THE READER
January
2007

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Customer Comments

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Board Report:

Deli News

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Juice Bar News

Health & Wellness News

Operations News

News From Other Co-ops

Specials Information

Superstars In Your Kitchen

Producer Profile: Stella Gardens/ Micheal Fields
Arigculture Institute

Excerpts Form Our Recent Organic Panel

Recipes & Drink Recommendations

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Customer Comments

Cooperative spirit

Q: I think it’s most unfortunate that the Mifflin St. Co-op closed recently after refusing our assistance only last year. They treated us like we were planning a hostile takeover, but if they had accepted our help, they would have still been here. I hope the cooperative spirit becomes reawakened, and the new grocery store downtown is the Willy St. (or even Mifflin St.) Co-op.

A: Thank you for your comment. While our offer was made in good faith, there is no doubt that it would have changed the structure of their business, and I can understand uneasiness about that. I too hope that a new grocery store opens in the area (downtown is one of the neighborhoods we’re exploring for opening a second store), and that it’s a cooperative! -Brendon Smith, Communications Manager

Snow storm troubles

Q: I came to shop today, no shallots, no red peppers, no spinach, no ginger, no salad greens that weren’t wilted, no cilantro­—so I left to do my shopping elsewhere.

A: Sorry! We had shorts on our deliveries. Some trucks didn’t make it in time for our weekend delivery due to the snow storm. -Andy Johnston, Produce Manager

Have salad? Will travel

Q: We love the Asian Noodle Salad. Could you please keep making it and/or let us know when it comes in? We live 25 miles away, but come in often.

A: Thanks for writing. If you’re driving that far, please make sure to call ahead and I can make sure it gets ordered. It’ll be on the production schedule for December. -Dan Moore, Prepared Foods Manager

Grapefruit juice

Q: Can you carry organic not-from-concentrate grapefruit juice? Organic Valley makes one and it’s great!

A: We carried this product when Organic Valley had it before the hurricanes hit their grapefruit farms. I am not sure that it is back, but a comparable substitute would be a good idea. Thanks. -Matt Hofstede, Grocery Supervisor

Getting answers

Q: How can we access our answer easier? Alphabetized listing?? Hmmm.

A: Hello, well—that’s an interesting idea—but the answers do come in fairly irregularly. I’d like to suggest calling me directly to check on your request/comment as I am the coordinator/tracker for all customer comments. -Lynn Olson, Cooperative Services Manager

Product problems

Q: POM Juice tests on animals! You should pull it in protest!

A: We don’t sell POM anymore. We offer a different brand. Thanks for writing. Sincerely, Matt Hofstede, Grocery Supervisor

T-shirt request

Q: Please!! Adult Tees in Blue!

A: If there’s enough interest—say five more people who would buy the shirt—I’ll bring them in. So, anyone out there who’s interested, please let me know! -Brendon Smith, Communications Manager

Thanksgiving

Q: Dear Willy Street Co-op, You are one of my many blessings I am counting this Thanksgiving! To know you give membership to disabled, low income, senior citizens strengthens my faith in human nature. Thank you for caring.

A: Thank you for your kind words. -Anya Firszt, General Manager

Bring back Camillo

Q: I took the “L’Allegra Tavolata” cooking class and enjoyed both the cooking and the chef. He was great. Hope he will have another class in the future.

A: Yes! We have several classes scheduled with Camillo until Spring! Glad you enjoyed it! -Lynn Olson, Cooperative Services Manager

Clean carts

Q: Please clean gunk out of carts with grey infant seats. They are very dirty. Thanks.

A: I had the maintenance team do this. We will put this in our schedule to check more frequently. Thanks for letting us know. -Jim Jirous, Maintenance Coordinator

The motorized scooter

Q: It would be great if you were to provide an in-store shopping scooter. I have a friend who could walk to the door but cannot walk for shopping. She would love to be able to shop here. Thank you.

A: Do you mean in addition to the “Rascal” motorized seated shopping cart? Our Customer Service desk has the key anytime anyone wants to use it and we do our best to keep it charged and in good working order. Thanks. -Lynn Olson, Cooperative Services Manager

Outstanding salads

Q: The squash and beet hash on the salad bar yesterday was outstanding. Please make it again. The bulgur, zucchini and cheese casserole is also outstanding. I’d love to be able to eat it every day.

A: Thanks so much for your input. It is great to know that all our work is translating into happiness and satisfaction. The Zucchini Feta Casserole has been, and will continue to be, a regular part of our hot case menu. Thanks. -Josh Perkins, Kitchen Manager

Pre-cooked brown rice

Q: It would be awesome if we could get frozen, pre-cooked brown rice. It comes in a box of three packages of rice which microwave in three minutes. There is excess packaging somewhat, but it’s really helpful when there’s no time to cook brown rice. Please consider carrying it!

A: I am looking into this product idea. Thanks for writing and sharing your needs. Sincerely, Matt Hofstede, Grocery Supervisor

Pricey pizza

Q: Thanks for carrying the Amy’s vegan pizza. I appreciate your carrying new vegan products. However, the price $7.79 is way too much for me. I will never buy this. Can you start stocking the Tofutti brand vegan pizza instead? The price for that should be under $4 if Magic Mill is comparable. Thanks for your consideration!

A: Good suggestion. We try to offer a variety of pizzas at good prices. I will look at this brand for future consideration. Update 12/11/06: We got it! Check the top shelf to the left of the Amy’s sets. Sincerely, Matt Hofstede, Grocery Supervisor

True love

Q: I love this store to death! It has everything we (as in my family) needs. I hope this business keeps living.

A: It is a joy to read your comment. Thank you! -Anya Firszt, General Manager

Book swap

Q: Why not have a place—perhaps at the entrance—for members to recycle used books and magazines, particularly those related to the co-op’s values? Like they do at the public libraries. They could be left for free distribution or the Co-op could sell them for a little additional income.

A: Wow! I guess it’s time to readvertise our Take-a-Book-Leave-a-Book shelf here at the Co-op! Anyone wanting to recycle their books can, at any time, drop them off at Customer Service and we’ll put them on our book shelf (lending library) near the public restrooms in the Commons. A lot of good magazines can also be found on those shelves. Thanks for the reminder. Happy reading and recycling! -Lynn Olson, Cooperative Services Manager