Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we are SO thankful for our 150 owners! But we have a goal: we want 200 owners by the time we ring in the New Year. That way we can begin looking for a place for the Purple Carrot to call home. To keep on track to make that goal, let's see if we can add 1 new owner each day until we give thanks with our families and friends - that will get us to 160 owners!
From 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Jeff Everson will demonstrate the recipe for Midwestern Hoover Soup, a recipe from the Great Depression that warmed families when times were lean.
On Monday, September 25th the Purple Carrot Market hosted its 1st Annual Ownership Event at Jerry and Jackie Januschka's (Owners #94) elegant barn venue just outside Little Falls. Current owners and their guests gathered in this local space to enjoy fellowship, food, and great live music provided by local band, Down River Drifters. Collectively we learned more about each other, the Purple Carrot Market, and its stage of development.
Social hour featuring a veggie platter of local produce gave way to a tasty meal comprised of a salad, Shepherd's Pie, roasted squash and apple crisp that was prepared by Tomas Zimmerman (Owner #174) of the A.T. Black & White. From the veggies to the bread and all the way down to the coffee to enjoyed with dessert, the food was all sourced locally from farmers, growers and producers. Everyone enjoyed each other's company while an update was given on the Purple Carrot's current status. Attendees took in all the information and asked some great questions about what is next with the Market.
Many folks stayed after the dinner and short presentation to enjoy the live music, the venue and, most importantly, the community of being with each other. Several non-owners were so excited to be a part of this event and the Co-op, they chose to become the newest owners themselves! Families and established local businesses were among the 14 new owners that were welcomed last night! The gift of an ownership share was even presented to a family to be able to partake in the Co-op (Did you know you can gift a share?! It's a great gift idea for that someone who doesn't need any more knick knacks!)
All in all, it was an amazing event put on by the Purple Carrot Market. When the night came to a close, the Co-op welcomed 14 new owners which brings our ownership to 234 households. Let's keep making our dreams become a reality with sharing the knowledge of what the Purple Carrot can and will do for our community!
Special thanks to:
And that is the name of the conference that five representatives of the Purple Carrot Market attended yesterday (Saturday, Nov 12). Doug Larsen, Cathy Hartle, Pat McGuire, Becky McGuire, and Susy Prosapio attended sessions on governance, regional collaboration, ownership development, marketing, project financing, human resources, and development timeline management.
Lots of ideas to help our co-op grow and get stronger!