09/05/2013 - If you’re a member of the Concord Food Co-Op, you’re invited to attend Farm Fest at the Vegetable Ranch in Warner on Sept. 8. If you’re not a member, this is the perfect time to join and take advantage of member perks, including events like these.
“We have numerous events throughout the year. It’s a benefit for members,” said Greg Lessard, Concord Food Co-Op marketing manager. “Every year, we have a new member drive, so this is an ideal time to join, and immediately you will be eligible to attend.”
Farm Fest, a free event for members only, gives co-op members the opportunity to connect with the farmers who grow their food and see the co-op’s Hoop House, where produce is grown year-round. Larry Pletcher of the Vegetable Ranch and his team are partnering with the staff from the co-op’s Celery Stick Café to produce a menu full of items made with organic produce, along with an old-fashioned pig roast from the farm’s free range naturally raised pork.
On the menu is slow roasted apple bourbon pork; an all-natural burger bar and fixings with natural beef burgers, grilled chicken breast or the co-op’s homemade veggie burger; apple cider slaw; cheddar-bacon potato salad; house salad; hearty vegetable soup; other potluck items
In addition to food, there will be a selection of beverages, including beer, and music by local favorite Dusty Gray Band. This is the first time Farm Fest is being held at the Vegetable Ranch.
“This is an absolutely fabulous event. The members love it,” Lessard said. “They have the chance to hang out and have a good time, enjoy good food and just
While anyone can shop at the Concord Food Co-Op and at the Kearsage Cooperative Grocer in New London, becoming a member has several benefits. In addition to events like Farm Fest, members get 10 percent off their purchases during member appreciation days (the next ones are Sept. 21-22), free or discounted wellness classes, free or discounted events and a newsletter. Membership is a one-time fee of $100.
The next big event on the calendar is Octoberfest on Thursday, Oct. 17. New members who join in August and September will also be entered to win prizes in the New Member Raffle, which includes gift baskets and shares in a local CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
Joining the co-op means joining about 5,500 other members and having a say in the business as well.
“Members own the co-op,” Lessard said, “and as owners, our members help decide the co-op’s direction.”
Members can vote in annual and special elections and serve on the Board of Directors. More information about membership and how to sign up is available online at concordfoodcoop.coop/membership.php.