—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

In 1993, Hampden Park Foods reorganized as a cooperative. If you have purchased a $30 share since 1993, you are a member of Hampden Park Co-op. Your membership is good for your entire household, including college-aged children living at home.

With membership come privileges and responsibilities. You may volunteer at the co-op and receive a discount on most of your purchases. If you choose not to volunteer, your household will receive four 10%–off coupons each year.

If one member of your household is a senior (65+), you both receive the senior discount of 15%.

Thank you for your contributions to the Midway Food Shelf. You make a big difference in combating hunger in our neighborhood. 

The food shelf accepts a wide range of products, including pre-packaged, non-perishable foods, particularly ethnic foods, as well as household and personal care products. For details, see

Fresh foods are usually welcome, but you would need to take them to the food shelf yourself, as the co-op doesn’t have storage space for perishable donations. Check the Web site for hours and location.

Some products can’t be donated, including customer-packaged bulk items and home-canned foods.

by Roxanne Bergeron

Here’s a fun little quiz to test your knowledge of eggs! Will you get a perfect score and be an Eggspert? Or will you have egg on your face by the end of this exercise? ….

In the February/March 2012 issue, the interview with Brian Corner incorrectly stated that his sons are named Bard and Reed. The correct information is that they are attending Bard College and Reed College. I apologize for this error.

—by Elizabeth Tesdell

Delallo Grapeseed OilMy doctor says I should eat oatmeal to bring down my cholesterol, but I’m gluten intolerant and can’t eat oatmeal. Do I have other food choices to help with cholesterol?”

There are many foods besides oatmeal that can help lower cholesterol, many of which are gluten free. Cholesterol levels can be dramatically affected by the foods we eat. By increasing certain foods and decreasing others, many people are able to successfully control cholesterol levels without medication.

(Article in Hampden Park Co-op newsletter April/May 2012)

by Lois Braun

As an agricultural scientist, I would like to take issue with several of the points made in the article “Wheat: What you don’t know could hurt you,” in the April/May 2012 newsletter. For those who did not read that article, it is a review of Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, which blames our obesity epidemic and a range of other health problems on the consumption of modern wheat.

by Roxanne Bergeron

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

You may have heard that Hampden Park Co-op is the only Twin Cities co-op whose business plan includes the participation of volunteers.