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Co-op Newsletter
March 2017
Some important messages you'll find in this issue...
Kiva Loans
Member Exclusive Sales
See what great deals are available to members only!
Calendar of Events

Principle Six Conference
Meet Co-op people from around Maine

St Patrick’s Day

Don’t forget to grab all of your St. Patrick’s Day meal items at the Co-op.  We will have a bounty of fresh organic and/or local veggies and also Corned Beef and Irish Bangers from A Wee Bit Farm in Orland. Corned beef deliveries will be on March 1st and March 15th. Please email if you would like to reserve corned beef or Irish bangers.
News from your General Manager

The cold and dark winter months have given us a chance to take a step back and think about the future.  This has been a welcoming opportunity for many reasons.  As a small locally owned and operated business that is open seven days a week, we get very few chances to slow down and think.  

So much of what we have done since our first day of business has been REACTIVE; that is, we interpret customer demands and place orders based on what you ask for and what has sold in the past. This winter we have finally had a chance to look forward and plan ahead. Our decision making process is now becoming PROACTIVE.

Over the past month, Fresh Manager Tonya Gorman and I have sat down with some of our local farmers to come up with a crop plan for this growing season.  This will allow a more steady supply of fruits and vegetables ensuring successful business for both us AND our producers. Also be on the lookout for vegetable seedling pre-orders.  We are working closely with Tender Soles Farm and Andrew’s Farm to bring you some great options for your vegetable garden this year.

After nearly two years of learning about how to best operate the Co-op in our unique environment, we feel confident that our very BEST is yet to come.  I am excited about the upcoming growing season and enhancing our selection of local foods with the help of our new coolers, which we did not have last season.  Here’s to continuous improvement and good weather this summer and spring!

See you at the Co-op,

Shawn Menard, General Manager

4th Annual Principle Six Conference - Saturday April 1st from 9:30AM - 4:30 PM. Join a group of fellow cooperators throughout Maine to discuss issues and share suggestions of how to build better Co-ops. This is a great opportunity to meet other co-op members, board members, and staff from all around Maine. Location: Augusta, Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center at UMA Campus.  Click here for registration. 
Upcoming Events


  • March 3rd - Gardiner Feud - 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Johnson Hall - The Co-op will be taking on five other Gardiner based teams in a Family Feud style event. Click HERE for Free tickets 

  • March 8th - Maine Community Food Council Summit: Knitting Together Community, Maine and New England Food Systems Networks. Summit is held in Belfast. Register Here

  • April 1st - 4th Annual Principle Six Conference - 9:30 - 4:30 @ Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center at the UMA campus. More details above.

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