam & Megan Greeson
445  Anna Bittner & Peter
446  Triscia & Jake Durocher
447  Katherine & Terry Fossler
448  Lacey & Elliot Niesl
Hudson Grocery Co-op
448 Members
as of 3/14/17
Several of the Board Members went to the Up & Coming Conference earlier this month in Milwaukee, WI. This is a great three-day conference which features multiple “tracks” that allow participants to either focus on one common theme or mix-and-match session topics. Those of us that attended made sure that we covered the widest array of topics possible—but there is no doubt that our overall focus for the Hudson Grocery Co-op this year is on marketing—so those courses were of primary interest. Once the conference completed we returned to Hudson and promptly got to work implementing some of the new ideas that we had gathered while we were there.
Prior to the conference, we knew that we needed to amp up our social media presence. We picked up a number of good tips from the conference, so we decided to quickly spin-up a marketing sub-committee to focus on social media. Much of what we learned had to do with the frequency, timing and content necessary to help in achieving the greatest visibility. We realized that we needed to be more thoughtful about “what” and “when” we were posting in order to have the biggest impact.
You will notice that we have significantly more content on Facebook than we have had in the past. In addition to more frequent posts, we have kicked off our “Spring to 500” campaign. The campaign will run from now until the last day of spring and anyone that becomes an owner during that time will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to The Phipps and a $50 gift card to Pier 500.
For those of you who are not already owners, now is a really good time to sign-up. We are working hard to bring this to fruition and we need your support. Follow us on Facebook and help us spread the word by liking or sharing posts. It’s low effort, but will yield significant results in terms of bringing in new owners.
As always, thank you for your support - now let’s build a co-op!

Wellness Mama Expo April 22nd

Mark Your Calendar for the McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center’s Wellness Mama Expo on April 22, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. This event is centered on educating, empowering, and encouraging women. To help them achieve excellence in mothering—from planning their optimal birth plan, to parenting and a lifestyle of wellness. HGC will have a booth at this event, so stop by to see us.
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