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!

Congratulations, Stephanie

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Congratulations, Stephanie our Raffle winner and co-op member! She won the tickets to A Christmas Carol as part of our recent membership campaign. We hope you enjoyed the show and are so glad that you are part of our Merrimack Valley Food Co-op community.

Why would a cooperative grocery store be good for Haverhill?

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Economic Benefits-

Co-ops help the local economy by supporting and selling local food, produce, and products, thus keeping money in the local economy. MVFC, like many co-ops, plans on paying a living wage that will make it possible for employees to support themselves and their families.

Health-

Our co-op plans to carry fresh, local and sustainable food whenever possible.

Education

We will support our co-op members and the community by creating a place where everyone can share information & learn about food, health and good eating habits.

Community building

Share your opinion! Unlike traditional grocery stores, co-ops give every member a voice in how a co-op is run. Every member gets a right to vote when they join a coop & buy a “share”.

Support your community by food shopping! Food co-op profits are re-invested in the community; which can create additional jobs and greater economic activity. MFVC plans to operate in an environmentally friendly manner, including donating unsold items, composting, and recycling.