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Willy West Reset; Food; Unionizing & More

Fall fell: so that’s it for the leaf poetry;
some flurries have whitened the edges of the roads

and lawns: time for that, the snow stuff: &
turkeys and old St. Nick: where am I going to

find something to write about I haven’t already
written away...
        -A.R. Ammons

Happy November, Willy Street Co-op community! November kicks off three of the busiest months your Co-op sees each year. You’ll find the usual harvest feast fare filling the shelves, coolers and freezers. Squashes, pumpkins, turkeys, cranberries, oh my! I know I personally am looking forward to heaping helpings of pecan pie and cornbread stuffing.

New project: Willy West
One exciting new project that I would like to share with you is that we have begun talks about how to remodel or reset the retail floor at Willy West. One important lesson we learned during the Willy East remodel is to NOT wait another 15 years to do another one! The best practice suggestion for grocery stores is a major reset or some sort of update/remodel every five to seven years. Can you believe West will be turning five next year?! It’s time to figure out how we can improve the space for staff and for Owners. This conversation will likely take several months before any official plans are mocked up. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

November certainly fills me with thoughts of food! Turkeys will be available in the coolers, freezers and for ordering at both East and West locations. Wil-Mar pies will be making their annual appearance, and the Production Kitchen has been mobilizing for weeks to bring you a bevy of fantastic pies for your holiday celebrations. Please also note that both retail stores close EARLY on Thanksgiving day—at 2:30pm to be exact. Get any last minute runs in before then!

The UFCW Local 1473 is talking to employees about forming a union at Willy Street Co-op. The Board of Directors has directed me to instill an environment of neutrality within the workplace and I am committed to doing so. We will follow all laws and rules, as well as our bylaws, in moving forward through the process. We support the right for staff to make this decision.

Black Earth Meats’ kickstarter
I should also mention that Black Earth Meats has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the transfer of their equipment to a new location. They are hoping to raise $225,000 by December 4th, and they are off to a good start. Check them out if you’re interested in supporting this Co-op vendor! (

Wishing you all a warm and scrumptious November.

Willy Street Co-op Thanksgiving Foods

Paul O'FlanaganMark E. SaundersGrass Fed BeefDr. Ingo Mahn

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