Find Your Favorite Farm

Hometown Food Guide Map & PDF Print out

 Looking for local food in the Columbus area? You've come to the right place. Once the Co-op doors open, you'll be able to find local food featured in our full service grocery store. Until then, we're working hard to connect our 890+ members with nearby farms and farmers. We hope this Guide will be a useful community resource that promotes farms and helps more people eat more local food!

 If you'd like a print out of the guide, download this phone book style directory. It lists all of the farms from the map and a basic description of what food they produce and how to find it. Put this on your refrigerator or in the car so you always know where to find local food!

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 Farmers, we'd like to include you!

 Farmers, we want to add you to the Guide! If you aren't already listed, simply we fill out a 2 minute survey that lets you create your listing for the Guide. We plan to update the Guide a few times a year, so be patient with us. Please encourage your friends who sell food directly to customers to participate in the Guide, too. We want to include as many farmers as possible! Here's the link! 

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If you have any questions about the Guide, email Anita at info@columbusmarket.coop or call Liz at (317) 258-5217.

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Seeking Outreach Coordinator

Former Outreach Coordinator, SaraBeth Drybread, has transitioned onto the Co-op board and is pursuing further professional opportunities in the field of retail business public relations. She was hired by Bloomington based Upland Brewery and is also working on her MBA. 

There is no doubt that she benefited the Co-op greatly in so many ways, and there is also no doubt that her experience as Outreach Coordinator benefited her professional growth.

The Co-op is looking to forge another such mutual relationship.

Are you interested?

The following is the Outreach Coordinator job description: 

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Meet your new board president!

jb.pngIt is an exciting time for your Columbus Food Co-op as we prepare for the Fall and continue work on selecting a great location. As member owners we know it is a wise investment in our future and children's future to have a store that reflects our values, heritage, and diversity with resources as close to home as possible.

You the members elected Kevin McCracken, Sarah Grey, and I to the board last November and it has been an honor to sit on the board with them, and all the board members, as they've all taught and shared so much. As with last November, I am still happy to help in whatever way I can to bring a meaningful, cooperatively owned, full service grocery store to our community. 
As a "working" board, our role is to serve the member-owners, the mission, and to get a store open! It's the toughest, and most rewarding, stage to be in. So, in the coming months I hope to hear from the community about exciting things like store design preferences, product mixes, and educational topics to address. We already have gotten a lot of awesome feedback on our renewed mission statement and core values discussion, so I know the passion is out there for this store. The sooner we can bump up membership (and eventually investments too) the better because we will have the store we've imagined. Sounds good, right?
Jon Bachmeyer
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Board transition: A note from Kevin McCracken

Untitled_design.pngDuring the fall of 2011, my life began to change, unbeknownst to me. The agent of that change was my involvement with the co-op. I began as a committee volunteer and within a year, I was serving on the board. It would be years before I understood the role that the co-op would play in my life.

For the past three years, I have served as board president of Columbus Food Co-op and my experience has been extremely gratifying. And now, I must prepare for more change. My commitment to the co-op has required me to postpone further graduate study. I now I find myself at the point where I can no longer postpone those studies. 

So, I have resigned as board president in order to create more time to further my education. I remain an elected member of the board and ardent supporter of the co-op and its mission. You will still see me at annual meetings, the farm market, and various other co-op events. But, I find it necessary to step away from myriad behind-the-scenes meetings and commitments.

To facilitate the transition of leadership, I have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with new board president Jon Bachmeyer and with site coordinator, Dan Fleming. I have full confidence in Jon, Dan, and the rest of the board. We are on the cusp of exciting news and I am hopeful that we will realize our vision of a full-service cooperatively-owned grocery in our community. Our co-op is constantly growing and evolving and I view this change as one that is good for our co-op. 

As I look back upon the past five years, I can think of many anecdotes worthy of sharing.         
Here is one:

I was a participant in a co-op workshop in Bloomington last year. The presenter asked each person to share with the group what skill or strength he or she brought to their co-op. Each person (about 40) answered. The responses included, “unbridled enthusiasm,” “financial management skills,” “passion for healthy food,” and many, many others. I found it fascinating to hear the broad array of answers given with sincerity and without hesitation.

The presenter next asked participants to raise a hand if they believed that being involved with their co-op had changed their life. Immediately, every person raised their hand. There was no hesitation and no glancing around to see what others were doing. There was simply a spontaneous group declaration that each of us was immersed in a life-changing experience and that each was better for having done so.

For me, it was a moment of awareness unlike any other. The community connection I felt and the sense of purpose was never stronger.

I began volunteering in my community nearly 20 years ago. I have served on many boards and volunteered at many events. Nothing in my experience compares with the time spent serving our co-op. Our board has a level of commitment and effort that can only be described as an order of magnitude above any other board I have experienced. The friendships that have grown out of my board service and the people I have met have been among the highlights of my life.

So, I encourage each of you to give the co-op your passion, creativity, effort, and knowledge. What you get in return could change your life.

Cooperatively,
Kevin McCracken 

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Before the Store Perks!

You don't have to wait until the store opens to receive benefits of being a Member-Owner! We're partnering with a growing number of local vendors and supporters who want to say thanks for being a Co-op Member and hopefully gain some new customers, too! Everyone benefits!

Stop by the Co-op booth at the downtown Farmer's Market to pick up your Member-Benefits card to show vendors and receive your discount!

Here's a list of benefits currently available:

Soapy Soap Company: $2 off essential oils
Fleming Family Beef: 10% off orders of $50 or less
Indiana Craft Jerky: $2 off bags of jerky (Aug. 6 only)
Nightfall Farm: 10% chicken
4 Paws Only: $2 off 1 lb bag of dog treats 

Supporting local growers & producers make a big difference. Our local sales projections for year 1 of operations is $560,000 and that increases to $1.5 million by year 10! More money going back to local producers can help them expand and gives you the satisfaction of high quality food & products made by your neighbors. 

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