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Doylestown Food Co-op
LocalFest: Sunday, October 21
by Lindsay Peters
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Fundraising Committee Chair

A fall festival to celebrate great food, music, and friends. Join us on Sunday October 21 at the Community Education Center: 5151 Cold Spring Creamery Rd. Doylestown from 3-7pm.
 
Activities will include the first ever Co-op Chili Cook-off, live music, pumpkin carving, face painting, and other fun fall activities.  
 
Tickets: $10 at the door for general public; $7 for Co-Op members and kids; Kids under 5 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets visit our website
 
Want to enter the chili cook-off? Get more information here or contact Lindsay Peters.  



 

Member Meeting and Potluck: October 7
by Allegra Avila

Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Co-Chair
 
Our second general membership meeting and potluck will take place on October 7 from 5:00-7:30 at the Doylestown Presbyterian Church at 127 East Court Street in Doylestown.

There is still time to sign up as a co-op member and join us for an inside look at the progress the Co-op has made, and for what promises to be a terrific potluck supper. Our membership is diverse in many ways, but cohesive in its appreciation of good food, and good food is sure to be in ample supply on October 7.
 

 

Having Trouble Joining?
by Lisa White

Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Board Chair
 
Did you try to join the Doylestown Food Club and get turned away? Don't Fear! The Food Co-op is still welcoming new members. The Food Club operated under a very different model, and could only service a small number of families. Closed now, we learned much from it and continue to encourage our membership to support the producers who participated. The Doylestown Food Co-op, when in operation, will be able to service many, many more families. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Doylestown Food Co-op it is so easy to do – just visit our website. The more people who join, the faster our store will be built!

 

Join us at Olive Oil Etcetera This Weekend
by Allegra Avila
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Another great opportunity to support the Doylestown Food Co-op and a local business at the same time!  From September 21-September 23, Olive Oil Etcetera will donate 10% of purchases to the Co-op, as long as you mention us when paying.  

The Co-op will have a table in front of Olive Oil Etcetera on Saturday from 11am-1pm, making it the perfect time to come, chat with Co-op members, stock up on specialty oils and vinegars and support the cause! 
*The Co-op member discount is not in effect on these days*

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

Ingredients
1 small head cauliflower
1 large bulb fennel
12-16 Brussels sprouts
Arugula
Soft white cheese - like goat, basket, or farmer's
Hazelnut oil (or olive oil)
White wine vinegar
1 lemon
Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, dried thyme

Directions
Cut up cauliflower, fennel, and Brussels sprouts into similar bite-sized pieces. Toss with enough hazelnut (or olive) oil to coat well and season with salt, pepper and thyme.  Roast in a 450 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until desired brownness, turning once.
Meanwhile, mix 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, season with salt, pepper and thyme, and toss with arugula. Make a bed of the dressed arugula in a large salad bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables. Crumble the soft cheese over the top to taste and drizzle with a bit of the oil and lemon juice. Season with fresh ground pepper.


Featured Producer: Purely Farms
by Allegra Avila
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Joanna Michini of Purely Farms
Joanna Michini at the Co-op's First Membership Meeting
 
When I first reached Marc Michini of Purely Farms Natural Pasture-Raised Meats on the phone, he was in the midst of a "situation" involving a tarp, 80MPH winds, a ladder and, of course, chickens.  While I never got the full story, the point was well taken - living and working with animals can be a crazy job.  

Marc and his wife Joanna's meat operation has been in full swing for 9 years, and they pride themselves on giving their animals a good life or, as she puts it "We raise them well, so that they only have one bad day in their lives."  

In addition to the chickens, which they raise for meat and eggs, the Michinis also raise turkeys and lambs, but their pigs are the product of which they are most proud.  "We have five breeder pigs, the oldest of whom is five and a half. We weigh their food every day, to keep them from becoming too large to breed, and Marc personally mixes it with the spent produce and dairy that we get from other nearby farms  - he knows which pig likes tomatoes, which one doesn't - we've really become tuned-in to these sows."  

Their animal-centric ways don't stop at their breeders: Each litter is allowed to stay together from birth to the very end, and all the pigs spend their entire lives outdoors (with shelter available). While pigs cannot survive only on grass like ruminants (including cows and sheep) were designed to, Purely Farms allows their swine to forage for roots, grasses, leaves and whatever else they desire, while also offering them grain on demand. All of these practices offer a more sustainable and humane product.

Joanna was led to raising animals for meat by her own experiences as a reluctant vegetarian: "While I have always loved the taste of meat, I just never wanted to buy what the supermarket was selling. That brought us to the idea of raising our own, and once we reached that point we realized we could raise enough to feed other people as well."  

When asked what a food co-op in Doylestown will mean for their operation, Joanna's focus is two-fold. The co-op will give them another outlet to offer their product without the uncertain dynamics of a farmers market.  It will also be a way for a community to be built around local, sustainable food.  

 
 

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

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

Hen's Teeth Rare Gifts and Collectibles 
10% discount on all purchases when you show your membership key fob.

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

Synergy Integrative Health 
10% discount on all services when you show your membership key fob.

New Hope Window Cleaning Service 
10% discount on all services when you show your membership key fob (not to be combined with other discounts.





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.





Ongoing Events
Visit Basically Burgers or The Sweet Spot on the first Wednesday of every month and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Co-op (be sure to mention us when paying; the Co-op discount is not in effect during these times)






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
Lindsay Peters
Lisa White

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