November 2013 Newsletter
THE GREENE HILL FOOD COOP - NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER
In this issue
Some huge news this month: refrigeration upgrades are coming! Learn all about that, who’s running for office, and more at our next General Meeting in December. In this month’s newsletter, you can also find out how to order mass quantities of your favorite goods. Get a yoga discount just for being a member, too. We’ve got lots of special treats in for the holidays, including some to please your vegan and gluten-free pals (or self). Plus: An interview with one of our local members, a sweet recipe for Brussels sprouts, and, of course, more great ways to work your shift.
|Greene Hill News
Huge News: Greene Grape Provisions
Second Mural Painting Day a Success
Greene Hill’s second day spent painting our back mural, on October 26, was a success, thanks to the help of all community members! The mural is all finished and it looks great. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it possible!
| On the Shelf
On the Shelf: Treats (almost) anyone can eat
Has the rollercoaster of winter holidays got your head spinning? Chanukah comes with Thanksgiving this year, Winter Solstice is next, and Christmas isn’t far behind. Looking for something to bring to the holiday party that won’t have you or your gluten-free or vegan friends feeling left out? Try some sweet treats from Emmy's Organic. Founded by two twentysomethings in Ithaca, NY, Emmy's creates raw, vegan, gluten-free products. Samantha and Ian started the business in Ian's mother's kitchen, and have expanded to a commercial space to keep up with demand. Their macaroons are small and intensely flavored, and make a great gift. The Co-op is stocking three flavors: coconut vanilla, dark cacao, and chai spice, as well as Emmy's delicious chocolate sauce. They're available only during the holiday season, so be sure to snap them up (and they’re a hit with kids, too!)
Get them while they last! Emmy’s Organic Macaroons are now available at the Co-op for only $2.27 a package.
| Try This at Home for around $7.00
Sweet and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Apples & Pears
Recipe from Chef Neil O’Malley of Rose Water Restaurant by way of CENYC Greenmarket; Serves 4-5
Preheat the oven to 375.
Toss the Brussels sprouts with salt, pepper and oil and spread on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Roast 7-10 minutes. (The Brussels sprouts will be cooked a second time so don’t finish them all the way).
Heat some olive oil on low heat and saute the garlic. Add a handful each of apples, pears and roasted Brussels sprouts, and finish with a splash of apple cider to coat. A dash of cider vinegar is also great.
Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Sauteing should take about five minutes.
| The Co-op Q&AThis month we interview Delois Evans, who has lived in Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill for many years, and enjoys being a part of The Co-op community and the nearby Agard Harewood Neighborhood Senior Center. Find her acting in "Southern Gals" the 17th and 21st of December, in the recently restored Paul Robeson Theater.
Q: Where are you from, and where do you find yourself today?
A: I was born in Tennessee, but I've lived in NY, as a Brooklynite, since I was 11. I'm now in my second year of retirement. I enjoy reaching out and participating in things I haven't done before, like drumming, taking culinary classes, and acting. I still live in the neighborhood, about 5 blocks from the Co-op. I come here about once a week and try to get the other seniors interested.
Q: How did you hear about The Co-op and why did you join?
A: Some Co-op members came to the Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center and then gave us a tour. And that was it! I saw the advantages that we have here, price-wise and health-wise. I don't think that there's anything that can better improve your "health wealth."
One of the reasons I joined was to enjoy natural foods, without chemicals. So I don't mind if i have to pay a couple of dollars extra because I know that i'm getting something that's good for me and my body! It was also out of curiosity—I wanted to see what it was like.
Q: What do you think the best advantage is about being a Co-op member?
First of all, for the food—it's pure. Second, I like the people. I try to participate in most everything we have, like the fair—I loved it! I helped with setting up things and with the barbecue.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill neighborhood?
That it's multicultural, like a mosaic. It's a great thing!
Q: Where do you see The Co-op in 5 years?
I am hoping that we will be able to expand, and that we will introduce ourselves to other people and have more members. I'll do my part at the center to get seniors interested. That way we can reach some of the people who might not know what we have here, and invite them to be a part of it—that's what's really good.
|Help Wanted: Work & Shift Opportunities
Join the Membership Relief Council
The Membership Relief Council needs new folks, in particular a Co-ordinator! Are fairness and equity important to you? Are you responsive to emails? By joining Membership Relief, you could help the Co-op make important policy decisions (without a big time commitment). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Membership Committee
The Membership Committee needs at least five new members in order to fully staff the membership office shifts in-store, and to accommodate time-sensitive projects. These projects include:
Contact us at email@example.com.
Office Work Available
Interested in doing some office work at the store? One of our members is a professional bookkeeper who's stepped up to coordinate accounting at the Co-op. She's organized bookkeeping tasks at the store into easy, well-structured steps: handling invoices, entering data into our accounting software, and so on. You'd get all the training and guidance you need, while working at a dedicated Finance desk and computer. And you'd be helping the Greene Hill produce financial statements on a regular basis. You can set your own hours!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join us.
Interested in Building Our Financial Infrastructure?
The Finance Committee needs more members with financial experience, and with interest in helping build our business, that is, members interested in working more than the minimum 2 hours every 4 weeks. Our start-up business still requires a lot of work, as we build up our accounting, budgeting, financial control and forecasting systems. If you'd like to help us build Greene Hill's "financial infrastructure," please email email@example.com.
Photo credits: Provisions/Co-op members photo by Debbie Grossman; Sprouts by Dale Calder.
The Greene Hill Food Co-op Newsletter is edited by (in alphabetical order) Carola Burroughs, Debbie Grossman, Matthew Hayes, and Alexandra Miller. Contact us with any feedback, suggestions, or requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.