June Featured Producer: Deer Creek Cheese

Meet Chris Gentine, owner of The Artisan Cheese Exchange in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. If you ask him he’s not a cheese maker, but a cheese geek. This licensed cheese grader with a sophisticated palate sells under his Deer Creek label and has developed one of the most successful marketing and export companies for American cheesemakers. The Artisan Cheese Exchange acts as a bridge between United States’ cheesemakers and the globe to bring together an assortment of the highest quality artisan, farmstead, organic, and specialty […]

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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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Finding Ways to Use Less

Reducing packaging waste is an enormous global challenge. It is overwhelming and stressful to see photographs of giant islands of plastic packaging floating in the ocean while we continue to see more and more plastic packaging on store shelves. According to Reuben Muni, from Greenpeace, “the global recycling system is broken and fixing it will require the cooperation of the wealthy countries that produce so much of the waste and the countries that import it.”  […]

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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: 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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