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The reset is almost done! | 06.25.2015
We’ve been resetting the store this past week to expand our offerings and use our space more efficiently. This means greater selection of products and an easier shopping experience for you, our members!
As we near the end of this project, you may notice some empty space on our shelves. You can expect to see those holes filled with brand new product! We’ve already added around 150 new items, with much more to come, and expanded options in beer, snacks, baking, packaged spices, coffee, ethnic foods, soups, nut butters, condiments, and dried fruit.
Thank to all of our staff who have been working diligently from 5:00am to 5:00pm this week, to our volunteers (Adam Cassie, Kevin Dowling, Heidi Mankin, and Maggie Zaback), and to industry professionals from UNFI and other companies who have helped us put product in the most practical places (at no cost to the co-op).
We hope you’ll have a more enjoyable shopping experience and find a new, favorite product to add to your meals! Take a minute to browse around the store the next time you’re in and please don’t hesitate to ask if you can’t find something!
Big store reset has begun! | 06.18.2015
As you may have noticed, we have begun resetting the store – a total store re-merchandising to make it easier to shop, expand our offerings, and make better use of our space! Re-organizing has begun in the bulk and produce departments and will continue through the rest of the store on Monday, June 22.
If you can’t find something, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff. And if you see any changes you like, let us know. It’s our goal to make this transition as smooth for you – our members – as possible. Once complete, you’ll find new delicious foods, or perhaps some old favorites we didn’t have room to carry, to make your shopping experience and dinners at home more exciting and adventurous.
Update from the Grocery Department | 06.11.2015
Someone asked me the other day, “What’s so great about the Co-op?” I decided to take a little time to think about that. What IS so great about the Co-op? My first thought was the food, the beautiful, fresh food. Oftentimes grown, raised, produced and delivered by people I actually know and have developed relationships with over the years. I’d say that’s pretty great. I enjoy having the opportunity to “Special Order” items. It may be a unique item that we don’t carry or something I use a lot of and want to buy in quantity. And yes, that’s me making my way across the parking lot under that GIGANTIC box of toilet paper that I special ordered! I also love knowing that when I shop, I’m supporting a Co-op business model where the dollars I spend will recirculate in my own community. Talk about great! Then I thought about what may be the greatest thing about the Co-op. The feeling of the shopping experience. It’s a very pleasant place to be! It smells really good. There’s nice music playing, people are friendly and happy and helpful. I see so many people I know there, that’s it’s practically a social event. I like the way that feels. I feel something special, something nice, and I hope you do too.
At the Good Earth Market, we hope you experience a feeling of community. We, as a community have come together intentionally to create and sustain this special place. A place where we can buy whole, healthy food to feed and nourish ourselves and our families. A place where we can shop in an environment that is friendly and pleasant, and yes…where everybody knows our name! That’s the experience we want you to have every time you shop. Every time you choose to shop at the Co-op, you’re making a difference. So come shop with 5,000 or so of your member neighbors and support YOUR community Co-op! It really does matter. We promise to do our best to make your shopping experience everything you want it to be…and then some!
The Grocery Department includes the Chill and Frozen, Meat, Beer/Wine and Household/Pet departments. It takes a team of cooperative, dedicated and hard working people to keep things humming. I’d like to introduce them to you briefly. They’re a super swell bunch and eager to help you in any way they can.
Dustin Ferguson is our Chill/Frozen Department Buyer and is also starting to take over the Meat Department. You’ll see him zooming around between the chill cooler, the frozen department, meat cooler or maybe at the Customer Service counter checking in some local eggs. He moves fast, but catch him and say hi! He’s a very friendly guy and anxious to help you find what you need.
There are a couple of things we’re really focusing on in our departments. I hope you will notice and approve. One is out of stocks. As the buyers, Dustin and I have been working hard to reduce out of stocks as much as we possibly can. We want you to be able to find everything on your list and maybe even a little something extra that happened to catch your eye. The other thing is finding you, the Members, more savings. We are using every resource available to find deals that we can pass on to you. Look for the orange MEMBER SPECIAL tags throughout the store
What makes the Co-op so great? If someone asked you, what would you say? Think about it, and then come on down and share the feeling and the food with us. We sure look forward to seeing you!
Here are just a few of my new and old favorite products:
Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour – Bob’s has made it easy for our gluten-free friends. Use this flour just as you would regular flour in all your recipes!
Elk Medallions – Delicious!!
Numi Tea – New Savory Teas! – Savory Teas make a great snack alternative, compliment a light lunch and are comforting when you’re feeling under the weather. They come in several tasty flavors: Carrot-Curry, Tomato Mint, Garden Sampler, and Beet Cabbage. Find them near the soups!
Our Go-To Snack at Home – Organic multi-colored popcorn made the old fashioned way on the stove top using Nutiva Coconut Oil! So yummy!
Montebello Pasta – I had not tried this pasta until recently….love it!! This pasta is imported from Italy and made with the finest Italian organic durum wheat. Try it in your next pasta dish, I bet you will love it too!
written by Pam Kemmick, GEM’s Grocery Manager
No price increase on local eggs | 06.04.2015
We are happy to say that we haven’t seen any increase in price in our local eggs, even with egg prices recently doubling due to a bird flu outbreak. As our Grocery Manager, Pam Kemmick, says, “Just one more great reason to buy local!”