July 2022 Newsletter

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The Mushroom Messenger

KCG Monthly Newsletter: July 2022

Bringing you the latest news on the KCG Food Co-op. We cover monthly news related to local food, community, and culture.

Hello to our Member-Owners and Friends! Summer is in full swing and so are we! Here's a little bit of what's going on.
June saw the launch of our first KCG Co-op Box. We had 38 boxes pre-ordered and were very pleased to see the excitement we all share in local produce exemplified at the pick-up event in June. Pre-orders for the July KCG Co-op Box are open now if you're interested in getting your own produce box this month. 

Our Board of Directors is also working on a project to define what our community values in their grocery shopping experience so that we can best position our grocery co-op to fill those gaps. Stay tuned in July as we will be widely circulating a survey to capture that information.

We are entering our second month of the KCG Co-op Box. June's launch was a great success and we hope to surpass that in July! The July KCG Co-op Box can be picked up on July 30th, between 10AM and 12PM at the Kennett Friends Meeting House. Pre-orders are required and must be submitted online by noon on July 24th.
In July, please come and talk with us at the Kennett Farmers Market located at the Creamery on Birch Street in Kennett Square from 3 to 6 PM on July 8th; at Mary Pat’s at The Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square from 11:30 to 1 PM on July 13th and at the KCG Co-op Box Distribution on July 30th from 10 AM to 12PM at the Kennett Friends Meeting House at 125 W. Sickle Street in Kennett Square. At all events we welcome your questions on where we are in our development, and of course, we welcome your desire to volunteer. At this time, we would love volunteers for our Tabling events. We will be happy to provide you with training and developing your “pitch” to help people join.

For a full list of events see the "Upcoming Events" section at the bottom of the newsletter.
In June we added 14 new Member-Owners! We are now 246 member-owners strong. Our 2022 Growth Plan is on target. As our Member-Owner numbers grow, we acquire more financial equity and get closer to realizing the opening of the store. For the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, we are turning our attention to the business steps necessary to open the store.  Up and coming to your mailbox will be a survey for you which will inform us of the Member-Owner vision for the store.  Please fill this out as soon as possible and return it to us. Once this is analyzed and results reported to you, we will proceed with a Market Study and finalize our Business Plan. As we engage with this, we want your input.  We hope you will talk with your friends and neighbors and ask them to join. If you have questions for us, please do not hesitate to email or speak to us at events.

If you are reading this newsletter as a non-member-owner and are still hesitant to join, check us out at www.kennettcommunitygrocer.coop, and contact us with your questions which we will be delighted to answer. Email us at [email protected] or come to talk to us at one of our events.

Already know you want to join? Click the button below to sign up!

Each month we highlight Kennett Area businesses aligned with our mission to promote locally produced foods and crafts.  This month we feature, The Castaneda Family and their wonderful family-run enterprise, Taste of Puebla located at 900 W Cypress Street in Kennett Square. This amazing enterprise was started in 2010 when Cristobal and Mariana Castaneda left 3 decades of working in the mushroom industry and turned their attention Mariana’s love of cooking. Today, the company manages a food truck, retail sales, catering operations and events. Taste of Puebla products can be found in area Food Cooperatives such as the Swarthmore Food Co-op, small grocery operations and at Farmers Markets.
This wonderful business is a true family endeavor and reflects wholeheartedly their beautiful tradition of preparing and eating food together as a way of preserving family life and promoting traditional Mexican culture.  We are blessed to be invited to be a part of this culture and tradition.  Mariana and Cristobal have five children.  The oldest son, Christopher is the full-time General Manager of Taste of Puebla and we are so very proud to say that he is part of the Kennett Community Grocer Family as a Member-Owner.  You can find Christopher and his fiancée, Candace, at the store on Cypress Street and other family members are at the Kennett Farmers Market on Fridays.   

We look forward to the day our store opens and we will proudly offer prepared foods by Taste of Puebla.  This will definitely provide you with dinner options and when you purchase, you will not only support KCG and Taste of Puebla, you will also support the wonderful Hispanic culture of Kennett Square which is so valuable to who and what we are in the Mushroom Capital of the World!



7/6: MOVE Meeting (7pm-8pm)
This is our monthly meeting for volunteers to discuss upcoming events and ways in which you can plug into the organization. If you’re interested in volunteering your time and/or expertise, we would love for you to join via Zoom.

7/8: Tabling at the Kennett Square Farmers Market (3pm-6pm)
Come chat with us at the Kennett Square Farmers Market at the Creamery (401 Birch St., Kennett Square, PA). This is the perfect opportunity to chat with a Board Member about joining and have all questions answered while picking up some local produce from our great KSQ vendors.

7/9: Lunch with Edie (11:30am-1pm)
We will be at Mary Pat’s in the Market at Liberty Place the second Saturday of every month from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Please come out, grab lunch or a beverage and sit down for a chat with us.  You all hold the keys to our new door.  You can help us open by sharing your ideas.

7/30: KCG Co-op Box Pick-up Event (10am-12pm)
Come pick-up your pre-ordered KCG Co-op Box between 10AM and 12PM at Kennett Friends Meeting House (125 W. Sickle St., Kennett Square, PA). Even if you didn’t order a box, we’d love to see you! Click here to pre-order your July C-op Box.

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