Fair Trade…What & Why it Matters!

[A special thanks to our Blog Guest Writer, Taylor Lane. You can read more about her at the end of this post. photo source:Fair Trade USA ]   “Life’s not fair”…it’s a mantra we’ve repeated to ourselves a thousand times. Most of us heard this as a child, and we’ve even probably recited to our…

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Debuting a Refreshed Identity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2015 – The arrival of the spring season brings with it the excitement and anticipation of new growth and transformation. So to correlate with the first day of Spring, The Community Market Food Co-op announced today that, in preparation for its anticipated growth, it has launched a reinvigorated brand identity.…

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TEDx Manhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”

Every once in a while I have a serendipitous moment where I think “wow, did that really just happen” or “did I really just find this gem?” And yesterday was one of those rare times. If you use any social media channels, then you are familiar with those “suggested connections” based on other people or…

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6 Ways a Food Co-op Can Change the Economy

I spend quite a bit of time in my role as Outreach Coordinator reading about and researching the cooperative business model and what other cooperatives across the country are doing. I’ll admit that, before being hired, my knowledge about co-ops was limited. As a member of a regional credit union, I knew the basics, but…

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First celebration of Co-op Month a success!

October was the first time (in our short history) that we’ve promoted and celebrated National Co-op month. It provides an opportunity to educate the community about our co-op, and promote the cooperative business model as a tool for building a thriving regional economy. The USDA also has a great blog post about co-op month. Since…

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In the Limelight – Ogburn Berries & Produce

As part of our celebration of National Co-op Month during October, we had the pleasure to visit and tour one of our Owner-Producer Farms – Ogburn Berries & Produce in Willow Spring, NC. They were very gracious hosts so we are delighted to feature them “In the Limelight”! When we arrived, we were greeted with…

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Co-ops are Everywhere!

We spent October celebrating Co-op Month in our area of North Carolina, but did you know that the cooperative business model spans across many industries AND across the globe? Or did you know that the UN declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives?   (www.2012.coop, the official IYC 2012 global website) To celebrate the IYC,…

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What's so special about 12-13-14?!?

It  just happens to be the date (12/13/14)  that YOU and a guest could be going to see the Suntrust Broadway Series Tony-Award Winning production of Annie!   You can win two tickets to see the show on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2pm at the Durham Performing Arts Center (D.P.A.C.) simply by Becoming an Owner…

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Owner's Dish…More Delicious Recipes!

One of the recipes from the Owners Dish event (that was held in September) was featured in our first “In the Limelight” column – Joes Wing ZZZingers by Joe Phan. If you missed that one, you can find it here. Today we are bringing you  two additional recipes that our Owners shared at the event.…

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In the Limelight – The Phan Family

Welcome to one of our new blog columns. We will be featuring Owners, Local Producers and Board Members so we can all get to know each other better. If you would like to be “Limelighted”, please send an email to outreach@thecommunitymarketcoop.coop. Introducing the Phan Family!! Joe recently attended our Owners Dish event (held in September)…

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