Archives for February 2016

  • Board Notes: It’s our 10 year Anniversary! | 02.09.2016

    Pic - LP FairFebruary is a notable month for GEM – it is the month we moved into the great store we have occupied for TEN YEARS!!!!!! That’s right – TEN YEARS!!!!! On February 19 of 2006 we opened for business – it was a Sunday and it was a cold, cold day outside, but everything was warm and wonderful inside. HAPPY 10 YEARS TO ALL OF US. Looking back over the past 10 years brings to mind:

    • The first farm-to-table designated restaurant in Billings. We’ve got the best deli in the region, putting out the best food with the best local ingredients.

    Billings Gazette Reader’s Choice for Best Health Food Store – 5 times!

    Membership in the National Co-operative Grocers Association – helping us save on our wholesale cost of goods.

    Senator Max Baucus working day – the Senator chose GEM for his day of service in the community.

    Senator Jon Tester’s round table meetings upstairs – promoting and supporting local producers.

    Sunday Suppers – GEM started the movement to bring people together over local food prepared by local chefs.

    Earth Day celebrations – come rain or shine, we’re the place to celebrate Earth Day.

    The Farmer’s Market booth – providing a venue for GEM and our local producers to promote each other.

    The Art Walk and the Apple Gallery – we’re so thankful for our relationship with the local arts community.

    • The community of loyal co-op shoppers – we are so much more than a grocery store, we are a community of individuals who value our relationships with each other.

    Local producers – we are so fortunate to have great local producers and great local products every day.

    Newsletter advertisers – we appreciate your ongoing support of the Co-op!


    written by Carol Beam, GEM’s Board President



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    Perry McNeese, Jon Tester, and Carol Beam


    We celebrated two annual meetings at the Babcock Theatre in Downtown Billings!


    We’ve been supporting Local Producers since our founding – farmer’s markets, Sunday Suppers, and so much more.

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    Local dining at it’s best at our Sunday Suppers.

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    Our members pitched in and volunteered energy and resources to install a new patio.

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    Former Senator Max Baucus chose to do his Working Day at the Good Earth Market!