Keeping our Ends Relevant













Here as a reminder are the Ends Statements, adopted by our Member-Owners during the early days of our Co-op more than 10 years ago.

We are cooperatively owned and operated by people in our community, and exist to meet our community’s need for:

· An accessible, community-owned downtown food market

· A marketplace that welcomes and connects community

· A healthy, sustainable food system

· The support of local farmers and producers

· Appropriate education and training for the community

· A strong, sustainable and improving local economy

As we approach an important milestone, our Board is examining this mission. We want to be certain that the Ends remain relevant and aspirational and will continue to guide our path into the future. As part of the examination we recently surveyed the Board members with several questions. Here are some of our thoughts.

“The ends as written serve a vital purpose in the community.”

“Downtown may not fit in the future.”

“Consider if we have a sufficient emphasis on our employees.”

“Should we be more specific about promoting sustainability?”

“What does ‘appropriate education’ mean?”

“Consider climate change/sustainability.”

These are only some of the many thoughts that are emerging in our review and we’d like to know what you all think. If you are a member-owner and have ideas of how our mission has evolved in 10 years or maybe you are impressed with how true to this mission our co-op has remained, please be in touch and let us know. We want to hear from you. The best way to do that is through our e-mail address at [email protected].

Also, a reminder to watch for information on Board Candidate Info Sessions coming up in May and please join us at our Co-op for all the “Cheers to 10 Years!” and Earth Fest events from April 13 – April 22.