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The Marquette Food Co-op prides itself on offering a one-stop shopping experience for quality, healthy foods with nutritional integrity and an extensive range of vitamins, minerals and natural remedies and supplements. We support U.P. farmers and producers by offering their products throughout all departments. Browse our department pages to find out more.

December Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Posted on 12.16.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here to view the draft agenda for the December Board meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Classroom.

Board Mintues from September
Posted on 11.20.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here for the Board of Directors’ September minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Conference Room.

November Board of Directors Meeting Agenda Draft
Posted on 11.17.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here to view the draft agenda for the November Board meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Classroom.

 

Marquette Food Co-op Celebrates Move with Grand Opening
Posted on 09.22.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2014

September 22 MFC Press Release PicThe Marquette Food Co-op will host a Grand Opening on Saturday, October 4th to celebrate the store’s expansion and move to Washington Street.

The day will be a festive celebration of good food and the vibrant community that has supported the Co-op since it was formed in 1971. Enjoy live music, food demos, free samples, chair massages, a bike basket raffle, a screen printing station, aerial gymnastics, face paintings, and free MFC mugs to first 100 customers!

Everyone is welcome at the Marquette Food Co-op—no membership required. “Everyone is invited—including our neighbors, nearby businesses, and anyone who is curious about the Co-op,” says Mary Moe, Operations Manager. “We’re a community-owned business, and this expansion with a deli, fresh meat counter, and an expanded market for our local producers is something that our owners have been asking about for years. We’re thrilled to be in the new store, and we hope to see many old friends and meet new ones at the Grand Opening.”

Co-op owners will see a few special perks that day and throughout the month of October, which is Co-op Month. All co-op owners will receive a 5% discount on purchases on a single day of their choosing during the month of October. The discount will be applied at the register, no coupon necessary.

More cooking classes will be on offer, too. “Winter Squash from Field to Fork” will teach participants how to grow, cook, and save seeds for squash, a classic winter storage crop that can make the holiday table memorable.  “Beervangelist in the Kitchen” brings New Holland co-owner Fred Bueltmann to the UP for a romp through his philosophy of pairing beer and food: flavor first. The Co-op will also show Food For Change: The Story of Cooperation in America on Thursday, October 30th at 6:00 pm in the MFC Classroom. Please check out www.marquettefood.coop for more information about classes, events, and the Grand Opening!

Contact: Natasha Lantz
906-225-0671 x711 or nlantz@marquettefood.coop

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September Board of Directors Meeting Agenda Draft
Posted on 09.19.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here to view the draft agenda for the September Board meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Classroom.

Board Minutes from July
Posted on 09.19.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

Click here for the Board of Directors’ July minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Conference Room.

The Marquette Food Co-op may now accept SNAP benefits!
Posted on 08.06.2014 Under News From Our Board

IMG_20140805_194404608The smile on Rosie’s face says it all!

The Marquette Food Co-op may now accept SNAP benefits! At long last, our application to the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, EBT, Bridge Card, Food Stamps) has been fully processed. SNAP benefits are an important point of access to whole and healthy foods sold at the MFC.

Our move and expansion precipitated quite a bureaucratic tangle with the federal government that required a re-application (twice!) for our EBT license. Though we started the process two entire months before we opened the new store, in the end we needed help from Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office to get our license in hand! Thank you Senator!

Board Minutes from June
Posted on 08.04.2014 Under Uncategorized

Click here for the Board of Directors’ June minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend board meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Co-op Conference Room.

Skandia Farm Tour
Posted on 07.23.2014 Under News From Our Board, Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 23rd, 2014

July 23 2 MFC Press Release PicSkandia Farm Tour
Dancing Crane Farm
Sunday, July 27th  |  1-4 pm

The Marquette Food Co-op is hosting the Ninth Annual Farm Tours, an opportunity to visit local farms, meet the farmers and learn about where and how food is grown in the U.P. The tour is part of the Marquette Food Co-op’s ongoing effort to connect people with their food and educate the public about the importance of buying and supporting local farmers and growers.

The event is organized so that participants are free to visit the farms at their leisure during the designated hours. Dress for the weather—the tours go forward, like farming, rain or shine! Stop by the Marquette Food Co-op at its new location at 502 W. Washington St. to pick up a Farm Tour Guide with driving directions and detailed information, or visit our website at www.marquettefood.coop

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Co-op’s landscaping Designed with People and Environment in Mind
Posted on 07.23.2014 Under News From Our Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 23rd, 2014

July 23 MFC Press Release PicThe Marquette Food Co-op’s new location at 502 W. Washington St. is marked by landscaping that puts environmental resource concerns and the importance of human interaction with plants in the spotlight. The landscaping was designed by Bill Sanders of Sanders & Czapski Associates. Sanders said that, “The Co-op community’s understanding of conservation of water resources and low-input growing practices and the organization’s mission influenced what was chosen for planting.”

The landscaping has several features that foreground sustainability. A 4,000 gallon rainwater collection system is used for irrigation, which is set up with sensors that activate the system at night, when water loss through evaporation is at its lowest, and only on days that it has not already rained. “This is the first time that many people have seen this,” Adam Jacobson of A. Jacobson Landscapers said of the rainwater collection unit. “This is good green technology that’s coming to our area that I think is overdue.” Utilizing hardy, drought-resistant plants like Buffalo Grass instead of traditional sod will provide grassy areas that will take foot traffic and require little maintenance. Overall, a preference for native, medicinal, or food plants makes the plantings rich in various kinds of Echinacea, vegetables, and hops. A living wall, the trellis for which is currently in place, will be in full bloom next year with annual vegetables like birdhouse gourds and squash. Vertical gardening is one way to utilize an otherwise dead space and liven up the parking lot.

A partnership with the community organization MQT Growth, which seeks to make more public green spaces into food production spaces open to everyone, means that the Co-op is also growing food plants that highlight what grows well in the UP’s short summers. Miriah Redmond, MQT Growth organizer, and several volunteers came together for a community workday at the beginning of July to plant kale and chard near the sidewalk. “Students from the Alternative High School and Great Lakes Recovery helped to plant the seeds, and our volunteers helped take care of the seedlings and transplant them out. A lot of different demographics came together to make this happen.” Kale, chard, tomatoes, basil, and cabbage are being grown around the building. Visitors can eat at their own risk, as the area is not monitored for contamination, and one should always wash produce before eating it. MQT Growth meets Wednesday nights at 6 pm at the Graveraet Hoop House, and can be contacted for more information at mqtgrowth@gmail.com.

Overall, the landscaping is part of the Co-op’s attitude toward sustainability and the importance of wise use of natural resources. “Usually, people don’t take much interest in the landscaping. It’s just there. But what’s at the co-op takes center stage,” said Jacobson. It’s another part of the Co-op that’s growing this year!

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