Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Down to the Main Street May 16 for Our Spring into Healthy Living® Fair! from our General Manager, Paula Harris

There’s just something special about spring! And after this year’s long, snow-filled winter, we’re all ready to stretch our legs and enjoy the warm sun. We’re getting ready to celebrate spring Co-op-style with our eight annual Spring into Healthy Living® Fair on Saturday, May 16, 10 am - 2 pm in Concord. We hope you’ll join us for the family-friendly party!... (read more)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The DARK Act, GMO Labeling, and How You Can Take Action

Reprinted with permission from Ken Davis & the Co-op Food Store Co-op News

Murky debate, GMOs. Few food topics arouse such acrimony and zeal, even though the jury is still out on how noxious and harmful the things even are.

At the Co-op, we believe what most Americans do: consumers have the right to know the source of their food. That’s why legislation that threatens to undo hard-fought-for GMO labeling efforts gets our attention. Learn more and find out how you can take action.... Click here to read more

Friday, April 24, 2015

YMCA 11th Annual Spring Social in Good Spirits

by Jaimie Jusczyk, Marketing Specialist

Executive Chef Rob Cone from the Co-op's Celery Stick Café put up quite the culinary fight for last Wednesday's YMCA Spring Social Top Chef competition. Four chefs from four local restaurants went head-to-head to feed the hungry guests who placed their votes for the best appetizer of the evening. All proceeds were to benefit the YMCA's Annual Campaign, making quality childcare and wellness programs accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of their economic status. [Read more...]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eating for Your Microbiome

By Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), Registered Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Coordinator

Fermenting krauts
Forget about eating for yourself. Did you know that your body is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria, and the standard American diet is starving them out? These good bugs are part of your microbiome, a newly coined phrase that refers to your body's ecosystem - both the human part of you and the microbial part of you. Did you know that microbial cells outnumber human cells in your body 10 to 1? Before you go reaching for the antiseptic spray, know that the majority of these bugs are good for you. Very good for you. In fact, hundreds of scientists throughout the world are currently studying the human microbiome, and this research is changing the way we think about health and the  human body. Click here to learn more about how your microbiome improves your health and vitality and the things you can do to cultivate these good guys in your gut...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - Easy Ways to Reduce Waste While Shopping at the Co-op

by Maria Noël Groves, Co-op Wellness Educator

Imagine doing your shopping, bringing groceries home, and eating them without throwing a single thing in the trash can. While it's difficult to be 100% perfect, in honor of Earth Day, here are some easy ways to reduce your grocery waste... (read more)

Monday, April 20, 2015

First Harvest for 2015

by Stacey Cooper, Co-op Organic Garden Manager

We have transplanted our first seeded flats into the hoop house raised beds at the Shaker Organic Gardens, in addition to the direct seeded crops. I have utilized floating row cover to help conserve moisture in the beds as well as buffer the plants from extreme heat during the day and cold at night. The spinach is finally germinating.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

We Want YOU to Run for Our Board of Directors

From Our Board of Directors

One of the coolest things about food co-ops is that we are equally owned by our members and that our members have a voice in what the Co-op does. If you’ve ever thought about being more involved in your community and the Co-op, consider running in this year’s Board elections. This is an exciting time to be involved in the Co-op! With increased products and services, and more than 7,000 Member-Owners, the Co-op is a thriving, important part of this community.

This election will fill three seats, each for a three-year term. The deadline to apply is coming up quickly on 5 pm on Friday, May 29. Elections take place later this year.

The Board of Directors plays a critical role in ensuring the continued success and health of this vital organization. We represent our member-owners in determining appropriate organizational performance. We are engaged primarily in developing the vision and long-term viability of the Co-op. We do not run the store, nor do we have direct control over its daily operations.

Board expectations include:

  • A solid three-year commitment to the Board of Directors
  • To be a member and regular shopper of the Co-op
  • Preparation for and attendance at monthly board meetings
  • Attendance at Board training sessions and annual retreat, annual meetings and select Co-op events.
  • Active participation in the Board’s meetings, committee work, training sessions, and recruiting activities
  • Ability to understand financial statements
  • A genuine interest in cooperative issues and our community and a willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and work together with understanding, mutual support, and respect to make decisions that will enhance the viability of the Co-op

Download the application at and email to ask questions.