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Co+op Basics; Football Snacks; $5 Dinner; and More!

February 2019 already! What happened to January? Time flies when you're having fun. 

The cold snap in January produced (finally) a wintery playland for sledding, skating, snowshoeing, skiing, and even fishing! And, my favorite—walking across the lake and back with my dog, Max! 

Co+op Basics

In addition to celebrating a few special dates this month, we are focused on Co+op Basics. Co+op Basics are a selection of quality goods at everyday low prices (not just Co-op Owners). Hundreds of staple foods and household goods are part of this program. Check out a partial list on page 16, and see ways you can maximize your grocery dollars.

Wellness Wednesday 

All day at all three stores Wednesday, February 6. Owners, this is your monthly opportunity to stock up on lotions and potions, skin and hair care, vitamins, and supplements and save 10% on all your health and wellness purchases. 

Football snacks

If you are one of the millions of football fans that plan to watch the Super Bowl LIII game, or you plan to simply tune in to watch the commercials, we have snacky snacks to help make your game day party a touchdown! You can find appetizing as well as nutritious treats at all three stores that will score big with all your party-goers’ needs and taste buds. Kick-off time is 6:30pm, Sunday, February 3. 

Valentine’s Day

And, if you are into celebrating Valentine’s Day, alone or with a special someone, we have you covered. A few of my personal favorites: treat yourself to a small round of French Saint-André or Four Fat Fowl St. Stephen. Both are a triple cream cow’s milk cheese. Paired with a glass of bubbly and baguette—simply to die for! We have in stock oodles of decadent chocolaty treats, from truffles and salted caramels, to solid chocolate bars and covered morsels —oh my! If candles, wine, and roses are your cup of tea, we have those as well! Wednesday, February 14. 

Annual Meeting & Party 

There are few things I love more than when I get an email from an Owner asking me, “When is this year’s Annual Meeting & Party so we can plan our family summer vacation around it?!” A sweet reminder that this event is out of the ordinary and not to be missed. 

Although it's cold outside now and six months away, we are already looking ahead to this year’s Annual Meeting & Party (AMP). Save the date, Thursday, July 11 at McPike Park beginning at 4:00pm. If you haven't yet attended our annual event, we encourage you to join us. We plan to serve 5,000 meals, give away 1,000 gift bags, offer free samples, host our annual business meeting and wrap the evening up with live music. The party portion of the AMP is fun, of course, but the primary reason for the event is the AM part: our Annual Meeting. There you can hear from candidates running for a seat on the Board of Directors, hear a recap of the last twelve months of your Co-op, and have a chance to win some prizes. 

$5 Dinner

Mark your calendar for this month’s $5 Dinner at Willy North for Thursday, February 21st, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Tamaleria de Poblano tamales are the featured main course; plus green chile black beans, nacho chips, green salad and a cookie on the side. Eat in or carry out. All for $5! 

On the horizon

Before you know it, seed packets will be available at the stores serving as a reminder that it is time to plan your spring and summer garden and patio planters and to get your starts started.  This spring, we are excited to launch our new (and improved) online purchase and delivery program. And a final note, Board of Director candidate recruitment is soon coming up. If you have an interest in running for the Board, plan to check out a Board meeting (third Tuesday evening of the month) to get a taste if how the Board operates. 

Until next month, be happy, stay warm.