by Naomi Jackson

Patronage letter and quarterly discounts

Hampden Park Co-op is partnering with Bicycle Benefits to put more helmeted bicyclists on the streets. Cyclists can buy a sticker for $5, stick it on their bike helmet, and display it for a 5% discount

The Hampden Park Co-op and new GM Kari Neathery recently earned some ink in the TC Daily Planet:

Kari Neathery brings to the co-op her leadership experience at Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the West Broadway Area Coalition, along with master’s degrees in hospital administration and urban planning.

“The opportunity is great now for co-op groceries,” Neathery said, “because of the interest in local foods, neighborhood shopping, people using their bikes. I think people look to co-ops for that leadership.”


by Roxanne Bergeron

Thousands of years....

Keystone Community Services reports that demand at their three food shelves has increased 30% each of the past three years. You can purchase items for Keystone’s Midway Foodshelf at Hampden Park Co-op at a 28% discount. Tell the cashier that your items are for the food shelf. Your items will be held at the cash register for our food shelf volunteer to pick up.

The need goes up as cold weather settles in and families living on the edge try to provide a happy holiday for their children. Items most needed are cooking basics, easy-to-prepare meals, and personal care items. You can also slip in something special for the holidays, or donate the bus passes found in the back of the Chinook Book coupon book.

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

—by Mary Konsela

Hour Dollars is a local service exchange organization. Many people, including me, joined Hour Dollars because we like the practice of getting things done for ourselves around the house and doing services for others without the exchange of money. We have a current membership of 196 people with many skills and talents who offer a wide variety of services.

Over the 10 years I’ve been in Hour Dollars I’ve learned there are many similar organizations throughout the world. Recently I came across the book called No More Throw-away People. This book reveals the origin of the concept of the organized, mutually beneficial service exchange organization of “Time Banks” and elaborates on its development.

—by Roxanne Bergeron

"A farmer that can’t grow squash is like a cook that can’t boil water."  

—anonymous Wisconsin farmer, August 2011

This year’s winter squash harvest is a celebration of biodiversity. Sure, you’ll be able to get all your favorites—acorn, spaghetti, and butternut. But thanks to ten Wisconsin family farmers and the dynamic duo who run Heartbeet Farm near Lake City, you will also find heirloom varieties, Japanese varieties, and other fun examples of just what it means to be a squash—like the mysterious steel-blue Hubbard, the explosive Turk’s Turban, and the exotic Marina di Chioggia, a blue-green-skinned beauty from Italy.