BETHLEHEM GROCERY FOOD CO-OP THIS WEDNESDAY!

So, so exciting. In case you missed my post that explains the heart (and dare I say, community-based soul?) of a what a Food Co-op actually is, please read this.

I’m happy to say the first meeting got some press in one of the local papers today as the Express Times ran an article about the idea and the meeting, as well. This is important because this is going to be a lot of work. The fact that we are going to need a lot of volunteers, staff, lawyers, accountants, folks with experience, etc… is not lost on us and the more we spread the word, the more we can find those people. So keep telling everyone!

This Wednesday meeting is also a vegetarian/vegan potluck. You don’t have to bring food, but if you feel inclined, please do! Everyone is always happier then they are eating. Pair that with community involvement and the Library might start to shoot out actual beacons of light this Wednesday.

Read the Express Times article HERE.

I hope to see you Wednesday, Dec. 1st, at the Bethlehem Public Library (Northside location), between 7pm-9pm!

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CO-OP UPDATE: Official Meeting Time/Location Info

The response to the idea of having a Co-op in Bethlehem has been OVERWHELMING. To say the very least. Whether you have reached out, offered networking/advice, volunteered time or “whatever it takes!”, or simply support the idea — THANK YOU.

This sounds pretty sappy but for real — we are the ones who will make this happen — and I am happy to report it’s pretty unanimous that we all WANT this to happen and make it really, really good.

Let me first say that the official time/location of the first general meeting has been set up. This has CHANGED from the original proposed date due to room availability. *PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot make this meeting, let me know because we will plan a second meeting after the first to accomodate (as much as possible) those who cannot attend the first meeting. </br>

BETHLEHEM CO-OP FIRST MEETING

  • Wednesday, November 30th
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Bethlehem Area Public Library (Main/Northside location)
  • signs will direct you to the room location
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… And again, stay tuned as a second meeting will be planned for those unable to attend this one.
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EXCITING NEWS: We had planned to get a more tangible idea of the vision for the Co-op before we went to the City of Bethlehem to present the idea and ask for advice and help. BUT! They caught wind of it and contacted us first because they were excited to learn more!
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I just got back from an impromptu meeting with folks from the Economic and Development council who were able to answer some questions, offer insight, and say they are on board with the idea. Before I left I said, “I just have to ask, perhaps off the record, in your general opinions… do you think this could work? Is there any outstanding reason why it couldn’t?” And the short answer was: Yes it could work. No, there is no reason right now why it couldn’t.
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Very encouraging. Can I oreiterate that I love living here?
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Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to once again visit GreenStar in Ithaca, NY. I spent some time, took a lot of photos, made notes, grabbed some newsletters, talked to some folks in the town about how they felt it did/didn’t meet their needs, etc… All good info.</br>
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I’ll make an update here very soon with the photos, which at the very least can get all of us excited about buying gluten-free pasta from bulk bins. Or whatever.
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If you care to use your magical social networking skills, please join/repost the following links. If YOU are interested, chances are people you are friends with would also be interested. The more the merrier. Spread the word: </br>

FACEBOOK Grocery Co-op Group: general info/updates

EVENT PAGE: for the first meeting on Nov. 30th </br>