|WHY SHOP AT THE CO-OP?
by Lisa White and Joe Wallace
For Health! The health of our families, our farmers, our local economy, our community and our planet.
1. Our Families: Eating “clean” food, with fewer (or no) chemicals from pesticides and herbicides, no added hormones or antibiotics, and no genetically engineered products hasn’t been “proven” to be better for us, but most at our co-op believe they are! And fresher food means more nutrients going into our bodies. Knowing our food source also means making educated food choices without unknown growing or manufacturing conditions.
2. Our Farmers: By giving our farmers a reliable retail outlet for their products, we put dollars back into their pockets and help them to keep on farming the land. We want to “eat our view” for a long time to come.
3. Our Local Economy: We vote with each dollar we spend. As consumers we can support and strengthen our community by 'voting' for local producers. The dollars you spend at the Co-op go back into your community. Our co-op, in February and March, averaged more than 70% of it’s sales for local products and producers.
4. Our Community: The co-op is a great place to meet other people and build rich connections to those around you! We help educate our community through our Farm Fresh Film Series and our Food For Thought Book Club. We have fun in and with our community through our fundraising events.
5. Our Planet: By buying local, we provide access to fresher goods, bypass long travel times, and reduce the use of fossil fuels. We try, in our co-op, to make product choices that have minimal impact on our planet.
|THE DOYLESTOWN FARMER'S MARKET
Why Support our Farmer's Market?
by Lisa White and Olivia Banta
We are so very fortunate to have Farmer’s Markets abound in our immediate area. In addition to the wonderful Saturday morning Doylestown Farmer’s Market in our own front yard, the Ottsville Market “up the road”, and the Wrightstown Market “across the way”, there are six more seasonal farmer’s markets in our region.
Supporting your local farmers helps strengthen our community and keeps our dollars circulating locally! Read here for a detailed list of the ways our farmer's markets are fun, healthy, and essential for keeping strong communities.
|HAVE YOU SEEN OUR CO-OP VIDEOS?
Take some time and view these wonderful videos which are created for us by long-time member, supporter, and Eco-system partner Joel Metzger of JMVideos.
Joel's most recent video shows Co-op supporters having a wonderful time at our Local Live event!
Share the Seed: A Community Seed Exchange
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, gardeners of all skill levels will gather at Doylestown Fresh for Save the Seed: A Community Seed Exchange from 9 to 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, and you do not have to bring your own seeds to participate!
“Gardeners of all levels can learn from other gardeners’ experiences. It's also a great opportunity to discover seeds you may not be familiar with and learn what works and what doesn't.” Read more here
Food For Thought Book Club
Are you interested in the environmental, economic, and health benefits of eating locally? If so, listen up! This May we will be reading "This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader by Joan Dye Gussow". Her book takes a great and fresh approach to these very issues. Come out to the Doylestown Bookshop on May 13, 2014 at 6:15pm. Read more here!
Carlow Cookery's "A Taste of Spring"
by Patricia Cangelosi
Spring is in full bloom and it is the perfect season to enjoy fresh
meals made from delicious, local ingredients. The evening program for May 6th is already sold out. Join us for the new program on June 3rd for an unforgettable five-course dinner prepared with garden-fresh foods.
“A Taste of Spring” is limited to 22 participants. Don’t wait – it will fill quickly! Doylestown Co-Op Members receive a 15% discount; their price is $37. Members can register by stopping into the store and pre-paying. Nonmembers can register online at carlowcookery.com; the price will be $45. For more information, click here
|CO-OP EVENT REVIEWS
Co-op Grand Opening Review!
by Jen Robinson
The Official Grand Opening last month was a HUGE success. Our Grand Opening truly reflected the support we have from our community. Here are some fun highlights:
Click here to read more!
- Mayor Ron Strouse led the ribbon cutting ceremony
- 11 new members joined Opening Day!
- Local producers came to showcase their wonderful products
- Local activist Gloria Hall talked about land preservation
- There were many chances to win awesome prizes (including a Vitamix!)
Farm Fresh Film Series
by Joe Wallace
On March 20th the County Theater hosted the first installment of this year’s Farm-Fresh Film Series, “In Organic We Trust”. This documentary had a simple aim- to shed light on often ambiguous USDA ‘organic’ labeling. Does certified organic serve a positive purpose for consumer? Or is it nothing but a clever marketing ploy? The film was followed by an exciting live-panel discussion. Read more about the event and the film here.
Local Live! at Puck
by John LaSala
The results are in! The Doylestown Food Co-op Third Annual Local Live event on April 6th was another great success. The event was hosted by 'Puck Live', featured 5 local bands, and brought in over 100 attendees. Click here to learn more about the fun and to see how much money was raised for the Co-op
Food for Thought Book Club
by Jeanne Kane and Joe Wallace
"Beautiful and sensual, moving and lovely"- Just a few of the words used to describe Erica Bauermeister's book, "The School of Essential Ingredients".A great group of people gathered at the Doylestown Bookshop to talk about this stunning novel. Read more here.
|FEATURED RECIPE - VEGETABLE STIR FRY
by Joe Wallace
Every Ingredient Can be Found at the Co-op!
- "Roots to River" Carrots
- USDA organic Koyo Soy Sauce
- Local Onion (1/2-1 whole)
- Napa Valley Naturals USDA organic Sesame Oil
Read the rest of the recipe here!
|LEARN MORE - FOOD MATTERS TELEVISION
by Lisa White and Joe Wallace
Considered the'The Netflix for Healthy Living', Food Matters TV has all of your favorite health films in one convenient place!
If personal health, diet, environmental impact, plant based diets, and sustainable consumer-driven change interests you- check out the Food Matters website. This website provides convenient access to a wealth of categorized information.
"Join FMTV and get instant access to a growing library of over 300 health & wellness documentaries, expert interviews, recipe videos and more!"
|DID YOU KNOW? SPRING GREENS ARE (ALMOST) HERE!
by Dr. Karina Martino
Did you know animals that eat greens don’t get fat, develop heart disease, or become diabetic? Humans who follow a raw and living food diet often have trouble gaining weight. Why? The micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and the bulk of plant fiber activate the satiation hormones produced by cells in the lower digestive tract. This is the ultimate “I’m not hungry” switch.
Learn more essentials about Vegetables from Dr. Martino Here