May 2022 Newsletter

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The Mushroom Messenger

KCG Monthly Newsletter: May 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!  Spring is fully blooming and planting season is upon us. We’re starting to get out more and Kennett Community Grocer is in full swing. Here’s a quick update about what we’ve been up to and what you can expect this May.
April has been a busy month of planning for the Kennett Community Grocer. We held our monthly board meeting on April 11th and spent a great deal of time planning our Spring Member-Owner campaign as well as several other events.

Our most notable event was Healthy Kids Day. On April 30, Kennett Community Grocer hosted an event for children at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day.  This event featured Clarence Carrot who encouraged all the children to happily eat their veggies.  We gave away cool Kennett Community Grocer Tote bags, frisbees and lots of little Clarence Carrot toys.  We look forward to a repeat visit by Clarence Carrot in the future!  When our doors open, educational events like this will take place as often as possible. 
Our Spring Member-Owner campaign is now underway through May 7th. We are pushing to have 20 new member-owners join and to sweeten the deal we will be offering a CSA share to one lucky winner. If you join during this week or are a member-owner who refers a friend to join, you will be entered in a lottery to win a half-share CSA from Flying Plow Farm ($325 value). As a member-owner, this is a great way to be an Ambassador for growth of the co-op, so please get out there and contact all of your friends and encourage them to join! Let us know so you are entered in the lottery.

As part of our campaign we will also be hosting and participating in several events this month. Look below in the “Upcoming Events” sections to see if you can join us for any of these events. We’d love to see you there!

We are now at 225 Member-Owners.  This places us about one-third of the way to site selection and getting underway to finance the store. It is important that we build the Membership this year and if you have some ideas on how to honor the first 500 Member-Owners, please send your ideas our way.  Other Co-ops, for example, have created a wall in the store with the names of the “Founding Five-hundred”.  We would love to honor you all with a cool wall of names if you want.  Please join and let us know what we should do to honor you. You can always respond directly to this email with your ideas.

We plan to highlight Kennett Area businesses who support our mission.  This month we feature, Stefanie and John Lynn who opened Kennett Bookhouse in April 2019 with the mission to become your neighborhood bookstore.  They are one of our Member-Owners and share in our mission to make KCG your favorite neighborhood grocery store. 

At Kennett Bookhouse, this wonderful couple will help you find a great book every time you visit the store.  Most recently, I went there on a mission to continue my education in sustainable agriculture and Stefanie suggested “Pastoral Song” by James Rebanks.  This is a terrific read and International Bestseller and just a beautiful book.  You will want to buy it for yourself and your friends.  James Rebanks shares with the reader a personal journey on his family farm from believing in factory farming to then becoming disillusioned by the terrible effects this had on the land.  He eventually returned to ethical, sustainable farming to save his land and his family. It is an impassioned and urgent story and informs us about why we should have a co-op that supports our local farmers who like James are protecting the land, animals and ultimately our health. Please support Kennett Bookhouse, our co-op and our farmers today. 

PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER-OWNER TODAY! Already a member-owner? Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook, post, tag your friends, help us get the word out!



5/3: 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.
5/6: Happy Hour with KCG @ The Creamery (4pm-6pm)
Are you curious about the Kennett Community Grocer? Do you have questions about becoming a member-owner? Come join us at The Creamery of Kennett Square. We'll buy you a drink, and answer your questions about our efforts to date and what it means to be a member-owner.

5/7: Cinco de Mayo Festival (1pm-7pm)
We will be hosting a table at the Cinco de Mayo Festival sponsored by Casa Guanajuato.  This Festival will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 7 PM at 600 S. Broad Street, our new Kennett Borough Municipal Site.  Come out to see us, to get a look at this great new site and to support Casa Guanajuato!

5/10: Public Board Meeting (7pm-8pm)
We meet as a Board on the second Monday evening of the month by Zoom at 7PM, every month except July and December.  These meetings are open to the general public and we welcome you to attend our meetings and find out what we are doing to move the co-op forward. Here is the Zoom link to join.

5/14: Lunch with Edie (11am-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.

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