Over 250 people turned out in force to support the Monadnock Community Market Co-op and celebrate local music, local food and local fun at the Co-op’s Marketfest Event on November 6, 2010 at Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead. Thanks to five regional bands who entertained the crowd, brewers who shared their locally crafted beers and plates of fantastic dishes featuring locally grown produce prepared by Co-op volunteers, the Co-op raised more than $2,000 and recruited 25 member-owners that night.
“The turnout and support was more than we could have hoped for,” said Jen Risley, Board Member of the Monadnock Community Market Co-op. “The Marketfest’s success brings us one step closer to opening a cooperatively owned food store in downtown Keene.”
The Monadnock Community Market Co-op currently has 315 member-owners, reaching its goal of 300 members by the Fall of 2010. The Co-op’s next challenge is to double its member-owners before the end of the year, keeping it on track to opening in 2012 at the Railroad Square Site in Keene.
“We are well on our way to having 600 member-owners by the end of December,” shared Bonnie Hudspeth, Project Manager. “This event demonstrated the growing support for our Co-op all over the region, and we anticipate that the number of member-owners will continue to grow steadily.”
Five regional bands–The Cold River Ranters, Rise! Bluegrass Fusion, GirlandPiano, Bare Bones and Pat’s Famous Chili–came out to support the food Co-op. Ten area businesses and organizations supported the Co-op through donations of food, drink, space, and volunteer efforts: Brewbakers, First Course, Fritz: The Place to Eat, Microbe Brewers Supply, Mole Hill Theatre, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Prime Roast, New Hampshire Honey Bee, Walpole Creamery, and Whole Terrain.
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