Our co-op regularly donates to Midway Food Shelf, which is part of Keystone Community Services. You can help. Particular needs at the food shelf include culturally specific foods such as rice, pinto beans, and cooking oil. Or, check out the selections in our Asian section. Vegetable seeds are always welcome, as are non-food items such as tooth brushes, dental floss, and shampoo.

Co-op shoppers always receive a 28% discount for anything they purchase for the food shelf. Tell the cashier that your purchase is for the food shelf, and then leave your purchase with the cashier to place in our donation box.

When road construction along Raymond begins, you will need to find street parking during your volunteer shift.

by Anne Holzman

Look up above the baking supplies at Hampden Park Co-op, and you’ll see the golden glow of honey jars, with a few squeezable bears and sometimes boxed chunks of honey-drenched beeswax.

And talk about local—Kern honey comes from hives in Burnsville and Shakopee and is processed and packaged at Jerry and Alice Kern’s St. Paul home, 2159 Dayton Avenue.

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Are you a member and turning 65 soon? All HPC members receive a senior discount once they turn 65. Non-volunteering seniors receive a 15% discount. Volunteers may use their senior status as part of their volunteer credit.

Are you a volunteer and there's something not right with your 2013 wallet card? Maybe your name changed, or I spelled it wrong, or you lost or added a roommate. Let me know, and I'll make you a new one. While you're at it, make sure you have filled out a 2013 Rolodex card. We don't do that for you.

by Emma Onawa

—by Roxanne Bergeron

It's Groundhog Day! And what a great pagan holiday it is, falling as it does right between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox to commemorate the coming of spring, early or otherwise.

Renew yourself with this delicious soup from Follow Your Heart's Vegetarian Soup Cookbook by Janice Cook Migliaccio. The soup was created by Marcia Stamp.

This year HPC will again be selling garden seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. SSE is located in Decorah, Iowa, and is committed to preserving agricultural diversity. All of their seeds are heirloom and/or open-pollinated varieties. Our co-op is offering over 120 varieties of SSE vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Seed savers from around the world have donated rare seed varieties to SSE, which makes every effort to preserve and share these seeds. This year SSE is featuring ground cherry seeds donated by HPC volunteer Ann Bernstein. A limited number of these seeds will be available for purchase at the co-op.

This past year, Hampden Park Co-op donated 1416 pounds of food and personal care items to the Midway Food Shelf. Many thanks for your donations, and thanks also to volunteer Deb Ahlborg who has been transporting our donations to the food shelf for over a decade.

If you purchase food shelf donations at Hampden Park Co-op and leave them with us to deliver, you receive a 28% discount on those purchases. You can also make cash donations to our three area food shelves. Send your donations to Basic Needs Program, Keystone Community Services, 2000 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. Go to donate on line.