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Co-op Newsletter
JULY 2016
Some important messages you'll find in this issue...
Kiva Loans

4th of July
The Coop will be closed on the 4th!

Equity Payments
is your equity payment of $15 due?
Earth Day Event
Farm Walk at Andrew's Farm
Sunday July 24th
News from your General Manager: 

Engaged, determined, thankful. That is how I felt when I got home from our Annual Meeting which took place on Thursday June 23rd at Johnson Hall. Board Chair, Garrison Beck, and I have spent a great deal of time recently planning for the Annual Meeting and more importantly the days, weeks, and months to follow. We feel as though we have had a strong comeback in what was a challenging and slower than expected start when we first opened. Now, we truly believe we are in a position to take the Co-op to the next level.

One of the best parts of the evening was the excellent conversation that took place during our breakout sessions. Folks engaged in marketing, event brainstorming, member-ownership, and community engagement. It’s a relieving feeling to hear so many great ideas coming from all of you. It can feel sometimes as though there is no way our staff is able to accomplish a seemingly endless list of tasks and projects.  I can now see and appreciate the layers of complexity that our organization has due to its dedicated membership.

My goal in the coming months is to identify more effective ways to utilize all of you. I apologize for not having an effective behind the scenes volunteer initiative for those of you that have expressed an interest in helping in the past. It can be overwhelming to have so many capable people willing to help and not know the best way to utilize collective abilities. Thanks to some engaging conversation at the Annual Meeting, I am so excited to reinvigorate some areas we have been lacking in. We are going to be more open, informative, collaborative, efficient, and successful than ever before. With all this effort we will be putting in I hope to really start turning some heads and inspiring other communities in Maine because I think we are a unique organization that is capable of something special. Thanks for all your help and kind feedback!


See you at the Co-op,




Starting June 8th we will be open until 7 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Annual Equity Payment

 If you are due for the annual membership equity payment of $15 you can pay next time you are at the co-op or send a check to us at 269 Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345. If you signed up to be a member on or before May 31st 2015 (our first day of business) you are due for an equity payment. If you can’t remember we’d be happy to check our list next time you are in. Members who are due were sent an email in early-mid June regarding equity payments.

Events for June 2016

Monday July 4th - Independence Day - The Co-op will be closed all day

Tuesday July 12th - Board Meeting - 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Co-op

Friday July 15th - Tic Tac Taco Demo 4-6PM - Tic Tac Taco will join us to demo their amazing locally made salsa. Member-owners will get $1 off each jar purchased during the tasting.

Sunday July 17th - Variations Receptions at ArtDogs Studio 4-6PM - The ninth annual Variations project by ArtDogs was done in partnership with the Co-op. The Co-op staff paired with six artists choosing items from the Co-op that were interpreted by each artist, who responded in any medium and in any way that inspired them. This reception will include statements by the artists and their co-op partners.

Sunday July 24th - Farm Walk at Andrew’s Farm in Gardiner 3PM - Wear comfortable shoes and get a tour of Andrews Farm, 183 West Hill Road in Gardiner. Andrews Farm sells certified organic vegetables at many farmers’ markets including the Gardiner market, every Wednesday from 3-6:30 PM. They also wholesale to the Co-op, restaurants and schools.

Farmers' Market - Every Wednesday 3-6:30 PM at Gardiner Common
Variations Receptions at ArtDogs Studio

Recipe: Garlic Sesame Snow Peas


Serves 4



  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (or other mild flavored oil)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 8 ounces snow peas
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • salt to taste

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil to melt, followed by the sesame oil. Saute the garlic, 1 minute, until fragrant, but not brown.
  2. Add the snow peas and sesame seeds and continue to saute, stirring and tossing frequently, about 3 more minutes.
  3. Pour in the soy sauce and toss until well coated. Season with salt to taste (if needed). Remove peas from heat and pour into a serving dish. Serve promptly while hot (can add more sesame seeds on top prior to serving).

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