Food For Thought - July 2020

Let's Do This!  

We are so close to our GOAL OF 1000 OWNERS! Share with your neighbors, your families and your friends so we can take the next step!

Food co-ops are retail cooperatives that are owned by the people who shop there. This means that food co-ops are owned by members of the community – not outside investors.

Each member-owner has a say in decisions that affect the co-op; and instead of paying outside investors, co-ops return their profits to their member-owners in the form of patronage refunds – dividends, cash, discounts or store credit.

Food co-ops source products from more local farmers and producers, donate proportionally more dollars to charity, have better worker wages and benefits, and give back more to the local economy than traditional grocery stores.

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In the company of bees...

I’m a beekeeper. As I look at this picture of my little friends I’m amazed at the striking similarities between my colonies of bees and the McHenry County community.

Let me explain…

If you take the time to really examine a colony of bees what
 you’ll see is solidarity. Several thousand bees working toward a common goal – preservation of the hive.

This same type of
 community spirit has shown itself here in McHenry County as we struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. Through all the many breakdowns in federal support during this crisis we have seen our community step up to fill in the gaps.

People like Crystal
 Lake’s Jon Weger and his Facebook group of friends who used their 3D printers to make face shields for local healthcare workers. And Woodstock residents Heather Madaus and Linnea Kooistra who started sewing face masks for clinics and non-profits in need of PPE (personal protective equipment).

All over
 the county we see neighbor helping neighbor – a cohesive, solid community at work just like my bees. People who see a need and unselfishly step up to fill that need.

As grocery store shelves found themselves depleted because of a breakdown in our national food supply
 chains, our local farmers stepped up to provide the community with fresh, local produce and meats.

A
 community. People helping people. That’s what the Food Shed Co-op is all about. Strengthening our community using local resources.

It’s been said that something good always comes from something bad. Maybe that’s what this virus is
 here to teach us. Maybe part of the lesson is to show everyone how important it is to build a “healthy, ethical, and resilient community” just like our mission says…

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Ever dream of becoming a farmer?


If you're a farmer or are dreaming of becoming one, you can join the Food Shed Farmers Group on Facebook!  

This group is intended to facilitate conversations between farmers and other sustainable agriculture stakeholders in and around McHenry County, Illinois.

The goal is to inspire the community and ensure food security for our region. Join now for some inspiring and informative conversations!
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Food For Thought - November 2019

It's November...what better time to become an owner?



We are so close to our END OF YEAR GOAL OF 700 OWNERS! This is a wonderful gifting opportunity that a current owner could give this year.  

Food co-ops are retail cooperatives that are owned by the people who shop there. This means that food co-ops are owned by members of the community – not outside investors.

Each member-owner has a say in decisions that affect the co-op; and instead of paying outside investors, co-ops return their profits to their member-owners in the form of patronage refunds – dividends, cash, discounts, or store credit.

Food co-ops source products from more local farmers and producers, donate proportionally more dollars to charity, have better worker wages and benefits, and give back more to the local economy than traditional grocery stores.

Watch the video on our vision here

It's easy! Click here to become an owner
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Volunteer Opportunities

Woodstock Winter Market

The Winter Market runs on select Saturdays through April 2020. We have volunteer opportunities for December - April. Along with the usual offerings there are several artisans at each market.

We will need volunteers for December 7, January 18, February 15, March 21 and April 18. Each shift is 2.5 hours and will begin at 8:30 am.

The market is held in Building "D" at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.

For more information and registration, go to Winter market volunteer opportunities
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Eat for Good Potluck Dinner

November 22, 2019
Soulful Prairies Farm - 4706 Alden Road, Woodstock, IL 60098


Guest Speaker: Harold Wilken
Organic farmer and founder of The Mill at Janie's Farm in Ashkum, IL

The potluck is organized by Eat for Good, a grassroots network centered in McHenry County. We believe that by choosing to eat as locally and sustainably as possible, we can create a better future for our families, farms, communities and our world. To learn more about this event and Eat for Good, go to www.soulfulprairies.com or contact kevin.kelley01@gmail.com

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Out and about in McHenry County 

There is so much going on this month in our community! Whatever you like, there is something for everyone of all ages. Thank you, November, for reminding us to be grateful for everything that we have and thank you for being the best introduction to December.

Click on this November Calendar to local festivals and events you won't want to miss.

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Live your best life!

Cooperatively,

Your Food Shed Co-op Team

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Food For Thought - October 2019

October is...


From crisp mornings to crunchy leaves, everything starts to change in October. We've been busy all summer with farmer's markets and festivals and now we start to think of bonfires and carving pumpkins. Fall means reminiscing of summer BBQs or looking ahead to upcoming holidays. However you step, glide or charge into this season, make it your best autumn ever!

We have a lot going on at the Food Shed Co-op and want to share with you. Volunteer opportunities, FREE (yes, FREE!) tickets to author Jon Steinman (see details below) to upcoming events that we are participating in.  There's something for everyone and we hope you'll join us!
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Volunteer Opportunities

Care4 5K Run/Walk | Sunday, October 20  | Woodstock North High School 

Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  We are participating in the 2019 Care4 5K Run/Walk and have a couple volunteer opportunities - set up the night before and informational tabling the day of the race.  This is a great cause and we promise you'll have fun!  The energy is infectious and you are helping a great cause! For more information, go to: Care4 5K Run/Walk Volunteer

Green Living Expo | Saturday, November 2  | McHenry County College

Learn about the latest sustainable living; great ideas for energy saving; shop for "green" gifts and enjoy fun, interactive and educational exhibits!

We'll need a few volunteers to represent the Food Shed at our outreach table - if you can help out, go to: Green Living Expo Volunteer


Don't Miss This - October 16, 2019

We are so excited to have Jon Steinman coming to Woodstock - FREE Tickets Available!
Thanks to the generous donation of our Board of Directors, there are a limited number of tickets available to this exciting event. We don't want you to miss this opportunity to learn more from Jon Steinman and listen to his journey of supporting local communities and joining food cooperative movements.  For FREE tickets, go to: Jon Steinman - Grocery Story Tickets


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


Out and about in McHenry County 

There is so much going on this month in our community! Whatever you like, there is something for everyone of all ages. Click on this October Calendar to local fall festivals and events you won't want to miss.


Live your best life!

Cooperatively,

Your Food Shed Co-op Team

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