In September, Co-op Members had the opportunity to pre-order fresh, local, pasture raised turkeys from Heritage Farm. This was our first year collaborating with the farm to raise a flock of turkeys exclusively for the East End Food Co-op. Your support for local is clear! We pre-sold 43 of 50 birds. You can imagine the positive impact this has for a small family farm. Thank you for prioritizing local!
We kicked off Co-op Month (October) with a member drive and welcomed 60 new households to our cooperative in just seven days. We also gave away tons of prizes and had the opportunity to connect with current members (some of whom have been with us since day one).
Just over 1,300 co-operators came out to scoop up major savings and shop zero waste for our 25% off bulk food and herbs sale on Sunday, October 21st. Bulk sales were almost $17,000 and the store had a great day with $61,000 in sales. Mark your calendar, the next sale will be Sunday, April 21st!
Congratulations to Bulk Merchandiser Jim McCool and IT Manager Erin Myers, who each celebrated their 20th anniversary with the Co-op this year! They received an embroidered Patagonia backpack from the Co-op as a token of appreciation for their dedication to our cooperative.
Produce Manager Evan Diamond left East End Food Co-op on October 23rd to become General Manager of Chatham Marketplace, a cooperative in Pittsboro, North Carolina. As Produce Manager, Evan oversaw multiple re-sets to enhance the function and efficiency of the Produce Department for shoppers and staff. He worked closely with Equal Exchange to boost our offerings of fair trade produce and was part of a delegation to Aso Guabo Coopertaive in Equador. He was also a friend to our local growers and the inspiration for our Plant Something Day Sale that takes place each May. We wish him all the best and lots of success in his new endeavor!
Online shopping and home delivery is coming to the East End Food Co-op! We are working on building our online store in partnership with Mercato. Stay tuned for more information and a launch date.