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.

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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”!

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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!

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How you can win a chance for FREE tickets to A Christmas Carol

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Raffle for Free tickets 

Yes, that is correct, we have 4 tickets to a performance of the North Shore Music Theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” for this December, thanks to our friends at The River 92.5 FM. You have a chance to win them! All you need to do is to click on our “MVFood Co-op Member Agreement” and “PayPal” links to fill out your new membership for the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op. It is that easy.

All memberships purchased for $150 before the end of the day November 30, 2016 will be entered into the raffle for this terrific set of theater tickets.

In case you need a little more incentive, the tickets have a face value of $260 (and you could get them FREE). The one time and you own the co-op membership is full of lifetime benefits at a bargain for $150! How can you pass up this opportunity?

Any questions, please email us here: MVFood Co-op

Welcome to the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op!

2nd Annual Meeting

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Our 2nd Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Haverhill. Board members will recap a productive year and share highlights and plans for the next year.

All current members have received details about this event in the newsletter.  If you are not a current member and would like to participate, please use our contact form to request more information.

Our co-op is building member by member every year and we are excited to share our progress.

New funding video project

YouTube_Video_ImgWe have been very busy behind the scenes over the past couple of months getting things ready to launch our co-op video along with a gofundme campaign.

There are two things we need most this year:

  1. New members of the co-op
  2. Money to pay for the professional market study

Many people we met during the past year of outreach were not familiar with the co-op model of business. In response to this dilemma, we rewrote the lyrics to an old tune, and if you listen carefully you might learn something new about food co-ops.

It was a fun project and we got great support from the community. You may recognize some of the participants…

The video was certainly fun to complete and now we have launched a new fundraising campaign. Every dollar will help us get to our goal of raising enough for a market study that will tell us how big and where the co-op will be best located. This is really important information that we need to proceed, so please help us out anyway you can.

MVFC Gofundme page

What you can do:

  1. Share our gofundme
  2. Donate and ask others to donate too, please!

 

 

Annual Meeting follow-up

MVFC_Annual_MtgWe had great participation at our 1st Annual Meeting and it was terrific to meet several new members. Thanks to Lakeview Kitchen, once again, for allowing us to host the meeting there and for the delicious soup.

We discussed our accomplishments from the past year, including our increased FB following and the many public events where we met like-minded co-op fans.

There is still much work to be done and we will focus our efforts in the next year to continue selling member shares and to spread the word about how much a co-op can help the local economy with jobs, healthy food choices, and a group of members dedicated to their community.

Please join us today and become a member!