We welcome your comments and give each one attention and serious consideration. Send them to or fill out a Customer Comment form in the Owner Resources area. Each month a small selection is printed in the Reader. The rest can be found in the commons or in the binder near Customer Service. Thank you!
Q: In the Reader’s article on co-op history, the first paragraph of the “Willy Street Co-op History” section states, “For the first year the Co-op shared a space with Nature’s Bakery at 1019 Williamson St.”
Actually, in 1973 the building at 1019 still housed Wisconsin Biological Supply, a wholesaler of veterinary pharmaceuticals. At that point in time, Nature’s was still at 1101 Williamson, in the much smaller building that now houses Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. I joined the bakery collective in June of 1975 and it was the fall of that year that we made the move up the street to 1019. The old building was really inadequate for our needs.
It’s hard to believe that 35 years have passed. Just to mention 1975 brings back memories of neighborhood establishments that are no longer with us. The building on Patterson Street between Williamson and the railroad tracks, now spruced up with shiny steel siding, still sold feed and other agricultural products, and I remember buying a 100 lb. bag of Peavey whole wheat flour there when we ran out of our regular supplier’s stock. (This was shortly before we developed a relationship with an organic mill in Cochrane, Wisconsin.) One of the retail stores we sold to was in an old industrial building on the 700 block, specializing mostly in the cheapest canned and otherwise non-fresh goods, but they also took our products. We also sold to Sunshine Grocery, in the building on S. Dickinson that now houses Cronometro, and we dined at cafes with names like Connie’s and Dolly’s. I could go on, but I’d better stop here!
A: Thanks for the clarification and for the trip down memory lane! -Liz Wermcrantz, Reader Editor
Q: Three different beet salads today at salad bar—all contained honey. Why? Beets are plenty sweet as is—pls get back old recipe with lemon, olive oil, onion, salt and pepper. Simple and good—if you MUST offer the honey-laden recipes at least mix ’em up a bit with the non-sweetened version from time to time. Thank you!
A: Thanks for the comment! Yes, most of our beet salads do contain honey. We do offer a beet salad in our grab and go case almost daily that is made with beets, scallions, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. We try to always have this one in stock but sometimes we run out. Thanks! -Gina Jimenez-Lalor, Deli Manager—East
Q: Some of my recent appreciations of Willy St. Co-op:
• The planters at the entrance to the store (and the corner protectors on them)
• The Bongo/Four Star dropbox
• Apples from Ela Orchard
• The abundance of Blue Diamond brand almond milk.
Thanks for being here!
A: Wow! Thank you! It’s always nice to be appreciated. Hope you have a lovely fall season! -Lynn Olson, Director of Cooperative Services
Q: Great service from Sadie today. Very friendly and helpful!
A: Thanks for writing! I’ve shared your feedback with Sadie and sincerely appreciate that you took the time to offer a positive comment. Thanks again. -Jesse Thurber, Front End Assistant Manager—East
Q: Came for lunch and found no hot vegan entrée (only mashed potatoes) and no vegan soups. (Potato Dill card was up but soup clearly has big chunks of ham in it). I’d like there to be something hot and vegan here to eat daily. That’s my expectation...is that possible?
A: I reviewed the menu from 10/18. Our hot vegan options were mashed potatoes and roasted green beans (green beans, peppers and onions). The Potato Dill soup is vegan but uses red potatoes with some of the skin. It is easy to see how that can be mistaken for ham. Because of our limited space in our hot case and soup offerings, we can only offer one of the two soups being vegan and one, sometimes two of the three offerings in our hot case begin vegan, depending on what our special of the day is. Thank you for your input. -Gina Jimenez-Lalor, Deli Manager—East
Q: (In response to article in Reader) I also would buy bags of Trail Mix Cookies—my favorite. I do buy bags of Cowgirl Cookies but my first choice would be Trail Mix Cookies.
A: Thanks for your comment! Since the article in the Reader, we have had a few people say they would like to see these in bags. We just may try this again. Thanks! -Gina Jimenez-Lalor, Deli Manager—East
Q: Believe it or not, the main reason I joined the Co-op was because you carried Mrs. Clark’s Mayonnaise. Alas, there has been none for several weeks. Please get more!
A: Thanks for the comment. Mrs. Clark’s mayo is currently out of stock from the distributor indefinitely. It’s a very popular product, and we’re hoping to get it back ASAP. -Liz Hawley, Co-op Services Assistant
Q: Just finished the second of three classes with Kate & Angela. Had to miss the second unfortunately. Very informative and a great team—More!
A: Good news! The duo has agreed to return for another two classes! Thanks for your positive feedback! -Lynn Olson, Director of Cooperative Services
Q: Could you put other varieties of mushrooms in the salad bar? Thanks for being here!
A: Thanks for the request! What types of mushrooms would you like to see? We are a bit limited by price, but if there is a specific mushroom you’d like to see, we’d be happy to consider it. Thanks again! -Megan Blodgett, Prduce Manager—West