October Cooking Across Cultures: Pakistan



Cooking Across Cultures is a cooking class in the kitchen of North Christian Church.

It happens the first Friday of the month as a result of a partnership between Columbus Food Co-op and North Christian Church. 

All Co-op classes are free, but we suggest attendees offer money to defer some costs for the chef / teacher.



Meet the Mikrut Family

Meet the Mikrut Family who joined the co-op in 2015.

"Our family joined the co-op during the time when it was leasing the 25th Street location. We originally joined the 

co-op because I wanted to help bring a store to Columbus where I could purchase local, healthy, nutritious food

for my family year round.

However, since then it has meant much more to us in the friendships we've gained by becoming more involved 

with the efforts. More than just the potential for more local food and products, we love meeting and becoming

more acquainted with the owners of this growing co-operative".

- Andrea Mikrut


August 2017 Newsletter



a) Message from Board President
b) Strengthen the Co-op
c) Chef Gerard Almarales
d) We Hit 950!
e) Meet the Goodiers
f) Upcoming Events


     By now you have probably heard the slogan for our capital campaign - “Rooted Today… Your Columbus Food Co-op Tomorrow”- and seen the colorful graphic of a big purple beet, with six long roots. Those six roots represent the impact our Co-op will have in our community.

Economic Growth
Wholesome Food
Sustainable Agriculture
Supporting Farmers

     Over the next few months I want to talk about the roots. “Economic Growth” is a great place to start. Let’s consider how the Co-op will influence economic growth in our community.
     First is what I’ll call the co-op multiplier effect. A study by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) found that for every $1,000 spent at a local food co-op, $1,604 in economic activity is generated in the local economy (that’s $239 more than if that same $1,000 had been spent at a conventional grocer in the same community). This impact comes as money spent in the Co-op is recirculated. For example, the Co-op purchases food from local farmers, who in turn use some of that money to buy supplies, goods and services from other local businesses. We estimate first year sales at our store will be approximately $3 million. With the multiplier effect, we will have over a $4.8 million impact in our community.

     A second major impact is through new jobs. The NCGA study found that the average food co-op creates 9.3 jobs for every $1 million in sales (compared to 5.8 jobs per $1 million created by conventional grocery stores). We expect to create 20 - 25 new jobs in Columbus.

     Finally, because the Co-op is locally owned - by me, you and hundreds of our friends and neighbors - we can decide how much we will spend with local farmers and other suppliers. Our current estimate is that in our first year of operation, the Co-op will spend over $500,000 with regional farmers (within 100 miles of the store).

     Together, as a Cooperative, we will make a direct and positive impact on our local economy. If you’re a current owner, encourage a friend or colleague to join us. They can sign up on our web site columbusmarket.coop.  If you’re not a current owner, but are following us on social media, what are you waiting for? Join us today! You’ll be in good company as an owner of a great company! Thanks for all you are doing to make our vision of a full-service, community-owned grocery store a reality in Columbus.


Mike Johnston, Board President


Help Strengthen the Co-op!

     In order to bring The Columbus Food Co-op to fruition we need your help.  As an owner you have committed to making the co-op a reality. The Columbus Food Co-op Capital Campaign will launch on Sept 13th with an exciting Kick-Off Party at our new location. If you are an owner, make sure you're there to celebrate and create the momentum we need to begin our work on Sept 14th. If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time. Go to www.columbusmarket.coop to become an owner today.
     We need our owners to step up and be volunteers. It's simple, fun work and we will train you!  The only experience you need is the ability to be passionate about making the co-op a reality.  Please contact April Williams at alwilliams67@gmail.com.



"Our food sources are very important, especially having young ones I want to give them proper nutrition not just what is on the store shelf.  Being a chef I have become very aware of what's in our foods.   When we go back to the natural sources of food, we are assured of its quality and wholesomeness.  I want to feed my children healthy, wholesome food.  The food co-op will provide this year round and at the same time sustain our local economy."
Gerard Almarales, Chef & Columbus Resident


We have just welcomed our 950th owner. 
Home-grown and locally-owned is what your local co-op is all about. Join NOW and watch us grow even more. So easy to click & join https://columbusmarket.coop
"We moved to Columbus in 2015, and from day one it was evident that we had not just moved to a small town, but we had joined a community. We had been looking for a way to become more involved in the community, and when we were introduced to the Columbus Food Co-op, it just made sense.
As we live in a rural area, we will quite literally be supporting our neighbors when we buy from the co-op. As a mom, I am always looking for healthier options, I know I will be making the ethical choice in fresher, locally sourced produce".
Kerry Leigh Goodier


Cooking Across Cultures - Join us at North Christian Church on September 8th as we learn about French Cuisine with Olfa Chehimi. Space is limited, so book your place early to avoid disappointment.
E-mail Sarah Grey at sarahgrey@att.net

CFC Street Fair - Save the date, October 7th for our annual Street Fair. Children's activities, music, food stalls, crafts & fresh produce  http://info@columbusmarket.coop  for details.

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September Cooking Across Cultures: French Cooking

Learn to cook French Cuisine at the September Cooking Across Cultures!



Co-op Site Announced

COLUMBUS, INDIANA—Columbus Food Co-op held their Annual Meeting Wednesday

evening, April 26, at Columbus City Hall. During the meeting, Dan Fleming, a member of the

Co-op Board and Chairman of the Site Selection Committee announced that the Co-op has

signed a Letter of Intent to occupy an 8,400 square foot space at 1580 Central Avenue. The

Letter of Intent was signed this week between the Food Co-op directors and landlords John

Counceller and Andrew Counceller.

“This is a great location for the Columbus Food Co-op. It is centrally located on a busy city

street. It is easily accessible by public transportation. There’s diversity in the surrounding

businesses. A real plus for the Co-op is that the landlords are also Co-op owners. John and

Andrew Counceller will be outstanding partners as we work to open the Co-op grocery store,”

said Mike Johnston, Board Chair of Columbus Food Co-op.

Columbus Food Co-op is a community-owned food cooperative working to bring a full-service

grocery store that provides more local and wholesome foods and products to Columbus and the

surrounding area. While not everything in the store is sourced locally, first year sales of local

food and products are estimated at $500,000, jumping to $2 million by year 10 of operation. The

location on Central Avenue is 8,400 square ft., providing 6,000 square ft. of retail space. An

initial store layout and design is being developed. Detailed project plans are under

development. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and the store is expected to open

in late 2018.

In addition to the store location, the Co-op announced three new staff additions:

Katie Novak, the Outreach Coordinator for Green Top Grocery in Bloomington, Illinois will act as

an advisor to the Owner Loan Campaign. Katie led Green Top’s successful Owner Loan

Campaign, which raised $1.5 million from their Owners and community partners.

April Williams of Columbus will join the team on May 1 as Owner Loan Campaign Coordinator.

April is a marketing and communications professional with a successful track record in

numerous Columbus initiatives. She has assisted multiple nonprofits in reaching their

development goals and most recently, as Development Director for the Columbus Park

Foundation, led capital projects including Race2play Park Improvements, People Trail

Expansion, Hamilton Ice Arena Renovation, and Columbike Bikeshare Program, raising over $4

million in community assets for the City of Columbus.

Anita Doyle has joined the team as Outreach Coordinator, a role previously held by SaraBeth

Drybread. Anita was born in Nuneaton, England and grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

She has experience in local economic development and business development. Among her

responsibilities, Anita will lead the Co-op’s Owner Growth initiatives, helping us reach our goal

of 1500 Owners by the time the store is opened in 2018.

For more information about our Columbus Food Co-op, how to join, or general questions, browse

www.columbusmarket.coop or find us on Facebook.


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