Spoonful - July August 2020

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How to Make Cold Brew

Why Shop the Co-op? JULY | AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2020

Perfect Watermelon Recipes


DIRECTORS In addition to the many practical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic - ranging from rough, for most of us, all the way up to terribly tragic, for some of us - there are loads of personal lessons that we are all learning from the whole experience. (Honestly, it’s one very large AFGO, isn’t it? Another Fabulous Growth Opportunity.) Be grateful, be patient, be kind, be more hygienic than you used to be, be aware of ways you can help others, be awake to justice, be gentle to yourself and everyone about anxieties and general mental health. As the humans who make up the Staff and Board, we’re all checking in with ourselves on these values lately. And as a co-op, there’s another value that we hold very dear, which is a lesson everyone can learn from this pandemic: BE LOCAL. We saw, right from the beginning days of quarantining, how big manufacturing wasn’t very well set up to handle the new normal that was

emerging, from problems with supplies to factories/ plants to shipping to warehouses - and how our Owners and shoppers looked to the co-op, for goods from our local producers and providers. The Common Market supports 70 local businesses and 40 local farms! Those folks bring their goods to the store, where you can buy them. That’s it - THAT’S the kind of short supply chain that works in our current tough times. (And, of course, it’s not just the goods that are local! The money is local! You buy local tomatoes; the tomato farmers get to make a living right here in their community, where they spend their money in local shops, etc.) So, although I sometimes feel that I’d like to ask 2020 if we could slow down just a bit on the lessons, I’m genuinely grateful for the opportunities to be more awake. And I’m a hundred percent here for being local!

Yours in cooperation,

Annie Marshall, Vice President, The Common Market Board of Directors

Editor - Pamela Francis | Design & Layout - Kayleigh Montgomery-Morris, Morganne Klein Ad Sales & Owner Services - Michael Brown | Classes & Education - Libby Nuss | Contributors - Minimalist Baker, Dinner at the Zoo, Delish.com Contact troy@commonmarket.coop with contributions. Contact mb@commonmarket.coop for advertising rates. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Board, management, staff, or consumer-owners of the Common Market. Nutrition and health information are given for informational purposes only and are not meant as a substitute for a consultation with a licensed health or dietary practitioner.

Megan Schneebaum President

Annie Marshall Vice President

Stephanie Walker Treasurer

Evan Rosenberg

Supporting small farmers, local businesses, and sustainable food choices is not just a tagline, it informs all our choices as a business. Stop by in July to take advantage of sales on local products all month long!


Melanie Ahern John Beutler John Clarke Sibylle Mangum Robert Wolpert Directors

The Common Market Board of Directors meets monthly in the Co-op Community Room at 6:00 pm. Depending on circumstances, board meetings may be held virtually. Owners are welcome to attend.





Be Our Next

COMMUNITY PARTNER The Common Market seeks out businesses in our community who share our values to partner with. The Community Partner Program connects owners with local farms, businesses, and organizations that share the following values: Supporting local businesses and the economy Choosing sustainable practices Charity and education Promoting health and wellness

Expose Your Business to our

7,000+ Owners! When you sign up, you'll provide our Owners with special discounts. In return, The Common Market will place your logo and link on our website, feature your business on social media and in our newsletter, promote your business at special events, and more!*

Learn More! www.commonmarket.coop/ community/community-partners

*Application must be approved before being accepted into the Community Partners Program. Fill out an application on our website or email Ownerservices@commonmarket.coop.

Just a reminder to all Co+op Owners: We encourage you to exercise your democratic right to take part in the election of your Board of Directors. Ballots go out in August. Keep an eye out for yours and cast your vote!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Light is Pouring in at The Common Market 7th Street! Our 2nd store at 7th Street is progressing quickly and we can't wait to see you in the aisles in a few months! Here are some pictures taken recently and updates to show you how it is coming along.

Recent progress updates: • Drywall has been completed throughout the space and painting has begun. • Pre-wiring for computers and networking is almost complete. • Flooring in our Bakery is complete and the Kitchen and Meat/Seafood prep has started. • Kitchen hoods have been received and hung. Kitchen equipment will be arriving in early July. Staff are beginning to plan the delicious meals that will be created in the kitchen! • All glass has been installed at the front, cafe seating area, community room and the offices. • Site plan elements including revised handicapped access, EV charging stations and outdoor patio have been approved. • Refigerated display cases are beginning to arrive.

Keep up with our progress at www.commonmarket.coop/about/expansion


May Co-op Captain

Dean H.

Shift Supervisor Description of job:

Serving my community and my team everyday by maintaining the integrity of everyday operations What do you like best about your job?

Procuring and educating the community with quality organic products What brought you to the Co-op?

I have been working in the restaurant industry for about 10 years, bartending for about 5 years professionally, until they were shut down in March, so here I am! What are some of your favorite products at the Co-op?

Triple creme brie, coppa steaks, and of course kombuchaaaa What is your favorite food to make?

Food I have never made before

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

Tending to my plants or playing guitar

June Co-op Captain

James F.

Perishables Buyer What do you like best about your job?

I love working with everyone here at the co-op and I love helping our customers with questions and their needs. What brought you to the Co-op?

I was interested in working for a specialty store and I love the products that we sell as well. How has working at the Co-op affected your life?

Its opened my eyes to the different options of food from vegan to organic. Before I worked here I'd never tried anything vegan, and I find I now enjoy some vegan options. What are some of your favorite products at the Co-op?

I really enjoy the cafĂŠ with all of the different options. The Evolution cold pressed OJ is amazing. I love so many products here at the co-op. What is your favorite food to make?

I love making spaghetti.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

How to fix/build any type of engine

I love playing with my kids and spending time with my lovely wife.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I Can't Believe I Just Wrote a Book About Myself Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Living in a house boat off the coast of Peru, running a small seaside restaurant

I would be a linguist and learn all sorts of different languages. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I Should Have Listened to my Wife!!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Traveling the world with my wife.


Aug 2020


Why Shop the Co+op? Shopping Local Helps our Whole Community The Common Market is a community-minded, -owned and -operated co-op grocery store. You, our shoppers and owners, are more than just another transaction, you are our community. We understand you have a lot of choices when it comes to where you spend your food dollars. We strive every day to ensure we are your first choice for truly local, high-quality foods. What sets us apart from other grocery stores is that when you spend your food dollars at The Common Market, those funds go on to support local vendors, local farmers, and local organizations. In addition to this, your food dollars provide wages and


benefits to over 115 Common Market employees and support to our 110 local providers, allowing them to continue providing our community with the fresh, local foods we all love. When you shop The Common Market, you are investing in our mission and together we support the community even more. From providing donations to local nonprofits to selling produce and products from local family farmers and businesses, no other grocery store is so deeply rooted right in their community. If you like the idea of a neighborhood gathering place for fresh, healthy and delicious food, one that’s committed and connected to the local community, The Common Market’s doors are open to everyone!

Five Fab Facts About Co-ops: Everyone is welcome At The Common Market, as it is in all co-ops, everyone is welcome. You don’t need to be a member to shop at our store. Although membership is encouraged, and often provides additional rewards, we are democratically owned and operated, and all customers are welcome.

The magnificent seven Cooperative businesses proudly operate with seven principles that serve as guidelines to provide a democratic structure for co-ops around the world. The Common Market has adopted the following seven co-op principles:

Co-op members are also the owners As our cooperative model is unique, we exist to serve our members, but our members are also our owners. With ownership comes an opportunity to participate in co-op elections and to reap economic rewards for ownership, often in the form of patronage dividends.

DOT coop Have you taken notice of our URL? As a co-op, we like to brag about this little badge of honor – having .coop at the end of our web address - that demonstrates major credibility. The .coop puts The Common Market and other co-ops on par with the web domains like .org, .edu, and .gov.

1. Voluntary and open membership 2. Democratic member control 3. Member economic participation

(Adapted from NCG website, www.welcometothetable.coop)

4. Autonomy and independence 5. Education, training and information 6. Cooperation among cooperatives 7. Concern for community

We support our local community One of seven cooperative principles is concern for community, meaning co-ops work toward more sustainable communities through initiatives undertaken by co-op employees and approved by a democratically elected board. By shopping at a co-op, you help your community with hunger relief, nutrition education, support of local producers, and environmental conservation.

Consumer cooperatives rose to prominence during the industrial revolution as part of the labour movement. The first documented consumer cooperative was founded in 1769 in a barely furnished cottage in Fenwick, Scotland, when local weavers manhandled a sack of oatmeal into John Walker's whitewashed front room and began selling the contents at a discount, forming the Fenwick Weavers' Society.


Aug 2020





Washington, DC | dodahskitchen.com Owner(s): Janice Cheaver, Edwin Lottie, Gary Feld Specialty: vegan cakes, lasagna, mac n' cheese About Dodah's Kitchen: Dodah's kitchen bakes vegan soul food and desserts inspired by Afro-vegan traditions. Their mission is to make veganism both accessible and delicious. Janice Cheaver, the recipe developer for Dodah's Kitchen, went vegan when she was 15 and is dedicated to making soul food that is healthier than its meat- and dairyladen counterpart. “The reason we did this is because it just tastes really good,” co-owner Gary Feld says. “(Vegan foods) get a bad rap. You think of these things that taste like chalk or are not filling. This is not that.” Find Dodah's Kitchen products in the Grab-n-Go section of our café. If you live in the D.C. area, keep an eye out for their two vegan cafes, opening soon.


Middletown, MD | openbookfarm.com Owner(s): Mary Kathryn and Andrew Barnet Specialty: pastured chicken, organic vegetables and fruits About Open Book Farm: MK and Andrew founded Open Book Farm on rented land in Myersville, MD in 2011. A few years later, in 2015, they moved their operation to nearby Middletown, MD. As farmers, they strive to provide affordable, clean, and delicious food to their community. The farm functions as both a livestock and a vegetable farm, supporting pastureraised chicken, beef, and pork, and growing certified organic tomatoes, greens, carrots, and more. Because the livestock are pasture-based and continuously rotated, the animals enjoy a healthy diet and their waste returns directly into the soil. Find Open Book Farm pasture-raised organically fed chicken in the Meat Department (when available), and seasonal produce in our 100% organic Produce Department.




NATIVE MOUNTAIN FARM Boonsboro, MD | nativemountainfarm.com Owner(s): Natasha Bowens Blair and Julie Blair Specialty: flowers About Native Mountain Farm: Mother and daughter-inlaw team Julie and Natasha started Native Mountain Farm on their family land in Boonsboro, MD with the mission of sharing beauty with their community and enriching the environment with native plants and healthy pollination. Together, they grow cut flowers for florists, weddings and events, and their signature Sip and Stem parties. This year, during the COVID-19 crisis, Native Mountain Farm donated floral arrangements to local seniors in public housing. Find Native Mountain Farm flower arrangements in our Produce Department throughout the spring and summer.


Waynesboro, VA | autumnolivefarms.com Owner(s): The Trainum Family Specialty: heritage breed pork About Autumn Olive Farm: Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Autumn Olive Farms is an award-winning family farm specializing in free-range heritage breed pork. Since 2011, they have been supplying meats to butchers and Michelin Star restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. The Trainum Family pride themselves on the relaxed, stress-free environment they provide for the animals on their farm, allowing the pigs ample space to roam and graze on nutrient-packed plants. Find Autumn Olive Farms pork in our Meat Department, including sausage blends made right at the Common Market.


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Bowie, MD | tastesbetterthanyours.com Owner(s): Bueka Uwemedimo Specialty: African stew About TBTY: Tastes Better Than Yours (TBTY) stew is a delicious blend of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and various seasonings. The purĂŠe is cooked to perfection and can be enjoyed with many dishes including rice, couscous, pasta, plantains, beans, potatoes and many more. The Founder of TBTY is a biomedical engineer by profession and credits some of her success to the scholarships that afforded her the opportunity to attend good colleges. As TBTY continues to grow, they plan to offer scholarships to minority females going into the STEM field in college. Find TBTY vegan African stew in our grocery department, available in original and spicy flavors.


Rockville, MD | maspanadas.com Owner(s): Margarita Womack Specialty: frozen empanadas About Mas Panadas: Margarita Womack grew up playing in her father's kitchen in Colombia. Together with her husband Andy, they developed Mas Panadas to help satisfy their kids' picky palates, and wanted to share their love for food with the community. They now sell their frozen empanadas through natural and organic retailers, and through hotels, country clubs, and event venues. Mas Panadas is dedicated to hiring and supporting people from underserved segments of the local community; over 80% of their staff are immigrant women, and they donate excess ingredients to those in need in Montgomery County, MD. Find Mas Panadas in our Frozen Foods Department.




LANCASTER FARM FRESH Lancaster County, PA | lancasterfarmfresh.com Owner(s): cooperative of over 100 farmers Specialty: organic vegetables About Lancaster Farm Fresh: Based in Lancaster, PA, LFF Coop provides fresh, certified organic vegetables and fruits to the region through their CSA program and direct deliveries to natural and organic grocers. The Co-op focuses on creating and providing quality foods from the well-maintained and enriched soils on their network of more than 100 small-scale family farms. The farmers work cooperatively together to succeed in growing and delivering crops that enrich the health of the communities around them, as well as the health of the land they live on. Find seasonal produce from LFF Co-op in our Produce Department as available.


Elkridge, MD | shearadiance.com Owner(s): Funlayo & Shola Alabi Specialty: organic vegetables, farm fresh meats About Shea Radiance: The Alabi family began making products in their kitchen to help solve their own dry skin problems, discovering the healing powers of unrefined shea butter in the process. Soon, they began making products for the public using shea butter sourced directly from womenrun cooperatives in West Africa. Their team of mixologists blend complementary ingredients into each product in small batches to ensure that the quality is uncompromised. Shea Radiance products are specially formulated for dry, eczema prone skin, and are 100% natural and cruelty-free. Find Shea Radiance products in our Wellness Department.

visit www.commonmarket.coop/shop/local-starts-here for interactive local farm and business maps!

Maryland Park Quest 2020 Get the family outside and participate in the DIY Park Quest 2020! Visit as may of Maryland's state parks as you can and complete as many of the DIY Park Quest activities as possible. It's self-guided and your family can go at it's own pace. The activities are available until October 31, 2020. Complete 12 or more activities and receive an official Park Quest certificate and be entered to win Park Quest prizes. Visit dnr. maryland.gov/parkquest/Pages/ Home.aspx for more information!

DIY Park Quest TIC-TAC-GO OUTSIDE! Pick a Park- “Tic-Tac-Go” Can Be Done Almost Anywhere! Go OUTSIDE to play Tic-Tac-Go with a friend or family member! This is a great activity to complete while out hiking and exploring in any of our 75 Maryland State Parks! One person is X and the other person is O. Take turns completing the tasks to earn your mark- the first to get three in a row is the winner! If you’re playing on your own, try to get all four corners! You can even play more than once! Good luck and have fun! Tic-Tac-Go board and directions by Maryland Park Services and Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Find the original board and directions at:




Woofin' It

Pet Concierge Business

keep an eye out for virtual classes in July and august!

july A Look at the Paleo, Keto, and Whole Foods Diets Sauces, Dressings, and Marinades: Livening up Nutritious Meals! Undisturbed Birth Wild Soda Making Acupressure for Emotional Stress and Overwhelm: Learn to Self-Treat Negative Emotions Sports Recovery and Integrative Stretch Therapy with Thriv Nutraceuticals

august Homeopathy for Acute Ailments Undisturbed Postpartum

Common Market Owners: After your complimentary “Meet and Treat” receive a 10% discount on all Woofin’ It services. If you’re already enjoying their pet concierge services; Please mention your **Owners only code** of WOOFINIT when scheduling your services!

Why we stand by Woofin' It: Woofin’ It is partnered with several of the Pet Friendly Assisted Living Communities here in

See a full list of classes, descriptions, and dates.

Frederick. They take care of their residents pets, when they are no longer able to. They understand the purpose and the mission of partnering with our community and they want to continue to serve as many people locally as they can.

SCAN HERE! Or visit

commonmarket.coop/ classes-events

www.woofinitdogwalking.com Our Community Partners Program continues to grow, offering our owners many options to save and support local business! Visit our website to learn about all of our Community Partners.


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How To Make

Recipe by

Cold Brew

340 g (12 oz bag) Common Market Blend ground coarse (think kosher salt) 52 oz (6 3/4 cups) cool water Directions Combine coffee grounds and water and let steep for 12 - 18 hrs Strain coffee concentrate from grounds with a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth Store cold brew concentrate in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (undiluted) Dilute in a glass with equal parts water over ice Add a splash of milk, milk alternative, creamer, sugar, or syrups and enjoy!

5 Ways to Use Your Cold Brew 1. Make a glass of iced coffee (directions above) 2. Warm it up by diluting concentrate with hot water for hot coffee 3. Make a cold brew soda! Mix 2 oz of concentrate with 8 oz soda water and 1 oz simple syrup and serve over ice

4. Cold brew mocktails! Try the Cold Brew Sour: Combine 2 oz concentrate with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 oz simple syrup, pour over ice, and garnish with a lemon twist 5. Cold brew cocktails! Get creative and put a twist on classic coffee cocktails, or visit javapresse.com/ blogs/cold-brew/cold-brew coffee-cocktails

Source: javapresse.com/blogs/cold-brew/5-ways-you-can-use-cold-brew-coffee-concentrate


ON SALE JUL 1 - JUL 21, 2020


Westbrae Organic Beans 15 oz., selected varieties


Kashi Organic Cereal

6.5 - 20 oz., selected varieties

5.3 oz., selected varieties

12 oz., selected varieties

Wallaby Organic Whole Milk Yogurt

7.4 oz., selected varieties

25 oz., selected varieties

Equal Exhange Organic Coffee

10 - 12 oz., selected varieties

6 oz., selected varieties




Annie's Homegrown Mac & Cheese



Nature's Path Organic Waffles


Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil

Seventh Generation Dish Liquid

$3.99 So Delicious Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert 1 pint, selected varieties


Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage

14 oz., selected varieties

Visit www.commonmarket.coop/shop/savings to view full sales flyers.

ON SALE JUL 22 - AUG 4, 2020

2/$5 From the Ground Up Cauliflower Snacks

4 - 4.5 oz., selected varieties



16 oz., selected varieties

10 - 14 oz., selected varieties

Health Ade Organic Kombucha

2/$4 Guayaki Sparkling Yerba Mate

12 oz., selected varieties

2/$6 Chickapea Chickpea & Lentil Pasta 8 oz., selected varieties

Nature's Path Organic Cereal


Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips 16 oz., selected varieties

2/$8 Coolhaus Dairy-Free Ice Cream

1 pint., selected varieties


Blue Diamond Almondmilk 64 oz., selected varieties



6 oz., selected varieties

12.95 oz., selected varieties

Organic Valley Shredded Cheese

Field Roast Vegan Sausage

Visit www.commonmarket.coop/shop/savings to view full sales flyers.

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Going the distance for Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County

BECOME A #DistancedRider KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. CHOOSE YOUR DISTANCE. Join our Common Market Team and cycle in the Tour De Frederick 2020! Choose when and where you ride, whether indoors or out. Complete your ride between August 1 - 16 and benefit Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. Miles can be completed by bike or foot. Use the Tour de Frederick paths, choose your own adventure, or even bike to work! To donate and/or join the ride, visit tourdefrederick.com/commonmarket


What's New at the Market?

Look for these new and exciting items at The Common Market!

Host Defense Elderberry Plus, Alaffia Beautiful Curls Shampoo & Leave-In Conditioner, Natural By Nature Organic Oat Milk, Tia Lupita Cactus Grain Free Tortilla Chips, CoffeeSock ColdBrew Filters, Miyoko's Creamery Cultured Vegan Slices, Milk Cult Ice Cream Sandwiches, Alaffia African Black Soap, GoodPop Dairy Free Push Pops, Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds, Vital Proteins Recovery Drinks, Primal Kitchen Skillet Meals.

Have a suggestion?

We're always on the look-out for new things. Visit www.commonmarket.coop/connect/newitem-suggestion/ and fill out the form!


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Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber By: Sara Welch dinneratthezoo.com

Ingredients: 3 cups watermelon (cubed or balled) 1 1/2 cups cucumber, seeds removed 2 tbsp mint thinly sliced or leaves 1/3 cup feta cheese 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp lime juice salt & pepper to taste 22

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 1 min Directions: Place watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the melon mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta and serve. Serves 4

Grilled Watermelon

by: Lena Abraham, delish.com Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 25 Min | Serves 5

INGREDIENTS Juice & zest of 1 lime 1/4 cup honey 1 small watermelon, cut into 1" thick wedges Freshly torn mint leaves, for serving Flaky sea salt, for serving DIRECTIONS Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat, In a bowl, whisk together lime juice and zest, honey, and olive oil. Brush lime juice mixture all over watermelon wedges and place on grill. Cook until grill marks form and fruit softens slightly, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with mint and flaky sea salt and serve.

If your interests are in good people and good food, then working at the Common Market might be for you. Check us out online to see what positions are open and to download your application! www.commonmarket.coop/connect/jobs

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