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Doylestown Food Co-op
Co-op Conference: Cooperation in Action
by Shawn Kaplan
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Board Member

The first co-op in the Americas was started by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, making the Downtown Marriott the perfect venue to hold the annual conference for the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association), the largest conference in the Americas focused solely on food cooperatives. Hundreds of co-op representatives from states as far away as Arizona, California and Hawaii gathered to share experiences to help strengthen sales, engage members, or as in our case: refine our business plan to launch a new co-op!

With the admission to this event at over $800, the Doylestown Food Co-op was fortunate to receive a combination of scholarships and working grants making it possible for us to send four key members to the conference: Lisa White, Shawn Kaplan, Kira Kraiman and Jenn Herring; without touching DFC funds. The team attended two full days of training on topics such as Financial Reporting, Grocery Technology and Retailing Best Practices. National co-op consultants, college professors and grocery retailers shared their ideas and encouraged participant collaboration. The conference was capped off by a party on Saturday night at the Reading Terminal Market with a live band, magic acts, and of course lots of great local foods!

While workshops and keynotes were informative and will definitely help improve our co-op, what was probably most beneficial were the side conversations with members from other co-ops and the clear appreciation that the co-op spirit is alive and thriving, perhaps now more than ever.

 


 
The Sweet Spot and Basically Burgers Team Up to Raise Funds for the Co-op
by Allegra Avila

Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee co-chair

Starting in August, Basically Burgers and The Sweet Spot will be holding a monthly fundraiser for the Doylestown Food Co-op.

On the first Wednesday of every month from 5PM - 8PM, both Basically Burgers and its new neighbor The Sweet Spot, will donate 20% of the proceeds from all sales to the Doylestown Food Co-op, as long as you mention the Co-op when ordering. The 10% member discount at both of these restaurants is not available during the fundraiser.

Help us make the first monthly event a success by making Wednesday, August 1 "Burger Night" or "Caribbean Night" for your family.  



 
Thanks Bowlers and Sponsors
by Lisa White

Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Board Chair
 

Our Local Lanes event at Thunderbird Lanes was a ton of fun! We ate like kings and queens with a great pot luck from all of our bowlers. We had great raffle items, a 50/50, and lots of laughs. We want to thank all of our bowlers for coming out to bowl.  We especially want to thank our raffle donors and lane sponsors for helping us to raise $876 for the Doylestown Food Co-op!  
Donors Included:

Bucks Digital
Eric A. George, LLM – Attorney at Law 
Flip Dog Pilates
Green Box 1-2-3
Hair Cuttery
Salon Escape
Sweet Spot 
Travel-By-Dawn

 
 

Featured Recipe:  Roasted Beet Soup
by Tracy Lee
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Ingredients
12 Red beets (at least tennis ball sized), scrubbed and cut in half
8 Cups vegetable broth (see recipe for homemade broth below!)
1 Tbs chervil
1/8 tsp each: cinnamon, cardamom, allspice
Kosher salt & pepper
Olive Oil
Sour cream or plain yogurt, if desired

Directions
Place beets cut side up in a roasting pan. Brush with olive oil. Roast at 400 degrees about 1 hour, or until fork inserts easily in center. Remove and let cool. When cool enough to handle, peel skin away and cut into cubes into a large stockpot. Season heavily with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add additional seasonings and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cook at a low boil for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a hand-held immersion blender, blend until smooth (or use a regular blender and work in batches). Strain through a large strainer. You can then chill in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve cold, or warm through on low heat and serve warm. If desired, serve with a swirl of sour cream or plain yogurt. Freezes well. Makes 10-12 cups.

Homemade Vegetable Broth
Fill a sheet pan with 4-6 large carrots, 2 large onions, halved, 1 head of garlic, halved, and 4 celery stalks. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. After vegetables have roasted, remove them to a stock pot filled with 1 gallon water; add 2 bay leaves, and a handful of peppercorns. Simmer, covered for, 3 hours. Let cool and strain.


Featured Producer:  Blue Moon Acres
by Allegra Avila
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Puck Music
Photo by Ashley Lyons

Blue Moon Acres is celebrating its 20th anniversary season by going back to its roots. Started in 1992, this family business was founded as a CSA farm offering a variety of vegetables to a handful of members. After a couple of seasons growing vegetables on their 7-acre Buckingham farm, Jim and Kathy Lyons examined their business model and found it lacking. At the suggestion of a friend, they moved to growing and selling microgreens to a variety of New York City restaurants. The demand for their specialty product was huge and this part of the business soon took off. It grew through word of mouth, and so for many years Blue Moon Acres grew and sold almost exclusively microgreens.

Despite their success, "we began to realize that the viability of the business couldn't rest solely on microgreens" says Ashley Lyons, Jim and Kathy's daughter and the Sales Manager for Blue Moon Acres. That led to the purchase of a 63 acre parcel in Pennington, NJ in 2008. That land is dedicated to growing certified organic full-size vegetables, while the Buckingham farm remains their microgreen headquarters.  As Ashley says: "It's taken 20 years, but we've finally come full-circle - growing the vegetables my parents originally intended to focus on." 

Even with two retail outlets where Blue Moon Acres sells its produce, they still see the Doylestown Food Co-op as an important part of their community. As Ashley says: "A local food co-op can serve as a hub - a way to connect over food. It is a wonderful way to nurture people's health and the local economy."

As a member of the Doylestown Food Co-op you receive 10% off all your purchases at both of the Blue Moon Acres stores.  www.BlueMoonAcres.net.



Why Like Us On Facebook?
by Allegra Avila
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee co-chair

While we believe in old-fashioned word of mouth, the new-fangled kind is pretty great too. While a "like" on Facebook doesn't get us closer to our membership or fundraising goals, every "like" we get does bring us one step closer to our goal of opening a store.

This grassroots effort that we're engaged in, to build a co-op from the ground up, will only get off the ground if we all involve our networks. By liking us, you'll introduce your friends to us, who will then be able to like us and let their own friends find us, and so on. So please consider adding us to your Facebook world. The more people who like us, the more times our name is out there, the more power this movement gains, and the faster we can get our store!
 
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Membership Has Its Privileges

A number of local businesses have signed on to support our co-op by offering discounts to our members. Be sure to patronize these establishments and remember to thank them for showing us their support. And if you are a local business owner or manager, and you want to join our growing list of Friends of the Co-op, please contact Shawn Kaplan to get the ball rolling!

Jules Thin Crust
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob. Be sure to mention your discount when placing your order.

Sun Dog Yoga
When you show your membership key fob, you get:
• 10% off drop-in fee
• $5 off our 5 and 10 class cards
• $20 off a year-long membership

Olive Oil Etc.

10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

oWowCow
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

Blue Moon Acres
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

Doylestown Bookshop
10% discount on regularly priced books when you show your membership key fob.  Not to be combined with other offers or discounts.

Stan's Vitamins and Supplements
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

Basically Burgers
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

The Sweet Spot *NEW ADDITION*
10% discount on your purchase when you show your membership key fob.

Community Educational Center *NEW ADDITION*
Free Registration for any CEC Child Care Program - a $75 value!

Hen's Teeth Rare Gifts and Collectibles *NEW ADDITION*



All Events
Visit our calendar to see all upcoming events the Doylestown Food Co-op is hosting or attending.

Board and committee meetings are also listed on the calendar. Any member in good standing may attend these meetings.






Host a Co-op Party
Are you a co-op member? Do you want to help us open our doors? Host a co-op party! Invite a few friends and neighbors to your home, and we'll send a member of our Membership Committee to your house to explain the co-op to your guests and even sign up members on the spot! Co-op parties are one of the best ways to build our membership. Creekside Co-op signed up over a thousand families in a year, largely through friend-to-friend and neighbor-to-neighbor contact. No doubt, we can do the same here in central Bucks! Contact our Membership Committee, for more information and to schedule your party.

Friends of the Doylestown Food Co-op
Are you a local business owner or manager? Are you a proud supporter of the Doylestown Food Co-op? Join us in support of our members by providing special Doylestown Food Co-op discounts or services to families who have invested in the Co-op. To start a discussion, please contact Shawn Kaplan. Website, publication, and event advertising is available as well. We'd love to hear from you!





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Credits
Editor
Allegra Avila

Contributors:
Allegra Avila
Tracy Lee
Shawn Kaplan
Lisa White

Photography Credits
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