Strawberry Flavored Member Perks!

Strawberry_437MVFC Member Perks alert! Members Bring a Friend Strawberry Event.

Current members and their friends are invited for a special strawberry event coming up Sunday, June 23, 2019. You are welcome to come pick berries anytime between 10am – 5pm on that day for a MVFC special offer.
Here are the details:

MVFC current members are invited to bring a friend, think of someone who would potentially love to also be a co-op member, and both of you will be able to pick strawberries with the BOGO deal. These delicious, sustainably grown berries are usually $7 per pint and for the first two pints picked, MVFC members and friends get this great BOGO deal.

All you need to do is look for the Merrimack Valley Co-op table to sign in and activate your Member Perk. We are doing this to grow our membership, so please think of one or more friends who would enjoy being part of our future cooperative grocery store.

You will have time to pick your strawberries, get some information about what else the co-op has planned this year and meet other member owners. There will be a member only greenhouse tour, if you happen to come about mid-afternoon, Farmer Dave will show us part of his amazing local farm.

We appreciate the support from Farmer Daves to offer this to our member owners and look forward to seeing all our members and several of their friends on June 23rd at Farmer Daves Farm 437 Parker Rd. Dracut, MA.

Please let us know if you’ll be there so we can plan:

P.S. All new members signing up this month are eligible for the local product raffle basket with a value of more than the  $150 membership cost. This is a great time to join. Also, any member whose friend signs up at our Strawberry event will be entered in the raffle as well.

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Spending the Day at Mill #5

Mill5_outreachMVFC enjoyed a great Spring day as we met many new people while tabling at The Farm Market at Mill #5 in Lowell this past Sunday. This great indoor market draws people from all around the Merrimack Valley area with quality local food and products.

Two of our most recent members helped out for the entire event showing their co-op spirit, even helping to bring back the corn!

To all the people we spoke with during the day, thank you for stopping by and supporting our start-up project. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to send in your membership…

Great work Alyssa, Dan, Luis, Laura and Suzanne. Many volunteers make is easy and fun. Looking forward to meeting more people at the next outreach.

Spark Plug Idea at Possible Dreams

fullsizeoutput_90We attended the annual Team Haverhill event again this year and were excited about the opportunity to be a “spark plug”. Never thought we’d be using car metaphors on this website, but the event was themed around getting what we need to build a complete and fully functioning “vehicle”. And what do we want? Yes, a fully functioning member owned food co-op!

So, we pitched our “spark” and were able to invite people over to our area to learn more. We had a good talk about food co-ops with some new Haverhill residents. The project will take a few more years, but we have our new Vision in place to give us a clear goal.

Thank you, Team Haverhill and Possible Dreams for the opportunity. MVFC knows that this IS a Possible Dream to one day have a beautiful and welcoming member owned market to support local farmers and grow our local economy.

Our Clear Vision, Mission & Core Values

co-ops commitDid you realize how much co-ops can influence the well being of a community? Celebrate the successes of last year and develop our strategy to make our co-op grow in 2019. Be part of something that will make our community better. Join the conversation on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 3-5pm.

MVFC Co-op members voted on Vision, Mission and Core Values statements last Fall that we will use to move our co-op plans forward this year. Here is our common direction:

Vision:  A member-owned cooperative grocery store in the Greater Haverhill area

Mission:  To provide year-round access to locally sourced food for the Merrimack Valley community

Core Values: 

  • A cooperative grocery store supported by member owners
  • Provide the Merrimack Valley area a welcoming place offering healthy food education
  • Ensure a year round market for local farmers
  • Help build a stronger economy
  • Improve the well-being of our community

Mark you calendar and be part of the change on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 3-5pm. Please RSVP for directions and details: suzanne@mvfood.coop

Get Inspired about Food with MVFC

statistics of the positive impact of co-ops from www.strongertogether.coopDo you eat the food you want? Do you eat food that is good for you and your family? Do you know where your food comes from? Does everyone get that chance?

Join the conversation with MVFC this Saturday, October 20 from 4 – 6pm. We will be showing a couple of short films and talking about how food access and food justice effects all of us.

We are celebrating our 4th Annual Meeting with a movie event open to the public. Anyone who cares about food is welcome. Suggested donation of $5 to cover costs.

RSVP Here. We look forward to talking food with you.

HC Media Studio 101 is located in the new Harbor Place building 2 Merrimack St Haverhill, MA. Parking is available across the street in the Goecke Parking deck. Here is a handy map to help you get there.

Save Money, Save the Environment: 3 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

Food waste in the United States has reached unimaginable levels. The Guardian estimates that half of all perfectly good produce is thrown away, both “upstream” at the farms and “downstream” in groceries, restaurants, and households. Reducing your personal food waste will not only help address this epidemic, but can also save you time and money! Below are some simple tips and tools to reduce your food waste.

save food what gets tossed

Plan Your Meals

Ready to save money and the environment? Introducing the Guestimator! This handy tool will help you calculate how much food you need to feed any party, including those voracious teenagers and picky in-laws. With their measurements, you’ll reduce the amount of leftover ingredients that tend to rot in the back of the fridge. Plus, you’ll save money by buying only as much as you need!

For smaller family meals, you might enjoy this Meal Kit Catalog from Handpick, a selection of yummy recipes that share ingredients. Take the guesswork out of grocery shopping and meal preparation and try some yummy new recipes at the same time!

meal catalog

Cook Those Leftovers

The average American dumps 3.5 pounds of leftovers a week, but it can be hard to make week-old food appetizing again. Our solution? Dump the microwave! All of us are guilty of shoving leftover ingredients to the back of the fridge in favor of fresher, exciting food, but these tips from Save the Food can help revive that perfectly good food into a totally new entree. You’ll find creative recipes from falafel to browned-banana bread! Save the Food also offers simple ways to revive meals gone awry, whether burned, stale, or overcooked.

Afraid of reheating pasta or rice to dried-out oblivion? Check out these tips for pasta with and without sauce, and perfectly fluffy rice! And these leftover recipes from BBC Good Food help you reuse everything from wilted salads to stale bread. 

Re-think Expiration Dates

Did you know “best-by” dates on food aren’t a good indicator of food safety? The next time you do a refrigerator purge, ignore those cryptic codes and use Eat By Date as a reference. For any iffy food item, Eat By Date offers information on shelf life, storage tips, and even creative ways to use extra food before it expires!

The best way to extend the shelf life of your food even further is to store it properly. Check out these tips on proper food storage from Save the Food — they have tips on refrigeration, freezing, and even reviving stale staples!

Get Involved in the Effort to Save Food! 

If you like these tips for reducing personal food waste, consider getting involved in your local community effort to save edible food. Whether you’re interested in gleaning overlooked produce from local farms, starting a community composting movement, or signing a petition to ask grocery stores to redistribute leftover produce, there are plenty of ways to help!

Even your weekly grocery shopping can make a difference. Consider supporting or starting a local co-op grocery store – click here to find one near you! Since they’re run democratically by you and your neighbors, co-ops tailor their ordering and waste less food.

co ops commit

Co-ops are leaders in sustainable practices like recycling and composting, and are committed to reducing carbon output through local food distributors. Plus, many co-ops offer discounts or monthly dividends for member-owners, so you can get money back on your healthy groceries!

However you choose to reduce food waste, it takes a community to foster change: consider sharing this article with your friends with the links below!

 

Save Food, Save Money: Cook Those Leftovers!

With food waste on the rise in the United States, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re eating all of the edible food in your fridge. But how do you make leftovers appetizing again? Below are some helpful tips and tricks for making the most out of your food – over and over again.

Cook Those Leftovers

The average American dumps 3.5 pounds of leftovers a week, but it can be hard to make week-old food appetizing again. Our solution? Dump the microwave! The secret to making old food tasty is to cook it with care, using the stove, oven, and even the grill. Here are some creative recipes for ingredients past their prime.

All of us are guilty of shoving leftover ingredients to the back of the fridge in favor of fresher, exciting food, but these tips from Save the Food can help revive that perfectly good food into a totally new entree. You’ll find creative recipes from falafel to browned-banana bread! Save the Food also offers simple ways to revive meals gone awry, whether burned, stale, or overcooked.

leftover recipies

Afraid of reheating pasta or rice to dried-out oblivion? Check out these tips for pasta with and without sauce, and perfectly fluffy rice! And these leftover recipes from BBC Good Food help you reuse everything from wilted salads to stale bread.

Even your weekly grocery shopping can make a difference in the fight against food waste. Consider supporting or starting a local co-op grocery store – click here to find one near you! Since they’re run democratically by you and your neighbors, co-ops tailor their ordering and waste less food, and they are leaders in recycling and composting. If you live in Essex County, MA, consider becoming a member of the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op, a start up grocery co-op that will serve the Haverhill, Lawrence, Newburyport, and Methuen areas.

However you choose to reduce food waste, it takes a community to foster change: consider sharing this article with your friends!

 

Save Food, Save Money: Meal Planning

Food waste in the United States has reached unimaginable levels. The Guardian estimates that half of all perfectly good produce is thrown away, both “upstream” at the farms and “downstream” in groceries, restaurants, and households. Reducing your personal food waste will not only help address this epidemic, but can also save you time and money! This series will provide some simple tips and tools to reduce your food waste.

save food what gets tossed

Plan Your Meals

Ready to save money and the environment? Meal planning has been proven to help you save money at the grocery store, eat healthier, and throw out less food; but how do you go from eating out every night to type-A planner? Here are a couple tools to help out:

Introducing the Guestimator! This handy tool will help you calculate how much food you need to feed any party, including those voracious teenagers and picky in-laws. With their measurements, you’ll reduce the amount of leftover ingredients that tend to rot in the back of the fridge. Plus, you’ll save money by buying only as much as you need!

For smaller family meals, you might enjoy this Meal Kit Catalog from Handpick, which makes both grocery shopping and cooking a breeze! Each kit contains a selection of yummy recipes that share basic ingredients. Take the guesswork out of grocery shopping and meal preparation and try some yummy new recipes at the same time!

meal catalog

If you like these tips for reducing personal food waste, consider getting involved in your local community effort to save edible food. Whether you’re interested in gleaning overlooked produce from local farms, starting a community composting movement, or signing a petition to ask grocery stores to redistribute leftover produce, there are plenty of ways to help!

Even your weekly grocery shopping can make a difference. Consider supporting or starting a local co-op grocery store – click here to find one near you! Since they’re run democratically by you and your neighbors, co-ops tailor their ordering and waste less food. If you live in Essex County, MA, consider becoming a member of the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op, a start up grocery co-op that will serve the Haverhill, Lawrence, Newburyport, and Methuen areas.

co ops commit

Co-ops are leaders in sustainable practices like recycling and composting, and are committed to reducing carbon output through local food distributors. Plus, many co-ops offer discounts or monthly dividends for member-owners, so you can get money back on your groceries!

However you choose to reduce food waste, it takes a community to foster change: consider sharing this article with your friends!

Veggin’ Out at SALSA Fest

The MVFC vegged out at SALSA Fest, but not like couch potatoes! Several fruits and vegetables were in attendance at last week’s SALSA Fest in Lawrence, MA, and they were all excited to talk co-ops.

Tomato

The partly-cloudy weather held as Merrimack Valley Food Co-op volunteers and members handed out delicious Equal Exchange fruit bars and chatted about the benefits of a food co-op in Essex County, MA. “Despacito” played across the beautiful South Common Park, and gleeful kids ran from table to table to play games and grab goodies. We had a blast playing the “Fruits and Vegetable Game”!

suzanne with kids

New and familiar faces stopped by the tent to hear more about our upcoming events, like the upcoming Savor Series featuring the Kennedy Hill Farm, and our vision for the first food co-op in the county. We signed up 19 new people to our email list, each of whom were entered in a raffle for natural cleaning products. We are also so excited to announce a new member family. Please welcome Kendrys Vasquez and his family to the co-op!

New members to the co-op family!

New members to the co-op family!

SALSA Fest highlighted local organizations committed to community health and wellness: the perfect place to talk co-ops. Food co-ops encourage a healthy and active lifestyle by providing far more fresh, local, and organic produce options than regular grocery stores. Many food co-ops offer classes on healthy eating and nutrition, because co-ops are dedicated to the community that supports and runs them. Supporting your local food co-op not only saves you money on your healthy groceries, but uplifts and educates your community!

Thanks again to Moderno Appliance and Equal Exchange for their generous donations, and to Groundwork Lawrence for another successful SALSA Fest.

We hope to see all of you at the last Savor Series before summer, June 24th from 4-6 PM!

Last One before Summer: Savor Series

Templeton Family 2Templeton Family Organics own Christine Templeton will join us for the final Savor Series before we take a Summer break. She is taking time off the farm to share with us the importance of local farms for a community. You will want to hear her story and learn all about their pasture raised, non-GMO pigs, turkey and chicken.

They run the historic Kennedy Hill Farm up in Goffstown, NH and sell to other area food co-ops and on their farm. They have created some interesting ways to engage the community and we will enjoy a great discussion and samples of their amazing chicken.

Please don’t keep us waiting, RSVP early so we have enough to share.

Sunday, June 24  4 – 6 pm hosted again at Moderno Appliance & Furniture

You can see in the link above that the store is around back at Stadium Plaza, just off Rt. 495 exit 42B in Lawrence, MA. Mark you calendar today!