Sent 10/14/2021

 


IT’S CO-OP MONTH!

It’s Co-op Month! Co-ops are human-powered, democratically controlled, community-based entities. If you’re a member of Rising Tide Co-op, then you are one of 5,000 owners of our cooperative grocery store. Co-ops come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. Do you like Cabot cheese? That’s a farmer co-op! Love Rock City Coffee? That’s a co-op! Learn more about the impact of grocery co-ops, here

ANNUAL OWNER MEETING

We held our Annual Owner Meeting on Sunday, October 3. Although we did not meet in person, as planned, we had a very productive meeting that was packed with information and inspiration. Our keynote guest, Jon Steinman, shared an energizing presentation about the many different co-ops he has visited throughout the United States. We also had reports from the Board of Directors and our General Manager. 

Watch the Annual Meeting

VOTE FOR THE BOARD & CO-OP FOR COMMUNITY 

It’s time to weigh in on our 4 Board of Directors candidates and 15 Co-op for Community nominees. If you have not voted, yet, please email outreach@risingtide.coop for a link. You must be an active owner to vote. If you are not sure about your status as a member-owner, please email our outreach team or call the store: 207-563-5556. Polls are open until 11:00 PM on November 3. 

NATIONAL FAIR TRADE MONTH

October is National Fair Trade Month. Buying fair trade certified makes a bigger impact on the world because you are purchasing from companies that ensure the people behind the product are paid fair prices. In honor of this special month, we have many fair trade products on sale, including chocolate, bananas, coffee, fruit spreads, and gifts. Learn more about the fair trade movement, here


 

WINTER SQUASH

The leaves are bursting with color, the air is cooling, and farmers near and far are hauling in big loads of winter squash from their fields. This is one of our produce team’s business times of the year, with a hefty volume of tasty, local veggies and fruit coming in, all the time. As we begin feeling autumn’s chilly presence, what better way to heat your home than roasting some squash! Learn more about winter squash varieties, here

FARM FRESH REWARDS

Due to an unprecedented increase program participation, Farm Fresh Rewards will shift to a 50% match. This means that for every $10 spent on local food with SNAP/EBT, shoppers will earn $5 in Farm Fresh Rewards. If you have questions, please contact Maine Farmland Trust

 

 

GARDENING AT THE TIDE

Join us for First Monday Gardening at Rising Tide Co-op! Each first Monday morning of the month, from 7:30-8:30, we welcome volunteers to help clean up and maintain our beautiful gardens. As a thanks for those efforts, volunteers will get breakfast, on us! In the case of inclement weather, we will gather the next day, the first Tuesday of the month, at the same time. If you are interested in volunteering, email alex.z@risingtide.coop


 

OCTOBER BOARD MEETING
Rising Tide Co-op’s next Board of Directors meeting will take place in person, in our Community Kitchen, at 5:30 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. All Rising Tide Co-op owners are welcome to attend. To learn more about our board, visit our website: our website.
 
REDEEM YOUR DIVIDEND 
Rising Tide Co-op owners may redeem 2020 patronage dividends at the register, now. Owners are encouraged to redeem dividends as soon as possible and must be redeemed by June 30, 2022. Due to the administrative labor costs of processing all dividends (4909 individual active owners in 2020), anything less than a $3.00 dividend will be donated to FARMS at the Y. This money will be used to support hands-on gardening and cooking education programs in all AOS93 schools and through camps at their home base at the Central Lincoln County YMCA.

To learn more about this year’s patronage dividends, go to our website HERE!