Friends & Farmers Cooperative – End of Year Update
Wouldn’t it be amazing if in two years or less you could walk into a store the week of Thanksgiving and buy most, if not all, of the ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal from local farmers and producers? And then in December you could also shop at the same store for locally produced gifts for your friends and family? The Friends & Farmers Cooperative continues to make progress towards making this happen, with the goal of accepting members in 2013 and opening a store in the State College area by 2015.
Share the Harvest Event a Success
Our October fundraiser dinner was a roaring success! We raised $1,010, which will primarily go to the development of a professional website to improve our communication with all of you.
The Friends & Farmers steering committee would like to extend a huge thank you to the nearly 200 people who came out for a wonderful evening of food and friendship. We also want to share our sincere thanks for the following businesses and individuals that supported the event:
- Greenmoore Gardens—Mark Maloney and Chefs—Darcy, Ted and Brandon
- Barbara Emel Photography
- Gemelli Bakers
- Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks
- Penn State student volunteer/event planner—Julie G.
- Tussey Mountain Moonshiners
- Webster’s Bookstore and Café
What’s Coming Up?
As we plan our next steps, the Friends & Farmers steering committee keeps coming up with new ideas and questions. To get a great inside perspective of how cooperatives work best, the steering committee will be talking with Glenn Bergman, general manager for the Weaver’s Way Cooperative located in the West Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.
The steering committee will also be meeting with Cathy Smith, the director of Keystone Development Center (KDC). KDC will be conducting our feasibility study in January and we are excited to get that underway. Stay tuned in January for more details on how a feasibility study works and what the study will uncover about how a cooperative could fit into our local food system.
If you have any questions you’ve been pondering, feel free to send them our way (or join us) for our discussions with these experts in the field of cooperative markets.
Have Friends & Farmers Over for the Holidays!
The holiday season is upon us. If you are attending or hosting a holiday gathering, then consider making Friends & Farmers part of your event. We can provide delicious, locally sourced appetizers in exchange for small, suggested donations from your guests to support Friends & Farmers. We have many other creative house party ideas, so if you are interested, drop us a line.
More Opportunities to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry…
The next Spring Creek Homesteading potluck is December 11th. Come out for a great evening of discussions with your friends and neighbors while eating yummy victuals.
A discussion group is also in the works that would look at topics such as the ethics and sustainability of food systems, and their impacts on culture, society, and ecological systems. This will be an opportunity to meet up with friends—new and old—to “examine our roles, not only as consumers of food, but also as creators—of food, of systems, and of the world we all live in.” This group will start up in the New Year, so please let us know if you are interested in joining. Details will be coming soon at our webpage and through Facebook.
Have a wonderful holiday season, and don’t forget to support local farmers and producers as you do your holiday shopping!
Friends & Farmers Cooperative Steering Committee
Active Steering Committee
- Kat Alden
- Jessica Arends
- Dave Cranage
- Elizabeth Crisfield
- Doug Henry
- James Eisenstein
- Maureen Ittig
- Christine Least
- Mark Maloney
- Carolyne Meehan
- Sarah Potter
- Daryl Sinn
Advisors to the Committee
- Katherine Watt
- Michele Marchetti