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Your Co-op Newsletter
October 2015
What's inside your newsletter this month...
Your monthly member-owner discounts, a word from the new General Manager, your events calendar, MAD discount, Fall/Winter hours, and cafe updates.


Your Member Discounts

Enjoy 10% off all local organic winter squash and local heirloom apples all month! Check out the recipe at the end of the newsletter for a great fall soup idea.

A note from the new General Manager

As you all have probably heard by now I have taken over as Interim General Manager of our Co-op.  I am excited at the opportunity and look forward to what is to come. Since the Co-op opened in May I have been working as our Produce, Meat, and Dairy manager.  I’m happy to announce that Jon Ault will replace me in this position.  Jon has been one of the most involved people in the Co-op over the past few years in the planning and pre-opening phase. He also has tremendous knowledge of Co-ops, produce, local farms, and the greater Gardiner community. He will fit in very well with our current staff and will help us progress both in the short and long term.

Over the past four months we have been rapidly learning and working hard to bring you the Co-op experience you deserve.  We know there is still a lot of work to be done and thank you all for your support, patience, and regular visits to the Co-op.  I am confident that the Co-op will continue to develop into an even more inviting place to find the products you are looking for on a weekly basis.

October is National Co-op month.  This gives us an opportunity to think about what our Co-op means to the community. The cool air outside brings us refreshing moments for spending time inside cooking with our families, friends, and new acquaintances while still being able to enjoy the warmth of the sun.  I hope that the Co-op will become a regular destination in your search for local ingredients, recipes ideas, and a welcoming atmosphere. By shopping with us you are keeping more money in your community, contributing to sustainable companies and products, and providing you and your family with high quality foods. 

Be well and see you at the Co-op


Wednesday October  7th - Family Fun Day at the Gardiner Farmer's Market, 3:00-6:00PM
Stop by the Co-op table for a treat! Bring your friends, families, or co-workers who are looking to learn more about the Co-op.

Saturday October  10th - Swine and Stein, 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM
One of the most exciting days to be in downtown Gardiner all year is Swine and Stein.  Lots of local music, food, beer, and fun family activities will be found throughout downtown.  Stop by the Co-op as we will be featuring 10% off pork products, $3 cups of Jake’s famous Broccoli Cheddar Beer Soup, and samples of local antique and heirloom apple varieties.

Saturday October  17th - GEPTA Oktoberfest at the Gardiner Commons
Hosted by the Gardiner Elementary PTA this is a fun field day for kids. There will be lots of games and activities so bring your whole family and look for us when you’re there!

Saturday October 24th Member Appreciation Day (M.A.D.) Discount
Come in and enjoy our first ever member appreciation day! Members will get 10% off their entire purchase, excluding alcohol and special orders. Stock up on everything you need for huge savings! We’ll have vendor samples, fun music, and plenty of fresh brewed coffee to help you get through your shopping list.

Friday October 30th - Downtown Gardiner Trick or Treating
Bring your kids to the Co-op while wandering past the ghosts and ghouls downtown.  Our staff members are sure to have silly costumes.  We’ll have treats to give out, spooky music, and much more.  Parents who wear costumes with their children get a free coffee! 

Thursday (November 5th) - Recipe Exchange Night, 5:00-6:00pm - Soups & Stews theme 
Meet in the café to exchange recipes with others over a refreshment. The Co-op will compile all contributions and add them to an ever-growing cookbook that lives in the store as inspiration to any onlooker. You are invited, by no means required to bring a tasting; but please do come with the willingness to share about your recipe! We will take a break for the busy month of December. See you in January for post-holiday healthy recipes.

Do you have an idea for an event? Contact us!

Fall & Winter Hours

We are slightly reducing store hours for the fall and winter to better match the regular flow of customers this time of year. These store hours will be effective the week of October 18th and continue through the winter:
Sunday     10-5
Mon-Thurs 8-6
Fri-Sat        8-7


Cafe Updates

We've heard your requests and have made some updates to our cafe options. Next time you're in check out the new chalkboard menu and separate coffee menu. Now when you eat in our cafe we'll be serving you a pickle or chips with your sandwich and bread with your soup at no extra cost.

We'll also be featuring soups from Kamasoupstra out of Portland.  Be sure to try some next time you are hungry on a chilly day!

Butternut & Cider Soup Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe for fall that can be adjusted to suit all dietary needs. The soup can be made ahead of time. Reheat on low heat until heated through.
 Serves 6-8           Total Time: 40 minutes 
1 shallot or ½ onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 cups butternut (about 3 lbs.), cubed
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
 1 ½ cups cider
½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
½ tsp. salt
Black pepper to taste
  • Heat large size saucepan over low heat. Add shallot or onion, garlic and ½ cup of water.
  • Cook until shallot and garlic are softened, about 5-7 minutes, water will be nearly evaporated.
  • Add squash and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Use immersion blender or potato masher to smooth. Add cider, ½ cup sour cream and salt. Combine and taste. Add more cream and/or salt if needed.

Recipe adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen,

Local Roots -
Supporting Local Businesses

The Gardiner Food Co-op & Café is pleased to highlight its best kept secret, the Local Roots - Local Business Partner Program - linking our members to some of the fantastic local businesses in the Greater Gardiner Area. The businesses featured in this program have agreed to offer members of GFCC a discount or special promotion. Please feel free to take advantage of these offers by some of our fine partners, and remember to shop local!

If you'd like to be one of our Local Roots - Local Business Partners, please contact us.

The Gardiner Food Co-op & Café is a brand new Food Co-op located at 269 Water St in Gardiner, open since May 31, 2015. The vision for our co-operative storefront and café is one that focuses on offering affordable products and services that are healthy for people, the planet and the local economy, all while giving back to the community through educational and community building events that we will offer in our family-friendly local-organic café space.  Please consider becoming a member-owner, it's easy, just visit our website at

We are open 7 days a week, with extended evening hours Friday and Saturday. 

207-629-FOOD (3663)
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