The Chequamegon Food Co-op will celebrate summer with a cookout party featuring food, games, and music on Saturday, August 3, 2019. From free snacks and $3 brats to old-school yard games and Americana music by Clayton Toman, the Co-op’s Summer Bash will highlight summertime flavors and pastimes. The community event offers a $3 brat feed
Chequamegon Food Co-op is committed to providing our community an enhanced quality of life. That is our mission and we meet it through a number of Ends (our organizational purpose). We do this by ensuring that people have access to healthy, organic, and locally produced goods which in turn assists in providing our community with a thriving local economy. To support these goals, we provide information to help our community be more knowledgeable about choices that impact the economy, personal wellness, and the environment.
How does a mural fit into all of this and why are we asking for your assistance in this project? This mural project would be a visible interpretation of our Ends and allow us to bring awareness to our mission. By promoting community involvement in the process from start to finish, we hope to increase awareness of how the Co-op can be a force of change FOR our community with strong support FROM our community.
This past fall, we launched the Co-op’s Community Mural Project. Artists Rose Spieler and Mae Stoutenburg (the same artists who have done mosaic and mural projects across Ashland) jumped on board to develop a design for the Big White Wall on the west side of our building. Through a series of community meetings and other public input, Rose and Mae have gathered enough information to develop the final design for the mural (see above).
Beginning in March, you will have the opportunity to create small mosaic pieces that will be added to the mural. these mosaic workshops will continue through May, when we will hopefully move the show outside and beginning applying the mural to the wall. See the updated workshop schedule on the Events page or on the Co-op’s Facebook page.
On the surface, a mural is just a pretty picture. But this project will go much deeper than that. We want the community to be involved in designing, creating, and celebrating a masterpiece that focuses on our shared love (and need) of good food.
Because this is a community project, we are asking for your help with funding. With a contribution from you, we can make this vision a reality. We hope that you believe so as well. If you would like to contribute to the mural, please visit the Co-op Community Mural Project GoFundMe page. Thank you in advance for your support!
Share a meal with friends, family, and neighbors…at the Co-op! On the last Wednesday of every month from 5-7 p.m., you can enjoy a made-from-scratch meal from our Deli for only $5. Dinner will include an entrée with possibly a side dish (depending on the main dish). Add your own drink and dessert and dig in!
Get ready to eat, talk, and vote! Learn more about what has happened in the past year and join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Northland College Dining Hall, in the Ponzio Center. We will review the 2017 financial information, discuss our goals for 2018,
Chequamegon Homegrown Holiday Bazaar Monday, December 4 – 4-7 p.m. In-Store – FREE! No reservation necessary. Come meet and greet local crafters and food producers who sell their products at the store. Shop sales (10% of local products and more!), sample holiday foods, and enjoy our kickoff to the holiday season.
Composting is one of the easier ways you can reduce your impact on the environment. The process diverts food scraps from the landfill and turns it into fertilizer for your gardens. Here at Chequamegon Food Co-op, all of our food waste goes into compost bins located in the store. Until recently, our food scraps went
The Chequamegon Food Co-op will be hosting a celebration in honor of the best the summer season has to offer. From free Tetzner’s ice cream and Big Water Coffee Roasters iced coffee to old-school yard games and dance music by Chequamegon Bay People’s Orchestra, the Co-op’s Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will celebrate summertime favorites.
The free community event will start with a spread of summer foods, including a variety of local products. Starting at 10 a.m., the Chequamegon Bay People’s Orchestra will play dance music to get the party really cooking. There will also be yard games such as giant Jenga, potato sack races, and a flamingo ring toss. Markie Anderson of ReMarkieable will be on hand to paint faces. Party goers will also be eligible to win a variety of swag (including t-shirts and bags).
“Summer is why a lot of us live up here, so we wanted to have a party that really captures the best of everything we love about this season,” said Meagan Van Beest, Co-op marketing manager and the event’s organizer. “What better way to do that than by highlighting local food with a side of local music and some fun games?”
The Summer Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Co-op’s parking lot. To learn more about the Chequamegon Food Co-op and its summer party, please contact Meagan Van Beest, general co-manager, at (715) 682-8251 or [email protected]
Hop, skip or bike on down to the Ashland Area Farmer’s Market on the 200 block of Chapple Avenue for Kids Day this Saturday, July 22! The Chequamegon Food Co-op is hosting the annual event from 9 a.m. to noon. Here are a few of the highlights: Free Cheeky Monkey snacks, games, and activites
We’re making it easy to shop local for the holidays! Stop in to find gifts made by local artisans and food businesses. We’ll be joined by: Wild Hollow Farm Party in my Pants Lake Superior CSA The Garlic Man Hermit Creek Farm Big Water Coffee SoleKicks And more local businesses! Plus, shop that day and
It’s our 40th anniversary and we’re celebrating 40 years of cooperation with a summertime party you won’t want to miss. Join us for our 40th Anniversary Block Party in the parking lot at the Co-op on Saturday, August 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. What can you expect? Look for our local food tasting event,
Navigating the Flood Relief Efforts
As many of you know, our area experienced severe flooding on Monday, July 11. While the main Chequamegon Bay communities of Ashland, Bayfield, and Washburn made it through relatively unscathed, outlying smaller towns were extremely hard hit. Now, efforts are underway to rebuild Highbridge, Marengo, Mellen, Odanah, and Sanborn. Here’s what we know and how you can help.
An effort is underway to consolidate community involvement in the flood relief recovery process. The Chequamegon Bay Flood Relief group hopes to coordinate donation collection and volunteer opportunities. This group is being operated by Elle Abeles-Allison, Chris Corrigan, Jacob Gigler, and Wendy Kloiber. These folks are pulling together local contacts for each community, creating a list of needed items, and coordinating anyone who wants to volunteer their time to help with the flood cleanup. For more information, visit their Facebook page and website.
Hermit Creek Farm made it through the storm with minimal damage to the farm itself. Steven and Landis Spickerman said that their biggest challenge now is making deliveries because a culvert near the end of their driveway washed out. They managed to get their CSA boxes to town by shuttling them across the washout to a waiting rental truck.
River Road Farm has lost 80 to 100 percent of their crops for this season. The storm also washed away years’ worth of soil amendments. All the livestock on the farm was rescued, however. Todd and Kelsey Rothe are still assessing the extent of the damage. See the donation information below for ways to help River Road Farm.
Great Oak Farm made it through the storm with very little damage. Farmer Chris Duke just had to wait out the extra moisture in his fields and was back in them to cultivate this weekend.
Hidden-Vue Farm lost several recently seeded fields to flood waters, but otherwise fared well. All of their animals are safe. Farmer Dave Nortunen also said he’s thankful that their new greenhouse didn’t blow away.
If you would like to volunteer your time either helping local families cleanup their homes or assisting with coordination of donations, sign up with the Chequamegon Bay Flood Relief group on their website.
Many locations in the area are taking donations of cash and goods. Here are some specific ways you can donate.
River Road Flood Relief Fund on GoFundMe – Set up by Chris Corrigan (the Ashland Farm-to-School nutrition coordinator), this online fund aims to help Todd and Kelsey Rothe rebuild their farm. River Road Flood Relief GoFundMe page
Co-op Farm Flood Relief Fund – Your cash donations at the Co-op will go directly to farmers who apply for flood relief. Look for the donation boxes at the registers.
Bad River Tribal Relief Fund – Cash donations to this fund are being distributed to all local affected communities. Collection is happening at area businesses (including the Co-op) or can be made directly to Associated Bank, Bad River Tribal Relief Fund, Account # 2236069189, 221 4th Street, Ashland, WI 54806.
Food & Goods Donations – Drop off cleaning products, bottled water, food, and other goods for affected families at Chequamegon Food Co-op, Midland Services – Sanborn Ave., Marengo Town Hall, Sanborn Community Club, and SuperOne-Ashland. The collection process is being spearheaded by Bad River Social Services, but local community contacts for other affected areas should be installed soon.