Harvester Brochure - Harvest Moon Co-Op.pdf by censhunay


									                                                                                                                                                                                     VOLUME I NUMBER 2 / HARVEST MOON NATURAL FOODS COOPERATIVE INC.SUMMER / 2007

                                                                                                                                          ABOUT US                                    HOW TO TALK “HARVEST MOON” TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS:
                                                                                                                                          The inspiration for a local food cooper-
                                                                                                                                          ative sprouted when your friends and
                                                                                                                                                                                      ANSWERS TO SIX COMMON QUESTIONS.
                                                                                              Long Lake, MN 55356                         neighbors voiced a need for our own
                                                                                                  P.O. Box 448                            community market. From that seed,           1. Why should I join now?                         5. When will Harvest Moon open?
                                                                                                                                          grew a team of spirited leaders who         We need a strong membership to secure a loca-     Target is 2008 – that is, with your help.
                                                                                              Foods Cooperative Inc.                      share    the    vision    for   creating
                                                                                              Harvest Moon Natural                        something wonderful - together.             tion and a general manager. In fact, we need at
                                                                                                                                                                                      least 800 members to open our doors. And,         6. Why does a membership to some co-ops
                                                                                                                                          Harvest Moon will be a member-
                                                                                                                                          owned, natural food market located in       although everyone is welcome, owner/member-       cost less?
                                                                                                                                          the heart of the Orono/Long Lake            ship makes Harvest Moon a reality. Your           They were started 30 years ago. Property value
                                                                                                                                          community. It will offer wholesome
                                                                                                                                          foods and products, feature organic
                                                                                                                                                                                      investment now gives you an early member          and inflation make Harvest Moon costs very
                                                                                                                                          choices, promote healthy living and         number and the pride of knowing that you          reasonable for the year 2007.
                                                                                                                                          grow into an inviting community             helped open Harvest Moon. Plus, local busi-
                                                                                                          The Harvester                                                               nesses are already offering Harvest Moon          Remember- you can always find the most
                                                                                                           Wants You.                     Imagine a place to pick up the fresh-       membership benefits, now.                         up-to-date information and answers to
Calabacitas with Herbed Crema                                                                   Send any recipes, ideas, suggestions or   est ingredients for dinner, bump into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        these and other questions on the Harvest
                                                                                                                                          neighbors enroute to another busy
from Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice                                                        articles to:                              day, grab a quick bite with a friend and    2. How can I help?                                Moon website: www.harvestmoon.coop
                                                                                                The Harvester                             catch a health-focused class. The
                                                                                                                                                                                      Encourage friends and neighbors to join the
                                                                                                                                          vision of Harvest Moon includes such
2 tablespoons olive oil, butter, or other fat                                                   Harvest Moon Foods Cooperative Inc.       possibilities as a deli, juice bar, cof-    225 member-owners we have to date. If each        NOTES FROM THE BOARD
2 large leeks or onions, diced                                                                  P.O. Box 448                              fee/tea spot, classes on cooking, gar-      member brings in three new members, we’ll be      Michele Krolczyk, HM Board President
5 medium summer squash such as crookneck, yellow or green zucchini, cut in half length-                                                   dening, environmental responsibility,
                                                                                                Long Lake, MN 55356                       exercise and multi-cultural cuisine.        opening the store before you know it. You can
wise and cut on the diagonal                                                                    Or e-mail to: info@harvestmoon.coop                                                   spread the word by inviting a Harvest Moon        Welcome to the second edition of the
3 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cob                                                                                                                                               speaker to a home or local club gathering,        Harvester. The "Moon" continues to rise with
Leaves from sprig of fresh marjoram or oregano, or 2 sage leaves, minced                                                                                                              book group, or business meeting to share the      its many dedicated volunteers, and with the
1/2 cup chicken broth or filtered water (or more as needed)                                                                                      Harvest Moon Natural                 vision and possibilities of our community         summer harvest rolling in, it spurs us on to get
salt and pepper to taste                                                                                                                         Foods Cooperative Inc.               inspired market.                                  our store open!
2 medium heirloom tomatoes (or one large or a few small), diced into small cubes                                                                     P.O. Box 448
(and improvise by adding some local garlic scapes, cut on the diagonal in inch or so size pieces)                                                Long Lake, MN 55356
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Is my $175 refundable?                         I recently read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by
                                                                                                                                                                                      The $175 is a one-time stock purchase for an      Barbara Kingsolver, about her family's one year
Heat oil or butter in skillet over medium heat. Add leeks or onion and saute until translucent, but not brown. Add the squash and                                                     entire household which makes you a                journey to grow their own food and eat locally.
                                                                                                                                                   For questions call:
saute until just begins to brown.                                                                                                                                                     member/owner of the co-op. Memberships are        It's excellent and it inspired me to look more
                                                                                                                                                    (612) 435-2210
Add the minced marjoram, oregano, or sage to the pan, then immediately add corn kernels. Stir for a minute then add the broth or               info@harvestmoon.coop                  refundable subject to availability and with       closely at where our food is coming from.
water and generous pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and add more liquid if too dry.                                                                                        board approval, but less likely in the start-up   We’ve learned more about the farms in our
Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, then add tomatoes just to heat through, taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary, remove from heat                                                        phase of the store. Once the store is fully       area. It has been fun to buy strawberries at the
                                                                                                                                          Expect your next issue of The
                                                                                                                                          Harvester newsletter as the fall har-       operational with funds coming in, then the        road-side stand (some still warm from the sun
Herbed Crema                                                                                                                              vest comes in and as each new sea-          likelihood of membership refund is greater        that ripened them), explore local farmer's mar-
                                                                                                                                          son rolls around; Fall, Winter, Spring,
                                                                                                                                          and Summer, Previous issues can be
                                                                                                                                                                                      again.                                            kets, and plan meals around what is available,
3 scallions, a small bunch of chives, or the tender inner greens of leeks                                                                 found on our website:                                                                         rather than what we feel like. We’ve found that
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro                                                                                                                  www.harvestmoon.coop/newsletter.php         4. Can anyone shop at Harvest Moon?               the foods really do taste better, are more nutri-
1/2 cup creme fraiche, sour cream, or Mexican crema                                                                                                                                   Everyone is welcome and can shop, but as a        tious, use fewer fossil fuels, and you can often
                                                                                                                                          The Harvester is produced by:
                                                                                                                                          Darcy Clemenson, Editor                     member-owner you'll be a vital part of a local    meet the grower.
Slice the scallions, chives, or leeks into small rounds, cut the leaves off the cilantro and mince the two together on a cutting board.   Vicki Larson, Layout & Design
                                                                                                                                          Bob Carlson, Masthead Design                business and have a voice in how Harvest
Stir the minced herbs into the creme fraiche                                                                                              With additional efforts from:               Moon grows and what it becomes. You’ll also       Take in this season's bounty, and we'll continue
To serve, ladle calabacitas into a shallow bowl, and add a dollop of herbed crema                                                         Molly Jaffray,
                                                                                                                                                                                      get special discounts.                            work on growing a store to provide our com-
                                                                                                                                          Kari Pastir-Smith,
                                                                                                                                          Mary Moulton and                                                                              munity with another source of local, healthy
                                                                                                                                          the HM Board of Directors                                                                     food. Shine on.
ON THE HORIZON                                “EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN”                                                                           RIVERBEND FARM: AN INSIDE                                                                               MEMBER DOINGS
Annual Corn Days Festival                     By Mary Moulton, HM Project Manager                                                                     LOOK AT LOCAL ORGANIC                                                                                   Harvest Moon Member Potluck
Saturday, August, 11 -- 12:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Sunday April 1 2007 a group of 50-
Church of St. George, Long Lake
                                                                                                                                                      FARMING                                                                                                 60 people met at Calvin Presbyterian
                                              It may not be as simple as the song title implies received book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and             Harvest Moon members Molly Jaffray, Natalie                                                             Fellowship hall in Long Lake for our
First Annual Corn Days Festival                                                                                                                                                                           the world. The problem is that all their produc-
Tomato and Zucchini Growing Contest           but when it comes to making healthy sound         national magazine and news reports on con-            Ehalt, and Will Jaffray recently interviewed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              first gathering of members. There
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tivity gains have been taken by large corpora-      were favorite salads and dishes
                                              food choices, it seems we need to return to       suming products grown closer to home has              Greg Reynolds of Riverbend Farm in Delano to                                                            shared, and plenty of delicious sweet
TOMATO GROWING CONTEST                                                                                                                                                                                    tions. That is why farmers have to run 3000
Tomatoes will be judged in four cate-         some basics for personal, community, and envi-    sparked renewed public interest. How our food         find out a little more about organic farming in                                                         treats for dessert. It was a nice time to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          acres to make a living. It used to be that 320 or   meet others and dream together of our
gories:                                       ronmental well being. As a result of population   is raised, the health and safety of workers and       Minnesota. Here’s what he had to say.
Biggest - any variety                                                                                                                                                                                     400 acres was plenty. Farm Bills for the past 40    local food market to be. It was also a
Prettiest - Red varieties                     growth, globalization, and an understandable      farmers, the impact of food production on air,                                                                                                                nice evening for people working on
                                                                                                                                                                                                          years have been all about making money for          different parts of our co-op project to
Prettiest - Non-red or Multi-color            quest to increase food production, a lot of       water, and soil, along with an innate desire to       HM: What are the advantages of growing
Ugliest - any variety                                                                                                                                                                                     big companies. No matter to the cost to the         sit together and talk and plan. We look
                                              technology and practices have been introduced     eat and celebrate food as our ancestors did, all      organically?                                                                                            forward to other member events,
Biggest wins - measured by circumfer-                                                                                                                                                                     people, their communities, or the future sus-
ence                                          which don’t all meet our need for wholesome       point to buying local. Community supported                                                                                                                    including our first annual meeting of
Prettiest wins - judged by Corn Days festi-                                                                                                                                                               tainability of our food system.                     members and board of director elec-
                                              nutritious foods. If you were around in the       agriculture programs (CSA’s) have inquiring           GR: Food that is grown organically is safe to                                                           tion this upcoming summer.
Ugliest wins - judged by Corn Days festi-     70’s, you might remember the TV commercial        minds trying the local seasonal bounty even           eat. By using organic methods, no one has to        HM: Are you encouraged about the future of          Cinco de Mayo Festival
val-goers                                     where a commanding woman in a long robe           while we may not be sure what to do with mus-         be exposed to chemicals that have never been        agriculture?                                        On May 5th about 150 people gath-
ZUCCHINI GROWING CONTEST                      bellows, "It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature".   tard greens. Sustainable savvy restaurants in         tested for safety in a real world setting. Warren                                                       ered at the Community Center at St.
Bring your zucchini monster in for a          Though she was referring to being tricked into    the cities, like Lucias, who buy vegetables,                                                                                                                  George Church in Long Lake and
chance to be claimed the largest. Zucchini                                                                                                            Porter, a toxicologist at the University of         GR: Generally, no. The USDA’s policy is still       shared mucho grande food from
                                              thinking margarine she had tasted was butter,     chicken, eggs and butter from local producers         Wisconsin / Madison did an early study on the                                                           regions of Mexico, Guatemala, El
will be judged by length and weight.                                                                                                                                                                      "Get Big, or Get Out". They won’t say it, but it
                                              it’s rather ironic that the hydrogenation process are pleasing palates and educating customers.         effects of farm chemicals in combinations usu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salvador and Uruguay. Then our danc-
See our website calendar for more details.                                                                                                                                                                is true. If not, how could so much of the beef,     ing shoes hit the floor with Salsa and
                                              used for substitutes of the real                                 Natural food co-ops are always on
                                              thing, messed with a whole lot        Harvest Moon, to the lookout for local produce (like              ally found in drinking water. He found a range      pork, and chicken production be controlled by       Meringue lessons to a techno latin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              beat. Thanks to Megan Bennett for
                                                                                                                                                      of effects from endocrine system disruption to      3 companies? The market [quotations removed]
Annual Corn Days Festival Parade
Sunday, August, 12 -- 12:00 PM to
                                              more than her pride. And of             be situated in a         garlic scapes from our featured        behavioral problems. Who knows, maybe it is         is set up so that independent producers are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              organizing the partnership and fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              event. We look forward to next year!
                                              course people of all cultures
1:00 AM
Church of St. George, Long Lake               throughout time have enjoyed
                                                                                                                                   prolific season.
                                                                                   community of rich recipe) during this be situated in a
                                                                                                               Harvest Moon, to
                                                                                                                                                      not just the frogs that are affected by atrazine.   squeezed out.                                       Nature's Nest Art Festival & Farmer's

                                              sweet treats as part of their tra- agricultural history community of rich agricultural
http://www.corndays.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Market
                                                                                                                                                      Organic agriculture is more energy efficient.                                                           The giant Harvest Moon grocery bag
                                                                                                                                                                                                          [Genetic modification and bio-technology] is a
2nd Annual MN Garlic Festival
Saturday, August, 18 --
                                              ditional diets. Honey, dates,        with folks eager for history with folks eager for the              Synthetic inputs are mostly derived from oil        new, high powered technology that is really a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              traveled to Nature's Nest Organic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Farm and B & B (www.naturesnest-
                                              maple syrup, molasses, and even                                  connection, is poised to be a
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wright County Fairgrounds in Howard           sugar derived naturally from the      the connection, is mecca for locals buying local.                 and natural gas. An organic system uses fertility   solution looking for a problem. There are plen-     farm.com), a few miles west of Delano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on May 19 & 20. Nature's Nest is a
                                                                                                                                                      inputs that are grown on the farm or are made       ty of corn and beans, and they have been
Look for Harvest Moon at the Festival.
                                              cane satisfy our sweet tooth, but        poised to be a                                                 from "waste" products of other farms. We are        grown successfully for thousands of years. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gorgeous farm along the Crow River.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There were over 40 vendors showing
                                              not until a multitude of pack-
Mary Moulton will be at the "Ask the
Expert" booth at 1 pm, to talk about          aged goods included the cheaper
                                                                                      mecca for locals While this isup foods we love
                                                                                                                             certainly not a man-
                                                                                                               date to give
                                                                                                                                                      paying much more of the real cost of our food       USDA’s justification for approving [GM corn,        their wares ~ local artisans, growers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              live musicians.
                                                                                                                                                      when we produce it, and co-op shoppers are          which] is "it looks like corn, so it must be
Natural Food Co-ops, Past and
                                              and processed high fructose               buying local.          grown in different climates nor        paying more of the total costs when they buy                                                            About 10 Harvest Mooners gathered in
Future. Visit the official festival web-                                                                                                                                                                  safe," is pretty weak. One of the biggest prob-
site for more info: http://www.sfa-           corn syrup, did we see a spike in                                for a change in thinking about         it. In that way we will be able to leave our land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              shifts to tell hundreds of people about
                                                                                                                                                                                                          lems with any new technology is unintended          our planned food co-op! It was fun to
mn.org/garlicfest/index.html                  health concerns associated with refined sweet-    organic production, it is an invitation to con-       in better condition than we found it, and our                                                           see familiar faces of local farmers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          consequences. Obviously, we don’t know what
                                              eners.                                            sider some of the freshest and most nutritious        children and grandchildren will have the possi-                                                         members        of   the   Crow    River
Gear West Grand Opening                                                                                                                                                                                   they might be, and no one is looking.               Sustainable Farming Association and
Saturday, September, 15 -- 12:00 PM
                                                                                                foods, supporting the local economy and plac-         bility of feeding themselves.                                                                           to talk with people who will be supply-
Gear West, Long Lake                          Today’s consumer, while navigating through a      ing a high value on energy saved by bringing                                                                                                                  ing Harvest Moon, and others who are
The New Gear West Ski & Run is                                                                                                                                                                            HM: Given the demand for food in the U.S., do       very excited about a natural food co-
                                              myriad of food and agricultural issues, can       local food from farm to table. Check out the          The USDA’s ARS [Agricultural Research
open. Great selection and top notch                                                                                                                                                                       you believe it is possible to convert to entirely   op closer to where they live.
staff as always. Join Harvest Moon in         once again find meat, poultry, milk and eggs      organizations we’ve provided here to learn            Service] says that for commodity production,        local, non-industrial farm system?
celebrating at their Grand Opening.           raised without antibiotics and growth hor-        more about the local food movement and try            organic agriculture is more profitable. Organic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Schumann Walk for Diabetes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harvest Moon member/volunteers had
         First Ever                           mones as concern grows over the harm these        the recipe for Calabacitas, which uses ingredi-       is a growing segment of agriculture and it is                                                           a blast on June 1st while handing out
                                                                                                                                                                                                          GR:Absolutely. Most of US agriculture is pro-
   Annual Member Meeting                      additives may cause over time. Irradiation and    ents from the summer garden. And as the song          possible to make a living on a small farm.                                                              "lap" stickers to children for every lap
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ducing feed, not food. Ken Meter has shown          they completed at the Walk for
                                              genetic modification may have increased yield     goes……"Don’t throw the past away, You
 On the 2007 Harvest Moon                                                                                                                                                                                 that conventional commodity agriculture is a        Diabetes at Schumann Elementary.
                                              and shelf life of certain foods but at what cost  might need it some rainy day"                         HM: What are the difficulties of organic farm-                                                          Over 400 students and parents partic-
  Wednesday, September                                                                                                                                                                                    net drain on our local economy. Small farms         ipated in this annual walk which edu-
                                              to the earth and its inhabitants? During the last                                                       ing, aside from lower crop yields?
       26th, 6:00 pm                                                                                                                                                                                      are small businesses. They shop locally and         cates kids about exercise and healthy
                                              six decades, pesticides and chemical fertilizers                                                                                                                                                                food choices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          support their local communities. Everyone
This full moon is one to celebrate.
                                              have been developed and used to resist the rav-                                                         GR: [One] difficulty is that the current farm
                                                                                                FEATURE PRODUCT- GARLIC SCAPES                                                                            does better with more small farms in the area.      HOST A MOON RISING
Save the date to join all members             ages of nature and some have been banned                                                                program rewards overproduction of commodi-
  on September 26th for our first                                                               By Mary Moulton,                                                                                          The Kerr Foundation has funded research that        PARTY
                                              after studies reveal serious health effects.                                                            ties. This drives down the price that everyone
Annual Meeting where we’ll review
                                                                                                HM Project Manager                                                                                        shows this when they looked at factory hog          What a great excuse for a party. Host
   the “State of the Co-op”; rub              Organic foods, though around for quite a                                                                gets and makes conventional producers exter-                                                            a Moon Rising Party at your home to
elbows with other co-op members;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          farms in Oklahoma.                                  spread the news of our co-op. We’ll
                                              while, weren’t widely accepted by the average                                                           nalize as many of their costs as they can. Fossil
 and sample a bountiful harvest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              even provide the invites for you. Just
                                              consumer until the small farmer could bring a     Go ahead, eat your garlic scapes, they’re good                                                                                                                 call 612-435-2210.
                                                                                                                                                      fuel subsidies add to this problem. In my view,     It must be recognized that a totally local farm
    The seven current Board of                prettier apple to market some years back. Once    for you. Becoming more widely known, this
  Director volunteer positions are                                                                                                                    a smarter farm policy would be to subsidize         system would mean the end of coffee, so it          A HEARTY HARVEST
                                              the USDA got involved in 2001 and became a        delicacy appears for a short window each sum-                                                                                                                 THANKS TO...
self-appointed, and this first meet-                                                                                                                  poor people so that they can afford to feed         would not be without hardships…
ing will include an election of offi-         certifying agency, more people were curious       mer at local farmer’s markets and natural food
cers. All current members qualify
                                                                                                                                                      their families good food and let farmers make                                                           We thank the following local business
                                              and began to buy organically grown foods. This    co-ops. So what is a scape? They are the flower                                                                                                               who have offered member discounts, or
to run for a position. Please con-                                                                                                                    their money in the marketplace. I also think
tact anyone on the BOD by 9/1/’07             is a remarkable event for proponents of organ-    stalks found on members of the Allium family,                                                                                                                 hosted Harvest Moon Natural Foods Co-
                                                                                                                                                      that we need to have a true accounting of all                                                           op events, or contributed other support.
 1 if you are interested. There are           ic and sustainable farming practices and the      which includes onions, chives, leeks and garlic.                                                          LOOKING FOR A FARMER’S
  lots of ways to be involved, so                                                                                                                     the costs involved in food production.
                                              explosion of available products touches more      Garlic scapes only appear on hardneck garlic                                                                                                                  Chiropractic USA
please give some serious thought
                                                                                                varieties that are better adapted to colder
                                                                                                                                                                                                          MARKET?                                             Country Cake Cupboard
 to how you might be able to lend             lives than ever before. While larger companies                                                          Other than that, business is booming. If we
 your time and talents to help the                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dalbec Roofing
                                              and farms have more financial resources for       climates. Rather than tossing the scape into                                                                                                                  Farrington's
             Moon rise.                                                                                                                               could sustain it, our sales volume would be         Farmer's Markets sell their wares all summer
                                              advertising and certification, we may have        the compost pile or leaving the stalk on to                                                                                                                   Fuzzy Duck
  As a member-owner, your atten-
                                                                                                                                                      twice what it was last year.                        long. You can find some markets open almost         Gear West
                                              briefly lost sight of one of the best choices in  consume the bulb’s resources and growth                                                                                                                       Kelley and Kelley
dance at this meeting is important
                                                                                                potential, smart growers cut the scape at ‘full                                                           anytime, or anywhere. For the schedule go to:
 to help make decisions about the             providing food for our families and communi-                                                            HM: How do you feel about the state of agri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L.A. Personal Training
future of our store...and this is our                                                           curl’ for a tender and delicious addition to                                                              www.landstewardshipproject.org/farmers_mar-         Lakeside Liquors
                                              ties.                                                                                                   culture in the U.S.?
 chance to meet each other face to
                                                                                                your stir fry. Asian cuisine and hip restaurants                                                          kets.html                                           Log Cabin Massage & Wellness
face. Be among the first members                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Machel
   to sign the big shopping bag!              The good news is people are responding to the     enjoy this subtle yet distinct garlic flavor and                                                                                                              My Healthy Beginning
 More details in the coming weeks,                                                                                                                    GR: Agriculture in the US is in trouble.            For more great links check out the FAQ sec-         Nature's Nest
                                              buzz about ‘local’. Michael Pollan’s well         we can too while celebrating true local and                                                                                                                   Otten Brothers
           Location TBD.                                                                                                                              American farmers are the most productive in         tion on our website: www.harvestmoon.coop
             Shine on!                                                                          sustainable farming in Minnesota.                                                                                                                             Resources for Small Businesses

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