From the Board: Neighborhood Cooperation

Wendy MacDougall, Board of Directors I love, love, love spring! It is a time of regaining strength and connections as it takes less time to run out the door; you can bike, walk, and see people in the nicer weather. I love the mud, the soft warm breezes, and even if they feel like they are blowing off a snowbank, it fills me with excitement about the growing season. I enjoy gardening and planting basil […]

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From the Board: Why Antitrust Matters

Our cooperatives are a gift to us—a vehicle we can drive to sustain our farms, our neighbors and our markets. by: Mariann Holm, MMFC Board Member In 2018, Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy herds. According to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, the numbers of Wisconsin dairy herds dropped from 15,904 in 2004 to 8,046 in 2019. While the numbers of farms have diminished, the numbers of dairy cattle remain steady, concentrated on larger farms.  […]

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From the Board: Invitation to Owners Financial Open House

You Own a Grocery Store, But How?   When I first began shopping at a local food cooperative about 30 years ago, I had vague ideas why the store was different, none of which centered on who owned it and how it was financed. It wasn’t until I purchased my $100 ownership share of Menomonie Market 15 years ago did I begin to understand what co-op ownership means, and my responsibility in that ownership.  On […]

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From the Board: The Co-op: A Place for Everyone

Submitted by:  Barb Button, MMFC Board of Directors I’ve been shopping at the co-op since we were located in the silver building next to the Pub. I lived in the country then, as did most of my friends, and the co-op was always a stop when I came to town to shop. That store was tiny, run by volunteers, and stocked with bulk bins of dry food. I don’t remember any packaged foods, although there […]

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From the Board: Benefit for the Bounty, a local farm support initiative

From the Board: Benefit for the Bounty, a local farm support initiative

  Submitted by Chris Hayden, MMFC Board of Directors It always comes down to the people. On December 8, a mingle of some of Menomonie’s finest – dedicated farmers and farm hands, local food supporters, musicians and artists, activists, and Co-op employees and shoppers – came together in the camaraderie of common cause and warm spirits for the third annual Benefit for the Bounty: A Local Farm Support Initiative. The old brick walls of the […]

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