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March Focus: Farmers & Producers

Here’s What You May Win in March:

$30 Gift Certificate to Phoenix Farm

$25 Gift Certificate to Tracie’s Community Farm

$50 Gift Certificate to Walpole Valley Farms

$5 Token to Farmers’ Market of Keene

Local Flavor Cookbook: From the Farmers’ Markets of the Monadnock Region

6 Beginner Beekeeping Classes from Imagine That HONEY!

Beekeeping: Getting Started in My Backyard DVD from Imagine That HONEY!

 

How to Enter:

Jack Discover LocalCurrent Member-Owners – Forward our discover local email template to friends, family and neighbors today.

OR

Not-Yet Member-Owners – Join today (or anytime before February 28, 2013)!

Questions?  Please contact marketing@monadnockfood.coop

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The Monadnock Food Co-op plans its opening day of business as Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Please keep in mind that this date could shift due to construction schedule changes. So check back with us regularly and make sure you’re on our E-Updates list.

Regular store hours are Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  A Grand Opening Celebration is slated for June.

This opening is the culmination of many volunteer hours, community support and member investment since early 2008.  Over 1,200 Greater Keene citizens prioritized a food co-op as a top priority in the City of Keene Comprehensive Master Plan and close to 1,200 families have joined the Monadnock Food Co-op as Member-Owners, contributing over $100,000 in Member Equity and $800,000 in Member Loans to this start-up community owned business.

Please help us spread the word!

Everyone can shop at the co-op; Member-Owner or not!

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Since the floor staining on February 16th, our refrigeration cases arrived — including produce, meat & seafood, deli and freezer cases.  This equipment really begins to define the inside look of the building and outlines some of our store aisles — so exciting! In addition to our cases, our soup and salad bars are here and sink installation begins next week.
An aisle of Dairy cases with Meat & Seafood cases in the background.

The interior walls are now painted with bright, cheerful (and fun!) colors that match our logo – purples, yellows and other hues to distinguish each section of the store.

This week, Harvey Construction, the building contractor, meets with the city of Keene to discuss our Certificate of Occupancy — which will determine when co-op staff can move into the building. Knowing our move-in date will help us commit to an official store opening date (sometime in early April).  Stay tuned!

We want to give a big shout out of thanks to Dan Scully, Katie Cassidy Sutherland and the staff from Scully Architects, and also Matt Holian, Jack Dugan and the staff at Monadnock Economic Development Corp

An aisle of Dairy cases with Meat & Seafood cases in the background.

. They’ve all been wonderful partners in this project, helping us do everything from staining the co-op’s floor to obtaining our exterior sign permit.

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Kerry KelleyWe hit double digits today — in terms of the number of staff we currently employ!  We welcome Customer Service/Front End Manager, Kerry Kelley to the Monadnock Food Co-op’s staff.

Kerry worked at United Natural Foods, Inc. in Chesterfield, where she was a Purchasing Associate. She also served as Teller Supervisor at Granite Bank in Keene, before running her own day care service.

“Kerry’s ‘above and beyond’ customer service ethic and her warm smile will set the bar high for our Front End team,” said Michael Faber, General Manager of the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Kerry Kelley started working for the co-op on February 27, 2013.

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Justin Somma 2We welcome our first Grocery Manager, Justin Somma to the Monadnock Food Co-op team.

Justin owned and operated a hardware store in Hunter, NY for the past seven years.  He returned with his family to the Keene area to take advantage of the many quality of life benefits afforded by the city.  While in the area prior, he worked in marketing and publishing in Keene and Peterborough.

“Justin’s entrepreneurial background and experience managing sales, margin and labor in a retail setting is a great addition to our store,” said Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager, Michael Faber.

Justin Somma started working for the co-op on February 25, 2013.

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Mid-February Building Update

The store window installation is over halfway complete.  We learned today that some of the windows weigh 400 pounds each! Dry wall taping started and priming of the walls begins on Friday.  The building project continues to run on schedule — which means an early April co-op opening! 

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Matt WestThe Monadnock Food Co-op welcomes its first Meat and Seafood Manager, Matt West.

Matt previously worked as butcher at the Walpole Grocery and meat cutter at Paul’s Choice.  He has over eight years of experience in the meat and seafood industry, and has extensive experience with and knowledge of seafood and deli products.

“Matt’s passion for local sustainably raised meats and strong customer service skills will be a great asset to the co-op,” said Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager, Michael Faber.

Matt West started working for the co-op on February 18, 2013.

Welcome Matt!

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