october is national co-op month

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In 1948, Minnesota was the first state to declare an official Co-op Month proclamation. The rest of the United States followed suit in 1964 when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman proclaimed October Co-op Month, making it a nationally recognized celebration.

The theme for Co-op Month this year is Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community. There are more than 40,000 cooperative businesses in the United States with 350 million members (many people belong to more than one co-op). These cooperatives generate $514 billion in revenue and more than $25 billion in wages, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with support from USDA Rural Development. These cooperatives generate jobs in our communities, keep profits local and pay local taxes to help support community services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience.

Read below to learn more about how we’re celebrating our Co-op Community this October!

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All Products Made by Co-ops on Sale

When you purchase products made by co-ops, you’re strengthening local economies, supporting ethical labor, and growing a healthier environment.

We carry over 500 products produced by co-ops, and they’ll be on sale all month long.

Click here for a list of Co-ops we carry.

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Help Us Get to Member-Owner 5000

A co-op is only as strong as it’s community. We’re incredibly grateful to all our Member-Owners who have helped us flourish these past few years.

Everyone who becomes a Member-Owner this October will be automatically entered in raffle to win a $100 Co-op gift card, and there’s a special prize for our 5000th Member-Owner.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Member-Owner.

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Annual Free Grill Out

Nothing brings a community together quite like (free!) food. We’re thrilled to be able to continue the tradition of our annual Grill Out for a third year.

Our deli staff will be grilling up beef burgers, vegan burgers, and uncured beef hot dogs. We’ll be raffling off some cool prizes, too! Join us on Sunday, October 20 12-3 P.M.

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Demos, Giveaways, and More!

They’ll be more surprises throughout the month!

Keep up the the Co-op Month fun by following us on Facebook and Instagram, and reading our newsletter.

You can also check our calendar, available both online and in our cafe.