New & Now – Winter 2017

Winter at the Wedge is no time for hibernation! With our Lyndale store renovation fully complete, you can now find even more local foods, even in these dark, bracing, snow-filled days. And with bright new menu items at the Wedge Table and a vibrant line-up of events and classes in our community room, there are more reasons than ever before to bundle up and brave the wintry weather. But don’t worry if that thought makes you shudder. This issue of The Share offers up just as many excuses to stay home and bask in the warmth of a home-cooked meal, with recipes, interviews and the stories behind your favorite local foods.

DONUT POP-UPS AT THE TABLE!

Need more donuts in your life? We thought so! That’s why we’re partnering with Totally Baked Donuts and Rebel Donut Bar to bring you several opportunities to enjoy their tasty treats at the Wedge Table (2412 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN). Locally owned and operated, Totally Baked Donuts specializes in vegan and gluten-free, sweet and savory baked donuts. Come and see them at the Wedge Table: Sunday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Rebel Donut Bar is a community-oriented donut business that doesn’t follow the rules! They infuse their creativity into every single donut. Come and see them at the Wedge Table: Friday, Feb. 10 at 6–9 p.m. (Stay for Trivia!) Friday, Feb. 24 at 6–9 p.m. (Stay for Trivia!) Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. (Enjoy with your little ones while partaking in Move, Make, & Learn: A Day for Families)

 

IT’S THE CO-OP MEMBERSHIP JUST FOR KIDS!

Kids 12 and under can bring their parents to the Customer Service desk to sign up and receive an official Co-op Explorers Member Card! Show your member card each time you come into the Wedge and get a FREE piece of fruit from our Co-op Explorers cart, as well as a FREE grass-fed beef stick from the Meat department! Be sure to grab a Co-op Explorers passport to learn more about all of the awesome fruits and vegetables you can find in our Produce department. Happy exploring!

SHOW YOUR PRIDE WITH NEW WEDGE APPAREL!

From Kanteens to Toddler tees, we’ve got goods for the whole family. Our hoodie and adult T-shirts were even designed by Michael Clochie of our Produce department.

Winter Stocking Hat • $10
Unisex Hoodie • $25
Men’s and Women’s T-Shirts • $15
Baby Onesies • 10
Toddler T-Shirts • $10
Reusable Bags • $2
Klean Kanteen 8 oz. Tumbler • $15
Klean Kanteen 16 oz. Tumbler • $20
Klean Kanteen 18 oz. Water Bottle • $18

NORDIC NATURALS SALE!

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 1 for a 30% OFF SALE on all Nordic Naturals products! Visit the Wedge Health & Body Care department and get expert advice on omega-3 nutrition for the whole family!

WEDGESHARE GRANT ALLOCATION

The WedgeShare Committee met in late October to allocate $35,000 in WedgeShare grants to the organizations on the slate, based on the votes cast for each organization during the 2016 election period. Those recipients and amounts are as follows:

The Food Group/Fruits of the City $10,000
The Nawayee Center School $7,500
The Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities $7,500
The Cornucopia Institute $5,000
The Somali Museum of Minnesota $2,500
Upstream Arts $2,500

Total $35,000

WEDGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS

The elections this year had 1,959 votes cast. The quorum needed was 817 ballots. Seven candidates ran for four open positions on the board of directors. The results reflect the filling of three seats for three-year terms and one seat for the remaining year of a three-year term.

Marjorie Hegstrom 1,446
Dale Wiehoff 1,016
Tom Pierson 789
Jane Schommer 768
Sarah Nettleton 736
Michael Heidkamp 721
Bryan Newman 624

Congratulations to Marjorie Hegstrom, Dale Wiehoff, and Tom Pierson who were elected to three-year terms and Jane Schommer who was elected to fulfill the remaining one-year term. Welcome to new board members Tom Pierson and Jane Schommer. Tom is an educator who works with cooperatives across the country. Jane is a former Wedge employee with professional experience in health and law. Thank you to all candidates for your time, passion and willingness to serve the Wedge Co-op. Thanks to all owners for engaging in the democratic process and voting in the election. See page 6 for consolidation results.

RENT THE WEDGE TABLE COMMUNITY ROOM

Our private community room is available to rent for your next meeting, small gathering or private event. It is designed to be a gathering space for nonprofit organizations, business organizations, and Wedge owners and non-owners alike and accommodates up to 25 people. Nonprofit organizations, community groups, and cooperative organizations: two free rentals per month. Beyond this, the room is available for rent for $10 per hour. Social events and businesses: $50 per hour. Learn more

FEATHERSTONE FARMS’ ACHIEVEMENTS

Due to a wet year, Featherstone Farms needed help raising $150,000 to stay in business and return for 2017…AND THEY DID IT! Thanks to the strong support of folks like you, whose community response collectively helped to save the farm.

“THANK YOU to each and every one of you—for your dedication to co-operative values, for your longtime partnership with our farm, and for all the work you’ve contributed over the years to support a local food economy and co-op food system, none of which can rival. We are humbled and inspired and full of gratitude. What a blessing to have partners like you.”
– Patty, Jack and the Featherstone Crew

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