September 2005

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Customer Comments

General Manager's Report

Board Report

Election Information: Board Candidate Statements and Proposed Budget Details

2005 Annual Membership Meeting Recap

Produce News: The Effects of Chemicals on Our Foods

Specials Information

Eating Well, Being Well and Having Fun While You're At It!: The Food for Thought Festival

Book & Housewares News

Health & Wellness News: Teas

Recipes & Drink Recommendations

Organics: In Our Beds, On Our Bodies and On Our Minds

Producer Profile: Rishi Tea

Putting Your Organic Garden to Bed

Member Services News: Our Annual Farm Tour


Community Calendar


Food for Thought Festival
Saturday, September 17th 8:00am–1:00pm. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, off the Capitol Square in Madison. See page 30 of this Reader for an article about this exciting, important event.

Willy Street Fair
Saturday, September 17th, 2:30pm–7:30pm and Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am–7:30pm. Madison’s biggest street fair includes five stages of music and entertainment; over 100 vendors (including Willy Street Co-op); arts and crafts; an eclectic parade and much more.

Williamson Street Art Center Open House
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th–18th, 11:00am–6:00pm. 1020 Williamson St. Reception for summer school artists and mural camp artists and mural dedication Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am before the Fair. For information, call Sharon Kilfoy at 256-8878.

The Madison Audubon Society’s Prairies Jubilee
Sunday, September 25 from 11:00 am–4:30pm at the UW Arlington Agricultural Research Center on Hopkins Rd (off of Hwy 51). There will be many family/learning activities as well as shuttle service to nearby Goose Pond Sanctuary for even more activities. Raffle, food and music too. More info on website

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin 13th Annual “Spoke Out”
Sunday, September 25th, 11:00am–2:00pm. Beginning at Olin Park shelter and around Lake Monona. Proceeds support programs benefiting the children and families of Wisconsin. For more information contact Jim at

Wisconsin Tour of Solar Businesses and the Wisconsin Tour of Solar Homes
Business Tour: Friday, September 30th; Home Tour: Saturday, October 1st. Willy Street Co-op is one of the solar business sites! All sites are open to the public between 10am and 4pm. FREE! For a free tour booklet or to register for a guided tour, please see the information at or call 715-592-6595 before September 23rd. Sponsored by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Ninth Annual Fall Fest at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Friday, September 30th, 5:30pm–8:00pm. Come celebrate the most colorful season at a family festival for one and all. Learn about Wisconsin’s native fauna and flora; try your hand at Prairie Plant Bingo; visit the Children’s Shack and learn Midwestern pioneer crafts and chores; enjoy a concert by Ken Lonnquist; and much more. Free to ALNC members, $15/person for non-members. Call 221-4038 or visit for more information.

Wisconsin Sustainability Fair
October 1st-8th. UW Oshkosh. In celebration of the Earth Charter, hundreds of individuals from organizations throughout Wisconsin will come together on the campus of the UW Oshkosh the week of October 1st–8th. Enjoy seminars, keynote speakers, demonstrations, exhibits and participatory activities. For more information, log on to or call 608-222-8708.