July 2023 Newsletter

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The Mushroom Messenger

KCG Monthly Newsletter: July 2023

Bringing you monthly news of the Kennett Community Grocer, a growing Food Co-op committed to local food, community, and culture.

Hello to our Member-Owners and Friends!

In this edition: Co-op Boxes continue to provide fresh summer produce and local merchant treats; Special Feature on Yates Produce.



Numbers are growing! Thank you to everyone who joined us at Victory Brewing to celebrate our growth and introduce friends and neighbors to our Co-op goals. And welcome to the new Member-Owners who signed on at the event!

Let’s keep the momentum going! Volunteer to help raise awareness. There are many tasks and levels of involvement. We can help you find your niche! And remember the personal challenge to each of us to recruit neighbors and friends.

To volunteer, fill out the form on the KCG website or send an email to info@kennettcommunity grocer.coop


The KCG Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting on June 12. Our work groups presented their monthly reports:

The Communications Team reported on
  • The newly designed Member-Owner cards new members will soon start to receive. (For now, we will not replace existing cards.)

  • A new website to be launched soon using the platform SquareSpace, which will give us far more flexibility regarding the content we present. 

  • The need for volunteers willing to do social media posting. Training and support will be provided. Please contact Edie at 610-986-4207 if you can give some volunteer time.

The Events Team announced our new Social Hour event – the first of its kind – at Victory Brewery on June 29 from 5 to 7 PM. Four new Member-Owners joined at the event! We hope you all enjoyed your free drink and the chance to spread the word about the future of KCG.

The Business Advisory Team is busy writing our Business Plan and conducting research for site selection. They are also putting in place plans to launch a Capital Campaign for funds that would give us the capacity to lease a site and create the interior of the store. We will keep you all updated on this important work. If you have experience and/or interest in working on our Capital Campaign, please send an email to [email protected].

Buy a Co-op box AND become a Member-Owner during one of the summer months and be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to a local merchant. Junes lucky winner received a voucher for Pâtisserie Lola. July and August winners will enjoy visits to Victory Brewing Company, and Nomadic Pies respectively.

Sunday, July 23, 12 pm: Order deadline for July KCG Co-op Box. Julys Co-op Box includes Cocky Confections peanut brittle, Nutty Novelties cappuccino peanut butter (15oz), Botanical Bubbles fly spray (2oz), along with Flying Plow's glorious produce.

Saturday, July 29, 10 am-12pm: Co-op box pick up. Friends Meeting House at 125 W. Sickle Street in Kennett Square
Pre-Order Your Co-op Box

Recently, we had the privilege of meeting Dale Yates and Tim Phillippe at West Grove’s Yates Produce to learn about the ways their business can help provide a steady supply of high quality produce to KCG.

In 1982, using a pickup truck that doubled as a family vehicle, Dales Yates began distributing Kennett Square mushrooms to restaurants and grocery stores. Yates Produce has grown sustainably over the last 42 years into the incredible full-line produce business it is today. In its 13,000 sq. ft. facility, with 6 temperature-controlled rooms, Yates receives and sends out mouth-watering fruits and vegetables like the ones pictured here.



Yates now buys fresh local produce from 200-300 farmers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey and distributes it to independent grocery stores, schools, and institutions – with next day delivery service.

We are doubly blessed to live in this area of abundant, healthy food and to have access to a well-respected distributor with a friendly and knowledgeable staff and a state-of-the-art facility. KCG will be fortunate to work with Yates when we open our doors. Dale Yates understands the wholesale produce business and is personal friends with many of the farmers. He will help KCG sell produce at a reasonable price while honoring the many farmers with whom he has long-standing relationships.

And we, KCG’s Member-Owners, can look forward to an array of carrots, melons, tomatoes, lettuce, and, of course, mushrooms of truly delectable quality.


Cantaloupe ready for stores

Jersey blueberries and sales manager Tim Phillippe

One of the operations temperature controlled storerooms: “hot” rooms are 50°F, cold ones are 35°F. There is a ripening room and a room with drainage for holding produce that comes to Yates iced, such as broccoli.

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