December Newsletter

Updates on the search for the Co-op site, cooking classes, events around town, & more!

Co-op Site: Your Co-op board is waiting to hear back from the Redevelopment Commission for their plans on the REMC site on 2ndStreet.  Members of the board, along with our architect, toured the building a couple weeks ago to see if it was a viable site for the Co-op. 
Another downtown location that the board has always considered is the old Wonder Bread building on Washington Street, which has been used by Hostess in recent years.  Last Friday, members of the board met with a family representative for the building to discuss future plans and re-introduce the co-op as a possible consideration. We will keep you posted as information becomes available on any of the downtown locations we have been pursuing.

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3rd Annual Street Fair

On Saturday, October 20, Jackson Street was hopping with delicious food, local vendors, and unique performances!  The weather cooperated and it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for the community to come together.  Thanks to all who participated and attended!  

240Sweet, A Thyme for All Seasonings, Diesel Dollz, Eluna Coffeehouse, Erickson BBQ, Flatrock Flatbread, Free to Be Naturalee, Granny Connection, Harper Valley Farms, Jenny's Fleece Blankets, Lemley's Catering, Nading Farm, Origami group, Rhythm Conspiracy, Taulman Chiropractic, Windsong Fibers Farm, and Kelsey Tindell for collecting items for the Humane Society











Harper Valley Farm had delicous herb popsicles and gorgeous cauliflower!  And check out those gourds! 









Kids had fun making paper cranes! 










The fair ended with a return of the "Thriller" dancers!  Great job, Zombies! 


Cooking with Kids Class

EBT_Kids_bread_copy.jpg"Fannie's Pasta: Cooking with Kids" was such a fun class!  Thanks to all the kids and adults who attended. We made a delicious meal and new friends along the way.  We'll post the recipes soon so you can make them at home, too!  Thanks to Mrs. Nading, FACS teacher at East HS, for being our instructor.    














Eating Better Together

The Columbus Food Co-op is proud to be among the 13 recipents of the Welcoming Community II Grant, awarded by Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.  

Our program, Eating Better Together, creates a more welcoming community by connecting individuals from all economic backgrounds to key sources of information and tools for healthy eating in Columbus.  It addresses the food issues faced by the low- income members of our community, acknowledges that all community members can benefit from this awareness through activities that encourage us to all eat better, and creates opportunities for fun, peer- to-peer learning. 

The classes will all be interactive and lots of fun!  From cooking with kids to learning how to make stock and even how to save money by buying a whole chicken and learning how to cut it up yourself -- there's something for everyone.  We want residents of all ages and backgrounds to cook & eat together, building an inclusive and strong community.  

For more information please visit the Events page. To register, please email or call SaraBeth Drybread. or 812-343-3588

Coming Up

Wednesday, September 19: "Cooking and Time Management"CookingClass_copy.jpg

Eastide Community Center, 10am-3pm

Tuesday, October 9: "Fannie's Pasta & More! Cooking with Kids" 

Columbus East High School, 4pm 

Wednesday, November 14: "Eating Better Together at Mill Race Center"

Mill Race Center, 4pm 



Columbus Food Co-op Video

Columbus is ready for a downtown, full-service grocery store.  But not just any grocery store -- a cooperative!  Watch the video to learn about the exciting changes in Columbus, the importance of buying local when you can, and how we can create a stronger & healthier community.  




New Site Chosen for Downtown Co-op!

Dear Member-Owners of the Columbus Food Co-op,

Great news is worth the wait! As you may be aware, the board and members of our finance committee have been working tirelessly for the past six months with the goal of securing a fabulous site for our food co-op.  

We were in negotiations with Cummins for a site at 315 6th Street, which had many wonderful qualities – such as the location and proximity to Viewpoint Books.  That building would continue to be owned by Cummins Inc.  We would pay for and do all the renovation and pay a modest rent for its use.  However, as you know, parking in downtown continues to be a hot topic and the site could not offer adequate parking for our members.  With the current and expected future growth of the downtown area, we were concerned about constraints it would put on the Co-op’s future.  In light of our most recent market study, and together with our consultants, the board decided that this would not be a good long term choice for the Co-op.  Our relationship with Cummins remains strong and we look forward to future collaboration with them as we work toward a store that will enrich the quality of life for residents of Columbus and our region. 

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August Newsletter

Read the August newsletter HERE! 




Michael Greven & Family Relocating to Eldoret

Interim Co-op President Michael Greven and Family Relocating to Eldoret, Kenya
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Home Food Preservation Classes

Purdue Extension is offering home food preservation classes this summer.  All classes are from 6-9pm at East High School, 230 South Marr Road.

July 24- Food Safety & Freezing

July 31- Boiling Water Process

August 7- Pressure Canning

August 14- Pickling & Drying Foods

August 21- Jams and Jellies


To register, visit or call (812) 379-1665

Cost is $10 for each class and the deadline to register is one week prior to each class.  


Fair Farm Bill

Whether we realize it or not, the 2012 Farm Bill affects all of us.  For current updates and how you can take action, please visit

Tell the House of Representatives you WANT A FAIR FARM BILL.  Click HERE to send House Speaker John Boehner a letter. 

Several members of the community gathered to discuss the Food Stamp Challenge.  After the conversation, the group took this picture and sent to Senator Lugar, telling him to support a Fair Farm Bill.  




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