Spring 2016 Newsletter


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President's Report
by Gail Falk

Winter greetings!  It's been a busy time at the Co-op.  Here are highlights...

2015 Annual Financial Report
by Bob Fancher, Treasurer

Still Growing

2015 was another year of growth for the Plainfield Co-op. Our sales grew 3.7% from 2014. Even after adjusting for inflation, the sales grew 2.3%. We have been in a pattern of steady sales growth for several years now...

Report of the Building Committee
by Allen Banbury, Building Committee Chair

As has been the case for some time, the Building Committee's list of items needing attention has been greatly reduced by the presence of Co-op staff and Management Collective member Kathleen Hayes, whose insight and skills as a superb fixit person have been essential for the smooth physical operation of the Co-op...

Management Report February 2016
by Karen Starr

Well, as I'm writing this, we are getting our first real cold snap of the Winter. It's long overdue, but the lack of snow on the ground makes it hard on humans and critters...

Herb Gardening
by Dorothy Wallace

In the cold, deep, dark of winter, seeds sit dormant, the soil rests, and the earth turns to gather more light. Next, our windowsills are filled with little containers of green sprouts. And then, out to the garden, our hands in the warm dirt, marveling at the colors, smells, and shapes of the plants. Finally, the harvest is hung from the rafters, laid on racks to dry; or infused into tinctures and syrups. That is the cycle of the herb garden...

How Does Your Garden Grow?
by Glenda Bissex

Gardens come in all sizes, from containers to acres.   Anyone can have a garden. This article is for those who'd like a little encouragement...

WILD FORAGING
By Angella Gibbons
Illustration by Erik Gillard

Are you excited about harvesting Spring wild edibles? I am, and I want to share a few local favorites, and how you might develop the skills to find, safely identify and ethically harvest wild foods...

Spring Menu from Wild Bee Farm
by Daniel Marcus and Amba Connors

Moroccan Chick Peas
Mixed Olives
Crepes with Early Spinach, Goat Cheese and Pears
Potatoes and Crimoli Mushrooms Baked in Cream
Early Greens Salad with Honey Mustard dressing
Tuscan Orange Cornmeal Cake...

Farm to Freezer Vegetables
from the Neighboring Food Co-op Association

The Farm To Freezer program supplies us with frozen vegetables from small family farms in the Northeast, packed by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA). "Our member food co-ops purchase an estimated $50 million in local products annually," said Erbin Crowell, NFCA executive director.  "And by working together, we can do more to grow a more healthy, sustainable and co-operative regional food system."...

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