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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
To learn more about this year’s patronage dividends, go to our website HERE!