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It’s an exciting time to be a member of Urban Greens Food Co-op! We announced the site of our new, member-owned grocery store, at 93 Cranston Street in Providence, and we’re breaking ground later this year. We received $2.7 million in Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credits for the project. And we’re giving everyone the chance to invest in the business with a direct public offering this spring (more on that next month!).
Now more than ever, members are key to the future of Urban Greens Food Co-op. That’s why we’re launching a new member drive: 50 Members in 50 Days. Why join? As a member, you have an ownership stake in Providence’s first consumer-owned retail grocery store, and a vote as we move forward. You get access to special sales and bulk discounts. And you get to support our community and sustainable, local food production.
To sweeten the deal, every new member will be entered into a raffle (info below) for one of six wonderful prizes, generously donated by the following local businesses: Sidewalk Ends Farm, Small State Seeds, Little City Growers, The Slow Rhode, Equal Exchange chocolate, and Hope & Main!
Already a member? You’re already a winner … but you can win a prize, too! Refer a new member by having them mention you in the referal line of the membership form and you’ll be entered in the drawing, too.
We’ll raffle off one prize a week, every week until April 3rd. So don’t delay - join today!
2016 MEMBER DRIVE RAFFLE PRIZES
1 month CSA share from Sidewalk Ends Farm
Choose any month, July through October, and pick up in Providence or at the farm in Seekonk. Sidewalk Ends is a woman-run, urban-and-periurban, low-till, chemical free, vegetable and flower farm. We grow herbs and
specialty crops at our urban farm on the west side of Providence, and the rest of our vegetables and cut flowers out in Seekonk, MA. We do our work by hand, with love, and work to grow the most delicious and enticing vegetables we possibly can to share with our friends and neighbors. Find us at the Armory Park Farmers Market on Thursdays, or on the menu at one of your favorite local spots.
In the cold of January there is nothing better than a hearty stew to warm you up inside and using a slow cooker to greet you with fabulous smells all day. This stew features vegetables which are in season in these winter months and offers colors to help brighten the day!
North African Beef Stew
This recipe matches rich beef with the intriguing flavors of Tunisia and Morocco. Adapted from an America’s test kitchen recipe.
YIELD: 6 servings
December is a time when we are full of comfort holiday food in a very joyous way, however, while our bodies are crying out for something nutritious our taste buds are still expecting something rich and delicious. Here is your answer! Raw and Vegan, unfairly, is rarely synonymous with delicious dessert but this recipe will prove that statement wrong. This recipe can also be used as a way to have a filling and nutritious breakfast. Raw can be warm – raw is still considered raw if it is heated to 118 degrees or less. This can be heated or not. If you want to know, this recipe contains omega-3s, healthy fats, iron, vitamin-C and healthy fiber. If you do not necessarily need to know that – then just know that it is absolutely delicious. One thing to note is that the portions for this should be small. While it is high in flavor it is also high in calories. A small amount of this dessert goes a long way. This is also the perfect dessert for winter because you can use frozen fruit which has been thawed so you can bring back the tastes of summer.
Raw, Vegan Fruit Crisp
This is adapted from a raw cookbook recipe that originally called for peaches. Any soft fruit or berry would work wonderfully here. One of my favorites is a pear-blueberry-kiwi combo.
YIELD: 6 servings
- 4 cups fruit, divided (frozen, thawed fruit works too)
- 3/4 cups, pitted and soaked in purified water for 30 minutes
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 8 dates, pitted and not soaked
1. Place walnuts, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in food processor. Run your knife through the raisins and the eight unsoaked dates to help out your processor and make sure there aren't any pesky pits left in those dates. Process it all until i becomes crumbly and well incorporated but don't over process.
2. Place half of mixture in the bottom of an 8x8 dish and set aside the other half to serve as the crumb topping. Place 1 1/2 cups of fruit, soaked dates and lemon juice in processor (I don't bother cleaning it out in between) and process until smooth.
3. Add fruit mixture to other 2 1/2 cups of fruit (chopped or diced relatively small) and place in dish. Add remaining crumb topping on top of fruit. You can squeeze it firmly so it becomes less like crumbs and more like a cobbler topping. If you like, place in a warm oven for a few minutes to warm it up a bit. As long as it is not heated over 118 degrees, it is still considered raw.
Urban Greens Food Co-op’s Cooperative Council and Site Committee will announce the future location of the Co-op’s much anticipated retail grocery store, in a celebration and informational session at the Columbus Theatre on Thursday, December 3rd. Together with the project developer, the Council and Site Committee will unveil initial plans, including preliminary building design and store layout, as well as presenting information about the Co-op’s funding structure and overall project timeline. This will be an opportunity for the Co-op’s member-owners, as well as the general public and local press, to ask questions about the future grocery store and learn about the next steps in the process to getting the doors open.
The evening will feature food, drink, music, special guests and celebration from 6:30-8:30pm, with the formal announcement, speaking program, and Q&A beginning at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is suggested. Join the Facebook Event.
This announcement comes after a multi-year search and planning effort by the Co-op’s Cooperative Council & Site Committee to secure a viable site for Providence’s first consumer-owned retail grocery store.
Founded by a group of residents on the west side of Providence seeking increased access to healthy foods in their neighborhood, Urban Greens Food Co-op now has 600+ member-owners, and is working to open a full-service consumer-owned grocery store in the West End of Providence, which will offer neighborhood residents, as well as consumers across the city and state, the opportunity to shop at a community-owned and invested grocery store. The innovative ownership model of a consumer co-op will ensure that local sourcing is a strong priority, and that profits stay in Rhode Island. The store will help fill a missing link in Rhode Island’s growing food economy by providing local farmers and producers a new, stable, year-round sales opportunity, and significantly increasing the consistent availability of local products to consumers. The store will provide and promote local, healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options. The Co-op will support the local economy by creating new jobs, supporting local farmers and producers, and reinvesting its profits locally. Urban Greens Food Co-op looks forward to celebrating this milestone in its progress with the Rhode Island community!
Since 2013, Project Manager Delia Kovac has worked with the Urban Greens Cooperative Council to serve the membership, improve infrastructure, invigorate outreach, and manage communications. She has signed up hundreds of members and organized countless events. As the summer ended, Delia ended her term with the co-op to begin an exciting new opportunity as the Assistant Director of Development for Sophia Academy, a nondenominational, independent middle school for girls in grades 5-8 from low income homes in Providence.
This comes as Urban Greens moves towards the next stage in our staffing development by preparing to hire a General Manager. As we work towards the final agreement on the site and secure financing, it becomes crucial to have an experienced retail grocery manager involved in the myriad of decisions that need to be made. We are currently in the process of posting the position, our goal is to complete the hiring process by early spring. For Co-op start-ups, general managers are typically hired 9-12 months prior to opening. That makes this position a clear priority for us as we continue to make progress and forge ahead.
We wish Delia well on her new adventure and can't wait to hear about all the great things she'll no doubt accomplish! Thank you, Delia, for all your service to the Co-op!