Food for Thought - August 2019

Let's Start September with a Scavenger Hunt!

Next month marks the beginning of the
4th Annual September Eat Local Challenge and this year, The Illinois Stewardship Alliance is shaking things up with a month long photo scavenger hunt to connect you with local food and farms in your community. Plus you could win $200 to the 'Buy Fresh Buy Local' farm, farmers market, or farm-to-table restaurant of your choice!

The scavenger hunt consists of 8 photo challenges, a number of trivia questions, and a pledge to eat local throughout the month. In addition, participants receive links to great resources, recipes, and tips to find local food and farms in their area. The first photo challenge will be available in the App on September 1st.
Everyone who completes the challenges within the App before September 30th will be entered into a drawing to win $200 to the Buy Fresh Buy Local venue of their choice (that could be you!).

To play simply download the Scavify App and join the hunt: Eat Local Challenge

Volunteer Opportunities

THANK YOU to everyone who has already volunteered; we couldn't do this without you! Time commitments are only 2-3 hours and the best's FUN! Meet people, spread the word on Food Shed Co-op and our mission.

Algonquin Harvest Market | Saturday, September 21  | 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin, IL 60102

Local Food, Fun & Crafters!  There will be a wide variety of vendors including farm fresh produce and crafts. Don't miss this event featuring entertainment and fun for the whole family.

We'll need a few volunteers to represent the Food Shed at our outreach table - if you can help out - RSVP/sign-up for a shift.

Woodstock Farmers Market | Woodstock Square | Third Saturdays

If you still want to be a part of the Woodstock Farmer's Market, we will be there again on September 21st and we will need volunteers. Come on out to the award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market in downtown Woodstock and enjoy live music and vendors offering quality produce, plants, local artisan foods, gifts and more!

If you can help out - RSVP/sign-up for a shift.

Don't Miss This - October 16, 2019

We are so excited to have Jon Steinman coming to Woodstock! Stay tuned for details about his book tour and signing.

Jon Steinman
Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants

Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store—the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

Copies of Steinman's book can be purchased at Read Between The Lynes and more information on the book tour can be found at: Jon Steinman - Grocery Story

What Are You Waiting For?

Our annual owner meeting is coming up and you should be there!

Mark your calendar, our annual owner meeting will Monday, September 9th at 6:30 at McHenry County College.  You must, however, be an owner to attend.  JOIN TODAY

There are many options for joining the Food Shed Co-op, including our monthly payment plan of $21/month for 10 months.  For those who need a little extra help, you can apply for our Financial Assistance Fund.

So many reasons to join: Owner Discounts, Voting Rights, Patronage Dividends and more! Plus supporting local farmers and food artisans promotes more nutritious food choices and improves our local economy by giving back to our community!

Spread the word to your friends, neighbors and community! Be a part of something that is good for your family and community. All owners are encouraged to attend for the latest Food Shed updates.

Did You Know... 

The first Wednesday of each month is Green Drinks Wednesday?

Wednesday, September 4th - 10th Anniversary Program & Celebration
Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen - 110 N. Main Street - Crystal Lake

Join Jen Walling, Executive Director Illinois Environmental Council, as she reviews the significant environmental legislation that passed in 2019 and will give a sneak peek into what will happen in 2020

Jen started as executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) in January of 2011. In addition to managing the organization, Jen lobbies on behalf of IEC’s nearly 80 member organizations on a wide range of issues. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois.

More information can be found at: Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

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