Board Happenings: June 2018

Take a minute to see what your Board has been up to!
– Did you make it to any one of our many events in June?! We had an excellent campaign and we’re so excited to be building the future with so many amazing members!
– Board elections are coming up soon! If you’re interested in running, keep an eye on our website at
– The Fall Food Fest will be here before you know it! If you’re interested in being a vendor, contact us at

New Business Partners: June 2018

Kickin Grass Lawn Care

This Cedar Falls business provides custom mowing, spring and fall cleanup, tree and brush trimming, power washing, painting, minor carpentry, trash removal, cleaning, recycling, gutter cleaning, and more. Owner Eric Myszka reports that they have flexible scheduling, and considers Kickin Grass to be a “boutique” lawn care company, built around an “on demand” business model. He is offering our member-owners 25% off of their first 2 mows! Thanks Eric!!

1938 Tremont Street, Cedar Falls


Ananda Holistic Movement Studio

This local business is aimed at providing “mind-body practices to move you”. Ananda offers a wide array of classes to choose from, including yoga, meditation, singing/chanting/drum circle, and Aya dancing. “We are Ananda, and our mission is simple: we want to help you feel better.” This is demonstrated by the name, Ananda, which means “joy, happiness, perfect bliss”. Ananda is offering 10% off all yoga, meditation & Aya classes to our lucky member-owners! Get feeling better today!

316 W. 3rd St., Waterloo, IA, 50701

From the Board President: Finding a Home for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you need a team.” – John Wooden


Last month, at an event I attended for my nonprofit day job, I was approached by someone who told me that he heard where the Cedar Falls Food Co-op will be located. “That’s news to me!” I exclaimed. Perhaps you’ve heard a rumor (or two?) as well.


Over the years, the Cedar Falls Food Co-op’s board has worked diligently, guiding our development towards the opening of a store much like this one. At each step in the Co-op’s growth, we’ve wrestled with countless issues and have made significant decisions including the name of the Co-op, the amount of a membership, and the qualifications we’ll require from potential general managers.

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July 2018 Co-op Events

Co-op Connections and Kayak Drawing

Thursday, July 12; 5 – 6:45 p.m. at Second State Brewing Co. (Cedar Falls)

Which member-owner will win the kayak from our June campaign? Find out by joining us at this casual event where the drawing will take place. Join the Co-op outreach coordinator and others to hear about Co-op updates, get your questions answered, and just enjoy the community vibe. Second State Brewing offers a discount to co-op member-owners, so bring your card. Not yet a member-owner? Join there. Questions? Contact


Co-op Book Club

Monday, July 23; 4:45 p.m. at Overman Park 

Our popular book club continues. This month, the book is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Check it out and come join the lively discussion! Questions? Contact

Co-op Potluck and Kickball

Tuesday, July 31; 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Washington Park

We’re combining our potluck with some kickball fun. Co-op members, bring a friend who would enjoy learning more about our efforts to bring a full-service grocery to Cedar Falls. This event is family-friendly and all are welcome. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware if possible so we can reduce landfill waste. We’ll have water and iced tea for everyone, but feel free to bring your own beverage if you prefer. Let’s finish the month together with some friendly competition and delicious food!




From the Coordinator: July 2018

Wow! This community really wants a food co-op. Here are just some of the ways we worked together for another record-breaking June, getting us closer to opening the doors…



There was a virtual revolving door at 250 State Street at a co-op party hosted by member-owners Jim and LeAnne Sprau. The buzz over the future food co-op around downtown Cedar Falls was electric. “Sign me up!” became the mantra that evening, which ended with 9 new member-owners! Huge thanks to Jim and LeAnne as well as other house-party hosts in June: Dianna LaPole Geiger, Glenn Keith and Michelle Jungers, and Ethan Wiechmann. More member-hosted gatherings, which are a great way to introduce new people to the Co-op, are in the works – let me know if you have an event planned or want help planning one.

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Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Nothing says summer like a fresh cut watermelon. It’s fun to try new recipes and perfect when you find one and have all the ingredients on hand. So, the new tasty side dish was a yummy mixture of flavors and textures– sweet watermelon, juicy cucumbers, crisp red onions, salty feta cheese, raw honey, and tart lime juice. The blend of characters danced on the tongue after each bite of the sweet-savory salad. This dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Find the recipe at The photo is of the actual dish made using this recipe. It was delicious! Continue reading

Events – June 2018

Upcoming Events


Coffee, The Co-op, and Cottonwood Canyon
Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Canyon “The House” (Cedar Falls)

All are welcome at this casual event. This is a Plus-one mixer, so we encourage member-owners to bring a friend who would benefit from discovering more about the Co-op. While you’re there, enjoy a beverage and one of the many delicious meal selections off of the Cottonwood Canyon menu. Don’t forget your membership card, as this business gives 10% off of your order if you are a member-owner. If you join that night, we’ll sweeten the deal for you with a complimentary gift. We hope to see you there!



Co-op Field Trip to Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah Iowa

Tuesday, June 12, departure time: 8:30 a.m. – Estimated return time: 2:00 p.m.

Do you want to see a cooperative grocery store in action? Join us on this trip to visit a store that is around the size and scope that we are looking for in our own co-op. We’ll get a tour of the store, have a chance to shop there and grab lunch there or elsewhere downtown Decorah, Iowa. If you are interested in attending, we’ll need a headcount to determine the number of cars for our carpool. Please RSVP by June 10 to


Sturgis Falls Parade

Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to noonish

Bring your energy and join your Co-op friends (including Rooty the Co-op Carrot) to march in the Cedar Falls Food Co-op Parade entry. We’ll gather at a to-be-specified location around 9:30 a.m. for the parade start at 10 a.m. Bring the family, and wear your Co-op t-shirt and good walking shoes. We always have tons of fun! If you plan to join us, please let us know by emailing


Co-op Book Club

Monday June 25, 4:45 p.m. Location TBA. Join the Facebook Group for details.

We are excited to continue our book club this month with How not to Die by Michael Greger, MD. Check it out and come join our lively discussion! Questions? Contact


Co-op Potluck

Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 8 p.m. at Second State Brewing (Cedar Falls)

Want to sample a variety of dishes while engaging in good conversation? All are welcome! Bring a dish to share and if possible, your own table ware. Our potlucks are family-friendly, and we encourage you to bring guests as well. Second State is a business partner, so don’t forget your card if you are a member-owner to get a discount on beer draws. Questions? Contact



From the Board President: What Does Maddie Poppe Have to do with the Cedar Falls Food Co-op?

Even someone like me who doesn’t watch a lot of TV couldn’t escape the Maddie Poppe news – Clarksville’s own won this year’s American Idol competition. There were celebrations everywhere. Tons of coverage in the papers and local news stations. “Maddie Poppe Fever” was a thing. And signs everywhere. Clarksville hosted a parade and declared May 15 as Maddie Poppe Day. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds attended Maddie’s concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds.

So, what’s the big deal? Why all the attention? The answer is simple: local pride. As one concert-goer noted, “We may not have any stoplights in Butler Co., but we do have a shining star.” Note the possessive quality of this statement. People in northeast Iowa, and across the state, are taking pride in “one of our own” winning a national contest.

What are YOU proud of about the place you live? Folks in Dyserville are proud of their Field of Dreams. Waterloo is proud of Dan Gable and the Sullivan Brothers. Iowans are proud of the Bridges of Madison County and RAGBRAI. If you’re from Decorah, you’re proud of one of the best breweries in the world.Continue reading

From the Coordinator – June 2018

Save money today through store and other business discounts: Your $200 member-owner investment comes back to you and then some when you take advantage of our Business Partner Specials.


This is the number of area businesses offering deals and discounts to Co-op member-owners, so don’t forget to carry your member-owner card. From New Dawn Yoga in Cedar Falls to the Shinehouse in Evansdale to Wild Carrot in Waverly to Jameson’s in Waterloo, businesses throughout the Cedar Valley partner with the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in this important way.


Member-owners who are already taking advantage of these business partner deals often marvel that they have gained back most of their member share cost with the money they’ve saved at these establishments. I’ve certainly done so via classes at Three Pines Farm, my free sheet set from Fosters Mattress, many trips to Cottonwood Canyon, Cup of Joe, and Sidecar for my coffee fix, dining out at various business partners including Ginger Thai and SingleSpeed, grabbing a brew with friends at Lark or Second State, getting running shoes at the Runner’s Flat, and purchasing gifts at Miss Wonderful, Mohair Pear and Purse-N-ality. My list of savings goes on, but you get the point.

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Member Spotlight: Andrew Stephenson

Andrew and Molly Stephenson met while in the same graduate program at Iowa State University. Andrew hails from Madison, while Molly grew up in Edina. Both completed their undergraduate degrees, and have also successfully completed a master degree program in Wildlife Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture. Andrew had previously completed his undergraduate degrees in French and Anthropology at Grinnell College, while Molly studied Animal Science at the University of Minnesota.Continue reading