It's a Pop-Up Pint Party! Join the Purple Carrot Market at Starry Eyed Brewing Co. on Thursday, October 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Our informal gathering is a chance for you to buy some really good LOCAL beer while getting an update on the progress in opening OUR grocery store. We will also be saying farewell to our Natalie Keane, our Board Secretary, as she heads off to California. (She is still going to work with our board, just from a distance.)
Owners: wear your Purple Carrot apparel and get entered into a drawing for two Purple Carrot wine glasses.
If you become a new owner at Thursday night's Pint Party you will also get entered into a drawing for a pair of wine glasses. (We currently have 359 owners. . .it would be great to finish our Pint Party with 365!)
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Purple Carrot Market is pleased to present a discussion with author Jon Steinman about the role of the grocery store in healthy eating and healthy communities. Steinman will speak at the Great River Regional Library – Little Falls starting at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 30.
“There is this fascinating interest among people of all walks of life to inquire more deeply into the food we feed ourselves and our families,” says Steinman. “This new era of food literacy is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and yet one of the most influential forces shaping the food supply has surprisingly evaded attention –the grocery store –the epicenter of our food gathering ritual.”
Rarely do we give ourselves the opportunity to inquire into the companies selling us the food we purchase at our grocery store. Who owns the grocery stores we shop at? What influence do these often national or multinational chains exert on the production, processing and distribution of food? How do these retailers contribute to the health and well-being of the communities they operate in and to what extent do they contribute or extract from local economies? These are just some of the big questions probed in Steinman’s book Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. The answers to these questions have a direct impact on the economy of rural, agricultural areas like Central Minnesota.
At a time when 67% of America’s grocery dollars end up in the pocket of five companies, Steinman presents an alternative: consumer-owned grocery stores more commonly know as food cooperatives (or co-ops). This business model has provided needs goods and services for well over one hundred years – rural electric co-ops, creamery and other agricultural co-ops, credit unions. “The cooperative model is democratizing the economy, and best of all, it’s a well-established alternative already operating in communities of all sizes across the country,” says Steinman. There are 230 independent consumer food co-ops with over 300 stores among them. Another 100 co-ops are in various stages of development, including the Purple Carrot Market.
Grocery Story will be of particular interest to existing and soon-to-be food co-op owners and to anyone passionate about expanding access to healthy, clean, local food in their communities. Foodmakers of all sizes are also encouraged to attend. Steinman devotes considerable attention in the book to the challenges and opportunities smaller-scale foodmakers encounter when working within the dominant food system channels. Anyone interested in reading a copy of Grocery Story prior to the event may borrow a copy from the Purple Carrot. Books are available at the Shoppes of Little Falls.
Jon Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010) and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System–a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op–Canada's largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia. www.deconstructingdinner.com
This event is co-sponsored by The Purple Carrot Market and Thrivent. For more information on the event or The Purple Carrot email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is berry season! Berries not only taste good, but they are good for you too! (How often does that happen?!?) The Purple Carrot is offering you the chance to buy fresh blueberries to enjoy now and freeze for those winter months when fresh berries aren't so plentiful or tasty.
Now through Tuesday, July 23rd, you can order a 10 lb box of fresh blueberries and they will be ready for pick-up Thursday, July 25th at the Purple Carrot Market building (53 E. Broadway, also known as the Victor Mall). These delicious blueberries will cost Purple Carrot Market owners just $35/box while non-owners can purchase a box for $40/box. Non-owners: save yourself $5 on each box of berries by becoming an owner today! Becoming an owner is easy through our online store. There are many more benefits to ownership beyond savings on berries!
Everyone wanting berries needs to pre-order and pre-pay so that we have enough berries. The easiest way to order is to go to our Online Store and select the number of boxes and pay online. If you're not the type to order online, please send us an email at email@example.com with "Blueberries" in the subject line and we will arrange payment with you.
You’re invited to a Local Foods, Local Places community meeting & planning session on June 24-25, 2019 at the Initiative Foundation, 405 1st St SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.
This community workshop is on the topic of local food and its potential for strengthening our local economy, supporting healthier people and neighborhoods, and revitalizing our downtown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) have selected Little Falls for the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance program, which will result in an action plan for strengthening our local food economy and enlivening our downtown.
A team of these agency partners and their consultants will join local stakeholders to conduct a workshop in Little Falls on Monday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 25th. Your participation and knowledge of the local area is needed to help make this event a success. The workshop will bring together many key stakeholders from throughout our region to develop an action plan primarily around, but not limited to, these goal areas:
look forward to seeing you there.
Local Foods, Local Places Steering Committee:
Natalie Keane, Purple Carrot Market
Birdie Pederson, Little Falls Farmers Market
Elise Carey, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls
Jon Radermacher, City of Little Falls
Arlene Jones, Sprout MN
Kris Vonberge, Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau