[Ok-sus] You're invited! Join us Jan. 30 for our annual Oklahoma Food Co-op meet, greet and eat.

Bob Waldrop music at epiphanyokc.com
Fri Jan 8 00:56:29 UTC 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Food Coop is coming up January 30th!  
Read on to find out more details.  Everyone is welcome -- members and 
non-members.  If you like having some of the best access to local foods 
founds anywhere in the United States -- DON'T TAKE US FOR GRANTED!  
Without continued support, we won't be here in the future.

Bob Waldrop

You're invited! Join us Jan. 30 for our annual Oklahoma Food Co-op meet, 
greet and eat.
Meet Oklahoma Food Co-op Producers and taste their food at our annual 
meet, greet and eat!

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*Join us at the attend the 2016 Oklahoma Food Cooperative Annual Meeting*

Wow, it's hard to believe another year of Co-op history has come and 
gone! We're getting ready for the 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be 
Saturday, Jan. 30.  The Meet, Greet and Eat starts at 10 a.m. and you 
won't want to miss that! For those new to the Co-op, many of our 
Producers will set up tables and offer samples to customers, so be sure 
to come hungry. At noon, following the Meet, Greet and Eat, our business 
session will begin. We will be electing new Co-op officers and board 
members (look for another email soon about those elections), hear 
reports from our management team – Adam Price (logistics and 
operations), Justin Hayden (finance), and Chatoya Franklin (marketing), 
ask questions of the leadership and conduct other business that may be 
brought before the Co-op's general assembly.

A great time is always had by all, so y'all come on Saturday, Jan. 30 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Epiphany Church gymnasium, 7336 W Britton 
Road in Oklahoma City. Please park in the west parking lot and enter at 
the Family Life entrance. If you can help with the set up Friday 
afternoon (Jan. 29), email Adam Price at routes at oklahomafood.coop 
<mailto:routes at oklahomafood.coop> to volunteer.

Now, let's remind ourselves of the SEVEN ADVANTAGES of the Oklahoma Food 
Cooperative. When we got started, the local food scene was pretty much 
“just us” and about 20 farmers markets across the state. These days 
there are many other options, and some of them are more “fake local 
food” than they are “the real deal.”  So it pays to ask questions to 
make sure you are getting what you think you are buying, and not being 
fooled by a clever merchandising campaign.
The Oklahoma Food Cooperative offers you --

  * Variety. The Oklahoma Food Co-op has more producers selling beef
    than the NYC Greenmarket system – one of the largest farmers markets
    systems in the United States – and the Ferry Plaza farmers market –
    one of the large markets in the San Francisco Bay area (to name just
    two I had time to check).  We have waaaay more variety than any
    other local food choice you can make anywhere in the state of Oklahoma.

  * Online shopping. I can do my grocery shopping at midnight from the
    convenience of my home computer. Our online system makes it easy to
    for you browse products, compare prices and features and make other
    buying choices.

  * Know your Producers. I know the Producers of every pound of meat in
    my freezer. I can pick up the phone and ask questions. I know where
    they produce. The Co-op has been to their farms and ranches and
    verified they are doing what they claim to be doing.

  * Safety. With news of */another/* ground meat recall, I am not sure
    why anyone wants to take the risk of buying ground meat from a big
    box store. Research has indicated that any given five pounds of big
    box store ground meat may have DNA from as many as 100 different
    animals. Most of these stores buy from giant packing houses,
    processing thousands of animals, providing many opportunities for
    cross contamination. Compare that with our small Oklahoma
    processors, who process one animal at a time. There has never been a
    recall from a processor inspected by the Oklahoma Department of
    Agriculture. That's safety for you and your family and all your
    loved ones.

  * Taste. OK, I know. No one who sells food says “Please come and buy
    our kind of mediocre tasting food.” Everybody claims great taste,
    but all we need to do to prove our point is to hand someone a plate
    of food and a fork.

  * Health. In 2003, when we started the Oklahoma Food Co-op, my total
    cholesterol was nearly 300. At my last lab work last year, it was
    below 200, and that's without taking any anti-cholesterol
    drugs. When I cook and need fat, I typically use lard I buy from the
    Oklahoma Food Co-op. Since 2003, I haven't bought any ground meat,
    roasts, steaks or sausage from a big box store. You can eat your way
    to the hospital or you can eat your way to health. I know what I prefer.

  * Value. Yes, our prices are not those of the big box stores. Our
    Producers aren't selling a bazillion units of anything, but we beat
    the big box stores hands down when it comes to *VALUE*. What's the
    price of open heart surgery or diabetic amputations when amortized
    over the price of cheap, crappy food bought in a grocery store? “Not
    spending money” is another way to “make money” or perhaps that can
    be better understood as “saving money.” Kind of like invisible
    “green stamps,” which those of us of a certain age will remember
    from the 50s and 60s.

But wait – there's more! An eighth value – sustainability.

Our Producers work hard to be good stewards of their lands and that is a 
blessing to the entire planet. The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is a 
visible manifestation of the inter-connectedness we all share. In a time 
when the energy industry is in a down cycle, it is all the more 
important for us to do all that we can to support our local 
economies. Rural and urban Oklahoma rise together – or we fall 
together. So every dollar spent at the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, where 
about 78 cents of those dollars go to the Producer (compared with less 
than a dime at the big box stores), is also an investment in a 
sustainable local economy that can carry us through whatever the future 
may bring.

Every grocery dollar we spend is a vote –

  * a vote for sustainability, health, taste, value, transparency, or
  * a vote for corporate domination, ecological devastation, risky food
    and mediocre taste.

Thanks to everyone for your support these past 13 years. With your 
continued (and hopefully increased) support, we will be able to continue 
to serve the state for many years to come.

Y'all bon appetit, hear!

Bob Waldrop, President

*/P.S. Don't take us for granted. Without continued support, we won't be 
here in the future./*

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