At the First Friday event on April 4, the Antioch Team displayed several different designs for their GMO grading system that will soon be implemented at the Co-op. This Grading system will be in the Grocery Department with some of its products being evaluated and receive an A, B, or C based on their potential presence or absence of GMO ingredients. Customers who stopped by at the table at this month’s First Friday event were asked to choose their top two favorite designs along with their least favorite design. The customers were also asked to provide any additional feedback on the designs, so that the Antioch Team could use the most clear and appropriate design for their GMO grading system at the Co-op.
Overall, customers preferred the designs that were most clear and obvious as to what grade was being selected, meaning those that had letters with size differentiation and a bold font. Also grades that were circled or had bold borders were favored over the others. The color of the background and the color of the letters were also evaluated and most customers selected the design with pastel colors as their favorite. It was also suggested that bright and appealing colors would be the most understandable for the design.
This event was a huge success and helped the Antioch Team understand what customers and employees at the Co-op thought about the designs. This feedback will be factored into the final design of the GMO grading system and soon customers will get to see the results in the store! The purpose of this grading system is to serve the members of the Co-op and help them make more informed choices with regard to GMOs when shopping at the Co-op.
The launch of the GMO grading system will be held at the Co-op from 5:30pm-7:00pm on Earth Day, April 22. Please come to learn more and ask any questions!
This year’s membership drive gives us a chance to get together and compare notes.
We will hold the drive Monday through Saturday. This is a chance to update old information, get current on your membership payment or finally become a member.
You will see lots of faces at the membership table. Instructors from the Sew-op, Board Members, Staff and SuperWorker Volunteers will help you navigate the member application, update contact info and enter our Grand Raffle. Take some time and ask the Board Members questions about the Co-op or just let us know what we are doing well.
The Raffle Winner will be picked on Saturday, April 12th. Please make a point of stopping by the Membership Table during the week. We love getting to know you!
Dear Co-Op community, thank you for all your input.
At February’s First Friday, our team of Antioch University New England students asked you what factors are most important to you when making food purchasing decisions. Through surveys and a ‘voting board’ display, you told us what you value most when it comes to your food.
It turns out that the majority of you who took our survey or cast a vote identified organic and your number one priority. Locally made or grown products also seem to be important to many Co-op shoppers and when it comes to Health and Body Care, many of you are loyal to your trusted brands. GMO-free products are important to many of you.
Our team also asked you to weigh in on how you want the Co-op to communicate with you about products in the store. The vast majority of you say you want the Co-op to inform you about what is in the products you buy and most of you feel the Co-op is doing a good job providing you the information to make informed decisions. Your responses indicate that the Co-op community envisions the Co-op playing an active role in informing you about products on its shelves and keeping you up to date on food issues.
What does all this mean to us? We perceive that you are well educated about what you are eating, want to remain so, and look to the Co-op to be your partner in that effort. We understand that you, the Co-op community, trust the Co-op and want it to provide you with materials that supplement food labels to create a more complete picture of store products. Our intention is to use this information to begin to create materials to help people navigate the store and fulfill the Co-op’s role as you partner.
New to our gifts section is Emerlye Arts Coloring, greeting cards and adult coloring pages made by Vermont resident Cynthia Emerlye. Her Quotations Card Collection offers warm words and gentle colors to put a smile on anyone’s face, a perfect remedy for these winter months. Her adult coloring pages are books full of mandalas waiting for your pen to help them bloom. These pages are a perfect activity for calming and focusing your mind, an escape back to the simpler days when your only decisions were whether or not you were going to color inside the lines.
We have a new addition in baby food! Earth’s Best, a company focused on organic food for kids, now offers Puree Pouches for infants 6 months & older. The options range from sweet fruit purees such as Orange Banana to savory purees such as Carrots & Broccoli or Squash & Sweet Peas. The purees are certified organic and packaged in non-BPA pouches.
We have two new Bragg salad dressings on our shelves! Pick up the Hawaiian Dressing & Marinade to add a tropical flair to any meal, or take home the exciting Braggberry Dressing & Marinade to give an extra kick to your salad. Bragg dressings are all certified organic, fat-free, salt-free, and gluten-free.
Tofu options are growing! We now have Nasoya Black Soybean Tofu Plus, a firm tofu that’s made from a mix of black and yellow soybeans and is rich in antioxidants. This product is certified organic and non-GMO project verified.
If you’re a fan of our grab-n-go fridge you’ll be happy to know our selection is expanding! We now have Niman Ranch cooked meals available; choose between Beef Tips, Beef Meatloaf, and Beef Pot Roast. Niman Ranch cares about their animals, serving only beef that is vegetarian fed and hormone-free.