As you followed along with the financials in 2021, you know we were able to manage one of the best financial years in the history of the co-op. We know this success is because of your unwavering support, enthusiasm, and patience. As a share owner, one perk is the potential for a patronage rebate each year. We are extremely excited to
In an effort to support the local food system and increase the availability of local products, the Chequamegon Food Co-op offers biannual, no interest micro-loans. Since 2008, we have awarded over $270,000 in micro-loans to qualified local food & goods producers. These small, no interest loans are capped at $5,000 and have up to a
The project of the community mural has been a source of pride for us here at the co-op. The unique and detailed art has added a huge piece of beauty to the west side of our building and parking lot area, we are eternally thankful to our artists, artist volunteers and collaborators. In celebration of
Welcome – Vicki Welcome everyone! Before we begin, let’s all thank the Deli for an awesome dinner and Clint for pouring beer! Alright, now let’s get down to business… The economy. Personal wellness. The environment. It is no mistake that these issues are at the heart of our Ends. They are the core reasons Chequamegon
Cheeky Monkey Club
The Cheeky Monkey Club is a free program for kids 12 & under. Join the club and choose a free apple, banana, or carrot when you visit the Co-op! Our apples and carrots come from local farmers (when available). Sign up today and start snackin’! You can join the club at the register in the store.
Classes, Lectures, and Movies
Classes, lectures, and movies help our community become knowledgeable about issues that impact the economy, personal wellness, and the environment. For currently scheduled outreach events, please visit our Events calendar.
Registration is required for all classes. Payment in full secures your place in class, and must be received at least one week prior to the class date. Register online, by phone, or at the Customer Service desk.
Class fees vary because of class type (lecture vs. demonstration) and the costs associated with the class (ingredients, instructor fee, etc.). Please see individual course descriptions for class fee details. Members receive discounted class fees. Some classes are available free of charge, but still require pre-registration.
Please call if you are unable to attend. See our refund policy for information about receiving a refund. We reserve the right to cancel classes with enrollment that does not meet the minimum required within three days of the class.
Class fees will be refunded if a person cancels prior to 48 hours before a class. Refunds for cancellations within 48-hours before a class will be given in the form of credit toward another class or event at Chequamegon Food Co-op.
Teaching a Class
The Chequamegon Food Co-op seeks creative, fun and energetic instructors for its outreach curriculum. If you would like to teach a class, submit a course proposal and some information that lets us know about your ideas and experience with the topic.
Suggest a Class
Classes are planned and scheduled on a quarterly basis. We advertise upcoming classes in The Grapevine, on our website event calendar, on posters in the store and throughout the community, in The Daily Press, and through our e-newsletter. The planning schedule is as follows:
Classes In………….Proposal Due By
- January, February, March…………..October 10
- April, May, June…………..January 10
- July, August, September…………..April 10
- October, November, December…………..July 10
Community Room Rental
The Community Room may be reserved for a variety of occasions for Co-op owners,community groups, and non-profits. All reservation requests are due at least one week in advance and subject to an approval process. Please download, read, and return our Community Room Rental Form.
The Chequamegon Food Co-op loves to share healthy snacks and helpful information at schools, health fairs, and other community events. If you would like us to consider attending your event, please contact Meagan Van Beest, Marketing & Member Services Manager.
The Chequamegon Food Co-op is pleased to offer small financial and in-kind donations to a variety of local community groups through our Community Outreach and Donations Program. This program is administered by the Marketing & Member Services Manager. Please download, read, and return our Donation Request Form to submit your donation request. Requests must be made via the Donation Request Form.
The primary purpose of our donation program is to assist with funds for special projects and fundraising by LOCAL organizations that meet the following criteria:
- Donations will be made on a first come, first served basis from a limited monthly fund. Once a month’s budget is reached, no other funds will be available that month.
Most of our support is provided in the form of Co-op gift cards that can be used to purchase food or given away as a raffle prize. Generally, these gift cards do not exceed $25.
Priority will be given to projects and organizations that align with the Co-op’s mission to provide access to healthy, locally produced goods, ensure a thriving local economy, and create a knowledgeable community informed about choices that impact the economy, personal wellness, and the environment.
Requests must be made via the Donation Request Form, which is available at the Co-op.
It will take up to four weeks to process your request. You will be contacted by phone regarding the status of your donation within this time period. Donation requests made within one week prior to the event date will not be considered. Please remember that we receive a large number of donation requests and unfortunately it is impossible to fulfill every one. Thank you!
The Chequamegon Food Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 as a way for the cooperative business to invest its profits in the local food system.
In an effort to support the local food system and increase the availability of local products, the Chequamegon Food Co-op offers micro-loans to qualified local food producers. The Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 as a way for the cooperative business to invest its profits in the local food system. To date, micro-loans have helped fund packaging for drinkable yogurt from Springbrook Farm, a grain mill for Maple Hill Farm, a poultry processing trailer for Pasture Perfect Poultry, and plant stock for River Road Farm, among many other projects. Loans are capped at $5,000 and have up to a 3-year payback period.
Proposals for the spring cycle are due by March 1 with funding decisions made by March 15. Proposals for the fall cycle are due by September 1 with funding decisions made by September 15. Download the micro-loan application.
To learn more about the Chequamegon Food Co-op micro-loan program, please contact Meagan Van Beest, Marketing & Member Services Manager.
Thanks to you, four local farms will receive micro-loans totaling close to $15,000 from the Chequamegon Food Co-op to help with farm-related projects this spring. This spring’s micro-loan recipients are as follows: Owner Gilbert Schwartz of Seasonally Sourced in Ashland, Wis. will purchase foraging gear, storage containers, and processing equipment. Owners Rob Hartman and Ashley Smith
The Spring 2014 micro-loan cycle is now open. Applications are due by February 10, 2014. Pick up an application at the Co-op or download it here. The Chequamegon Food Cooperative Micro-Loan Program is a revolving loan program for agricultural producers and processors. The goal is to support and grow the regional farming and food processing economy
In case you missed it, the Chequamegon Food Co-op’s Micro-loan and Grant programs were featured last month on Wisconsin Public Radio. Check out a transcript of the story at Business North.
In January, we kicked off our new CHIP for Change donation program. Thanks to all of you who said yes to CHIP, we collected $848.22 in our first month! We will add this amount to the funds available in the next round of our micro-loan program. As we head into the next month of CHIP, we
The next time you shop at the Co-op, your cashier will ask you if you would like to CHIP your change. What exactly is CHIP? Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about the program. What is CHIP for Change? CHIP for Change is a donation program run by the