Sunday, December 2, 2012

Co-op Hop

" A cooperative is a business 1) voluntarily owned by the people who use it, and 2) operated for the benefit of its members. Regardless of the goods and services provided, co-ops aim to meet their members' needs." -Seaward co-op

When I first walked into Seward co-op for the first time, you can as my friend Courtney, it was like I had died and gone to heaven! It is a place that is filled with a beautiful bounty of fresh produce, local love and organic overload! It opened back in 1972 on the corner 22nd and Franklin Avenue and has grown to an over 10,000 member operation with $28 million dollars worth of sales in 2012. 
"Seward Co-op will sustain a healthy community that has:
  • Equitable economic relationships;
  • Positive environmental impacts; and
  • Inclusive, socially responsible practices." 
  • You don't need to be a member to shop at Seaward Coop but being a member does offer many benefits including special deals around the store, 10% off an unlimited purchase each year and discounts on the different classes the coop offers as well. To be a member there is a small fee of $75.00 and then you are a member for life.
  • So what does a girl do with $15.00 and a plentiful bounty of deliciousness? 

(How to improvise soup pg. 125) 

But man did it ever take me a while to come to that conclusion! 
What really struck me was the discounted produce section that offered bags of produce at a discounted price of $0.99 a pound.
 It included...
 1 Carrot 
1 Medium Sweet Potato
8 small onions
2 White Sweet Potatoes
1 Russet Potatoes
Total Cost : $3.71

I also purchased a fresh Baguette $2.29
Pho Starter Organic Chicken Broth (for the extra flavor) $ 3.99
1 Can of Organic Garbanzo Beans $1.69
1 organic avacado $ 1.79
+ a donation to the local charity of the month.
Total $14.00 

The soup turned delicious and there was much more than my boyfriend, my dad and I could finish even with half an avocado and 6 onions left! 

I think this was my favorite challenge recipe thus far because it was more a challenge of having too many options to decide on rather than feeling extremely limited by the other challenges we have had this semester. I will definitely be back over to Seaward soon to enjoy the good people and the good food:)

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