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CULTIVATE A SE A SONAL GUIDE TO YOUR CO - OP COMMUNIT Y

Local Grocery that Grew with TCCP Expanding our Impact with Change Matters Product Partners Happier Houseplants SPRING 2019


TWIN CITIES C O - O P PA R T N E R S LEADERSHIP TEAM

JOSH RESNIK CEO DEB KERMEEN CFO MISSY SMITH Director of Culinary Operations TOM RODMYRE Director of Co-op Partners Warehouse DEAN SCHLADWEILER Store Director – Wedge Lyndale DOUG PETERSON Store Director – Linden Hills ADAM GOWER Director of Human Resources JESS PIERCE Director of Marketing and Sales REBECCA LEE Director of Purchasing and Merchandising

Artwork by Alexi Bryant from our commissary kitchen. P U B L I C AT I O N CONTRIBUTORS

JESS PIERCE Director of Marketing and Sales MADELEINE ISAACSON Digital Communication Manager LEIGH MCCARREN Ownership and Outreach Coordinator ALLISON HEITMILLER Event Planning and Promotions Coordinator MARY VAN SANT Communications Coordinator LAURA GLASS AINSLEY JENSEN Design TRAVIS ANDERSON MICHAEL PAYNIC Photography

In this issue of Cultivate, we’re touting our love of local. Here we celebrate the people behind the unique products and flavors that make our stores great places to shop year-round, from seasoned organic farmers outside the city to the friendly neighbor who makes homemade muesli. Read on to learn creative ways to liven up everyday dishes with tasty local products, hear the stories of businesses we’ve helped grow and explore the ways we continue to deepen our community connection through food.

On the cover: Hannah, founder of Seven Sundays muesli, with Wedge grocery staff Audrey and Mike. Seven Sundays is our featured Change Matters Product Partner during May. Read more on page 14. 2019 Board of Directors EMILY ANDERSON TOM PIERSON MATTHEW LARSON

JANE SCHOMMER SARITA PARIKH ALEX SLICHTER

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NEW & NOW SPRING SALE CALENDAR!

INTRODUCING NEW TCCP GIFT CARDS New co-op gift cards, redeemable at the Wedge, Wedge Table and Linden Hills, are in our stores now! Look for two unique designs. They make great gifts!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE CO-OP FARM TOUR Mark your calendars! The Co-op Farm Tour is on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a day for you and your family and friends to venture out and get acquainted with the people and land behind your food. This year we’ll have more than 20 urban and rural farms to choose from.

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20% OFF Dr. Hauschka Mother’s Day Sale Sunday, May 5 – Sunday, May 12 Save on all Dr. Hauschka’s premium skin care products.

We’re proud to partner with the other Twin Cities co-ops on this annual event. Look for posters and booklets popping up in stores later this spring. Visit coopfarmtour.com for more information.

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$1 Memorial Day Froco Cones Sat., May 25 – Mon., May 27

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Grab our dairy-free, gluten-free, coconut soft serve for only $1 for a kid size cone (not just for kids!).

NEW LOCAL CRATE MEALS We’ve brought in four new meal kits for spring, available now at Wedge he Lyndale and Linden Hills.

/HiM • One-Pot Dijon Roasted Chicken THe with Carrots & Potatoes y/tH • Weeknight Chicken PadeM Thai with Seared Vegetables • Italian Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Kale & Potatoes. • Spice & Salt Crusted Steak with Mashed Potatoes in Creamy Mushroom Sauce by Food52

UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Board meetings are held on the dates below, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Owners are welcome to attend. RSVP required by phone at 612 871 3993 x1817. Apr 16 at Co-op Partners Warehouse • May 13 at the Wedge Table

30% OF F 30% OFF CBD Sale Sunday, June 9 Save big on our entire assortment of CBD products!

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20% OFF Meat & Seafood Sale Sat., June 15 – Sun., June 16 Stock up on the highest quality meat and seafood in town!


Staff profileS By Leigh McCarren, Ownership & Outreach Coordinator

MEET ROBERT LINDEN HILLS ASSISTANT FRONT END MANAGER What brought you to the co-op? I’ve always aimed to work for places that are less profit-driven and care about giving back to the community. I was a customer of Linden Hills before I was an employee and I loved the neighborhood feel and personal customer service the employees provide. You started in the Grocery department. Why did you decide to move to the Front End? I see Twin Cities Co-op Partners as a long-term career for me, so when a job in management opened in the Front End, I jumped at the chance. As

someone who considers himself a “people person” the Front End seemed like a perfect fit. I love the Change Matters “I WAS A CUSTOMER OF LINDEN HILLS BEFORE I WAS AN EMPLOYEE AND I LOVED THE NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL AND PERSONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE THE EMPLOYEES PROVIDE.”

program. I’m proud to work for a store that supports small local farmers and companies that are environmentally conscious. I also really enjoy interacting with all the wonderful staff here who always put me in a good mood.

What Change Matters group are you most excited to support? I was excited to raise funds for TC Food Justice because food waste is one of those things that keeps me up at night. The U.S. wastes 30–40% of the food supply while 16 million American children struggle with hunger every year. I think TC Food Justice is a really innovative program that can help bridge that gap and I’m happy we had a chance to support them. How do you spend your time outside of work? I’m a musician. I went to school for audio engineering and work as an audio editor for the premier hip hop podcast The Cipher. We’ve had some notable celebrity guests like Jonah Hill, Johnny Rotten and Bobby Brown but mostly focus on underground and old-school artists. Last summer, I got a chance to record interviews backstage at the Sound Set festival and was able to meet a lot of my rap idols.

ROBERT LOVES the sea salt chocolate caramels and the vegan gummies in our bulk section. photo by Travis Anderson


MEET ALEX CATERING AND WHOLESALE MANAGER

How did you end up in the catering world? I feel like I’ve been in the catering world forever! I started in college doing seasonal catering for VIP and premium customers at Vikings, Twins and Gopher games. It worked perfectly around my class schedule and I was working with friends, so I thought it was the best job. From there, it’s been something I’ve always stayed connected with regardless of where I’ve been. I’ve worked in both the planning and event sides of catering. Catering involves a lot of planning and good customer service skills, which I love. What are your favorite items on the catering menu? One of my absolute favorites is our new Up North platter. It is a unique option that includes delicious regional offerings like pickle ham roll-ups, smoked trout, Ellsworth cheese curds and our WedgeMade baguette and focaccia breads. For lunch, I’ll always go for our vegan Cilantro Peanut Tofu Wrap. I just love the fresh flavors. (You can also get this wrap in our stores!) What do you love about your job? I really enjoy helping to develop our seasonal menus. It gives us

photo by Travis Anderson

a chance to make sure we’re offering the best options, keeping our menu fresh, and finding new ways to expand our reach. More broadly, I love that my job allows me to connect with so many people across TCCP and in our community. We work with amazing non-profits, community organizations, co-ops and other local businesses and build strong relationships. I enjoy working closely with our stores and Co-op Partners Warehouse to make sure things are running smoothly for our catering and wholesale businesses.

ALEX LOVES the Wedge Table’s breakfast tacos, made with WedgeMade tortillas and topped with a local hot sauce.

What do you like to do for fun? For fun outside of work, I’m usually trying new restaurants with friends. There’s always something fun opening around the Cities and we love to check out new places. I also really love to travel. Recently, I went to Joshua Tree National Park and I’ve traveled around Vietnam, India, Nepal and Europe on past trips. Australia is next on my list, fingers crossed!

ABOUT OUR WHOLESALE BUSINESS Through our wholesale business, we distribute our best-selling, made-from-scratch artisan and sandwich breads, deli salads, and take & bake items to local co-ops and businesses. Every day, we deliver artisan and sandwich breads directly from the Bakehouse at the Wedge Table to a number of local restaurants and co-ops including Bad Waitress, Seward Co-op, Eastside Co-op and Mississippi Market. Co-op Partners Warehouse delivers our bulk deli salads and take & bake items items to customers in a 7-state area. Our top items are Alpha Omega Salad, Red Curry Tofu, Local Mac & Cheese and West African Peanut Stew.

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H A P P I ER H O USEP LA N TS JA IM E’S O U R FL O R A L B U Y ER PL A N T G U ID E FO R YO U R H O M E

About the Expert Jaime has been the floral buyer and plant sale manager at the Wedge for seven years. She attended the Institute of Floristry at Koehler and Dramn in 2016. In her spare time, she operates a wedding floral business with her best friend. She refers to this as a “hobby business,” since they both have full-time jobs. Jaime has done the flowers for many weddings and some freelance work for Minnesota florist Ashley Fox at the 2018 Super Bowl.

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Where do our plants come from? Our plants come from multiple distributors. My favorite company we work with is Len Busch, located in Plymouth, MN. Their business started in the late 1800’s, when their great grandfather grew vegetables on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. Over a hundred years later, the Busch family provides us with locally-grown flowers and plants including tulips, snap dragons, spray roses, daffodils, potted blooming plants, poinsettias and bulb gardens. As the floral buyer for the Wedge and Linden Hills, I am always on the hunt for new interesting plants and flowers. I get a lot of good recommendations from my fellow coworkers, Madeleine and Char Lee, both huge plant enthusiasts.


Our Best Sellers

POTHOS

SPIDER PLANT PHILODENDRON

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MAY 10 – JUNE 2

SNAKE PLANT

Wedge Lyndale’s South Parking Lot

How to Take Care of your Houseplant The first essential step in becoming a successful plant parent is researching all the new plants you bring home. You can find the scientific or common name on your plant’s container.

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ASK US ! We’re h appy to help!

There are a few simple rules that can be applied to most house plants. No dramatic changes in temperature. The best location for a house plant is away from drafty windows and vents.

overwater or underwater. Always check online if you are unsure 2) Don’t how much water your plant needs. use a pot without drainage holes. The roots of most plants 3) Never will mold if left in standing water. Drainage holes prevent this from happening.

4) 5)

Plant Sale

Only repot plants in the spring unless specific to your plant. Never repot a plant into a smaller container or one a lot larger. Some plants thrive in a root bound container, so do your research. Different plants’ sunlight needs vary greatly.

New Floral at Linden Hills We’ve grown our floral offerings at Linden Hills. You can now find new houseplants and local bouquets at that location. I’m still getting to know the Linden Hills customers, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, send me an email at floral@tccp.coop.

Fill your garden with local and organic flowers, herbs, strawberries, peppers, kale, tomatoes and more! Sourced from Humble Pie, Riverbend Farm and Twin Organics Farm. Jaime always organizes our annual plant sale and says, “The best part is supporting local farmers and nurturing our longterm relationships with them. Riverbend Farm is owned by Greg Reynolds, an avid seed saver who is passionate about organic farming. Twin Organics is a pair of brothers who are farming on the former Gardens of Eagan property. Humble Pie is owned by Jennifer, Mike and their son Earl, who sometimes rides along on flower deliveries and makes me sign fake speeding tickets along with my invoices.” 7


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with Twin Cities Co-op Partners Co-op Partners Warehouse (CPW) is a wholesale distributor of organic produce, dairy, and unique local grocery products. CPW works with first-time producers to make their products successful by giving feedback on packaging and pricing, as well as creating wholesale monthly specials, and assisting with marketing materials. By working with CPW, small companies expand their reach to a sevenstate distribution area and increase their visibility to co-ops and natural foods stores. Here, the founders and owners of these thriving products talk about their past, present and future.

You Betcha Kim Chi “We started You Betcha Kimchi in a very fragrant Whittier apartment. It’s a Minnesota twist on a Korean classic with 100% locally-grown, organic vegetables directly sourced from local farmers. Even the ginger is local, which provides You Betcha Kim Chi with that signature zing. In 2015, Linden Hills Co-op was the first local co-op to carry our product, and the Wedge picked it up shortly after. In 2017, we started distributing our product through Co-op Partners Warehouse. CPW helped us expand our reach, gain access to more co-ops and restaurants, and increase our sales. Pick up a pint of Minnesota Nice, A Bit Nippy or Uffda! at both the Wedge and Linden Hills today!”

Big Watt Coffee “Big Watt started humbly in the basement of the original Five Watt Coffee shop in South Minneapolis, with the goal of taking simple and tasty cold press into the world without compromising the quality of ingredients and unparalleled flavor. That long—and sometimes difficult—journey brought us to today: three unique canned Cold Press Coffees (with more on the way) distributed to 18 states and growing. Co-op Partners Warehouse was our first real distribution partner, and their devotion to genuine products and retailers and customers who care about what they’re drinking made it a perfect partnership to ‘do good work’.” 8


photos supplied by vendors

Deane’s Kombucha

“My family moved to the Linden Hills neighborhood in 2004 and became co-op members shortly thereafter. I began home-brewing kombucha in 2006 and after many compliments from friends decided to make a business of it. Linden Hills Co-op was my very first account, and after years of my children watching me home-brew and dream of starting a business, it was a real treat to take the kids to the co-op and see Deane’s Kombucha on the shelf for the first time. Today our top stores include Linden Hills Co-op, the Wedge and The Wedge Table. Coop Partners Warehouse is my primary distributor. Over the past four years, my relationship with these businesses has grown; improving the stores, operations, participating in community outreach and supporting local business. This relationship has been instrumental in my success and growth.”

Cosmic Cacao Bars “Cosmic Cacao was founded in Minneapolis in May of 2018. My journey began with a serious love for the cacao plant and has resulted in a whole new life. I believed so strongly in the dream of creating a bar that is seriously indulgent and good for your body. I took a massive leap, left my career and jumped head first into what I knew was my highest calling. I am truly in awe at how this dream has become my reality. This would not have been possible without the love and support of the local co-op community. Much gratitude to all the co-ops who have supported me and to Co-op Partners Warehouse who believed in this product enough to bring it to their distribution center. Most importantly, a heartfelt thank you to the people who have purchased my bar, understanding the value of a product made by hand, not a machine. I will continue to pour my gratitude and love into these bars as long as you’ll have me.” Find Cosmic Cocao bars in our refrigerated grab & go section.

Join us for

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Wedge Lyndale & Linden Hills

We’re sharing the love of local with 20% OFF select local products and a store full of community producers sampling their wonderful products. 9


Local Condiments - with -

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These unique items are

GOOD - ON-EVERY THING sauces and spreads with big flavors. Their creative producers suggest ways to

ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY FOODS.

K- M A M A S A U CE K-Mama Sauce is an authentic Korean sauce made with Gochujang, adding a delicious kick to a variety of dishes.

5 WAYS TO ADD IT TO YO UR MEN U Add it to your breakfast hash — Marinade your chicken wings — Spice up your hummus — Mix it in with your pulled pork — Add it to your favorite bowl recipe — Find full recipes at kmamasauce.com/category/recipes 10

Grlk is a local twist on a Lebanese classic with garlic, oil, lemon juice and sea salt. This flavorful sauce is deliciously creamy, vegan and gluten free.


Mazaah Chutney Photos by Lauren Schneck at Tucker Fox

4 WAYS TO ADD IT TO YO UR MEN U Mix it in with your pasta — Add it to your favorite pesto recipe — Elevate your grilled cheese or BLT — Try it in your chili — Find full recipes at grlksauce.com/recipes

FRE A K F LAG FO O DS Freak Flag Foods are organic sauces with big global flavors made from fresh, simple ingredients right here in the Twin Cities.

4 WAYS TO ADD IT TO YO UR MEN U Add Kick’n Curry Mole to coconut milk for a quick curry — Use Kick’n Curry Mole as a rub for steaks and chops — Dip your fries in Smoky Red Mustard — Boost your cheese and cracker game by adding Super Kale Pesto — Find full recipes at freakflagfoods.com/ recipes

M A Z A A H CH U T N E Y Mazaah Chutney is a delicious blend of fresh cilantro, apple cider vinegar, toasted walnuts, raw ginger, garlic, hot peppers and lemon juice, made by a duo of Afghani sisters in Minneapolis.

5 WAYS TO ADD IT TO YO UR MEN U Great for grilled meats and vegetables — Add it to pizza — Use as a sandwich spread — Top off your fish tacos — Freshen up your avocado toast with Mazaah and an egg 11


LOCAL FAVORITES FROM OUR STAFF

Our staff loves the bounty of local foods they can find at the co-op! Here are a few of their go-to’s for weeknight dinners or springtime holidays featuring delicious local ingredients. AILI

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Avocado toast with Rustica bread

Pork roulade with local pork and Larry Schultz eggs

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Seoul Bowl with rice, protein and veggies, topped with K-mama Sauce and Fierce Ferments kim chi. TR ACIE

LINDEN HILLS HBC Living Greens Farm greens, WI mushrooms, and co-op made marinated goat cheese and crostini

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MARKETING Sparkling lemonade cocktail made with Wisco Pop’s Ginger Sparkle and B & E’s Bourbon Barrel Syrup.

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photo by Michael Paynic

ORDER YOUR LOCAL EASTER HAM AND GET A $

5 GIFT CARD!

*

ORDER DATES:

Monday, March 18 – Saturday, April 13

HOW TO ORDER:

Phone: Wedge (612 871 3993) or Linden Hills (612 922 1159) Online: Visit www.tccp.coop/ham-order. When you order, select which location where you’d like to pick up. In-Store: Visit the Meat & Seafood counter or Customer Service desk to order.

HIGH QUALIT Y HAMS

We’re proud to source our Easter hams from a local farm that treats their animals with care. Beeler’s Pork, a sixth generation family farm in LeMars, Iowa raises their animals on a vegetarian diet, free of antibiotics and hormones. Bone-In Half Hams: $3.99/lb.

TIPS:

Allow 3/4 pound of bone-in ham per person. There will also be whole and half hams from additional local farms in the meat cases throughout the Easter season.

Bone-In Whole Hams: $3.49/lb. Bone-In Spiral Sliced Hams:

Sale $4.99/lb. (Reg. $5.99/lb.)

*One gift card per customer. Received at pick-up.

NEED QUICHE, SIDES OR DESSERT? Wedge Catering has got you covered. Check out our menu online at tccp.coop/catering 13


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donated 25¢ for every pound or package sold to Upstream Arts.

donated 50¢ to TC Food Justice for every product sold.

Fizzeology will donate $1.00-1.50 to MN FoodShare for every pint and quart sold.

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($ 490 IN TOTAL!)

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded our Change Matters program. We recruited local vendors to donate a portion of their co-op sales, in addition to from customers at the

the registers and purchasing

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these delicious local products!

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Forage Kombucha will donate 10% of total sales to Canine Inspired Change.

JULY:

AUGUST:

SEPTEMBER:

WiscoPop! will

Gustola Granola

Pranarom will donate

donate 50¢ to Hopewell Music Cooperative for every Ginger Sparkle 4 pk. sold.

will donate $1 to Midwest Food Connection for every package sold.

10% of total sales to Friends of the Mississippi River.

OCTOBER:

NOVEMBER:

DECEMBER:

Feral Kombucha

Spoon Optional

will donate 10% of total sales to My Very Own Bed.

will donate 10% of total sales to Open Arms.

B & E’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup will donate $1

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support our Change Matters groups by rounding up at

Seven Sundays will donate 50¢ to Tubman for every product sold.

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the donations we collect register. Now you can

Ames Honey will donate 50¢ to The Aliveness Project for every 9 oz. and 18 oz. jar sold.

to Center School for every half-pint sold.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. All month long, we’re supporting Tubman with our Change Matters program. Round up at the register to support Tubman and purchase Seven Sundays muesli to increase our impact.

4 Helpful Foods for Mental Health By Emily Truscott, Tubman

As part of a broad continuum of services for people who have experienced trauma, Tubman offers a licensed outpatient clinic with mental health and chemical health services, as well as a co-occurring program for people with simultaneous mental and chemical health issues. “At Tubman, we try to consider the whole person when treating mental and chemical health challenges. We believe—we know – that healthy bodies support healthy minds. We believe adding access to nutrition and supporting clients to consider nutrition as part of their ‘treatment plan’ will support their overall healing journey,” said Dr. Birgit Olsen Kelly, Director of Clinical Services at Tubman. A few commonly recommended foods to boost mental health include:

GREEN VEGGIES Broccoli, kale, spinach, and others all contain valuable nutrients like iron, potassium, fiber, folic acid, and more that help balance our bodies and minds.

YOGURT The probiotics in yogurt cultures help us digest and absorb other foods to better use their nutrients, as well as lowering stress.

FISH (like salmon or albacore tuna) Try replacing your red meat with fish to boost your omega-3 fatty acid intake and vitamin D to help reduce anxiety.

WHOLE GRAINS Foods with whole grains can boost serotonin. Be mindful of choosing complex carbs with whole grains and avoiding “simple carbs” with more heavily processed white flour.

Consider timing and frequency. Sometimes, spicy foods, protein at certain times of the day, or reducing sugar or “heavy” foods can help address symptoms of depression and anxiety. Some people have found that cutting back on sugar and sodas helps to decrease mood and energy swings throughout the day, and boosts energy overall. When it comes to beverages, simply replacing sugary and caffeinated beverages with more ounces of water can help calm your body and mind. Always consult with your health care professionals, physical and mental, about changing or supplementing your approach to managing your mental health. TUBMAN OFFERS THE FOLLOWING MENTAL AND CHEMIC AL HE ALTH SERVICES: therapy for individuals, couples, and families • mental health assessments • chemical health (Rule 25) assessments • a variety of therapy programs and support groups for specific individuals and needs •

To learn more about these services, call Tubman’s Intake Office at 612 870 2426, or visit www.tubman.org/get-help. 15


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When you spend your grocery dollars at the co-op, you’re supporting hundreds of local farmers and vendors and countless community organizations. You’re making a commitment to organic agriculture, a sustainable future and a healthier community.

OVER 10 SMART WAYS TO SAVE!

With these money-saving tips, you can continue to shop your values while keeping a little extra in your pocket.

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MAKE A MEAL PLAN AND SHOP IN BULK

to get exactly what you need and avoid food waste.

Purchase pantry items by the case. Owners get

SHOP THE CO + OP DEALS.

10% OFF CASE ORDERS

Hundreds of items are on sale every week through our partnership with National Co+op Grocers.

placed at customer service.

Plan ahead with your supplement purchases.

Stock your freezer with meat and seafood on

ON WELLNESS DAYS,

FRESH CUT FRIDAYS, 10% OFF

customers

SAVE 10% on all

supplements in the Health and Body Care department on the first Wednesday of the month at the Wedge, and on the last Tuesday of the month at Linden Hills.

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all meat and seafood the last Friday of the month.

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REDUCED-COST BREAD and store it in your freezer.

Find more money saving tips and storage ideas in our

SHOPPING ON A BUDGET GUIDE

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FROZEN ALTERNATIVE to fresh produce that’s not in season.

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SHOP SEASONALLY IN PRODUCE. Often, items that are abundant and in season are on sale during the week.

in store or on our website!

WATCH FOR...

• Our weekly Fresh Flyer with fresh meat, seafood and produce deals • Flash Deals on popular products • Pop-Up Sales for big savings on unique co-op products

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Why we love the co-op T C C P B O A R D M E M B E R S S H A R E T H E I R FAV O R I T E FOODS AND CO-OP MOMENTS “For me, the co-ops are inextricable from a sense

of home. This is where I not only find good food, but where I find a remarkable group of people and someone willing to geek-out with me about blue potatoes, cedar-scented soap, or espresso nib peanut butter.” — Jane “I love, actually dream about, the

key lime pie from the bakery. It’s the perfect combination of tart, creamy, and sweet with a killer crust.” — Sarita

“I love shopping at

the co-op because I’m inspired by staff in every department. They go above and beyond to provide information, to help me find something or reach something, to carefully pack my bags, and always with a smile. They adapt to change and challenge, from construction to snowstorms. In Winter the co-op is a cozy cocoon and in Summer a cool relief. I can always find an excuse to stop in.” — Emily Anderson

“My favorite part of the coop is the cheese department. It’s hard to pick just one cheese. I love the grilling cheeses, paneer for curry, goat cheese on crackers, bleu for sauces and dips, and even everyday cheddar. The staff does a great job of sampling and recommending new cheeses. I don’t have one favorite, I have my ‘new favorite!’ ” — Alex

“We moved to the

Twin Cities in the month of January and on a snowy day spent house-hunting, we stumbled upon the co-op and were blown away. I'll never forget becoming a member-owner at the checkout on that first trip — we didn't find a house that day but we found a food community and that was all we needed to make Minnesota feel a little bit more like home.” — Emily Paul

SERVE ON OUR BOARD! The board is seeking candidates who can engage in respectful debate and dialogue, bringing their unique perspectives and skills to the conversation. As owner-elected stewards of the co-op, the TCCP Board of Directors supports the operations, staff, and stakeholders who make up our food community. The board strives to support the co-op’s pursuits of delivering profitability and re-investment in the business; continues to ensure TCCP’s promise to derive value from consolidation; and oversees each business unit of TCCP to create positive experiences for everyone we serve: employees, owners, community, vendors. A qualified board candidate is: • A co-op member • Passionate about community • A strong leader • Open to collaboration The details: • 10 – 20 hours per month • Annual stipend of $8,113.44 2019 Election Calendar: June 28: Deadline for candidate applications July 15 – 31: Candidate interviews July 31: Board approves election slate Find the application and more details online at tccp.coop/ board-of-directors/#becomea-candidate, at the Customer Service desks or by emailing election@tccp.coop.

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— CO-OP EVENTS CALENDAR — Join us for fun and inspiring community events, yoga, sales and more, created just for you. For more info, visit tccp.coop/calendar.

O N GO I N G E VE NT S FR E E YO G A W I T H B R I A N N A DA R L I N G All bodies and abilities are welcome to these gentle vinyasa-style classes. Yoga teacher Brianna Darling has been teaching yoga for the past eight years. Her classes blend movement with breathing and meditation practices that are designed to leave you feeling relaxed, strong, and whole. Self-care and gratitude are at the core of her classes.

FR E E W E D N E S DAY YO G A Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. FREE • No registration needed Wedge Table FR E E SU N DAY YO G A Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. FREE • No registration needed Wedge Table

FA M I LY FR I DAYS Every third Friday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FREE • No registration needed Wedge Table

NEW!

Once a month, we’re teaming up with one of our community partners to host a FREE family activity at the Wedge Table. Depending on the host, we might dance, create, sing, taste, learn or just play! Activities will be tailored to ages 6 and younger, but all ages are welcome.

M A RCH E VE NT S I N C R E A S I N G F O O D ACC E SS I N T H E T W I N C I T I E S Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 – 8 p.m. FREE • Suggested donation: 1 non-perishable food item. Wedge Table In partnership with Mississippi Market, Seward Co-op, Eastside Co-op and Lakewinds Food Co-op, we’re hosting a panel discussion on food access in the Twin Cities. Come learn about the important work local organizations are doing to increase food access and the co-ops’ impact through the MN FoodShare March Campaign, a grassroots effort that supports 285 food shelves across the state. Each co-op will invite a panelist from one of their food access partners and representative from the MN FoodShare March Campaign will moderate the panel. 18

I N T R O TO SOA PM A K I N G W I T H LO N G FE L LOW SOA P Thursday, March 28 at 6–8:30 p.m. $25 for co-op owners/ $30 for non-owners • Register at tccp.coop/calendar Wedge Table Learn soapmaking from one of the Twin Cities’ most popular soap vendors! In this demonstration class, students receive an instruction manual and five bars of soap (a $25 value). Registration required. This class will be capped at seven people — so reserve your spot early!


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Join us for

WE'RE SHARING THE LOVE OF LOCAL WITH:

20% OFF select local products • BIG giveaways • Community producers sampling their wonderful products •

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Wedge Lyndale & Linden Hills

Come support the passions of your neighbors and local farmers as we celebrate what makes this hardworking community so great!

M AY E VE NT S D I Y M OT H E R S DAY G I F T S W I T H E SS E N T I A L O I L S Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $5 owners, $7 non-owners • Register at tccp.coop/calendar Wedge Table Enjoy an evening learning and making DIY gifts with essential oils for all the special women in your life (including you)! In this class we’ll learn tips and tricks for safely using essential oils to enhance our everyday lives through aromatherapy with simple, natural body care. You will also get the opportunity to make your own DIY body-care product to take home with you. Class taught by Elena Mercurio, Aromatherapy Educator for Aura Cacia Essential Oils. L H E N A FU L L - C I R C L E CO M P OS T I N G FU N D R A I S E R Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wedge Lyndale The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association will be hosting an event at the Wedge on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by to learn about their neighborhood compost drop off program and to purchase compost for your garden made from food scraps dropped off at the Wedge!

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2105 Lyndale Ave. S. Mpls., MN 55405 612 871 3993 tccp.coop

your friendly neighborhood store 3815 Sunnyside Ave. Mpls., MN 55410 612 922 1159 tccp.coop

WEDGE TABLE your community hub, market & cafĂŠ 2412 Nicollet Ave. Mpls., MN 55405 612 465 8844 tccp.coop

PLEASE RECYCLE All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means without prior permission. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the board, management, staff or member-owners of Wedge Community Co-op or Linden Hills Co-op. Nutrition and health information given is for educational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for a consultation with a licensed health or dietary practitioner.

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