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Co-op Newsletter
Some important messages you'll find in this issue...
Kiva Loans
Food Corps Needs Your Help!
Connect kids to real food to help them grow up healthy
Volunteer at
Swine & Stein
Volunteers are still needed, find out how to sign up below
Earth Day Event
Mark Your Calendar
Learn about all the exciting upcoming events at the Co-op & downtown
News from your General Manager: 

     A full year ago I took over as General Manager of the Co-op.  I remember going into that last week before I took over training closely with our previous GM. I was eager and full of ideas, energy, and hope for success in the future. It was also frightening for me to take the reigns of something in a way that I never had before in my 26 years of life. I couldn’t be more thankful to the board for giving me the opportunity and trusting my abilities to lead the Co-op to a stronger place.  The amazing staff of the Co-op has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of our shopping experience. We thank you, the members and customers that support our business. I can truly say the success of the Co-op during the last 12 months has been nothing less than a collaborative effort.

     We feel like the community is on the verge of historic change. New businesses have come into town since the Co-op opened and there is plenty of room for more! Gardiner Main Street has done tremendous work to make sure that living in Gardiner is fun, comfortable, and worth moving here for.  There is so much more potential, even in just the next couple of years. With the recent success of the Co-op, Johnson Hall, and other new businesses, prospective businesses and restaurants are starting to look at Gardiner as a serious community of economic growth. I couldn’t be happier as a professional and citizen of Gardiner to be a part of our community’s development.

     It really made sense for me when I received a package in the mail at the Co-op a few months ago.  It was a new book, This Is Where You Belong, about loving your community that was sent to us by a young woman who grew up in Gardiner and now works for a publishing firm in New York City. Her firm was just set to release this book and wanted us to have a copy because she feels like the Co-op, and the entire downtown, was making a huge impact on the community, particularly the people that live here. After reading the book I understand how each act, small or large, done by members of our community is leading to a closer, more connected community. Thank you all for shopping at our small businesses, volunteering at local events, and helping out your neighbors.  This is what makes Gardiner a place we can all call home. The future is bright here in Central Maine.

See you at the Co-op,

Our friends at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area has hosted a FoodCorps Service Member for the last 5 years and needs your help to keep the program alive. FoodCorps Service Members connect kids to real food to help them grow up healthy. They do this by teaching food and nutrition education, engaging kids in hands-on activities like gardening and cooking, and helping get fresh, local foods into school meals. In order to have a FoodCorps member in our community this year they need to raise $8,000 this year. Please help us keep FoodCorps in our schools by clicking the link to donate!

Swine & Stein

Needs You! 

Volunteers are still needed to make Swine & Stein a success. Click to find out the full details on volunteering

Upcoming Events

Swine & Stein Oktoberfest - Saturday, October 8th 11:30 - 6:30 PM Downtown Gardiner. The 7th annual event will include beer tasting, seasonal food, music, and kids activities. The Co-op will be serving homemade seasonal soups and hot cider. Click for full event information as well as ticket info.

Food For Change Film Screening - Tuesday, October 18th 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Johnson Hall. We are excited to screen this film along with several other locations around the U.S. during national Co-op month! Better yet, we will be showing it on Johnson Hall’s new 13 foot projector screen! The Film is focused on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The goal is to educate a wide audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy. Free and open to the public. Click to view the trailer.

Member Appreciation Day - Saturday, October 22nd 9AM - 5PM. In honor of our amazing member-owners, we will be offering a 10% storewide discount for members (not including alcohol or gift card purchases). We will also have vendor demos to try amazing local products. Stock up on everything you need because the co-op will be closed for the next two days after to install our new coolers!

The Co-op will be closed Sunday, October 23rd & Monday October 24th to replace our coolers and freezers. This new equipment was acquired with a grant from the USDA. Make sure you stock up on everything you need before we’re closed! We are planning on a soft reopening on Tuesday October 25th with some of the equipment running.  If the installation process goes well we hope to have everything fully running by the end of the week.

Children’s Halloween Downtown Trick or Treating - Friday, October 28th 3-5PM. Water Street will be full of ghouls and goblins. Make sure to bring the whole family down to trick or treat at local businesses.

The Co-op will be closing at Noon on Saturday, November 12th so all staff can attend the wedding of staff member Jon. Please make sure to come in early that day or save your grocery shopping for Sunday.

Farmers' Market - Every Wednesday 3-6 PM at Gardiner Common

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