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2016 Annual Report Now Available!

2016 Annual Report Now Available!

The Annual Report is filled with highlights from 2016 from co-op leadership and members active in our working groups.

Download the Annual Report


Terre Foods Cooperative Market Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendar! Terre Foods Cooperative Market Annual Meeting is Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in the Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. 7th Street in Terre Haute. Meet your fellow member owners, our new board members, and get an update on our progress. Food and drink will be on hand. Join us!


Board Nominations

Board Nominations

Nominations to serve your Terre Foods Cooperative Market through leadership on the Board of Directors is now open. Three 3-year terms are up for election as are four special 1-year terms (these terms were created to fulfill requirements of moving from a 7-member board to a 9-member board this past year). You may nominate yourself or another member owner, with their permission. Nominations are open from December 1 through December 15. All completed Board Nominee Questionnaires (click here) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on December 15. Please see Board Qualifications and Requirements here. For more information, send email to info@terrefoods.coop


20 By 20: A Roadmap to Get There

20 By 20: A Roadmap to Get There

October 2016 Update

Dear Members:

You may think we're in the dark days of autumn, but as far as Terre Foods is concerned, we're seeing light. Our site selection committee is meeting regularly and working on securing the store's site; we hope to have that announcement to you, our committed member-owners, by late winter. Your membership committee is having some fun, as we always do, cooking up ideas to get what we call 20 by 20! That's 20 new members by November 20th. When we do that, we'll be at 800 members and that's something to celebrate! Check out what we're doing:

Business Outreach

We have several members who are business owners in the Wabash Valley. To those owners we offer that we'll be at your place of business on the day and time of your choosing, offering Terre Foods members a discount or item of your choosing when they shop or dine. This will be a one time flash sale type of thing, for only an hour or two. The details are totally up to the business owner. We'll advertise the week's sale event on social media in advance and would like to start in the beginning of November. Business Owners: do you have a slow day/night when you would welcome some Terre Foods traffic? We'll be prepared to take in memberships, of course, so newbies can get their perk. Let's see how many places we can turn up in throughout November. Contact info@terrefoods.coop to schedule your Terre Foods Flash Sale.

Member Parties

Member parties have been successful for Terre Foods in our past. Here's what happens. A member invites friends and/or family over for whatever kind of event fits into their life. Happy Hour, casual potluck, fire ring social, beer making event, you get the picture. Terre Foods provides the entertainment. We'll have a knowledgeable person present who can answer questions along with brochures and information to get anyone that wants to join in the loop. We've got plenty of energetic folks who've been at this a long time and we know the ins and outs of cooperative grocery membership. We've always been excited to engage those who have questions and the smaller familiar group gathering is a welcome venue. We have helps we can share on organizing your gathering; just ask! Contact info@terrefoods.coop to let us know your interest. Our website is another way to join; www.terrefoods.coop. Click on 'Join the Co-op' and see 'Becoming a Member Owner' in the drop down menu. All you need to know is right there. Let's land this 20 by 20 goal! Happy Beautiful Autumn to you all.

For the Membership Team,
Susie Lannoo


Annual Blueberry Festival
Save the Date
 Terre Foods 
 Annual Blueberry Festival
 Thursday July 21, 2016
11a.m.-7p.m.
 Same great festival, new location
 The Masonic Lodge
224 N. 8 th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807
 
 

Local, Certified Organic Blueberries

$5 Blueberry Sundaes

$8 per quart

10 lb. boxes $40 for Terre Foods Members

$50 for non-members

NO ADVANCE SALES


Blueberry Festival Music

11-11:45am: PapaPatty

12-12:45pm: Coon Holler Kids

1-2:45pm:  Tom Roznowski

3-3:45pm: Bear Foote Jackson

4-4:45pm:  Dangerous Doug

5-5:45pm: Brent McPike and Solly Burton

6-6:45pm: Joe Wright


Lunch available from:

The Butler’s Pantry

Aracari Kitchen

Additional Vendors

abunchofbags

Appleseed Farms

doTerra Essential Oils

Harvest Bakery

Lehman Persimmons

Pure GRACE

Yellow House Honey

2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Click here to download.


Terre Foods 2016 Board Elections
Terre Foods 2016 Board Elections
 
Election of board members to serve Terre Foods Cooperative Market begins at midnight on January 8 and finishes at 11:59 p.m. on January 22, 2016. The election will be certified at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. 7th St., in Terre Haute. We hope to see you there!

One newcomer and four incumbents are slated to fill the six seats available in this election cycle. 
As a member-owner, you may exercise your right to vote by going to www.terrefoods.coop/boardelections.aspx. You'll need your membership number from your membership card to access the voting form.  Please feel free to contact us if you cannot locate your member card and we will look up your number for you (contact info@terrefoods.coop).

Thank you for participating in the future of your coop. 

TFCM Board  

Board of Director's Election

Hello Terre Foods member-owners!

Participating in your cooperative's Board of Director's election is an important part of co-op ownership, and it maintains our owners' democratic control over the business. We're also expanding the board to nine persons and will have six open slots this election cycle. Your leadership is needed now more than ever!

Here's the schedule:

Nominations open now and close at midnight on December 18. Anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors should contact Lorrie Heber at lorrie.heber@gmail.com to receive a nomination form that must be received no later than midnight on December 18, 2015.

Elections will be web-based through your co-op's website. On January 7, all owner households will receive a direct link to the voting website. Then, elections open at midnight January 8 and close at midnight on January 22. You will need your member number to log in and vote--please feel free to contact us if you cannot locate your member card and we will look up your number for you (contact info@terrefoods.coop).

Election Results will be announced first at the Annual Meeting on January 26 at the Central Presbyterian Church. Results will then be emailed to all owner households.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your participation in the elections and your participation in this exciting project!


December Open Meeting Agenda and Proposals
Terre Foods Leadership Meetings
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
ICS Garden House
219 N 11th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807
5:30-7:30pm

Please plan on attending as this will be an informative meeting addressing plans for the remainder of this Board term up to the annual meeting planned for late January. In addition, the board will vote to amend the bylaws of the corporation. We will also have a short presentation from Jaqueline Hannah, Food Co-op Initiative, and Deb Trocha, Indiana Cooperative Development Center, to start the evening.

A brief agenda follows. The full meeting announcement,  the meeting, agenda, and text of the proposed bylaw amendments be viewed in this downloadable and printable pdf.

Meeting Agenda:
  •  5:30-5:35 Open/Introductions
  •  5:35-5:40  Jacqueline Hannah/Deb Trocha presentation
  •  5:40-6:30  Steering Committee
    •  Working group reports
    • Plans
    •  Requests
  •  6:30-7:30  Board Meeting
    •  President's Report
    •  Treasurer's Report
    •  Committee Reports
    •  Proposed amendments
    •  Board Vote
    •  Nominations
    •  Elections
    •  Annual Meeting
 
Sincerely, 
Board of Directors
Terre Foods Cooperative Market   

10/20/15 Steering Committee and Public Board Meeting

All Members Invited: Steering Committee and Public Board Meeting 10/20

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:30pm (Steering Committee)
6:30pm (Board of Directors)
at the Institute for Communitiy Sustainability (219 N. 11th St.)

Please come out and be part of the process! The Steering Committee will be giving updates on our ongoing work in areas of membership, communications, and outreach and is always looking for more members to join in. Come out and get connected with all that is going on with Terre Foods. The Board of Directors will be holding a public meeting immediately following the Steering Committee meeting. All members are welcome!


2015 Altrusa Chili Cook-off

Terre Foods

will be at the

Altrusa Chili Cook-off

Saturday September 12.

Come support your co-op.


2015 Blueberry Festival

Volunteer for the Blueberry Festival at http://tinyurl.com/blueberry2015

Download flyer

Music for Terre Foods

 7th Annual Blueberry Festival

Thursday, July 16

Central Presbyterian Church

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

11-11:45am: Brent McPike and Solly Burton

 

12-12:45pm: Ross David

 

1-1:45pm: Sarah Rodger

 

2-2:45pm: Tom Roznowski

 

3-3:45pm: TBA

 

4-4:45pm: Paul Burkett

 

5-5:45pm: Coon Holler Kids

 

6-6:45pm: Dangerous Doug


2015 Annual Letter

Embrace the tortoise.  That is my mantra.  The tortoise is determined, focused, and perseveres through adversity.

Terre Foods is the tortoise.  Our mission to open a store is still the same; we are determined to succeed, focused on the success of opening a physical location for our cooperative, and prepared to persevere. 

I do not mean for that to seem distraught or despondent; in fact, by embracing a conservative and focused approach to our ultimate goal, we are better positioned than ever before for a successful transition to a physical home.  In the meantime, we are over 700 households strong and growing; with a presence in our community that brings tangible value through community outreach, cooperative values, and member benefits that extend beyond the Wabash Valley to cooperative markets operating across the country.

For our member/owners to better understand the approach we are taking to opening the physical store, I thought I would share some of the process we are following toward that goal.  The realities of opening a business of this sort are very different than other business models.  In fact, they are foundationally different than other small businesses.  As your Board of Directors, we represent you, and the other 700 plus households that are also members; this is substantively different than a business with a single owner, a few partners, or a small set of shareholders.  In our model, you are each an equal stakeholder in the business, with the same rights and responsibilities as any other member.  You are entitled to the same benefits, and are also able to exercise your voting power to influence the leadership of your Board of Directors.  You, the Board of Directors, and all other members are equal owners of the corporation.

A frequent question revolves around the pace of finding a location for the store.  And while I share the same concern about the status, I am not concerned about the pace.  We are following a very conservative model that offers us the best chance for success.  The model is the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages Model.  This has been a successful process for many food cooperatives in their mission to locate in a physical space, and has served us well to this point.  The most basic understanding of the model is that each of the three stages of Organization, Feasibility and Planning, and Implementation are grounded in the four cornerstones of Vision, Talent, Capital, and Systems.  This is a model developed by our consultants at CDS, a cooperative composed of professionals dedicated to helping cooperatives be more successful, whether at the start-up phase or later in their development.  I have included a graphic of the model so that all of the member/owners can understand where we are at in the process.  Currently we are between Stages II & III and have been moving towards Implementation throughout the past year.  However, this is not an easy process and we are constantly revising the Feasibility and Planning components.  Each time we move towards Stage III and Implementation we are stronger and better prepared.



In addition to this model, we have another aspect of the process that will help determine our success.  That is the Capital Cornerstone, which is integral to the next phase of our process.  Basically, this is the financial resource that we will need to build the store, and in our model that resource comes primarily from the membership.  While we will need to pursue a number of avenues to complete the financial package, the likelihood of our success will be dependent upon the amount of capital raised from member/owners.  That capital will come in two forms:  Member Loans and Preferred Shares, each of which work in different ways to achieve our goal of a robust financial package as we implement the store build out.  As we progress into the capital campaign, there will be more information available on the differences.

Finally, when the location is locked in, we will be hiring a person to manage the store that is accountable to the Board, and ultimately the membership through that elected Board of Directors.  As we progress towards the goal of opening the store, this will be an invaluable asset in order to hold all parties accountable and prepare the store to meet the expectations of both membership and the community at large.

Terre Foods is the tortoise:  Dedicated, Focused, and Patient. 

I wish you all the best in the year ahead, and look forward to how we will impact our community for many more.

Chris Weber
Board President


2015 Annual Report available for download

2015 Annual Report

You may download a copy of the 2015 Annual Report to Member-Owners HERE. If you would like a copy of this report sent directly to you by mail, please contact the co-op at info@terrefoods.coop. We encourage all co-op owners to read through the report, and stay up-to-date on your co-op's progress!


Election Season Underway

Election Season Underway

Hello Terre Foods member-owners!

Participating in your cooperative's Board of Director's election is an important part of co-op ownership, and it maintains our owners' democratic control over the business.  Here's the schedule:

Nominations open now and close at midnight on December 22.  Anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors should contact Lorrie Heber at lorrie.heber@gmail.com  for more information about the process.

Elections will be web-based through our co-op's website.  On January 10, all owner households will receive a direct link to the voting website.  Then, elections open at midnight January 11 and close at midnight on January 25.  You will need your  member number to log in and vote--please feel free to contact us if you cannot  locate your member card and we will look up your number for you (contact info@terrefoods.coop).

Election Results will be announced first at the Annual Meeting on January 27, 6 pm, at the Central Presbyterian Church.  Results will then be emailed to all owner households.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Thank you for your participation in the elections and your participation in this exciting project! 

 


Board Update December 16

Board Update December 16, 2014

Your co-op board met on December 16 to continue work on getting the store open. We met via Skype with Ben Sandel, our lead consultant with CDS. We brought him up to date on our project. He gave us some valuable advice on handling negotiations with our prospective property owners. We also revisited the process and timeframe for getting a store open once a letter of intent has been signed with a property owner. We've been pretty focused on site selection to date and it's exciting to think of and plan for the next phase!

We also spent time talking about our financing package. About half of the project cost will need to come from you, our member owners, either in member loans, in the sale of preferred shares, or a combination of both. We have serious decisions in the next few weeks about terms of a loan program and whether we would develop a preferred share option. Our decisions along with  the legal documents that would be given to prospective lenders or shareholders need to be vetted to ensure legality and we're ready to get this process done. In the meantime, we have continued to have very favorable discussions with first line lenders (banks, etc.) to keep them abreast of our project.

A reminder that nominations for board elections are being accepted now through December 22. Contact Lorrie Heber at lorrie.heber@gmail.com for more info and a nomination form. The Annual Meeting with be January 27 at Central Presbyterian Church. Look for the Annual Report in your mailbox soon.

On behalf of the board of directors for your Terre Food Cooperative Market, have a happy and healthy holiday season full of joy, hope and love.


Board Update

Board Update December 2, 2014

Your co-op board of directors met Last Tuesday this evening to continue plans for our store. 

We inch closer to making an offer for site (s) and it's a bit like playing whack-a-mole. For example, we did market feasibility and pro forma on a site that fit our criteria. We were ready to begin negotiations ... and then the property came off the market. We have others in the wings, however, so we continue to move forward. Work continues and the prospects are still very, very good. 

The annual meeting will be on January 27 in the evening at Central Presbyterian Church. You'll receive information in the mail along with your annual report. Mark your calendars and watch your mailbox! Nominations for elections to the board of directors are now open. Three seats are up for election in this cycle. Nominations will close on midnight December 22. To find out more or submit a nomination, contact me, Lorrie Heber at lorrie.heber@gmail.com

Have you "liked" us on Facebook? If not, please do! If so, please post a photo of yourself and tell the world why you are Terre Foods! 

All the best to you and your loved ones this holiday season! 


Fall 2014 Board Update
Fall 2014 Board Update

This is Robyn Morton, vice-president of the board of directors for the co-op. I'm writing you today to bring you up to speed on everything that has been happening with getting the co-op up and running ever since we achieved our initial membership goal of 600. We (the board) know that the member-owners are curious, anxious, and perhaps a bit annoyed that nothing seems to be happening. The truth is, a lot has been happening, but most of it concerns issues like property acquisitions and hiring, and consequently the details have to remain confidential for propriety (and occasionally for legal) reasons. So the first and most important thing I want to convey to all member-owners is that the appearance of lack of progress is just that-appearance. The board, steering committee, and other associated committees have actually been doing an amazing amount of work, and genuine progress is being made. That said, our progress hasn't been as fast as any of us would like. Believe me, everyone working on this wants the store opened a.s.a.p.-preferably yesterday, in fact. And while much of the details of our progress must remain confidential (for now!), we do want to apologize for not doing a better job of communicating what information we can provide. We have been very focused on the nuts & bolts of starting the store, and communication has really fallen by the wayside. I think most member-owners would agree that if we have to place our focus somewhere, having it squarely on "get the store open" is probably the right place. But as your elected board, it is our job to keep the member-owners better up-to-date on our progress. As we head into the annual meeting this year (January 2015, date TBD), we hope that this letter will serve as a way to get everyone back on the same page so that we're all ready to go when Go Time arrives.

Okay, great, so what has been done? Our work has been focused on three (overlapping) areas: hiring, property vetting and acquisition, and financing.

Hiring
As many member-owners know, we began the process of looking for a general manager earlier this year. While the search for a GM was ongoing, it was becoming clear that we were not going to be able to secure a property on the timeline we had built, and as such would not be able to finance a GM for the timeframe we had expected. This was very disappointing to us; having a GM would help the entire process move much faster, and we interviewed several excellent candidates-some of whom we were (and are) very excited about. But we could not in good faith go forward with a position that we were not confident we would be able to permanently fund. So we have suspended the GM search for the time being. We are still in contact with several of the candidates for the position, and are hopeful that once a property is secured, they will again be willing to put their hats in the ring for the position. In the meanwhile, we are looking to hire a part-time person for the position of Outreach Coordinator to help us out in the communication department.

Property vetting and acquisition
By a long shot, this has occupied the bulk of the time of the board over the past year. I would conservatively estimate that we have now vetted 98.4% of the square footage of the entire downtown Terre Haute area, as well as some locations not in the downtown, attempting to find a suitable home for our co-op. This might seem like overkill, but the simple truth is that as an elected board, we have to hold a very high standard of decision-making. In other words, we can't play fast-and-loose with this project, or make snap decisions. This can work against us, as this means that progress will be slower than many are used to. However, it has the upside that once we are able to secure a property, we can all be confident that the store has the best possible chance for success in that location. There is no point in pushing the process too fast in order to get a store open, but sacrifice the due diligence that will ensure the long-term success of the project-that would be a colossal waste of all our time, money, and energy. 

The property vetting process began very soon after we crossed the 600 member line. We contracted a real estate agent to help us locate properties available in the area, and then began the process of evaluating each in terms of some initial criteria such as location, access, parking availability, overall footprint, overall cost (if known), current building design (if a building is present), and other known issues with the property. Believe it or not, this has taken a very long time. Real estate in the Terre Haute area is... ahem... interesting. Properties go off and on the market weekly (sometimes it feels like hourly), some properties are not listed on the market but could be available if you ask the right people, or can work with the correct groups, and so on. We pursued some properties that were not obviously available but could be workable for our project. We pursued many properties that were part of larger projects, although typically those timelines did not work for us. We have had extensive discussions with various developers who have taken an interest in our project, both as property developers and potential project backers.

Once we had a list narrowed down, we commissioned a professional market study on three properties (more on this in the financial section). Notably, even after we had settled on three good candidates, we became aware of another very strong possibility, and had to extend the market analysis to include this property as well. This whole process has taken the better part of a year, and we are only now in the final stages of completion. This now leads us directly to...

Financing
Performing a market analysis on prospective properties is crucial for many reasons-three of which are: (1) it allows a clear comparison of the leading properties to be done so that a good decision can be made; (2) it gives banks confidence in our project; and (3) it gives us the most crucial number in the entire game-the projected sales income. With this number in place, as well as details such as property cost, construction estimates, staffing cost estimates and the like, we can construct detailed financial pro formas for each property. It is these pro formas which will ultimately determine which properties are feasible to pursue. For this process, we work with the CDS consultant Bill Gessner, who has over three decades of experience in co-op financial analysis and startup financing. When Bill says something can be safely pursued, you're in good shape. Of the four properties reviewed by the market analysis, two were at the top of the list as being the most plausible for us to go forward. As of this writing, we have finalized a pro forma on one of these two properties and are close to finishing the second.  Should neither of these properties be feasible, we will then return to some properties we had set aside-and of course, who knows what will come available in the upcoming weeks and months. 

Where is this all going?
If things proceed as we hope, and the second pro forma shows a feasible project, we will then begin serious negotiations on both properties. This will involve both negotiations with the owners as well as meetings with banks in order to secure promises of financing (based on certain contingencies). Why two properties (or more)? Because we need to negotiate from a position of strength and make sure if one of them falls through we still have another feasible option available to us. Obviously, this could go very quickly or very slowly, depending on how efficiently we can reach agreements with the multiple parties involved. But believe me, once this is done, you will know all about it! 

From that point, as most of you probably know, the final steps in financing the co-op will be the launch of the Capital drive (to secure loans from the co-op member-owners) as well as "gap funding" to get the last bits of financing in place. Besides working with local banks and our own member-owners, we will be pursuing funding from other agencies, grants, and loans to complete the entire financing package. From where we are today, this process could still take several months to complete, and it has a lot of moving parts. The board will be working diligently on completing all of this as efficiently as possible.

Speaking on behalf of the board, I sincerely hope that this overview has helped you, the member-owner, to reconnect with this project and the magnitude of what we are working to achieve. To pursue a multi-million dollar project as a volunteer board is daunting, but my confidence is bolstered every time I think about the 700 member-owners out there who share our vision of making our town a better place to live. I know that I am not alone in my desire to strengthen our local economy, our local farms, our local families, and our local community. While this work has been exhausting, I still feel blessed that I can be a part of something that will have such a significant impact on the quality of our lives. I know you share in that vision with us. I hope that as we continue the process, and the days stretch out again, that you will have patience with those of us who are doing the footwork, that you will step up and lend a hand where you are able, and that you will be there with us and rejoice on the day that we open the store and see the fruit of all our labor as we create the community we all deserve.

And we will also truly do a better job of keeping y'all in the loop!

All my best, in cooperation, and on behalf of the board of directors for the TerreFoods Cooperative Market
 
Robyn Morton

Announcements at Annual Mtg

  We're continuing our Membership Drive to reach 800! *

 Let's  Welcome Spring! (yes, spring will come!)

Memberships will be beautifully gift packaged to include a membership card, window decal, tote bag, and other goodies! 

For a one-time payment of $200, or $21 for ten months, any household can become an owner of the Cooperative.   In addition to store ownership, membership gives the household lots of perks, including future shopping discounts at the market as well as an immediate 10% discount at many participating local vendors.

To purchase a gift membership, email info@terrefoods.coop; or visit the website at www.terrefoods.coop;

or call 812-201-7910.

 
 


Holiday Gift Mem Drive

2013 Annual Meeting
Terre Foods Cooperative Market's 
2013 Annual Meeting

Calling all Terre Foods Member-Owners!

 Mark your calendars for Terre Foods Cooperative Market's

2013 Annual Meeting

 

November 7Thursday

6 pm ~ Enjoy Refreshments & Friends

6:30 pm ~  Meeting starts promptly

 

Central Presbyterian Church

127 N 7th St

Terre Haute

 

Lots of great news for Terre Foods this year!

We have surpassed our initial goal of 600 members

and are on our way to having a brick and mortar store!    

 

We hope to see old faces and new as we hear updates on our progress and the status of our organization. We'll find out the Board election results, and discuss what's next for Terre Foods!

 


Altrusa Chili Cook-off
 
Terre Foods will be represented at the 
Altrusa Chili Cook-off 
September 14, 2013
11-4pm
Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace
9th and Cherry Streets
 
Come and sample the chili made from members veggies! 

2013 Spring Events

Come find the Terre Foods table at these upcoming events:

April 6th, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • The Winter Farmers Market in the Clabber Girl Museum.

April 13th, 2013 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Matter in Motion at Ivy Tech will be a wonderful event for families.

April 17th, 2013 10:50 am - 3:00 pm

  • ISU Earth Day located in the ISU Quad

April 19th, 2013 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Earth Day at Union Hospital

April 20th, 2013 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Earth Day at the White Violet Center

Terre Foods will be selling grilled local meats

as well as a vegetarian option along with salads for lunch.

May 4th, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • The Winter Farmers Market in the Clabber Girl Museum.

 

 

 

 


2012-2013 Winter Market

Winter Farmer's Market 2012-2013

On the first Saturday of each month,

the Winter Market will once again be held indoors at Clabber Girl.

Address: 900 Wabash Ave in Terre Haute, IN. (9th & Cherry St)

Time: 9am-1pm


2012 Dec Newsletter

Read our latest Newsletter: Dec 2012 Newsletter.PDF

or as JPG images:

  page 1, page 2, page 3

           Page 1                     Page 2                     Page 3


2012 Annual Meeting
Terre Foods Cooperative Market Annual Meeting

Terre Foods Cooperative Market (TFCM) announces its annual meeting to be held at Central Presbyterian Church on Seventh St. near Larry Bird Ave. on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the cooperative is to open a full service, member-owned grocery store that features natural, organic, and locally-produced foods. This store will be located in downtown Terre Haute and will be a vibrant place for community members to find food and to connect with other members of the community. The purpose of the annual meeting is to report on TFCM activities and progress as well as to inform the public of its up-coming plans and activities for 2013. If you are a member of TFCM this is a chance to meet the new members of the board of directors as well as to ask questions and learn more about your coop. If you are not a member this meeting provides an opportunity to learn about the about the coop and to become a member. TFCM is especially interested in hearing from people who interested in becoming involved with the steering committee and the organization’s various working groups. TFCM currently has 471 and is closing in on its target of 600 members. Refreshments will be provided.


2012 OGVA Film Festival NEW LOCATION
New Location for the 2012 OGVA Film Festival

2012 Sept Events

Every Saturday thru October (8am-Noon) visit the Farmer's Market at 9th & Cherry St

Upcoming: Nominations!  (see our announcement below)

Hold this Date: Oct 24th, 2012 for the Terre Foods Annual Meeting


2nd Annual Harvest Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and Terre Foods Cooperative Market
Provide A Celebration of Local Foods at the  2nd Annual Harvest Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Where:
White Violet Center for Eco-Justice gardens at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
Cash Bar and Appetizers at 5 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Terre Foods members we need your help as volunteers for this event.
Do we have a member who can serve as a Bartender for the event? Local beer and wine will be served.
 We need volunteers to circulate with hors d'oeuvres, check water glasses, clear tables and manage the buffet table.
If you are interested contact: Holly Hudson at terrefoodsvolunteers@gmail.com

2012 OGVA Film Festival

image of 2012 OGVA Film Festival poster

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2012 Fall Events Sept

Every Saturday thru October (8am-Noon) visit the Farmer's Market at 9th & Cherry St

Upcoming: Nominations!  (see our announcement)


2nd Annual Harvest Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and Terre Foods Cooperative Market
Provide A Celebration of Local Foods at the  2nd Annual Harvest Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice gardens at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
Cash Bar and Appetizers at 5 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Terre Foods members we need your help as volunteers for this event.
Do we have a member who can serve as a Bartender for the event? Local beer and wine will be served.
 We need volunteers to circulate with hors d'oeuvres, check water glasses, clear tables and manage the buffet table.
If you are interested contact: Holly Hudson at terrefoodsvolunteers@gmail.com

 


2012 Call for Nominations

Terre Foods Cooperative Market Announces a Call for Nominations!

Are you a member of TFCM? How would you like to get more involved? By “involved” we mean really involved! Become a member of the board of directors. The board currently needs to fill three seats. Nominations open on September 1 and will be accepted until September 10. Self nominations are perfectly acceptable. Send nominations electronically to info@terrefoods.org. Please include in the subject line “Nominations.”

Electronic voting commences on September 17 and will continue until midnight September 30. Details on voting procedures will be sent out by email and login information will be posted to our website. The new board will be introduced at our annual meeting on October 24.

One of the important benefits of cooperative membership is the privilege of helping to make policy for the organization. It is also a critical responsibility. You don’t need experience, just enthusiasm.


2012 July Events

Upcoming Events for the Summer of 2012:

Every Saturday of June thru October (8am-Noon) will be the Farmer's Market at 9th & Cherry St

Wednesday July 4th (8am-Noon) - Terre Foods will be at the  Wabash Valley Road Runners' Fast Track Mile event at Gilbert Park on Wabash Ave between 14th St & 15th St

Thursday July 19th (11am-7pm) - Terre Foods' 4th annual Blueberry Festival will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church on 7th St

 


2012SummerEvents

Upcoming Events for the Summer of 2012:

Saturday May 5th (9am-1pm) - will be the last Winter Market at Clabber Girl Museum til fall

Saturday May 12th (9am-12:30pm) - find us at the Mother's Day Herb Fair in Fairbanks Park

Every Saturday of June thru October (8am-Noon) will be the Farmer's Market at 9th & Cherry

Wednesday July 4th (8am-Noon) - at Gilbert Park on Wabash Ave between 14th St & 15th St

Thursday July 19th - Terre Foods' Blueberry Festival

 

 


April2012Newsletter

White Violet Center 14th Annual Earth Day

Saturday, 21 April, from 11 AM - 3 PM

 

The April 2012 Newsletter is available on line.


NewMemberPartyFeb12
TFCM New Member Party
Friday, February 17th - Noon to 2 PM
Dede III HMSU - ISU
 
 
Local Organic Lunch
Membership Benefits Information
Instant Membership Enrollment Available
 

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Terre Foods Cooperative Market Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, January 24 - 6:30 PM
Central Presbyterian Church
125 N. Seventh Street

Terre Foods Holiday Celebration
Terre Foods Cooperative Market Holiday Celebration
held at 
Clabber Girl (9th & Wabash) - Thursday, December 8 - 6:30 PM
Refreshments followed by a Panel Discussion
 
Local Foods: If it's Local,
why is it so hard to find?
 


June Member Meeting

Date:        Tuesday - 21 June

Location:  Vigo County Public Library

Time:        7 - 8 PM

Speaker:  Don Richards and John Rosene

Topic:       A friendly debate on Sustainable vs.

                 Conventional Agricultural Issues


May Member Meeting

Date:         Tuesday - 10 May

Location:  Vigo County Public Library

Time:        7 - 8 PM

Speaker:   Raising Blueberries and Sustainability

Topic:        Aaron Warner

 

Is our store opening this week?

Reports of our store's opening this week have, sadly, been greatly exaggerated.  Earlier this week WTWO reported that Terre Foods would be opening its doors this week, and while nothing would make us happier, unfortunately this was reported incorrectly.  Most likely, there was confusion between our group, and the new Indianapolis Co-op "Pogue's Run", which DID open this week, and we are thrilled for them!  If you are in Indianapolis, be sure to stop by the store and show your co-op support!

As we get closer to opening, we will definitely let you know, and we'll do our best to keep you posted all the while.  Heck, if we were within a week of opening, you could have heard me (Robyn) yelling about it from a 5 mile radius for the past month!  So please, stick with us, we're making progress, and keep spreading the word!


March Member Meeting

Date:         Saturday, March 26

Location:  Vigo County Public Library Meeting Room C

Time:        10 - 11 AM

Speaker:   From Purdue Extension Service

Topic:        Organic Gardening

Refreshments 


February Member Meeting

 

Date:       Monday February 21st

Location:  Library Room D

Time:      3:00-4:00 p.m.

Speaker:  Swiss Connection Dairy, Clay City



January Member Meeting

Saturday. 17 January, at 10am, Terre Foods will welcome Ellen Michel from Bloomingfoods, and Stuart Reid from Food Co-op 500, to our Monthly Meeting!  This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for anyone--member or non-member--to come and learn more about co-ops and how to get ours off the ground.  Come out and show your support!
 

Date:       Saturday January 15th

Location:  Temple United Methodist Church, 5301 South 3rd St. (US HWY 41), Terre Haute
Time:       10:00-11:00 a.m.

Speaker:   Ellen Michel of Bloomingfoods Market
 

 Ellen is in charge of Marketing and Outreach for Bloomingfoods in Bloomington.  Ellen will talk about building a sense of community among our members as we continue to expand our membership base and move towards the goal of making Terre Foods a reality. Stuart Reid from Food Co-op 500 will be at the meeting as well.  Stuart is with an organization that offers advice and guidance to communities in starting food coops. Drinks and snacks will be provided by the members of Temple UM Church.


Please plan to attend as we show support for Ellen and Stuart who have come to offer suggestions and help as well as a show of support for our members that have offered to host this event as an opportunity for us to gather and get recharged for a new year.



Notice of Annual Meeting
The Terre Foods Annual Meeting will be held on September 30th, at 7pm.  It will be at the Central Presbyterian Church at 7th & Larry Bird.  Please see below for the planned agenda.

This will be a Very Very Important meeting.  We have a lot of decisions to make about how we will continue the process of opening our store, and we need you to be a part of this.  If at all possible, please plan to attend!

Salsa Contest Winners!
Thanks go to everyone who helped make our Salsa Contest a success!  It was a lot of fun, and we had plenty of people come and do some serious salsa sampling.  I'd like to thank our entrants, who provided some lovely salsas--they were all wonderful!  Thanks also to everyone who volunteered to run the contest, doling out servings and keeping track of entries.  And a special thanks go to our judges:  Jeffrey Marks, Chris Kraut, Maddie Muncie, Barbara Brugnaux and Carl Bender.  And now, for the moment we've all been waiting for [drumroll please...]

WINNERS CIRCLE

Raw salsa:  Rich Lidster
Cooked Salsa:  Stephanie & Jonah Standish
Specialty Salsa:  Jennifer McDaniels
and
TASTER'S CHOICE:  Jennifer McDaniels

I should say that all of the salsas were popular--the voting was actually very close!
Each winner received an award certificate at the event.  Category winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to the market.  Taster's Choice winner receives a $50 gift certificate (which means that Jennifer McDaniels really cleaned up at this event!).  Thanks to everyone for playing!

2010 Salsa Contest

DTH Farmer's Market, August 28, 10am-noon

Bowl of Salsa

UPDATE:  we have not yet reached our cap (as of 8/27).  If you still want to enter the competition, there is still space, so come on down!

It's time to get your salsa on!  The gardens are full of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and everything else that makes salsa a summer wonder food.  Show off your favorite salsa recipe at our Salsa Contest, August 28th, at the Downtown Farmer's Market.  Registration is $15; early registration is encouraged, as entries will be capped at 25. 

Categories are:

  • Raw salsas
  • Cooked salsas
  • "Specialty" salsas (where non-traditional ingredients are the focus)

Winners will be awarded for each category, as well as a Best-In-Show "Taster's Choice" award.  Winners in the three categories will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Downtown Farmer's Market.  Best-In-Show winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.

For complete details, download the Contest Guidelines here.

To enter online via Paypal,  CLICK HERE

To download the entry form to mail in, CLICK HERE .

Remember, a maximum of 25 entries will be accepted, so enter now!


Seasonal Cooking Culinary Course at Clabber Girl

Come join us for our next Clabber Girl Culinary Course, Seasonal Cooking with Candace Minster of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.  Learn how to take advantage of the bounty of local produce and other foods available at the Downtown Terre Haute Farmers Market or through your own CSA subscription. Get tips on how to make the most of what's in season, the best ways to deal with misunderstood veggies like eggplant and okra, and some simple ideas for how to plan menus while browsing the vendors.

Class is $10 at the door. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact April Osborne at The Clabber Girl at 812-478-7113 or aosburn@clabbergirl.com. Attendees who have not pre-registered will be accomated as space allows.


Celebrate National Homebrew Day With Us!

This Saturday, May 1st is National Homebrew Day.  Come celebrate with Terre Foods by attending our Beginning Homebrew culinary class held at The Clabber Girl from 1pm-3pm.  Instructors Tom Derrick and Mark Minster will walk students through the process of brewing a batch of beer and bottling the finished product.  Details about fermentation, yeasts, grains, malts, and added flavorings from fruits, spices, and herbs will also be covered.  Samples will be available for participants age 21 and over!

Class is $10 and preregistration is suggested, but not required.  To register, please contact April Osburn at The Clabber Girl at aosburn@clabbergirl.com or 812-478-7113.


Re-Growing Terre Haute Fundraiser Event

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 23rd, 6pm-9pm for Re-Growing Terre Haute: A Celebration of a Great American City and Benefit for Terre Foods and the Downtown Farmers Market!  This exciting event was conceived by author/musician Tom Roznowski of Porch Light Indiana, along with generous support from WFIU-FM and Bloomingfoods Cooperatative Market and Deli.  A portion of proceeds from the event will go to support Terre Foods, as well as help us get our name out to a new community of potential members.

The evening will feature readings and music by Tom Roznowski who will feature his book, "An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana in 1927."  Enjoy beer from Brugge Brewery and wine from Oliver Winery while dining on tapas made by Terre Haute's Chef Jeffrey Marks.  ISU Professor Emeritus Marion Jackson, author of "101 Trees of Indiana: A Field Guide," will be on hand to discuss this book and sign copies.  ISU's Dr. John Whitaker will give a preview of his upcoming "Mammals of Indiana: A Field Guide."  In addition, representatives from Downtown Terre Haute and Terre Foods will speak as well, sharing information about promising ventures hoping to locate downtown.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Clabber Girl Bakeshop (9th and Wabash, 812-478-7113), BookNation (675 Wabash Ave, 812-232-2595), River Wools (671 Wabash Ave, 812-238-0090), Market Bella Rosa (669 Wabash Ave, 812-234-3663), Arts Illiana (23 N 6th St, 812-235-5007), and Coffee Grounds (423 Wabash Ave, 812-238-9664) in downtown Terre Haute. 

For more information, contact Candace Minster at 812-535-2935 or candace@terrefoods.org.   


Spaces Available for February 27th Talk!

We still have spaces available for the Saturday, February 27th talk, Eating Close to Home: A Terre Foods Benefit Sponsored by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice! Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. You can still register for the event here until 5pm on Friday. 

We will feature a variety or organic/fair-trade coffees and refreshments. For a little bit more information about the event, take a look at our Events page. Please contact Candace Minster at candace@terrefoods.org or 812-535-2935 for more details or for driving directions.


Complete List of Clabber Girl Cooking Classes for 2010

Terre Foods is excited to partner with Clabber Girl's Culinary Division to offer another set of cooking classes and demonstrations to be held at the Clabber Girl facility at the corner of 9th and Wabash streets in Downtown Terre Haute. 

Pre-registration for classes is strongly encouraged! To register, contact April Osburn at Clabber Girl at 812-478-7113 or aosburn@clabbergirl.com. Attendees who have not pre-registered will be accomated as space allows.

Beginning Lacto-Fermentation with Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in Bloomington, Indiana, $12 at the door

Saturday, March 13th, 1pm-3pm

It's not just sauerkraut! Learn this traditional form of food preservation that not only enhances nutrients in vegetables, dairy, and grains but also gives them a flavor kick to add to your cooking adventures. In this workshop, we'll explore simple lactic fermentation and the many ways to use fermented foods to accent your cooking.

How to Prepare Dried Beans with Robyn Morton and Tammy Tintjer of Terre Foods, $10 at the door

Saturday, March 20th, 10am-12pm

So you know that dried beans are economical and delicious--but how do you fit cooking them into your schedule? Heck, how do you cook them at all? Join us as we go through basic dried bean cooking techniques and share some tips and tricks that will allow you to finally kick the can and save some cash!

Dairy 101 with Robyn Morton of Terre Foods, $10 at the door

Saturday, April 10th, 9am-12pm

Learn to make various basic dairy products and a few specialty cheeses that you'll be glad to bring into your home cuisine. Products covered; yogurt, butter, buttermilk, sour cream, creme fraiche, ricotta, paneer, and mozzarella.

Beginning Homebrew with Terre Foods members, Tom Derrick and Mark Minster, $10 at the door

Saturday, May 1st, 1pm-3pm

May 1st is National Homebrew Day and what better way to celebrate than by learning how to brew your own! Instructors will learn the basics of brewing with grains and bottling the finish product.

Seasonal Cooking Class, instructor TBA, $10 at the door

Saturday, June 12th, 10am-12pm

Learn how to take advantage of the bounty of local produce and other foods available at the Downtown Terre Haute Farmers Market. Get tips on how to make the most of what's in season.

Yeasted Breads 101 with Susie Lannoo and Candace Minster of Terre Foods

Saturday, September 11th, 10am-12pm

Nothing beats the taste and aroma of homebaked bread. Learn how easy and satisfying it can be to bake a variety of yeasted breads in your own home. 


New Clabber Girl Cooking Classes for 2010

Terre Foods is excited to partner with Clabber Girl's Culinary Division for another great season of cooking classes and demonstrations. Most classes are just $10 and registrations are now open for March classes. Be sure to register early, since these popular classes tend to fill up quickly!

Beginning Lacto-Fermentation with Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in Bloomington, Indiana, $12 at door                                                                                                                                             

Saturday, March 13th, 1-3pm in the Test Kitchen at the Clabber Girl at the corner of 9th and Wabash streets

It's not just sauerkraut! Learn this traditional form of food preservation that not only enhances nutrients in vegetables, dairy, and grains but also gives them a flavor kick to add to your cooking adventures. In this workshop, we'll explore simple lactic fermentation and the many ways to use fermented foods to accent your cooking. 

How to Prepare Dried Beans with Robyn Morton and Tammy Tintjer of Terre Foods, $10 at the door

Saturday, March 20th, 10-12pm in the Test Kitchen at the Clabber Girl at the corner of 9th and Wabash streets

So you know that dried beans are economical and delicious--but how do you fit cooking them into your schedule? Heck, how do you cook them at all? Join us as we go through basic dried bean cooking techniques and share some tips and tricks that will allow you to finally kick the can and save some cash!

To register for classes, contact April Osburne at Clabber Girl at 812-478-7113 or aosburn@clabbergirl.com.  Pre-registration is suggested, though attendees who have not pre-registered will be accomodated as space allows. You can see a full list of 2010 classes on the events page.


Upcoming Local Food Talks
Terre Foods is excited to announce two public events at the end of February that will focus on local food issues. Please join us for one or both of them!

A Discussion on Slow Food by Marion Fass, Phd Beloit College Thursday, February 25th, 7pm
Tirey Ballroom of the Hulman Memorial Student Union, Indiana State University

Join Marion Fass and Terre Foods for a discussion about the Slow Food Movement while enjoying refreshments made with locally-produced foods.  This event is sponsored by Indiana State University and SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility)  Please contact jim@terrefoods.org for more details.


Eating Close to Home: A Terre Foods Benefit Sponsored by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice
Saturday, Februrary 27th, 7pm 
Reilly Auditorium in Owens Hall on the north campus of St. Mary of the Woods

Jane Bush of Apple Schram Farm in Charlotte, Michigan will be giving a talk on the importance of co-ops in strenghtening local food systems.  In addition, she will cover a few season extension techniques used on her farm.  Jane has been an active figure in promoting local food awareness in the Ann Arbor area and is also the founder of Grazing Fields egg co-op.    Organic/fair-trade coffee and desserts will be served. All ticket money goes to Terre Foods!
You can register for this event here.  For questions, please contact Candace Minster at candace@terrefoods.org or 812-535-2935. 

 $10 in advance/$15 at the door


Local Foods Action-Alert!

We just received a message from Nikki Royer regarding budget cuts to the Indiana Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.  From what I understand, budget cuts will reduce inspectors to working just one or two days a week, which means that state-approved processing facilities will not be able to keep up with the volume of meat that is currently being processed.  There's also the chance that the USDA will deem this inspection insufficient and eliminate it entirely.  You can learn a little more about this here, http://pasturetoplate.wordpress.com/

This does not only affect the Royers--it affects all small farms.  Please take the Royer's request to heart and contact Mitch Daniels to let him know how important it is that we maintain access to safe, locally-produced food! 

If you care about your food and the farmers who raise it, please immediately contact Governor Mitch Daniels @ 317-232-4567 or email http://www.in.gov/gov/2631.htm and tell him to reinstate funding for the Indiana Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.      

 


Have you seen our billboard?

This lovely piece of work (courtesty of member Christina Blust of Blustery Day Designs) is visible heading north on 3rd street, just over the Regency Inn, as pictured below. The ad is printed on a reusable material that we can relocate to other parts of town as needed while we maintain our membership drive.  (Perhaps once the store has opened, we can have a repurposing contest to see who has the best idea for how we can reuse the material?)


Celebrate the Holidays With Us

Terre Foods is happy to join our local businesses and artisans to celebrate Downtown Holiday Fest and Miracle on  7th Street this Friday, December 4th from 5-9pm.  There will be an exciting array of activities for December's First Friday, including art gallery open houses, delicious dinner options, holiday storefront displays, photos with Santa, and much more!  You can even do some holiday shopping at Miracle on 7th Street, an open air market featuring local artisans and businesses, including photography from Steering Committee member, Jim Speer.

Terre Foods will have an information booth inside the 7th street tent, where you can warm up with some free organic/fair-trade hot chocolate.  In addition, a few of our brazen friends and Membership and Steering Committee members will be roaming the streets singing Christmas carols.  Caroling will begin just after 5pm and will continue until we're too cold or all sung out.

 Bring your friends and family and come join us!


Fall Harvest 5K a Success!

Thanks to everyone who came for the Fall Harvest 5K held on Saturday, October 31st.  Those who braved the chilly weather at 8:30am were grateful to find the clouds parting and making way for a beautiful, sunny day that warmed up quickly.  Runner/walkers were treated to homemade cookies and fruit, a chance to win organic and fair-trade door prizes, and a Fall Harvest 5K long-sleeved t-shirt.  (We have a few extra shirts available for $10.  Let us know if you're interested!) Many thanks to our event sponsors, Graphic FX, The Element, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, L&A Farms, and Royer Family Farms. 

Last, but certainly not least, let's give a hand to Sandy Fuqua and the Membership Committee for making this event happen!  If you're interested in lending hand for future events, contact membership@terrefoods.org


Fall Harvest 5k Poker Run
Join us out at Hawthorne Park in Eastern Vigo County for our first 5K Poker Run on October 31st, 9am!  Along the course participants will stop at 5 designated locations and "draw" 1 playing card. A trophy will be awarded to the top 2 adults and youth who complete the 5K (by walking or running) with the best 2 Poker Hands in their age group. This is not a timed event. Limited to the first 52 registrants. Registration available thru 8:30 am on Race Day!

All proceeds of the event will go towards Terre Foods Cooperative Market, a cooperative grocery targeted to open in the Spring of 2010. The market will bring local, sustainable, and organic groceries to the heart of downtown Terre Haute.

  • Click HERE to register for the race online.

  • Click HERE to download and mail in the registration form.

Position Available: General Manager

Terre Foods Cooperative Market seeks a General Manager to oversee the opening and operation of a full service cooperative grocery store in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.  Required experience includes management experience in the grocery industry, purchasing, inventory, hiring and training of employees.  The ideal applicant will have experience in the natural foods industry, an understanding of and commitment to co-operative principles, proven leadership ability, and excellent supervisory and financial management skills. We are looking for a candidate with the vision and energy to head the exciting and challenging opening of our store in Spring 2010.

CLICK HERE to download the full job listing (.pdf).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to info@terrefoods.org.  


Check out the drafts of our store layout!

On Friday, Terre Foods hosted a press conference to announce the Annual meeting (Septmeber 29th, 7-9pm, Vigo County Main Library), and to unveil the first drafts of our store design!  Architectural and interior designs are being done by the local firm MMS-A/E, and construction will be led by CDI Construction.  The Terre Haute Tribune-Star has a wonderful article on the press conference HERE.

For the sake of the load-time for this website, rather than posting the graphical image of the store schematics (which takes forever to load, even on high bandwidth), we have uploaded .pdf versions of the layout and preliminary store vision which you can view by clicking on the links below.  Check it out!


Annual Meeting, Tues, Sept 29th

 Vigo County Main Library, 7-9pm

Yup, it's that time again!  Please plan to attend this important meeting, where we will get everyone up to speed on all that's happened in the past year (a lot!), and what our road map looks like to the opening of the store.  At this meeting, we will have presentations about the store purchase, news on our efforts to hire a General Manager, where we stand on our financing, and much more.  We will also have architectural drawings of the building plans--come see for yourself how the store is shaping up! 

This meeting is open to the public--please bring along your friends!  The more, the merrier--and the more members, the better for our store!

View and download the flyer for the meeting HERE .


Fall Harvest 5k Poker Run

joggersJoin us out at Hawthorne Park in Eastern Vigo County for our first 5K Poker Run on October 31st, 9am!  Along the course participants will stop at 5 designated locations and "draw" 1 playing card. A trophy will be awarded to the top 2 adults and youth who complete the 5K (by walking or running) with the best 2 Poker Hands in their age group. This is not a timed event. Limited to the first 52 registrants. Registration available thru 8:30 am on Race Day!

All proceeds of the event will go towards Terre Foods Cooperative Market, a cooperative grocery targeted to open in the Spring of 2010. The market will bring local, sustainable, and organic groceries to the heart of downtown Terre Haute.

  • Click HERE to register for the race online.

  • Click HERE to download and mail in the registration form.

Terre Foods Salsa Contest, August 22nd

Calling all salsa chefs!  Things are heating up at the Downtown Terre Haute Farmers Market and to celebrate, Terre Foods is sponsoring the first ever Salsa Contest on Aug. 22nd.  In order to make this success a bang, we need contestants!  Take a chance to show off your salsa skills and submit your favorite salsa for a chance to win some local goodies.

There will be three salsa categories; tomato-based raw, tomato-based cooked, and specialty, which may be raw or cooked.  What sets specialty salsas aside is the use of non-traditional ingredients, such as fruit or leaving out tomatoes altogether.

Terre Foods will assemble a panel of local chefs and personalities to judge the winners in each category.  In addition, market-goers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite salsa by placing a donation in the jar next to their top choice.  The salsa that earns the highest donations will be the “Tasters’ Choice” (all donations will go to Terre Foods).  Winners will have the opportunity to have their prize-winning recipes on the Terre Foods’ website and distributed on the Terre Foods mailing list. 

Each registered entry received before Aug. 20th is $5.  Last minute registrations received after Aug. 20th are $10 each. Contestants may place more than one entry. If you would like to enter more than one salsa, please fill out a registration form for each entry.

For complete details, download the Contest Guidelines here.

To download the entry form to mail in, click here.

To enter the contest online, click here.



Just Launched--ONLINE MEMBERSHIPS!

Terre Foods Cooperative Market is happy to announce that we now have an online membership option available for anyone who wishes to use it.  Just go to our Membership Page and find the link at the top, or click HERE to go there directly.  Follow the directions to create a new account, choose your preferred payment plan, and you're all done and can begin watching the mail for your membership card and packet!  Payments are processed via Paypal, a secure online payment service.  You CAN use Paypal even if you do not have a Paypal account. 

Our regular print out application will of course still be available to anyone who wishes to use it.   If you have any questions at all, please contact me at robyn@terrefoods.org.


Go Co-op!

Check out this great short video from NCGA (the National Cooperative Grocers Association--there are too many acronyms in the world, aren't there?).  And remember, when the video says "Visit your local co-op today" that the only way we will be able to do so is to become a member today, so that we can build it tomorrow! 

 

Go Co-op! from NCGA on Vimeo.

Visit our Membership Page and find out how to become a member-owner today!


Upcoming Summer Events

Terre Foods is planning many events this summer to help raise funds for our cooperative, and to raise awareness of our project in the community.  Come on out to support your co-op!

  • FREE FILM: "The Future of Food", Saturday, June 27, 7pm, at Myers Tech 105 on the ISU campus, Cherry Street between 6th and 7th Street (please note the change in date and venue!).  "The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade."
  • BENEFIT CONCERT:  Christina Blust, Travis Dillon, and Cuba will play a benefit fundraiser at 7th & Elm, Thursday, June 25th, 9:30pm.  Come listen to some great local music and support your co-op!  $5 cover
  • BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL:  July 16th, Central Presbyterian Church, 7th Street.  MUSIC, FUN and BLUEBERRIES!  We're planning some great activities for this event, and of course, we will have all kinds of foods that highlight the wonderful, local, yummy blueberries available this time of year.
  • SALSA COOKOFF:  August at the Downtown Farmer's Market (date TBA)
  • 5K RUN:  tentatively scheduled for Fall 2009; watch this space for more details
  • ONGOING:  Terre Foods will be at the Downtown Farmer's Market every Saturday from 8am-noon, serving fresh-brewed Fair Trade coffees provided by Jameson Coffee, and dishing out the latest news on the co-op front.
  • ONGOING:  Terre Foods Cooking classes will continue throughout the season, and will include a seasonal cooking class, and a food preservation class.  Watch this space for more!

June Cooking Class--Beginning Brewing!

 Terre Foods Cooking Classes

Beginning Extract Brewing

Saturday, June 6th, noon-2pm, Clabber Girl Kitchens

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at brewing your own beer?  It's simpler than you might think, and quite a lot of fun!  And you get a delicious beer at a fraction of the cost of high-end exports.  Join Brian Morton and Colin Pizerak, both new brewers themselves, and they will introduce you to the basics of extract brewing (i.e., starting with grain extracts, rather than the more advanced whole grain brewing).  This class will cover the equipment, ingredients, and techniques necessary to do extract brewing in your own home.


(Please note,this is a rescheduled time from the previously-announced May 23rd.)

____________________________________________
Class Details:

Class:  Beginning Extract Brewing
Teachers:  Brian Morton and Colin Pizerak
Place:  Clabber Girl Kitchens
Date:  Saturday, June 6, 2009
Time:  Noon-2pm
Cost:  $5 members/$10 non-members, payable at time of registration
Registration:  contact April Osburn for registration at aosburn@clabbergirl.com, or at 812-478-7113
Registration deadline:  Friday, June 5, 2009
 


Where's Terre Foods this weekend?

The summer season is kicking into gear, which means that Terre Foods representatives will be out and about to spread the word about our store!  This weekend, April 17th, Terre Foods will have an informational booth at St. Mary-of-the-Woods/White Violet Center Earth Day Celebration.  The festival runs from 10am to 3pm and includes lots of displays and demonstrations on sustainability and other green issues.  While you're there, stop by the grilling station and the vegetarian stand for a bite to eat, also run by Terre Foods.  Grilling meats were donated to the WVC by Royers Farms, and the salads are all donations from fellow Terre Foodies!

 Upcoming: 

  • We will have a booth at the Union Hospital Earth Day Celebration, April 22nd, all day
  • We are participating in the Bunch of Ladies Backyard Bounty Garden Event, April 23rd-25th
  • We'll be at the annual Spring Thyme Herb Faire at Fairbanks Park, May 10th

See you there!


March Cooking Class now open
"Bringing Beans Into Your Life:  the hows and whys of dried beans"
Terre Foods Cooking Class
Saturday, March 14th, 10a-Noon, Clabber Girl Kitchens

Everyone knows that dried beans are an economical way to eat healthily, but many people are stymied by the process.  How do you cook dried beans?  How do you store them?  Doesn't it take all day (and all night) to cook them?  Who has the time?

You do!  In this class, Tammy Tintjer and Robyn Morton will lead you through the basics of prepping, cooking, storing, and eating dried beans; identifying different kinds of beans and what they are good for; strategies for making dried beans easier to include in our already busy lives; and recipes that will make everyone in your family glad you've learned how to conquer the Great Dried Bean!



Date:  Saturday, March 14th
Time:  10am-Noon
Place:  Clabber Girl Kitchens, corner of 9th and Wabash
Course Fee:  $5 for members; $10 for non-members.  Fees due at beginning of class. 
Fee covers:  All course materials, including handouts, recipes, and Clabber Girl kitchen fees.
Register for class:  email April Osburn at aosburn@clabbergirl.com
Register deadline:  Friday, March 13th
Class size:  Registration is capped at 20 students, so register early! 

Thanks to Clabber Girl for allowing Terre Foods to host this class in their wonderful kitchens!

Nature's Crossroad Seeds Now Available

A local seed-producer and wholesaler is making their spring catalog available to our membership and interest group for purchase!  You can view the catalog here:

2009 Nature's Crossroads Catalog (opens a .pdf file)

These seeds are 100% organic; the packets are $2.75 each, which is a great deal for organic seeds.  Of special note:  the tomatoes listed at the top of the catalog are all locally produced seeds!  This means that the seeds have been cultivated specifically for Indiana.  Not only does this support a local farmer, but it also gives you the opportunity to grow tomatoes that thrive in our climate and soil types.

We have a shopping cart available on our website for ordering seeds--click the "Shop Online" button to your left on the main page.  We will need all orders to be in by March 9th at the latest; everything will then be ordered in bulk, and we'll split orders up when they arrive (maybe we can have a "pick up your seeds" party?).  The order deadline is coming fast, so start picking your seeds soon!

Note for using Paypal:  you do NOT need a paypal account in order to use Paypal.  If you do not have a Paypal account, when the order form takes you to the Paypal login screen, look for the button that says "If you do not have a Paypal account, click here to continue" and you can process your order with no account.


Bags and T-Shirts now available!
We have t-shirts and shopping bags, featuring our wonderful Logo (thanks, Christina!) available for purchase.  T-shirts are $15, and come in Medium, Large, and X-Large.  Bags are $10.  Both are made from organic and/or recycled materials.  To order, just click on the "Shop Online" button in the left sidebar of our main page.  This will take you to our Paypal shop, where you can complete your order.  A shipping charge of $5.00 will be automatically added to your order ($8.00 for orders of $50.00 or more).  If you are local, and would like to pick up your purchase rather than having it shipped, be sure to select "store pickup" instead of "standard shipping," and then contact me at robyn@terrefoods.org to make pickup arrangements.

January Dairy Class, Jan 17th, 9am-Noon

Terre Foods will be hosting a second section of the Dairy Products class, taught by Robyn Morton.  The class will be held in the Clabber Girl Kitchens.  This course will cover how to make all of the following products:

  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Yogurt
  • Creme Fraiche
  • Sour Cream
  • Paneer (a mild Indian Cheese)
  • Mozzarella
  • Ricotta

All of these dairy products are easy to make, and require very little extra equipment or products than most people regularly have in their own homes.  There will be a free raffle at the end of class for people to win the products made in class!

Course Location:  Clabber Girl Kitchens
Course Fee:  $5 for members; $10 for non-members.  Fees due at beginning of class. 
Fee covers:  All course materials, including handouts, recipes, and Clabber Girl kitchen fees.
Register for class:  registration is CLOSED
Class size:  Registration is capped at 20 students, so register early!  (If there is sufficient interest, I will schedule a second class early in 2009.)

Thanks to Clabber Girl for allowing Terre Foods to host this class in their wonderful kitchens!


Terre Foods launches Podbean Service
Did you miss the latest presentation from a Terre Foods member, or want to listen to part of the workshop you attended?  Now some of the events Terre Foods has been hosting are available as a downloadable podcast!  Go to the Terre Foods Podbean site , and browse through our offerings.  The selection will continue to grow, so check back often!  And thank you to Tammy Tintjer for creating and maintaining this site, as well as making the podcasts!

Terre Foods Bake Sale

Terre Foods will be selling baked goods during the Collett Park Christmas Walk on Saturday, November 24, from 9am-4pm.  We are looking for donations of baked goods!  Things that sell particularly well are items to serve for Holiday meals or items that make good Holiday gifts.  Also good sellers are items that freeze well, so that people can have ready-made baked goods all through the Holiday season.  Pies, tarts, cakes, packaged/wrapped cookies, and so on, make wonderful donations.  Be creative!  People love to buy homemade baked goods of all sorts!

Baked goods will be sold at Tammy Tintjer's and Robyn Morton's houses, both of whom will be participating in the Christmas Walk.  If you would like to donate a baked good to this fundraiser, please contact either of us via email, or drop off a donation at either of our houses on November 22nd.  The Christmas Walk is also a great time to pick up a Yard Sign for our Membership Drive (see sidebar, left, for more information).

And everyone come on out to the Christmas Walk.  It's a wonderful event that showcases our local craftspeople! 


Dairy Products Class, Nov. 24th, 6-9pm

Terre Foods would like to announce our first Course offering--a Dairy Products class, taught by Robyn Morton.  The class will be held in the Clabber Girl Kitchens.  This course will cover how to make all of the following products:

  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Yogurt
  • Creme Fraiche
  • Sour Cream
  • Paneer (a mild Indian Cheese)
  • Mozzarella
  • Ricotta

All of these dairy products are easy to make, and require very little extra equipment or products than most people regularly have in their own homes.  There will be a free raffle at the end of class for people to win the products made in class!

Course Location:  Clabber Girl Kitchens
Course Fee:  $5 for members; $10 for non-members.  Fees due at beginning of class. 
Fee covers:  All course materials, including handouts, recipes, and Clabber Girl kitchen fees.
Register for class:  email robyn@terrefoods.org
Register deadline:  Friday, November 21
Class size:  Registration is capped at 20 students, so register early!  (If there is sufficient interest, I will schedule a second class early in 2009.)

Thanks to Clabber Girl for allowing Terre Foods to host this class in their wonderful kitchens!


Membership Goal of 50

Last month (Oct 2008) we announced our goal of 50 new members in order to take the next step and commission a feasibility study.  We are now at FORTY new members!  We are so close!  If you have been planning on purchasing a membership, but haven't found the time to do so, please sign up now!  With ten more members, we will be able to move our project forward, and get that much closer to opening our co-op store!  Visit our Membership page at terrefoods.newtechwebservices.com/membership.aspx, and apply for membership today. We have numerous plans to make membership available to anyone.  Anyone who wants to be a member can be one--we will make it work! 

 




Memberships Now Available!
Please check out our Membership Page for more information.  Link is in menu bar at the top of this page.

Field to Fork Fundraiser
This event was a huge success!  Terre Foods raised over $1700 in donations from Buttonwoods and from the Silent Auction.  We had a wonderful night and met many delightful people, and the food was magnificent.  Thanks to everyone who made this event happen--especially to Marilyn, Chris, and Gretchen out at the Sycamore Farm, whose drive and dedication to local, good foods makes our community a better place to live.  Bravo!

Make a Donation to Our Fundraiser
Support the creation of our cooperative market by sending donations via PAYPAL by clicking HERE.   Paypal will accept donations from credit and debit cards, checking accounts, and existing paypal accounts.  (You do not need an existing Paypal account to use this service--anyone with a checking account or credit/debit card can use it.)

Or mail your donation to:

Terre Foods Cooperative Market
P.O. Box 3043
Terre Haute, IN  47803

For questions or comments about the Fundraising Drive, please contact Glenn Cockerham (Chair of the Fundraising Committee) at glenn@terrefoods.org.

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