Farmers’ Markets vs Food Co-ops: Who wins?

Food co-ops and local farmers’ markets might seem like they would be direct competition against one another. They share the same customer demographics. Often, they provide similar and sometimes identical products. They use many of the same vendors. It makes sense that some would question the viability of both businesses within one community. The reality…

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Co-op Cafe

Last week, three of our board members attended the Co-op Cafe workshop in downtown Raleigh hosted by CDS Consulting Co-op. It is designed as a roundtable discussion of common themes, issues and strategies surrounding food co-ops. It was well-attended by our local co-ops — Durham Co-op, Weaver Street Market and Chatham Marketplace were present as…

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Strawberry Season Begins

Spring is finally here! And, you know what that means? Warmer weather and the start of the growing season! Nothing spells the onset of spring in our house more than picking up a basket of fresh, luscious strawberries. Not only are they tasty, strawberries are high in antioxidants and boast a high Vitamin C content.…

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Looking Forward

Winter is always a slower season.  At the co-op, we use it as an opportunity to focus inward. We reflect on our past efforts and look for ways to improve.  Each year, our Board of Directors engages in a day-long retreat with Ben Sandel, our consultant at CDS Consulting Co-op.  CDS Consulting is a co-op…

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Answers to YOUR burning questions!

There’s nothing we love more than connecting with our owners and our community, as well as sharing about our progress.  With that in mind, we thought we’d share the answers to some of our most frequently asked site-related questions.  Do we have a site for the store, yet?   That’s the million dollar question, it seems! We are asked…

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Reflecting on 2016

We made some exciting progress this past year, and it would not have been possible without the support of our community. A few things of which we are most proud: We gained 51 new co-op owners and exceeded our goal of 500 owners! Our Board Chair and Co-chair explored 4 possible site locations and attended…

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Avocado and Egg Brown Rice Bowl

Avocado, egg, brown rice come together beautifully in this healthy, hearty whole grain dish. With less than five ingredients it’s also really simple to throw together quickly. Whether you are rushing through your day or just need to grab an easy, healthy meal, this rice bowl is full of brain boosting fats from the avocado…

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Getting a Seat at the Table

When the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer with The Community Market surfaced, I was quick to put my hand in the air. The grassroots organization, community building and economy strengthening really appealed to me. For a year, I served as a volunteer. I helped maintain the website and social media accounts.  I wrote press…

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It's Strawberry Season!

What potent little heart shaped package can lower your blood pressure, increase your good cholesterol (HDL), guard against cancer and heart disease, and minimize constipation? What nutritional powerhouse contains vitamins, folic acid, fiber and antioxidants? What member of the rose family is sodium free, fat free, cholesterol free and low calorie?

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A Great New Year

How many of us have made promises to ourselves to do something better in 2016? Maybe exercise more, maybe spend less time plugged into technology, maybe make healthier eating choices ….. Most of us want a “do-over” of some sort, and the beginning of a new year is always a good place to start. Joining the Community Market Co-Op would be a great way to do something good for yourself – and for your community!

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