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
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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 part...it'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.
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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


Like us! Follow Us! Share on Social Media - We're Out There!

Did you know the Food Shed Co-op has a lot of followers!  We like to post events, volunteers in action, new owners and some fun facts.  Follow us and share:


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Food For Thought - July 2019

Welcome New Faces to Food Shed Co-op!

Join us in welcoming some new faces to facilitate Volunteer Coordination and Marketing.  Tessa Fisher and Emily Duthorn will be assisting with new volunteers for events and educating them on Food Shed's mission. And Michaela Notman, an intern from McHenry County College will be assisting with marketing, public relations and outreach efforts. Their energy and smiles are infectious and we are excited to have them on board! 

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Tessa Fisher
Volunteer Coordinator

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Emily Duthorn
Volunteer Coordinator


Michaela Notman
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator / Intern




A few of our board members got the opportunity to give back to our community by donating supplies and serving a picnic lunch for participants in the McHenry PADS program, Compassion for Campers.

Volunteers donate and serve a picnic luncheon to those in need in McHenry and surrounding counties. They also visit and make new friends and offer encouragement for those who need a helping hand or simply to chat.

If you are interested in donating, please contact PADS McHenry County for more information and an extensive list of how to donate items needed. You can also drop off donations at Blue Lotus Temple located in Woodstock, Illinois at 221 Dean Street. 
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We love our volunteers and all their hard work!  We have some great events coming up to help us spread the word about Food Shed Co-op to our community. Sign up for these events are still available and we need you!


Summer in the Park | Woodstock | Sunday, July 21 | 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock, IL 60098

This five day festival has something for everyone – music/concerts, children’s entertainment, food/drinks, bags tournament, Movie in the Park and much more!

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.

Algonquin Harvest Market | Sunday, 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

THANK YOU to everyone who has already volunteered for Saturday, July 20th.  We couldn't do this without you. We are grateful for your support.

If you still want to be a part of the Woodstock Farmer's Market, we will be there again on August 17th and 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.


Now is the time to become an owner. Our annual owner meeting is coming up and you should be there! 

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.



Mark your calendar, our annual owner meeting will Monday, September 9th at 6:30 at McHenry County College.  All owners are encouraged to attend for Food Shed updates. If you're not a member, what are you waiting for? 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. 


We're Having a Contest!  Send in Your "Fresh From the Garden" Recipe and Win!

What do you love from your garden? What is fresh and local? What inspires you this time of year? Send us your favorite go to summer meal that you feel represents our community and all the goodness it offers.

Natalie, our resident foodie, will test the recipes and the winner will receive a Food Shed t-shirt and be featured in our late summer Food for Thought newsletter! We can't wait to see what's cooking! Think garden. Think fresh. Think local.

Contest is limited to the first 20 entries, because that's a lot of food! Please submit your entries no later than August 15th. Send your recipes to natalie@foodshed.coop 


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Food For Thought - June 2019

We have some news!  As our community outreach and marketing goals continue to grow, so do we. Two new staff members have joined us in helping to make our vision a reality.

Join us in welcoming our new team members who together have years of experience in outreach and volunteer coordination as well as marketing communications and graphic design to make this happen.

       

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Natalie Ziemba
Community Relations Manager

Natalie Ziemba is our new Community Relations Manager; her role will primarily involve events coordination and outreach. Natalie moved to the area recently, taking up residence in Woodstock.

She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Teaching and taught high school English for 10 years in Chicago. She currently works in product and marketing management for a global company.

Natalie is enthusiastic about her new role and brings years of experience volunteering with several organizations throughout Chicagoland. We're excited to have her on board.
 

Say "hi" to natalie@foodshed.coop


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Lisa Moeller
Marketing Communications Manager
Lisa's background in marketing and graphic design spans over 20 years.  She is a self starter with a knack for communicating both visually and verbally. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Lisa has a B.A. in Economics from The University of Iowa.

"I consider myself a right brain/left brain creative. I have a business degree, but I've always worked in a creative field, whether corporate or freelance.  I’m passionate about grass roots projects and seeing an idea become reality." 

In her free time Lisa hikes, shares her golden retriever as a therapy dog with Alliance for Therapy Dogs International and likes spontaneous day trips to quaint small towns that surround her.

Say "hi" to lisa@foodshed.coop


BIG DREAM!  BIG GOALS!  MORE OWNERS!  This can only be accomplished by you! We've got three weeks to GROW to 800 OWNERS by July 8th!  Spread the word to your friends, neighbors and community! Be a part of something that is good for your family and community.


FUN FACT: IF JUST HALF OF OUR CURRENT OWNERS FOUND ONE MORE OWNER - WE'D BE OVER 1000 OWNERS! IF ALL OF OUR OWNERS FOUND ONE MORE OWNER WE'D BE READY TO BREAK GROUND!

To get to our next stage of growth, we need to reach 800 owners; become an owner and get involved! 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.

If you're not a member, what are you waiting for? JOIN TODAY!

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! It's a win-win!




We love our volunteers and all their hard work! Below are great opportunities to spread the word about Food Shed Co-op to our community. Shifts are two-hour commitments and super fun! Join us on our journey to support our local growers and healthy living at these farmer's markets.

Pearl Street Market | Pearl Street, McHenry | Fourth Thursdays

The Pearl Street Market (formerly The McHenry Farmers Market), is where you'll find a variety of homemade and homegrown fare including produce, honey, soaps, pies, sweets, crafts and other goods!

Help us to reach our ownership goals!

We'll need a few volunteers to represent the Food Shed at our outreach table once a month at this fun market - if you can help outRSVP/sign-up for a shift.

Woodstock Farmers Market | Woodstock Square | Third Saturdays

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!

We will be there with an outreach table this summer and fall, offering information and answering questions about our local food cooperative. 

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


 

Are Your Passionate About Food Shed Co-op? Have Great Ideas? Become a Board Member!  

If you are interested in being on the Board of Directors, review the board role description to make sure you qualify to be a board director and to be sure you can commit the time and effort required. Then if you are ready to commit, fill out the application and submit. 

If you have any other questions about joining the board contact our board President at scott@foodshed.coop. Click HERE to access the board role description and application. 
Please have all applications in by 7/11/2019.


Beets:  Nutritional and Good for You...What's Not to Love?

A Good Mood Food Beets contain betaine, a substance that has been found to help treat depression. Betaine works with SAMe, a compound often given as an antidepressant, to increase its efficiency and lower depressive symptoms.

Heart Health Beets are rich in potassium, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help protect against heart disease. Potassium helps muscles to contract, regulate the heartbeat, and prevent a build-up of plaque on the arteries. 

Exercise & Stamina 
Naturally occurring nitrates in beets are converted to nitric oxide in the body, which helps to relax blood vessels, increase blood flow and reduce the amount of oxygen needed by muscles in exercise. This allows the muscles to work more efficiently, improving overall exercise tolerance and performance.

Prenatal Care  Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive can get nearly 70% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of folate from three baby beets. Cooked beets have lower levels of folate than raw beets, but are still a good source of the nutrients!


Hungry?  Here's a Great Summer Recipe Using Fresh Vegetables From Your Garden


Citrus Roasted 
Asparagus  

Ingredients

2 seedless oranges
2 lemons
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds asparagus spears
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons tarragon leaves
Sea salt and coarsely ground pepper

Directions

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. From one orange and one lemon, cut 1/8 x 2-inch strips, avoiding the bitter white pith; set aside. From same orange and lemon squeeze a total of 2 tablespoons juice; set aside.

- Thinly slice remaining orange and lemon; drizzle slices with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; set aside.

- Wash asparagus; break off woody bases. Place spears in baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic, tarragon, and citrus strips. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss to coat spears. Spread in single layer. Season with salt/pepper.

- Roast asparagus and citrus slices 12 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice until asparagus is tender and citrus begins to brown. Transfer to serving platter.

- Meanwhile, for vinaigrette, whisk together reserved juices and remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt/pepper. Drizzle over roasted asparagus, citrus and garlic. Sprinkle with roasted citrus slices. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.


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