TACOMA: Tacoma Co-op’s first cooking class with Produce Director Rhys Hansen will highlight local farmers June bounty. The demonstration’s focus will be three vegetarian recipes prepared by Hansen, which will take place at Tacoma’s Epworth LeSourd United Methodist Church, located at 710 South Anderson Street, Sunday June 30th 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend with a very minimal ticket price of $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Please visit TacomaFoodCoop.com for additional information and registration. You can also follow Tacoma Food Co-op on Facebook and Twitter
A food co-op is a consumer cooperative that applies a firm emphasis on community and community involvement. A co-op can say “this is your store” to its members and mean it because well, it is. It is a member owned retailer with an incredible amount of member involvement. Members pay dues, for the TFC the dues are a one time, $100. For this members have the ability to have a voice in the operation of the store by attending meetings and even running for positions on the board. Other co-ops have gone so far as to offer seniors (62 and over) free membership as well as those severely impacted by the economy.
Retailing groceries is a highly competitive business with moderate margins, which means there is very little wiggle room. Members are asked to volunteer their time to work in the store, which is key in controlling costs. The work is diverse and includes every aspect of keeping the doors open from manning cash registers, stocking shelves, cleaning, opening and closing and even landscaping. The members will be working side by side with each other and striving to attain the same goal which is of course the success of this enterprise.
Who can shop at the store? Everyone can shop at the Tacoma Food Co-op. You don’t have to be a member to shop at the store. Come shop, come be nourished, come enjoy the experience and the community. It is your co-op Tacoma…just for you!