New & Now Spring 2018

In Store

Spring Catering Menu

The new spring Catering menu has arrived! Our fresh, seasonal menu is perfect for staff lunches, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation parties or just celebrating the coming of spring! You can find the new menu on our website.

Business Ownership Accounts

Did you know local businesses can join the co-op? As an owner, a business can extend its owner benefits to employees, providing access to exclusive owner discounts. It’s also great for businesses; all employee purchases are factored into one spending total when the board declares a patronage refund. Keep us in mind for staff parties because your catering purchases also factor into your patronage total!

New Online Ordering at Wedge Table

Need food in a flash? Order your favorite bowl or burrito before you even get to the Table! Plan ahead for a quick lunch between meetings or a healthy dinner on the way home. Visit wedge.coop/shop/wedge-table/ to find your favorite item on the menu and order it just the way you like it. Set your pick-up time and pay online.

Come by the cafe to check out our new smoothie bowls, retox cocktails and matcha and turmeric milk lattes!

New Made-to-Order Menus

We’re excited to refresh our made-to-order menu at the Wedge Table. In April, keep an eye out for fresh seasonal flavors in new bowls and sandwiches featuring vegan and Whole 30 options.

The made-to-order menu at Linden Hills is also getting refreshed. Look for our new soba noodle veggie bowl and Thai rice bowl, customizable burritos and new sandwiches coming this April.

Wedge Annual Plant Sale

We’re excited to announce our annual plant sale will be returning to the Lyndale store south parking lot this spring. We’re proud to feature organic and locally grown flowers, vegetables, herbs and more.

Save the Date! Friday, May 11 to Sunday, June 3

Blood Drive at the Wedge

One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. We’re partnering with MemorialBlood Centers to help meet that need.
We’re hosting a blood drive at the Wedge Co-op on Tuesday, March 27 from 5–8 p.m. Sign up in advance to be a donor online at www.mbc.org/searchdrives, enter sponsor code 4628. All blood donors will receive a $5 coupon.

Twin Cities Co-op Partners (TCCP)

Upcoming Board Meetings

The 2018 board meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month through September.

March 20 at Co-op Partners Warehouse

April 17

May 15

Seeking TCCP Board Candidates

The board is looking for engaged owners to serve on the TCCP board!

A qualified board candidate is a co-op member with a passion for our community, strong leadership skills and a collaborative approach. We seek board candidates who can engage in respectful debate and dialogue, bringing their unique perspectives and skills to the conversation.

The position requires an average commitment of 10–20 hours per month and offers a stipend of $9,128 per year.

Additional candidate information and the application form are available online at www.wedge.coop/about/board-of- directors/#become-a-candidate, at the Customer Service desks or by emailing election@tccp.coop.

Two legacy board members from each co-op will remain on the board for 2019. Three seats are open to TCCP owners in good standing.

June 29: Deadline for candidate applications

July 15 – 31: Candidate interviews

July 31: Board approves election slate

Financial Update

Twin Cities Co-op Partners had solid financial results for the first six months of our fiscal year, which is July 1 to June 30. Sales were up compared to last year for all business locations. We are happy to share that our year-to-date net income was $150,000. TCCP continues to see operating benefits from the consolidation of Linden Hills and the Wedge as we share ideas across the organization and make improvements in products and processes. Our balance sheet and cash position are healthy and continue to strengthen. We are excited about the second half of the year and look forward to sharing those results with you.

Community News & Events

Introducing Village Trust Financial Cooperative (VTFC)

A Black-Led Financial Cooperative

Village Trust Financial Cooperative is a federally chartered Black-led credit union opening in Minneapolis in 2019. VTFC is a project of the Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) who acts as a firewall between the financial institution and Blexit, a community organization of concerned citizens formed in response to the 2016 police killing of Philando Castile.

The ABEP Team will be at the Wedge Table on Wednesday, March 28 from 6–7:30 p.m. talking about Black Cooperatives, the development of VTFC and how to get involved. In the meantime, visit abepmn.org to pledge your support.
Pledges are free and help ABEP get the information they need to open a successful credit union. Pledge HERE

Save the Date for the Co-op Farm Tour

Saturday, July 14
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. FREE!

Every summer, our co-op, along with a dozen other Twin Cities area co-ops, put together the Co-op Farm Tour! This is a day for you, your family and friends to venture out to get acquainted with the people and land behind your food. This year we’ll have more than 20 urban and rural farms to choose from. Look for posters and booklets popping up at the co-op this spring with more information. For details, visit facebook.com/CoopFarmTour.coop/

Tanka Fund

Supporting the Return of Buffalo to Native Lands

Tanka Fund is a solution-oriented initiative of Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national Native non- profit based in Little Canada, MN. They work in partnership with Native American Natural Foods, the creator of the Tanka Bar and Tanka brand of healthy buffalo snacks that can be found at the co-op.

Tanka Fund is committed to returning buffalo to Native lands, lives and economies. Their long-term goal is to
return one million acres of Native lands to buffalo, bringing back healthy prairie, healthy people and healthy local economies to reservation communities.

Tanka Fund provides grants and training to Native buffalo projects to overcome the obstacles they face growing sustainable, prosperous Native herds and educates the public about the bene ts of buffalo restoration.

Tanka Fund is the Change Matters recipient for April. Every cent will go directly to Native buffalo projects in the region — either to pay for a land lease, fencing (which can be exorbitant because buffalo can jump six feet), a well, a stipend for a caretaker, or other expenses critical to maintaining and expanding native buffalo herds.
Learn more about the Tanka Fund at the their event on April 20 at the Wedge Table. See our events calendar for details.

APRIL 1 – 30 TANKA BAR SALE!

2 for $3 Tanka Sticks

2 for $5 Tanka Bars

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association Equipment Library

Do you need extra supplies for your parties? Join the PPNA Equipment Library (EQL) for year-round access to tables, tents, projectors, and more — great for backyard parties, small businesses, weddings, and all kinds of occasions. Memberships are available to anyone and range from $15-$70 annually. Find out more at ppna.org/eql.

Co-op Sponsored Community Events

There are a lot of great events in our community this spring. Below are a few that we’re excited to partner on.

Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge
March 28, 6–9 p.m. • $40
Solar Arts Building, 711 NE 15th Ave, Mpls.
Local pastry chefs compete to make delicious goods with local honey as the sole sweetener. Join us for tasty samples, live music and a special address from local bee experts.

Minneapolis Public Schools Junior Iron Chef Competition May 8 • FREE!
We’re stocking the pantry for this festive event where local middle and high school students compete for top chef. More details to come. Check out tinyurl.com/ydecewek to learn more!

Open Streets Lyndale
June 10, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. • FREE!
Walk, skate or bike to the Wedge for this fun neighborhood event! Learn more

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